What to expect for spring? Lots of stripes and denim!

Sienna Miller in an Altuzarra blouse and skirt combo.

Sienna Miller in an Altuzarra blouse and skirt combo.

We are well aware that most of the east coast is dealing with freezing temperatures at the moment but thanks to the perpetually gorgeous weather here in Los Angeles (don’t be jealous), we are already thinking about diving into some gorgeous spring pieces.

This spring is going to be all about the chambray denim shirt. Above, Jcrew Keeper Chambray Shirt

This spring is going to be all about the chambray shirt. Above, Jcrew Keeper Chambray Shirt.

So what do you have to look forward to this upcoming season? Apparently, a lot of stripes and denim. The chambray shirt became a wardrobe staple for so many last year and it is definitely not going anywhere. Prepare to see more denim on denim combos too! We’ve paired our chambray with everything from leather skirts to ripped boyfriend jeans and even 80s inspired high-waisted jeans.

Prepare to see a lot of denim on denim for spring. Above, Jcrew Chambray Pocket Shirt.

Prepare to see a lot of denim on denim for spring. Above, Jcrew Chambray Pocket Shirt.

When it comes to stripes, there’s nothing more chic than a nautical look done right (yes, it is very easy to go the cheesy route with this look). If you’re looking to change things up a little, opt for a baggier look, buttoned down to show a little skin. You’ll look sexy without trying too hard. Tell us, what styles are you most excited to sport for spring? Share your thoughts below.

Stripes are also going to be huge this season.  Don't be afraid to for stripes on stripes. Above, J Crew Endless Shirt in Black Stripe.

Stripes are also going to be huge this season. Don’t be afraid to try out stripes on stripes. Above, J Crew Endless Shirt in Black Stripe.

Go for a slightly oversized striped shirt. You'll look sexy without trying too hard. Above, Shay Mitchell in a Band of Outsiders striped silk blouse.

Go for a slightly oversized striped shirt and button it down, just a little. You’ll look sexy without trying too hard. Above, Shay Mitchell in a Band of Outsiders striped silk blouse.

Jennifer Lawrence is the picture of elegance in latest Dior campaign

Jennifer Lawrence for Dior

Jennifer Lawrence for Dior

Jennifer Lawrence was noticeably absent at the Oscars a few days ago. The actress, whose Dior gowns have become a staple on the red carpet over the past few years, did find a way to keep the fashion world talking after the event. French fashion house, Dior released the latest images of Lawrence looking fresh faced and elegant in their most recent campaign.

The actress poses with the brand's latest offerings in "it" bags.

The actress poses with the brand’s latest offerings in “it” bags.

The "Be Dior"  bag is elegant yet chic.

The “Be Dior” bag is elegant yet chic.

Photographed by Paolo Roversi, the actress looked completely at ease in front of the camera while sporting the brand’s latest offering — the “Be Dior” leather bag.  The bag which comes in a variety of colors and textures is perfectly structured with a feminine twist. Its old school allure fits in perfectly in the modern woman’s closet. We can’t wait to try out the pastel hued version for spring.

The structured bags which have an old school feel to them fit in perfectly in a modern woman's closet.

The structured bags which have an old school feel to them fit perfectly in a modern woman’s wardrobe.

Just in time for spring. The "Be Dior" bag comes in different colors and textures.

Just in time for spring. The “Be Dior” bag comes in different colors and textures.

Is L.A. finally gaining the fashion cred it deserves?

Louis Vuitton Series 2

Louis Vuitton Series 2

On a perfectly sunny Friday afternoon with just the right amount of breeze blowing through, a multitude of fashion lovers and curious Los Angeles residents strolled through the maze of showcased accessories, collage of models and runway projections at 1135 Highland Avenue. A former camera store, the location had been transformed to house the past, present and future of Louis Vuitton through the eyes of newly minted Creative Director, Nicolas Ghesquière.

Actress, Jennifer Connelly is the new face of Louis Vuitton

Actress, Jennifer Connelly is the new face of Louis Vuitton

To many, L.A. style is as breezy as that perfect Friday afternoon but those of us that have been here long enough know that the city is sizzling with potential. As the home of the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, it may seem a little greedy to want to add fashion capital to that as well but it is a title the city of angels is poised to take on thanks to some recent high profile fashion moves.

Tom Ford's star studded Los Angeles show.

Tom Ford’s star studded Los Angeles show.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Los Angeles show. The presentation took place at Milk Studios.

