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Meet Emily Faulstich, Ultimate Cool Girl, Photographer, and Creative Behind the Brand, Wildfox Posted on 7 Apr 03:00 , 0 comments

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As designer, photographer and illustrator who just happened to co-found cult clothing company Wildfox back in 2007, Emily Faulstich is that girl we all aspire to be like.

Originally from Santa Barbara, Emily studied fine arts and illustration at USC in Los Angeles. After graduation and tired of seeing boring, unfashionable tees in the market, she set out to design things that she would love to wear. So, at the age of just 23 Wildfox was born. She co-directed the brand until 2013.

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Now based in New York City in the West Village, Faulstich can be frequently spotted in the park drawing on the grass. In addition to illustrating fun characters which she refers to as "little guys," she dabbles in photography and collage making as well. To see more of Emily's photography, collages, and illustrations, check out her website, Hawaiian Coconut.

And, since we love her work so much, we thought it'd be fun to learn a little more about this talented super babe. Read on to find out what Emily's most proud of in her career and what she's learned as an entrepreneur. You'll never guess what she starts her mornings with....

My style in 3 words… Simple/ Comfort/ Versailles Royalty

My nicknames are… Emmy/ Emma

My drugstore must-have is… All the “holy grail” CVS purchases

My last purchase was… A chicken sandwich and Perrier

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are… An eyebrow pencil that’s way too dark for my face, Nars or Chanel bronzer, and black mascara!

My beauty secret is… Hahaha. Well…Lots of water and sleep, baths, coconut oil everywhere, Mane N’ Tail shampoo for hair growth, green smoothies for glowing skin. And hyaluronic acid for the face at night.

I smell like… Sunscreen & coconuts

I keep in shape by… I’m not in shape right now because of pizza and a very long New York winter, but when I am it’s because of yoga & my personal trainer in LA, Andrew Schuth.

My de-stress trick is… Watching my favorite movies, The Ricky Gervais show, making artwork, editing photos….or Xanax

My secret talent is… Acting

My first celebrity crush was… JTT FOREVER

The music artist who always gets me dancing is… That crazy Justin Biebs

My fashion icon is… Elin Kling, Henrik Purienne

My guilty pleasure is… Perrier, ice cream, vintage Mercedes, Harry Potter

Right now, I’m obsessed with… Reading, collaging, & celery

My favorite website is… Pinterest probably. The eternal black hole of inspiration.

My favorite TV show is… The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais Show, Broad City, Fawlty Towers, etc.

When I have some free time, I… Walk around taking photos, or edit vacation pictures I haven’t gotten to yet. Lately I collage, or clean & organize my apartment. Also wine at night.

For breakfast, I always have… TEA!!

My favorite restaurant is… Lucky’s or Harry’s in Santa Barbara

My ultimate travel destination is… Anywhere tropical, or on a yacht, or London

In my career, I am most proud of… Wildfox! 

The best advice I’ve ever received is… List 10 things you’re grateful for every day

As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned… There are no such thing as weekends. But if you do what you love, it usually doesn’t feel like “work.” Even though it’s lots of work. Does that make sense? I guess I’m trying to say I usually don’t know what day it is.

My goal in life is… To get a dog. To create an empire. Also perhaps have a backyard.


Meet Fashion Illustrator and Creator of Travel Write Draw Posted on 8 Mar 16:32 , 0 comments

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This week, we’re excited to feature one of our friends, and talented fashion illustrator, Meagan Morrison. Raised in Toronto and now based out of New York, Meagan is quickly becoming well known among fashion savvy circles for her gorgeous, eye-popping, colorful sketches. From fun accessories, to beautiful landscapes and well-dressed models, each piece is captivating; truly a unique work of art. It’s no mystery as to why she’s a force to be reckoned with on social media and has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion including Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, DVF, Rebecca Minkoff, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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After receiving her Fashion Illustration AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Meagan started her blog, Travel Write Draw. On TWD, she documents her adventures across the globe and in New York with illustrations created through a “fashion-art lens, ” as she would call it. So, whether she’s traveling to a crystal blue beach in St. Barth or roaming around Copenhagen during Fashion Week, take part in her adventures.

