Be BOLD, Be DARING – Don’t Play it safe this FALL 2012

After a major hiatus, I’m back and ready to embrace all things FALL!

Here are a few trends that are on the top of my list for this fall:

1. Bold Accent Shoes

2. Golden and Jewel-Toned Opulence

3. Black Leather Boots – Equestrian, Booties, Block Heel, Thigh High

4. Head-to-toe Prints

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5. Statement Colored Handbags

6. Peplum is Here to Stay!

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xoxo

Reneta J 

Timeless Treasures: The Ever-Chic Louis Vuitton Shawl

We all love our mother’s old classic “hand me downs”. Be it a vintage jacket, strings of pearls, diamonds, or classic bags, some pieces are so luxurious and timeless that they are worthy of being collected over the years and passed down to your beloved as family treasures. For Reneta and I, such a piece which speaks of years of tradition and luxury, a piece that stands for legacy, is that from the house of LOUIS VUITTON.

Today’s featured treasures are our Louis Vuitton Shawls. They come in vivid colors, from soft romantic pastels such as a white, baby pink, mint green, light powder blue, and yummy mango yellow, to bold glamorous colors of red, grapevine purple, coal black, cocoa brown with hints of fiery gold work, and many more! These shawls are a must have fashion accessory. They not only make a simple outfit look so glamorous and rich, but they also add a CLASSIC CHICNESS to your entire ensemble.

These are not only gorgeous threads bound together but pieces of art as well. They keep you very warm and cozy while making you look sexy and classy. What else can a girl ask for?

Here are a few of our own  LV shawls that we absolutely LOVE!

Here are few ways how we like to wear them:

1. CASUAL CHIC: Jeans + Shirt + LV Shawl

2. SUMMER CHIC: Summer Dress + LV Shawl

3. RED CARPET GLAM: Gown + LV Shawl

Whether you fancy a bold statement hue or a more subtle neutral shade, there’s a shawl for everyone! All you need is one to transform all your outfits!

xoxo

Reneta J

Chanel Resort 2013 Collection

Mary Antoinette meets rocker chick meets anime – this sums up the over the top, futuristic, and whimsical Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2013 collection for Chanel. I’m not gonna lie, but I’m kind of obsessed.

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Mr. Lagerfeld always knows how to turn it up a notch season after season. He presented his collection at Versailles inspired by 18th Century France. The collection was comprised of florals, pastels, rococo silhouettes, intricate embroideries and embellishments. This ultra theatrical collection which was paired with colorful wigs, flouncy skirts, and thick soled shoes is the epitome of a fashion trendsetting.

xoxo

Reneta J

Some of our FAVORITE PRODUCTS!

With the countless numbers of products out there to choose from, here are a few of my favorite go to hair and skin care products that I absolutely love!

I’ve always had the hardest time finding the right shampoo and conditioner that I can stay committed to. I am so glad I tried the new Loreal Evercreme hair care line. The  1. Loreal Evercreme Nourishing Shampoo  and 2. Loreal Evercreme Nourishing Conditioner are amazing and leave my hair feeling soft, silky, nourished and healthy! While in the shower, leave the conditioner on for 3-5mins  and clip your hair in to a bun as this will help lock in the nutrients before you wash out your hair. After you wash your hair out you will notice the difference instantly and your hair will be left smelling great. 

The 3. Loreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque is another great product by Loreal. Using a hair masque once or twice in 2 weeks is really good for your hair. You really begin to notice healthier and shinier hair after a couple uses. 

The 4. Loreal Evercreme Nourishing Leave-In Spray and 5. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin are both amazing leave-in conditioners. I have been using “It’s a 10” for a while now and it really helps detangle and and protect my hair from any applied heat. The product also has keratin, which is protein for your hair. After washing your hair, spray either leave-in conditioners generously all over wet to damp hair. I like to air dry my hair for 15 mins and then clip my hair in to a loose bun for another 15 mins as this help lock in the moisture and makes your hair smell great once it’s let loose.

