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Can You Smell Vacation?

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Whether you are traveling this summer or not, the smell of being on a beach vacation is unforgettable. One of our favorite and oh-so stylish celeb favorites, Joy Bryant, gave us a Hollywood insider tip on how to take a fragrance journey around the world, from Hawaii to the Mediterranean by introducing us to the Leilani Bishop line.  A native of Hawaii and a top model who’s graced the cover of  Allure and walked the runways of Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria’s Secret , Leilani returned to her roots, after the birth of her son, to create single-note fragrance oils. Each one captures the essence of the most inspiring vacations we have ever been on or we can imagine!

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Depending on your mood , you can select from the full bodied, soothing, Lilac, go for the tangy scent of the Orange Blossom, or try our personal favorite, the intoxicating “Hawaiian Jasmine” Pikake scent. The smell of this famed, tiny white Hawaiian blossom is sweet and musky, laced with the fragrance of the Islands. Aloha! 

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We’ve also got a few tips for the perfect application:

 1: For best results, apply in the morning after having showered.

2: Begin by applying the oil to the backs of your knees, your wrists, and the bends of your elbows.

3: Moving upward, apply oil to the decolletage, throat, and lastly behind your ear lobes.

4: In alcohol-based perfumes, the fragrance bouquet bursts and then quickly evaporates from the skin only lasting 2-3 hours. These fragrance oils are alcohol-free, so it may take a minute or two for the slowly warming scent to emit its full bouquet. However, it is well worth the wait since the fragrance will last longer on your skin.

Shop the entire Leilani Bishop Collection here. Whether you’re in a lilac, orange blossom, or pikake kind of mood: each fragrance is really just for you, and of course, whoever you choose to let get that close to you to smell it.

-Kathryn, The Blonde Contributor

New Heights. Christian Louboutin Nail Polish Is Here!!!

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You might just want to get on the pre-order list right now. Today. If you can’t afford a pair of Loubie’s than you can surely afford to indulge in the next best thing. The most extravagant red nail lacquer in the world.  You guessed it. Famed footwear designer and beauty enthusiast Chrisitan Louboutin has women all over the world in a frenzy with the highly-anticipated launch of his luxury nail polish line. Think red soles for your fingertips. Rouge Louboutin, the first of his lacquers, is here for pre-orders soon to be followed by 30 colors due to hit retailers in August. We just clicked our heels with excitement. Read on to see the full line. The whole beauty world is swooning over it and so are we.

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Naturally this just had to be the inspiration for the line. From the inside of the towering seven-inch calligraphy-inspired cap peeks out a flash of red—an echo of the color of the iconic sole. Modeled after the heel of the Ballerina ULTIMA, the highest heel Christian Louboutin ever designed, and perfectly weighted to ensure the utmost ergonomic comfort and control. Can’t you just see this work of art sitting on your vanity?

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Monsieur Louboutin’s idea was not just to create beauty products; he wanted to push the unprecedented limits of packaging, formula and colors. The goal: create true “objets d’art“. Well he surely did. The first release in his new line is the aptly named Rouge Louboutin with an ombré effect. 
It starts with intense black and graduates to the signature red of Louboutin’s trademarked soles. Nothing was overlooked. This luxury lacquer is encapsulated in a prismatic crystal bottle with a pointed cap that evokes the designer’s iconic 8-inch heel, the Ballerina Ultima. As the master himself stated, “The ultimate goal of the nail colour was to evoke shiny lacquer imprisoned in a piece of faceted crystal.”

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He didn’t stop with the rouge. Oh no. He started with it and then Loubotin’s team worked with leather and fabric samples unique to the brand to create the full palette of a stunning line. To showcase them, Christian Louboutin artfully designed three distinct groups; The Pops, The Noirs and The Nudes. Once chosen, shades were then perfected to complement different skin tones. With each grouping he cleverly adapted the caps going from shiny for the colors that literally “POP” to a gold tone cap for The Nudes to gunmetal for the alluring Noirs.

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The eye-catching silver cap of The Pops Pallette takes a back seat to highlight the rainbow of bright colors.

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The rose gold cap of The Nudes emphasizes the delicate and varying nude and soft tones of this delicious palette.

