Posts Tagged ‘style’
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Women frequently shop the hottest new trend or grab a fabulous new pair of shoes, only to come home to find the man in their life is less than thrilled about their new look.
Why does this happen? A big part is the opinion of males and females can vary when it comes to fashion, the same can be said of the latest fall hair trends.
We consulted the hair team behind Lotus Salons in New York, Joshua and Stacia Gambrell, who weighed in on the “he said, she said” of fall hair trends. Color, hair care and volume, the Gambrells discuss the hottest looks for fall.
As the leaves begin to change to rich vibrant autumn colors, hair color is following suit. Joshua and Stacia both agree that brighter is better when it comes to fall hair, but what exact color to choose may be a point of contention.
He Said: “The fall season is all about golden blondes. Fall fashion week featured a lot of neon colors, gray hues and thick materials, meaning a creamy, golden blonde complements this new color palate nicely. Golden blonde is something almost anyone can achieve, considering a brunette can “go for it” with all over color and highlights, or a platinum blonde may just need to deposit some golden hues to pull off this look. Although the warm color is easy to achieve, it may not be the best for every skin type. To avoid washing out the skin tone, women with light eyes and lips and pinkish undertones to the skin should stick to an ashy blonde hue with sparing golden blonde highlights to keep the hair color modern.”
She Said: “They say blondes have more fun, but red heads are more memorable and this fall it’s time for girls to get adventurous and go red. Bright color has fallen off the map in the past few years, but it is coming back in full force this autumn. During fall fashion week, designers featured a lot of red on the runways and now hair is following its course. Celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore are turning red. However, the most important thing to consider when deciding to go red is remembering to do what looks best on you, rather than simply following a trend. Those with lighter skin, like newly rouge Blake Lively, should opt for a more strawberry blonde to complement their complexion. Another point to consider is the fact that red is the fastest fading hair color so it requires more management and time to care for it.”
One thing Joshua and Stacia agree on is no matter what color you choose, caring for you hair is a must.
Along with Joshua and Stacia’s “brighter is better” fall philosophy, “bigger is also better.” Both agree that voluminous hair is in this fall whether hair is up or down, adding some movement and lift will keep you in style.
He Said: “Classic makes a comeback with the French Twist and Bun. Turn these quintessential favorites into a modern look by adding multitudes of volume. This type of up-do is very fashion forward because the dramatic volume trend encapsulates the general idea for fall, as designers use looser weave patterns, heavier fabrics, bigger belts and more pleats. To achieve the look, tease hair at the crown and then pull it into a low pony tail. Use Eufora’s Volume Fusion Spray or Eufora’s new Powder LiftTM to create lift at the scalp. Simply twist the pony tail up and secure with pins. Finish the look with Eufora’s Elevate Finishing Spray, a workable, medium hold spray that contains ingredients to help improve the health of the hair.”
She Said: “It’s all about the loose curls and the natural movement of the hair with added volume this fall. To create this natural wavy texture and bring out the natural wave of hair reach for Eufora’s Curl ‘n Defining Solution, which helps achieve soft, defined, frizz free curls without a crunchy or greasy residue. Combine this with Eufora’s Formation Whipped Styling Solution, a versatile styling foam that delivers great hold and control without the harsh chemicals found in most “mousse” type products. Mix products well and scrunch them into the hair to help the waves take shape. For added curl or for those with stick straight hair, set the hair with a curling iron or hot rollers and then use the product to separate the curls and make the texture come alive.”
Monday, May 16th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Some of the biggest fashion trends will be visible poolside and at the beach this summer in a particular garment – the essential summer swimsuit. Veteran fashion industry expert and owner of Sylene of Washington Cyla Weiner provides insights into 2011 summer swimsuit trends.
From a color trend perspective, Cyla says various shades of navy continue to be strong, as does a forest or algae green. In addition, shades of orange, coral and peach are popular and fushia suits are all doing well.
