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Swan Lake At The Met Opera Reviews

By Catherine Santino

Going to the ballet, especially in the heart of New York City, has always been a dream of mine. After all, who doesn’t secretly wish they could be a ballerina, wearing gorgeous costumes and getting to dance on a stage? 


Swan Lake inspired fashion 

How to Create Your Perfect Beach Style

By Nadja Muzur

Summer is my favorite time of the year because it means I get to wear cute bathing suits, hangout poolside with friends, and of course my favorite part is the stylish beach days! Since I live in LA, I wanted to share with you some styling tips for the DOs and DONTS on the beach. 


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Stripes on Stripes

By Amra B. 

As many of you already know, I am a HUGE fan of stripes for summer! They are timeless and effortlessly chic; Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Marilyn Monroe were all huge fans. I also love how easy they are to combine with bright colors for a bold summer look.   

I decided to top off my striped outfit with pops of red and yellow; I included a bright red coral necklace, yellow vintage purse, and a pair of heels with a bright yellow strap. I completed the look with MORE STRIPES; these recently purchased sunglasses have the perfect vintage feel with thick frames and a touch of red of the sides. 

Wishing you a great day! 

Outfit: Dress Zara, necklace vintage, shoes Jimmy Choo, purse Louis Vuitton, sunnies Forever21, 

Top 10 Hottest Hairstyles This Summer

By Catherine Santino  

Top 10 Hottest Summer Hairstyles

This season, I have been seeing some incredibly bold, fresh, and fun new hairstyles for summer. There are so many colors and styles to choose from this season, why not change up your look a little? Here are the top 10 trends that I have noticed:


Top 10 Castles in the World

By Sarah Baker

Most little girls grow up with stories about princesses living happily ever after in castles. Keeping that in mind, I have taken a look at castles from around the world. These castles are beautiful wherever you look, inside, out, and all around. With all the beauty in the world, it’s really hard to narrow it down to 10, but I did my best so take a look. 


 Mysterious Peterhof in Russia (left), Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany (center), Lichtenstein Castle in Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany (right)

Interview with the Italian Fashion Blogger: Gian Maria Sainato

By Lara Medić



Today, I would like to present to you an awesome ascending model and fashion blogger: Gian Maria Sainato! This Italian guy, 19 years old, lives in Milan, where he studies and does modeling. 

Gian's blog is his virtual diary of his favorite hobbies like fashion, traveling and attending events. His fashion anthem? “Never be boring!" Combining his favorite brands for the right-daytime-look makes his life very interesting. So let's go inside!




Quick Workouts for Your Busy Day

By Sarah Baker

“I just don’t have time.” This is a common excuse for those who don’t work out. I know that I have used it a time or two. In fact, I think that it’s my current excuse. I have a lot on my plate right now, especially with my maid of honor responsibilities for my friend’s upcoming wedding. I keep saying that I’ll hit the gym more consistently when it’s over. Between working, writing, studying, and planning all the stuff that comes with being MOH, I really don’t have time. Or at least, that’s what I thought. 


Why Cardio is Bad for You

By Sarah Baker

Is Cardio Bad For You?

I have always been that girl that generally sticks to the treadmill when working out. To be honest with you, all the weight machines kind of intimidate me, so I just avoid them. I recently joined a new gym and did their free fitness orientation that they offer. I figured I had nothing to lose. During this orientation, not only did he show me how to work everything, but he also made me use them so that I for sure knew what I was doing. He also talked to me about how cardio isn’t exactly the greatest thing for you if you are wanting to shape up your body and really lose weight. Since I had really only done cardio, I definitely wanted to know more. 

How to Achieve Glowing Summer Skin

By Catherine Santino
Edite by Lara Medic

Glowing skin is a look that everyone strives for in the summertime. It may seem impossible to achieve, especially for those of us with incredibly dry skin like myself, but I have found a few tried and true ways of ensuring that your skin looks fresh and beautiful. 



How Keeping a Food Diary Can Help You Lose Weight

By Sarah Baker
Edited by Lara Medic

How Keeping a Food Diary Can Benefit You:

We all try to eat healthy, but how many of us truly succeed? And how do we know if we’re actually succeeding?? If you’re anything like me, some days I forget what I had for breakfast. I need someone or something to hold me accountable for what I put into my body. Hiring someone is way too expensive, so I looked in to other options. The cheapest and easiest way is a food diary. I remember having to keep these in elementary or middle school health classes to see how healthy we were. I also remember fudging what I ate a little bit so that my teacher thought I was a lot healthier than I really was. 