I’ve tried many hairsprays over the years and the 6. Sebastian Shaper Hairspray is probably the best one yet. This light weight non-greasy hairspray is great for styling yet keeping your hair looking natural. I absolutely hate it when hairsprays leave your hair feeling stiff, sticky, and over worked. The Sebastian hairspray gives you that desired hold minus all the setbacks.

Ever since I can remember, I have been using 7. Neutrogena Oil Free Deep Clean Cream Cleanser face wash. This face wash has never proven me wrong and it always leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. This product proves that you don’t need high end products to get the same results. It is essential to wash your face every day and night to keep your face clean and keep your pores from getting clogged. Being a  women, I get no better feeling than taking off my make-up and washing my face the second I come home.

Now I know that many women use make up wipes to remove their makeup, but personally, I find it too harsh for my skin. Ever since I started wearing make-up my mom introduced me to 8. Pond’s Cold Cream. I highly recommend this as it literally removes every ounce of make-up off your face. The key is to take a small amount of Pond’s Cold Cream and rub it gently on your face starting with your eyes. Then take some wet tissue and GENTLY (you don’t want to pull at your skin as this will create wrinkles and lines in the long run) wipe off the cold cream off your face. You can keep adding more cold cream and wiping it off as needed.

Moisturizing is key to preventing dry skin. I use 9. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture, SPF 15 as it is a light weight moisturizer with SPF in it. It’s important to always protect your skin from the sun, and having a little SPF in your daily moisturizer helps maintain youthful looking skin.

I am sure a lot of you use some form of chapstick on daily basis, and I used to myself. I used to be so addicted to chapstick that I couldn’t leave the house without it and applied it countless amounts of times in a day. But then I switched to 10.  Vaseline and never looked back. I apply it once, or twice max a day and it leaves my lips feeling soft and nourished all day. Vaseline is also great for applying under lipstick as it keeps the color on longer without getting dried out and clumpy.

May it be because of the changing weather, hot showers, or some other reason, dry skin is a huge issue a lot of us deal with. I discovered a great remedy to this problem. The key is to mix a little bit of 11. Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme 12. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil and apply it all over your body. You will notice results immediately! The Cocoa Butter Creme and Cocoa Butter oil mixed together create an amazing concoction for soft, healthy, and supple skin. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Oil is also amazing for scars, burns, dryness and more. I tend to apply this combo twice a day for best results.

Having healthy hair and skin doesn’t have to be so difficult, impossible, or expensive anymore. My go to products are the absolute best, and you should try whichever products suits your needs best.

xoxo

Reneta J 

Color Obsession: BABY BLUE!

Fresh, light, and airy, BABY BLUE was all over the SPRING 2012 runways. From Chanel to Versace, designers strongly embraced this pastel shade from dresses, to jackets, to accessories and more! I absolutely LOVE this hue as it can be worn both during the day and night with an air of sophistication. Also, baby blue can be paired easily with many shades. Whether it’s with another pastel shade, a bolder color, or even tone on tone, baby blue is chic in all senses.

You can spice up your baby blue ensemble by pairing it with silver, glitter, and/or some bling. This will give it a touch of richness, elegance, and glam!

Chanel’s Spring 2012 handbags collection features a gorgeous powder blue purse that is definitely a collectors piece. Having a great accent hand bag is great for transforming a simple outfit in to a statement look.

Inspired by this soft shade, I decided to create a nail art design with baby blue, silver, and glitter nail polish (seen below to your right). It’s always fun painting your nails one shade and having one or two accent nails for added drama.

Say goodbye to Monday blues and hello to BABY BLUE!

xoxo

Reneta J

Fashion Show Styling

Elegant and GLAM was the theme for Fashions By Rohini’s Fashion Show last Saturday at the LA Convention Center. Urvika and I got to help style the beautiful Indian Wear designs by fashion designer Rohini Bedi. We decided to go with gorgeous up-dos ordained with chunky necklaces worn as headpieces complimented with small flowers. We absolutely love fun headpieces, and the chunkier the better! Using a bold statement necklace as a head piece is one of the easiest ways for creating that red carpet va-va-voom look. Indian wear is filled with COLOR, GLAMOUR, and ELEGANCE, and these head pieces definitely helped enhance the look. I absolutely loved the blue showstopper look that we created!

