Jewelry Designer ReRe Rocks!

Jewelry Designer ReRe Rocks!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

It doesn’t happen often but, I have to admit, I have a bit of a girl-crush for designer ReRe Corcoran. Is it her cool style, jeans and leather, her golden locks? Or her knack for inspirational literary quotes which stirs both my inner rebel and poet?

“The eyes see all but the mind shows us what we want to see” ~ William Shakespeare

Literary hound that you all know I am, the latter is the reason but what can I say… wait, rewind, let me rephrase that. What I would like to say, gleefully from the top of the nearest hill, is, “I like what I see, ReRe!” I am jonesing for this dynamic, colorful jewelry collection— ReRe Jewelry. 

What I love most about ReRe’s designs is that they are more than just pretty, though that is something they also are in abundance. ReRe’s designs are truly inspired. More than just baubles, her designs are poetry in gold.

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Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

It’s no revelation that for ages the common perception of what qualifies as beautiful is a tall, white, skinny woman with long hair. Not so long ago when I was a model, this was the case. Nary did one see a plus sized woman at a show, except seated in the isles. Though beauties as undeniable as Naomi Campbell were as plentiful as the ethnic customers buying the high-priced couture she wore, diversity was painfully lacking.

Let’s not forget that nearly every designer that now spouts their devotion to the popular trend of diversity and inclusion in fashion was, not long ago, guilty of exclusion- racial and body bias.

Happily, in recent years, we’ve seen the fashion industry (if only by popular demand) move toward being more inclusive, if not make an about face. This year NYFW saw more plus models, more tattoos, more smiles with large gaps between the teeth, more birthmarks, more skin colors, more imperfections – more diversity than ever before .

Socially, if not stylistically, fashion is always behind the trend. Slow to adapt...

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Circularity in Fashion

Circularity in Fashion

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

You know what they say about fashion trends: What comes around goes around! Seems spot on, and that’s why this fall, its back to wearing high-waisted palazzo pants of the 1960s and power blazers of the 80s. 

OMG- Reeboks are back, seeeeriously?

There are some styles of the 1980’s that were just meant to die. I mean, sure they were comfy but those white moon landing Reebok tennis shoes made even the skinniest calves look like tree trunks. But never-the-shameless, here we are, back to the future with moon boots and Olivia Neuton’s silky spandex trending. Shown here in Instyle Magazine worn by Kendal Jenner.

After reading an article in Pop Sugar on How to style the cloths you already have, I was inspired to look into the possibilities within my own closet but came up dry. Styling vintage pieces is an art.

Yes, the trend is cyclical. But beyond that old-as-the-hills story, I was pleased to find something new brewing...

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KIERIN NYC Founder TALKS: on Challenging the Rules of Fragrance

KIERIN NYC Founder TALKS: on Challenging the Rules of Fragrance

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

As the founder of Manhattan Minds, I wasn't quite sure how to share... my own interviews. I thought it would be funny to do a vlog, instead of a blog... interviewing my self in the mirror a la Jimmy Fallon. Then, myself reminded myself, "You're just not that great of an actor, Mona."

So, here's the straight scoop (minus the theater) from me on the industry of beauty and my new venture, as a co-founder of KIERIN NYC...

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Brides and Grooms Take a Walk

Brides and Grooms Take a Walk

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the Best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

Wedding season is upon us – and, of course, the fanciest destinations were all booked months ago: The Central Park Boathouse, The Plaza and The Pierre, and Brooklyn Winery, among them. The pictures will be oh so amazing, I’m sure. But not nearly as extraordinary as the bill.

Assuming you didn't book the ballroom at the Waldorf or, in Sex and the City celebrity style, reserve the historical Foundry at the foot of the 59th Street Bridge for your reception...

Where in NYC can you go for a great wedding picture that won't cost a fortune? 

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This Mother's Day Declare Your OWN Theme Color!

This Mother's Day Declare Your OWN Theme Color!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

In my blog, "What Mother's Day is Good For", I challenge the limiting use of the color pink as the exclusive color of women and moms.

Color is a form of non-verbal communication.

The meaning of colors can vary depending culture and circumstances. I don’t, personally, believe that color has a universal meaning. What matters and seems to have influence is how colors make you feel. The way colors vibrate, touching your invisible sense of self, can make a difference in mood. That’s a unique experience to you and can be special to that moment, too.

You may be a woman, but is pink really your personality and style?...

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