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Happy Thursday, folks!
Today I wanted to pop in and tell you about Parfait, a black owned, female led, artificial intelligence enabled hair company that allows you to order the perfect wig from the comfort of your living room!View this post on Instagram
I had the awesome chance to try out their products and meet the founders at a fabulous dinner at Oceans restaurant the other day in New York.
With the sentiment that ‘black women deserve nice things,’ the group of enterprising ladies set out to create a tech company that helps solve a pernicious problem: how to find a luxury wig tailored for you. With two MIT graduates and two Wharton alums on their executive board, Parfait is poised for success! I grabbed a picture when them above, and we’re all wearing Parfait hair!
We learned more about the brand and the founders over a delicious dinner! Attendees included Kesha McLeod, Agnes Cammock, Constance White, Umindi Francis, Angela Wilson, and more!
For the occasion, I wore Parfait Hair (of course), and a S by Serena Kayla blazer dress.
I’m headed out to Dallas tonight, then off to the Bahamas for a MUCH needed vacation, lol. I plan to master my Tiki Tok skills while there. Drop suggestions below on what dance I should try first. Oh boy!
These are all black owned brands you should know and support! Until my next adventure…
This TikTok influencer became all the craze without saying a single word!
Born Khabane Lame in Senegal West Africa, Khaby grew up his entire life in Italy. Prior to the pandemic, he had started working at a local factory only to lose his job once global lockdowns spread like wildfire. At this point, Lame started creating videos on his TikTok account khaby.lame reacting to silly life-hacks on the internet, an act of quarantine boredom that rapidly went viral. His signature silent comedy style made him instantly recognizable and profusely hilarious!
Fast forward 2 years later and today he is the second most followed TikTok content creator, having garnered a following of close to 140 million – and that doesn’t even include what he’s amassed on instagram as well! With an inspirational story like that, it’s no wonder he has snagged a spot as a European Forbes Under 30 lister at just 22 years of age and bagged a deal with Hugo Boss earlier this year. Now the TikToker is living his absolute best life, killing it at the Cannes Film Festival courtesy of his stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald. One thing about Khaby is he’s not afraid to push the mens fashion boundaries, be it through a technology integrated suit or bold use of color (take notes, boys!). Here are some of our fave looks from the young star at the premieres:
All looks are Hugo Boss styled by Wayman and Micah.
We live to see this young star thrive in his element! What do you think?
Images: IG/Reproduction @waymanandmicah
Naomi Campbell was spotted over the weekend in France for a scenic birthday celebration. The supermodel, who was in the country for the Cannes Film Festival, made a quick stop at the Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes and was joined by her beautiful baby girl and close friends.
While out near the beach, Naomi was papped wearing an Emilio Pucci Kaftan, $282 Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Silver Toe sneakers, and a $4,800 Fendi white leather Peekaboo Iseeu Small bag.Image: Backgrid
Similar Look: $1590 Emilio Pucci Marmo-Print Kaftan Dress
Get the look: $4800 Fendi White Leather Peekaboo Iseeu Small bag
Get the look: $282 Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Silver Toe Sneakers
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Balenciaga did resort wear differently with the fashion house’s recent showcase in New York City this past weekend. In a glitched-out stock market on Wall Street setting, the presentation reflected the current economic climate: frantic with the foreshadowing of a recession upon us. Denma, however, refutes the idea that the collection is a criticism of capitalism. Instead, he seeks to represent it at its finest and to find the beauty within the chaos.
With this, Balenciaga’s interpretation of a power suit made its way down the runway in boxy, slouched and oversized silhouettes. A range of office and evening attire followed suit, and the final segment was dedicated to the brand’s collaboration with Adidas. Models defiled wearing latex suits that covered nearly every inch of exposed skin, contributing to the air of danger and urgency in the room.Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga
In the audience Pharrell Williams, Anna Wintour, Kanye West, Offset, Megan thee Stallion, Euphoria’s Alexa Demie and Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn were some of the star-studded spectators in attendance.Photo: IG/Reproduction Photo: Thomas Herold Photo: Thomas Herold Photo: IG/Reproduction
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In their third – yes, you read that right… third! – wedding celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Kourtney and Travis Barker tied the knot once again on May 22nd. The destination wedding took place in picturesque Portofino, Italy. It was an intimate affaire with mainly family and a select few close friends in attendance. The entire Kardashian sisterhood was present and with the celebration sponsored by Dolce and Gabanna, they were all dressed strictly in the designer label. There are a lot of fits to unpack here, so lets get straight to it starting with arrival outfits:Photo: Backgrid
Khloe Kardashian stepped foot onto the Italian fishing village wearing a D&G off-the-shoulder dress and 2011 Emilio Pucci boots.Photo: Backgrid
Kim and daughter North both wore D&G while making their arrival, and no Pete in sight.Photo: Backgrid
Mama Kris made her Italian entrance wearing a green lace D&G dress with the word ‘Portofino’ decorating the front.
And here are some more wedding weekend celebration looks:Photo: Backgrid
Newly weds Kourtney and Travis sported more Dolce and Gabbana with a gothic vibe for their wedding weekend festivities!Photo: IG/Reproduction
Kylie was spotted in a vintage D&G floral dress along with Stormi.Photo: Backgrid
Big sis Kendall also wore vintage D&G while boating in Portofino, Italy.Photo: IG/Reproduction
Kris Jenner lounged in a $3,995 leopard print D&G dress before the party began!Photo: Getty
Kendall wore vintage D&G on her way to a wedding dinner with boyfriend Devin Booker.Photo: Getty
Kim, too, was sighted by night wearing D&G for a wedding dinner.Photo: IG/Reproduction
Bejewelled in D&G stones over her D&G dress, Kylie looked sultry for a pre-wedding dinner!
Sunday was the big day, here is a closer look at the wedding ceremony dress and some of the guests’ attire:Photo: Ellen von Unwerth Photo: Backgrid Photo: IG/Reproduction Photo: IG/Reproduction
Once again, the Kardashians wore Dolce and Gabanna florals and laces. Meagan Fox was sporting a Zuhair Murad gown with Machine Gun Kelly in D&G.Photo: Backgrid Photo: IG/Reproduction
For their reception, the love birds changed into matching white bespoke moto jackets with ‘Mr. Barker’ and ‘Mrs. Barker’ written on the back!
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For those of us who love to rock a two-piece at the beach or by the pool, it’s important to know what type of bikini top is best suited for your figure. After all, if you tend to be more voluptuous, it would only make sense to reach for a bikini with a little extra support on the top. On the other hand, for our more petite ladies out there, a triangle or a bandeau top might be more fitting. However, the most important thing is to find a swimsuit that not only fits you like a second skin, but also makes you feel confident when wearing it.
Fortunately, just like no two women are exactly alike, neither are any two kinds of bikinis. If you’re not sure what type of bikini you want to pack on your next beach vacation, then you’ll definitely want to pay close attention to these styles. No matter if you’re more on the willowy side or you have a curvy figure, there’s bound to be the perfect bikini for you out there. Here are the five most common styles of bikini tops, which means you’ll be sure to find the right one for your lovely shape!
The Triangle Top
Also known as the string bikini top, there’s something incredibly alluring about the triangle bikini top. Flirty and barely there, this swimsuit top is exactly what it sounds like. Two triangle-shaped swatches of fabric reach around to cover your chest, and they are generally held together by strings and tied in the back. While they’re not the most supportive type of bikini top, they’re definitely super cute. If you are somewhat fuller chested, however, this may not be the best bikini top for you, as it doesn’t tend to be very supportive.
The Bandeau Top
This bikini top is very similar to the tube top in the sense that it doesn’t have any straps. Instead, it’s a solid strip of fabric that wraps around your chest. The width of the bandeau portion of your bikini can vary in size, from the barely-there narrow strip to a more modest and full-coverage swatch of fabric. This type of bikini top also needs to be quite form-fitting, as it doesn’t have shoulder straps to secure it in place. If you’re going to be playing beach volleyball, then this may not be the best suit for you. That said, it’s amazing for lounging and relaxing!
The Underwire Top
It’s a common misconception that more ample chested ladies can’t wear bikinis, and the underwire bikini top is here to prove the naysayers wrong. This type of bikini top tends to be more full-coverage, and it comes with wire supports at the bottom to help keep your chest in place when you’re playing in the pool or frolicking in the waves. You don’t have to be full-figured to wear an underwire bikini, though. More svelte ladies can also wear this type of bikini top, especially if they’re planning to splash around in the water or enjoy water sports (like jet skiing or surfing).
The Halter Top
Not to be confused with the triangle bikini top, the halter bikini top is also a great option for women of all sizes. Instead of having conventional shoulder straps, this one wraps around the neck and ties at the nape. However, the cups can vary in size and levels of support, the straps tend to be on the thicker side. This means that even if you’re more full-figured, you can wear a halter top bikini without having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. Plus, many of them come with extra padding, which can add a little extra curviness to your figure if you are more slender.
The Tankini Top
Finally, the tankini bikini top is arguably the most modest of bikini tops out there. In many ways, it resembles a conventional tank top, though the straps can be slimmer (like a camisole). These can be plunging in the front, or they can be more scoop-necked. What sets them apart from other bikini tops, though, is their length. They don’t stop just below the bosoms. Instead, they can go as far down as your navel or even down to your hips. If you’re shy about showing off your stomach, the tankini bikini top can be a great option for you!
Finding the right bikini top to suit your needs can definitely be tricky. With so many options available, it can certainly be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure which style or cut is the most flattering. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you’re absolutely allowed to wear whatever style you want to wear! No matter what body shape you have, you deserve to feel confident and beautiful when you wear a bikini at any beach. And with these five options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one that you love!
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On the eve of what would have been his 50th birthday, this past Friday night New York City paid tribute to one of the greatest rap legends of all time, Christopher Wallace otherwise known as Notorious B.I.G. Held by Lil Kim in partnership with Pepsi and Lexus, the 2nd Annual B.I.G. Dinner Gala welcomed guests such as Fat Joe, Sway Calloway, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Ceaser Emanuel, Biggie’s children T’yanna and CJ Wallace along with many more to celebrate and reminisce at Guastavino’s on Manhattan island.Photo: Brandon Michael Photo: Brandon Michael Photo: Brandon Michael Photo: Brandon Michael
Of course, the gala came with performance of his greatest hits. On the red carpet of rap star’s birthday celebration, Lil Kim also revealed that a biography movie depicting her life is in the works and would likely follow shortly after the release of her upcoming memoire as per the NY Post! Word has it that the leading actress of choice to portray Kimberly in such a film could be Teyana Taylor.Photo: Brandon Michael Photo: Brandon Michael
Following the concert gala, NYC officially declared May 21st Big Day in honor of Biggie Smalls’ artistry. As his legacy lives on 25 years after his time, the Empire State Building lit up with red, white and a crown halo in memory of the Brooklyn-born rapper.
A night to remember! What say you?
Main Image: Brandon Michael
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I write, ‘Dolce & Gabbana as a brand seem unstoppable. Though they have been criticized and almost canceled in the past for cultural insensitive commercials in the Chinese market, sending models down their 2012 runway wearing earrings that looked like colonial “Blackamoor” statues, and homophobic rhetoric, this past year has seen them embrace diversity with their Venetian show, #DGLovesVenice and now catapulting to the forefront of fashion with one of the most talked about weddings this year.”
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The strangest thing about glamor is it’s addictive – the lure of endless fame, success and money. Every night on the Runway dreams become reality, models become celebrities, and designers become Gods. But what happens when the spotlight finally fades, and the after parties begin?
The Fashion industry’s obsession with drugs is almost historical, with industry giants constantly using drugs for inspiration, naming entire collections, even shows over the same.
Andrew Groves’ 1999 runway show, ‘Cocaine Nights’ and Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Capsule Collection are only minor examples in the long-list of designers who decided to take inspiration from drugs.
But that is precisely what piques the curiosity – are drugs the real problem or the industry that can’t seem to stop endorsing the addiction culture?
Let’s find out. Shall we?The Fashion Industry’s Obsession With Addiction
Let’s be honest. Drugs and fashion share a much better relationship than Bootcut denims and crop tops ever shared.
In fact when supermodel Kate Moss was photographed snorting Cocaine sometime in 2005, she was literally taking one for the team. Because one of the worst-kept secrets of all time is how the fashion industry is fueled by Cocaine.
One industry insider had even confessed to the British newspaper, Independent at the time, “Models use coke like truck drivers do.”
And if that wasn’t enough, there was more.
While one source made a problematic comparison between models seeking drugs for performance-enhancement and athletics doing the same with steroids, another sympathizer blamed the long hours and said that drugs help models “to stay awake and keep working.”
What’s even stranger is how Kate Moss’ photographs have attained an iconic status, so much so that the artist Stella Vine curated an entire artistic experience out of these photos.
Named ‘The Beautiful And The Damned’ after Fitzgerald’s popular novel of the same name, the name is funnily enough nostalgic of Moss’ 30th birthday party theme.
Stella Vine’s Beautiful And The Damned exhibition featured four paintings of Kate Moss inspired by that one viral media photo. This is a classic example of the industry’s obsession with two things –Substance abuse.Treating substance abuse as a cultural experience.
The popularity of substance abuse treatment centers have only made the plea for recovering addicts stronger.
This further probes into the intricacies of how art is viewed – a hallucinatory substance-inspired experience or a social and cultural rite of passage for newcomers and veterans alike?Famous And On Coke: A Trend
Years ago Sophie Anderton once commented about the industry’s addiction to drugs, “Drugs are so accessible within the industry, and it is very difficult to steer completely clear of them.”
She was perhaps right because Kate Moss definitely did not lose out on any major contracts with big Fashion houses like Chanel and Dior.
In fact, brands were probably all right with what happened to Moss. If she died overdosing on some kind of a substance, even better. Because then Moss would be an even bigger icon. Look at what Stella Vine did! That was 17 years ago. It’s 2022 and the industry still can’t get over their addiction woes!
So we decided to check out a few famous celebrities from the fashion world who just won’t end their toxic relationship with drugs.Anna Nicole Smith
Toxic relationships often have the power to end you if you don’t end the same. And that’s exactly what happened to the gorgeous Anna Nicole Smith.
Although she had claimed all addiction rumors involving her were untrue, her untimely death in 2007 from overdose proves otherwise.
The American model worked with several lifestyle brands in her lifetime, acted in films like Skyscraper, To The Limit, and even had her own show called The Anna Nicole Show.
It’s always heartbreaking when substance abuse takes a life, but Smith’s denial made things only worse for her.Alice Dellal
The British-Brazilian model also happens to be a terrific photographer. But that is not why she has appeared on this list.
The model was only 20 when the media caught her with lines of white powder, a hollowed out tube, and an oyster card – everything that you need for snorting some coke.
And this was not the only time Alice Dellal’s photographs were more provocative than the audience was prepared for.
There were more like the one where she was seen wrapping coke, or the one where she is lying down on the floor after a night of hard partying.
Has things changed?
If there is anyone more famous than Kate Moss when it comes to substance abuse then it has to be none other than Naomi Campbell.
Let’s make this clear – we don’t need to make assumptions based on media photographs. There have been way too many arrests, rehab stints, and even manager management sessions for the former supermodel.
Campbell herself confessed that drugs were not her only addiction, alcohol was a big temptation too. She even went on record to say, “I never thought I was an alcoholic, but it goes hand in hand with the drugs. Emotionally, I was just gone.”Jael Strauss
It was certainly a moment of ‘No, not you too’ when the former America’s Next Top Model contestant was seen in Dr Phil’s show where she discussed her addiction to Meth.
She spoke at length about how she came to depend on substances more and more while dealing with the death of a friend.
Jeal looked dramatically different from how she appeared on America’s Next Top Model – marked-up skin, rotten teeth, swollen face, it was just too shocking to witness what long-term substance abuse can do to the human body.
The only good thing?
Yes, apart from teaching her how to stop smoking for good, Dr Phil was able to help out Strauss with the medical care and attention she desperately needs.The Trope Of The Tortured Artist
The whole image of the tortured artist endorses substance abuse, depression, and emotional instabilites. It is more like a trope than a stereotype where the entertainment industry keeps endorsing the drug culture almost as a way of life. It’s almost like you need drugs for creating great art.
But that’s not true considering all the people who managed to create artistic experiences without any performance-enhancing substances or even the ones who came back stronger after a visit to Rehabilitation centers. If there are many examples of supermodels addicted to drugs, you know what’s more?
The number of celebrities who came back, clean and strong – from Bradley Cooper, Eminem, Robert Downey Jr. to Demi Lovato and Jamie Lee Curtis, the list is pretty long. So if you think there’s someone close to you trying to battle addiction then remember time is of essence – the earlier you seek help, the better for you. If these celebs could do it, why can’t you?