Tom Ford Fall 2015 Los Angeles show. The presentation took place at Milk Studios.

When Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane moved his creative studio from the chic streets of Paris to the palm tree laden streets of Los Angeles, the fashion world took notice. Fast forward to three years later and the city has not only achieved the major coup of hosting Tom Ford’s Fall 2015 show –right in the heart of Hollywood, Louis Vuitton also chose the city as its first destination for its “Louis Vuitton Series 2 — Past, Present and Future” exhibition.

Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence's latest campaign for Dior.

Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence’s latest campaign for Dior.

Not bad for a city who was dumped by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just a few years ago. Up next,  Couture House, Dior will hold its Cruise runway show in Los Angeles on May 9th. We have no doubt that it’ll be a star studded event.

Oscars 2015 : Red Carpet Breakdown

Jennifer Lopez had a princess moment in nude Elie Saab

Jennifer Lopez stepped away from her usual tight and sexy numbers and opted for a princess moment in an embellished nude Elie Saab gown.

After months of campaigning, schmoozing and promoting the year’s most talked about films, Hollywood gathered at the Kodak Theater tonight to cap off awards season with the Academy Awards ceremony. As usual, we’ve broken down the all the trends, hits and misses of the night.

Black was the most dominating color of this year’s awards season. Tonight, Hollywood did a complete turn around by opting for a lighter fare. The Oscars red carpet was filled with gorgeous champagne, blush and nude numbers.

We're deeming Gwyneth Paltrow's pink, one-shouldered Ralph & Russo gown with a blooming shoulder, one of the chicest looks of the night.

We’re deeming Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink, one-shouldered Ralph & Russo gown with a blooming shoulder, one of the chicest looks of the night.

Jennifer Aniston ditched her signature black for a gorgeous beaded Atelier Versace number.

Jennifer Aniston ditched her signature black for a gorgeous beaded Atelier Versace number.

New mom, Zoe Saldana stepped out in Atelier Versace.

New mom, Zoe Saldana stepped out in Atelier Versace.

Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang.

Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang.

Karolina Kurkova in a dramatic blush number.

Karolina Kurkova in a dramatic blush number.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu.

Reigning TV Queen, Viola Davis stepped out in Zac Posen.

Reigning TV Queen, Viola Davis stepped out in Zac Posen.

Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour added a fur shrug to her gown.

Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour added a fur shrug to her gown.

Red carpets are all about making a statement and tonight was the night of the statement necklace.

Scarlett Johansson's necklace was actually a part of her Atelier Versace dress. All we have to say is that it takes a bold woman to rock a pompadour and a major neck piece like that.

Scarlett Johansson’s necklace was actually a part of her Atelier Versace dress. All we have to say is that it takes a bold woman to rock a pompadour and a major neck piece like that.

Cate Blanchett's unique style is one we can never get enough off. Her velvet Maison Margiela was accessorized with a turquoise choker.

Cate Blanchett’s unique style is one we can never get enough off. Her velvet Maison Margiela was accessorized with a turquoise statement necklace.

Continuing in the trend of making a statement, we have to give the two ladies below props for stepping out of the box when it comes to color. Thanks to these looks, we’re starting to dream of spring.

The award for the most interesting color of the night has to go to Emma Stone. This lime green Elie Saab is perfection on her skin.

The award for the most interesting color of the night has to go to Emma Stone. This lime green colored Elie Saab is  perfection on her skin.

Jennifer Hudson stunned  in an understated but nevertheless chic yellow column gown.

Jennifer Hudson stunned in an understated but nevertheless chic yellow column gown.

Fashion is art. Repeat after us, fashion is art. The amount of time and effort that is put into each gown that ends up on the red carpet is truly astounding –which is why we couldn’t help but appreciate the amazing detail that went into the gowns below.

Julianne Moore's Chanel Haute Couture gown took about 927 hours to put together, the Best Actress nominee told Access Hollywood.

Julianne Moore’s Chanel Haute Couture gown took about 927 hours to put together, the Best Actress nominee told Access Hollywood.

Talk about being draped in class. Lupita Nyong'o's custom Calvin Klein Collection featured more than 6000 pearls.

Talk about being draped in class. Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Calvin Klein Collection number featured more than 6000 pearls.

Keira Knightley's whimsical Valentino dress featured French phrases embroidered on her tulle skirt.

Keira Knightley’s whimsical Valentino dress featured French phrases embroidered on her tulle skirt.

