Friday, November 29, 2013

Congratulations to this week's winner, Jessica Thornberry !

Thank you to all who entered our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway. Congratulations to this week's winner, Jessica Thornberry !  To enter our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway, visit our Facebook and follow the instructions. Link does not work on mobile devices. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Justin Bieber's New Short Film The Key

It's finally out!  You've been waiting (well, at least some of you) for a while now, but the official new Justin Bieber short film, "The Key" is out now, officially marking the launch of his new fragrance, also called The Key.

This marks the 3rd fragrance for the singer, which is said to unlock the dreams for Beliebers everywhere.  In the film, we watch a lovely model girl go to sleep with a bottle of perfume on her nightstand and a hanging key which she holds in her hand.  Then, in her dreams, she meets Justin in her hotel, who takes her to a magical place of art, staircases, and rooftop views.  This is followed by 2 more girls in 2 other hotel rooms, all dreaming and meeting Justing, playing with cake and cookies.   

Some have found hidden meanings in the message of the video, while others are confused by the amount of different girls he privately visits.  Whatever your take, most girls are sure to swoon at those smoldering eyebrows and doey eyes.  

What do you think of the short film?  Will you be grabbing the fragrance for yourself or a gift?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lady Gaga for Versace: The New Campaign

(photo: Versace - Mert Atlas/Marcus Piggott)

Lady Gaga's career has spanned the globe and back when it comes to the world of fashion, dazzling with the unexpected, puzzling with the other worldly, and stunning with glamour.  The latest campaign,  though, might be our favorite as it pulls in one of the very best couture has to offer:  miss Donatella Versace.

Gaga has just been confirmed as the official new face for Versace, which I suppose should come as no surprise to anyone.  She wore 3 Versace pieces in her SNL appearance alone, and an additional 3 this past weekend at the American Music Awards.

(photo: Dana Edelson/NBC)

And goodness, does Gaga ever channel Donatella!  Donning a waist lengthy, stick straight, platinum blonde wig for the AMA's and in the ad campaign, Lady Gaga looks strikingly like Donatella circa 20 years ago, a perfect achievement for the fashion campaign.  

(photo: Versace - REX)

Of the new Versace campaign, Donatella said, "I am honored that my friend Lady Gaga is the face of our new Versace campaign... I wanted to capture her true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring.  She is like family to me, the embodiment of the Versace DNA."

(photo: Versace - Mert Atlas/Marcus Piggott)

(photo: Reuters)

So with the new campaign, collection, and even a song titled "Donatella" on Gaga's album, we're pretty sure this was a match made in fashion heaven.  

What do you think of the new campaign?

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Monday, November 25, 2013

American Music Awards Fashion Recap

(photo: John Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

The American Music Awards.  Did you watch them?  If you got swept away by the glitz, or some of the performances, let not your heart fret if you missed the red carpet looks, coz we have them right here!

While miss Taylor Swift, dripping in a gold Julien Macdonald mini dress, was busy breaking records for being the first artist ever to win Artist of the Year 3 times in a row, Rihanna was busy arriving in a gorgeous Jean Paul Gaultier 2 piece while accepting the first ever AMA Icon Award.

(photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

And of course, the show wouldn't be complete without Gaga arriving in something expectedly unexpected, this time a mechanical white horse driven by her dancers, and Miley Cyrus stirring up some confusion and press worthy controversy, with an adorable space traveling kitten singing along with her.

Yes folks, it was just another typical night in LA!  Enjoy the red carpet pics.  Who was your favorite?

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(photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)                          (photo: John Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

(photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)                          (photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

(photo: Larry Bussaca/AMA 2013/Getty Images for DCP)                          (photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

(photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

(photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Congratulations to this week's winner, Mallory Cerkleski !

Thank you to all who entered our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway. Congratulations to this week's winner, Mallory Cerkleski !  To enter our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway, visit our Facebook and follow the instructions. Link does not work on mobile devices. Good luck!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Wear It: Metallic Skirts

(photo: Chictopia user - DRESSMEPERFECT)

Fall and Winter.  Two fabulously fashionable seasons that have one thing in common:  the metallic skirt.  A staple for the transitional fall season, and a go-to fav for most party goers for the holidays, the metallic skirt is back in session, and we've got some fun ways to rock your shine!

One of my favorite ways to wear a metallic skirt is to pair it with an understated top.  That way the skirt isn't outshined, and you can get the most versatility out of the piece.  By pairing it with something like a basic white T or a sweater, you're dressing it down and making the skirt both day and night friendly.

(photo: Chictopia user - MEDIAMARMALADE)

Also, pay attention to the cut.  Do you want something skin tight or loose fit?  Skin tight will convey more of a cocktail-night-out appeal, but will also show most all of the folds, bends, and curves of both the skirt and your body.  If you want a more flirty look, but also something very day friendly, opt for swingy silhouettes, A line skirts, and pleated hems.  This is universally the most flattering for any body type, and transitions the best from day to night.

