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We Love Our Moms Gift Ideas

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We love our moms! From the very beginning they have been there for us, taught us, picked us up when we were down.  So this year we’re thinking about something special for mom!

Here are four of our favorite B & B Style Mother’s Day picks for every kind of mom.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Gloss Volupte, $32

YSL’s new Gloss Volupte is deeply saturated with color and provides the perfect amount of shine (without the slightest hint of stickiness). The lip-shaped applicator is both adorable and functional, helping provide even coverage to create a full, utterly kissable pout.

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN clutch, $795

The “Loubibow” clutch is the ultimate Louboutin evening accessory. The over-sized bow, made by hand in the Paris atelier, pays homage to French couture while also making a modern statement.

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 BYREDO PARFUMS Burning Rose Candle, $95

The deep smell of rose absolute combined with a smokey woody character evokes a unique and unusual emotion. Burning Rose is available in a custom hand painted glass and a collector’s edition ‘XO’ packaging.

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 DEL CONTE 5 X 7 Sterling Sahara Frame, $265.

Sterling silver Sahara frame with contour line detail, faux wood grain back and stand.

-Kathryn, The Blonde Contributor

Proenzer Schouler’s Cool New MAC Makeup Line

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They’ve said “It’s not your mother’s lipstick,” and we couldn’t agree more.  The coolest designers we know, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenzer Schouler, have just entered the beauty game with a namesake limited edition collection.  Known for their down right amazing clothes and brilliant brush stokes of color, their new MAC Proenza Schouler limited-edition collection and stunning packaging taps into the same ethos.

Hernandez and McCoullugh didn’t mince words when they explained, the new line is meant to be worn the same way as they send their models down the runway. Slightly “undone, not all together. ” So take your pick.  If you’ve got something going on with your hair, go with just the eyeliner, the ombre blush or one of their lusciously strong lip colors.

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Announced last September during New York Fashion Week, the collaboration arrived in-store and online yesterday. The line consists of four Lipsticks ($22) (two pink, a poppy red, and a vampy berry), four Nail Polishes (a pale nude, plum, a ‘nocturenell’ black, and electric coral) $17.50, two bright Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21) in a pink and orange red cream, two bold Blush Ombres ($30) in pink coral and vivid orange blushes, and a Pro Longwear Eyeliner ($21) in either ‘black ice’ or ‘rich experience’ brown. Their Brush ($38.50) is also a must investment.

By the way, if you haven’t guessed it by now, pinks and corals are the go-to colors this summer. The duo emphasized, they “see this makeup with one of their jackets and a pair of jeans, so it feels more balanced.” We like their style.

With Love From LA,

Astrid Bryan & NJ Goldston, The Brunette

The Perfect Pair: Six Essie Encrusted Polishes For Brides!

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Princess gowns, lace, touches of blue and voluminous skirts are very much in the bridal fashion news these days.  The message. Traditional gowns and diamond tress tamers are still going strong with in demand designers from Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, to Carolina Herrera.  However, with wedding season just around the corner, we thought these six stunning shades from the  Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection seemed liked the perfect way to add the finishing touch to any bridal or bridesmaid’s vision for her day.

Originally designed to bring a new dimension of glamour to evening looks from beaded gowns to spectacular jeweled accessories, we decided to get creative and actually match them with wedding day looks.

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Wouldn’t you agree? It seems like the perfect touch for your special day.

xo

NJ, The Brunette & Lauren, The Blondette

 

 

In Beverly Hills Everything is CHIC, Even Easter!

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In Beverly Hills, EVERYTHING is over the top! So naturally Easter is a big deal in this town. Not only is it a national holiday meant to be spent with family and loved ones, but it’s also the perfect excuse to bust out some of your pastels & have a little fun with this Holiday! From the nails, to the table settings, everything is Easter chic!

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From the entire B & B Team

Have a GREAT EASTER!!

 

Polish Up! Côte Debuts Luxurious “Five-Free” Vegan Laquers & Brentwood Salon

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We’re beauty nuts. Naturally, we just had to get the scoop and quickly said “yes” to attending last week’s exclusive launch party for côte. It turns out the new home & body goods flagship nail care salon in Brentwood, California is much more than a nail salon, or your typical mani/pedi stop; it’s also a shop, offering a 109-piece collection of  beautifully colored “five-free” vegan polishes (aka free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin). Translation.  Each one is vegan, and does not contain any of the harsh chemicals contained in normal polishes.  The best news. If you don’t live in LA, all the colors are also available online!

