SPRING’S NEW NEUTRALS

 

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AT THE OFFICE

Start your week off right and carry the soft neutral trend to the office with you in style. Start with a neutral colored knit pencil skirt from St. John’s Collection paired with Hale Bob’s sleeveless draped satin blouse or  ivory long sleeve silk blouse and classic Christian Louboutin pumps, designed to accentuate and elongate the leg line. Or if you are feeling daring, go with a white embroidered mini skirt from Hale Bob. Keep up with Spring’s fluctuating weather patterns and top your look with an ivory Bolero jacket from Hale Bob on chillier days. Accessorize in style with a Tory Burch black satchel bag and matching cat eye sunglasses from designer Tom Ford. You are sure to catch your co-workers’ attention in the office this Spring.

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ERRAND DAY

Your romantic side can shine through even on “run of the mill” casual errand days.  Air dry your hair, tousle, and lightly spritz with a touch of Bumble & Bumble’s surf foam spray for a “no nonsense,” easygoing style. Next, grab a pair of stretchy, comfortable taupe ultra suede pants from Hale Bob topped with Rag & Bone’s ivory sweatshirt and chic leopard print ballerina flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. Strap on your blush pink cross body bag, swipe on a drop of all natural lip balm from Grown Alchemist, and you are ready to step out on the streets in style.

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LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS

Why not be trendy yet comfy in soft muted pastels on your next lunch out? Start with Spring’s trendy distressed look, updated for 2016 on the skinny leg silhouette. We like True Religion’s stretch white skinny jeans topped with Chloe’s luscious vintage Victorian pink chiffon blouse, trending on the runways through Fall 2016. For chillier days, accessorize with a soft beige shawl coat from Harris Wharf London, or BCBG’s lace trench for a more structured style. Top off your look with Kate Spade’s sweet pink bucket bag and matching lace up sandals from Steve Madden. You’re sure to get the girls gossiping this year with your “easy breezy” beautiful Spring style.

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DATE NIGHT

Surprise him with a little romance as you include the soft colors of Spring into your nighttime activities. From Gucci to Caroline Herrera, get in on this Season’s pretty pleated skirt trend seen on this year’s runways. Get the above look with Tibi’s strappy pleated swing dress or go with Tahari’s fit and flare dress for a more classic silhouette. If you’re a “girly” gal, Hale Bob’s sweet sleeveless pleated tank dress will suit you to a “T” paired with your favorite strappy heels or gladiators. And finally, for the inner Hollywood “diva,” make a grand entrance in the luscious floor length ivory empire dress NEW from Liberty Garden. Simple, classic, Boho, or dramatic, there’s a perfect pleated dress style just waiting for you.

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BEACH DAY

With lace and “Boho chic” all the rage, now is the time to add a few of Spring’s “essentials” to your wardrobe collection. Perfect for the beach topped over your favorite swimsuit or paired over your “go to” tee and shorts outfit, be sure to add this Season’s favorite lovely lace Kimono jacket. Light enough to prevent bulk yet thick enough to provide a little warmth from Spring’s fluctuating temperatures, Liberty Garden’s ivory lace Kimono is the perfect jacket option for you this Season. Another favorite Spring jacket option is the “Boho chic” poncho. Slip on Liberty Garden’s black or ivory laced fringed poncho over your favorite poolside attire, or pair over Citizen’s of Humanity’s ivory shorts, Hale Bob’s white lace tank , and Free People’s tall gladiators for the quintessential “festival girl” style. Or, complete your day of fun in sun with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve lace tunic on chilly Spring days or off the shoulder lace tunic from South Beach swimsuits during summer’s heat wave. Kimono, poncho, or tunic, there’s a lovely lacy cover up option to suit your Spring style.

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GARDEN PARTY

Unsure of what to wear to your next garden party or Spring wedding? You can’t go wrong in a creamy ivory or peachy pink lace dress, suitable for any occasion casual to dressy. We like Hale Bob’s ivory lace pencil dress with this year’s off the shoulder trending silhouette style. Go with the long sleeve two-toned dress or white lace strapless maxi paired with Topshop’s lace up blush pink wedges for little “Boho chic” flare. If classic is more your style, grab Hale Bob’s ivory floral A line dress accessorized with Badgley Mischka’s floral embellished open toes pumps and matching leather clutch from Tory Burch. Classic or Boho, mini or maxi, you’ll look lovely in lace this year.

