Leading with Confidence: Zoey Sage, the Hot New Designer We all Need to Follow!

Lady Code had a chance to sit down with a hot new designer on the Miami Scene, Zoey Sage, creator of the clothing line Zoey Reva. At the young age of 21, she has already been featured in big-name magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Wear Daily. She even participated in the Underground Fort Lauderdale Show where she was the youngest designer alongside renowned designers like Nicole Miller.

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Zoey’s shirt was even featured in Vogue!

Early Beginnings

From a young age, Zoey knew she wanted to do something in fashion. Her mother in fact owns a Miami Model Agency, so fashion was coded in her genes. Originally wanting to be a stylist like her fashion inspiration Rachel Zoe, she would help her friends put together their outfits. Along the way, she realized she was tweaking designs, altering the waist and even the colors.

She then decided to design a capsule collection which launched online last year, immediately gaining recognition from Women’s Wear Daily.

Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.”

Trial and Error

Although her line has gotten major recognition, Zoey had to learn a lot through her mistakes. She started this project on her own, without knowing the market or the clothing industry, quickly realizing that sizing, garments and inventory were all requisite elements of the learning curve. Sage stated it would have been beneficial to have a mentor to show her the ropes. In fact, she now wants to share what she has learned with other young designers saying, “This is 24/7, which is a lot of work. It’s not glamorous, but it is rewarding. The most exciting part is seeing the clothes come to life on a runway or in a photoshoot. It is knowing that you created something.” Other aspiring designers need to know what they will be facing.

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Her Success

Zoey is adamant about her vision. She ventured into design knowing exactly what she wanted. Sage states, “Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.” When asked about her target audience, she says “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude. Our look is targeted to the effortlessly fashion forward. Super chic, very feminine. It can be day or night wear with our transitional pieces.”  Zoey also made it clear that her credibility helped her saying “credibility is everything.” I think we can all agree with that.

Age is NOT a Thing!

Today, it seems like we always acknowledge someone’s age when they achieve success early in their life but in Zoey’s case “age is not a thing”.  When learning that she was the youngest designer at the Underground Fort Lauderdale show, she was genuinely shocked stating, “I’m always the youngest. People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

Let’s all take a minute to absorb that shall we. Your age shouldn’t be an obstacle or a defining attribute. Zoey is 100% right by saying you are defined by your talent or creativity. It is about your dedication, your work ethic and personality. We should not allow ourselves to be defined by age, height, hair color, degrees or any other external factors that people tend to use to label people.

People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

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What’s Next?

The future is bright for this young designer. Currently, the Zoey Reva team is working on their new collection and revamping their social media. “People want to know you. If they relate to you, they like you.” says this quick wit designer. By showcasing who they are through social media outlets, Zoey Reva plans to take the clothing industry by storm. Zoey says that future collections are full of endless possibilities ranging from kids, to swim to commercial. However right now she wants to focus on “this” making it the best that it can be. “What’s the rush?”

Check out this super cute video below:

Make sure to follow Zoey on her social media:

Instagram: @zoeyreva

Facebook: Zoey Reva

Website: www.zoeyreva.com

Love and light,

Char ❤

@Charvontratt

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Crushin’ on Little Pink Riding Hood

You all know by now that I live in the North Pole New York, where it’s still jacket weather in late April. My heater is still running in my home and most of the time, I still need to dress warmly to go out. Yesterday was an exception though, it was just mild with some scattered rain so I got to pull out this adorable pink crushed velvet shirt dress I’ve been dying to wear. Enough about the weather, let’s talk about this look:

Wig: “GAGA” The LadyCode Shop
Cap: Dimepiece LA
Choker: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: WantMyLook
Stockings: Boohoo
Earrings: Love Culture Miami
Rings: H&M, Chelsea Market

Spring Transition Outfit 2017: New York

Hi Dolllies!

I’ve already announced on my socials and on YouTube that life has been giving me some LEMONS lately..It has just been the strangest time where I’ve had the most amazing things happening in my professional life, but then some nightmares happening in my personal life. I’ve worked through everything and I feel like I’ve come out of this challenging time a more confident, inspired, and independent woman.

This look is all about transitioning from winter to spring. Here in New York the weather is flip-flopping between FREEZING and BURNING so this is definitely transition time. The key to dressing in NY in these times is LAYERS. I love this loose blush lace-up top from Forever 21 because it is warm when it needs to be, but lose-fitting so it also adjusts to cool me down. I paired this look with some simple leggings from Boohoo.

Okay here is a secret. I am adding TWO new wigs to the LisaHAIR collection, and this one is OFFICIALLY the “Queen Bee” wig. I love adding new wig kits to the family and I’m getting tons of requests for NATURAL wigs, and COLORFUL wigs. Girl, I am bringing you the best of both. Wait til you see my “Peaches” wig!

Queen Bee wig coming soon to www.ladycodeshop.com 

Bag: Forever 21

Pumps: JLUXLABEL

I just posted my April Boxycharm unboxing video on Youtube, so make sure you watch and subscribe ❤

XOX

 

Lisa

How to Slay the Clear Boot Trend

Okay, when I first saw Kim K wearing these god awful clear boots, I said a little prayer for them to NOT become a trend. I just thought it looked tacky. I never thought I would purchase them until I saw this photo on tumblr:

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SOLD. I rushed over to my favorite shoe store, Ego Shoes to see if they had clear boots in stock since they carry EVERYTHING HOT in footwear. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size so I ordered clear shoes from some other store.

