Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BTS with American Manhasset + $500 giveaway!





One of my favorite perks of this blog is the opportunity to tag along and document behind the scenes, whether it's backstage at fashion week or on the set of a photo shoot. I've had the chance to meet and work with some of my favorite models, incredible makeup artists and hair stylists, photographers, and designers. Getting to pull back the curtain and see how much work goes into capturing a single photograph has given me, as a consumer, much more appreciation for the entire production. Over the summer (on one of the hottest days of the year), I had the ultimate honor of partnering with Americana Manhasset and joining them on the set of their Holiday 2013 Lookbook, featuring Lindsey Wixson and RJ King and photographed, styled, and produced by Laspata/DeCaro. We started our day bright and early on the boardwalk of Coney Island, which was chosen (along with the Rockaways and Catalina Beach Club of Atlantic Beach) to showcase the resilience of some of New York's hardest hit areas from last year's storm. Less then one year later (at the time of the shoot), the boardwalks were bustling, rides were up and running, and the Rockaways were once again a summer destination. We still have a long way to go, but it's well on its way!


If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen some teasers. But now that it's launched, I can finally share a few of my favorite shots from behind the scenes. You all know I love a Coney Island day, in all its campy glory. But while we were all melting in the intense heat - frozen lemonades helped a little -  Lindsey was a total champ. With myriad outfit, hair, makeup, and location changes, I never heard one complaint from her - and she was sick with a bad cold! Talk about a true professional. Or maybe she was already in the holiday spirit, despite the heat?
And speaking of the holiday spirit: in celebration of their beautiful new lookbook,  Americana Manhasset is giving one of my lucky readers a $500 gift card to spend as they wish. With over 60 shops to choose from, that leaves a lot of room for holiday shopping! I recently took a tour and did a little shopping there, and believe me: you want to win this. It's the ultimate shopping experience! Here's how to enter:


To enter, simply check out the Americana Manhasset Holiday 2013 Lookbook and comment below with your favorite look from the shoot!

Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, 11/19 at 9PM EST. I will select a winner at random. Good luck!
*Before entering, please note that the gift card is only valid at Americana Manhasset's physical location (Long Island, New York)

The winner is Dresden Parker. Thank you for entering!

115 comments:

  1. Awesome and Congratulations! amazing style as always :)
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  3. the armani tuxedo-style gown - amazing!

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  4. Loved the classic take on summer with a fresh twist of colour, now that's what I call summer sizzle :-)

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  5. The dress she's wearing next to the carousel...beautiful!

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  6. Great Job I must say I love every picture

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  7. Love the white dress shot with the Chanel bottle purse. It's darling and brilliantly gorgeous!

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  8. I still can't get over the first spread after the front cover - it's breezy and vacation-like, I love the hat. It just has a feel-good nature to it!

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  9. I love this intermix dress! The print is amazing! http://www.americanamanhasset.com/lookbooks/holiday-2013/#36-2085-intermix

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  10. The Prada look (#6) is the perfect mix of classic & modern! But I also LOVE the headband in the Beauty Bar look (#44).

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  11. I love the Dior shot with the model wearing a shift dress.

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  12. Wow that Lacoste sweater on the last page is fantastic!

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  13. Jimmy Choo's in flame with the flame clutch! Perfect accent to the LBD!

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  14. Ooh thanks for the giveaway! loving the Cobalt Color Blocked Sofia Top Handle and Tiered Feather Mini Skirt!

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  15. I love the purple and fuchsia Etro dress. Such a beautiful print and cut.

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  16. love Chanel at Hirshleifers is so clean, beautiful, just amazing, with that bag-perfme accesoire is just lovling, at that peplum dress, is just an extraordinary revelation in creation , is suits everyone if you ar skinny or fat :
    http://www.americanamanhasset.com/lookbooks/holiday-2013/#8-2055-chanel-at-hirshe

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  17. I love the Etro paisley fit and flare dress!

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  18. I am totally in love with the Alice + Olivia Caddie Sleeveless Flare Dress with the fur wrap in pink/eggshell! Of course, it's way over the top for anywhere I'd be going, but it's so FABULOUS

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  19. Naeem Khan at Hirshleifers, the sliver fringed cocktail dress.... now i just need a cocktail party to go to!

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  20. Such a beautiful look book - had a hard time picking a favorite. The Chanel N 5” Transparent Plexi Perfume Bottle Bag....STUNNING!

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  21. Love the black Armani gown...stunning!

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  22. Gucci's rust silk sleeveless dress is simple and elegant with sexy high heel platform sandals to match really up the ante on the outfit adding some edge, i love it.

