15 Fashion Tips and Tricks

1. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.

2. “Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

3. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.

4. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.

5. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.

6. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.

7. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand (or with a hairdryer) while they’re still damp.

8. Still look chic while showing some skin, if you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full-coverage bottoms.

9. The power of a silk pillowcase isn’t a myth: Not only do they prevent “sleep crease,” they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair.

10. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.

11. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, which gives give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches.

12. If you can’t fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it’s probably too tight.

13. Wear your new real leather jacket in the rain to break it in. Water will soften up the leather and allow it to stretch and crease at specific points on your body.

14. Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.

15. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.

Best Dressed Oscars 2014

The Oscar ceremony is Hollywood’s most glamorous night of the year and a key moment in defining the style icons of today. Film lovers fervently watch how their favorite celebrities gracefully walk the red carpet, dressed in the latest designer masterpieces.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, and Kate Hudson are the best dressed of the women shown above in order.

Lupita Nyong’o wore a light blue gown that perfectly contrasted her skin tone, it was accessorized with a simple tiara, and a set of unconventional golden Fred Leighton jewellery for an added personal touch. Her ring was a frog, and her bracelet was in the shape of a snake.

Jennifer Lawrence opted for a more modern and sleek look to match her new short hairdo. The bold red color and the perfect  silhouette to accent her body was a Christian Dior Haute Couture dress that made her look exceptionally flattering. She paired it with Neil Lane jewellery and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.

Cate Blanchett looked divine in her embellished Armani Prive gown and extravagant Chopard jewellery. Her choice was safe, but nonetheless classy and exceptionally elegant. Her look was personally my favorite, it’s a classic Hollywood gown but it never goes out of style and Cate wore it beautifully.

Kate Hudson was the night’s re enactment of old Hollywood glamor, as she appeared in a gorgeous Atelier Versace gown. The shape of the dress accentuated her figure and the color suited her skin tone. Her side parted hair and beautiful waves were combined with natural face and a pink lip.

 

Kendall Jenner Rocks Runway at Chanel’s Paris Fashion Week Show

On Tuesday, Kendall Jenner Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, achieved her biggest coup to date as she powered down the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

The 18 year old  looked amazing in a multi-colored black coat, sparkly leggings and sneakers from Chanel’s Fall/Winter collection. She also carried a grocery basket looking purse filled with Chanel foods, which I didn’t even know existed!

The fashion show setting was in a grocery store and the runway was walking down the aisles of the store, something different but interesting for Chanel!

Kendall had her dark brown hair in a center parting and slicked back into a ponytail, with fluorescent pink eyeliner flicked out at the sides.

She’s walked for names including Givenchy and Marc Jacobs during fashion weeks this year, but there’s no denying that walking in the Chanel show would be Kendall’s biggest career move to date.

Kendall Jenner says she has always dreamed of being a runway model she recently told Marie Claire Mexico magazine: ‘Even as a kid, I remember always looking at my mom’s magazines, I would look up to them and I thought they were so beautiful and they seemed very elegant and cool.’ Kendall added: ‘It’s just something I really wanted to be.’

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Going from a reality TV show about her family to a high fashion runway model is quite a success! Stepping out of her sisters shadows and making a statement for herself is something she should be very proud of and I can tell from here on out there will be nothing but big things for her!

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Above is the grocery store setting for the Chanel Paris Runway Show

 

 

 

My Fashion Icon, Hanna Beth

Ever since I was 15 and discovered Hanna Beth on a clothing website, I have been intrigued by her ever since. From her look to her fashion sense to the clothing brands she models for I love everything she does! She is a model for 4 or 5 of my favorite clothing brands, she basically wears anything I would wear. I wouldn’t say she is a high fashion model or even a huge celebrity for that matter but that’s also a reason I like her. Her style is very edgy and different, something I look for in everything.

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Her bio on Instagram says ” Internet journalist, fashion designer, model, glitter obsessed, rock n roller!!” She’s a model girls like me can actually relate to. Someone who is a real person and can wear what she wears because she models for clothing brands like UNIF and Dolls Kill, even Jeffrey Campbell, now can you see why I like her? She became popular first on Myspace in 2007 when she was seen hanging out with Jefree Starr who was an internet sensation at the time. From there on I pretty much followed her career and she went on to be her own self, she started to model for brands that I love that I said above, I follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. She is an overall interesting person. Her sense of style is like mine edgy but pretty, and she isn’t trying to be anyone but herself which I think is so important in the fashion world.

