Forever 21's Fall look book is set at a quaint, old-fashioned cafe in Paris. Ooh la la. So, naturally, the collection is made up of cozy chic pieces — dressed-up sweaters, skirts with sheen, flirty capes, tweed trenches, and thick plaid scarves. Notice the way they're all thrown together in that effortless Parisian way. But the more severe, less romantic girl has not been overlooked. For her, there are studded faux leather jackets, lace-up ankle boots, striped cardigans, and leather shorts. Get a Fall glimpse, then shop to your heart's desire.
Most of my Fall shopping is complete, but Madewell has convinced me there's always room for a little more. Its look book is filled with cozy cool options offering up rail-straight cords — my favorite is this soft blush hue — sweet sweaters, polished coats, and awesome boots. This heather oatmeal funnel scarf will surely come in handy for chilly mornings and I know I'd wear this green parka to death. Somehow, Madewell always manages to make the simplest things look so cool. Color me inspired.
Hairstylist Moulay Yacoubi of the Pierre Michel Salon in NYC, has styled the locks of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Elizabeth Hurley; and when it comes to what's hot now, Yacoubi knows his stuff. Recently, I had the chance to chat with the stylist regarding trendy styles, but more importantly, he emphasized, "People should be aware, [and ask] 'Am I going to look good with that haircut?'" Check out his tips for what's sexy now, without sacrificing the most flattering cut for your face shape, personality, and lifestyle.
Just in time for Halloween, Agent Provocateur has released its Autumn superhero-inspired collection of lustful lingerie complete with mesh bras, thongs, striped corsets, and silky camisoles. OK, I don't expect anyone to rock these outfits outside the house (maybe at the Exotic Erotic Ball), but behind closed doors, these pieces can add major spice in your life. I dare you to take on a persona — I'm claiming Kammelion's alien-like ensemble — and let your imagination flow. So who shall it be? Red-hot Bullet in her skimpy rhinestone playsuit and nipple armor, or Pantheria's catty two-piece? Decisions, decisions . . .
EBay and I are constant companions. She has been my go-to for awesomely unique vintage finds for years now. I have to admit though, she's not easy. Finding that one-of-a-kind piece always takes research and patience. I did some heavy duty searching and found an arsenal of amazing pieces to keep you fresh this Fall. Fingerless gloves, a cool slouchy beanie, and a faux fur vest are all on the menu. Tackle time.
Many models are forming lineups these days — luckily, not for the police, but rather for Fall's hottest ad campaigns. I've been noticing many lineup-style ads lately, and I quite like them because they cut out the frills and bring us face to face with the matter at hand: the creations. That, and the industry's most gorgeous models. DKNY's Fall '09 lineup — starring Bette Franken, Behati Prinsloo, Daiane Conterato, Anna Gushina, and more — is structured, with the girls standing sturdy, shoulder to shoulder. Jones New York's lineup with Anja Rubik, Caroline Trentini, Isabeli Fontana, and Liya Kebede is more friendly and lively. Both showcase the clothes flawlessly, but which ad lineup wins?
Fall is all about bundling up, but after experiencing The Lake & Stars Fall look book, I would rather strip down. It's romantic and brooding, innocent and old-fashioned, rolled into one. I am especially smitten with the coquettish triangle bras, and though they don't provide much support, they're lovely for a night in. I wonder if I can wear one over a tee during the day. Sheer, lace, peach, satin . . . whoever wears plain underthings because no one sees them ought to reconsider. Shopbop currently has a few The Lake & Stars pieces on sale, so take a dip.
After a few weeks of warm temperatures, there's no denying it officially feels like Autumn. Yesterday I passed by one of those makeshift pumpkin patches on the city street corner and then immediately bought myself a long-sleeved turtleneck and a big bag of Brach's Harvest Mix. Now that I'm in the mood for this seasonably crisp weather and I've officially got an addiction to candy corn and other mellowcreme confections, I've got pumpkin on the brain. High in vitamins A and C and zinc, this gourd-like squash helps heal and protect the skin from free radicals, all while gently dissolving dead skin cells. The addition of egg helps bind the mask together, nourishing and lifting the skin. To get the recipe for this homemade pumpkin face mask, read more.
Earlier today, the girls around the office and I were discussing how much we love Halloween. "I love Halloween parties, but it's not like they just grow on trees," quipped my deskmate. I couldn't agree more — I need some more make-believe in my life. This got me to thinking about how I will celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, and the answer lies partially in nail polish. For Halloween, it's more than just your typical black nail lacquer. It's all about glitter, shades of green, orange, bold neons, and other distinctive colors. And that's why I've gathered together some nail polish ideas to get you in the spirit of the ghoulish season ahead. So bust out your most evil laugh, and get ready to glow in the dark.
La Prairie has long been known for its luxurious skincare line, with stars like Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes counted amongst its large celebrity fan base. The brand has definitely established a cult following since its inception in 1978, but did you know that La Prairie has a line of makeup as well?
Raychel Wade, the brand's color ambassador and founder of cosmetic consulting firm Cheek to Chic, has offered up some very helpful ideas for all of us. More on her makeup advice later, but to find out my two favorite lip-color tips, just read more.