guys. art. dolls. vintage

Paper Doll Boutique opened on November 10, 2007. In Celebration of its 3 year anniversary; PDB decided to construct 3 events. The first event─Phase: 1, Guys. Art. Dolls. Vintage. We will be selling designer vintage and brands sold at Paper Doll Boutique at discounted prices. The next two events are to be announced.

Friday, November 5th 9pm to 1am
Guys. Art. Dolls. Vintage
3 years: 3 events: Phase 1
Open Bar from 9-10pm and cocktail specials for the entire night.
Admission $10, Free admission if you RSVP to ali@paperdollnyc.com
Designer vintage items, Married to the Mob, DIMEPIECE and art available for purchase.
Free DIMEPIECE and Married to the MOB giveaways!!!!
1079 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Check flyer for more info!


eyes heart SB!

celebrity eyewear designer Stevie Boi
beautiful nightmare─ celebrity eye wear designer Stevie Boi emulates art with an obscurely chic; sense of structure. “My design Aesthetic is based around my nightmares and imagination it’s never to be taken too serious”; explains Stevie. SB experimented with the art of designing at a tender age─ “When I was a little kid in Germany I designed my mother a Morticia dress. She was like I am going to beat you’re a**!" Lmao! I had cut up her curtains. Also, I would make sunglasses out of head scarves. I remember seeing Paris Hilton wore bug eye glasses, Grace Jones wore a lot of shades that covered her entire face and I think she is everything”. The melodramatic designers’ initial start was in 2009, cycle three ANTMEva Pigford set the eye-cing on the cake, sporting the whimsically contoured eyewear in Obvious Magazine.


halloween time

The most spook-tacular time of the year is swiftly approaching; West Indian sketch artist Byron James presents the annual Masquerade Ball, Friday October 29, 2010 held at the International Buffet 1100 Stewart Ave, Garden City NY. Come tricked in your coolest thematic costume; for a treat filled with free give-aways, live music and a guest performance by hip hop rap phenomenon─ Chubb Rock.


trend-report: sweet deal

H&M sweaters 9.95 each
Swedish hipster store H&M never fails with its cool approach.  This autumn; play up your wardrobe with a punch of animation. Cartoonish garments are invitingly merriment conversation pieces. Pair with super skinny jeans coated with a chic cable knit cardigan to add a layering appeal; complete with rad lace-up bootie. Each sweater is priced at a minimal $9.95  a cheap is chic steal!


I dream of teen part 2 ft. bobbi brown

Chic retweet─ On October 14, 2010 beenalabella.com attended the Teen Vogue Bobbi Brown beauty rules party held in downtown NYC. The Event featured Teen Vogues’ darling editor in chief ─ Amy Astley, super cool allies─  beauty blogger Eva Chen and style blogger Andrew Bevan, minimalist make-up artist Bobbi brown, J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, make-up /nail segments with the Bobbi Brown beauty team, hair tips/styling with Bumble & Bumble along with style sessions with Teen Vogue editors, topped with music by spin diva─ Dj Chelsea Leyland. oh! and sweetened with fabulous giveaways─ beauty rules tote bag full of hip accessories /beauty trinkets, candy jars full of yummy treats, beauty rule stickers/rulers, fun freebies followed by the New Bobbi Brown beauty rules book .


runway news: spring forward

photos courtesy of www.style.com
Wishing, wanting and wearing- though were only in the premature days of fall, nostalgically I've begun to covet spring apparel. Could it be the S/2011 RTW runway teasers? or the possibility that spring is a balmier, beamer form of the Fall (climatically speaking). With a slew of quaint designs blossoming this Spring 2011, I found myself sprung on the budding looks of Moschino’s Cheap&Chic Spring 2011 ready-t0-wear collection. My sentiments for punchy patterns, pop-tart prints, feminine fabrics and delicate drapery; gorgeously amalgamated into one chic bouquet. Oh and let's not over-look the upbeat, fresh faces finished with flushed velvet red lips. When spring 2011 primarily sprouts, beenalabella.com will bloom.


trend-report: playful baubles

Yazbukey brooches and necklace
Double dose─ when it comes to luck, its often expressed; three times a charm. Well in this report two times is delightful!. While doing some blog browsing, I scrolled upon a street style photo of a congenially chic women ─Michelle Harper─posing against a vehicle on two au courant blog sites, The Cut and StreetPeeper. But as customary, it wasn’t the probable. Most would ponder that I was obsessing over her mode approach, when contrarily this eye of the beholder found herself fastened at the picturesque necklace adorning Mrs. Harper’s neckline; while shadowing her peek-a-boo see-through mesh top. Fortuitously; photographer Phil Oh of StreetPeeper disclosed the designer(s) of the animated bauble─ Yazbukeywhich put an au fait smile across my face.  The dynamic duo are sisters; Yaz and Emel of ‘Mehmet Ali Pasha, King of Egypt’. Presently dwelling in Paris; the decorative dual are constructing an assortment of whimsically quirky pieces. 

