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Yup! It’s almost here. Fall. This year, the sweater (and sweater dresses) as a wardrobe staple is BACK with a capital “B” or should I say “S”? No more flip flops and cut-offs. Bring on the boots and layering! This time, try layering your look, even as a dress, with bare legs, for early fall, and then add a wooly cap, cute socks and boots as the weather gets chillier.
To kick off the season, we love the chunky monotone look and as the weather gets colder, go for chunkier looks, even leggings, and bold , patterned knits. Think ski slopes meets the city.
Below are some of our favorite sweaters for Fall 2014!
With Love From NYC,
-Lauren, The Blondette and NJ Goldston, The Brunette.
With Fall just around the corner, we prep our wardrobes. It’s all about making those subtle changes by shopping your closet and adding one or two key essentials. In LA, we’re taking our summer BF jeans but pairing them with the fall booties and combining our favorite summer crop top with a cool weather friendly shrug. Violà. You’re suddenly able to go from a 90° day to a cool fall evening or defy that office air conditioning deep freeze that drives everyone crazy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Cartel, to 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.
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!).
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
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.
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.
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: PairBright Cobalt with Sangria and Cypress, or Royal Blue with Mauve Mist and Aluminum, for a subtle palette perfect for Fall.
With this strong color palette to inspire us for Fall, there are endless possibilities.
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!
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!
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:
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!
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.
Your summer beauty rest is just got…really beautiful!