trendwatch: pastel nails

This is totally out of season – most of the time when you think of pastel, you think spring – things in bloom, easter eggs, that sort of thing. I’m still in love with the pastel nail trend, though, and have been interspersing it with my deep fall darks like OPI’s Black Tie Optional and this lovely color called Wine at the Gallery by Finger Paints. The look is fresh and really pops out especially when you use bright, unexpected pale hues.

Lauren Conrad sporting a gorgeous robin’s egg blue that reminds me of Tiffany’s blue.

Sky, Hard Candy’s legendary first color, was created in 1996 by Dinah Mohajer to match a pair of sky blue pumps. I love Hard Candy so much. The best part is that the brand, formerly reserved for high end stores, is now available at your local Wal Mart for about five bucks a pop – and they still come with the signature chunky rings!

Whitney port rocking turquoise nails.

This is one of my new favorites, and it’s kind of famous – Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Try it! I love how different it is. I used to be so stuck on having pinks and “normal” colors on my nails and now I feel like I’m twelve again, trying out blues and greens. (Next on my list is sparkle!)

Khloe Kardashian sporting a pale, opaque pink.

I had to snag this color when I saw it. It’s Revlon nail enamel in Lilac Pastelle, a lovely, pink-based lilac shade. It’s really pale and subtle, almost a neutral but definitely unmistakable. Image via Nail-a-Holic.


lovely + badass = Charlotte Free

She’s effervescent with a confection of pretty ombre hair she colors herself. Cult fashionistas are blogging her name and image all over the place. I like her because she gives of a guileless punk-rock vibe that’s really innocent at the same time. Charlotte Free, everybody! She’s mad cool!

“I love Charlotte,” Vogue‘s Francesca Burns said. “I have worked with her, and she’s really special: it’s not just the hair. Charlotte has a rare delicate elegance to her beauty which means she can pull off anything.” (source: Vogue UK)

Betcha didn’t know…Charlotte’s favorite food is lemons (?) and she listens to dubstep “constantly.” (source: Elle)

This video’s so endearing! She likes Maxfield Parrish which I think is fantastic…and apparently she also wants to be in the circus.

I want to dye my hair pink.

she’s got style: Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss once appeared on The Hills (season 3) as the “New York super-intern” who upstaged Whitney and Lauren. Today, she’s a fashion editor at  Vogue as well as the editor and founder of, a unique, magazine-esque beauty blog that dishes out upscale makeup and skincare what-have-you with WASP-like elegance. I was amazed by Emily on The Hills – the way she carried herself was so poised and graceful. Then I discovered ITG and I was hooked after reading a bit of what she wrote, as well as in interviews I gleaned from other websites. She’s striking, classic and has a fresh modern style. She’s also the pretty one. The smart one. And the really fucking stylish one. Bitch. I’m tempted to hate her…but her style speaks for itself.

Images above and below via Tales of Endearment.

“When it comes to her fashion sense, Emily describes her style as ‘a hodgepodge of romantic vintage dresses and more tailored new things.” She loves a sharp jacket, can’t live without her four rings, wishes she had been young in the 1940’s – “that silhouette works really well for me.'” (interview quote via Tales of Endearment)

Image via – Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl – I love the matte berry lip with the subdued gray wrap and minimal makeup.

Above: Those bleached jeans – eep! – to die! Weiss is sartorial heaven here. Hers is the style that seems almost too Parisian to be real, perfectly authentic, not too loud but unquestionably chic.

Image via

Image via New York Magazine & Tales of Endearment.

Emily’s a huge deal in the fashion and beauty industry but she doesn’t really have a “buzz” like certain other females who shared screenspace on The Hills. I like that she’s refined and that you basically have to be a fashion/beauty insider to know who she is. Here’s a little more about Emily, for those who don’t.

  • Emily attended NYU. She interned at Teen Vogue on the east coast, and at W and Chanel.
  • She has a strong aversion to exercise (but you’d never know it).
  • If you look at photos of Emily, she’s not always plastered in makeup. Minimalist works.
  • Emily is always shopping for vintage dresses – particularly from the 1940s. Mix them up with an unexpected proportion, like her big platform wedges from Celine – it totally updates the look.
  • She loves thrifting vintage items from Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
  • Emily isn’t really into crazy colors and patterns; she instead sticks to classics like black, navy, taupe and white…although she does throw in a pop of print or a splash of red now and then.
  • Style secret? Emily buys all of her clothing a size larger, because nothing is more unflattering than too-tight garments. You’re better off with some drape to spare.
  • Her secret to glowing skin? Lots of moisturizer, even when you have oily skin (I do this! I’m not as glowy, but I’m not on Vogue’s payroll, either). And use gentle products.
  • Emily also mists with Caudalie Beauty Mist, which smoothes skin, tightens pores and provides an instant burst of radiance while stimulating microcirculation (yes please)!

