Monday, October 14, 2019

Sexy after Breast Cancer: The Jocelyn Binder Story

FCM: I am very excited to interview Jocelyn Binder for the re-launching of our blog FCM Style.

We understand that you're a fashion model whose a Cancer survivor. Please tell us about your experience?

Jocelyn: Yes! I am a two-time breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at 28 with breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. I underwent eight cycles of chemo and a double-mastectomy, which put me out of modeling for a while, as I
Jocelyn Binder
recovered. Last year, I was diagnosed stage 4 when the cancer reappeared on my sternum bone this time. I began endocrine therapy, along with making many lifestyle changes, and was back in remission in ten months!
FCM: So, you wrote a book " Sexy After Breast Cancer" Please tell your inspiration behind this book

Jocelyn: Yes! I was inspired to share my journey, as someone who is a breast cancer thriver, in hopes of helping other women battling. I had the advantage of assembling an exert team, including both Western and Eastern medicine doctors, therapists, acupuncturists, yoga teachers and a plethora of other spiritual leaders. So, you could say I took one for the team and am sharing what I found worked the best in my healing!

FCM: What Breast Cancer Support Organizations do you support? Why are they important to you ?

Jocelyn: I support Susan G Komen, as a breast cancer community leader and recently donated my time to shooting a video for them. It is important to me that so much awareness is being brought to breast cancer, so  that we can better manage this disease and hopefully both prevent and cure more cases going forward.
Jocelyn Binder
FCM: What do you hope to accomplish by writing this book?

Jocelyn: If only one woman heals after applying my book’s concepts to make changes in their life, it will be a huge success to me.

FCM: What's next for you Jocelyn?

Jocelyn: I’d like to become even more involved in the breast cancer community. Whether is raising money, public speaking or otherwise contributing. My goal is to aid in the efforts to enhance the healing and thriving of my fellow breast cancer survivors.

FCM: Thanks for the interview.

FCM: Do you have any parting words for our audience?

Jocelyn: Whether you’re battling with your health or just trying to make the most of the one life we have here on earth, be positive and love yourself.  Photography by Caroline Malouf

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Black is still in for the Winter of 2018

Black is back and bigger than ever and are appearing a darker and more elegant versions of the spring and summer fashion styles. Thicker fabrics abound with wool replacing gauze and sleeveless fashions becoming full blouses.

Denim is still as popular as ever and available in an infinite number of styles and sizes and there are many other styles brand new for this year.

Black has been brought back by designers renewing the statement that black remains chic and calling for tall boots with no showing of skin in freezing weather. Black is being seen in many fashions this fall from dresses to handbags and other accessories.

Pictured Here: Halter V Neck Sleeveless Backless A-line Party Dress at

The New Black offers much more choices in fabrics and styling to escape the basic black of the past.

Mix and match different fashion trends to personalize your look and add jewelry, color, and layering to create your own style.

For colors, the azures and turquoise pastels have evolved to deep teals and deep browns and rusts with burnt orange and ginger accents are must haves along with other nature colors.

A trend has begun back to the romantic era with lots of sheer blouses combined with lace, ribbon and large puffy sleeves in black, white and prints, looking perfect under fitted velvet jackets.

Full skirts have a completely new look this season combined with a fitted jacket and tall boots for a sexy romantic look.

Remember this fashion hint; combine a full item with something slim so that you don’t look sloppy.

The sexy, tall knee high boots are back this fall and are the footwear of choice with everything from skirts to gauchos. Flat heels are in this season as well.

Big oversized bags are very popular this year and are another must have for this fall season. There are many luggage sized bags, but the best is just a bit larger than normal. Especially hot are large bags with flashy materials such as gold lame’.

Some other must haves this season are big ethnic jewelry and bold cuff bracelets, cropped pants, and military style jackets and coats as well as animal prints and fur trims.

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Beware Knock Offs – How Not To Get Ripped Off

Designer duds are expensive, plain and simple. If you are in the market for superb items straight off the runway but do not have the budget for buying items straight from the store, there are alternatives. However, you should be warned that buying designer items from anyone else that the original manufacturer leaves you open to possibly purchasing fake goods. Designer knock offs are sold on the street, in stores, and most popularly, on the World Wide Web. Protect yourself from spending hard earned money on items that have been poorly made from sub par materials. Just because the item in question possesses a brand name that is no guarantee you are dealing with the real McCoy!

Most of those items that are claimed to be designer goods sold on the street are just plain fakes. Use a bit of common sense when buying any type of goods from any type of seller. If you buy a fifteen dollar Louis Vuitton signature purse, there is a strong chance that item is indeed a fake. Remember the old adage, “if it is too good to be true, then it probably is.” This cannot be truer than individuals looking super deals on authentic designer duds. Pictured here: Valentino Long-Sleeve Layered Ruffle Hem Crepe Couture Dress

Regardless where you choose to purchase your cut rate designer goods, be sure the seller is reputable. If you are purchasing items from virtual stores on the World Wide Web, look to see if there are any complaints lodged against that specific company. Also, if you choose to purchase designer items from online auction sites like Ebay or Yahoo! Auctions, carefully evaluate the seller by searching the feedback responses. As always, go with your gut instinct—if you think something is a fake, and then avoid buying the item. No matter how great you are at sniffing out a deal, there is not way that bag you are buying for fifty dollars is a genuine Hermes Birkin bag.