We all know how important self-care and self-love are – these days now more than ever. On top of all that’s been going on in the world over the last couple of years, we still have busy lives where we juggle motherhood, work, and private lives – it can get overwhelming. And while there are plenty of self-care tricks for women that you may be aware of, there are things you may not have tried or ways to take your current routine to the next level. Let’s look at some self-care tips you may not know of and can add to your self-love toolbox.
Super Powered Sleep
The importance of getting at least eight hours of sleep a night has been ingrained in our minds since we were young – hey, they don’t call it “beauty rest” for no reason! But, try as we might, we still struggle to catch those elusive z’s. Take your sleep routine up a notch by investing in products that will make sure you fall into deep, restful, restorative sleep. Sleep supplements are a great place to start, as well as a white noise machine. Additionally, it would be best to curate your nighttime routine conducive to sound sleep – calming aromatherapy, and herbal teas are great ways to set the stage for deep sleep. Oh, and don’t forget about the power of investing in some seriously luxurious sheets!
Talk It Out
While we all have friends and family members that we turn to in times of joy or crisis, they’re not always the most unbiased people we can talk to. The reality is that even the most emotionally healthy individuals can benefit from talk therapy. You may think everything in your life is going great – and it could be! But, it’s always beneficial to hash out what’s going on with a certified therapist that can help you stay as mentally and emotionally healthy as possible. Investing in therapy is one of the ultimate forms of self-care.
Let’s Get Physical, Physical
We know that staying physically active is paramount to our physical and emotional wellbeing – but that’s not the kind of physicality we’re talking about here. Having a healthy intimate relationship with your significant other or yourself is an incredible act of self-love. Romantic acts release potent chemicals in our brains that help us feel fantastic. Even if you’re happily single, there are techniques that will boost your mood and your overall health.
Be a Globetrotter
Jetsetter, globetrotter, however, you want to slice it – become it. If you’ve been dreaming of setting off to some exotic location or even just a weekend road trip – stop dreaming and make it a reality! Getting out of town and going on vacation has been proven beneficial to our health. Not only is vacationing healthy, but it also gives us time to unplug from our day-to-day commitments and reconnect with ourselves – and love ourselves.
A Little Retail Therapy
Many minimalists will tell you this is not the way; maybe you’re an accountant too – but if you can keep things within reason, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of retail therapy. Biting the bullet and splurging on things we’ve been coveting for a while feels fantastic. Even just strolling through an outdoor mall, window shopping until something catches our eye is beneficial to your mental health. Of course, you want to resist the urge to impulse buy things that could end up with you feeling buyer’s remorse – but if you see something while shopping in an iconic shopping distrcit that you genuinely love, treat yourself! You deserve it.
Laugh And Cry
Laughter is the best medicine – how many times have we heard that? A million – because it’s true! Do you know what else excellent therapy is? Crying! When times get overwhelming, and you need to have a good cry, permit yourself to let it all out! Scream into a pillow if you need to! Laughing and crying and significant expressions of self-love.
While making others happy and living with a generous spirit are essential in this life, treating yourself with the same amount of TLC and generosity. So, add the tips mentioned earlier to your arsenal of self-love acts and start feeling better today!
Every year, Multichoice holds the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), a ceremony designed to acknowledge and celebrate knockout accomplishments in the African television and film industry based on votes. Often dubbed as Africa’s Oscar’s, guests come black-tie ready however, seeing as this event is held in Lagos, Nigeria, it is never a dull fashion moment. Here to bring the runway to the awards show was iconic stylist Swanky Jerry who you may know from Netflix’s Young, Famous and African. These are all the looks styled by the creative force for the 8th edition of the AMVCAs:
Idia Aisien in Anjy Luminee CouturePhoto: Simon Emmanuel utu
Actress and entrepreneur Idia Aisien wore an eggplant colored brocade gown with mirrored paillettes and removable bowtie-like shawl by Nigerian designer Anjy Luminee Couture. Her makeup was done by The Beel Kiss Beauty with hair by Adefunkeee.
Timini Egbuson in Sevon DejanaPhoto: Bolarinwa Y.O
Actor Timini Egbuson was styled in a majestic Sevon Dejana suit only he could pull off. The ensemble was accessorized with Anna Karin Karlsson shades and Balmain shoes! Sevon Dejana is an avant garde couture designer from Nigeria.
Daniel Etim Effiong in Deji & KolaPhoto: Bolarinwa Y.O
For actor and film director Daniel Etim Effiong’s outfit, Swanky went with a unique Deji & Kola jacquard suit that was giving African royalty. The bespoke label is based out of Nigeria.
Alexx Ekubo in Deji & KolaPhoto: IG/Reproduction
Alexx Ekubo looked classic in a black and white tuxedo with bowtie by Deji & Kola.
What say you?
Main Image: Bolarinwa Y.O + Simon Emmanuel utu
Hi guys! We just got back from our family trip to Florida – it was so nice to spend time with our family and the kids. We spent a week there and I wanted to show you guys all the outfits I packed for the beach and dinners, etc.
I’m all about bright colors right now and I recently found this oversized pink button down shirt on Amazon for under $30 (size XL.) I love the fit and It can be worn alone over swimsuits or like I styled it here with these longer length denim shorts (size S.) Also recently got this mesh Marc Jacobs tote bag, I love the bright color for summer!
I’m obsessed with this sheer sleeve corset top (I have it in blue and white!) I packed the bright blue for our trip to go with these denim shorts – I’m super into the longer “dad” fit shorts right now and this pair is under $30 and comes in multiple washes. I’ve had these Stuart Weitzman pearl slides for 3 summers now and they are still my most-worn sandal! They pair well with so many looks and come in other colors as well. I found this similar and more affordable pair for under $15 here.
An oversized colorful tee is my go-to on vacations to wear over swimsuits or pair with shorts for a casual look! The one I’m wearing is now sold out but I linked some cute similar oversized tees here and here.
Found this cute white sundress (under $25) to wear to the pool and the beach. It’s definitely more sheer so I found it best to wear over swimsuits. This mesh tote bag is the best beach bag – it’s big enough to fit all our stuff for the day and is under $20! It comes in tons of other colors as well and has become a staple to pack when we go on vacation.
Packed this cute neon floral bikini from Amazon (under $25), I ordered the medium and the top is easily adjustable with the tie back. They also have a high-waisted version of the print here. These green shorts are from Abercrombie and under $50! They actually have a matching button down shirt for a set but I wanted to mix and match them with the bright pink one I have.
I wanted a couple fancier items for dinners out and to take some pictures by the beach – I love how bright this teal 2 piece skirt and crop top set is and I kept the rest of the look simple with pearl slides and this micro Chanel purse.
I also got this long summer dress for the trip – I’m super into the mixed floral prints and there’s a slight shimmer to the dress thats so pretty when it hits the light. I went simple with the accessories for this one with these transparent heels and this nude YSL micro bag.
This dress is one of my favorite brands Hemant and Nandita – I love the one-shoulder neckline and floral print. You can easily dress it up or down with heels or sandals. I paired it with this Simon Miller vegan scrunch bag which is now sold out but I linked the same color and pattern in a different style here.
Happy Monday guys!! I’ve been wanting to get back into the swing of posting my daily looks here so I decided to start posting a weekly recap roundup of my outfits from the week before. If you want links a little faster, I always try to add to my LTK so you can shop directly there, but I’ll also be compiling them here along with sizing info, what I love about it, and any other info to try to answer questions you guys might have. Last week was a fun mix of loungewear and getting dressed up so it’s a true mix of some of my favorite pieces recently, from mini skirts to sweats.
GREEN SWEATER – WEARING SIZE XL
This is an amazing dupe for the Free People sweaters – I have it in a few colors and it’s become one of my favorites for lounging around the house, packing on beach trips for an extra layer for chilly nights, or just layering throughout the spring. I sized up a ton because I love it super oversized but I’ve gotten some DMs saying it was too baggy for some of you guys when you sized up that much – so much size up just one size if you don’t want it too loose.
GREY JOGGERS – WEARING SIZE L
I got these sweats in a couple colors – you can see the black below in a size M so they aren’t quite as baggy as these grey ones. I actually love the silhouette of these – they are super high rise so I love the way they it on the hips. And of course you can’t beat the comfort level of boyfriend sweats.
SMILEY SLIPPERS – WEARING SIZE 8.5
I pretty much live in slippers around the house so my slipper collection might be slightly above average but they are one of the simple pleasures of life I don’t think I’ll ever give up haha. These come in 8 colors and are under $20. If you’re between sizes, I would always suggest sizing up – especially for all things fluffy, faux fur, etc.
CROPPED TANK (WEARING SIZE M)
This tank has a built-in bralette so it makes it super easy to wear out and about – I’ve worn to the gym, just running errands, with jeans – it’s the ultimate tank!
BLACK JOGGERS (WEARING SIZE M)
These are the same sweats as above but one size smaller. Super easy combo for running errands when you don’t feel like getting fully ready for the day.
WHITE PULLOVER (OLD – SIMILAR HERE)
If you don’t own these yet, I don’t know what to tell you – they are like walking on air! Everyone I know who owns a pair says they are the most comfortable sandals they own. Word of warning though, they are kind of like an addictive snack because once you have on pair, you keep decided you need more colors.
Love the color of this hat! Such a cool 90s vibe too.
I’ve worn this combo of necklaces more than maybe any other necklace. They are both under $15 and I have worn them to bed, in the shower, to the beach, in the pool – never had any tarnishing or issues with them!
GREEN BLOUSE (SIZE SMALL)
Obsessed with the color of this satin top! It’s the perfect way to bring some spring colors to your wardrobe – the off the shoulder and sleeve detail is so good!
BLACK MINI SKIRT (WEARING SIZE SMALL)
Not mad these mini skirts are coming back! So many ways to wear them and pair them – sandals, boots, sneakers, tees, sweaters, tanks. The options are endless!
GLITTER PURSE (UNDER $15)
After eyeing the Cult Gaia version of this bag for a few months, I found this dupe and decided to give it a try since it was only $15 – and I was even more pleasantly surprised when I got it in hand! Great lookalike and love it transition a look for night.
Obsessed with everything about these sandals. As you can tell… because I wore them 3 days in a row haha. They also come in a pretty kelly green color. Surprisingly comfortable too! Which is the only way I could wear them 3 days in a row, let’s be real lol.
Loving all the creative cut-outs in tops right now – it gives even the simplest, neutral outfits a step up.
CARGO KHAKI PANTS (WEARING SIZE 26)
I feel like cargo pants are breathing new life into my spring wardrobe. I love how they look with strappy sandals – it’s such a pretty balance between masculine and feminine. And they pair so perfectly with pretty fitted tops for spring, cropped tanks, even basic tees – so many options for an effortlessly cool combo no matter what your style is.
CORSET TOP (UNDER $30 – SIZE 2-4)
This is the ultimate top for spring. It looks super high-end up so I couldn’t believe it was under $30! Comes in multiple colors and the corset silhouette is so flattering. Also love this sleeveless version (last seen here).
BLACK CHINOS (SIZE 28 x 32)
These are actually mens pants – I just sized down to a 28 (usually a size 25-26 in women’s). I’ve been loving the oversized, baggy cargo-pants fit and these seemed like the perfect way to get the same look for less.
BALLOON CARGO JEANS (50% OFF! WEARING SIZE 2)
These jeans (last seen here) were sold out for a minute but I just checked again this weekend when I got some questions on them, and they are restocked and on sale for 50% off! Sizes are going quick but I found it on sale here too in more sizes.
This is another menswear steal – I was on the hunt for a pink oversized blazer and found this suit set for under $60 and I had to try it. I also got it in green and have worn it multiple times since I got it. (Loved it in this combo for when summer hits.)
PEARL HOOPS (UNDER $10)
PINK CROPPED SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $30 – WEARING SIZE M)
Love this cropped sweatshirt! Comes in multiple colors. This brand is quickly becoming one of my go-tos for comfy pullovers and cozy knits. They make some of the cropped zip-ups I’ve shared recently too – tons of cute silhouettes and great price points.
NEON YELLOW SHORTS: (UNDER $25 – WEARING SIZE S)
These are probably the best dupe I’ve found for my FP Way Home shorts! I basically lived in the FP version last summer – these are a little bit better price point and love all the colors. How good is this neon!? Super high waisted and really comfortable.
I’ve been wearing Ultraboosts for years now – they are hands down the most comfortable sneaker for the gym or workouts. Obsessed with all the pretty spring colors right now too! Love this orange and pink combo.
Also got these pretty Nikes last week – love the pretty color palette! I feel like new sneakers are the best way to guarantee I keep going to the gym and working out anyone else?
I love browsing online and getting inspired (and let’s be honest, I always end up adding a few things to my own shopping cart so I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas that mom will love. I included some all price points, from under $10 to,.. well, to Chanel haha
JO MALONE CANDLE (under $50) GUCCI RING DIOR EYE PATCHES (UNDER $50) BANDOLIER PHONE CASE (under $50) MAMA GOLD NECKLACE (under $50) NEON SCHUTZ SANDALS GUCCI FLORA FRAGRANCE STATEMENT FLOWER EARRINGS (under $15) LANEIGE LIP TREATMENT (under $25) CARAWAY POTS & PANS SET NIKE DUNK LOW DOUBLE AIR FRYER BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY SWEATSHIRT (under $50) GUCCI LIPSTICK (under $50) TOM FORD FRAGRANCE & BODY OIL SET
I put some of my tried and true favorites on here like the Bandolier phone case. I just ordered it in purple, It’s cute and functional and comes in tons of colors. I also can’t get enough of the Tom Ford shimmering body oil (it’s so pretty on and seriously smells amazingg.) Some home items I love as well – the Caraway pots & pans set and the double air fryer (such a game-changer.) I also found this cute graphic Mother’s Day sweatshirt for under $50 (size XL.) I even got the kids matching versions which are currently sold out atm but the adult version is fully stocked! Pin It
CLOUD SUMMER SLIDES (under $50) ROMAN NUMERAL RING (under $15) ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM GOLD WATCH (under $100) PINK CHECKER BLANKET (under $100) CAN SHAPED GLASS SET (under $30) GRATITUDE JOURNAL (under $30) PEARL HOOP EARRINGS (under $15) WORKOUT SHORTS (under $50) PASTEL LOVE HOODIE (under $30) DIOR LIP GLOSS CREAM COFFEE TUMBLER (under $10)
I found so many affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas on Amazon from home to beauty to fashion items (all under $100.) My everyday jewelry: this Roman Numeral ring is so cute and under $15 and my gold watch (under $100) a staple jewelry piece every mom will love. I also included some of my most-worn clothing items like these workout shorts (I have them in neon green too! – size S) they are SO flattering and comfortable at a great price point with high reviews. For affordable beauty gifts I can’t recommend this Elemis cleansing balm enough, it’s been a favorite of mine for years. Gifts for the home – I love these soda can shaped glassware for iced coffee or my smoothies in the morning (comes in a set of 8 for under $30.) I also found this adorable pink checker throw blanket, it’s so soft and I’m obsessed with the print.
GUCCI SANDALS BYREDO PERFUME STRIPED TOTE APPLE WATCH STRAP CE FERULIC ACID (MY STAPLE) DIOR LIP OIL (USED HERE) CHANEL BACKPACK GIVENCHY SETTING POWDER (COLOR CORRECTING!) PRADA SUNGLASSES BRASS SALT MILL
For the moms who love the little luxuries of life, here are some splurge-worthy gift ideas she will love. I’ve had this Apple watch strap for a year and still get tons of questions on it when I wear it. It’s amazing quality and makes me feel like I’m wearing one of my favorite designer watches but I still get all the convenience of having a smart watch. I also included some of my favorite high-end beauty products, both tried-and-true (this CE Ferulic acid is my holy grail) and new favorites (this lip oil is everything and I instantly converted to this color correcting setting powder when my makeup artist used it on me.)
A few of these cult household products are on sale right now so I wanted to share a few that I think mom would love! I know some people have strong opinions about getting household products as Mother’s Day gifts haha but me and my mom love cleaning and organizing and I feel like these are little life luxuries that some moms won’t splurge on for themselves. I use my pebble ice machine all day everyday. It’s one of those simple pleasures that will totally change your day!
If you’re looking for more high-ticket gift ideas for mom that she will use everyday…
– APPLE AIRPODS MAX: I have yet to make the switch from the Airpod Pros but I’ve heard amazing things about these! They come in so many pretty colors too.
– DYSON AIRWRAP: These are hit or miss just because they can be tricky to find in stock – I found it in stock here and here this morning but I’m sure they will go fast. Every time I use mine I get tons of compliments on my hair – obsessed with the volume you get!
