Holiday

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‘Tis officially the season for holiday parties, and if you’re looking to make an entrance we’ve got your outfit all sewn up. Stone Cold Fox‘s latest line is exquisite enough to turn the most discerning fashion maven green with envy, a vintage-inspired collection of  designs in laces and silks that beg to be worn. For holiday gatherings we’re pining over their sophisticated Bella jumpsuit or Doutzen dress, paired with the Estrella Belt for a touch of sparkle. New Years is in the bag with the Sedgwick dress, a slinky, shimmery number short enough for its 60’s namesake. As if that wasn’t enough, their collection of robes is sure to send you running for your wallet. Every garment is made with love locally and sourced with the USA, so we couldn’t be happier to see another fabulous #ethicalfashion brand!  Keep scrolling to see how the lovely Tereza wears Stone Cold Fox. 

Shop more Stone Cold Fox here and follow them on Instagram.

Designer & Co Owner- Cydney Morris Website / Instagram

Production Manager & Co Owner – Dallas D’Lyn Wand Website / Instagram

Photographer – Daniel Kincaid Website / Instagram

Makeup & Hair – Stacey Tan Website / Instagram

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer. White tees and denim cutoffs aside, however, the traditional red, white and blue garb can sometimes make us yawn (which is exactly the opposite of the excitement we’re feeling now that barbecues, baseball and binge watching our favorite shows are now part of our schedules again). So what’s a girl to do when she wants to be comfortable enough to win the family flag football match yet cute enough to potentially bump into any non-related guests? You’ll have your answer after seeing how ah-mazing Naty looks for Windsor Store’s American Summer.

This lookbook is basically your new rulebook for how to stay festive while still looking stylish. A classic white dress, for example, is livened up with a wrap-around American flag crochet sweater that doubles as a jacket for post-firework activities. Throw on stars and stripes-style sneaks to round out the look. Not feeling girly? Embrace the tomboy feels with killer cutoffs, suede ankle boots and a fedora for an edgier appeal. And for grand finale-esque style, we’re huge fans of an Army jacket paired with a lace blouse and gladiator sandals. It’s safe to say we’ll be hiding out behind our heart-shaped stars and striped colored glasses all summer long.

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Whether you dream of dining in Dubai, cruising through Cannes or backpacking through Brussels, the first step towards adventure begins in a place closer to home: your suitcase. After all, a trip of a lifetime deserves a wardrobe to match! Despite having a million and a half thoughts of what you might wear while indulging in a Belgium waffle brunch, most of the times these ideas – as fabulous as they might be – don’t actually translate (re: fit) inside your bags. That’s why we’re currently loving these low-maintenance yet ultra-fashionable looks that Zeda recently rocked for BCBG. Most of these items are a cotton blend, meaning they are lightweight and easy to fold. And the best part? You’ll only need one statement shoe that looks equally stunning with each ensemble. Browse through the looks below to see why this collection makes the art of packing seem like a whole new world.

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Long are the days of decorating a shoebox pink and red and anxiously awaiting for it to be filled with your classmate’s (and secret crush’s) Valentines. But even though you may have outgrown those elementary school surprises, the youthful spirit of this holiday can still be incorporated into your -dare we say it- adult celebrations. After all, growing up means getting to do something much more fun and flirty anyways.

We dare you to indulge in what YOU like on the day devoted to L.O.V.E. A fanatic of books? Make a date with an indie bookshop in your town and hide away in a velvet chair reading Nicholas Sparks for hours (just don’t forget to stash a ton Kleenex in your purse). A nature girl? Grab a disposable camera and head to that new hiking trail you’ve been wanting to explore; this old-school option will give you a much needed vacation from your current iPhone camera app while adding in an element of surprise, making it that much more fun to develop later.

Whatever your choosing, this photoshoot by Ericka McConnell starring Khloe will inspire you to tap into your inner-child and fulfill all that your heart desires. Its whimsical, romantic undertones are the perfect backdrop for daydreams of love this Valentine’s Day- whether that means for yourself or a special someone. And if all else fails, that Michael Kors shoebox in your closet could make for a nice D.I.Y. project.