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It was a fun evening as Founders Mary Lennon and Leah Yari welcomed us while explaining that the shop’s vibe is a mix of “California beach lifestyle with a hint of Southern France.” We soon discovered, after a macaroon sampling, and a glass of rosè  (naturally), the five indoor stations and six outdoor stations, all LA-made and all offering four safe treatments: Luxe ($35 manicure/$45 pedicure), Classic ($20 manicure/$26 pedicure), Petit for kids ($12 manicure/$16 pedicure) and a Hot Stone Foot Massage ($45 for 30 minutes). Bonus: each station includes an iPad for “a smudge-free entertainment experience.”

Then is it was time to get started.  We settled in for our turns and had the most luxurious manicure and the hardest time selecting a polish. We then headed down the hall, past the manicure stations, and ended up in an outside patio oasis! It was the perfect place to hang out whilst letting our polish dry!

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Once dry, we were ready to explore the shop! In addition to the incredible variety of  côte nail color options, their store is brimming with must-have buys! From adorable little succulent teasers, to delicate jewelry, there was something in here for everyone!

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Alas, it was time to go, but not before they gifted us with a trio of polishes including côte’s signature coral, “No.1,” a chic grey “No. 102” and côte  strengthening base and top coat, as well as côte’s exclusive travel vial for a quick, convenient touch ups on the go to extend the life of future manicures. What a brilliant idea. Why didn’t someone think of it sooner.

If you’re in the area, stop on in for a visit! côte salon/11714 San Vicente Blvd./Los Angeles, CA 90049/ (310) 820-0906

Côte gives a new meaning to your au’ natural beauty regime!

Xx. Jadan Huter & NJ Goldston, The Brunette

 

Get Naked. Get Dirty. Get Rough. Get Clean.

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So what is it? Frank is an all natural coffee scrub for your body. It is an exfoliator that targets skin conditions such as cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, varicose veins, acne, and psoriasis, and it actually REALLY works! It is made with fresh arabica coffee grinds, sweet almond, orange, and lots of other natural ingredients!

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Here’s the scoop. Pun intended. Coffee grinds are incredibly beneficial for your skin. When caffeine is applied topically, it stimulates blood-flow and circulation. This helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, as well as the coffee grinds themselves are a natural exfoliate helping rid your body of dry skin. The brown sugar and sea salt help smooth out any unwanted bumps, the almond oil works to moisturize and tone your skin, and the vitamins and minerals work wonders from the outside in! So yummy!

Guess what?! You’ve also discovered Frank JUST in time for their INCREDIBLE giveaway!

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Instead of Will Wonka’s Golden Ticket.  Find The // GOLDEN FRANK // !

How to win:

This month, Frank swapped his brown paper bag for a shiny gold one. It will be shipped at random to a lucky ‘frankfurt’ who buys a Frank scrub during the month of April. It could be at the beginning of the month or, it could be at the end. Nobody knows, but the more packs you buy the higher your chance of winning is. If you find the golden Frank, you’ll win the ultimate babe’s trip to BALI! Yes! You read that correctly.

What you & your best babe friend will get :

x 2 Return flights to Bali
x 7 Nights accommodation for 2
$1000 spending money
Hotel transfers
Spa treatment for 2
A babe’n Triangl bikini for each of you. 

Happy scrubbing!

To purchase : 14.95 for original or 17.95 for the Coconut & Grapeseed. FrankBody 

Get naked. Get dirty. Get rough. Get clean.

Xx. Jadan Huter

Barneys’ The Window Features NJ Goldston, The Brunette

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Barneys New York recently caught up with NJ Goldston, our stylish, globe-trotting Brunette, for their April ‘The Window’ feature.  Always up to a fashion Q & A challenge, NJ revealed details about her personal aesthetic, the top five fashion rules she lives by, and some of her must-have picks for Spring.  To read  all about it and maybe grab one of her musts or lusts , check out The Window or some of their sporty Spring styles at Barneys New York.