From a design perspective, Cyla says the one shoulder swimsuit is definitely a strong trend and rather attractive as you can then pair it and use it as outerwear. She also commented that polka dots are big for summer 2011.
From a pattern perspective, bold geometric prints are strong for summer, she comments. Additionally, floral suits are in demand. “Prints have a wide range this season offering everything from tribal prints to paisleys, to various color combinations,” Cyla says.
From an added element perspective, buckles in the swimsuit fabric or metal finishes are strong elements being featured in the summer suits this year. “A Che, Maryan Mehlhorn and Karla Colletto offer great suits with this attention to detail,” she adds.
Friday, March 11th, 2011
by Becky Ellis
The New York Times reported today that more men are hitting the salons to get their eyebrows waxed, sculpted and trimmed–”guybrows.” Now, women go through so much to look good–bikini waxing, mani/pedis, pricey skincare concoctions, three different kinds of conditioner toppling over in the tub, etc–so maybe I should be pleased when men make an effort that consists of more than a 2-in-1 shampoo and a swipe of Right Guard. But instead of feeling like it’s evening the score, I’m slightly appalled. (more…)
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
By: Erin Brady
You may know Jeannie as the host of the Style Network’s popular makeover series, “How Do I Look?” well she is also the new spokesperson for Yoplait Light yogurt. She’s sharing some of her top style tips for looking and feeling your best, along with a new “tune-up” program from Yoplait, which gives an easy way to feel sexy even in the dead of winter.
Every woman should have a go-to dress in their closet that they feel great in and flatters their body. And you don’t have to stick to a little BLACK dress…in fact, jeweled tones will help to boost your motivation as you prepare your ensemble of accessories and shoes around the color.
Once you have your staple, you don’t have to spend a fortune to add a little flair to your outfit. Today, accessories actually look better mixed and matched. Think silver and gold, pearls and chains, even lace and gems. Pick one area of the body as the “centerpiece” to mix your chosen accessories, (i.e. wrist, neckline, rings), and dress the rest of your outfit around it to avoid going overboard.
Belts are the instant weight loss system to whittle your middle. You can find classy or colorful belts anywhere, and wearing one over a dress, blouse, or even a jacket or blazer will instantly create a cinched waistline. I love woven belts because they can easily be adjusted for any body-type. Another trick is to get a reversible belt, maybe with a pattern on one side and a solid color on the other, or simply add your favorite pattern of fabric onto the back of any existing belt.
Tune Up ahead of time:
A good tool to have in your arsenal to look and feel your best is the Yoplait Light Two Week Tune Up. You could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks to get ready for any occasion, big or small. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Replace breakfast and lunch with a Yoplait® Light, a grain and a fruit
- Eat a sensible dinner rich in lean protein, and your favorite vegetables for snacks
- Choose 3 additional servings of non-fat dairy, like skim milk
- Stay active with 30-40 minutes of walking every day
- To learn more visit www.Yoplait.com
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
by Stephanie G.
As a lover of sharp-dressed men myself, I’m not at all surprised that 78% of women think that dressing well is the hottest thing a guy can do – but men might find the number a bit high. After all, don’t chicks think it’s super hot to spend all of your time at the gym, drinking protein shakes?
The answer is no. Most women are interested in clothes to a degree, and not just our own. A Men’s Warehouse survey found the following:
10% of women would sacrifice sex or the Internet in exchange for a man with style (this 10% of women deemed to be insane by yours truly).
32% of women have thrown out something hideous from their partner’s closet.
64% of women are more likely to marry a guy who knows how to look presentable.
85% of women think a well-dressed man is more attractive than a rich one (this group of women has more of a grip on things).
Stephanie is a NYC lifer who enjoys new-age dating, sharp-dressed men, and occasionally acting as big spoon. Follow her on Twitter!
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Thursday, February 17th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Celebrities attending the Oscars often look like a million bucks—and that could be because that’s what it cost to complete their ensembles. The red carpet rolls out on February 27 for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Here’s a look at the funds it takes to pull off Oscar fashion. But keep in mind that celebrities that don’t fork over the dough could end up on the worst dressed list.
