Weekly Fashion Update~ New Tanks!

It’s true. The high-neck 90’s tank top is back and tearing up the runways. It is nearly impossible to log into Tumblr and not see hipsters and fashion icons wearing these cute tanks. My favorite stores to buy these are Forever 21, Pac Sun, and Urban Outfitters. These tanks can become a fashion mishap with specific pieces, but with these steps can make your outfit one to remember. Let’s begin!

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These tanks add great dimension when being worn as a basic. This outfit works well because the heavy prints and statement jewels balance out with the plain black tank. It doesn’t look basic because of the high neckline of the top. These tanks are typically crop tops so the high-waisted pants work well so you aren’t showing a drastic amount of skin.

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Although this isn’t a tank top, it still has the high neckline that this style provides. This dress flows out into a pleated circle skirt and is a gorgeous pastel color. Adding statement jewelry or colored accessories will make the outfit more dramatic. This dress is perfect for a regular day or can be paired with a printed blazer for work. It is $68 at nastygal.com

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This tank top takes a more peplum twist creating a great night-out look. Paired with leather pants and killer pumps, this peplum tank really strikes a chord. Having a heavy print works well with the neutral accessories. Wearing your hair up also draws attention to how this tank flatters your upper body. 

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I love this final look! The oversized skirt paired with the cropped tank and simplistic heels works fabulously! The minimal amount of jewelry and basic colors balances out the mid-drift. I love how simple this outfit is, yet it is so stunning. 

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Kylie Jenner Famous Lip Look!

I have to admit, I am beginning to love Kylie Jenner! Being just 16 years old, her fashion and makeup senses are on overload. A hot topic that beauty gurus are going insane over is her regular lip routine. People have scoured all over makeup shelves in order to find out the mix and I have found the solution! Also, this look will make your lips look a bit more plumpy, much like Kylie’s full pout. This only requires 3 products, let’s begin!

First, line your lips with NYX Natural. Be sure to completely line your lips, this includes a little bit on the outside to create a deep pout. Don’t go so far off the path that you are coloring your skin, but just enough to enhance the fullness of your lips. Color in your lips with the liner. This helps the lipstick to stay in place because it has a base underneath it. If you prefer a more pink outline, then use NYX Peekaboo Neutral.

Next, apply Mac Brave and make sure to blend it with your lips into the lip liner. If you aren’t into spending a lot of money on makeup, Maybelline Warm Me Up is the perfect dupe for this shade.

Now, this lipstick shade is somewhat matte, but not as matte as Kylie’s. To get this extreme matte, simply apply a translucent powder onto your lips. I prefer to use e.l.f. High Definition Powder that is available at any drugstore. Using either a brush or just your fingers, blend a small amount onto your lips.

And that’s it! This lipstick look can be taken to a drugstore to high-end level by either using Mac or Maybelline, but still brings the same Jenner-inspired results.

Met Gala Extraordinaire!

Guess whose back and just in time for the Met Gala fashion recap? Haha, yours truly! The Met Gala is hosted by the infamous Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor-in-chief. Fun fact: Did you know it costs $25,000 just to attend the Met Gala?! This event is known as the fashion exhibit of the year. I have critically reviewed the best of the best. There was a TON of favorites, but these were the ones that really stuck with me. Let’s begin!

Naomi Watts in Givenchy

Naomi Watts in Givenchy. I love love this ombre and the light smokey makeup makes the focus on this gorgeous dress. This sheer paneling of the dress was found a lot at the Met Gala, but she took the cake!

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Emma Stone in Thakoon looks flawless. This was one of my favorite crop top combos on the red carpet. The two pink tones keep it youthful, as she is, the small side-boob cleavage and high slit keeps it sexy, and the gown keeps it formal. I do wish that she just put some earrings on or a statement jewel to emphasize the look just a bit more.

Dita Von Teese, Zac Posen

Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen is a show-stopper! The red accents of the dress are just enough that she doesn’t blend into the carpet like some others who wore all red. The hair is glamorous along with the perfect mermaid fit for her body.