 Visit www.shop.yazbukey.com


beauty index: triple play

1. new Rimmel Lash Accelerator, 2. new Covergirl Lashblast Fusion, 3. newMaybelline Volum' Express The Falsies

Stay true to your natural lashes skip the glue, promote the growth. Give your pretty winkers a voluminous boost with three NEW marvelous mascaras, each formulated to promote longer, ample lashes without the falsely fuss.  Rimmel New lash Accelerator instantly elongates lashes up to 80% within a 30 day trial period; its strengthening technique elevates lashes up to 117% after 30 days. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies is enriched with Kera-fiber, advancing 8x more volume minus the clumps, its singular wand is designed to divide each lash granting the look of 300% more lashes. Covergirl Lashblast Fusion is Covergirl's 1st Volume +Length mascara augmented with a fiberstretch formula; including a colossal brush fortified to produce lavish lashes. Now it’s time for a lashful game of true or false, which beauty preference will you choose?


designer update: october's own ' happy 21st birthday MW!

photo courtesy of www.sequinsofevents.com

Ambitious girl─within a year; with drive & dreams, your entire world can evolve, fashion designer/blogger Moneysha Walker- Moneyontherockks designs, is the epitome of revolutionary. I can recall the first time I met Ms. Walker , it was in 2008 through the former cyber hot-spot─ myspace.com, her profile photo at the time was a (self -designed) denim frock that hinted all things flirtatiously chic. We briefly chatted via inbox establishing a defined understanding of each other’s present aspirations. Threading forward─ in 2009 after viewing MW designs, Walker and I collaborated for an interview following the launching of beenalabella.com, it was my first feature designer ─April 2009 behind the seams: moneyontherockks. Poshly present─ Walker has clicked her 7 inch heels in a manifold of smart foundations, (grab a pen & pad aspiring fashion designers, time to take notes).


themagazine(ok) features beenalabella.com

beenalabella.com had the honor of being featured in the October 2010 issue of the monthly art/fashion webzine─ themagazine(ok), pg80-81; belle of the ball: blogger beenalabella breaks it down. It was an absolute pleasure being interviewed by the Editor in Chief/Creator of themagazine(ok)─Faith Bowman. I formerly met Faith at the Chictopia10 media tech summit in September 2010; when she snapped a photo of me during the event, her candid directorial is what inveigled me. She didn’t want the generic picture-ready guise, she opted for an effortless yet organic stance. I would like to thank the magazine(ok) once again for the amazing feature. To view the interview click on the page (above) and the article will enlarge, click on arrows to view next page.


designer update: tropical traces

GoomBay design, fashion sketch designer Nykarlio

The notorious concrete jungle (NYC) isn’t the only respected landmark for fashion inspiration; muse defining designs are being washed ashore from island settings and culture chic locations.  Fashion sketch artist -Nykarlio ; encompasses his Bahamian ethos, the now 18 year old  designer  isn’t a fresh face to beenalabella.com, he was first featured in January 2010 ‘watercolors’. Oh but the tides have changed, the double feature artist rippled his latest sketches to all things GoomBay. Here’s his elucidation of the festive aesthetic “Being from the Bahamas, Goombay to me represents color, fun, excitement and energy. All of these elements happened to be what I wanted to portray in this particular line so I figured, "Hey, Goombay would be the ideal name." Everything in this line "POPS" and I made sure that all the pieces were filled with beautiful colors which for me, embody Goombay .


runway news: a.m. hair talk

photo courtesy of nymag.com Diesel spring 2011 and beenalabella.com Summer 2010
It is often said that the early bird catches the worm; well in some cases. This early bird actually caught the coif?  Let me further elaborate; this morning while checking my emails and browsing the web (around 7:30 am) to be exact. I came across an engaging photo which prompted me to read the article linked to it. www.nymag.comThe Cut; featured an article  - Fifteen Genius Hair Ideas From New York Fashion Week , however it wasn’t the article that gripped my attention but merely the photo that  illustrated a  resembling hairstyle , one I’ve experimented; when  opting not to chemically relax my hair.  It enthused me to link the photos together in effort to display the similarities and also my adoration for such a simply chic look.  The new found photo is a candid from ─Diesel Spring 2011 ‘topknot at Diesel Black Gold. Though the Diesel display has a bit more of a bulbous boost, the proof is in the coif, both resemblance are rather complimenting. Click here to view the slideshow of the Fifteen Genius Hair Ideas From New York Fashion Week


clean cut: smell like a man, takers style'

