Upper Perk’s Autumn Art Festival

I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in a wonderful family friendly Fall festival! I will be displaying and selling some of my current and NEW collection of jewelry and hair adornments, along with making on-site custom flower crowns for only $15.00! This event will be filled with other local small businesses and filled with fun activities.  Hope to see you there!

WE AT NEXZEST ARE THRILLED TO PARTNER WITH THE VALLEY CAFÉ TO BRING THE FIRST FALL IN WITH ART EVENT TO THE UPPER PERK COMMUNITY. ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 FROM 4PM TO 7PM THE VALLEY CAFÉ WILL HOST THIS FUN-FILLED FAMILY EVENT.

The idea for the event began with a vision to recognize small businesses and artists that each contribute to the vitality of the Upper Perkiomen community. In addition to the musical entertainment by local duo Adam’s Fear and beer tastings provided by The Proper Brewing Company, Fall In With Art will highlight local artists from various genres.

Catherine Brooks of the National Endowment for the Arts has said, “The arts matter because art is meant to move people either on an intellectual or emotional level. Whether this is a book that stays with you days later, a performance that moves you spiritually, or a song that makes you look at the world around you in a different way.”

An interactive opportunity to view and participate at Fall In With Art will include games and prizes, along with face painting, interactive crafts, and a Big Laughs Photo Booth. Runaway Farms will have furry friends there too.

Come to appreciate the creativity of children’s author Linda Quince, the craftsmanship and artistry of jewelry making by Black Sea Jewelers’ Kristina Groetsch, and candy sampling with M&J Gourmet. Come too to check out crafts for purchase by local vendors and a variety of activities sponsored or hosted by Art on Main, Family Caregivers, Heart & Soul TattooJuli Kell’s Dance Studio, Knots in Knead Massage, LifeSpan, United Tae Kwon Do and other local small businesses.

We look forward to meeting our community at this FREE event, come rain or shine. Take this opportunity to celebrate an early fall evening amidst the breadth of creative talent that springs from home in our valley. Come Fall In With Art. For more info contact us at info@nexzest.com.

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Vintage Romance

Nowadays you can’t help but to see Gatsby inspired weddings. Whether it is on Pinterest, a bridal blog, or in you favorite bridal magazine, there is just something about that era that makes weddings even more glamorous.

 

If you fell in love with this beautiful trend, like many of us did (including myself), then you should fall in love with the Vintage Romance Collection.

 

Using Swarovski elements, lace, silver elements, and more, the Vintage Romance Collection is are sure to make you feel elegant. Within this gorgeous collection you will find a few key trends that you do not want to miss out on.

Statement Necklaces are a major trend this season. With all the fuss about low-cut necklines and backs, designers are adorning the dramatic look with statement or backward necklaces and unique capelets. Pearl and beaded embellished necklaces are more classic styles where as a beaded capelet is for the more adventurous bride.

Metal Hair Accessories  have never been more popular then they are now since the flapper era. Modernize this look by adding a beautiful head chain or some pearl embellished hair pins. Great for any type of bride.

Flower embellished accessories  are a MAJOR hit this season on all bridal accessories. This trend gained popularity due to the festivals which was easily adopted into the bridal market effortlessly. This dominating trend looks great with all wedding themes.

Large scale netting  is being used for veils as more of a modern but vintage-inspired look. This trend is more commonly seen in avant-garde bird cage veils.

Encrusted belts and sashes  seem to always be in trend but this time they are stepping up their game. Belts are adorned with beads and rhinestones in art deco geometric patterns. The embellished belt has become a staple accessory for the modern day bride.

Make sure to check out Vintage Romance!

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Behind the Scenes: Fall Bridal Launch

After weeks of planning and multiple rescheduling, a group of 16 amazing people gathered together for a photoshoot on Saturday, October 3rd. Even though it was dark and gloomy outside, we managed to keep the mood light and cheerful indoors.  Mind you, the first scheduled date was postponed due to the weather. I was not letting a little ol’ hurricane stop it this time.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I first planned this shoot. I’m definitely a creature of habit because I always bite off more than I can chew, but somehow it all came together.

11 models total; 2 brides, 2 grooms, 5 bridesmaids, 1 ring bearer, & 1 flower girl. All of which I designed and made new accessories for every single model.  I didn’t even think twice about doing it, which either means I’m crazy or extremely passionate about my work.

Originally the shoot was supposed to be outside so that we could capture the historic Brooklyn Bridge shot in Dumbo. Like I said earlier, mother nature wasn’t cooperating. So I sucked it up, gathered whatever decor I could from my apartment and my friends, made some wall hangings, and voila! Wedding photoshoot decor.