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Blake Lively truly displays Met Gala class in this look. This shimmery gown is glowing off her body. The cape looks nice with the gown, but I feel like it takes away from the train on the dress and just hangs there. With her man as her best accessory, Blake was one of my all-time favorites.

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry pulls this look off flawlessly. Nude and black & white were the most popular colors of the night. The hem is perfect and the subtle jewelry is a great compliment. That deep red lip truly brings everything together. She did this justice because if this gown was any form of white, it would look like a weird wedding dress.

 

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Annnnnddddd the best of the best goes to….. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa. This dress doesn’t even look real; it looks like artwork! Her model stature and posture really holds the dress up well. I feel like she would be the only one who could pull this gown off and make it a homerun. Simple diamond jewelry, light makeup,  a black petticoat underneath makes this the outfit of the night.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Thigh High Socks

Who knew that even your socks could make a fashion statement?! Thigh high socks are all the rage this winter and go great paired with a well-layered outfit for those cold months. Creating the perfect outfit to wear with thigh high socks takes talent because you can easily go from fashionista to street-walker with the wrong pair of socks. These tips will ensure that you rock these upcoming cold months in style. Let’s begin!

Layering thigh high socks with sheer tights underneath is perfect for winter! This subtle layering effect keeps you warm and doesn’t look too bulky. Knit socks will keep you the warmest and opt for thicker materials if you are wanting to stay warm. Layering two different color and length thigh highs will add dimensions to your thighs.

When choosing a color, go for neutrals or basic colors (black, grey, tan, etc.) These colors are very easy to pair with outfits, don’t make everything look too busy, and make your legs look slimmer. Patterned thigh high socks make your legs look wider due to the elaborate print. Thigh highs with intricate stitching, like fishnets, have a thin line between inappropriate and gorgeous. Keep the socks simple and the right length.

These socks are also great for coverage! If high-waisted shorts show too much skin for your taste, strap on an over-sized cardigan to cover the back and then thigh high socks to cover your legs. Thigh high socks should go up to a little higher than your knee. If you get a pair that goes too high, you might as well just wear full-length tights. If you wear a pair too short, the socks look more like men’s dress socks. Pairing thigh high socks with boots and booties are perfect for winter.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Floppy Hats!

It seems that you can’t escape the flop! Floppy hats are taking the headgear world by storm. These hats aren’t just for the beach anymore. They add a retro flare to any outfit. Along with everything else from the 70s, the wide brim floppy hat is having a serious moment this upcoming Spring. All of the street style shots from NY & London Fashion week included adorable girls on the street rocking these hats with wide leg jeans, mini skirts, long dresses, white tee shirts, you name it. But how do you style one? Let’s begin!

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There is some form of logic behind these floppy hats, and it consists of making sure it fits your proportions. Shailene Woodley’s outfit looks sloppy, especially since her hat doesn’t seem to fit her correctly and isn’t angled right. A good floppy hat hits your chin when the sides are pulled in toward your face.

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Match the color of your hat to your outfit in a neutral way. Over-matching will overwhelm the whole concept. Suki Waterhouse’s topper adds a great final touch to her crop top and long camel coat. Wearing a hat that doesn’t match your hair color adds more depth to your face and seems more inviting.

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If an outfit already has several moving pieces, a hat won’t make it any better! First plan the outfit then apply the accessories. For example, Ke$ha’s look consists of many different prints, patterns,  and accessories that a floppy hat topped with flowers can’t save the day. Sorry, Ke$ha!

The final tip is for you short haired lovelies! If you are aspiring to wear a floppy hat, style your hair as usual (or just wear it natural), but try to put more volume in the front. By having short hair, your hair can get sucked up by the large hat. Don’t fear the flop!

Weekly Fashion Update~ 12 Celebrity Inspired Party Outfits for Fall!

Fall time doesn’t only qualify as orange leaves and pumpkins, it also means parties galore! From New Years Eve to the traditional Christmas party, you shouldn’t be fashionably discouraged due to the weather. Here is 13 looks from celebrities everywhere that prove to us the true meaning of fall fashion. Let’s begin!