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NEUTRAL NAIL COLOR

This Season is all about “do it yourself” beauty and what better way to usher in Spring’s neutral colors than with an at home manicure makeover. Our favorite is the Red Carpet Pro manicure starter set, featuring your own LED lights, nourishing cuticle cream, prep nail sanitizer, base coat and top coat enhancers, plus nail polish remover and application purifying cleanser. Grab Salon quality nail polish in soft peach cream and in minutes you can enjoy weeks worth of nail beauty. Invite the girls over, brew some detox tea, and relax for an afternoon of nourishment, fun, and style from the comfort of your own home.

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NEUTRAL MAKE UP

Don’t just stop at nail beauty. Continue Spring’s neutral color scheme trend into your daily make up routine this Season. Start with Urban Decay’s weightless ultra definition foundation, add a blushing cheek stain from Tarte,  a swipe of bareMinerals’ natural volumizing mascara, and finish up with MAC’s soft sheer nude lipstick inspired by designer Zac Posen. To compliment this year’s carefree, “unfussy” style, treat your tresses to a little extra loving care with natural remedies for damage control. Two of our favorite “hair masks” can be found conveniently right in your kitchen. First is the Avocado and Peppermint hair mask, made by mixing one avocado, a tablespoon each of olive oil and honey, and sprinkled lightly with peppermint tea to stimulate your scalp and offer intense refreshment to your locks. Our second favorite, used to treat damaged follicles, is the Milk and Honey hair mask, made from one cup of whole milk and a teaspoon of honey. Let hair soak in the mixture for 15 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo. You’re sure to turn heads your way with your natural glow this Spring.

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Get in touch with your romantic side and look for Spring’s softer neutral pastels in pinks, peaches, blues, and beiges. Coupled with silky lace, ruffles, and pleats, this Season is all about embracing the feminine ideal and enhancing the womanly figure. Take our fashion ideas and adapt them to fit your perfect style and unique personality. Be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

 

SPRING’S FAVORITE BEAUTY TRENDS

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A few weeks ago we featured our favorite trending accessories for 2016. This week, we follow up with our top make up and hair trends seen on the runways this Season. Take a look at our choices below  and see how you can start pairing with your favorite fashion finds for Spring.

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BOLD LIPS

Gone are the days of “no makeup” makeup. This Spring, designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Jason Wu to DKNY went big and bold with all hues of red on the lips. Backstage makeup pro Yadim suggests keeping this look young and fresh by starting with “freshly scrubbed” skin, using only a light concealer to hide any blemishes, and finishing up with a sculpted “boyish” brow. We like Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Matte lipstick in an array of colors from dark mauve to cherry red to blood orange. If you’re not quite that daring, you can still experiment with the look by using a “barely there” lip tint like Stay All Day lip gloss from Stila. Pair your makeup look with a simple solid color outfit to enhance and draw attention to your bold lips. Throwback to the boppin’ 50’s in Hale Bob’s vintage black V neck dress accessorized with classic black satin pumps from Salvatore Ferragamo. Or go “Hollywood glam” in Hale Bob’s silk jeweled cocktail dress, gold flecked sandals by Schutz, and glitter box clutch from Kate Spade. Brighten up your Springtime look instantly this Season with a swipe of bold red lip color.

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GO BLUE

Another bold make up trend seen on the runways this Season is the return of the blue eye shadow. Reminiscent of the 70’s and 80’s, this color can be tricky to navigate without looking too tacky. The key to succeeding with this look is to start with a fresh face with minimal cheeks and lips to emphasize the eyes. Get Kendall’s above runway look by swiping Urban Decay’s radium blue eyeshadow across the lids, lining with black gel eye crayon eyeliner from Marc Jacobs, and finishing with luminous emerald shimmer powder from Make Up For Ever. If you’d rather go with just a touch of blue, try Yves Saint Laurent’s luxurious lash extending blue mascara or simply swap out your usual liner for a crystal blue waterproof crayon eyeliner from Dior. Compliment your 70’s look in a black lace baby doll dress from Liberty Garden accessorized with a wide brim hat from Eric Javits and patchwork Vintage clogs NEW from Shellys London. Get groovy this year, and go blue.