Stylist Fees – Rachel Zoe doesn’t come cheap. And neither does celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. He told The Thread that stylist fees for celebs range from $1,500 to $6,000 per day. Keep in mind that’s not per event– so getting ready for a big night like the Academy Awards could require several days of work for a stylist.
Hair and Makeup – Most women only splurge for professional hair and makeup at very special events (like, say, their wedding!) And even then they probably don’t come close to paying what actresses (and maybe some actors?) pay to get dolled up for the Academy Awards. Hair and makeup alone can cost $5,000.
The Gowns – These aren’t off-the-rack dresses. The designer gowns you see on the red carpet have typically only been worn by runway models. Prices can range from $5,000 to $15,000.
Footwear – Let’s not forget the footwear. While the dress may take up most of the spotlight, shoes are certainly important. Most celebrities wear high style, high profile shoes like Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins which can cost around $1,000. Or if you’re lucky enough to be Alison Krauss: $2 million. She wore Stuart Weitzmans covered in Kwiat diamonds, set in platinum back in 2004. And at that price, there isn’t even a guarantee they’ll be comfortable.
Jewelry – More than those fancy shoes, perfect nails, and one-of-a-kind dress, it’s the ice that takes the cake on the red carpet. Experts say celebs can often be spotted at the Oscars wearing earrings valued at $100,000 and rings worth millions. Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch told The Thread that the average cost of Oscar jewelry is $750,000. So even if they don’t go home with Oscar gold, they can still wear plenty of it.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
Despite wicked cold temperatures across much of the U.S. — it’s 27 degrees today in New York!!! – it is time to shed the layers and start looking for the must have wardrobe essentials for winter beach getaways…the swimsuit and its accessories. Veteran fashion industry expert and owner of Sylene of Washington, Cyla Weiner provides insights into 2011 swimsuit and overall cruisewear trends women should consider.
“Yet, regardless of a women’s physical appearance, in 35 years in the swimsuit industry, I have never met a woman who enjoys shopping for a swimsuit,” Cyla says. “Two things that are consistent is that women hate shopping for swimsuits and women always scrutinize their own bodies, whether they are a size two or a size 16.”
Help exists as swimsuit designers create swimwear with different body types in mind. Just as shapewear is a woman’s secret wardrobe weapon, Spanx continues to ride this wave with its great swimsuits, especially its tankinis with a choice of a high waisted bottom, Cyla adds.
Cyla says to trust her as the perfect suit does exist. She has outlined a few key body type issues and trends to help you find the suit that will make you feel and look fabulous:
Full & Small Busts: For the full bust Sylene of Washington is bringing back Aerin Rose suits. They go from D, DD, E (DDD), and F. They have bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits. Another vendor that is coming back is Tara Ginna who makes suits up to a G cup also with many variations on bottoms. Another new line that Sylene of Washington has booked is called A.Che and they are cup sized suits only up to DD; however, this designer deals with the small busted gal who needs a little help. In particular, there is one top that Cyla plans on offering that will increase your bust size up to two sizes.
Large Thighs and Hips: We are bringing in many options in tankinis and bikini tops that have a skirted bottom, Cyla says as “this is a very flattering look for that body area.”
Color Trends: Colors are slightly changed – again – black with different shades of navy in all lines. Many combinations of black with navy have emerged creating a very sophisticated and fresh look. Animal prints are being offered in every line. Snake skin print in browns and blacks and greys and leopard prints in browns and newer versions in black with grey top the chart. “We love animal prints and have a fabulous monokini coming in from Melissa Odabash,” Cyla says. Prints have a wide range this season offering everything from tribal prints to paisleys, to various color combinations. Another solid color that was strong was a beautiful shade of spruce or forest green. We saw it in the Eres line and Karla Colletto’s line too.
Finishing Touches: Buckles in the swimsuit fabric or metal finishes is a trend for 2011. A Che and Karla Colletto both offer great suits with this attention to detail.
