Trends: Big Haired Honeys

Teen Vogue March '14

Today’s trend is less practical and more fantastical. But then some days are simply more suited to daydreaming, aren’t they? We’re talking about the recent spate of inspired editorials, runways and red carpets featuring big, bold and utterly dramatic hair. Most recently Teen Vogue’s lusciously lavish spread called, “Big Love,” featuring a decadent array of up-dos, curls, and braids.

Teen Vogue '14

And let’s not forget the chic frizzy curls evidenced on the F/W 14 runways of Bottega Veneta and the tangled mermaid tails at Rachel Zoe S/S 14.

Bottega Veneta FW13

Rachel Zoe SS14

Further evidence of today’s trend is its appearance on the red carpet, in the form of Vanessa Hudgen’s oversized and multi-hued braid and Amber Heard’s perfectly piled and styled awards season hair.

Vanessa Hudgens

Amber Heard

Take a tip from those southern gals proclaiming, “the higher the hair, the closer to god,” and pile up your locks for this weekend’s night out!

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Cat-eye liner gets a flip side

A new twist on the beloved cat-lined eye is taking spring by storm. Simply flip it around and watch it smolder, the upside-down cat-eye (or under-liner) is now officially a thing.

From Stella McCartney’s spring 2013 runway to Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle’s new ad campaign starring Kiera Knightley, tracing eyeliner along the lower lashes with a winged flourish is a burgeoning trend in the cosmetics world. Young fashion muses Zoe Kravitz and Camilla Belle have even taken the look to the street, with Kravitz sporting an upside-down cat-eye at the Divergent premiere and Belle painting on a thin, shimmery gray shadow extended from her lower lash line at an recent H&M event.

Equal parts modern and feminine, the upside-down cat-eye is versatile, paired with a classic cat-eye or applied solo, and works perfectly well with black or colored waterproof liner. Here are some great upside-down cat-eye looks to love!

Camila Belle

Kiera Knightley

Zoe Kravitz



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Must-have monograms for the stylish muse


“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare obviously hadn’t recognized the fashion merits of monikers before he started knocking the importance of a name. Once reserved for towel sets and napkins, embroidered monograms are popping up on a slew of very fashionable wears by the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Rag and Bone and Fendi.

This spring’s must-have is your very own name emblazoned across a tee, jacket, handbag or necklace, letting the world know exactly who you are in a fit of stylish whimsy. Celebs like Kate Bosworth, Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevigne have all been spotted sporting their initials and names on accessories, jackets and capes, perfectly illustrating this chic prep-school craze. So what are you waiting for? Get thee to the stitchery!


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Keratin: Your Answer To Straight, Shiny Hair

As your rifling through the recent ad campaigns of Missoni, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, and Givenchy, you’ll notice that stick straight hair is a thing for spring. So in the spirit of sweet emulation, let’s review the merits of keratin treatments without all the formaldehyde fear-mongering.

Today’s keratin treatments are a whole new ball game from the big backlash to the Brazilian Blowout in ’09. In fact, there are many formulas that actually are formaldehyde free. Of the ones that aren’t, the level of formaldehyde produced during the treatment is relatively low and safe.

Here’s how it works: Your hair is made of keratin, so in order to smooth out the surface of your hair follicles, more keratin is applied with a heat process until it sticks, making hair shinier, helping to prevent breakage, and even releasing curls and waves. And if the later isn’t your thing, keratin treatments comes in formulations that vary according to the result you want. Curly, but with less frizz? They can do that. Nary a wave and shinier than gold? They can do that too. The trick is finding a stylist who offers a wide variety of keratin formulations and is seasoned in the process.

During the process, your stylist combs the keratin formula into your hair, leaves it on to fully coat the strands, and then flat irons your hair to seal it in. Today’s formula’s don’t require yesterday’s 72 hour wait to wash policy, but be sure to ask, just in case. Then it’s up to you. If you want the results to last, you can switch to a sulfate-free shampoo—most cleansers that sud will likely strip your hair of the keratin you just applied—and staying away from chlorine and salt water is likely a good idea too.

Keratin treatments are still fairly pricey— as in between $200 – $600 a pop. But if you’re pining for the frizz free hair of your dreams and can deal with the fact that keratin does eventually rinse out—most treatments last between 8 weeks to 6 months—then this just might be the answer.


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Spring’s must-have white jeans

From all over denim to pretty undone tresses, spring 2014 is rocking a sincerely casual vibe, which brings us to today’s distinctly warm weather must-have: white jeans. Paired with your chambray button down or a crisp white tee, white jeans are being touted by InStyle, Teen magazine, and Harpers Bazaar as this spring/summer’s number one go-to for vacation cool.

The trend is made even more enticing by the sheer amount of cuts and styles, flattering on everyone—cropped at the ankle, skinny, overalls, and boyfriend—and can be dressed up or down with the simplicity of slipping on a flat or heel (white if you want to elongate the leg.) So get thee to the jean-ery and snap up your new summer wardrobe BFF. Tomorrow is officially spring, don’t be late!

