This is a fun idea which is all over the men’s sneaker blogs. If your significant other, husband, brother or son is a serious player or even a weekend warrior, on and off the court, he might just want to jump a little higher plus look a bit cooler in the APL Concept 3basketball shoes. The kicks feature Athletic Propulsion Labs revolutionary, patented APL Load ‘N Launch® technology Banned by the NBA for “providing an undue competitive advantage”, and designed to help instantly increase vertical leap as much as 3.5 inches.
Each style offered utilizes some of the finest and most technologically advanced materials ever seen on basketball shoes. The newest one, the Concept 3, weighs just 14.7 ounces, and combines a revolutionary upper construction comprised of two layers; the internal layer consists of an open air mesh 3/4 bootie to provide extreme comfort and a seamless fit, and the FloZone layer which utilizes a variety of synthetic materials placed in strategic locations for lock-down and support. Available in a variety of colors including tidepool, signature APL green, silver/black /magma, a classic black/grey and white/silver/crystal.
So help your guy Stop Dreaming.® Jump Higher for the holidays. It’s even easier with their Black Friday event which offers up to 30% off through Cyber Monday. They ship domestically and internationally.
David Soriano, Men’s Contributor
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designed to instantly increase your vertical leap.* – See more at: http://www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com/concept-3-black-grey.html#sthash.CV7xuXuz.dpufThese kicks weigh in at just 14.9 ounces, and feature the spatented compression spring-based Load ‘N Launch technology whihc as APL’s earlier release, the Concept 1. Sold exclusively online at www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com. $175.
As all of us at The Blonde & The Brunette are grateful for so many wonderful things in our lives. We also want to remind everyone this is a special time of year to think about those less fortunate. Some of our favorite ways to give back are the Los Angeles Mission, The Humane Society, especially their current puppy mill rescues and typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, The Second Chance Rescue in NYC for exceptionally needy dogs and cats, and the International Medical Corps known for their global, humanitarian efforts dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Whatever your cause, now is the perfect time for making that donation of time or money.
With Love From LA,
NJ, Kathryn, Astrid, Jadan, Kate, David and Lauren
Besides the film “Catching Fire”, literally catching fire at the box office last weekend, the just released “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville,’ the film’s Costume Designer, has tongues wagging. Inspired by costumes for Katniss Everdeen, the collection consists of 19 ready-to-wear pieces including a laser-cut patent-leather dress, a Mockingjay printed silk-chiffon dress, a leather bomber and leggings, a faux fur-trimmed wool coat (my personal favorite), dramatic evening wear and lots more fashion and accessory goodies. You can shop the collection exclusively at Net-A-Porter.com.
Ever thought about exfoliating your scalp? Ever wonder why your hair is thinning and not growing that quickly anymore? Well, you should add this product to your regimen if you haven’t already. Not only is the thought of product buildup and dead skin just gross, but exfoliating creates a pure environment and circulation for healthy hair growth. It also adds body, shine and density to fine and thin hair to make it healthier and more luxurious.
How To: Start by parting the hair and spraying the gel from the back to the front. After a few minutes the bubbling subsides and you can shampoo and condition. Use this treatment once or twice per week. Hello youthful glowing hair! Revivogen Pro Exfoliating Scalp Cleanser $39
We saw this trend all over the runways (Givenchy and Gucci were our faves), on all the girls at the Met Gala and now on some of our favorite celebs from Camille Belle, Jessica Chastain, Kate Bosworth and Leighton Meester. Let go of those neutral fall colors and light washes and transform your look with a bold, new lip. A dark matte formula in plum or crimson makes a dramatic statement. To avoid going overkill, keep the rest of your makeup simple. All Blonde, Brunettes and Redheads can go for this vampy burgundy plum!
Our favorite goth lip product is Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Train Bleu. $25.
Tip: Try layering different shades of burgundy and plum to achieve your perfect vamp shade. We love mixing these two colors together.
How To: Apply this pencil all over smooth exfoliated lips. After you have filled in your lips, take your pinky finger and smudge the outer rim of your lips so that the line is diffused. This will give you a more natural lip stained look.
We’ve been waiting for today. ShopBop just sent The Blonde & The Brunette the special, easy to remember sale promo code, BIGEVENT13, so we can all spend more and save more for the holidays. Everything from full-priced goodies and amazing sale items are available. We’re just saying, today is the day and if you know anything about ShopBop, you know things go fast—so get moving. I’m already clicking away on my favorites from party dresses to killer accessories and techie gifts to stocking stuffers. Plus, don’t forget about your fella at East Dane. Read, set, click!
