This Week's Fashion News and Advice:

Fifty Shades of Grey Manicures

Grey has got our attention, and no, we’re not just talking about the smoldering stare of Jamie Dornan.  The color, a mix of black and white, has flooded the fingertips of models at New York Fashion Week. “Grey is the new neutral; it really is,” Danielle Candido, lead artist for Morgan Taylor shares.

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At Sally LaPointe, Candido went for a light grey.  By mixing together Morgan Taylor’s “Scene Queen” (a grey-beige with subtle shimmer) and a hint of “Sweater Weather” (a creamy grey also used at Angel Sanchez) she created a custom, dove grey manicure, perfect for fall.

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To highlight the sequins and beadings of Carmen Marc Valvo’s collection, Candido created a gunmetal mani with a black stripe.  This silvery grey creation was made by mixing Morgan Taylor’s “Metaling Around” and “Mattes a Wrap.”  By mixing the two polishes together rather than layering, Candido explains that it keeps the reflective quality of the polish but  adds a muted background.  An off-set black line was then drawn on the nail in “Little Black Dress” and highlighted with “Make it Last” top coat to add shine only to the black polish.  This two-toned mani really makes everyone look twice because of the different textures, “it’s not just simply a black line on a grey nail, it really adds dimension.”

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Angel Sanchez knew the power of a grey nail and enlisted lead artist Gina Edwards to create “Le Smoking” nails.   To complement Sanchez’ designs, she brushed on “Sweater Weather” by Morgan Taylor and “Need For Speed” top coat, layered under “Make It Last” for a high-gloss finish.  This super shiny dark charcoal nail perfectly complemented Sanchez’ ’70s glam, vintage YSL esthetic.  The collection transported the audience back to Studio 54; however, the mani’s look trendy and relevant.  While we can’t wait for spring, this cozy named polish has us excited to bundle up for fall!

From dark steels to lighter shades, grey is a color anyone can pull off; proving that for fall 2015, orange isn’t the new black, grey is.

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Festival Flare!

It’s festival season, so now is the perfect time to bring on the fringe, floppy hats, and crop tops. No matter if you’re off to Coachella or simply ready for the beach, these fun summery pieces will be your new best friend. We’ve scoured the best stores to find you our favorite pieces, best part is, they’re all under $50!

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H&M:

H&M LOVES COACHELLA collection has cute pieces perfect for a day in the desert for a steal. Our favorites include this black Skirt with Fringe for $9.95, a coral Lace Dress with trumpet style sleeves for $19.95, and a wrap style patterned Jumpsuit with Fringe for $34.95.

Mossimo Supply Women Dip Dye Macrame Crossbody Handbag with Xhiliration Boxy Printed Kimon

Target:

Over the years, Target has really stepped up it’s style game!  Try the Boxy Crochet Tee by Xhilaration for a cool girl vibe for only $22.99. Rock a crossbody bag such as Mossimo Supply Co.’s Women’s Dip Dye Macrame Crossbody Handbag in yellow, or step out in Xhiliration’s Boxy Printed Kimono for $24.99.

Wrap Back Bardot Top with Scallop Crochet Shorts

Topshop:

British shopping staple Topshop has made it’s way into the U.S. with trendy pieces at a reasonable price. Our festival favorites include the Suedette Fringe Crop Top for $48.00, the Wrap Back Bardot Top for $40.00, and Topshop’s Scallop Crochet Shorts for $48.00.

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Spotlight: HURSY Premium Men’s Accessories and Jewelry

Women are not the only ones who should accessorize.  Men should also pay attention to adding in just the right fashion touches to make your look your own.  At HURSY, they have an interesting selection of necklaces, bracelets, phone covers, and money clips to suit men who are looking for luxury items that are not only in style, but also have a special meaning behind them.

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For example, HURSY uses the “Hamsa” symbol, which is a palm-shaped amulet that has been recognized as a symbol of protection though out many cultures over the centuries, in some of their bracelets and necklaces.  With the Blue Agate Gold Hamsa Necklace from the Agate Precious Stone Necklaces collection, HURSY combines the legendary blue Agate rounded beads, which is thought to protect you from stress, with the 18kt gold Hamsa palm to protect you from the evils in life.  It gives a pop of color with the bright blue stones and some warm tones from the gold of the pendant.  Similarly, the Agate Precious Stone Bracelets can add a little excitement to your wrists.

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Also at www.HURSY.com, they use the industrial look and strength of carbon fiber in a bracelet that is woven with steel for $89 and a stylish money clip with the “HURSY” name for $49, to bring those modern accent pieces into your wardrobe.

Finally, act now and get %10 off on every purchase when using coupon code “10OFF” at checkout!

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2015 MTV Movie Awards

On April 12th of this year, the Nokia Theater hosted the MTV Movie Awards. This awards ceremony had an expanded selection of categories, as opposed to the usual “Best Female Performance” and “Best Male Performance”. The MTV Awards also highlighted things like “Best Kiss”, “Best Shirtless Performance”, and “Best On-Screen Transformation”.  It was a little more relaxed than the Oscars and Emmys, but has the same celebrity clientele list.
showbiz-mtv-movie-awards-2015-michael-b-jordan-minIn the fashion line up at the Nokia Theater was an array of different looks, ranging from conservative to outrageous. The first guy who caught my eye, in a bad way, was actor Michael B. Jordon. I’m usually a big fan of a plaid button down shirt or a color-subdued jacket, but this orange and black plaid suit was a little to “Halloween-ish” for my taste. The orange just made the pattern scream at you and paired with the black, it was a contrast that was much too loud. I did like the double-breasted style, as well as his black button-down and dress shoes as accents.

