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The mule rules the school for Spring

Viktor & Rolf

As we prepare to turn the corner from January to February, our thoughts turn to what’s trending in the wonderful world of shoes. We’re sick to death of bundling up in boots, and judging from the latest spring collections, there’s a footwear trend a-coming that is just ripe for the winter-to-spring transition: the mule.

Seen on celebs like Kate Bosworth and Katy Perry, the mule is as stylish as it is easy to slip into. And did we mention universally flattering? Designers like Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, and Chloe have all offered up their version of the mule, each as leg-lengthenging and go-with-anything as the next. So in the spirit of spring, here’s a few of our personal favorite spring mule styles for you to ogle.

Stella McCartney

3.1 Phillip Lim

Rebecca Minkoff

Jeffrey Campbell

 

 

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Grammy Makeup Plays It Up And Down

So, can we all agree that Beyoncé’s relaxed wave bob, dewy complexion, and soft hazy eye makeup stole the show at last night’s Grammy awards? From her highly anticipated “Drunk in Love” performance with husband Jay Z — where Bey-Bey rocked a freshly showered, undone look — to her floral peek-a-boo lace entrance frock, Queen Bey most assuredly stole the show.

Of course, Beyoncé wasn’t the only winner in the best-dressed list department. Taylor Swift nailed it again, this time trading in her signature award season red pout for a softer more natural hue, which seemed to be a trend as a pregnant au natural Ciara, and pop singer Rita Ora, known also for her signature red lip, followed suit.

Acting as exception to that rule was the nearly-black bordeaux lip that’s become a trademark of newly dubbed rock-Princess Lorde, and was also spotted on Katy Perry.

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2014 Trends: A Stick Straight Spring

Elizabeth Olsen for Miu Miu

From Lady Gaga for Versace to Elizabeth Olsen for Miu Miu (and nearly every other haute couture ad campaign in between) — we’re going to call Spring 2014 the season of stick straight hair.

So far 10 of this Spring’s designer ad campaigns have doled out a bevy of beauties sporting shiny, long, and seriously straight hair. Valentino, Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Missoni — the heavy hitters are heavily into slick, simple styles that aren’t so simple to pull off without a natural heady of silky straight strands.

It seems that spring is going to be rife with flyaway sprays, flat irons, and blow dryers and stock up on the deep conditioners! Here’s our evidence!

Christy Turlington for Missoni

Lady Gaga for Versace

Gucci

Prada

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Eyebrow markers for big, bold brows

You’d have to be living under a beauty boulder to not know that bold, bushy, brows are big right now. We’ve covered a slew of how-to’s to fluff up your over-the-eye fringe, from pencils to powders, but it seems we missed a big one on the beauty radar — the eyebrow marker.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

M.A.C.

If you’re thinking of a Sharpie — don’t. This water-resistant, precision tip pen — that, btw, is showing up in the collections of cosmetics brands like eyebrow guru Anastasia Beverly Hills, M.A.C., Stila, and Josie Maran — manages to deliver buildable, long-lasting color that won’t quickly fade like powders, and looks more natural than your pencil.

Josie Maran

Long-lasting, natural, precise color? Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

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“T” is for toner

You obediently exfoliate, cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen, but your skin is still not the glowing, flawless canvas you envision when your plunking down cold, hard cash for your favorite products? The bad news is: you may be missing a step. The good news is that we have the answer: a good toner.

We know what you’re thinking — “another product to purchase and apply?!” Yes.

It seems that toner isn’t the purposeless skincare step we thought it was. Instead, it’s the final frontier in cleaning your skin, helping to remove any residue left behind by your cleanser, as well as any lingering pollution, dust, and impurities.

A toner is a water-based liquid containing any mixture of hydrating, calming, balancing, and soothing ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils. Some toners are designed to calm and soothe sensitive skin (look for ingredients like chamomile), some to hydrate (look for the inclusion of rosewater), and some can act as an anti-bacterial astringent (look for an alcohol-based toners.) The toner you choose, like all of your skincare products, should be geared towards your particular skin type.

Start with a freshly washed face and saturate two cotton pads with a skin-appropriate toner. Swipe the pads over your face, neck, and décolletage and then proceed with any serums, eye creams, and moisturizers. Do the same in the morning and you’ll reap the most benefit from your toner, and give the ingredients in your serums and moisturizers and nice clean base to cling to.

So you see — adding a toner to your daily routine, isn’t so bad after all. 

 

 

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards Wins The Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci

From holiday cheer to this, awards season is awash with its own bounty of gifts — namely, the inspirational red carpet fashion and beauty cues, and the weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was no exception.

LA’s Shrine Auditorium was awash with gorgeous gowns and startlingly beautiful starlets all decked out in couture’s finest. And while this particular awards show is typically famed for its Oscar-predictive powers, we were more interested in the who-what-wears of the evening.

Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

So lets take a look at some the evening’s best and most daring looks and then go back to admiring Lupita Nyong’o — again. And again. And again.

Kerry Washington in Prada

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Natalie Dormer in Marios Schwab

Emilia Clarke in Calvin Klein

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2014 Target reveal’s Peter Pilotto collaboration

We can think of no better way to kick off the weekend then a preview of the long-awaited collaboration between Peter Pilotto and Target. After announced the pairing way back in September, the celeb-adored label left us all to speculate on what they might cook up for the superstores first 2014 reveal. Monday’s lookbook launch, featuring cocktail dresses, bikinis, bags, towels, and separates, did not disappoint.

The British brand is a long-time favorite of the actress/model set, counting fashion muses lil Kate Bosworth, Miranda Kerr, Kristen Stewart, and Emma Watson as fans of it’s bold, geometric prints and striking, bold colors and — judging from the preview (and the under $60 per piece price tag) — we think you will be too.

The Peter Pilotto for Target collection is set to hit store shelves on Feb. 9th, and will also be available internationally on Net-a-porter.com.

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Trending: Haute Halter Dresses

Amanda Seyfried

Strapless to plunging, scooped to scalloped, there’s nothing so vital to a silhouette than a beautiful neckline, and this year’s most popular cut may also be the most flattering. The halter dress is hot, as witnessed by the flurry of supermodels and celebrities like Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Jourdan Dunn, and Amanda Seyfried who’ve draped themselves in the look for recent red carpets.

Mila Kunis

A shoe-in for showing off a shoulder or delicate collarbone, a halter dress manages to be conservative and sexy at the same time, even when paired with a cutout or higher hemline. Here’s a few of our favorite halter looks to pine over your morning coffee.

Jessica Hart

Jourdan Dunn

Naomi Watts

 

 

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Lena Dunham’s Vogue Part Deux

Lena Dunham does it again, landing on the cover of this month’s Vogue magazine, and looking fresh, flirty, and fabulous!

The Girls star much anticipated cover for Anna Wintour’s mag is a refreshing change from Vogue’s typical cover fare (size 0 to 4), and is another stylish notch in Dunham’s bedpost, particularly after she wowed the red carpet in that canary yellow number at last weekend’s Golden Globes. What most people don’t know, is that this isn’t the first time Dunham paired up with fashion’s most respected lady mag.

In a 1998 Vogue interview, a then 11-year old Dunham claimed she wanted to be a fashion designer, espousing the merits (and expensive price tag) of Jil Sander. You can read the full interview here.

We were hoping Vogue would go further by offering up a full-body beauty shot of Dunham, but that being said, the look is stylish, playful and eminently beautiful, and is one that we hope will cement the stars role as fashion muse.

 

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How to grow your own luscious long locks

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair. But wait. You can’t? No, you’re still waiting for last year’s bob/boycut/bangs to grow out. Long, fairy-tale locks are all the rage, and sadly, they require vast amounts of patience to acquire. Or do they?

Waiting out an impetuous hair cut to grow out is not an overnight event, but that doesn’t mean that a long, beautiful mane can’t be yours. The secret to encouraging hair growth is a pairing of supplements and hair care to help speed up the process, so let’s take a look at the how-to’s of acquiring your very own cascade of heavenly, lengthy hair.

Inner:

Starting with the inner — your diet is likely lacking in a few key hair-happy ingredients. Certain vitamins and minerals are essential to hair health, so finding a high-quality multivitamin (that hasn’t degraded and is easily digestible) containing iron, zinc, vitamin D, and a full-spectrum vitamin B complex is a vital elements to speeding up hair growth.

There is also an ingested hair growth nutriceutical that borders on legendary — particularly in the world of celebrity and supermodels. Viviscal is a top-secret blend of marine complex AminoMar, zinc, Vitamin C, and horsetail extract, all of which is rumored to keep the locks of such runway followers as Karlie Kloss, Jessica Stam, and Caroline Trentini.

Outer:

Let’s talk about your scalp. Scalp care is likely the most overlooked component of hair growth, and maybe the most important. Your hair follicles require a healthy, hydrated, and well-kept scalp in order to produce that head of hair your pining for. Scheduling a regular moisturizing scalp massage is a great way to increase circulation of your follicles and keep your skin healthy.

Of course, if you’re not being good to the hair you already have, it’s likely your locks won’t ever resemble the long, luscious mane that’s in your mind’s eye. Regular trims, and the weekly use of an intense-hydration strengthening hair mask — and staying away from too much heat styling — will keep your hair from breaking and looking shorter and frizzier. And let’s face it, that’s half the battle.

 

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