Heavy on Fashion reviews: OGIO Brooklyn bag*

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Every girl has to have a cute handbag but not many handbags are cute and functional. Ogio is known for their sports bags and luggage. Luckily now Ogio has a women's line with the same durability as the other line but with  a bit more style.



Well today I am going to talk about my thoughts on the Brooklyn Bag. Yes, another review! This fashionable shoulder bag serves as a tablet case and everyday purse. Great for a blogger like me to carry my camera, smart phone, and tablet while heading to my next event. The Brooklyn is absolutely adorable. I can wear it with just about anything and for almost any occasion. It is very comfortable cross body. This bag is great for everyday use. I also love that has a closure for every compartment. I am known for loosing things so having a bag with a place for everything is so my style. 

The Brooklyn retails for $40
and
Comes in 4 colors (Emerald, Cobalt, Loaded, and Raspberry)

I would like to thank Ogio for letting me review such a great bag.


Pick up your Ogio Brooklyn handbag today at http://ogio.com/

You can also find Ogio at:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ogio

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Heavy on Fashion talks to Nataly Aponte


Hello all my fashion diva and gurus! You love jewlery...I love jewlery. I am happy to bring to you a fantastic Brooklyn based jewelry designers and craftswomen, Nataly Aponte. Nataly is launching her next collection: The Matchstick Collection. The Matchstick Collection is her largest, and also most varied with uses of fine metals such as yellow gold, sterling silver, and citrine, as well as gems such as garnet, rubilitie, topaz, and more. Here is a look at Nataly's latest collection and How Ms. Aponte started as a jewelry designer

Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Nataly Aponte!


Photos Courtesy of Nataly Aponte

Heavy on Fashion:  Where are you from? 

Nataly Aponte: I'm from NY. Born in the Bronx and my family moved to Larchmont when I was 5 years old.

Heavy On Fashion: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of jewelry.

Nataly Aponte: I'm usually inspired by a gemstone, color, pattern, or material. Sometimes furniture or a well styled interior. Simple shapes and nature can get my wheels turning. I also have a passion for ribbon and knotting. Most of my larger pieces start there.

Heavy On Fashion: How would you define your city's jewelry?

Nataly Aponte: NY is edgy and modern. There is constant reinvention. Materials are always being pushed to the limit. Each designer can have their own take on materials. You can walk around all day and see variations of one common denominator. I love seeing an interesting piece of jewelry on someone and wonder, who made that?

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Heavy On Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

Nataly Aponte: At a very young age. I began making those colored woven plastic string bracelets they teach you in camp and never stopped making and creating since then. My aunt gave me a box of leather swatches she had from a shoe designer she worked for. I loved the leather, texture, and colors so much I decided to make earrings out of them. I folded, cut, glued, and jeweled them up in my grandmothers house and gifted them for Christmas. This box traveled with me for years up until art school. It became my palette until all the scraps were gone. My aunt still has her earrings!



Heavy On Fashion: What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer? 

Nataly Aponte: When I run into someone who's wearing one of my pieces and I cannot stop starring at how great it looks on them. Part of me adorns them. That's a huge feeling.

Heavy On Fashion: How would you define your personal style? 

Nataly Aponte: Eccentric, eclectic, vintage meets modern. I'm pretty glamorous!






Heavy On Fashion: What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design? 

Nataly Aponte: When I have one idea for a piece and I can instantly see other variations unfold. Its all there, I just have to quickly get moving with a raging fire!

Heavy On Fashion: What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

Nataly Aponte: Nataly Aponte=matchsticks! The girl who creates fire and then some...


Heavy On Fashion: What does fashion mean to you? 

Nataly Aponte: Your own style, periods that inspire you, colors and materials that resonate with you, things you feel good in. Not what's trending, that's kinda like following a seasonal look book. Unless you're into the trend but always try and put your own stamp on it. Mix it your way! In a city where black is a staple, you can be in head to toe black but its the accessories that truly define you.