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The first look is effortless but will surely turn some heads. Queen Bey pulls this look off amazingly. She wears her voluminous hair down to emphasize her facial structure. This printed shift dress and over-the-knee boots keep the outfit warm, but also show a small bit of skin to keep it sexy. If you don’t prefer thigh-highs, then just pair the dress with calf height boots and sheer colored tights.

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Take note from style crush Rachel Bilson for and don’t be afraid to mix eye-catching textures and colors for a cocktail event. Complementing the dress with metallic heels is an amazing way to make each part of the outfit unique. Her trick: Skip the metallic on the dress to avoid any matchy-matchy-ness and keep the shine to a sleek minimum.

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Lauren Conrad is always busy with countless projects, so dressing to go from work to play is her specialty. The essential: a tweed mini-dress, with an interesting element, be it LC’s bustier top or sophisticated embroidery. Layer on a blazer or cardigan by day, then strip off it off for night. Don’t forget to stash a pair of strappy metallic heels and a bright lipstick under your desk for the post-5 P.M. switch too.

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Seriously, the no white after Labor Day rule has become obsolete. Winter whites are huge for fall too, so try a long-sleeve jacquard top and blousy shorts like Amanda Seyfried’s  outfit. Soft gray pumps bring the look into fall without being as jarring as black. You’ll stand out from the crowd at those September rooftop parties and chic wine-tasting nights you have planned. Wearing a deep berry or auburn lip adds the autumn feel.

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Several stars have shown us that printed suits are mandatory for all fashionista’s going-out closet. Keeping all other pieces neutral besides the printed suit adds a feature of elegance for any occasion. She stayed buttoned up, but her high-heel patent Mary Janes give the menswear vibe a dash of playful girliness.

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Kate Moss’ silky blazer and toned-down vibe makes this look perfect for a casual night out. To add more flare, accompany the blazer  with solid colored pants and keep all other pieces neutral. Accessorize with a long necklace and cute rings to add more shimmer to the look.

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This combo isn’t for the faint of fashion heart, but if you’ve got some serious sartorial game, try a lush green wide-leg jumpsuit topped off with a bold purple faux-fur jacket. I dare you. These hats are huge for the fall season and can be found at Forever 21 for less than $20.00!

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This is the trick to an effortless, eye-catching outfit ideal for hanging with your girls. Just mix and unmatch a patterned bomber jacket and pants in totally different prints. Plus, you can wear each piece on its own with matching pairings later. If you don’t prefer high-cut crop tops like this, a black tank top works just as fine.

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Don’t put those dancing heels away just yet; September is a major month for weddings. So stash those pastels and try a glimmering metallic—specifically gold—instead, like fashionable Brit Alexa Chung. She even matched her peep-toe heels to her dress for a 100 percent pure precious-metal ensemble. If you live in a cold area, pair this with printed tights or even a cropped leather jacket to add a more rugged feel.

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Don’t give up your pretty lace dresses just because the season has turned. Look to Sienna Miller’s flirty frock as an example. Pick a fall-friendly hue and long sleeves, and temper the femininity of the piece with edgy black embellished pumps. The look is perfect for a fall wedding, a romantic dinner, or an elegant celebration with friends. Wearing the hair up with a dress like this adds a lovely touch.

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You’re thinking about investing in a pair of leather pants and you want to coordinate with a glam, but elegant top for a night out. Look to Zoe Saldana in Gucci to amp up the sexy staple even further with a gold-and-black sleeveless blouse. If you keep the silhouettes tailored (and your skin covered), the overall look stays sleek and refined.

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Keep your florals blooming for fall, but experiment with moodier digital prints, like Rose Byrne. Take the look up a notch with sexy sheer panels and bad-girl gunmetal stilettos—perfect for date night or if you’re looking for someone to share a date night with, if you know what I mean.

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Fall is, hands-down, the best season for layering and Olivia Palermo is at the top of her game in that department. If you’re looking for a trendy office-to-play or chic cocktail bar outfit, think about co-opting this one. Start with an exuberantly printed yellow dress (possibly crossed over from summer?). Then top it off with an electric purple leather jacket, which is an inspired investment for fall. You can work this outfit with a rainbow of color combos—just be sure the hues complement one other.

