This Week's Fashion News and Advice:

East Dane’s Biggest 2014 Sale Going On Now!

Black Friday is just the beginning, gents! Enter East Dane’s BIGGEST sale of the year and it lasts an entire WEEK!

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The Sale begins Tuesday, November 25 7:00AM EST through Monday December 1, 11:59PM PST. There are NO brand exclusions, and with this sale, the more you purchase the better the savings. Here is the breakdown of savings:

Spend $250= 15% off

Spend $500= 20% off

Spend $1000 = 25% off

And just to get you thinking, here are some categories I’ve had my eye on for this sale.

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High End Mens Leather Jackets (ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars)

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Selvedge Denim Jeans ($200 to $300)

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Lace-Up Shoes, Especially Oxfords ($400)

And here’s some important details regarding the sale:

  • Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
  • Shipping charges may apply to discounted and free promotional items.
  • Offer may not be combined with other offers.

Otherwise, there’s no time like the present to save this season at East Dane!

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The Perfect Autumn/Winter Looks For 2014

With each new season come new trends in fashion. This autumn/winter, you can make yourself look like you came straight out of the runway with a few makeup tips. There’s no need to go to the salon and have someone else do your makeup for you. With a few tools, materials, and tricks from the experts, you can have that model look that will make you stand out from the crowd this autumn/winter season!

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Before you get your foundation makeup, here are a few perfect looks for autumn/winter 2014.

Dark lips

The dark lip trend is back and it is perfect for autumn. This look is perfect for a night out with friends or a dinner date with your significant other. Go for deep and dark reds. Use lip gloss with your chosen dark shade to get the impact of the color without appearing too harsh. Use lipliner to outline the shape of your lips and prevent the dark shade from going outside the lines. You wouldn’t want to be a hot mess during your date.

Metallic

Metallic shades are also in this season. It is best for parties, holiday gatherings, and even a stroll downtown. There are plenty of shades to choose from, but to look classy and glamorous, stick to silver, copper, gold, or bronze. You can use metallic eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish, and eyeliner. Just make sure not to use all metallics at once to avoid looking like a clown. Events hints of metallic shades and subtle lines can do wonders.

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Eyelashes

Fake lashes are trendy this autumn/winter. If you want your eyes to pop without using too much makeup, eyelashes should do the trick. Thick and long eyelashes coupled with the perfect shade of eyeshadow can make you look like a glamorous beauty queen. It also adds drama to your look. When using fake lashes, go for nude makeup to keep the focus on your eyes.

Neutral

For barely-there makeup, go neutral and use highlights and shades to add a bit of dazzle to your face. Emphasize your face’s best features using neutral colors and you will get a simple, yet classy look that will be great for an everyday look. A clean face will always look good no matter what you wear.

Color

Use a dash of color if you feel fun and flirty. You can play with different colors, but the best one for autumn/winter is blue in different shades. Some of the shades that we’ve seen on the runway include azure, cobalt, cerulean, and sapphire. Play with eyeshadows, colored mascara, and eyeliner. This can make your eyes pop, especially if you have blue-colored eyes.

Getting a runway look doesn’t have to be difficult. If you follow the latest fashion trends and research on runway looks, you can recreate the makeup and style of models easily. Research the best products to use and you will end up looking like a model. Follow trends that are perfect for your face, and soon, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.

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How Fashion Affects Each Of Life’s Decisions

We may not know it but our fashion choices might be influencing how other people see us or perceive us. In turn, this influences how they interact with us. For example, we see a person dressed drastically different from us, we deduce that they might have different likes and hobbies, and that we won’t like each other. Thus, you’ll put off actually talking to the person or even just meeting them. We don’t date men with cars we think makes him look like a “loser.” We are influenced by other people’s fashion choices and so do our fashion choices influence other people, positively or negatively.

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People judge us by the car we drive. If you drive a 10-year old car with dings on the sides and peeling paint, people are most likely to judge you as someone who can’t afford a new car or even repairs for the old one. If you drive a Porsche Carrera or a Mercedes Benz, people will think that you have a lot of money to splurge on your car. And they will be more likely to date you, befriend you, and talk to you.

Dress more conservatively to be promoted

Research suggests that in the case of women, the more conservative they dress, the more respected and authoritative they are perceived. In a case study of over 129 participants where they were shown pictures of women in office clothing, with very little variance such as a button more undone on one picture or a woman wearing a skirt one inch shorter than the others, the results suggest that for managerial and corporate positions, people with longer skirt lengths and those with buttoned-up blouses are perceived to be fit for the job. However, those with shorter skirt lengths and with one button unbuttoned was not deemed fit. Nonetheless, for a receptionist position, the length of skirt and type of blouse did not make any difference.

