CMYBacon tipped us off to an awesome Valentine’s Day card concept for anyone who makes your heart tick. With a pixelated pop-up design, it is especially ideal for your favorite blogger friends or I guess even a significant other found via online dating? (Still trying to wrap my head around the idea that people really do that.) Anyone on the receiving end of this digital inspired note will be impressed that you whipped up the card yourself — yep, easy instructions and a few papercuts later, you’ve crafted a geeky valentine!
Most office environments can be a bit blah when it comes to showcasing personal style. But not ours! Yes, our office is probably better than yours ;) We have young ladies running around that bring something fresh to the office everyday and I LOVE it. Our business casual is probably on a different scale then most. So I thought I should show you how we do it.
One thing I am a big fan of is mixing patterns. I think it brings out what is really going on in my head. I will definitely be that old crazy lady where nothing on matches…and look forward to it! But until then here is the clever way of pairing prints without catching too many crazy looks.
- The I’m On A Yacht Hat – Vans
- The Whitley Chiffon Top – *LA Boutique
- The Sweet Caroline Maxi Dress in Black and White – Free People
- The Joyrich Erika Tote in Joyfont – LeSportsac
- The Jemma Shoe in Red – Dolce Vita
- The L.A. Bone Necklace in Gold – Joyrich
- The Chantilly Bracelet in Antique Gold – Obey
- The Split Heart Bracelet Set – Wildfox
Stylist: Jasmine Imani
Photographer: Mari Nishimura
…Always comes back around.
The art of velvet wearing is said to have originated in Kashmir at the top of the 14th century and was reserved for the nobility. That’s why we cannot contain our excitement about Jeffery Campbell’s Night Walk shoe in these chic velvety jewel tones. While we can’t promise that your Night Walk’s will come with a band of faithful minions or a dynasty of your own, we can assure you that once you slip these on there will be no confusion about who is the head b***h in charge.
Photography: Emily Wilson
With Valentine’s Day around the corner (Ok, I know it’s like a month away but I figured if I start thinking about it now it will be a good one) I thought we would do something flirty. There is a fine line between flirty and dressing too young for your age. Here Miss Leah gives us some springtime flirty…
- The Hold Me Long Sleeve Shirt – Finders Keepers
- The Teen Spirit Pinafore – style stalker
- The Deer Head Ring – Wildfox
- The Heartbreak Rosary Beads – Wildfox
- The Fox Earring – Wildfox
- The Annie XII Shoe in Cream – *Sole Boutique
This week Jeffrey Campbell debuted its Spring 2012 lookbook, Wouldn’t It Be Nice: A Look Back to the Future. We love a good 80s reference, even if it’s not really related to the collection’s subject matter. Maybe I just have time travel on my mind… For starters, we are getting all of these pictured shoes, so you should probably start prepping for them now. Shadow is hands down, the wildest kick of the bunch (and with those spikes, we hope we never are kicked by them). For the whole shebang, head over to the JC Blog and download the entire lookbook.
I mean… there’s not much to say. The minute model Kelly got dressed in these threads we were all speechless — us and the construction workers in the room where we shot this look.
Since winter is finally here rearing its ugly head and temperatures have dropped to unreasonable lows, try heating things up with this look. We can’t promise you Kelly’s swag (which is on a hundred thousand trillion), but it never hurts to try.
Under this look, model Kelly is wearing intimates by Betsey Johnson and Intimates Boutique. On top, we paired together The Loose String Sweater and The Leopard Kimono, both by UNIF. She’s wearing Blank Denim’s Tangerine Ankle Skinny Jeans and compliments the look with designer Alexander Wang’s Cat Eye Sunglasses (a Karmaloop favorite), Sam Edelman’s Vixen Shoe in black, and jewels by Wildfox and NEIVZ.
The Standard Hotels and WeSC know a thing or 2 about traveling in style: one is a premier boutique hotel group catering to the trendy and fabulous, the other is a lifestyle brand with international clout. Clearly the Standard Culture appeals to WeSC Activists given the design and art sensibilities of both entities. To commemorate a capsule collection, WeSC artists including Cheryl Dunn, Giovanni Reda, Steed Lord, Beth Riesgraf and FriendsWithYou compiled short films for each of the Standard Hotel locations.
The collab consists of luggage tags, wallets, phone cases, and passport holders in solid leather, assigning colorways according to the cities that The Standard calls home (New York, Downtown LA, Hollywood, and Miami). Finally, the cherry on top is a set of headphones to drown out those crying babies and rowdy frat boys on your flight.