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Today’s Tips: Banish Blackheads

There’s not a “it” handbag, shoe, or bauble in the world that can trump a glowing, clear complexion, so why do the skin gods vex us with the one issue that nearly everyone deals with: blackheads.

“They certainly are frustrating,” says Renee Rouleau, celebrity esthetician. “While there’s no miracle product that removes them from the skin, there are definitely things you can do to discourage their formation.”

Today’s tip is a universal step-by-step to help unclog your pores and maintain a flawless year round complexion.

Let’s start with extractions. You may have heard that old skincare adage, “never pick at your face,” and that’s mostly true. However, the blackheads that currently reside in your pores require one thing, and that’s removal. Having a professional facialist or dermatologist extract the offending item after a warm steam is preferable, but there are times when a DIY is essential. Unclog your own pores by first heating up your skin in a warm shower to “melt” the hardened oil clogging the pore to make extraction easier. Next apply a thin coat of the heaviest moisturizer you have on hand to seal the heat trapped in the skin. Cover the blackhead with plastic wrap and apply a warm damp towel to the area for five minutes, this will prepare the pore to easily release the clog. Finally, remove the plastic, wrap a tissue over each of your forefingers, and gently squeeze until the blackhead is removed. Relocating the position of your fingers and a final application of a cooling mask will help ease any red marks from the procedure. And then we’re onto prevention.

Help avoid these extraction procedures all together by regularly using gentle products that contain salicylic and glycolic acids, as well as all important antioxidants. These products can work to break down the oil in pores and prevent them from clogging in the first place, while glycolic acid specifically, can also help clear dead skin and debris on the surface to keep your complexion radiant and clear all year through.


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Emma Watson’s Stunning Star Turn For Elle

Today’s post is equal parts inspiration and admiration, offering up Emma Watson’s star turn on April’s cover of Elle magazine. The Harry Potter actress is clearly outgrowing her identification with the famed franchise, looking every inch the modern “it” girl in a spread that varies from casual to downright chic. The cover shows a fresh Watson draped in this spring’s trendiest “do,” double-denim, while inside there’s a decidedly grown-up and 60′s inspired vibe, with a fresh cat-eye/nude lip and nail combo, and a vintage-ish swimsuit/jacket pairing that is to die for.


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Trends: Denim Goes Beyond Your Boyfriend Jeans

Your favorite jeans have never exactly been out of style, but judging from the street, the runway, and even the red carpet scene, denim is having a serious moment.

Spring 2014 goes beyond your boyfriend jeans, as denim makes waves on shirts, skirts, dresses… and yes… overalls. Surprisingly versatile, in a bevy of washes, cuts and styles, denim can go from downtown to uptown in the click of a stiletto heel — making it a perfect base to experiment with the high-end-is-low-end look that’s so of the moment right now. Below, we’ve collected a smattering of denim-spirational snaps devoted to the beloved textile showing the new staple jean pieces you’ll be wearing this spring.

Denim Overalls:

Julianne Hough

Zoe Saldana

Denim Dresses:

Alexa Chung

Denim Shirts:

Kate Bosworth

Olivia Palermo

Denim Jackets:

January Jones

Denim Skirts:

Kirsten Dunst

*methinks a little red handbag is in order this season too…

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Lorde Pairs With M.A.C. For Cosmetics Collaboration

“That kind of lux just ain’t for us…” Or maybe it is.

With her signature look firmly in place, Lorde has made the natural entry into the cosmetics game, pairing with M.A.C. and a handful of other musicians like Rihanna and Beth Ditto to create a musical makeup collection inspired by the reigning pop music muses.

“I’ve loved M.A.C. Cosmetics since I was a little kid,” Lorde says. “I remember saying up to buy my very first M.A.C. Lipstick at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends.”

Considering the 17-year old Grammy-winning gal has already perfected her signature look — wild, natural mane and wine-stained lips — we can safely assume the collection will include inky dark lipsticks, likely a liquid liner, and an equally dark palette of dark nail lacquers. But as for verified details, we’ll have to wait.

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Find Your Perfect Orange Lipstick For Spring

If you’ve been anywhere near a beauty blog you’ll know by now that an orange painted pout is the thing for spring. Running rampant on S/S 14 runways like Rag & Bone, DKNY and Prabal Gurung, and lit across the kissers of such noted celebs as Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o — orange lipstick is all the rage. So here’s a little how-to to choosing which citrus hue is right for you.

For those ladies with darker skin, choosing any hue on the spectrum from bold orange to a softer bronze will be equally flattering — the key is keeping it your orange lipstick in the warm family.

Model and wife of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen nailed the trend with a bright orange hue for the 56th annual Pre-Grammys Gala that was perfect for bronze skin tones. The brighter the better!

Make-up artists recommend painting on a cooler blue-based orange lipstick for ladies like Camilla Belle, who have beautiful olive skin tones.

Warmer skin tones, like Drew Barrymore’s, are complimented by red-based orange hues.

While sticking to true bright orange colors will enhance the palest of ladies like our favorite Oscar-winner, Cate Blanchett.

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