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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

Bikini Guide for Spring Break, Inspired by Essie Resort Polishes!

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With Spring Break just around the corner, we’ve been feeling inspired by the Essie Resort Polishes! The fun easy colors go great with bikinis, and are the perfect shades for some warm-weather lovin!

So book your ticket, pack your bags, and lets go on a trip!!

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One last thing.  Our go-to bikinis of choice are the Sports Illustrated perennial favorites at LeTarte, the sexy Nasty Gal lineup, and ShopBop Swimwear for many of the looks above. They all work beautifully with the Essie Resort Collection for ‘it’ girls everywhere. Happy Spring Break!

xox,

-Lauren, The Blondette.

 

Festival Fashion Do’s & Dont’s

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I feel like I say this every year, but there is NO WAY it’s already festival season!
Where does the time go? Anyways, enough about the time, let’s talk about fashion.

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Well, if every store in America is right, which I am going to assume they are, we are going to see A LOT of midi / halter tops paired with high waisted skirts and shorts. They made their big debut at last years Coachella, and trust me, they are back for more…Much more!

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Vintage Levi’s, slightly ripped, a bit over-sized, and you’ve absolutely nailed it. YES!

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I think music festivals were made for the accessory junkies like myself! Hats, jewels, bags and sunnies! Accessories are always a yes…In fact, the more accessorized the better!

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I always have such a love / hate relationship when it comes to fringe and festivals. I would normally say the fringe trend has come and gone, but for some reason, festivals make everything fringe seem okay again. Maybe it’s the free spirited hippie vibe of Woodstock in the 60′s we subconsciously all dive into. Whatever it is, I’m saying A’okay!

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Always adorable. Always embrace the free spirited aspect of these festivals. Always a yes!

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Heels / Leather / Fur :
No No & No! Just don’t do it! It’s hot, it’s sweaty, no one cares if you grew 5 inches in your Loubutins, you will look silly, so just don’t do it!

- Xx. Jadan Huter

Kiss Me Coral Lipsticks & Cheeks

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It’s the perfect day or night trend this spring:  coral cheeks and lips. Think a fun, flirty pout paired with a hint of color on your cheeks. We can take a note from power woman, Lupita Nyong’o as she dazzled on the red carpet in coral causing a global fashion moment.

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Here’s my personal product pick for  a lip and cheek look that does double duty!

Get two for the price of one for this gorgeous beauty trend.

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 NARS ’Matte Multiple’ Lip & Cheek Color $39

Matte Multiple Lip and Cheek Color by NARS gives you a vibrant pop of coral. Used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color. Used wet the color melts into your skin with a smooth, sheer finish.

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Yves Saint Laurent ’Babydoll’ Kiss & Blush, $40.00

Another perfect choice. These gorgeous coral shades of pink and orange can be used as a pop of cheek color or lip color. By the way, mixing two complimentary shades is one of my favorite ways to create a daring and sophisticated look for day or night.
-Kathryn, The Blonde

Look At Me Pieces From Marc by Marc Jacobs

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I was obsessed with this collection when it made its way down the runway a few months ago. Now, I’m even more obsessed as I see lots of PYT’s adding their LA style twist to the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2104 runway grouping. Marc hit upon all the things I love ’cause I’m such a sucker for anything shiny. So tie that knotted scarf around your neck (but maybe don’t tuck in that hair) and decide if you want some shine, lurex, sequined stars (the long tank dress is my absolute favorite) or something metallic. Don’t forget the trainers. Jacobs and his team even styled the looks with guitar picks and signet rings.  Early eighties anyone?

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If you want some “look at me” style, you can shop direct from the look book at ShopBop. I’m kinda loving the bright blue shadow too.

With Love From LA,

-NJ Goldston, The Brunette

 

Inside MOCA’s Star Studded 35th Anniversary Gala

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What a night! Tinseltown, LA’s art, and fashion elite all stepped out Saturday night to celebrate MOCA‘s 35th anniversary Gala and the opening of the new multimedia exhibit of the late Mike Kelley. Sponsored by Louis Vuitton,  the star-filled crowd partied into the wee hours at the Geffen Contemporary to welcome the museum’s new director, Philippe Vergne, and the dawn of a ‘new era’.  The surprise performance by Diana Ross, who belted out “I’m Coming Out” and “I Will Survive” was the fitting nightcap for the now financially stable museum .

The fashion was just as interesting and contemporary as the museum’s stellar collection. Everyone from Pharrell Williams, who wore a black version of  THAT hat, and smoozed all night with Jane FondaKaty Perry in a long color-blocked black dress open on the side, an always glamorous Dita Von Teese, Rachel Zoe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Liz Goldwyn, Ryan Seacrest, Moby, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to Chloë Sevigny, Dianna Argon, and Haley Bennett, all in Nicoplas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton, were table hopping and dancing the night away.

Some of my favorite looks of the evening included Sally Perrin in a floral, floor length gown, Sutton Stracke in Rodarte, Laura Dunn in Michael  Kors, Joy Venturini Bianchi in the famed Tom Ford Zebra gown with horse hair back and neck,  designer Aliona Kononova in one of her whimsical MOE creations, Lyn Winter, Sarah Robarts in pink which is the color of the season ,to the always stunning China Chow.  As one of the evening’s dinner chairs, I paired my recently Paris-acquired  Louis Vuitton black ostrich feather headdress with a beaded dress from Marc Jacobs’ last “show-stopping, showgirl-inspired collection”. As I told the LA Times, “It took all my courage to wear it.” But, I did.

