Trend Report: Just A Pop Of Cobalt

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Admin

It's no wonder that the cobalt color has survived just about any other hue during any given season, the intense blue shade has a propensity to transform even the most simplest form of dressing into a statement-making canvas. Trumping even the alluring fire-engine red with its edgy cool undertones. While we may find ourselves in the sunnier months never means we need to archive a palette and let it sit to rust until the period feels just right, this includes the vibrant blue form. For Summer, we're thinking instead of draping ourselves in a head-to-toe ensemble featuring its prominence, maybe small dosages and shots of cobalt here and there would suffice as an unsuspecting touch to a typical Summer implied anthem. Think rich pops of cobalt onto white, or a more modern and cool interpretation when projected onto black, even mixed in with other color families for an eclectic jump-start to an outfit. Virtually, cobalt can provide endless possibilities that flatters and suits all skin tones, which gives us another reason to love its vibrant majesty! 

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The Glossover: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Admin

I read about the "magic" of peeling pads in a Vogue article dating back to 2013. Promising a new tactic in the pioneering of skincare and anti-aging, this specific product was set to become a major component in battling the inevitable. After reading the article, I went on a thorough search to find a brand that sold these gems at a reasonable price. When doing something out of a trial basis, I don't want to fork out a lot of money right this instant, instead I want to ease my way into it. That's how I found the Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads by Peter Thomas Roth ($45 for 60 ct). Since I'm nearing the 30's mark, I have been slowly adjusting my skincare regimen to include a few aging combatants out of precaution and really preventative maintenance, so adding this product was kind of a big deal since it promised to much. It contains all the right, and quite impressive, ingredients list that would help tremendously to scale back and keep the aging symptoms at bay. 

What it does: 
Get the glow with Peter Thomas Roth's professional-strength facial-peel pads. Formulated with a 20% proprietary complex of alpha, beta and gamma exfoliators (including glycolic, salicylic, lactic and linoleic acids) and amino acids, which are the building blocks of peptides. Combined with powerful botanical extracts and antioxidants, reveal beautiful, clear, radiant, glowing skin. Designed to work alone to exfoliate the skin for the superior glow of a professional facial peel, while also preparing the skin to allow Un-Wrinkle® and/or any treatment products to better absorb into the skin. Unique peel pads are filled with moisturizing properties to help protect the skin as it is being exfoliated. Helps to minimize pores, clarify the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Leaves skin soft, smooth, firm and revitalized. 

Upon first opening the jar, you'll see the round pads and I'm telling you right off the bat that an entire pad is not needed. I actually cut the pad into 4 pieces, each of those individual pieces is enough to do your entire face, neck, decollete and top of the hands. Naturally since this was my first time trying the product I exactly followed the instructions on how to use it, which is: Use daily on skin in the AM and/or PM. Gently apply to the face, neck, decollete and top of hands (leave on for approximately 60 seconds or up to 3 minutes). Rinse thoroughly with water to neutralize peel and pat dry. Easy enough. After first-time use I did notice a tingling sensation, which the label says is normal, while I was physically using the pad on my face it did instantly exfoliate my face because flakes of dirt and skin came off. So don't panic if you see that, these peeler pads are meant to function as an exfoliator.

After a one-time use I did not notice any immediate significant results, except for the fact it had taken off an entire layer of dead cells and my skin felt refreshed. For dry skin it suggests to use 1-2 times daily if skin tolerates well and after a transition period of working the skin up to frequent use. I personally use this once a day, 4 times a week. After using the pads consistently for a good solid month, that's when I started to notice the difference of texture and brightness in the skin. My face started to feel softer, my complexion overall looked brighter and quite clean and even. About almost a year into it, by happenstance of lighting (I guess) I noticed that the fine lines around my mouth have virtually disappeared and I my heart kind of skipped a beat or two with utter joy. So I guess the "un-wrinkling" part has some form of truth to it.

So far the pads have been very gentle on my skin, and I have pushed the up to 3 minutes of leave-on time to 5 and more. I get distracted by multi-tasking sometimes, so it just sits there. Even when applied for that long it did not cause any issues or reactions. The pads do leave a film upon application but you are not supposed to layer this underneath makeup, which the film complaint is something I've read quite a few negatives about. Also, this is not supposed to replace a night cream, which came in once again as part of the film complaints that it left oil and grease on pillowcases. I wash my face, apply the peel pad and let it sit for 3 minutes at minimum, rinse thoroughly, pat dry, apply a serum, wait a few minutes, apply a cream, and done. I've never had any complaint about a film ending up somewhere or my makeup being greasy because of it.

