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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How To: Summer Blacks

Black is not a color that is selected during the summer due to its propensity to draw heat but that does not make it totally unwearable if done right.

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Top Tips

  • Yah, it’s a no brainer, but keep the fabrics light. This is not the time for wool unless it’s suddenly chilly.
  • Accessorize with bags and jewelry in natural textures such as raffia, wood, and leather.
  • Accessorize with bold jewelry that feels seasonally appropriate.
  • For graphic contrast, add some white. Black and white is always a classic. Umm, have you seen photos of Coco Chanel?
  • Vary the fabrics and textures. We don’t need an all black cotton uniform.
  • Your outfit can change with the addition of a lip color. Feeling classic? Go for a bold red lip. Need a lighter daytime feel? Try a natural lip stain instead.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY: Dip-Dye Jeans

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jumpsuits & Rompers in African Prints

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Right now I love: Jumpsuits & Rompers

Jumpsuits seem to be everywhere this Summer. And they come in so many different styles and prints - it is hard to settle for just one or err two. Great wardrobe add-on I say! Do you own one yet? Which of the styles do you like best?

Seen at Styles Afrik
Tribal Groove
ASOS Africa (out of stock)
Seen on Pinterest
Demestiks NY
Seen on Black Fashion Tumblr
Afrodesiac Worldwide
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Summer Shoes Youl can't do without: Strappy Sandals, Chic Sneakers & More!

Get The Look: Summer Shoes, Fabulist

Satisfy your shopping itch with these fabulous kicks that are perfect for the season. We've got celeb-loved trends like strappy nude heels (as spotted on Taylor Swift) and glam gold sneakers just like the ones Miley Cyrus has sported.

Get The Look: Summer Shoes, Fabulist, Padma Lakshmi, Taylor Swift, Amber HeardFortunata / Doug Meszler/Splash News; INFPhoto
You'll also find pretty looks as seen on Padma Lakshmi, Nina Dobrev, Amber Heard and more.
Your summer uniform isn't complete without the right shoes, so click through gallery and find your perfect new pair!

Monday, July 7, 2014

3 Must-Try Summer Manis From Glamour’s Lipstick.Com (+ Free Essie Polishes!)

3 Must-Try Summer Manis From Glamour’s Lipstick.Com (+ Free Essie Polishes!)

In need of some of-the-moment mani inspiration? Check out the super-chic looks editors Lindsey Unterberger, Nikki Ogunnaike, and Julianne Carell from  Glamour’s new beauty site  created exclusively for Gilt using Essie’s Summer Collection, which can be yours free when you spend $50 or more on Gilt. They’ve also provided easy-to-follow steps, so you can recreate their looks at home. Free polishes and expert how-tos? Now you have zero excuses to not having fab nails at all times.     [From left: Nikki Ogunnaike, Julianne Carell, and Lindsey Unterberger]
Lindsey Unterberger, Executive Editor
“Summer nails usually scream bright colors—as they should!—but sometimes a pop of bold orange or blue can be too much next to a statement outfit for me. I love the sophistication this twist on a reverse French manicure brings to my hot pink dress!”
Recreate her look:1. Apply base coat.
2. Turn your left hand to the side so your thumb is pointing toward you, and using the thinnest nail art or paint brush you can find, draw a C-shape as close to the cuticle as possible. I used Urban Jungle here. Repeat on the right hand by making backward C-shapes on each nail.
3. Apply a coat of Fierce No Fear to the rest of each nail, getting it as close as possible to the C-shapes you drew.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Apply top coat and let dry. So cute!

Nikki Ogunnaike, Online Style Editor
“ I chose these colors because they pop against my skin and scream summer! It’s also an inconspicuous and mature way to do nail art.”
Recreate her look:1. Apply base coat.
2. Apply two coats of Strut Your Stuff, and let semi-dry.
3. Dip a dotting tool (or bobby pin) into Haute in the Heat and apply sporadic dots on desired nails.
4. Apply top coat and you’re done!
 Julianne Carell, Assistant Online Beauty Editor
“I chose a simple off-white for my manicure because whites are SO in for summer. To add something minimal but chic (I’m just not into crazy, chaotic nail art), I opted for straight lines. I love how the vertical ones elongate my fingers.”
Recreate her look:
1. Apply base coat.
2. Apply two coats of Urban Jungle and let dry.
3. With a skinny nail or paint brush, draw horizontal or vertical stripes down each nail with Ruffles & Feathers.
4.  Apply top coat. Done!