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Spring Trends: Statement Jewelry

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This spring, when it comes to jewelry, our motto is the bigger the better. Stella McCartney was feeling major statement-making jewelry at her fall 2016 show, but autumn is far too long for us to wait for this trend. Instant gratification or bust. Like makeup, jewels are the best way to kick any outfit up a notch.  Although Stella’s creations are certainly cool girl-chic, we were on the hunt for things that are slightly more wearable in our daily lives.  Here are our favorites:

Topshop Multi-row Statement Necklace ($25) – This babe is just calling out for the perfect white tee.

J.Crew Neon Garden Earrings ($75) – Pair these girly and sweet creations with ripped boyfriend jeans and Stan Smiths…haven’t you heard that opposites attract?

Diane von Furstenberg Geometric Necklace ($198) – An outfit maker if we’ve ever seen one.

Urban Outfitters Next Dance Chain Earrings ($15)  – Don’t they make you want to dance?

Alexis Bittar Crystal Parrot Chain Ring ($195) – Don’t forget to get a fresh mani when wearing this beauty…people won’t be able to stop staring at your hands.

Forever21 Kitschy Chic Woven Bracelet ($9) – Festival-ready and then some.

BaubleBar Paleo Cuff Bracelet  ($42) – Although we’re sick of hearing about paleo diets, paleo cuffs are more than acceptable.

 

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

Hail To The Veil: The Veiled Headpiece Trend

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A veil immediately conjures up images of a bride, right? Wrong. Veils were all over the Spring/ Summer 2015 Couture runways in Paris at both Chanel and Giambattista Valli. One thing you can count on: Paris couture will dictate trends for months to come. Karl Lagerfeld isn’t called a fashion G-d for nothing.

During the freezing winter months, style can take a spot on the backburner. Lately, it’s been a succession of sweaters, skinny jeans, boots, and beanies. If you’re feeling bored and want to shake things up a bit despite the near-Arctic temperature, veils are a fabulous way to do just that. While probably not the best idea for the office, a veil is definitely a great way to take your outfit up a notch. It’s definitely difficult to dress up when the streets are covered in slush, so work around Mother Nature’s annoyances with fun, fashionable accessories. Basic girls love statement necklaces, but bad b*tches will rock a veil.

Here are the best veiled options at all price points:

To make a major statement at a black tie event, splurge on the Jennifer Behr Orchid Beehive Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Headband ($1500).  For the same look at a more wallet-friendly price, go with the RED Valentino Viscose Satin Headband with Veil ($108).

A beanie with fur AND a veil? Yes, please. BCBG Max Azria Winter Veil Beanie with Genuine Fur Pompom ($68).

If you want to ease into this trend mildly and start small, look to the ASOS Bow Veil Hair clip ($4).

Spice up an après-ski outfit with Betsey Johnson’s Veiled Beanie Hat ($24). Like spiked hot coco, it’s sweet with a twist.

To keep the Maison Michel ‘Liane’ Veiled Headband ($435) from looking overly girly, pair it with a tougher item such as a black leather jacket.

For girls who never follow fashion rules, go with the ASOS Beanie with Embellishment and Detachable Veil/Pom ($18). The unique color and embellishment paired with the veil are not for the faint of heart.

 

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

 

Favorites: Grown Up Hair Accessories

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Hair accessories are having a serious moment — and these aren’t the Goody barrettes of our youth. This fall, celebrities and fashionistas are dressing up their hair with intricate chains, bedazzling bling, and the occasional floral headdress. So, if you’re growing tired of your usual jewelry, sunglasses, and scarves collection, consider tapping into your inner Blair Waldorf and up your accessories game with some mane accoutrements.

Say you have a special occasion and need a little extra  hair jooj… like a third date, a wedding where you’re trying to draw attention away from your fugly bridesmaid dress, or an important work event, follow Sandra Bullock’s lead and slide in some bejeweled hair clips. No, these aren’t the same as the butterfly clips you wore to your BFF’s bat mitzvah – these are mature, fashionable, and perfectly poised. Place Rosantica’s Apache Gold-Dipped clips ($210) on either side of your head to add some glitz to your locks, or the single Rosantica Gold-Dipped Pearl Hair Clip ($275) strategically attached to your chignon. For a less dramatic but equally chic option, try Valentino’s gold tone studded hairclip ($245). Prefer headband to a clip? Taylor Swift wore Deepa Gurnani’s Crystal Braid headband ($88) to jazz up her ‘do. Go for the gold with celebrity favorite Jennifer Behr’s Eris gold-tone headband ($255) and wear with an updo for added embellishments.

