FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER 2017

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Photo: Free People
Photo: Free People

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to think about putting together your new season wardrobe. The good news is that there are some fantastic clothing trends out there, which means you will have fun shopping and come back with tons of new outfit ideas.

Dresses Are Back
Without a doubt, dresses stay on trend. And this summer, you will be sure to wear a breezy silhouette or two. Most of the dresses are made from classic materials like cotton or lace, which make them great for staying cool. Iconic cuts such as the sack and a-line are definitely back in vogue, but with a twist.

Most designers have opted to use bold designs to brighten things up, although the color palette used is quite muted. At least this is the case for high street brands. On the catwalks, many of the biggest designers have gone the other way and chosen to use bold bright colors. Therefore, there is a good chance that the mainstream color palette will shift to a brighter palette, later in the season. We are already seeing quite a bit of pink, in particular fuchsia pink dresses, appearing in stores worldwide.


Photo: Madewell
All of Your Favorite Cuts Are Still Available
The maxi dress phenomenon looks to have largely run its course, but a few designers have still included them in their collections. This is also the case with shift dresses, there are not so many available. But remember that you can always make anything on trend with the right accessories.


Flat Shoes
There are plenty of different styles of shoes to choose from, but it is nice to see so many flats this season. For 2017, you will not have to sacrifice looks for comfort. The ballerina style is dominant, but there are many other styles of flat shoes to choose from. Trim or gladiator sandals are ideal for wearing with a dress. They are glamorous enough to work for a party as well as wearing during the day.


Photo: H&M
Photo: H&M

The One Piece is Back
Most of us go to the beach in the summer, so swimwear is an absolute must. For the first time in a while one piece swimsuits outnumber two pieces. It seems that last year´s tankini trend has opened the eyes of women to just how good you can look even if you cover up more.


Speaking of covering up, this year, most retailers have opted to sell duster jackets rather than sarongs. They actually make great beachwear, with the added advantage that they can also be worn in the evening to keep the chill off.

Statement Stripes
If you want to brighten your look, and have some fun, you are in for a treat. Stripy trousers, shoes, tops and jackets are everywhere. You can keep it nautical in a classic white and blue stripe, or go colorful with more bold hues such as pink or red.

Jewelry Trends
This summer, metal jewelry is set to make a bit of a comeback. Anklets look set to be the must have accessory for summer 2017. It also looks like this season is going to finally take us away from the muted tones that dominated for the past couple of years, and catapult us into a new world of brightness and interesting shapes.

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SHOP THE COACH AND RODARTE COLLABORATION

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Coach x Rodarte collaboration
Discover the Coach x Rodarte collaboration

After months of anticipation, the highly buzzed about Coach and Rodarte collaboration has finally arrived. The iconic American leather goods brand and New York-based cult label create a collection that celebrates Coach’s heritage with Rodarte’s whimsical touch.

From leather jackets decorated with glittering embellishments to archival printed t-shirts and sleek totes, these pieces are truly unique. Priced between $125 for a top and $3,500 for a leather jacket, the range is truly the definition of luxe. 

