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Prabal Gurung

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A look from the Prabal Gurung runway show.

 

Prabal Gurung is my new favorite designer. Not that I don’t still love my Chanel and Alexander Wang, but every time I see an outfit that I fall in love with on sight, it’s a Prabal Gurung. I am really drawn to his aesthetic.  He is destined to be in my closet and I want my wallet to agree without constantly reminding me it’s impossible… Mission Impossible.

There is no doubt that Prabal Gurung has arrived.  He launched his capsule collection for Target on February 10th, and according to Business Insider,  it almost sold out in one day. The 93-piece line has clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. The collection is colorful but not overwhelmingly bright because there is black incorporated to give it some balance. The florals are more classic than trendy, and the line print is a bit abstract, but not enough to make you lose interest. Top the collection off with the bold jewelry if you still feel the need to kick it up a notch. Everything is meant to match and swap, and the possibilities are endless.

 

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A look from the Prabal Gurung for Target capsule collection.

 

You can definitely see Prabal in his collection for Target, and it cost a fraction of his high-end line. Prices start a $19.99 and top off at $199.99? So if you always wanted a Prabal Gurung but couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars,  Target is giving you the opportunity to start your Prabal Gurung collection. If you’re a super-fan this nail art tutorial is inspired by one of his prints.

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Prabal Gurung Inspired Nail Art by Elizabeth Monson

 

I need every single Prabal Gurung outfit I saw from his New York Fashion Week show. His Fall 2013 RTW collection is… Badass. Sorry, if there are any sensitive ears out there, but I was actually sugar-coating my description. There really is no room for political correctness here. The olive green military inspired outfits are embellished with fur, belt straps, and leather gloves, and the results are striking. The collection is inspired by Asgardа, a  Ukrainian martial art that has been recreated to accommodate a woman’s physique, and many of the outfits have authentic Ukrainian embroidery. The dresses are seductive, and feature strategically placed cutouts and thigh-high slits that flow seductively in white, olive green, royal blue, and red silk.  The message is clear; look but don’t touch. It’s hard and soft and reeks of attitude. There is very little in his 2013 Fall collection that I didn’t like. Check out the gallery of my favorites and tell me what you think about the collection.

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Can You Wig a Weave? Yes, You Can

Wigs and hair weaves have come a long way baby. For many of us, our first introduction to a wig was probably an elderly relative or a Halloween costume. They play a more important role for people who are losing or have lost their hair, psycho exes, entertainers, women who are having a bad hair day, or those who just want to kick it up a notch in the bedroom. While I have never worn a wig, I am a big fan of weaves. I like that I can give my hair a break from the torture it goes through almost daily, and when the weave is taken out, my hair is well rested, healthy and has grown much faster than if I was still torturing my hair. I remember one time I was getting a weave put in, and my stylist kept asking me why I wore weaves when my hair was already so long. She felt I didn’t need one and couldn’t grasp the concept that my hair was long because I wore weaves! Duh!

I had a system; I would put a weave in every three months, then take it out for another three months. I repeated this cycle for years, and while my hair got extremely long, it didn’t hold a curl as well as the weave hair (I used Remy), so I became dependent on them and eventually I had to give them up cold turkey. I can’t say I will never have another weave but I can say that I will do so with the attitude that it is merely a fun tool. I have had to have discussions with a few acquaintances of various ethnicities who were going down the same terrifying road of weave and hair extension dependence for various reasons. This diseases doesn’t care who or what you are and it is addictive. True story…

I write a lot about overall beauty and recently I wrote a couple of articles about weaves and wigs that were published on the Daily Glow website. One article, Remy Hair Care: Lace-Front Wig Accessories, explains how to take care of a quality lace-front wig and touches on the products and accessories that will help your investment (they are not cheap) stay beautiful and functional longer.

Ok, this is a real hair weave!

The other article is a DIY about How to Make a Cap Weave, which is a hair weave that can be removed daily. I like to view it as a weave and a wig combined. If you know how to put in a weave, you know how to make a cap weave, and a cap weave will last longer than a weave if it is properly taken care of. As I think about it, it’s also a great way to learn how to put in a weave. Just use cheaper hair, preferably synthetic until you get the hang of it. You do not want to practice on 100% human hair, trust me.

Now that is a good weave!

