Monday, July 21, 2014

Heavy on fashion talks to founder of KinaMania Sandals, Kristina Zouein

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am glad to bring you an exclusive interview with the founder of KinaMania Sandals - Kristina Zouein. Abarcas, a.k.a Avarcas or Menorquinas, are a type of leather sandal traditionally made in Menorca, Spain. KinaMania Sandals takes the traditional craftsmanship of Abarcas and usher them into the modern fashion world. There are very few sandals that are handmade and have a such a vast history like Abarcas. I am so happy to see that KinaMania Sandals is bringing a modern touch to a classic style. 

Here is Heavy on fashion talks to Kristina Zouein, founder of KinaMania Sandals!

Kristina Zouein - Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals


What makes KinaMania sandals different from other sandals on the market? 

 Kristina Zouein: KinaMania sandals are storytelling. 

All five KinaMania styles - Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro and Cinco - are designed based on a traditional Spanish peasant sandal, abarca, which is believed to have existed since the 12th century. 

The Voyage collections are the heart of the brand. Those collections are collaborations with ateliers and master artisans throughout the world. 


Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals


How long does it usually take you to construct a KinaMania Sandal?

 Kristina Zouein: All KinaMania sandals are handmade in Spain in a factory that specializes in the making of the traditional abarca; and wherever the uppers of the Voyage lines are made, they are sent to Spain where the sandals are constructed.

Other than being made by hand, the collaboration between workshops stretches the production process. The production cycle could take up to two months. 

Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals













Where can readers buy your KinaMania sandals?

 Kristina Zouein: On the KinaMania website: www.kinasandals.com starting the month of August. The sandals were sold on Indiegogo, and we need time to activate our e-commerce now that the campaign is over. 



How would you define the style KinaMania exemplifies?

 Kristina Zouein: KinaMania sandals are artisan-made footwear for urban adventurers that are looking for style and comfort at any time of the day.  



The flats are comfortable and distinguished, and are ideal for any occasion: whether a day at work, an evening out, a weekend, and most of all will become your essentials in a suitcase when going on vacation. 


Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals


Describe the different styles of KinaMania?

 Kristina Zouein: KinaMania are five styles [Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro and Cinco] and two main collections [The KinaMania Classics and The KinaMania Voyage]. 

The Classics are made with quality cowhide leather and lined with soft goatskin leather for extra comfort.

The Voyage are made with hand worked fabrics from different parts of the world, in collaboration with other artists and movements. 

This season, we’ve introduced three Voyage lines: Voyage to Spain is a collaboration with renowned Spanish tailor of bullfighters, Daniel Roqueta. Voyage to the Orient/Embroidery is a collaboration with Inaash association for the preservation of the rich heritage of Palestinian embroidery. Voyage to the Orient/Crochet is a collaboration with L’Artisan Du Liban for the safeguard of Lebanon’s cultural heritage. 

And many more Voyage to come in the coming seasons. 

Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals


Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

 Kristina Zouein: On our website www.kinasandals.com, and our different social media handles: 
Facebook: kina sandals
Instagram: kinasandals
Youtube: kina sandals


Photo courtesy of KinaMania Sandals


What does fashion mean to you?

 Kristina Zouein: Fashion is a broad term, and the field of accessories is the one that has always attracted me. 
Whether a pair of shoes, a belt, a bag, or jewelry, I find these pieces to be essential to our sense of style. In that sense, I plead justice for fashion 'accessories', for it would only be fair to call them fundamentals. 


I would like to thank Kristina Zouein for the interview. 
Make sure you buy a pair of KinaMania Sandals at http://www.kinasandals.com/

Until Next Time
Live,Style, Write
Malanb

Friday, July 18, 2014

Heavy On Fashion Event Photo rundown - Saks #HolidayinJuly Preview Event

Hello all my Fashion Divas and Gurus! Here is a photo rundown of my time at Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday in July Preview event at Radio City Music Hall in NYC! Enjoy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Heavy on Fashion Giveaway - La Fiorentina Scarf

Me wearing the Aqua Cheetah Floral and Paisley Print Scarf as a head scarf

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you a great new review and giveaway thanks to the lovelies at La Fiorentina. La Fiorentina is a family owned business that was founded in Florence, Italy and full of great accessories. Today I am going to give my review on La Fiorentina scarf line and offer you chance to win a LA Fiorentina scarf!


This Fiore by La Fiorentina scarf is a awesome length - 28 x 72 in.

