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Holiday Style

2 Dec

Glisten,  sparkle & glam basically sum-up any holiday look. Your skin should glisten, your outfit should sparkle, & your overall look should tie both together for a glamorous outcome.  Beauty routine is up first:

Clinique

Everyone knows these cold winter months can be damaging to our skin.  Thus, it’s important to give your face a little extra TLC prior to any makeup application. Exfoliating is key- Get rid of all that dry, flakiness. It’s no secret I have an obsession with Clinique. Their skincare is never-fail for me so I recommend the Clinique Exfoliating Scrub (Sephora- $18.50). Purchase It!

KNOWWEAR

Follow up with your usual moisturizer/ primer routine. If you’ve read about makeup contouring then your next step will probably involve your contouring routine (I am so addicted & apply makeup this way everyday).  Next, it’s time to add the glitz with great holiday blush, eye product & lippy:

Beauty Banter

I am HIGHLY recommending all my readers to check out Beauty Banter & her advice on how to maximize your makeup with the NARS holiday collection. It sparkles & shimmers to add a special feel for the holiday season.

Moving on to the holiday wardrobe…

First, & foremost, it’s important that any key piece you choose make you feel beautiful, especially during the holidays. I am a huge advocate for sparkle, but with any “trend”, it’s important to mix with classic pieces as well. Here are a few sparkle & shine pieces that would be perfect when paired with more classic & neutral counterparts:

DKNY

This DKNY Sleeveless Dress with Allover Sequins (DKNY- $345.00) would be perfect when paired with black opaque tights & a black blazer for simple complimentary pieces.  Purchase It!

MICHAEL Michael Kors

This MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Front Tank (Nordstrom- $69.50), paired with a dark skinny jean & classic black heels would look stunning. Add a black open-front cardigan if you’ll be chilly or show off the racerback detail. Purcahse It!

Alice + Olivia

If the two previous hues were too bright for your taste, then this Alice + Olivia Asymmetric Sequined Dress (NET-A-PORTER- $600.00) is a bit more toned down while still adding the sparkle. Pair with a great bootie for an edgier look either with or without tights. Purchase It!

I am a firm believer that some sparkle is warranted for the holidays, but if you’re shying away from too much shimmer, look for some sequin accessories or heels that could help with the glitz without overdoing it.

Happy Holidays!

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Man Up: Menswear Trends for Women!

1 Dec

From a casual t-shirt to a classic button-down, menswear has always looked more structured, while still looking more comfortable than traditional women’s styles. Finally, the menswear trend came crashing into female wardrobes & it’s bigger now than ever. Some of my favorite menswear inspired pieces include (all featured can be found at Nordstrom):

Betsey Johnson

Menswear-inspired footwear doesn’t get much more chic than these Betsey Johnson booties (Nordstrom- $139.95). I absolutely adore a good suede shoe & these chunky booties definitely do it for me. Purchase It!

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy made a lovechild by combining a traditional menswear piece, the blazer, with femininity. This structured blazer is all “business in the front, party in the back” with a flirty draped back (Nordstrom- $498.00). A fitted blazer should be a staple in all closets & won’t be headed out of style any time soon. Purchase It!

Alexander Wang

Over-sized button-downs or utility shirts add the perfect touch of masculine over leggings. This Alexander Wang design combines a girly silk fabric with the menswear design of a utility shirt (Nordstrom- $475.00). Add chunky jewelry & heels or boots to make this manly design feel fun & flirty. Purchase It!

MARC by MARC JACOBS

Chunky menswear-inspired jewelry doesn’t get much better than this MARC by MARC JACOBS rose-gold watch (Nordstrom- $275.00). The crystals & rose-gold color glam up the masculine face of the watch making it the perfect jewelry piece  for the menswear trend. Purchase It!