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  23. Dior, for sure... they're all gorgeous, but that's still my favorite. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance. :} Alysha adelicioustorment@gmail.com

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  24. I adore the Salvatore Ferragamo sleeveless cotton dress. I type this as my housemate is laughing at me for yet again coveting clothing that is red, white, and/or navy. I love nautical themed clothing and this dress would be a lovely addition.

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  25. My favorite picture is the one on the cover of the lookbook. I don't know if that counts but i like it the best because of course there outfits are perfect but they also look happy and like they are having fun. I grew up in new york and my stepdad owned a carousel company, Fabricon Carousels, and we went to coney island all the time cause he had unlimited passes. I love everything about the first picture...and pink cotton candy sealed the deal!
    -Nirvana :)

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  26. Simply swooning over the Alice + Olivia jacket and gown at the french fry counter - I love brilliant uses of juxtaposition. (And, there's something incredibly appealing about eating fries in a gown...)

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. oh my gosh I can't decide between the Dior, the Tory Burch, and the Naeem Khan! The Alice and Olivia is fantastic too. Thanks Keiko! <3

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  28. This 1920's look just takes the cake for me. The whole image is stunning and her dress is to die for.
    http://www.americanamanhasset.com/lookbooks/holiday-2013/#24-2071-naeem-khan-at-hirshleifers

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  29. Oh wow! The Prada coat is gorgeous, though I wish it didn't have the fur cuffs. The graphic black and white Donna Karen dress! And the fringey flappereque Naeem Khan dress! corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

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  30. I love the beauty bar. That photo with the head band is beautiful.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  31. Gotta admit, the Dior look with all the beach balls is my favorite. And I love Coney Island!!!

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  32. I like the Purple and Fuchsia Cady Fit and Flare Dress.

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  33. Oh, wow...I LOVE the Satin Face Georgette Tatum Dress by Tory Burch, and the Carolina Herrera sheath dress looks so great with the those gold heels. The Cleo clutch is also amazing! What a fun and colorful shoot!!!

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  35. Love the Prada picture. It's an updated film noir look!

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  36. I love the Intermix dress in front of the seafood truck! So cute!

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  37. These photos are so playful, colorful and fun. I love it.

    My favorite piece is definitely the Prada Twill Coat. That's SUCH a "wow" piece.

    xo, Liz
    www.casualconcern.com

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  38. The grey Prada twill coat is absolutely stunning!

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  39. i'm loving the Hugo Boss, that Migla Shoe is everything!!

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  40. My favorite look is the beautiful dress with the fur shawl she is wearing at the pick up window with french fries!

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  41. Ooooo the swing vintage looking silver beaded cocktail dress with fringe is divine looking!

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  42. I am not usually into Tory Burch, but doggone, that photo and dress was just strikingly beautiful. A lovely lookbook with incredibly well done photos.

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  43. I love the Prada twill coat! It's adorable and the perfect silhouette.

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  44. I was flipping through but when I got to the wool twill coat, I literally said out loud "ooooooohhh!" I then however, proceeded to be wowed by the Silk Crepe Gown. So beautiful and classic. :)

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  45. love the alice + olivia look! vince look is a close second.

    thank you! :)

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  46. The Tory Burch gown is perfect and chic!

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  47. I love the Lacoste look with the fuzzy turtleneck sweater :)

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  48. All of them look fantastic, and my favorite would be the Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, it's so lovely and it just feels like holidays.

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  49. Gorgeous model!
    <3

    http://downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com

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  50. Beautiful job! I love the Prada look. The swing of the jacket - swoon!

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  51. I love them all! But if I had to pick one, it'll definitely be the Salvatore Ferragamo look!

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  52. The armani tuxedo gown for the win! ;)

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  53. Miu Miu at Ilori
    because I love cat eye anything and pink lipstick!

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  54. My favorite look is the ETRO!!! Love that Purple and Fuchsia Cady Fit and Flare Dress :)
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  55. What flare the Alice + Olivia look provides to the lookbook! I love the grunge princess feel of the overall look! @fashunblylowd

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  56. My favorite entry in the lookbook is the Luis Vuitton knit dress and lovely red bag.

    satchan12345@gmail.com

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  57. The navy blue CH Carolina Herrera dress is my favorite! Perfect for holiday parties.

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  58. My favorite is the Hermes look with the bracelets.

    withoutastyle@gmail.com

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  59. The Fendi silk color blocked dress with the owl purse is so graphic and classic! Heading to New York for this first time in a few weeks and hope to visit Americana Manhasset while we're there.

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  60. I love the Etro look, the dress is so vibrant.

    thestreetheart.blogspot.com

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  61. I loved the Naeem Khan look, it reminded me of the 1920's!
    katie.best.13@gmail.com

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  62. I love all the color! But the Fendi look with that bag is definitely my favorite. ^_^

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  63. The Fendi look is also my favorite - what a beautiful colorblock dress, and that purse is too cute.

