What’s Trending: 5 Fall Fashion Trends To Wear Right Now

Fall is upon us, and with each new season, there are new and exciting fashion trends.  While we are watching the runways for the upcoming Spring and Summer 2017 shows, we are nonetheless shopping for the latest fall fashion trends.  Here are the top 5 trends you’ll be seeing this season that you’ll want to wear already.

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Grunge

Via Fashionisers

Via Fashionisers

The 90’s are back in full force.  Think flannels, slip dresses, deconstructed denim, patent leather trench coats, and oversized cardigans.

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Neck Candy

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via Fashion360mag

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that chokers are everywhere.

( 3 )

Bohemian

Via Fashionisers

Via Fashionisers

Suede & velvet boots, paisley prints, intricate embroidery, and oversized flares are all Bohemian, 70’s-inspired staples.

( 4 )

Dusty Rose & Yellow

Via InStyle

Via InStyle

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The Power Suit

via StyleCaster

via StyleCaster

There’s no denying that Hillary Clinton may have been the inspiration behind this emerging fashion trend.  Think bright colors and patterns to give a fresh and fun vibe to the pantsuit.

What are your favorite trends of this upcoming fall & winter season?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

xo

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Trending Now: Fashion-Forward Rainbow Bags That Will Make You Smile

It is easy to opt for neutrals when picking out outfits, but adding a pop of color always makes outfits more fun.  It can be even more fun to add a bunch of colors, all at one time (especially when you actually manage to pull it off!).  Check out these fashion-forward rainbow hued bags that will easily brighten up your Labor day.

 

1.

MILLY Rainbow Box Clutch, $295, via Bloomingdales

MILLY Rainbow Box Clutch, $295, via Bloomingdales

 

2.

Elena Ghisellini Selina Rainbow Clutch Bag, $830.00

Elena Ghisellini Selina Rainbow Clutch Bag, $830.00, via Neiman Marcus

 

3.

Superdry Rainbow Alumni Bag, $54.50, via Superdry

 

4.

Current Mood Over the Rainbow Bag, $30, via DollsKill

Current Mood Over the Rainbow Bag, $30, via DollsKill 

 

5.

Red Valentino Rainbow Lips Leather Bag, $695, via Luisaviaroma

Red Valentino Rainbow Lips Leather Bag, $695, via Luisaviaroma

6.

Sara Battaglia rainbow leather clutch, was $955 Now $344, via MatchesFashion

Sara Battaglia rainbow leather clutch, was $955 now $344, via MatchesFashion 

 

7.

Les Petits Joueurs Janis Micro Rainbow Mini Clutch, $640, via Neiman Marcus

Les Petits Joueurs Janis Micro Rainbow Mini Clutch, $640, via Neiman Marcus 

 

8.

Moschino Shoulder Bag, $1,650, via Shopbop

Moschino Shoulder Bag, $1,650, via Shopbop

 

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Anya Hindmarch Ebury Maxi Rainbow bag, $2,045, via Monnier Freres

Anya Hindmarch Ebury Maxi Rainbow bag, $2,045, via Monnier Freres

 

10.

Sarah's Bag Pop Pill bead-embellished box clutch, was $713 Now $356, via MatchesFashion

Sarah’s Bag Pop Pill bead-embellished box clutch, was $713 now $356, via MatchesFashion 

 

What do you think of these rainbow colored bags?  How would you style them?

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Roberto Cavalli

Fringe can easily take on the bohemian feel of the wild west, or embody the lavish glamour of the 1920’s and 1930’s.  These sandals are a shining example of the latter.  Covered in an ornate gold color, these exude all of the beauty and charm of old hollywood that only film noir seems to capture so eloquently.

Pair these sandals with a simple LBD, red lipstick, and as much gold jewelry as your heart desires (which is always too much, right ladies?).

Roberto Cavalli fringed metallic sandals, $1,670.54

Roberto Cavalli fringed metallic sandals, $1,670.54

ROBERTO CAVALLI  fringed metallic sandals

ROBERTO CAVALLI  fringed metallic sandals

 

How would you style these heels?

Stay beautiful,

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Nº21

Nº21 was founded in 2010 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, who also serves as the creative director at the fashion house Rochas.  Alessadro uses his eye for modern design to create unique and eye-catching pieces designed for fashionable women.  The sandals below are a great example of how the designer stretches the boundaries of modern design to create truly remarkable pieces that are more like a work of art than simply a pair of shoes.

Nº21 Sandals, $824.54

Nº21 Sandals, $824.54

Nº21 ankle strap embellished sandals

Nº21 ankle strap embellished sandals

What do you think of these glitter sandals?  How would you style them?

Have a beautiful weekend, 

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Valentino

As we welcome in warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, we also trade in our parkas for bikinis and our winter boots for strappy sandals.  Check out this pair of Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel sandals.  The 4-inch block heel is on trend for the summer, and the whimsical heel is stunning and totally unique.

 

 

 

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals, $2,295

Valentino
Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals, $2,295

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals

Wear these with an oversized, yet short shift dress, or a pair of cut-off denim jeans and black blouse for a daytime look.

