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Bella NYC’s Summer Blogger Spotlight

| July 8, 2014 | 1 Reply

As the temperatures are rising, we’re all ready to break out haute summer looks, shimmering style and paint the season’s canvas chic. We turned to some of New York area’s hottest fashion and beauty bloggers to show us just how to do it.

Whether it’s balancing family with fashion, designing their own pieces or modeling the latest looks (when they’re not writing about them, of course), BELLA’s “Slammin’ Six” embodies beauty and style and rocks lifestyles that leave room for both.


Yessenia Ramos, NJ

Beauty Beyond Fashion,

Her message: “All women should continue dreaming and base it on a truth. Focus on your desire and make it a victory. Never think that it’s too late to achieve. Confidence comes with your inner beauty, and the challenge is staying true to who you are.”

Favorite designers: “My favorite designers are Michael Costello and Oscar De La Renta. The love they put into their work represents so much more than just a design.”

My philosophy: “Making my closet my own playground defines me. I strive to be a woman who takes risks – if it’s daring, it’s a must wear. Acting like I’m my own canvas to paint is the best part of being a fashionable mother.”

Favorite fashion moment: “My favorite fashion moment was attending my first fashion show during New York Fashion Week last year. I was in the presence of Michael Costello. Another major moment for me was being part of a Latin TV Network as a model for Telemundo.”


Adrienne Laurén, NYC


Her message: “DailyFashionista represents the unquestionable beauty in you and me. She is the radiant creativity that is embedded in each one of us! DailyFashionista values strength, creativity, art, love and the power to live our dreams.”

Favorite designers: “Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Betsey Johnson and Zac Posen.”

My philosophy: “I view fashion as a fun and creative way to channel my unique personality. What I wear defines who I am, and I love letting my outgoing, down-to-earth and vibrant view of life shine through in my style. I love pairing fashions with little twists — like this great pair of CAT shoes.”

Favorite fashion moment: “This season I attended my first Betsey Johnson NYFW show. The energy was high and the models interacted with the crowd – including the shirtless male models dressed as firefighters. The best was witnessing Betsey’s infamous split. What a blast!”



Dara Senders, NJ/New York City

The Style Senders, & (wearing a signature statement necklace from her line)

Her message: “The Style Senders is for the fun yet feminine and cosmopolitan, fashion-forward young woman not afraid to be herself and speak her mind. My message is for ladies to be proud of their unique individuality and be their own ‘It Girl.’”

Favorite designers: “Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Zang Toi, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan … the list goes on!”

My philosophy: “Three lessons: Less is more, be confident and comfortable (especially your feet!), and you can never be overdressed.”

Favorite fashion moment: “In 2004, at the age of 15, I applied to be a volunteer for IMG for the former Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park. While I was rejected, I received an invite two weeks later to my first event at New York Fashion Week where I met Fern Mallis and was given the opportunity to volunteer at a number of shows!”



Pashun Trisha Mohammed, NY


Her message: “Motherhood has revolutionized my sense of style and fashion. Becoming a mother does not mean your sensuality and the need to look and feel beautiful should be neglected. True beauty starts from within. Inner beauty will reflect on the outside.”

Favorite designers: “Christian Dior’s feminine silhouettes aging back to the 1940s with full skirts, cinched-to-the-waist garments and below-the-knee pieces have come a long way but still remain timeless. I love Dior’s quote from 1947: ‘I have designed flower women.’”

My philosophy: “Embrace your body and style it with confidence; imperfection is unique beauty.”

Favorite fashion moment: “When I did a meet and greet with Kim Kardashian, she said, ‘Thank you for coming out tonight. I love your necklace.’ I was amazed. Kim Kardashian complimented me! That night I realized that I can and will be a successful business woman!”



Courtney Bright, NYC


Her message: “’Where Colorado and New York meet in the middle.’ I created with my friend when life took us in different directions. The blog explores our different personal styles and lifestyle while still giving us the chance to inspire each other.”

Favorite designers: “Phillip Lim, Public School, Tibi and J.Crew.”

My philosophy: “Stay true to yourself and wear what is best for you and your body type. It sounds cliché, but it is so important. Trends come and go but if you don’t feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing, it doesn’t matter.”

Favorite fashion moment: “The moment when the first model steps out on the runway at the beginning of each show. There is so much anticipation and creative energy flowing in that moment.”



Amanda Mactas, NYC

Manhattan with a Twist,

Her message: “Manhattan with a Twist is all about the many things that make New York City so wonderful – from fashion and beauty to food and drink, even theater and exhibits … we explore all the city has to offer.”

Favorite designers: “That’s so tough … Georgina Chapman, Max Azria and Stacey Bendet, to name a few (of many!).”

My philosophy: “To me, fashion is all about being comfortable. If you love what you’re wearing, it doesn’t matter if you are following the latest trends or not. You will look good in whatever makes you feel your best.”

Favorite fashion moment: “Am I allowed to say all of New York Fashion Week? I’m a huge ‘Project Runway’ fan, so I was really excited to be invited to Layana Aguilar’s presentation this past February and to meet her in person. I also loved going backstage at Timo Weiland’s show a few seasons ago to see the inspiration behind the look and how everything unfolds.”


Interview: Dana Priggé

Styling: Derek Warburton

Photography: Christopher Logan

Hair: Lazarous Douvos

Makeup: Colby Smith

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BELLA Magazine is New York’s premiere subscription and newsstand-based women’s luxury lifestyle publication offering an insider’s guide to one of the most affluent areas in America. At BELLA, we spotlight the ideal that “Beauty is Defined by You” and offer a sophisticated combination of fashion, beauty, health, philanthropy, arts and culture, cuisine, celebrity and entertainment.

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