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  64. Love the cuffs in the Hermes look! This is such an amazing prize, we don't live in the area of the store, but have a trip planned this winter...fingers crossed I get to do some shopping :)

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  65. Great job. Congratulations! I love every picture but my favorite is the the PRADA look! The Wool Twill Coat is beautiful!

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  66. Just came across this pin of Bobby - I think a few girls might be jealous of you Keiko :)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/226657793720105217/

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  67. My fav is the Alice and Olivia look!

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  68. I absolutely love the Prada look!

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  69. I am in love with the Gucci look, especially the guys blue suit !

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  70. Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers! Reminds me of one of those awkward family photos with a pet. LOL!

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  71. There are many great ones.
    My favorite look is Alice + Olivia.
    That Caddie Sleeveless Flare Open Back Gown is beautiful with the fur.
    Thank you for this giveaway and thanks Americana Manhasset
    - Cydia

    cydangie@hotmail.com

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  72. The Chanel gown is absolutely stunning!

    Erin
    http://acloverandabee.blogspot.com

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  73. Loving the silk Fendi Silk Colorblocked dress and burnt orange/rust Gucci dress. Swoon.

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  74. love the Etro look! The colours in the dress are perfect

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  75. Love the fendi look mostly because that bag is amazeballs.

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  76. This is honestly one of the worst shoots I have ever seen. Only a few of them could pass as good photos. Completely over retouched and awful lighting. Her forehead is clipped but her eyes are shaded? Who did this? :(

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  77. Love the Vince Camuto with the lobster background, so whimsical!

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  78. I love the Lacoste Deco Print Sweater and Wool Blend Mohair Colorblocked Scarf combo!

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  79. I'm a sucker for a bold print, so the Purple and Fuchsia Cady Fit and Flare Dress won me over.

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  80. It's all so gorgeous! But the New Rust Hammered Silk Satin Sleeveless Dress killed me. And those shoes? Fabulous!

    Thank you for hosting these giveaways!

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  81. I'm in love with so many of them, but I have to say the alice+olivia gown is gorgeous!

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  82. the Chanel N 5” Transparent Plexi Perfume Bottle Bag is TO DIE FOR!

    *swooon*

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  83. I'd say, if I won then it would be worth the trip just to shop!! I love the Alice & Olivia image with the fur jacket and long gown!

    xoxo
    The Occasional Indulgence

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  84. I love all the looks, but the silhouette of the Prada twill coat is FLAWLESS!

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  85. I really liked all of the looks, but the one titled Coach was my favorite. The purse is to die for! Madison Glitter Python Sadie Flap Satchel is so pretty!

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  86. So hard to choose just one but I think my favorite is the Carolina Herrera blue shift dress - gorgeous!

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  87. ooo I love the silver beaded cocktail dress! It is so pretty.

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  88. Lovely holiday shoot with variety of style. I personal had a few favorites but I do think for a holiday look, the VINCE CAMUTO look with the red shoes is a unique holiday look for any holiday party.

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  89. The Prada coat is absolutely incredible! What a wonderful giveaway :D

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  90. love the salvatore ferragamo sleeveless dress!

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  91. I love the vintage feel of the LOUIS VUITTON photo shoot - the red bag with the water in the background is a great mix!!

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  92. Wow, what a great giveaway! I would have to say I like the Alice+Olivia look the best. The gown is absolutely gorgeous and it transforms eating fries into such a glamorous activity!

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  93. I love CHANEL AT HIRSHLEIFERS. Beautiful, and love the perfume bottle purse

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  94. i love the Prada look (pg 6). that coat is amazingly gorgeous!

    ty for the giveaway!
    xo.
    hello, rigby!

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  95. love the Carolina Herrera blue shift dress

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  96. Love love love the adorable Stella McCartney outfit!

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  97. I love the Burberry Prorsum look, that coat is gorgeous!

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  98. I really like the Ralph Lauren, the look for him is so cute! I'm a softie for nautical looks!

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  99. I love the steel mccartney ensemble!

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  100. I LOVE the Intermix dress!! It's just perfect! And actually, the dress in the very first picture is quite stunning as well!

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  102. I love Jimmy Choo!!
    juliadreams@centrum.sk

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  104. That J Crew shot is adorable! Love the blazer!

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  105. I love the Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Alice + Olivia, and Naeem Khan looks. The whole lookbook is so cute though! It's too hard to choose!

    kimberlygracesolove at gmail dot com

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  106. I love the Coach look! Amazing bag.

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  107. My favorite is the SALVATORE FERRAGAMO look. Love the color block.

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  108. I adored the "Beauty Bar" lookbook from the collection! Just reminded me of my past summer in Savannah touching up at the bar's! Although I didn't look as stylish haha. :)

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