The Blonde & The Brunette |

Flaunt Me Eyeshadows!

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Why let your cheeks and lips have all the fun? Right. The ever clever and innovative make-up king Vincent Longo, has just introduced a gorgeous Starlet Gel Eye Stain.  I’d never heard of it so I was more than game to try it. Wow. It’s really a game changer.

The way it works is soft, delicate pearls are suspended in an innovative gel texture for the eyes.  The formula applies like a sheer wash of buildable color across your lid.  Wait about 60 seconds and reapply until you achieve your desired level of of color. The more you add, the more drama you get.

It comes in Ambrosia Mist (a fancy name for lavender mauve), Chartruese Veil (a golden green shimmer), Ginger Lily (a copper shimmer I love on blondes), Mink Dream (a malt brown that looks great on brunettes) and Starlet Blue which may be my personal favorite.

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  One last beauty tip. Swipe it across your lids and dab with your fingers but be warned it can stain your fingertips a bit.  I was fine with that or just gently use the applicator tip.  Just have fun with it. It’s a great party favor too.  Starlet Eye Gel Stains. They really last. Thanks Vincent.

xo

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

 

The Star Spangled Emmy’s Red Carpet

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So the annual 66th Emmy Awards happened last night, and it was the talk of the town. It was a star spangled night as red and white ruled the roost with stunning navy’s adding just as much drama. Black, which is typically a Red Carpet no-no, looked smashing on Lizzy Caplan, Debra Messing, Jessica Paré, and Julianne Margulies.

Key trends included sexy gowns that played off svelte waist’s (and I’m going to add even more sit-ups to my workout routine because I love this look) with daring cut-outs, sheer paneling, and  lace details often paired with bold jeweled bracelets. Honestly, there really wasn’t a misstep except for Lena Dunham. More on that in a minute.

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Red turned out to be the color of the night but once again Lena Dunham went with more versus less. Many in teh media even calling her an “over-baked cupcake.”That’s too bad as Valli is normally one of my favorite designers. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Sarah Hyland got it so right. The slightly revealing midriff with a ball gown skirt and clean lines was sheer perfection plus age appropriate.

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 Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is never a miss,went with a slinky, form-fitting Carolina Herrera with a super sexy back.  Stunning. What more can we say.

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Whites were equally exquisite and the variety from numerous designers played out beautifully on this bevvy of celebs. The different necklines and draping made each gown sexy and equally unique.

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However, our vote goes to Sofia Vergara for looking breath-taking (as usual) in her body hugging Roberto Cavalli gown. While Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox, both from Orange is the New Black, both looked beautiful with their simple swept back hair.

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We also loved the blues but Julia Roberts wore one of my all time favorite dresses – ever. When you have legs like that, why not show them off with a plunging neckline and a flirty skirt? This Elie Saab is sheer perfection.

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It’s no secret I’m a Prada fan and I love this daring orange number on Kerry Washington with the black jeweled underskirt and sequined trim. This may be a tie for my personal favorite but I always go for fashion forward. Camila Alves can also do no wrong. The hair the body, the everything.

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Photo on left : courtesy of Lanvin. All other photos : courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Finally, I just love, love Lizzy Caplan in the the Donna Karan Atelier and wish that number was in my closet and and I had somewhere to wear it. I’d say, it was a win-win. One of our favorite Red Carpets in a a long time.

With Love From Hollywood,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette, David Soriano and Lauren Cheek

 

Essie’s Exclusive Emmy Suite at SOHO House

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It’s that time of year again when Hollywood is gearing up for award season and it’s official when Essie launches their by invitation only Emmy suite. Lucky us. We made the list again this year. This time actresses and bloggers made their way to the ultra-exclusive SOHO in Hollywood  to indulge in custom manicures and the the new line-up of Fall 2014 colors.

