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MC for MJ

It was recently announced that Miley Cyrus will be the face of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 campaign. She’s hit the red carpet in several of his designs since the partnership was announced (Met Ball, Night of Stars Gala, FGI Awards) and now two of the official Spring 2014 ads have been released. 

imageMiley says that Jacobs is responsible for introducing her to the world of fashion way long ago — even before she banished the blonde wig and became the new Miley. “He kind of brought me into fashion like when I was 16, that was when I started being around him and learning from him,” she explained. “He kind of let me inspire some of his pieces.” (Hunger TV interview) 

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(Miley and Marc Jacobs at the FGI Awards in NYC)

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Miley in Marc Jacobs at the 2013 “Night of Stars” Gala 

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Miley in Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Ball. 

The whole campaign has turned into quite a controversy. Some applaud Jacobs for making such a ballsy choice — I mean edgy is his thing right? (Cause let’s be honest…his ad campaigns aren’t exactly Chanel or Dior). While others, especially his colleagues, can’t seem to identify with Jacobs’ angle of creativity. But the drama really escalated when Jacobs’ head photographer refused to shoot Miley because he disagreed with Jacobs’ choice. Nevertheless, a new photographer was found and the shoot continued. (You can read the full story here: http://www.eonline.com/news/497409/miley-cyrus-marc-jacobs-ads-photographer-refused-to-shoot-singer-get-the-scoop)

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The whole thing seems a bit blown out of proportion, if you ask me. I mean it’s just a fashion campaign…it’s not like she’s a playboy model or anything… (Although, I don’t wanna speak too soon. We can never be too sure what’s next for MC now can we?)

Regardless of what your opinion (if you even have one) on the matter is, it’s just another example of Miley gaining controversial publicity and in the end getting the very thing that is propelling her career to infinity and beyond — more attention. 

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No matter what you’re opinion of MC is, you can’t deny that you haven’t been at least a little fascinated by her new, dare I say free-thinking, behavior. She makes us all a little uncomfortable at times, but according to her she’s having the time of her life. Smoking pot on stage at a European awards show, twerking on almost 40 year old Robin Thicke, becoming Voldemort for a day…yep, she’s livin’ free alright. 

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I think I finally understand what Miley (Hannah) meant when she taught each of us this age old lesson years ago:

"C’mon guys, life’s what you make it…so why not just make it rock?!"

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Keep making life “rock”, Miley. We’ll just keep watching, liking, sharing, tweeting, and talking. 

Until next time—

xo,

S

p.s. I won’t deny that I really like Bangerz. Like….really really like it. But like…that’s allowed, right? 

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Contouring 101

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It always surprises me that for most women, contouring is often a skipped step. When you apply foundation to your entire face, you’re creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll remember that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. This is great for creating the appearance that you have a stronger jawline, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face.

TOOLS:

Foundation

Sponge or Foundation Brush

Bronzing Powder or Cream Bronzer

Flat-headed Bronzing Brush

1.     Apply foundation all over face and neck with a sponge, foundation brush or fingers.

2.     Look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks.  This will instantly show you exactly where your cheekbones are.  Sweep bronzing powder/cream bronzer with a flat-headed bronzer brush just slightly under cheekbones from the hollows to your ear.

3.     Sweep bronzer in circular motions directly on temples.

4.     Contour along the hairline.

5.     Contour directly underneath your jawline.

6.     Blend edges with a sponge.

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1. Cheekbones (powder blush): Look for natural hair bristles and an angled tip to perfectly sculpt and shape cheekbones. To find where yours are, look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks, then work the brush directly on them using short strokes as you make your way across towards your ears.


2. Apples (powder blush): Look for natural bristles and a plump body with a pointed tip for the best precision when applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. To find where yours are, look in the mirror and smile; your apples will literally pop out like little golf balls. Swirl the blush in circular motions directly on top of them.

3. Stippling (cream blush): Look for synthetic bristles in two layers that are different colors, a dark set that is dense and short and a lighter set that is long and sparse. This design picks up two layers when you gently dip it in your cream blush, allowing for different outcomes when swirling it from the apples across your cheekbones (light pressure = sheer finish, heavier pressure = satin finish). Then blend edges with your fingers.

4. Contouring (cream or powder bronzer): Look for synthetic bristles if you are using a cream bronzer or a cream foundation three shades darker than your skin tone; look for natural bristles if you are using a bronzing powder. Using short strokes, trace the product directly under your cheekbone in the hollows of your cheeks, up to your temples, across your hairline and under your jawline. For a refresher course on contouring, click here to see Lauren’s demonstration in six steps.

5. Highlighting (loose or pressed highlighting powder): Look for natural bristles in a fan shape that feel light and airy on your skin. This design is perfect for sweeping a shimmery highlighting powder directly above your cheekbones using light, downward strokes. Bonus: Fan brushes were originally developed to “dust” away excess powder or shadow particles, so next time you create a smoky eye and there are little black shadow droppings that have fallen on your cheeks, use your fan brush like a duster to sweep them away.

6. Bronzing (loose or pressed powder bronzer): Look for natural bristles with a rounded head for the most even application. Unlike using bronzer for contouring, here we’re using it to look sunkissed, so this brush design is ideal to evenly distribute, diffuse and blend the powder as you swirl it all over your face and neck.

7. Blending (everything!): This Botan Brush by NARS is the only one of its kind out there and a must-have splurge for serious make-up artists. It has short and dense natural bristles that cover almost two inches in diameter and is the ultimate blender to use following blush, bronzer or powder application. Bonus trick: If you use a foundation or bronzer that comes in a spray can, instead of applying it directly to your face, spray it in the palm of your hand, dip the Botan Brush in it then swirl it all over your face and neck for an airbrushed look that is simply gorgeous.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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xo, 

S

(sources: laurenconrad.com theuntrendygirl.com thebeautydepartment.com) 

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Lupita Nyong’o covers the “Girls Rule the World” issue of Dazed & Confused Magazine. Photographed by Sharif Hamza. Styled by Robbie Spencer.

Plus— my personal favorite Lupita red carpet looks. 

xx,

S

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Weekend Wandering — Charleston, SC

This weekend I took a little road trip down to Charleston, SC to visit one of my best friends. I’d never been to Charleston so I was crazy excited to explore a new city. The drive down was super peaceful — I mean…5&1/2 hours of just me and my music? — Glorious. 

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When I got to the city, I fell in love like I knew I would. It was all old timey & full of southern charm — yet it still felt really modern and urban…My kind of town. 

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My friend had to be somewhere for an hour so I had a little alone time to wander. I ended up on King St. and… um…. may have gotten a little teary eyed/overwhelmed at how good the shopping was. 

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I bought these and I’m very happy about it:

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Also stumbled across this beautiful idea. Some genius decided to put it on the side of the street with a bucket full of chalk for people passing by to contribute. I’m not going to tell you what I wrote because it was way too cliché and I’m embarrassed. I can’t think creatively under pressure. 

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One of the highlights of my weekend adventure was our spontaneous decision to buy tickets to Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. It was an incredible show and we got to talk with them afterwards. Ellie Holcomb went to my High School and we were actually in a show together about 2 years ago so it was fun to catch up & chat about that. If you’ve never listened to their music, GO CHECK IT OUT! It’s so good.

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::The Battery::

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::Black Tap Coffee Shop::

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::Folly Beach:: 

This weekend was so refreshing and the perfect getaway from my way too chaotic life. I got back late last night and now I’ve got an entire Sunday to relax and catch up on some things. Right now I’m listening to Ella Fitzgerald sing Christmas music (no shame) and drinking some coffee (typical) —- basically I’m in my happy place. 

…Also, I’ve watched two Mary Kate and Ashley movies in the past 36 hours so that in itself makes it a good weekend. 

Until next time—

Xo,

-S

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Feature Friday: Chloe Grace Moretz

Um…is it already Friday? This week FLEW by. But here we are again…FEATURE FRIDAY!!!!! This week the spotlight is on….Chloe Grace Moretz! 

She’s just so talented. When I saw her in (500) Days of Summer, I fell in love. And by the time Kick Ass rolled around, I was hooked. She’s just got that cool factor and on-screen chemistry that you can spot early on in young actresses.

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But acting projects aside, her street style and red carpet style ruuuuuuleeee. She’s consistently on point with trends and always adds that little bit of personal edge to her outfits. 

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These days Chloe is busy being a worldwide style icon. She’s caught the eye of many big name designers and magazine editors —- At just 16, she’s already been featured in editorials and covers for Flaunt, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Interview, Elle, Crash, InStyle, Nylon, and soooo many more. 

In February 2013, Elle magazine awarded her with the “Next Future Icon Award” at the Elle Style Awards gala held in London. She’s doin big things people! This definitely won’t be the last we see of Chloe for a long, long time. 

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I don’t like scary movies but her upcoming film “Carrie” looks pretty well-done so I might make a special exception to see my girl in action. Plus — she’s co-starring with Julianne Moore so it must be cool. 

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Excited to see where this girl’s career takes her. Keep an eye out for her at the next runway event…(most likely hand in hand with her brother/best friend/acting coach)…she’ll be the one with the killer jacket and the confidence of a 25 year old. 

….I’ll be the one drooling at her wardrobe — wishing I was half as cool as her when I was 16.

Until next time—

Xo,

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Feature Friday - Cara Delevingne (yes, it is Sunday)

Today’s feature is definitely not unknown to the public eye. Cara is huge —- the whole world is watching her every move and just waiting to see what she’ll do next. She has a HUGE social media presence and is able to achieve what many modern day models can’t — mainstream popularity. Fashion people know her. Non-Fashion people know her. My mother knows her. She knows how to market herself and she’s doing a hell of a good job at it. Whether it’s partying with Miley at an after party or walking for Chanel during NYFW, this girl is always in the spotlight.

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Cara was recently named the new face of DKNY as well as Burberry’s current beauty campaign and Chanel’s Resort 2013 collection. 

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But my love for Cara goes beyond her success. 

There are so many reasons why I love her…Number one being her versatility. She has not limited herself to a single persona and has really proven her ability to transform and adapt according to each designer’s vision. 

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Number 2- She seems like the coolest person in the world and I just really think we would be best friends. I probably sound pathetic, but I really think we’d connect. She’s just so young & fresh. She faces the fashion world with this carefree attitude that you rarely see in high fashion models. (Of course, I’d probably be pretty carefree too if I had her life & success…) 

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Oh, and her eyebrows rule.

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Cara, I love you.

Xo,

-S 

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WEEKEND WANDERING

Okay so I’m a little late with this post but I just had to share a bit of my spontaneous adventure last weekend.

Last Saturday two friends and I decided on a whim to road trip out to Asheville for some hiking and downtown exploring. The day started out not according to plan when we woke up to a very gloomy sky and lots and lots and LOTS of rain. It was down pouring nonstop which forced us to give up our hiking plans. And even though we had a near-death experience on the interstate and almost turned around to go home after my car hydroplaned and slid across four lanes of traffic…(Can I get a thank you Jesus we’re still alive?), we pressed on and finally made it to the promise land (Can I get a hallelujah?). 

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When we got to the hippie city we had a whole day ahead of us and zero plans. It was the best feeling ever. So here’s a quick recap of the day: 

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:: Ate brunch outside at Mayfel’s ::

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:: Took a group pic (had to) ::

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:: Almost bought overpriced stars ::

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:: Caught up on my reading (and my Cara) ::

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:: Watched the pretty rain for a bit, then got sleepy so I stopped :: 

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:: Paid too much for a teeny coffee (it’s cute though, right?..no shame) :: 

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:: Ate some more good food and drank water out of mason jars :: 

:: And then belted this song way too many times the whole ride home ::

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All in all, it was a good one. Excited to share more of my spontaneous wandering as the year goes on. I’m sure there will be plenty more adventures to come. Until then— 

xo

-S

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Feature Friday - Janelle Monae

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This girl. Whoooweeee she has got it goin on. I’ve been following this girl’s music for a few years now and I’m so glad her career is at last really taking off. 

Janelle is a fashion icon. Her unique style “fuses fantasy and funk” and is showcased in every single outfit she wears. Her ability to find the perfect balance between masculine/feminine is killer. Plus, she knows how to rock a suit. Not to mention, she’s an insane musician and one of the most captivating performers to watch on stage. If you saw Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2014 show at NYFW then you were able to witness this kind of on-stage energy I’m talking about. She killllled it as the show’s surprise performer.

Can you tell I’m a little obsessed? 

xx,

-S

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Nicole Richie looked STUNNING as the host of last night’s Style Awards. P.S. TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF FASHION WEEK. You can watch the shows live on http://mbfashionweek.com/live  #fashion #style #trends #instalikes #instagood #webstagram #photooftheday #fashionweek #nyfw #styleawards #mbfw

Nicole Richie looked STUNNING as the host of last night’s Style Awards. P.S. TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF FASHION WEEK. You can watch the shows live on http://mbfashionweek.com/live #fashion #style #trends #instalikes #instagood #webstagram #photooftheday #fashionweek #nyfw #styleawards #mbfw

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Stylecast.com has released their 50 most stylish New Yorkers list and let me just say….it rocks. Check it out on their website! #fashion #style #streetstyle #trends #nyc #stylecast #instalikes #instagood #webstagram #love #obsessed

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Street Style Royalty

I’m not exactly sure the exact day that I stumbled across Danielle Bernstein’s blog “We Wore What” but I can tell you that it was one of the greatest days of my life. She is the most consistent yet unpredictable fashion blogger that I have yet to discover. Not to mention, she is incredibly inspiring for us young fashionistas that are trying to get our foot in the industry’s door - considering she is still just a student at FIT. Her success in the last year has exploded and her popularity is growing more and more every day. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has her own show on the Style Network by Spring 2014. If you ever need a little outfit inspiration or wanna learn more about this adorable girl check her out on www.weworewhat.com 

Here’s a peek at some of my personal favorite Danielle looks: 

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