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Style Scoop: Miss World Says So Long to Swimsuits, Rihanna Joins Puma, and Kimye Heats Up Balmain

By  December 22, 2014

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Along with glamorous gowns and glitzy crowns, swimwear has long been an integral part of the Miss World pageant as contestants are required to participate in a bathing suit style portion. Well, that is until now. ”The organisation has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” announced Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America.. ”It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s beauty with a purpose. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.” [Vogue UK]

She’s a trend setter with an eye for fashionable athleisure, so it’s safe to say that Rihanna will rock her role as Puma‘s new Creative Director. She’ll be overseeing the women’s clothing line as well as serving as a brand ambassador alongside sprinter Usain Bolt and soccer star Mario Balotelli. [TIME]

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the newest faces of Balmain. The fashion-forward duo, and personal fans of the high-end label, star in the steamy spring 2015 campaign titled ‘Army of Lovers.’ [Hollywood Life]

The rumors that British clothing brand Meadham Kirchhoff would be shutting its doors in the near future are not true. Designers Ben Kirchhoff and Edward Meadham remain to present their next collection at London Fashion Week and in the meantime, are restructuring the direction of their label. [Vogue UK]

In other fashion week news, Rome Couture Week has been cancelled this season due to lack of funding. AltaRoma, which has showcased up and coming labels over the years, will resume this summer. [Fashion Week Daily]

Rumor has it that J.Crew has asked Jenna Lyons to cut back on self promotion. In the last year, Lyons has had a guest role on Lena Dunham‘s Girls, posed in multiple magazine spreads, and met with Kate Middleton during the Duchess’s royal tour. Was this enough for the label to think she had been too focused on her personal brand rather than J.Crew’s? [Page Six]

5 Essential Beauty and Fashion Books to Gift ASAP

By  December 22, 2014

They call it the most wonderful time of the year, but for anyone planning on a gift exchange it can also be the most stressful. Coming up with inventive ideas for your stylish friends – who may or may not have everything already – is tough. Finding a gift that will surprise and delight and give years of pleasure and happiness is a challenge. Never fear – we’re here to help! Books to the rescue! All you need to do is take a surreptitious gander at your recipient’s coffee table or bookshelf and then bam! Surprise them with the perfect book to enhance their collection. Here are some of our top picks – some brand new, some a few years old, all well worth collecting, admiring and savoring every page.

jpegVintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer 

Fans of Vintage Black Glamour from its days as a Tumblr sensation have been rooting for this to happen for years. Now the ultimate volume of black women’s style and beauty throughout history is here in a stunning volume that belongs on your coffee table ASAP. It’s earned glowing reviews from O Magazine and the New York Times for a reason. There’s absolutely nothing else like it.

 

tomboystyleTomboy Style by Lizzie Garrett Mettler

Style isn’t about expensive clothes and glamour, it’s something deeper, more innate, more reflective of self. Lizzie Mettler’s Tomboy Style illustrates that beautifully, as women in jeans and teeshirts and overalls exude more effortless and genuine style than your average fashionista.

 

michellephanMake Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success — Online and Off by Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan is a phenomenon in the beauty industry. As a vlogger, she’s one of the trendsetters and arguably the most popular YouTube beauty sensation of all time. As an entrepreneur, she’s created a popular cosmetics line (Em Cosmetics) and now she’s written a book that illustrated her knowledge in terms of both beauty and business.

 

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Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People by Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle

When it comes to the sheer spectacle of fashion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition is akin to the Olympics. It’s where celebrities celebrate fashion at the “Party of the Year.” This book takes us behind the scenes and gives the reader access to the hottest looks at one of the world’s hottest annual events.

 

advanced-stylethumbnailAdvanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen

First it was a lovingly curated blog, and then Ari Seth Cohen turned his vision into a beautiful coffee table book, one that casts a warm spotlight on glamorous, fabulous older women who express themselves through fashion and style. Advanced Style is now a documentary, but this book makes a wonderful companion for the moving visuals. Well worth the purchase for ongoing style inspiration, regardless of age.