The bouquets that the girls are holding were also made/arranged by myself. I took a trip to the flower district the week prior and bought a ton of silk flowers. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have had the time to arrange fresh flowers the morning of. Between decorating the room, styling the hair, styling the models, and directing the shoot I had barely anytime to think.

However, this day would not have happened without the talented individuals who shot the photos, applied the beautiful makeup (with next to no breaks! sorry for the marathon!), and lets not forget the models. You were all outstanding and I can not thank you enough! I seriously can’t. Another big thank you to Patty who started the day at 9:30 running around and of course helping me immensely.  All of the behind the scenes photos can be viewed in the gallery to the right. I cannot wait to launch the new accessories that were used for this shoot! Stay tuned, because “Vintage Romance” is launching soon!

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CREDITS:

Kiki

Kiki

Makeup Artist

www.makeupwithkiki.com

Tim Doyon

Tim Doyon

Photographer

timothydoyon.com

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Alyson Nicole Pop-up Shop!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be selling all of my products at my very first pop-up shop! Debra Rose Beauty Essentials has graciously donated the whole front of the store for this event. I couldn’t be more excited! There will be a wide range of products available for purchase including but not limited to the following:

  • Bridal Veils
  • Bridal Bags
  • Bridal accessories for men and women
  • Everyday bags
  • Evening bags
  • Jewelry
  • Hair accessories
  • and more!

Don’t forget, Mother’s day is right around the corner. I have the perfect gifts to give! Oh, and by the way if you want something extra special for mom… I can always customize it for you! 😉

Email designs@alysonnicole.com for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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The Bridal Show Event – February 25th 2015

This past Wednesday (2/25) I had the privilege of showing my products to beautiful future brides! A Bridal Affair to Remember hosted the lovely event at Sirico’s Caterers where a handful of other wedding professionals attended and displayed their services.

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I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t  extremely nervous about the show. This was the show that debuted my leather bags and my bridal sashes. In the past, I had only hair accessories at my table, which was less nerve wracking but still nonetheless. However, the amount of compliments that were received about my new products made me feel empowered by my work. I put so much care and thought into each design (along with numerous hours constructing) that it was nice to hear it from outside sources. Not just my adoring family, friends, and of course my super supportive boyfriend.

Usually bridal fairs are a hit or miss especially for accessories. A lot of the brides that attend either just got engaged or haven’t said “yes to the dress” yet. I was genuinely surprised by the amount of ladies who were already looking for that something special to add to their ensemble. There were a few that weren’t sure what they wanted but once I placed a veil on their head it helped them visualize themselves walking down the isle in an Alyson Nicole custom handmade piece.

There were quite a few fan favorites at the show. The Jessica Leigh ($198) and the Catherine ($198) were the top loved birdcage veils.

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For the traditional veils, the Annabelle ($388) received the most compliments with its hand cut lace and hand beaded trim.

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In bridal accessories, the Everlasting Boutonnière ($86) had a handful of admirers especially among the fiancés.

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As for the leather bags, people were gravitating to the wristlets, Forever & Always ($198) and Lace but Not Least with beading ($422), and the Cherish evening clutch ($224).

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It was a pleasure to talk to each and everyone of the brides. I can’t wait to start working on their custom designed bridal accessories. The look on the bride’s face is priceless when you unveil that special something that compliments her day.

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One of the next events Alyson Nicole is exhibiting at is for Lovely Happenings. The event will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at Drift Studio in NYC from 11AM-4PM. There, I will be showcasing my handmade goodies, talking about the importance of handcrafted products vs mass production, and I will be doing a “how to” demonstration.

 

 

Until next time,
xoxo Alyson

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Bridal Fair!

Next Wednesday, February 25th, come visit me at The Bridal Show Event!

I will be showcasing all of my products and introducing NEW designs! A lot of hard work these past couple months have definitely paid off. So come visit my table and see all my new goodies 🙂

BAGS!

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BELTS!

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AND MUCH MORE! Hope to see you there! 😉

xoxo Alyson

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Cazenovia College Annual Student Fashion Show : runway rhapsody

 

Runway-Rhapsody

 

 

 

 

I was asked by Cazenovia College to donate some head pieces for the student fashion show.  I was happy to help.  Here are some photos of the head pieces used.

 

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Lester

Runway Rhapsody - Catherine
“Catherine” worn by model Kristen Murdoch. Clothing designed by Emily DiSiena

 

Runway Rhapsody - Scarlet
“Scarlet”
Runway Rhapsody - Fleur
“Fleur”
Runway Rhapsody - Althea
“Althea” worn by model Nazarene Shehadeh. Clothing designed by Shana Ralston

 

Runway Rhapsody - Plumes de Paon barrette
“Plumes De Paon” worn by model Rhiannon Kimberly. Clothing designed by Koriana Cichocki
                                        

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