COACH X RODARTE CLOTHING & BAGS

Coach and Rodarte Black Circle Dress Leather Sequins $2,500
Coach and Rodarte Black Circle Dress Leather Sequins $2,500
“This feminine circle dress is detailed with hand-embroidered jewel-tone leather “sequins” as well as brassy rivets.”
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Coach and Rodarte Pink Crewneck with Archive Intarsia $595
Coach and Rodarte Pink Crewneck with Archive Intarsia $595
“This wool sweater features a vintage Coach ad from the 1980s with fifteen different yarns.”
Coach and Rodarte Leather Dress with Whipstitch Eyelet $2,500
Coach and Rodarte Leather Dress with Whipstitch Eyelet $2,500
“A feminine circle dress gets detailed with hand-punched eyelets, pearly cabochons and delicate leather lacing inspired by archival Rodarte techniques.”
Coach and Rodarte Moto Jacket with Leather Sequins $3,500
Coach and Rodarte Moto Jacket with Leather Sequins $3,500
Made from buttery-soft leather, the classic moto jacket features hand-embroidered jewel-tone leather “sequins”.
Coach and Rodarte Pocket Tote in Glovetanned Leather with Whipstitch Eyelet $995
Coach and Rodarte Pocket Tote in Glovetanned Leather with Whipstitch Eyelet $995
This structured tote, crafted from buttery-soft glovetanned leather truly shines.
Coach and Rodarte T-Shirt Archive Print $125
Coach and Rodarte T-Shirt Archive Print $125
“This cotton screenprinted t-shirt features a vintage Coach ad from the 1980s, with a few tongue-in-cheek Rodarte twists.”
Coach and Rodarte Tote Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Embossed Archive Print $650
Coach and Rodarte Tote Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Embossed Archive Print $650
A buttery-soft glovetanned leather bag features a Coach ad from the 1980s with updated text.
Coach and Rodarte Black Courier Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $895
Coach and Rodarte Black Courier Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $895
Inspired by a Coach bag from the 1970’s, this equestrian inspired silhouette features glam embellishments.
Coach and Rodarte Courier Crossbody Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $795
Coach and Rodarte Courier Crossbody Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $795
Rodarte’s signature use of embellishments shines with hand-placed metallic leather “sequins”.

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SEXY, SPORTY SWIM: 2017 BIKINI STYLES

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Photo: Pexels
Photo: Pexels

Unlike the simple one-pieces of the ‘90s and the triangle two-pieces of the early ‘00s, swim fashion in the last decade or so has been exceedingly exciting. From mesh-covered cut-outs to fringe and tassels, trends for swimwear are becoming increasingly difficult to predict.

During the last couple years, one-pieces have seen an outstanding resurgence. However, if you are dedicated to your bikini, here are a few styles to search for before summer swim season is in full-swing.


ROMANCE

In more ways than one, bikinis are just a hop and a skip away from lingerie. On one hand, many women find it distasteful to emulate bedroom attire on the beach, but on the other hand, romantic swim styles catch eyes and steal hearts. This year, a handful of designers doubled-down on romantic flourishes to appeal to those swimmers who like to feel flirty and feminine. Plunging necklines, delicate lacework, glittering gems, and other delicate details will add romance without making you look too ready to dive into bed.

TEXTURE

Even with a loud print, bikinis tend to be relatively one-dimensional ― which is why many designers this year are adding all sorts of textures to their swimwear. Though they may be somewhat less practical for actual swimming than smooth, sleek suits, bikinis with some texture stand out on the beach and at the pool. Here are two textures you will definitely see this swim season:
Crochet. Crochet work looks simple from far but up closet is beautifully intricate. You can find bikinis with crochet embellishments at the neck or back, or you can invest in a fully crocheted suit. However, it is important that you care properly for your crochet bikini since the weave makes it more delicate than other materials.
Mesh. Cutouts are another way designers are adding visual interest to plain-old bikinis, but this year, instead of merely baring skin, cutouts are covered with mesh. You can find bikinis with various gauges of mesh and a variety of cutout patterns, to suit your body type and comfort level.

STRING

String bikinis have been go-to swim options for decades, but this year, designers have decided to do a bit more with their cording. Laces and wrapping straps are exceedingly popular this year on all styles of swimwear, including bikinis.

Loose lacing is being used as a method of creating skin-revealing cutouts, so bikinis can have deeper necklines or higher thighs while giving coverage where it counts. Plus, laces can be either strong and sporty or delicate and romantic, fitting both major swim styles for the season.

Additionally, designers have coopted ballerina fashion in their swim lines this year, creating bikinis that wrap beautifully around the body. Wrapping is actually advantageous for swimwear; it provides adequate compression to keep your bits in place while swimming and splashing, but it isn’t prohibitively tight or unflattering.
However, you should be careful about wearing a laced or wrapped bikini in the sun for too long; the thin patterns will make for odd tan lines. With these bikini styles, it is even more important that you use enough sunscreen to stay safe.

COVERAGE

Perhaps in response to the overabundance of revealing swim styles, some designers have developed more concealing bikinis ― and they are just as attractive and stylish as their skin-bearing alternatives. Full-coverage tops feel comfortable and practical, and many boast the same beautiful embellishments as skimpier styles, including lacing, mesh-covered cutouts, and crochet regions. There are sportier options, that are more reminiscent of rash guards, but you can also find stylish women’s tankini swimsuits that are on-trend.

