I work hard and I play hard…Captured in work mode by Artist & Creative Director Cristy C. Corso - thanks babe @cccorso 
Top-right: model Shauna Tee; Makeup artist, Renata Dabrowska & Fashion Designer, Nicole Garlough of NichoLalee Top-left: Jewelry by Cher Landman of
Manifest Fashion #photoshoot #fashion #fashionshoot #model

I work hard and I play hard…Captured in work mode by Artist & Creative Director Cristy C. Corso - thanks babe @cccorso
Top-right: model Shauna Tee; Makeup artist, Renata Dabrowska & Fashion Designer, Nicole Garlough of NichoLalee Top-left: Jewelry by Cher Landman of
Manifest Fashion #photoshoot #fashion #fashionshoot #model

Thursday, November 14th I attended the first ever M&J Trimming Project DIY Workshop

Project DIY is a monthly subscription box delivering runway and street style inspired DIY. Check them out at mjprojectdiy.com @mjprojectdiy #mjprojectdiy

Project DIY Lead Designer, Michelle Levy, (top photo in front of room & 3rd photo, above samples) led the session and shared some great DIY tips and tricks.  She also shared some great ideas on how else to use the fabulous embellishments from M&J Trimming to customize our projects.  I especially loved learning to use the jump ring opener; it is going to make working on projects much easier.

We received the following:

Project DIY Starter Kit.  This contains a Needle Nose Plier, Wire Cutter, Chain Nose Plier, Jump Ring Opener, Assorted Clasps, Earring Hooks, Jump Rings, and Chain Extenders.

Autumn in New York project box which contains three DIY projects: Horseshoe Wrap Bracelet, Suede Tassel Keychain and Equestrian Charm Necklace.

I worked on the Equestrian Charm Necklace; a separate post with a close up of the finished piece to follow.

It looks like Project DIY will be offering a monthly workshop…so stay tuned!

BTW - The M&J Trimming Crew are awesome! So helpful. Carlos (bottom left photo) was featured on the M&J blog recently giving a tutorial for a Gucci inspired belt - blog.mjtrim.com

A blog post by Goodwill Industries NY/NJ about my work as stylist and jewelry designer and an upcoming thrifting event I will be collaborating on with them in December at their East Harlem store to engage the Latino Community

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to style two clients of Goodwill Industries NY/NJ (Aileen & Ramon) and participate in their Goodwill Suits You! Fashion Show, which celebrated the Power of Work and helped raise awareness on Disability employment. Goodwill-NY/NJ empowers individuals with disabilities & other barriers to employment through the power of work.

I had a great time working with each model and coming up with a work appropriate outfit based on their unique style, personal interests and career goals which they were able to strut down the catwalk in. They both did a great job! I was so proud!

It was fun watching the make-up artists do their thing the night of the event; specifically watching them bring out the natural beauty in Aileen and tame Ramon’s long locks. Ramon enjoyed the attention (smile).

Aileen and Ramon were both very grateful to have been a part of this event to raise awareness for disability employment.  I personally was truly blessed to work with them both because they were very welcoming, easy to work with and inspiring.

I met Aileen’s family and interacted with her eldest daughter who loved my work and jewelry designs and snatched up one of my cuffs. At the event I gifted Aileen with a vintage button cuff handmade by me since she fell in love with the one I wore to our styling session. I will have the privilege of accompanying her when she goes shopping soon to assist with styling and re-vamping her wardrobe.

I want to thank Goodwill Industries of NY/NJ for the opportunity to be part of such a great cause as well as stylist & fashion blogger Jamillah of http://www.made-to-travel.com/ who recommended me to Goodwill. I’m looking forward to next year!

Here is a link to a write up & video of the Goodwill Suits You event by Goodwill Industries NY/NJ.

Please help support Goodwill Industries NY/NJ by donating your gently used clothes to them (locations) or giving a monetary donation on their website. Your donation will help empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. 

Happy Friday! Thank goodness for my #Starbucks travel mug! Loving my #teddy #bear #multiway #fingerless #gloves and #camo #crossbody #purse #justmystyle #accessorized #style #fashion

Happy Friday! Thank goodness for my #Starbucks travel mug! Loving my #teddy #bear #multiway #fingerless #gloves and #camo #crossbody #purse #justmystyle #accessorized #style #fashion

Todays #armcandy - #metal #cuff painted #black with #gold streaks; gold #cuffling closure - this piece definitely inspired a few of my cuff creations - #jewelry #jewelrylover #bracelet #fashion #instafashion

Todays #armcandy - #metal #cuff painted #black with #gold streaks; gold #cuffling closure - this piece definitely inspired a few of my cuff creations - #jewelry #jewelrylover #bracelet #fashion #instafashion

Some of my awesome East Harlem @goodwillnynj finds…the night of #goodwillsuitsyou event - Ann Taylor #cuffs and #Pulsar #watch - love #thrift finds - #thrifty #thrifted #savvy #fashion #armcandy #style #Stylish #justmystyle

Some of my awesome East Harlem @goodwillnynj finds…the night of #goodwillsuitsyou event - Ann Taylor #cuffs and #Pulsar #watch - love #thrift finds - #thrifty #thrifted #savvy #fashion #armcandy #style #Stylish #justmystyle

Silver cord knotted bracelet with large silver beads to secure the loop closure - posting to luchiesboutique.etsy.com later today #LuchiesCreations #handmade #handmadejewelry #knot #knotting #cord #silver #DIY #jewelry #armcandy #bracelet #jewelrylove #jewelrylover #instagood #instajewelry #fashion #fashionista #justmystyle

Silver cord knotted bracelet with large silver beads to secure the loop closure - posting to luchiesboutique.etsy.com later today #LuchiesCreations #handmade #handmadejewelry #knot #knotting #cord #silver #DIY #jewelry #armcandy #bracelet #jewelrylove #jewelrylover #instagood #instajewelry #fashion #fashionista #justmystyle