Getting the right skincare routine down can be pretty daunting. We all want that healthy dewy glow, but how can one achieve it? With a multitude of products out there, it takes a little bit of homework to figure out what’s best for your skin. We should point out that the first step to getting clear skin, is to start from the inside out. Incorporate tons of veggies, fruits, and drink plenty of water in your daily diet to flush out all those toxins. Not only will you see the results physically, but you’ll feel a whole lot of changes going on in the inside too. Bonus! Your skin is the largest organ, and is the gateway for expelling all the bad stuff that’s going on within. When you see redness or sudden breakouts, it’s an alert from your body saying, “Change what you’re doing sister —I don’t like it.”
As for skincare, get rid of all those drying cleansers and apricot scrubs you’ve been using. Those kind of products tear up the skin and bring more harm than good. Instead opt for gentle micro-abrasion products that are super gentle in getting rid of dead skin. Also make sure to moisturize daily, especially with ones that don’t have parabens and fragrances. We love using the Think Dirty app, that detects any hidden garbage in products that are harmful for your skin.
Check out our picks of the most beloved products out there that won’t break the bank, and get the results you’re looking for in no time.
Photo by: Driely S.
If you were watching Coachella weekend 1 from the convenience of your phone, and not IRL, you were probably experiencing a little bit of major FOMO. We feel you on that. Luckily for you, it happens all over again starting today. Coachella was once all about the music, but fashion street style has taken the center stage. From the atypical flower crowns, crochet knit everything, and crop top with mini bottoms, it’s what you’ve come to expect, know, and still love. Regardless, we can’t get enough of the people watching as well as wondering, “Where did she buy that?”
If we are being frank here, the parties are turning out to be bigger than the headliners themselves at Coachella. Yes, it’s kinda epic to see Guns N’ Roses singing the nostalgic Sweet Child of Mine, but you can also be lucky enough to find most of your favorite celebs hanging out in the California desert at pool parties, outside of the kushy VIP & backstage area.
Photo: The Native Fox
We all know that it’s a blogger influencer’s world right now. There’s countless shopping apps that are integrated with our instagram feeds, to agencies dedicated to influencer and brand relationships, to many designer + blogger collabs, and now a website that’s dedicated to shopping by your favorite influencer.
Jill Wallace in Salt Water Luxe Photo: Little Black Boots
I was scrolling down Little Black Boots #OOTD in where she wears this amazing tasseled knit jacket by Salt Water Luxe. I clicked on the hyperlink which led me to FORAY COLLECTIVE, an online destination in discovering all those sought after trends you see on those very style bloggers you regularly stalk. Sadly, (but to no surprise) the jacket I wanted was sold out in my size. Boo, 2000-too late. That’s just the exact example of the power of bloggers have on buyers that are style-hungry like me.
Foray fuses emerging brands that have a unique story to tell along with their muses: A mix of bloggers, instagramers, celebrities and rule-breakers who think (and dress) outside the box, resulting in infectious personal style. What they ended up with is a shopping destination that gives women who are passionate about fashion direct access to emerging designer labels and today’s top style influencers.
Owners and best friends Kaitlynn Carter and Tiana Haraguchi started out as both women interested in doing business. Haraguchi comes from a finance background, and Kaitlynn (a successful blogger) decided to bring these two worlds together in a refreshing smart way. “The influencers on our collective align with our style — they are the cool girls, the trendsetters,” she says. “Their style is what helps shape and form the DNA of the company.”
Denim on Denim on Denim
The time has come to ditch those cutoff denim shorts you’ve been wearing all sumer for a pair of jeans. Denim is a fashion statement that has done it all. During the early 2000s denim experienced a sort of renaissance where designers were putting the fabric on literally everything. It felt like the trend had peaked after Justin and Britney wore their iconic matching denim looks to the VMAs–which was later reimagined by Katy Perry and Riff Raff in 2014– before denim was retired and relegated back to housing your bum and not your entire body. Now, once again, denim is experiencing a revival and it’s everywhere! Ushered in by the 70s bohemian aesthetic that’s been popular this year, we’re spying denim on more than just a pair of bellbottoms. Denim has always been a major fashion staple, but it can be hard to get creative. When most people think denim, they simply think “my favorite jeans”, which can get a bit tedious if you like to experiment with style. Denim pairs should be one of the girl’s best friends inside their wardrobe because nowadays, there are too many distressed designs and colors to try. Those jeans that make your butt look fab are definitely a requirement in your closet, but there is so much more you can do with this versatile fabric. Everyone knows you need at least one pair of designer jeans that fit perfectly, but street style experts have been strutting their stuff in more than just your standard pair of skinny jeans. How many times have you spied a super cute denim pinafore on your favorite blogger, this summer?
