Flower Children: Marchesa Does Festival Style

marchesass15

We all know Marchesa for their glamorous red carpet worthy gowns that grace the runway each season. For their ten-year anniversary, the duo of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig decided to mix up their predictably beautiful dresses. The new look still has quintessential Marchesa elements like flowing lace and precision embroidery, but the modern bohemian touches push Marchesa into their next decade of fashion.

The garments themselves remind me of walking though a garden. The simple and somewhat ethereal silhouettes inspire a feeling of classic elegance. The use of gold lace gives the model a goddess glow while the classic white lace embroidered with flowers adds a touch of innocence to the line. By adding fringe to many of the more classic looking Marchesa dresses, they added that flare of Bohemian. Because of this I can see the models traipsing around a villas garden instead of on the basic wood and ivory runway. Chapman and Craig created such a diverse line this season and designed garments will fit a variety of Marchesa clients.

I can already see these dresses on the red carpet. I noticed the dresses range from young and playful to more elegant creations. I have no doubt that these dresses will start popping up on carpets soon. Needless to say, I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of this line. I’m truly intrigued to see where the next decade of Marchesa will take us.

Check out some of my favorite looks bellow! If your interested in seeing the show in its entirety, click here.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Twisted Trends: Coach Reaches Out To A New Generation

Coach_001_1366

Did the Muppets just take New York? No, that was just the Coach Spring/Summer show. Stuart Vevers is in the process of repositioning Coach in the modern market. Clearly he decided to leave the classic pieces they are known for behind and say hello to the 90’s garb that has been saturating the market.

The synthetic pastel fluffiness, neon leather skirts, cartoon character graphics and platform sandals scream the overdone ‘90s trend. On the other hand flared pants, robust clogs and flowing floral sundresses whisper 1970’s oddities. Together these designs leave me nostalgic for the classic Coach.

With the route 66 themed backdrop, it’s clear that they are trying to appeal to trendy American youngsters. According to Vevers, “The young people in the office didn’t have the same hang-ups or references I did at 40 [years old] about flares, and that appealed to me: that Coach could speak to a generation that doesn’t have all these automatic references.”

The shoes may look orthopedic and maybe I’m worried about Cookie monsters safety, but I can see aspects of promise. All I know is when I see these on the street, I’m going to pull an Alicia Silverstone and yell “As if!”

Check out the full gallery here.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Let me know what you think of Coaches new look! Love it or hate it? I want to know.

The Queen Has Spoken

Yesterday while shopping with one of my friends, she mentioned an interview with Anna Wintour that she spotted on Style.com. I was encouraged to view it and last night before bed I did just that. I’m going to start this by saying I am not a big Vogue reader. I know, it’s blasphemy coming from a fashion journalism student. Since Kimye graced the cover, I have not purchased a Vogue and I don’t plan to in the near future. But, watching this video reminded me of how much I admire Anna and how truly funny and endearing she can be.

Not only do the questions come from the mystery man behind the camera, but also her assistants, office workers and also a few famous names. Both supermodel Karlie Kloss and designer Oscar de la Renta made cameos. We also get a quick tour of the Vogue offices while Anna continues through her day. Here are some of my favorite questions and answers:

Interviewer: “Can you write down the one word you wish the fashion industry would stop using?”

Anna holds up a piece of paper with “Journey!!” written across.

Interviewer: If you had to name your absolute biggest fear, what would it be?

Anna: Spiders

Karlie Kloss: Vintage or new?

Anna: New.

Karlie Kloss: What would you never ever wear?

Anna: Head to toe black.

Employee: Whats the first thing you notice about someone?

Anna: Their smile.

Interviewer: Whats a book you wish you had written?

Anna: War and Peace.

Employee: What’s the best part of your job?

Anna: The people.

Inerviewer: Favorite dessert?

Anna: Coffee Ice Cream.

Interviewer: Whats the least true rumor about you?

Anna: They’re all true. 

 

 

Second Monday: September


MatteNails1Once again, it’s the second Monday of the month. If you don’t know what that means, then I am here to explain. Every second Monday my post appears on SarahSarna.com. Because I am a beauty contributor over there, I always do a fairly in-depth post. This month I was inspired by the different textures in fall clothes and translated it into my beauty routine.