And, since we love Meagan so much, we thought it’d be fun to find out more about this super talented cool girl. We’ve asked her to spill the beans on her favorite drugstore must-haves, guilty pleasures and future travel plans. You won’t believe what she recently splurged on…

My style in 3 words…Chic, eclectic, & colorful 

My nicknames are…MeagMo, Meagsies, TWD

My drugstore must-have is…Anything eos

My last purchase was…Gucci Princetown Horsebit Mule Slippers

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are…Tinted moisturizer, Tarte Cheek Stain, and Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm.

My beauty secret is…Lots of water, lots of sleep, and pursuing a life you love!! 

I smell like…Diptyque Florabellio Eau de Toilette 

I keep in shape by…Living in NYC and walking everywhere! Also, yoga whenever I can.

My de-stress trick is…Lighting candles and listening to Ocean Waves for Deep Sleep Radio.

My secret talent is…recently I've received some complements on my singing voice so I'll go with that :)

My first celebrity crush was…Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell - so charismatic! 

The music artist who always gets me dancing is…Drizzy Drake

My fashion icon is...Elena Perminova  

My guilty pleasure is…Champagne, steak tartare, and burrata  

Right now, I’m obsessed with…running my business and staying balanced.

My favorite website is…cntraveler.com

My favorite TV show is…30 Rock. Alec Baldwin is bloody hilarious!   

When I have some free time, I…get on a plane and travel somewhere new.

For breakfast, I always have…a bowl of plain yogurt with raspberries, honey and flax

My favorite restaurant is…Morandi 

My ultimate travel destination is…Tokyo for 2016!

In my career, I am most proud of…making my passion my profession.

The best advice I’ve ever received is…to believe in myself. It might be cliché, but everything begins when you believe in yourself.

As a fashion illustrator, I’ve learned…to embrace what makes me, me.

My ultimate goal in life is…to build my brand, Travel Write Draw, and a family. I believe in having it all!


Meet Molly Shaheen, the Cool Girl Bringing the Fanny Pack Back! Posted on 14 Feb 17:38 , 0 comments

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If you’re a sucker for innovative leather goods, stylish bags, and unique accessories we’ve got the brand for you- Molly Shaheen NYC.

Launched in the Spring of 2014, designer Molly Shaheen, first introduced her namesake brand as a line of leather fanny packs focusing on structure, texture, and wearability. Since then, her growing cult following inspired her to launch new, modern products including leather phone holsters, classic leather totes, and eye-catching card holders. Not only are the pieces strikingly beautiful, they are well made. Each collection is crafted from 100% genuine leather- fully designed and manufactured in the United States. In fact, it was her prior experience working at Diane von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Theory, and Ralph Lauren that shaped her understanding and knowledge to deliver high-quality products to her customers.

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When she’s not working on glitzing up a mickey house head for a fanny pack or picking out a chic looking leather for a card case, Molly can be found doing hot yoga or watching Seinfeld. Her goal in life is to inspire young women to pursue their passions and is willing to lend out a hand in making sure they do that. Find out more about Molly and what shapes her not only as a designer but as a person below!

My style in 3 words... Leather, fur, sparkles.

My nicknames are... As of 2014, “Mollypacks” has been a popular one. When I first launched my business, friends started calling me by the name of my first fanny pack collection: Mollypacks. It stuck ever since!

My drugstore must-have is... Anything on sale. I just bought 5 boxes of cereal for $1.97 that I’m pretty excited about.

My last purchase was... 5 boxes of cereal for $1.97

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are... Sephora black liquid eye liner, Mehr Matte lipstick by MAC, and Orgasm blush by Nars.

My beauty secret is... Anti-Winkle Serum by Simple Extracts Skincare and Sienna Naturals body cream (I use it on my face because I have really dry skin. It saved me!).

I smell like... I prefer not to wear perfume and rely solely on my hair products to give me a nice scent.

I keep in shape by... Hot yoga at Modo Yoga! I haven’t been so great at working out so I just signed up for a membership to get me going again. So far so good!

My de-stress trick is... Yoga and listening to Justin Bieber. Usually not at the same time.

My secret talent is... I honestly do not have one! Although more and more people keep telling me how surprised they are with my cooking and baking. Does that count?

My first celebrity crush was... Brad Renfro! Does anyone even know who he is? I was in love with him. Ripped out an entire spread of him in a magazine and put it in my locker in the 8th grade. Long hair that he would shake out of his face. So dreamy. I wonder where he is now...oh my God I just looked him up...he died. Heroin overdose. RIP Brad. RIP .

