How To Make The Most Out Of Your Closet Space

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Creative Ways to Maximize the Space in Your Closet

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Storage space is a hot commodity in most homes. That being said, even the smallest closet space can hold a lot if it is planned out well. Let’s look at some ways to get the most out of your closet space.

Straight and Narrow

Walk-in closets aren’t the only places for great storage and organization. A space saving reach in closet like this one can have just as much function when planned out properly. The drawers and shelving here really maximize the storage and the bright lighting is essential to keep things visible, even in the corners.

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The Coolest New Kicks To Step Up Your Sneaker Game

Chanel Fall 2014 Runway

Chanel Fall 2014 Runway

Sneakers have quickly become a huge fashion trend.  Whether worn with a skirt, or played down with a pair of leggings, sneakers are all over the street and the runway.  It’s not surprising, seeing as how the line between activewear and everyday clothing is becoming further and further blurred.

DSQUARED2:

DSquared2 Neon Leather & Nylon High Top Sneakers, $695

DSquared2 Neon Leather & Nylon High Top Sneakers, $695

BALENCIAGA:

Balenciaga Bicolor Trainer Sneaker, Bubblegum, $695

Balenciaga Bicolor Trainer Sneaker, Bubblegum, $695

Check out & shop the 20+ featured creations of Kenzo, Pierre Hardy, and Yohji Yamamoto after the jump.

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Donald Robertson x Brian Atwood

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What happens when two of your favorite people come together to create your favorite accessory?  A magical, epic trifecta of #shoepornthursday, of course!  Enter Donald ‘Drawbertson’ Robertson, creative director of Estée Lauder & who was also dubbed the “Andy Warhol of Instagram“.  Just take a look (if you have been hiding under a rock and haven’t yet) at his whimsical illustrations on Instragram (@DonaldDrawbertson)  and try not to smile (spoiler alert: it won’t work).  So naturally, when I noticed some of his art on the one and only Brian Atwood‘s heels, I got super giddy (’cause, duh).

Check these bad boys, known as “Gitte Lips“, out for yourself, available in three different styles.

First, the platform sandal style, which would look fabulous paired with wide-legged dark denim jeans and a tucked in white blouse.

Donald Robertson x Brian Atwood, $925

Donald Robertson x Brian Atwood, $925

Or, there’s the cage-inspired sandal design:

Donald “Drawberston” Robertson x Brian Atwood, $895

Donald “Drawberston” Robertson x Brian Atwood, $895

And finally, the very classic, closed-toe, high-enough-but-not-overtly-high, “I have an ankle-strap I’m so freaking adorable” pump:

Donald Robertson x Brian Atwood, $850

Donald Robertson x Brian Atwood, $850

 

Personally, I love the pump pictured first (which may or may not be because of a recent unhealthy chunky heel obsession).  What do you think of the collab?  Are you a Donald Robertson obsessee, like me?

The Permanent New Trend in Cosmetics You Don’t Know About

Makeup Tattoos: The Art of Permanent Cosmetic Tattoos

Permanent Makeup

Are you an expert in the art of tattoos? If you love tattoos, then you may have already thought about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos. If you’re not a tattoo enthusiast, but you want to learn more about the art of permanent cosmetic tattoos and what to expect before you decide to invest in this procedure, keep reading.

This permanent cosmetic procedure is gaining popularity among women interested in filling in their eyebrows, defining their lips, along with applying eyeliner.

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This Season’s Hottest Swimwear Trends For Every Body Type

Swimwear Trends for the Upcoming Season

Choosing the right bikini or one-piece is often a lifelong struggle for women.  On one hand, there’s all those “rules” that tell you which body type you have and which swim suit suits you best.  On the other hand, there are always such amazing fashion trends that don’t exactly work for your body type.  It’s a difficult process, but there is something for every body type to choose from with the range of different cuts, designs, and products.

Cuts

When it comes to the design of all types of swimsuits, it is easy to forget all that you know about them or you think you know. One thing is for sure, the one-piece swimsuits will be big this year, just as they were the previous season.

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

What makes them even more interesting are the alterations to the classical one piece swimsuits, like cut-outs.  Also, don’t be surprised if you see some one piece swimsuits with leg openings that reach all the way over your hips, or those with collars or G-strings.

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

It seems that this year, the designers have attempted to reinvent the look of the swimsuits and break down all the rules. Two-piece swimsuits with long sleeves and those with many straps and ribbons will definitely leave some interesting tan lines on the beaches this year.

Patterns

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

If you thought that the cuts will go nuts this season, you should definitely check out the colors and patterns. This season, you just cannot go wrong. The very colorful and complex patterns are a real hit this season. If they are on a two-piece swim suit they can be only on one piece while the other one can be single colored. Or it doesn’t have to be.

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

There are also some really nice, simple, one piece swimsuits with bright colors that resemble those of the ‘90s and even a whole trend of entirely black swimwear that combines some interesting materials and bring some classy elegance to the beach. While this extravaganza is in this year, there is also entirely different stream in trends this year, with very simple and sporty designs which go with those bright and simple colors and straight lines.