I used the OPI matte top coat to create very different looks for you all. There are classic, fresh and edgy looks that will work wonderfully for every woman. The fresh look happens to be my favorite and guess what? I’m wearing it this morning at my first day of class.

I really hope you click over and take a look! It’s a simple way to play with eye catching texture in an unexpected way for fall! Check it out (here)! Hopefully it will make your Monday a little brighter.

Xx, Jennifer

 

Taking The Day Off

Clinique-TakeTheDayOff

One of the biggest trends lately in skincare has been the “cleansing oil.” Many brands including Origins, Josie Maran and even Bobbi Brown have added them to their lines. So, are they worth it? I was personally curious, so I grabbed one from Clinique and decided to give it a shot.

I’ve explained before that my skin hasn’t been my best friend in the past couple years. Whether its the stress of being a college student or the San Francisco air, I don’t quite know. All I can say is with my recent skin care routine (here), I’ve almost earned my clear skin back. Finally it dawned on me, maybe my issue stems from my makeup remover. Cue the lightbulb moment. For the past two years I have been using Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which come in a pack of 25 for around $8. I use generally two a day so clearly that adds up.

I did the math and realized that purchasing a more expensive product that might not only keep my skin nicer, but also last longer would be a good investment. So I hit Sephora. I am a fan of Clinique products, so I didn’t worry about whether or not the oil would irritate my skin. Plus, it had a smaller price tag then comparable products.

Because I work until midnight a couple nights a week, when I get home I don’t have the energy to complete my full skin routine. Generally I’d just use two wipes then moisturize. I reached for this instead to give it a shot. Here’s the steps:

1. I applied one pump of the product to my hands then massaged it into my face. I realized I needed a little bit more, so I added about half a pump more. The oil kind of surprised me because it got kind of warm against my skin. I just continued to rub it around making sure to get it on my eyelids and lashes.

2. Once I felt like it was evenly spread and like my makeup was moving around, I added a touch of water to my hands and then started massaging my skin again. All my foundation turned a true white and slid right off. My mascara poured down my face and wiped of easily.

3. Once I knew everything was loose, I just rinsed my face with warm water like usual and cleaned up any left over mascara with my washcloth. I then slathered on a little of my Olay moisturizer and boom, my face felt amazing!

Now, I have been using this product for a few nights and I genuinely like it so far! I feel like a little bit goes a long way and as long as it doesn’t break me out or dry my skin, I will continue to use it. It just feels so much more gentle than scrubbing a cotton towelette against my face. So far, I’m a total fan. I will continue using it for the rest of the month and if I love it, I will put it in my favorites and explain the longer term effects. Cross your fingers that it keeps up the good work! I really don’t want to purchase anymore towelettes!

Clinique – Take Off The Day Cleansing Oil $27 (6.7 oz)

A Few Of My Favorite Things: August

 

Happy Labor Day everyone! This past month I haven’t spent a lot of time in the makeup aisle, so I only have four favorites this time around. These are all products though that are easy to use and will give you a naturally glam appearance heading into fall and back to school.

AugustFaves61.  My favorite Smashbox shadow trio was running low, so my goal was to just pick up a new one, but instead I grabbed this. This particular palette caught my attention because of the variety it possesses. There are fourteen shadows total and shockingly half of them are mattes! This really gives you the ability to create many different looks. One of the perks of this palette also is that it comes with a guide to finding your eye shape! I know, it doesn’t sound that difficult but I honestly discovered I have been applying shadow to my almond eyes all wrong! I have finally started playing with darker shadows which never seemed to work for me in the past. If you are interested in just finding your eye shape, check out the Smashbox YouTube Channel! They have a walk through and then more in depth videos for how to apply this palette to create the perfect look.

Smashbox – Full Exposure Palette $49

AugustFaves3

2. When I purchased the Full Exposure Palette, it came with a deluxe sample of the Full Exposure Mascara. Not even a week later, I went and grabbed the full size. Like I’ve said in the past, I was using Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Bare Minerals Lash Domination layered over one another to create full lashes. The only issue with that technique was how it would sometimes clump and was difficult to fully remove. This Smashbox mascara has completely taken over my lashes. It goes on so smoothly and none of my lashes stick together! Plus, at the end of the day it wipes right off. It’s a slow drying formula which I really like because it allows me to build up the volume and create natural looking full lashes.

