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How the ’70s Ruled the Runways

After seasons of skinny jeans and slim silhouettes, the funky prints and bell cuts are back, bringing with them the look of the 1970s. With super straight hair and sultry eyes, this season took an old school approach to beauty.

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Lead stylist Anthony Turner for Bumble and Bumble, wanted the hair to mimic the feel of Creatures of the Wind’s Fall 2015 ’70s inspired collection, but still keep the hair fresh and relevant. “It’s almost ’70s hair through a very modern lens,”  Turner explains. “We’re taking nuances from ’70s hair and applying it to a very modern texture.”  Using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray all throughout the hair with a little bit of water mixed in, He then dries the hair using his fingers rather than a brush. The whole time he’s pushing the hair down in the front and bending the corners of the hairline to create a “curtain effect through the front.” Turner shares, “Whenever I think of ’70s hair I think of this  being very closed in [referring to how straight the hair falls, covering part of the face.]”  He then brushes the hair giving it that soft ’70s feel and then completely destroys it. “Ultimately what I’m doing is taking this 1970s girl and then I’m deglamourizing [the hair] which is fun. It just feels really great.” “Using the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray all throughout saturating it and pushing it in with my fingers, keeping this little bend in the front but really mushing it in,” he’s able to get this modern nod to the past. “It feels very cool, very modern and downtown. It’s super skinny hair. One of the references was Sissy Spacek, but we’re making it feel a lot dirtier and modern.”

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The 1970s in Paris were Pamella Roland’s inspiration. She complemented messy waves with dramatic eyes by Rick Dicecca for Artistry. DiCecca  created the look using Artistry Signature Color Eye Shadow Quad in Smoky (launching Fall 2015)  He used all four colors to make grey eyes that really popped. DiCecca first applied “Eye Shadow #1″ over the entire eye area blending from the lash line up over the lid to the eyebrow. Next he took “Eye Shadow #3″ and applied it from the lashline to just below the crease. He then took “Eye Shadow #2″ and added it just below the crease and along the upper and lower lashes (joining them at the corner) using a small brush. Lastly, DiCecca lightly blended “Eye Shadow #4″ over the outer corners of the eyes “sweeping toward the inner corner to create an ombre effect, then pulling shadow towards the outer corner of the eye to soften the wing.”  He completed the look with black liner smudged into the lower lash line and two coats of mascara for fullness. If you can’t wait for next fall to get runway worthy eyes, try Burberry’s Complete Eye Palette in “Smokey Grey.”  By numbering the colors (starting with the lightest color as 1) you can get a 1970’s Parisian eye today.

Dennis Basso also opted for a disco feel with winged eyes and stand out glossy lips.   Lauren Andersen created the perfect pout by dabbing Avon’s Ultra Color Indulgence Lipstick in “Chocolate Rose” for a hint of color. Then to get them super glossy, Andersen generously applied Avon’s Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in “Clear.”

Keep the 1970’s alive with these modern takes on classic beauty techniques.

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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!

Lace Dress with trumpet style sleeves with wrap style patterned Jumpsuit

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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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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Jackets vs. Florals For Spring 2015

Depending where exactly you’re currently residing, spring may (or may not) be in the air. Unfortunately, in these parts, not so much. I could wear a heavy duty Tracksetter Belstaff jacket (Accent Clothing have a great range here if you want to check them out) out and still feel right comfortable!

Spring Leather –  Belstaff Tracksetter Olive

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But if you’re lucky enough to be seeing lots of sun in your neck of the woods, consider storing away the leather and lightening up your closet with a great floral print. One of the easiest ways to dress for spring when there’s still a chill in the air is denim. We love a floral top peeking out from under a chambray shirt or jean jacket and it’s a great way to wear your warm weather wardrobe, before it’s well… warm.

Here are our some of our favorite floral looks:
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The wear anywhere top

Eighty Sixty’s Cross Front Floral Top is the perfect dress up (or down) shirt for spring. The light lavender color and soft floral pattern will instantly upgrade everything from your work wardrobe to your Sunday brunch plans.

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The bold botanical print

You couldn’t possibly be mistaken for a wallflower with a large and colorful print! We love Glamorous’ Botanical Boxy Tee and Midi Skirt.  Like a great suit, the two pieces work well together. However, you can also break up the pair and add a white or pastel top to soften the skirt or a nice pair of jeans to dress down the cropped boxy style top.

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The loose spring short

A silk short with a floral print is a great way to add some spring to your weekend.  The blush florals and relaxed fit of Haute Hippie’s Flowy Short make it a great choice. Pair with a strappy sandal and minimal top for a sweet outfit worthy of street style stardom.

Mother Nature might not be ready, but your closet has spoken and it’s yearning for spring!

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Little Red Dresses (LRDs)

No matter if you have planned a big night out or a quiet dinner at home, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to stray from your classic LBD. Sure that fancy black number still works 365 days a year, including February 14th, but why not add a little sizzle? These red hot numbers are sure to turn heads and who knows,they might replace black as your new go-to color!

Black Halo's 34 Sleeve Jackie O Dress

Keep it ladylike in Black Halo’s 3/4 Sleeve Jackie O Dress. We love the draped bodice, fitted skirt and skinny belt which is sure to flatter your figure. This demure dress gets a little kick in a fiery red, perfect for a night on the town.

Mason by Michelle Mason's Cutout Gown

For an elegant affair we love Mason by Michelle Mason’s Cutout Gown. The skirt is fitted through the hips which give way to a luxurious chiffon mini train; however, the real attention grabber is the center cutout! If your plans are black-tie optional ,might we recommend this stunner!

Donna Karan New York's Plunge V Halter Gown

Take the plunge and try on a sultry deep V-neck AND a deep slit! Donna Karan New York’s Plunge V Halter Gown is sure to accentuate all your best assets. The slinky jersey dress couldn’t get any hotter in Real Red.

Diane von Furstenberg's New Julian Two Wrap Dress

Cooking a romantic dinner? Diane von Furstenberg’s New Julian Two Wrap Dress in Poppy made exclusively for Shopbop is the perfect choice. Those soft jersey fabric is super comfortable, while the V-neck and wrap detail give it some added interest. With this dress all you have left to worry about is making delicious food which will look great on instagram!

So rock some red this holiday season and thank us later! Happy Valentines Day.

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The Perfect Rain Boots

There are a lot of articles flooding the internet about winter boots. After checking out many of them, I found, to my surprise that several of their suggestions weren’t really weather-proof at all! No matter how cute those little suede booties or leather riding knee-high boots look they won’t last long in three feet of snow!

We compiled our list of the top boots. Not only are they cute and stylish but they are made for all weather from rain and sleet to snowstorms!

First, the perfect rain boot:

Burberry's Check Belted Rain Boots

There is nothing more annoying that rain boots. Sure they look adorable on children but sloshing around the streets in rubber boots with flowers or duckies on them is anything but fashion-forward. If it must rain, make sure to pack one of our wear one of our choice below. With so many chic options you might look forward to a little wet weather.

Burberry’s Check Belted Rain Boots are one part tough and two parts practical. The wrap around strap and metal buckle add the edge while the matte rubber fabric and rubber grip sole make them perfect for jumping from puddle to puddle.

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Want even more toughness in your boots? Try Burberry’s Stud Detail Belted Rain Boot and hit those soggy streets running. Or for a more classical approach, the Canvas Check Detail Rain Boots are a rainy day must. The distinctive pleat and buckle detail add a little something extra to the classic rain boot. Plus the matte finish gives them an air of luxury.

Miu Miu Pointy Toe Rain Boot

Hate to trade your heels in for rain boots? Now you don’t have to! Miu Miu’s Pointy Toe Rain Boot features a 3 1/2″ heel and rubber sole. While heels aren’t great for those really bad days, they are certainly a good option if you hate carrying a second pair of shoes in your purse for work and would love to wear one pair all day long.

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