VMA’s Best & Worst Dressed!

VMA’s, known as Video Music Awards, aired last night and left many of us with our jaws dropped. To overview, Lady Gaga opened the show with her newest song and was actually pretty good. She sang it live and danced which is better than 90% of the stars these days. Afterwards was Miley Cyrus singing her new song and then accompanied Robin Thicke. Wow. If you were to recap anything from that show, watch Miley’s moves. She is definitely putting her brand out there that she isn’t Hannah Montana anymore. Nevertheless, after several hundred camera shots of Taylor Swift and the Smith family, Justin Timberlake was given the Video Vanguard award and blew everyone’s minds with a 20 minute performance of all of his hits over the last few decades and a reunion with NSYNC. Although, they only sang a few songs, it was better than having the silly boy bands they have now perform even one song. Ending the show was Katy Perry who lip-synced to her new song and jumped around in a tiny sports bra. All in all, a decent way to spend 2 and a half hours. Before the show, they aired the red carpet. The best and worst dressers were all there posing for the bright cameras. Let’s begin!

Best dressed:

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Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace.

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Miley Cyrus in vintage Dolce & Gabbana. Pre-performance though! During her performance everything went south and well, you will have to see for yourself:

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Taylor Swift in Herve Leger.

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Jennifer Hudson in Christian Dior.

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Ellie Goulding looked absolutely gorgeous and this dress is amazing!

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Ciara in Givenchy Couture.

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Alicia Quarles in this amazing cropped top and pencil skirt combo.

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Robin Thicke & Paula Patton.

Now, for the worst:

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Riff Raff, just why?

Lil Kim’s jumpsuit was so tight it literally looked like it was painted on.

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Foxy Brown.

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I thought Willow & Jaden Smith were usually fashionable, what happened?

Weekly Fashion Update~ Mint Green

Mint green has given the fashion world a refreshing taste. This cool green hue has been seen in fashion and beauty. Pastel green is such a lovely pale color that it compliments all skin types. Don’t be green with envy over girls who have mastered this pastel hue. With these outfit ideas, you’ll be rocking this season’s choice color with serious panache. Let’s begin!

Pink and green is a classic color combination, but in shades of bold fuchsia and muted green, it looks totally pretty instead of preppy. Wearing a light pastel and bright warm color helps accentuate your body and is an amazing color block. My favorite places to buy mint pants are American Eagle and Forever 21.

Pastel sundresses are always a staple for summer, but pale green is an especially on-trend shade this shade. This light sundress is perfect for a graduation, wedding, or just a Sunday out.

Flower-patterned jackets were all over the runway, and they’re a perfect pairing for a fancy dress in a matching color. Keeping the bag and shoes and dark or neutral color make the main focus on the printed blazer and minty dress. This dress is a lot more dimensional than the sundress look.

Wearing head-to-toe green is a great way to embrace mint. The contrast of light and dark shades of mint make the look not too overwhelming. Incorporating a deep colored lip into the outfit brings a lovely touch to the light colors.

An oversized sweater in a super-feminine shade pairs well with frayed cut-offs. Adding a peter pan collar to the oversized sweater dresses up the frayed shorts. Frayed boyfriend jeans would work just as well with the shorts. To dress it up even more, wear the oversized sweater with folded boyfriend jeans, nude pumps, and a brightly colored envelope clutch.

Today, I actually painted my nails mint green! I used Essie Mint Candy Apple and just a clear sparkle polish on my accent fingers.

 

How To Walk In High Heels Like a Pro

As crazy as this seems, many women still haven’t mastered the art of walking in heels. Hundreds of style-hungry ladies skip the heels section each day because of a fear of the unknown. You won’t necessarily be walking on 5 inch heels by tomorrow, but these steps can help you feel like you aren’t walking on stilts every time. Being a person who was weary of heels in the beginning I know how you feel, but today I wear heels 2-3 times per week for about 7-8 hours per day. Let’s begin!

