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Sunday, November 16th, 2014


On Our Radar | Hannah Bronfman

Screen Shot 2014 11 16 at 2.05.25 AM On Our Radar | Hannah Bronfman Ok, so it’s not Woman Crush Wednesday…but we’ve noticed a newbie on the scene. With app Beautified and HBFit.com Hannah Bronfman has been disrupting the fashion industry with her presence. She’s quite candid with fans and followers on how’s she’s shaping up and beautifying her regimen and enjoying the good life. A couple of years ago, I was chatting with Tracey Ferguson from Jones Magazine about African American women in the fashion industry and her name along with Genevieve Jone’s came up. I reached out to her via twitter and she was really nice. As her online presence blossomed and she began to show the world her personality and penchant for fitness and beauty, I ran across a post on her blog, Trending Knits:

Sweater Weather Knits are everywhere right now and I’m snuggling up to this cozy trend in a major way. There’s just something so luxurious about a heavy duty sweater. Despite being oversized, they’re super flattering and when styled correctly, can be boyishly cool or femininely sophisticated – hello, versatility!

My go-to look these days is a chunky, turtleneck sweater with a skirt for a day of meetings or brunch with friends, and I’ll swap out the skirt for leather leggings and some heels if I’m going to an event or party. One sweater, two looks. BOOM.

From classic cable knit to chunky to cropped, peep some of my fav fall knits below. Comfy, cozy and fashionable never looked so good!

After adding her to our fashion socialite clique, eyes are peeled, waiting to see what she’s doing next…third time should be another charm!

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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How to Avoid a Bikini Malfunction  

Bikini How to Avoid a Bikini Malfunction   

If Janet Jackson were asked how to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, she would probably reply, “Steer clear of Justin Timberlake during halftime.” For the rest of us, quality clothing, common sense and a measure of good luck are our best allies, especially when it comes to bikinis.

One of the worst times to suffer a wardrobe malfunction is at the beach or a public pool. When you’re in swimwear, there really isn’t a “safety net” if something goes awry. To avoid compromising and embarrassing scenarios, use these tips for keeping your bikini on (until you decide to take it’s time to take it off):

Get the Right Bikini Type for Your Body

One of the key components in avoiding a bikini wardrobe malfunction is making sure you’ve selected the ideal suit for your figure. Of course, this is something you’ll want to do anyway, as it will enhance the look and feel of the suit when you debut it at the beach. Bikini tops especially should have adequate coverage for your breasts; the suit should fit snugly but not too tight. You’ll want to accentuate your cleavage, but watch out for too much “side boob,” as this could indicate your suit is too loose.

Bear in mind that your suit will move and fit differently while in water as well; again, a snug but not-too-tight style should provide ample coverage both in the water and while lounging poolside. Comfort is key; if the suit is comfortable but not loose, you’ve probably found a good cut for you.

Think Carefully About “Barely-There” Styles

When it comes to wardrobe malfunctions and bikinis, minimalist styles are the biggest hazards. Thongs already leave little to the imagination; however, the most hazardous and risky bikini style to wear is probably the string bikini.

Of course, this is part of its fun appeal; with just one tug of the ties, it’s no longer there. Is this a risk you’re willing to take at a public beach or pool? Suits with one-piece bottoms and a tie and one clip in the top piece are more secure, and there’s a style to flatter every figure.

Pick the Right Bikini Size

This may seem like an obvious tip, but all too many bikini wearers do not follow it, and the results can be disastrous. Too tight or too loose, ill-fitting bikinis are at high risk for a wardrobe malfunctions.

Whether you’ve gained or lost weight, it doesn’t take much to change how a bikini fits and looks. If you’re buying a new suit or wearing one from last year, the most important thing is to make sure it truly fits. When in doubt, it’s best to buy a new bikini (or several) each swimsuit season so that you’re assured a proper fit — and a killer look that’s in style!