1. Chanel Bleu' 3.4oz 79.00 , 2. Marc Jacobs Bang' 3.4 oz 75.00, 3. Bvlgari Man' 3.4oz 79.00, 4.YSL La Nuit Del' Homme 3.4oz 75.00 available at Nordstrom

In the fancy lyrics of eloquentive rapper Drake; ‘better late than never’─ So I finally had the chance to view the action/thriller motion picture─TAKERS; featuring a distinguished collection of star studs─ Chris brown, Idris Elba, Paul Walker ,T.I and Hayden Christensen to name a salient few. I was riveted by the well-groomed/clever attire that was selected for the characters wardrobe. During the film I developed a cinema crush for the character─ A.J (Hayden Christensen) he exalted; with his spruce manner and complimentary urbane fedora. Did the silver screen inspire me? Profusely. Each character had their own distinctive style and demeanor. beenlabella.com decided to take matters into her own hands and tie her ferocious four with autumns trending fragrances.


blog contest: click click win!

photo courtesy of: wednesday-london.com
Dear Readers,

beenalabella.com has entered the lanvin for H&M  'vote for my  blog competiton' ''its a competition that allows your readers to show how much they like your blog" .The final prize consist of an exlusive trailor of the Lanvin for H&M fashion show. beenalabella.com would love your support, simply click on the banner to the right, which enters your vote. Thank you all for your support . contest ends October 7, 2010




sound bite: bubblegum fun

Recently I was referred by one of my readers (MK, Charlotte, NC) to check out Rihanna’s NEW music video─ ‘who’s that chick’. I have to say; I was totally spellbound by the psychedelic colors that splashed across the screen. It was like the quirky chic─ Harajuku Girls; visit the whimsy─ Candyland, the electrifying techno track produced by French house producer─  David Guetta intensified the animated aesthetic.  What’s your views on Ri Ri’s retro-chic approach?


love-her-look: shala monroque

As a fashion writer superlative style is imperative, 31 year old editor at large of British phenom; Pop MagazineShala Monroque, illustrates this theory with brilliancy. beenalabella.com first look at the chic demoiselle was her panache spread in the September 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. It was an instant love -her -look at first sight. Monroque’s thread for eccentrically rich hues, tribal garnishing combined with minimalism pieces, defines her look ─breathtakingly effortless. visit: www.harpersbazaar.com for more looks


mens style: drama king

who: Beau Averee, 20 what: Brazilian, Costa Rican, and Salvadorean. where: Long Island, NY why: theatrically androgynous stitched with a ferociously structured display


fashion week event: chictopa10 media tech summit

beenalabella@ Chictopia10 summit, photography: Cj James
vest: american eagle, dress: H&M, tights: target, shoes:miss sixty, hair bow: H&M , bracelets/earrings/rings: forever21, heart ring: RUYA closet

On Sunday September 12, 2010 beenalabella.com attended the Chictopia10 Media Tech Summit held at the illustrious Union Square ballroom in NYC. The Chictopia10 summit: is where global online taste makers meet executives from premium brands. The conference/luncheon consist of a refined round-table setting, collective with a room full of stylish attendees. Fashion/style bloggers, PR, photographers, editors, magazine representatives and so forth, gathered in a debonair setting to discuss branding, technology, trendsetting and social media. From a bloggers perspective, I found the discussion to be unpretentiously informative and practical. The panels were fashioned with a respected collaboration of speakers that each delivered their views on assigned subjects.


beauty index: curly coif

Versatility and convenience are principal facets when choosing a hairstyle. Natural Stylist Karen Wilson accedes to this factor with one additional basis ─manageability. Karen specializes in Natural Hairstyles, her video tutorials are constructed in the form of a coif DIY( do-it-yourself), she implies ;"If women knew the basic styling techniques and have the appropriate and quality products, natural styling can be done at home!". I viewed the video and was simply amazed at the effective transformation due to the products usage. In the tutorial Karen is applying Mira Curl Curling Jelly application which is formulated to boost and lengthen your natural curls. Visit www.happyhairboutique.com to purchase Mira Curl Curling Jelly


pick me up


(Inside "content") 

While shopping this afternoon in the local mall, I spotted a piece of style candy. The Swedish au courant clothing company ─H&M─ released their autumn 2010 seasonal fashion magazine oozing with beguiling editorials and trend references. I couldn’t refrain from sharing a sneak peek of the inviting content that will have you awestruck for the modish. Visit H&M stores for a copy


beauty index: only a day away...

