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A Hair Oasis in the Concrete Jungle: My Organic Color System at Yarok Beauty Kitchen Review and Experience

A couple of weeks ago I was searching for non-toxic hair dyes and I came across Organic Colour Systems (OCS), an ammonia-free hair coloring product available only in hair salons.  They provided me a list of salons that carry their colors in my area and I immediately recognized Yarok Beauty Kitchen (YBK) from a time that I purchased their products at an IBS Show and I gave them a call to partner for this post.

Mordechai Alvow (YBK’s owner) and Damian Daffara (Brand Manager) welcomed me into their literally hair kitchen, a clean,  sleek and relaxing salon where you can truly escape into peaceful and quiet place for some hair pampering.  Don’t think of it as a busy, loud and obnoxious place where you just want to be in and out, but rather a tranquil hair spa where clients get one on one personal attention from their stylist.  YBK  works by appointment only and there’s hardly ever more than two clients at a time. They pride themselves in taking care of you the moment you walk in, so there’s no waiting either.

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yarok beauty kitchen - Hair Color by Isaac Davidson using Organic Color SystemsIssac Davidson was my stylist.  I initially wanted an ecaille balayage but since my hair, though course, is naturally thin and has been so fragile in the past couple of months from mixing a henna color and detox powder the same day, I told him I was  completely open minded to whatever he wanted to do.  Issac opted to tone down my brassy grown out highlights, and for my look paired very subtle low lights with an ombre look. We chatted as he colored my hair and I was impressed to learn of his career in the beauty industry and he is a total sweetheart!  check out his website here and  Wigbar business here.

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I was very excited to try Organic Color Systems.  Ever since I found out that most hair dyes (anywhere) contain highly toxic ingredients that have been to linked to  fertility, allergies and immune system issues and in some instances to cancer I became obsessed with finding an alternative to dying my hair.  Some of those bad ingredients include  Ammonia, PPD,  Coal-tarDMDM HydantoinMethylparabensPropylparabens2. 2,5 Diamine Toluene Sulfate,  Lead AcetateResorcinol among others. While OCS is not completely chemical-free (that’s impossible) nor is it 100% natural, it does not have any of the following 5 toxic ingredients which to me is an improvement because it still managed to make my hair a few shades lighter without the bad stuff and offensive smell.

The real alternative to traditional dyes are Henna dyes, and by far the safest hair coloring available  in the market, however I once (not long ago) tried to use a blonde henna color to go a few shades lighter and that of course it didn’t work at all on my dark hair.  I love light hair and since I don’t dye my hair often OCS proved to be a good alternative for me. I hope the ombre and balayage looks are here to stay so that I can keep the dyes as away from my roots as much as possible.

yarok beauty kitchen - intimate salon dedicated to the YAROK lifestyle of organic, sustainable beauty. Here, Mordechai Alvow chats will Leslie of luckyseventen.com

While getting my hair done, Mordechai sat down to talk to me about his reasons for starting a hair salon committed to high quality organic and sustainable hair products.  He previously owned MOTY MOTY, a hair salon inside the upper east side’s Equinox Sports Club.  While he was in the process of going through healthier and greener lifestyle changes, Mordechai  started experimenting with fresh ingredients in his kitchen for his salon clients at the time.  His clients would just keep coming back to ask for more scalp treatments, they just couldn’t get enough of the amazing results they were getting from it.  In fact that’s what inspired him to start his own vegan hair line Yarok, which means green, and is made with organic and all-natural botanicals.  He later opened his second salon Yarok Beauty Kitchen to embrace this new lifestyle and is enjoying the same loyalty from his green-conscious high-end clients.

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Although I came in for a hair color I must admit I was intrigued and could not take my eyes off his famed scalp treatments! Yarok Beauty Kitchen is literally a hair kitchen, equipped with high quality exotic nut seed oils and essential oils with amazing beauty benefits.   When I saw the aloe vera leaf and avocado on the table I knew I would be right at home. Those are part of my weekly hair routine, because like Mordechai I also experiment with fresh ingredients at home.  But I have to admit fruit seed oils is something I have not played around with yet, nor have I used many of the exotic oils he carries. I didn’t try the scalp treatment this time for lack of time but I plan to make an appointment for that because certainly this salon elevates scalp treatments to a utopian level.

