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Summer Fashion meets Pre Fall

 

 

Gearing up for a new season of styling and more travel for various clients whom I style, I decided to unwind and take my coworker Crystal up on her offer to photograph me!  In this photo I am featuring the metallic look! Be prepared to see tons of sequence and more metallic!  The cowboy inspired boot will also make its presence known!  Here’s my interpretation of my summer fashion meeting my pre fall style!

 

I love my vintage hat travel case, I travel with it as much as I can! I hope to find new colors!

 

I guess my vacation in Jamaica contributed to extra leg muscle!  The 16 minute walk up the hill to the road where my mom is from was more of a hiking adventure than anything else!  I am thankful for the muscles and the memories!

 

I shopped in my closet for this look!  My metallic sequin shorts are from Forever 21, My St. Barthes T-shirt is from Saks Fifth Avenue, Isabel Marant Boots from Neiman Marcus and handmade scarf from Ethiopia!

My Vacation in Jamaica

After a busy week of freelance work for my Luxhshop4u Styling service, Promotion for Music artists and hosting the Back Bay Bra Run sponsored by Puma I was off jet setting in Toronto and Jamaica to visit my family!  I am of Jamaican heritage both of my parents are from Clarendon.  I previously shared with you my father’s tailoring career in Kingston Jamaica and my mom who use to work in a bakery in Kingston!  I grew up listening to stories of Port Royal, Lovers Leap, Tivoli Garden, Mt. Airy (My dad was born there) and Silent Hill ( mommy’s place of birth)!  It was so good to spend time in the land off my parents birth during Jamaica’s Independence, we stayed in the country with family instead of a resort, my phone was off due to not having any wifi service!

Please enjoy!

We arrived on August 3rd, 3 days before Independence.  On Monday August 6th Jamaica celebrated  it’s 56th anniversary.  We spent the day eating, laughing and watching my mom and her sister dance to the ska music that was aired on TVJ’s Independence documentary.  My mom often reminisces about her childhood days!  She was not allowed to go out to parties but, she somehow managed to get to one particular Ska dance party that got her into a lot of trouble when she got back home!

Views from my moms childhood home!

 

We drove miles for to enjoy the ocean view and to select the fresh catch!

My outfit was very simple!  I needed a robe to protect my skin I receive a terrible reaction when I am in the sun too long!  I didn’t shop for this vacation I decided to wear what I owned!

 

My mom ordered Steamed Fish and Okra and I had the jerk lobster tails!

 

 

Fisherman provide fresh seafood daily for the Little Ochie restaurant.

 

 

The next day we drove from Clarendon to a Beach in Ocho Rios.

 

 

Driving around Christiana and saw this promotional vehicle promoting dances!  When I was in Farren I also saw a medical promotional vehicle!  Great marketing idea!

 

I forgot which aunt or uncle provided this Jack Fruit that grew on their land!

 

Summer It List According to Natalie

Destination Beach & Islands was the topic that I chose to focus on for my FGI Boston feature!  Working in the top leading luxury retailers in Boston for over a decade I have a trusted loyal client base who rely on my predictions!  I was happy to share it with everyone!

Make your Beach and Island Summer Destination complete with…

Cult Gaia

Perfume 

Bond 9 Sag Harbor

A scent shared for you and your significant other. This scent is in the marine fresh category and will refresh you with bergamot, the floral notes are suitable and the base has Sandalwood to ensure sillage.

 

 

Kilian Love The Way You Taste

*Limited Edition

inspired by the sun, sin and style of Miami.

 

Rouge De Guerlain

This vacation make it special by customizing your lipstick with the perfect lip case to add a pop of color with your outfit or travel accessories.

*Lip Tip for any lipstick polish your lip with a lip polish to remove dead (flakey) skin.

 

Shiseido SPF 50+

This SPF 50+ has received a lot of buzz due to the non grey/ash appearance once it has been applied.

 

Louis Vuitton Bum Bag

 

Louis Vuitton

The Bum Bag of all bum bags/belt bags is already sold out in most boutiques. Please add your self to the waiting list.  Or partner with a luxury professional like myself to add you!