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QUARTZ ROSE MAKE UP

Pantone’s color of the year can be incorporated not only into your wardrobe collection, but also into your Spring make up regime. Update your coloring and add quartz rose pink for a girly, Seasonal glow. Start with a tinted foundation like Nars’ NEW Velvet Matte Skin Tint, formulated with SPF 30 to protect and transform your skin now and over time. Give your cheeks a light dusting of pink powder blush from MAC and sweep the same color over your eyes. Finish your look with a slight “cat eye,” brush of mascara, and swipe of Yves Saint Laurent hydrating lip tint to keep lips moisturized on colder days. Pair your fresh faced look with Liberty Garden’s NEW pale pink embroidered maxi or the blush pink suede shift dress from Hale Bob and you are sure to spread your sweet “scent” everywhere you go.

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QUARTZ ROSE HAIR COLOR

If winter winds have done a number on your tresses, head to the stylist for a deep conditioning treatment, a trim of the old dead ends, and a fresh new hair color for Spring. If you are already blonde, go with this Season’s trendiest “gold pink” tint, topped off with a bouncy “blowout.” If you are a redhead, ask for a lighter hue, and for the brunettes, go “hipster” with pink streaks. Or be “pink” for a day with Splat Hair Chalk, a fun, temporary way to color your hair for just 24 hours. For the less daring, you can still get in on the trend by adding a “touch of pink” hair accessory to your everyday style. Look for glittering pink barrettes like L. Ericson’s “Swarovski Treasure Trove,” dainty headbands, handcrafted flower clips, or this Season’s trendy floral head piece embellishments from Erickson Beamon. Pair your luscious locks with a flouncy floral satin dress from Hale Bob or go matching in a pink printed jersey tank dress. Whether you choose to go gold pink this Spring or simply add the color to your hair accessory collection, be sure to include quartz rose into your fashion style this Season.

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FLORAL HAIR EMBELLISHMENTS

As mentioned above, floral hair accessories are all the rage for Spring. From Rodarte to Alice + Olivia to Prada, the runways were filled with glittering flora and fauna this Season. Dress up Hale Bob’s short sleeved floral shift dress by accessorizing your tresses with a swarovski crystal embellished barrette by Colette Malouf and matching t-strap wedge sandals from Badgley Mischka. Try Spring’s top trend in Hale Bob’s “Boho” drop waist black and white embroidered dress paired with gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff, a fringe crossbody from Free People, and a flowing floral lariat hair accessory. Or spruce up Hale Bob’s long sleeve romantic lace dress with nude floral sandals NEW from Kay Unger and a golden floral headband from designer Deepa Gurnani. Add a little embellishment to your everyday life this year.

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BASEBALL CAP FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Another favorite hair accessory trending on the runways this Spring is the utilitarian ball cap. Not just reserved for game time, the baseball hat can be paired with anything from a floral sun dress for lunch out to cropped dress pants for work to a flowing maxi for a night out on the town. Accentuate your female physic while keeping it casual by pairing Hale Bob’s printed pink tank dress with the new platform sneakers from Superga and net overlay cap from Alexander Wang. Segue into the evening hours with iridescent ankle strap sandals from Loeffler Randall , a silver studded clutch by Sarah Jessica Parker, and an embellished sequin hat from Shourouk. Carry the look to the office by combining Hale Bob’s classy metallic floral capri pants with a flouncy ivory silk tank, black Bolero blazer, classic pumps by Charles David, and a black leather cap from Kate Spade. Dressy or casual. Day out or day in. Be sure to incorporate the baseball hat into your wardrobe collection this year.

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ROPE BRAID

And finally, if all of our top hair and make up trends just really don’t appeal to you, try the simple and easy-to-do rope braid. Instead of sweeping your hair into the usual pony, try something new this Season. Achieve this hairstyle by dividing your ponytail into two or three equal sections and lacquering with Bumble and Bumble classic hairspray to prevent frizziness or flyaway. Sport this style on your way to the gym or errand day around town. You’ll feel like you just stepped off the runway by pairing your hairdo with Hale Bob’s long sleeve beaded shift dress or classic black lace tank dress on your next date night. Trying something new this year doesn’t have to be complicated. Try the rope braid this Spring.

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Whether you try bright lips and eyeshadow, or embellish with baseball caps and floral adornments, try something new this Season. Highlight your best asset and let the true you shine through. Take our trending beauty tips and make them all your own.  Don’t wait for the weather to warm to start glowing in the Season’s top looks and fashions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASHION WITH PARISIAN POISE

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As the Fall Fashion Week 2015 Runway shows come to a close in Paris, the City of Lights, we can’t help but be inspired by the quintessential French woman style. The iconic “French Woman” is so comfortable in her own skin, she is beautiful yet natural, exciting yet calm, fashionable yet simple. This Season why not be inspired head to toe by the organic yet trendy lifestyle of the Parisian woman. Try some tips from top French designers on what exactly constitutes the French woman’s mindset and lifestyle, making her an icon for the fashion world to follow.

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NATURAL HAIR

To start your “Parisian” style, begin with the French woman’s undone, “I just woke up like this” natural beauty. Caroline de Maigret states that French women rarely spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting every little detail. Though they do care about beauty, French women take a more holistic approach. She suggests a few hairstyle tips that French women never do, in order to keep their hair healthy, stylish, and natural: never dye your hair, never use a hair dryer, never wash your hair everyday, and never accessorize your hair. Try going to bed at night with slightly damp hair. In the morning, shake your hair out, style with L’Oreal Elnett styling spray to keep strands in place, and embrace your natural hair just like a French woman.

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A SCENT OF ROMANCE

The second thing to consider in achieving the “Parisian” look is never forgetting the power of scent. In Caroline de Maigret’s book “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are,” she states “a touch of perfume on your hair, behind you ear, or on the nape of your neck never did anyone any harm.” The French woman knows the art of seduction and romance in a subtle yet irresistible way. Try a romantic look with a Hale Bob sweeping floral maxi skirt paired with a classic Burberry fitted cashmere sweater for chillier Spring days. Choose Audrey Hepburn’s favorite with a sweep of Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick and, of course, a splash of Chanel No. 5 (or your favorite scent) for a romantic Parisian touch.

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NO FASHION RULES

When selecting an outfit for the day, the French woman makes up her own rules and dresses herself in the styles that make her shine. This Season do not be afraid to mix and match patterns from your own wardrobe for a unique Spring style. Pair a chic Hale Bob purple floral wrap dress with Hale Bob’s long teal boucle coat. Accessorize with Carmen Marc Valvo leopard heels and a Rebecca Minkoff silver industrial handbag for a contrasting look. Be uniquely you and make up your own fashion design to suit your lifestyle and taste.

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 THE PARISIAN SCARF

To perfectly accessorize the “Parisian” way, a scarf is one of the most simple yet stylish items that can be used to enhance your daily outfit. In America, we tend to to just wrap a scarf around our necks and think nothing of it. The French woman can transform any outfit instantly by utilizing a scarf in new and unique ways. We love Hale Bob’s selection of beautiful silk scarves, perfect for any occasion. To get you started, check out Wendy’s Lookbook “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf” for styling inspiration. No need to spend a fortune to update your look this Spring.

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COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE

For evenings out, the French woman seeks comfort and ease with no fuss, while still remaining chic and classy. The French woman’s evening style, therefore, is any style she feels comfortable and confident in- being the best woman she can be. On your next night out, capture the French woman’s casual elegance with Hale Bob’s black floral lace pencil skirt, paired with an Eileen Fisher silk tank, and Michael Kors’ black cage heels. Top with a camel leather jacket from Kenneth Cole for a casual yet sophisticated “Parisian” style.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

The Parisian woman is all about natural health and fitness both inside and out. Paris-based editorial make-up artist Violette says “A French woman would rather kill herself than go to the gym. Never get stuck in a hardcore, rigid habit.” Though she admits that classes like The Barre Method are starting to become popular in France, Violette says that the French woman stays fit by just living life. Biking, walking, and hiking are much more popular methods of exercise for the French woman on the go. Incorporate new ways to exercise this Spring by enjoying the warmer weather outside, nurturing your body and soul at the same time. “What we want to be is a better version of ourselves.”

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OWN YOUR OWN SILHOUETTE

Forget skinny jeans and bodycon dresses. The French woman embraces her own figure in confidence with no need to flaunt or emphasize it. The French style embodies floaty summer dresses, cigarette pants, and undercoats that flatter and highlight the female form. Parisian shops are full of materials that create beautiful shapes and shadows that enhance your shape and style. We love Hale Bob’s vintage nude pleated shift dress paired with chic Giuseppe Zanotti black heel booties for daytime activities or Valentino nude flat sandals for a day at the beach. Accessorize with a stylish AQUA straw hat from Bloomingdale’s and a straw tote from Moda Operandi and you will look like you just spent a day in the City of Lights.

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QUINTESSENTIAL PARISIAN STYLE

The French style is timeless and never goes out of style. In shopping for your next wardrobe essentials, think quality not quantity. The French woman chooses materials that are durable yet classy for any time and mixes and matches clothing items for the latest trends. We love Citizen of Humanity’s relaxed cropped jeans paired with a Rag and Bone striped top and a draped navy cardigan from Neiman Marcus to keep you warm against Spring’s chillier days. Accessorize with ballerina flats from Repetto,  a classic Parisian shoe and ballet shoe company founded by Rose Repetto on advice from her son Roland Petit, a famous dancer, choreographer, and director with the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Be uniquely you this Spring by embodying the Parisian style of quality, class, and fashion. Try simplifying your daily beauty routine with natural hair, a moisturizing tint, and a swipe of bright red lipstick. Don’t forget to add a touch of romance to your look with a hint of your favorite scent. Create your unique outfit by mixing and matching items in your closet in new and creative ways that flatter your physique and give you confidence. Accent with a scarf, the most basic of accessories, styled in different ways.  Finally, enjoy the Season and get active outside doing what you love to do most. For true Parisian glamour, forget about trying to look like someone else and be the best you can be.

EMMY AWARD FASHION

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The Stars swooped in bold, smooth, and confident at this year’s 66th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A. While it may seem “cliche” to wear red on the “Red Carpet,” actresses didn’t think twice about it this year, as pinks, corals, and reds dominated, following one of Fall’s top Fashion Trends this Season of red from head to toe as seen from the Prada to Valentino runways. There were many hits as well as a few misses this Emmy Awards, with designers trying new ideas as well as playing it safe. Other top Fall Fashion trends seen at this year’s Emmy Awards included “Old Hollywood” 30’s glamour, bright colors, cobalt blue, metallics,  the ballerina bun, natural make-up, brown smokey eye, and tousled bob. Below, are some of the most buzzed about celebrity styles from the 66th Emmy Awards Red Carpet, and my own take on how the stars handled Fall Fashion trends, from the best to the worst.

THE HITS

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 TAYLOR SCHILLING IN ZUHAIR MURAD

Though it didn’t win any Emmy Awards this year, “Orange is the New Black” star Taylor Schilling, in my opinion, certainly won the award for most glamorous on the Red Carpet at this year’s Emmys. Decked out in a beautiful jeweled Zuhair Murad gown, Taylor shimmered with “Old Hollywood” 1930’s glam, a trend on the Fall Fashion runways this Season. Taylor’s stylist Richard Maran gathered the star’s hair into a loose, low bun with delicate, effortless waves, finishing the look with this Fall Season’s popular “brown smoky eye” with just a hint of glitter in the creases. Taylor has me wanting to copy this glamorous look with Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage foundation, nude smoky eye palette, and sparkling lip glisse. I’ll also be shopping the 30’s style trend this Fall, from Hale Bob’s beaded blouses for casual days to BCBG Max Azria’s  glamorous dresses for an evening out. Taylor Schilling takes the top award in Fall Fashion Trends for this year’s Emmy Awards.

 

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 HEIDI KLUM IN ZAC POSEN

Fashion icon Heidi Klum always impresses on the Red Carpet. With designer Zac Posen as her date, Heidi ravished in a coral Zac Posen gown, and completed the look with chic Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry for the perfect glamorous touch. I love Heidi’s look because not only does she appear perfectly put together, she also oozes confidence and femininity in a perfectly balanced approach. Heidi’s “beachy waves,” a popular look for Fall Hairstyles 2014, perfectly match the delicate shape of the dress’s flutter sleeves. This Fall, I’ll try the “beach wave” look by running John Master’s Organic Sea Spray through damp hair, blow drying, applying Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme, and curling random strands away from face with Chi Ultra Ceramic Flat Iron. Heidi Klum’s Emmy look was definitely one of my top choices this year.

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 ROBIN WRIGHT IN RALPH LAUREN

Though not as highly praised by most fashion critics, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely Robin Wright in a custom designed Ralph Lauren pantsuit. While most women opt for the traditional dress, Robin took a big fashion risk wearing a suit to the Emmy Awards. I applaud her daring, as well as her fashion-forward approach, as “menswear” is a big Fall Fashion trend this season seen on the J.Crew to Christian Dior runways. Robin took a feminine approach to the  menswear pantsuit with a glamorous cut-out back, fitted trousers showing off her feminine physic, natural make-up, and upswept hairdo. I hope this “backless” pantsuit takes off. I’ll be the first one to buy one.

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 SARAH HYLAND IN CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

“Modern Family’s” 23-year-old Sarah Hyland showed a glamorous yet playful side in her Christian Siriano white top and coral A-line skirt, befitting of her youth and exuburance. The half-top look is a little risky sometimes, as it can come across as being too “showy,” “risqué,” or just plain tacky. Sarah pulls off the look beautifully by showing off her body in a tasteful and chic manner, while alluding to the “sport-inspired” trend hitting the Fall Fashion shows this year from DKNY to Tom Ford. With glowing bronzed toned skin, Sarah continued the chic look with the very popular Fall Hairstyle 2014 trendthe ballerina bun. Not just reserved for the gym, Sarah’s fashion forward sense makes me want to try the half top look for daytime with H & M’s crop top and skinny jeans  or evening wear with Bebe’s Colorblock midi dress.

 

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 AMY POEHLER IN THEIA

As I posted in last week’s Fall Fashion Blog, metallics are here in a big way, from dresses, to handbags, to jackets, to shoes. Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler, as well as Gwen Stefani and Taryn Manning,  rocked the Red Carpet on Emmy night in shimmering metallics. Amy chose a vintage “20’s” style silver dress by Irish designer Don O’Neill for Theia Couture, accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, popular with celebrities. She finished off her glamorous look with Fall Hairstyle Trend, tousled “beachy” waves and neutral, natural makeup. While she did take a more traditionally accepted Red Carpet fashion approach expected at these events, with her blonde hair and confident presence, Amy Poehler oozes “Old Hollywood” glamour reminiscent of Carole Lombard, Lauren Bacall, and Marilyn Monroe. She knows her body well, and how to play up her best features, pleasing both her audience as well as fashion critics.

THE MISSES

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 JULIA ROBERTS IN ELIE SAAB

While many fashion critics praised Julia Roberts’ fashion sense on this year’s Emmy Red Carpet, I found her Elie Saab dress a little drab and not as flattering as her toned physic deserves. I love her daring confidence to choose a shorter dress, while most celebs stuck with the traditional long gown, showing off her perfectly toned legs. She beautifully carries off Fall Hairstyle and Makeup trends with her carefree tousled “beach” waves and natural makeup, showing a flawless, ageless complexion. While I love the plunging deep “V” neckline and flattering long sleeves (also a daring fashion move), I feel that the length of the skirt should have gone either shorter above the knee, or longer with Fall Fashion’s “midi” skirt trend. I also feel that the popular “A” line silhouette does not suit Julia’s fit figure, and the added “peplum” material at the hipline only adds bulk and volume not needed. Change the shape of the skirt, and I would have loved Julia’s Red Carpet look.

 

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 KERRY WASHINGTON IN PRADA

Another raved about look from fashion critics at this year’s Emmys, Kerry Washington’s Prada dress just didn’t satisfy. While the actress sparkled in a beautiful orange-citrus colored gown, a Fall Fashion trend, accented with glittering silver trim, the “peek-a-boo” black mini dress just didn’t work. The black skirt cuts off the actress’s gorgeous leg line and shows hesitancy rather than daring as Angelina Jolie pulled off successfully at the 2012 Academy Awards. While I applaud Kerry Washington’s coy demeanor and wanting to remain conservative, the “Scandal” actress could have done without the underskirt, or worn a black sequined mini skirt instead. Though I did love her Fall Hairstyle center part, I also would have loved a little more style and shape to her hairdo. Kerry Washington, however, rocked the “smoky eye” Fall Makeup trend and she was positively glowing as a new Mama.

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 CHRISTINA HENDRICKS IN MARCHESA

Christina Hendricks appeared radiant in Fall Fashion’s hottest color trend at this year’s Emmy Awards in a red Marchesa gown with delicate gold detailing. While red usually isn’t the best color on a redhead, the actress looked positively glowing and the color perfectly suits her. However, in comparing Christina Hendricks’ look from the Emmys 2010, this gown simply didn’t fit the actress’s luscious curves. The additional fabric around the waistline made for a heavy appearance, and the swarms of skirt around the legs seemed bunched instead of flowing and elegant. The actress would have fared best in a red Marchesa”mermaid” silhouette with smoother chiffon fabric, accentuating her lovely physic. I will be copying her “sun kissed” make up look for Fall with Pur Minerals Creme blush and Pur Minerals lipstick in Starlet used by makeup artist Vanessa Scali.

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 MAYIM BIALIK IN OLIVER TOLENTINO

Cobalt Blue was a major winner for many actresses at this year’s Emmy Awards including Mayim Bialik, however, I believe actresses Melissa Rauch and Keke Palmer pulled off the look much more successfully with modern silhouettes rather than outdated long sleeve lace. Though the Fall Fashion  Cobalt Blue color scheme looked lovely on the actress, the dress’s shape made her appear much older than her 38 years. Her up-do, though trendy for Fall Hairstyles, looked old fashioned and outdated. The actress would have looked years younger with luscious waves or a sleek ponytail, also trending for Fall Hairstyles. While it is perfectly admirable that the actress prefers more conservative gowns and “feels more comfortable when things aren’t hanging out,” I think she would have sparkled in a Giorgio Armani long sleeve gown with an updated shape. I can’t wait to try the Cobalt Blue color this Fall, though.

 

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 LENA DUNHAM IN GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE

Lena Dunham, star of TV’s “Girls” and “poster girl to women who are confident enough to wear clothes that imbue wit and eccentricity” (VOGUE, January 2014), appeared confident in a brightly colored Giambattista Valli Couture gown. Though she didn’t win an Emmy, her dress won the award for the “most talked about” among Fashion Critics and easily the most polarizing look from this year’s Emmy Awards. Though I applaud the actress for taking a very Fashion forward move, with this design appearing at the Fall Collection for Giambattista Valli in Paris, the shape just doesn’t compliment the actress’s figure. While the luscious bright pink skirt is a great Fashion statement and the color looks great on the actress, the loose fitting shirt looks messy. Lena Dunham could have fared best with a tighter fitting top to compliment the long flowing skirt as seen in her other fabulous Red Carpet looks at the 2013 Director’s Guild Awards and the 2014 Golden Globes. Unlike other Fashion Critics, I do, however, love the actress’s chic blonde bob trending for Fall Hairstyles 2014. I think it gives her a youthful, trendy, edgy appearance. 

