Archive | October, 2011

Today is Halloween!! DIY Halloween Nail Art: Here Are Five Easy, Spooky Designs With Step-by-Step Instructions

29 Oct

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Halloween is just around the corner, and while you can’t exactly wear a costume to the office, your fingertips can provide the perfect outlet for some spooky spirit. Sure, you could pick up one of the many holiday polishes out there, but what’s coolor: a trendy shade of orange, or a Goosebumps-esque slime design?

Though some forms of nail art might seem  a little out of reach for those with not-so-steady hands, it’s a lot easier than you think and there are some simple Halloween designs you can do with shades you probably already have at home.

To try out nail art of your own, you’ll just need a few supplies.
Base Coat–My go-to is Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener. A strengthening base coat is key.
Top Coat– Seche.Vite is the best. Period. It’s super shiny, dries really fast, and never splinters.
Q-tips and Polish Remover–Everyone makes mistakes.
**Optional: Thin-Brush Polish–They’re great for French manicures or contrasting tips, making polka dots, stripes… everything. They’re just easier to use than regular size brushes. I recommend Hurricane, which you can find at most beauty supply stores, but Milani’s Precision Brush is good too and is available at CVS. I advise getting white and black. If you don’t have a thin brush or don’t want to buy one, don’t worry. It’s not necessary, just simpler. And if you want to do some detailing, you can always dip a pin or toothpick in your polish

 

 

Slime

**Each of these manicures should begin with base coat and end with top coat. Always.

1. Start with an all-over base color; to create a Goosebumps-worthy slime color, I did a thin coat of an opaque lime green and then covered it with two coats of the thinner, neon shade.
2. For the ooze: Drip a sizeable dot of black in the center. Wiping the brush almost clean, drag lightly upwards. Repeat to varying sizes and lengths according to how you think your nail was “slimed.” For raised drips, allow the original to dry and then drop an additional dot or two in the center of each drip.
3. Give the ooze ample time to dry before applying top coat to avoid smears.

 

 

Fangs

1. Start with a nude base; I used a slightly shimmery version because plain old beige blended into my skin too much (boring!).
2. Using a thin white brush, draw two triangles facing downward from the tip of your nail. Don’t make them too long—you’ll need room for the blood!
3. Using a thin red brush, drop a red dot below the fang and drag upwards. Feather a bit of red onto the nail tip.
4. Give the drips ample time to dry before applying top coat to avoid smears.

 

 

 

**The key here is to do an ombre effect without letting the polish dry. Don’t use your best red for this, since you’ll be blending wet colors and don’t want to contaminate an expensive bottle.

1. Do a quick swipe of your choice red across the top of your nails.
2. Using a thin brush, swipe a thin line of black across the very tip.
3. With the same red, use a small amount of color and drag downwards so there is a thin coat of red that finishes in wisps just shy of the base of your nail.
4. Going back to the top, wiggle the brush to blend the black and red, adding more polish if necessary (be careful not to use too much, otherwise you’ll cover the back completely). The less color on the brush, the better—drier brushes make it easier to create the feathered, blended look.
4. If you’re having trouble, it can help to drop a bit of clear coat on the nail base to add a little moisture.

 

 

Candy Corn

1. Draw a half moon at the base of your nail with the orange; for guidance, follow the shape of that little pale half circle.
2. Swipe a half circle of yellow on top, following the shape of the orange.
3. Repeat on the top with white polish a la a French manicure. Don’t worry about making the lines totally straight since each new layer can clean up a previous mistake.
4. Top with a layer of glitter (a silver/gold mixture looks bangin’).

 

 

 

Enjoy, xoxo

The Top 10 Versace For H&M Items We Can’t Wait to Buy (With Prices)

25 Oct

Comingggggg up!!!

Versace’s  recently-revealed collection for H&M has been creating lots of buzz for its wild, colorful Gianni Versace-esque pieces and equally bold  campaign starring model/rocker Abbey Lee Kershaw. All the hooplah is great, but what about the clothes?

While they won’t hit stores until November 17, it’s never to early to start planning your purchases. With big, crowded (as the collection launch will most likely be) stores like H&M, it can be easy to miss the good stuff. So, we’ve picked out what we believe are the standout pieces from the collection.

Click through for our favorites, plus their retail price (some may seem a bit pricy for H&M, but that’s because they’re using high-quality materials like leather and silk):

 

Leather Dress, $299

 

Leather Jacket, $299

 

Silk Dress, $199

 

Silk Dress, $149

 

Silk Dress, $149

 

Silk Dress, $149

 

Necklace, $24.95

 

Pillow, $29.95

 

Suede Boots, $149

 

Silk Bustier, $129

 

Arn’t You excited like me? Silk dresses are my favourites! And yours?

 

xoxo

 

Hello world! Are Fashion Editors the New Models?

19 Oct

Hello wordpress world! Lets start with my first post here!

Its called:

Are Fashion Editors the New Models? A Look at the Trend of Editors Featured on the Glossy Page

 

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like it’s officially happened: Fashion editors have fully made the transition into modeling. After years of being stalked by street style photographers and having their perfectly put together ensembles plastered all over the Internet, the faces that were once behind-the-scenes at our favorite glossies have emerged as the industry’s most recognizable (and sought after) personalities.

