The Bronx Fashion Show, is more than JUST a Fashion Show – Flora Montes

 

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Flora Montes, President and Executive Director of Bronx Fashion Week

To some she is known as Fairy Godmother or the Puerto Rican Paula Deen; her name is Flora Montes. Yes, Flora like a flower in the Spanish language. Which is not by chance that her name is Flora, because she is a flower that blossomed in The Bronx and is planting seeds into The Bronx.

Flora has a big heart that drives her through everything that she commits herself to. Growing up in The Bronx, has taught Flora the importance of giving back. Although she moved out of The Bronx at the age of 24, her heart never left her home. With her experiences and creative ventures, Flora always found herself coming back to the boogie down Bronx, giving back to her home. Living in Connecticut, Flora took the last $20 that she had in her pocket and bought school supplies for kids in The Bronx, investing back into her community.

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This idea came to her while she was at a Latin Fashion Show. After experiencing a great show; Flora was amazed and she said to herself “We have to have this in The Bronx”. The next day, Flora began to work on bringing a fashion show to the Bronx. After what she had witnessed at the previous fashion show, she refused to put this dream to rest. Best believe, Flora worked until this fashion show came to life in The Bronx. This idea is now a reality that has been around in The Bronx for three years. I don’t know about you but as a Bronxite, this fills me up with joy.

Her authenticity and her love for her home (The Bronx) is what makes Flora a Bronx icon. Authenticity for many reasons, but one main reason is because she does serve back wholeheartedly as opposed for economic reasons.

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I had the pleasure to attend The Bronx fashion show this year back in August, that focused on a theme of “Back to school”. This event was hosted in Bay Plaza Mall, one of the biggest malls here in The Bronx. Before the show had begun, I was backstage speaking to models, designers, makeup artists,volunteers and interns who all shared the same feeling of a movement happening in The Bronx. Witnessing models, designers and sponsors piecing this event together, was a clear statement that The Bronx is in for a change! Bronx fashion show is setting a new standard to fashion shows throughout New York City, because they bring diversity in different areas as it is mentioned in New York Times article. As Flora says, “The Bronx Fashion Show is more than just a fashion show! It is more than just modeling, fabric or just a shirt”. In agreement with an article published by Bronx Times, Bronx Fashion show is about celebrating The Bronx and embracing beauty from the inside out.

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Flora Montes is a writer, poet, blogger, culinary chef, visionary and a full time Bronx advocate. Coming from a place where most people feel like you can’t make it far, Flora made it her job to give back so that she can help others chase their dreams. “Giving back equals healing” as Flora says. She did not allow herself to be a statistic in between the struggles that she had faced in her life, instead she flipped things over to cater to those in need.

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Get to know her story and her face because she has more to bring to The Bronx. “I am not building a company, I am building a legacy” and she is confident that “my grandchildren will look at this and be proud”. Such an amazing woman with a beautiful heart. Personally, I have never met anyone like Flora Montes. One thing that I learned from her as we chatted over Mexican food, is that it is not about the glamour but, yet about the story behind.

Want to follow up on The Bronx Fashion show’s latest updates? Great, you can do so by following their Instagram page and/or by visiting their website.

 

 

10 Bronx Instagram Pages to follow 2017

In case you did not know, there is a growing community of Bronx bloggers and photographers. Here are 10 that you should be following for updates on events, food spots, hidden gems and how they are making a difference in our communities. Happy Read!
bronxnarratives

Bronxnarratives is one of my go to Instagram pages for some cool photography, around The Bronx (captured by Dondre Green, love him). Also, I enjoy going on their website reading stories that provides an authentic view on our community.

 

intheboogiedown

A guide to whats going on in The Bronx! Cant find any Bronx events? Check out intheboogiedown page! I love that they are up to date with the events that’s going on here in our borough. This Instagram page is also empowered by @dandyinthebronx, which is a blog focused on men fashion & lifestyle.

 

bronxmama

Looking for something to do with you family in The Bronx? Look no further, bronxmama has all the updates that you need according to the week. This blog, fills the gap of the lack of resources for Bronx parents looking for the next event to attend with their families.

 

bronxnative

Through apparel, art and media; thebronxnative set the stage by designing dope apparels that speaks for the beauty of The Bronx. Through their Instagram page, you can follow up with their events and pop up events. By going on their website, you will find more details and shop for their works.

 

bronxfoodblog

If you love food and you live in The Bronx, than I suggest that you follow thebronxfoodblog. Besides their mouthwatering photos on Instagram, they also have a blog where you can read more about their food journey around The Bronx.

thebxsocialite

This is one of the first Bronx Blogs that I had first discovered, and I fell in love. Thebxsocialite understood that there are many hidden gems in The Bronx that New Yorkers are not aware about, let alone Bronxites! So if you’re looking for some hidden gems or some go to spots in our borough, check her out.

mybelovedbronx

Are you a Bronx Native eager to see the difference in our community in the past years? If so, check out photographer Abigail Montes Instagram page where she has captured the transformation in some areas in The Bronx. Read more about this project and its purpose here.

ediblebronx

Food goodies all over, I am talking about: ice cream, cakes, burgers, french fries and all the finger licking goods in The Bronx. Check them out on Instagram and on their website if you’re a foodie in the boogie!

