Fringe With Benefits

 

fringe benefits1. Milly Mini Skirt. 2. Milly Fringe Bolero. 3. Fallon Fringe Necklace. 4. Rebecca Minkoff Small Fringe Earring. 5. Kate Moss for Topshop Beaded Fringe Dress. 6. Topshop Fringe Suede backpack. 7. Topshop Fringe Trim Wrap Skirt. 8. Leith Fringe Trim Camisole. 9. Thakoon Addition Grey Wool Skirt.

Pajamas Are Underrated

I’m going to say it: pajamas are underrated. The best feeling in the world, is climbing into bed after a long day and finally getting to burrito yourself in fluffy blankets. Imagine that feeling, plus great pajamas. Really, the combination is unbeatable.

 

PJ post1. Willdfox Cheeky Hearts Eye-mask. 2. Three J NYC Eloise Set. 3. Morgan Lane Dree Polka Dot Sleep Jumper. 4. Wildfox Sleep In Late Pajama Set. 5. Fleur’t Cozy Nights Romper. 6. For Love & Lemons La Fleur Night Set.

Want To Stay Warm This Fall? Try Our Spiked Apple Cider

It’s time to officially come to terms with the fact that…well, it’s going to become frosty (and I don’t mean the friendly snowman,) and fast. Suddenly, the idea of putting on five inch heels and going out (like I do that anyway) becomes a lot less appealing, and curling up with Netflix and a hot beverage becomes the ultimate Saturday night routine. Why not kick that hot beverage up a notch, and give it a little spike? A mug of hot apple cider is hard to beat, but add a few simple ingredients, and it becomes a hefty cocktail. Take my word for it.

What you need:

1/4 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks
1/2 lemon, juiced
Cinnamon sticks (optional)

How To Get Spiked:

 In a medium pot, combine the apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Discard the apple. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.

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Found: Your Perfect Holiday Dress

Altuzarra for Target has been the talk of the fashion world since it was announced, and for good reason. The collection is full of beautiful hues, figure flatting shapes, and low cost meets high end glam. Usually not a fan of designer/mass retail collaborations, I was skeptical about this one too. Altuzarra proved me wrong, and I scooped up a draped wrap dress in an alluring burgundy, perfect for the holidays. The best part? It was only $39.99.

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Jewel Tone Jackets

Just because summer is coming to a close, certainly does not mean we have to take on a teary goodbye with fun colors. The stigma that comes with Fall, is that color must go out the door, and a neutral wardrobe of black, greys, and brows must take over. A jewel tone coat can turn any frown upside down, with the ease of draping one over the shoulders. Bright colors will never be “out” and add the special “pop” a bland outfit needs. Kate Spade currently has some of my favorites, so browse away.

 

kate spade jewel tone coats

1. Octavia Coat. 2. Madison Ave. Collection Octavia Coat. 3. Wool Capelette.

The Perfect Fall Romper

A romper for fall? Don’t write my craziness off quite yet. I stumbled upon this black, woven romper on the Guess website. It’s the perfect base for fall layering. The tuxedo like front keeps it classy, while the bow tie at the neckline adds an ultra-feminine touch. Throw a long cardigan on over this with a leather jacket, and you are ready for whatever the day throws at you.

 

Guess, $98.00

 

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The Fall Jackets You Didn’t Know You Needed

Nordstrom fall coats1. Sam Edelman. 2. Trina Turk. 3.Free People. 4. Burberry. 5. Mackage.

 

 

Zara fall coats

1. Hand Made Belted Coat. 2. Zip Pocket Coat. 3. Hooded Cape.

 

shopbop fall coats

1. Nicholas. 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim. 3. BB Dakota. 4. BB Dakota. 4. MSGM.

 

rebecca minkoff coat roundup1. Kennedy Coat. 2. Ford Coat. 3. Cullen Coat. 4. Sam Coat.

 

 

Classified Beauty: Exclusive Tips From Shannon O’Brien

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Shannon O’Brien’s work has been featured in CS Magazine, Refinery 29, and national ad campaigns, but that’s just the start. This isn’t why O’Brien’s clients rave about her, it all boils down to her incredibly refined work and relationships with everyone she comes across. Beauty can get complicated, and that’s why we asked Shannon to let us in on her favorite hush-hush beauty secrets & products. Now you can look like a glam goddess every day, all year long.

Shannon O'Brien

1. Makeup Forever Aqua Brow

This is so crucial if you love a strong brow.  Not only does it not travel or smudge, but it is waterproof WATERPROOF!  I love it particularly because it makes my brows a bit more buxom when they’re feeling a too skinny.  I play with my brow color a lot so I like to mix 2 or three to get the perfect shade.

2.  Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

This water based foundation is gorgeous, natural, and build-able.  It has a natural hydrated finis and I love to mix it with a beauty balm in the summer to sheer it out.  This is also a photo-friendly foundation.  Illamasqua also sells it with a “skin enhancer” color that when mixed in can highlight, contour, brighten, or bronze depending on the color you choose.  A++++++

3.  Sacha Juan Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

I just started using this combo and LOVE it.  I typically only wash my hair once a week so it’s important that the products I use hydrate my hair without weighing it down.  I even work about a quarter size of the conditioner into my hair after my shower to leave in for extra moisture.  I just like how soft and shiny it leaves my hair.  I am also a sucker for the simple packaging.

4.  Vaseline Cocoa Radiance Body Lotion

This is my all time favorite body lotion.  It leaves my skin buttery with a glow even the day after I use it.  It has a very subtle cocoa butter scent that makes me feel like I’m on vacation without being overpowering.  I keep it in my kit as well to knock out dry knees and an elbows on my models.  I feel like this stuff is magic.  My skin never feels better than when I use it and it’s a drugstore staple!

5.  SK-II Mask

This is the perfect cure for tired skin.  10 minutes in one of these babies and your skin is plump, radiant and super hydrated.  I like to use these the night before a big event to make sure my skin looks it’s best.  It is also a kit must have for VIP clients.  You look like Hannibal Lecter while using them, but I swear the pay off is worth it.

Swap Your Snacks

healthy snacks

Taking the time to make healthy snacks can seem like a huge hassle at the end of a long day. Processed foods can be an easy alternative, but is it worth it? Probably not. In ten short minutes or less, you can throw together a few ingredients that will be better tasting, less calories, and valuable to your nutrition. Martha Stewart has you covered. Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration.

1. Apples with cream cheese and raisins, and granola:

Sweeten any store bought cream cheese with a little honey. Halve an apple and scoop out the core, fill with cream cheese mixture, a little goes a long way. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and a little all-natural granola.

2. Updated ants on a log:

Halve a mini cucumber and scoop out seeds. Fill with hummus, top with chopped red bell pepper.

3. Mini pita pizza:

Separate a mini pocket pizza into two sections. Put in toaster, or toast in the over until golden brown. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and top with halved cherry tomatoes.Toast again until cheese melts.

4. Tropical Fruit Treat:

Cut pineapple and mangoes into long sticks. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir lime zest & agave syrup into low-fat Greek yogurt. Boom!

 

Dress Like A Fashionista Next Date Night

Much to people’s disbelief, date night and staying fashionable can go hand in hand. As a self professed man repeller, I love my Birkenstocks and boxy oxfords as much as the next fashionista, but sometimes have to hang them back up in the closet. My go to date night look has become a matching crop top/skirt combo, or throwing on a midi skirt. You can get the look too without sacrificing your savings, or your personal style.

date night fashionShop the look: Orange two piece set, ASOS. Black two piece set: Necessary Clothing.

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