Photographer Ericka McConnell

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Romance isn’t something we typically celebrate in our everyday wardrobe. Between school, work, and brunch with friends, our favorite pair of jeans and a staple jacket usually does the trick. But for those times when life calls for something a bit more daring than our ordinary look – hello, Valentine’s Day – we suddenly find ourselves thrashing through the back of our closets for something different. Maybe it’s the pressure of what we think we’re supposed to look like (e.g. a Victoria’s Secret Angel), rather than what we actually want to feel like. Or, maybe it’s the fact that the pressure to impress seems to accompany most obviously drop-dead sexy style choices. The definition of romance, however, is open to interpretation. Yours, that is!

Throw those painful stilettos and cliché bandage dresses aside: a realistically flirty look should be achieved with soft, flowing and elegantly understated details. Oftentimes we’re dressing for girls, but when it comes to romance that’s in fact not what appeals most to guys. Case in point – guys aren’t looking to hang out with over-the-top Beverly Hills Barbie; they’d rather keep it cool with down-to-earth and effortlessly sexy, Miss Penny Lane. That’s why we’re loving Planet Blue’s recent lookbook chock-filled with soft, romantic options that are subtly suggestive all with the laid back and “au natural” appeal of your favorite white tee, black bra situation that your man loves so much. Let’s face it, we’re all lovestruck for simplicity and comfort.

Known for being the epitome of cool, authentic style, Planet Blue’s Heartbreak Hotel collection carries with it just the right amount of romance that flows perfectly in its own free-spirited way. Tereza looked purely ethereal in the shoot, her stunning looks accentuated with touches of lace and balanced details. A flirty, flowing romper shows off her enviable gams, while the longsleeves conceal and leave something to the imagination. Similarly, an eye-catching Love & Lemons dress brings a romantic dose of red lace, and its sheer sleeves actually achieve a more stand-out style choice than the typical spaghetti strap. And a stunning magenta gown is sealed with a kiss of lace and an intimate surprise: it’s backless.

 Browse the rest of our favorite looks below, and we can just about guarantee it will leave you in the mood for love.

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Picture this: You arrive at your coveted Valentine’s Day destination looking dressed to impress. After hours of glam – including an incident with the curling iron that you’re thankful no one witnessed – you’re feeling 100% on top of the world and ready to conquer the night. Your date has all eyes on you… until he notices a similar red dress clone out of the corner of his eye.

“Hey, isn’t she wearing the same thing as you?”

Your cheeks immediately turn the shade of your M.A.C. ‘Viva Glam’ red lipstick as all your self confidence melts into the bowl of french onion soup in front of you. It’s not even the main course yet and your Valentine’s vibe has already been killed for the night (insert broken-hearted emoji here).

But fear not: V Day 2015 can have a happy ending. We’ve got the solution to keeping this year’s most romantic night a smashing hit all the way through until your chocolate-covered dessert. The secret? Go vintage!

While some might think this translates into hours of searching through thrift store bins in search of a vintage gem, think again. This year, Nasty Gal has done the hard work for us and put together some seriously cool vintage options – all romantic, elegant and most important of all, unique.

No matter what your plans, we’ve created three V-Day scenarios modeled by the gorgeous Sydney Schafer who showed how to knock ‘em dead for each. You have the final say on the look of the evening, but rest assured that these options will leave you the standout star of the night. Xoxo.

 

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It’s always fun to dress in theme, and why not adopt the go big or go home mentality for the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to wear anything pink, red and all things glittery. Try these Vintage Escada Rima Pleated Trousers on for size to add a sizzling pop of red into your daytime look. We also love the Vintage Lagerfeld Vintage Wool Blazer or this Vintage One to Grow on Pencil Skirt for a polished and professional option. To keep things more playful and fun, the Vintage Saint Laurent Lovers’ Swirl Embroidered Top is a fan of ours (and Cupid’s).

 

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Since we brought up Cupid, we’re here to say that you don’t need a date to have fun on Valentine’s Day. It is a #GIRLBOSS world afterall. So save the Ben & Jerry’s + Netflix binge for another night, and throw on one of these dazzling dresses to dance the night away. But to do so, you’ll want this Vintage DKNY Future’s So Bright Racer Back Dress in your closet. For the rock and roll girls, the Vintage Sugar High Leather Dress was made for you. And for those of you who prefer the classic red look, the Vintage Herve Leger Violet Femme Bandage Dress is your go-to, and may even attract the attention of a new romance in your life. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 

Date Night

If you are lucky enough to score a handsome suitor for the evening, arrive in something like this Vintage Paco Rabanne Lady in Red Velvet Dress and your date won’t even need buy you a bouquet of roses (we’ll still expect them, though. Just saying.) With this dress, it’s all in the name: you will be his lady of the evening. And for the hopeless romantics, it doesn’t get much better than the Vintage All Heart Lattice Dress and Vintage Comme de Garcons Tragically Lip Cutout Top, both of which will leave your date’s eyes on you and you alone long past the main course.

