Believe me when I say that I have a serious aversion towards anything remotely “business-casual.” After I left my last job where that dress code was a requirement, I purged my closet of all my black, grey, pinstripe, and navy work pants. These days, if I can’t go to the office in shorts during the summer, I actually kind of freak out a little. So when Ann Taylor LOFT challenged me to style up a pair of their new black pants for Refinery29, I was a tad skeptical–after all, isn’t that where everyone goes to buy their business casual gear? To my total surprise and delight–the pants were totally awesome, comfortable, flattering, and didn’t make me look like I was going to work at all. For day, night, AND casual weekend (seriously) looks with the same pair of pants, check out the full feature on Refinery29!
Beauty friends! You know that here at TDO, we love Simple Skincare so we are super excited to share that Simple is running a lil Twitter giveaway this week. From today through Wednesday, September 25, follow @SimpleSkincare on Twitter, use #SimpleVIP and #RedCarpet hashtags, and tell us how you use Simple® to get red carpet ready (shouldn’t be too hard after all that beauty inspiration last night!). Simple is giving away 100 prizes– a gift bag filled with skincare goodies.
On Wednesday from 8-9PM EST, Simple is also hosting a TweetUp. Hosts include Simple Advisory Board fitness expert Kacy Duke and makeup expert Gita Bass. Make sure you follow @SimpleSkincare and use the tag #FallBeauty to ask these two experts any advice they have about fall skincare, especially as it relates to makeup/fitness. The brand is prizing even more Simple product during the chat – plus, four grand prize winners will receive $100 American Express gift cards, a yoga mat and a makeup sample. You definitely don’t want to miss out!
You are having an Emmy party, right? If not, start planning! The folks over at The Savory alerted us to this handy drinking game and I couldn’t resist reposting. Of course, I put our own spin on it, so here’s my reco on how to look stylish as you sip (or gulp) your way through the night:
2. Slip on a pair of J. Crew Collection Valentina Calf Hair D’Orsay Pumps in Hazelnut Leopard or Dark Aubergine. I am obsessed with these. Obsessed, I tell you. They’re mostly backordered online right now but if you head to the store, they might have them! (Sale applies, of course.)
3. Get into an AllSaints Lewis Dress in Black. It’s flattering. It’s silk (read: comfortable and glam). It works day or night. What’s not to love?!?
Enjoy, Emmy lovers!
If there’s one sample sale I actually make a point to hit up every year, this would be it. I swung by the press sale yesterday and ladies…the gettin’s good. Lots and lots of black–leather, dresses, blazers, pants–timeless pieces that are perfect for the upcoming season. Both men’s and women’s products from Alexander Wang as well as T by Alexander Wang are set around the warehouse-y space. My big scores however were a new Pelican satchel in pristine white ($350, marked down from $1000) and a pair of nude Sonja bandage pumps from AW12 (pristine condition) for $175. The prices are already great, so don’t wait around until the end for additional markdowns because the great stuff won’t last long.
Once upon a time, I left one of my favorite slips — a black cotton Calvin Klein number — at an ex-boyfriend’s house after a bad breakup. To this day, I occasionally think of that slip and wish I had gone back to get it. (Figures I’d be more upset about the slip than the boyfriend.)
Now, I can finally let that little regret go. Thanks to the Frederick’s of Hollywood Beauty Sleep Collection, I have two new black numbers that are even softer and sexier than my old “flame”: the Beauty Sleep Romper and the Beauty Sleep Robe.
Each piece is $48 or less, made mostly of rayon and cut to flatter. Details like lace trim, lace paneling and peekaboo cutouts make them hotter than your average intimates. Best of all, I feel super comfortable in them and my husband finds them way more attractive than my usual getup (a tank top and pajama pants).
To browse the collection and spice up your sleepwear, visit fredericks.com.
Photo by Steve Rousseau
I just tried one of Blushington‘s new Weekday Specials and I was so impressed I wanted to share. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Blushington, it’s a makeup and beauty lounge in West Hollywood frequented by L.A.’s chicest locals, wedding parties and celebs like Emma Roberts. There, you can get professional makeup applications and beauty maintenance services while drinking champagne and catching up on chick flicks. (Also, the Drybar is next door, which is very convenient should you want to top off your beauty service with a blowout.) READ MORE
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