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Let’s be real. It’s hard to feel like a Boss with a capital “B,” when you’re wondering if the person that smells a little less than flattering is you.

We’ve all been there. Running around knocking tasks off the to-do list when you suddenly realize that your deodorant quit working way before you did. So, you sneak off to the ladies’ room or make a pit stop at the drugstore to buy a new stick, to reapply.      

I reluctantly admit that this embarrassing chain of events has happened to me once twice a few times before, so I was more than intrigued when Dove sent me a sample of its new line of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant to try out.

So, Here’s the Skinny:

There are 17 scents of Dove Advanced Care and I tried Soothing Chamomile. It smells awesome and a little like a light aromatherapy candle. My underarms totally felt noticeably smoother after each use. I chalk this up to the fact that like its bar soap, Dove Advanced Care is made with ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture.

I used it for a few days while I was working and didn’t have to reapply once. Dove Advanced Care provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, which is amazing. I shower every day so I didn’t get to test the effectiveness of going two days straight without reapplying, but I did use it during the final days of New York Fashion Week.  

It was fabulous to feel dry as a cucumber throughout my crazy, hectic schedule of shows, previews, events and story deadlines. I’m glad I tried Dove Advanced Care and upgraded my deodorant because my life is way too busy to bother with products that don’t keep up with me.
Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant retails for $4.99.  

Try it out before your next hectic event and let me know what you think.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It feels like New York Fashion Week creeps up on me every season, but it’s that time of year again (whoo hoo)! So, I’m running around Manhattan like a stylish mad-woman to bring you the best from today’s most amazing designers.  Scroll on down to see the looks I loved from the runways and presentations so far. I think you’ll love them too!

Emuleos

Three-dimensional in feel, you just want to reach out and touch everything from Emuleos. The blues and reds flow well together and give off an air of strength. 

Photo: Kenny Flash – @kennyflashphotography
Photo: Kenny Flash – @kennyflashphotography
Photo: Kenny Flash – @kennyflashphotography
Dan Liu

I adore a well-designed mini-dress and Dan Liu killed it with his 2017 Fall/Winter collection. The patterns, colors and just-right length make these perfect to wear solo or layered with tights or leggings. 

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10: Designer Dan Liu and a dancer perform on the runway for the Dan Liu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images For New York Fashion Week)
Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall was all about the shine with her latest collection and she executed it flawlessly. I. Want. It. All. 

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Leanne Marshall collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Leanne Marshall collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Leanne Marshall collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Leanne Marshall collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Leanne Marshall collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Ivory Couture Clothing

Talk about Bad & Boujee! Ivory Couture Clothing brought some polished looks with just the right amount of edge.  

Photo Credit -Manny inao – @inoaphoto

 

Photo Credit -Manny inao – @inoaphoto
Photo Credit -Manny inao – @inoaphoto
Photo Credit -Manny inao – @inoaphoto
Photo Credit -Manny inao – @inoaphoto
Lavanya Coodly

City chic never goes out of style, especially when it’s done so well. I’m digging the full collection from Lavanya Coodly and her bold pops of color.    

 

 
Acid NYC

The graphic prints for Acid NYC were definitely head turners on the runway. Every look was bold and fun. 

 

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Queen B’s stylist, Ty Hunter just launched the ‘Ty Lite,’ to help you take the perfect Instagram-worthy, selfie every time. The new protective smartphone case has three light settings to provide you with a warm glow in any setting.

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I tried it out at the recent launch event during New York Fashion Week and loved how my face popped in the different lightening hues. The case was also surprising light and didn’t add considerable bulk to my iPhone 6S.

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It turns out the entrepreneur doesn’t pay celebrities for endorsements, but already counts Kerry WashingtonNeNe LeakesRegina King, Solange Knowles and Michelle Williams as fans of the case.

Bryanda Law -Editor in Chief of Quirky, Brown Love & Ty Hunter
Bryanda Law – Editor in Chief of Quirky, Brown Love & Ty Hunter

The Ty- Lite retails for $79.99 and is currently available for the iPhone 6/6s. It will be available for the iPhone5S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 later this year.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

A Girl In A Dress
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

Macy’s has been one of my favorite retailers for a long time now. Part of the reason is nostalgia. I’m a native New Yorker, who grew up watching the original Miracle on 34th Street and riding the magic stairs wooden escalators with my mom.  I also appreciate that they help level the playing field for startups and smaller vendors by offering free workshops for women and minority entrepreneurs to help them learn how to scale their business and attract larger clients.