How to Fake a Thinner Body

By Brittany Dobbins

How to fake a thinner body and get the perfect glow:  what’s the secret?

As women we all want that perfect body, even it means wearing something that will make you look thinner. Just look at Kate Winslet for example, she wears these custom designer dresses and always looks so good in them while walking that red carpet….but what’s her secret? Does she have some sort of body suit that makes her curves even more eye-catching and voluptuous? Or take a look at Beyonce, her body is insane, guys are drooling over her and women just become jealous. I mean, come on? She’s gorgeous! The question is….what exactly is underneath all those clothes?


How to Fake a Thinner Body With Spanx

How to Love Yourself Without Makeup

By Catherine Santino 

Women have been wearing makeup for centuries. It is such an old tradition and has become such an expected practice that the sight of a bare-faced women with under eye circles or (God-forbid) a few blemishes is enough to provoke a reaction from those around them. Personally, whenever I go without makeup, I can be sure that at least a handful of people will ask me “Are you okay?” or “Are you sick?” We are simply not used to seeing women’s faces in their natural state. We’ve become socialized to expect smooth skin, fluttery eyelashes, and flushed cheeks. 




Lincoln Center Craft Festival in New York City Reviews


By Catherine Santino 

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend New York’s 38th Annual American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. This annual outdoor event features beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artwork from all over the United States. I was so excited to be able to see what this festival had to offer, especially on such a beautiful day in the city! Here are some of the gorgeous pieces that I saw, and trends that kept making an appearance:



Style inspiration: a long sheer robe 
Clothing:

Boyfriend Shorts-How to Pull the Look Off

By Elma B.
Edited by Lara Medic

This "it" trend started last summer, and continues to make head-waves this season. It's been on top of my list because it gives me room to breathe! So, what is this hot fashion trend-- boyfriend jeans turned boyfriend shorts! 

I wanted to provide a styling tips for you along with my own photos of how to pull off the boyfriend shorts and still look chic, fresh and feminine. Here is my style guide:

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How to Highlight & Contour

By Senka Haveric 

Knowing how to highlight and contour is an important step for any make-up lover or fashionista alike. I love contouring as it really defines my face and gives me a much better glow. I've been doing it for about a year and I love it! I've received so many compliments from friends and strangers alike that I decided to share my tricks with you guys. 


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Keep in mind, this is not something I do everyday. I usually save it for special occasions or when I know I am going to get my picture taken. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it the first time, it always takes some practice. Just keep at it and in time you will perfect your technique. I like to use cream foundations for my skin although those with oilier skin will benefit from powder foundations. 


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Confessions: Road to Confidence

By Elma B.

For most part of my life I have been hearing about confidence: confidence at work, confidence when giving speeches and confidence in relationships. Well, let's pause for a minute, what exactly is confidence? 


The Birth of Confidence:

Top 15 Fashion Icons of All Times

By Brittany Dobbins
Edited by Elma B.

The top 15 fashion icons of all time: Who, What, Wear

One of the reason’s I decided to become a fashion blogger is because at a young age I developed a passion for fashion like no other. A lot of girls I know looked up to their mom as a fashion icon or sister...but for me it was different. I had posters of Coco Chanel all over my walls, and I remember the first time my mother had bought me my first Chanel handbag. It was like Christmas all over again! I didn’t just have one fashion icon to idolize, I had many...here are the top 15: 



1. Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel changed fashion in a way that would never be reversed. She made her imprint on the fashion world when she helped women shed the corsets and change into comfortably tailored skirts and suits. Her signature look: pearls and chic hats. Enter Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s and Chanel became a fashion power house with its distinct and elegantly crafted handbags with the Chanel logo on the front. 

Even if the bags cost over $2,000 USD…it became a must fashion piece for people across the world, it became a status symbol. Luckily, bags are not all that Chanel provides; the fragrances/perfumes have been around since Coco Chanel time. In fact, Chanel No. 5 conquered the perfume industry forever! Coco Chanel created something with her dream: her love for fashion changed forever the way women dressed!

The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Skin Care

By Sarah Baker
Edited by Lara Medic

Welcome to summer, where it’s hot and does a number on our skin. Between the sun, and the shaving, waxing, and moisturizing, sometimes we just don’t know what to do. There are so many conflicting “truths” about skin care in the summer that you’re probably just as confused as I was. Concerned that instead of protecting and helping my skin, I was damaging it, I did some research to find out what are the dos and don’ts of summer skin care.