 

 

Balenciaga

Graffiti Explorer Belt Bag

The phones cannot stop ringing for this belt bag.

*Belt bag tip wear it across your waist or diagonally across your shoulder.

 

Adidas Stan Smith

Dress these up or down. *Tip carry a lightweight tote when your going to a fancy event and switch to your high heels or men’s dress shoe at the event.

 

The Visor made its way back into our hearts this season.

 

Eric Javits Straw Hat

Tip for any straw hat, pack you hat upside down and fill it with your clothes to maintain its shape.

 

 

Chloe Medium Faye available in several colors. Travel is made easy with this lightweight backpack.

 

Gucci sunglasses

 

J.Crew Cargo shorts

MintSwim

 

Chanel Wallet On a Chain

Carry your essential cards, keys and lipstick with you. Wallet on a Chains are available by other brands search around for what suits you best.

 

Kent Stetson Margarita Clutch

Can be worn on the shoulder with the silver chain strap provided or as a hand held clutch.

 

Landon Sequin Romper

Dance the night away in this gold jumper. *Bonus tip

This jumper has a choker so wear it with minimal Jewlery.  A floral ring or stacked individual rings is all that you need.  Email me for personal appearance inquiries at your event and collaborations! 

Cruel Summer

I wanted to create what I did not see.  I remember uttering these words in 2015 while dining in the Blue Bangkok restaurant on Boylston Street in Boston.  My friend Dean Nights and I discussed my busy life of pulling clothes for VIP’s and creating a total lifestyle experience that included fine dining and clubbing for the VIP’s  all while I attended my full time job. During this time I needed and refered services to some of the people in this post for nails, hair, and graphics.  I told Dean that I wanted a place where my talented friends like him and myself could be highlighted.  So here we are with this mega post for the month of August. (Dean Knights is a tailor to the stars and aristocrats.)

I present to you the talented professionals in my circle with experience that ranges from music, graphic design, fashion and beauty who are making a difference in their respective fields.

 

Album art created by BenjiRichDesigns

 

Album art created by BenjiRichDesigns

 

Album art created by BenjiRichDesigns

 

Album art created by BenjiRichDesigns

 

BenjiRichDesigns Valentine Day gift to his fiancé this is currently my screen saver

 

Mawd Panda jumping the moon on his BMX in all white Yeezy’s

 

Kimbo Slice Art by BenjiRichDesigns

 

 

BenjiRichDesigns volunteered to create 3D printed prosthetic hands for children in need for a handathon

 

BenjiRichDesigns T-Shirts that I wear with my Chanel

 

Art Director BenjiRichDesigns

BenjiRich’s Graphic Design degree, and illustration (logo and branding) speciality afforded him the opportunity to perfectly marry with his motion graphics, videography, and 3D design background.  During his tenure with an undisclosed agency his clients included the NBA, New Balance, and Reebok.   Aside from being my personal web designer Richard also designed the backdrop for a live text to screen background during the Kevin Hart NBA Allstar 2016 after party in Toronto.  BenjiRichDesigns was also the Art director for VIP jewelry in Toronto, created logo/branding, and marketing videos for an indie record label by the name of  globe trotta records in Los Angeles.  Upcoming projects for this media expert are, vinyl toys, a clothing line and his uppermidsole blog that I will expand on when it launches.

*Fun Fact did you know that a BenjiRichDesigns t-shirt was custom made and  expedited for a movie star while he was filming in Boston?

Contact BenjiRichDesigns Creative via email: reubanks82@gmail.com

www.BenjiRich.ca

www.uppermidsole.com

www.hoopsontario.ca

 

Grammy Award Winner and Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis

 

Perks working on my Birthday meeting Mello! Natalie, Carmelo Anthony and Belinda Munro

 

Hearts on Fire Jewelry designer Ilaria Lanzoni and Natalie

 

DJ Liz Ladoux and Natalie

 

Natalie, Michael K. Williams, David Kenneth Sommerville

 

Natalie, Bevy Smith

 

DJ Baby Yu and Natalie

 

 

Luxury Personal Shopper, Stylist, Lifestyle Expert and  CEO of Luxshop4u

In my world, we the community are on international tours styled by me, receiving life time achievement awards, walking red carpets, nominated for Grammys, charting music billboards and getting inducted into the Music Hall of Fame! My fashion expertise is put to use and my music ear is called.  Jorge Milliano and Benji Rich told me to add myself on here! I prefer to be behind the scenes!