I’ve been wearing heels since I was a teenager so my feet have been thoroughly trained to be in heels. If you are just starting out, don’t immediately go for the stilletos.  Get some heels between 2-3 inches and preferably with a bit of a thicker heel and wear them around the house. Wear them when you are cooking, wear them when you are doing your makeup, when you are vacuuming, walk up and down the stairs, etc…  You don’t need to even get dressed up, just walk around and wear them in your sweats, nobody will see you but if you wear them during normal activities without leaving the house, you will get a lot more used to them and not feel foolish because nobody will see you practicing.  I do this when I’m breaking my shoes in and it helps a lot in that aspect as well. Practice truly makes perfect and the more you break in the heels the more comfortable they will be.

Nothing looks worse than a girl who’s wearing shoes that are too big or too small and you can see them visibly struggling to walk in them.  I wear different sizes with different brands and even within the same designer I can go up or down a half size so make sure that you are wearing the size that fits your foot and not just the size that you “usually” wear. To help with sizing you can also get insoles. When you are buying shoes, walk around the shoe department in them and make sure that your heel doesn’t pop out or it’s not squeezing your toes or the sides of your feet. Don’t think that shoes will stretch because most of the time they won’t stretch enough and they’ll still be too tight to wear.

Walking slow is much better than trying to keep your normal pace and then falling on your face.  Don’t feel silly for walking slow or taking small steps.  I mean don’t walk abnormally slow (if you do, you may need more practice) but look around you, there’s always a ton of people walking slow and you probably don’t stare at them weird or anything do you?  So ignore your own self conscious feeling of “dang people are probably staring at me because I’m so slow” and just take your time walking.  If you have to go up or down stairs, always hold on to the handrail or your significant other to keep steady.  It sounds silly but I’ve seen people take tumbles because they didn’t have anything to hold onto but if you are wearing heels, you have a higher chance of slipping or getting your footing wrong when going down stairs.

When I know I’ll be walking a lot, I always carry a bigger handbag and put a pair of flats in there. Then when I’ve been on my feet for a couple of hours and I need to give them a rest, I’ll just slip on my flats, put my heels in the shoe bag and my feet are back to being comfy! There are even flats out there like these Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats that are foldable flats and are really compact to keep in your handbag.

Tips:

If a stiff shoe causes blisters, spritz the body with water and use your fingers to mold the softened leather to the shape of your foot or try special inserts to reduce friction.

The inner arch of the heel, or the breast,  affects stability. The farther forward the arch, the less you will feel off-balance.

Slipping on slick floors? Pick up a pair of sole protectors or score the soles of your heels with a key to create extra traction.

If your toes feel pinched, have the toe box stretched out at your local shoe repair shop.

If you suffer from low arches, slip in supports to relieve pressure on the balls of your feet.

The Right Bag for Your Body Type!

 

When it comes to shopping  for a dress, we know that peplum styles complements petite bodies, and tea party-lengths flatter tall frames — so why shouldn’t we consider the effect our handbags have on our figures? “Your signature style bag can balance out your frame with its shape,” says Cassandra Connors, Founder and Director, Bella Bag. “Tall, petite, curvy … a handbag can act as major accent to your body type.” To that same effect, the wrong structure can overwhelm or underwhelm your silhouette. Connors suggests wearing a bag that is the opposite shape of your body. “It usually provides a fashionable balance,” she explains. Let’s begin!

For curvy women, a structured bag will provide great, sharp lines to coordinate with a curvy body. Structured bags are created by nearly all designers and are a very hot item.

For petites figures, an over-sized bag will balance a smaller frame. Try a mid-hanging hobo that comes right to the elbow. Avoid cross-body or sling bags, as they can make a petite figure appear smaller.

Tall women should use a tote bag  because it accentuates long, lean arms. Choose one with a rounded shape or shimmering textures to give some contrast to a tall and, possibly straight, shape.

For evening pear-shaped bodies, I suggest a clutch — a giant envelope or a small pochette. Carrying a bag in hand will consistently bring the attention up and away from your hips. Avoid clutches that hang too low and add extra bulk below the waist.

Skinny or thin girls should look into Cross-body bags. They are perfect for thin types because it doesn’t matter that they will add a little bit of extra bulk around the hips or thighs.

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