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How to Get the Festival Season Look--Your COMPLETE Guide

By Elma B.

Many of you have seen coverage of the well-known music festival in California--Coachella. You have seen the cool boho-chic laid back style sported by countless of festival goers. While I am not a huge fan of laying out in the grass, stomping around in mud, and making love not war, I do like the relaxed bohemian look. So, how do you style yourself to get that carefree boho-chic look? Here are 5 styling tips:

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Ethnic Prints

By Amra B. 


As many of you know by now, I am a huge fan of bohemian fashion; crochet, floppy hats, gladiators, kimonos, and turbans are my go to sources for style inspiration (especially in summer). Additionally, ethnic prints are also a big part of bohemian living, and (naturally) I gravitate towards these prints as well. 

Confessions on Body Image

By Elma B.

Dear fashionistas,

Rarely do I open-up on the subject of body image but recently I received a few fan mails from young girls telling me that they hated their face and bodies and wanted to look like me. Here's the real story, my story:

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How To Get The Perfect 1960s Cat Eye

By Catherine Santino
Edited by Lara Medic 


The cat eye is a classic makeup look that is making a very strong comeback. It started in the 1960s as part of the “mod” trend, seen on movie actresses like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Natalie Wood. Nowadays, it can be seen on almost every celebrity- Lauren Conrad has famously perfected the look for everyday wear.


It’s a simple yet elegant look that has a lot of versatility. Here’s my tutorial to help you achieve it:


3 old Hollywood icons wearing cat eye makeup: Sophia Loren (left), Brigitte Bardot (center) and Natalie Wood (right)

Pastel World: Summer Beauty Trend


By Catherine Santino

One of the biggest makeup trends this season has been pastel lips. Go-to lip colors for summer tend to be bold colors- bright pinks, oranges, and reds. However, pastels are a great way to get a soft, gorgeous look for summer that is totally unique. From soft pinks and purples to blues and greens, no color is off limits this season!


Food Trends: Juice Cleanses


By Sarah Baker

Juice cleanses are a popular new trend. They are supposed to make you feel more energized, reduce the risk of illness and disease, strengthen your bones, make your skin glow, and detox your body. Maybe you have never done a juice cleanse and don’t know where to start, or you are bored with other cleanses you’ve done in the past. For you, I’ve provided a list of the most popular juice cleanses out right now!





Group Gym Classes: Which Should You Try?


By Sarah Baker

Are you tired of the same old song and dance at the gym? Are you only using weights or running? Do you need a change of pace? Then you need to consider trying some group classes. They are a great way to mix up your routine and have fun while working out. As a dancer, I have come across a lot of group classes over the years. These are some of the favorites that I, as well as fellow dancers, have come across:

10 must-have closet essentials: The advice of a fashionista


By Brittany Dobbins

I’m sure everyone wants to know what is inside a fashionista’s closet. It’s a secret place where a fashionista can go and pick out that one perfect piece of designer clothing. Nobody knows what that closet could have in it, (ladies never tell). What I can tell you is every fashionista owns 10 must-have closet essentials…let’s start from the basics, shall we? 


Fall Fashion Week Predictions: Which Fresh-Faced Models and Designers Will We See?

By Catherine Santino

New York City’s Fall Fashion Week is a highly anticipated event. The speculation about which who we will see on the runways is almost as exciting as the event itself. Here are some models and designers that I think we will be seeing a lot of in the future:

Models:

Kendall Jenner: After landing a spot in Chanel’s Paris Fashion Week show this past Spring, there’s no doubt in my mind that Kendall will be dominating the runways this Fall. She has also walked for Givenchy and Marc Jacobs; these are some big names for someone still so new to the industry. 

Models to Watch in the Fall:
Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne 

Cara Delevingne: Cara was also seen in the Chanel runway show in Paris, as well as having walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Her look is unique and bold; her dark, bushy eyebrows serve as her trademark and are something we are seeing a lot more of lately. She is clearly a trend-setter, which makes her a highly sought after model. We will surely be seeing her on the runways in New York this Fall. 

Cougars- No Longer Just in the Wild

By Lizbeth Perez

When it comes to the subject of love, we always hope that there are no real significant barriers to its success. In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender.

But what about age? And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men? Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily. Culturally, the older woman/younger man dynamic is perceived as an oddity, or a fluke.

