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MTV Movie Awards 2014 Red Carpet Mashup

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 I’ve been thinking this all Spring but the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet has finally given me the courage to just write it. The fashion this Spring is, well, not so great. Other than a few exceptions which included Jessica Alba and Shaliene Woodley, I’m a bit underwhelmed by the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet.

I’m sure all the other media outlets will be gushing. However, I think that’s just the standard so and so “stunned in xyz dress.”  Very few celebs and their stylist pulled it together. There was an eclectic, trendy fashion mix with the only thumbs up for me being looks in modified crop tops, whites, a few of the all-black looks  including Nicki Manaj, Rita Ora, Jessica Dawson Tatum and of course, Mila Kunis officially debuting her mommy-to-be bump.  I was underwhelmed by Lupita N’yong’O in the hot, art-inspired look of the season (and I may be wildly booed for this) and Zendaya did look lovely in florals.

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I can’t resist highlighting a a few of the misses. I know it’s the MTV Movie Awards, and, anything goes. That’s half the fun; however I’m starting to like the slightly longer skirt lengths, more mono-chromatic or color-blocked looks.  Finally, thank you Zac Efron and Ian Bohen for providing some great eye candy!

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 So what are your favorites? Did I get this all wrong?

 With Love From The Nokia Theater,

xo NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Un-Retouched & Fabulous: The Real You Is Sexy

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 Looks like Aerie is ready for her closeup…Her un-retouched closeup. Come on. We all know that ads and mag snaps are retouched.   Aerie,  American Eagle’s sister store for lingerie, has launched Aerie Real, a Spring 2014 ad campaign featuring all un-airbrushed models. In its release, aerie announced that the ads are “challenging supermodel standards by featuring un-retouched models in their latest collection of bras, undies and apparel.” We love this dose of reality.  Sometimes it seems beauty standards are so impossible that we can’t even envison ourselves in what’s being offered.

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We hope you agree. Aerie’s decision to show its models sans Photoshop, in their real, unretouched glory is a very bold move that most fashion brands never make. What makes it an even stronger statement is the age demographic of its customers. Aerie is aimed at the 15-21 year olds, who base most of their body confidence, or lack their of it on the images they see in the media. These days, we’re so used to seeing models who have been digitally airbrushed, nipped, tanned, and tucked, that it’s actually shocking when we notice stretch marks on our own thighs.

One ad campaign probably won’t solve the insecurities we women have had to grow up with starting at such a young age, but by showcasing real girls, in real clothing, I’d say we’re off to a pretty good start!

Check out a few of the au-natural models up top! Stunning if you ask me! To see more check out Aerie.

Xx. Jadan Huter


The Big Day: Best Looks For Wedding Belles

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It almost here. OK. Right after festival season. Wedding season. Whether you’re a classic or unconventional bride-to-be, we’ve found some great looks that won’t break the bank and you just might want to wear again (!!!) for you, your bridesmaids,  guests, and the men in your life, including the groom.

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For the fellas, send them to East Dane. You & your gal pals can check out ShopBops’s Wedding Boutique over drinks and an iPad. Wedding season just got a whole lot easier! SO o more wedding bell blues.

 xo NJ,  The Brunette

Last Minute Boho Festival Looks

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It’s that time of year again. Nope, it’s not just Spring! It is Coachella Music Festival Month! With boho festival style on our minds as the season kicks off today, The Blonde and The Brunette team gathered lots of wardrobe inspiration! Whether you want to add some boho to your wardrobe or recycle some of your  favorite items, you can’t deny the appeal of super California cool.

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 This year we’re predicting seeing lots more maxi dresses and hobo bags in neutrals or floral prints.

Here are our must have items:

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See by Chloe  Augusta Leather & Suede Hobo Bag in Taupe, $595.

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Joie dress, $298.

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Joie sandals, $315.

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Joie in Blue and Pink Floral Prints, $428.

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Michael Michael Kors Maxi Dress, $175.

 xo,

-Kathryn, The Blonde.

Fall 2014: Bold Beautiful Prints From Clover Canyon

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We’re trying to put more color in our wardrobes and break away from being so monotone. Between lime green meadows, fairies, and endless color explosions, the Clover Canyon Fall 2014 collection looks like someone took a kaleidoscopic of Ireland and translated it striking print treatments.  The classic silhouettes and touches of black add the perfect balance for the almost hallucinatory overload.