Valentino Sneakers from Union Los Angeles
It’s time to give your feet a break. Trade in those mile-high peep toe pumps and step into a pair of fresh sneakers. With modest mid-century origins to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become global and ubiquitous with style. It’s hard to pinpoint when the sneaker fashion frenzy began, but it’s clear that the shoe isn’t just for sports stars or to run around in just for errands. Sneakers have a timeless aesthetic. It’s the effortlessness of it all that makes a pair of simple Converse always en Vogue. This is one trend that will never go out of style. Last year, designers were putting them everywhere. January had, Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons showing their own versions of the athletic footwear — appliquéd, bejeweled, rubber-soled, intensely laborious –adding an air of fun casual cool on the runways of their couture shows. Then last September, Alexander Wang showed a runway collection entirely inspired by sneakers. There’s the classically chic aesthetic of all white sneakers that’s garnered wild popularity ever since Phoebe Philo took her bow at the Celine Spring 2011 show wearing white Adidas Stan Smiths. Just like that, the return of the classic lo-fi trainers was sealed. In the four years to follow, white sneakers have been spotted on just about every street style star, stylist and fashion editor known to man — and the trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
5 Most Wearable Beauty Trends from Runway
The designers showcasing their latest must-have designs are the highlight of any fashion week. All eyes are on them. But this season makeup, accessories and hair styles were equally impressive and spectacular. Let it be cool ponytails, graphic eyeliner, bright lips, mermaid shadow, nail art or braids everything was simple yet elegant and surprisingly easy to pull off this season. The most exciting thing in the trends spotted were easily wearable and likely more economical. The two things that were constant among the models were gorgeous, flawless skin and healthy hair. Check out our wearable beauty trends from runway to try out now!
J.W. Anderson Twist Ponytail S/S 16
Erin Fetherston F/W 2015
- Ponytails 2.0: Ponytails took a sleek turn on the runway. They were worn high, low or off to the side in a clearly grown-up manner. Chic metallic leather wraps and handmade leather slide hairpins were embellished on the long and low ponies as seen at Carolina Herrera. Extra low, slightly messy, side-parted and twisted ponytails were also seen at shows such as Erin Fetherston’s. If you want a new version of the ponytail, or you are looking to tie your hair stylishly in a budget, you may try any of them with fashionable clips and various hair accessories.
seen at Nicole Miller
seen at Diane Von Furstenberg
2. Supreme Smokey Eyes: The incredible smoky eye makeup can be a girl’s best friend or worst nightmare. This season smoky eye makeup was seen both in daylight and night. Previously, Smokey eye in broad daylight was an intimidating concept but now with the experts’ guidance it has become pleasant and beautiful. In the daylight, it can be done using brown, gold and even blue shadows with a few tricks as seen at Nicole Miller’s F/W 2015 show. And night look can be done by layering brown and black eye pencils smudging them slightly for a super-sexy effect. This smoky eye makeup can be balanced with the light colored lips and minimalist hair.
Messy braid bun
3. The messy bun: Whether it is a messy bun or a twisted bun, it looks stylish. A messy hairdo can be done easily by a mid-height ponytail, separated into smaller sections and then twisted and pinned for an elegantly disheveled look. These buns are also more flexible on unshampooed hair. A dry shampoo or dirty hair up with or rough texture gives the perfect look for this style. Remember not to give a neat touch to the bun.
seen at Marchesa
seen at Dolce & Gabanna
- Blood Red Lipsticks: Matt or glossy, retro or modern, diffused or solid, a bolt of red lipstick can update your look instantly. Bold lipstick is nothing new and we saw it a lot during Dolce & Gabanna F/W 15 show. The dark vampy lip is always on a runway giving the bold look. A velvety rich, red lips paired with nothing else but just clean, bare skin (no foundation, no mascara) for a certainly raw and youthful look is a wearable beauty trend that is easy and elegant to carry. Rich lips in shades of crimson red, velvet red and dark red add the right dose to the bare faces.