How we dress influences our mood

In a study involving 100 women ranging from 21-64, results found that there is a possibility that wearing certain clothes affect our mood. The study suggests that wearing jeans actually puts us in a somber and slightly depressed mood. The researcher suggests that wearing jeans suggests to the observer that the person didn’t bother with picking clothes that day. To compare, wearing dresses can lead to happier moods, as it seems that the wearer put in a bit of effort to look good. However, this study doesn’t put into the equation that some people are just predisposed to wearing jeans versus people who wear dresses daily as a lifestyle choice. Nonetheless, this research suggests that no matter what your mood is, you will be perceived by other people as being in a happy mood or a depressed mood just based on your dress alone. Our lifestyle choices don’t just affect us. It influences other people on how they see us and how they will interact with us in the future. Fashion indeed influences life choices.

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5 Boundary-Pushing Jewelry Shops on Melrose Avenue

When you live in Los Angeles, it goes without saying that you need to be on the cutting edge of fashion just to blend in. This city is so style-centric that even the meter maids are working hard to look fierce. Almost everyone knows the best boutiques and thrift stores to find the most fashion-forward clothes — but when it comes to accessories, many Los Angelites are wandering around in the dark.

Accessories are what make or break an outfit, so knowing where to find the perfect pendant or a terrific timepiece will give you access to unparalleled chicness. The next time you’re wandering around Melrose Avenue, be sure to step into a few of these stores and take a look at the up and comers in the world of jewelry.

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1. Maya

Open for more than 40 years, Maya has been providing Los Angelites with some of the most diverse and unique jewelry the world has to offer. Their selection changes regularly, as people carry in and out one-of-a-kind pieces unavailable anywhere else, but you can usually find a good choice of men’s and women’s rings as well as a plethora of wooden crafts (which aren’t jewelry, but exceptional and eye-catching all the same).

Maya also boasts the city’s largest selection of body jewelry, so if you’re searching for a new stud, plug, chain, or hoop for any of your body piercings, step in here before you go anywhere else.

2. Altivo

If you have a more narrow scope — say, timepieces — you might need a more specialized shop, but luckily Melrose boasts the city’s absolute best watch store. Altivo has a fiercely devoted base of loyal customers because Altivo on Melrose Avenue sells only the highest quality timepieces, but they are willing to work with any budget. Though the vast selection of watches within Altivo may be daunting to some first-time watch buyers, the exceedingly helpful employees are trained to match you with the perfect style, so you’ll leave happy and confident in your purchase. They can move seamlessly from top designer watches like Fossil and Diesel to practical and fitness brands like Luminox and G-Shock; trust us, Altivo can fill all your watch-related needs.

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3. Resurrection

You might know Resurrection for its unbelievable grabs in vintage clothing. Hands down, they have some of the best selection in the world when it comes to collectible and vintage styles. However, few people stop to ogle the jewelry counter, and this is more than just a shame — it’s a mistake.

While generally the more memorable jewelry trends of the past don’t exactly hold up well with modern tastes, hundreds of designers have created timeless pieces that are just as beautiful and desirable today as they were when introduced. Browse old collections of Hermes, Chanel, and others to find those knock-out pieces to complete your ensemble. Additionally, don’t miss store owner Katy Rodriguez’s beautiful creations mixed in with the bunch; her line of jewelry earns you style points without taking a big bite out of your budget.

4. Kelly Wearstler

Not yet a household name in the fashion world but still rising high all the same, Kelly Wearstler just recently opened her flagship store on Melrose to raucous applause. This world-famous interior designer has expanded her talents to include fashion and jewelry as well, and her shop has it all, from large sectionals to delicate dangle earrings. Kelly’s jewelry isn’t old, but it is eclectic and cutting-edge; you’re unlikely to see pieces like hers anywhere else in the city.

You’re likely to find items in each of her three current collections (mélange, classic, and fine) that call your name, so it’s best to come with outfits in mind, or you might find yourself with more rings than you were expecting to buy.

5. Jewels by Alex

Out of all of the shops listed, this one probably resembles most closely what one imagines as a jewelry store. The store features comfortable seating, lighted display cases, and jewels glittering everywhere the light touches. While Jewels by Alex might appear from the outside like a bargain-box jewelry shop, they are hiding real gems within.