With Love From LA,

The Blonde & The Brunette Team

 

Emoji’s On Your Toes?

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It’s a fact, everyone with an iPhone has a favorite emoji, or maybe even a top five. That little cheer team that you put under every Instagram photo, the classic kissy face in reply to a sweet text, or the heart eyed kitty cat when you see something you love. They basically express your emotions for you, without you having to use words. Now, instead of keeping these emotions locked up on a keypad, you can wear these emotions or rather… emoji’s, on your toes!

Wondering who put this clever collab together? The Miami-based shoe pros Del Toro have done it again by teaming up with Moda Operandi for an exclusive summer 2014 pre-order.

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 If you missed the exclusive online Trunk Show, we thought we would give you one last chance to order. Reach out to Moda Operandi stylist Rachel Bowens and let her know which pair makes you oh so emotional.

Xx. NJ Goldston, The Brunette & Jadan Huter


Take a Peak Inside: Our April Glossybox Review

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Confession: The Blonde and The Brunette are suckers for beauty subscriptions. No one necessarily NEEDS a monthly delivery filled with surprise beauty and make-up products, but everyone loves a monthly treat in the mail! Glossybox is one of our favorites! It’s a beautifully packaged subscription box. You never know what your getting each month and that’s half the fun.

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When my April Glossybox arrived,  I immediately noticed a very strong smell! It was the Alex and Ani soap bar! Loved it.  It’s a strong scent that is neither feminine nor masculine. There’s a secret. The scent was created “with the four elemental energies of earth, air, fire and water” and is suppose to encourage “emotional balance along with a sense of ease and comfort to the body and mind.

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The next thing I immediately spotted was the cute little coral Nails Inc. mini polish. I’m a sucker for bright polish, and it’s perfect for spring! And yes, coral is the color this Spring.

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Next in line, was the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand. Works like a charm on my thick head of hair!

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One of my favorite goodies was the Paris Black Rose Cream Mask. I had heard about this very high-end mask, and was so excited to try it! Indeed, It smelled like roses. Rose oil is very expensive, and incredible for the skin!

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Next up, the Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel. This isn’t a product I would have likely found on my own. It did get rid of the chapped skin on my lips. It contains some of those exfoliating bead things, which is quite an interesting feel for your lips!

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Lastly, the BONUS ITEM – Alex and Ani Charm Bangle. This was a special extra this month. I love that they included a jewelry item!

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The box is $21/month, and TOTALLY worth the fun!

Check it out for yourself, HERE!

Xx. Jadan Huter

Weekend One: Inside Coachella 2014 Street & Celeb Style

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 Our intrepid B & B team was behind the scenes at Coachella.  We just had to share the celebrity style, exclusive parties, and the best of the street style looks. There’s nothing like living in California and a hot music filled day or night in the desert. So pull out your cutoffs, fringe bag, anything white, black and athletic, summer booties, a caftan, or your floral head band and you’ll be ready for next weekend. Remember, the fashion rule is the crazier the better. 

We’ll quickly break it down.  The Alexander Wang x H & M  party ruled for the explosion of confetti to announce their upcoming collab, out right fun, and party goers from Chanel Iman with ASAP Rocky, Katy Perry (almost unrecognizable in the rainbow hair theme that seemed to be everywhere), to a very, very slender Kate BosworthEmmy Rossum, Performer Iggy Azalea and Fergie. Bosworth had a firm grip on her Valentino Capricorn astrological fringed clutch. Hello, a week ago, I said we’d be see it make its way on to many a celebs wrist pronto.

Other great parties included lots of PYT’s hanging poolside at the Ingelside Inn. Katy Perry was there too! Julianne Hough hosting a gaggle of great gals at the Harper’s Bazaar luncheon including, you guessed it, Katy Perry, plus Katherine McPhee. Rail thin Jordana Dunn looked stunning at the StyleCaster + UGG party . We especially loved the iridescent Sparkle I Do UGG’s on DJ Chloe Norgaard and the crazy assortment of sunglasses and hair-do’s.

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all photos: Angela Pham BFAnyc.com/Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com/Billy Farrell /BFAnyc.com

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We can’t wait to see what next weekend brings.

With Love From Coachella, NJ Goldston, Lauren Cheek & The B & B Crew

 

 

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