Check out more from Nataly Aponte at http://natalyaponte.com/
and on 

I would like to thank Nataly for doing this interview

Until Next time
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Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's Girl Nights out in NYC - Fall 2011

Hey guys! As you all know, I had a chance to cover Shecky's Girls Night Out in New York City.  I am a fan of Shecky's  event but this time around I found some great fashion, a celebrity sighting, and of course some great cocktails. Here is Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's in NYC!  

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Vh1's Tough Love Miami @ Shecky's

Host and matchmaker Steve Ward along with fellow match maker and founder of Master Matchmaker Joann Ward (also Steve's Mom!) was at Shecky's giving out some great dating advice to all the ladies in New York! 


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Don't you just love this dress. Fabulous! 

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Here is a look at the crowd for Steve and Joann. Many ladies had some awesome question about relationships and dating. I have to say that Steve and Joann gave some grand advice. 

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Sidenote: I am really loving Joann's style! 

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When Steve took off his jacket, I knew he was  about to get down to business! He did and gave out some much needed Tough Love! Check out their site at http://www.mastermatchmakers.com/

The Crowd at Shecky's Girls Night Out
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There was tons of great vendors at Girl's Night from fashion to some serious accessories. I love supporting indie businesses! One of my fav accessories at the event was Brooklyn Charm. They gave away a fabulous necklace. I will have pictures of the necklace soon but in the meantime check them out at http://www.brooklyncharmshop.com/

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Shoes! 



My fashion Pick

All the fashion booths were great but I was so elated to see a plus size vendor at Shecky's! Here is my fashion Pick at Shecky's Girls Night out!

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PopUp Plus is a pop up store for plus size women. Pop Up Plus have tons of designers fashions for a reasonable price.  As a plus size fashionista, it was great to see something in my size. 
For more information on Pop Up Plus go to http://popupplusonline.com/

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I love this skirt, too Cute! 

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A great pair of slacks can go a long way. I loved the detail on the pockets. Very stylish!

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I love this caged shoulder top. Very Chic! 

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I loved this red dress! A red dress, I think, is essential for any closet. 


Beverages

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Cointreau was giving away complimentary cocktails to everyone. I got the Skinny Basil Lemonade. I really liked it. Many of the ladies at the event were fans of the Cointreau Cranberry.  Check out Cointreau at http://www.cointreau.us/

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I did n't know that Dita Von Teese was the spokeswoman for Cointreau Liquor..Wow!

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Qream

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Surprisingly I was a fan of the Qream Liquor Strawberry. Usually I do not like strawberry flavored beverages but this was pretty good. QREAM was a collaboration with Diageo and Grammy Award-winning musician, Pharrell Williams. Check them out at http://www.qreamwithaq.com/

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Bud Light

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Bud Light was at the event again this year presenting their 55 calorie beer and all the flavors that would appeal to all at Shecky's. 

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Beauty and Hair

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I heard great things about Miss Jessie's hair products. I first saw them at WBLS Circle of Sister's event. I am was surprised and pleased to see them at Shecky's!  Miss Jessie's has a array of products for every hair type. They also gave away a great goodie bag full of Miss Jessie's samples! Check out Miss Jessie's at http://www.missjessies.com/

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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

I almost fainted when I saw Maybeline giving makeover to all the women of Shecky's! How beautastic is that?!  You can not go wrong with free makeover done by Maybeline.  The waiting list was long, which is understandable since it is free! Check out Maybeline at http://www.maybelline.com/

Side note:  I know "beautastic" is not a word but hey roll with me on this

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My look 

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It was raining so my look was very casual. A vintage tee, some jewelry, my brown Ugg Australia boots, and my favorite jeans. There is nothing with being casual once in a while just wear some lipstick and you are good to go! 

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The Swag Bag 


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Here is a look at the infamous Shecky's Swag Bag. Tons of samples! I had a great time at Shecky's once again...It is a great place to hang out with the girls and have a great time. For more information on Shecky's go to http://www.sheckys.com/ 




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