Shop the collection for a post-holiday gift to yourself (wouldn’t it be nice to plan a weekend getaway with your tax return?)! To delve further into the collaboration, check out the videos below and head over to WeSCpedia for the full breakdown.
“New year, new you” — or so everyone seems to say. While we mostly feel the same as
4 days ago last year, there are definitely perks in treating yourself to a DIY spa afternoon. The obvious one is to prep for a return to work, school, whatever you’ve got going on. Wouldn’t you like start off 2012 with relaxed, fresh skin rather than a blemished, flaky, overpartied and overslept face? Of course, so I compiled a set of at-home remedies to make with ingredients stocked in your pantry.
Step 1: Mimic the luxurious effect of a steam room with a stove top.
What you need: water, a pot, and any herbal mixture below or your favorite essential oil
For dry skin: rose or chamomile
For normal skin: rose or lavender
For oily skin: rosemary or sage
For dull or acne prone skin: comfrey
Start with clean skin. Bring a couple quarts of water (measurement really isn’t important) to a boil. Remove from the stove and put on a heat resistant surface. Add your herbs or oils and stir them in. Place your face approximately 9-12 inches from the pot with a towel covering your head to trap in the steam. Remain in this position as long as is comfortable, several minutes should be enough to open your pores. Wipe your face dry. Now you’re relaxed with skin prepped for a mask!
[face steam instructions via BlogHer]
Step 2: Use a homemade face mask featuring either cranberries to combat aging OR a honey-chocolate blend to treat all skin woes (honey fights acne-causing microbes and moisturizes, while chocolate imparts antioxidants for all around goodness).
Cranberry Antiaging Mask
What you need: 1 cup fresh cranberries , 1 cup seedless red grapes , 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
Mix ingredients until they turn into a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes and let thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
What you need: honey and high-quality cocoa powder
This is actually the simplest mask EVER. Mix a couple tablespoons of the cocoa powder with as much honey as you need to cover your face, and spread it on your skin with clean fingers. Leave it for about 15 minutes, then gently wipe off with a warm, damp towel. Voila! Glowing skin.
[via Totally Money]
Step 3: Plump your pout with this quick lip scrub!
What you need: more honey, sugar, and olive oil
Combine all 3 ingredients together and apply in a circular motion on your lips. Wipe off after a couple minutes (and don’t scrub too hard!). Lucky for you, this treatment tastes much better than a toothbrush and baking soda formula!
[via The Fashion Spot]
Step 4: There is no step 4! Time for you to kick back and read glossies, watch TV, or do whatever it is that helps you unwind. Happy 2012!
[all images via Pinterest]
Tons of crazy shit happened this month – here’s some of the stuff you might not have heard about already if you’ve buried your head in college football and presidential candidates.
A Victory for PETA
While I will say that I don’t like the thought of the cruel process of making furs, I do wonder whether this law will have much effect. It could very well be the first in a long line of towns and cities that create the same ban. Still, what about leather, meat, or other animal products? There are tons of great faux fur options at Karmaloop for those of us who want the look of fur but don’t want to pay the price (literally and in terms of animal cruelty).
West Hollywood, CA,officially became the first town to ban the sale of animal furs, which means the Olsen twins will have to go elsewhere for theirs from now on… Fashionistas in this town will have to go faux, at least for the time being. Animal rights groups have been working towards a ban on fur for years. And, I have to say, PETA has done an incredible job of getting hot celebrities to get naked for their anti-fur campaign (Heyyyy Chad Ochocinco).
Immigration in Alabama – Beware!
Alabama set itself back at least 100 years with the passage of a new law that screams racism. Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn upheld HB 56 a law that requires the police to stop someone –anyone– that seems like they might be an illegal immigrant. It may be overturned since immigration is a federally controlled issue. Still, if you read in between the lines, this means the police have to detain anyone who looks like they might be Mexican or who has an accent. What…a waste of time and police resources. If you have a tan, you should probably move to Georgia.
Occupy Gets Nasty
Occupy Wall Street protests took a turn for the worse at UC Davis California when a group of students, protesting peacefully, were sprayed with pepper spray, tear gassed, and arrested after refusing to leave as the police requested. Some of the Occupy sites have gotten a little rambunctious (read: using the street as a bathroom) but as long as they aren’t infringing on other people, this is probably a 1st amendment approved protest. The public is divided on whether this is a worthwhile endeavor, but it has gotten national attention. I’m all about fairness, but I am also wondering how all of these people have managed to stay at an Occupy Wall Street camp for so many weeks…
[Perez Hilton, yup that Perez]