(photo: Chictopia user - LEANNEWOODFULL)

Lastly, don't be afraid to go wild and bring out your rocker girl flare!  Afterall, it is party season!  Metallic skirts in bold hues pair gorgeously with the toughed out moto jacket and booties.  It takes the glamour of the mini and adds a rich edge that compliments an evening out or a fun night on the town.  

Metallic skirts also pair wonderfully with dark tone tights, so if you're looking for ways to keep your legs warm, that works magic.

What do you think?  Ready to pull out those metallics?  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How To: Soft Lips in the Winter

(photo: naturallyb at onsugar)

It's the scandalous dilemma of the century!  Well, er... at least for the winter time.  Our peckers are peeling, cracked, and crying out for help.

So, yeah, have you noticed how during the fall, and definitely in the wintertime, just like our skin and hair, our lips seem to take a moisture sucked punishment, and start feeling dried out, even sometimes burning?  Did you know there are some simple things you can do about it besides slathering on some Vaseline and looking like your drooling.

And what if you want to wear some lipstick and not have it cave into the wintry crevices formed on said lips?  Here's the simple how to:

First things first, you want to make sure you scrub those smoochers.  Yes, that's right, they need to be exfoliated too.  If you skip this step, you might as well skip them all.  Use an old (clean) toothbrush or a gentle makeup removing towlette and wipe/brush down your lips to remove any dead skin cells that will only make you regret putting on lipstick later.

(photo: EOS)

(photo: naturallyb at onsugar)

Then you want to apply some moisturizing lip balm.  I most definitely prefer one that is all natural, preferably organic.  EOS makes some great ones too, with delicious flavors, but really, whatever you like to use.  Lean towards tubes, bottles or sticks that are self applying, so that you don't have to stick your finger in it to apply, exposing both the balm and your lips to bacteria from your hands.

Then let the balm soak in your lips a few minutes.  I usually do this step before applying my makeup so that it has the entire makeup process to rest and soothe the lips.

(photo: MAC)

Then you can swipe away with your lipstick.  Brush application and liner will go a long way to make the lipstick stay put, and help blend through the balm.  And you should be good to go for all day wear!

You can also dig into a simple DIY lip scrub if that's your preference.  Try mixing a couple soonfuls of olive oil and sugar (brown or white) and apply to lips.  GENTLY massage the mixture on your lips, and then wipe away.  Your lips should feel super soft and ready for the balm.

Have fun!

Posted by:  Spankie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Queen Elizabeth Only Wears One Nail Polish

(photo: Queen Elizabeth II, AFP)

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a photo of Queen Elizabeth II without any gloves on?!  I mean, seriously, I had to SCOUR the internet in efforts to find a photo of her with her bare hands showing, and only then could I come up with this photo above from last year's Christmas message!  Crazy!

Anyhoo.... So news just spread, the royal Queen is a stickler for something consistent.  Her nail polish! Yup, you guessed it.... Queen Elizabeth II only wears 1 nail polish color.  One.  As in, not two or ten, but numero uno!

And what is this magical color, you ask?  Why it's Essie's "Ballet Slippers" of course!  Duh (I kid, I kid).  Yes indeed, her Royal Highness only wears this one particular shade, which is a very faint, pinky-nude tone, sheer, with just ever so much the right amount of coverage.  And why not?  It goes with anything after all!

(photo: Essie)

The Essie brand actually tells the legend that the Queen's coiffeur sent a note to founder Essie Weingarten, requesting a bottle be sent way back in 1989.  It was the only shade she'd wear then, and the only one to grace Her Royal Grace's nails now!  Wow!  

So if you happen to ever actually manage to see her elegant hands apart from a pair of tailored gloves, peep those tips!  They'll be ready for the ballet!

What do you think of the color?

Posted by:  SV

Friday, November 15, 2013

Now You Can Smell Like Pitbull?!

(photo: Robert Sadler Clark)

Well folks, we now officially have endless possibilities when it comes to how we look, feel, act, dress, and of course, smell.  So my question to you today is:  do you want to smell like Pitbull?

Pitbull, aka Armando Perez, is one of those "started from the bottom" celebrities who is  steeped in interesting family history (his mother immigrated to the US as part of the CIA's Operation Peter Pan after opposing Fidel Castro's revolutionary government) who grew up in the tough area of Little Havana in Florida.  He was raised by his mother, a fragrance loving woman, who exposed him to fashion and perfumes.  

(photo: Robert Sadler Clark)

So I supposes it's only natural that his Mr. Worldwide branding would take him to the highly celebritized market of fragrances right?  He's officially introducing his flagship fragrances for both men and women, simply titled "Pitbull."  The woman's fragrance contains top notes of red apples, mandarin, and raspberries, a heart of nectarine blossom, jasmine, and freesia, and bottom notes of amber, vanilla, musk and creamy woods.  