The best way to avoid buying faked designer goods is by feeling the items. If the materials seem cheap, rough, unevenly dyed or woven, or poorly made, the item is probably a fake. Furthermore, take a close look at the craftsmanship. Check the seams, buttons, zippers, and any other items that can give an item away as a fake. With bags and shoes, look at the quality of the leather. Furthermore, the lining of a bag can tell you more about the quality of that particular purse than anything else, so be sure to take a peek inside.                                         

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Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Simple Tips To Fix 5 Makeup Mistakes

Have you ever been putting on your makeup and when everything is going well, you suddenly make a mistake that ruins all of your effort? Have you had to take off your makeup some time because, without meaning to, you’ve ruined your makeup? Surely you have; it happens to all of us.

In this article, you will find five of the most common mistakes and the best tips to quickly fix them without having to take off all of your makeup…

We hope you’ll like them and that they’ll help you easily improve your personal image…


This is a very common mistake that we all make when we put on makeup. If you are totally made up, to take off any excess foundation, do the following:

• Lightly moisten a clean sponge with water (the sponge should be almost dry and without any makeup residue) and sponge all of your face with downward movements.

TIP: It’s very important, most of all, to avoid excess foundation and concealer around the eyes. To eliminate any excess in this area, perform the same step and afterwards use your fingertips to softly blur the product in that area.


If you’ve put on too much eyeshadow, or it looks too dark, follow these steps to quickly fix the problem:

• If it happened on your upper eyelid, blur the eyeshadow toward the edges with a clean brush to reduce the color. If it still looks very dark, apply a little bit of matte cream eyeshadow with a brush (if you don’t have cream eyeshadow, you can use translucent powder) and blur the eyeshadow.

• If it happened on the lower part of your eye, use a fine, clean brush to blur, or pat it softly with a Q-tip.

• If as you were blurring, you’ve left the contour of the eyelid and the shadow looks very dark, blur it with a clean sponge and afterwards apply a little bit of foundation, patting lightly to fix the foundation.


If you applied too much blush, try the following tip:

• Stroke your cheek with a thick, loose powder bush—the brush should be completely clean. If you still have too much blush on, apply translucent or clear powder with the same brush, just over the blush. That way the two powders should mix, clarifying the original color.


When we put too much makeup on our eyebrows, we look harsh and we can’t even recognize ourselves. Follow the following tip to quickly solve this:

• Simply brush the eyebrow with a clean Q-tip, going against the grain of your eyebrow. You will see how quickly the color you initially applied disappears.


That’s all right. Just follow these next steps and you’ll see how you can quickly fix the problem:

• Continue applying makeup and when you have finished, allowing enough time for the mascara to dry, apply a Q-tip right over the smudge. You’ll see how it quickly disappears and you don’t need to remove the makeup from your whole eye.

TIP: A good trick to avoid smudging yourself is applying makeup first to your inferior eyelashes and then to the superior.

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Up Close with Victoria Barbara Montalvo

FCM-Thank you for granting Fashion Couture Magazine for the opportunity to chat us regarding  your career, fashion, and upcoming projects.

FCM- You have been described as Model, Fitness Guru and all-around Influencer. How do you multi-task all those positions?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo-Being a high profile influencer I have learned to manage my time more efficiently. I guess it comes with the territory.

FCM-Of your different jobs, which are you most passionate about?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo- I am an overall fitness fanatic. I am very passionate about healthy living and I share my passion with other influencers, friends and my fans. I believe in always trying to be a better version of myself.

FCM-You have gorgeous hair--do you mind giving us 1 tip on how you keep it so healthy and shiny?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo-The secret to my regimen is Alkaline water. I honestly think everyone should try it.  I drink it; I bathe in it and use to wash my face and hair to hydrate. I do not wash my hair every single day as it tends to make my hair dry. Organic shampoo and conditioner is highly encouraged.

FCM-Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo- I am currently working on my fashion line which is set to launch the end of this year. I am also working on a “top secret” TV show with a big production company. I have collaborations with global brands and this requires me to do a lot of traveling.

FCM-What is your skin care routine? What’s in your Beauty Bag?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo- Alkaline Water is key. I live by it! I make sure my skin is hydrated to keep me looking fresh all day. My beauty bag? Moisturizer, hydrating serum, and sunscreen! And I only use Dr Kay’s beauty products. Her products are a must try! If you would like to connect, check her IG @beautybydrkay

FCM-What is something about you that fans might not know?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo-I have 6 fur babies!!!  I am so in love with them and they are my life!! I am very easy going and I respond to fan mails diligently.

FCM-As part of some very winning films and projects thus far, whom would you like to thank at this point in your career?

Victoria Barbara Montalvo- My sister, my “friend” and friends, my publicist! They are the ones who have been there and truly believe in me.  They support my vision and dreams.

Thank you so much for this amazing interview!!

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