Two Tone Colorblocking

It’s been a popular season for the mod colorblock trend. Thick contrasting stripes running down the side of your body work to streamline your body and the result is ultra-flattering. Edie Falco worked her magic in a version by Stella McCartney at the 2012 Emmys.

These are my dress picks:

MotelRocks.com- $70 (Save 20% with code Fashion Scoop)

French Connection- $228

Express- $49

The Limited- $28

 

 

 

Beauty Tips

You don’t need a personal makeup artist and endless budget to look fabulous. Here are some makeup tips that will help you save money and look great:

1. Indulge in cheap brushes- Use the sample brushes (the ones with the black stem and white slanted tip) from Sephora to apply liner with any color eye-shadow. Liquid liner dries out quickly and pencil liners always need to be sharpened, but choosing any shade of the rainbow in a powder allows you to achieve a light, slightly imprecise look. The brushes also work well for gel-liner which is my favorite choice because it’s bold, you can be apply it above or below the eye, and it manages to stay in place. I can’t find these brushes in online, but I did find an equally useful option– Precision Tips by Q-tips. Although they are fuller, they actually provide more uses and easily create a great smokey eye. Q-tips, Amazon.com- $2.75 for 170

2. Sleep on a satin pillowcase- It is reportedly good for your hair and skin, but who needs an excuse to sleep on satin anyway? It’s smoother than rough cotton fibers, helping to reduce wrinkles and allowing your moisturizer to absorb on your face rather than on your sheet. As an added bonus, it is supposed to keep flyaways and general bedhead at bay. Pillowcase, Amazon.com- $7.50

3. Use Pinterest for Expensive Styling Tips- Look no further than your favorite collage site to never waste another day with boring hair. What’s more is that a lot of pins give step by step instructions. You can work at your own pace because it’s done through a series of pictures rather than a video. Always wanted to try out a knotty ponytail?  Pinterest Ponytail

 

 

*Picture from The Beauty Department

Emmys 2012: Top 10 Best Dressed

Padma Lakshmi in Monique Lhuillier- She couldn’t have picked a better dress to wear. The warm orange looked amazing against her tan skin, and it fit to perfection.

Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra- I’m partial to this dress because my cousin wore it in white to her wedding last month! It was a great choice for Zooey Deschanel as well; the ample cleavage helped Zooey look fun and not dowdy and the powder blue hue was sweet  just like the flower scalloped edges on the thin layers of the skirt.

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen- It’s no wonder Kelly has been topping best dressed lists since joining Fashion Police. This lilac number reminded me of her dress from the awards show a year before but nonetheless it’s gorgeous. Bonus points for the flawless makeup.

Sarah Paulson in Reem Acra- I loved this modern Cinderella gown with the ribbon belt and cascading beads atop tulle. So pretty!

January Jones in Zac Posen- Part Lady Gaga, part enchanted romantic, the whirly dress was a bit daring even though it was all black.

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa- This dress probably would have received an A even without the sari inspired draping but the sheer blue fabric which collected in pieces around her feet gave it exotic spin.

Sarah Hyland in Marchesa-  A change from the mostly bright or jewel tones, she choose a gray gown with rhinestone embellishment on the sleeves. The dress looked finely crafted and beautiful.

Elisabeth Moss in Dolce and Gabbana- She delivered in a silky gown with flirty ruffles. The high-low hemline emabled her to show off her gams and she dressed her feet with basic black pumps which didn’t distract from the floral dress.

Giuliana Rancic in Romona Keveza- I almost don’t want to give her credit for picking such a safe option, but sometimes finding an expensive dress with the right fabric and fit is all you need to nail it, and that’s exactly the hypothesis she used.

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad and Julianne Hough in Georges Hobeika- Both women came in sexy mermaid dresses that attested to the fact that you can be thin and curvy. I prefer the shimmering detail and texture of the Rock of Ages star but it’s almost too sea-like.Vergara sparkles with sequins aligned in all different directions and more restricting bottom.

A special shout-out for Tina Fey who wore something stylish, form-fitting, and ideal for her frame. We knew her dressing skills were right up there with her sketch comedy gifts.

*Pictures from Popsugar, Fabsugar, and VH1

 

 

 

Store Corner- UNIQLO

The spacious Japanese owned store, UNIQLO, only has a three branches in the United States, but the international chain is growing with locations in California and New Jersey opening by early October. Consider yourself lucky if you’re among the few with local access. They currently have a website featuring products but it lacks e-commerce capabilities. The store is renowned for its low prices and clothing technology with sweat-wicking products and insulating thermals. Their central focus is functionality and comfort rather than style, although it can be fun to mix and match their easy to pair products with their large palette of color options. Here are my tips:

1. The no-frills style clothing means it is an excellent place to shop for well made basics. Sweaters, for instance, are designed with a variety of necklines and come in an array of colors. You can even find cashmere with a price tag below $100. Be sure to check out the store if you’re looking for business casual separates or lounge/workout wear.

2. The prices are low, but you have to search the store for their “super deals.” When I went, every corner had something cute for a cheap amount. However, it blends in  with the other merchandise so keep your head up and your eyes scanning.