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This activewear set + oversized blazer (under $60) is one of my favorite combos for spring – the color is a pretty pastel blue and the quality is amazing!
After wearing the leggings version of this cream ribbed activewear set a ton during the fall and winter, I sold myself on getting the shorts version for spring and summer. I have it in brown, blue, and orange and wore them so much last summer. It’s under $40 and comes in tons more colors (wearing size small). It’s such a versatile activewear set that can go from the gym to a casual everyday outfit. I’ve been loving the matching sets paired with oversized blazers (the perfect layer to help transition between season!) I’m obsessed with this oversized pastel blazer I found on Amazon for under $60! (I also got it in this tan color – I got a large in both for an extra boxy fit.)
I’d been looking for a light blue bag for this season and had been eyeing this Coach bag and was shocked to find it on Amazon. I loved the shape and color of this one. It also comes in other fun colors like green and pink. Such a cute bag for spring and summer!
What do you think of this spring look? Let me know below in the comments
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Love the cut out detail on this sleeve! Between the color and the sleeves, it feels like a major statement moment.
The boys in their matching Easter outfits. So cute!
Boys think shaking their booties is the funniest thing. Ollie has started “dancing” like Beckam and Wes and it cracks everyone up
Our family easter pictures are always one of my favorites of the year – with 6 people, getting a family pic with coordinated outfits can be rare so I always get excited for our family Easter outfits. I feel like the kids are all finding their own style, this year more than ever, and we are all obsessed with Nike Dunks right now so I thought it would be fun to embrace the color this year, especially with our shoe game. We all wear our Dunks and Jordans so much – they go with everything and come in so many different colors. The kids love them so much that they have saved up to buy their own pairs. Super comfortable and great quality
Mara picked out her dress, I loved the colors and it’s such a good price point. she had idea to wear long sleeve underneath since it’s still kind of cold here. Cannot believe it’s $7.25!!
I always end up ordering pieces pretty last minute once I get a better sense of direction for our outfits so I wanted to share a few of my favorite retailers with quick shipping in case you’re in a pinch for an event or occasion:
ASOS – Great options for both him & her – lots of occasion dressing too! Love their price points and they have fast shipping – arrives in 24-48 hours if you join the unlimited shipping for $20.
AMAZON – You guys know how much I’ve been loving Amazon – I feel like they’ve been adding so many brands recently so their designer and budget-friendly options are insane. If I’m in a bind I hit prime filter at top and you can even click how soon you need it delivered like by tomorrow or same day.
SHOPBOP – One of my favorites when I’m shopping for dresses, and other designer pieces. They are good at their overnight shipping it’s not like 2-3 day processing time like a lot of other retailers. They are great with really getting things overnight or if you have prime membership you can get in 2 days.
One of my favorite things to do is travel as a family. We travel quite a bit for work, and fun, we have tried so many different gadgets I wanted to put a list together of my tried and true favorites. There have been so many amazing travel accessories for kids over the years that make traveling so much easier.Pin It DOONA STROLLER TRIKE
The Doona stroller (stroller/carseat combo) is one of the ultimate baby buys we used every single day when we first had Ollie and the Donna Trike is the equivalent for toddlers. After Ollie outgrew the carseat we graduated to the Doona Trike and we use it all. the. time. It’s a mix between a trike and a stroller and perfect for toddlers, both while traveling or at home running errands, going on walks, etc. It folds down to fit inside of the backpack it comes with so you can easily pack it up and throw it over your shoulder when it’s not being used. It’s super lightweight and a great carry-on size so it’s perfect for flights, road trips, or just every day use. People alwaysss stop and ask us about it. Definitely one toddler accessory that will change the way you travel.
This phone mount has been great for us to prop up our phone for our kids to watch a show in the airport or to turn on Ollie’s shows on the airplane. It clips to the tray table so ollie isn’t always touching it changing it. It’s under $25 and we even use it a to when we aren’t traveling, it’s also great for Ollie when were out and about running errands! The older kids love it too.SCOOTER SUITCASE
These scooter suitcases are genius! They are carry on size for all the kids and can attach and detach from the scooter wheel base and can even fold down into regular wheeler suitcases. It keeps the kids entertained at the airport if we have a long layover, and I love that they have a scooter to cruise around on when we are exploring on vacation. It’s definitely more of a splurge but SO worth it in my opinion. I also love how the kids can use the scooter part alone, so it’s super versatile!WIRELESS KID HEADPHONES
I love wireless headphones for Ollie because he usually will get irritated with the cords getting tangled and taking them on and off becomes a hassle. This kid size pair is under $30 and I love how these are made for kids and has built in hearing protection so the volume can’t go too loud.TRAVEL CAR SEAT When Ollie outgrew the Doona stroller, I missed having such an easy way to travel with a carseat so I was beyond excited when I found this travel car seat. We usually rent a car when we travel and are out driving around and exploring a lot so having a car seat with us is a must but lugging around a big, heavy carseat was a pain. This travel car seat has been a complete game changer! It’s super lightweight and folds up into the carrying bag it comes with.For perspective the car seat weighs 8 lbs and regular car seats average 15-30 lbs. (You can also purchase it without the carrying case here – comes in multiple colors.)
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Every holiday I look forward to doing a cute craft with the kids. Honestly we love crafts year round, but the holidays always bring out the cutest craft sets and I was instantly obsessed when I found this wooden egg painting kit for Easter! Next thing I knew I was setting up a little craft tablescape to do with the kids– Ollie couldn’t wait to paint some of his eggs but we saved the other half to paint once Mara, Wes, and Beckam got home that day. I set out a few snacks and treats for the kids and it turned into such a fun afternoon.
The craft kit itself is so perfect for any age. It comes with the cutest egg carton and paint set. Ollie got a little hands on with them and I love how they turned out even as a 2 year old! It makes a great keepsake to remember that age by. The older kids loved it too – it’s so fun to see their art skills and creativity develop. I also love the idea as an adult if you want a specific color scheme or pattern to decorate for Easter while letting your creativity out at the same time.
Thanks for all of you guys’ amazing responses and dms after my Part I post about blended families and bonus moms – I was doing a Q&A on stories yesterday and realized I never posted the part 2! I love being able to bring a more open conversation around blended families and motherhood as a bonus mama.
Q: Do you get a long with Cody’s ex-wife? Do you guys hang out?
A. Im really grateful we all get a long.
One thing I wished could have been different for me growing up, was that when my parents got divorced they would have been friends (I love both my parents very much and I know no family is perfect, but it was hard at times feeling that tension). They lived across the country from each other, so they didn’t have to see each other much. When I would go to visit my mom I would fly by myself (I don’t know if they still do this, but I started at like 5 or 6 years old and my parents would walk me to the gate and then you sit in back row by flight attendant and do the flight on your own. I actually have a lot of fun memories with super kind flight attendants who would play games and stuff with me. I think this is also part of the reason I learned to become pretty independent at a young age, and traveling alone hasn’t ever really scared me but anyways…), but ya I still always felt that awkward tension whenever they were in the same room. I remember even on my wedding day being worried about making sure both parents felt they got equal attention and love. And maybe that was something I created in my head, but it made me want to make it a priority when we got married that we have a good relationship with Cody’s ex, so that the kids never felt that tension or stress, and so we could all go to the kids events and it not be awkward. Again, this was not an overnight thing, it took years to get to that point. Especially if this is a fresh situation, it will take a lot of time. But as a kid who has been on that side of divorce, that was one thing I really wanted different for our kids.
Time, time, time! I think it all just takes time, but I love talking to their mom about the kids and sharing excitement for the things they are doing, or things they are learning or going through. We all sit by each other at most of the kids games and events, it’s in a good place.
Q. Do you get a say in making all of the decisions about schools and such. How do you deal with that aspect?
A. Long story short, I have no say haha. Cody talks to me about it, but that is one of the hard parts of being a bonus mom, you love your bonus babies and help raise them but in my case I’m not really a decision maker. I mean day to day what we are doing Cody and I decide, but bigger decisions Cody and his ex wife work out together.
Q. As the bonus moms/parents, are you involved in communication to his ex or just Cody?
A. In our situation, Cody and his ex work out details for the most part. Obviously there are times when Cody is still at work or out of town or something so I pick up/drop off the kids, etc. but the majority of communication is between her and Cody. We recently started a group text for sports and school scheduling and sometimes share pictures of the kids from school or sports too, but most scheduling goes through them.
Q. How do you handle frustration with your step kids’ schedule?
A. One thing that took time for me to realize and understand is that when you’re a step parent (not always the case, but at least in my situation) even if you all get along, at the end of the day you have little say over holidays, school schedules, really just plans in general. For me, somebody who likes to plan ahead and be in control, it’s sometimes hard. For example, when we were trying to plan a trip and I would ask Cody if he had texted the kids’ mom to make sure certain days work and I would want immediate answers for things and he’s like I haven’t talked to her yet, and I’m all well call right now, what’s the hold up I eventually realized that 1) sometimes you don’t get immediate answers because she has a life too obviously and you can’t expect immediate responses all the time and 2) things take longer to coordinate and plan than it would with your own kids, so you have to plan ahead a little further.
Q. Do you have full custody? How often and how long do your bonus kids stay with you?
A. We have joint custody so it alters. Right now, every other week we have them for Thursday/Friday, and then the next week 4 days Thursday-Sunday.
Q. Would you ever travel without the bonus kids?
A. I think our situation is a little different because we LOVE to travel and also travel quite a bit for work, but we always make sure to plan all our “big trips” when we can go together as a family. For example we usually do a big 2 week trip every summer and we always do that with all the kids. (One exception is like spring break – we alter years with their mom for spring break so if Mara and Wes are with their mom those days, we will still take Beckam and Ollie on a spring break trip). If your family typically only goes on 1 or 2 trips a year, I would for sure try to make it work to include everyone. We have so much fun when we travel with all the kids and Beckam and Ollie love being with Mara and Wes as much as we do, so we wish we could always travel together but it doesn’t always work out that way. That’s another thing you realize after you have kids of your own- both parents want as much time as they can with their kids. If it’s a challenge to get additional days or switch schedules for trips, try to have perspective and realize their other parent wants to hang out with them as much as possible too. Not saying it never sucks or their aren’t still disappointed parties, but its kind of an “it is what it is” situation. But honestly it always feels like something is missing when we travel with out them.
Q. Do they go school 30 minutes away? How does that work?
A. They used to live 10 minutes away from us for like 8 years and recently they moved a couple towns away. I’m so thankful they are still within driving distance because for me growing up, that wasn’t the case, so I’m just grateful we still get to see them so much. But it has definitely made it a little more challenging, especially now that they are in multiple sports, and Mara and Wes are in two different schools (junior high and elementary) they go at different times. Everyone has different practices and schedules after school, so it gets busy but we are glad they are still close.
Q. Are they open to talking about things they do with their mom around you?
A. I feel like they are super open with us, but I guess I wouldn’t actually know how much they are choosing to share. I know as a kid, sometimes I would feel nervous telling the other parent what I was doing when I was with my other parent (even now sometimes, actually haha) because I didn’t want to make the other parent feel bad, so I hope Mara and Wes don’t feel that way but also I guess I can’t know 100% for sure since we aren’t with them 24/7.
Q. How do you split up firsts or special times with their mom and you guys?
We haven’t had a lot of firsts where we can’t both show up somewhere to support them. For their first time to Disney, we did ask the kids’ mom if we could take them but other than that, there haven’t been a lot of times when we need to split up firsts.
Q. How do you guys handle holidays/birthdays?
It’s kind of changed over the years. We always split Christmas – I know thats not as popular. I think a lot of people do every other Christmas. Thanksgiving and Spring Break we alternate every year. Sometimes Easter falls over Spring Break, etc. Birthdays have changed – sometimes we alternate years and sometimes we stick to the schedule. When they were younger, one person would get them the night before and half of their birthday, and then the other would get the other half of the day and the night. At first I think everyone was hypersensitive and micromanaging time and things have relaxed since then. I would get in the mentality of trying to make sure everything was ‘fair’. But in a blended family, it’s impossible to make everything 100% fair.
We would also have traditions that we do every year with the kids, like carving pumpkins and decorating gingerbread houses. And we’ll wait to do those traditions until we have Mara and Wes with us so we can do it all together as a family. I think it makes the holidays feel more special and we’re even more intentional about our time together during those times.
Q. Do you feel you need to know other bonus moms for support? I don’t have anyone in my life.
A. I know like one or two other bonus moms but now that I’m thinking about it I don’t know if I’ve ever really talked to them a ton about it. My step mom is and I’ve talked to her of course We have 2 step dads within our extended family, but otherwise I feel like my physical circle of bonus moms is pretty small. If you’re joining an online group of other blended families, I would look for one that’s goal is a positive family environment – there are so many that can become super negative and that energy will just detract. But I think bonus moms can be a great support for each other.
Q. Did you do any discipline when they were younger?
A. Yes, but nothing major.
Q. How do you not step on any toes/do you feel like you can discipline them? Do you ever put boundaries or is it Cody’s ‘job’?
A. I never want Mara and Wes to feel like they get treated differently, so we try to say consistent through everything and that includes with disciplining and rules. For example: If they make a mess in the living room with Beckam, I wouldn’t only make Beckam clean it. And if they don’t listen, which they are kids and sometimes they don’t haha, they will get a different chore. But I do that exact thing for all the kids.
There are 10000% times I will say to Cody though, will you be the enforcer this time, I don’t want them to hate me. And sometimes he will, and other times he’s like you are still a mom to them, they love you and it’s ok for them to have consequences. I think he gages my mood haha. I’ve been in their life over 10 years, and know they love me, but sometimes still worry “what if they think I’m the evil step mom!” So I think you gage what feels most natural and comfortable for you.
Q. Do you give your bonus kids chores?
A. 100%, but all of the kids have weekly chores (– one thing Cody and I both feel strongly about is teaching our kids work ethic, so that goes for all the kids obviously). For us it just wouldn’t make sense if only Beckam and Ollie were doing weekly chores and Mara and Wes just sat on the couch. We are a family and we all have responsibilities.
Do I ever feel guilty about it? There are some times when it’s the last hour or two before Mara and Wes go back to their mom’s house and Cody tells them they need to clean up a mess and pick up the room, and I tell him they only have 1 hour left and to let them just have fun. He says no, they are still our kids they need take care of their responsibilities, which is really what we would do with Beckam and Ollie. So the times when I am a little more lax about chores or picking up after themselves is before they leave, but during the regular day to day, they do the same things my kids do. (And Cody is really good about being consistent no matter the circumstances.)
Ok that wraps up this post! A lot of you have questions or advice about dealing with biological moms or establishing a bond with your bonus babies – I’m really want to be an open book and share as much as I can, so I’ll save that for the next few posts, including tips for bonus moms and tips for bio moms since I got a few questions from you guys too I’ve loved hearing from you all about your own blended families and how much you love your bonus babies!
Hi guys! I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for spring! I’ve been posting some of my recent spring finds and what I’ve ordered and wanted to share last months most loved aka best-sellers. From travel favorites, swimwear, home organization, and everyday basics here is a roundup of February’s top 10.
DETAILS: GREY SWEATPANTS | GREEN OVERSIZED SWEATER | | RIBBED BLACK BIKINI | FRUIT/VEGGIE DRAWERS | TAN AIR JORDANS | AFFIRMATIONS WALL ART | SCOOTER LUGGAGE | LEVI DENIM JEANS | BLACK CROP TOP SET | ANNIE BING SWEATSHIRT
My favorite sweatpants that have carried from winter into spring! They are under $30 and I have them in multiple colors. I sized up to medium for a slightly looser fit. These sweats have been a best-seller month after month!
Recently purchased this affirmations wall art from Etsy for our office and I love it! I’m super into green right now and love how it adds a subtle pop of color to our mostly neutral office decor. I’m so glad it’s been a best-seller and you guys loved it so much too. It was under $10 and I bought the digital version and had it printed out, so simple!
Recently got this black bikini for our Mexico trip and love it so much, I also have it in brown. The top has an underwire so it has good support and love the one shoulder detail. It’s under $30 and I’m wearing the size small here.
At the start of the new year one of my goals was to organize our fridge so I found these clear fridge drawers to store washed fruits and veggies so the kids could have some healthier snack options available. A set of two is under $40 and so easy to install it takes like 15 seconds!
This black tie top comes in a set with matching shorts for under $25 and I love how y0u can mix and match the pieces. I wore the top with jeans on our trip to Hawaii – it’s super comfy and I’m wearing the size small here. I’ll definitely be wearing it a ton this summer!
These scooter suitcases were such a good find! They keep the kids entertained at the airport if we have a long layover and help make the whole traveling process more fun for them. The suitcase part can attach and detach from the scooter wheel base and can even fold down into regular wheeler suitcase. It’s definitely a splurge but I love how the kids can use the scooter part alone too when we’re back home.
