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 organizationthat’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.
WHO’S THAT GIRL?
It’s you and me. THAT GIRL is the best version of each of us. She’s all ages, ethnicities, classes and religions.
She’s got a smokin’ hot heart and drop dead gorgeous mind. She is forever a work in progress, she seeks to be confident in her own skin. She speaks her truth, sees the best in others, and is leaving this world better than she found it.
To find out more, and take the pledge head over to I AM THAT GIRLYou’ll find this an online and offline community that gives a safe spaceto DISCOVER, BE and EXPRESS by turning self-doubts in into self-love.
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.
A few years back, Dino Pierone, who’s LA company produces high end doors and windows, decided to make a skateboard for his 12 year old daughter.
As they say, the rest is history.
Soon enough, he as his business partner launched Loyal Dean. A line of intricately pieced-together decks. Each one suitable for hanging on the wall, yet not too nice for a good time shred.
Woods including maple, oak and walnut depending on what project they are working on. Loyal Dean rides start at $222.00. if your in the mood to grab some air, tackle a half-pipe, or cruise along The Strand in style.
Trying on makeup just received a 21st-century facelift!
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?
You scan your face using your iPhone camera, AKA you take a #selfie. It then, essentially turns your phone into a mirror, allowing you to see what you look like with whatever products you choose. Get this, you can move!!! Smile, talk, pout, laugh, go outside, the product you chose stays put on your visual self as if you were looking in a magic mirror!
The “Makeup Genius” app took over 10 years to develop and uses the same technology that transformed Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which won Oscars for both makeup and visual effects. That my fellow fashionistas, is how you know it’s good.
Have a drink or two, and you might think you’re actually wearing makeup!
Do you think Cher and Dionne thought this trend was going to resurface again? As if!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Okay, let’s get cheeky. These hot little pieces make for the perfect summer suits! GreenLee Swim , originators of the recycled bikini concept, definitely got the memo for go-to styles on the beaches of Malibu, pool parties in the Hollywood Hills, and the highly competitive who has the best guest house in the Hamptons scene.
They’re known for their basic style bikinis in cute bright colors ways with bottoms that truly flatter almost very figure. Another plus, they’re clean & simple pieces make the perfect summer staple meaning they won’t be out of style next year. We also love their mix and match colors and styles which you can rock as a set. This way you get more looks and bang for your buck.
Lately I’ve had Karl on the brain. It all started with my Fendi “Karlito” buggies obsession that has a wait list from Beverly Hills to Milan. I want the pink. Anyway, if you can’t have a Karlito then why not Karlify your emoji’s? Works for me.
There’s a new sugar secret in Beverly Hills and I can’t believe it took me a few months to discover it. In the land of skinny, everyone secretly craves sweets and the newest not-so under the radar spot is sugarfina. I’d like to take credit for finding this find but I can’t. The Blonde & The Brunette were just gifted our own customized “Bento Box” of sugar delights as a spectacular thank you. Now we’re addicted and trying to figure out how to do more favors for anyone who will ask and get another Bento Box on our doorstep.
Located right on Little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills and a stone’s throw away from Rodeo Drive, the founders have literally created the grown-up candy boutique of our dreams. It all came together after they taste-tested thousands of candies in dozens of countries (it’s a tough job, we know), to curate a collection of the finest, highest-quality candies from around the world. There are walls and tables of candies for you to create your own gourmet candy collection. Of course, every candy has a clever name from “sugar daddy” to the summery “peach bellini.”
Let’s break it down. The way it works is the wall of boxed sugary delights makes it easy to pick and choose your favorites. Yum! Once you’ve made your choices, it’s all wrapped up in the Tiffany-esque packaging of the candy world. It’s a blue box that won’t break the bank.
I wasn’t there and I wasn’t invited (rats!) but Blonde & Brunette Contributor-At-Large Susan Casden was along with B & B friend Amber Sakai, Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Anna Della Russo and Dolce & Gabbana‘s top clients from around the world. This year it happened on the island of Capri as guests were whisked in by private boat (and jet) to what’s considered the most exclusive fashion show in the world. Catering to top clients is now all about the experience.
Guests were advised to wear flats, happily embraced no assigned seats, and were treated to 78 looks, many of them one-of-a kind, starting at $40,000 to price is no object. All the dresses were hand-painted and accessories included 18 karat gold sandals, jewel-encrusted watches and gold crowns. Spectacular furs including a full length cape of lynx lined with shaved mink were swoon-worthy. No photos, paparazzi, or social media were allowed but we got our hands on a few snaps.
Models arrived by boat!
The stunning runway
The nautical stripes inspired by the island were embellished with beautiful stones and crowns.
If you had any doubt, sixties style is back.
Looks for the girl that has absolutely everything. Most sold within hours and days of the event .