Different phases of my website will be introduced in many capsules, I am not one thing I have been trained in many areas and will exercise my talents.  Read more about me in my bio!

 

 

Belinda Munro

 

Vincent and Belinda Founders of Jazz Houston

 

President Bill Clinton and International Singer Belinda Munro

 

Belinda Munro

This is an exciting year for International singer and song writer Belinda Munro!  She married her soul mate Vincent Gardner and their love story was featured in the Munaluchi Bride Magazine.  Belinda and Vincent are about to embark upon their August 2017 Australian Tour.  When Belinda is not on stage backing up Grammy award winning artists or singing at private charity functions and galas she is working on her long awaited album and building Jazz Houston the Arts organization that she and her husband founded.

“Belinda’s voice is angelic. Her sultry and uplifting vocals are enough to feed your soul”

NY Post

To learn more about Belinda Munro  visit www.BelindaMunro.com

Follow Belinda on Instagram @Iambelindamunro

 

 

Shellee Mendes and Oprah Winfrey article in the Boston Globe & Mail

 

 

Photo from Braintree www.Wicked Local.com

 

 

Shellee Mendes and Malcolm Butler

 

Shellee Mendes Salon Monet

Hard work should never go unnoticed!  Salon Monet owner Shellee Mendes’ photo was recently inducted into the African American Museum on Joy Street, Boston Ma.  Shortly after celebrating this occasion she had a once in a lifetime experience of meeting Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey.  When she is not working on movie sets or in Salon Monet you will find Shellee volunteering or attending fundraisers.

The Salon Monet staff are one of the most sought after hair stylists in Back Bay.  Services that they provide are highlights, blow dry, hair extensions, hair cut, eyelash extensions and many more.

To book an appointment at this award winning salon please visit www.SalonMonet.com or 176 Newbury St, Boston, Ma
Follow salon Monet on Instagram @SalonMonet @ShelleeMendes
To read more about Shellee Mendes visit

*Boston Globe’s article with Oprah Winfrey https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2017/07/20/newbury-street-salon-owner-sets-sail-with-oprah/

Braintree http;//braintree.wickedlocal.com/news/20170622/braintree-residents-newbury-street-salon-gains-high-honors

 

 

Alec Tavares from The Compound

 

 

Alec Tavares

 

Alec Tavares

Reasons that you may not know him, is because he prefers to remain behind the scenes.  A former contributor to XXL Magazine, you can now find Alec’s work on The Compound and Luxshop4u.

To read his work visit

Follow Alec on Instagram @TheLegendReal and read his current post on www.thecompoundblog.com

 

 

 

Glam Expressway in Dumbo, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Glam Expressway

 

 

The Shiloh Statement Necklace

 

 

Glam Expressway

 

Glam Expressway Lindsay Stuart

Business Mogul Lindsay Stuart is taking the world by storm!
This busy wife and mother of two girls, is a host on HSN and has a record for selling over $12,000 Tortuga Rum Cakes during a short period of time.
You should get to know her because she is also a talented makeup artist and founder of Glam Expressway accessories/clothing boutique in Dumbo Brooklyn.  With her celebrity following you may never know who you will see shopping in Glam Expressway.  When Lindsay is not jet setting for work, with girlfriends or family you will see Glam Expressway featured in Cosmo, Latina, Huffington Post, The A-List, Celebuzz, ET, OK and In Touch Magazine.

To order Lyndsay’s Tortuga Rum Cakes visit www.HSN.com
To shop Glam Expressway visit 145 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York. www.shopglamexpressway.com

 

André with his client International Singer Belinda Munro

 

Millinery Designer Extraordinaire André at his fashion show

Christine Designs by André Millinery 

André creates handmade couture fascinators and hats.  His Atelier hat making approach has his clients flocking to him like bees on honey.  Andre’s work was most recently photographed during our dear friends Belinda Munro and Vincent Gardner’s wedding.

