See Now Buy Now

by christiem on September 27, 2016 · 0 comments

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We live in a time of instant gratification and boy oh boy designers have taken notice.

Last Spring Burberry shocked the International fashion community by announcing they will no longer show their collections six months ahead of time.   From livestreams to ordering straight from the runway to live social media campaigns, you can now buy it as Burberry shows it…..instantly.

They also announced that they will no longer separate men’s and women’s shows and have ditched the denominations of Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter in favor of naming their collections February and September to reflect the time when they will hit stores.

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For the September collection, which debuted last week at LONDON Fashion week, Christopher Bailey channeled Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando: A Biography, the tale of a poet who switches genders and lives through several centuries.  The Collection combines ornate details from the Elizabethan Era with Modern Day Must-haves to create a collection you really want to “Buy Now”.

From wallpaper-print shirts and military-inspired calvary jackets to rich florals, frilly Victorian-inspired tops, and luxe pajama inspired separates the entire 83 womenswear and menswear runway looks (in total, that’s 250 pieces) that debuted last week can be purchased NOW both in stores and online worldwide.

The times they are a changin’……..

Here’s a peek at some stand-outs from this elegant, dreamy and utterly poetic Burberry September 2016 Collection:

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Join Burberry’s see-now, buy-now catwalk revolution and be the first to get your hands on the new September collection.  Available now at Selfridges.

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Neiman Marcus Fall Blogger Brunch

by christiem on September 26, 2016 · 0 comments

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Over the weekend I hosted a fantastic blogger brunch at Neiman Marcus.

I got to hang and catch up with some of the best bloggers in Las Vegas.

We ate, drank and got the 411 on the hottest beauty trends and new launches for Fall/Winter 2016.

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At Tom Ford Beauty it’s all about Orchids.

The Fall 2016 Collection features Lip Color, Nightbloom Powder, and Solid Perfume in shades and scents inspired by the elusive Black and Velvet Orchid.

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Above are swatches of the lip color.  The Black Orchid has a classic vampy sexy feel while the Velvet Orchid shade adds a sassy pop of color.

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Another standout is Tom Ford’s new lip contour duo.  This lip innovation rethinks how we apply our lip color by flipping the script on traditional application.

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Think of it as a shaping tool rather than a lip-liner.  On one end, the slim and sleek pencil features a lip shaper to enhance and define lips. On the opposite end is a full-coverage, slim stick lip color concealed inside. Use the lighter shade of lip shaper together with the deeper lip color to add dimension, shape and create an ombré effect to your lips, from subtle contour to high-definition contrast.

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Jo Malone has launched a fresh new scent for Fall, Basil & Neroli.

The scent is a burst of delicious neroli citrus notes combined with a hint of herby basil.

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It’s unique and fresh. Not too fruity. Not overwhelming herby.  A clean chic scent that puts a little pep in your step and translates well in both a fragrance to be worn and a candle.  I foresee buying these candles up for Christmas Gifts!

Look at these cute little samples they gave us… adorbs!

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At Kevyn Aucoin the Fall focus is on Bloodroses.

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Bloodroses is a shade originally developed by Kevyn Aucoin in 1992.  Created as the one unique universal shade to work on any skintone this season the brand introduces it in a full color range including, lipcolor, eye gloss, an shadow palette and mascara.

The Bloodroses lip color is sooooo amazing I immediately purchased it.  So perfect for fall..it really is a color that looks good on EVERYONE!  You’ll be seeing it up close in my next OOTD post.

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British luxury perfume brand Clive Christian has launched a luxe new Collection: Nobel VII.

The collection consists of a pair of shared fragrances (Nobel VII Cosmos Flower and Nobel VII Rock Rose) that can be worn individually or combine to create a third scent. Cosmos Flower is sensuous blend of sweet benzion, caramel, coca, dry amber, hidden touch of leather and a fiery hint of rum while Rock Rose is a modern edgy scent combining  Bergamot, black pepper, lavender, violet, amber, dark cocoa, sparkling vetiver and cirtus accord.