Fun Fashion Fact: La Fiorentina means People of Florence!






I love the versitilty of La Fiorentina scarf. You can wear a La Fiorentina scarf in many ways like as a  hair accessory or as a traditional scarf around the neck. The length and the vibrant print are a must for any season. The scarf is ubber comfy no matter how I wore it. I personally love head scarf styles for the spring/summer and the classic neck scarf for the fall/winter. Either way, La Fiorentina scarves are a must for any fashion diva or guru!


Love the Cheetah, floral, and paisley print, Very cute!
Luckily for all my divas and gurus, you can win your very own La Fiorentina scarf...yes you read right! I am so happy to bring you a great opportunity to win a scarf from La Fiorentina! Check out my thoughts on Aqua Cheetah Floral and Paisley Print Scarf. 


I would like to thank the fabulous folks at La Fiorentina for sponsoring this giveaway. 

Check out more from La Fiorentina 
La Fiorentina website at http://lafiorentina.com/
La Fiorentina on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LaFiorentinaNYC


Until Next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

(This giveaway is for U.S. Residents only!)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Heavy on Fashion reads - DIY Dye by Loren Lankford*



Hello all my fashion & beauty divas and gurus! As you all know I love DIY projects.  When I received DIY Dye Book by Loren Lankford, I was excited.  I have dye my hair several times before but I never used made a home made dye. Well now I can. DIY DYE is full of different diy job techniques including bleaching, chalking, food coloring and tons more. Whether you are looking for a permanent dye job or a temporary fun with color, DIY DYE is the must have. 

I love the vivid photos and the step by step guide for the Hair dyeing novice. The Tips to Dye for are a must read, they provide great advice to achieve the colorful look of your desire. I can not wait to try the Henna Dye on my hair one day. I also loved that this book included tons of items that you can find in your kitchen to get the hair color of your dreams.

My favorite features on DIY DYE

 Chalk is a great temporary dye. You can also make your own Hair chalk thanks to the fab recipe in DIY DYE. 

There is a great guide on using Tea to dye your hair...Yes tea! 

DIY Dye gives some very sound advice about hair when it comes dyeing the follicles 


You can buy your copy of DIY DYE retails for $16.95
on Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/DIY-Dye-Bright-Temporary-Coloring/dp/1612432808


I would like to thank the lovelies at Ulysses Press for the book! 

Until Next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heavy on Fashion reviews - Agadir Argan Oil Hair products*


Hello all my divas and gurus! As you all know I wear my hair natural underneath my various sew in weaves, braids, and wigs. No chemical straighten. So when I remove my wig or take out my weave, I use products that moisturizing and are sulfate free. Today, I have a huge review for you. Thanks to the lovelies at Agadir International,  I had the opportunity to use and review the Agadir Argan Oil Hair Collection.  Yes, The collection! Agadir is a professional grade hair collection that started in 1963 by brothers and hair professionals Paul and Archie Bogosian.



I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised how Agadir Shampoo, Conditioner, Argan Oil Hair Treatment, and Agadir Moisture Masque worked so well with my natural hair. It did not dry out my scalp or leave my hair feeling brittle. It really worked!

The Agadir Shampoo retails for $19.99

The Agadir Conditioner added some serious moisture to the hair for $20.99

The Moisture Masque worked well. It added a nice dose of moisture to my hair. It also helped repair my damaged ends. A while ago I dyed my natural hair blonde which left it damage. Fortunately, the moisture masque is one of the tools I am using to get my hair back on track. I will be add the moisture masque to my hair regiment. The Moisture Masque retails for $34

My favorite product from this group was the travel size Argan Oil Hair treatment. It works fantastic as a leave in conditioner or in a hot oil treatment. The Argan oil really helped to soften my hair. The oil treatment retails for $24.99




Now the Agadir Spritz Spray, Agadir Volumizing Firm Hold Hair spay, and Volumizing Styling & Sculpting gel are great for styling especially updos. I would suggest using these products only on human hair. I would suggest the spritz spray for great tight curls. The Volumizing hold hairspray is great for body waves or loose curls.

Agadir Spritz Spray (travel size) retails for retails for $6.99
Agadir Volumizing Firm Hold Hair spay (travel size) retails for $9.99
Volumizing Styling & Sculpting gel (travel size) retails for $17.99


The Mousse can be use on human and synthetic hair. I would consider it a must have for any hair maven. Oh and did I mention, the mousse smells divine. It is great for wet and wavy type hair. Just braid it up at night and go to sleep. In the morning, you will have a fabulous curls. This must have mousse retails for $22.