This sweater has been an all time favorite and best-seller, I’ve shared the white version of this oversized sweater a ton and wanted to get a new color of it for spring. I love this green color so much! I’m wearing size large here – it’s super cute with jeans and plan on wearing it with denim shorts too when summer rolls around. It comes in a ton of other colors too and I recently ordered the blue.
Sale alert! I wear these Levi jeans all the time and right now they are currently on sale for under $100. I love the looser fit and bluer wash and are super comfy for everyday wear. I sized up and purchased the 26 in these but if you don’t want as loose of a fit I would go with your regular size.
I’m obsessed with these neutral Air Jordans. I wear them with loungewear and dressier outfits – they look cute with so many outfits! Definitely one of my favorite purchases from this year.
I thought this graphic sweatshirt was so cute when I saw it, I’ll wear it with jeans or over workout sets to go run errands – it’s super cozy! If you want a more oversized fit I would order a couple sizes up (wearing size small here.)
Which February best-seller was your favorite?
Spring fever and spring fashion have me all for the upcoming season! I feel like spring style is always a breath of fresh air after a long winter of neutrals and thick layers so I get a rush every time spring styles hit the shelves (or sites :). Here are 3 spring staples as we roll into 2022 spring fashion that will be the star of the show this season:
Non-distressed denim. I’m loving the clean silhouettes. It opens endless doors for dressing up your denim with a feminine blouse (obsessed with the cut, color, pretty much everything about this one) or a more tailored top. But you can dress them down with a cropped tee and sneakers for casual cool look that still looks pulled together.
We are seeing so much color this season. Shoes are the easiest way to incorporate color into your look if you’re more of a neutral lover. This pretty shade of green has me hooked. Bold shoes will be one of the biggest spring staples this season.
A TEXTURED BLAZER (WEARING SIZE 10)
One of my favorite spring staples that I end up wearing all year long is a textured blazer. The styling opportunities are endless: with a pretty spring blouse and denim as we transition between seasons, belted with a pair of biker shorts and tall boots, or over a slip dress for evening out. It all comes down to the texture for me, especially in lighter tones for spring so you can appreciate the detail. Love the color and texture of this one – such amazing quality that can carry all your favorite looks into spring and beyond.
Hope you guys had a great weekend! Now that I’m back into the swing of things at work I’m back in the office and wanted to update you guys on some of my Amazon home finds that I’ve purchased for it. Some of these are home finds that I’ve bought and used in my own home plus some new ones specifically for the office. The aesthetic at our office is creamy neutral tones and I try to buy kitchen appliances to fit within that vibe. As I keep furnishing and decorating the office I’ll keep you guys updated on our new finds – let me know what you guys think so far!
DETAILS: ESPRESSO MACHINE (ALSO HAVE THIS BRAND AT MY HOUSE & YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH A NESPRESSO FOR A QUICK LATTE) | GLASS COFFEE MUG (UNDER $20) | LES FLUERS PRINT (UNDER $30) | WHITE OVERSIZED SWEATER (UNDER $50 – WEARING LARGE) | DENIM JEANS (UNDER $40 – WEARING SMALL) | TAN NIKES | GOLD ANGEL NUMBER NECKLACE (UNDER $15)
DETAILS: ESPRESSO MACHINE (ALSO HAVE THIS BRAND AT MY HOUSE & YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH A NESPRESSO FOR A QUICK LATTE) | GLASS COFFEE MUG (UNDER $20) | LES FLUERS PRINT (UNDER $30)| WHITE OVERSIZED SWEATER (UNDER $50 – WEARING LARGE) | ROMAN NUMERAL GOLD RING SET (UNDER $15)
DETAILS: GLASS COFFEE MUG (SET UNDER $40) | DRYING RACK (UNDER $25) | WHITE OVERSIZED SWEATER (UNDER $50 – WEARING LARGE) | DENIM JEANS (UNDER $40 – WEARING SMALL) | TAN NIKES | GOLD ANGEL NUMBER NECKLACE (UNDER $15) | ROMAN NUMERAL GOLD RING SET (UNDER $15)
Can’t wait to keep sharing more of our office decor and home finds with you guys!
*In collaboration with Walmart+.
Clearly only interested in one thing haha
I can’t with Beckam’s face here
My dad used to make me pancakes almost every morning when I was in school. He would do fun shapes and letters. As an adult I don’t know how he did it, he’s super dad! I love making breakfast foods but we are usually running out the door eating breakfast in the car a lot of the times haha. Come weekends though I always make a good breakfast on Sundays, and leading up to holidays I like to do themes. Valentine’s is one of my favorites because you know how much I love the pink color scheme
I saw this idea online so I ordered some food coloring, berries, sprinkles, and a few other details on Walmart+ to save me a trip to the store. As much as I wish I was a planner and able to plan out a full grocery list and order once a week, most of the time I’m having last minute ideas like this or I remember something I forgot, so I love being able to order groceries for right when I need them.
I also got these cute plastic flutes to make a cotton candy mocktail which was no question the kids’ favorite part haha. We added some White Cran-Strawberry juice and a pink sugar rim – loved the idea for a cute, festive kids drink. With a Walmart+ membership you get free same-day delivery from your store and free shipping with no order minimum. (Free Same-Day Delivery- $35 order min. Restrictions apply.; Free Shipping, No order minimum- Excludes most Marketplace items, location & freight surcharges.
I used Bisquick pancake mix and followed the instructions on the back. I made the first handful of pancakes with just the normal pancake mix, then separated 4 bowls for other colors. I added a couple drops of pink food coloring to the batter. The pink from this set is SO bright and rich, I’m obsessed! You can just eyeball the amount of drops you want to add since it will depend on how big a batch you’re making. Just start with a drop or two and mix to get an idea of the color. A little goes a long way – Then after cooking the next ‘shade’ pancakes, you’ll add a few more drops of the food coloring and repeat.
You can repeat as many times as you want and go as slowly/gradually as you want but the more you do, the bigger your pancake stack haha. We just did mini stackers because I knew the kids wouldn’t be able to eat that many if they were full sized. I also used this cute little mold (works for pancakes, eggs, etc) that has a circle or heart shaped option. So cute for Valentine’s Day or just to use throughout the year for fun. It also made it so much easier for the stack to do multiple at once. These are AMAZING!!
We topped with berries, syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles. I also ordered these edible flower petals that would be so pretty for a Valentine’s Day brunch with your partner or even a baby shower/bridal shower brunch. I forgot to put them on when we did this so I’m going to use them when I make it again they are SO PRETTY!!
I have always loved getting dressed up for the holidays, but over the years my style has evolved more from ‘in-your-face festive’ to subtle festive looks with pieces you can use year round. Here are some casual Valentine outfits.
Obseeessed with the color combo of these Nikes! They couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day. Love the pretty pink detail on the back. They run a 1/2 size small, so I sized up to an 8.5.
This baseball hat is probably one of my favorite Valentine’s finds ever. It’s the perfect shade of pink and love the red embroidered graphic. It’s a little accessory that works for the rest of the year too. Also love the color of this pink shacket! It comes in multiple colors. I layered it over this cute ribbed set for a sporty, loungewear look from Nordstrom. Also loooved these socks with the look. So cute with mini Ugg boots or white high tops.
I’ve been eyeing the checkered trend for a while and when I found this fleece, I knew it was the one haha. It’s soooo soft and cozy. Love it with these Nike sweats and mini UGG boots for a head to toe cozy, look. Just add on any cute pink or red accessories to add a subtle Valentine’s-vibe.
*In collaboration with Nordstrom.
Cutest holiday drink! Love adding greenery to drinks.
DETAILS: WHITE MOHAIR CARDIGAN (ON SALE UNDER $20 – WEARING SIZE S) | EMBELLISHED HEADBAND (ON SALE UNDER $10) | DISTRESSED WIDE LEG JEANS (WEARING SIZE 3) | PLATFORM CONVERSE | RED LIP (SHADE: BAD BLOOD RUBY) | NECKLACE (ON SALE UNDER $20)
If there’s one holiday hosting hack that I live by, it’s to have your food (and drink!) double as decorations. Nothing brings more ambience to a holiday party than an on-theme spread of food and drinks and it might be easier than you think. From charcuterie boards laid out in wreaths to festive-shaped desserts, or festive drinks bring the holiday spirit to your table spread for your holiday gatherings.
Drinks are a super easy way to set the vibe for a holiday party. One of my favorite mocktail recipes is mixing pomegranate juice with a sparkling cider and adding pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary for a festive touch. I always get tons of compliments on how good it turns out – it’s hard to believe it only takes 2 seconds haha. To dress the drink up even more, try a gold-rimmed glass like these.
Now let’s talk outfits- for an extra holiday hosting outfit hack – one of the easiest pieces to take your look from ‘typical Friday night’ to ‘Festive’ is an embellished headband. Headbands are one of the hottest accessories this season. I found this cute white beaded one at Kohl’s (on sale under $10 right now!) and love how much it adds to a simple fuzzy cardigan and jeans look. (With a red lip of course – that’s a holiday must. ) I also got this cute sparkly mesh one and this rhinestone one – all on sale under $10 right now. You can see a video I made with all 3 here.
*In collaboration with Kohl’s.
The holidays are here! I know it’s kind of late – but had so many questions about some of our holiday decor from the background in stories I still haven’t taken pics so wanted to throw together some of the pieces we have for Holiday decor around our home and my office.
DETAILS: TIERED GLASS TREE (UNDER $50) | NEST BIRCHWOOD PINE CANDLE (UNDER $50) | BLACK VELVET RIBBON (UNDER $15) | GREEN VELVET 2 SET PILLOW CASE (UNDER $15) | CREAM STONEWARE TREE SET (UNDER $20) | PRIMROSE MIRROR ORNAMENT (UNDER $25) | 3 GOLD SET CANDLE HOLDERS (UNDER $20) | VELVET ORNAMENT SET (UNDER $50) | GLASS CHRISTMAS CANDLE (UNDER $30) | CABLE KNIT STOCKING SET (UNDER $50) | FLOCKED CHRISTMAS TREE | EUCALYPTUS FAUX GARLAND (UNDER $20)
This year I wanted to try adding thin velvet ribbon in the tree which I’ve never really done before so I’ve been on the hunt for some pretty ribbon to try to bring my idea to life. I found this blonde color and ivory color ribbon from Amazon and they are both soooo pretty I’m going to use for wrapping presents and then this beautiful black velvet ribbon I used on our our tree and wreaths. Excited to see how it turns out! Sticking to my neutral theme I also found these cute multi-color velvet ornaments from Target that come in a full set. – the pictures don’t do it justice at all, otherwise I would have ordered multiple. The colors are soooo pretty together and feel really high-end.
DETAILS: FLOCKED CHRISTMAS TREE
Every year I go back and forth between a flocked tree and a traditional tree. I love both! This year we decided to do a flocked tree in our home and I love how pretty this one looks! I can’t wait to see what it looks like decorated.
This birchwood pine scent candle is hands down the best holiday candle (under $50), it makes our home smell amazing! I have used it for years and everyone who comes into our home asks about it. Also recently ordered these mini bottle brush trees, they’re so cute and under $15!
DETAILS: GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE
I wanted the office tree to feel different than our tree at home so I went with this green tree instead of a flocked. I love how organic looking this tree is and it’s not crazy fluffy and tight which fits the vibe of our office perfectly!
DETAILS: KNIT POM STOCKING (UNDER $20)
I thought these knit stockings were so cute. They come in both green and red for under $20!
DETAILS: SNUGGLE UP PILLOW (IN STORE ONLY) | HOLIDAY PILLOW (UNDER $30)
How cute is this pillow?! Such a cute addition to add a holiday time pillow while still keeping colors neutral. This was another holiday item I only saw in store at Target but I love their other options on their website too – I thought this holiday plaid pillow for under $30 was so cute.
DETAILS: SPARKLY TREE DECOR (IN STORE ONLY) | GLASS DECORATIVE TREES SET (UNDER $30)
I saw these cute sparkly tree decor pieces in store at Target but found a super similar glass tree options online here! A set of 2 is under $30 and would be so cute to place them on the mantle or on nightstands in the bedrooms.
Anthropologie never fails me when it comes to finding cute holiday decor for the home! I thought these holiday light up houses were so adorable for mantle decor or to bring in a festive feel to your bookcases. Another favorite was these holiday dessert plates (under $20) to use for serving guests or when we do a family holiday dinner. Lastly, I had to get this gingerbread house doormat for the home and our office – Anthro always has the cutest holiday mats!
Linking a few of my recent holiday finds below. Anyone else already putting up their holiday decor?
For the first time I can remember, I’m actually feeling ahead of the curve with Christmas shopping this year. I still have a few people left on my list – it seems like every year it’s the same few that are the hardest to shop for haha. A lot of you guys have said the toughest people to shop for are parents/in-laws so I wanted to put together a few of my favorite gift ideas for parents. I feel like with parents, they’ve usually accumulated enough ‘stuff’ over the years so I like to focus less on tangibles and more on experiences or services that will make their life just a little easier. I feel like the excitement of experiences usually beats the excitement of just having something to open so I love the idea of more experience or service-focused gifts, plus they usually make for more unique gift ideas you maybe have thought of before.
PEACE OF MIND WITH A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
SimpliSafe: My parents are building a house right up the street from us so they’ll be splitting time between Montana and Utah. I wanted to get them a security system for their new house so they could have peace of mind while they are away. After doing a little digging, I landed on SimpliSafe – it gets amazing reviews, and has options to protect everything from burglary to water damage, freeze, and more. The install is super easy (which is a must because the last thing I wanted to do is give my dad another chore when he’s so busy already). It’s also a super clean look so it blends in with decor. Plus, it’s easy to use – you can control everything right from your phone. (While I was researching, the SimpliSafe reviews won me over and I actually ended up getting a system for me and Cody too since I have been so annoyed with our current alarm system lately ). They have been running sales off and on throughout December – The Haven (the package I ordered) is on sale for 40% off right now. (And no contracts, ever! Which is super nice).
THE GIFT OF RELAXATION:
Take luxury to the next level and organize and in-home massage for your parents. There’s nothing more relaxing than rolling out of a massage bed and into your own bed after a long day. Cody and I have used Zeel before – you can select what type of massage, what pressure, etc to make sure you get a massage you’ll love. One year I actually got Cody a massage table for Christmas one year so we could do our own at-home massages so it could work as a good gift ideas for your S/O too.
THE GIFT OF TIME
Walmart+/Grocery Subscription: One of my most used services (I literally use it multiple times a week haha) is my grocery delivery subscription. I use Walmart+ and Target Same Day Delivery and they are probably the single best investment I’ve made this year based on how often I use it. It saves so much time going back and forth from the store, especially when I realize I forgot an ingredient, and has ended up being the move convenient thing ever. Love this idea for parents – another thing you know will make their life a little easier that doesn’t end up gathering dust on a shelf.
THE GIFT OF A CLEAN HOUSE
Nothing gets me feeling more frazzled than a messy house so I always look forward to when we have someone come deep clean our house. I feel like whenever I attempt to do it myself, by the time I finish cleaning one room, the last one is already a mess haha. Give your parents an extra special treat and splurge on a cleaning service or gift card so they can schedule a deep clean – maybe after your kids have been at their house over the holidays, before they are hosting a get together, or just to catch up after the busy holiday season. If you don’t think a professional cleaning service is their cup of tea, this UV sanitizing wand is a great way to give the same clean feel that they can use for years to come.
THIE GIFT OF MAKING NEW MEMORIES
Vrbo Trip together: There have been multiple years where instead of tangible gifts, my parents have taken our whole family on a trip. It always ends up being one of my favorite gifts, so we ended up going the same a few years. Those trips have been some of my favorite family memories together and it’s a gift you’ll remember for years to come. Nothing beats making new memories together . We love Vrbo for family trips, especially to be able to have game nights or movie night all in the same space instead of splitting up into individual hotel rooms. For something they can open, a Vrbo gift card is a great idea.
THE GIFT OF A PRE-PLANNED DATE NIGHT
Plan an epic date night for your parents that they will remember for years. It could be tickets to a cool event in their area, a gift card to a new restaurant they would love, or you can jump on Tripadvisor to get some ideas for creative activities in your area that are outside the box. Cody and I love doing new things together but sometimes we all need a little push to actually make it happen. For a date night that doesn’t require as much planning, you could get a cute date night in a box – something seasonal like this one or this cold-case mystery box for the crime podcast lovers.
If you guys have any other gift ideas for parents that don’t add to the clutter, leave them below in comments for other ideas for people.
*In collaboration with SimpliSafe.
