Month: February 2015

The Best Fragrances For Spring

If you currently reside anywhere within the Northeast; you’ve probably had your fair share of snow this winter. Luckily, spring is just around the corner, which means the approach of warmer temps and fresh beauty ideas. To be honest, when it comes to make-up, I tend to keep it minimal. However, when it comes to my fragrances; that’s where I really excel. To me, scent is a huge essential of creating the perfect ensemble. An outfit is not quite the same without a spritz of perfume to render it into betterment. My fragrance palate is usually drawn to scents with floral and musky notes. I like a little vanilla here and there too, but nothing ignites my senses quite like peonies. The scent is so intoxicating, I could bathe in it for hours. I generally love changing my fragrances every season, and since spring is almost here, I thought I would create a list of my go-to scents for the season. Is it March 20th yet?1. Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana 2. Roses de Chloe …

Where Have All the Great Heroines Gone?

A couple night’s ago, while looking for a literary distraction within iBooks, I came across a discovery. It appeared that most of the New Times Bestselling novels contained an erotica-themed plot; pertaining to a world infused with bondage and submission. The same thing went for every book over in the romance department, leaving me amazed at what passes for literature these days. Now, I’m not going to lie; I’ve read 50 Shades of Grey. But my curiosity ceased with the first novel, and never exceeded anywhere beyond. Since we’re on the subject, I’ll admit that I found the novel somewhat engaging. But, to be fair, I also find bubblewrap interesting, so my judgement on intrigue is slightly muddled. Unlike the percentage of the female race, the idea of a virginal college student, being thrown into the unusual world of BDSM, didn’t ignite my imagination whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy intimate pleasure just as much as the next human being, but I found the overall story unrealistic and uninspired. This left me with a …

Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar Gown Recovered

With the amount of security celebrities have nowadays, you would think it highly impossible for any shenanigans to take place. So it leaves one to wonder how an Oscar dress, worn by Lupita Nyong’o, could possibly vanish out of thin air? If you haven’t already been informed, the gown, which the Oscar-winning actress wore on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards, went missing from her hotel room at The London in West Hollywood on Wednesday. I should also mentioned that the dress, designed by Calvin Klein, was crafted with 6,000 Akoya pearls and is estimated to be worth an astonishing $150,000. The 12 Years a Slave actress informed the police that the dress was taken from her between the hours of 8 A.M and 9 P.M, while she was out. Since then, the gown has been recovered, stuffed in a plastic bag under a bathroom sink. However,  it wouldn’t be a true Hollywood story without a little drama added into the mix. According to TMZ, the leading source of true news, the pearls on the dress turned out to be fake, …

Best-Dressed at the 2015 BRIT Awards

If you’re still reeling from all the fashion at The Oscars, I have undoubtedly great news for you. On Wednesday evening, stylista’s from Taylor Swift to Cara Delevingne gathered for the 2015 BRIT Awards in London. It is referred to as the British equivalent of the American Grammys, and is slightly more relaxed when it comes to attire. It was a star-studded event, mainly celebrating musicians from the U.K. Not mention a small Spice Girls reunion, pertaining of Melanie “Sporty” Chisholm and Emma “Baby” Bunton. Could this mean a new album is in the work ladies? One can only hope!

Alessandro Michele Unveils His First Collection For Gucci

As of January 21st, Tom Ford was no longer Creative Director for Gucci. Many cried, some threw tantrums, but most; were simply sad. Goodbyes are never easy, but without means to deliberately sound cheesy, when one door closes, another does indeed open. This is said to be true for Gucci’s new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, who recently unveiled his first womenswear collection during Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday. The collection is a vast change from what we’ve previously seen over at the iconic brand. There was an array of leather tea-length skirts, pierrot necklines, reserved ruffles, and retro florals. There was an underlined 70’s vibe throughout the entire collection, with an obvious influence of Margot Tenenbaum; beautifully portrayed my Gwyneth Paltrow. Nerdy eyeglasses were an essential accessory, as was berets and fur coats. The overall collection was as kitschy as it was unique. It was literally the opposite of Tom Ford’s overly glamorous aesthetic, but oddly enough, a welcoming breath of fresh air.

Capes Emerge Out of Fashion Week

I can’t help but think back to that scene in The Incredibles, when Edna tells Mr. Incredible that capes are a life hazard.  “No capes!” she proclaims, throwing a wad of paper at Bob Incredible’s head. I have an eight-year-old cousin who is OBSESSED with the movie, hence; the metaphor. But to be fair, capes are awesome. Yes, they may be a potential life hazard if you’re a superhero, but if you’re a regular Jane, or Joe, such as myself; capes can be pretty incredible. See what I did there? Thankfully, for all of us superhero wannabes, capes appear to be making a comeback. We first witnessed this movement back at New York Fashion Week, when Tommy Hilfiger dressed his models in cashmere capes, for an all-around collegiate-inspired collection. The trend popped up again during London Fashion Week, when Simone Rocha dressed her models in capes featuring brocade and embellished material. Flash forward to Milan Fashion Week and capes appear to be all the rage, appearing in shows such as Alberta Ferretti Fall 2015 RTW and Stella Jean Fall 2015 RTW. …

Alberta Ferretti Fall 2015 RTW

Alberta Ferrestti’s Fall 2015 RTW collection, is infused with flashes of old romance. Of course, there are other elements within the collection, but romantic is probably the word best used. The collection was unveiled earlier on Wednesday, during Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week. It is a collection which will indeed have Art History major’s screaming for joy, mainly because of The Renaissance theme throughout the collection. What better place to introduce a Renaissance-inspired collection, than in the birth place of it’s origins. Although, to be exact, The Renaissance was originally cultivated in Florence; not Milan. But, those are tiny details, which should be discussed during another time. Now, back to Ferretti’s collection. As I mentioned, it is a collection geared at The Renaissance, with obvious notes of brocade and velvet. Models strode down the runway in graphic maxi dresses, which featured straight ruffled and pierrot necklines, and were paired with fur shawls and ankle booties. Sheer detailing was also apparent, while the color palate remained dark and mysterious. The overall collection was a beautiful, …