 

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Travel in Style with These 7 Essentials

By  December 19, 2014

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The holiday season is officially in full swing and tis the season to … travel! Yes, travel. Whether you are flying across the country to visit your loved ones or taking a road trip to spend the holidays with your closest friends, you need to be properly stoked with the most stylish travel essentials. These seven goodies with definitely make life on the road a lot easier (and chicer).

Get Your Beauty-Sleep
Every woman wants to arrive to her destination impossibly fresh and gorgeous looking. Sadly that isn’t always possible but with a little shut eye your chances will increase dramatically. A proper eye mask will help your sleep in style.

Tune In and Tune Out
Screaming babies, chatty Cathy’s, and that loud talker in the seat behind you can easily ruin your trip. Tune in to some great tunes and tune out the chatter with a pair of stylish headphones.

Toasty Toes
There is something about airplanes and freezing toes that go hand in hand. Pack a pair of socks to keep those tootsies nice and warm.

A Proper Bag
The days of beat up duffle bags and sad college-style backpacks should be long behind you. Pack a carry-on with those important pieces in the chicest bag possible.

Charge It
Your cell phone that is. A phone’s battery life is never certain. Keep a portable charger with you or a stylish case that does the charging for you.

Chic Shades
Nothing says “don’t talk to me” better than a pair of sunglasses. But seriously, the sun is still out during the winter time so don’t forget to protect those peepers.

A Nice Neck-Pillow
Whoever invented the neck pillow is pure genius. Get one that has a nice pattern and they even sell ones that look like a hood!

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 Scoop: Opening Ceremony Gets Juicy, Jennifer Aniston Celebrates Cake in NYC, Anna Wintour Gives Pretty Presents

By  December 19, 2014

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Opening Ceremony co-owners Carol Lim and Humberto Leon took a few cues from the juicing rage for their pre-fall 2015 collection. The designers debuted a very literal, fresh take on pre-fall dressing with tops emblazoned with the words “Locally Grown,” complete with drawings of bananas and grapefruit wedges. They really went all out with it: “Think beet, blueberry, grapefruit, and kale green, and future-modern cuts and fabrics that interpret the peel of a banana or the texture of a leafy Swiss chard,” Opening Ceremony’s blog explains. [Racked]

Jennifer Aniston joined Liv Tyler at new New York City restaurant, Upland, following a screening of Aniston’s new film, Cake. Guests including Stacy London, Wendy Finerman, Kristin Hahn, Karen Finerman and Melissa Lee enjoyed the menu of California-inspired dishes while sipping smartwater and cocktails. [Glam Inbox]

It must be sweet to be a recipient of a gift from Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor-in-chief swathed her stash of gifts in the wrapping paper that Marni used during Milan Fashion Week. Leave it to Wintour to get her hands on plenty of the posh paper for the holidays—and to have her team of assistants wrap presents in it for her. [Daily Front Row] 

Kate Upton and Karlie Kloss received high honors Thursday evening at the first-ever PEOPLE Magazine Awards. The super sultry Upton was dubbed Sexiest Woman of the Year, while Karlie Kloss nabbed a nod as Model of the Year. [People] 

Rent the Runway announced that it has raised another $60 million in funding, which will go toward opening retail locations in 15 more markets and adding a West Coast distribution center. The e-tailer opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan after a successful shop-in-shop setup at Henri Bendel, and followed that up with another store in D.C. Looks like that’s only the beginning for the young startup. [Fashionista]

7 Do-Good Gifts for the Glam Girl

By  December 19, 2014

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Fast fashion may get the job done, but it’s always important to consider the other holiday giving options out there. Pieces with a deeper ethical perspective are on the rise–eco-conscious, charitable, and fair-trade clothing, home goods, and jewelry prove that gifts that do good are extra special. Here are seven stylish favorites, perfect for the ladies in your life who deserve a thoughtful surprise this season. 

10 COZY GIFTS TO HELP MAMAS UNWIND THIS WINTER

By  December 19, 2014

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This year, give mom the gift of relaxation, comfort, and general coziness! While socks and a robe might seem like a yawn-worthy gift choice, trust us, she’ll be wearing these cozy items long after Christmas morning is over. If mom’s closet is already packed – opt for a spa-inspired relaxation gift like a collection of her favorite beauty products or relaxing tea.