These scents are perfect for the holiday season.  Rich, warm and super luxe they make you feel ridiculously sexy.

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One of my favorite brands, Fresh has launched a new Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask.

The mask was developed to reveal a luminous healthy looking glow after just one use. The breakthrough formula with a citrus jam texture combines 50% crushes oranges, lemons and clementines with a vitamin fruit complex blend of vitamins C, E and B5, Lemon and Orange fruit extracts and revitalizing minerals.

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There is even a delicious Good Morning Citrus Green Smoothie recipe which we sampled (yum yum) on their website to help get your day glowing!

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Visit Neiman Marcus to spritz, sniff, apply and test drive all these fab new launches for yourself!

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide

by christiem on September 22, 2016 · 0 comments

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One of the hottest beauty trends right now is Liquid Lipstick.

Celebs and Beauty Bloggers alike are rocking the trend all over Social Media and many are referring to the trend as Velvet or Suede Lips. Velvet simply describes the finish of the gloss-lipstick hybrid. The velvety-smooth texture has a luxe and fuzzy appearance. The BIG catch to this trend is that most of the Liquid Lipsticks out there dry to a Matte and leave your lips looking flaky and dehydrated.

This month NARS introduced a brand new product that is changing the Liquid Lipstick/ Velvet Lip Game: NARS Velvet Lip Glide.

Velvet Lip Glide is a liquid lipstick that offers full color coverage with a non-tacky consistency and features NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex for a smooth gliding, effortless application and nourishing ultra hydrating wear.

Velvet Lip Glide also launches NARS’ new Doe foot applicator which offers a plush, easy and precise application. Coverage is smooth and even with no extra effort required. They glide on for a softly glossy, colour saturated pout.

The formula is not transfer proof or long wearing but your lips feel super luxe and hydrated with a color payoff that can’t be matched.

I got a small amount of bleeding/fuzziness on the reds when I wore them without liner (which is normal for a liquid lipstick)  but NARS suggests using their VELVET Lip Liner OVER the Velvet Lip Glide to prevent this.

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The Collection features 13 sinfully sexy shades, everything from chic nudes to bold brights and vampy plums named after iconic venues and the new attitude that emerged from the sexual revolution of the ’70s.

I have been rockin’ DIVIANT as my new Fall go-to.

Ready to get your lips into the velvety trend?  You’ll have to wait until Velvet Lip Glide launches on October 1 at all NARS retailers, but if you need that glide vibe right away – they are available now online at NARSCosmetics.com

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Falling for Chanel

by christiem on September 20, 2016 · 0 comments

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Those of you that follow me on Social Media know that I have become totally and completely cray cray obsessed with all things Chanel.

I have been scouring the resale shops, web and estate sales in a frenzy to find even just one authentic vintage Chanel jacket and then it happened……

I discovered a “Where have you been all my life” website, TheRealReal.com

TheRealReal started small.  CEO Julie Wainwright started the business at her kitchen table. She was a one-woman show visiting consignor homes with a U-Haul gathering the best designer resale pieces. Today, TheRealReal is the premier site for online luxury consignment with over 600 employees and multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.  Shopping on TheReal is never a gamble, they ensure that every item on The RealReal is 100% the real thing, each piece is authenticated through their dedicated team of authentication experts, horologists and gemologists. They know exactly how to tell real from counterfeit, from the quality of the leather to the zipper manufacturer.

Shopping on TheRealReal is super easy- you can sort items to only show your size (both shoe and clothing).  I LOVE this feature because it keeps me from falling in love with something that will never fit me!  You can also favorite pieces and they will let you know if they go on sale!

I now own THREE Vintage Chanel jackets that I nabbed for an almost sinful steal thanks to TheRealReal and my collection is still growing.