(from left to right) limited addiction, sew psyched, merino cool, little brown dress
Dip your tips in autumn’s chicest shades. ESSIE nail polish distributes its’ NEW fall collection ─available September 1, 2010. Visit your local beauty supply store to experience the à la mode hues; analogous to this seasons prevailing styles. visit essie.com for more colours


bbm style-shot

The blackberry messenger epidemic (aka) BBM is the #1 gadget for sending instant messages, (that’s (if) you own a blackberry cell phone). This trendy tool is such a hit, that the competitive iPhone now offers a BBM App, along with Blackberry advertising a BBM Commercial, my response to the buzz ─ SWEET!. beenalabella.com decided to join in on the fun and create a feature goaded by her favorite, (uploading icon images). As a blackberry owner I’ve scrolled across a few chic images that lured me to hit “view profile and enlarge”, so I thought it would only be fitting to reveal the looks of such hip flicks.

NAME: Shari Elena Power

AGE: 18

BB series: Blackberry Bold 9000

HOMETOWN: Charlotte, NC

PERSONAL STYLE: To sum it up. It would be un-describable Lol

FAV BBM FEATURE: Haha the quick access to fellow Blackberry users :)


sound bite: ear buzz

Lyrical anthems are always a fresh way to start a trend. I actually heard this song "COOLER THAN ME" for the first time today on 106.1 KISSFM. The track is electrifying and the hook is addictively catchy, I couldn’t compose myself from repeating it (smile). I was so pumped that I tweeted how much I loved it but didn’t know who the artist was, in minutes I was sent a reply by a (non-follower) stating the artist was MIKE POSNER. Could it have been lyrical fate? , check out the video, I'll let you be the judge.

Happy Sunday!


I adore thee

Contrary to posting photos from the MARC JACOBS FALL/WINTER 2010/2011 collection; I felt the focal need to feature the video instead. What can I say about the grunge guru that would exhibit my profound emotion for his craft?, he is momentous to the fashion industry, one of the core arteries pumping the heart of the business. Jacobs musical preference for the spectacle of his collection was a classical rendition of ─“Over the Rainbow”, can I say virtuously brilliant!


to bey or not to bey?

Queen Bey is once again on the fashion radar. The social networks are instigating a media frenzy over her vacay get-up. Her and husband Rap tycoon─ Jay-Z are presently vacationing in St. Tropez while the paparazzi is having a flicking field day exposing her look. OMG!(via yahoo.com) labeled it“Garish”. In Beyonce's defense,“Fashion is a worn opinion”(via beenalabella.com) if the affluent bootylicious diva is content in her article of clothing ,than so be it, will it ruin her crowning career? Hail No!

What’s your thoughts on Beyonce’s style choice?


sound bite: swedish kiss

Sweet notes crooning in a soft pitch melodic─ Swedish indie singer─ Lykke Li 's music video "little bit" illustrates pure vintage panache sealed with a swedish kiss, while her look utters futuristic chic. Although the video was released in 2009, its timeless features make      it perpetual ,more than just a little bit. visit www.lykkeli.com for more music


double do with Sue

beenalabella.com and RightUpYourAly,
pair up for a (2) on 1 interview with posh jewelry designer Sue Tsai.

Cali' chic─ (bebe powder blue denim distressed mini shorts w/"her own added chain accents", white off shoulder/sleeveless top, passion pink flip flops, accessorized in "her's truly" Sue Tsai jewelry), topped with a rose-dream LV speedy bag; meek with a fresh face (no makeup, non-necessary) & great taste; this describes the free-spirited look of jewelry designer Sue Tsai, while interviewed by Fashion bloggers Karina (beenalabella) and Alyreche (RightUpYourAly). The 23 year old Taiwanese designers avidity to enter the opulent world of jewelry design, emerged from multiple avenues of interest- her parents ownership of a porcelain jewelry line (presently lucrative), while shopping she would come across items that she would love to reconstruct followed by her inner creativity. Tsai fondness for designing lead to her studying graphic design and marketing while attending Hofstra University, Long Island NY, she later launched her collection Sue Tsai Designs in 2007.


