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Hot Lips!

 

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Springtime equals hot lips and luscious colors. You know what they say, the right lips can make or break an outfit. These great, vivid colors from Mac, VS, & NARS are fantastic for the spring and add a pop of color to any ensemble.

My personal fav is Candy Yum Yum from Mac. This bright hot-pink lipstick adds a girly yet rocker touch to any look, making just the right statement. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors this season; if you don’t know where to start, try a softer color initially, and then work your way up to wilder and bolder colors.

-Diamond

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Sweater Weather to Leather Weather

As designers, fashion bloggers, and off-duty models alike have taught us, denim on denim can work! Now we’re not talking about that denim overload look that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears sported at the 2001 American Music Awards. The current idea of denim on denim is much more refined. By mixing different shades of blue, playing with texture (like adding a chambray shirt to distressed jeans), and adding layers, modern day men and women can keep their ultra denim look cool and fashion forward.

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The question now is: can the same look be achieved with leather pieces? There are ways to pull off this tough, biker look even in the upcoming spring and summer! Check out these fun looks created with StyleChat:


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Throw a destroyed shirt over a leather tee dress and pair with this season’s trendy white leather Birkenstocks. Grab a brown leather backpack, and you’ll be grungy and good to go! For a nighttime version, put a huge crystal statement necklace on with the same leather dress. Add some leather and gauze heels from UNIF to give you a bit more height. The sassy leather clutch completes the look and is perfect for holding only the essentials while you’re out on the town.

-Beth

Hair Hell-Surviving the Dreaded Grow Out

I’m one of those people who changes their hair often and without warning. I don’t mean I just decide to part it differently or try some complicated braid I saw on YouTube; I mean I bleach it, dye it, chop it, change it.

A year ago that feeling came over me. I was craving a tress transformation. I began to randomly stumble upon pictures of celebrities with pixie cuts. Daring ladies who’ve cut it all off with adorable results include: Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Jennifer Hudson and so many others. After one too many short hair Tumblr viewings, I went to the salon and asked the stylist to take it all off. While I look nothing like the aforementioned celebs, I really liked the pixie, but now it’s been a year and I’m getting that itch again.

Having short hair is great for experimenting with different colors—the damage doesn’t stick around for very long—but I’ve ran out of hues and I’m craving something different. I want long hair again. Growing out a pixie is the worst. Once you start the process it takes months to morph from weird and shaggy, to mullet, and into a passable bob. After that, with normal hair growth you still have months before you can make a proper ponytail.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. I’ve actually been here before—I am a hair changing maniac after all—and I have five tips/commandments for anyone trying to grow-out a pixie.

  1. Accept the things you cannot change. Hair will not magically grow back overnight, no matter how many stars you wish on. But don’t worry, it will grow back. I promise.
  2. Get to the salon. This may sound counter-intuitive, but you’ll want to keep a mullet from happening and there’s no one better to battle the awkward hair stages with then a good stylist. Just a slight trim here and there and some shaping will make a world of difference.
  3. Try some supplement magic. I have friends who swear by Biotin supplements to speed up hair growth and I’ve known others who claim equal success with prenatal vitamins. I have taken both in the past and while I didn’t see a drastic speed up in growth, I think it did help and as a bonus my nails got really strong. Obviously, use common sense when taking any supplement—do your research first. If vitamins aren’t for you consider munching your way to longer hair. Check out: www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
  4. Go shopping. Accessorize your hair with headbands, scarves, glittery clips—anything that will leave you feeling cute and draw positive attention to your hair. I’ve created a style board with headbands, clips, and scarves, from Forever 21, ModCloth and Anthropologie. Similar, adorable styles can be found at most retailers.
  5. Dress up your hair! Try to have fun with the awkward stages, now is the time to experiment. Good luck and don’t be afraid to shake things up!

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-Leigh

BOLD

In today’s fashion world, outfits are not complete simply by adding patterned fabrics or jewelry, but rather with makeup—particularly lipstick. The trend of bold lipsticks has returned and it is not your average bright colored cherry red that has reached the make-up drawers of girls across the country, but the more matte, dark hues. The addition of any of these bold hues of lips can really make a fashionista stand out in a crowd. Something so small and often overlooked can make a difference in being noticed. More importantly, unlike adding massive amount of jewelry to an outfit, wearing lipstick looks chic yet effortless at the same time.

The bright lipsticks have seen their glory days and now can pass off as attention seeking or far too tacky when added for the wrong occasion. Now the trend has evolved (or returned to) deep plums and deep reds.  Here are a few celebrities who sport this bold lipstick look: photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 The key to a successful, powerful lip color look is to go easy on the eye make-up. Bold lips and bold eyes will make a girl’s face look too heavy and “caked-up.” If you want to do bold eyes, compliment it with a nice nude colored lipstick. A successful deep plum or red will look best with light eye-make up. You should always find a balance between your face makeup and your lips, keeping your look elegant and classy to any event. Best way to apply bold lipstick: If you’re doing anything bold, you have to do it right. A bold look isn’t bold if done messy. Personally, when applying bold lipstick on myself (especially matte bold lipstick) I prefer to use a small brush and get the shape of my lips correctly by making sure color runs all the way through to the corners of my mouth. The problem with deep plum and red lipstick is that if you mess up, it will be noticed. Another alternative is (just like 90s!) to go back to the use of lip liner to get that full color all around the lips. Sometimes, the best accessory is the emphasis on what you already have. So make those lips shine!

-Melissa