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Flower Power: Perfect Headbands for Coachella

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It’s that time of year again – Coachella – the annual music festival that brings out droves of people to bake in the sun while listening to groovy tunes. The one fashion trend that has always been a staple at the event is floral headbands. I’ve sourced the web to find some worthy of the beachy waves it will adorn.

Rose Up Metallic Headband, $12.50

Rose Up Metallic Headband, $12.50

 Flower Power Headband, $9.00


Flower Power Headband, $9.00

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Dalia Flower Crown, $20

DAISY FLOWER CROWN, $10.95

DAISY FLOWER CROWN, $10.95

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Rosette Headband, $4.90

 


Get The Look: Jennifer Hudson’s Black Jumpsuit

Jennifer Hudson at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards (Photo by Axelle Woussen/Bauer-Griffin)
Jennifer Hudson at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards (Photo by Axelle Woussen/Bauer-Griffin)

Jennifer Hudson at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards (Photo by Axelle Woussen/Bauer-Griffin)

Jennifer Hudson stunned on the red carpet on March 28th wearing a fabulous black jumpsuit to the 28th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Inglewood, California. The all-black fitted number stood on its own with a sexy v-neckline, while the only bright pops of color were seen with the purple lipstick she rocked and the blue strap on the sassy sandals that adorned her feet. Perfect for Spring, here are some black rompers you can wear, inspired by the American Idol starlet.

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit - Mona Crepe, Sale $148.50

FRENCH CONNECTION Jumpsuit – Mona Crepe, Sale $148.50

 

Bar III Crisscross Jumpsuit, $79.50

Bar III Crisscross Jumpsuit, $79.50

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Get Your Yearly Horoscope Fresh and Susan Miller’s Astrology Video Series

We are just two months into 2015, wondering what the rest of the year will bring?

A few weeks ago I told you about Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection, the beauty brnad has launched in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller.

Recently, Fresh and Susan released quick videos that shed some light on the year ahead, forecasting what’s in the stars for each zodiac sign: in life, in love and most importantly in beauty.

Below, are the quick 2 minute videos for each sign. Check them out to hear your 2015 horoscope.

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How to Recreate Hair Trends Seen At NYFW

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Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.

Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.

Natural Stanaturalte as seen at Rachel Comey and Ralph Lauren

To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.

 

 

City Slicker as seen at Hugo Boss and Erin Fetherstonslick

For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.

 

 

Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors

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Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.


 

 

Easy Elegance as seen at Zac Posenelegance

For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.


Art Hearts Fashion Closes NYFW With a Bang

Walter Mendez collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)
MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)

MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)

Last Thursday, I attended the Art Hearts Fashion show, which closed out Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with an amazing display of one-of-a-find pieces. Designer Mister Triple X kicked off the show with a sophisticated street wear line for men and women. Bold prints and subdued colors were characteristics of the collection, with the only major burst of color seen with fiery red pants worn by one of the male models.

Walter Mendez’s chic and elegant gowns took to the runway next, featuring dresses that were absolutely breathtaking. Soft greys transitioned smoothly to dark blues and bold velvet greens. Reality star and entrepreneur Lilly Ghalichi stunned the audience as she graced the runway, showing off one of the designer’s most elegant pieces in the collection.

House of Li Jon was by far my favorite, as the designs featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor, which glistened as it hugged the curves of each model’s frame.

Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield showcased fitted suiting and men’s bags as well as contemporary dresses for women.

Furs were abundant in Hallie Sara’s collection off luxury pieces reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes.

Finally, MTCostello’s immaculate collection of gowns were absolutely breathtaking. His showcase of designs proved to be a crowd pleaser, opening with a model wearing a reptilian face makeup and a solo male model who walked down the runway wearing nothing more than a golden robe and covering his manhood with his hands.

Check out some of the photos from the fashion show below.

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HOT NAIL ART: CND FOR THE BLONDS FALL/WINTER 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: A model poses backstage for The Blonds with CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway during The Blonds for CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed  the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.

“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”

Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.

“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.


Nolcha Fashion Week Runway Recap

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Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.

Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.

Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.


New Site Let’s You Try Samples From Leading Brands for Free

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Last week I attended the one-year anniversary of PINCHme, a sampling service that allows users to choose and review products of their choice for free. The event also marked the company’s one-million user benchmark, proving that this start-up has a strong following behind its innovative concept of empowering consumers with the ability to discover and discuss products ranging from beauty to food, without any cost. Below is how the program works:

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Products are released for a limited time, and after your receive your product, all you have to do is log on to your account and provide your feedback. Click here to sign up or to learn more.


New Custom Couture Eyewear Line Dresses Your Face

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The prayers have been answered for all sassy fashionistas who are looking to stand out in a crowd and enhance their fabulousness. A new couture frame line #touchedbykymmi is aiming to adorn the faces of fashion-forward individuals with one-of-a-kind specs designed in a variety of colors and embellishments.

The collection was created by Kymmi Tea, who combined her love for designer sunglasses and her need to upgrade what is seen as “normal” to launch #TouchedByKymmi. And, the collection is anything but normal – the web store features ornate specs designed with everything from gems to flowers to chains, and named with unique hashtags such as #BrunchWithOprah and #PinUpVixen. The goal was to develop an accessory that is seen as the “shapewear” for the face, with frames that are just as beautiful as the makeup applied.

Since its launch the frames have proven to be a must-have accessory, as they have been seen on numerous runways and reality TV stars including Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez, as well as talk show host Wendy Williams.

To learn more visit kymmitea.com.


Footwear Company Offers Customized, Hand-Painted Shoes

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Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski Galaxy Sneakers, $169.00

We’ve all been there. We spend hours changing our outfit so that we look our very best, walk into an event, and there stands someone one wearing the exact same thing. The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to celebrate your own uniqueness; however, this can get a little difficult sometimes when you have items that hundreds of other people own because of mass reproduction of retailers. This is why I love the idea of B Street Shoes, an artist collective led by Blake Barash featuring one-of-a-kind hand-painted custom shoes.

“ I came up with the name B Street Shoes after feeling like the people wearing my custom shoes were connected to me, like we all live in the same neighborhood, even the same street,” says Blake on his website. “Whether you live in the UK or USA, if you’re wearing B Street Shoes, you’re a unique individual expressing your love for custom fashion.”

As the demand for custom designs has grown, so has the company which now boasts over 200 unique designs and a full team of professional artists. Consumers can visit bstreetshoes.com and shop a collection of Nikes, Toms and Vans. The company will also customize any type of shoe with the design of your dreams.

B Street Shoes is sold exclusively online with shoes shipping out of Costa Mesa, CA. Prices start at $149. Click here to learn more.