Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Style Envy: A Sweet Treat!

Friday, April 22, 2011

{Tea Amo}

You know the feeling you get when you finally get something right that you have been trying to perfect for years and years? That's how I felt this morning when I made the perfect cup of tea. It had just the right amount of Earl Grey, cream, and sugar Splenda that was soooo smooth, I had to announce it to the blogosphere. Hope you're all having a wonderful Friday and have a happy Easter!

 {We Heart It}

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Empty Thoughts

I haven't a thought in my head today, which is just the way I like it...happy Thursday!

Updated: Did you guys hear Gwyneth Paltrow's cover of Adele's "Turning Tables," AKA my favorite song on Adele's 21 album? She didn't totally ruin it! Proud of Gwynnie's singing efforts, but still not a big fan of her vocal stylings. Listen for yourselves:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lauren Conrad Launches Website; Women Everywhere Squeal

Admit it. You have been obsessed with Lauren Conrad's hair/makeup/style/life ever since the gorgeous, tanned, Cali-cool glamazon stepped foot on-screen as best-friend-slash-backstabber LC on the MTV reality show Laguna Beach. It's hard not to be obsessed when she gets it right almost every time. With the onslaught of celebrity blogs dishing about, well, nothing, Ms. Conrad gives the deets we have all been longing for. With the help of her makeup artist Amy Nadine and hairstylist Kristen Ess, The Beauty Department features hair/beauty tutorials, style inspirations, obsessions, and just about everything else that teaches the rest of us how to acquire Lauren's as yet elusive brand of cool. Today's treat? Achieving the gorgeous Veronica Lake-esque soft, brushed waves that we with long hair covet. How does she do it? Now you know. Happy hump day!

-1" barrel curling iron
-large setting clips
-flat/paddle brush-light
-medium hold hairspray

1) Find your side part. Either side will do.

2, 3, 4 & 5) You’re going to curl ALL of your hair inward toward your face (as Lauren does above) and clip the curls in place with large setting clips. Mist all over with a light-medium holding hairspray. Let them cool while you put on your makeup. Multi-Tasking!! Give it atleast 15 minutes to cool and set.

6) Gently pull the clips out and let your hair fall.

7) Using a flat or paddle brush, brush hair back and away from your face and then let it spring back. The wave pattern will automatically start to appear. Keep brushing gently until it shows up. We like to help it along by molding the waves where you want them by hand and then adding one more veil of hairspray.

{Photos courtesy of The Beauty Department}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LA Story: Natalia Vodianova, et al.

It doesn't get more LA than the Chateau Marmont with its haunted halls and perfect people-watching perch. If you've ever been beyond the hotel's front desk, there lies a magical hot spot that exudes an otherworldly energy that is uniquely Californian. Sun-drenched pool loungers, blue velvet couches, and Jim Belushi's ghost do all but deter the upscale clientele, including members of hot, young Hollywood. Here, Natalia Vodianova cozies up with pals Elle Fanning, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matthew Gubler in the hilltop hideaway and strikes a pose for photographer Bruce Weber for this month's Vogue US.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Emerging Talent: Marco D'Amico

“Contemporary ideas combined with retro allusions were central to the photos, and this was enhanced in postproduction," says Marco D'Amico, an up-and-coming fashion photographer making a name for himself on the pages of Vogue Italia. How awesome are these photos? These modern-day Picasso look-a-likes have been digitized and morphed into dimensional fashion photos that practically jump off of the page.

"The perceptual point of view of the form was created by geometric effects and curves. These reflected the silhouettes, deconstructing the clothes and transforming them into art objects. I created a primordial sensation by using colours of light which blended shade by shade with the stylistic choices of the designs, which were pure, clean and fresh. The image was deconstructed – and then reconstructed in a way that gave it a new meaning, one that was visceral, almost animal, contributing towards the representation of a multiform, unexpected kind of femininity.”

{Photos coutesy of Vogue Italia}

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Celebs @ Coachella

It's not only LA hipsters and hipster wannabes who frequent the three-day festival known as Coachella. Even the chicest Hollywood starlets dared to brave the Indio, Calif. heat to experience the second (third, fourth, fifth?) coming of Woodstock. They put on their best bohemian garb and chilled with the rest of us in much-expected casual style. Check out what your favorite celebs looked like as they rocked out to Mumford and Sons, Sleigh Bells, and The Kills.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alexa Chung

Beau Garrett

Busy Phillips

Dita Von Teese

Paris and Nicky Hilton

Jamie Chung

Katy Perry

La Lohan

Vanessa Hudgens

Whitney Port

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I Covet...Khloe Kardashian's Shoe Collection

A girl of this century has two options in life: 1.) become a self-made millionaire (or thousandaire, in most cases) or 2.) marry a highly successful basketball star and amass a spectacular amount of high-end designer shoes to occupy her vast closet space. Surely, there are other options available to us modern gals, but I don't mind weighing these specific ones. Browsing through the May 2011 Elle music issue (with Gwen Stefani on the cover, holla), I spied this drool-worthy spread featuring Khloe Kardashian's intense and carefully composed shoe collection, complete with an endless amount of red soled wonders. Sometimes, I think that life is just not fair for us common folk. Then I think it's photos like this that make me work just a little bit harder. Basically, anything that is featured on The Coveteur inspires me to just be better to afford all of the hard-earned luxuries coveted and collected by the most stylish people in the world. So, when Elle (my favorite fashion magazine) and The Coveteur teamed up for this stunning photo shoot, I was sold and turned on my inner mogul for some much-needed inspiration!

Brb, wiping the drool off of my chin. Decisions, decisions...

Hubby Lamar's carefully curated shoe collection, complete with Christian Louboutin bling-bling sneakers.

Something about the serenity of the interiors and edginess of the accessories makes this an amazing shot.

My job would be 10x more glam if I could communicate using this blinged-out phone.

How perfect is this house for an edgy shoe photo shoot??

"Should I wear the sea foam green fringe peep-toe Loubs or the teal fringe peep-toe Loubs..?"

Another shoe closet??? So jeal.

Leopard love

How gorgeous is this house?! Loving the neutral color scheme.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Afternoon Delight: Gwen Stefani on Elle Cover

Do you have a fashion icon? Not everyone does. Ever think what your glam guru says about your personal style? Everything! Mine is Gwen Stefani and has been for about 15 years or so. Now, I don't  try to emulate her head-to-toe quirky, off-the-wall, out-of-the-box looks, but I definitely think that, over the years, I've grasped her fashion philosophy and tried to incorporate her confident, unconventional, and free spirited attitude into my wardrobe. So it's always nice to see her appreciated outside of my own personal fashion fantasy.

Behold the May 2011 Elle music issue cover. Gwen is equal parts punk princess and feminine fashionista, emitting a soft glow reserved only for the highest style mavens. How is this woman 41 years old??? Love her!

 {Photos courtesy of Elle magazine}

Inside Look: Alexander Wang's TriBeca Loft

Ever wonder what lurks in your favorite designer's refrigerator? Better yet, do you ever stop to think that designers dictate your lifestyle, yet do not let on about theirs? In this month's W, Holly Brubach, a former New York Times style editor, dishes on her former digs and chats it up with its latest tenant, downtown-chic wardrobe wunderkind Alexander Wang.

Wang is known for his monochromatic, streamlined, and slouchy-yet-sophisticated aesthetic much-loved by urbanites who try so hard to look like they're not trying so hard. But what of his dwelling? It's no surprise that his interior color scheme and silhouettes mirror those of his fashion lines--stark, edgy, a little bit cold, but enough texture (read: fur) to keep things warm.

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