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YBK  is highly committed quality, so you can expect top notch local and imported exotic oils and natural ingredients.  Some of the interesting oils I spotted included with amazing hair benefits included: Broccoli Seed Oil (growth, strength, counter hair-loss); Black Currant Seed Oil (hair-loss prevention/ prevent thinning hair ); Black Cumin Seed Oil – used by Cleopatra– (hair-growth and prevents (poliosis) early graying); Marula Oil (scalp-health and growth); Apricot Kernel Oil (conditioning/norishing, moisturizing, growth); Kukui Oil (moisturizing) and Tomato Seed Oil (conditioning, restores dry/brittle hair). Scalp treatments area vailable a la cart or any of the curated mixtures.yarok beauty kitchen

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for, My Organic Color Systems results:

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You can see my previously brassy color in this picture.

yarok beauty kitchen - Isaac Davidson  - Isaac Davidson Hair Stylist Yarok Beauty Kitchen is excited to introduce organic colorist and hair designer Isaac Davidson. After graduating from the Aveda Institute, Isaac moved to NYC where he began his path to alternative styling, starting with Hair Police salon and then apprenticing with one of Broadway's leading wigmakers. Although specializing in Hair extensions , Isaac continues to see clients for hair cut styling and color services. Isaac is devoted to organic practices and products using "The Organic Color System" Isaac has worked with renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Jim Fiscus, and Terry Richardson, and has a client list featuring top fashion brands like Chanel, Bebe, and DKNY. He has designed custom wigs for shows and exhibits in renowned venues like Museum @ FIT, Hessel Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Art Museum. His television credits include RuPaul's Drag Race, America's Next Top Model, and MTV's "Made" series.
Issac Davidson, Organic Colorist and Hair Designer and myself
yarok beauty kitchen - Mordechai Alvow Hair Stylist Mordechai Alvow is an editorial stylist and the founder of Yarok Haircare, a budding, botanically-based line of restorative hair care. Brilliantly interpreting fashion and trends into uniquely fresh and wearable hairstyles. He has worked with scores of designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities, his work gracing the pages of Allure, ELLE, InSTYLE, Marie Claire, New York Magazine and VOGUE. Mordechai's celebrity clients include Melania Trump, Naomi Watts and Vanessa Minnillo, to name a few, and his international runway experience includes Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, and Yohji Yamamoto. He brings this runway influence to his salon clients through his technical mastery of cut and color.
Mordechai Alvow, Yarok Hair Products and Yarok Beauty Kitchen Owner and Stylist and myself

Thanks to Mordechai and his wonderful team for my color and allowing me to introduce you to this hair heaven.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

XO, Leslie

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5 Incredibly Cheap Office Friendly Tops that Look Expensive

I found these beautiful office friendly tops for under $15 they look shockingly identical to blouses that cost more than $150.  Take a look and let me know what you think:

1.  Emerald-green Ruffle Silk/Chiffon Top 

SheIn Vs Ninna Ricci

Left: SheIn Green Puff Sleeve Split Chiffon Blouse   Right: NINA RICCI Vertical ruffle silk blouse

2.  Brushstroke Short Sleeve Boxy Blouse

Shein vs Lafayette 148 New York

Left: SheIn Black Short Sleeve Dip Hem Loose Blouse Right: Lafayette 148 New York ‘Lula’ Brushstroke Split Neck Blouse

3. Embellished Chiffon/ Silk Blouse with beading around the neck shein vs Haute Hippie

Left: White Round Neck Branch Print Blouse Right: Haute Hippie Embellished Silk Blouse

4.  White Blouse with Floral Branch Print 

Floral Print  - Branch Print blouse

Left: SheIN White Round Neck Branch Print Blouse Right: Essentiel Top – Hurry Up Print
Cutout sholder top

Left: SheIn White Short Sleeve Cut Out Chiffon Blouse Right: Cooper & Ella Lily Cutout-Shoulder Sheer-Yoke Top

Keep in mind the fabric nor the quality will be the same of course.  The designer tops are made with real silk (not chiffon) and with a level of perfection that  you will logically never get from the cheaper version. But for those of us who want style on a I’m-paying-off-student-loans-budget the cheaper version will get us through just fine.

Xo,
Leslie

A couple of weeks ago a beautiful dress popped up on the side of my Facebook feed, I never click on those ads but it was so pretty I went to take a look.  The dress was from SheIn,a really inexpensive (wholesale prices)clothing store with up-to-date styles.  The same dress would cost me double the price at any other store. I am now an affiliate and all my shein posts including this one will have affiliate links.  I will continue to find chic and cheap styles for you like the ones above and post them on the blog, Twitter or Facebook.   Thanks for reading!