The key to the perfect dress has and will always be fit. Whether you’re cinched at the waist or playing with volume, it’s important to make sure you are wearing the dress and not the way around. The gowns below gave us the best silhouettes of the evening.

Reese Witherspoon was cinched to perfection in this baby  blue Tom Ford number with black accents.

Reese Witherspoon was cinched to perfection in this baby blue Tom Ford number with black accents.

Jessica Chastain looked absolutely stunning in this navy Givenchy Couture gown which hugged every curve of her body.

Jessica Chastain looked absolutely stunning in this navy Givenchy Couture gown which hugged every curve of her body.

Rita Ora's mermaid Vera Wang gown was elegantly cut to elongate and accentuate.

Rita Ora’s mermaid Vera Wang gown was elegantly cut to elongate and accentuate.

Marion Cotillard played with some volume in Dior. We love that she's always willing to take a risk.

Marion Cotillard played with some volume in Dior. We love that she’s always willing to take a risk.

The night wouldn’t be complete without some red carpet misses. The most controversial and most meme’d look of the night goes to a “lady” who is very much used to people being split when it comes to her fashion sense.

Lady Gaga accessorized her  Azzedine Alaïa gown with some red dishwashing gloves.

Lady Gaga accessorized her Azzedine Alaïa gown with some red dishwashing gloves.

Solange Knowles' look also missed the mark. The usually on point fashionista looked overwhelmed in her  Christian Siriano ensemble. A combo of too much red and too much volume killed this look for us.

Solange Knowles’ look also missed the mark. The usually on point fashionista looked overwhelmed in her Christian Siriano ensemble. A combo of too much red and too much volume killed this look for us.

2015 SAG Awards Red Carpet: The night’s standout looks

Lupita Nyong'o upped the stakes in a bold print Elie Saab gown

The always stunning Lupita Nyong’o upped the stakes in a bold print Elie Saab gown.

The Glitz and glamour of awards season continued tonight with the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking over the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. The best part about the SAG Awards is that the red carpet style is not as stuffy as the Oscars, Golden Globe Awards or even Emmys.

Emma Stone officially this season's title for biggest risk taker. First she stunned at the Golden Globes in a Lanvin jumpsuit then she opted for a tux / dress Dior Haute Couture number. We love her for stepping out of the box.

Emma Stone officially takes this season’s title for biggest risk taker. First she stunned at the Golden Globes in a Lanvin jumpsuit, then she opted for a tux / dress Dior Haute Couture number tonight. We can’t wait to see her choice at the Oscars.

The stars let loose a little bit and we tend to see some more risk taking on the red carpet. That being said, tonight’s looks didn’t disappoint. From gorgeous and unusual prints courtesy of the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o to the always elegant Felicity Jones and this season’s top risk taker–Emma Stone, our list of stand out looks is filled with one fantastic style moment after another.

Felicity Jones was elegant and chic in pink Balenciaga.

Felicity Jones was elegant and chic in pink Balenciaga.

Reese Witherspoon had a "white moment" in custom Giorgio Armani.

Reese Witherspoon had a “white moment” in custom Giorgio Armani.

Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer was gorgeous is a one-shouldered water color print Naeem Khan gown.

Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer was gorgeous is a one-shouldered water color print Naeem Khan gown.

Gretchen Mol opted for some retro sleeves and looked every inch the elegant lady.

Gretchen Mol opted for some retro sleeves and looked every inch the elegant lady.

Emmy Rossum's gray lace was a modern day take on an ice princess look.

Emmy Rossum’s gray lace was a modern day take on an ice princess look.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting continued this season's lust for red  in an understated and belted Romona Keveza column gown.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting continued this season’s lust for red in an understated and belted Romona Keveza column gown.

Sofia Vergara showed off her figure in red hot Donna Karan Atelier.

Sofia Vergara showed off her figure in red hot Donna Karan Atelier.

Julianne Moore has mastered the art of color and this emerald green look played off her porcelain skin and red hair perfectly.

Julianne Moore has mastered the art of color and this emerald green Givenchy Haute Couture look played off her porcelain skin and red hair perfectly.

 

 

2015 Golden Globes Style – Who won on the red carpet?

Jennifer Lopez stunned  in Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes.

Jennifer Lopez stunned in Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes.

This evening marked the official start of awards season. Once again, actors, directors, producers and writers gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills to celebrate the best in film and television over the past year.