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New York Fashion Week 2014!

Mercedez Benz Fashion Week was amazing as always, but the designer that really caught my eye was the Donna Karan New York Fall/Winter 2014 collection. It was different, she explored a world of fashion where she hasn’t gone before. It showed two sides of her, the feminine side with the slinky silhouettes and pops of seductive red come in, and the dark mysterious side where the models showcase black lace and thigh high black suede boots.

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The clothes draped perfectly over the models bodies, the makeup done by MAC cosmetics was fierce but subtle and the hair slicked back with not a hair out of place, seemed to just add to the look, the perfect words to describe it would be dark and sensual.  The collection was black with some dark red pieces. Sheer long sleeve shirts that went down to the floor, long trench coats with gold embroidery, leather skirts, elegant gowns with high slits, so many interesting pieces. The music was slow but deep electronic which set the mood and style perfectly.

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I have noticed in her recent DKNY ads she has been working with new models like rapper A$AP Rocky and pro skateboarder Dylan Reider. Donna Karan is coming out with new ideas and styles and that are better than ever, her fashion ads and her runway show for Mercedez Benz fashion week was unique and unlike the rest. She has became one of my favorite designers by far and I am excited to see what she comes up with next.

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Spring 2014 Fashion Trend

This spring you will see a re occurring color trend of pastels! A rainbow of soft springtime shades are currently seen on runways and will be continued to be sold in your favorite stores. From shoes, shirts, dresses, tops, and even lipsticks and nail polishes.PastelIntro

This season even a pop of pastel color to an all black outfit will suffice. The pastel trend was also that of 2013 but was more prominent. All pastel outfits of all different soft shades was what was seen. This Spring there are more patterns and mixing and matching, a lot of floral too.

Pastel lipstick has recently come out and is really making a statement. Colors ranging from robins egg blue to mint green to light yellow are being worn.tumblr_lhtiqfxyk51qekrg2o1_500

Designer Jeffrey Campbell put models in his blog wearing no makeup and white hair sporting pastel lipsticks. When I first saw this picture it really grabbed my attention and had me wanting to get some pastel lipstick right away!

Forever 21 has a pastel section on their website, MAC Cosmetics has pastel lipsticks, nail polishes and eye shadows. Jeffrey Campbell shoes come in a wide variety of pastels and department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s are showcasing mannequins in pastel colors as well.

In the Fall 2013 collections, not only did pastels grace the runways, but they dominated, and now they’re sticking around for spring too. That means pastels are here for the long haul, and we’ll take their powerful spring time presence to mean that they are worth the investment.

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The best thing about the pastel trend? You can pick your most-flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters (and excites) you. The sky’s the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get.

How To, and Some of my Own favorite Blogs

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Everyone wants that effortless but sexy look am I right? Well Unfortunately, our struggle to master the perfect, “I-roll-out-of-bed-cool” messy bun, has also required a massive amount of effort. Usually it’s either too messy and deflated, too ballerina-tight, or just wrong all together… until now. I found a fool proof way to nail the perfectly messy bun in just 3 easy steps.

1. First, pull your hair into a loose ponytail, as high or as low as you’d like it. Don’t use a comb or worry about your strands being perfectly slicked back, the look is supposed to look effortless.

2. Separate the hair in your ponytail into two or three sections and tease. Teasing is the key step that totally changed the bun game, it gives you the volume and messy texture you need to pull off the look and keeps your bun from ballerina status.

3. Separate your teased hair into two sections and wrap the hair in opposite directions, as you would when creating a topknot. But, instead of pinning your hair neatly in, secure your hair with a bobby pin about an inch from the bottom of your strands, leaving the ends to fray around your bun and create a messy effect. If you feel like the body of your bun is too tight, gently pull it apart with your hands or the end of a comb. I also like to pull a few pieces out around the face.

Tip: If your hair is too clean and want to go for a more messy look, spray your hair with dry shampoo to add some texture and grip.