Fortunately, that’s changing as more older-woman and younger-man couplings make headlines.

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Denim Overalls

Amra B. 

I am a huge fan of denim; if I had it my way, I would wear it to work, meetings, parties, formals, everywhere! Denim is flattering for any body shape, it is comfortable to wear, and looks so SEXY! YES; I feel my best in a pair of great jeans or denim shorts! One great trend that has come back full force for this summer is denim overalls; they are not just for kids anymore, and styled the right way, they look extremely chic and sexy! 


Is He or She the One? How to Know if You're Compatible...

By Elena Watson

We all have that one friend. They're cute, they're smart, they're a blast to hang out with – and they're a dude. It seems like it should be simple. You're single, he's single – so why don't you just date each other? 

The truth is, when it comes to compatibility, particularly in matters of sex and dating, being great friends with a guy sometimes just isn't enough to cut it. You may really care about your guy friend and love spending time with him, but it's important to keep in mind that just because you two click as friends, it doesn't always mean you'd make a great couple. 

So how do you know when there's a dude you'd be romantically and sexually compatible with? 



A New Kind of High- Hemp Beauty Products


By Rachael Shearer

While perusing the aisles of online shopping, I came across a series of creams, cremes, balms, salves… all containing hemp. Confused by why people would be lathering their skin in weed, I did a little research and decided to try out a few of these products. Turns out, hemp could be the best thing out there for your skin and actually won’t get you stoned in the process. Here’s the how, the why, and which products to try. 




Wide Legged White Pants

By Amra B. 

Wide legged white pants are a classic staple piece that is appropriate for almost any occasion and easily combined with almost any piece of clothing you have in your wardrobe. I love them because they work equally well for the office, cocktail party, and stroll around the town (or the beach in summertime). They are timelessly chic and have been introduced (and re-introduced) by numerous designers since the 70s. 


East Coast vs West Coast Style


By Rachael Shearer 

As summer begins, wardrobes undergo severe rearrangement and analysis. Having recently moved from Europe to NYC, I’ve noticed my clothes becoming increasingly monochrome and my florals, prints and bolder pieces have been shoved to the back shelf. It seems to me that the West Coast has quite a European vibe – lots of color and individual pieces – whereas East Coast is more minimal and chic. This made me wonder if I could go back to my West Coast vibes, or do you have to blend with what side you’re on? 



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Face It, Why Face Oils Are the Way to Go

By Lizbeth Perez

Let’s face it; the thought of slathering oil all over your face sounds a little scary. Why would anyone want to add extra oil to their skin, or spend more money on another beauty product that will probably end up next to all the other barely touched products in your medicine cabinet.  At least those were just a few of things that went through my head…at first.


How to Create the Fresh Summer Makeup Look

By Catherine Santino

Now that the summer season has arrived, I have been struggling to find an easy, everyday makeup look that is pretty yet understated. Personally, my skin is very dry, so that fresh, dewy summer look that everyone strives for it not very easy. However, after some searching around, I have found a few key products that can create such a look in not much time at all. Here is the finished look and a breakdown of the products I used.



Lace and Leather

By Amra B.

I love mixing delicate and tough fabrics together; the unpredictability of combining leather with lace makes an outfit different and special. Many designers have come back to this combination times and times again; Valentino and Jason Wu have mastered the art of softening their bold leather pieces with feminine touches of lace throughout their collections.



Find the Perfect Eyebrow for Your Face Shape

By Elena Watson

If there were a single “golden rule” of beauty, it would be to know your own features inside and out, and to create a look that's designed to make them shine. All styling, be it hair, makeup, or jewelry, starts with your face – specifically the shape of your face. There are six basic face shapes: oval, round, long, square, heart, and diamond-shaped; other variations are: oblong, rectangle, and triangle.  


Each of these shapes has specific styles that look the most beautiful on them. The key to a stunning look is learning how to style your hair, makeup, and eyebrows to play up your own unique features. Eyebrows are particularly important. The right eyebrow shape can change the way your whole face shape looks! So what is the best eyebrow shape for your face? Below is a simple guide to help you determine what kind of eyebrows best suit your face shape.

Oval-shaped face: If you have an oval-shaped face, you'll look best with a softly angled brow shape. This style of eyebrow goes straight up and turns into a gently rounded curve at the top. Some classic examples of the oval face/softly angled brow combination are Jennifer Aniston, Grace Kelly, and Britney Spears. 

