Archive | October, 2011

Gift Sets Aren’t Just For Giving…

27 Oct

…They’re for trying out new products for yourself too!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the cute little gift sets that pop up, and not for gift-giving reasons.  Stores like Sephora carry some of the best sets that you shouldn’t give away! Beauty sets are a GREAT way to test a new product before committing to the real deal & can save you a lot of money (especially if you  don’t end up liking your gift set tester). Even better, some gift sets are coming full-sized but still remain a fraction of the price of the individual items. Since it seemingly gets earlier each year, stores are already displaying their gift sets for purchase! So far, some of my favorite buy-to-keep gift sets are:

Too Faced

Too Faced On The Prowl set is a four-piece set featuring a lippy, primer, kabuki brush (great for loose-powder/ mineral foundation & bronzer application) & their complexion kit with bronzer, blush & powder. Too Faced products are popular for their fun packaging but also have a great reputation for flawless application (Sephora- $26.00 with a $75.00 value). Purchase It!

Clinique

Clinique Fall In Love With Colour set offers a makeup bag, mascara, two lippies, makeup remover & eye palette. When you purchase Clinique, you know you’re getting amazing products that are all 100% allergy-tested. You could easily carry this whole set with you for on-the-go touch-ups (Sephora- $42.00 with an $83.00 value)! Purchase It!

LORAC

LORAC  Shimmer & Shine Collection is the ultimate form of girly with neutral but feminine colors. This set offers three eye shadows, eye primer, lip gloss, mascara & a cute black bag to keep it all in. LORAC’s eye primer is reason enough to treat yourself to this awesome set. It keeps eye makeup in tact all day and night without smearing or creasing (Sephora- $37.00 with a $117.00 value). Purchase It!

Dior

Dior made this lovely Miss Dior Cherie gift set that includes perfume, shower gel & moisturizer all in the famous Miss Dior scent. Again, it all comes in a cute little bag for convenience. I love testing new perfumes and having a ton available at any given time for any given mood so the idea of a perfume gift set is super enticing (Sephora- $83.00). Purchase It!

L'OCCITANE

L’OCCITANE Protecting Shea Butter Collection is the perfect set for the upcoming dry, winter weather. The set comes with lip balm, soap, shower cream, foot cream, & hand cream. L’OOCITANE products are sans a lot of bad chemicals & parabens so you can feel good about using them (Sephora- $36.00 with a $52.00 value)! Purchase It!

Now, don’t get me wrong, the holidays are definitely the time of giving, but when it comes to saving money on a new product you’re dying to try, I suggest seeing if you can purchase a gift set for yourself to have a few uses to try it out.

 

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Wearable Trends for Fall/ Winter 2011

27 Oct

Runway looks always amaze me, but sometimes even the “ready to wear” collections are intimidating & constantly have me wondering how anyone on the street can pull them off. However, this fall/ winter is truly about RTW pieces & I’m sincerely thankful for that!

J Brand Jeans

Leather is all the rage for this season (see my 2nd look from Versace for H&M to see how I’ll be wearing the trend) but it’s an intimidating fabric & if you’re not comfortable & confident in what you’re wearing, then what’s the point? An easy compromise is the waxed jean. Shiny like leather in comparable hues with a more relaxed fit. A great way to balance out the rocker look of a waxed jean (or leather) is to pair with a feminine top like a tie-neck blouse and heels (J Brand Jeans 12″ Pencil Wax Coated in Venom from Revolve Clothing– $198.00).

Trouve

Speaking of tie-neck blouses, I am loving this super wearable look for fall. It’s flirty, feminine, & as stated above, would look fabulous over a pair of leather pants or waxed jeans. These blouses are usually loose-fitting so pairing with a skinny bottom is definitely recommended (Trouve Tie Front Top from Nordstrom– $88.00).

Diane von Furstenberg

As you probably know by now, jewel-tones are big this season. I am a big fan of this trend as it will help counteract all of the blacks and browns we are usually religious about wearing during the chillier months. One of my favorite jewel-tones is mustard. The rich golden hue provided by this color is so complimentary to many skin tones and would look great paired with tights if you’re looking at dresses such as the DVF design above (Diane von Furstenberg Issie Sleeveless Satin Dress from Neiman Marcus– $425.00).