Gigi Hadid in peachy cheeks
Rosy cheeks at Michael Kors
- Outdoorsy and Peach Cheeks: Pale peach is an extreme face-warmer. We saw it strong during Michael Kors F/W 15′ show. It is a great highlighter and brightener that usually pickups the golden undertones of a lot of skin tones. So if you have warm undertones, pale pink is suitable for your face. On the runway, the most wearable beauty trend was the fresh-faced look with the peach fuzz blusher and a shimmery highlighter along the cheeks, above the brows and down the bridge of the nose. To enhance your look, you can even dust a peach highlighter in the inner-corner of your eyes. Peach cheeks give a classy look to your face.
A-line Designer Skirts
The a-line skirt is making a comeback this season! The classic skirt is no longer reserved for school girls. The cut of an a-line skirt is the perfect fit for any body type with a flattering shape that accentuates your hips in all the right places and makes for a really sweet and feminine silhouette. This season go for a higher waist and a shorter hem to elongate your legs! Don’t be afraid to rock a mini this fall as there are tons of options for above-the-knee women’s designer skirts.When wearing an a-line remember: pleats go great with a mini and a pattern looks better on a midi. You should avoid rocking a floor length as to not look matronly. You can find a-line designer skirts for inspiration on the runway all over the runway. Add an updated twist on a classic fall look and up the ante by opting for a shoe with a heel. You can also add a little edge by refreshing your look with some leather or denim. From styles looks by Vivienne Tam to Lacoste on the runway, you can go from school girl to cool girl by following this trend all season with help of some of our favorite stores in every price range like Max Studio, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Urban Outfitters in these curated looks below.
Taking inspiration from the Moschino Fall 2015 runway showcasing classic black-and-white contrast, we paired this wool Paco Rabbane wool a-line skirt with a pair of Gucci mary jane flats that have just the right amount of accented color in a fire engine red.
Keep it causal and a little punky with a look inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2016 preview. This look combines Alexa Chung’s suede a-line skirt, from Saks Fifth Ave with a pair of Michael Kors platform mary jane pumps.
This look is perfect for the nighttime and is ultra chic. Influenced by this 2014 Vivienne Tam leather midi, we paired a super cute Leon Max a-line skirt with a pair of white Chanel pumps for a perfect look thank can go from the office to a fun night out with a quick shirt change. If you’re really digging this look you can check out the whole selection of women’s designers skirts with a-line hems on Max Studio.
Hone in on some school girl chic with this fun asymmetrical pleated a-line skirt by JOA which can be found at Urban Outfitters. For a pop of color, we paired it with a pair of Miu Miu two-tone shoes in the season’s hottest color.
New York Fashion Week has come to a close and with it, we got a glimpse into what to expect for Spring 2016. Highlights of the season included, John Galliano’s return to form with Margiela, with a collection that brought his bravado and theatrics to a fashion house notorious for minimalism. Alexander Wang celebrated his tenth year as being Fashion’s “It” designer as he ushered in a new era of ready-to-wear sporty chic, with a party that featured all of his favorite celebrity pals. VFiles, once again rounded up the best in underground and up-and-coming fashion that brought a fresh air and pushed the boundaries on all the pomp and circumstance of the week.
All in all, each heavy hitter delivered beyond expectations. A keen eye, however, could detect a theme that was cropping up on each runway show: the color blue. From Mara Hoffman’s Willie Nelson americana sky-blue printed dresses to the red-white-and-blue motif in Marc Jacobs’s homage so the silver screen, blue was everywhere this season. Even brands notorious for minimalism in color, like Public School had a few accents of navy and cobalt thrown into the mix. Perhaps it’s early enough to predict that the new hot color of next year will be a shade a blue (maybe everyone’s favorite shade cobalt will be a making a fierce comeback). Even the makeup on the runway featured a some shades of blue to bring out a contrast as evident with some of the beauty looks from Nanette Lepore’s 60s inspired party looks.
Mara Hoffman S/S 16 Cloud Dress
Clover Canyon S/S 2016
Clover Canyon S/S 2016
Alexander Wang S/S 2016 Show
Juicy Couture S/S 2016
Marc Jacobs S/S 2016 Show
Marc Jacobs S/S 2016 Show
Juicy Couture S/S 2016
Denim got a fresh new look with washes in darker shades and tons of patchwork reworkings that were featured. From what I can tell, blue is holding a strong presence at London Fashion Week, which is just beginning, as well. Already there are some shades of the primary color cropping up in the shows of Jean-Pierre Braganza, Edeline Lee, and Felder Felder. The time is now to stock up on your favorite basics in blue, so you can ride this trend well into Summer 2016.