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My Q&A on ‘The Closet by Christie’

Hey Lovies,

You probably remember Christie from her guest post on Lucky Seven Ten a couple of days ago, well this lovely girl also invited me to do Q&A  on her blog.  It’s the first time I am a guest on someone else’s space and I have to say it’s a pretty awesome feeling!

In my Q&A with Christie I talk about why I started Lucky Seven Ten,  my office style section and exciting things that are in the works right now, including our wedding!  

One thing I didn’t talk to Christie about (because my Antonio and I have been keeping it sort of quiet for good luck) is our new home, we just closed on our first house yesterday in the Bronx! I expect that to start a whole new journey for us and perhaps a change of direction for my blogging interests.  Antonio loves working with his hands and without a doubt he will be taking on some DIY projects that I might want to blog about, while I really like cooking (not the shore kind of cooking but the fun kind of cooking) so I’ll share the best recipes.

But I digress, here are some of the questions Christie asked me:

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  • Where are you from and how has that affected your style?
  • Blogging is huge right now! What about you and your blog is unique compared to other bloggers?
  • You just launched an office-wear section on your blog. Tell us more about that.
  • Are you working on any exciting projects that we can expect to see up on the blog soon?
  • What Pinterest board do you pin to the most?

Then we played a little game called this or that:

  • Instagram or Twitter?
  • Chocolate or Vanilla?
  • Sweet or Salty?
  • Sun or Snow?
If you are curious about my answers, go ahead and check out the blog post here and get to know me a little better :).
I want to get to know you too, so please leave a comment with what city you are from and how that has inspired your style?  I look forward to reading about you!
Xo,
Leslie
PS I want to invite you to discover and follow The Closet by Christie, your 9 to 5 style guide! You can find anything from how-to style guides to what’s trending, and even office to happy hour transition looks. Bloglovin’  //  Instagram  //  Twitter  //  Pinterest  //  Facebook  //  Google+

 


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From Casual to Dressy – I Found the Perfect Little White Dress!

I found a really cute and affordable little white dress to  participate in the Long Live The Little White Dress campaign and (fingers crossed) hopefully be featured on luckyshops.com.

Here’s my post (originally posted here):

I found the perfect Little White Dress that can be worn at night or during the day. It’s comfortable, breezy, effortless and easy to wear. It’s flattering to every body type and it will make you feel so feminine when it’s flowing with the wind.

I chose a casual look for my LWD by pairing it with a floppy hat and chunky heels. I would wear this look to a BBQ, brunch or pretty much any daytime outing.

If you are looking for a night look, you can easily shift this dress by pairing it with high heel nude sandals like these and bolder jewelry like this one.

perfect little white dress

love these tan chunky heels!

white chiffon flowey dress  nude chunky heels

(fake tan anyone? lol)

 

white dress outfit ideas
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fanatics-6Tip: I used double sided tape on my bra straps to make sure the shoulders of the dress didn’t fall to the side and  stayed in place.
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Photos by AstherosPhoto

Eyebrows: Julie Tussey

Little White Chiffon Shift Dress Dress: Oasap (similar one at Lulu’s)
Floppy Bow-Band Hat: Forever21 (similar one here)
Necklace: Loft
Bracelets: Loft here and here
Earrings (not shown): Loft
Chunky Sandals: CICIHOT

***some links above are from affiliates***

When I started blogging, I never thought I would be writing about fashion.  I joined a couple of affiliate programs from my favorite stores for my own shopping and found myself wanting to share the promotions with you.  Then I found that there were not many bloggers sharing work outfits, so I started the Office Style section to share what I find.  And now my fiance has a really nice camera and I love his photos so why not have fun with it!  This my first style post featuring myself, how did I do?

XO,

Leslie

 

 


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Best Kept Eyebrow Secret in NYC?

A few are blessed with stunningly thick eyebrows that can be easily shaped to perfection but the rest of us have all kinds of issues from thin, unruly, patchybarely there among other things.

If you fall into the eyebrows issues group, you know a skilled eyebrow artist is hard to come by.  The average ones take a little too much from here, too little from there and give you all the reasons why your eyebrows are the problem. Only on rare occasions have I’ve been happy with a threading or a waxing job and on more than a few occasions I have literally walked out with tears in my eyes after getting my eyebrows done because of a very poorly done job. So for the past 10 years I’ve been hopping from place to place.  Sometimes I settle for an average place for a little while before moving on after a few tries.  By kismet, I stumbled upon what I think is the best kept New York city eyebrow secret a couple of days ago on yelp while searching hair salons.

