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Mara Hoffman X Anthropologie

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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!

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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.

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Your summer beauty rest is just got…really beautiful!

Xx Jadan Huter

The Hottest Clutch In The World: Louis Vuitton’s Petite Malle Trunk

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 I am obsessed with it. Obsessed. Remember how I was actually at the show in Paris and these beauties marched down the runaway? The LV team mined the archives and came up with this brilliant clutch aptly name the Petite Malle Trunk.  A new classic, it’s actually  based on a famous trunk from the turn of the century with three tiny x’s (or kisses) on each one. The original trunk was even in the atelier when they introduced the bags.

Well, the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Trunk is just hit LV Boutiques. OK. Sort of. You had to place an order during the trunk show (pun intended) and the limit is one per customer. But a girl can dream, so I am throwing up photos of all the choices. If you could, which one would you pick? I’ve marked mine. And yeah, I had to show them over and over from every angle plus on some of the celebs (who were lucky to have them at or right after the show). Obsessed. Obsessed. Obsessed.

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I also can’t resist sharing a few of the scrumptious details.  Bags can be used as a cross body shoulder bag or clutch. The trim is created in epi leather, crocodile and metal hardware.  The bag opens from the top, making the front key an integral part of the design. There’s lots of choices. You can go traditional with the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene, the Monogram or the Epi leather which comes in Rouge, Noir, Blanc, Rose, Orange (maybe not as it may have just been for the runway), Gold and Argent.  However, my personal favorites are the gold and argent combo, the rouge, black  and white. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

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If you didn’t know, but maybe you do, fashion houses seed the audience to start the frenzy. Lucky Natalia Vidianova and muse Jennifer Connelly. They had their Petit Malle’s from Day 1.

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 If you’re feeling as desperate as me, find a Louis Vuitton Boutique in your area and put your name on the list. If you’re in LA, ask for Nadine at The Rodeo Drive Boutique in Beverly Hills and tell her NJ sent you! I spotted a single rouge Petite Malle there yesterday. Good luck.

With LV Kisses From LA,

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Emporio Armani’s Pharrell Effect Bowler Hat

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 It was just a matter of time before the “Pharrell Effect” hit the fashion runways and we’re loving it. What is it and by the way it’s almost sold out? Well, it’s the Emporio Armani Felt Bowler Hat that’s made every Fashion Editor and Stylists’ must have list along with mine. Yesterday this statement piece even made it’s way on to the Teen Vogue cover, modeled by Kendall Jenner, along with the cover of L’Officiel (with more pics about to debut in the September issue of Vogue).  Basically, you’ll be seeing it everywhere.!

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I do have to tip my hat and say I called this back in May.  Drumroll.  I spotted this gem months ago (right after The MET Gala) during my visit at the  New York City Armani showroom. As a special thank you, the hat of  my dreams  just turned up at my office today courtesy of Emporio Armani. All I an say is OMG ! OMG! OMG!

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Style tip: Now, one more tidbit. Mr. Armani is so clever he actually named his Fall Emporio Armani 2014 runway show Al Momento or “Of The Moment”, and, that’s just what it is. Of the moment and in the moment. I am sure this chapeau will spark a million knockoffs. So if this Bowler lands on your head, be sure to pair it with a minimal menswear look in monochromatic tones and big, bold brows.

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Life, Love & Lingerie

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Soooooo LA and it’s getting close to the weekend! We thought we would clue you in first. We found  a new, contemporary lingerie line that encompasses what we call “wearable sexy”  into each and every one of their handmade pieces. With a clever play on the words for Life & Love  (just reversed continental style), the Vie Amor collection ranges from custom robes, to one-of-a-kind tops & teddies, all made out of 100% silk.

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The designer and founder of the line, Shandel Miranda, told us she “wanted to create something special that offers luxury, comfort and originality.” Bingo. Mission accomplished.   We especially adore all the sexy pajama shorts with matching tops. Your significant other will too.