I didn't get the chance to try out the Hair Shield 450 intense creme treatment yet but I plan to use this very soon as a deep conditioner using a cap hair dryer. I will give you a later update on how Hair Shield works with a cap hair dryer. So stay tuned!

All in all, I give the Agadir Argan Argan Oil Hair products a big thumbs up. It is affordable for a professional grade hair products.

There are tons of great products that I did not check out but you can!

Go to Agadir International at https://www.agadirint.com/

Oh and don't forget to check out Agadir on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AgadirInt
Instagram: http://instagram.com/agadirint
Twitter: https://twitter.com/agadirint

Until Next Time,
Live,Style,Write
Malanb


Monday, June 2, 2014

Heavy on Fashion review - CreamedSoaps Gourmet Body Treats - Grass Roots*


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I love hand made items especially when it comes to beauty products. I had a great opportunity to try a CreamedSoaps Gourmet Body Treats - Grass Roots soap. I fell in love with the scent of the Grass Roots soap. I wish my blog could have a scratch and stiff so you can get a full smell experience of Grass roots soap. Sadly I don't so let me see if I can put this into words.. smelling fresh lemongrass in a fresh spring breeze.
Yeah it is that good. Oh, and did I mention that it is Vegan. Yes, Grass Roots is vegan handmade soap.
So no funky business there. After using CreamedSoaps Gourmet Body Treats, my skin was not dry and very soft.  I also love that Grass roots is affordable, just $7 a bar. A great price for a handmade soap. If you suffer from sensitive skin like me or have other skin issues than buy Creamed Gourmet Body Treats. It is handmade, the ingredients are natural, and they do not have artificial colors or fragrances!


Here is a list of all the fabulous natural ingredients in Grass Roots soap
Shea butter, 
Cocoa butter, 
Coconut oil, Olive oil, 
Organic Sustainable Palm oil, 
avocado oil, 
Black Walnut hull, 
Nettle leaf powder, 
Bentonite clay 
and 
Essential oils of Lemongrass, Gingergrass and Patchouli for scent

Thanks to the fabulous Owner/Soap Artisan of Creamed Gourmet Body Treats, Amber L. Matthews,

All my fabulous beauty divas and Gurus you can get 10% off  if you used the code MMSOAP

This exclusive coupon is good until June 13th, so head over to http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamedSoaps

Check out all the lovely Creamed Gourmet Body Treats has to offer! 
Sidenote: Make sure you check out the Soap Gift Box makes a great gift


Oh and don't forget to check out Creamed Gourmet Body Treats via 

I would like to thank Amber L. Matthews for sending me her fabulous soap

Until Next time
Live, Style,Write 
Malanb

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heavy on Fashion Beauty Reviews - Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream*


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so excited to check out Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream in Wheat. I never tried Studio Gear cosmetics before so I was very please to get a feel of their CC cream. Oh and I will have a video review on my instagram page @heavyonfashion sometime this week! 

Any who....Let get down to reviewing business! 






At first, I was surprised how light the cream was and a bit afraid how it would look on. As you see above.



Fortunately, once I rubbed the CC cream in, it blended with my skin tone. Magic!

This CC cream gave my hand a serious does of moisturizer but it was not greasy which was a major plus! I also like that you only need about a size of a nickle, maybe a quarter, to apply to your face for full coverage. Hence this bottle can last for a while. I also love that I did not have a reaction to Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream given my sensitive skin. Yes Ma'am!  I would recommend using Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream when you want sport the natural look without going Au naturel! This CC cream pairs well with a really good lip gloss like Savannah Beewax lip gloss or any slightly tinted gloss.


Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream is very light and lasts for a long time. You will also get 72 hours of moisture.  Oh and did I mention Studio Gear Hydrating CC cream has a SPF 20. Great protection for  the skin especially this summer. Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream retails for $34! 


The lovelies at Studio Gear are giving all my fashion divas and gurus a 10% Off discount if you enter the discount code: bloggercc
See I am all about saving you $$
So go and pick up your very own Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream at http://studiogearcosmetics.com/shop/best-sellers/hydrating-cc-cream/

Special Thanks to The Fabulous people at Studio Gear and Brandbackers.com