Eyebrows for Oval Shaped Faces

Men’s Summer Fashion Trends: What’s Hot?

By Brittany Dobbins

Today’s men fashion trends have gotten even hotter…literally, just in time for summer! The biggest trend right now in men’s fashion is floral prints. They provide a unique variation of patterns and pop of color. Designers such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Prada, and many more use these floral prints to enhance their ensembles making them vibrant and 3D-like, drawing the people in and enticing them. Floral prints have made quite a buzz in the fashion industry especially during fashion week, from the ever so chic “flower power” blazer with matching slacks or a bold white-grey floral print leather jacket and a pair of sleek khakis. 


Men's Fashion Trends: Floral Prints

Top 10 Trends Back from the '90s

By Lizbeth Perez

I’ll let you in on a little secret: fashion comes in cycles. Every 20 years or so we tend to see a reemergence of styles, 20 years ago we were in 1994. So, what does that mean for all of us who grew up in the 90s – we’re getting old. Yes, the truth hurts. I still reminisce about my Lisa Frank trapper keeper, how badly I wished Mrs. Doubtfire was my babysitter, and the days where my Tamogotchi was my only responsibility. There’s no denying it, the 90s were all that and a bag of chips. 


Looking back at my fashion choices though, I’ll admit to making my share of unfortunate fashion choices. And a recent flip through old photographs of me in the early 2000s makes me shudder. So yes, there are plenty of trends that have been popping up that just need to stop. (AE: high-heeled timberlands and scrunchies; in my opinion…)  But there is also more than a few really ‘bitchin’ trends that have reemerged in full force that have me more than a little excited. And if you just so happen to need a little inspiration, these are the top ten trends you need to get your hands on.

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Boho Inspired Home Makeover




By Sarah Baker 

If you are looking to give your home a makeover this summer, I have a great new trend for you. Boho or Bohemian rooms are the hot new trend in interior design. This style involves mixing a lot of different patterns and colors that you may not think should go together, that’s the point of it. The room should be full of life, culture, and interesting items as well as carefree, relaxed, and unusual.

Around the World in 8 Steps: How to Plan the Trip of a Lifetime


By Rachael Shearer 

At first glance, this seems like an impossible feat. But when you lay it all out, there are some quite simple guidelines to follow that can make planning such a big trip seem a lot less stressful, and a lot more like a great idea to get cracking on. Taking my traveling experiences from the last few years, here’s how I would go about putting together a world-round trip for 2015.

1. Get a map!

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"Just Friends" : Do The Best Relationships Flourish Out Of Friendships?


By Rachael Shearer 

During college, my friends took great pleasure in mocking my love life because I always seemed to go for guys that I was already friends with. I never saw a problem with it – we already like each other, trust each other ( to a point ) and we get to avoid all the awkward first date, small – talk nonsense that everyone else seems to enjoy so much. Of course, it doesn’t always work out and can be a huge catastrophic risk. Plus - as the story goes - once you cross that line… there’s no going back. 

Classic cases: childhood friends & friends with benefits:

Pool Sandals- A New Trend For Summer?


By Catherine Santino

If for some reason you kept your black and white Adidas slide-on sandals from the 90s and they still fit you, you’re in luck, because it looks like this look is back in style! Pool sandals have been seen all over the place this season, even from high-fashion labels like Marni, Celine, and Chloe. 


Top Guilty Pleasures from Around the World


By Sarah Baker

Guilty pleasures, we all have them. No matter how hard we might try, sometimes, we just have to give in to them, they are a part of life. When it comes to food, I have many guilty pleasures, as I’m sure most people do. 

Here are a list of guilty food pleasures from around the world, including some of my personal favorites. 

1. Fondue-France, Italy, Switzerland. A big pot of melted cheese or chocolate with various other foods good for dipping. Melted cheese and chocolate! What more could a person want! I love fondue of any form. 


Is Personal Training Worth the Investment?

By Sarah Baker 

With summer upon us, it’s time to don those bikinis, shorts and miniskirts, which means that we need to make sure that our bodies are summer ready. There are plenty of ways to accomplish this through diet and exercise, but have you ever considered trying a personal trainer? I have. I actually had one for a few months a few years back and have been considering trying it again. In order to help myself and you all decide whether a personal trainer is worth it, I’ve compiled a list of the advantages and disadvantages of investing in a personal trainer. 


Advantages:

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