Author: Yegide Matthews

Mac Duggal; Couture for the Modern Woman

“While I’m not dashing off to fancy galas and award ceremonies I couldn’t help but tiptoe into the magical and feminine world of couture at Mac Duggal’s Spring/Summer 2018 New York Fashion Week runway show. According to industry insiders, the Indian born and Chicago based designer is said to be the “biggest designer you’ve never heard of, yet.” Mac Duggal designs have been modeled by stars from reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, American Idol, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and The Real Housewives series. Mac has had a massive impact on fashion and up to this point, quietly so. His triple threat influence of dressing Hollywood celebrities, reality stars, and prom queens nationwide is finally gaining more attention. I made my way through the crowded lower level of the Angel Orensanz Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to talk more about Mac’s star-studded résumé with the designer himself. Although celebrities indulge in Mac’s glamorous designs he’s not chasing A-list celebs for popularity. “I don’t work that way. I put out …

Editor’s Letter

Winter 2018 | #YHMBeTrue If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. Change is inevitable, and it can be a surprisingly amazing journey—especially if you’re willing to roll with the punches and stay true to yourself. 2017 proved to be a year of challenging changes that pushed individuals and communities to speak out about cultural and social issues shaping our world today. If 2017 was a feature film, it would get a pretty mixed review. It had its highs and its lows, but people came out—in numbers—and fought for changes and most importantly, resolutions. I watched young people get involved in political discussions, women speak-up about the triumphs and battles in the workplace, and environmentalists demonstrate ways we can collectively make this world a better place. If 2017 was a feature film, its cast was serious about staying true to their character. As we settle into the new year, let’s not forget to do just that. Yes; we all have New Year’s resolutions to fulfill, but let’s be honest with ourselves, with each goal we aim …

Editor’s Letter

Fall 2017 | Live Life Joyfully + Give Back It’s officially my favorite time of the year—autumn. Live life joyfully; that’s the kind message you’ll read in magazines and on advertisements throughout the upcoming season. It’s a positive and blissful message to spread, but let’s be real. Are we going to solve all of the issues and obstacles we face this autumn with freshly baked goods, pumpkin spice latte, Netflix binges, and a new wardrobe? Probably not, but we can lend our hands and time towards things that are a little beyond us. First up for the season is the release of our new Blogger Look Book Collaboration features Christine Louis of the Louis Reign and Chinyere Adogu of Chillin with Chi. I had the pleasure of touring New York City during fashion week with these two beauties. That’s what makes this season so “joyful” surrounding yourself with awesome people; not just living in #basicmoments. Over the next few months, our team will work hard to bring you motivating features about real women, doing kickass …

Editor’s Letter

Summer 2017 The last few weeks of spring has been a whirlwind of life changes for me: hospital visits, exciting yet challenging changes in my 9-to-5, relocation to a gorgeous new place to call home, and the list goes on. However, I’ve been running. Running away from as many tasks as I can. It’s exhausting—the running away part. I’m passionate about doing only the things that make me happy, unfortunately, #adulting does not allow for that. As my responsibilities and tasks increased, some with warning others without, I began to do a little of everything instead of focusing on a few. Of course spring is notably time for a change, but my mind and heart is set for rejuvenation of summer days—clearly, I’m still running, but #adulting is hard. I’m ready for a break! I was recently asked what my plans are for the summer, sadly I had no answer. Although I’m not off to an exotic vacay, I do plan to have fun this summer and truly fine tune the goal setting I started …

Editor’s Letter

Spring 2017 Is it just me? Every month; no wait—every week feels like the perfect time to start over and just give life another shot. While spring continues to play peek-a-boo over here in the Northeast, we’re going to jump right into the season. Our team is excited to do a little spring cleaning. Over the next few months, you’ll find subtle changes on our site and our social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook. So be sure to follow along as we dish up some new stories and campaigns. I’m currently regaining my strength after a few winter runs around the city for New York Fashion Week. It seems as though no matter how hard I try, I’m never dressed warm enough for fashion week in February! Nonetheless, I had a blast; I felt like I was invited to an exclusive-ultra-cool-yaas party at Chi Zhang’s autumn/winter 2017 show hosted at the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Museum. The music, lights, and the dancing models definitely made this show one of my favorites …

Limor Ben Yosef: The Bridal Couture Designer Every Bride-To-Be Needs to Know

Limor Ben Yosef, an Israeli bridal couture designer constructs stunning custom-made wedding dresses. Embellished with hand sewn gems and draped with a touch of power, she designs from the heart. She is self-taught and spent many years crafting her skills in beauty and fashion. Her 2017 collection, “Goddess,” is a true testament of “practice makes perfect.” The collection exemplifies how her adolescent years as a budding designer can produce not only a work of art, but a designer who is inspired by other women more than fashion trends. The “Goddess” collection began with the careful selection of high-quality laces and fabrics. The gowns are adorned with an array of hand-stitched pearls and crystals on chiffon and silk fabrics. Limor sketched each dress by pulling from late night imaginations to early morning motivations. “Goddess” deserves much applause for its pitch-perfect fairytale designs. Her dresses are made for strong and sexy women who have an affection for power and beautification; hence the name “Goddess.” “I took the name from [Greek] mythology. Many of them are women; strong …