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I have done so much of my holiday shopping on Amazon! I wanted to share a roundup of my favorite finds for the whole family. Some of these gift ideas are things I use daily and love. I hope these gift guides can save you the stress of last minute holiday shopping! (Also if you missed our huge 2021 Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ guides I’m relinking it here. )
DETAILS: UGG GREY SOCKS (UNDER $20) | DIOR EYESHADOW PALETTE (UNDER $100) | GOLD WATCH (UNDER $100) | SKINCARE MINI FRIDGE (UNDER $50) | FAUX FUR SLIPPERS (UNDER $30)| PAJAMA SET (UNDER $50) | ELEMIS BALM (UNDER $100) | FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL | HOLIDAY CANDLE (UNDER $25) | VANITY PLANET FACIAL STEAMER (UNDER $50) | BALA ANKLE WEIGHTS (UNDER $50) | GOLD HOOPS SET (UNDER $25)
DETAILS: WATCH (UNDER $50) | SMART SCALE (UNDER $20) | SWISS ARMY POCKET KNIFE (UNDER $20) | GO PRO WATERPROOF CAMERA | DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE GUN (UNDER $100) | FLANNEL SHIRT (UNDER $30) | GREY BUTTON DOWN (UNDER $20) | WARM SOCK SET (UNDER $20) | ADJUSTABLE HAND WEIGHTS | MADDEN PS4 GAME (UNDER $100)
My favorite gift finds for him from Amazon – Cody has been wanting a deep tissue massage gun for muscle recovery and this one is under $100! I’ve also found some of my favorite shirts and flannels for him from Amazon this year and this one is under $30.
DETAILS: KITCHEN AID MIXER | BAGEL SLICER (UNDER $20) | CERAMIC MUGS (UNDER $30) | BLACK MATTE SILVERWARE SET (UNDER $50) | BAREFOOT DREAMS BLANKET | WINE GLASSES SET (UNDER $20) | GLASS STORAGE CONTAINERS (UNDER $50) | BAMBOO DRAWER DIVIDERS (UNDER $25) | AD CENTURY OF STYLE BOOK | GLASS SOAP DISPENSERS (UNDER $20) | COFFEE TEA SUGAR CONTAINERS (UNDER $20)
I find so many of my favorite home finds on Amazon and these are some recent kitchen and home things I’ve been loving that would make perfect gifts for friends or family. I’ve been super into organizing my home lately and these bamboo drawer dividers are so great and under $25. I also found these air-tight glass containers to store different cereal and snacks in our cabinets that are under $50.
DETAILS: PHOTO STRING LIGHTS (UNDER $15) | SHERPA SLIPPERS (UNDER $50) | NEUTRAL TONE BEAD SET (UNDER $20) | CONVERSE AIRPODS CASE (UNDER $15) | GLOSSIER LIPGLOSS (UNDER $30) | CREAM SMILE SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $30) | CHUCK TAYLOR ALL START CONVERSE | NIKE AIRPODS CASE (UNDER $20) | SNEAKER AIRPOD CASE (UNDER $15) | NORTH FACE JACKET | POP-A-SHOT BALL GAME | VIDEO GAMEPAD NEON LIGHT (UNDER $50) | HIGH TOP NIKE SHOES | LEGO PORSCHE BUILDING KIT
Finding gifts for teens can be tricky each holiday season so I picked out some of my teen girl and boy favorites that my teen kids approved of. Amazon has so many great bead kits if your teen is into DIY jewelry and phone charms. My kids also love any sort of sports games and I thought this Pop-A-Shot ball game would be a perfect gift they could keep downstairs for when friends come over.
DETAILS: PORTABLE ICE MACHINE | USB CANDLE LIGHTER (UNDER $15) | EMBER COPPER HEATED MUG | SPARKLING WATER MAKER | AIR PURIFIER | SAMSUNG THE FRAME TV | SHARK VACCUM (20% OFF) | NESPRESSO MACHINE | WIRELESS IPHONE CHARGER (UNDER $15) | TILE KEY BAG WALLET FINDER (UNDER $100)
So many great tech gift finds on Amazon this year. We have a couple of these like the Samsung The Frame TV which is 20% off currently! Also love this Shark vacuum that our cleaning lady recommended, it really is the best.
DETAILS: LEGO 2021 ADVENT CALENDAR (UNDER $30) | CHRISTMAS TODDLER SOCKS (UNDER $15) | CHILDREN’S BATH ROBE (UNDER $50) | BALANCE BIKE (UNDER $50) | WOODEN ACTIVITY CLIMBER | PACMAN ARCADE MACHINE | TODDLER WRITING TABLET (UNDER $20) | HOVERBOARD | BUBBLE CAMERA MACHINE (UNDER $20) | MELISSA & DOUG GROOMING PET CARE PLAY SET (UNDER $30)
Each year my kids do an advent calendar and their favorite is this holiday Lego calendar (under $30.) I included Ollie’s favorite balance bike on the kid gift guide as well since I always get so many questions about it! It’s under $50 and I love the natural color aesthetic of it.
DETAILS: MARBLE WHITE CHEESE BOARD (UNDER $50) | CRYSTAL WINE GLASSES SET (UNDER $50) | VINTAGE BOARD GAME COLLECTION | GLASS COFFEE MUGS SET () | NINJA DUAL BASKET AIR FRYER | INSULATED COFFEE MUG (UNDER $20) | HEATED OUTDOOR CHAIR | WHITE MARBLE PICTURE FRAME (UNDER $50) | KICK-ASS IMMUNE ACTIVATOR (UNDER $25)
If your looking for more ideas I did a huge gift guide round up with over 20 holiday guides here.
Let me know if you guys need help shopping for anyone else on your list!
*Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopStyle.
Obsessed with cut-out and sweater sets this season !
Cozy knits and sweaters are a winter classic, but this season I’m loving the twist on the classic cold shoulder sweaters. I am obsessed with all the cut-outs and two piece sets – they are an instant way to take your winter looks from ‘simple’ to ‘special’ and so easy to dress up. I paired mine with some cute 90s denim for a more casual vibe or you can layer over a satin slip dress and embellished heels for a dressier, date night look.
Linking a few more cut-out sweaters I’m loving below with different pieces to style them up or down. Also how pretty is the neckline on this dress version of my sweater? Saks is having a sale right now – you can earn up to $700 in a Saks Gift Card with code: DEC21SF (ends tomorrow!) so I included some of my favorites at various price points if you’re looking for some gift ideas for her (or need to drop some hints for your own wish list ).
1. WHITE SHOULDER BAG 2. 90s RELAXED DENIM 3. TAN CUT-OUT SWEATER 4. SHERPA EAR MUFFS 5. PRADA SUNGLASSES 6. RIBBED BEANIE 7. PEARL EARRINGS 8. BLACK LUG BOOTS 9. ELEMIS HOLIDAY SET (UNDER $100) 10. WHITE TEDDY BOMBER 11. BLACK WIDE-LEG DENIM 12. RED LIPSTICK 13. NORTH FACE PULLOVER 14. SHERPA SLIPPERS 15. TAN GIVENCHY BAG
Sharing more designer faves at multiple price points below:
Knit dresses may be a winter wardrobe must-have, but with summer on the horizon, slip dresses are worthy of all our attention. Nothing feels quite as effortless as the tried-and-true slip dress. First off, you literally slip it on. Second, thanks to its timeless simplicity, it will go with everything from sneakers and a hoodie to heeled sandals and a mini bag.Each of these pieces withstand the test of time. What’s one hero piece in your wardrobe?
There’s never been so many promising design talents! It’s probably due to social media being a great platform to gain exposure. Some new brands have gotten very popular, particularly after celebrities have been spotted wearing their pieces. I’ve created a list of brands to watch that I love (that go with my style)! I’ve seen their popularity grow the past few years and continue to create massively sought out style items. Definitely, keep all these on your radar – they will keep on delivering!Christopher Esber
During summer all you need is one or two well-chosen items to give your wardrobe a new lease of life. For 2022, the line-up of exciting summer pieces is looking pretty great – if I do say so myself (got the Julia Fox reference? Fellow TikTokers will know).
First we have the statement pieces: items that are perfect for adding interest to your favourite basics. Take the short-sleeved shirt in a vibrant orange hue, which will look just as good over a black tank and mini skirt as it will with a bikini on holiday (see how I styled it below). Or the puff sleeve blouse, which is always exciting – every year, new iterations of this design comes to my attention and I can’t stop myself: everyone loves a good-old romantic accent, am I right? There’s also the shirt dress, which is surely one of the easiest and quickest ways to create an outfit during the warmer months.
Finally, we have the minimalist must-haves. Drawing from this season’s ’90s revival, the clean-lined tube dress gives all the oversized midi dresses a run for their money – wear with everything from chunky platform sandals to whimsical lace-up shoes. You just have to chose your vibe. Trust me on this one.Shirt Dress @karenbritchick #question from @karenbritchick #question from @karenbritchick outfit linked in my bio above Instagram: Karenbritchick Follow for more style content!! #gladiatorsandals #chaneltrendycc #chanelbaglove #chaneladdiction #springdresses ♬ I Like – Guy
It would come to no one’s surprise to know that minis are not for the faint hearted. So proceed reading this article if you’re one of the more daring kinds! With the popular resergence of Y2K fashion, it was invevitable that minis would join the call. They were already anticipated with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White runway show last year, and surely they came back with a huge bang. The biggest instigator has to be Miu Miu with their iconic beige pleated ‘school-girl-esque’ mini skirt set. All of a sudden this particular miniskirt set was seen EVERYWHERE! It was very hard to miss as this set also featured in main magazines such as ID magazine and Vogue.
However, Miu Miu wasn’t alone in donning the popular mini hemline, Fendi, Versace and Blumarine (just to mention a few) featured them in their Spring/Summer runways.
All this is just to say, minis are truly the 2022 cult item!!Miu Miu SS22 Versace SS22 Fendi SS22 Sophisticated Mini
The biggest tip I would give when shopping for minis is not to fall too deeply into the Y2k style! It came out of style for a reason, and besides, why not incorporate your beloved timeless and sophisticated style? Sharp tailoring, playful cut-out details and neutral colours are your best-friends! Whether you opt for a skirt or dress, remember to keep it cool and understated, and let the mini-hem create that youthful feel!!
Notch up your sweeter side another level by going down the romantic route. The mini-hem gives that sensual element, while the design/color will boost the romantic side. It’s a perfect style if you have an important date coming up, or a lunch meeting with friends!
Minis have been a hot choice for night outs since the beginning of time! Some of the best of this season night-out items are metallic or shimmery fabric miniskirts (which I’ve linked below). Alternatively, opt for a minis with a fun pop of colour – ideal for day-to-night dressing!
With enough power to make an outfit, accessories should be considered key when pulling together any look. Whether you’re looking to dress something down or perhaps elevate a dress you’re becoming somewhat tired of, the addition of a well-chosen accessory can do just that (making you rethink the piece you had considered giving away) — and with minimal effort required. Join me as I sound off on five of the best and most essential accessories for Spring/Summer 2022: from baseball caps to macramé bags and colourful sunnies dominating the runway, and TikTok/Instagram alike. Scroll below to see them, plus plenty of other add-on ideas that might pique your interest.Crochet/Macramé Bags (to nail the island vibe)
Mother’s Day is coming up very soon (it’s on the 8th of May for those who are about to check their calendars!) Though the usual flower bouquet and card has always been a beloved favourite, but why not invest a little further? For this post, I curated three edits for you to choose from! A simple floral dress won’t cut it, rather here’s a real selection that she would love (and probably you too!)Dress-up (statement pieces that spark joy)
The start of a new season (summer, for that matter) is often synonymous with change, whether it’s to improve personal routines, setting and manifesting goals, or even a sartorial shift—a fresh idea about how you’d like to dress for the following months ahead. Maybe you’re cleaning out your closet of unworn items, or looking to update and elevate your collection of wardrobe classics altogether. To help, I have gathered three of my favourite, most versatile pieces I consider to be foundational for any closet. Pared back but never boring, these are items I find myself turning to year after year, those mainstay items I look forward to wearing with everything come warmer days. While I will of course still very much welcome trendier pieces, I know those need to live alongside a couple of staple items. That new statement item will shine even more when paired with say, the perfect little black dress. Plus it doesn’t have to be break the bank – have a look below.The Blazer (in wool for winter, in cotton/linen for summer)
Y2K was an era of anything goes, a fashion free-for-all – which despite not being a big fan of the trend, I’m not mad about the philosophy behind it. More was more, and that was great. I’d say today, we’re experiencing much of the same attitude. We’ve exchanged unassuming, quiet luxury for some extravagance and logos are a huge part of that. Like it or not, a good logo offers safety and classicism.Logomania As An Identity And A Movement
It’s that in-between weather again. Needless to say, it’s no easy task knowing what outerwear to put on when the temperatures swing either hot or cold. It makes getting dressed feel clunky and in fact a little stressful. To lift you out of the styling blues, I’ve listed some of the best lightweight jackets for you to try!! It’s all about elevating those classics. Whether it’s sun, rain or wind – the joy of getting dressed and being outdoors won’t be compromised.Elevated Parkas
Parkers are a classic jacket style that was created to protect you from all the natural elements. Its utility design makes it not only very practical but also gives it an element of ‘cool’ (check out the blog post here where I talk more about the utility trend in 2022!!).
As the boundaries of our smart-casual wardrobes have blurred, sneakers have become a footwear favorite. They’re more relevant than ever! These are five ways to style them for spring.Basketball Sneakers
Finally, the sun is making its way back into our regular weather forecast. As the saying goes, ‘sun’s out, leg’s out’! In other words, bring out the day dresses!! Just the thought of rolling out the house in a romantic dress and sneakers can put anyone in a good mood. This year, the selection of day dresses are more daring, sensual and bolder than ever. I bet all designers were waiting as eagerly as we were for the ‘post-covid’ spring sun! This year it’s time to take your go-to day dress game up a level! Take a note of the options down below!!The ‘Naked Dress’
Goodbye white cotton dresses, and hello the 2022 version of the ‘naked dress’. With it’s cut out elements and heavy handed lingerie motifs, the style is very sensual and romantic. It’s not for the faint-hearted!
Organza step aside, knitwear is the new buzz word!! Knitwear has transformed in our eyes and reached different style codes and categories. Just last week I wrote about knit tops for ‘Business Casual Styles‘.
Knit dresses are no exception. They’ve continued to evolve and has now become this season’s favourite dress style. Some of you might have seen this iconic Christopher John Rogers dress on your social medias!!
Spotted in Milan and New York Fashion Week was the newest take on ‘Back-to-work’ dressing: Business Casual. It’s all about mixing high with low elements like a sharply tailored blazer and loose pants. It’s a style favourite because who doesn’t want to feel comfortable going to work? The best part is that you can wear it outside office hours too – no need to worry about looking too formal to your lunch with friends! Find out below about how this style is a ideal mix with the other trends such as ‘Preppy leisure’. There’s more than what meets the eye!Blazers
Blazers! It couldn’t be a ‘Business Casual’ edit without them!! For the ideal relaxed look, try opting for an oversized blazer that retains some structure on the shoulders! Wool blazers will be your best partner for that!
Cargo pants. A wardrobe MVP and all time favourite item of mine. Those of you that were following my Amazon Drops will know cargo pants were a must-have item in my collection.
The cool pockets and utilitarian design aesthetic aside, cargo pants are my essential because how versatile they are!! Wear them under dresses to balance the feminine codes, or raise the understated impact with a blazer. (Here’s a reel I did for IG of all the way’s I’ve styled cargo pants!) Luckily for you, designers agree and we have one of the best selections of cargo pants to choose from this year!
Utility vests. They’re a great layering piece, and it keeps you warm!! A great addition to the list of style ideas if you’re sick of winter, but it’s still cold.
Vests are a bolder utility-style item than a cargo, making it ideal as a statement piece while still being casual. Wear it by layering under t-shirts. And, don’t forget to play with colour! Mix the style with the dopamine dressing trends to personalise your outfit!
”Robust, bold, under-stated cool. Put on your utility style armour. ”
The utility trend doesn’t just revolve around the military aesthetic – it originally started with workwear. Recently, in our ‘post-pandemic’ season, outdoor activities and sports is gaining huge traction.
Designers have caught onto this and developed their own take on fisherman jackets (pun intended!) and hiking coats. They make the ideal transitional season item with their lightweight qualities. Belts have also been reimagined on the catwalk by designers such as Matthew Williams (of Alyx and Givenchy), with the ‘rollercoaster’ belt.