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Modern Minimalism

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This just in.. LESS IS MORE! Okay, I know that saying has been around for quite a while, but simplicity has literally become a trend. Modern Minimalism is all about capturing that ‘effortlessly cool’ look. Less layers, a neutral color palette, and simple subtle details.

With this trend in full swing for Fall , we pulled some of our favorite basics that make a statement. We couldn’t resist sharing a little inspo to show you some new ways to rock this trend!

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Check out some of our favorite modern minimal pieces below!


 

xox,

-Lauren, The Blondette.

Hollywood’s Favorite Little Secret to Clear Skin

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We’ve got a new beauty find. Ever wonder why so many Hollywood actresses have beautiful skin? They exfoliate. OK. They exfoliate the right way and often on set before shooting a scene. One of our favorite celebs (who wants to remain anonymous) clued us in on GlamGlow and we tried it.

But first, how do you know if you need it? When you look in the mirror does your skin look dull? If the answer is yes,  it’s usually due to the build-up of dead skin cells. The best way to remove these unsightly cells that block your skin’s radiance is to exfoliate – regularly.

The trick is rather than exfoliating with an exfoliating pad that can scratch or damage skin, GlamGlow offers a mud mask formulated with minerals, sea clay, volcanic ash, botanicals, herb extracts and skin-nourishing antioxidants from the South of France to gently remove dead skin cells while deeply nourishing skin. The pics don’t make it that glamorous but the results are.  Seriously, you’ll probably want to do this privately.

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On The Road To The Emmys

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Since 1948, The Emmy Awards have captured television fans in the United States.  There just around the corner again and of course, we’ll be focusing on the fashion parade, but living in LA, we actually like to focus on the work! Celebrating the artistry of both daytime and evening television, the Television Academy seeks to honor the hard work and amazing numbers these shows put up each week.  With television series staying on the air for fewer and fewer seasons, this accomplishment is no easy feat.

This is also the second year in the history of the awards that online-only programming (think Hulu and Netflix original series) have been both considered and nominated for the awards.  This has also really changed the landscape of not only awards shows, but also entertainment.

With the Netflix original series “House of Cards” having various roles both behind and in front of the camera being nominated in 2013, 2014 opened the door for even more of these nominations.  Another Netflix original series “Orange Is The New Black” gained an amazing amount of attention this year and it seems as if the standard is now set – online only series are viable, respected bodies of work with A-List actors and directors helming series . In fact, they’ve become must-see office fodder and binge-watching champs.

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“Time” For A New Book

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With a good book in hand, who needs the time? Well, now you can have both!

With bookstores becoming extinct, and Kindle taking over, Vintage Book Clocks have created a way to keep our beloved pages timeless.  They do so by transforming dusty old books into modern timepieces that give aging books a new lease on life.Reading is by far my favorite summer hobby. Lying by the pool with a nice cold lemonade, and in a simple turn of a page, you can be whisked off to a far away world of adventure, romance, and drama. It’s an inexpensive way to travel the world. It gives you the possibility to step out of your own shoes for a moment, and see what it might be like to put on someone else’s. With such a strong passion for reading, I was instantly drawn to Los Angeles based company Vintage Book Clocks when I discovered them at last weeks Fairfax Flea Market.

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Try A Digital Detox

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I’m on vacation but I didn’t expect that somewhere in America I’d actually have to go through a “digital detox” while trying to relax. Think again. Just past Woodstock, Vermont in a small area called Barnard, there are NO cell towers . Aaawh!!!! It’s a throw back and I have to admit, I didn’t initially handle it well until I realized others are taking a digital holiday. So I gave into the limitations and actually told people I was on vacation. Viola! The emails slowed down and everyone understood. You might just want to try it.

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LA FINDS: Movie in the… Cemetery?

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Yepp, you read that right. Here is LA there are some pretty corky things to do, one of them being the movies in the cemetery. Uh huh, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery puts on a movie every Saturday night during the summer, and boy does it draw a crowd! They play everything from old Marilyn Monroe flicks to horror films, to everything in between. It’s a blast! You bring food and wine and create your own little picnic with friends and loved ones.

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