(photo: Robert Sadler Clark)

We think the packaging is pretty sexy compared to others we've seen on the market.  But the true test will be how the fragrance wears on the skin.  So what do you think?  Think you'll go the distance and spritz some Pitbull aroma on yourself?

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Congratulations to this week's winner, Ashley Watson !

Thank you to all who entered our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway. Congratulations to this week's winner, Ashley Watson !  To enter our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway, visit our Facebook and follow the instructions. Link does not work on mobile devices. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence New Pixie Cut Goes Global!

(photo: Zac Hussein / Getty)

Oh Jennifer Lawrence.  Why are you so lovable?  Seriously, she's one of the few down to Earth stars that pretty much everyone adores, she's fiercely talented, and now setting new fashion trends!  Yes folks, this girl is on fire!

You probably heard about Jennifer's new pixie cut a couple weeks back.  I mean, how could you not?! It was splashed around every major fashion site, gossip blog, and practically made the evening news.  And while we loved the bold change to something so dramatically different, we were particularly swept away when she debuted the sleek and sophisticated styling of her new do at the London premiere of her new film "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

(photo: Zac Hussein / Getty)

(photo: Zac Hussein / Getty)

Give that stylist a gold star and a high five, coz her look is absolutely striking, demure, and flawless with her deep scoop backed Dior gown.  For those who may not have been taken with her new cut initially, we ask one question:  does it get any better than this styling of it?!

(photo: Zac Hussein / Getty)

Yes, she looks older, yes she looks mature, and most of all, she still seems like the same humble, fun loving girl pre pixie.  So we say, go Jennifer, go!

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(photo: Zac Hussein / Getty)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Behind The Scenes: November Lookbook

Our newest lookbook is out and hopefully you have had time to check it out! We love fall/winter fashion and we couldn't be more proud of our latest lookbook. Here is the need to know about this month's trends and looks:

Leatherette OuterwearThis season, fashion has fallen hard for the look of leather! Our November lookbook has two great leatherette outerwear pieces; a chic white leatherette bomber great for creating shape over layers and an edgy mixed media black moto jacket.
Operation On Edge Jacket
Tough Manner Jacket
New Grunge:  If you are a bad girl or ever wished you were one, this is your trend this season! Chain details, stud accents, and unique accessories define this look.
New Grunge
Oversized Statement Coat
It's officially cold weather season but that doesn't mean you have to live in jeans. In our Bohemian Season look book we layered our favorite new arrival dress under a statement coat to create a look that is sure to keep you warm and looking hot even into the depths of winter.

Lush Wool Coat
Tell us what you loved about this lookbook and what trends you are excited to try out this season!

Anna Sui's Minnie Mouse Makeup Collection

(photo: Anna Sui)

Ok!  That's it!  We officially can't take it anymore!  And by "it" we mean the cuteness that is this new launch!  Anna Sui has just launched a Minnie Mouse inspired collection, and we're all smitten over the adorable factor at work.

Minnie is no stranger to the glamorous life.  It was just last year that Barney's gave the lovely mouse a couture makeover after all.  And this year, Anna Sui has transcended the animated beauty into a line of nail polish, lip balms, body and hand creams, and gift sets which include mascaras and eye shadows.  

(photo: Anna Sui)
(photo: Anna Sui)

(photo: Anna Sui)

(photo: Anna Sui)

(photo: Anna Sui)

(photo: Anna Sui)

(photo: Anna Sui)

Each item from the collection dons a glamorous image of Miss Minnie doing what she does best: being utterly adorable.  Priced at $50 and under for each item, we're wondering, will you be getting your Minnie look on this holiday season?

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Congratulations to this week's winner, Erica Valenzuela!

Thank you to all who entered our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway. Congratulations to this week's winner, Erica Valenzuela!  To enter our weekly Free Shoes Giveaway, visit our Facebook and follow the instructions. Link does not work on mobile devices. Good luck!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

CMA Awards 2013: What They Wore!

(photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage)

Can you believe another year has already flown by?!?  Seriously... I really don't know how to handle time blowing by like this!  Every year, after Halloween and the CMA Awards happen, I realize, the year is once again coming to a close.  And our favorite country music darlings sure sent it off with a bang!

Draped head to toe in some of the most stunning red carpet gowns we've seen at any of the CMA's of the past, this year held it's own with starlets like Taylor Swift (stunning in that red Elie Saab Couture) and Carrie Underwood (seriously, can she get ANY more gorgeous?!) gliding down country music's biggest red carpet night with pride.

(photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage)

We have some of our picks for favorite, like Miranda Lambert in that amazing cobalt Roberto Cavalli gown, and Kellie Pickler in an elegant Georges Chakra Couture gown.... but who are your favs?  Take a look at some of the best, and tell us who's your pick!

(photo: John Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

(photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage)                               (photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage)

photo: Michael Loccissano/Getty)                               (photo: Larry Busacca/WireImage)

photo:John Kopaloff/FilmMagic)                              (photo: John Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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