A yelp elite review tipped me off to that secret and her name is Julie Tussey. An artisan in her field.  She can shape an eyebrow like you were born to have it that way.  She leans towards long and thick and uses neither waxing nor threading, just that old original method called tweezing, yep! the stuff  even tweezerman couldn’t get us to use for too long when it made it’s comeback. She plucks away little hair by littler hair, stops and examines, plucks away even more until she achieves the best shape she can give you considering previous damages.  As scary as this may sound, it did not hurt at all.   julie tussey - eyebrows - best eyebrows in nyc - celebrity eyebrow artist - luckyseventen

My Experience:
I made an appointment and she welcomed me into her peaceful Chelsea apartment on a Tuesday evening.  I was the only client, since she works by appointment only.  She settle me in, offered me something to drink and begun to work on my eyebrows.

The first time Julie showed me the mirror so that I can examine, I thought she was finished and was happy with the shape.  She examined my face again and I can tell by her facial expression that she spotted imperfections and she was not willing to let go.  I couldn’t understand what else she could possibly do to them because it was a pretty clean job, but after ten minutes of plucking away  (30 minutes by this time) she shows me the mirror and whoa whoa wow I love, I love, I love. I then realized that the first time she showed me the mirror she was just getting started.

She then tinted my brows and let sit on my brows for a few minutes before cleaning my clownish face off and again whoa, I have length and the patches are gone. But she was not happy yet, she notices more unwanted little hairs in the way and she goes on to pluck even more, showed me the progress as she went along, then tint a little more, then clean, then pluck again,  then fill them in on last time and even thought me how to fill them in myself and showed me a technique to to cover my patches.  Every step she takes is like a step closer to eyebrow perfection.   You can tell that Julie is really in love with her art.  All in all it took her about an hour for her to find my perfect shape.

You are probably wondering how much this cost, it was it was one pricey side but totally worth it – please contact Julie for her rates*.  If you calculate the what you pay for 10-15 minutes (not including wait time) for an average job at a regular salon it will make sense to you. One of her regulars that came in for her appointment as she was finishing up with me said that she hadn’t waxed in almost two months!  Turns out that after speaking to that regular for a few minutes I found out she was the same yelper who had tipped me off to Julie.  What are the chances?!  So don’t be surprised if you run into me when you go see her. This is my first visit and not the last.

I would love to hear your eyebrows stories in the comments.

Xo,

Leslie

*updated to remove rates per Julie’s request.


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5 Eye-Catching Statement Necklaces for Work and Play – guest post with The Closet by Christie

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Hi there, everyone! I’m Christie from The Closet by Christie blog and I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Lucky Seven Ten! Over at The Closet by Christie, I write about style for the office.  In celebration of Leslie’s new career section on Lucky Seven Ten, I’m here to tell you all about statement necklaces and how you can wear them to the office!
Here’s ‘5 Eye-Catching Statement Necklaces for Work & Play!’

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Isn’t this necklace fabulous? I seriously fell in love with this necklace the moment I laid eyes on it! So, how can we wear this to the office? Keep it simple! The necklace goes beyond making a statement, so pair this with a basic neutral colored tee.
Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands because it’s so quirky and fun. This necklace is vibrant and full of color! Although it’s multi-colored, the big stones are white. This makes it more versatile! You can wear this piece with just about anything. It would look great with a blush oxford top!
WHBM has some of the most beautiful jewelry! This is one of my favorite boutiques, especially because of the jewelry and shoes; both beauty and quality. This necklace, although a statement style, can be worn with anything to the office. The muted tones and neutral colors makes it very versatile!
It’s interesting how something so simple can really make a statement! You don’t need bright colors to call it a statement necklace. For this piece, the amount of strands and the varying lengths is what gives it that dramatic appeal! This necklace would look great with a solid colored dress.
I love this necklace! This is perfect summer statement necklace for the office. The rope detailing gives it a nautical look, so this would look great with a navy or red dress (or even stripes!). Rope seems like a casual style but the gold detailing makes it so chic!

Thanks for welcoming me into your space today! I’ll be checking back here to this post, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or if you want to share a few of your own style tips. How do you wear everyday trends to the office?