Waking up to another cold day takes the fun out of getting dressed sometimes. After throwing on a beige wool coat and fastening those heavy boots for the 1000th time, I feel like I’m losing energy before even walking out the house. To bring back that oomphff to getting dressed, I’ve listed some alternative outfit ideas for when you’re sick of winter (but it’s still cold). Winter blues begone!!Colourful Outerwear (instead of black or browns)
Let’s face it. Outerwear is unavoidable for cold weather. For those of you that are sick of winter coats, luckily for you, 2022 is the year of colour. In other words, there’s an abundance of colourful outerwear choices to choose from!! (Think Mango Sorbet, Veri Peri, Yves Klein Blue etc.)
Ditch the blacks and beiges, and bring some of that spring season vitality. If you’ve been following my IG (particularly the photos I took in Paris), you would’ve seen me wear this gorgeous Kelly-green Ganni blazer (I’ve linked a similar here). It’s been one of my favourite colours to style with. It totally brightens up any outfit AND the wool composition keeps me warm. You can watch how I style the Ganni blazer on TikTok. Who made the rule that we had to wear sombre colours when it’s cold?? It’s not true and actually, colour is one of the best ways to bring back the joy of dressing – they don’t call it dopamine dressing for nothing!!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a massive fan of winter boots. You all know I can’t resist chunky soles. BUT! The weight of those heavy combats can feel like they’re wearing you down. That feeling of wanting to ‘just put on other shoes for a change’ can get so real during the cold months.
What to do when you want to dive into spring with a skirt but it’s still too cold? Layer it!! You can see how I styled and layered a liner skirt on TikTok. The popular noughties style has been given a 2022 updated tip – it’s all about the pleated skirts! Pleated skirts and kilts are anticipated to be a spring/summer favourite. AND, they make the ideal skirt style for layering under trousers and jeans.
What goes around comes around baby! At a time when the industry is striving to be more sustainable, vintage is becoming a priority on the shopping agenda. Shopping vintage has been an interest of mine for the longest time. It’s the thrill of the hunt of having a piece no one else has and the excitement of getting creative with styling. I thought I’d talk about the revival of some of my favourite vintage trends in 2022. If you’ve follow me for a long time, then you’ll know that I am an avid thrifter and have raved about my vintage finds.Bold Colors and Psychedelic Prints
It’s the era of collaborations. They’ve been heating up over the years, but now they’re the hottest thing on the fashion market. Why are collabs these days so popular? I guess the obvious answer would be the new creativity, infinite design opportunities and the novelty that collaborations have to offer. Though, there’s also a huge demand for it! Especially since Gen-Z are becoming one of the biggest fashion consumers, collaborations are not limited to other fashion designers, but across pop-culture, music and art. There’s a taste for the exclusivity and the feeling of ‘wearing what you are’. From a brand perspective, it enables them to tap into new consumers – sports leisure fans might be gearing their wallets for the Adidas x Gucci for FW22. Whether it’s because of creativity or mixing of interests, two will always be better than one! Or even three (thinking of the Balenciaga x Gap x Kanye West collab).Current Season Collabs
Any Studio Ghibli fans out there? Loewe x Spirited Away has something special for you! Love spending leisure time outdoors? North Face is having a ‘Chapter 2’ drop with Gucci (their first drop was a bestseller!). Or get your preppy-cute shoes on with Charles & Kieth x Shushu/Tong. This year I’m pretty certain there’s a collaboration drop for everyone. Of course my favourite is the Fendi x Sarah Jessica Parker collaboration ‘And Just Like That Baguette’. This bag is still such a scene stealer! You can watch my unboxing of this iconic bag and how I style it on my TikTok and Instagram.
Since there’s so many collaborations happening at the moment, the best way to shop is to find the one that REALLY resonates with you. That Fendi Baguette is a forever bag for me! Even if you’re investing in one or two collaborations, make sure it’s something you will love – and not just for the exclusivity’s sake (we’ve all been there!).
Some of the most anticipated collaborations haven’t dropped yet, but sneakerheads should keep an eye out for Stüssy x Nike Air Max. Although, there’s many collabs happening in the luxury department, the high street isn’t missing out on the trend. H&M just recently announced their year’s collaboration with Iris Apfel! AND, &Other stories is teaming up with Minju Kim (the famous Netflix series ‘Next In Fashion’ winner).
What collabs are you excited for?
Here’s three spring outfit combinations if you’re stuck on ideas! Yes, florals for spring. The point is not to be groundbreaking, but that you too can wear florals and it doesn’t have to be boring. Are we desperately in need of a n o t h e r floral dress? No, but! You can pick up all the floral dresses you have hanging in your closet and style them with a twist. Revive them and make them feel fresh! Play with fashion, don’t let it play you!Replace the Dress with a Jumpsuit
On a more masculine note, you can choose to wear something moodier, edgier and defy the usual meaning of spring dressing with a structured belt. To me, the ways that fashion brands rework how the motif is used to fit the narrative of their collections should be celebrated. It’s also how floral prints are being done and interpreted that can be groundbreaking, don’t you think? I always rave about the Loewe Obi belt, but that’s because it’s that good. It gives a twist to any “boring” floral dress you might have. Actually, it gives an edgy twist AND a snatched waist to all of your fits. You read it here first.
Robert Fripp welcomes Uncut into his study with a friendly wave, and an alarming haircut. From his customary all-one-length trim, the 75-year-old King Crimson guitarist has lately detoured into full Mohican: razored close at the sides, what remains of his distinguished white hair now running like a skunk’s stripe down the centre of his head. And this, he continues, only represents the style in repose.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
“It was spiked up yesterday!” he says, before confiding that his genteel residential location cannot always permit this. “Here where we live in the heart of a Georgian market town, we have a very large elderly population,” he says. “We have the highest average age of any town in England. And were I to go out on the street in full spike there might be some among the elderly population who might be taken aback.”
It was in the sleepy town of Bredonborough*, in winter 2017, that Fripp began the latest chapter in his remarkable 50-year music career. Entertaining guests for Christmas drinks, Fripp and his wife Toyah Willcox got talking to another local, the filmmaker Toby Amies. Amies had recently made a documentary film called The Man Whose Mind Exploded about the extraordinary life of Brighton eccentric Drako Oho Zarharzar, a former muse to Salvador Dali, who had lost all short-term memory following a road accident. Fripp had seen and liked the film, and so Amies told him about the latest development with it: he had recently received a message via Instagram bearing surprising news.
“It said: ‘…You don’t know me but we’ve started a sex cult in San Francisco based on the idea of ‘Cosmic Fuck’. ‘Cosmic Fuck’ was one of the tattoos that the main character in my first film had on him. And they’ve all got tattoos of it.”
Amies made the point to Fripp that once an artist’s work goes out into the world, it becomes the possession of the audience – and they make completely what they want from it. On Christmas Eve, Amies woke to an email from Fripp asking him to pop round because there was something he wanted to discuss. “It was clearly something,” Amies says.
The idea Fripp was forming was, what with people always asking the band to make a film and the band’s 50th anniversary being on the horizon in 2019, that he would participate in, and Amies should direct, a film about King Crimson. He had more thoughts: it should be called ‘Cosmic FuKc’ and it should have a subtitle gleaned from a 1995 headline from a negative US review: Prog Rock Pond Scum Set To Bum You Out.
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Nick Cave has sent a thank-you note to his fans in the wake of his son’s death.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
A fan has now written to Cave, as featured on the artist’s The Red Hand Files blog, saying that they were sending “collective love” on behalf of all his fans amid the recent tragedy.
“I have no question for you today,” Teresa from Australia wrote. “I just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of Jethro. All I can do is offer the collective love of all who read your letters. Much love to you and all your family.”
Cave responded: “Dear Teresa. Thank you for your letter. Many others have written to me about Jethro, sending condolences and kind words. These letters are a great source of comfort and I’d like to thank all of you for your support.”Nick Cave in This Much I Know To Be True. Image: Still / Press
He concluded the response to say that he would return to writing on his blog in a few weeks’ time.
Cave lost another son, Arthur, 15, in 2015 after he fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton.
Jethro was born in Melbourne in 1991 and only learned that Cave was his father when he was eight years old. He became a model after being scouted while in the city, but also tried his hand at acting, with roles in 2007’s Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess. He also worked more recently as a photographer.
Following the news of Jethro’s passing, Cave’s wife Susie shared a picture of Jethro on Instagram with the caption “Darling Jethro”.
Cave has previously spoken about how he coped with loss in the years following his son Arthur’s death. In a December 2019 edition of The Red Hand Files, the Bad Seeds musician responded to two fans who both contacted the singer after recently suffering the loss of a child.
“Susie [Cave’s wife] and I have learned much about the nature of grief over recent years. We have come to see that grief is not something you pass through, as there is no other side,” he wrote in 2020.Jethro Lazenby. Image: Getty Images
He continued: “For us, grief became a way of life, an approach to living, where we learned to yield to the uncertainty of the world, whilst maintaining a stance of defiance to its indifference. We surrendered to something over which we had no control, but which we refused to take lying down.
“Grief became both an act of submission and of resistance — a place of acute vulnerability where, over time, we developed a heightened sense of the brittleness of existence. Eventually, this awareness of life’s fragility led us back to the world, transformed.”
This Much I Know To Be True, which was in cinemas for one night only on May 11, is a documentary-meets-performance film that centres on the creative relationship between Cave and his Bad Seeds bandmate and longtime collaborator Warren Ellis, and looks at the creation of their most recent albums Ghosteen and CARNAGE.
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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have announced their first live tour dates for six years.ORDER NOW: Queen are on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
So far, they have announced European shows in Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, Ferrara, Rome, Amsterdam, Landgraaf, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Gothenburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Vienna, Munich and Monza. Additional cities and shows in the UK and Belgium will be announced at a later date.
A North American tour begins in August.
Said Springsteen: “After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year. And I’m looking forward to once again sharing the stage with the legendary E Street Band. See you out there, next year — and beyond.”
These 2023 dates will mark the first live shows for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band since the conclusion of their The River Tour in February, 2017
The E Street Band are:
Roy Bittan – piano, synthesiser Nils Lofgren – guitar, vocals Patti Scialfa – guitar, vocals Garry Tallent – bass guitar Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, vocals Max Weinberg – drums Soozie Tyrell – violin, guitar, vocals Jake Clemons – saxophone Charlie Giordano – keyboards
The European dates so far are:
April 28 Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olímpic May 05 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena May 07 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena May 13 Paris, France – La Défense Arena May 18 Ferrara, Italy – Parco Urbano G. Bassani May 21 Rome, Italy – Circo Massimo May 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena May 11 Landgraaf, Netherlands – Megaland May 13 Zurich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund May 21 Düsseldorf, Germany – Merkur Spiel Arena June 24 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi June 26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi June 30 Oslo, Norway – Voldsløkka July 11 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken July 13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken July 15 Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion July 18 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion July 23 Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion July 25 Monza, Italy – Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza
For more info and tickets, visit brucespringsteen.net/shows
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Cathal Coughlan, frontman of acclaimed bands The Fatima Mansions and Microdisney, has died aged 61.
His family announced the news, saying he “slipped away peacefully in hospital after a long illness”.
The statement added: “It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Cathal Coughlan on 18th May 2022.
“Cathal Coughlan first came to prominence as the singer and songwriter, alongside Sean O’Hagan, of their band, Microdisney. Formed in 1980 in Cork, Ireland, the duo relocated to London, became a five-piece, and recorded five albums for Rough Trade Records, first, and then Virgin Records. The enduring appeal of their music was joyously evident when the band returned for two reunion concerts at Dublin’s National Concert Hall and the Barbican in London in 2018.
“After the end of Microdisney in 1988, Coughlan formed Fatima Mansions, an outfit that combined his love of abrasive near-industrial rock noise with a fondness of traditional folk music, and fiercely idiosyncratic lyrics full of striking imagery and mordant social and political comment.
“There followed a series of albums released under his own name which brought to the fore a more experimental approach to song writing, and several collaborative efforts, including work with the French composer François Ribac, and ‘North Sea Scrolls’, a concept album recorded with Luke Haines and Andrew Mueller.
“Cathal Coughlan’s most recent solo album, ‘Song of Co-Aklan’, was released in 2021 by Dimple Discs and contains contributions from many of the musicians he had worked with over the previous forty years, including Sean O’Hagan. Even more recent is the release of ‘a hAon’, the debut album from Telefis, the duo Coughlan had formed not long ago with the Irish producer, Jacknife Lee.
“Cathal leaves behind his wife, Julie. A memorial ceremony will be held amongst close friends and family in the near future.”
Among those paying tribute was musician Luke Haines, who had collaborated with Coughlan previously. “I have no words at the moment. Just sadness and anger really,” Haines tweeted.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess added: “His brilliant songs remain. Play them loud and remember him.”
Norman Dolph, the music industry executive and artist who helped produce early sessions by The Velvet Underground, has died at the age of 83.
Dolph’s death was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday (May 20) by Planetary Group, who said that he had passed away on May 11 in New Haven, Connecticut after a battle with cancer (via Consequence).
Dolph first encountered the Velvet Underground while working as a sales executive for Columbia Records in 1966, and he set about arranging the recording sessions which yielded the majority of the songs which featured on the band’s classic 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Those April 1966 sessions took place at Scepter Records Studios in Manhattan, New York City, which Dolph organised and co-financed.
“I was not the producer in any sense that Quincy Jones is a producer,” Dolph later recalled about the sessions in an interview for Richie Unterberger’s White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day by Day. “The only thing I would say is because they were doing it on my money – and we had limited time resources fiscally, ’cause we were always bumping up against commitments that Scepter had in the studio – that I kept the thing on the rails.
“And it’s also quite highly probable to say if they had made the same record, and I had not even been anywhere near it, it would have been ultimately played out the same way. But I think part of the way the record sounds the way it sounds is because of [engineer] John [Licata] and I keeping it on the rails, to keep the damned thing going and moving. You know what I mean: “OK, next take, let’s do it, blah blah.” I think that’s my contribution as a producer.”
Dolph later took the recordings to his bosses at Columbia, who told him “you’re out of your mind with this”. The Velvet Underground & Nico was eventually released on Verve in March 1967, while the original acetate of the Scepter recordings later sold on eBay for $25,000 (£19,880).
Dolph also worked as a songwriter, co-writing the 1974 hit “Life Is A Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” – which was recorded by the group Reunion and later modified for use in a McDonald’s Super Bowl commercial – and Stay The Night.
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Suede have announced their return with a new album, Autofiction.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
The band’s ninth studio album is due for release on September 16 via BMG and can be pre-ordered here.
Suede, made up of Brett Anderson, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes and Neil Codling, went “back to basics” for this new record according to a press statement.
They hired “a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, hump their own gear, set up and start playing,” before recording at London’s Konk studios.
The band have given fans the first taster of the album via new single called “She Still Leads Me On”, which Anderson wrote to his late mother.
Check out the new single here:
“She Still Leads Me On” “Personality Disorder” “15 Again” “The Only Way I Can Love You” “That Boy On The Stage” “Drive Myself Home” “Black Ice” “Shadow Self” “It’s Always The Quiet Ones” “What Am I Without You?” “Turn Off Your Brain And Yell”
Speaking about Autofiction, frontman Brett Anderson said: “Autofiction is our punk record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in all their primal mess… Autofiction has a natural freshness, it’s where we want to be.”
Bass player Mat Osman added: “When we were rehearsing and writing this record it was this sheer, physical rush. That thing where you’re hanging on for dear life.”
Following the release of their next album, Suede will perform two special intimate shows at London’s Electric Ballroom in October.
Tickets are on sale from May 27 here at with a fan presale beginning May 26. More dates are expected to be announced.
Suede 2022 Tour Dates
OCTOBER 05 – Electric Ballroom, London 06 – Electric Ballroom, London
The journal, which was compiled by Gilbert, documented his arrival in the band in 1991 through to 1993, when the group’s self-titled debut album reached number one.
Speaking about the project at the time, the drummer said: “So Young is the book that’s been in my head for over 30 years. When I was getting into music I was more interested in seeing bands away from the bright lights of Top Of The Pops. Photos of the Pistols in the pub or The Clash at a checkpoint in Belfast fascinated me, and filled me with visions of what it was actually like to be in a band.”
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This may not be the in-depth movie bio you think David Bowie deserves, but it is a film he would have loved: playful, intelligent and admirably wary of covering familiar ground. It’s a trippy reverie that resembles an acid flashback more than a documentary.ORDER NOW: Queen are on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
Directed by Brett Morgen – who adopted a similar path-less-trod route to Kurt Cobain in Montage Of Heck – Moonage Daydream opens with a sequence cut to Bowie’s 1995 Pet Shop Boys collaboration “Hallo Spaceboy”: not only a neat way to underscore his intentions to avoid a linear trawl through the star’s back pages, but also a signal that Morgan is hip to the better work in his subject’s later discography. Some omissions may be surprising – the film’s speedfreak pace seems to take us from Ziggy Stardust to Low – but others are not: Bowie’s post-Let’s Dance ’80s output and both Tin Machine albums among them.
