Good as Gold

Okay so let’s talk about my hair.

My hair is one of the ways I express myself. I love wearing my gray, pink, lavender, blue, and white wigs because it gives me such a unique look and I feel like it’s so ME.I have no idea why, but last November, I decided to go blonde. I loved the way my Khloe wig looked on me, so I decided to make my real hair that color. I went from box dye (I know) permanent black hair to platinum blonde in about 6 months.

I regret it so much. My hair is fried, I had to cut off so much from the damage, and lost even more from breakage. I didn’t like the platinum look either because I felt like it washed me out. Hey, we learn from our mistakes! Luckily I have my wigs so I could just throw one on when I had to go somewhere or film without feeling weird about my hair washing me out.

My hair god in New York, Alex from The Drawing Room in Soho (this is not where I went blonde), referred me to my hair god in Miami, Julia from Atma Beauty in South Beach, who literally helped me love my hair again the way it is. Julia glossed my hair and blended it so that my dark roots seamlessly melt into my blonde, which is a lot more golden and not very platinum. That gloss made all the difference in the world for me. You may not see the difference but for me, it made me confident.

Last night I went to dinner with my friend Matthew from the pageant industry and my business partner/boyfriend Franz. I decided to wear something casual but cute and of course, GLAM. My client from Miss Earth United States, Brittany Georgia asked me to style her hair like this for the first day of her pageant and I was so obsessed with how it came out, I had to try th elook on myself!

The original look that inspired me on Brittany Georgia!

For my shorter hair, I used my Zala honey beach blonde hair extensions to give my hair length, density, and the illusion of health 🙂

Here’s a video with everything you need to know about hair extensions!

Top: Forever21

Bag: Celine

Jeans: Zara

Shoes: Adidas 

I found the Adidas shoes on Poshmark, my favorite shopping app for super cheap! You can join Poshmark to find anything you need in fashion, and you can shop my personal closet too: https://poshmark.com/closet/lisaopie Get $5 off your first order on Poshmark when you sign up using code: HSNQH

Key beauty products: 

Oribe DRY Texturizing Spray

CASHMERE Lashes from The LadyCode Shop

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Neo Highlighter

Ardell Beauty Brow Pen in Soft Black and Medium Brown

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In New York We Wear Black

Two years ago when I moved to New York, I learned something quickly. New Yorkers wear black, and there are so many reasons why. Wearing white in NYC is always a bad idea because that white piece will probably be gray by the time you step off the train. Black never goes out of style and its easy to look effortlessly chic in all black. Bae wanted to take me on a date yesterday so I threw on this all black look and tossed my hair up in a messy-ish bun.

 

Glasses: Forever 21
Choker: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Primma Diva
Leggings: Boohoo
Top: ZARA
Bag: Saint Laurent

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

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!