What are you looking forward to this swimsuit season?
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
By Aly Walansky
A solution to help instantly slim the body has been around since the invention of undergarments, but today’s shapewear products are not your grandmother’s girdle! Today, these products are more comfortable, stylish and deliver even more results. All of these features while remaining invisible under clothes. Good bye visible panty lines and hello to shapewear rescue.
Shapewear does not discriminate as there is a product for everyone and in everyone’s size including plus-size or large busted women. Just by wearing shapewear products, a woman can instantly look as though she’s lost five to 10 pounds. There is even a waist cincher product that promises a woman’s stomach-area measurements will decrease one to four inches within 30 days. Regardless of weight loss, when a woman feels they look good, she carries herself differently with more poise and confidence.
Women are clamoring for shapewear products and manufacturers are delivering with new colors, styles and types of undergarments to help specific problem areas. Shapewear hides those little bulges and rolls and that makes your clothes look great, regardless of size. It doesn’t matter if you are 110 pounds or 210 pounds, shapewear products smooth out problem areas to trimming the hips and thighs. The appearance of looking firm and toned is realized by this instant body solution.
Shapewear continues to evolve across more and more product lines. Leggings that eliminate panty lines and create a sleek silhouette are good for all body types. There are now shapewear camis and tops (both in cap sleeve and long sleeve versions) that are worn as the main garment in many cases. Available in bold colors like red, fuchsia and turquoise, camis are dominating the inner and outerwear trend. But beyond offering color alternatives, the tanks and camis in the shapewear product line are great for eliminating back fat and giving women a great uplift with a nice seamless bra and can be easily layered.
There are many types of under and outerwear shapewear products, like bras, panties and slips. There is the popular cami, full body briefer, control panty, girl short, high waist brief, long leg brief, control hosiery, shaper bras, and slips. There is even a footless Capri length shapewear product. Depending on the clothing item being worn and the problem area a woman is looking to conceal determines which shapewear product might be the best choice. If a woman is picking two universal shapewear products that she can turn to in a crunch to help slim down, the girl short or other form of brief and a cami truly deliver visible results and a much smoother appearance.
Shapewear has evolved tremendously over the decades. A few improvements in shapewear products development include: a change in the types of fabrics used; seamless construction; wicking properties; and overall comfort. More color and pattern options have been offered in product lines and some vendors have added lace to make the product look a little less industrial. Truly, there has been serious innovation in shapewear to add the sexy into this functional product line.
Just as a strapless bra is a must-have in a woman’s undergarment wardrobe, shapewear has claimed its place in the drawer and on the body. The shapewear industry is a woman’s secret under and outerwear garment for instantly looking slimmer, smoother and stylish.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
by Kori Ellis
If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day dress, check out one of these red hot numbers. Each of these dresses is priced under $100.
Red Maxi Dresses by Von Vonni
You don’t have to wear a short dress to look sexy. This gorgeous red maxi dress is fantastic option from edressme. Priced at $98.00, this dress has a v-neck and halter top. It also features changeable sleeves.
JS Collections Strapless Taffeta Dress
This sweet dress is perfect for Valentine’s Day. And right now, it’s 55% off at Nordstrom. This red taffeta dress features a sweetheart neckline and flirty pleated skirt. Get this JS Collections dress for just $88.90.
Red Sequin Party Dress
For just $76.00, this red minidress can’t be beat. It features a simple, strapless style. The stretch fabric is covered with sequins. Pull your hair into an updo, put on your heels and strut your stuff in this red hot dress.
More about Valentine’s Day
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Valentine’s Day guide
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from fashion to fantasy sports.
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
By: Erin Brady
Dark circles tend to show up more in the winter time when you’re not the glowing goddess you usually are in May-September. Lack of sleep and fatigue don’t help either, they can make the delicate skin around your eyes thinner and more translucent. To combat dark circles and conceal the under-eye area in one swoop, you’ve got to try one of our new favorite products: the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller.