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Lauren Conrad’s Wedding Dress Unveiled!

By  September 17, 2014

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Lauren Conrad is dishing the dreamy details on her romantic wedding in the pages of Us Weekly mere days after saying “I do” to her beau William Tell.

The bride walked down the aisle in a custom Badgley Mischka ivory Chantilly lace gown with a 10-foot train, which she paired with a delicate veil and a bejeweled hairpin. Tell looked debonair in a Jonathan Behr tuxedo and bow tie. “I don’t know that I have ever been as happy as I was walking down that aisle,” the Paper Crown designer told the glossy. “It was amazing!”

Conrad worked closely with friend and wedding planner Cassandra Herschenfeld for the rustic and romantic affair, which was held at a boutique winery in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. The pair said their vows as the sun set surrounded by white blossoms and an intimate group of friends and family, including bridesmaid Lo Bosworth, Stephen Coletti, and Frankie Delgado. Guests received bottles of wine as welcome gifts and were invited to dine on gourmet food and snap pictures in a photobooth during the reception that went on well into the night, followed by a casual brunch the next morning. As she told Martha Stewart Weddings, “I think that weddings are about celebrating, and you want everyone to feel comfortable.” 

Personal Style 101: Dark Glamour

By  September 17, 2014

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Black is my happy color. It goes with everything, it’s slimming, it is appropriate for just about every occasion – shall I continue? With that being said there is a right and a wrong way to wear all black, all the time. So if you consider your personal style to be of the dark glamour variety or if they idea of rocking head-to-toe black sounds appealing to you, read on …

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Goth Glam for Evening 

A lot of people think that rocking a dark glamour evening look is a little too, well, dark. Add a little elegance to your pitch black look with a romantic textures like lace and a dark cherry lip for a little pop of color. Think little black lace dress, top it with a black blazer, killer shoes, and a clutch.

Vampy Vampire for Day 

Your super-dark look doesn’t have to be just for the evening either. For the daytime, think about great basics like a black tee or skinny jeans but if you really want to step it up, be the envy of all your friends with a black cape.

And for Just a Touch … 

Not ready to go full on dark glamour? Fear not because there are many ways to dip your toes into this trend. You can rock a little leather or a statement necklace with a dark metal or black stones. If you are a little hesitant with looking a little too goth, you can go with a wine hued lipstick, smoked out eyes, black manicure, or some killer accessories! Baby steps my friends, baby steps.

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.

Style Snaps: September 16, 2014

By  September 16, 2014

PalermoLFWEvery day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

It’s hard to talk about street style without mentioning Olivia Palermo. Fashion month is the actress/model/socialite/professional incredible dresser’s time to shine—and shined she has. Her knack for pattern mixing and altogether flawless outfit-building ability make her a street style photographer’s dream, just as her closet is ours. After a sartorially successful NFYW, Palermo jetted off to London to show the Brits a thing or two about style. One thing’s for sure: we really can’t wait to see what she turns out in Milan.

Style Scoop: Jennifer Lawrence Is Back For Dior, Kerry Washington Designs A Clutch for Awareness, Karlie Kloss Covers Lucky’s October Issue

By  September 16, 2014

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Jennifer Lawrence is back with—you guessed it—another Dior campaign. In the Paris label’s fall-winter 2014 advertisements, the actress sports a black streamlined pantsuit designed by Raf Simons in addition to the all new “Be Dior” flap bag. Once again, the campaign proves that there’s nothing chicer than JLaw in Dior. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

At Monday evening’s launch of the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Program, Kerry Washington debuted the limited-edition bag she personally designed bag to raise awareness for causes close to her. A longtime advocate of domestic violence awareness, Washington created a purple clutch, which she described as “something you can hold […as] you can hold your independence, your well-being, your future, and your safety.” [InStyle]

Karlie Kloss is Lucky magazine’s October cover girl. The model sports blonde locks and a whole lot of denim (from the Gap!) on the October cover, which is dubbed “The American Style Issue.” Find out which of your other favorite stars can be found on newsstands this month by checking out our “Faces on the Newsstand” slideshow.  [Glam Chic]

Remember all those seemingly unattainable and all-around exquisite looks you saw on the New York Fashion Week runways? Well, now they’re attainable—albeit with some hefty price tags. Moda Operandi is holding trunk shows for 12 Spring/Summer 2015 designer collections including Thakoon Addition, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Honor, Isa Arfen, Delpozo, Apiece Apart, TOME, Thakoon, Dion Lee and Cushnie et Ochs. Just think, those Alexander Wang sneaker sandals can be yours for a cool $650… [Moda Operandi]