Wear the Bikini Properly

Lastly, before you head out into the sun and surf, make sure you are wearing your bikini properly so that there is minimal chance for malfunction. Tie every tie carefully and properly (with a double-knot, if possible) and make sure all clasps and hooks are where they are supposed to be. This is crucial for string bikinis or any other suit style for which just one tie is holds it on your body. Consider using tiny safety pins at the ties so you can feel more secure about the suit staying on.

Bikinis look amazing at the beach, but don’t let a wardrobe malfunction ruin the day. Use these tips to stay in your suit and enjoy every moment in the sun and surf.

Sophie White is a fashion blogger based in Australia. She’s up to date with the latest trend in clothing, hairstyle, shoes and any apparel that can turn heads. Her passion for fashion has inspired her to lead the online marketing campaign for Swimsuits Direct, a women’s swimwear boutique in North Brunswick, NJ.


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Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Designer Spotlight: Luciana Ellington of Costella

costella 3 785x526 Designer Spotlight: Luciana Ellington of CostellaWhat makes an outfit truly stand out amongst a crowd of many? If you guessed a chic amount of accessories; you get a gold star! Accessories are like the tiny chocolate chips atop a delicious serving of pomegranate Froyo. In other words, they are the finishing touch to an already well put together ensemble. One company which understands the importance of accessories is none other than the premiere handbag brand, Costella.
costella 1 785x519 Designer Spotlight: Luciana Ellington of CostellaFounded by Brazillian designer and photographer, Luciana Ellington; Costella offers a wide range of handbags featuring flawless design and style. Growing up as a competitive skateboarder in Brazil, Luciana was always inspired by the vibrant colors of graffiti, and does her best to incorporate that aspect into her designs with texture and color. In an industry so challenging and complex, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Ellington. She has created a brand which is undeniably unique, by projecting awareness for nonchalance that can easily be transformed into high fashion. Messenger, tote, hobo, or clutch, you name it; Costella has it in spades.
costella 2 Designer Spotlight: Luciana Ellington of CostellaI’m normally drawn to totes in general, but once my eyes glazed over all the colorful messenger bags the site had to offer; that line became pretty blurred. It’s that reason alone why Ellington is so utterly talented. She is a strong believer that anything worn on the body should be natural to one’s lifestyle, and therefore shouldn’t be forced. This method is a direct reflection of the type of designer Lucina is, as well as the passions she evokes. The ideal Costella woman is edgy and confident, with a unique taste for fashion and keen sense of travel.
costella 4 Designer Spotlight: Luciana Ellington of CostellaWith fans including celebrities such as Anna Kendrick, Jenna Ushkowitz, Tayrn Manning, and Ali Fedotowsky; it’s clear to see that Ellington is quickly becoming a cult favorite. With an original aesthetic, and a keen sense of style; what’s not to love about Ellington’s designs?

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Saturday, November 1st, 2014


Random Style: How to Emulate Your Favorite “Street Style” without looking CRAY

Random Style Random Style: How to Emulate Your Favorite Street Style without looking CRAY

If you’ve ever witnessed Street Style first hand, I’m sure it’s an image that sticks out in your collection of fashion memories. Street style is very hit or miss. You can either pull it off or you can’t – however I do have a lot of respect for anyone who has the courage to try it.

Growing up near New York City, I have been cultured by the visions of street style on many occasions. When I first started noticing the trend, I didn’t understand. I wondered what these people were thinking before they valiantly stepped out of the house. Then it started to grow on me and I came to realize that there was a right and wrong way to it. Here are a couple basic tips to master the art of street style the RIGHT way.

1) Think like a kid:
I was thinking about what it is that attracts people to street style so much and came to the conclusion that it’s the creativity and juxtaposition of style that goes into it. Remember when you were little and played dress up? Consider that mixing of random clothing pieces and accessories your first experimentation with street style. With that said, when you’re putting together an outfit don’t overthink it – think like a kid. If you overthink, you may not get that organic result you’re looking for. Unlike a perfectly matched outfit out of a GAP ad, street style adds mystery and a sense of youthfulness to different garments that would be boring if worn alone.

