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10 Pairs of Spring Shoes That Aren't Sandals

By  March 17, 2015

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Spring, with its near-perfect weather and glorious opportunities for outdoor weekend activities, is undoubtedly sandal season. That doesn’t mean, however, you have to bare your toes every time you take to the sidewalk. Some occasions just call for a little more coverage, with just the right amount of toe-cleavage. Our picks for non-sandal spring shoes embrace the upcoming season by incorporating everything from florals to lace-ups to updated neutrals into your wardrobe but, alas, they also give you the option of putting off that pedicure for just, like, one more week.

Wear the Trend: Blue & White

By  March 17, 2015

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Have you noticed that blue and white is everywhere at the moment? While it’s not technically a new trend (after all, blue and white is a classic, preppy combination), the pairing of mediterranean blues and crisp white is having a bit of a resurgence at the moment. From the popularity of blue and white chinoiserie to how these colors and patterns translate to clothing, this gorgeous color combo is a sure bet for this spring and summer. I especially like how fresh it looks on modern cuts and more daring pieces, like a crop top.

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TopShop Crop Top  |  Milly One-Piece Swimsuit  |  BCBG Max Azria Skirt  |  True Royal Pants  |  Eliza J Maxi Dress  |  J.O.A. Skirt  |  Alexander McQueen Dress

Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a San Francisco based 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, TX, she’s blogged since 2008, and in early 2012, launched Vivaleur, a graphic design and blog consulting company. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find her enjoying the San Francisco fog with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog puppy, Lucy.

Style Scoop: Olivia Wilde for H&M Conscious Exclusive, Gisele’s Final Walk, Dolce & Gabbana’s Controversial Comments

By  March 16, 2015

StyleScoopMar16Olivia Wilde stars in H&M’s Conscious Exclusive campaign wearing an organic silk tuxedo blazer and evening gown from the line. Wilde, who is one of the faces of Revlon, is a supporter of many environmentally friendly charities. “Sustainability has got a bad reputation, especially in fashion,” Wilde said. “I think people assume the clothes will be dull, the fabrics uncomfortable and the design uninspiring. It’s like people think sustainability is a penance. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection shows that sustainability is no compromise on style.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Gisele Bündchen is said to be bidding goodbye to the catwalk. The 34-year-old model will retire from the runway after she walks for Brazilian brand Colcci at Sao Paulo Fashion Week next month. Not to worry, though, Bündchen’s modeling days are far from over, as she will continue to appear in plenty of fashion campaigns and editorials. [The Telegraph]

Controversial comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana about traditional families sparked a #BoycottDolceGabbana hashtag on Twitter, started by Elton John. John was offended by the designers calling children generated through IVF “synthetic,” as were plenty of others in the Twitter-sphere. John vowed to never wear Dolce & Gabbana again, and called on others to do the same as a result of the pair’s offensive comments. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Glamour is taking the leap into e-commerce in some way this year, beginning in the UK and US. Details remain to be revealed, but the plans are based on the magazine’s success and its attempt to keep up with its readers. “Glamour is traditionally our highest circulation magazine. It’s extremely successful,” said president and editorial director of brand development at Conde Nast International Karina Dobrotvorskaya. “We are trying to better understand our current readers.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2015 Rowley Fitness Collection launches July 2015, and it’s athletic wear like you’ve never seen it before. The collection is filled with luxe prints, rich hues and vibrant metallic touches that make the performance pieces both tough and pretty. Perfect for a jaunt at the gym…and then brunch. [Glam Inbox]

Comfy-Chic Loungewear to Love

By  March 13, 2015

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Just because you’re spending the night in with Netflix, your cat, and some Thai takeout doesn’t mean you need to scrub it in sweats. There’s something to be said for feeling cute even when you’re just with your girlfriends on the couch, lounging after a particularly hard week. Recently we’ve seen some seriously cute loungewear from both high-end designers and fast fashion brands. Many of these so-called sweats look so much like pants, no one will give you a second look if you pop out to grab some wine or ice cream for your night in. Draping, fit, and cut are all important when you want loungewear that looks sharp, not sloppy. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and get comfy. Image: GQ UK/Guy Aroch.

Current Obsession: The Transparency Trend

By  March 13, 2015

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1. Topshop Jacket, $75
2. Jeweled Clutch, $74
3. Dior Gel Topcoat, $27
4. Fendi Cat-eye Sunglasses, $465
5. Clear Jelly Sandals, $37
6. ‘Look See’ Clutch, $38
7. iPhone 6 Case, $35

I love when a trend first seems really out there, but then the more you think of it, you realize it’s actually kind of practical! Take transparent accessories – you can rock sunnies or shoes without considering whether they will clash with the colors you’re currently into. Plus, the focus is on what’s inside – why choose a smartphone case that will hide the chic gold or silver you chose when you upgraded to an iPhone 6? With a clear case, there’s no need to hide your tech; it’ll look at as sleek as it did the day you took it out of the store packaging (although a little glitter never hurts).

