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Winter Must Have: Leather Leggings

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Madewell black turtleneck top / Duster coat, $24 / Yves Saint Laurent black skinny jeans / Yves Saint Laurent leather flat, $850 / Givenchy black handbag / Illesteva matte black glasses

Lately I’ve been obsessed with leather leggings. They’re an amazing staple for the winter. Ever since graduating it’s been a little difficult to dress up everyday. Leather leggings are an easy way to spruce up any look, yet stay effortless. The best thing is that they come in many patterns and styles, so it’s super easy to change it up a bit. Even though they’re leather, they shouldn’t be paired with short shirt or blouse. Pair with a longer sweater, button down or tunic for an effortless chic look. Below are some options if you’re looking to add leather leggings to your wardrobe.

Swell Liquid Legging- $19.50 (purchase here)

BCBG Max Azria Mari Legging- $55.20 (purchase here)

Nasty Gal Glamorous Hang Tight Legging- $58.00 (purchase here)

What is your winter staple? Leave a comment below of your winter favorites!

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Guest Editor: 3 Sunglasses That Flatter Your Look

It’s important to know which sunglasses are the most flattering for your look -no matter what look you’re going for. So if you’re looking for what sunglasses look great for your face shape or what sunglasses are matching your outfit, take a look at these flattering frames.

Tip 1: Know Your Face Shape

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One of the best ways to select the most flattering frames is to know what face shape you have and what kind of frames look good on that face shape. Round faces, for instance, need square frames or aviators to introduce angles. Square faces need round frames or aviators to soften the look. Heart-shaped faces need a lot of focus high up to look less top-heavy, so the ideal frame is the cat eye. Oval face shapes like Kate Hudson’s (below) look great in almost any sunglasses frames, but it’s best to stick to aviators like these bamboo aviators from Gucci or these square Versace frames.

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Tip 2: Be Conscious of Color

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Readers of People Style Watch and Us Magazine are going crazy with desire for Gwen Stefani’s recent look. They want the boots, they want the sweater, and they want the frames. Why are the frames so great? Because her speckled frames perfectly match in color to her sweater. Be conscious of color: pick some really funky, colorful frames, and then pick a bold piece that draws out that color.

Tip 3: Go Vintage

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Whether you need to rely on Ray Ban’s Wayfarers or if you’re willing to try a Tom Ford cat-eye, the most flattering sunglasses for your 2014 look involves throwback style. You can look like a pin-up princess or you can look like a retro rocker -it’s up to you, but whatever you choose, go vintage chic for a classy look.

To shop for these looks and similar looks as well, head to AllBrandsGlasses!


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Kristen Kauffman is fashion writer and blogger, and has written nationally-credited blogs on style trends, products, and weddings. Located in Prescott, Arizona, most blogs make fashion simple, affordable, and accessible.

 

Embracing Pink, the Punk and Grungy Way.

Hello everyone! Thanks for tuning in for this weeks Trendy Tuesday.

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Surprisingly, blush is in for the fall and winter. Many people have been scared to incorporate pink into their wardrobe because it can come off as extremely girly. Since it’s a trend for the fall/winter, the task at hand is to make sure we incorporate pink in a darker and cooler fashion. I have have seen many looks with blush overcoats and jackets, so I thought it would be awesome to switch it up a little. These looks were very polished and sophisticated. The looks I have created have a dark element to them and are grungy, while keeping the chic aspect.

ImageThe first look was something very affordable and reminded me of like a super cool street style look. Keeping in mind all of the students, interns, and employees who have a tighter budget, should be able to embrace this trend, while sporting quality looks. I thought this outfit was perfect because every garment pulls this look together. The statement piece, the blush skirt, in this look is the circle skirt. I decided to pair the statement piece with a light colored sweater as well as a chunky black suede moto jacket, black bowler hat and chelsea boots. If you live on the East coast don’t be afraid to wear some black opaque tights under the skirt. The dark elements of this look balance out the lightness of the skirt and sweater. Here’s where you can get these items:

  1. Quilted Panel Suede Jacket from Mango
  2. Hatch Knit Sweater from weekday.com
  3. Pink Mini Skirt from fashionunion.com
  4. Flora Boot from Aritzia
  5. Cambridge Satchel Company 15′ Satchel from piperline.gap.com
  6. Topshop ‘Pork Pie’ Bowler Hat from Nordstrom
  7. Givenchy Beauty Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum from Barneys
  8. O.P.I Coney Island Cotton Candy Nail Lacquer from liberty.co.uk
  9. Michael Kors ‘Runway’ Chronograph Watch from Nordstrom

ImageThe second look I’ve created is something for people with a wider budget. Just like the first outfit this look is still perfect to wear in the workplace, at school, or out with some friends. The statement piece of this look it the pink cashmere sweater with the black collar and the stud detailing. This was a great piece because the black collar and stud detail sets this sweater apart from the rest. It already has an edgy and grungy feel to it. I paired the sweater with a pair of wool shorts, black boots, black tote, silver jewelry and some black cat eyed sunglasses. As said previously, if you live where the climate is colder don’t be afraid to pair with a pair of black opaque tights and a wool overcoat. I think the pieces I paired with the sweater completes the outfit by continuing the grungy and punk theme. Here’s where you can purchase these pieces:

