Just because you’ve finished “fall shopping” and are busy saving for the holidays, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some mid-season style. I came across the fun and affordable website shopakira.com–a fresh alternative to the usual trendy boutiques you might pass by in the mall. I picked out a few items I adore above and below; check out the rest of their offerings here.
Everyone has that friend that loves to do hair…and now might be the perfect time to take him or her up on that offer to help. I wanted to share some chic & creative statements that went down recent runways, from adding a bit of knit (above & below) to spray painted styles & even a touch of glitzy gold (P.S. if you love the look of the metallic leaf in the bottom image, check out this DIY tutorial on how to ‘Foil Your Frock.’)
Happy Friday friends! As we ‘gear’ up for the season of giving, I wanted to pass forward an extra perk this weekend. I have an awesome assortment of interchangeable earring sets, as featured on last weekend’s TODAY Show segment. Made by Switch Gear, these sets include everything you need to have every pair of earrings you could ever want! Just start with a basic hook and then design away using the fun loops, jewels, charms and bling. To enter the contest, leave a comment below. The winner will be announced Monday, November 7 at 6:00 PM.
*Sorry, USA only.
****** *DRUMROLL* CONGRATS TO THE WINNER CLHEARTSCJ ********
I never cease to be amazed at all of the fun innovations in the beauty world! This week I shared three of the best I’ve come across, including Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful fragrance ring, a cool reptile-textured nail polish & vibrating (yes, vibrating) lip gloss. Click here for where-to-buy links.
In case you missed it, last week was the TODAY Show’s “DIY Week,” with a different do-it-yourself craft project posted on TODAY.com every day. To kick things off, I shared my technique for using metallic foils; they’re the perfect way to dress ordinary items in your wardrobe up for the holidays PLUS the process is inexpensive and you CAN’T do it wrong– even a messy pattern looks chic! Get inspired by the pictures above & below, click here for my instructions and be sure to tune into the TODAY Show tomorrow because the fun isn’t over…I had the pleasure of perusing through hundreds of viewer-submitted projects and picking some of the best to share on the show. The winners will be announced during the 9:00am hour.
With snow falling in the Northeast, Halloween already past us and daylight savings ending this weekend, I was in the mood to pass forward something sparkly and in the spirit of winter…Enter Santi’s “Heaven on Earth” face cream, a luxe lotion made from ‘diamonds’ in the night sky, said to have a radiant & revitalizing effect on skin. You can read more about Santi’s beauty philosophy here. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below mentioning your wish for winter (or just something you’re looking forward to ) The winner will be announced this Thursday, November 3 at 6:00pm.
* Sorry USA only.
******** CONGRATS TO THIS WEEK’S WINNER, VICKIBOEDGES!! **********
Thanks for sharing all your wishes! Hope everyone’s winter dreams come true this year!
There is still time to dig into your makeup bag and create a one of a kind costume for Halloween! Check out my minute buzz below for some ideas…
Halloween is that one time of year when we’re all able to get outside our own skin for a bit…but when it comes to those who choose to make big style statements year-round, do you judge? Check out the cool & thought provoking video above, part of Dermablend’s “Go Beyond the Cover” campaign, featuring their professional body primer & foundation. (P.S., behind the scenes video below)
As October comes to a close, I wanted to be sure to share these amazing finds on TODAY! From stylish treats by Betsey Johnson to beauty products that give all proceeds to cancer research & care, be sure to check out the clip, purchase products here and remember to get examined annually. xx
I had so much great feedback on this segment! Thanks to everyone who watched, Tweeted and Facebooked about it. If you couldn’t catch the show live this morning, check out the video clip above– I shared some unique & versatile jewelry finds that go well beyond the traditional accents you know and love. Click here for where-to-purchase info.
Whether you love them or not, hair extensions seem to make frequent headlines and I wanted to share a few interesting items I came across. First, a “Rapunzel” trend is growing in popularity. While a few months ago saw a plethora of pixie cuts, Hollywood is now seeing how low it can go, with blogs buzzing about Britney Spears’ supposed waist-length extensions to Beyonce & Solange Knowles latest looks.
In other news, did you know that fashion heavy hitter Balmain has a wildly successful line of faux locks? Fans can get the signature tough glam runway look by purchasing the extensions here. And last but not least, Urban Outfitters is carrying a collection of clip-in bangs so if you want the look without the commitment, purchase them online here or in stores.
Before you dismiss the beret as a style reserved for military men and French ‘artistes,’ check out the fresh, fun headwear by hat designer Eugenia Kim. While I personally adore any hat that doesn’t interfere with or push down my hair too much, Kim’s hand-knit leopard print “Evelyn” berets have been a popular choice amongst stylesetters like Rachel Zoe, Kourtney Kardashian & Katy Perry.
All of the ideas I shared during this morning’s TODAY Show costume segment are easy, inexpensive and can be fashioned from items around the house, but it’s helpful to have a good set of resources at your disposal in case you find yourself lacking items or inspiration. So with exactly 7 days left before “All Hallows’ Eve,” here are my top picks for prepping:
If you’re looking for inspiration, visit discount stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Famous for deals on designer clothes, these stores are the perfect place to scoop up a dramatic dress, whether you’re going as your favorite celebrity or a mail order bride. In addition to creative ideas, you can also pick up basic pajamas, men’s shirts, baby blankets and other household items without breaking the bank.
To stock your craft closet, head to Michael’s. Before my Halloween segments, I always make a “Michael’s run.” Strong glue, acrylic paint, duct tape, Sharpie markers and pipe cleaners are a few basics that work their way into almost every costume and will come in handy for any future DIY endeavors.
For basics, look no further than American Apparel. Instead of running all over looking for that pair of red sweat pants or a white hoodie, visit your local American Apparel store or AmericanApparel.com. For those who aren’t familiar with the chain, “AA” carries t-shirts, sweats, tights, socks, headbands and much much more, each in a rainbow of colors, which can help save you tons of time and frustration.
For all your hair & makeup needs, check out Ricky’sNYC.com. A personal favorite of mine here in NYC, Ricky’s goes all out for Halloween, offering up everything from body paint and face makeup to hairspray and temporary spray-in hair color. They’re also a fantastic resource for harder-to-find accessories like this morning’s pig mask, clown nose and pitchfork (And P.S., fun makeup makes a great last minute costume!)