With clutches and the fun jacket above, you can show off what’s inside as well. Your must-have pocket beauty picks and smaller on-the-go accessories can fill the pouch to add interest to your look without pulling the color palette in a totally different direction. Not to mention it’s a great way to express yourself and show off some awesome products. And maybe you just want to rock a white tee on any given day? Just polish the look off with a statement piece like a clear jacket and you don’t need much else.

The best part about this trend is that although it may seem like you have to ditch color to rock it, you can actually pull off a vibrant look. It may seem like going transparent means steering clear of color (pun intended), but it simply depends on what you’re feeling that day. I am getting into cool pastels as of late – calming blues and purples with little pops of pink – and pairing that with transparent accessories makes it stand out in a whole new way. Even if you’re not entirely sure what colors to pair with clear yourself, there are a ton of options (hello, blinged out box clutch!) all ready for wear.

What’s your take on transparent? Yay or nay?!

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.

Style Scoop: Kathy Griffin Calls It Quits on Fashion Police, RiRi Dons Dior, Cressida Bonas Moves With Mulberry

By  March 13, 2015

StyleScoopMar13Kathy Griffin is calling it quits after just 7 episodes on E!’s Fashion Police. The comedienne, who replaced Joan Rivers in January, announced her exit on Twitter explaining, “I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it’s time to move on.” This piece of news follows Kelly Osbourne’s  exit from the show after Giuliana Rancic came under fire for offensive comments she made about Zendaya’s hair. E! confirmed its plans to run Fashion Police as scheduled, beginning again on March 30 with Rancic, newbie Brad Goreski and executive producer Melissa Rivers. [People]

Rihanna is the latest face to appear in the Dior’s “Secret Garden” series, which (collectively) has more than nine million views on YouTube. The film and print campaign was shot this week by Steven Klein in Versailles and is scheduled to run this spring. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Mulberry launched the first of three short films in its new digital stories series—a dance project featuring actress/model/aristocrat Cressida Bonas (or, more widely known as Prince Harry’s former girlfriend). The film was shot inside an 18th-century Clerkenwell courthouse filled with grass, sunlight and mirrors. Bonas grooves to ESG’s “Dance” track while wearing the brand’s Buttercup dress. [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Victoria and Albert Museum toasted late designer Alexander McQueen on Thursday evening in anticipation of Sunday’s opening of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit. Tastemakers including Kate Moss, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Sarah Burton gathered for an opulent dinner and performance by FKA twigs in honor of the sensational show’s opening. [Vogue]

Melissa McCarthy’s women’s collection will launch in August. It will hit department and specialty stores in the US, Canada and the UK for the fall selling season at the same time that an e-commerce site will go live. Melissamccarthy.com will not only sell the merchandise, but it will also provide seasonal commentary from the actress on fit, fabric, style and versatility. “My pieces mix and match, because some days we want to be rock ‘n’ roll and some days we want to be more polished,” McCarthy said of her collection. “I love that I’ll be able to chat with other women about fashion and see how they’re wearing my clothes.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

8 Cool Ways We're Bringing Khaki Back this Season

By  March 12, 2015

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Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and more–high fashion brands were all about a chino revival this season. From military-inspired trousers and utility jackets to more unusual takes on the twill fabric and earthy color, via fit-and-flare frocks and smart skinnies, for example, the catwalk was certainly colored khaki for spring and summer 2015.  While the hue is a do again, we don’t suggest digging up those old cargo pants from the 8th grade. Instead, rock a reinterpreted take on the trend with our runway-to-reality pieces to purchase.

Style Scoop: Kate Middleton Visits Downton Abbey, INC Revisits Photoshoots Past, Women’s Wear Daily Bids Farewell (Sort of) to Print

By  March 12, 2015

StyleScoopMar12Kate Middleton is a self-admitted Downton Abbey super fan—but the only difference between the Duchess and other fans of the show is that, of course, she’s British royalty, so she got to pay a visit to the show’s set. During her hour and a half long visit, the Duchess visited various members of the cast and crew. The cast’s youngest member, who plays the character Master George Crawley, presented her with a wooden train for his namesake, Prince George. [Us Magazine]

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, INC International Concepts went into the archives and uncovered three decades of past campaign imagery featuring a roster of incredible talent. The brand compiled the material into a book, 30 Years of INC, which includes a forward written by Heidi Klum and past campaign stars featuring Anne V, Jacqueeta Wheeler, Kirsty Hume, Trish Goff and Klum’s first INC shoot in 1999. [Glam Inbox]

Beginning April 29, fashion news source Women’s Wear Daily will launch in a new weekly format. While the publication’s website will be updated daily, the print edition will only be printed once per week. With this news, WWD promises to “[double] down with an enhanced and invigorated WWD.com where you’ll see deeper editorial content, more breaking news and more stories around the clock.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