Here are a few fun shots we did with the beautiful models prior to the show taken by our fab photographer Tuhan Bedi!

After styling the models, Urvika and I slipped in to 2 of Rohini’s glamorous pieces. I absolutely loved my white lace corset blouse sari and Urvika’s mint colored heavily embellished sari.

Rohini’s Fashion Show consisted of various Saris, Lenghas, and Suits. The final showstopper look was a jacket style lengha which has gained a lot of popularity lately. The look is extremely flattering for all body types and is a nice twist to the traditional lengha.

Urvika and I had so much fun styling and working with the designer and models, and we can’t wait for our next styling gig!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo

Reneta J 

HAIR TREND: This Season is All About Fun BRAIDS!

Oh how the pig-tail braids from our preschool years have evolved and transformed into such a trend for this season. The longer and the more tousled and romantic, the sexier the do! From fishtails, to french braids, to the waterfall, to mini braids interwoven in to the hair, to braids tucked in to buns, to the crown braid and MORE, everyone is having a plait party and braids are kinda a big deal this season. Even celebrities have joined the plait party!

Braid Ideas For Long Hair

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Blake Lively’s intentionally messy braided do exudes a sense of easiness while being incredibly stylish – stylish enough for a movie premier that is.

Kim Kardashian wearing mini braids interlaced within her tousled hair

Jessica Alba styled in a braided up do

Lauren Conrad wearing a braided headband pony tail

Dianna Agron rocking the fishtail braid

Sienna Miller is wearing a bohemian braided headband up do

Amanda Seyfried in a sleek loose one-sided braid

Just like Sienna Miller’s bohemian headband do, Nicole Richie is sporting the same look without pulling her hair in to a loose bun

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Why we love the braid trend? They’re fun, easy, and give you a stylish look in an instant! Also, braids are a nice way to get hair out of your face for all those summer days by the beach.

Here are some DIY braided hairstyles that I absolutely LOVE, and that are easy for YOU to do yourself!

1. The Waterfall

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Thanks to beautylish.com for this great tutorial:

2. Fishtail Braid – thanks to refinery29.com for this tutorial:

3. Delicate Crown Braid – thanks to refinery29.com for this tutorial:

4. French Braid Bun- thanks to refinery29.com for this tutorial:

 5. Maiden Braids – thanks to the Beautiful Mess Blog – http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com – for this fab tutorial:

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Join the Braid Party and start sporting these fun, stylish, yet sexy hair dos!

xoxo

Reneta J 

Make a SPLASH in this Season’s Hottest Bathing Suits!

Ladies, that time of year has come again…the time to show off our fab beach bodies that we promised ourselves we would have in our new yrs resolutions. Now whether or not we have upheld those promises or cheated here and there with a sprinkles cupcake, this season’s bathing suits will have each and every one of you wanting to strut what you’ve got  and love the bodies you have!

The hottest trend this season is the ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT. Who would have thought that more coverage could be considered so sexy? From the bold sleekness at Micheal Kors, to the tribal cut outs at Herve Ledger, to the retro chic styles at Marc by Marc Jacobs, the one piece is clearly ruling this spring/summer and we are definitely not missing the bikini.

Spring 2012 Swimwear

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Another trend we are seeing is the tribal infused bathing suits. Animal prints are hot this season, and these designers show you different ways in which you can embrace the look.

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And then we have the sexy retro style bathing suits. From retro one pieces to a high waisted bikini set, the retro bikini is extremely flattering and chic.

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We also have the geometric style bathing suits with cut outs and bold pops of color. These bathing suits are statement pieces and add that touch of sexy with a slight peek-a-boo and bright hues.

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Lastly we have the bedazzled bathing suits as seen on the runway at Prada. These highly embellished, curve-flattering styles, accentuate your waistline and are incredibly feminine.

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As you can see, this season there are so many options when it comes to swimwear.