Famous Designs

All these conclusions about the swim suits for the year to come are taken by analyzing and watching what the designers have come up with. To name the few: Department stores had some fun experimenting with new styles.  Their choices for this season include straps, straps, and more straps which make one-piece suits look like two pieces connected with interesting cuts and designs.

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Besides that, they used some crochet in their designs and focused their main colors on yellow and bright pink.  On the other hand, Planet Blue has taken an entirely different direction with the colors. They are all for muted, earthy and skin tones and their prints are all scenery-like. The cuts and styles put the efficiency and sporty look as a priority. Alene Too wanted to make the swimwear something that will be worn outside the beach as well. Interesting cuts that resemble tops more than swim suits can be used as regular clothes as well.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

What to expect to see in stores this Spring

All these ideas that come from the designers are interesting and fun, but once you go out in search of your go-to swimwear for this year, you can expect to see brands like Victoria Secret to have more universal versions of these design ideas, along with the classical cuts from past seasons.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

Therefore, this year, it is very hard to go wrong. Perhaps, the best bet is to choose the suit according to your body type but go trendy with the choice of colors and patterns. The best thing about this trend is that if you cannot decide if you want a one color or patterned swimsuit, you can choose both!

via Tokyo Turq

via Tokyo Turq

 

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Footwear Designers Recreate Cinderella’s Glass Slippers

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Disney recently asked nine various designers, such as Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Jimmy Choo, to recreate the Cinderella glass slipper with their own unique style in anticipation of the Cinderella film set to debut.  The best part?  In March, the designs will be sold in shops throughout the world, such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York & Beverly Hills, Harrods in London, and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Click through to see all the beautiful designs and what the designers had to say about ‘em, courtesy of BusinessWire.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

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February’s Most Coveted: Angel Wings

Romeo climbs into the garden of his beloved and tells Juliet ‘With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out.’ 

FarFetch

FarFetch

Most females (and men) out there are in awe of the beauty of the Victoria’s Secret angels, as well as the creativity shown in each of their annual fashion shows.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014

Taking some fashion inspiration from them, along with the genius known as Sophia Webster, angel wings are a beautiful complement to the season’s ethereal mood.  From earrings to vests to heels, and from angel to butterfly to dragonfly wings, these romantic details add a subtle feminine touch to any outfit.

SOPHIA WEBSTER 'Evangeline' sandals, $560

SOPHIA WEBSTER ‘Evangeline’ sandals, $560

 

Roberto Cavalli 'Hera Wings' chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

Roberto Cavalli ‘Hera Wings’ chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

 

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

 

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

 

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

 

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

 

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

What do you think of the wing-inspired accessories and apparel?  Which are your favorite pieces?

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5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness This Winter

With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.

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Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:

1. Enjoy nature.

Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences.  Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.

This could SO totally be you!!

This could SO totally be you!!

2. Break a sweat.

The cold weather makes our muscles tense up.  Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing.  Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.

3. Be social.  

While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy.  Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

4. Eat right.  

Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten.  Everything in moderation…including moderation.

5. Find silence.

Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect.  Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.

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What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?

What’s Trending: The Top 10 Most Wanted Fur Pieces

Whether you like the real thing or the faux version, fur is everywhere this season, from keyrings to dyed coats to the rabbit fur handles on Olympia Le-Tan’s top hat bag.  Here are the top 10 picks of the most unique fur pieces you’ll want to splurge on this season.

Bonus: Some are discounted up to 50% off!

1.

Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat, $945

Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat, $945

2.

Charlotte Simone Lilac Mongolian Fur Bon Bon Clutch, $250

Charlotte Simone
Lilac Mongolian Fur Bon Bon Clutch, $250

3.

Tanya Taylor Yellow Mongolian Lamb Fur Collar, $595

Tanya Taylor Yellow Mongolian Lamb Fur Collar, $595

4.

Ainea Caramel Spot Faux Fur Coat, $585

Ainea Caramel Spot Faux Fur Coat, $585

5.

Olympia Le-Tan Candy Pink Velvet Top Hat Bag, $1,135 Now $454

Olympia Le-Tan Candy Pink Velvet Top Hat Bag, $1,135 Now $454

6.

Dlux Winter White Fox Fur Snood, $1,140

Dlux Winter White Fox Fur Snood, $1,140

7.

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Fur Ryder Shoulder Bag, $1,250

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Fur Ryder Shoulder Bag, $1,250

8.

Wunderkind Orange Check Fur Blanket Coat, $3,525 Now $1,762

Wunderkind Orange Check Fur Blanket Coat, $3,525 Now $1,762

9.

Charlotte Simone Black Natural Fur Hood Scarf, $255

Charlotte Simone Black Natural Fur Hood Scarf, $255

10.

Shrimps Powder Blue Lenny Keyring, $80

Shrimps Powder Blue Lenny Keyring, $80

 

Which is your favorite?  Are you a fan of real fur, or do you prefer faux?

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