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Come midnight on December 25th, we’ve officially maxed out on the yuletide cheer. Between (almost) overdosing on sugar cookies and taking one too many pictures in ugly Christmas sweaters, the last thing we want to do is figure out what to wear on New Year’s Eve. But you’re in luck: with the help of Necessary Clothing and our girl Greta, we’ve rounded up some fabulous options for you to rock on glitziest night of the year. so you can now spend more of your precious holiday vacation moments sleeping in (a.k.a dodging out-of-town relatives who’ve well-overstayed their visit).

New Year’s Eve is the one day of the year where the more sparkles you have, the better. If you want to shimmer your way through the night, look no further than the Bex Bandage Dress and Ariana Sequin Dress – two dazzling options that will be sure to keep your date’s eyes on you. Both pair well with neutral accessories: simple jewelry and nude or black heels are a nice balance to the show-stopping dress.

If your style preferences lean towards “less is more,” we’ve got you covered. The LBD is a chic look any time of year, and New Year’s is the perfect opportunity to give it a twist. We love the Iris Lace Maxi Dress and the Sunrise Lace Dress for an elegant alternative –but equally stunning — option to a sparkly frock.

For the bold of heart, what better way to say “I’m different” (2 Chainz voice) than wearing a pair of killer bottoms to your soiree of choice. These dressy sweatpants are a dream come true for those who crave something comfy-cozy. Pair them with a fun faux-fur vest and simple top for the perfect party look. If you’re more in the mood to show off those new shoes Santa got you, try on these glam shorts – perfect for dancing the night away.

Wherever life takes you this New Year’s Eve, know that you’ll be well-dressed (and well-prepared) for those Instagram photo shoots. Happy 2015!

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This article reposted from Byrdie.com.

“When it comes holiday party beauty, your options are endless, but we like to think the most festive look involves luminous skin, glimmering eyes, and a statement lip. Sound like too much? We can assure you it’s not. With the expert guidance of celeb makeup artist Lauren Andersen, you can easily pull off this memorable beauty look. Keep reading for the step-by-step tutorial!

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Before

The look calls for radiant skin, so choose a luminous foundation and go easy on the face powder.

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Step One: Amber Eye Shadow

Use a small flat brush to press an amber gold eye shadow into your lid.

Apply it all over, and then carry the shadow down along your lower lash line.

We’re using the copper shade from Kevyn Aucoin’s The Eyeshadow Duo in 204.

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Step Two: Garnet Eye Shadow

Smoke out the eye shadow with a darker shade in the outer corners and along the lash line.

We’re using Garnet from Lorac’s Pro Palette.

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Step Three: Eyeliner

Define your eyes by smudging brown eyeliner into your upper lash line, concentrating on the outer corners.

To add a bit of drama, line your waterline with a rich brown eye pencil.

To make sure it stays in place all night long, use a waterproof formula like this Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey.

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Step Four: Soft Pink Blush

For the cheeks, apply a generous dusting of a pale pinky-peach blush.

We’re using Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Innocence.

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Step Five: Oxblood Lipstick

The finishing touch? A statement lip.

Choose a warm, deep red like oxblood to complement the golden look.

Andersen recommends applying dark colors like this Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipstick in Bold Bordeaux with a lip brush for better control.

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Done!

Add a fresh coat of mascara before you head out the door, and you’ll be holiday party-ready!”

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Photographer – Justin Coit WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Makeup Artist – Lauren Andersen WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Hairstylist – Gregory Russell
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Manicurist – Barbara Warner
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Producer – Jenna Peffley

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Fashion credit: Kristinit Velvet Nina Dress

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This article originally posted on refinery29.com.

How NOT To Be Awkward At Parties: 6 Outfits That Save The Day

“Claiming that we’re “awkward” is probably our go-to way to self-deprecate. It’s simply because we’ve all been that girl — the one who’s holding so many hors d’oeuvres she doesn’t have a spare limb to shake a stranger’s hand. Or, the one who can’t walk across a room without spilling her beverage, and for whom the term “small talk” makes her wince. And, this time of year — the Olympics of social gatherings — our graces are really put to the test.

