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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.

 

Style Scoop: Nicki Minaj Is The Face Of Roberto Cavalli, #NYFW Got Kicked Out Of Lincoln Center, Dov Charney Still Has Some Supporters

By  December 18, 2014

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Nicki Minaj is bringing her assets to Roberto Cavalli—and it’s a perfect match for a few reasons. The most notable, of course, is that the Anaconda is one of the brand’s iconic symbols. To the designer, the rapper “embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.” [Glam Inbox]

New York Fashion Week will no longer take place at Lincoln Center after this February. Court documents spotted by local blog A Walk In The Park state that Lincoln Center, the city of New York and the parks and recreation department have booted organizers IMG Fashion from Lincoln Center. It’s unclear where NYFW’s next home will be, but stay tuned for developments. [Racked]

While many are pleased to finally see American Apparel cut ties with Dov Charney, it appears that the company’s largest shareholder has maintained more than a few supporters. There were 30+ employees who signed a letter to the board in protest of his firing. They proposed that Charney should be able to work alongside newly appointed CEO Paula Schneider…as if that’d really fly with the man himself. [The Cut]

Donna Karan is opening Urban Zen pop-up in Aspen on Monday. The shop will be open through April and is located at 501 East Dean Street, in the retail area of The Residences at The Little Nell. The 2,500-square-foot store will sell women’s and men’s apparel and leather goods, jewelry, home décor and art as well as an exclusive collection called Silver Snow, which consists of white, gray, and silver winter-y pieces. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Luxury and ready-to-wear e-commerce site My-Wardrobe has shut down its online operations and sold its URL to Net-a-Porter. The site now redirects to Net-a-Porter, The Outnet and Mr Porter. A rep for Net-a-Porter said that the British e-commerce site didn’t completely acquire My-Wardrobe—rather, it only gained some of its assets. It’s unclear what will happen to the brick-and-mortar My-Wardrobe store, which opened in London this summer. [Fashionista]

Just when you thought the Victoria’s Secret army of models was finished for the season, they resurface with some sexy holiday cheer. They also manage to prove that VS models can rock more than just lingerie. The company released a video featuring Angels Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, and Adriana Lima reading a re-imagined version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” while lounging around by the fire in cozy PJs. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

The most-Googled fashion question of the year? “How to Wear a Scarf.” As you may now know (since, chances are you probably Google-d this yourself ), there are endless ways to tie a scarf—and therefore stay warm all winter long (to an extent). Google, of course, can provide you with how-to’s on many of them, including an entire video from Nordstrom demonstrating how to tie four scarves in 16 different ways. [InStyle]

Aimee Cheshire Shares Her Plus Size Style & Shopping Tips for a Happy Holiday

By  December 18, 2014

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The holidays are an ideal time to step up your style, and it seems like everyone is slipping into their most sophisticated silhouettes and festive hues. While there are a slew of chic options for the straight size set, plus size fashionistas usually have to do a little more digging to find a fabulous fit. Glam turned to Aimee Cheshire, co-founder and president of Hey Gorgeous, the latest stop for fresh full-figured fashions, to get her insight on how to style ourselves to perfection for every holiday picture:

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What are your best style suggestions for holiday parties?

You can’t assume that sequins are your only option. Just because it has sequins, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Try for plaids – a beautiful red plaid or romantic details with lace. I think there’s so much more than anything just bright and shiny. I love cobalt blues, and I think it’s a great time to have fun with color that you wouldn’t normally step into. If you’re an all-black girl, go for that cobalt blue. It’s kind of a step up from black. Look for things that show off some décolletage and make you feel good, make you stand a little bit taller and a little prouder about who you are.

We know that it’s harder for full-figured fashionistas to find chic pieces in-store, but what are a few shopping tips to keep in mind?

But the most important thing is if you don’t like yourself, change. There’s nothing that makes me more uncomfortable than when I’m either picking at my outfit or constantly adjusting it or I see someone else doing the same thing. That means you just don’t feel like yourself, you don’t feel right in what’s you’re wearing. So if you look in the mirror and you just don’t feel like you’re you, change it and don’t force it.

The most important thing is to try things on. Try from different collections, even if they might not be technically plus. You never know – there could be some oversized garments, [or] an elastic waistband that could work for you, and it could open up a new world to you. Just take it all to the fitting room or order it from our site and try it on [at home] (there’s free returns). It’s amazing how things look when you try them on versus trying to imagine yourself in it. And it’s good to step out of your comfort zone, if you’re someone who always wears black, try on different colors and prints. Options are limited for plus [so it's important] that you don’t say “no” so quickly [and] that you’re open to new options. And don’t get caught up in your size. Each brand fits differently…each designer designs differently, so be willing to just try it.

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The winter promises to be brutal this year, what’s the best way to keep warm if you’re plus size?

I think it can be easy to get lost in all of the bulky winter jackets, like your puffer coat, your wool coats. I think it’s important to find those coats that still maintain your shape or help create a shape. It’s definitely possible to do. At first when puffer jackets came out, they were just huge and oversized, now they really have adjusted them so they really create a beautiful shape and keep you warm because that’s the most important thing, especially in New York City.

With so many slinky silhouettes available, what are a few ways to help slim down your silhouette?

Always start with a great foundation of fabulous shapewear. We really love the line we have on our site called Yummy Tummy and it’s not overly restrictive. Some brands, you squeeze to put them on and it just pushes your fat elsewhere, and what I love about our collection is it just smooths you out. I think if you start with that good foundation, you can wear whatever you want. It’s such a lifesaver; it makes such a difference and opens up to so much more that you can wear or maybe something you’re not comfortable about or you’re constantly adjusting. You just throw on a shapewear tank and you immediately feel great.

My go-to has always been layer on a fitter blazer or a moto jacket. I think that’s an easy way, especially if she carries her weight in her tummy. It skims over your body and creates a nice hourglass silhouette. Search for dresses that have ruching over your trouble spots. For me, it’s my tummy, so I’m always looking for fitted items that aren’t clingy and that have ruching over my tummy because I’m not a fan of showing that off.