Additionally, this season designers went wild with cover-up options, moving away from the tried-and-true sarong to experiment with alternative after-swim clothing. Beach pants, which are lightweight and often flowy, are an emerging trend, but you should also consider looking for bolero jackets that match your bikini, open-weave dresses, and caftans.

NEUTRAL

Flying in the face of all other swim trends this season, some designers are pushing plain, nude-colored bikinis. With colors to match a variety of skin tones, these neutral suits are designed to give the sense of exposure while remaining quite concealed. Nude bikinis are particularly good for accessorizing with jewelry, jackets, hats, and pants, so if you are more interested in elements of swim style besides your bikini, you might try wrapping yourself in simple nude.

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Blogger Julie Sariñana From Sincerely Jules Dreams Big With Nordstrom

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Being a fashion blogger is not just about blogging and trying out new trends anymore, and blogger Julie Sariñana from Sincerely Jules knows that. The LA-based blogger and founder of personal style website Sincerely Jules has literally dreamed so big with her brand new fashion line that is now available at Nordstrom too (both online and in 80 Nordstrom bricks-and-mortar stores).

Julie Sariñana From Sincerely Jules Dream Big Collection for Nordstrom

Having the chance to sell one’s products at Nordstrom is a huge accomplishment for anyone who has spent days and nights working so hard at a fashion line, and Julie Sariñana is so happy about the launch of her ‘Dream Big’ collection at Nordstrom that she’s organized two shopping events for those who live in California. The first one is to be held at Nordstrom Topanga at Canoga Park on Friday July 22th (oh, it’s tomorrow!), and the second one at Nordstrom the Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23d. Both the events will take place from 3 pm to 5 pm, and will feature a lot of treats and shopping.

As for those who live far from California and would like to have a look at the collection, the pieces arrive at Nordstrom’s online shop already this Monday, on July 25th. The collection, which is very eclectic and versatile, yet with a strong influence from Julie Sariñana’s personal signature style, already features a few must-haves that are quickly flying off the shelves.

Overall neutral yet with a few pops of red and vivid rose, the Dream Big by Sincerely Jules collection is all about looking and feeling fresh during the long and shiny summer days, with both cute dresses and boyfriend jeans and tees dominating the array. With prices that range from circa $50 to $200, the line-up’s overall style is ‘less is more’, as only a few bold prints and shredded effects have been used to revamp either some of the clean-cut T-shirts or most of the denim shorts.

Having been working in the industry for a while now, Julie Sariñana has developed a ‘fashionist sixth sense’ that hinted her this summer is all about unisex fashion, which led her and her team to design both mannish and uber-feminine pieces that could be easily mix-and-matched with each other. Although the cute off-shoulder tops, ribbed midi dresses and denim camisoles will undeniably look perfectly fine by themselves, those who like to dare with quirkier looks will surely have fun pairing them with the collection’s bomber jackets and boyfriend cropped denims.

All developed from the finest materials, the Dream Big by Sincerely Jules fashion line features pieces in various sizes, with the shipping being free on domestic orders.

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Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery: Tips, Pros & Cons

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Whether it’s called “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “microstroking”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “cosmetic tattooing”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that this new technique is the new big thing in salon treatments and permanent makeup. When I first started seeing microblading before & after pictures popping up on the Internet, I didn’t really believe them. They were the definition of too good to be true! The before pictures looked a lot like the eyebrows I had seen in my day to day life as a makeup artist and eyebrow technician: sparse, uneven, short, or spaced too far apart. The afters? Perfect, natural looking, lush, symmetrical brows!

Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery: Tips, Pros & Cons

So What Is This 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic, Exactly?

3D eyebrow embroidery or microblading is a “permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny, angled blade made of a row of even tinier needles. The microblading blade is dipped in ink, and then lightly scraped across the skin in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. I put the word permanent in quotation marks because, while it is the technical term, it’s not apt.

Unlike eyebrow tattoos that often look unnatural and unappealing, eyebrow microblading lasts for 3 years at most, providing you with your dream naturally looking bushy eyebrows or any other shape your prefer. For women in their 30s or younger the microstroking will likely not last for more than a year.

