No matter how hard we try to keep clean, stains happen to the best of us. They usually occur at the most inopportune time landing on some of our favorite tees, sweaters, and fashion god forbid, white dresses. That said, we compiled a list of tried and true easy stain fighting tips from designers, clothing care gurus, and fellow editors. Now if only we could look just as glamorous as Lily Donaldson and Gemma Ward, seen here in Vogue, while cleaning our clothes . . .
There are lots of amazing luxury pieces out there, but Barneys New York is hell-bent on bringing you the best of the best. Its new Fall collection is painfully chic and chock-full of simple, contemporary pieces that will take you through the season looking — and feeling — like a sophisticated city girl. Step inside for chicer-than-chic tips from its latest styled ensembles and to shop your favorite pieces.
We like a little fade on our blue denim, but not our blacks. When black jeans start to fade, they start to lose their appeal, too. So, to prevent buyer's remorse on a pair of amazing designer denim, Heal My Jeans offers relief in the way of an expert dye job. Just send your faded blacks in, and for $45 a pair, they'll be newly dyed, and brought back to life. And if you happen to be on the road touring with your band, they'll ship back the concert-worthy jeans to meet you at your next gig, no joke. Restoration denim.
Earrings usually come in a pair. Like, two peas in a pod, two wheels on a bike, two fabulous shoes . . . a double rainbow! PartySugar lost an earring back on her way to work this morning and we discussed her sporting the one earring style — totally acceptable, especially with double piercings. Then I spotted these Wendy Nichol Mix & Match Studs ($210) and thought to myself: I have so many cool studs, why not just mix and match my own? Studs are the safest place to begin this DIY, the bigger you go, the more glances you'll get. That is up to you. Shall we give it a whirl?
How many times has this happened to you? You're out somewhere and unexpectedly fall madly in love with something someone is wearing — be it a pair of amazing caged booties, or a sweet top that would go perfectly with your new jeans, or knockout chandelier earrings. You're too shy to ask them where they got it, or worse, they walk away before you even get the chance. Fret no more ladies; I have a master plan for these situations. And it's worked for me!
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You may not be a celebrity who gets her photo taken every second, but let's face it, Facebook has provided enough instances for fabulous photo-ops. That's why this lesson should prove valuable for you. While Jessica Biel looks great in her one-shouldered Vionnet frock and House of Lavande jewels at the The A-Team photocall in Madrid, we love the shot on the right more. That's because the dress looks extra smashing from the side. Same dress, totally different angles. This proves there's a lot you can do to make your most gorgeous outfit more flattering in photos.
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It's high Summer time, but I'm slowly prepping for Fall. It all started with a pair of midcalf black boots I purchased last year from Nine West. They were great at the time, but flash forward to many months later when I started to have a problem with them. I had initially sought a moto-chic vibe, but these boots were more screaming Wellies, thanks to the pull-up tab detail. I had overlooked that fact, but recently I've been seriously craving a pair of short buckled boots to rough up my flirty Summer frocks. That's when a light bulb went off in my head.
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Online shopping is a savior, but it has its flaws. One of the biggest I've come across is opening up my package and realizing that the item before me is not at all what it looked like on the computer screen. Now, this isn't necessarily the fault of the retailer. There are inevitable discrepancies due to photography — colors and patterns don't always translate. This isn't reason enough to quit online shopping altogether, no way. Instead, I'll share a quick precaution you can take to ensure that what you see on your screen is what you will get in your hands. Sound good?
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Imagine being a bra: When it comes time to get clean, you get tossed and swirled around a gigantic, claustrophobic laundry machine. Berry Ball ($14) is here to protect your bra from flying all over. The conveniently placed holes allow water to flow through it, dissolving the detergent. What's more, a floating scrubbing ball inside massages and cleans your bra cups through the process. Even better, this set comes with a Berry Bag for your panties. Once you're done, hang it up with the attached strap until next time.
Finding the perfect shoe — be it heels, flats, tennis shoes, or flip flops — can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. But with the right knowledge — which shoes make your legs longer and which give you bad ankles — finding the right shoe is as easy as reading this blog. So to help you out, I've created a (semi-) brief guide:
- Round-toed heels can (sometimes) make your feet look like hooves
- Tan heels make your legs look longer
- Black heels against pale white skin does not look good — so wear nude stockings
- Strappy heels work against people with larger ankles (or cankles, in the nicest way possible!)
- Pointy-toed heels can be a pain (unless, of course, you have narrow toes!), but they can do wonders for your feet
- Very high heels (that is, 5 inches or more) can ruin perfectly good posture
- Heeled boots that rise to the mid-calf or more can elongate the legs, but ankle-height boots visually chop the legs in half.
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