Rebecca Taylor

Lace and lace detailing almost overtook the runways at NYFW for Fall/ Winter 2011. This trend is incredibly easy to wear & is so feminine that even the smallest touch of lace detail can add the most romantic of feels. Just like the tie blouse, I’d recommend pairing the uber-feminine trend with something a bit edgier like a leather jacket or spiked heels (Rebecca Taylor Romantic Lace Blouse from Bloomingdale’s– $315.00).

Alice + Olivia

Polka-dots have a bad reputation for being childish but this season they’re anything but! Polka-dot minis, blouses & dresses are everywhere & are so fun to wear. I bought this Alice + Olivia dress for the summer time but am easily going to transfer it into my fall wardrobe with a cute cropped jacket, tights & booties. The best thing about re-using your summer wear is saving money while adding to your Fall/ Winter closet, or, if you’re just purchasing, it’s on SALE, which saves you money as well (Alice + Olivia Polka-Dot Silk Dress from Neiman Marcuswas $297.00; now– $178.00)!

The Wall Street Journal said Ready to Wear is the new Couture.  Whether or not you agree, it’s definitely refreshing to have so many RTW pieces in-trend for this season.

 

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Rachel Zoe Collection

26 Oct

I’ve been wanting to dissect the Rachel Zoe Collection for a few days now, but every time I went to “research” the line, I found myself just purchasing pieces and depressing my bank account. Finally, I’m ready to stop shopping & start writing. The fact I couldn’t look up the collection without buying means great things for both my wardrobe & this line (all pictures of the collection from Neiman Marcus):

Rachel Zoe

Sylvia Cowl-Neck Halter- I absolutely love a detailed fabric, cowl-neck cut & cinched waist so this was an obvious choice for me. The color is great for fall & would easily compliment most skin tones. Pair with skinny jeans (since it’s a bit baggier even with the cinch) and boots (Neiman Marcus- $225.00).

Rachel Zoe

One-Sleeve Sequin Dress– I totally adore sequin for the holidays. It’s festive, attractive & super fun to sport. (Neiman Marcus- $295.00).

Rachel Zoe

Faux-Fur Vest– Fur is big this season & faux-fur is even bigger (You’re welcome, PETA). Rachel is known for her love of furs so this piece made me feel like she was adding a part of herself to her collection & I truly adore that. It’s a bit of an over-sized vest so I’d make sure the shirt underneath & your jeans are form fitting to offset the chunky look (Neiman Marcus- $225.00).

Rachel Zoe

Tailored Tuxedo Jacket, Tie-Neck Plunge Blouse & Boot-Cut Tuxedo Pants- Obviously, you can purchase each piece separately, but why would you want to? This classic cut, color & style is perfect when paired with the trendy tie-neck blouse (Neiman Marcus- $425.00, $295.00 & $275.00, respectively).

 

I truly limited myself with this post. I could’ve easily written about every piece of this collection, as I would personally purchase about 90% of the whole line (if money were no object) so take the time to view it in its entirety, as there are shoes & handbags, too!

 

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Versace for H&M

26 Oct

I think I’m all alone when I say I don’t normally like when high-end labels collaborate with stores like H&M, Target, etc. In my opinion, it cheapens the label. On the other hand, however, it gives everyone a chance to own a work of art from some of the most sought-after designers. Well, I’m starting to bite my tongue on that theory after I saw the designs for the Versace for H&M collection. Some of these pieces, I absolutely die for:

Versace for H&M

This gorgeous silk design gives an edgier feel to the concept of the LBD. The cut & detailing are absolutely stunning and would compliment anyone (H&M- $149.00).

Versace for H&M

Yet another edgy take on the LBD, I die for this leather & studded detail dress. I love leather for fall & would pair this dress with tights & booties for a night out. The detailing screams Versace, for sure (H&M- $299.00).

Versace for H&M

Not to seem too obsessed with the concept of a little black dress, but this silk LBD with cutouts on the sleeves could easily work for the 9-5 or a night out. I love versatility (H&M- $149.00)

Versace for H&M

I love a good cocktail ring & this gorgeous flower is no exception. Unfortunately,  I couldn’t find the pricing for any of the jewelry pieces.

Versace for H&M

Moving away from the LBD & brightening your fall wardrobe is the vibrant yellow dress with detailing (H&M- $199.00).