The public flocks to fashion industry insiders like Kate Lanphear,  Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Joanna Hillman, and Anna Dello Russo for direction when it comes to trends, styling advice, and ultimately, what to buy. From an advertising standpoint, it makes sense to feature editors—who can merchandise pieces and market clothing better than they can? Chances are, the more clout a magazine has during Fashion Month and beyond, the more of these “celebrity editors” are on their mastheads. And giving readers a glimpse at the personal style of these celeb editors is not only a way to get a peek into their enviable, glamorous lives, it’s great press for print publications.

The lofty ideal of the fashion editor is just as aspirational (and possibly  just as unreailistic) as that of a model, but there’s the added hints of expertise, self-expression, attention to detail, and appreciation of good design that have helped to make street style photography immensely popular. There’s a reason why women like Anna Wintour and Carine  Roitfeld have such a large pull in what ends up on the runways and in stores each season, and it was only a matter of time before the industry cut out the middle man and brought their sensibilities to the forefront.

We’ve explored the evolution of this editors-as-models trend, which shows no sign of slowing down. Are you a fan of this new development?

 

The fashion industry’s fixation with its editors is not an entirely new development: Mario Testino shot this Anna Wintour-inspired editorial for the August 2007 issue ofVogue Paris, and these images of Snejana Onopka have since become iconic. Anna’s signature style is often imitated but never, ever duplicated.

 

After Carine Roitfeld announced her resignation from Vogue Paris last winter, the entire fashion industry was awash in a sea of confusion—who could ever take her place? The folks at the Polish glossy Fashion were so affected by the editor’s departure that they used her as inspiration for a tongue-in-cheek editorial. Everything about Carine’s look—from the pin-straight hair and black kohl eyeliner to the sexy sheer numbers and skin-tight dresses—are instantly recognizable, and her style is sought after by designers and fashion fans all over the world.

 

With her heavy metal-meets-high fashion aesthetic, Kate Lanphear was one of the first fashion editors to amass a cult following devoted to her punky personal style. TheElle Style Director modeled for her buddy Eddie Borgo’s Fall 2010 campaign, and she wasn’t the first editor that the designer tapped for the job—Vogue’s Lauren Santo Domingo and former L’Uomo Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia have also been featured in Borgo’s campaigns.

 

Visionaire’s Cecilia Dean has some serious industry clout, which is why the designers behind indie label Ohne Titel chose her as one of the models for their Fall 2010 ad campaign.

 

Teen Vogue‘s Assistant Beauty Editor Laurel Pantin has garnered quite the following from her appearances on big-name street style blogs like The Sartorialist and Streetpeeper, so it only makes sense that designer Rachel Antonoff cast her as one of the stars of her Fall 2011 lookbook.

 

The style set was a bit shocked when Macy’s announced that Vogue Nippon’s super flashy Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo would guest-style the Fall 2011 collection for Macy’s line of workwear basics, I.N.C. Even more intriguing was the fact that ADR herself would model in the campaign, alongside Karolina Kurkova. If Macy’s really wanted to market its goods to the country’s most fashion-forward ladies, this was certainly the way to do it.

 

One of Carine Roitfeld’s first gigs post-French Vogue was as a guest editor, stylist, and muse for the Barneys Fall 2011 campaign. It wasn’t enough to completely curate the luxury retailer’s image for the season—Carine also modeled in the Mario Sorrenti-shot campaign, which featured fellow editors Marie-Amélie Sauve, Dasha Zhukova, and Giovanna Battaglia alongside supermodels like Natasha Poly and Naomi Campell.

 

Never one to be outdone, Anna Dello Russo made the transition from print model to full-on catwalker. She strutted her stuff for Alber Elbaz on the Lanvin x H&M runway last year, complete with a giant poof on her head and a poodle in tow.

 

They say that “three’s a trend,” and since ADR is one of the biggest trendsetters on Earth, it’s no surprise that she completed the modeling trifecta: ads, runway, and editorial. This spread by Giampaolo Sgura in the Winter 2010 issue of 10 magazine showcased the editor and her wild style, and since there are very few people who celebrate fashion the way she does, I’d venture to say that it was just as successful (if not moreso) than any editorial starring a model.

 

Marie Claire‘s Style and Accessories Director Taylor Tomasi-Hill has become a bona fide celebrity over the past couple of years, mainly due to street style photographers’ obsession with her daily looks during Fashion Month. In the latest issue of The Block, Taylor models some of the season’s most striking looks, styled by James Worthington DeMolet and shot by Tetsuharu Kubota. While she can put together an outfit better than 99% of the population, Taylor’s style still looks attainable, which is a dream from a marketing standpoint.

 

Decades ago, it was probably unheard of for an editor to grace the cover of a magazine instead of being quietly tucked away inside the masthead. This Fall 2011 i-D cover by Terry Richardson proves how the tables have turned, and that people are looking to editors with serious street style and industry credibility when deciding what to wear (and buy), not simply a pretty face on a skinny frame.

 

 

So, what do u think guys? Interesting, isnt  it :)?

xoxo