Salon Review: Frederic Fekkai Soho

29 05 2013

Hair Talk 

By Mercedes Sanchez

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With Hairstylist Cosma from the Frederic Fekkai Salon in SoHo

When I arrived to Frederic Fekkai in SoHo after a busy afternoon, I couldn’t wait to sit for my blow out. It was my first time at their salon.

After a few minutes of running her fingers through my hair during our consultation, Cosma (pictured above) decided my hair was in need of a haircut.

“It looks as if you have extensions,” said Cosma. And that wasn’t a compliment!  My hair was uneven and full of split ends. So she asked if she could take three inches off and I said, “go for it!” It’s been almost a year since my last cut.

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After the consultation we walked over to their super comfortable shampoo station (with reclining leather brown seats) where Cosma applied the Full Blown Volume Shampoo and the PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask– used for transforming overworked hair.

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The PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask deeply restores smoothness and shine while strengthening hair against styling and chemical damage.

I have to tell you that my blow out lasted a full week! My hair was still bouncy and fresh two days later for my television beauty segment, and a taped segment I did last Friday with PowerWomenTV– followed by a road trip upstate on Saturday.

I think I’m heading back there for a trim in a month or so!

Frederic Fekkai Salon. 394 W. Broadway. Manhattan. 

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Latino designers showcase spring & summer collections at New York Fashion Week

12 09 2013

With a passion for fashion, designers like Pamela Gonzales, Paola Hernandez, Gabriela Perezutti, Cenia, and Cesar Galindo, Latinos have made a statement with fashion-forward appeal

By Mercedes Sanchez

Custo Barcelona Spring 2014

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Originally wrote this piece for the NY Daily News. Published 9/11/13

It’s already been six days since Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hit Lincoln Center for the Spring 2014 season.

Models, celebrities and stylists have taken the city by storm since last Wednesday — including local and international Latino designers.

New York-based Pamela Gonzales was one of the first Latinas to debut her spring/summer collection at her boutique in SoHo.

With exaggerated false eye lashes and plum lipstick, the models showcased a mixture of sexy evening wear — including some lingerie — and ready-to-wear pieces such as classic pencil skirts and fitted, sequin dresses.

Mexican-born Paola Hernandez held a co-ed presentation titled Singularity. It was an edgy combination of jumpsuits and separates with tons of trousers, and sleeveless shirts — including a sheer crop-top which a model wore braless. It was a vibrant collection with loads of orange and red accents, and some navy.

Lace and eyelet fabrics dominated the Candela viewing. Designer Gabriela Perezutti says her collection had a nautical theme — and there was no doubting it.

Rope made for sailing was used as a prop for the presentation, and natural rope was used for the straps of dresses.

From gowns to a casual cropped sweatshirt and metallic pointy-toe flats, there was something for everyone.

Up-and-coming Dominican designer Cenia Paredes of Cenia NY had models strut her colorful frocks and gowns down the runway during Latinista Fashion Week in late August.

Mexican-American Cesar Galindo showed off his Czar by Cesar Galindo at both Latinista and Lincoln Center. He had garments that fell right above the knee and exquisite multi-color maxi-dresses.

And it was a tribal fest during fashion week veteran Custo Barcelona’s runway show at The Stage inside Lincoln Center.

There was a fusion of metallics, sheer, and tons of colors and prints. Women sported chic separates from jackets, tops and even swimwear with (dare we say) trendsetting visors. Meanwhile, the guys donned oversized jackets and more casual wear.

The designer collaborated with Jeffrey Campbell on the footwear.

Desigual — also from Spain — brought an energetic show titled La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool).

It was a mixture of florals, tie-dye and stripes to “capture the essence of the good life.” The designers were inspired by the islands in the Mediterranean.

Other prevalent designers, including Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Angel Sanchez, Rafael Cennamo, Rolando Santana, Carmen Marco Valvo, Robert Rodriguez and Raul Peñaranda also presented their collections.

Colombian Edwing D’Angelo will showcase his designs on Thursday, Sept. 12 — the last day of the Spring 2014 season — at Studio 450 in Manhattan.

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Join Me for a Shopping Event at Paige Denim to Benefit the Cornelia Connelly Center, Thurs. May 9

6 05 2013

In New York? Let’s go shopping together!

By Mercedes Sanchez

If you’ve been following for a while, then you may be familiar with my involvement in the Cornelia Connelly Center, a small all-girls middle school in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This time, we’re helping them raise money for their summer camp program where the entire school spends a few weeks up in the Adirondacks!

Join me as we shop at Paige Denim by SoHo on Thursday, May 9. Shoppers will get 20% off their purchase, and 10% of every sale will go towards Camp Holy Child.

We hear the designer herself might even stop by, and they’re raffling tickets to a Taylor Swift concert. If you can’t make it, but would like to donate, you can do so on the school’s Web site here.

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When: Thursday, May 9

Time: 6: 00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Paige Denim, 71 Mercer Street

RSVP by May 7


 Read more posts re: the Cornelia Connelly Center here

Here’s a NBC segment I produced on the school in 2008, featuring our beloved Connie who now watches over us:

What I Wore: Mango Wide-leg Jumpsuit

14 03 2013

Party Time!

By Mercedes Sanchez

When it came time to buy an outfit for a special occasion, the first place I thought of was Mango. I always come across distinct items, and their staff at the SoHo location is so helpful. I handed several pieces to the sales associate for my dressing room, and at the end I chose this gorgeous Mango wide-leg jumpsuit in Navy. (Photos taken with my iPhone).


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 Mango Wideleg Jumpsuit

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I styled the outfit with gold accessories. Belt also from Mango.

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I love finger waves! I’ve styled my hair like this twice before– a few years ago.

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Mango wide-leg jumpsuit, $99

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5 fun ways to ‘exercise’

27 08 2012

Living Holistically without Traditional Exercise

By Mercedes Sanchez

fun ways to exercise I’m not proud to admit that I don’t exercise much. But as a native New Yorker, I sure do walk a lot! If you’re like me and prefer untraditional exercise, take a look at some ways you can keep moving and living holistically without hitting the gym.

5 ways to stay fit

Leave the car behind

For the most part, walking to work is not practical. However, if you’re heading to a location that’s walking distance, consider leaving your car parked and walk instead.

I strongly recommend applying a light moisturizer with sun protection such as Simple’s Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 even if you’re just running an errand or going for a long walk.

2.Go shopping

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve spent searching for that perfect dress, a new pair of shoes or beauty products?

Shopping often requires comfortable flats and patience (at least for me). Think about all the walking you do going from store to store, whether you’re in a mall setting or shopping in the streets of SoHo or Madison Avenue.

3.Say no to elevators

Well, not really. My office is located on the 15th floor, and I won’t suggest you walk up 15 flights every morning. Instead, take the elevator and get off one or two floors before your stop, and take the stairs to your floor.

4.Go bike riding

Hit the park for some traditional power walking, jogging or bike riding. (If you don’t own a bike, try renting one).

Upon arriving home, wash the sweat off your face with your favorite cleanser. Get a head start by wiping off the dirt on your way home with Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes.

5.Go on an outdoor date

Ask your boyfriend or partner if you can plan an outdoor game of touch football, catch, or soccer. Heck, even tag and get your heart pumping.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the Simple® Skincare Program. Visit to share your story on sensitive skin.

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