Yearly Archives: 2014

How You Should Wear Your Makeup on NYE

Whether your New Year’s Eve is going to be low-key at home or you’re planning on dancing the night away at a club downtown, there’s nothing wrong with dressing a little festive and adding some glamour to your usual makeup routine. Take a note from fashion blogger Lesley of Fresh Lengths, who recommends green as the color of the season. She keeps her emerald eye shadow simple over the lid and adds some (holiday-appropriate) glitter. The lip is then muted to let her colorful eyes shine. New Year’s Eve done right!

new year's eve makeup

It’s true. Olive is basically a neutral in my book. It looks great on all skin types and matches with just about any color. Plus, emerald is one of my favorite go-to holiday colors to wear. But when it comes to what shade might work for you, take a page out of these celebs’ stylebooks from this past year.

Hopefully you’ve already got a dazzling dress picked out for tonight, so match your makeup to your outfit to make everything look cohesive and eye-popping. From rich golden eye shadow to blushing crimson lipstick, 2014 had its share of stunning fashion moments. You may not be attending a red carpet affair, but why not act like you are?

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The Perfect Playlist to Ring in the New Year

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The glittering sequins on your dress, the confetti scattered across the carpet, the sound of champagne bottles uncorking. There’s so much to take in on New Year’s Eve. So why not let us be the DJ? If you’re throwing an NYE bash of your own, we’ve compiled the perfect party mix made up of (mostly) current jams that everyone can dance to or at least slowly groove along to. These are the songs you’re going to remember as 2014 fades away and 2015 sparkles into view. From Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez to Charli XCX and Ed Sheeran, this hour-long playlist is chock-full of songs from last year’s biggest breakout stars. So, go ahead, press play and let the sounds billow through your household. And when your music guru friend asks if you chose the songs, you can pretend you made the playlist yourself. We won’t tell anyone.

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Holiday Outfit Inspirations From Our Favorite Fashion Bloggers

The presents are wrapped, your holiday plans are made, but what are you going to wear?! Get inspired by the best fashion blogger looks of the season! These girls know how to style any color, print, or silhouette, so it’s no wonder we look to them in such times of need.

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Think festive colors – Stephanie Sterjovski of SS Life + Style paired this beautiful emerald midi skirt with a black turtleneck for a subtle, charming outfit. Emerald, crimson, pale blue, silver, and gold are the basis of the perfect Christmas palette. Take the hues you might find on your Christmas tree and go a shade darker to make it a bit dressier. Top it all off with pretty embellishments, and you’re ready for the party!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Shop by Price

Know your price range and shop last-minute gifts for everyone on your list! Don’t worry, we know you need your goods by Christmas, so we’re still offering FREE domestic shipping if you place your order before tomorrow (Dec. 19) at noon PST. After that, you can still pay to get it there in time. Check out the details here.

gifts under 50

1. Michael Kors underwear, $34 | 2. Goorin Bros. hat, $29 | 3. Steven Land socks, $9 | 4. Original Penguin thermal, $29 | 5. Rocket Dog flats, $39 | 6. UGG Australia care kit, $19 | 7. Lacoste clutch, $49 | 8. Dex top, $39 | 9. Diesel beanie, $49 | 10. Fred Perry shoes, $35

gifts under 100

1. Lacoste iPad sleeve, $69 | 2. UGG Australia Ansley moccasins, $99 | 3. Kenneth Cole jacket, $84 | 4. Creative Recreation shoes, $64 | 5. Original Penguin sweater, $79 | 6. UGG Australia hat/gloves set, $94 | 7. Sperry Top-Sider shoes, $89 | 8. Fred Perry polo, $79 | 9. UGG Australia earmuffs, $74

 gifts under 200
1. UGG Australia Classic boots, $154 | 2. Color Siete sweater, $129 | 3. Lacoste sneakers, $119 | 4. Hudson jeans, $149 | 5. Kenneth Cole coat, $109 | 6. UGG Australia Bailey Button boots, $164 | 7. G-Shock watch, $161 | 8. Lacoste bag, $179 | 9. UGG Australia Lyle slippers, $149 | 10. UGG Australia wallet, $124