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You know our friends at Essie. They nailed the colors that are perfect for this Fall trends. Just released, the color palette is subtle neutrals, ranging from a dark navy blue called Style Cartelto a light grey (our favorite because grey is the new black) called Take it Outside, and The Perfect Cover Up that goes with all the aubergines for Fall.

Inspired by “feminine mystique” and criminal noir (which I think means some interesting things after the sun goes down and getting into a bit of trouble after dark),  the six polishes that grabbed are attention are “Partner in Crime” (a rich, dark chocolate), “Fall in Line” (the perfect jade green), “Style Cartel” (a striking cobalt blue), “Dress to Kilt” (seductive red and I love it with tartans), “The Perfect Cover Up” (peacock teal), “Take it Outside” (a very fresh taupe).

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Once inside, Essie had a fully staffed mani station, where guests where given one of a kind designs of their choice and a professional fashion illustrator drew guests. That was fun as everyone compared their sketches. Naturally the line-up of the new it colors for this coming season were on display. I choose Take it Outside and NJ went with Fall in Line (of course!).

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The most fun will be tonight as we checkout the Red Carpet and try and guess which Essie color is on which celebrity. Essie’s fall colors

xo,

-Lauren, The Blondette

Pantone’s Official Colors for Fall

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It’s in! Every year Pantone releases their official colors for the season. Now, with Fall just around the corner we draw inspiration from these subtle, but vibrate shades as we implement them into our everyday Fall wardrobes.

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Pantone’s collection of colors, start with the exotic shade of Sangria, a red that evokes a sense of glamor and adventures, along with Aurora Red, a more sophisticated shade – both in which are perfect to try with a bold jacket or just as a pop of color.

The “grown-up reds” are then followed by two very different purples. Mauve Mist, a romantic and elegant shade of purple, and Radiant Orchid, a captivating and bold shade.

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The collection’s other shades are followed by, Bright Cobalt which offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt, and we predict going to be used quite often this up-coming season. Pair with a bold Misted Yellow piece, and style with black booties or pumps.

B&B Style Tip: Pair Bright Cobalt with Sangria and Cypress, or Royal Blue with Mauve Mist and Aluminum, for a subtle palette perfect for Fall. 

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With this strong color palette to inspire us for Fall, there are endless possibilities.

xo,
-Lauren, The Blondette

Erin Wassen : Unapologetically Blunt

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 After weeks of teasing us on Instagram, LA model, designer, & iconic T-shirt and jeans kind of gal Erin Wasson has finally unveiled her mystery project: a line of T-shirts and stickers! Who better than this natural born leader to come out with a line of t’s featuring an assortment of unapologetic blunt phrases!

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Tees are $65 and come in six styles and stickers are $3 a pop! You can get each one in either black with white font or white with black font. Rebellious expressions include “Ignore the It Girl”, “Nobody Cares”, and “I’m Wearing Black Until They Make Something Blacker.” Everyone in our office NEEDS that last one!

Shop them at Erin Wasson.

Xx. Jadan Huter

Don’t Travel Without These!

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OK. Summer is winding down but not over. So if you’ve got that long-awaited vaca coming or the long holiday weekend coming up, these fashion and beauty must-haves need to make it into your suitcase. Here are some of our Travel Beauty Essentials (which are basically good all year long) from the perfect foundation to our favorite waterproof mascara:

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Mara Hoffman X Anthropologie

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If you’ve been looking to add some life to your home or for your dorm, look no further! Mara Hoffman for Anthropologie home decor designs, filled with complex prints, are exactly what you have been looking for! This collaboration is what dreams are made of and just debuted!

I’ve always been a big believer in color pops. A simple pop of color goes a long way to liven up a rather dull space!

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Mara’s first home collection personifies her already eccentric style using staple patterns and images. The rug, the chair, the sheets, I’m seeing mysticism and nature shine through heavily in this collection! The designer shared that it was really fun and interesting to break things down and make her prints readily approachable for this home collection. We’d have to say she did an exceptional job, just like the rest of her endeavors.