A framing device using footage from the Blackstar promo allows Morgan to play with the Bowie as-space-alien metaphor, crash-landed in post-war Britain. But the director digs into Bowie’s earthly origins, using excerpts from vintage TV interviews in which he lays out his thoughts, revealing that his early success meant that he never grew to be the person he “should have been”. To accompany this, Morgen uses a slew of interesting live takes to underscore all this self-examination, including a phenomenal version of “The Jean Genie” that incorporates The Beatles’ “Love Me Do”.
The rain of references is torrential, and Morgen never lets up, so if you’re not familiar with Bowie’s movie work, his paintings, his book collection, or his esoteric work with the likes of Klaus Nomi and La La La Human Steps, then Moonage Daydream may prove to be hard work. But at the same time, it’s refreshing to see a film that expects you to do that work yourself. It may not be the full story, but Moonage Daydream is a powerful attempt to convey the restless curiosity that fuelled Bowie to the end.
Moonage Daydream opens in the UK in on September 22
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Several years ago, singer Amy Boone was in her garage apartment in Austin, Texas, when she got a letter from the songwriter Willy Vlautin. Boone knew Vlautin well – the pair had toured together in their respective bands, The Damnations and Richmond Fontaine, and bonded over late-night green room conversations and a shared love of Tony Joe White records.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut READ MORE: The Delines – The Sea Drift
The letter from Vlautin was hand-written and several pages long. “‘I just wrote a bunch of songs that I specifically wrote for your voice and for you,’” Boone quotes today, walking around her new home in Portland, Oregon. “‘And here they are. You pick what you like, and what you don’t like, don’t do.’” Boone still has the letter.
At the time, Boone had put music to one side and was studying for her teaching certificate at Texas State University. She had a mind to teach biology. But when the letter arrived and with it, an opportunity to form a new band with Vlautin, she immediately quit her studies. “I was blown away, I was so excited and flattered,” she recalls. “I thought, ‘I can stay in college or I can go travel the world.’ I didn’t hesitate at all.”
Back then, Vlautin was growing weary of fronting Richmond Fontaine, weary of being the focus on stage, weary of writing for his own voice. When he happened to overhear Boone singing for herself one day, unaware she could be heard, he was struck by the promise of a different quality he heard in her voice. “I remember listening to her singing these kind of country ballads, real soul-y, and sad,” he remembers. “And I was just like, man, I want to be in a band like that before I die.”
The type of band The Delines have grown to be is a rarity. Theirs is a sound that evokes the swamp-soul of the late ’60s and early ’70s, that is lugubrious and perceptive and downcast and romantic, but somehow, remarkably, never strays into pastiche. On their latest album, The Sea Drift, with its tales of convenience store robberies gone awry, lovers arrested for unknown crimes, and finding a person who makes you feel like the world isn’t so cruel, the songs seem marked by a startling authenticity that rests on the unique relationship between Vlautin’s songwriting and Boone’s voice. “Willy’s the real deal,” says producer John Morgan Askew. “He’s dusty and he’s got that purity in him. She’s the real deal, too. That’s the thing, I think.”
It’s 55 years now since Roger Chapman first made the leap from the building sites of Leicester to the vanguard of the London scene, fronting psych-rock stalwarts Family. But as proved by last year’s rousing solo album Life In The Pond, his extraordinary voice remains intact – deeper and raspier for sure, but still full of raw R&B aggression, offset by an otherworldly tremor.
Chappo certainly has a tale or two to tell. Name an important British countercultural happening and Family were there: Middle Earth in 1968, supporting the Stones in Hyde Park, the Isle Of Wight festival, Glastonbury Fair.
When that first band ran out of steam, Chapman formed underrated funk-rockers Streetwalkers before going solo, finding success in Europe. Life In The Pond, which reunited Chapman with his old Family bandmate John ‘Poli’ Palmer, was his first album in 12 years. He’s followed that up this year with expanded reissues of Family’s A Song For Me and a new compilation of solo material, A Moth To A Flame, via Esoteric Recordings.
So what do you want to ask a a singer and songwriter who’s been there, done that, and is still doing it with bells on? Email your questions to email@example.com by Tuesday (May 24) and Roger will answer the best ones in a future issue of Uncut.
The market in Sandy Denny’s pre-Fairport Convention recordings has been increasingly well served in recent years. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?, the first major retrospective of the late English folk singer, who died in 1978, started the ball rolling in 1985 with the inclusion of a handful of early home demos. It was followed by The Attic Tracks, a coveted cassette-only Australian release from the late ’80s. In 2004 came A Boxful Of Treasures and in 2010 an epic eponymous boxset which covered pretty much every inch of Denny’s oeuvre across no less than 19 CDs. Recordings Denny made in 1967 with Alex Campbell and The Strawbs have also been re-released several times over.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
In terms of basic housekeeping, everything on this double vinyl Record Store Day release, authorised by the Denny estate, has previously been available elsewhere. Its 27 solo tracks essentially replicate all of disc 12 and two tracks from disc 13 of the mammoth Sandy Denny box which, though exhaustive, was given only a limited release and quickly became prohibitively pricey.
Though dedicated fans may have heard most or all of this material before, it’s the first time the majority of these tracks have been issued on vinyl (there is also a CD version). For the more selective or less solvent listener, Early Home Recordings provides a concise, accessible overview of the evolution of Denny’s artistry between 1966 and 1968, spanning the period when she was first establishing herself in London folk clubs to the months immediately after she joined Fairport in May 1968. The inner gatefold sleeve includes informative liner notes by Pat Thomas, who curated the release, though he needlessly denigrates some of Denny’s contemporaries in the process of rightly trumpeting her brilliance.
What emerges is a dual portrait. Denny is captured as an interpreter of songs ancient and new, as well as a budding singer-songwriter in her own right. Aged 19, she kicks off in 1966 with two songs written by her boyfriend of the time, tempestuous American folkie Jackson C Frank, making a particularly fine fist of his signature song, “Blues Run The Game”. Elsewhere, she covers Bert Jansch (“Soho”), and offers up a beautiful, hushed take on Fred Neil’s “A Little Bit Of Rain”. In contrast, attempts at two songs written by her friend and fellow free spirit Anne Briggs – “Go Your Own Way My Love” and “The Time Has Come” – seem halting, almost tentative. The pick of this crop is a tender, transformative reading of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”, a song Denny would sing many times, here presented as a masterclass in tone and dynamics, highlighting the width of her vocal range.
The traditional material is generally a little less compelling. Such staples from the US, British and Irish trad. arr. repertoire as “Motherless Children”, “Seven Virgins”, “She Moves Through The Fair” and “Cradle Song” were ten-a-penny in the folk clubs of the time, and Denny’s versions feel a tad dutiful, a haunting “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” notwithstanding.
Scattered among these interpretations are the earliest flowerings of Denny as a composer, 10 originals which include songs she never professionally recorded or released. You can hear why in the case of the gloomy “I Love My True Love” and derivative “Ethusel”, but “Gerrard Street” is an appealing blues stroll through London’s bohemian underbelly, while “In Memory (The Tender Years)” is pretty, if slight.
Also featured is the very earliest recording of “Who Knows Where The Time Goes?” from 1967, one of two versions featured. Played in open tuning, bouncing along to an uncertain rhythm and sprightlier than it would later become, it doesn’t quite access the full range of the song’s magnificent melancholy but is fascinating, nonetheless. Another highlight is “Boxful Of Treasures”, a lovely embryonic version of “Fotheringay” – a fine rendition of which is also included here in its finished state.
If Denny’s songwriting is still a work in progress, her voice is already a mesmerising instrument. Heard here in an unadorned setting with only her own – excellent – guitar playing as an accompaniment, it shines and shadows with unerring instinct. All of these tracks were taped on rudimentary home recording equipment, but the sound quality is generally decent; oddly, the seven 1966 recordings are cleaner than the later ones, some of which flirt with distortion when the volume creeps up. Though there are a few tuning issues, and the performance of “Motherless Children” ends abruptly with a male voice speaking in the background, none of the domestic idiosyncrasies hamper the listening experience. For anyone who has ever dreamt of having Sandy Denny sing in the corner of the room for an hour or so, this welcome release might be as close as we’ll get.
On its release in February 2002, expectations for Norah Jones’ debut album were “modest” in the extreme, as the liner notes accompanying this expanded 20th-anniversary edition tell us. In Uncut’s brief original review, we suggested that Jones’ sultry voice sat somewhere between Sade and Shelby Lynne, but did at least hint that she might go on to outstrip both of them. Nine Grammy awards, 30 million sales and two decades later, that judgement seems a tad cautious but not too far wide of the mark.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
Since her debut Jones has recorded half a dozen more huge-selling albums and lent her beguiling voice to collaborations with Foo Fighters, Dolly Parton, Danger Mouse, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and among others.
Yet it is Come Away With Me, recorded when she was 22 and which Jones herself self-deprecatingly calls “my moody little record”, which has remained her biggest seller and her calling card.
After graduating from the University of North Texas, Jones moved to New York in 1999 and began playing jazz gigs in restaurants around Manhattan. Her 21st birthday found her singing at a brunch with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band. After the gig she gave a three-track demo to Shell White, who happened to be not only Hopkins’ wife but also an executive with EMI Publishing.
White passed the demo to Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall and the long and winding road to Come Away With Me which ensued is chronicled here in a collection that augments the album’s 14 released tracks with another 30. They include demos, early sessions and an entire version of the album recorded with producer Craig Street, subsequently scrapped when Jones went back into the studio with Atlantic veteran Arif Mardin.
Sequenced chronologically, we get a unique insight into the evolution of a classic album, starting with the three self-recorded demos that first persuaded Blue Note that Jones had something special. What is most striking is that at the time the singer clearly regarded herself primarily as a jazz chanteuse. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most”, a song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, was recorded solo in Jones’ school band room but finds her sounding like a precociously assured lounge singer. Nat King Cole’s “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” is even jazzier with double bass and trumpet, and it’s only on the Bonnie Raitt-like “World Of Trouble” that we get a hint of the jazz-pop troubadour mode eventually heard on Come Away With Me.
Those three songs initially got Jones signed on a demo deal rather than a full contract and she was sent away to work on original material with her guitarist Jesse Harris and bassist Lee Alexander. “We let her find her own direction,” Brian Bacchus, Blue Note’s head of A&R, explained. “We knew that if she could develop her songwriting, it would work.”
Only a handful of the 14 new songs she recorded found their way on to Come Away With Me but they included Harris’ “Don’t Know Why”. Recorded in a single take, it’s the hit version that ended up on the finished album with only the lightest overdubs. Also retained from those early sessions was a wondrous jazz-blues take on John D Loudermilk’s “Turn Me On”, singled out as her finest vocal performance in Uncut’s review of the album 20 years ago.
Among the unreleased songs, perhaps the most revealing is “Something Is Calling You”, which has a raga-like circular guitar motif and Indian tabla accompaniment. At the time it was not widely known that Jones was the daughter of Ravi Shankar.
The simple, unpretentious integrity of the demo sessions beguiled Blue Note’s big-wigs and on being offered a full recording contract, Jones requested that Street should produce, inspired by his work on Cassandra Wilson’s 1995 Grammy-winning New Moon Daughter, which she regarded as a touchstone.
The aborted album they put together at Allaire Studios near Woodstock offers an intriguing glimpse into the record that Come Away With Me might have been. In the end, three of the 13 tracks from the sessions made it onto the final album and one can hear why the Street-produced versions of songs such as “Come Away With Me” and “Turn Me On” were ultimately rejected. Given the kind of moody, textured wash associated with Daniel Lanois, they’re terrific in their own right and Jones sings them exquisitely; but the vibe has strayed a long way from the simpler, jazzier mood of the demos that had excited Blue Note in the first place.
The version of Come Away With Me that was eventually released cherry-picked the best moments from the three different sources. “Don’t Know Why” and “Turn Me On” came from the demo sessions, “Seven Years”, “Feelin’ The Same Way” and “The Long Day Is Over” from the Street-produced set, and nine songs were recorded or re-recorded with Mardin, who added a burnished veneer of sophistication without subtracting from the freshness that had characterised the demos.
As a deep dive into how a talented young artist and a smart record label go about feeling their way to greatness, this 20th-anniversary edition is not only endlessly fascinating but required listening for anyone involved in the business of making records as a foundation course in how it should be done.
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On April 2, 1968, Rudy ‘?’ Martinez was one of three men picked up by Michigan state police in a lay-by near the Zilwaukee Bridge, not far from his home town of Saginaw, the trio arrested for possession of “several tubes of glue and brown bags containing glue”. In the wrong place at the wrong time with very much the wrong drugs, the perma-shaded ? And The Mysterians singer thus found himself about as far from the psychedelic action as he could have been, an improbable local success story recast as something of a laughing stock.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
Naive, sci-fi crazy, Mexican-American youngsters from a blue-collar backwater two hours’ drive from Detroit, ? And The Mysterians contrived to record the second-biggest-selling US single of 1966 (outsold only by The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin’”) in a basic studio in Bay City, Michigan. A wounded rant with a killer keyboard sound, “96 Tears” sold a million, but the two albums the band released – now back on vinyl after a long spell in legal limbo – went largely unnoticed, with mismanagement, racism and more goings-on elsewhere helping to seal the band’s fate as a one-hit wonder. As ? whoops presciently on the debut album’s “Ten O’Clock”: “You miss your train, now your name’s erased”.
However, for lovers of garage rock – the genre post-rationalised into existence following Lenny Kaye’s 1972 compilation of overlooked small-time 7” singles, Nuggets – ? And The Mysterians’ underachievement remains heroic. These crystal-clear new versions of 96 Tears (1966) and Action (1967) show a band impervious to the psychedelic winds of change, persisting in playing lascivious, Brit-style R&B at teenage velocity, in blissful ignorance of anything The Beatles, The Rolling Stones – or indeed anyone else – had done since 1965.
Once a covers band, ? And The Mysterians hit on a neat gimmick when ? renounced his birth name, but seemed fated to go nowhere, their first attempts at recording vanishing after the studio owner was murdered in Detroit. They got a second chance, with “96 Tears” going viral after receiving a limited release on the tiny Pa-Go-Go label, becoming a hit in Saginaw, then Flint, then Detroit, before a deal with the Cameo-Parkway label helped propel it to the national No 1 spot in October 1966.
With future Casablanca disco mogul Neil Bogart whipping them on, the Mysterians recorded two albums in the space of six months, guitarist Bobby Balderrama and 15-year-old Vox Continental wizard Frankie Rodriguez providing tunes for their hyperactive frontman to adorn with campy yelps and rather less subtle come-ons. Quite how no-one at the relatively strait-laced Cameo-Parkway noticed him muttering “girl, you masturbate me” on Action’s fuzztoned calling card “Girl (You Fascinate Me)” is anyone’s guess.
If they were young and a little unsubtle, ? And The Mysterians were not the musical lightweights some latter-day fans would perhaps like them to be. Frankie Gonzalez’s sly drop of a passage of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” into “I Need Somebody” – the opening track from the debut album – is evidence of a band that knew their history. Fellow Saginaw keyboard king Stevie Wonder slipped a bit of the same tune (on harmonica) into his 1963 No 1 “Fingertips”.
The instrumental “Set Aside” and “Midnight Hour” show that the Mysterians had jazz and blues chops too, but if they aspire to the alpha-male thud of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Keep On Running” on “Don’t Break This Heart Of Mine”, ?’s Prince-pitched vocals subtly queer their pitch. He comes on like a repentant Little Richard on a take of “Stormy Monday” – the only cover on 96 Tears – and plays the wounded innocent superbly on the featherweight “Why Me”, a wet lettuce approximation of Love’s “My Little Red Book”.
Producer Bogart perhaps recognised this appealing androgyny in ? when he forced the soppy “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” (previously recorded by “A Lover’s Concerto” hitmakers The Toys) on to the band for Action. The hackneyed attempt to graft the keyboard line from “96 Tears” on to this potential comeback hit sounded clueless to the teenaged Balderrama (see interview), but ?’s slightly mocking delivery suggests he may be in on a joke somewhere.
Toughened up by an intense bout of touring, the Mysterians essay the streetwalking cheetah bit rather more convincingly on Action. Groovy, laidback and nasty, “Smokes” does the Muddy Waters “I’m A Man” bit as ? scowls: “I don’t care if you’re blue or red/I’ll take you any time anywhere in the night”. The fade-out to the hard-edged “It’s Not Easy” is similarly lusty, the singer promising: “I got kisses and I can hug you and I can… I said I can…” Meanwhile, the jaunty “Don’t Hold It Against Me” is a gaslighter’s excuse for infidelity on the lines of Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me”, ? sorry/not sorry as he keens “you were gone and she was there”.