Is Lower Lash Mascara a Great Idea or a Gimmick?


The desire for longer, fuller lashes is understandable because they make us look attentive, awake and alluring. Some of us are so serious about it that we will spend major cash to make them as realistically lush as possible. Personally, I think eyelash extensions are going too far. You can get an entire head of extensions for what it costs to extend eyelashes.

Enhancing and lengthening the bottom lashes can be tricky and frustrating because the size of the mascara brush overpowers the minuscule lower lashes and the area below the eye is oily leading to makeup smudge. Many women simply skip applying mascara on the lower lashes (I am one of them) in order to avoid the inevitable smudges and noticeable flaking.

There are lower lash mascaras on the market that tackle issues specific to the bottom lashes, but are they the answer to our prayers or just another useless gimmick?  What is the difference between the bottom and upper lashes besides the lower lashes besides the length? Shouldn’t patience, smudge proof mascara, and a magnifying mirror produce the same results as a lower lash mascara? I found three products that are supposed to define the lower lashes without flaking and smudging.

e.l.f. Studio Exact Lash, $3, is inexpensive enough for the curious and skeptical to try without buyer’s remorse. It has a small brush that is designed for controlled application and precise definition.

Clinique Bottom Lash $10, also has a tiny brush that is supposed to produce fuller, evenly coated lashes. This smudge-proof mascara is specially formulated to come off easily with warm water.

Guerlain Le 2 $36, eliminates the need for two mascaras with a dual ended wand. One end has a brush that coats volumizing mascara through upper lashes easily without clumping or smudging. The other end has a miniature brush that is angled to reach and define even the  tiniest lower lash.

I read a few reviews online and the Clinique mascara is the most popular out of the three. The majority don’t see the logic behind using separate mascaras and I agree but I am going to try the Clinique, so I can make an informed decision. Plus, I need an excuse to browse Sephora.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section or vote in the poll.

Such Is Life

I must apologize for such a long absence. While I was fighting an infection, I was informed that my right wrist has to be replaced, so I have been a bit of a wreck for about two weeks. While I was using all of my mental strength and energy getting better, I completely missed New York Fashion Week. None of my brilliant blog ideas saw the light of day. The bright side is I got some voice recognition practice in as a result of the wrist problems. Yeah me!

I can’t wait to catch up on my writing assignments for Daily Glow and give some TLC to StylEnigma’s blog and Facebook page, both of which I am falling more in love with everyday.

I may have missed New York Fashion Week and  London Fashion Week, but  Milan Fashion Week shows are February 20 – 26, and Paris Fashion Week starts February 26 – March 6. So many exciting shows and I wasn’t invited to any of them. If I had to pick which show I could attend it would be London FW. I have visited England many times because my ex-husband is a bastard,  I mean English. I absolutely love that country, especially the fashion.

Some of the looks shown for Milan Fashion Week 2013.

        

Thank You H&M: David Beckham & Guy Ritchie

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Imagine, videos (yes, plural) of David Beckham running around in his underwear. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… I’m not sure it can. From the looks of it, he seems to be a handful; as in he looks like he can be mischievous. What did you think I meant? At some point I should be immune to Beck’s getting down to the bare essentials, but the bolt strikes hard every time. This thrill came courtesy of H&M and was directed by Guy Ritchie (eye candy!). I just want to say “thank you” to Madonna’s ex. I certainly wouldn’t have let him go.

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To see all five David Beckham/Guy Ritchie videos, read OTRC’s piece where he talks about Twitter, Tom Cruise and of course, underwear.  

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I like a man who likes to change the way he looks and he isn’t afraid at all. He plays with different hairstyles and haircuts and his tattoo collection continues to grow. It’s like you’re getting a different man every few months or so. I thought I should include one picture of him playing football/soccer and then I changed my mind. I don’t know him from sports, I know him for being criminally gorgeous. I must have posted 10 pictures before I realized that only one had him covered. What can I say?

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Sephora Joins Forces With The Olsen Twins And Marc Jacobs

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It seems that popular cosmetics retailer Sephora is stepping further into the luxury collaboration market by joining forces with Elizabeth and James and Marc Jacobs in 2013. With an already powerful arsenal of 250+ brands, the one-stop beauty boutique is credited for making upscale products more accessible to the masses of beauty product connoisseurs. The newest collaborations with these two designer powerhouses are exciting additions to the brand.