The music artist who always gets me dancing is... I’m sort of an awkward dancer because I have long limbs, but I do love to move aggressively in place to A$AP Ferg.

My fashion icon is... No one famous, but my proper grandma (I call her proper because, well, she’s proper) has mad cool style. I pretty much try to dress like her every day.

My guilty pleasure is... Eating Adirondack Mint Chip ice cream (it’s the absolute bomb) and watching Real Housewives of...whatever. Ill watch them all!

Right now, I’m obsessed with... My nephew. He thinks I’m super weird but he’s only 6 months old soooooo...what does he know.

My favorite website is... mollyshaheen.com

My favorite TV show is... Seinfeld. I watch it every single night. Rick and Morty is pretty awesome, too.

When I have some free time, I... Facetime my friend and her 2 year old daughter. She’s really into talking in a deep creepy voice and repeating everything you say. The kid, not my friend.

For breakfast, I always have... Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and granola. Yum. I’m hungry.

My favorite restaurant is... If I want a great salad and wings (my favorite meal) I go to Upright Brewhouse on Hudson. If I want to stuff myself and impress friends I go to Panca on 7th Ave (best Peruvian food I’ve ever had)

My ultimate travel destination is... Oh so many places right now...but my top at the moment is Machu Picchu (I know join the club...but I REALLY want to go!)

In my career, I am most proud of... Starting my own business, of course!

The best advice I’ve ever received is... Fail fast when trying new processes. If it’s not working, move on! And when it comes to cooking, “Low and Slow”

As an entrepreneur and accessory designer, I’ve learned... Believe in your product and stay passionate. You have to push through and keep going when things don’t seem so great.

My goal in life is... To inspire young women to pursue their passions. I always appreciate a strong female business owner and if I can help others the same way I’ve been helped then I can die happy.


Meet the Tastemaker Behind Fun and Quirky Jewelry Brand Ryan Porter Posted on 25 Jan 23:31 , 0 comments

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If you love fun accessories that (literally) make a statement along with totally reasonable price-points, you’ll love Ryan Porter. The brainchild of designer Krysten Kauder, the line features jewelry, tees, key chains, and pins featuring an array of fun sayings. 

In fact, what started out as a way for Krysten to add some flair and color to her stacked bracelets quickly became the accessory brand we’ve all come to love today. Featured in magazines like Marie Claire, InStyle, SheFinds, and Bustle, fashion editors and bloggers alike can't get enough of this brand.

From colorful cord bracelets that read “#BOSS” to 14k gold necklaces with smiley face emojis, there is something guaranteed to satisfy each and every jewelry need. The sky is truly the limit with Ryan Porter as customers can order already-created pieces or customize their own. How cool is that!?

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Prices start as low as $8 for a pin pack and $25 for a customized bracelet.

And, since we love Ryan Porter so much, we wanted to get to know Krysten a little bit better. So in true Kiss & Wear fashion, we’ve asked this tastemaker to spill the beans on her personal style, beauty must-haves, and future goals. You won’t believe the music artist that always gets her up and dancing…

My style in 3 words... edgy, black, easy

My nicknames are... KK

My drugstore must-have is… Maybelline The Falsies Mascara 

My last purchase was… Reese's! 

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are… eyeliner, lipstick and under-eye concealer 

My beauty secret is… primer on cheekbones! 

I smell like… Chanel Chance 

I keep in shape by… running errands around NYC 

My de-stress trick is… long hot showers with classical music 

My secret talent is… I've got Nada

My first celebrity crush was… one of the guys from Hanson! 

The music artist who always gets me dancing is… Lil Wayne

My fashion icon is… Ashley Olson

My guilty pleasure is… chocolate chip cookies 

Right now, I’m obsessed with… Shark Tank

My favorite website is… nypost.com

My favorite TV show is… Seinfeld

When I have some free time, I… read

For breakfast, I always have… I unfortunately never eat breakfast...just early lunch which usually entails a grilled cheese

My favorite restaurant is… Tavern On The Green 

My ultimate travel destination is… Paris or a deserted island 

In my career, I am most proud of… starting my own business 

The best advice I’ve ever received is… there are going to be ups and downs being an entrepreneur...but keep going.

As a jewelry designer, I’ve learned… it is harder than it looks

My goal in life is… to make others happy