C. Wonder has made it to Flatiron! The retailer is getting ready to unveil its new NYC digs on Thursday. The new store will have all the bells and whistles you’d expect to see in a C. Wonder location (including bright colors, swirly monograms and pristine organization)—plus the brand’s new denim line, C. Denim, which hits stores on September 22. [Glam Inbox]

Fashion news from across the pond doesn’t just involve what’s going down on the runway—in fact, WWD reports that police and an ambulance crew were called to the Topshop fashion show venue after a builder fell through the roof and into the backstage area as the fashion East show was taking place. The man’s injuries were cited as serious but not life-threatening, and he is being treated at the Royal London Hospital. [Women’s Wear Daily]

5 Wardrobe Essentials That Make Practical Pretty

By  September 16, 2014

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The essential white tee
There’s no style a plain white T-shirt can’t work with. Wear a classic crewneck with jeans for a laid-back look, a skirt for something effortlessly cool—layer it up under knits in the winter, and pair it with cutoffs in the summer. We love this ultra-soft and sustainable organic cotton top by John Patrick.
Boy tee, available at Organicbyjohnpatrick.com for $80

The Perfect Pair of Go-To Jeans
Comfort doesn’t have to sacrifice style, which is why when we’re looking to rock  a practical but pretty look, we skip the workout gear and go with pull-on legging jeans—our go-to pair from Levi’s®, to be exact. The shape-hugging Perfectly Slimming Pull On Legging offers a tummy-smoothing panel and skinny silhouette from waist to ankle for a sleek, refined look that’s both fashionable and functional. Dress them down for the daytime, and transfer them into evening with heels—this is one pair of pants you won’t be eager to pull off by midday.
Levi’s Perfectly Slimming Pull On Legging, available at Levi’s for $54

The slip-on sneaker
Cute and convenient, slip-on sneakers are hot right now. Sometimes we just get tired of heels, laces, zips, and ties—that’s fair enough, right? We can still look fabulously feminine, though. We love the luxe leather look of these pretty metallic ones by Vans.
Vans Metallic slip-on sneakers, available at Vans for $60

The style-with-anything sweater
Every girl needs a comfortable but chic cardigan (in a rich neutral like heather gray, camel, or black) that acts as her go-to when adding an extra layer to any look. It’s a practical way to cover up, and you can’t go wrong when styling with this classic piece either. This relaxed-fit cashmere cardigan by Equipment is a beautiful and versatile investment piece you won’t grow tired of.
Sullivan cardigan, available at Equipment for $318

The timeless shades
Style aside, sunglasses are a practical piece to have for simply protecting your eyes. Why not pick a pair that looks fabulous too? Aviator frames with polarized lenses bring together fashion and functionality, especially these classics by Carrera.
Carrera Polarized Flash Lens aviator sunglasses, available at Bloomingdale’s for $179

Good Jeans: H&M Stays Sustainable With Denim

By  September 16, 2014

HMConsciousDenimH&M is taking another step towards sustainable fashion by adding a denim component to its Conscious Collection (which launched in 2011). Conscious Denim, a collection for men, women and children, will launch worldwide on October 2 in stores and online. The Swedish fashion chain assessed the washes used on its denim in terms of environmental impact. Using standards elaborated by Spanish denim consultants Jeanologia, H&M “worked hard to reduce the environmental impact from the washing process alongside using materials that are more sustainable,” according to Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability at H&M.

The women’s collection features all styles from skinny to boyfriend, while the men’s line includes classic five-pocket styles in raw denim. Each garment will have the Clever Care label, which directs customers to a website that provides tips about how to care for their garment through sustainable practices like lowering wash temperatures and reducing the use of dry cleaning.

Editor’s Pick: DIY Embellished Sunglasses

By  September 16, 2014

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Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

All summer long I watched as the style set rocked embellished sunglasses covered in pearls, rhinestones and flowers. And since I try to live by the motto “DIY Till I Die,” I knew it was finally time for me to take on this trend first hand.