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic Stud Collar Cashmere Jumper from my-wardrobe.com
  2. Carven Boiled Wool Shorts from my-wardrobe.com
  3. Alexander Wang ‘Prisma’ Skeletal Lunch Bag from shopzoeonline.com
  4. KENZO Tiger Nappa Neutral Gray Lace-up Leather Boots from jades24.com
  5. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Sunglasses from lindelepalias.com
  6. Lightning Bolt Ring from bingbangnyc.com
  7. Kasun Vampire Bite Ring from wolfandbadger.com
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Drippy Metal Ring from piperline.gap.com
  9. Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour from bloomingdales.com
  10. Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer from sephora.com

I hope these looks have inspired you to incorporate pink/blush into your wardrobe. Instead of going the safe route, challenge yourself to creating an edgy outfit with this feminine color. Feel free to leave your opinions and comments! I’d love to hear from you guys.

Best, Jair xx

Halloween Tricks and Treats!

Happy Halloween Dolls!

Halloween is the day everyone gets to dress up and be their alter ego. Some people like to go all out and wear scary or sexy costumes, while others like to keep it simple and opt for a simple outfit. For the festivities for tonight and this weekend I will be sharing some tricks and treats to keep your Halloween effective and easy for people who want to dress up and others who want to keep it simple!

To start off lets talk about some treats. As said before some people decide to get dressed up in costumes and go all out. While others might want to keep it a little more simple. To embrace the Halloween spirit there are a couple of ways to feel festive without all of the heavy makeup and skimpy costumes. I decided to put two looks together to cater to two different events while staying holiday appropriate while staying simple.

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Bloody Chic

The first look, Bloody Chic“, is the perfect outfit for a dinner and then a night on the town. Since you don’t want to get all dressed up, this is a great time to try out a look you normally wouldn’t. This is definitely an outfit I love, however it’s out of my comfort zone. I decided to make the statement piece this feather jacket. On this spooky night this jacket will be super warm, while also giving character to this outfit. The jacket is perfect because it’s something out of the ordinary for this fun holiday. I decided to pair this look with a black leather skirt and platform ankle boots. To amp this Halloween look up, I accessorized with a cat detailed hat, red and black gems, and red lips. All of these accessories completes this bloody and chic look. Here’s where you can get all of the items in this look:

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Crisp Bunny

The second look, Crisp Bunny“, is the perfect outfit if you’re looking for something that’s simple and class/work appropriate without being over the top. I have been in love with lace bunny ears ever since Rihanna sported them with Chanel. I thought it was the perfect piece to base this simple Halloween look. To go with the bunny theme, I decided to start this outfit off with a cozy fuzzy sweater, some lightly distressed boyfriend jeans, and some black leather ankle boots. To give this look some Halloween accents I accessorized with orange nail polish and lipstick, as well as some black gems. Even though this look is super simple, the lace bunny ears and orange and black accessories ties in this holiday in an effortless way. Below I will list where you can snag these items:

After putting on your costume or your everyday look, it’s important to complete it with the perfect makeup. To cap off this post I will share 5 tricks to make sure your makeup lasts all night, whether you’re wearing a full face or an everyday look.

  1. If you’re sporting a bight or dark lipstick it’s hard to make sure it won’t smudge all over your face during the night. To make sure your color choice stays on your lips, prep your lips with some concealer. Then outline your lips with a lipliner. This will make sure your lipstick won’t bleed off of your lips.
  2. If you’re wearing heavy makeup you want to keep your foundation matte the whole night. It will suck when you take pictures and it flash shows how oily your t zone is. To prevent that from happening, after your apply your foundation use a fluffy brush to apply some translucent loose power. This will keep your t zone matte and oily free.
  3. When applying heavy face makeup you want to keep your eyebrows from showing through. To make sure your eyebrows stay in place or hidden, simply use Elmer’s glue stick. This slicks down those eyebrow hairs and keep them in place. It also makes it easier to cover those eyebrows when applying heavy foundation or face paint. Bonus: Using Elmer’s glue also helps create wrinkles.
  4. For this year, if you’re planning to be a zombie, vampire, or anything that includes wounds or open cuts there’s an easy way to make those appear real. First draw your cut or bite marks with black pencil eyeliner. Then go over the marks with a deep red eyeshadow, make sure you smudge out the marks to make it appear as a fresh cut. This deep color will give the look of a fresh cut, now just add blood!
  5. To add extra drama to any look, casual or extreme there are a variety of lashes you can choose from! You can stay safe with a pair of demi wispys or you can visit Sephora or MAC and look at their over the top options.

I hope you have enjoyed these Halloween tricks and treats. To all of my readers, be creative, be safe, have fun, and have a happy Halloween!

Best, Jair xx