Wrapping up on Day 6 of New York Fashion Week this season, I’m starting off with a week of outfits! I wanted to share a range of my personal style for you guys! Staying true to my maximalist rebellious tendencies, I played print on print, bold vibrant color and different era contrasts, for example: The 40s with a modern vibe. And lots of different fabrics, such as sequin, tweed, velvet, cashmere and more. So stop for a few - take a peek and let me know what what your favorite look from the past week! Stay tuned for more fashion week content, my regular roundup of the shows I attended and this year I’ll be sharing a beauty trend report from what I saw backstage! Keep your eyes peeled, it’s all going down in the next couple of days before I head off to London Fashion Week! xx
THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY QUADPAY BUT ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
The countdown to finishing up all your holiday shopping is on! Have you completed everyone’s wish lists yet? Perhaps, even one for yourself? But with all the retail purchases this month, I bet a lot are anxious about going broke! Especially when making those extra big, luxurious purchases. Well, what if I told you I found a way to budget - where you can buy what you love with zero interest?! You can split the purchase amount into 4 interest-free payments, spread over 6 weeks. There are no fees if you pay on time. So what is it? Continue reading to find out and also to learn more about my experience with the app along with what I purchased!
QuadPay empowers consumers with the option to pay for their purchases in four equal and interest-free installments over six weeks; the customer gets the product upfront while QuadPay’s brand partners are paid immediately. As the millennial population enters their prime spending years with less than 50% having access to credit, QuadPay is disrupting the field of payment solutions as the most innovative provider of affordable purchase in North America — buy now, pay later.
QuadPay is fully integrated with the store’s online checkout. All you need to do is choose QuadPay as your payment option when you’re ready to buy. If you are shopping with a participating store, Quadpay will be listed as a payment option during checkout. QuadPay splits your payments over four equal installments due every two weeks. Nominate the card you want to use and automatic payments are scheduled for you. It’s that easy!
There are several brands partnering with this app, such as Koio, Naadam, For Love & Lemons, UGG®, Staud, and more. I recently stopped by at the beautiful popup in SoHo, La Boutique, where one of my favorite Parisian labels, Offtrack, who makes the best luxurious lambskin leather leggings out in the market, is one of the curated women brands in the store. Extremely fitting and versatile, it’s the perfect staple piece to have in your closet for the fall/winter. Coming in two various lengths, butt boosting seamlines and hip framing sides, it was kind of hard to choose only one pair! I went with the caramel suede pair, but they have also have black and reds.
Instead of paying the full amount of $550, I am making 4 easy payments of$137.50. Definitely helpful in terms of budget and finance! That way I can balance and still have extra money that I would have spend if I hadn’t used QuadPay. How cool is this new featured app?! Once you're approved by QuadPay, you can begin shopping with their partners immediately. Approval is quick, easy and requires only a few personal details. Never pay interest again.
I’m telling you, this is going to be the difference between making or delaying a purchase. So if you have an extra pricey item you’re wanting to buy for your loved one/family, or yes… even for yourself, why not check out QuadPay the next time you’ll be making a bigger purchase? There’s zero-risk involved, and the easy-peasy process will have you grinning from ear to ear. That… and your brand new purchase :)
So tell me, what would you guys go shopping with using QuadPay? New pair of Nikes? Need that NorthFace winter coat to hit the slopes? Whatever your heart desires this season, rest assured that QuadPay has got your back and will make the holiday shopping extravaganza less stressful this year and every time you shop now! For more info go to www.quadpay.com and if you’d like to stop by the La Boutique popup, they are in SoHo at 250 Elizabeth Street until 12/23!
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‘Tis the Season! It’s Black Friday time! I did five roundups of gift ideas for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure. :) The first 2 are for the hardcore beauty lovers, one is the best sets of both makeup and skincare from a variety of Black Friday specials ranging from Ulta to Sephora and others. The second is for small gift-giving ideas, ranging at prices points from $20 to no more than $75. The other three gift guides are fashion, home, and pet-related, where I picked up items not only I’d grab for myself, but would love to give to someone else even more. Several items, mostly from the beauty boards are of limited edition (holiday collection/item) so don’t miss your chance to score big, as there’s so many deals to be had with these items I’ve listed! Lots of sales I’ve listed are from Nordstrom, Shopbop, Bed Bath & Beyond, and others along with Sephora & Ulta and even Amazon. If you’re interested in one of the products mentioned in my gift guides, hover over the number with the mouse to click-through. Happy shopping and happy loads and loads of turkey and love.