Fresh flowers were one of the highlights of the Dolce and Gabbana spring 2015 runway show. While this trend is definitely ideal for a music festival, Alessandra Ambrosio proves that a floral headdress can be worn in your everyday life too. Made-to-order Crowns by Christy are all one of a kind, so request a more delicate option and rock it to a birthday or brunch. If you’d rather not water your floral hair accessories, opt for the Ellen Hunter Scarlett Wreath ($270), a delicate yellow and rose gold headpiece, or Jennifer Behr’s stunning Laurel Leaf Headband ($298). There’s always the DIY route for you artistic types: make your own floral headdress here.

Eva Mendes shows that you can accessorize your hair even if you prefer a ponytail over loose locks. For a polished look, pull your strands back with Top Shop’s Metal Tube Hair Bands ($12) or try Jennifer Behr’s Metallic Leather Thin Ponywrap ($65) in dusted gold.

To keep your hair bling in place, add a bit of texture and shine with Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39).

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu

Style Watchlist: Tuleste Designers Satu & Celeste

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Walking through the streets of New York City, you are inundated with a bevy of stylish and edgy fashionistas. On every corner, at every turn, chic and fashionable are in abundance. So, how do you standout in a crowd when everyone in the crowd is a standout? Jewelry designer sister duo Satu and Celeste Greenberg have been helping the fashion set do just that with their high-fashion accessories line.

Satu and Celeste founded Tuleste (get it? Satu+Celeste=Tuleste) in 2007 with the intention of creating wearable accessories that could be easily integrated into anyone’s existing wardrobe.  From editors to celebrities (check out Kim Kardashian in their necklace above) to regular fashion folk, Tuleste is on the rise, adored and coveted by those looking for a little something special. Along with their stunning statement pieces, the pair created a collection for Kasher Potamkin art gallery, displaying their costume jewelry next to $100,000 sculptures. NBD.

When it comes to personal style, Satu and Celeste use the same practice that drives their jewelry designs: building from one key piece. The result?  Fresh yet timeless ensembles that combine flair, fun, and originality with a selection of standout accessories (naturally…).

I sat down with the duo to uncover the secrets behind their style and the places they turn for inspiration:

CASEY SHARBAUGH: How would you describe your personal style?  

TULESTE: Tuleste personal style can be any of the following on any given day: granny chic, homeless chic, sporty schoolgirl, French/Japanese, rich b*tch (can we say that?!) and above all never too serious. Our style is really mood driven. It depends on what we’re feeling when we wake up, but it usually starts with one key piece. Whether it be a pair of tights, favorite new Tuleste piece, or a staple dress, we naturally build from there.

CS: Where are your favorite places to shop in NYC? 

T: As surprising as it may seem to everyone, we really aren’t huge shoppers. Everything goes into creating more and more Tuleste.  We are blessed to have so many awesome friends who are designers, so there is a lot of trading and bartering, which is always the best.  When we do shop, it’s a bi-annual trip to Barneys shoe department to see the master, David Rosen, for season’s must haves. We also visit Pink Clouds for the best selection of designer vintage curated by Jennifer Collins.

CS: Who are your style icons? 

T: Brigitte Bardot, Kate Blanchett, Tina Turner, Veruschka

CS: Who/what do you look to for inspiration?

T: We’re both really into film—that chic, timeless, and always playful fashion of sixties French and Italian cinema.  Art, furniture, and architecture also play a big role for shapes and texture.  Growing up in the mountains, the best inspiration of course comes from Mother Nature.  Other than that, our friends are some of the best people to look at for inspiration.  We think to ourselves, what would Mina wear?  What would Rianne look hot in?

CS: What fall fashion trend are you most excited about?  

T: Trends are not really our thing.  We are more driven towards pieces that evoke emotion and that “I have to have that” feeling. The perfect example is literally every single piece from DELPOZO. To say we’re in love would be an understatement.

