Monday, March 19, 2018

7 Skirt Styles to Try this Summer

7 Skirt Styles to Try this Summer
Amy Spagnola

Farewell to cooler temperatures and a perpetual parade of pants. Summer is the chance to embrace a sunnier disposition with a slew of swingy and stylish skirts. Here are seven skirt styles worth a wear this summer:

Mad Maxi

A breezy maxi skirt looks sophisticated when paired with a silk ruffled camisole. Wear this boho chic style to the beach or out for brunch time mimosas.

Tribal Territory

Rock a tribal inspired skirt with a crop top or lace-up gladiator sandals for a polished errand outfit in a hurry. Seek out a slit style for extra cool.

Pleat Market

A pleated skirt is a versatile wardrobe piece that can work day to evening. Pair this feminine favorite with heels and a clutch for a night out on the town.

Denim Redux

Trendy once again, denim skirts are back in a big way. Add a button up shirt and a pop of print, and it’s time to RSVP for all those summer shindigs.

Floral Nightingale

Once thought of as a children’s pattern, flower fashion is now for all ages. Wear this blossoming style with a plain blouse and a pair of neutral pumps for effortless elegance.

Shimmer and Shake

A sequin skirt is playful while still being edgy and glam. Wear a skirt with bling in mini or midi length.

Fringe Benefits

Whether it’s made of leather or looped fringe, a skirt with swing is bound to become a closet staple. Pair this shredded style with a concert T-shirt or an off-the-shoulder blouse.

Blake Lively Writing Sample

A very charmed life might include a permanent spot in a country phenom’s friend squad, being married to a superhero heartthrob actor and getting sent glamorous gowns from the world’s greatest fashion designers—this fantasy is actually reality for Blake Lively. Golden and gorgeous, Blake Lively is one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. With starring roles in movies like Age of Adaline and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, plus a long stint as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, Lively is on the fast track to superstardom.

One of the biggest selling points for this blonde beauty is her eclectic and designer ensembles. From tropical pantsuits to feather miniskirts, this California girl knows how to achieve paparazzi pandemonium on the red carpet. Bucking established Hollywood gospel, Lively reportedly has no stylist and instead relies on her inner-Wintour for selecting fashion homeruns.

Here are 10 looks straight from Blake Lively’s wild and whimsical wardrobe that were so swoon-worthy we couldn’t look away.

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Most pregnant women are drawn to black, billowy and big clothing tent-sacks that will disguise growing bumps and lumps. For Mrs. Reynolds, a form fitting lemon Gucci dress with a deep plunge is the new maternity wear.  Hello hot mama.

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Setting pulses racing, Lively donned a stunning maroon thigh-high slit dress for an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.  Pleated and perfectly swish-y, this gorg gown was sultry and stylish.

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Putting all wannabe starlets to shame, this baking beauty looked every bit the movie star at the premiere of the movies the movie the Savages. A custom strapless Zuhair Murad gown of nude and black made this wifey look like a stunning Old Hollywood movie star.

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Gray never looked more glam. Proving that a high slit dress is always feminine and fierce, Lively looked the part of a Bond chick in this seriously daring Lanvin gown.

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Cinderella called and she wants her dress back. Ever the red carpet princess, Lively is breathtaking in a powder blue Vivienne Westwood gown with lots of bling and ruffles.

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Killing it in Kors, this flaxen actress was a sight to behold in nude and lace. Lively finished off her form-fitting gown with a pair of pointy crocodile Christian Louboutins heels. #hottie

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Lively blue us away in her sequin one shoulder dress with an ultra-long train that felt a grown-up prom dress. A sparkly Versace dress was a wise choice for this mermaid-maned star with child.

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Ravishing in red, this mom to be (for a second time) wore Monique Lhuillier to the premiere of Age of Adaline. A nude jumpsuit plus a lacy bodice and tons of red feathers made this gown feel fresh and fabulous.

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Another Cannes dress for the ages, Lively sparkled and dazzled in Versace. A playful retro vibe gave this cutout dress more impact and showed off those never-ending bombshell curves.

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A peek-a-boo belly button cutout dress captivated onlookers and fashion spectators alike. The domestic starlet looks enchanting once again in a strappy black sheath with side embellishments. Mrs. Lively-Reynolds strikes again.