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If you look closely, the beautiful Irish countryside is worked into so many of the prints along with stained glass windows, tartans, and a rainbow all of which is a not so subtle nod to reflect the heritage of  designer Rozae Nichols‘ heritage. Designed and produced in Los Angeles, the Clover Canyon collection truly reflects the eclectic, joyful spirit of California. Each garment is designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house, and always will be. No wonder it’s so close to our hearts.

My eyes couldn’t be happier.

Xx. Jadan Huter

Big Buckle Trend

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Are big buckles back? We’re not sure but maybe if Anne Dello Russo wears it, it must be so. We spied her a few weeks ago at the Balenciaga Spring 2014 fashion show in a Celine Pre-Fall 2013 leather dress accessorized with the famous Lanvin “Happy” necklace, and an over-sized  belt buckle plus two tone “flatforms”. We’re not sure anyone but Anna could have pulled this off. We take that back. Vera Wang also sported her version of a big buckle during  NYFW. What do you think? On or off trend?

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If you decide to dabble in a modified version of the look, Calvin Klein has translated it in a tone-on-tone black patent that’s sure to add add some serious style to your wardrobe. $42. So thumbs up or thumbs down on this trend?

xo

NJ Goldston, The Brunette & Kathryn, Blonde Contributor

CONGRATULATIONS to our OPI’s Muppets Most Wanted Winner!!

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 We’d like to take a moment to announce & congratulate the lucky winner of OPI’s Muppets Most Wanted Collection! Congratulations go to Nathalie! Nathalie, please check your inbox for details on how to claim your prize!

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As always, thank you to everyone for making The Blonde & The Brunette your quick daily dose of fashion, style and beauty and a big thank you to OPI!

xox,

-The B&B Team

Festival Favorites!

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It’s that time of the year again! Time for you to let your inner bohemian goddess relish all that is sun, fun and music! Here are a few of our favorite festi-attire pieces, thanks in large part to Barneys, and Free People!

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1. RAG & BONE Dunaway Hat $175

2. WENDY NICHOL  Triangle Patchwork Bullet Bag $1,185

3. ILLESTEVA Corsica Sunglasses $300

4. Knot For You Slip $88.00

5. Leather Bound Upper Arm Cuff $138.00

6. Sabler Sandal $68.00

 Xx. Jadan Huter

Safe Sun The LA Way: Ikari Custom Skin Care

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 When you live in LA or if you happen to be on Spring Break, it is very important to protect your face from the sun at all times. Maybe you’re like me.  There was a time when I sometimes choose to ‘skip’ putting on sunblock because I used to have the idea I was not tanning with a very high SPF. Wrong! I’ve learned that this is not always the case, I just needed a safe system.

My solution. I have been using Ikari Serum Solaire SPF 50 for my face every day and I get very tan without burning. I love this product. It is very light and does not leave any white marks on your skin. You can also use it underneath your makeup, since it’s very important to have your face very well protected when exposed to the sun!

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When you check out the site, you will see they have a custom skin test. It only takes two minutes and you will know exactly what kind of skin you have and which products suit you. Ikari Cosmetics. Happy tanning!

-Astrid Bryan

Valentino Is Hot In Hollywood

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Just a few nights ago Valentino launched their intimate supper series in Hollywood right at their Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Boutique. Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing & International Distribution for Warner Bros., hosted the evening. The Girl’s Night Out crowd, which I was lucky enough to be asked to join,  was a fabulous mix of women in the entertainment industry.

Notable guests included famed Producer Lynda Obst,  well-known for Sleepless in Seattle and the highly anticipated Interstellar, to accomplished  film editor Mary Sweeney, along with a sprinkling of fashion elite including one of Hollywood’s favorite jewelry designers, Irene Neuwirth. I spotted many of the celebrated guests sporting her stunning creations especially dramatic opal necklaces. I wore my a Valentino dress from the Fall 2013 collection along with my personalized black and ermine trimmed clutch.

It was a relaxing evening filled with lots of great conversation, networking, hors d’oeuvres, and a candlelight dinner served on the second floor of the boutique. Much of the Spring 2014 Valentino Collection had finally arrived. Crowd favorites included the brightly colored camouflage and leopard printed clutches (stunning!) along with the fringe clutches with astrological corner clasps. I’m a Leo and feel in love with the red one.

We also saw many of the gowns from the spring grouping including one that had just been unpacked. The yummiest one,  pictured below, has heavily hand-embroidered red beads with black sheer panels.

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Perhaps it was apropos that the dinner series kicked off with an entertainment industry  group. After all, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli said just before their Spring show: “It’s a fashion opera. A show has to be a show.”

With Love From LA,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

 

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