Now I’d never dog on my girls Lauren, Whitney or Audrina, but Emily Weiss’ style is kind of like tasting fois gras after you’ve been eating Cheetos. Just doesn’t compare. ♥

vintage cosmetic ads

Jean Shrimpton was the face of Yardley cosmetics in the 1960s. I just love these ads!

My mom actually had this Maybelline “ultra liner” still kicking around when I was in high school, and I remember that very container – a hard cake of black shadow. Moisten the brush with liner, and there you had it. It actually was way easier to use than pencil or liquid liner of today.

A grouping of rare cosmetic ads from the 50s and 60s.

A tanning ad from the early 70s. Good thing we know better now. Slather on the sunscreen, ladies!

whatever happened to____? stuff that should make a comeback

Every now and then I get a case of style nostalgia. It happened to me today going through my old Glamour Junkie folder. Some of the articles made me cringe…but then again, I still kind of like a lot of the same stuff. And, proof that I’m getting old and that the fashion world is constantly changing, you can’t find a lot of this stuff anymore.

C. Ronson’s “Tooshies” line – tees/tanks/boy-style briefs emblazoned with cute prints like guitars, cupcakes and pineapples, I loved these so!

Crimped hair. On Christina Aguilera in 2000, above (I used to have pictures of her plastered all over my wall when I was in high school, one from this very event) and…

…flash forward to 2011, Christina rocking a crimped ‘do again and still looking awesome. Why did we leave our crimping irons in the early ’90’s? I think it adds rad-looking texture, and not everyone is doing it. I say bring it back!

The original Lip Smackers. (Like above…some of those are old!) You can still buy them, but most of the original flavors and “limited editions” are already gone, and it’s just not the same. They were all I carried in my purse all through 1997 (which was faux patent with blue and lime green leopard faux fur, by the way). They remind me of a time when I was so carefree, and the new flavors that are out now are just copies of other foods (assorted soda, candy, etc). Remember the ones with special tops you could wear on a necklace? I would buy them with my allowance. Sigh…I can almost smell the Cotton Candy…

Primp splatter sweats. This brand was popular circa 2004; I happen to own a pair of the ice cream cone splatter capris. They were to loungewear what Wildfox Couture is today, only they never quite took off. They were super expensive and Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson were fans.

Primp thermals. Cute designs like hearts, anchors and bunnies. (Above: Rachel Bilson & Paris Hilton.) So hard to find these days.

Mandy Moore’s “Mblem” clothing line. I own a “spearmint open front tunic” from this line I purchased years ago; it’s the perfect burnout fabric that works over leggings/jeans or as a beach coverup. Sadly, Mandy shut down her clothing line in 2009, which is really a shame. Thankfully, there are loads more celebs peddling overpriced tees, so not to worry.

Other things I miss but have a hard time finding – awesome jelly shoes that don’t cost $100+, Teen’s “Great Looks” magazine, Taryn Manning’s Born Uniqorn line, Clueless the TV show, scented nail polish…sigh!

trendwatch: dip dye & ombre hair

I love Lauren Conrad’s blog (she’s the most brilliant everygirl who can do no fashion wrong in my eyes) – she polled her readers asking if she should try this shocking (by her standards!) trend:

Funky-colored, dip dyed strands! I’m personally not one for having unnaturally colored hair (I am a dark brunette so it would involve some damaging processes) but I thought this was a super fun (and funky) idea.

The always trensetting Katy perry rocking some crazy hues in her tresses.

This reminds me of a California surfer-girl look – but edgy and modern. So pretty for summer!
Also, for those who want to play it a little safer, but still try a variation of having tonal hair, you can try “ombre hair” – which is essentially a graduation of dark roots to lighter color on the bottom. There are different degrees and hues – overall the effect is subtle but still gets the point across. I really dig it!

Jessica Biel

Leighton Meester

Flavia Oliviera

Lauren Conrad

Drew Barrymore

What’s your take on the dip-dye & ombre look?

bed head

lulupowder.jpg Unwashed hair is a definite glamour don’t, but for those days you just want to hit the snooze, or maybe a morning-after “walk of shame,” there’s more than a few treatments that can help with the oily buildup that ruins your look. Our picks: For the bohemian girl: Lulu Organic’s Hair Powder. Just rub through your roots and you can extend your time between shampoos. And of course, since talc is completely carcinogenic (ha), it’s talc-free and completely all-natural: It’s made of cornstarch, rice powder, clay, horsetail powder (?!), baking soda, and essential oils — so it’s totally safe. Sold in four scents (lavender and sage, jasmine, patchouli and amber, and tuberose), the stuff comes in uber-gorgeous packaging (at least that’s what I love) and works miracles on grease. Purchase for $40 (yikes!) here.
For the glamour girl on the go, Cake Beauty makes a less expensive ($18) powder in the yummy scent of lemon cookies. Not only that, but you get to choose from a light and a dark shade, depending on your haircolor; as well as a separate sweet-smelling refreshing mist, any of which can be purchased here. Brilliant!