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Versace’s Second H&M Collection

23 Nov

Donatella Versace

Between the dedicated fans who camped out all night, to the scalpers who purchased a ton of pieces just to jack-up prices on eBay, the Versace Collection for H&M just about sold out everywhere almost instantaneously. This demand sparked a ton of speculation on the upcoming second collection that Versace is projected to release for H&M this January. While there are a ton of rumors, the collection is shrouded in mystery for the time being, so everyone’s just going to have to hang on. The line might not even be available to all!

As per WWD (story since removed, adding more mystery to the mystery), the spring pre-collection is reported to hit H&M stores on January 19th, but only in countries that have an H&M e-commerce site (aka NOT the USA). If this is true, I have a funny feeling those throwing the collections up on eBay might become more popular & less annoying by giving American shoppers Versace justice!

I believe I speak for all of us U.S. fashionistas by stating I hope H&M changes their mind & does a full release. Don’t discriminate, H&M! We love fashion too!

 

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Girl Crush: Karlie Kloss

8 Nov

Doesn’t the title just say it all? I have “girl crushes” on models, celebrities, socialites, etc. & Karlie Kloss is one of my newest! I adore her. As an American high-fashion model & runway queen, Karlie will be one of the newest Angels walking the runway tomorrow night in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Having been shot for Marc Jacobs, Dior, and Roberto Cavalli (just to name a few), the VS show will be a whole new level of gorgeous for Kloss.

Karlie Kloss for Dior

Wild hair, dark features & an over-sized pair of sunnies makes Karlie for Dior. I think this shot represents her talent as a high-fashion model but…

Karlie Kloss for Chloe

…this 2009 runway shot from Chloe’s RTW collection shows Kloss’ true beauty. With her high cheek-bones, flawless complexion & pale lip, Kloss is the essence of natural gorgeousness & I am so inspired!

Watch Kloss for the VS Fashion Show on November 29th airing on CBS.

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Zara

7 Nov

I feel like a little store I’ve known about for a while has all of a sudden blown-up & their pieces are being donned by the best celebrities. I am thrilled, because Zara has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, as they had a store downtown for years. Zara is one of the largest international fashion companies &  has stores all over the U.S., Middle East, Europe, Africa & Asia. They pride themselves on high-quality, high-fashion design, without the high-end prices & being eco-friendly. Do we wonder why I’ve worshiped them for so long now? I am happy they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve, being worn by Rachel Bilson, Camilla Belle, & Olivia Palermo, just to name a few. Why not check out Zara for your fall & winter essentials (the ones you have yet to purchase, procrastinators)?

Zara

As far as I’m concerned, the military styles are stronger now than ever. I absolutely adore this wool military-styled double-breasted coat for the chilly winter months ahead ($129.00). Purchase It!

Zara

Belt this Extra-Large Sweater for a more fitted look, or leave it long & baggy over leggings. Either way, this is a perfect versatile sweater that would flatter anyone ($89.90). Purchase It!

Zara

I’ve mentioned it before, but lace detailing is BIG this season & I love it! The feminine, subtle detail that lace provides is perfect & this Lace Dress is no exception ($79.90). Purchase It!

Zara

A casual boot is a must for fall & winter. This Combined Riding Boot is perfect to throw over jeans or leggings and pair with almost any top ($169.00). Purchase It!

Zara

The Fashion City Bag with Flap is a must for all seasons. I love the handle/ strap combo & the versatility as it’s appropriate for a workday or a night out ($169.00). Purchase It!

 

Zara has a ton of locations all over the world, so check out their site for a location near  you (or an online shopping spree).

 

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Anna Wintour!

7 Nov

In honor of Anna Wintour’s birthday last week, I was inspired to flip through some old Vogue covers. Growing up, I was always so inspired by Vogue, as I’m sure many of you were as well! Some of my favorites that I came across were:

Vogue

Claudia Schiffer’s 1989 cover for the mag. Between her hair, exposed shoulder & drop earrings, she is the essence of elegance & beauty. I absolutely love that the high-bun hairstyle is back “in”. It’s simple, easy & fun so take note.