Spring Beauty Prep

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Treating Enlarged Pores

Large pores are a frustrating skin condition that can interfere with creating a clear and luminous complexion. Often a complaint of those struggling with problem skin, enlarged pores can contribute to blackheads and acne.

Resulting from an overproduction of oil mixed with dead skin cells, pores become clogged from a cocktail of trapped oil, skin cells and air oxidization.

Fortunately, treating enlarged pores is possible.

If your skin is sluggish in terms of turning over skin cells, you’re bound to continue to see oversized pores on your nose, cheeks and forehead. To even out the surface of the skin and prevent clogging, try a daily sloughing cream like BeautyRx Daily Exfoliating Cream, which will remove the top dead layers of skin, even out the complexion and reduce inflammation.

Another way to make pores look smaller is to try a regular regimen of peels. Using an at home glycolic peel like The Progressive Peel will resurface the skin while deep cleaning pores and reduce the roughness that often accompanies bigger pores. The Progressive Peel will also create renewed clarity that will make the complexion appear more even, smoother and brighter, thus, reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.

Prepping Your Skin for Spring

While many people elect to hibernate in winter, the spring is all about outdoor BBQs, picnics and weddings. Prepping skin for spring social functions and family commitments is a necessity. Ditching the dry and lifeless skin of winter is all about the right products and application.

If you’re wishing to give your skin a reboot this spring, there are plenty of options for acquiring a new and revitalized complexion. First, it’s important to pick a cleanser that will refresh and energize the skin back to life. A good cleanser is the foundation for youthful and rejuvenated skin. A cleanser like the BeautyRx Refreshing Cleanser will calm any post-winter skin irritation with soothing chamomile while removing all traces of makeup, leaving the skin clean and balanced.

Next, it’s important to treat post blemish marks, flakiness and other winter skin woes with an exfoliant. Perfect for combination, dry, oily or normal skin, the BeautyRx Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads balance the skin’s PH while buffing away dead skin cells, pore clogging debris and blotchiness. Skin will be clear, even-toned and glowing.

Finally, it’s best to reduce the harsh effects of winter skin with a super luxurious moisturizer like BeautyRx Nourishing Moisturizer. A must-have for all skin types, this oil-free and ultra-hydrating moisturizer will revitalize skin and take it from parched to plump. Filled with antioxidants, humectants and hydrating compounds, this supreme cream will be a staple in your skin care regimen. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kim Kardashian's Street Style is Urban Chic Meets Poor Man's Pajama Party

Ever the controversial and captivating social media star and reality TV renaissance woman, Kim Kardashian never fails to create a fashion firestorm. From skimpy see-through shirts to skintight body con dresses and crop tops, this Calabasas mother of three is not shy about showing off her shape and displaying her considerable curves.

Recently, Kimmy has ditched her form hugging pencil skirts, long duster jackets and strappy heels for a wardrobe makeover that has left her looking like a Yeezus catalog model. And what exactly does the superstar and Internet breaking diva wear when she's trying to be a Kanye's latest muse? Well, it's a sartorial scramble of rapper sweatpants, belly baring bralettes along with lace canvas ankle booties that look like they're part Timberland, part Frederick's of Hollywood. The final look is a somewhat disturbing mix of construction worker-sexpot-Cher.

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Recently shooting an episode of her ubiquitous reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians at a softball field--the look was all about less is more. Mrs. West selected a backless bra, gray stretch sweats and a pair of old running shoes. For the once inspired trendsetter, this new take on athleisure street style is something of a disappointment.

In fact, on a recent visit to Tokyo, Kim left fans reeling with her shocking wardrobe of compression leggings, fanny packs, puffer vests and reflective biker shorts. Plus, that teenage-girl-with-a-vendetta-against-her-parents pink wig added even more tackiness to the compendium of crass. The only thing that wasn't a fashion fumble was the somewhat edgy blue PVC pumps that she wore with an all black ensemble including a cleavage baring jacket. 

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Who exactly is Kim's stylist these days? A bike emporium? A Disneyland gift shop? John Cusack circa the 1980s?

No, in fact, Kim's dressing is mostly a result of the influence of part-time hubby Kayne West. The music mogul loves military garb mixed with minimalist sporty styles and a touch of train wreck. All and all, Kim needs to rethink her recent style revamp in the name of Yeezus. In fact, Kim needs to return all the tracksuits, crocodile boots, spandex and skeleton shorts to Care/of: Kayne. Otherwise, if she continues her rampage of jock, she'll become a joke.

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