What Is Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery
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Where Did It Come From?

At first the only person who seemed to be doing eyebrow microblading was a permanent makeup artist out of Vancouver, but soon the technique spread like wildfire throughout salons all over Canada and the US. It’s not surprising, not only because of realistic results, but also because of the semi-permanence.

As Marion Godwin, the owner of Pin Ups & Pompadours Salon in Whitby, Ontario, says “microblading is excellent for women with commitment issues!”

A few years ago an eyebrow embroidery session at one of the few salons offering microblading would have cost anywhere between $700 to $1200, but now that the treatment is more common you are much likelier to find it offered at a salon near your house for under $500. 3D eyebrow embroidering, from start to finish, takes about two hours, which includes the time it takes to design the eyebrow shape with a pencil, the time it takes to numb the skin, and the microstroking itself.

I was interested in microblading, both on a professional level and as a candidate. For many years I worked at a salon as an eyebrow stylist, which also meant allowing new hires to occasionally practice and learn on my own face. The mistakes of inexperienced waxers combined with a genetic lack of symmetry in my face lead to thin brows that were too far apart, with my right brow distinctly higher than my left. I had become very adept at filling in my brows, but the idea of being able to cut 5-10 minutes out of my makeup routine appealed.

Things to Keep in Mind: The Pros

If you are also interested in microblading, it’s important to be well informed! There are a lot of wonderful things about eyebrow embroidery. For example, short of eyebrow extensions (similar to lash extensions), eyebrow embroidery is the most natural-looking way of correcting sparse or uneven eyebrows, without the fear of losing hairs.

The semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends. One year you can have your brows microbladed to look fuller and thicker, and two years later you can have them microbladed to look thinner and sleeker.

Cons of Going for Eyebrow Microblading

However, there are also some risks associated with microblading. 3D eyebrow embroidery is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, potentially causing an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.

Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the 3D eyebrow embroidery technician just not doing a good job, and giving you a wonky eyebrow shape.

There is also some pain and discomfort involved in the process, although most microblading technicians will use a lidocaine-based numbing cream like Zensa before doing the procedure. However, the numbing cream may not be completely effective for everyone, and some discomfort may still be felt.

You Have Your Work Cut Out For You, Too

Semi-permanent makeup must be taken care of as much as one would take care of a regular tattoo. The aftercare of cosmetic tattooing is intensive; for the first few days the microblading recipient cannot wear any makeup near or above the eyebrows, lest makeup get in and infect the microblading cuts. They must keep the brow area clean, and well moisturized.

Some cosmetic tattoo artists swear by Vaseline, since it creates a total barrier and prevents bacteria from getting in the cuts. Other microblading technicians prefer natural oils like grape seed oil or coconut oil, since they still allow the skin to breathe and will not pull ink away from the microbladed eyebrow the way Vaseline might. Either way, you must remember to re-apply your chosen microblading moisturizer/protector multiple times a day.

For 7 days after the pigment embroidery it is important to avoid swimming or sweating heavily, since exposure to too much water can cause the microbladed eyebrows to scab over, which will cause the cuts to heal unevenly resulting in patchy eyebrows.

Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Before and After
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How to Choose Your Microblading Technician?

The key to having an amazing 3D eyebrow embroidery experience is to do your research before choosing a technician, and making sure you are ready for the involved aftercare process. When you search for your permanent makeup technician, make sure to look at their Instagram or website gallery for microblading before and after pictures.

Make sure you like their personal style. Some cosmetic tattoo artists have a preference towards longer, bolder strokes, while another might prefer softer, shorter strokes. You might see one microblading gallery filled with precise, artificial looking eyebrows, while another will be filled with more natural looking eyebrows that will be a little messier. The beautiful thing about microblading is that there is no right or wrong style – it’s all up to personal preference.

However, if it seems like the microstroking was done very tightly that’s actually a concern. Some technicians know that very tight microblading strokes look better in the before & after pictures, and might attract more customers, but the truth is that they don’t heal well, and after 2-3 months the semi-permanent makeup will likely look blurry and muddy.