This year, the Olsen twins will unveil a yet to be determined fragrance under their Elizabeth and James line in March. Mary-Kate and Ashley have come a long way since their first collaboration with Walmart in 2001.

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Courtesy of: Sephora

While Marc Jacobs already has several of his fragrances available at Sephora, he will go all out with an exclusive makeup collection tentatively launching for fall. He discussed the new cosmetic collection with WWD saying, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy”.

Check out the Marc Jacobs video on YouTube about his leap into makeup.

Collaborations are nothing new to the cosmetics chain. In 2012, Marchesa climbed on board with its luxurious MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE line. Also, The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color for the entire design industry, based its exclusive makeup collection on the color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Their 2013 collection will also be based on the color of the year, Emerald Green.

  

The Karl Lagerfeld Beauty Collection for Sephora launched in November, 2011, in Singapore and Europe. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a U.S. launch which is a travesty. The eye shadow palette alone is a must-have; it is shaped in his image. Lagerfeld clearly has a healthy sense of himself. Hopefully, his cosmetic line will make an appearance in the U.S. soon. Until then, we will look forward to what Marc Jacobs and the Olsen Twins have to offer.

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon

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Who doesn’t need beauty tips? A fool doesn’t need beauty tips, that’s who. When I say “beauty” I don’t necessarily mean makeup; it can be about how to improve skin texture and tone, or beauty alternatives found in the refrigerator.

My favorites:

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

79. During summer, “Its easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM.

55. If you don’t have nail polish remover, apply clear nail polish over and then wipe off. It will remove old polish.

44.”You should always go to a hair-removal specialist, where waxing, laser etc. is their main business – don’t go to a nail salon for a wax”- Cindy Barshop, Completely Bare and Bravo’s RHONYC.

35.There are always cheap, natural and effective homemade beauty recipes.

23.”Don’t be too serious: It’s only Makeup! “- Francois NARS insists you play around with new colors.

18. If you choose to use false eyelashes, remember to use the dark glue as it will blend in with the lashes.

For the rest of the list visit:

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know – StumbleUpon.

Love of beauty …

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Project Runway Teams: What Do You Think Of The New Format?


I was already upset because Anthony Ryan won the second season of Project Runway All Stars instead of Uli or Emilio, and already put-off about Zac Posen replacing Michael Kors as a judge (not that I don’t like Zac, it takes a moment to warm up to change) because Kors has scheduling conflicts. Then, I see Zac and Tim Gunn on Good Morning America announcing that the designers are going to be working in teams. I am not excited about this format at all because it doesn’t give the viewer a chance to get to know the designers as individuals. I don’t remember any designer in the past 10 seasons of Project Runway getting excited over team challenges and the entire season is nothing but teamwork. So at a time when I would normally be getting very excited about a new season, I am anything but.

 

I can’t imagine the designers liked the twist either, as they are coming on the show to show what they can do and express their point of view, not worry about creating something that must be inclusive of others work and opinions as well. I don’t think that any of the past designers have worked with others and most creative types, (writers included) prefer to work by themselves.

The decision to make every challenge a team challenge this season stems from Heidi wanting the designers to work in a realistic environment. Apparently, successful designers do work with others. I don’t know why I thought that it was a one man/woman show where the designer delegates and the others fall in line. In an ideal world right? 

The 16 contestants are divided into two teams, “Dream Team” and “Keeping It Real”. Moving on…

I was prepared to dislike the new format but Emily, who started the episode patting herself on the back and belittling others, sent down the ugliest creation in the western hemisphere. I don’t even know if you can call it an outfit and the judges apparently agreed because they sent her packing. I tried real hard to feel sorry for her but I couldn’t because she deserved to go home based on her attitude alone. There is no “i” in team, but there is an “i” in bitch. Bye, bye.

    

The Loser (The pictures don’t do this monstrosity justice)

    

The Winner

There is some real talent of course, (Daniel Esquivel won the challenge) and everyone is super-nice now, but there is bound to be some drama stitched in the midst of creation and runway. After all, they are competing for a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a spread in Marie Claire, a technology suite worth $50,000 from HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design an exclusive collection for Lord & Taylor. With all of that on the line and the pressure of having to work with others, this season might not be as bad as I thought.