Where to Wine & Dine in NYC This Winter

By  December 19, 2014

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Despite what you might think, New York City heats up when the temperatures drop. From tucked-away cocktail bars to some seriously amazing cold-weather comfort food, there’s something for everyone when the seasons start to change.

Before the next polar vortex rolls around, bookmark this list of my must-see spots (and be sure to visit corals + cognacs for even more local recommendations).

Here’s where to wine and dine in New York this winter:

il buco: A romantic, rusting dinner spot that’s perfect for date night. Despite it’s popular downtown location, this restaurant will make you feel like your world’s away. If you can, request a seat in the wine cellar.

Cookshop: Fresh farm-to-table fare at a reasonable price point. Plus, a drink menu to boot. Go for brunch; come back for dinner.

Ivan Ramen: One benefit of living on the East Coast? Amazing, cold weather comfort food. Layering season is the perfect time to up the ante on those salty, meaty, noodle-based dishes.

Egg Shop: No weekend is complete without brunch, and all bets are off now that beach season is over. Whet your appetite with a bacon salt-rimmed Bloody Mary – your choice of booze. (I know, right? GET THE DOOR!)

The Spotted Pig: When cocktailing isn’t enough to warm you up from the cold, the comfort food at this cozy New York spot should do the trick.  Order the burger and don’t plan to share your French fries. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs!

The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel: You may have to battle the out-of-town hotel guests for a seat on one of the plush couches, but this off-the-radar cocktail bar is worth the fight. Might I suggest namesake Bowery beverage? It’s a floral concoction that fuses Bulldog gin and a splash of champs.

Death + Co.: A high-end sanctuary for fellow booze enthusiasts – and an integral part of New York’s cocktailing culture.

Contributing Editor, Hallie Wilson is the blogger behind corals + cognacs, an almost-daily dose of life and style. Here, she shares outfit inspirations, wardrobe creations and general musings on her evolving list of latest obsessions. Offline, Hallie takes time to enjoying life’s little luxuries – like shoe shopping, manicures, and Zara.

Glam Gift Guide for the Sophisticate on Your List

By  December 18, 2014

GGGSophisticatepostPinkies up, girlfriends! It’s time to shop for the bestie who has an unparalleled sense of sophistication (you know you have one). With a worldly outlook and a fancy flair, this lady loves traveling, is never not put together, and always has an opinion. If she’s your go-to for fulfilling conversation, she deserves a thoughtful gift this year. Whether that’s a bottle of bubbly or a hefty coffee table book is up to you to decide, but surprise her with something from this list and she’ll be ever so appreciative, daaaahling.

From Décor to Your Closet

By  December 18, 2014

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Fashion inspiration can come from anywhere. When clothing creators and connoisseurs look to the world around them to pull pieces together, anything goes. Nature, architecture, our peers and communities–these all can spark style ideas.

In this outfit round-up, the Parisian themed decorative details we found at Target served as the foundation for our French-girl get-up. There was a romantic charm evoked in the vintage looking clock, the shabby-chic map wall art, and the feminine Eiffel Tower print throw pillow that is also apparent in our lovely look. A classic fit-and-flare collared dress gets just the right oomph of glam with a glittery necklace. Play up the pretty with a classic red lip and chic cat-eye–French fashion is all about the timeless trends re-imagined. Pair your dress with dainty dotted stockings and lady-like pumps. Not even Paris is immune to winter, so don’t forget a fur-collared coat!

Glam Gift Guide: Stylish Gifts for Your Fit BFF

By  December 18, 2014

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She’s one of the first people you’ll call on New Year’s Day. Your very own Hannah Bronfman. The BFF who doubles as fitspo, with an Instagram feed to match: new Nike gear, squats galore, advanced planks, yoga badassery, clean recipes, and natural juices that span every color of the rainbow. She’s the one who’ll actively support your lose weight/be fit/lean up resolution, from CityRow to Tone House, and every spin class in between. For that reason alone, your fit friend deserves a holiday gift that expresses your appreciation and will help them master their own healthy obsessions. From luxe athletic wears and fitness trackers, to a ClassPass that will satisfy all of their cardio needs, these gifts will salute their aspirational lifestyle.