Embellishments for Your Sunnies

We are thisclose to summer, at least here in Los Angeles. It’s time to mix it up this year and get rid of your boring, just-like-everyone-else sunglasses and pick something with a bit more personality. For the bravest of you, these Dolce & Gabbana sunnies will get some attention. Buying details on all the glasses can be found here.

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#RBItGirl

I’ve been having such a blast working with Rocksbox as an #RBItGirl! I got my new goodies in this month and decided to accessorize a bit of safari look, paired with Continue reading “#RBItGirl”

Brighten Up Friday with Lips to Get You Noticed

Friday is a great day to jump into your relaxed, casual, weekend-chic look, but sometimes you want to glam it up juuuust a smidge. Simply adding a flash of pink or red (or coral or, why not, orange) to your beauty routine can quickly up your style’s gorgeous quotient. Love!

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LAweekly’s Artopia

LAWeekly hosted what I hope becomes an annual art, music, food, photography and pretty much everything else festival in downtown Los Angeles recently. Guys, if you get a chance, you should go next time. It was pretty awesome, with artists creating on large canvases, live music (love The Record Company), a XXX peep show and all kinds of food—pretty much anything you could dream up. Continue reading “LAweekly’s Artopia”

10 Outfits to Match Pantone’s Top 10 Colors for Fall

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They’re back! After announcing Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, Pantone has followed up with its top 10 colors for fall: Radiant Orchid, Royal Blue, Aluminum, Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Sangria, Mauve Mist, Cognac, Bright Cobalt, Cypress.

“This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint.”

We’ve put together our own little guide on wearing the top 10 colors for fall. For buying info, visit Polyvore.

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L.A. is Now One of the World’s Fashion Capitals; Plus, Big Changes for New York Fashion Week

Fashion_District,_Los_Angeles,_CAFashion junkies across Los Angeles are all thinking, “In your face, Milan!” right about now. Global Language Monitor released their yearly report on the fashion capitals of the world, and Los Angeles came in FOURTH! I know, I know, as much as we love L.A. and all of its designers—we were shocked too. As was GLM, which noted in the article, “Los Angeles! Yes, L.A.,” after we moved up five spots from 2012.

The top three cities were New York (stealing the spotlight from last year’s capital, London), Paris and London, respectively. See the rest of the list here. The rest of the top 10 included Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Sydney, Antwerp and Shanghai.

New York’s top ranking bodes well for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week, taking place February 6-13. IMG Fashion, which runs NYC’s fashion week, reported to the Wall Street Journal that a number of changes were in the cards for fashion week, which had become “too cluttered with people whose connections to fashion were tenuous at best.”

“It was becoming a zoo,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director at IMG Fashion Events and Properties, to the WSJ. “What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”

Those changes include new, less expensive venues. And, said the WSJ, “The redesigned venues aim to better control and reduce audience capacities, ‘making invitations once again an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders,’ according to IMG. Lincoln Center has often been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans looking to be seen and photographed at the big scene, in addition to the hundreds of journalists and scores of celebrities.”

The 8 Best Fashion Books for Your Coffee Table (and Your Soul)

1. In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine
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2. How to Dress for Success by Edith Headhow to dress for success edith head

3. The World According to Karl

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4. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
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5. Kate: The Kate Moss Book

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6. Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies

Personal note: I’m sure it’s weird to have a favorite miliner, but I’m also sure I don’t care. Weird away. Philip Treacy is such a badass.

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7. Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy

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8. W: The First 40 Years

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Cover Controversy: Why We Love to Hate Everything

mindy12f-1-webHoly shit, you guys. First of all, calm the F down. Second of all, calm the F down.

So, there’s been all this backlash at Elle for their February 2014 cover(s), which featured Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams. The problem? Well, there is no problem, so people just made one up.

People have been freaking out because, while Amy, Zooey and Allison were pictured from head to toe (or at least knees), Elle only showed Mindy from the boobs up. So of course, everyone had to get mad that her full body wasn’t being shown like everyone else. For example, Julia Sonenshein at thegloss.com wrote:

“Here she is on a cover with three women who do fit into the ‘model-skinny’ category, and Elle cropped her body out almost completely. While Poehler, Williams, and Deschanel all displayed about 75% of their whole bodies, Kaling didn’t even get a whole torso…I don’t entirely understand the intention behind releasing four covers that act as a set, but painting one subject specifically as the odd-man-out.”

Here’s the intention: There isn’t one. Elle simply saw this as a beautiful shot and decided to use it on the cover. 

But OK, OK, you’re still pissed. Let’s talk about why you are being incredibly offensive.

First, let’s switch these roles around a bit. Let’s say that it was Allison Williams who was only shown from the chest up. Would there be a controversy? No, because who is going to say, “Why didn’t you show the skinny girl’s entire body? Is she too skinny for you?”

To be clear, what you’re basically saying is, “Why didn’t you show the fat girl like you do everyone else?”

Oh, you don’t see why that’s rude? Besides the fact that you’re singling someone out and calling them fat? Well, she’s not fat. She’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that Elle decided they needed to zoom in on that beauty so we can get the full, knock-out effect.

And before you get all up in my face with comments, you should know that Mindy agrees:

Speaking on Letterman last week, she said, “The implication was, ‘What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why? Cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why can’t we look at her beautiful fat body?'”

Seriously.