3. The unique selling factor with UNIQLO is their technology used to enhance the purpose of the clothing. They have down coats which may not be very cute but can at least prevent you from looking like a marshmallow with its extremely lightweight stuffing made from real down and feathers. The bras come without a stubborn, pointy underwire. Other specially marked items are great for the gym or a hike. They use HEATECH technology which warms up the body and keeps in body heat, as well as AIRism which has wicks away moisture to keep your body cool and clean. Plus, they are always working on special collaborations. Right now they have teamed up with the brand Velvet which produces simple and loose pieces often made in a soft cotton (not real velvet). Instead of pushing their boundaries they found a brand that fulfills similar needs as their own products– clothing you’ll want to get dressed in and wear all day that won’t interfere with your personally celebrated style that uniquely all your own. Here are some of my top picks:

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Donna Karan- Breathable dresses in mostly pale colors, jackets without closures or collars, on the models some dresses appear mermaid like– as if the dress emerged from the sea

Jenny Packham- modernized outfits gussied up with shiny circle and square embellishment adorning a spot or the whole dress, unquestionably beautiful and glamorous evening wear

Altuzarra- jackets worn as capes, mix of professional work attire and industrial uniforms, tassel fringe, a taste of Rome with garments folded like togas and tall gladiator sandals

Marc Jacobs- boxy tops, stripes, high necklines, scalloped edges, dark colors

Reed Krakoff- unexpected transparent sections (sleeves, bottoms of shorts, pockets, etc.), combination of fabrics to make it appear like multiple layers, palette of beige, white, and black

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(From left to right)

Rag & Bone- layering, mix of sporty casual and tailored, white and black with gray, blue, green, and orange

Jill Stuart- Sheer fabric, delicate flowers and/or leaf print, black and white or fleshy peach, silk bedroom styled pieces

Zac Posen: Sweetheart necklines, thick pleats at the bottom of knee-length dress, grandiose dresses with either trumpet style, mermaid, and ballgown skirts, true shape hips or thighs sometimes masked but the natural waist is accentuated

Herve Leger by Max Azria: Skin tight bandage dresses he’s famous for, geometric shapes inspire the prints and the leather additions on the bodice, cut-outs and illusion created with  tan fabric and skin

Carlos Miele: Racy animal prints, asymmetrical skirt hems, glossy satin and flowy chiffon, mix of textures or colors/patterns

VMAs 2012- Best Dressed

Maria Menouos in Kymerah- She showed some flair with one of the three black leather dresses of the evening– but the only one with a circle skirt. The look proved leather can be ladylike while the bustier top showed off her sexier side. With straight hair and a matching clutch she looked ready to take on the red carpet.

Taylor Swift in J. Mendel- Finally branching out in a sexy white pants suit, Taylor looked grown-up and chic. She kept the neckline clean with a sliver of deep cleavage and let the jewels dangle only from her earlobes. Because of the single color she was able to play up her face with a crimson lipstick and smoky brown eyeliner. The ensemble was paired with gladiator gold sandals which made the outfit less business and more rock n’ roll.

Shaun Robinson- I haven’t seen much of Shaun Robinson, but when I typed her name into Google a slew of gorgeous dresses turned up. Her outfit was neither too provocative nor too basic. The jewel covered dress in the complementary peacock color sparkled during interviews. The picture of her is the one on top and from the MTV website.

Amy Paffrath in Agua Dulce- It’s hard to resist a neon lemon dress with rose lace detailing. Instead of an obvious sweetheart neckline the dress formed a point on one side and a line between the bodice and skirt as extra details of interest. She kept the focus on the bright dress with black accessories.

Rihanna in Adam Selman- The Barbados born babe kept it clean in a white, backless number. Although it was a full-length dress, she kept it VMAs appropriate with the knot at the hip like a sarong. The dress also had cute tie accents on the back of both mismatched sleeves.Now with a very close cropped cut she proves no hairstyle or shade is off limits.

*Picture from MTV

Brand Corner- Free People

Free People, the most whimsical of the Urban Outfitters, Anthrologie, and Free People triple threat company, provides fashion with a combination between Western vintage and modern hippie.  It’s easy to recognize a Free People piece based on its construction, patterns, and fabrics even though the style can hardly be compressed into a single word though boheme is the most fitting. You’ll find a mix of the trends (they incorporated neon a lot last few years and carry lace and hook-eye bralettes) and the items that celebrate quirkiness and originality (bell bottom patchwork jeans anyone?). Here are my picks and some shopping tips:

Free People

Free People collared shirt
revolveclothing.com

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cusp.com

Free People leather pants
revolveclothing.com

1. The sizing can be a little off. If something if meant to fit tighter it will certainly hug your body and you’ll want to find the size you regularly wear. However, if you pick up a loose shirt or dress, it will probably of slip off your shoulders or slink far past your hips. Make sure you determine whether or not you’ll need a camisole underneath and pair it with the right undergarments. I’ve purchased a bunch of their baggier tops and almost had a wardrobe malfunction because I paid attention to the label rather than the appearance.

2. Free People has a line Intimately Free People with all types of goodies. While all intimates are under this collection, not everything in it the collection is falls under the categories of undergarments, sleep wear, or lounge wear. For example, there are a lot of bodycon dresses, sweatshirts and even slips that can be worn outside the home. Use your own discretion to determine how it would look best. If your answer is “the bedroom” keep it in your “for inside eyes only” drawer to stay modest.

3. On their website they have a huge vintage stop. Because those pieces are truly one of a kind they sell out quickly. Right now they are selling ten different collections ranging from Military and Lace to retro Missoni. The items are not returnable but the website provides exact measurements, and rating of the condition, and infrequently the era.