BEST HOLIDAY GIFT SETS 2018 MAKEUP & SKINCARE
1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Waterproof Eyeliner & Volumizing Mascara - Fall Runway Edition, $49
2. IT Brushes Your Glam Must-Haves 5 Pc Brush Set + Exclusive Clutch, $125/30% off at Ulta
3. NYX Professional Makeup Sugar Trip 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, $30
4. Lancôme Definicils Mascara Collection Holiday Set, $35
5. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Gift Set, $76
6. Mario Badescu Spritz. Mist. Glow. Set, $12
7. Sephora Favorites Lashstash, $48
8. OUAI Swing Both OUAIs Kit, $48
9. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vault, $100
10. LANEIGE Sleep & Glow Set, $39/$52 value
11. Ole Henriksen Glow Brightly™ - Radiance-Boosting Super Set, $49
12. First Aid Beauty Skin Summit, $48/$112 value
BEAUTY HOLIDAY GIFTS UNDER $75
1. Diptyque Black Friday Candle Limited Edition, $75
2. Lime Crime Diamond Dew Liquid Eyeshadow, $20
3. Philosophy Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere Eau de Toilette Mini, $18
4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Pink Grapefruit, $18/$42 value
5. boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask, $20
6. Bobbi Brown Snow Glow Mini Highlighting Powder, $25
7. Jin Soon Encore Collection, $42
8. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Mini Ornament, $15
9. Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder - Limited Edition, $60
10. NARS Heartbreaker Blush Palette, $42
11. Stila One Step Correct, $23
HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE HOME
1. Crosley Radio Cruiser Deluxe Turntable, $70
2. Nordstrom at Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw, $40
3. CALPAK Ambeur 20-Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On, $135
4. Mikasa® Swirl 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in Blue, $80/$150
5. Nordstrom 5-Piece Stainless Steel Bar Tool Set, $69
6. KitchenAid® Artisan® 5 qt. Stand Mixer, $280/$380
FASHION BLACK FRIDAY GIFT IDEAS
Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor® Hidden Heart High Top Sneaker, $135
2. AKIRA Teddy Hug Midi Jacket, $40
3. Topshop Sela Crossbody Bag, $48
4. DL1961 Farrow Jeans, $199
5. Gucci Double-G Buckle Calfskin Belt, $350
6. kate spade one in a million initial pendant necklace, $35
7. Shopbop Escapade Sunglasses, $59
AMAZON BLACK FRIDAY DOG GIFT GUIDE
Lanyar Dog Reindeer Holiday Pet Clothes Sweater for Dogs Puppy Kitten Cats, Classic Red, $15
2. Christmas Dog Bone Ornament - Set of Three, $8
3. Petist Professional Pet Nail Grinder, Electric Pet Nail Trimmer, Clippers, File with 3 Different Gen, $26
4. West Elm Found My Animal Adjustable Dog Leash, $54
5. Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys Dogs, $16
6. Chuckit! Dog Ball Launcher, $9.45
7. Christmas Dog - German Shepherd Naughty List Shirt, $20
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You've got to feel to heal.
Life is tough, but so are you. Most of you come to my blog for style inspiration, whether it's in the realm of fashion, beauty, lifestyle... I aim to make each element beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Maybe some of you come to see my boy, MaQ, as he is just as much a part of my blog as I am and he is truly the mascot of my business. But what I rarely discuss on here is my personal life and all the experiences that led me to here. Since I've had a lot of new readers on here as well as on other social media platforms, I thought today would be a great time to sort of -reintroduce myself. Hey, I'm Suz. I've lost both of my parents in my 20s. I'm completely estranged from the rest of the family, including my brother. Today marks exactly 6 years since my father unexpectedly passed away. Grab some tissues, this isn't going to be an easy read. Listen quietly or talk to me... I'm open either way.
My father, Caz, died from a massive coronary in 2012. The irony? The day he died was the day he finally was hired for a job after struggling for years trying to find work. The morning his sister drove him to the interview he had said he felt like he was finally at peace and one with God. He literally collapsed in the hallway after shaking hands with the woman who just hired him. When my brother called to tell me the news that our father had passed, I thought it was a sick joke. Truly in a state of shock, I was numb until getting on the plane the next day with my fiancé at the time (now husband). I sobbed the entire flight home, knowing I would have no time to shed any tears while handling my family affairs once we landed. My family was unsupportive and cruel. Since my father died, not one member of my family has even called to check in on me. I'm dead to them, therefore, they are dead to me. One of his sisters refused to come to the funeral because she "already said goodbye to him" from a falling out they had. What about everyone else that needed love and support? Forget them too, right? It was as if everyone couldn't wait to just put him in the ground and be done with it. My father's side of the family has never been the best at communication (I plead the fifth) but everyone's true colors were shown after my father's death. It was like being hit with a Double-Whammy.