To mark the opening of Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” retrospective at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the fashion house created a capsule collection of silk scarves. The collection will be available in limited runs of only 100 for each design (there are five), and they will retail for $595 each at the Alexander McQueen flagship in London and at alexandermcqueen.com.  [Women’s Wear Daily]

Mulberry Group has named Theirry Andretta to take up the post of CEO, following the departure of Bruno Guillon one year ago. Andretta’s appointment comes four months after Mulberry announced that Johnny Coca will be joining the company as creative director in July. He’ll begin his role on April 7. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Sweaty Betty’s collaboration with Richard Nicoll, which was unveiled at London Fashion Week in September, launches today. The 10-piece apparel collection embraces travel, fitness and a healthy work-life balance and is available in Sweaty Betty stores today. [Glam Inbox]

Style Scoop: Schiaparelli’s Next Creative Director, Nothing Comes Between Kendall & Her Calvins, Behind The Zoolander Walkoff

By  March 11, 2015

StyleScoopMar11Schiaparelli’s in-house team was able to pull together an exceptional couture collection without a creative director, but rumor has it that the house is looking to appoint someone to that position. That someone just might be Bertrand Guyon, according to sources. Guyon is currently a couture designer at Valentino and has worked at Christian Lacroix and Givenchy. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Kendall Jenner had a pretty incredible fashion month (the model walked in some of the season’s biggest shows, including Balmain and Chanel) but Page Six reports that she’s already onto her next project: serving as the face of Calvin Klein. The news is yet to be confirmed, but makes sense seeing as Jenner has been posting photos of herself wearing Calvin Klein duds on her Instagram. We’re just hoping that not even Justin Bieber, who posed in Calvin ads with model Lara Stone, will come between her and her Calvins. [Page Six]

So now that your Facebook newsfeed has bounced back from the deluge of posts about Zoolander and Hansel’s Valentino walkoff, you’re probably wondering how (and why?) it all went down. Apparently, Vogue and Snapchat got involved to aid in the duo’s comeback. French Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre (who boasts 8 million followers) documented the event on Snapchat and Anna Wintour definitely had a hand in helping pull off the stunt. [The Cut]

Vertical e-commerce company Ayr (an acronym for All Year Round) is set to start selling its denim, cotton pants, woven tops, silk tops and outerwear at Nordstrom stores. Following in the footsteps of parents company Bonobos, Ayr is looking to Nordstrom to expand its audience. Additionally, the company began piloting a home try-on program with its best-selling skinny jeans in an ultra-dark wash. Customers who opt in are sent up to three sizes of the jeans and temporarily charged $1 per pair and have one week to decide which pair fits best. [Women’s Wear Daily]

The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit opens April 1 and runs through August 3 at the Grand Palais in Paris. In honor of the exhibit, sponsor Kusmi tea will unveil a collection of five products designed by the famed designer. The collection reworks JPG’s fetish codes of the striped sailor jersey and the tattoo, combining masculine and feminine aesthetics. The Kusmi Tea Collection by Jean Paul Gaultier will be available exclusively April 1 through December 31 in Kusmi boutiques and in the Kusmi Tea e-shop in France and abroad. [Glam Inbox]

5 Styles to Avoid If You Want to Look Younger

By  March 11, 2015

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Looking older than you actually are is rarely a good thing. Unfortunately many of us make style choices that add years to our appearance. Avoiding these styles is like drinking from the fountain of youth. Want a sip? Keep reading …

1.  Outrageous Denim
Super low-rise, whiskering, acid wash, rhinestone, and over-embellished jeans are choices that should be avoided like the plague. Often these denim styles look cheap and lack sophistication. Just say no to outrageous denim.

2.Too-High Heels
The higher the heel the closer to heaven is not always the case. Heels that are too high or platforms that are too chunky give that “trying too hard” look, which in turn makes you look older. Capping out at 4 inches is usually a safe bet.

3. Over-Indulging in Fast Fashion
There is nothing wrong with a little fast fashion, but the older you are the less you can indulge. Cheap fabric looks cheaper the older you are. My rule of thumb; Forever 21 is for ages 18 and under, H&M is for ages 29 and younger, and Zara … well Zara is always a good idea.

4. Dressing Too Sexy
Pull that sexy back, my friends! You can be sexy without baring it all. I’ve found that women who expose too much look older than they actually are. Choose to highlight one sexy area of your body at a time. Remember subtle is sexy – leave a little to the imagination.

5. Not Knowing the Difference Between Dated and Retro
There is a difference between retro and old! There is nothing wrong with wearing older styles or items from past seasons but you must remember to give them a modern twist. Mix a 80s blazer with some clothing from today. If you are rocking head-to-toe 1998, you are going to look old.

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.