Whether you’re more curvaceous or more slender and sleek, you will all be making a splash this season in your sexy suits!

xoxo

Reneta J

IT’S A NEON PARTY + NEON DIY NAILS!

Recent obsession: NEON! It’s bold, its fun, its potent, and its SEXY! We saw splashes of this bright, daring hue all over the spring runways. From Oscar De La Renta, to Nanette Lepore, to Jason Wu, to Luca Luca, NEON made major headlines.

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Because spring is all about COLOR, wearing a head-to-toe neon ensemble won’t be considered a bit much, but rather, you’ll be making a statement the second you walk in to a room. But if you’re not feeling so daring, pair some fun neon pieces with more muted tones such as whites or browns, or enhance the look even further by contrasting it with bold magentas and aquas.

A few weeks back I did a post on office chic where my outfit had splashes of neon. Check it out! As you can see, a few neon pieces go a long way and add that extra umph to your outfit.

NEON MUST HAVES: chunky accessories, bags, statement heels, and skinny jeans. WHY? Because they can be worn in so many ways and they spice up any outfit in an instant!

Celebrities who have embraced the NEON trend:

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As you can seen, NEON can be worn in so many different ways. Fergie’s bright neon peep toe pumps transforms her simple LBD in to a WOW ensemble! From nails, to accessories, to shoes, to jeans, and more, NEON brings so much life to your look.

Here are some fab neon heels:

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Clockwise: Christian Louboutin, Brian Atwood, Diane Von Furstenberg, H&M,Giuseppe Zanotti and Casadei.

Fun NEON bags are a definite must have for spring:

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1) McQ by Alexander McQueen Pink Neon– $675
2) Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro – $140
3) Nasty Gal Eve Patent Satchel – $60
4) Fred Flare Baggu Neon Backpack – $40
5) Marc by Marc Jacobs Neon Croc-effect Bag– $495
6) Nasty Gal Eve Patent Satchel – $40
7) Bloomingdales “Little Neon Bag” Tote– $25

Now, I couldn’t leave you without showing you this weeks NEON inspired nailart:

Here’s how you get the look:

1. SEPHORA BY OPI NAIL LACQUER IN “FLURRY UP”

2. CHINA GLAZE NAIL LACQUER IN “YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI”

3. CHINA GLAZE NAIL LACQUER IN “FLIP FLOP FANTASY”

4. SALLY HANSEN “DRIES INSTANTLY” TOP COAT

5. SALLY HANSEN FRENCH MANICURE NAIL STRIPS

Embrace the traffic stopping NEON trend!

xoxo

Reneta J 

All about the FLARE

This season is all about flare dresses – A fitted bodice with a flouncy skirt. We saw this chic ’50’s silhouette all over the spring runways and fell in love.

There are so many options when it comes to the flare dress. Whether it is a basic solid, pleated, lace, printed, or mix matched textured, flare dresses have a flirty, bold, and whimsical appeal. This perfect sweet meets sexy look is super easy to achieve and makes you look amazingly feminine and chic.

Why we love this look: This flattering look creates the illusion of a tiny waistline (and enhances the bodacious curves you already have), and elongates your legs. This look is best for, but not limited to, a woman with an hourglass figure.

How to add drama to this look: Pair the flare dress with a belt around the waist to accentuate the waist even more and add more curvature to your frame. Add some chunky sandals and slick your hair back with some volume for a rockin’ mod look!

Celebrities we love in flare dresses:

Taylor Swift

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Zooey Deschanel

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Here are a few of our favorite, budget-friendly, flare dresses:

1. Free People Floral Lace Fit and Flare Dress – $89.95

2. Pleat Bodice Cut Out Dress – $90

3. Lime Piped Skater Dress – $68

4. Skater Dress With Bow Front – $53.72

5. Petite Mesh Insert Dress – $90

6. Petite Square Neck Fit and Flare Dress – $37.60

7. Paisley Tennis Dress – $188

8. Petite Heart Back Dress – $110

Play up your curves with Fit-and-Flare Dresses this season!

xoxo

Reneta J