For inquiries visit André on https://m.facebook.com/DesignsbyAndre/

 

 

John Golden

 

Super Nova John Golden

Shoe Specialist and Stylist for a luxury retailer

John is an international socialite known for his eclectic fashion and Basquiat dreadlocks.  I first met him at a Gucci Ghost party in Boston.  His approach to fashion is to break down gender specific clothing.  When John is not in London or Japan you can find him inside the most coveted invitation only Fashion parties.
How to contact him?   John prefers not to have a social media account however you will find him photographed in local magazines.  This supernova makes his appearance everywhere and slowly hides into obscurity until he is ready to resurge.  In the above photo I decided to photograph his aesthetics from behind to get a candid view of him on the go!

 

Mr. Phillips and Jorge Milliano

 

Dj 38 and Mr. Phillips

 

Jowell, J Balvin and Randy

 

Luny Tunes & Baby Ranks

 

Frankie J Obsession (No Es Amor) featuring Baby Bash

 

Reggaeton Artist, Song Writer and Music Producer Mr. Phillips

Mr. Phillips is a highly sought after song writer, artist and music producer.  Raised in Santurce Puerto Rico, and born in Rio Piedras to a Puerto Rican mother and Trinidadian father.  Alvin better known as Mr.Phillips’ melodic yet raspy voice captured the hearts of millions  with his  “Spatoanglish” fusion of Jamaican patois and Spanish in his lyrics.  Working with Francisco Saldaña (Luny) from Luny Tunes allowed his work to be  featured on a CD compilation called Mas Flow2 with Frankie J for the hit song Obsession (No Es Amor).  Chart topping artists that received Mr. Phillips magic touch are Angel López, Alexis Y Fido, Mr. Vegas, Dmanti, Notch, Baby Ranks, Cobra, Jay Sean, Tito El Bambino, Tony Dize, Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar, El Rookie, Cynthia Antigua, Eddy Lover, Flex, Kevin Little, Yaga and Mackie.  Mega producers who worked with Mr.Phillips are Nely “The secret weapon,” Tainy, Nesty, Bones, Eliel, Luny Tunes, Preacher, Anx and Jorge Milliano. We look forward to the completion of his new Album and the Vertigo album by Jorge Milliano.

Visit Mr. Phillips on www.soundcloud.com/Mr-Phillips

To hear the new song that he wrote for J Balvin Featuring Jowell Y Randy visit https://m.soundcloud.com/jorgemilliano/j-balvin-feat-jowell-randy-bonita-jorge-milliano-remix

Follow Mr. Phillips on Instagram @officialmrphillips

 

Jorge Milliano

 

Jorge on a secret location in Star Island

 

Jorge “Jorge” Milliano

 

Guelostar and Ivy Queen

Jorge Milliano

You know his chart topping hits and the star studded artists who he’s worked with.  Since our last post (read La Musica Part 2)  Jorge flew back to Miami to produce a song for J Balvin Featuring Jowell Y Randy.  Spring 2017 Jorge and I kept on telling each other that it is going to be a cruel summer because our schedules were booked.  My schedule consisted of styling, consultations, scouting locations for designers and clothes for the talent that I work with and for Jorge it was a back to back summer of producing.  Just last week one of his dreams came true recently by working with Jamaican reggae legend General Degree.  Expect to hear new music from General Degree, Mr. Phillip’s EPK and Jorge’s Vertigo Album later on this year.

 

 

Jenn & Big Papi

Fashion Rescue Fundraiser

 

Perfect for Bachelorette parties and birthdays

 

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer owns Jennifer Nails on 161 and 224 Newbury Street. Services provided range from waxing, manicure and pedicure, hosting celebratory events (weddings, birthdays).  Giving back to her community by supporting her favorite charities is very dear to her as shown above.  Visit Jennifer’s Nails this summer.  Tell her that Natalie from Luxshop4u referred you!

visit www.jennifersnailsalon.com

Follow Jennifer on Instagram @Jen_nguyen224