 

More from  Christie: The Closet by Christie is your 9 to 5 style guide; it’s all about the office! You can find anything from how-to style guides to what’s trending, and even office to happy hour transition looks! With all the time spent at work during the week, I find that my wardrobe consists mostly of office-wear. I love to find creative ways to maximize my clothing possibilities by incorporating my work-wear into my weekend-wear and vice-versa! For example, a few weeks ago I wrote a style guide on how to wear kimonos to the office (see previous post: How-To Style A Floral Kimono For The Office). It’s so important to do this because who has the resources to buy two completely different wardrobes?

 

 


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Stunning Media Kits for Any Blog – Twelve Skip Media Kits Review

No matter where you are in your blogging journey a media kit is absolutely essential to showcase your work to brands, score more opportunities and get treated like the professional blogger that you are. Here are couple anticipated frequently asked questions about Media Kits:

What is a Media Kit?

Consider it a resume and portfolio for your blog.  It’s a place where you tell clients who you are, share all your blog’s stats, your posting schedule (editorial calendars), information about your audience, highlight work that you are proud of and simply your opportunity to shine.  This is truly your chance to show brands that you want to work with how amazing your are.  If you are a new blogger (like myself), please know that the quality of your blog and work is way more important and getting client’s attention is not always about the size of your following.  So even if your following is small don’t let that deter you from creating a media kit and highlighting other positive aspects of you blog.  With only 43 blog posts under my belt, I’ve gotten a lot of yeses from brands that I have approached and have received quite a few inquiries from brands, including Minted.com, Woodchuck Hard Cider, General Motors (GM) and quite a few others though my contact me page.

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Why do I need a Media Kit?

Google this: “{insert favorite magazine name} + Media Kit” and you’ll see your favorite magazine’s media kit in the google search results.  Every single publication has one and it’s always tied to their advertising rates and other sponsorship offerings.  So if you want to work with clients, I highly recommend that you put one together. Just like your favorite publications, you are also a publisher too and if you want to be taken seriously and get more opportunities a media kit will set you apart.

Where can I get a Media Kit for my blog?  Are Media Kits expensive? 

Large publications have graphic designers that do stunning media kits for them but most bloggers do not have that kind of resource or talent.  The good news is you can now purchase stunning media kit templates online. Welcome HIP Media Kits,  designed by web/graphic designer and marketing genie Pauline Cabrera, who has laid down the groundwork for us.  All you have to do is plug-in your info, add your images and voila.

Which Media Kit Template do you use for this blog?

I have been wanting to put a kit together for so long now but have been delaying doing this because I thought I had to do it on my own from scratch.  Thank goodness I came across the stunning HIP Media Kits and I’m just about done customizing my templates.  One is a 3-pager for my overall blog details and the other is a one-pager for my beach wedding section.

You can get your HIP Media Kit template here.

You can read more of Pauline Cabrera’s masterful media kit advice here.

Why do you recommend HIP Media Kits?

– Shockingly Affordable  (only $24.99!)
– Incredibly easy to use
– Fully customize-able (fonts, colors, graphics)
– Beautifully designed
– Many template options and variety
– Professional look and feel

– Instant download

What else should I expect in my HIP Media Kit?

– Sample media kit designs from real bloggers for inspiration (in PDF format)
– Easy to follow instruction manual
– Multiple colors already set for you on the 1-pager kits
– Compatible with Microsoft 2007 and up

Which HIP Media Kits template is your favorite?

My favorites are Elle and Turner.

Elle is glam-orgeous! this one is a 3-pager kit in a gold design.  You’ll have the opportunity to fill in your general info, stats and showcase the work you are most proud of.

For the 1-pager I love the super stylish Tuner, short attention span clients will be able to read a full snapshot of your blog in 30 seconds.  If you have a particular section of your blog  or a blog series that you want to pitch, this would be a great way to do it.

Have any more questions? please let me know in the comments.

If you are you using HIP Media Kits, do do you feel more confident approaching brands?  Do you like the look? Was it easy to customize?  Are you getting more opportunities?

Wishing you successful blogging!

Xo, Leslie

Please note: I was provided with HIP Media Kits templates to facilitate an accurate review but the information and opinions in this review are my own.   I take your trust in my review seriously and will never post deceitful information.  I love HIP media kits and have joined their affiliate program.  If you use my link to purchase yours I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect your price.


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