Why is it that swimsuit shopping always seems so daunting? The endless amount of choices and colors, the unforgiving mirrors that force us to analyze our bodies… It doesn’t sound very fun, but knowing what styles look the best on your body definitely goes a long way. We talked with designer Lisa Curran for tips on what we should consider when buying a new swimsuit.
- Bigger is not always better. You might feel inclined to buy a bathing suit that is slightly bigger, to seemingly “hide” more imperfections. Don’t give in to that urge–larger suits will sag, especially when they get wet, and that won’t look good at all.
- There are plenty of cute one-pieces and tankinis out there. If you’re uncomfortable showing your tummy, don’t fret. Find a brand that devotes their design focus to one-pieces and tankinis as well. Designers like Lisa aim to design for women of all shapes and sizes and have a large selection of cute one-pieces and tankinis. Lisa’s Shirred V-Neck One-Piece in Cobalt has full bra support and ruching to camouflage trouble spots. Plus, it comes in several pretty colors. Cobalt is our fave because it offers a splash of brightness. For ladies with longer torsos, tankinis work well also. “They will make you look more proportional,” says Lisa. We love the Romi Tankini in Green, pictured above, with its cute print.
Scarves are always an essential in a wardrobe, but lately, they’ve seem to taken off as a trend. You’ve probably seen them on style icons like Kate Moss and Rachel Bilson everywhere. Plus, we’re spotting them on the streets year-round, whether it’s cold and blustery, or sunny and warm. The number of ways that you could wear a scarf seemed a little daunting, so we asked a few experts for their best tips on how to wear scarves – whenever, wherever. (more…)
We all think Rachel Bilson is absolutely adorable. She’s definitely a young Hollywood celeb that has gotten it right – especially when it comes to style. When we saw this photo of her, we immediately wanted to know how to get her hair style. The wispy, undone ponytail with the braided crown…simply gorgeous!
For advice on how to get this look, we turned to Bumble and bumble editorial stylist, Michelle Fiona. Michelle has worked with numerous celebs and models, including Karen Elson, Zooey Deschanel and Maggie Gyllenhal – as well as top media outlets like Allure and Nylon. Her refined, but inventive style is exactly what Rachel Bilson is all about…so here are her fabulous step-by-step tips on how to re-create the look: (more…)
Editor’s Note: The lovely Becki from Shopping’s My Cardio asked me to write an article for her blog – and this is it! It’s posted on her site today, and she’s allowed me to cross-post it here for you to read, too! Hope you enjoy.
Bangles are making a comeback! (Were they out? At least for me, they were…but they’re definitely back in for the season, though.) I’m seeing them everywhere – from my favorite little boutiques to big department stores. They are easy and simple to wear, but make a style statement. Here are my tips on how to choose and wear bangles, en vogue: (more…)
Gwyneth Paltrow is looking truly stunning these days, especially at all the Iron Man premieres. I’m really loving her shorter hair and her fashion choices (see here and here). For the film itself (which my boyfriend is incredibly excited about), Estee Lauder created a a lovely romantic look for Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Virginia “Pepper” Potts; the look is “soft, feminine and luminous and the perfect complement to Pepper’s evening style of a striking jewel-toned cocktail dress and long, flowing hair.” To re-create her look, simply follow these steps! (more…)
We’ve told you before how much we love Gossip Girl…and yes, we will be glued to the tube this evening since there will be a new episode tonight. We decided that we’d make it a complete GG day and tell you how to re-create one of the hairstyles from the show. We’ve always admired Leighton Meester’s curls (a.k.a. Blair), but had no idea how to replicate it with our own locks. So, we turned to celebrity hairstylist Christine Symonds from Warren-Tricomi Los Angeles for advice!
“To achieve Leighton Meester’s toussled wave look, you will need to invest in a wide barrel curling iron. A 1 1/2 in. will work best,” advises Christine. Below, she’s broken down the look and provided step-by-step directions, so you can have Blair’s perfect waves, too! (more…)
Want to look like Angelina Jolie? Don’t we all! I usually think she looks beautiful (and I always covet her Louboutins), but I was especially enamored with her neutral makeup look at the Spirit Awards last week. So much that we consulted our friend and celebrity makeup artist Emily Kate Warren for tips on how to re-create the look. (Many thanks for the wonderful tips!) Then I tapped into my arsenal of makeup products to try to recreate the natural glow effect. (Sadly, no amount of makeup I ever put on will have me looking like Angie).
I think it’s tricky making this look work because you essentially have to put your face out there with very little color, but a lot of polish. When working with nudes and neutrals, it is also tricky to find shades that don’t wash you out, so I recommend testing out a bunch of products to get the ones that work for you. Below, I’ve listed the tools and tricks that did it for me. (more…)
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are pulling out our stationery supply and a pen for the many thank you notes we’re about to write. But what to say and how to say it? We asked the experts for their advice – and they answered! We tackle etiquette, card types, and more. After finishing this How To, you’ll have no problem crafting the perfect thank you note.
Q: When should you send a thank you note?
A: Immédiatement! “The most frequent note writers prefer to mail their letters within a day of an event, while details (and the task itself) are still fresh in their minds,” says Kate Frederic at Dempsey & Carroll. However, if 15 days have gone by…should you send it anyway? Avis Wampler of Avie Designs says, “I think better late than never. The fact that you are sending a handwritten note is a beautifully thoughtful gesture that should not be given up on just because you’re a little late. Send it anyway.”
Q: When must you send a thank you note?
A: There’s no hard and fast rule. Send one when you genuinely appreciate what someone has done on your behalf. Dempsey & Carroll also offer a short guide on their website.
How many of you are afraid to try at-home hair color? Perhaps you’re a hair color virgin or just tired of the expensive visits to the salon…well, we put together DIY guide for at-home color – with plenty of tips from the experts! Let’s get started, shall we?
WHAT COLOR ARE YOU?:
- You’re at the drugstore staring at rows and rows of boxes. Which box do you choose? Simply take part some of your hair and put it next to the color swatch on the box. We recommend choosing a color no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural shade.
- In the past, you’ve colored your locks professionally, but now want to attempt it at home. What color are you? Here is what Marcy Cona, Global Director of Color & Style at Clairol recommends: Determine your current color by viewing it in the daylight. Fan out your hair at the bottom and then look at the shade guide on the side panel of the hair color box.
- If you are having trouble selecting the correct shade, stylist David Scott recommends speaking to staff in the beauty department at your local drugstore; they are often trained on the various lines that are available.
Cardigans are a classic item that most people have in their wardrobes and with cold weather up ahead, they are coming out of the closet. But have you ever felt like it ends up looking too prissy, ultimately making you look older or uptight? I know that I have! Here are our tips on how to buy and wear cardigans – with style:
- Layer, layer, layer! Though you can wear practically anything with cardigans, try to layer them over a piece like a bold print silk shirt for an unexpected touch of luxury. One of our editors also favors layering a short-sleeved cardigan over long-sleeved tees or blouses for a more playful approach.
- Belt it! A belt, whether it’s thin or wide, brings freshness to the look and also can help accentuate the tiniest part of your waist, thereby playing up curves. Patent leather or metallic belts will give it a splash of fun.