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Calling all Bronx fashion lovers! In this page you will find, glamorous photos, beautiful designs and upcoming Bronx fashion events. For more details and information visit Bronx Fashion’s website.

 

 

bxfoodie

You can never have enough food options, so here is another foodie from The Bronx. Follow this food page as they eat their way through our borough!

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The Ugly Truth About Beauty Products

“Turns out, my Pantene contains a chemical linked to cancer and lots of products in my bathroom from sunscreen to lipstick and even baby shampoo; also linked to cancer or other problems such as learning disabilities, asthma and even male fertility (damaged sperm.” – The Story of Cosmetics (Short Youtube Video)

It is no secret that we do not know for sure what goes into our foods but how about our beauty products? Although there is a list of things unsaid, it is our job to be mindful and educated in these areas. Just because it taste good, does not necessarily mean that it is good for you to consume, right? Same goes for beauty products, just because it smells good or look pretty, this does not mean that it is safe for us to use.

”The average woman in the U.S uses about twelve personal care products daily. The average man uses about six. Each product containing a dozen or more chemicals.” – The Story of Cosmetics (Short Youtube Video)

If you look closely, you will learn that some of products contain deadly chemicals and some are not even approved by the FDA! Chemicals that are banned in many countries, are legal in America and freely swimming in our daily products. Anyone can understand that some ingredients used for our products are not safe for humans to consume but it is allowed on the market, for us to buy and consume!! (I don’t know about you but that is insane to even think about, please take a few minutes to let this information marinate)

The bottom line is; we all want to enjoy a fruitful life without devoting half our lives to the healthcare industry paying medical bills.

Using some graphics from Safe Cosmetics, here are some ingredients to look out for and why:

Parabens

Butylated Compounds

Ethanolamine Compounds

Now that you know about a few ingredients to look out for, pick a beauty product and search for these ingredients.

This is what I got rid of, after learning about the ugly ingredients:

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If you feel like you need help identifying the ingredients, you can use these websites/app that will tell you exactly what is in your product. My top favorite ones are Safe CosmeticsThink Dirty App and Good Guide.

Bronx Youtubers that you should be following!

Forever Tati

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With a love for hair and makeup, Tati began a YouTube channel to teach women how to achieve certain hairstyles or makeup looks! She also does hair reviews, makeup tutorials and a ton of DIY videos (my favorite). Personally, I love her videos because they are beginner friendly and she’s super fun to watch. Follow her on IG @forevertati_

Asatou Sohna

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I love love Asatou’s sense of fashion. Throughout her travels around the world, she creates these beautiful style diaries. Which I love because I love her modern style. Besides fashion, Asatou is a makeup artist and a model. I am so excited for her as she was  featured essence.com for the Dance Africa Street Style 2017 !! Follow her on IG @asatousohna

Dandy In The Bronx

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Dandy in the Bronx, is a menswear/lifestyle blogger. If you are a guy looking for a different style, do yourself a favor and check him out! His style is sleek, neat but yet professional. Smooth sense of style. My boyfriend loves his style. a menswear/lifestyle blogger. Besides, his youtube channel you can also check out his blog. Follow his on IG @dandyinthebronx

 

Beautycon Festival NYC 2017

Beautycon Festival here in New York City was an adventure of its own. I learned about different beauty companies that I never knew of before. However, the highlight of the festival for me was Gabrielle Union! Shes more flawless in person!! Anyways, she shared some inspirational tips, talked about her book; “We’re going to need more wine” and her new hair product line; Flawless Hair.

People come to these types of festivals for different reasons. Since I am fairly new in the blogging community I wanted to meet bloggers like myself and learn about different beauty companies. Mission accomplished! Below you will find a list of freebies that I got!

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Free Macaroons for everyone! They were so yummy

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Pretty and yummy

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Flower mascara tower

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Gabrielle Union

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Freebies

List of freebies:

  1. New Cantu Cleanse Root Rinse (Sample Packet)
  2. New Cantu Color Protecting Shampoo (Sample Packet)
  3. Soap & Glory; Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk (Sample Packet)
  4. Soap & Glory: Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumpling Lip Gloss; Colors Spun Sugar, Plumsup &Nudestar (Sample Size)
  5. Colorpop Lippie Stix; Color Dusty Pink (Full Size)
  6. Milk Makeup Lip Color; Color Blue (Full Size)
  7. New L’oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise (Full Size)

Thank you for stopping by!

Rocking the Boat: Free community rowing and sailing

Although the idea of being on a boat freaks me out, I wanted to challenge myself to try something new and so I did! I went on a boat, with two program assistants who made my experience memorable. Generally speaking, the whole staff are knowledgeable and very passionate about their work (which honestly put me at ease). This is a great experience and if you are a Bronxite or looking to visit The Bronx, I suggest you stop by for a row! You have everything to gain and nothing loose, plus its free.

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Whether you want to row or sail, both are completely free. This opportunity however is available from Memorial day to Labor day, as listed on the website. So go ahead and pick any Saturday from 1pm to 6pm for some fun!

Thank you for reading!