I lost my mother in 2005. It's still hard to believe it's been over 13 years since being without her. What was different about my mother's passing was being there until the very end. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and battled it for nine months. I took care of her while holding down a job at the airport, finishing up school to graduate on time, and then some (nearly died twice while she was sick.) I am forever grateful that I was able to say goodbye to her. When people wonder what's worse: Losing a loved one suddenly or watching them slowly deteriorate... after experiencing both, the worst is the unexpected. There's so much I wanted to say to my father before he died and because we were estranged for three years before he passed, I'm eternally haunted from all the things left unsaid and what could have been. Is it normal to think that there's something else I could have done to prevent such a heartbreaking loss? Yes, but that's part of grieving.
How long does the grieving process take? I'm going to have to say, sadly, for the rest of your life. Is it easy for me every day? Fuck no. Some days are so awful, I have trouble getting out of bed. But then I hear my parents, and they'd be damned if I lived an unhappy, unfulfilled life. They wouldn't want that for me. And even though I try my hardest to live a full, rich life, I can't help but feel such sadness at times, knowing I can't share any of my accomplishments or mistakes with them. And in turn, I feel this incredible pressure to honor them - to prove to my parents that I wasn't born in vain and that it was all worth something. That I'm made of both of them, and that's a gift within itself. Do I feel lost half the time? Yep. Do I have moments of profound anger? Rage? You betcha. I feel like I've been robbed. Not one, but both parents? And no family to back me up? Why? I may never know, but I know this. I love them with everything I have and the content I create isn't just for the world to see, but it is more so especially for them. I hope they are proud of what I have done (so far) but I always have the sinking feeling that it'll never be enough, that I just will never be good enough. That's a horrible burden to carry. But I carry it. With pride.
So how do I bounce back on God-awful days as such? I FIGHT. It'll take every single ounce of energy within me. I try to believe that my experiences happened for a reason, and perhaps since I was strong enough to survive it, I do feel responsible to share it with you guys. To tell my story is a privilege. I hope this short but emotional post brings you something. Whether I may inspire you, and/or make you feel less alone, or even just getting to know me a little more and have a better understanding of me: Using my blog and art has helped me tremendously through the healing process. Those of us who have lost our parents are forever changed and we will never forget. I do believe that if you’re dedicated to wanting to live a brighter, lighter life, doing the work, finding the tools, and feeling the feelings will help you move forward. It has helped me. But it's a long, unwinding road. You’ve got to feel to heal.
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Thank God it's Friday! Not that I live for the weekends, but the past couple of weeks have been jammed pack with work and though we work every day, we do make time to unwind and recuperate and not work as much as we do during the week. One of the highlights from my week was having lunch with RoC® Skincare and Good Housekeeping Magazine - a magazine featuring articles about women's interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping Institute, recipes, diet, and health, as well as literary articles. We took a tour of their offices in the Hearst Building (fashion goals!) where we got to know more about the skincare line, see their tester stations at first glance and also had lunch in their private dining room where all the First Lady's have dined! I felt so honored to have been invited and learned so much about the testing process from beauty products, electronics, house appliances and more. You can see it all on my Highlights on Instagram!
Today's post is a mixed play on boho chic and the famous movie character, Rambo. Random fun fact: Sylvester Stallone was the first male actor I saw nude on screen! Ha ha! I'm really into styling different pieces from different eras and 'genres' if you will because rules are meant to be broken and challenged. So I took some military-inspired styles such as the bandana along with the dark army green color. The standard black tee is probably the most comfortable black tee I own and is from L23 - a fashion label based in Kazakhstan. And these jogger pants are from Johnny Was. I had shopped these pants at a new store opening here in NYC and when I had stumbled upon them, they were the last pair and in my size! I took it as a sign and brought them home with me. They are currently sold out (what are the odds!) but I found them in navy blue here.
Logan is a structured mini bag from Paul's Boutique London with twin handles and a detachable cross-body strap. It comes in this edgy dark teal and dusty pink star design, and features a top zip closure with further compartments inside. The front of the bag has the Paul's Boutique logo embossed on the front and a luggage tag attached to the handle. I've been carrying with me everywhere and have been getting loads of compliments on it! It's only $109.00 +tax but the quality and style make for a really great deal! They also have it in light pink, silver and a variety of other colors.
What do you think of this outfit? Do you like the mixing of military and boho chic? What would you like to see more of in terms of content on MaQ + Suz? Fashion? Beauty? More lifestyle like recipes? I miss cooking, but honestly, don't have the time! Travel? Leave your thoughts down in the comment box. Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend and a Happy Father's Day for all those celebrating this Sunday, x!