Every Gotham Doll knows the best lashes in town are found at Fracassi. Last year they were featured in the fashion week beauty hub. Fracassi’s aestheticians work hard to perfect and customize each procedure. The application process is painless and completely comfortable. Most experience discomfort with faux lash applications, but they know exactly how to apply them to make them look and feel like your own. They also have their own makeup line and a portfolio to boot. You can see amazing before and afters of this procedure.


They have 3 locations, one located in Buffalo, Rochester and Harlem. Their lash line is the talk of Tinseltown ever since they were invited to gift their lashes for the 2014 Oscar Gifting. All the whispers in town talk about Beyonce’s dance crew, Grammy Winner Roberta Flack, The Williams Sisters and Renee from Mob Wives (just to name a few) dropping by to get their lashes done at Fracassi.


“Fracassi Lashes is looking to franchise the experience. We are currently in talks with investors to be the next Dry Bar of lashes,” Said Falicia the CEO and Founder of Fracassi. Very soon, you can enjoy the experience near you.


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Metropolis Spa & Salon is one of the most sought after salons in the country. All hairdressers and salon aestheticians know the name and aspire to reach their standards. Famous clients walk in and out of this salon on the regular. It is often a bragging point at a dinner party to let your friends know you got your hair done at Metropolis, because they will always ask.

As a 27 year old lady, I have had my share of facials. Metropolis Spa & Salon located  in Princeton, NJ has the most innovative non-invasive facial a spa can offer. Their new AquaDerm Treatment Facial is everything an aesthetician would want. The combination of TRI Technology (Aqua Dermabrasion + Chromotherapy Infusion + NANO-Diamond) and along with top of the line Skinceuticals Prevent and Protect line, the results are beautiful.

The AquaDerm Treatment Facial combines the anti-aging properties of an non-invasive dermabrasion, Red-light therapy and hydration therapy. The suction coming from the nozzle exfoliates and removes impurities and dead skin while using infrared light. The infrared light promotes healing reducing redness. It also evens out the complexion.


Prior to getting my facial, my sun-kissed face had lots of sun damage. An uneven complexion and a little dryness from the winter. 

Normally, after a facial your skin glistens, but you can still see sun damage and other more difficult blemishes. After getting an AquaDerm facial there is a dramatic difference. It is amazing how the skin rapidly heals after the AquaDerm suction pulses. When your skin undergoes suction pulses it takes a long time to heal, but due to the stimuli of this procedure, it promotes healing. After other facials, my sunspots are usually so visible they are mistaken for freckles. After this procedure, my skin is clear. My complexion is even, minus the redness on my cheeks that faded away about two hours later. My skin looks vibrant and healthy. I did not wear any makeup after this session. The goal is to have the skin absorb all of the benefits. I continued to hydrate and used Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore to moisturize. Triple Lipid Restore $125, available at Metropolis Spa Salon.

Metropolis Spa Salon lives up to it’s name. Two weeks after this procedure, my skin looks flawless. I give this procedure a Five Star Rating. Check AquaDerm out for yourself! The only places they offer AquaDerm locally are Bergdorf Goodman and Metro Spa & Salon


Metropolis Spa & Salon

301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540



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Cristina Ruales has come a very long way from her freshmen show. From venue changes to competing with all the greats, this year it is all about versatility. Do you really see yourself wearing what you see on the runway? Couture and innovative cuts are beginning to emerge into the day-to-day attire.  Cristina Ruales’ show turned heads drawing in fashionistas looking for just the right avant-garde edge to everyday wear. “The collection is taking something from the office down a notch to casual or up a notch to a night out in the town. It is all in how you wear it. The focus is on creating artistic pieces that are flattering on any body.” Said Cristina who revealed that her vision is coming to life.


This collection draws a more varied, yet exquisite clientele who live their lives where their fashion must be a muse for their juxtaposed lifestyle. I interviewed Cristina at her very own Fashion Week after party held at the very exclusive members only club, Parlour.

Jocelyn: Every designer has some rules they abide by. What are yours?

Cristina Ruales: The rules that I began with that have stayed in place that will evolve brand identities are, 1. Architecture Versus Nature 2. Man-made fibers are innovative and can be created to serve any purpose or for technical reasons. (This means if you needs a more stiff fabric that falls nicely you can develop it.) 3. Advanced innovative pieces- something no one has done before.

Jocelyn: What are some of your goals with this year’s line?

Cristina Ruales: My goal is to grow the line. I am slowly trying to build the blocks to bring the clientele that are looking to take their wardrobe to the next level.

Jocelyn: What do you consider a huge asset about your collection?

Cristina Ruales: I wanted to bring the basics back to wardrobe building and found that it needed to have versatility. We have the cocktail party pieces that transform into an office look by sporting a blazer which gives it a more muted look. It is all in the way you accessorize. Many of my clients live a duality, my collection is made for that.

Jocelyn: Your designs have a very unique look from the patterns to the way the architecture of the pieces are finished. Where did this inspiration come from?

Cristina Ruales: I studied at Parsons and was influenced by Japanese cuts. I was born in Ecuador and have developed a palette from my experiences. As much as I wanted to incorporate these patterns from my imagination, it wasn’t really affordable to do much other than create new fabrics. Epson made my vision happen. I was selected to represent the US in their Epson Digital Couture Event. I was ecstatic to have been chosen!

I was able to add prints such as brush strokes, which were sophisticated and simple. I was able to bring a bunch of color in collaboration with Patrick Jacobs.

Our collection has been placed into Showroom 7, our Knitwear and some of our architecturally complicated designs and statement pieces are at Neiman Marcus.

Jocelyn: Your show was a blast. The music was compatible with the visual delivery. You are a designer to watch. Congratulations on an amazing show!



Models sporting Cristina Ruales on the Epson Digital Couture Fashion presentation during New York Fashion Week Women’s Fall/Winter 2016 on February 9, 2016 in New York City.