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Your summer beauty rest is just got…really beautiful!

Xx Jadan Huter

The Hottest Clutch In The World: Louis Vuitton’s Petite Malle Trunk

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 I am obsessed with it. Obsessed. Remember how I was actually at the show in Paris and these beauties marched down the runaway? The LV team mined the archives and came up with this brilliant clutch aptly name the Petite Malle Trunk.  A new classic, it’s actually  based on a famous trunk from the turn of the century with three tiny x’s (or kisses) on each one. The original trunk was even in the atelier when they introduced the bags.

Well, the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Trunk is just hit LV Boutiques. OK. Sort of. You had to place an order during the trunk show (pun intended) and the limit is one per customer. But a girl can dream, so I am throwing up photos of all the choices. If you could, which one would you pick? I’ve marked mine. And yeah, I had to show them over and over from every angle plus on some of the celebs (who were lucky to have them at or right after the show). Obsessed. Obsessed. Obsessed.

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I also can’t resist sharing a few of the scrumptious details.  Bags can be used as a cross body shoulder bag or clutch. The trim is created in epi leather, crocodile and metal hardware.  The bag opens from the top, making the front key an integral part of the design. There’s lots of choices. You can go traditional with the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene, the Monogram or the Epi leather which comes in Rouge, Noir, Blanc, Rose, Orange (maybe not as it may have just been for the runway), Gold and Argent.  However, my personal favorites are the gold and argent combo, the rouge, black  and white. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

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If you didn’t know, but maybe you do, fashion houses seed the audience to start the frenzy. Lucky Natalia Vidianova and muse Jennifer Connelly. They had their Petit Malle’s from Day 1.

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 If you’re feeling as desperate as me, find a Louis Vuitton Boutique in your area and put your name on the list. If you’re in LA, ask for Nadine at The Rodeo Drive Boutique in Beverly Hills and tell her NJ sent you! I spotted a single rouge Petite Malle there yesterday. Good luck.

With LV Kisses From LA,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Emporio Armani’s Pharrell Effect Bowler Hat

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 It was just a matter of time before the “Pharrell Effect” hit the fashion runways and we’re loving it. What is it and by the way it’s almost sold out? Well, it’s the Emporio Armani Felt Bowler Hat that’s made every Fashion Editor and Stylists’ must have list along with mine. Yesterday this statement piece even made it’s way on to the Teen Vogue cover, modeled by Kendall Jenner, along with the cover of L’Officiel (with more pics about to debut in the September issue of Vogue).  Basically, you’ll be seeing it everywhere.!

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I do have to tip my hat and say I called this back in May.  Drumroll.  I spotted this gem months ago (right after The MET Gala) during my visit at the  New York City Armani showroom. As a special thank you, the hat of  my dreams  just turned up at my office today courtesy of Emporio Armani. All I an say is OMG ! OMG! OMG!

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Style tip: Now, one more tidbit. Mr. Armani is so clever he actually named his Fall Emporio Armani 2014 runway show Al Momento or “Of The Moment”, and, that’s just what it is. Of the moment and in the moment. I am sure this chapeau will spark a million knockoffs. So if this Bowler lands on your head, be sure to pair it with a minimal menswear look in monochromatic tones and big, bold brows.

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Life, Love & Lingerie

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Soooooo LA and it’s getting close to the weekend! We thought we would clue you in first. We found  a new, contemporary lingerie line that encompasses what we call “wearable sexy”  into each and every one of their handmade pieces. With a clever play on the words for Life & Love  (just reversed continental style), the Vie Amor collection ranges from custom robes, to one-of-a-kind tops & teddies, all made out of 100% silk.

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The designer and founder of the line, Shandel Miranda, told us she “wanted to create something special that offers luxury, comfort and originality.” Bingo. Mission accomplished.   We especially adore all the sexy pajama shorts with matching tops. Your significant other will too.

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