Pre-ceremony, the stars lined the red carpet to show off their Couture best and as usual, there were hits and there were misses. This year, we thought we’d do things a little differently and instead of just breaking down the best and worst looks of the evening, we’ve decided to give out our own awards to the most interesting looks of the night.

With all eyes on them, it’s understandable that most stars want to play it safe on the red carpet, lest they end up on a worst dressed list. That being said, it’s always good to remember that fashion is supposed to be fun, liberating and even sometimes unexpected. It is afterall a form of expression –yours, not your stylist’s.

The award for the night’s most unexpected fashion moment goes to…

Emma Stone skipped the traditional gown and went for a Lanvin jumpsuit instead. To add some unexpected length, she finished off her look with a long side belt.

Emma Stone skipped the traditional gown and went for a Lanvin jumpsuit instead. To add some unexpected length, she finished off her look with a long belt and attached bow.

For the best use of texture, we couldn’t get enough of the three gorgeous ladies below…

Lupita Nyong'o stood out in a gorgeous embellished Giambattista Valli purple gown.

Lupita Nyong’o stood out in a gorgeous embellished Giambattista Valli purple and cream gown.

Julianne Moore takes risks with her roles and fashion. She stepped out of the box again in this custom Givenchy gown with a sequin, feather and ombré effect.

Julianne Moore takes risks with her roles and fashion. She stepped out of the box again in this custom Givenchy gown with a sequin, feather and ombré effect.

Salma Hayek wowed in a crinkled, belted Alexander McQueen gown.

Salma Hayek wowed in a crinkled and belted Alexander McQueen gown.

This year’s best metallic moment goes to…

Jessica Chastain looked stunning in this bronze Atelier Versace halter with plunging neckline. We love seeing her pick colors that play off her alabaster skin and gorgeous red hair.

Jessica Chastain looked stunning in this bronze Atelier Versace halter with plunging neckline. We love seeing her pick colors that play off her alabaster skin and gorgeous red hair.

Best use of volume…

The dress, the hair, the bling. La Lopez brought the glamour in this Zuhair Murad dress which the  designer described as an "art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan".

The dress, the hair, the bling. La Lopez brought the glamour in this Zuhair Murad dress which the designer described as an “art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan”.

Best red moment…

In a sea of red gowns, Heidi Klum stood out as a siren in head to toe red. We also loved the retro waves and matching red lips.

In a sea of red gowns, Heidi Klum stood out as a siren in head to toe red. We also loved the retro waves and matching red lips.

Unexpected color moment…

Jenna Dewan's mellow yellow Carolina Herrera gown was a sweet and unexpected delight in the midst of so much  red and pre-requisite sparkle.

Jenna Dewan’s mellow yellow Carolina Herrera gown was a sweet and unexpected delight in the midst of so much red and sparkle.

White hot moment…

There's nothing like a white moment on the red carpet. The honor this year goes to the gorgeous Emily Blunt who looked elegant in a Grecian inspired white Michael Kors gown with cut-out details.

There’s nothing like a white moment on the red carpet. The honor this year goes to the gorgeous Emily Blunt who looked elegant in a Grecian inspired white Michael Kors gown with cut-out details.

Grown and sexy moment…

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Kate Hudson has found a niche and it is white, low cut and  hugs every curve of her body.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Kate Hudson has found a niche and it is white, low cut and hugs every curve of her body.

This year’s award for understated elegance goes to…

Another lady that knows what works on her is Reese Witherspoon. In spite of this simple silhouette, the star sparkles in her understated but glamourous Calvin Klein Collection gown.

Another lady that knows what works on her is Reese Witherspoon. In spite of its simple silhouette, the star sparkled in her understated but glamourous Calvin Klein Collection gown.

The most interesting length award goes to…

We're seeing more and more of this length on the runways and red carpet with skirts and dresses. We love that Kerry Washington tried something new with this color blocked number but it unfortunately overwhelmed her petite frame.

We’re seeing more and more of this over the ankle length on the runways and red carpet. We love that Kerry Washington tried something new with this color blocked number but it unfortunately overwhelmed her petite frame.

Last but not least, the red carpet wouldn’t be complete without a Princess moment…

After playing Peter Pan, Allison Williams was ready to go back to being a girl. She sported a tiered, red Armani Privé number complete with sparkle.

After playing Peter Pan, Allison Williams was ready to go back to being a girl. She sported a tiered, red Armani Privé number.