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The next man in the fashion spotlight at the MTV Movie Awards was actor/musician Dylan Sprayberry. He chose the “Grey/Black” story for his red carpet appearance at the Nokia Theater. Dylan’s grey, window pane button-down shirt left un-tucked, kept his “buttoned to the neck” shirt from being too stuffy a look and his slim-leg trousers and black oxfords kept him in the “cool” zone.

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In the female fashion line-up at the MTV Movie Awards was actress Hailee Steinfeld. She took a “wild” approach to the red carpet. Hailee’s edgy look consisted of a shear black top with an opaque ruffled neckline and placket, a super-short mini-skirt with a white flame-like design, and choppy black netting for the trim. She topped off the outfit with a pair of calf-length, lace-up heeled shoes. Hailee definitely had the youth to pull off this look.

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Lastly, in the fashion spot light of the MTV Movie Awards was actress/singer/song-writer/model Bella Thorne who wore this flirty, geometric mini-dress in shades of blue. It had just the right amount of sheer areas over her chest and around the edges to keep it sexy. Bella’s strappy sandals also showed off her great legs.

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The Best Leather Accessories For A Lady’s Wardrobe

You might not give a lot of thought to the material that your accessories are made of, but many people will only settle for the best. When it comes to accessorizing, whether it’s a jacket or a belt, leather is one of the most desired materials, if not the most. You can guarantee that leather products have been carefully crafted and will last you a long time. If you love leather, there are lots of accessories that will never go out of date. So invest in some of these leather items and enhance your wardrobe for years to come.

 

Shoes

It’s much better value to buy a quality pair of leather shoes that will last you years. If you need to buy a new, cheap pair every few months, you could end up spending a lot more over the same time frame. Much like many other leather accessories, there are lots of styles both men and women can buy that will never go out of date. They might be practical men’s sneakers for walking or outdoor pursuits, or they could be smart Cole Haan wingtips for the office or going out. Although people often say you need to “break in” a pair of leather shoes, you should look for some that feel comfortable almost right away.

Belts

Belts will always be useful whether it’s for a practical reason or just to add something extra to your outfit. Although they were originally meant to hold up your pants, they have other uses too. Women can use them to bring in a dress or shirt at the waist when they need to give their figure more definition. Leather belts make smart accessories to wear with suits or smart casual outfits, but they’re also fantastic for everyday use too. Leather belts with big buckles are especially fun, whether you wear them with a pair of jeans or around your waist with a floaty dress.

Wallets

Although some people don’t bother with wallets anymore, they’re essential to keeping all your money and cards organized. You can go without, but you’ll struggle with more than a couple of notes and a card. Your wallet goes through a lot, getting thrown about in your bag or sat on when it’s in your back pocket. That’s why leather wallets are best; they’re sturdy and will last longer than other materials. And, of course, they look smart. So you don’t have to be embarrassed when you take out your wallet at a business meeting.

Bags

It may be women who supposedly have an obsession with bags, but leather bags make fashionable accessories for men and women. Briefcases and satchels are perfect for work and other formal situations. And then you have handbags and “manbags”, which are ideal for taking anywhere you go. A couple of decent leather handbags are a much better investment than a closet full of cheap bags that don’t last a year.

Leather is definitely the material to go for if you want stylish, timeless and durable fashion accessories. It’s worth paying a little extra for excellent quality.

 

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Summer Maternity Dresses by Tiffany Rose

Inspired by Kate Middleton’s style?  Tiffany Rose is Britain’s go-to special occasion maternity outfitters. Whether you’re attending a summer wedding, a spring time garden affair, a costume-y occasion featuring a Smiffys fancy dress or two, or just looking for something stylish which can accommodate your growing baby bump, Tiffany Rose has got you covered. Don’t believe us? Check out below some our favorites for every mommy-to-be.

Lizzy Maxi Dress in Monochrome Forest

The Lizzy Maxi Dress in Monochrome Forest is every Southern Belle’s dream.  The dark under bodice trim adds interest to the dress and draws the eye upward. Floaty sleeves, a deep v-neck and a streamlined silhouette will make you the belle of the ball (or backyard barbecue).

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To add a little drama and style to your pregnancy, might we suggest the Lola Maxi Dress in Mirage Blue.  We love the elegant neckline of this long dress and the thick straps are perfect for hiding your maternity lingerie.  The rich color combined with a touch of shimmer will look good on any complexion, at any stage of pregnancy.

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Dress like a star in the Daisy Gown Long in Black and Silver.  This lace dress boasts being worn on the red carpet at Britain’s BAFTA awards.  No matter if you’re attending a premier or watching as someone else walks down the aisle, you’re sure to wow as shimmery silver fabric peaks out of daisy detailed lace.  With a black sash to emphasize a “demure bodice” and just the right amount of swish, this dress is perfect for any dressy occasion.

Check out TiffanyRose.com to see more maternity gowns for all four seasons!

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Spotlight: GENTS watches

Time to find out about the fine colleagues at GENTS and their even better accumulation of timekeepers. When they couldn’t discover a timepiece that satisfied our requirement for a classy and quality plan that didn’t burn up all available resources; they took it upon ourselves to open a boutique watch store offering a propelled accumulation of extravagance men’s timepieces that where up-to-date, as well as moderate.

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Conceived in Sydney, Australia – GENTS offer an extensive variety of Skeleton, Tourbillon, Quartz, and Chronograph timepieces – none of which with a sticker surpassing $100. Our central goal is to make style moderate. They accept that each man should resemble a noble man, and our trust is to move a group of men to look & live like GENTS.

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Our capable design caretakers work all day and all night to guarantee our accumulation is dependably unmistakably contemporary and extraordinarily a la mode. With strict criteria for the timepieces they offer coordinated with our enthusiasm for finding pieces from just the best planners over the globe, they make it straightforward for you to enhance your wrist with a quality watch that will have all types of heads turning!

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