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Traveling for the Holidays? What You NEED to Pack

Whether you’re flying or driving, the first rule of packing for the holidays is bring only what you need. Easier said than done, right? But when airlines force weight limits upon us, we really don’t want to be frantically sorting through our suitcases in the middle of the airport for what we can stuff into our carry-on bag. So, my number one tip to you is: Know your upcoming schedule of events, and pack outfits accordingly.

what to pack on a plane

>> Kenneth Cole jacket, Dex top, Lacoste backpack, UGG Australia boots, 7 for All Mankind jeans

Getting there >> Wear your heaviest jacket and clunkiest boots on the plane. Yes, this can be a pain when it comes to stripping down for TSA agents, but it’s worth it when your luggage is a couple pounds lighter. It’s also a good idea to dress in layers because planes tend to be cold one minute and super stuffy the next. Wearing a jacket, a sweater, and a simple tank keeps you prepared for every eventuality. Don’t forget to bring your biggest purse and a useful backpack for all your essentials!

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Outfit of the Week: Deck the Halls

mens outfit of the day

>> Marc New York jacket, Fred Perry polo, Diesel beanie, Ben Sherman jeans, Lacoste boots, Lacoste belt, Louis Chevrolet watch

There’s no two colors easier to match and pull off than navy and tan. That’s why every man needs this outfit in his closet for something simple to throw on during those winter days when it would be so much easier to stay in a warm bed. These jeans have a slim fit and a bit of stretch for the most comfortable second skin you’ll wear all season. Not to mention, the twin-tipped polo, ribbed beanie, and smooth leather boots are everyday staples that still give your look that extra edge. Top it all off with a sleek black jacket, complete with practical front pockets and a stand-up collar to brave the brisk December winds. You’re all set to trek through snowy trails and ice-covered grass, taking in nature’s most subtly beautiful time of year.

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How to Wrap Oddly Shaped Gifts

It’s not just you or your lack of artistry – wrapping presents can be difficult. Tape is sticky. Scissors are unwieldy. Paper is fragile. On top of all that, some gifts don’t fit the box-shaped mold. Throw it in a bag and call it a day? Sure, you could, but the excitement and mystique is gone. Instead, take these instructions and make something beautiful. Or, at least try.

how to wrap difficult gifts

For stuffed animals:

how to wrap stuffed animals

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Lay your fluffy fellow down on a sheet of tissue paper and tape where the ends meet. Put another sheet of tissue on top of that, taping at the opposite end. Cover with cellophane and tie wire ribbon around the ends, in the style of a giant piece of hard candy. Snip the ribbon for a polished finish.

For bottles:

Wrap tissue paper or cellophane around the bottle. Then, roll a layer of wrapping paper around that. Tape the ends together. Fold the paper over the bottom of the bottle and tape this as well, securing it in place. Cut the top layer of wrapping paper at the top so that it’s shorter than the tissue. Cinch the paper at the neck of the bottle and fluff it out with your hands. Use wire-trimmed ribbon to tie a double knot around the neck, and add a custom bow for flair!

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Outfit of the Week: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

winter outfit

» Kenneth Cole peacoat, UGG Australia wired earmuffs, Dex leggings, Lacoste shopping bag, UGG Australia Bailey button boots

Go bold against the pale winter sky with this bright red wool peacoat. Paired with these sleek pleather leggings, the mixture of fabrics just works. Top off this cozy ensemble with plush sheepskin boots, a super roomy, classic black bag, and fluffy black earmuffs that double as headphones! Pop on some festive holiday music, grab a hot chocolate and a couple fresh-baked gingerbread cookies, and walk your entire neighborhood in search of the best Christmas light display. Winter done right? We think so.

