Ollari

We had the opportunity of meeting Miss Meagan Ollari, an up and coming designer from New Jersey making waves in the Fashion World here in NYC. Not only did we get a chance to meet her, she invited us to her fabulous apartment in Astoria and we played dress up with our favorite pieces in her collection!

Our friends at Salon Hecho, in the Lower East Side were so gracious to let us shoot in the collection. The pieces are absolutely incredible, feminine, edgy & bold!

Where did your inspirations come from to design the line? My inspirations for my designs are derived from literally anything and everything around me. Motifs, architecture, art, people, and my travels naturally inspire me…. different cultures especially. This particular collection [SS2015] was inspired by my love for the 60’s MOD era intertwined with African-esc motifs. I incorporated ethnic beadwork and embroidery into breezy silhouettes from the 60’s and 70’s.

For whom did you design this line? What kind of woman? My niche is women ages 18-35. She is confident, outgoing, independent and sensuous. The Ollari woman is eccentric and daring. She works hard and plays harder. My woman embodies many of the same characteristics as do I; and as I always say, I essentially design for myself. It’s easy to capture the essence of whom I design for when I am the visionary, living the life and wearing the collections.

What is your own personal style? If you had to title your style, what would you call it? To be honest, my personal style is ALL over the place! I would call it “Chameleon Chic”. It’s super interchangeable depending on my mood (which changes a lot!). I love to dress up some days in a super feminine look then be a complete tomboy vibe the next.

Where can we shop your line? Once my shipments arrive, you will be able to purchase my collections off of my website www.Ollari.com. I am also participating in a few popup shops in the NYC area in the upcoming months so anyone can shop my collection on-location! In addition, I am working toward getting my line into various department stores and contemporary boutiques. Ultimately, I plan on selling my collections in exclusive Ollari boutiques nationwide as well as international locations.

What celebrity do you identify with most style wise? Good question, hmmm I would have to say a mixture of both Beyoncé and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. I identify with Beyoncé’s curve-hugging silhouette choices and ability to mix it up from casual to class and sass . I can also identify with the Olsen twins’ boho-chic vibe.

 

Here’s the beautiful, talented super woman behind the collection!

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Follow the collection on Instagram @_OLLARI_

Shop: Ollari

Photos shot at: Salon Hecho

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You, Me & Capri

On my trip to Amalfi, I knew I couldn’t visit without stopping at the island of Capri. Before visiting, I did my research on Capri the island was referred to as “magical” and even “mythical.” Ancient tales claim that the island was enchanted and housed beautiful mermaids.

We took a private boat tour to Capri that left from Praino, the tour company was La Boa, they hosted an exceptional experience. For 60 Euros we had a 10 hour excursion that stopped in Capri, we experienced the entire coast by boat also made several stops to dock and swim at sea.

When we docked and stepped foot on the island the smell of fresh flowers circled the air, the colors poured right before your eyes, the larger than life rocks climbed out of the water, the sound of seagulls right above our heads, I knew this island was a slice of heaven. The high end shops, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Giorgio Armani & Prada play a little part in the islands enchantment. I even came across a picture of Jay-Z & Beyoncé at one of the restaurant windows.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any mermaids on my visit to Capri but I definitely felt the magical energy flowing through the island.

The pictures below are of the boat ride and the amazingness that is the Island of Capri.

Ti Amo Positano!

“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before” – Dali Lama

I read that quote a few years ago and I’ve truly lived by it.  I visit some place new once a year and if possible, I take the opportunity to try twice. With that said I’ve been to a few places but I’ve never seen anything quite like the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I took a test on Facebook, “What is your souls nationality?” and the results were “Italian” so perhaps my soul is bias, but I fell in love with this part of the world.

The water is beautifully colored, deep dark turquoise contrasting against very green mountains that are wrapped in white houses. Nature is in every blink, the sky, the sea, the flowers, the trees, the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the sun, every home is being engulfed by vines sprouting these pink-purple flowers.

The Italians with their wonderful accents and golden skin, their delicious food, their warm homes, their refreshing wine. It’s paradise in every sense of the word.  I tried to capture the best place on earth but my pictures don’t even do it justice, the pictures below were taken in Amalfi, Positano & Furore, Italy.

Everyone must go at least once in their lifetime, I will certainly return.

Dileiny is wearing: Hat by JCrew/ Sunnies by Forever2/ Romper by Forever21

London Town II

London is one of the prettiest cities I have visited, amazing structures live at almost every corner, with colorful flowers painting most windows and the women, oh so chic! I sat at Caffé Nero and people watched, I only had a short time there but I could have sat there for hours. I was mostly intrigued by the women, they’re the epitome of effortless fashion, with flowing skirts and pretty printed dresses. I was really inspired by their femininity.

After the Caffé, I strolled over to the shopping strip where Harrods stands on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, a really cool building embodying a very old school British feel. I stopped in at Harrod’s and a few others on the strip and of course bought myself a printed dress, and a skirt.

Our host made reservation for us on Sunday to a “Sunday Roast” at Windsor Castle. A Sunday Roast is a British tradition which has a thanksgiving vibe to it. We feasted on roasted meat, veggies, potatoes and gravy and recoup from the weekend.

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Dileiny is wearing: Top by American Apparel/ Skirt by Zara/ Necklace by JCrew/ Shoes by Steve Madden/ Bag by The Gap

 

London Town

I visited London for a weekend, and stayed with a friend in his lovely apartment. Soon as we got in, we hit the tube and went to the tourist attractions. Luckily for anyone visiting London, the West Minster stop from High Street, Kensington leaves you near a few big London sights. We jumped off the Underground on West Minster and immediately walked out to The London Eye & Big Ben, a few blocks away the Horse Guards.

My outfit for sight seeing in London was this cool militant green over lay, I wore it over a cropped tank and shorts.

Dileiny is wearing: Top by Forever 21/ Shorts by Old Navy/ Bag by The Gap/ Necklace by Jcrew/ Sandals by Steve Madden

 

What’s Your Style?

My friends and I have had conversations on what we’d title our individual styles. Chic Bohemian American Hipster, is there such thing? Was it the look I was going for? I don’t really know. When I style myself I go for comfort and ease,  I want to wear things I can move freely in, I love gold and bracelets and I have really long arms so they work well on me. Check out one of my favorite pieces that embodies all the things I love in a dress.  Wear clothes that make you happy!

Dileiny is wearing: Dress by Gap/Neckalce by Anthropologie/ Shades by RayBan/ Sneakers by Converse

 

 

Art~Garden~Life

We went to the New York Botanical Garden for the art and garden exhibit of Frida Kahlo yesterday. It was one of their evening exhibits, Frida Al Fresco Evening. Although, I couldn’t take pictures of the paintings and the entire exhibit, I took a few pictures where I was allowed. Walking through the recreation of the Casa Azul was beautiful, for a woman that had so many dark moments, her house was colorful and full of life. After the Library exhibit, we were greeted with a drink and a blanket where we could lounge on the lawn and close the evening sipping on a cocktail, listening to the sounds of a trio Mexican band. The evening gave a great sense of who Frida was and her lifestyle in Mexico City. If you are in New York this summer the Frida Al Fresco Evening is a must do!

 

 

Red, White & Cute

Michelle rocks her patriotism right where you can see it, on her head! Throw on any white tee or tank and get a flag headband, its that simple to achieve this adorable look!

Michelle is wearing: Tank by Forever 21/ Shorts by Old Navy/ Headband by Forever21/ Sneakers by Converse