 

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals

 

What do you think of these heels?  How would you style them?

xo

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it seems like no gifts can ever really tell the mother figure in your life how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for you over the years.  While Mother’s Day is so much more than just gift-giving, it’s a way to show gratitude and appreciation for someone who has taught us how to love selflessly through their own actions.  Check out the guide below for some unique and thoughtful gifts to give to the mother figure in your life.

 

Mother's day gift guide!

 

And if none of those spike your interest, check out these other top picks below:
Jo Malone 'Lime Basil & Mandarin' Diffuser, $103

Jo Malone ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin’ Diffuser, $103

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $55

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $55

Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Large Glass Jar Candle, $39

Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Large Glass Jar Candle, $39

 

Mom Life: An Adult Coloring Book

#Mom Life: An Adult Coloring Book, $11.69

 

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray for Women

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, $117

 

Kate Spade New York: all in good taste, $17.80

Kate Spade New York: all in good taste, $17.80

 

 

 

Bric's Luggage, $384

Bric’s Luggage, $384

 

SMEG 50's Retro Style Aesthetic 2 Slice Toaster, Pink, $149

SMEG 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic 2 Slice Toaster, Pink, $149

 

What are your favorite picks for Mother’s Day?

xxo

Beauty Review: Valentia Beauty Eye Cream & Hydration Mask

Valentia recently reached out to me to try out a few of their products – their True Glow Eye Cream, the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask, & their Royal Rose Hydrating Serum.  I happily obliged, as I’m sure you all know I am a total product junkie and LOVE trying new stuff.  Plus, their beauty products are made in a cruelty-free beauty lab owned and operated by women in the USA.  Their products are made using sustainable energy, are vegan-friendly, and use 98% natural ingredients.

First off, the skinny on the True Glow Eye Cream.

It contains the following:

Astaxanthin: The reigning King of the antioxidants – please take a bow – this little guy has 600 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin C, increases skin moisture, smoothes fine lines , and restores elasticity to the skin.

Resistem: or “Natures Miracles” as we like to call them. These plant stem cells work to repair damaged skin cells and protect the skin from stress related aging, leaving skin refreshed and renewed!

Vitamin C: This standout vitamin helps treat multiple skin care and really brightens the under eye are. Your under eye area will feel firmer and look brighter.

Organic Rosehip Oil: Dry and flaky under eyes be gone! Rosehip oil amps up skins moisture content, delivering deep nourishment and reducing the appearance of fine lines that can creep in when we’re a bit dry under the eye.

Arnica: This botanical herb has been widely used in homeopathic medicine for bruising and soreness which is why we chose it for our True Glow Eye Cream. It stimulates white blood cells to relieve dark circles and puffiness.

After using this product for about 5 weeks, there were noticeable results in my under eye area.  I received numerous compliments about how fresh faced I looked (even on those days where I tossed and turned for hours the night before).  Fine lines and dark circles were noticeably diminished, and my under eye area truly looked plumper.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to fix their dark under eye circles and as an anti-aging tool to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, along with plumping the under eye area.

Now, let’s dive into their Royal Rose Hydrating Serum.

A look at the ingredients:

– Rose Damascena: One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.

– Niacinamide (Vitamin B): This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne.

– Rosehip Seed Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin’s moisture.

– Evening Primrose Oil: Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.

– Bearberry: Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.

– Lavender: Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds, and sores.

After trying out this serum for 5 weeks in addition to the eye cream, I noticed my skin seemed more hydrated and brighter.  Immediately, my skin looked and felt softer.  The verdict?  Highly recommend to anyone looking to smooth, nourish, and moisturize their skin.

What are your favorite skin products?  Have you tried anything new lately?

xo

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Your Go-To Guide for Spring & Summer 2016 Beauty Trends

Hottest Make-Up Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

We love runways! The glitz, the glam, the excitement, the everything. I’ve been working as a stylist for many years now and I still get chills whenever I go backstage with my models or when I style any of my celebrity clients (you’ve got to look good when you are in sitting in the first row). And, runways are the start of all new trends we later adore, which is an additional reason absolutely love ‘em.

Another interesting aspect of runway shows is that, while clothes are the focus of every catwalk, we can also spot the ever-evolving makeup changes presented on the runway as part of the collection. Most designers say they rarely think about makeup as a separate things to the clothes, but rather tend to make it an accessory to it in order to make the whole look be cohesive, aesthetically appealing, and to the point. Still, us who are on the other side, tend to single out things about the whole presentation and then play it up in ways they are most fitting for us.

It’s wonderful that the makeup palette is seemingly broader than ever, so there is so much for everyone! I am singling out some of my favorite makeup trends for the upcoming spring and summer and I hope you’ll love them as much as I am loving them. Enjoy!

Color me blue

Blue is currently trending and it’s not going anywhere in 2016 either. Although, this time around things are getting a bit bandit-like; Chanel introduced the look.  It’s perfect for both a daytime look, with a hint of blue eyeshadow, and a nighttime look, with a blue smoky eye.