2) Consult a friend:
You may already do this, but before you walk out the door, take a picture of yourself and send it to a truthful, fashion forward friend. It’s good to get another opinion from a different perspective – especially if they are trustworthy. Plus, if they are your TRUE friends they will definitely let you know if your outfit makes you look like you belong in the circus, and tell you if that shit “cray”.

3) When in doubt, take it off:
If you have any doubts that something is just TOO overbearing, DO take it off. Chances are if you’re on the fence about it, it’s not going to MAKE your outfit. Remember; trust your gut.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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7 Things to Remember in Picking a Prom Dress

prom 785x525 7 Things to Remember in Picking a Prom DressThe majority of senior high school girls find it time-consuming and baffling to pick a prom dress. They often spend lots of time shopping for the finest dress – and why not, when every girl there wants to look beautiful and elegant when they arrive at the venue? Your dress can make or break your prom night experience. So to help choose the best dress for the prom, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Always Consider your Body Type

Girls often forget to consider their body type when choosing a prom dress. Sure, there are a handful of posts that can give you ideas about what’s hot and trending in 2015, but the painful truth is that not all of those trending styles will fit every body type. There are different body types, such as pear shape, apple shape, hour-glass, triangle, ruler and inverted triangle body. Find out what’s your body type, then it will be easier to pick the right style of prom dress.

2. Pick the Color that Complements your Skin Tone

Look through fashion magazines and articles to research which colors complement your skin. Girls with fairer complexions may opt for pastels and softer colors to further enhance their look. The color choices often include, ocean blue, light raspberry, corals, soft tangerine, white and champagne. Dark-skinned girls may choose cobalt, light yellow, ruby-red and electric orange to bring out the natural shine and glow of the skin. Girls with medium skin tone can go for cream, dove-gray, light blue and beige for a brighter feel.

3. Check your Budget

Decide how much you are willing to spend for the dress a few months before the prom. This way you can allot a budget for it and avoid overspending. The price of prom dress often ranges from $100 to $1,050. However, it is possible to find stylish prom dresses with below $100 price tag at shops that are on sale. The best thing to do is to visit at least five stores, so you can compare the prices.

4. Do not be an Impulsive Buyer

Girls can be impulsive buyers as they tend to immediately buy the item that catches their eyes. But, this is not advisable if you are looking for a prom dress. Think of the “what if” scenario. What if after you bought a prom dress you found another dress that is more flattering. Are you going to buy the other dress? Check out different shops and see what they have, then you may narrow your search until you find the right one.

5. Do not Pick the Trending Style

Avoid choosing a style that everyone else will have. If you are fond of buying the hottest style of dresses that are featured in the magazines, don’t do this in choosing a prom dress. Chances are, one or two girls will wear that dress to the prom. You do not want to attend your prom seeing other girls donning the same dress that you have. Look wider and deeper on what style suits you and not the trending one.

6. Never Compromise Comfort

A common mistake in choosing a prom dress is opting for the one that isn’t comfortable to wear. Pick a dress that is not too revealing, so you will not spend the entire night pulling down your skimpy dress. An ideal prom dress is not too tight nor too loose, too long or too short, and too much embellished that you will find it hard to sit down because of bulging decorations. Enjoy the night by wearing a dress that won’t bother you.

7. Plan Ahead

Give yourself ample time to plan what dress to wear to the prom. One or two months prior to the prom is enough time for you to start looking for that perfect dress. It should never be that difficult, especially with so many stores you can find, such as the Prom Outfitters. When you find the right dress, it is surefire that you will have a memorable prom experience.

Prom is a major part of high school life; hence everyone should be at their best. Remember that wearing the wrong dress can ruin everything and can hunt your memory for years. So how do you like to look at your prom party?

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