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So many of the men also brought their “Fashion A-Game” to the Black Tie event  from Decades’ Cameron Silver in a jacket by Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck , designer Jeremy Scott in his version of literally “black tie”, artists Shepard Fairey and  Retna to sneaker entrepreneurs Adam Goldston and Ryan Goldston in Tom Ford, Mark Goldston in a Tom Ford tuxedo jacket, Michel Perrin to Vivo Nevo (in the other Mountie Hat).

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With Louis Vuitton as the evening’s sponsor, along with an assist from Caesarstone, guests indulged in a stunning cocktail hour, at the what else, but a Caesarstone bar and cocktail tables, which will literally make their way into the museum’s permanent party collection. The evening then progressed into a magnificently constructed tent for the over 800 guests, which featured beautifully lit table tops and walls, complete with iconic LV logos, along with  projections and light shows of MOCA’s permanent collection and Diana Ross throughout the evening. Guests were served a four course menu by Wolfgang Puck including sweet corn agnolotti with shaved black truffles, superb wines and a marjolaine with coffee gelato for dessert. The crowd exploded  and jammed the stage for a rousing surprise performance by Miss Diana Ross. The evening then wound down, not really, with DJ Philippe Paris. St. Tropez anyone?

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All above photos: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.comAleks Kocev /BFAnyc.com, & Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com,

All photos below, courtesy of NJ Goldston, The Brunette!

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The night was a roaring success. Gala Chair Lily Tartikoff-Karantz announced the museum had met its recent endowment goal of $100 million dollars and was now setting a new goal of $200 million. The big surprise was when Gala Co-Chair Maurice Marciano announced he would match the net ticket sales of the evening of $1.2 MM. raising over $2.4 Million for the night. Now that’s a lot to celebrate!

With Love From MOCA’ s 35th Anniversary Gala,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette and David Soriano

 

Stripes for Spring!

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It’s official.. Stripes are seriously making a statement for Spring! B&B adores this trend (especially the classic black & white), from the swimwear, to the flowy warm-weather dresses! We just can’t get enough!

What are your thoughts on Stripes for Spring? Yay or Nay?

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xx,
-Lauren, The Blondette.

NJ’s C Social Front Postcards From…Paris

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 We’re big fans of C magazine and C Social Front. NJ’s recent trip to Paris for Fashion Week is the latest in their insightful Postcards From…series. It’s a great reminder why “there will always be Paris.”   Follow along as NJ reveals more about her East Coast roots, today’s much anticipated MOCA Gala and her favorite Parisian sites. It’s the perfect 411 for your next trip to the City of Lights. Click here to get the official scoop.

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With Love From LA,

The Blonde And The Brunette Team

Inside Barneys Dinner Party & Book Signing For Dries Van Noten

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I was there! Barney’s CEO Mark Lee opened up his sprawling Chelsea penthouse Tuesday evening in New York City to fête fashion designer Dries van Noten. It was a special occasion.  Notable guests traveled far and wide to celebrate the designer and his remarkable exhibition Dries Van Noten: Inspirations running in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be included. As a longtime fan of his work,  I had already been to the extraordinary show in Paris during my recent Paris Fashion Week trip.

I wasn’t the only one as I had my own “Where’s Waldo” moment mingling with everyone from Glenda Bailey, Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar (as we shared lots of french fries together and compared our very similar Dries outfits from the Fall 2013 collection), Simon Doonan (as we shared lots of jokes), Dries (as we talked about the exhibit), Mark Lee (as we discussed the amazing partnership Barneys has shared with Dries for almost 30 years), to chatting with my LA buddy, Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing & International Distribution for Warner Bros., and spending time with Harold Koda, Chief Curator of The Met Costume Institute.

Other notable fashion guests included everyone from Maggie Gyllenhaal, Narcisco Rodriquez, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Blasberg,  Philip Lim, Lyn Yaeger and Hamish Bowles.  Guests indulged in small dinner entrees passed throughout the night.  Lee made a brief but touching speech thanking the show’s curator, Pamela Golbin, for her extraordinary curatorial abilities as well as Bonnie Pressman for having the vision to bring Dries to Barneys so many years ago. Of course, Lee and Golbin praised Van Noten for “letting everyone into his private world.” I was audacious enough to suggest that Van Noten reissue certain favorite looks from time to time. He countered with “I am always looking to the future!”  He’s right. But, just this once, I’m glad we had a chance to travel back in time.

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The stunning Dries Van Noten catalog & Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York Penthouse done up for the evening. I have my own autographed copy now!

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Barneys also  just unveiled  Inspirations-inspired window displays around midnight on Monday. I was out there in the cold stalking the Billy Farrell Agency as they were shooting the pics. I took some of my own as well. The windows also included original films by Andrew Zuckerman. I went back two nights in a row to revisit them. I think that’s called love at first sight.  The next day Van Noten was in-store for the exclusive book signing. I also snapped pics of the archived looks on display while attending the by invitation only brunch. I hope he didn’t think I was stalking him!

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All above photos: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

All photos below, courtesy of NJ Goldston, The Brunette!

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 If you live in or New York City, it’s worth the trip to take in the windows and view the Spring 2014 Dries Van Noten collection. If not,  Barneys is the  exclusive vendor of the luxury edition of the exhibition catalog, which comes with an extra volume of archive dresses and “a saucy belt” holding the whole thing together.

With Love From New York City,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

 

 

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