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Beyond sexy. Louboutin chose a gunmetal cap to best showcase these deep, his highly-pigmented jeweled tone shades for The Noirs.The thirty additional colors, all inspired by the iconic shoes, hit shelves on August 31st. You might just want to get on the wait list right now. Available at Sephora and Saks .

Love Loubie Lovers,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette & Astrid Bryan

Fall For The Bomber Jacket

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While America’s servicemen are probably not as preoccupied with fashion as yourself, it is so impressive to see how much the military is constantly influencing the fashion world. Pilot uniforms, in particular, which served as quite the fashion inspiration after Tom Cruise’s extremely memorable Top Gun performance. From aviator sunglasses to my personal favorite, the bomber jacket.

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The bomber jacket has become a ubiquitous wardrobe staple, recently seen arriving down runways in every print possible. From high-fashion to affordable, from gender to gender, I don’t see it going anywhere any time soon.

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 If you’re an LA girl, it’s our go-to sassy layering piece with jeans or draped over the shoulders in that Charlize Theron Dior kinda way.

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Make-up Monday: The Next Lash Trend

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Polish gurus Ciaté nailed it. What is it? Lashes highlighted with brilliant colors. Just released, we’ve been spotting this look in and around Hollywood and the drama has us hooked.  Cleverly named Lashlights, the product is like a french manicure for lashes instead of nails and is a hot beauty trend around LA.

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How To Use It: According to the brand’s representatives, Ciaté LashLights mascara isn’t anything like a traditional mascara. The LashLights are not even supposed to be used to coat lashes from the very roots – they’re actually proposed for the tips of the lashes! So go with your regular color and then add the shade of your choice for the look to match your eyes, your outfit, or,  if it’s me, my mood.

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We Run The World (GIRLS)

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Beyoncé was more than right when she said “We run the world.” As women we should be all about encouraging each other and inspiring one another to be better. That’s why here at The Blonde & The Brunette, we are all about female empowerment! With that being said, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge an amazing organization that’s become a community and support system for girls to love, express, and be who they are or want to be. I AM THAT GIRL.

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All Hands On Deck

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Ahh, good old LaLaLand. Not only the birthplace of modern skateboarding as we know it, but a hub of innovation for four decades running. Enter Loyal Dean. Big on the Venice beach scene, I’m sensing some Lords of Dogtown vibes.

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Mirror Mirror On My… Phone?

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Trying on makeup just received a 21st-century facelift!

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L’Oreal just launched a beauty app called “Makeup Genius” that allows you to try on makeup without actually trying on makeup, right from the comfort of your couch. This isn’t just a mannequin look-alike. No, it is your actual face you will be applying the lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, and blush too. Trippy huh?

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Trendy Thursday : Matching Separates

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Do you think Cher and Dionne thought this trend was going to resurface again? As if!

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I’ve fallin’ head over heels in love with the latest 90′s trend made new again, matching separates. This trend leaves every shape, size and style taken care of. There’s a look for every occasion, style for every woman, and a print for every personality!

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Our Favorite Bold Brands From Down Under

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Fashion flash! The Australian fashion scene is going through a seismic shift and I’m loving it.  It used to be considered two steps, well, at least a season behind everyone and everywhere else. Not anymore.  Suddenly all kinds of brands from Australia are at the forefront.  Edgy and different from the American scene, it’s time I caught up our stateside (or not) followers with my personal must and lust favorites. You’re not going to want to miss out on this group of secret gems.

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 My personal favs include flirty Cameo, the colorful, yet edgy Finders Keepers, KEEPSAKE for beautiful evening wear, new comer Jaggar and The Fifth. Check out and shop some of my favorite pieces! The best part, you won’t see yourself coming and going in any one of these special selects. You’ll literally stand out in a crowd without breaking the bank. My favorite fashion combo.

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Are You Ready For Nordstom’s BIGGEST SALE of The Year?!

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OK. We don’t normally do this but you’d probably be pretty upset with us if we didn’t point out. It’s here.  Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, is the sale of all sales! Every year Nordstroms discounts some of their hottest items, at ridiculously low prices and sale items are new, exclusive pre-fall / fall styles.

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 This year, B&B’s made it easy for you and hand picked all of our favorite sale items that we just couldn’t live without!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lasts from July 18th – August 3rd including discounts on new, exclusive pre-fall / fall products.

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xox,

-The Blonde & The Brunette Team

 

 

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