This family-owned company scours the city for the best styles and quality stones, so you can be sure you’re getting a unique and valuable piece. The knowledgeable staff is exceptional at pairing pieces with people, so even if you don’t know what you want, they do.

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Maternity Coats You’ll Love Even if You’re NOT Pregnant!

Keep that bun in the oven warm all winter long in these stylish coats, which maternity style mavens like Blake Lively and Kate Middleton would approve of.  From a fall breeze to those cold winter nights, you can still look oh so chic while keeping cozy.

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The sophisticated MAMA Wool-blend Bouclé Coat from H&M is for the downtown cool mom-to-be. With a tie belt waist and concealed fasteners, this coat is able to cover your expanding baby bump from 12 weeks to nine months.

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Blank NYC Zipper Detail Faux Leather Maternity Jacket will be your favorite “throw over everything” piece this fall.  This motorcycle style jacket with silver hardware is edgy and tough, but can be softened when paired with a flowy dress.  Or add some great boots for the perfect fall ensemble.

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Punch up your prenatal wardrobe with some color! This wool maternity coat with a high collar and a bubble hem will lend sophistication to any outfit.  At under $50, this fun coat will infuse a little extra fun and the elegant shape you’ll want to wear again, well after your child is born!

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When the chill in the air turns icy, MAMA Padded Parka with a detachable faux fur trimmed hood will keep you nice and warm, while looking cool.  The drawstring waist and side pockets give some shape to the coat and make it a great option for the woman who’s too hip for regular old, oversized maternity wear.

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Look Out for These Fashion Girl Musts This BLACK FRIDAY

While we love Thanksgiving, it’s common knowledge that the day after might just be one of the best days of the year to score some killer sales.  While it’s possible to score big, be careful not to get caught up in the chaos and excitement as not every sale is really the best.  Experts say this is a great time to purchase electronics and high end items, but other gifts such as sweaters and sneakers might actually get cheaper closer to the holidays!  Want in on the shopping fun but are unwilling to wake up at 3am and lose some precious family time?  You’re in luck; the following Monday, which is now known as Cyber Monday, provides some fantastic deals online!

While we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely,  these are the items that we’ll be on the look out for:

The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795

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Why we love it:  This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back.  Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain.  Made in England, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879!  The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist.  The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.

A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395

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Why we love it:  These lightweight scarves look great paired with a classic trench or all on their own.  Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or The Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check.  No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up

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Why we love it:  It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote.  It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy.  Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)

Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845

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Why we love them:  They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom!  There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles.  For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada.  Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900

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Why we love it:  Chanel is the epitome of fashion.  It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age.  Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces.  With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.

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IZOD Sporty Casual Menswear For Fall 2014

IZOD is a familiar name in menswear. It is a company that produces upscale casual clothing, footwear, and accessories for both men and women. It is also part of the larger Phillip Van Heusen Company in NYC. The original company name came from the Jack IZOD Tailoring Boutique that created bespoke shirts for men in London England. The company was introduced to the USA in 1938. You might be familiar with their iconic Lacoste Pique Polo Shirt with the crocodile logo, for which IZOD became very well known.

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One men’s clothing item that IZOD consistently does well is the sweater. At Kohl’s, they carry two styles of IZOD sweaters that are very popular in menswear. First, is the IZOD ¼ Zip Pullover. It is a great alternative, comfort-wise, to a sweat shirt and a little more stylish. It is constructed of a cotton/polyester blend that is very easy care. In the cooler weather, the long sleeve pullover can be worn over a turtleneck, button-down shirt, or short sleeve polo. The stand-up collar can be left open or zipped all the way up for more of a “mock-neck” style. The IZOD pullover comes in black, navy, blue, red, and green, which at the price of $19.99 would make it a fantastic holiday gift for any-aged man in your life.

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Next, is the IZOD Solid Sweater. This particular one is a v-neck style, which tends to be not as popular with all men, as the crew neck style sweater. It may be a more modern cut that doesn’t appeal to traditionalists. However, the sweater is a simplistic layering piece that can be worked into what you already may have in your closet. The “IZOD Solid Sweater” is designed in a fine gage cotton knit that will be less bulky than some other sweater knits like cable and fisherman’s knits, fitting more easily under more fitted garments like sports blazers and leather jackets.

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This IZOD sweater at Kohl’s comes in twelve different colors, but if you are giving it as a gift, you would be better off to stick to more basic, neutral colors like black, navy, or charcoal grey. This v-neck style sweater is priced at $32.99, which is about average for this type of sweater, but it is designed for the type of guy who leans more toward the preppy style of dressing, so it may not be the perfect gift for everyone.

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