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Winter Fashion Trends in 2014: Must-Have Shoes

best winter shoes

SHOES >> 1) UGG® Australia Cambridge Boots | 2) Rocket Dog Camilla Bromley Boots | 3) UGG® Australia Marela Boots | 4) Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes | 5) Tsubo Gianina Boots | 6) Lacoste Rene Platform Sneakers

Winter is creeping up on us, which means it’s time for snow, rain, and generally wet conditions. Going out and dressing up gets a little more difficult when the slippery streets are beckoning for us to trip and slide in our heels. That’s when we face a dilemma. Do we sacrifice our sophisticated look for lackluster, yet comfortable flats? With this selection of shoes, we don’t have to choose anymore!

These shoes have strong flat game, and no one is complaining. They don’t need a heel to make a statement – each shoe features something special about them in their own way. Whether it’s the buckles, zipper details, or two-tone fabrics that catch your eye, these shoes are not to be overlooked. Featuring a fall/winter palette and varying silhouettes, wear your fave pair with glittery tights or chunky knit socks. Perfect for dressing up at holiday parties, or keeping it casual at a restaurant with friends.

Don’t sacrifice your style in the name of winter. Use our free shipping and shop these shoes now!

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9 Crucial Tips to Stay Safe Online and In Stores This Holiday Shopping Season

It’s that time of year again when you spend brisk nights outside retail stores, or long hours sipping coffee in front of computer screens. All in the name of savings! According to the National Retail Federation, six in ten people say they will or may shop this holiday weekend. That’s more than 140 million shoppers nationwide. But before you get out there and hunt down the deals, you need to be aware of the risks you face, whether shopping online or in stores.

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  1. Make sure the website is secure. When you’re ready to check out, the first thing you need to do is verify that the site address begins with “HTTPS://” which means it has SSL (secure sockets layer) blackfriday3encryption installed. Basically, your transaction will be safe and any information you type on that page will be secure via encryption. However, it is also important to check that there is a padlock in the address bar or near the bottom of the page, depending on which browser you’re using. The padlock must be green! Click on it and there will be further information about whether the site is completely secure or not. If there are unsecure resources, think twice before entering your payment information.
  2. Check for verified seals. These are the little logos usually located black friday shopping tipsat the bottom of the webpage. Click on them for more info. Look for security seals such as Norton Secured, Comodo or Trustwave. These seals verify that the website is legitimate and your information is being secured via SSL, which is another way of encrypting the data being sent over the Internet. Consumer ratings seals, like Stella Service and Shopping.com, are also a good indicator of a company’s trustworthiness based on fellow shoppers’ reviews.
  3. Use a strong password. It’s easy and convenient to create an account on a store’s website and save your credit card information for future use. But this means you need to make sure your account is secured with a strong password. You should use a string of text that mixes numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters, and special characters like spaces or underscores. Really, the more characters, the better. And these characters should be random, not alphabetical or in the order of your keyboard layout. Still unsure? Visit HowSecureIsMyPassword to check your password’s strength.cyber monday shopping tips
  4. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your anti-virus program. Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 9.0 is the editor’s choice at PCMag and has gained a 4.5 star rating. A program such as this is always a good idea for extra protection.
  5. Know what’s too good to be true. Never give out personal information in exchange for coupons or promotions. Oftentimes, there will be a deal on social media that offers a free product with purchase, in particular an iPad. Clicking on the link can lead to phishing scams, which can result in email spam and identity theft. If you’re ever asked to fill out multiple surveys requesting personal information, credit card details or passwords, this is also a red flag. It can be particularly tricky if friends innocently post the fake deals on Facebook. That’s why you need to look at everything with a skeptical eye.
  6. Going mobile? Check your network. The trick for an easier mobile shopping experience is to shop directly through apps provided by the official retailers, like Best Buy or Target. If you’re ever unsure, read the app’s reviews, check out the ratings, and search online for any claims of being scammed before downloading. If you’re out and about with your mobile device, be wary of public Wi-Fi networks as they are not encrypted, which means anyone has the ability to eavesdrop on what you send. Only use the Wi-Fi if you access it over a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

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