Smashbox – Full Exposure Mascara $20

AugustFaves2

3. I have become quite a fan of Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks over the past couple months. I have a Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick from them that has been used everyday since I purchased it. That particular formula is almost like a gloss, its beautiful and sheer but I decided I wanted a creamer YSL lipstick and I went and grabbed this cutie. The color is a beautiful rose taupe that I swear will look amazing on every skin tone. The formula is beautifully creamy and gives your lips a beautiful satin finish. The pigment is so strong and dense that you just need one swipe and your good to go! I definitely now have another YSL lipstick that will not leave my handbag. It’s beautiful and no joke, next time your around these lipsticks, check this one out! I know the packaging isn’t as cute as some of the others they carry, but the formula is so much nicer.

Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 10 (Beige Tribute) $35

AugustFaves7

4. This is an oldie for me. I have been a huge fan of this specific sunless tanner for years now and I always keep one around. I’ve tried higher end fake tans and I honestly don’t feel like they hold a candle to this one. The green based tone creates a wonderful dark tan. The formula is fool proof to apply; all you have to do is spray it directly onto your skin after exfoliating and moisturizing. Then using the mitt that’s included, you just use circular motions to evenly distribute the product. All I do then is sleep with the product on and in the morning I was the guide color off to reveal a truly natural looking tan. Thankfully, this product doesn’t have a scent like most tanners (and all other ones from this brand) and it washes off fabrics like a champ. I’ve got it all over my white towels and I just toss them in the washing machine and every drop of color comes out. Plus, as long as you keep your skin hydrated this tan will last you a few days! Also, you get around ten applications out of each bottle.

Fake Bake – Flawless $25

Like always, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products or if you know of anything I would like! I really appreciate your opinions and recommendations. I have actually purchased things followers have told me about in the past. Have a nice holiday and I will see you back here in a couple days!

Xx, Jennifer

 

Ombre Upkeep

 

As you know, over the summer I switched up my usual dark hair for a touch of ombre action. Then, a few weeks ago I went to my hairstylist to have it touched up and blended in a bit better. before when I had done the ombre myself, I loved the original color result but over a couple weeks the areas that I lightened turned a copper orange shade. So when I went in to have it toned back and add some highlights I ended up switching my hair care routine up a little. Heres the change:OmbreHairCare1I still use my same Pantene Beautiful lengths shampoo. It’s the only shampoo I’ve found that hydrates my hair while cleansing. It’s also my secret to growing my hair quickly while keeping it healthy. But now, to keep the tone right on my ombre, I add one pump of the Bed Head Dumb Blonde purple toning shampoo. I just mix the two in the palm of my hand before massaging the mixture into my scalp. I let the product sit for around a minute before rinsing it out. I tried to use the Bed Head shampoo only, but I found that it dried my hair out so that is why I mix it with my usual shampoo.

Pantene – Beautiful Lengths Shampoo $4.99

Bed Head – Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo $17.99

OmbreHairCare2

I only was my hair every three to four days and because of this, the length of my hair gets pretty dry. Since lightening my hair that has only gotten worse. Instead of using a regular conditioner like I have in the past, I just use a small dollop of the L’oreal Damage Erasing Balm. I just apply it to the length then lightly run my fingers over my roots. I then toss my hair into a low bun and let the product sit while I finish showering. I rinse a few minutes later. It keeps my hair a lot softer and hydrated throughout the next few days.

L’oreal – Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm $6.99

OmbreHairCare3

Lastly, It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in plus Keratin is what I use to keep up the silky feeling and appearance of my hair. I apply it before blow drying to protect agains the heat and frizz. Then over the next couple days, I smooth it over the length of my hair before curling it. If the weather here in San Francisco is misty and gross (like it sometimes is), I will also add a spray after brushing out my fresh waves. My biggest trick for this product is to spray it directly into the palm of my hand then apply it that way to make sure it’s equally dispersed.

It’s A 10 – Miracle Leave In Plus Keratin $20

If you follow this system, your hair will be silky and smooth all fall. If you are interested in the dry shampoos I use to keep my roots clean throughout the days after shampooing, click here.