Since I would be attacking this project with glue and sticks, my base had to be cheap, so I found this cute reflective pair at Claire’s. Next, I trolled the amazing collections of clay beads and charms along Manhattan’s bead district but you can order any tchotchkes your heart desires from Amazon or Etsy. Once you have your design laid out, get out your strongest glue. (I recommend E6000 Permanent Craft Adhesive). Use a toothpick to apply the glue to the embellishment and adhere. Let your design dry overnight and voila, embellished sunglasses that are cheap, fun and sure to stand out in the crowd! –Michelle Kushner

Make / Wear / Read

By  September 16, 2014

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In “Make/Wear/Read”, Victoria will be sharing her latest tips and inspirations on what to Make, Wear and Read to get you through the week, stylishly!

Make: a cocktail to celebrate the coming fall. I’ve bookmarked this bourbon maple apple cider.

Wear: This amazing cape cardigan from Cuyana. A super chic staple you’re sure to love, season after season!

Read: I’m about to dive into this book — I consider it a good hold over until Downton Abbey starts up again!

Image: Youngjun Koo/I’m Koo, via nymag.com

Victoria-McGinley-HeadshotVictoria McGinley is a New York City based web designer and consultant, who writes a daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, Texas, she has been blogging since 2008, and in early 2012, she launched her design studio, and loves working with creative small businesses and bloggers alike. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find Victoria exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy. Visit her site and her blog.

Trend Alert: Active Wear Fit For The Runway

By  September 15, 2014

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We make it a point to hit the gym before or after the workday, but we tend to keep those two wardrobes separate. But after seeing sneakers and spandex abound on and off the runway at New York Fashion Week, we’re rethinking things.

Athleta was the first to set the scene with a full-on fashion show for just (very stylish) athletic wear. Alexander Wang made a statement with an entire collection modeled after sneakers of all kinds, which made for an overall sporty vibe. Not to mention Under Armour’s latest campaign “I Will What I Want,” which featured Lindsey Vonn, Misty Copeland and, most recently, Gisele Bundchen. Then there was Cynthia Rowley, who introduced a full fitness collection in addition to ready-to-wear. According to the designer, this move just makes sense: “The whole thing is that everybody wears fitness every day. We’re sort of saying it’s from work to workout to go out.”

This fashion-fitness union not only makes our lives so much easier, but it makes our wardrobes significantly more dynamic. Gone are the days of simple suiting, collared blouses with trousers and jeans-and-blazers—instead, designers are prompting us to break things up with a cool neoprene legging, a lightweight windbreaker or flashy sneakers. For Rowley, the inspiration came from her love of sports, specifically surfing. “I love to surf…[I’m] psyched about the fitness stuff. I love that we put the bling and flash into fitness. You can wear it with heels, with a little t-shirt, with a skirt. You can mix it [and wear it] to the gym.”

Whatever trends you’re capitalizing on for Spring 2015, make sure to infuse some fitness into your fashion. Just because you’re planning on hitting the gym later doesn’t mean you need to turn off your style sense. Plus, if you don’t actually get a chance to sweat it out and opt for happy hour instead, well, at least you look the part.

Trend to Try: Trapeze Tops

By  September 15, 2014

A cute cami, your best jeans, and a hot pair of heels works almost every time, but it’s still fun to mix it up when it comes to your usual evening uniform. May we suggest adding a bit of flirty flair to your go-to ensemble up with a trapeze top, a style that was in full swing courtesy of the season collections from Christian Dior and Suno. The fit-and-flare style blouse adds just the right amount of “oomph” to an outfit, leaving a sleek feel on top, but with a bit of pop in an A-line manner from the waist to hips to add a statement factor. Pair with chic skinnies and high heels for an elongated look that plays with the right proportions.

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1. Sass & Bide Flared Trapeze Top, available at Sass & Bide for $350
2. Carben Flared Pleated Top, available at Farfetch.com for $316.94
3. Roksanda Plath Bonded-crepe Trapeze Top, available at Matchesfashion.com for $981
4. Erdem Frine Velasquez Night-print Silk Top, available at Matchesfashion.com for $649
5. Stella McCartney Flared Hem T-shirt, available at Farfetch.com for $640
6. Mother of Pearl Averil Contrast Peplum Top, available at Matchesfashion.com for $302
7. Cameo Alone Tonight Top, available at Dailylook.com for $148
8. Cynthia Rowley Hawaiian Print Camisole, available at Cynthia Rowley for $129
9. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Flared Wool-Blend Knit Top, available at ModaOperandi.com for $32
10. Theory Banel Wool-blend Voile Top, available at
Net-a-porter.com for $395