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 .
NJ, The Brunette spotted them at a party in the Hollywood Hills last weekend and did a double take. Whether you love or loathe Birkenstock‘s, there’s no denying that they are back on trend. If you love them, I’m sure you’re incredibly happy about this, seeing as Birkenstocks are a mascot for a sensible yet still quite stylish (okay maybe that’s a stretch) shoe! Who’s going to deny a trendy shoe with a built in arch support?
We suddenly realized this renewed interest in Birkenstocks may have taken its inspiration from the carefree 1990′s photo of Kate Moss shot by photographer Corinne Day that recently resurfaced. If Kate can pull it off, why not you? They’re innocent, youthful and carefree! It seems the fashion industry is FINALLY giving hardworking women a break! With the fun reinvention of the sneaker last year, and now a fresh, new introduction to Birkenstocks? It’s almost too good to be true!
Once a dreaded trend, and now my closet staple… Crop tops !
It’s funny that only a month ago, I winced at the thought of a crop top. I didn’t understand the appeal, and why all of a sudden they were popping up EVERYWHERE! OK, maybe Rihanna wearing one at The MET Gala.
It then became my mission to nail this trend without feeling like a 90′s teeny bopper or spending 24 hours a day at the gym.
Would you believe it if I told you crop tops could actually become one of your most flattering wardrobe stables too? Get in on my little secret… Pair it with anything high-waisted! This way, the crop top is still relevant, yet you’re only barring a classy cut-out. It seems to be the new chic, sexy and sophisticated version of the classic dress. It’s hard to deny how flattering this look makes a woman’s silhouette.
A few tips for first time crop shoppers :
1. A halter-style top will lend a ‘90s vibe to your ensemble.
2. A crop top plus a circle skirt makes for a particularly girly pairing.
3. High-waisted pencil skirts and bra crops are a match not to be messed with. Pumps are the perfect way to dress up the look.
4. Go with neutral, ladylike or understated accessories to complete the look.
Just loafing around.. and in what better shoes, then comfy slip ons with a little bit of extra style. Loafers have been spotted on everyone from Miranda Kerr to Kristen Stewart! These little guys are the perfect causal shoe for the on-the-go women.
Just recently, the Unicode Consortium published a list of 250 new Emoji’s that they hope Google, Apple, Twitter and the rest will embrace. It’s about time!!! The highlight among the 250, the one everyones been waiting for… the middle finger!
A year ago, the fashion critics (and maybe I was one) declared couture was dead or maybe lacking relevance. This past week in Paris, that was put to rest. Haute Couture was as hot as a summer day. As Karl Lagerfeld declared at the Chanel show, “It’s haute couture without the couture.”
That seemed to be the theme throughout many of the collections along with a sleek modernism. This is couture that is actually meant to be worn and worn many times. I’ve got a few cliff notes (because who really reads anymore?) from an extraordinary week of shows from Chanel, Dior, Armani Privé, Valentino, Maison Martin Margheia, Versace, and newcomer Schiaparelli. Watch closely as the effects trickle down into ready-to-wear and celebs hit the Fall party circuits in any one of these beauties. Actually probably starting next week. Get ready for lots of gilt, sheers, bejewled flip flops, striking brights, stunning gowns, and designs which use the past to showcase tomorrow.
With a totally modern twist, Karl Lagerfeld put tweed shorts under flirty skirts and paired bejeweled flip flops with magnificent sheaths creations. A perfect idea for young and ageless followers. Tapping into the concept, the set evoked minimalist Le Corbusier designs (one of the pioneers of modern architecture) with two huge fireplaces at each end. Get it. Chanel (or Lagerfeld) is now the pioneer of modern couture. Brilliant. Stark staging to set off the opulent.
Standout moments on the Chanel catwalk included Kendall Jenner taking the runway and seven-month pregnant model Ashleigh Good closing the show in an extraordinary wedding gown. Karl said, “ I love a pregnant woman.” Who doesn’t. Besides, this is SO now. Celebs in wedding gowns with a baby on the way. A great statement that almost tops the Shopping Center show.