A year into it now and I'm still on my first jar, cut the pads into fours I tell ya, and I'm definitely looking to purchase my second in the next few month since I could not imagine my skincare routine without now. I have been tempted to experiment with other brands after the jar is gone but I have come to love this so much that I could not see myself using another brands.

Rating: 5/5

This Month's Cover Star

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Admin

Victoria Beckham didn't just nab one cover, but two for the August issue of Vogue UK. Patrick Demarchelier captured the celeb designer in the English countryside while properly attired in hillside ensembles from Chanel and Prada. The editorial captures an entirely different side of Beckham, whom we are accustomed to seeing in sky-high heels and matching la mode, in images of demure and humbleness in garden gear with Wellies to go along. Needless to say, the shoot was quite a shocking one to hit the industry. While this projection is not exactly the Posh we know, regardless the covers are quite chic in nature, which is why Vic is our cover star of the month, sans heels and all!


Over-The-Knee Boots In Summer According To Model Off-Duty Style

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Admin

With Spring comes a time to pull out our sunny season wardrobe, and the whole goal is to archive every single piece that reminds of drab weather until Fall is underway. Leave it up to model Ming Xi to have us rethink this fashion standard by stepping out in a pretty breezy ensemble where all eyes are drawn to the obvious, the black over-the-knee boots. By association, knee-highs and up are the poster child of instant sex appeal, injecting a flirty flair into a look. While we can definitely agree that the look defines bold and edgy on a hot Summer's day, we're not too sure about the comfort and function aspect during sweltering temps. Albeit, we're totally loving this look and are kind of tempted to pull out the good ole riding boots and pair them with denim shorts ... 

What do you think about this outfit? 

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Mattel To Launch Karl Lagerfeld Barbie

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Admin

Oh no peeps, you ain't dreaming and you are not misreading the subject, toy manufacturer Mattel will in fact be releasing a doll inspired by Karl Lagerfeld. As part of their collector series, a limited edition doll named Barbie Lagerfeld is being created after the real man himself. Donned in the designer's signature ensemble of choice, the Barbie shall be wearing the tailored jacket, skinny black jeans, high-collared white shirt and naturally some shades and ankle boots. Also, lest not exclude the ponytail because the look would not be complete. Barbie Lagerfeld is rumored to launch in Fall with no other details being available as of right now.



Sketch of Barbie Lagerfeld. Via WWD; 

8 Perfect Shirt Dresses To Take From AM To PM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Admin

Perhaps the most easiest, breeziest and all-round versatile sartorial piece any girl can own this Summer is the simple shirt dress. When picked just right, this epitome of casual and chic can be worn at the office, and elevated to nighttime by swapping out shoes and accessories. And since we're all about functionality, for an easygoing vibe the next few weeks we selected our favorite shirt dresses that fit the bill for both criteria with a strong win for minimal effort!

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Bar Refaeli,
Allure April 2011

Nail-tacular: The New Neons

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Admin

Fashionistas who are looking to embrace Summer in the hottest trends, or are looking to add more polishes to their existing collections, rejoice because Essie has a neon-inspired line inspired by girls just like you! Released a while ago, the nail color authority celebrates this hot-button trend of the season with 6 sumptuous and energetic shades that will have you serial painting your nails throughout the entire Summer in colors sure to net you some much deserved compliments!



City Girl Picks: 5 Places To Eat While In Portland, OR

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Admin

Whether you're a tourist in waiting, a transplant navigating the town, on a quick business trip or a local looking for new digs, everyone's gotta eat! Today I'm sharing my top 5 favorite places to eat in downtown Portland. From breakfast to desert and drinks, these are the spots you'll find me frequenting when spending a Saturday in the city! 

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Cara Delevingne Is A Boxing Champ For Latest Chanel Ads

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Admin

With a scene set where a boxing ring takes center stage, it-model and longtime Chanel darling Cara Delevingne stars alongside quickly rising up-and-comer Binx Walton in a new series for the Chanel Fall and Winter ad campaign. Wrapped in the iconic signature Chanel tweed, strapped in edgy leather and draped in pearls, the two look ready to rumble in a game of fashion K.O.!