As for the men’s portion of the collection, it’s bright, loud and pattern-filled. I don’t know if I necessarily love any of the pieces so save your Versace for H&M shopping for yourself & not your boyfriend.

The collection hits H&M stores on November 17th. Will you be shopping the collection?

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Halloween Makeup

25 Oct

I’ve clearly got Halloween on the brain (see Costume Jewelry) so I decided to check out some makeup styles for the holiday. I came across some awesome & inspirational makeup ideas from MAC that I’m fascinated by:

MAC Cosmetics

“Batgirl” is self explanatory.

MAC Cosmetics

This look is totally suitable for a doll costume with the rosy cheeks and round eyes.

MAC Cosmetics

I adore this look for a devil costume or some sort of “fire and ice” feel.

MAC Cosmetics

This look takes a little more talent & creativity but would clearly look awesome paired with a fairy costume.

MAC Cosmetics

Don’t just be Lady Gaga for Halloween, be one of her biggest hits- Poker Face. This would be super cute with a Queen of Hearts costume, as well.

MAC Cosmetics

I envision this look with an Evil Queen type costume. The detailing is incredible & would definitely compliment the dark costume.

MAC Cosmetics

This robot-inspired look would be incredibly easy to make and would add a ton of character to your costume.

MAC Cosmetics

I can picture this pattern with either a snake or leopard  costume.

MAC Cosmetics

This look would work with a spider costume, or a darker version of Little Miss Muffet. The spider is super detailed so it may take a little extra artistic talent.

MAC Cosmetics

For a zebra or cat costume, this would be incredibly detailed but easy if you had the time to create it!

While it’s easy to get inspired by these looks, they might be difficult to create. You can log-on to MAC to book an artist or call your local MAC counter to see if anyone could help you recreate any of these looks. On their website, you can also find all the makeup needed to make all these looks. Get inspired & be creative!

 

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Top Looks!

24 Oct

Now that NYFW is over & I’ve had some time to digest all the fabulous fashion hits from the runways, I’ve compiled my top looks from Spring/ Summer 2012 (in no hierarchical order):

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka showed the ultimate take on femininity with a plunging neckline, fitted, knee-length dress. The jewel-tones are consistent with the Spring/ Summer 2012 trends & the detailing is simply stunning.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta is always displaying his show-stopping designs & this strapless gown is no different. I am absolutely floored to know that lace detailing is having a moment and the crop-top he chose to add texture to this look is on the top of my “must have” list.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera uses a simple lined pattern to create a look that’s anything but simplistic. I love the flirty & ultra-feminine look a belted waist gives, too.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff took “Ready to Wear” fashion and stole the show. Everything about this look is accessible & super chic. Again, the jewel-toned hues are big Big BIG for Spring/ Summer, as well as the lined pattern detail. I love the idea of the menswear-inspired blazer with super feminine details (the color & cut).

Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders decided not to follow the bright-color trend for this look, & it’s incredibly refreshing! With all the detailing put into this cut & design, there was no need to use a bright fabric and a nude neutral is a universally flattering hue for any skin tone making this look truly “Ready to Wear”.

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Costume Jewelry

24 Oct

While Halloween costumes are the most popular fashion trend right now (it is only a week away), the costumes I’m interested in right now are in the form of jewelry. Costume jewelry is the perfect way to make a statement. While I’m a sucker for vintage costume jewelry, shopping for the ideal pieces can usually be hit-or-miss so here are some great vintage-inspired (but available) finds:

Marc by Marc Jacobs

I absolutely adore the currently trendy rose-gold finish for jewelry, especially for this chunky ring. Marc by Marc Jacobs  Pave Katie Ring (shopbop.com- $68).

Madewell

Pair with a classic LBD or simple t-shirt. This necklace is extremely versatile.  Madewell Shadestone Necklace (Madewell- $88.00).

Michael Kors

The Michael Kors Pave Link Bracelet (Michael Kors- $275.00) is bold enough to make a statement but sleek enough to pair with more dressier look or even to add an edgy feel to a 9-5 outfit.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch Multi Jeweled Leaf Dangle Earrings ($150.00) are the perfect accessory to a sleek pony for day or night and their neutral shade makes them wearable with many outfits.


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Denim, denim, DENIM!

24 Oct

In honor of Bergdorf Goodman’s Denim Week, I decided to do a write up on the fashion staple that’s appropriate for ALL seasons: DENIM!