 

Jeffrey Campbell Blog

Jeffrey Campbell is one of my all time favorite shoe designers, the reason I love his blogs are because it is mainly all pictures and no words, the type of blog I enjoy looking at. Not only are the pictures super creative, but the themes are as well. Jeffrey Campbell is always coming up with something new and innovative and it is always exciting to see what he comes up with next.

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Unif Clothing Blog

I love looking at Unif’s blog because again it is all pictures and very little to no words at all. The pictures and models are always very edgy but the scenes they are in are pretty and artsy which makes the clothing very interesting and the blog fun to look at.

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Urban Outfitters Blog

Urban Outfitters is one of my favorite stores to shop at online and in store, so their blog is always interesting. Not only do they show their latest trends and what to look for next, they also post stories and product reviews, cool pictures, and Pandora playlists. It’s always fun to check out their blog because you never know what you’re gonna find next.

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About Me

My name is Lauren Zapinski, I’m 21 and I live in the Metro Detroit Area of Michigan. I attend The Art Institute of Michigan Troy and I am studying a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Marketing and Management. In my spare time I love to bake, I am always looking up new recipes on Pinterest and finding fun new things to make, I also enjoy drawing and doing anything a typical 21 year old girl would do such as; shopping, doing something new to my hair, going out to nice restaurants with my friends, watching Gossip Girl and just anything that involves pampering or spending money.

As far as my career after I graduate goes, I’m definitely moving to California to pursue a job in fashion, as much as I love my hometown there are far better opportunities in the fashion world out in CA. I am not 100% sure the exact career I want to take up, but I would love to intern at one of my favorite brands to start out and see where that could take me, I am extremely open minded and am so excited to see what is out there!

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Product Review: Moroccan Argan Oil for Hair

I decided to do a review on Argan Oil because it is a product I have been using for a couple years now and I cannot live without it! It is an all natural oil that is extracted from the argan fruit, it has many benefits for the hair including; mending split ends, adds a ton of shine, strengthens hair from the inside out, improves hair growth and elasticity, reduces blow drying time by %50, and it adds volume. It is packed with vitamin E which is great for a healthy scalp as well.

Not only is Argan Oil great for your hair it also works wonder for your skin and nails! Applying 100% Argan Oil to your face and skin is known to increase moisture and texture as well as evening out skin tone. When applied to nails it moisturizes the cuticles making them healthy as well as absorbing into the nails themselves promoting growth.

I use this product before I blow dry my hair I put it on my damp hair and comb it through, I also put a small amount on my dry hair only on the ends after drying to set the style and to add more shine and moisture. I will continue to use this products it works wonders for my split ends and it really helps me in my journey to grow out my hair Rapunzel length.

There are a ton of Argan Oil brands you can get it almost anywhere, my favorite I have always used is called Argan Magic and I get mine at T.J. Maxx for $7.99

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My Personal Style

My personal style I have now reflects my sense of style I had growing up and throughout the years. I have always had my own sense of fashion I never really followed the trends or what everyone else was wearing I wore what I like and how I liked it regardless of if it was “in style” or not. Not saying I dressed like a nerd or wore goofy things, I just overall liked to wear what I liked for myself and not for everyone else. I care about what I look like don’t get me wrong, but it all depends on what I’m doing that day, or the occasion I am dressing for, for instance; if i am just going to school one day I will wear something comfortable like leggings and a crew neck or a hoodie because I know I will be sitting all day and don’t want to dress up for nothing, or wear something thats fashionable and uncomfortable. If I am going out I will dress up more, maybe some thigh highs a cute skirt, and somewhat plain top a leather jacket and heel booties, I love leather jackets, and I love dressing with an edge. My style has definitely evolved for the better from what I dressed like in my younger years, to now. I can’t really say I ever had a horrible fashion sense because I actually take pride in not following the trends and what was popular to wear at a certain time and I admire brands that aren’t afraid to take a stand and be edgy and different, those are the brands I am drawn to. Forever 21, UNIF, Dollskill, Nastygal, Jeffrey Campbells shoes, Vans Shoes, and Urban Outfitters are my main brands I like now. Below are some links to the above brands and some pictures of what I personally like.
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Quoted by Fashion blogger and Model Rachel Lynch
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