I decided to change up the look with white fishnets instead of black to make the look my own. Here is my look:

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Cap: Aliens of Brooklyn

Top: DIY

Stockings: Boohoo

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Similar-Ego Shoes  

The Valentine’s Series: Comfy Chic

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Hey pretty girls! I don’t have a lot to write for this look, other than the fact that it’s one of my favorite right now and so on-trend. The silky joggers are super comfortable but glam enough for a date. The flatforms give you height without making your feet hurt, and the top is flirty showing just enough skin!

If you like the Bronze Makeup look you can watch the tutorial right here:


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Top | Bralette | Joggers : Boohoo

Shoes: H&M Herald Square

Hat: NYC Street Vendor 

The Valentine’s Series: Glambook || A Collaboration with Summer Priester

Today’s fashion post is another collaboration, since my Valentine’s Day collaboration with Olivia Sohnly was such a hit! I just released my Valentine’s Day Lookbook 2017 on my YouTube channel. This is the first lookbook video I am posting, and it focuses on formal outfits for upscale events! My casual lookbook series will be coming soon ❤

I posted an interview with Summer Priester a while back when she was Miss United States 2015, and it has been amazing to see her grow since then! She started her own blog, 365 Days of Summer, which I follow religiously. Her style is super glam and inspiring, so I reached out to her to see if she would collaborate with me for a Valentine’s Day look!

For this collaboration, Summer came up with a casual look that slayed my entire existence:

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Okay, so now you see why you need to follow her blog ASAP! CLICK HERE to visit Summer’s blog!

Here is the link to Summer’s full look posted above: https://365daysofsummer.me/2017/01/23/sugar-coated-a-collaboration-with-lisa-opie/

Since Summer served us with the most outstanding casual look ever, I decided to share a formal glam look: A peachy pink silky dress that is glamorous but sexy!

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DRESS: Fashion Nova

SHOES: Boohoo USA

 

For makeup for this look, try this red halo cut crease look from my Valentine’s Day Series! I used the Modern Renaissance palette for this look, and don’t forget I am currently giving away a Modern Renaissance palette along with a ton of other luxury beauty products I used in the video!

Watch the video below for rules on how to enter to win my Valentine’s Day giveaway:

 

 

The Valentine’s Series: Romantic Elegance || A Collaboration with Olivia Sohnly

My first fashion look for the Valentine’s Series is an elegant, romantic look. If you have something very special and upscale for Valentine’s Day, I hope this look inspires you!

This look is a collaboration with Olivia Sohnly from Lulu L’Amour by Liv. Olivia posted another gorgeous date night look for Valentine’s Day so stop by her blog and find even more inspiration!

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DRESS: JLUXE

RINGS: H&M Herald Square

HEELS: Chinese Laundry

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CLICK HERE to see more Valentine’s Day Fashion from blogger Olivia Sohnly from Lulu L’Amour by Liv!

 

INTRODUCING THE VALENTINE’S SERIES

Okay so let me be honest, Valentine’s Day is NOT my favorite holiday (Halloween is!), but this is the perfect time of year for me to create a pink series where everything I post on LadyCode will be pink, romantic, flirty, and feminine! I think that we should celebrate women and femininity here on LadyCode, so I’m using Valentine’s Day as the theme for everything pink that is coming to you this month! Plus, this is the perfect warm up for SPRING!

From now until February 14, you will be seeing V-Day themed posts on the blog and Instagram, and V-Day themed makeup tutorials, giveaways, and fashion lookbooks on the LadyCode YouTube channel.

I know that Valentine’s Day is a “couples” holiday, but most of my posts are focused on YOU and embracing yourself and building confidence. We don’t need a man to get ready for (if you have one though, great!), and lets be honest: We don’t wear makeup and dress up for boys–we do it for ourselves 🙂 so hopefully this pink series will inspire you and make you feel and look your best!

Check out the Valentine’s Series Teaser to get a peek at what is coming this month:

The first video of my series has already been posted, and of course it is a GIVEAWAY! I am posting TWO giveaways this month with a total of 14 prizes and 5 winners. Everything in the giveaway has a PINK theme and the winners will be announced on Valentine’s day, February 14th.

Find out how to win the first 7 prizes by watching this video:

CLICK HERE for the link to enter to win prize set #1

CLICK HERE contest rules for prize #2 (rules in description)

Prizes: 

-Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

-2 YSL Beauty Lipsticks

-Sephora Puff Keychain and Pink Beauty Blender

-Smashbox Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

-Flutterlashes Faux Lashes in “Intoxicating”

I’m so excited to see LadyCode grow and I’m grateful to have you all in my life!

@Lisa_Opie

Date Night Look // Lima, Peru

I spent 9 days in Lima, Peru for the holidays, and I just got back a few days ago! It was my third time visiting Peru since my boyfriend, Franz, is originally from there. Thankfully it was summer there so I was able to wear summer clothes and spend some time at the beach!

Watch my full Lima 2017 vlog here:

Right before rushing off to the airport to go home to New York, Franz treated me to an amazing dinner at the Inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana. I spent the majority of my trip with no makeup on, in a bikini, at the beach, so this was one of the few times I got glammed up during my trip!

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DRESS: Fashion Effects Store

DUSTER: Boohoo

SHOES: Charlotte Russe

CLUTCH: Boohoo