Doll-like vibes

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from left, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino

For all the girls who are channeling their inner Lolita, this makeup trend is everything! No, we are not talking red, heart-shaped lips… things are more subtle this time around. This Lolita is a free-spirited doll who decided to go bohemian on her style. The exaggerated lash look was first introduced by Louis Vuitton and it was well received.  If you are daring, this is the look for your spring.

Contour me, please

With contouring being the absolute hit in 2015 (thank you Kim K!), and multiple sister-techniques emerging I am absolutely positive 2016 is going to be major when it comes to this makeup trend. Contouring, strobing, tontouring… you name it – they are all going to make your face look slimmer and your nose more defined.  Although the techniques do take a lot of time, the results are simply amazing.

Femininity re-born

 

Plenty designers have turned to more feminine vibes by channeling the simplicity of hairstyles, colors and makeup techniques.  Marchesa, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Carolina Herera… they are all relying on the rich texture of reds, pinks and purples on the lips while staying faithful to the simplicity of eye makeup for contrast.  A little bit of liquid liner on the eyes or a hint of glitter are what’s going to be our major love in the summer of 2016.

Take me back to the ‘70’s

It’s getting hot! DVF made it all about curls and tropical makeup, paying tribute to the first time Diane went out and let her hair curly. Clean, healthy skin and pops of metallic blue and shimmery green on the eyes channel the easygoing and fun vibes of a summer holiday vacation.  Simply adorable!

So, which of these do you think will be your favorite vibe the upcoming summer?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

Your Ultimate Beauty Guide, From A-Z: The Letter A

With so many products and treatments available in today’s world, it is difficult to know what each of them mean, and what they do.  The A-Z Guide of Beauty is a new segment on Trends & Tribulations that will explain everything related to beauty, starting from the beginning of the alphabet.  Without further ado, I bring to you the A’s of beauty.

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ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal is carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency.  It’s the same stuff that’s been used in emergency rooms to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses for years.  It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can.  Similarly, it acts like a magnet in beauty products to attract and absorb dirt, oil, and impurities.

ALKYL BENZOATE

Used as an emollient in beauty products, from cosmetics to skin and hair products.  It provides a conditioning and silky touch to skin.

ALOE VERA

Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, $10.90, via Amazon

Aloe Vera gel comes from the plant, which stores water in its leaves.  It has many benefits, including anti-aging and moisturizing properties for skin, and is beneficial for hair, as it balances the pH of hair, encourages hair growth, and is conditioning.  Additionally, drinking a few ounces of aloe vera juice daily has great benefits for your health by eliminating toxins in your body.

ALPHA HYDROXY ACID (AHA)

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These are acids used to exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells that naturally occur in sugar cane, fruits, and milk products.  Helps to clear up sun damage, hyper pigmentation, acne, and fine lines.  There are multiple AHA’s out there, but the most popular and most potent one is Glycolic Acid.  Some products that contain AHA’s are Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, $45, via Sephora, or in Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream, $9, via Target.

Tip: Avoid using Glycolic Acid if you’re using a retinol, and instead opt for gentler forms of AHA, like Lactic Acid, which is still effective but less drying.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist, 1 Fluid Ounce, $10, via Amazon

Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that neutralize free radicals to help prevent damage and to repair skin cells.

ARGAN OIL
ACURE 100% USDA Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, $13.49, via Amazon

ACURE 100% USDA Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, $13.49, via Amazon

This oil is pressed from kernels of Argan trees, and contains nutrients and Vitamin E to nourish skin and hair.

ASCORBIC ACID
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Petal Peel, $64

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Petal Peel, $64, contains one of the largest amounts of Vitamin C compared to most beauty products

The most researched form of Vitamin C, and the most commonly form of Vitamin C found in skincare products.  Helps create younger, firmer skin while fading sun damage and acne scars.  Can be used alone or with other antioxidants.

Did any other ingredients beginning with A miss the list that you are curious about?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Stay lovely,

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Hogan

Whenever I think the ’90’s trend has had to have played its role in fashion recently, and is on it’s way out, it seems to show up in yet another item, and, alas, we have another grunge-era comeback.  Luckily for me, I freaking love the 90’s, so I’m always giddy and nostalgic about such occurrences.  The latest comeback happens to be these shiny, patent bubblegum-pink platform leather sneakers from Hogan.  They remind me of the phase I went through as a wee young thing where I only wore Volatile platform sneaks & my friends coveted my rad shoe collection.  Come to think of it, not much has changed except my shoes got a lot higher and more expensive (so basically, just the Courtney Love treatment).  Joking! (but not really)….

Hogan Patent Leather Sneakers, $545

Hogan Patent Leather Sneakers, $545

Enter, the Sportivo sneakers from Hogan.  Channel your inner Baby Spice and wear ’em with knee-high socks and a mini-dress, or pair ’em with super flared denim jeans for a sporty chic look.

Baby Spice is happy because she has platform sneakers & an egg pod chair.  You, too, can be happy.  Get your egg chair here, and then buy me one, please.

Baby Spice is happy because she has platform sneakers & an egg pod chair. You, too, can attain such happiness. Get your egg chair here, and then buy me one, please & thank you.

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What do you guys think of these Hogan sneakers?  What would you style them with?

xo, beauties