Vogue

This 1991 cover featuring Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington & Cindy Crawford was issued to celebrate 75 years! All three ladies have graced many vogue covers so it was fitting they chose them for the cover. I adore Christy’s next-to-nothing makeup & Cindy’s full but tidy brows. Both super chic beauty trends!

Vogue

Who’s more inspirational than a princess? The 1997 cover of Princess Diana is perfect. Her dress is gorgeous, her skin & makeup flawless, making her the definition of beautiful!

Vogue

Gisele Bundchen’s 2000 cover showed just enough skin to make women every where hit the gym while still keeping Gisele tasteful & classy. What girl isn’t inspired by Gisele? I love the ease of the photo as cover shoots are normally more posed.

Vogue

I definitely saved the best for last with this 2003 Kate Moss cover. As you already know, I am in love with Kate. She entered the business as a scrawny awkward teenager and has since become one of the top models of our generation. This cover is perfect & goes against the normal “Vogue” grain with a dedication to music & art. Love, love love!

 

Happy Birthday, Anna! I hope we have many more years with you pouring your soul into our beloved Vogue magazine!

 

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Fashion Rule to Break!

1 Nov

A friend came to me with a fashion question: Can you wear black & brown together? This is one fashion rule I’m adamant about breaking. After all, two neutral colors have to go together; it’s the whole idea of neutrality. Thankfully, I have a few fashion icons helping me prove this “rule” is outdated:

Lauren Conrad

Lauren’s blouse helped her with her decision to pair black & brown together. The gorgeous flower detail, brown in color, looked amazing paired with open-toed heels & a cute suede purse (both brown, of course). The casual vibe this outfit emits shows the perfect opportunity for color-pairing exploration.

Kate Moss

Unlike Lauren’s look above, Kate Moss shows that black & brown go together for a more dressier look, as well. Paired with a great blazer & high-waisted pant, Kate used a brown t-shirt to offset the black-on-black hues.

Heidi Klum

The ultimate form of the black & brown combo: Leopard print! Heidi Klum displays this amazing design of black & brown so perfectly, & lucky for us, animal-print is definitely in style this season. Take a page from Heidi’s black & brown look-book & pick up some leopard print pieces.

More celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway & Kristen Bell sport the black & brown look so take a page from their book as well. Try pairing a black dress with a brown leather jacket; black leggings with brown boots or a black sweater with a brown belt cinching the waist. Both colors are complimentary neutrals, so don’t be surprised when they shatter your beloved fashion rule.

Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Reese, for the awesome idea for this post! I hope this inspires you for many more “mismatching” looks.

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Lulu Frost

1 Nov

Any holiday, no matter how big or small, always seems to be busy but with the Halloweekend behind us, I’m finally back to my blog obsession! My inspiration today came from the lovely snow storm that swept the East Coast by surprise over the weekend. Don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a post about snowsuits and earmuffs, but instead Lulu Frost. Get it, Frost? Lulu Frost was started by designer Lisa Salzer in 2004 & has since become one of my favorite jewelry collections.

With the winter weather approaching most of us are focused on comfort, but that doesn’t mean you should forego style. I absolutely love pairing a great necklace with a simple t-shirt or sweater and this is the perfect time to wear this look. Lulu Frost has a ton of amazing options for dressing up any basic t-shirt look:

Lulu Frost

This first piece is the Multi Chain Necklace. Less drastic than a bib style but more of a statement than a simple single-strand. This would be perfect to pair with a simple long-sleeved white tee, skinny jeans & riding boots (Lulu Frost– $290.00).

Lulu Frost

Ombre is such a huge trend right now & I love it for scarves, sweaters, hair & now jewelry. This Ombre Collage bib-design is a bit dressier so pairing with a comfortable & cute silk shirt for a night out would be a great look with this piece (Lulu Frost– $720.00).

Lulu Frost

I absolutely adore this triple charm necklace. Pair it with the simplest black t-shirt and create an amazing statement. All the chain detail adds a lot of character in addition to the three charms (Lulu Frost– $250.00).

 

These pieces all have counterparts as well (earrings, bracelets, etc.), so make sure to view the entire collection.

 

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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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