The one look from the fall 2013 shows that grabbed lots of attention was the much photographed indigo eyes from Jason Wu. Good news. There is collective pandemonium among us beauty addicts now that Jason Wu for Lancôme released their great collaboration last week. Just out, the collection is gorgeous, girly, and streamlined.
If you know me at all, you know I have quite the extensive bucket list. From skydiving, to hiking Machu Picchu, to cage diving with sharks, there is a lot I look to accomplish in life! I’ve decided recently that seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 30 is now a very big check-mark on my list!
Around the same time I decided this, a very special man in my life gifted me with the Kris Nations – California “State Pride” pendant. The State Pride pendents are the perfect gift for the wanderlust gypsies like me who love a good adventure, yet always stay true to their roots. Another sweet idea is wearing the State Pride pendent in honor of a friend or lover. If you are in a long distance relationship, you can always keep your beau by your heart. Not only can the State Pride pendants associate with so many people on a personal level, but they are absolutely darling to look at!
Based south of San Francisco on the coast in Half Moon Bay, CA., each piece is handmade by local artists using recycled metals. Sisters, Kris and Kim Nations envision the wearer of their jewelry to be very similar to their mother, “graceful, worldly and confident, and according to them, their jewelry is equal parts sophisticated and bohemian, with a little vintage inspiration. The Kris Nations State Pride Necklace is sold for $42.
It’s days away and if you are like us, maybe, just maybe, you don’t have your act totally together for your Thanksgiving table decorations or you want to bring a DIY gift to your host or hostess. We compiled a bunch of last minute, adorable table decor and place setting inspirations. They’re all really easy from a simple flower arrangement (cabbages and dahlias look lovely) to gift to your guests, some cool place cards with great sayings, and our favorite idea, using anything themed, “Be Thankful”. It adds just enough cheer without overwhelming your table.
Other fun ideas include metallic sprayed pumpkins with hand-stamped place cards, a conversation starter envelope with a colored felt-tipped pen so each guest or family member jots down their “thankful for” list, or fall leaves used as place cards. Any of these choices is also a great family project with kids or grand kids. Another favorite are the $25 forks from Milk and Honey engraved with, what else. “thankful.” Oh, one last thing, if you need “Ready. Set. Plan.” advice for the big day or a Turkey “tool kit”, Crate and Barrel has lots of online help.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. With Love From LA,
Giving gifts can be stressful! Here at The Blonde and The Brunette we have got you covered in the gift buying department. Check out our list of favorite budget friendly goodies that we love so much that we have bought them for ourselves!
We are a bit OCD , so we love anything from Rebecca Minkoff, especially (1) her clever, metallic “Glam Kit” MIA Makeup Pouch $75; (2) the “Life of The Party” (because we always are) Cory Pouch to keep our pretty pennies (and all of our other essentials) tucked away in style. $65; and (3) for us LA girls, her fun “Sunglass Pouch” to protect your sunnies from bumps and bruises in style.
The height of the engagement and wedding season is around the corner, so for the Bride To Be, we love, love, love (as Mr. Darcy might say) this Lanvin Set of 10 Save the Date cards. $80. This chic set of 10 white paper ‘Save the Date’ cards is presented in an elegant box and tied with grosgrain ribbon; they make the perfect gift for brides to be.
Even us working girls want the cutest accessories while we are on the go. Lately we have found ourselves doing old school things like using a pen and writing notes. Two of our favorites are the (5.) Lanvin Love bow-embellished pen $130 and the (6.) Kate Spade Sticky Note Set $16.
Since we’re also techie buffs that have to listen to our tunes in style, you can find us at our desks plugged in to (7.) Frends Ella gold-tone earphones $100. The jewelry-inspired pair is both stylish and functional delivering authentic, natural sound thanks to a 13mm driver. We talk tech! The best part is they are handmade with gold-tone metal details, plus we love the fabric-covered cords and handy travel pouch.
Finally, we lied, we adore the 8.) Rebecca Minkoff Stelle Audio Clutch $399. Together, Stellé Audio and Rebecca Minkoff developed a portable Bluetooth audio product capturing the very essence of Rebecca’s style combined with premium quality audio. Carry it and you really will be the life of the party. Get it! We ‘ve got a theme going.