CS: What basics in your closet do you find yourselves gravitating towards time and time again?  

T: Celeste loves her Uniqlo turtlenecks under everything for winter, as well as vintage floral bomber jackets.  Satu always grabs her Emilio Cavalini stockings, vintage black cape, and Chanel open toe booties.

CS: What Tuleste pieces do you wear the most?  

T: Most of the time we would answer this question by saying it depends, but this season it’s definitely all about our stackable enamel channel rings and bangles.  They are a MUST MUST MUST for every single day and night. We’ve gotten an incredible response from these.

CS: Did you see anything on the runway recently that you think will influence future collections? Was there anything you personally want to invest in?

T: We usually have the vision for our next one to two seasons a few seasons before, so any one show wouldn’t particularly influence our upcoming season.  However, we definitely want anything DELPOZO, and are obsessing over that brand TataNaka.

As for my personal stash, this fall I’ll be adding one of their headbands ($125) and statement earrings ($107) into my accessories rotation.

You can follow Tuleste on Instagram at @Tuleste.  And make sure to stay tuned for a very exciting collaboration (shh!) that they are brewing up for a January 2015 launch…

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City working in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu

Style: 5 Runway Worthy Hair Wraps

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Giambattista Valli’s Fall 2014 show in Paris was peppered with cotton candy colors, bold stripes, and garden prints. Valli described the collection as having  “a late-sixties, early-seventies kind of freedom and eccentricity.” This eccentricity manifested in the way the designer seamlessly mixed luxe ball gowns with pajama tops and hair ties. On Giambattista’s mood board for this collection were images of icon Diana Vreeland looking effortlessly chic lunching by the pool with a towel or large scarf wrapped around her hair. This image of relaxed glamour was the overarching theme of Valli’s glorious presentation. Never have hair wraps looked so enchanting. If you’re like me and dying to channel this charming and chic accessory now, here are a few favorites:

1. Eugenia Kim Natalia Headband $91 – This periwinkle piece looks great with beach waves and all white. High waisted white denim with a white tank and this pop of color will give you a fresh take on laid back glamour.

2. Missoni Mare Turban Zig Zag Turban $238 – Missoni classic woven pieces are timeless. This style with a flowing black maxi dress or a black jumpsuit makes is a chic option I always gravitate to.

3. Missoni Mare Lurex Turban $260 – I love the mix of color and texture in this head piece. This looks great with vintage washed denim and a well draped white blouse.

4. Free People Myna Headband $18 – The vintage inspired print makes this one of my favorites, I would pair it with a spaghetti strap white maxi dress and nude open toes sandals.

5. Asos Knot Turban Headband $11.43 – This turban paired with a pastel colored garden floral blouse and vintage denim shorts reflects the same  free spirited whimsy found on Valli’s runway.

WEEKLY MUST HAVE: Tied Up And Tousled

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Accessories really make the outfit. Hair accessories are no exception. I’ve just been introduced to the most fabulous line of hair gear — Tied Up And Tousled — and I literally haven’t taken the band off of my head since receiving it.

SEE: 3 different nights, 3 different outfits, all with my fab Tied Up And Tousled goddess band.

Wear them low or high, across your forehead or in your hair, these headbands are the best. They are self-adjusting (with an elastic or string back) and one size fits all. They have lace ones, metallic ones, string ones and even blinged out ones. Seriously, anything that you fancy. And some of the headbands are one-of-a-kinds! Check out the site by clicking here and live on the wild side…. start to accessorize that head of yours!


PRICE TAG: The one I’m wearing is called the “Angela” and is $24.00

Topshop: Take a Look Inside The Hottest Stop In NYC

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Here is a first hand account of the madness that is Topshop, NYC. Fashionista and Publicist extraordinaire, Laura Katzenberg, gives Beauty Banter readers an *exclusive* insider’s look at the much-hyped opening soiree, the infamous store and, of course, the fabulous fashion!


“After a 6-month delay, the most highly anticipated store opening of the year, Topshop opened its doors today on Broadway in downtown NYC. Expectations were high for the London transplant…but sure enough, they “had me at hello.”