Prom Special 2010: Shari Power

Diva darling ─Shari Power celebrated her prom in style and stride at Michael Waltrip Raceworld located in Cornelius, North Carolina. The 17 year old glamista wore a sleek strapless satin black and white dress by B.Darlin paired with Barcelona red─ Steve Madden pumps. Her neck was draped in a dainty necklace by Belks. Power described her look for the night as “classy yet bold”, a true Carrie (SATC) replica. When it came to her vehicle of choice, Shari went for a fresh/sporty set of wheels, arriving in a Charcoal grey 2009 Jetta GLI. Her most memorable part of the night─ “When the ENTIRE student body got up to dance to "Shotz" by LMFAO”, states Power,while the highlight of the night was when─ “ 34 students either got arrested or received citations for underage drinking” ─Ouch!. Once prom was over Shari and friends kept it simple but adventurous, they hung out and went to an amusement park in the morning. After high school this class of 2010 graduate plans to attend ─The Art Institute in Charlotte, NC. When asked about her long term goal─ “I want to pursue something with art or travel. The question is "What" though?- she replies with a smile.
Promista- Shari Power
Shari and Friends "Gorgeous Group Photo"


sound bite: rude style

Ri Ri has hit the style note once again, this time she’s a startling soprano. Her new music video Rude Boy which aired 2/10/10- alludes an early 90’s eccentric Caribbean vibe entangled with figure-defining motifs, wild prints─ an abstract playground of bubblegum hues. Opposite the provocative lyrics and sultry dance moves, she tackles all that is fashionably fetching─, thigh high boots, skin-tight leggings, midriff –tops, over-sized accessories, theatrical coifs and racy one –pieces. The Barbadian princess channels a flirty- yet -certain demeanor by letting the guys know what she ─ want want want!


beauty index: viva la Gaga

Faces behind the Cause -Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga

Pucker up ladies for a new lip shade that’s sure to leave you goggling for Gaga. M.A.C cosmetics whipped up a new limited edition VIVA GLAM lipstick, branded after pop phenom ─Lady Gaga. Its features are a“high lustre finish and cool blue-pink shade”; every purchase of this sprightly tint goes to the M-A-C fund for the support of the continuous battle against HIV/AIDS. Gaga told Marie Claire in its March 2010 issue that the hue was implicated by one of M.A.C's very own lip colours ─ "I use to wear this MAC color called Pink Nouveau, but I tweaked it to make it my own. When you layer it, it's as dark as Pink Nouveau, but when you put it on sheer,it's really good for every day"─Gaga tells MC. Gaga is linked alongside 80’s style chameleon ─Cyndi Lauper in the VIVA GLAM campaign. The famed duo is making a glamorous statement- for -cause with every trace and looking Viva la Fabulous while doing so.

MAC lipstick in Viva Glam Gaga US $14.00


5 valentine's day ideas

Dear Guys ,

Roses are red , violets are blue, surprise your honey with something NEW. Valentine's Day is only a heartbeat away, awe the lady in your life with a tantalizing Valentine's Day treat. When doing so keep in mind what she likes , knowing is half the battle, smile!. Every women has a preference, there's the Cinema Cutie- she likes romantic flicks and a cuddle friendly scenery, the Fragrance lover - she delights in sweet aromas and flirty scents, the Diamond Dreamer- she rejoices in being draped in the most precious stone, the Spa Sweetie -she's all about being beautified with a little relaxation and pampering and last but not heartbreakingly least ,the Helpless Romantic - a fresh bouquet of pretty stems along with creamy milk chocolates -Ok , now that you have the V-day ideas, make like cupid and steal her heart.-Happy Valentines Day!





a sample of June Woods sketches

17 year old aspiring fashion designer ─Nykarlio Ferguson has the perfect aesthetic milieu for his vivaciously chic designs. Growing up in the scenic─Nassau, Bahamas─ Fergusons' sketching aptitude developed naturally as a child, while attending elementary school. Nykarlio is branded by the designer name ─June Woods, which stemmed from his birth month; he is presently finishing up his last year of high school in the Bahamas and plans on sharpening his design skills, while pursuing a college degree. Ferguson draws a liking for celebrity fashion designer ─Sean John and his knack at creating sartorially stylish ─men and women’s clothing. Nykarlio depicts his personal style as a blend of─ “prep and high fashion”. He commends his mom for being his role model and key encouragement. Aside from designing, Ferguson exercises his athleticism by partaking in track & field , his future prospect ─“to become an international designer and help out in different charities”. Sounds like a Fashion Mogul in the Making.