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While there were many winners and losers at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, for the most part, fashions scored a big success, remaining stylish, chic, forward thinking, and trendy. Long gone are the classic formal black gowns. This Season, Hollywood turns to big, bold colors and daring, dramatic silhouettes, grabbing styles and trends seen on all the major Fall Fashion runways this Season, from hot red, to bold brights, to cobalt blue. Hair and makeup stayed classic with the Ballerina Bun and natural colors or went dramatic with Bleach blonde bobs and smoky eyes. The key to mastering the trends from the Fall Fashion runways this season is adapting the looks to your own body in your own unique way. Unlike Lena Dunham or Kate Walsh who simply wore the same dress as on the runway, get creative this Season, be your own Fashion Designer, and adapt one of your favorite Fall Fashion looks to play up the best in you. “Don’t change to fit the fashion, change the fashion to fit you.”

FALL 2014 MAKEUP TRENDS

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Get ready for the cooler months with our take on this season’s most popular Fall Makeup Trends for 2014. From fresh, natural skin to theatrically dramatic eyeliner to multi-colored eyeshadow, designers kept us guessing this year on the runways. This season, be bold and  try one of these fashionable Fall Makeup trends.

freshfaceCLEAN FRESH FACE

This Fall 2014, designers like Narciso Rodriguez, Valentino, and Givenchy went for a clean, natural Fall Makeup Trend, contrasting the intricate Fall fashion designs. To get the fresh face, natural look pictured from Hale Bob, try Bobbi Brown luminous foundation, Nars tinted blush, Votre Vu chocolat pencil eyeliner, and Rihanna’s NEW Viva Glam neutral lipstick from MAC.

brownsmokyeyeBROWN SMOKY EYE

This season, designers went with neutral beige and soft browns for an updated take on the “smoky eye” for Fall Makeup 2014. Try this “smoky eye” look on your next night on the town with just launched Make-Up Forever’s NEW  Artist’s Palette in soft browns and jewel tones perfect for Fall Makeup 2014,  or the tried and true Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. Complete the “smoky eye” look with Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara for a glamorous Fall 2014.

redlipSTRONG RED LIP

Celebs like Kate Hudson, Kourtney Kardashian, and Jessica Alba all were spotted recently sporting the Fall Makeup Trend of bold red lips. This season, designers from Rebecca Minkoff to Max Mara to Ralph Lauren paired the bold red lip with minimal, natural face makeup and purple accent colors. Don’t miss NARS Cosmetics debut of The Audacious Lipstick Collection for this Fall 2014 in 40 shades of berry and red.

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DRAMATIC EYELINER

From NYC to Paris, the runways went hot with dramatic bold eyeliner. From the 60’s cat eye, to bold “Punk Rock,” to futuristic designs, the dark bold eyeliner is back in a big way. Designers for Fall  Makeup 2014 paired the dramatic eyes with clean, bare face, and neutral lip for a fresh approach. Go bold this Fall 2014 and try the look with YSL’s Eyeliner Baby Doll.

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SILVER METALLIC EYES

The Runway went for a “futuristic” look for Fall Makeup 2014 with silver and gold metallic eyeshadows. Make-up designers everywhere are debuting new metallic shades which feature light enhancing pigments for a multi-dimensional eye. Just debuting for Fall 2014, check out Chanel’s NEW Les 4 Ombres, Too Faced Cat Eyes Eye Collection, or Smashbox’s Travel Size Full Exposure Palette for your holiday travels.

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THICK DEFINED BROWS

Model sensation Cara Delevingne raised eyebrows on the catwalk this Fall 2014 with thick, defined eyebrows at Burberry, Topshop, and Matthew Williamson shows. To achieve this Fall Makeup Trend, start by shaping and plucking brows, then follow with Tom Ford’s Beauty Brow Sculptor, Anastasia’s Brow Duality Highlighter, and finish with Nars’ Brow Gel. Fluff the natural shape of your brows, and taper to a fine point to achieve Fall 2014’s natural, fresh face look.

7bcc5fe76dfa421f81a145149e6c771bFrom bold brows, to defined eyes, to metallic colors, Fall Makeup 2014 definitely screams “bigger is better.” Designers redefined the 60’s “cat eye,” the 70’s natural look, the 80’s silver and blue metallics, and the 90’s “Punk Rocker” and combined with a bare, natural face for a fresh take on the Makeup Trends of past decades. Be Bold. Be You. And try one of these fabulous Fall Makeup  Trends this season.