And, of course, in addition to all of that, I love the fact that Macy’s carries many of my favorite designers under one roof. I turn into a kid in a candy store when I walk onto their sales floor and I beeline it straight for the dress section.

So, I was totally siced when I was invited to participate in the Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row Shopping Party at Queens Center Mall. The event was a stone’s throw away from my house in Corona, and I was super excited to spend the afternoon offering style tips and glamming it up with the stylish ladies in my neighborhood.

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The event kicked off with tunes from DJ Blaze who had the store jumping with from the moment the clock struck 2 PM. He was mad cool and even let me try my hand on the ones and twos. I kept it live for like a hot minute, but it turns out I shouldn’t quit my day job (ha).

Photo Credit: raymond mullins photography
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

The crowd was treated to a live fashion presentation of the fall’s hottest fashion inspired by looks at New York Fashion Week.  The models were fierce, but they were all about ensuring even the smallest guests got to strike a pose.

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A Girl In A Dress
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography
A Girl In A Dress
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

I also swung by the Lancome Kiss Reading station for a touch up and personality reading. Sasha, the kiss expert had me kiss a piece of paper and told me about my personality from the shape of my kiss. Apparently, I am adventurous, creative and bold, which is pretty spot on. I’m amazed she could tell all that from kiss print. If you ever get the opportunity to get your kiss read, totally do it. It was a blast.

A Girl In A Dress
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

Lancôme also provided free makeovers to attendees and their top makeup artist were on hand to teach attendees how to compliment the fab fall outfits guests were selecting. Many of the artist were using the new Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris Palette, which looked beautiful on dark and light skin tones.

A Girl In A Dress
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

Speaking of looking fab; I totally rock this fabulous Adrianna Papell number. I absolutely love them because they are a family owned company who make stunning dresses for work, play or strutting your stuff down a red carpet.

A Girl In A Dress Charell Star
Photo Credit: Raymond Mullins Photography

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In between the shopping, guest were also treated to OPI mini manicures, an ice cream bar, raffle prizes and personalized artist fashion sketches.

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I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by fashion, beauty and good people.

A Girl In A Dress Charell Star

Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row Shopping Party was a blast and I’m looking forward to the next one.

– à bientôt

Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress

Russell SimmonsAuthor, musician and business mogul Russell Simmons never really left the fashion scene. He was just waiting patiently for the next generation to catch up with him. In the 1990s, he tore into the fashion industry with his Phat Farm and Baby Phat lines, paving the way for unique urban looks to become staples in well-known department stores. These lines remained trend-leaders throughout the ’90s and 2000s by mixing chic street style mixed with influences from high fashion. After selling both lines to the tune of $140 million the companies fell off.

Noticing the hole in department stores, Simmons is at it again, releasing a fashion line aimed at the constantly transforming millennial market. He plans to provide the solution to the problem by bringing styles millennials want, and appreciate, to the racks. Having worked with large department store chains such as Macy’s before, Simmons is already prepared to re-shape the fashion world again.

His new line Argyleculture, debuted recently at New York Fashion Week and is set to to hit stores this spring. The clothes are a mix of preppy and modern styles, featuring bold navy and white tones, splashes of bright colors, and of course, argyle vests. Designed for the newer “urban graduates” bursting onto the business scene, the line is meant to give millennials a professional option with enough hip-hop flair to express themselves.

 

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Simmons is once again leading the way in hopes that a new era of designers will craft clothing with the up and coming generation in mind. He has always been a creative not afraid to take risks and his ability to be the stylish voice of a generation has made him an icon. This new line is edgy, bright and bold while still being sophisticated. Some would call that the very definition of the millennial generation.  If anyone can bridge the gap and connect with this unique, and virtually untapped, market, its this repeat entrepreneur.

à bientôt

I’ve been a huge fan of designer Korto Momolu since Season 5 of Project Runway. The three-time show runner-up and mom has the type of tenacity that inspires others to go after their dream. This independent designer has been too busy working on her collections, outfitting heads of state and signing deals with national retail chains to worry about coming in second place.  She is an amazing role model for everyone who has every suffered a business setback and wondered if they should keep going. Sometimes our biggest successes are right around the corner of our biggest defeats.

Successful is how I’d describe the show that Korto put on at Studio 450 during New Your Fashion Week. Her vibrant and stylist clothes had a air of satisfaction and sophistication. From the pops of sea blue to tangerine, her line felt cohesive, fun and full of longevity. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this shrewd business women for years to come.

Here are my favorite looks from the show:

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