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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

Style Snaps: September 15, 2014

By  September 15, 2014

RosieHWpostEvery 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.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took it easy this weekend, and took a selfie to document it. The 27-year-old model gave us her best pucker and served up a serious pose from the comfort of her couch. Of course, we’re really into the way she sported a Canadian tuxedo with those oversized sunnies and delicate necklace…and very few closed buttons. Try it if you dare.

A Look Into Everything Hauler’s NYFW Outfits

By  September 15, 2014

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Fashion’s brightest stars descended on Lincoln Center last week for a first look at the Spring 2015 collections from designers. We kept you in the loop with Runway Reports, Style Spotting videos, and 8 Questions with members of our #GlamFam. Now, take a peek at each and every look from Rachael of Everything Hauler‘s week at #NYFW!

Style Scoop: Stuff N Style Your Closet, Vogue Italia To Open Exclusive Exhibition, Max Mara Celebrates the Whitney Museum

By  September 15, 2014

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Does the thought of a closet clean-out make your skin crawl? Yeah, us too. But it seems that there’s a way to make your closet a little less of a threatening place. The Stuff n Style app uses the same approach to your closet that professional stylists have been using for years. Download the app to make the most of your closet and put together flattering outfits that fit your lifestyle. [Glam Inbox]

Vogue Italia will celebrate 50 years with an anniversary exhibition to be unveiled with an event in Milan on September 21. The magazine will open its archives for the first time, digitalized for the occasion and covering 50 years of lifestyle, history and the evolution of the country through iconic images and individuals. The exhibition is open by invitation only for guided tours until October 5. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Max Mara joins forces with the Whitney Museum of American Art for the spring opening of the museum at its new location at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets. The fashion firm, which received the Whitney’s American Art Award earlier this year, will sponsor the opening party. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Neiman Marcus announced that it has acquired German multi-brand luxury site MyTheresa.com. Though the buyout hasn’t taken place yet, the two have signed an agreement, which will lead to Mytheresa.com and the offline Theresa store to operate as an independent subsidiary and remain based in Munich, where it was founded in 2006. [Fashionista]

Focused on front row-fixtures this fashion season? Rent the Runway just launched its Front Row collection—aspirational, straight from the runway designer dresses from New York, Milan and Paris. Designers include Alberta Ferretti, Bibhu Mohapatra, Moschino, Missoni,Vera Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Viktor & Rolf and more. Styles will range from $100-$600 for a 4-day rental. [Glam Inbox]

Currently Obsessed: Graphic Tees

By  September 15, 2014

Currently-Obsessed--Graphic-Tees-Michelle-PhanSometimes basics are underrated when it comes to our wardrobe. We have plenty of staple denim and tees, but we forget that a fun saying or bold print can bring these pieces to life and make them our favorites. No matter how much I love a fitted dress and heels, at the end of the day it’s those casual, comfy, but still stylish, outfits that make me feel best. That’s why, this month, I’m crushing hard on graphics tees.

A unique graphic tee can really show off your personality. Whether it’s a phrase or mythical animal gracing the front, graphic tees are a fun way to represent your passions, hobbies, or overall sentiments. I’m a huge fan of rocking ones with a ’90s nostalgia feel, because who doesn’t love the shows and style that dominated this era? And shirts with inspirational quotes, not only build me up throughout the day, but also brighten other’s when it rings true for them as well.

No matter how casual you think a tee may be, there are plenty of ways to dress them up. You can layer a blazer over your’s for a professional look, make it fancy with a statement necklace, or throw one over a dress for an edgier, layered twist. The possibilities are endless!

This month, get your fix with some of my favorite graphic tees below.

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1. Clueless Whatever Tee 2. Project Social Tee California Tank Top 3. Denija High Tide Waves Tank 4. People Tree Sweet Like Honey Tee

What does your favorite graphic tee have on it?
<3 Mish
MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.