Anna Kendrick channeled her Cinderella character and opted for a princess moment as well. The Into The Woods actress went with a blush tulle Monique Lhuiller gown.

Anna Kendrick channeled her Cinderella character and opted for a princess moment as well. The Into The Woods actress went with a blush, tulle Monique Lhuillier gown.

 

Is your beauty routine all wrong? Popular beauty myths debunked

 

Is your beauty routine all wrong?

Is your beauty routine all wrong?

I come from a family where we love to share beauty and fashion secrets. There are beauty routines and tips that have been passed down from generation to generation and after a while, you don’t even think about whether or not these little tricks work. The thought that accompanies most routines is usually “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

This year, I’d like to focus on another saying ” if it doesn’t add value, it’s time to toss it.” When it comes to what you’re putting on and in your body, ignorance is not bliss. Are you worried that your skin will age like your mom’s? Do baby wipes make the best makeup removers? Does chocolate really cause acne?  It’s time time to set the facts straight. La Jolla, California dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart is helping us put debunk a few skincare myths.

Myth: There’s no difference between SPF 30 and SPF 60

This isn’t completely true. The percentage of increase may not be proportional to the number on the sunscreen, but a higher SPF does in fact offer greater protection.

Using larger quantities of a product will yield better results

Less is more. Normally, a pea-sized amount of facial product will do the trick. Excessive amounts can cause skin problems and waste money.

Myth: My makeup has SPF, so I don’t need sunscreen

Even if the SPF is in your tinted moisturizer and not just a concealer, you’re not applying enough of it to get the full degree of SPF that’s stated on the bottle. So, from spring to winter, you should be applying a generous layer of sunscreen each and every day.

Does Chocolate give you blemishes?

Does Chocolate give you blemishes?

Myth: Chocolate gives you blemishes

Unfortunately, evidence suggests chocolate causes acne-prone individuals to break out.

Myth: Toothpaste is a great pimple cream

Toothpaste is great for taking the itch out of a bug bite, but doesn’t seem to work when trying to get rid of a blemish. Try a real acne-fighting formula.

Myth: Baby wipes make perfect makeup removers

They may be convenient, but baby wipes as well as makeup remover wipes include very harsh chemicals. The idea behind such wet clothes is that the packaging requires added preservatives to increase shelf life; therefore, your skin is being exposed to extra formaldehyde-releasing chemicals commonly used as preservatives. Plus, since you’re not rinsing away the cleansing ingredients from the wipes, there’s a residue that’s left behind that exposes your skin to solubilizers, surfactants and emulsifiers. This can lead to irritation, hives, dry skin, breakouts, and other unpleasant reactions.

 Myth: Switching to skim milk is better for your skin

Wrong! Skim milk actually contains even more hormones than both 1 percent and 2 percent milk, which causes breakouts. Dr. Stuart advises that high-glycemic foods (that is, white foods like bread, pasta, rice, and sweets) are super skin-enemies since they trigger the body to produce insulin, causing age-accelerating inflammation. The solution is easy: load up on colorful fruits and vegetables-particularly green and yellow veggies-which help prevent wrinkles.

Does hot water open pores

Does hot water open pores?

Myth: Hot water opens pores

Despite cleansers, scrubs and other skincare products claiming to have pore-opening powers when paired with warm H2O, this advice just doesn’t hold water. Skin’s openings neither change in size nor operate like train doors, says Dr. Stuart. In reality, hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing

Myth: Your skin will age just like your mom’s

Your mother’s wrinkle-free, so that means you’re destined for complexion perfection, right? Even though genetics play a big part in the aging process, external factors, like sun exposure, facial expressions, smoking, pollution and diet, affect how skin looks over time. So if Mom turned her nose up at tanning and you eschew shade, you may not grow old as gracefully. The bottom line: Good genes aren’t a free pass to flawless skin.

 Myth: Sun is Good for Acne

Although a little sun can give skin a nice glow and may even clear up a few pimples, major acne will only be aggravated by prolonged sun exposure. For one thing, the drying effect that sun has on skin will only cause the sebaceous glands to be overstimulated to produce more oil. Overstimulated sebaceous glands are the cause of acne, so it is not advised to provoke these sensitive glands anymore with too much sun exposure.

Dr. Susan Stuart is considered one of San Diego’s leading experts in dermatology and lasers and has been selected as one of America’s top physicians in dermatology. She is the co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology.

 

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