Well, we’re putting our hard-learned lessons to better use: helping you navigate the holiday party circuit with a few clever style solutions. Yes, your outfit can help. There are accessories so cool they’re automatic icebreakers, clothes that will hide a margarita dribble, and other precautionary measures that are so much more than fancy and festive. Read on and ease those nerves, party girl.

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The Smooth Mover

Let’s kick it off with the simplest of soiree-snafu solutions: The pretty party flats.

If you’re not the heel-wearing kind of girl during the day, there’s no pressure to step outside your comfort zone come playtime.

Plus, take into consideration what the night could have in store:

Will you be strolling from one shindig to the next? Will there even be anywhere to sit?

If you foresee yourself being the girl who’s hobbling around unhappily, a grounded pair of party shoes —

think metallic cap toes, glittery fabrics, bold colors — will be your sole mate.

Nasty Gal Great Escape Jacquard Trench

Tanya Taylor ‘Toto’ Oversized Plaid Turtleneck Sweater

Nasty Gal Collection Rapture High-Waisted Trouser

H&M Tassel Earring

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The Spiller

You can hardly finish a cocktail or pop a few apps into your mouth without the evidence showing up on your clothes.

While your dry cleaner may love you for it, being a messy eater isn’t so great for soft, solid colors or, ya know, Instagram.

If you’re a chronic spiller, opt for busy prints that will hide any drops or smears.

And, for those who expect to be around a more rambunctious crowd,

look to incorporate easy-to-clean-up materials like patent leather or even a bit of PVC.

Nass Boutique Top

 Issa Jacket

Orla Kiely Flower Power Jacquard Pleated Skirt

Jennifer Chun Plastic Skirt

Holst+Lee Coquette Bracelets

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The Dancing Queen

When the DJ finally plays your jam, all bets are off.

Arms and legs are a-flailing, your shimmy is next-level, and the old “dance like no one’s watching” trope becomes a bit too true.

And, while short or loose hems may lead to accidental flashing, more importantly,

you’d rather not be the girl who’s wiggling uncomfortably in a look not made for dancing.

Break out the jewel-encrusted party pants that won’t keep you awkwardly bouncing at the mercy of your dress.

H&M Pants and Top

Risto Sweater

René Caovilla Heels

Pushmataaha Rings

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The Wallflower

You’re the friend-of-the-friend’s +1, and you can’t remember the name of the only other familiar person in the room.

While it may seem safe to comment on the weather, it’s also kind of a snooze.

If you’re not a lover of small talk, come equipped with an instant icebreaker

in the form of statement jewelry, especially placed near your face.

Trust: If there’s a pretty, sparkly object looking back at them,

your new friends will likely remark and you can lead the convo from there.

It’s so much better than bonding over the Polar Vortex.

Holst+Lee Creatures of Comfort Necklace

Lulu Frost Rita Mesh Necklace

DKNY Silk Dress with Sequins

Fortune and Frame Rings

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The Free-Hander

It’s easy to spot a fellow awkward girl by looking at her hands.

They’re a bit fidgety; they move from a countertop to her hip, now back to the countertop, and then…err, no, play with your hair!

Some of you may choose to cling to a beverage, milking it for the duration of the evening.

But, we prefer a practical fashion solution: the pocketed party dress.

Not only do the side details add dimension to the design, they also serve as the perfect little safety nook for jittery digits.

Jennifer Chun Dress

Rachel Zoe Sleeveless Fringe Shift Dress

Ruthie Davis Parrot Heels

Fortune and Frame Earcuff

Rue Gembon Winter Necklace

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The Nosher

Let’s just say we’re not the kind of guests who pass up the cheese platter.

Can you dip it? Is it wrapped in prosciutto? We’re in.

Naturally, the foodies of the fête will have a hard time balancing a clutch and soon find themselves

totally out of spare hands when it’s time to shake someone else’s or return a text.

In this case, crossbody carryalls with easy-to-open compartments are key.

You have friends to meet and canapés to indulge in — think of your priorities.”

Zana Bayne Handbag

H&M Dress

Fortune and Frame Bracelets

Pushmataaha Rings

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This article is reposted from Refinery29.com and written by Gina Marinelli.

Photographer – Aaron Richter WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Stylist – Jessie Tate TUMBLR / INSTAGRAM

Hair / Makeup – Tiffany Patton WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

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