I feel pretty confident in stating that jeans are an important part of most people’s wardrobes. And how could they not be? Whether you’re into the uber trendy jewel-toned hues or love the casual look a great pair of jeans provides is up to you, but here’s this season’s most sought-after denim (all from Bergdorf’s):

J Brand Jeans

I love the look of a red jean for this season & I cannot get enough of the high-quality, super comfy denim that J Brand provides. Everything from the cut to the wash in these jeans is perfect for this season & a lot of fun to wear (J Brand Jeans 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Twill Jeans in Black Cherry from Bergdorf Goodman- $176.00). Tip: Don’t go overboard with the rest of your ensemble when sporting any jewel-toned jeans. Keep the top & shoes neutral to avoid looking too trendy.

J Brand Jeans

Is my obsession with J Brand noticeable yet? These truly are the best jeans for their fit, comfort level & durability & with the over-sized look of sweaters, coats and tops in general we’re seeing, it’s important to have a truly great-fitting skinny jean this season. When pairing a flowy top with denim, make sure to choose a skinny cut to balance each other out & add a sexy silhouette your figure (J Brand Jeans 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Twill Jeans in Ignite from Bergdorf Goodman- $191.00).

Citizens of Humanity

While skinny jeans and flares seem to cycle when they’re “in style” or out, a good boot-cut is always flattering & always in! Their versatility is undeniable & they’re a universally good cut for anyone regardless of size or shape (Citizens of Humanity Kelly Odyssey Boot-Cut Jeans from Bergdorf Goodman- $198.00). Editor’s Note: I had to put “in style” in quotations because I’m a firm believer that anything is “in style” at ANY time, as long as it’s flattering on you! It’s good to branch out & try new trends, but the best trend is wearing what works best for you personally.

Joe's Jeans

I sincerely love the careless effort look of a slightly destroyed jean on someone in their 20’s. It’s casual, sexy, fun & effortless to pull off. Pair with a cute t-shirt & heels for happy hour or throw on to run errands. Either way, you’ll look stylish and casual and be comfortable all day (Joe’s Jeans Cigarette Patricia Destroyed Jeans from Bergdorf Goodman- $172.00).

As with ALL looks, it’s important to stay confident & be comfortable in what you’re wearing. I truly believe denim provides that. Check out Bergdorf Goodman for all these styles & more.

 

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Peep-Toe Booties

24 Oct

Just like last fall, opaque tights are the perfect autumn accessory. Like peanut butter to jelly, a great pair of booties is the perfect counterpart to tights. Something less obvious, peep-toe booties are entirely acceptable (and encouraged) for fall fashion! Here are some perfect open-toed options:

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Samarah Bootie (Nordstrom- $169.95)

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik Ermadele Bootie (Barney’s- $835.00)

Top Shop

Top Shop Pioneer Suede Platform Shoe Boots (Top Shop- $245.00)
While opaque tights are perfect for booties, an edgier take on the look is to trade your tights for socks. Feeling dramatic? Choose a taller sock to bunch down or keep high.

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Inspiration

23 Oct

Inspiration is an important word when it comes to personal style. While, for my personal closet, I tend to choose more classic pieces, I am always inspired by the wild looks that come prancing down runways & are seen in over-the-top photo shoots. As most of us do, I have three models who always seem to inspire me whether it be on the runway, walking down the street (thanks, paparazzi) or in a shoot:

Kate Moss

Arguably one of the most sought-after models of all time, Kate never ceases to put me in jaw-dropping awe.

Kate Moss

Between the beachy waves & next-to-no makeup, I adore the above picture for its most realistic portrayal of natural femininity.

Jessica Stam

From Victoria’s Secret to Christian Dior, Jessica Stam has graced the runways with her statuesque figure & perfect skin.

Jessica Stam

Jessica’s glossy pout, sleek pony & smoky eye are the definition of high-fashion.

Chanel Iman

Similarly to what I love about Kate, Chanel looks her best when she’s fresh-faced and natural, and she’s made a living out of it!

Chanel Iman

With just a swipe of eyeliner on her top lid, Chanel shows how the simplest touch of makeup can make all the difference.

My hope as the author & editor of this blog is to provide inspiration through fashion, beauty & decor to show that even the most outrageous trends can be used for personal street style with a little confidence & a lot of love.

 

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