Today I would like to introduce you to the first-  this perfect for Fall, makes me feel pumpkin-spice-tastic, GORGEOUS brown Chanel boucle jacket.

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What is Boucle?

The word boucle means “to curl” in French. This refers to the yarn that designers use to make the pieces, which has a nubby, curly, and thick appearance. This gives boucle pieces their signature textured look.

Launched by Coco Chanel in the 1950’s, the first Chanel boucle jacket was a tweed design that the first lady of fashion paired with a wraparound skirt to create a stunning look nobody had ever seen. With buckle fastenings, the first boucle jacket featured buttons and pockets in order to simulate the look and design of a men’s jacket with a more feminine appearance.

Since then, many designers have imitated the original design of Chanel’s now-iconic piece, and over the years, the boucle jacket has evolved into a more modern design. Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s head designer, comes up with a new boucle style every season, keeping the now legendary jacket fresh and on-trend.

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I am in LOVE with this piece.  So beautiful- seriously look at those buttons!

..and it’s the perfect length.  It lands just at the hip which helps to balance the look.

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I wanted to keep the look casual and street savvy so I paired the jacket with a lace Nanette Lepore blouse, HUDSON jeans, a TOPSHOP velvet neck tie, Alexander McQueen tote, ETRO sunnies and these so-on-trend Donald J Pliner GEA Patent leather oxfords.

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Stylists Tip: If you are planning on purchasing Vintage or Consignment Chanel, stop into a Chanel retailer and try on a few pieces so that you know your exact size first.  Also keep in mind that Chanel has enough room in the seams to be let out one full size- so if you fall in love with a piece that’s a tad too tight you can always have it let out.

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These timeless jackets seriously style themselves.  You can pair them with jeans like I have done, layer them over a dress or even create a more business chic look by pairing with a pencil skirt and blouse.

A must-have for this Fall and beyond!

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Sunglass Trends from Vision Expo 2016

September 15, 2016

This week I attended the International Vision Expo in Las Vegas where I got the 411 on the hottest trends in specs and sunnies! The buzz words this season are “Eccentricity” and “Relics Unraveled”. Eccentricity is all about making a statement with  never-done-before silhouettes, atypical color treatments and flashy lenses while Relics Unraveled celebrates yesteryear […]

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Top 5 Color Trends For Fall 2016

September 12, 2016

If you want to talk color there is really only one expert you need to consult: Pantone. Each year Pantone, the global authority on all things color conducts extensive research on color trends.  They poll décor and fashion designers, as well as manufacturers and retailers, on what colors they plan to use and then release a […]

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Get Ready for Fall with Links a la Mode

September 9, 2016

It seems all my fellow bloggers are as eager to dive into Fall Fashion as much as I am.   This week I was honored (for the second week in a row!) to be featured in Independent Fashion Blogger’s Links a la Mode with my post on Scrunchie Resurrection.  It’s a special kind of wonderful when your […]

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Fall Florals and Texture

September 5, 2016

Boo hoo hoo, sob I’m missing Fashion week. Right about now every fashionista in the country is swarming to New York to view the Spring 2017 runway shows, attend parties and get a jump on the Spring 2017 trends. Sad face- I can’t attend this time around so I’ll be sitting behind my computer dutifully streaming […]

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Stress Free Sweater Weather with Dryel

September 2, 2016

I am OBSESSED with this Wilfox sweater.   While in the dressing room doing that age old inner debate of should I buy it or not I ran through the pros and cons. Pros: It’s comfy has a great fit, is cropped just enough (not too much) looks fantastic layered and well…unicorns! Cons: Because of the appliques […]

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Steal the Style: Stranger Things

September 1, 2016

I just finished binge-watching Stranger Things, Netflix’s ode to 80s awesomeness original series.  I, just like everyone else that has tasted the sweet nectar of this Goonies meets Stand By Me meets Lost Boys meets ET series, fell head over heels in fangirl love with it.   If you have seen Social Media at all in […]

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