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Lottie Moss Lands Iconic Campaign

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Admin

Lottie Moss, younger sister of supermodel icon Kate Moss, just landed one of the biggest campaign gigs to date. Calvin Klein Jeans has partnered up with mytheresa.com for a special capsule collection titled; "The Re-issue Project", and the campaign stars none other than freshman model face Lottie Moss. Michael Avedon, grandson to legendary photographer Richard Avedon, captured the series and stated that Lottie represents the essence of the Calvin Klein girl - "Intriguing innocence with utter beauty."

Launching on mytheresa.com on July 17, the Re-Issue Project will feature various apparel items ranging from sweatshirts to t-shirts and of course the iconic sports bra. Prices are said to be floating around from $100 - $450.








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Cute Sporty Outfits You'll Want To Copy For Summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Admin

We don't know about you, but for us Summer is quite synonymous with wearing sporty gear without ever setting foot inside the gym. It's the perfect uncomplicated outfit idea that has comfort and practically all embedded into one fuss-free ensemble. Totally appropriate for a casual and relaxing day strolling around doing nothing. For some fun in the sun gear that needs no strategic assembly, scroll on further and see these cute sporty looks you will definitely want to covet and copy this season!




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Outfit 1: Givenchy top | H&M pants | Vince Camuto sandals;
Outfit 2: Karl Lagerfeld cap | Markus Lupfer sweater | Topshop shorts | Tibi sandals;
Outfit 3: Missguided t-shirt dress | Forever21 skirt | Marie Turnor clutch | Stuart Weitzman sandals;
Outfit 4: H&M jeans | Zoe Karssen jacket | Nike sneakers;
Outfit 5: LPD New York t-shirt | Zara skirt | Super Sunglasses sunglasses;
Outfit 6: Helmut Lang blazer | Topshop bandeau | Lot78 pants | DKNY sneaker wedge;
Outfit 7: Other UK dress | Badgley Mischka sandals;
Outfit 8: River Island top | Topshop skirt; 

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Intro: Adriana Lima
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Why You Should Ditch Your Black Eyeliner For Something A Little Lighter

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Admin

Summer comes with a breezy index; effortless hair, simple and cute ensembles and natural lighter-looking makeup. Sunny days perpetually replace the heavy-with-mood atmosphere we've grown accustomed to over the long Winter, with Spring as an interim period to start making the slow transition from one season to the next. Relaxed and balmy days embrace a different itinerary of navigation within our makeup routines, first and foremost embracing less dramatic looks. Sculpted cheekbones are archived for a simple all-over bronzer application. Powdery blushes transfer over into creamy formulas. Moody colored smokey eyes make way for neutral origins and less emphasis on darker hues, this latter concept also accounts for the classic black eyeliner most women reach out to on a daily basis. Summer gives us the option to play hooky from the deep onyx and opt for a more alluring mystery found in shades less punched in drama. Metallic browns, shimmering taupe, sheen-filled coppers, etc., provide the same effect a black liner would, only in minus. And the subdued counterparts are equally as versatile as black since the daytime look seamlessly transitions to night, especially when complimented by a black mascara. 

We're not advocating to ditch the black eyeliner all together, since the lifeline medium has a certain profound magic of enhancing the natural shape and look of the eye, plus has an incredibly sexy vixen factor to it. But in Summer, anything a black liner can do, so can a brown and sometimes even more. The low-maintenance application does not call for exact precision as black does since you can smudge it out to go with a defined Summer glow a la Brazilian goddess-esque like Adriana Lima. With black you don't have a choice since it naturally evolves in a dark and heavy smokey eye regardless. Or you end up looking like Taylor Momsen. Both are no bueno unless a Goth look is what you're aiming for.

Needless to say, choosing a lighter eyeliner to go with your sexy neutral eyes is not just a natural choice, it just goes along with the season. Try it out for yourself and let us know how you like it!

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1. Urban Decay | 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Underground $20
2. Urban Decay | 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Roach $20
3. Urban Decay | 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Hustle $20
4. Laura Mercier | Crème Eye Liner in Espresso $23
5. Nars | Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via Appia $24
6. Bobbi Brown | Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink $24
7. Dolce & Gabbana | Intense Kohl Eye Crayon in Chocolate 4 $30
8. Clinique | Brush-On Cream Liner in Black Honey $16
9. Stila | Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown $20
10. MAC | Eye Kohl in Teddy $16
11. Lancome | Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Copper $30.50
12. Sephora Collection | Color Proof Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in 03 Matte Brown $12
13. LORAC | Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eye Liner in Brown $23
14. Yves Saint Laurent | Dessin du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencil in 002 Patent Leather $30
15. Smashbox | Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane $20

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