Important Questions to Ask Your Eyebrow Embroidery Technician

Once you have selected your eyebrow embroidery technician, either give her a call first or do an in-person consultation. During an in-person consultation, or even right before the microblading session itself, the microblading technician should fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, giving you an idea of the kind of shape you will end up with.

During the microblading consultation make sure to find out what kind of pigments she uses, and how often she replaces them. Some great permanent makeup pigment brands include the Nano, PCD, and Biotouch. These cosmetic tattoo pigments must be replaced on a yearly basis, lest they expire.

Next ask her how she sanitizes her blades and blade pens. The best answer would be that she doesn’t. A good microblading technician will use a brand new, disposable, sterile tool on every client.

The last question to ask is whether a touch-up is included, and after how long. While some cosmetic tattooing salons like to have their microblading clients come back after 3 weeks, waiting for 6 weeks is preferred.

Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary, Anyway?

After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.

Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.

In some cases the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure, the pigment embroidery might even change color.

The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.

A lot of the time, during the first appointment microblading clients will be nervous about their brows becoming too dark or heavy, only to completely change their mind 6 weeks later and request stronger looking-brows.

And As For Me?

So as you may have guessed, I went through with the process. I’m thrilled with my new eyebrows right now! They’re even and natural looking. Now let’s just hope I don’t get lazy with my aftercare, and lose all the hard work of my microblading technician.

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Elsa Hosk Fronts Reformation’s Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

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It has been quite a busy year for Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk, who has fronted many fashion campaigns so far, such as those of Victoria’s Secret Swimwear and Free People. Unstoppable indeed, the blonde beauty is now fronting Reformation’s fall 2016 bridal collection lookbook too, wearing eclectic and dreamy bridal dresses.

Elsa Hosk In Reformation's Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

The Reformation fall 2016 bridal line-up could be regarded as the label’s largest bridal collection created so far, as it takes you from the aisle to the wedding reception and, if the party goes wild, to the dance floor as well. With more and more soon-to-be brides changing their wedding dress right after the ceremony, Reformation is translating this trend to an incredible amount of timeless staples that will at least persuade the bridesmaids (if not the brides) to agree with what to wear during the ceremony.

Aside from the white classics, the collection features a few solid-colored red and yellow pieces too, the modernity of which is however incomparable to that of the newest, iconic off-white two-piece staple. The overall collection’s attitude mixes Reformation’s signature boho-chic vibes with some of this year’s hottest bridal trends, such as cut-outs shaped on the shoulders and plunging slits either on the fronts or sides.

Elsa Hosk In Reformation's Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

There’s even a Nineties-inspired mini slip-dress that flawlessly subverts all the wedding traditions and already is an absolute must-have. The slip-dress, which comes in a longer version too, is made using safe dyes that are devoid of chemicals, meaning that neither those who worked on the dressed, nor the ones that will actually wear it are going to be exposed to toxic materials. Speaking of sustainable fashion!

Other proposals include bridesmaid dresses in off-the-shoulder, modern princess-like backless silhouettes with ruches embellishments and imposing goddess-like wrap-dresses that will make any wedding unforgettable for sure. As for the adornments, aside from the ruches and pleats, the collection uses some floral lace embroideries too, the ethereal results of which could be perfectly matched with the bridesmaid dresses decorated with pastel printed floral patterns.

Shot by photographer Olivia Malone, Elsa Hosk seems to perfectly embody the collection’s solemn and jocose spirit, blissfully sporting both the brides and bridesmaid proposals as if we were invited to her own wedding reception. She will likely help the more skeptic ones to ultimately go for a “second wedding dresses for post-nuptial partying” too, which is, surprisingly, extremely affordable too.

Elsa Hosk In Reformation's Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

With dresses starting at $198 and reaching $588, this Reformation fall 2016 bridal collection not only will let those who have a budget of $500 breathe a sigh of relief, but will allow those who happen to have a bigger budget to actually purchase a second, yet equally unique, wedding dress.

The collection is now available at thereformation.com and in Reformation stores in Los Angeles, Soho and New York.

Elsa Hosk In Reformation's Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

Elsa Hosk In Reformation's Fall 2016 Bridal Collection Lookbook

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