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Photo Ready

I look forward to writing this blog every month. And I am deeply disappointed that I have missed couple of months. Fashion styling business can become very intense at times and lately it's been especially crazy. 

We're back at our favorite vintage spot in downtown Bethlehem; The Attic, and still with our lovely model Faith Garavaglia. As usual, I was stunned by the beautiful photographs by John Rounds. 

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I was also enthralled by the edginess and raw passion that leaped off Faith's outfit that she picked out herself.  In photos of Faith striking a pose, John Rounds offers the most startling and compelling images of any fashion blog today. 

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"If you've got it, flaunt it," is the motto of this particular photo-shoot. And "flaunt it" she did, showing that women continue to find distraction, indulgence, perhaps even solace, in uniqueness of vintage fashion. And this time, our joy is all about this dress by Romeo and Juliet. 

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Faith's outfit is a pitch for the party girl in modern/industrial mode.  We're shifting from spring's palette of pale, dusty shades to a moody black and from frocks with major flow to a highly constructed shillouettes. 

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In fact, strong boho inspired silhouettes were a big theme behind 2018 Fall Fashion shows. Brands like Self-Portrait, Balmain or Tom Ford appreciate the value of more and kind of fashion that can exude modern and futuristic romanticism. 

If you are one of these girls looking to deliver controlled fashion drama just start by eliminating multiple chiffon layerings in favor of chic tailoring in black. 

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Other elements to look for in the near future are black lace, white satin embroidered with flowers, studded black leather- capturing moods from elegance to S&M. 

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As always the result of our creative collaboration with our wonderful make-up artist Danika Clevenstine, photographer John Rounds and super talented model Faith Garavaglia was a fabulous photoshoot. 

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Once again we need to acknowledge The Attic boutique for letting us roam their wonderful and chic supply of magical clothes and accessories. Everybody who loves vintage treasures will go gaga over The Attic's selection, and here we're making it official. 

Faith wears: Dress by Romeo and Juliet, Shoes: Kathleen Van Zaan, Jacket: Veda. All clothes and accessories provided by The Attic. 

MODEL: FAITH GARAVAGLIA

MAKEUP: DANIKA CLEVENSTINE

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN ROUNDS

FASHION STYLIST: DANUTA BYRA 

True Bohemian

Once again bohemian glam with a high-fashion edge is hitting the streets. 

Traditional Bohemian.

Traditional Bohemian.

The everyday made special. 

The everyday made special. 

Lucky for me (and you!), I work with people who are not only amazingly talented, they're also totally fantastic and fun to be around. Don't let a sudden storm or high heel discomfort ruin a good fashion day! Always have your flats handy, you will still look fabulous. Especially with a big, white and furry beauty next to your leg. 

CHOCOLATE LAB IN BETHLEHEM

CHOCOLATE LAB IN BETHLEHEM

We found the sweetest treats for your day! Chocolate Lab in Bethlehem! Must stop by on your next trip there! Go ahead, indulge! Thank goodness you're off that awful summer diet! ....

Special secret. 

Special secret. 

We're obssessed with details. 

We're obssessed with details. 

Want the most gorgeous cropped tops you can get this Fall? (We're guessing you said yes.)

Top Row from the  Left:  Nike ,  Zaful ,  No. 21 . Bottom Row from the Left:  Gucci ,  T by Alexander Wang ,  Tibi . 

Top Row from the  Left: Nike, Zaful, No. 21. Bottom Row from the Left: Gucci, T by Alexander Wang, Tibi

Bring on Autumn. 

Bring on Autumn. 

Fabulous contemplation. 

Fabulous contemplation. 

They've got it all. 

They've got it all. 

Leave us with the retro feel. 

Leave us with the retro feel. 

Now let's take a look at the skirts from "oh-so-long" to "wow-that's short" and everything in-between...

Elevate your everyday. 

Elevate your everyday. 

Carefree but style-rich look. 

Carefree but style-rich look. 

Hair buns conquer all!

Hair buns conquer all!

Bee Friendly! 

Bee Friendly! 

A woman's best collection. 

A woman's best collection. 

Once again photographer John Rounds hit the bull's eye with Moravian Book Shop and Chocolate Lab in Bethlehem story. He truly captured Jamie's essence. And thank you Mr. and Mrs. Klein, for bringing your talented and refreshingly beautiful daughter into this world. 

Break with tradition. 

Break with tradition. 

Full of Sunlight!

Full of Sunlight!

You need to sit and meet.... 

You need to sit and meet.... 

or read....

or read....

Very important. 

Very important. 

Classic jewels. 

Classic jewels. 

Moravian Book Shop might seem like a tiny little place from the outside but it is a pretty big space inside. This unusual Bethlehem hot spot is the perfect combination for book lovers, fashion, beauty, home design, food and coffee. 

Shoes? Let's put the fashion world at your feet!

Power up with  handmade chocolate .  

Power up with handmade chocolate.  

We've gone to town! 

We've gone to town! 

Thank you for your hospitality ALRENE BROCKEL of Chocolate Lab in Bethlehem and thank you Moravian Bookshop.  

Jamie is wearing: her own jewelry, vintage cropped top by Hollister, skirt: J.Crew, Bag: J.Crew, shoes: Jessica Simpson

MODEL: JAMIE KLEIN

MAKEUP: DANIKA CLEVENSTINE

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN ROUNDS

STYLIST: DANUTA BYRA

Coloring Faces- Interview with Danika.

Few things are more seductive than a soft shapely beautifully defined pair of ...lips.

A sophisticated mix of diva-rich shades complemented by soft, bohemian hues.

A sophisticated mix of diva-rich shades complemented by soft, bohemian hues.

Let's face it our amazing makeup artist star Danika Clevenstine deserves props for giving a lovely boost to our AFP photoshoots. She's been "coloring" faces of our models, and her style and aesthetics are always a DO! From deeply dramatic to softly romantic, every make up look produced by Danika is perfect.

AFP: Danika can you please tell us a little about Jamie's latest look?

Danika: We wanted to go for something high in glam but also keep things natural to make sure her makeup didn't take away from her beautiful looks for the shoot. This look was a peachy "smokey" eye paired with a coral lip. Even though Jamie has BEAUTIFUL lashes, we did give her false lashes to give her eyes some added definition.

Breathtaking photography by John Rounds.

Breathtaking photography by John Rounds.

AFP: Which element of make-up work do you most enjoy?

Danika: I love teaching girls how to do makeup and I also love seeing the added confidence that they have when they put it on. I love building connections with the models that I teach at a modeling agency and teaching them things that they won't only use on auditions but also for the everyday life. 

AFP: Who do you most enjoy working with?

Danika: I love our fashion blog team. Any time I get to work with John Rounds in a shoot is amazing- we work very well together and his work is some of the best I've seen. I also love working with Danuta, she has an infectious personality and is so welcoming- these are my favorite individuals to works with mainly because we work so well together and bring the best fashion photography to life in the Lehigh Valley. 

AFP: You've worked on a lot of A Fashion Page photo-shoots and you have worked with models at other places as well, how does that feel, and how do you prepare for those?

Danika: After working with Jamie a few times, I know how to fix her brow shape to make it perfect. When your working with a new face it's sort of a challenge and I love a good challenge! You will always work with different personalities too but it makes your job fun. Over the four years I've been a certified makeup artist, I've worked on many different faces and skin tones, you are more comfortable as time goes on. Making sure I go in prepared makes things easier so I am ready for any looks they throw at me. 

AFP: Do you like creating really out-there looks, or do you prefer something classically beautiful?

Danika: I truly believe that makeup should accentuate your features and not hide them. You are made to look like you do, so I prefer a natural look. I never do a crazy eye and a crazy lip, sort of a makeup artist rule, you play only one area of the face up and tone down the other. 

AFP: What do you think makes a great model?

Danika: CONFIDENCE! This is the number one thing I tell girls, be confident and the pictures will follow, it's really all you have to do. Confidence is infectious and will show through your pictures. 

AFP: Does everyone look better with make-up?

Danika: That's a hard one to answer: yes or not too. I've heard the saying but I feel confident with or without makeup and even as a makeup artist most of the time I am not wearing makeup. (Danuta probably hasn't seen me once with makeup on lol!)- I actually prefer no makeup for me. Although I do believe even a small amount of makeup can help to even out skin tone or make your eyes pop. But there are days where I feel prettier without it on. 

AFP: What is in your personal make-up bag?

Danika: In my personal makeup bag I have: an eye lash curler (which is key!), Tarte setting powder, makeup Forever foundation,  Buxom mascara, Tarte shape tape concealer, Anastasia brow wiz in soft brown and flower child blush by Becca- pretty much my 5 minute face items! I don't even use eyeshadows for work or eyeliner, just the basics! 

AFP: If you turn up at a shoot and the model has terrible skin, what do you do?

Danika: First thing is to evaluate the skin. I keep a bag of sugar in my handbag in case we can do a sugar scrub to get off some dead skin before makeup application. There was a time where I had TERRIBLE skin and is actually why I got into makeup.  So, I am really good at helping to cover blemishes, especially with the color correction skills I learned in my makeup program.

For further information please visit Danika's website at makeupbydanika.com

JAMIE WEARS: Romper: LULUS, Earrings: H&M, Chokers: Steve Madden

MAKE UP: Danika Clevenstine

PHOTOGRAPHY: John Rounds

MODEL: Jamie Klein

FASHION STYLIST: Danuta Byra