I attended the preview VIP shopping event/extravaganza with my dear friend and renowned stylist June Ambrose. While most of the celebrity attendees, (Jennifer Lopez, Paul Sculfor & Georgina Chapman) fashionistas, and socialites were drinking champagne, I got down to business.


The minute I stepped inside the 4 story, 40,000 square-foot Soho behemoth, I froze in awe of the gorgeous flowers hanging from the ceiling and the vast space filled with endless florals, stripes and sequins. There were almost too many versions of the perfect mini dress as well as some of the best YSL, Gucci, Alexander Wang and Burberry knock-offs that I’ve ever seen. The first floor is strictly Topshop so I really had to hold back until I got to the second floor for all the up-and-coming designer collaborations, such as Alice McCall, Reko and most significantly Kate Moss, the reason many of us this side of the Atlantic initially fell in love with the British brand.


Kate is now on her 9th collaboration with Topshop and this time she has brought her signature bohemian style to fashion for every occasion. From party dresses to quilted jackets and sequins to the nines, she falls nothing short of chic in every sense of the word. Most notable is her interpretation of the Thierry Mugler gown that Beyonce wore recently filming videos for her upcoming world tour. Truly stunning!


Riding up the escalator to the third floor and breaking through the clouds of fashion heaven was where I spent most of my time looking at over a hundred different styles of shoes. From boots with fringe, to platform pumps, neon stilettos and gladiator sandals… they have it all covered, it’s really quite impressive.

But upon checkout the clouds turned grey & gloomy when I realized how much I’d spent. Those that are used to shopping at H&M might be a little shell-shocked at first. You really have to look closely at the tags because they start to add up a lot quicker than you think with items costing anywhere from $22 for a set of bangles to $400 for a trench, or even $90 for a cotton tank dress. I did however think the pumps were reasonably priced at $180.

My only other quip with the debut was that the sales people could really use a little help on the styling front… ironically its the mannequins that really bring the clothes to life.

All things considered Topshop launching in NYC is exciting for me, as I’m sure it will be for thousands of other New Yorkers. Although I got first dibs on a handful of winners, I will have to go back “on the reg” before I really feel like I’ve seen everything. Prepare yourself for the experience of a shopper’s lifetime!!!

Check out my exclusive pictures from inside the store and my fabulous purchases at http://twitter.com/laurakatzenberg.”

Even a recession won’t stop my Topshop obsession… can’t wait to venture across the country and do a little (massive amount of) impulse shopping.

**Remember ladies, Topshop NYC opens its doors to the public TODAY!**

Thanks, Laura!

Click here for more exclusive pics and party banter!

Posh Spice Poshes It Up

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We’ve already confessed our love for the Goody Ouchless Collection… well, here’s another must-have hair accessories line from the company: the CoulorCollection – specifically designed to work with your hair color.

And a celeb supporter of the line – Victoria Beckham. Nice to know that she pairs her $1,500.00 Louboutin heels with a $4.00 headband (pictured above). Apparently, tough times are hitting everyone hard. Posh is such a frugal shopper… Becks must be so proud!

“Victoria Beckham has become the newest convert of the collection” says her hairstylist, Jennie Roberts.


*Photo from the launch of her first dress collection in Selfridges.* Headbands are available at most drugstores.

PRICE TAG: $3.99

P.S. Don’t you love the dark shades at night — who does she think she is, P.Diddy???

Relaxation Beauty Tools

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Beauty isn’t just about looking gorgeous, it’s also about feeling good – from head to toe. Obviously, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep (and gallons of water to hydrate the skin). And the spa is a great place to boost your beauty (albeit if you can afford a spa day). There are also tools you can use at home (besides face masks and bubble baths) that can aid with your outer (and inner) relaxation.

Here are some favorite beauty tools that are sure to leave you looking and feeling your best:

Brookstone Eye-Soothe Tension-Relieving Mask
– A massage specifically for your eyes. The pillow-like mask shields light while the remote controller allows you to choose from 3 settings: Relieve, Refresh, Soothe. It comes with removable gel inserts that can be refrigerated for a chilling effect. After a stressful day, this eye massager is my best friend. I can’t imagine Sunday nights without it! $50.00


Essence of Beauty Moisturizing Gel Booties – Socks lined with nutrient gel that infuses feet with Vitmain E and grape seed oil! The best way to get rid of cracked, rough feet. You can also add your favorite lotion (I use the Cashmere Foot Lotion) for extra hydration. The booties have traction dots on the bottom (no slip and slide here), so you can wear them while chilling around the pad! I heart my gel booties! $16.99 for the pair (up to 40 treatments).


