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14 Awesome Model-Off-Duty Moments From 2014

By  December 24, 2014

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While we always enjoy a good runway show, it sometimes seems like the real event is taking place beyond it. Sure, we all ogle the couture gowns and incredible coats that walk down the runway each season, but there’s something to be said for the clothes the models sport when they’re off the clock. There’s a formula for the model-off-duty look, but the way these ladies “just throw an outfit together” gives us inspiration for dressing simply and utterly cool. For us, dressing in the “model-off-duty” aesthetic is something to strive for, but for them, it’s just another part of the job.

The 14 Best-Coordinated Couples of 2014

By  December 24, 2014

KPRiffRaffPostIt’s a girl’s worst nightmare to show up at an event wearing the same (or even a similar) outfit as someone else. But when it’s on purpose, and it’s with your better half, coordinating clothing can be fun, adorable—and somewhat of a pastime for some (cough, Kimye, cough). The year of 2014 saw a resurgence of matchy-matchy duos, and we have to say we’re kind of into it, especially when we get a red carpet flashback to ’90s-era Britney and JT. You win, Katy Perry, you win.

Style Scoop: Michael Kors Enlists a Familiar Face, Wet Seal May Pull a Delia's, and House of DVF Has a Winner

By  December 23, 2014

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Michael Kors sure has his trusted favorites–and they’re good ones to have too!  Karmen Pedaru, who has posed for Kors before, is back as the star of the designer’s spring 2015 campaign. The ads are shot by another of Kors’s top collaborators, photographer Mario Testino. [Fashion Week Daily]

Another ’90s favorite bites the dust. As Delia’s did before their final shut down, Wet Seal is now claiming significant financial loses. If bankruptcy is on the horizon for the brand, then we may be saying “so long” soon. [Jezebel]

House of DVF has named its new “It” girl. The show concluded on E! this week after naming San Francisco native Brittany Hampton the winner. The stylish and savvy Hampton will now serve as Diane von Furstenberg‘s global brand ambassador. [SF Gate]

When Kanye West shops, boy does he shop. The artist reportedly dropped $72,000 this week on Christmas gifts for daughter North West. Every little princess deserves a diamond tiara from her daddy, after all. [Daily Mail]

Dolce & Gabbana has thrown some glamorous grandmothers into the mix of things. The Italian brand’s summer 2015 campaign features models Bianca Balti, Vittoria Ceretti, Irina Sharipova, Blanca Padilla and a slew of stylish seniors showing off the collection’s glitzy accessories. [Fashionista]

How to Dress Up Your Denim This Holiday Season

By  December 23, 2014

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When it comes to getting dressed for the holiday season, it seems like every e-tailer and retailer is shoving sparkly dresses down our throats. Not everyone is a dress girl and I totally get that. Some us just want the throw on a pair of jeans and call it a day.

So this one is for all of the denim lovers out there because there is nothing wrong with rocking a polished pair of jeans this holiday season.

Add a Pretty Blouse
Ditch your standard tee shirt and jeans combo for something a little fancier. A nice blouse can go a long way when it comes to dressing up your denim. Pointy heels will really polish off the look.

Try a Turtleneck
They’re baaaack! Turtlenecks and back in style and chicer than ever. Try a fitted turtleneck topped with a fitted blazer and sparkly heels for the win.

Speaking of Blazers
Nothing says “I am bringing it for the holidays” like a sharp and stylish little blazer. Tuxedo style is my personal favorite for the holiday season.

Just Add Fur
Fur or faux fur adds instant glam and a dash of winter-chic charm to any look. A colorful cropped fur jacket is pure perfection for all of your holiday occasions.

Shine On
Sequins and other shiny embellishments are a holiday staple and the perfect way to dress up a classic pair of jeans.

And If You Are Feeling Bold…
Take things back to the 90s and wear a pair of jeans under your holiday dress. Fashion forward and this look will keep your legs nice and warm.

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.

5 STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $20

By  December 22, 2014

Have you finished all your holiday shopping yet? I find I always forget about the stocking stuffers until the last minute. Here are 5 quick ideas for glam little stocking stuffers any lady will love:

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1. Avène Eau Thermale Spray: the most refreshing facial mist, there’s a reason this brand is so popular with the girls in France.

2. Hunter Boot Shine: if she’s got a pair of rubber boots to wear in fall and winter — Hunters or not — this boot shine sponge makes for a great gift.

3. RGB Nail Color in Tropic: RGB is a cosmetics company that makes nail color that’s truly non-toxic — and in an array of chic, modern colors.

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4. Eye Masks: These colorful eye masks from Pretty Plum Sugar make for a great gift, especially for anyone who lives in an urban environment or travels a lot.

5. Minimergency Kit for Her: Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kits have been around for a few years, but I always love the new patterns they constantly come up with. No harm in having one of these in every single purse you own!

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.

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.