Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Chain Gang
The Chain Gang (from left to right): Mackenzie multi-layer chain necklace, $78 available at Marciano. Asst link necklace, $6.80 available at Forever 21. Geometric Necklaces (from left to right): Gerald Yosca square necklace with stones, $280 available at Marissa Collections. Alexis Bittar geometric necklace, $119 available at Intermix. Vanessa Montiel necklace, $390 available at Fragments. The Bibs (from left to right): Facet bib necklace, $38, available at Arden B. Early hawthorn necklace, $38 available at Anthropologie. House of harlow 1960 black resin triangle necklace, $125 available at Kitson.
While show stopping necklaces are not a new trend, I find them particularly relevant with the holidays on the horizon. Clasp one on to reinvent an old cocktail dress or use it to add some serious visual impact to a simple frock. An added bonus? The spring runways were littered with huge neck pieces so you can wear these baubles well into the warm weather.
From top to bottom: Roberto Cavalli jeweled Plexiglas cuff, $550, available at eluxury. Erickson Beamon gold leaf cuff, $525, available at net-a-porter. Fred Flare gold studded biker cuff, $6, available at fredflare.
Lately, I've been obsessing about how to wear the pretty floral dresses that are out this season. The problem, at least for me, is that I'm petite so when I wear printed frocks I tend to look overly juvenile. Seeking a solution to this predicament, I've been on a hunt for aggressive jewelry. Combining my flowery garment with one of these chunky pieces of arm candy and a pair of mile-high booties should keep me from looking like I belong in the 4th grade.
Tune in tomorrow to check out bold neck pieces.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Velvet has become such a winter staple that calling it a trend feels wrong. The sumptuous fabric is so cozy and glamorous there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. The ultra-feminine vibe means that it pairs well with another popular trend this season: winter florals. A velvet blazer in a flattering silhouette gussies up your denim or pulls together a wrap dress in a snap.
If your coloring is Bright or Deep, look for a rich jewel tone, while Lights and Cools look great in icy pastels. Warm? Look for a shade with a golden undertone like olive or pumpkin. Those who are Muted will look smashing in a heather grey or mauve rose. Not sure what we mean by all of this? Complete your Color Profile to find out!
The best bit of advice we could give is less is more; one piece is better than a whole outfit – Austin Powers is hilarious but a style icon? Not so much.
If you want to dip your toe in the trend try a headband a la Blair Waldorf or the Olsen twins for an affordable modern update.
|Stella McCartney |
|J. Crew |
Velvet École Jacket
One look at her glowing peaches and cream complexion and we were totally captivated by Johanna Öst’s photos. The artist, who hails from Vallentuna, Sweden, lists among her interests Barbie, fashion, folklore, and the 18th century. But did you really need us to tell you that? We adore how she perfectly embodies all of her stylish inspirations and more – the soft flushed cheeks, romantic curls, and perfect cupid bow lips – it’s all so dreamily Jane Austen.
We’re pretty sure the whole look would bring Mr. Darcy to his knees.
Photos courtesy: Johanni
|Paula Dorf |
| Lipstick Queen |
Sinner Matte Lipstick
Hot Set Spray
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Avoid blotchy, uneven skin simply by waiting a few minutes after using moisturizer and before applying your foundation. You can also blot your face gently with a tissue to remove excess product.
Avoid spritzing perfume on your clothing, which doesn’t mix well with fabric fibers. Apply to pulse points and avoid rubbing in, which breaks down a fragrance’s structure and changes its scent.
Over-plucked brows are all-too-common yet easily prevented. Instead of using a magnifying mirror, use a larger mirror, preferably near a window for the best light. Step back every few minutes to check symmetry.
Even the most diligent sunscreen users often forget to apply in overlooked areas like the neck, back of the hands, even lips. These areas are among the first to show signs of aging, so don’t forget them.
|Thicker Fuller Hair|
Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
Monday, December 1, 2008
photos courtesy: Caroline
Ruffle-Neck Shift Dress
Haute Brown Knee High Boot