Eye Slices – Forget cucumbers, Eye Slices quickly treat redness, irritation, puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. They’re cooling (without needing to use a fridge), soothing, natural and non-toxic and can be used up to 10 times. The pads contain aloe ferox, biodynes TRF (yeast), peptamide 6 (for firming) and Pentavitin (for moisture). Achieve a zen state in minutes… these pads are genius! $20.00 for the pair.

Herbal Concepts Herbal Comfort Back Pac – Stress is like carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Stress also ages you (rapidly). I’m so grateful to have found this amazing back pac that instantly destresses. The fragrant combination of flaxseed and flowers help to calm and relax. For a heated effect, place the pac into the microwave for 1-3 minutes. For a cooling effect, place the pac in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Then, sit back, unwind, and revive. $19.99


For a full body experience, use the back pac in conjunction with the booties and the eye massager – ultimate relaxation!

How To Wear Red… A Crash Course Refresher

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Red is bold. Sultry. Smoking hot. A red mouth says, “come hither” without having to use words. Red is also the color of Santa’s onesie suit! So, in the holiday spirit (and with festive soirees in our very near future), Beauty Banter wants to offer a refresher course on how to wear a red lip right! (For last years how to wear red guide, click here).

Step 1: Exfoliate the lips – You can use a toothbrush and some paste to get the job done, or you can turn to an actual lip exfoliator (PTR makes a great one – click here for the rave review), to make your pucker smooth.

Step 2: Primer – I like to use foundation over my lips (trick of the trade, ladies). Yes, it looks a tad frightening at first, but once blended it acts as a lip primer, actually filling in the tiny lines around your mouth. It also helps to combat the dreaded “bleeding lip” syndrome (you’ll thank me later!). Just a dollop applied with a sponge (you can use your everyday foundation) and you’re good to go.

Step 3: Choose your color – There is no “perfect red.” If you want something fire engine, you have a gazillion hues to choose from. Prefer a more berry red and you’ve got another gazillion options. Then it’s whether or not to use a matte lippy or a gloss… or both! I like to mix different reds together to create a stunning concoction of color. Depending on my mood, I’ll go with bold (more fire engine), sultry (more deep, blood red), or even muted (just a hint of berry red). Some of my favorite Holiday Reds are: MAC’s Classic Dame Mattene Lipstick, Cover Girl’s 968 Ruby Rush, Stilla’s Poppy, MAC’s Red Romp Lip Glass, Chanel’s Ruby Slipper, MAC’s Party Line, Sephora’s Limited-Edition Holiday Red with the Swarovski Crystal Case. Blend away!

**For a more precise application, use a lip brush and try lining your lips with the color, then blend inwards.**

Step 4:
Blot – I have this trick that I do to remove excess lipstick from the inside of my lips. It may be a bit phallic, but I assure you, it works. Stick your finger into your mouth, suck, and pull it out. The excess red transfers from your lips to your finger (and to think, that could have been lipstick that stained your pearly whites… oh the embarrassment!)

Step 5:
Vaseline – Yes, good old fashioned Vaseline! And no, not for your lips — but for your teeth! Take a finger-full of Vaseline and smear it on your teeth. This will guarantee that any misguided red will not end up or or near your pearly whites. The petroleum jelly acts as a barrier and the red lipstick literally slides right off! It’s an old red-carpet trick.

I’m wearing Cover Girl’s 968 Ruby Red mixed with Sephora’s Holiday Red. Good bling finishes the look – Ring by Skinny ($70.00).

And that’s it. Now, remember, when wearing a red lip, there’s really no need for a full face of makeup, maybe just some defined lashes. You want the focal point to be on your lips, and if you’re lucky, you may just find yourself kissing that sexy certain someone (underneath the mistletoe)!

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