If the Mysterians can pass as leathery road warriors, ?’s hard-man act continues to mask a more delicious ambiguity. In the intro to “Girl (You Captivate Me)”, he has a strange premonition of Patti Smith as he intones, “Dark alleys and streetlights I’d walk a lonely sleepless night/The shadows were all I had until you came into my life”, a knowing wink – perhaps – to a love that might have been wary of speaking its name in Saginaw. Elsewhere, he delights in tossing off romantic cheese like “Just Like A Rose” and high-kicks his way through the Isley Brothers’ “Shout” while the “la la la”s of his own “I’ll Be Back” show that he may have missed his true calling as a Ronette.
However, as a commercial proposition, ? And The Mysterians were not about to be anyone’s baby. Even at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the colour of their skin probably closed doors for them, and ?’s eccentricity perhaps did not help (he was liable to tell interviewers that he was from Mars, and had been walking the earth since the time of the dinosaurs).
Cameo-Parkway kept vainly chasing another hit, the band putting out further doomed singles plus would-be novelty hits as the Fun Sons and the Semi-Colons? for the label, which went bust in September 1967. Beatles lawyer Allen Klein picked up ? And The Mysterians’ back catalogue in the subsequent fire sale, but his ABKCO label blocked any large-scale reissues until relatively recently. Meanwhile, the band barely survived into the 1970s; Capitol put out a one-off single, “Make You Mine”, in 1968, but a third album – recorded for Ray Charles’ Tangerine label – remains unreleased.
“96 Tears” fared pretty well without them, though. Recorded by Aretha Franklin, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Suicide among others, it provided minor hits for Big Maybelle, The Stranglers and Thelma Houston, as well as the “I’ve got 96 tears in 96 eyes” hook for The Cramps’ ’50s slasher “Human Fly”. ? And The Mysterians’ two LPs don’t quite live up to that improbable hit, but they at least highlight the subtle musical smarts and off-stage drama integral to a story where the sweet smell of success gives way to the disorienting fog of solvents. Read between the lines and you’ve got a novel.
As with so many other things, Neil Young’s attitude towards bootlegs has been inconsistent, to say the least. An oft-circulated film clip from the early 1970s shows him angrily confronting a hapless record store clerk over a stack of unauthorised CSNY releases, eventually absconding with them, unpaid for. By the early 1990s, however, he had changed his tune. “More power to them – they can sell ’em in the parking lot, I don’t give a shit,” Young told biographer Jimmy McDonough. “I have nothing against bootlegs – for an artist like me, they’re essential.”ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
In the 2020s, Neil has leaned even further in the latter direction. Last year saw the launch of his Official Bootleg Series with Carnegie Hall 1970 (though in typically haywire fashion, this was in fact a previously un-bootlegged performance). Now, he’s released three more volumes, all solo acoustic, capturing two early 1971 concerts and one surprise small-club gig in 1974. Thanks to upgraded sonics (but retaining their charmingly amateur graphic design), they’re are all worthy additions to Young’s ever-expanding canon. But fans will almost certainly have a few quibbles about this latest batch of boots.
As Neil rightly notes, bootlegs have been essential for understanding and contextualising a career as long and varied as his. He’s played with a host of different bands, he’s gone through countless phases and side trips, he’s left entire albums unreleased for decades. Any die-hard will tell you Young’s officially released records tell only a fraction of his story (case in point: “Dance Dance Dance”, the only song on all three of these new Official Bootlegs, didn’t show up on a Young release until 2007).
However, with the release of two more 1971 acoustic shows, Neil can probably close the book on his post-Déjà Vu/post-After The Gold Rush solo era. Royce Hall, 1971 and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 1971, recorded days apart, join the aforementioned Carnegie Hall 1970, Young Shakespeare, Live At The Cellar Door, and Live At Massey Hall 1971, all of which feature similar setlists. Throw in two earlier sets, Sugar Mountain – Live At Canterbury House 1968 and Live At The Riverboat 1969, and we’ve got a more than full portrait of Neil as a young artist, alone onstage. Taken on their own merits, Royce Hall and Dorothy Chandler are prime examples of Young in early ’71 … but maybe we can move on to other territory now? Future Official Bootlegs announced but now pushed back include a Tonight’s The Night-era gig at London’s Rainbow Theatre and a 3LP collection of recordings made in 1977 with Young’s virtually undocumented band The Ducks, plus Archives III, due this year.
Dorothy Chandler is the one to get; the 8+-minute “Sugar Mountain”, with numerous spoken-word digressions, is Neil at his most hilariously droll. The impossibly delicate “See The Sky About To Rain” may well be the definitive version of this underrated ballad. Finally, the snippet of “You And Me” (a song he wouldn’t finish until more than two decades later) that presages “I Am A Child” is the kind of thing that Shakey Heads live for. You’ve doubtless already heard the version of “Needle And The Damage Done” on Royce Hall — it’s this take that would later appear on Harvest.
Why is this period so important to Neil? “I loved it”, he told Cameron Crowe of his early ’70s solo tours. “It was real personal. Very much a one-on-one thing with the crowd.” That warm rapport comes across nicely on Royce Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – both venues are in the LA area, so they were virtually homecoming concerts for Neil. A reference he makes to the “memory of the Buffalo Springfield” at Royce Hall gets such a rapturous response that it’s safe to assume that many in the crowd had been there back in the Sunset Strip days. But these shows are no nostalgia trips, old bands notwithstanding. Maybe Neil sees this era as the point where he truly came into his own as a solo performer, with no need for the Springfield, CSNY or Crazy Horse.
Young’s fondness for the early 1970s might also have something to do with the fact that he had just met actress Carrie Snodgress, with whom he’d quickly fallen in love. By May of 1974, however, the bloom was off the rose for Neil and Carrie — and along with the legendary Homegrown (finally released in 2020), Citizen Kane Jr Blues (Live The Bottom Line) is a stirring document of his heartache in the wake of their dissolving love affair. “Here’s another bummer for you,” Young jokes at one point, before launching into an epically lonesome “Ambulance Blues”.
Neil was about to embark on an CSNY arena tour, but he dropped in unannounced to the 400-capacity Bottom Line in NYC to debut a set of mostly new, mostly downcast material. It’s a unique performance, with a wealth of rarely played material, from opener “Pushed It Over The End” to “Motion Pictures”, a song Neil has yet to play ever again (sacrilegiously, Neil has edited some of the original banter out). Even if devastation is the overarching theme of the new material, Young sounds alert and lucid, his guitar work precise, his vocals expressive. Thankfully recorded by taper Simon Montgomery, the Bottom Line bootleg was the kind of listening experience that turned casual fans into obsessives. Now remastered and officially part of Neil’s ongoing saga, its seductive power remains undimmed.
Suede have shared a new montage of clips featuring songs from their 1996 album Coming Up, including what appears to be an unknown track.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
The short clip, which you can view below, sees snippets from “Trash”, “Beautiful Ones” and “Saturday Night” before a screen of interference features a couple of seconds of the unknown song. It is unclear whether it is new material or a previously unreleased track.
The band are currently touring Coming Up across Europe with a date pencilled in at Barcelona Razzmatazz on May 19 before they head on to Tomavistas 2022 festival in Madrid the following night (May 20).
They will play further shows in Luxembourg (May 22) and Brussels (May 23) later this week.
— Suede HQ (@suedeHQ) May 18, 2022
The journal, which was compiled by drummer Simon Gilbert, documented his arrival in the band in 1991 through to 1993, when the group’s self-titled debut album reached number one.
Speaking about the project at the time, Gilbert said: “So Young is the book that’s been in my head for over 30 years. When I was getting into music I was more interested in seeing bands away from the bright lights of Top of the Pops. Photos of the Pistols in the pub or The Clash at a checkpoint in Belfast fascinated me, and filled me with visions of what it was actually like to be in a band.”
Meanwhile, Suede also previously called on their fans to submit voice recordings for their next record, detailing a list of instructions which included singing and shouting “along when we ask you to”.
“Everything you send in will be gratefully received. If you can do two or even three recordings, that would be even better,” the band said at the time.
View Suede’s tour schedule and remaining tickets, here.
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The project was announced last month with the first single “Golden Air”, and both tracks will feature on Sun’s Signature’s forthcoming self-titled EP, which is set to arrive on June 18 via Partisan for Record Store Day.
Fraser announced the forthcoming Sun’s Signature EP back in March. “Underwater” is a rare 2000 single which Fraser performed at the ANOHNI-curated Meltdown Festival in London in 2012, where ideas for Sun’s Signature first began.
Listen to “Underwater” below.
Fraser’s last single was 2009’s “Moses”, though she has collaborated extensively with other artists since then. Last year, she joined Oneohtrix Point Never on a new version of his track “Tales From The Trash Stratum”. In 2020, she teamed up with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, appearing on his track “Cannibal”.
Earlier this year, former Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie released a new EP titled ‘Springtime’, which consists of four instrumental tracks.
The EP was issued on January 4 via Soleil Après Minuit in time for his 60th birthday, marking his first release of the year.
Springtime follows up a prolific year in 2021 for the musician, who issued two four-track EPs with Riviera in December and Mockingbird Love in October.
Back in November, Guthrie released his sixth full-length album Pearldriving, which was his first album since 2012’s Fortune, which was also all-instrumental.
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The Smile began their debut European tour this week (May 16), debuting a new song called “Friend Of A Friend” – check out footage, setlist, ticket details for the rest of the tour and more below.
The band – comprising Thom Yorke, his Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – formed last year and released their debut album, A Light For Attracting Attention last week.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
After making their live debut at Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm livestream last summer, The Smile played their first proper live shows with a three-gig run within 12 hours at London’s Magazine venue last month.
Their full UK and European tour began in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday, and saw tracks from A Light For Attracting Attention performed alongside the brand new cut “Friend Of A Friend”.
“Friend Of A Friend” saw Yorke at the guitar with Greenwood playing melancholy chords at the piano. Behind them, Skinner played free and loose jazz drums.
See footage of the new song, the band’s full setlist, remaining tour dates and ticket details below.
The Smile played:
“Pana-vision” “The Smoke” “Speech Bubbles” “Thin Thing” “Open The Floodgates” “Free In The Knowledge” “A Hairdryer” “Waving A White Flag” “We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings” “Skrting On The Surface” “The Same” “The Opposite” “You Will Never Work in Television Again”
“Friend Of A Friend” “Just Eyes and Mouth” “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”The Smile. Image: Press
See the band’s remaining UK and European tour dates below. Pick up tickets for the gigs here.
MAY 19 – Prague, Forum Karlin 20 – Berlin, Tempodrom 23 – Stockholm, Cirkus 24 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene 27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso 29 – London, Roundhouse 30 – London, Roundhouse
JUNE 1 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall 2 – Manchester, Albert Hall 4 – Lille, L’Aéronef 6 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris 7 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris 8 – Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière 10 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound 12 – Dijon, Festival VYV Les Solidarites 24 – Reims, La Magnifique Society 25 – Werchter, TW Classic Festival 27 – Luxembourg, The Neumünster Abbaye 29 – Gdynia, Open’er Festival
JULY 5 – Barcelona, Poble Espanyol 6 – Madrid, Noches del Botánico 8 – Lisbon, Coliseum 11 – Nimes, Festival de Nimes 12 – Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival 14 – Milan, Fabrique Milano 15 – Ferrara, Piazza Trento Trieste 17 – Macerata MC – Arena Sferisterio 18 – Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica 20 – Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina
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A series of records owned by legendary DJ John Peel will be sold at an auction in London next month.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
Before his death in 2004, Peel amassed a weighty collection spanning over 26,000 LPs, 40,000 seven-inch singles and countless CDs. A selection of those, as well as various items of memorabilia, will be auctioned off at Bonhams’ Knightsbridge location on Tuesday June 14. It takes place a week before the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, which has long honoured Peel with a stage named in his honour.
According to a press release, the records on offer were “carefully selected by the family, whist retaining the integrity of the John Peel Record Collection”.
Key pieces in the lot include an annotated mono pressing of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Two Virgins LP (which holds an estimated value of £15,000-20,000), a promotional album signed by The Rolling Stones (£6,000-8,000), a copy of the rare Marc Bolan album Hard On Love (£5,000-6,000) and a copy of Queen II that comes with a letter hand-written to Peel by Freddie Mercury (£1,000-1,500).
In the way of merchandise, Peel’s estate are offering up a handful of his ultra-rare posters – including one for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures valued at £3,000-4,000) – a five-page letter from David Bowie that features a series of original sketches (worth £3,000-4,000), and his ‘93 NME Award for Godlike Genius (£800-1,200).
In a statement shared with the announcement of the sale, the Ravenscroft family commented: “By virtue of the role he played in it, John/Dad was in a position to have access to many of the most celebrated people and events in the history of popular music. This is reflected in a wealth of souvenirs he collected throughout his life.
“He had not only a voracious appetite for vinyl, but a keen sense of what memorabilia, ephemera and correspondence might find an interested audience in decades to come (though it could be argued that this was achieved by a strategy of keeping almost everything that crossed his path).
“In going through the accumulation of 40 years of pop music moments, we decided that some of the most interesting items might find a home, with fans of his programme or of the artists whose music he played. Bonhams have assisted us to carefully select what is being offered for sale, and we hope these items find the attention and appreciation that we’re sure John/Dad would feel they warranted.
“We had no desire to split up his beloved record collection but have included in the sale a selection of particularly rare or unique records that do not take away from the integrity of his archive.”
Katherine Schofield – the director of Bonhams’ Popular Culture department – added that Peel “had an incredible impact on the new music landscape”, and declared that “without his passionate advocacy of emerging talent, generations of music lovers may never have heard the sounds of The Fall, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, and countless others”.
She continued: “This collection, offered directly by the family, comprises some of Peel’s most collectible and rare records, spanning decades in music – many of which are accompanied by letters from the artists or their management. A number of the test-pressings in this collection were the source of the first airplay for landmark songs.”
In 2012, Peel’s record collection was made into an interactive online museum. It came part of The Space, an experimental service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
In 2020, nearly 1,000 classic sets performed for the John Peel Sessions series – aired on BBC Radio 1 across his 37-year tenure at the station – were catalogued and made available online. Throughout the years, Peel had overseen more that 4,000 live sessions by over 2,000 artists.
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For The Clash, the question in 1982 was: where next? 1980’s Sandinista! had covered a lot of ground across its six sprawling sides. Now, as sessions for The Clash’s fifth studio album moved from London to New York’s Electric Lady studio in November 1981, their recently reappointed manager Bernie Rhodes anticipated a return to straight-ahead rock’n’roll. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Covering dub, funk and hip-hop, and with guest spots from Allen Ginsberg and NY graffiti artist Futura 2000, Combat Rock was almost as diverse as its predecessor. “The city found its way into the music,” says singer Ellen Foley, who was also Jones’ partner at the time. Mixed by Glyn Johns back in the UK, singles “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” were punched up for maximum chart impact.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut
Nevertheless, Combat Rock arrived in shops on May 14, 1982 to a mixed reception. “In England people were like, ‘Oh fuck, The Clash have sold out’ – which was ridiculous,” says filmmaker Don Letts. “In America, they were going from strength to strength.” Yet despite the album’s ambitious mix of styles, all was not well within the band. “They were falling apart,” admits Letts. “Musical differences were happening. As demonstrated by Mick Jones’ original Combat Rock mix [Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg]. I’ve still got the C90. It was more dance-orientated.” Topper Headon had been sacked just days before the album was released, owing to his escalating heroin habit, replaced on the band’s upcoming tour by original drummer Terry Chimes. “Topper was the fucking rock,” says Letts. “Once Topper was gone, there was no proper foundation.”
As the title suggests, conflict was rife – and not just within the band. Combat Rock was released during the Falklands War. This gave many of Strummer’s songs an additional urgency. “They feel like you’re a war correspondent on the front line – or postcards from the edge,” says The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart.
“Rock The Casbah” reached No 8 in America, as the band embarked on a stadium tour supporting The Who. “Paul Simonon said to me right at the beginning, ‘If I ever get any money, Mark, I want a waterproof telly that I can watch in the bath,’” says Stewart. “When Combat Rock broke through, I hoped Paul got that telly.”
Such celebrations were short-lived. By 1983, Mick Jones had been sacked; the original Clash were no more. But even today, Combat Rock sounds bullish and brilliant. “They’d flown off into orbit, gone through their prog phase with Sandinista!,” says Stewart. “Then they landed here. Knowing them, and what they were trying to do, this is the classic Clash album.”
“Forty years later,” adds Sex Pistol Paul Cook, “I think Combat Rock gets stronger as time goes on.”
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The midwest US city was the centre of an infamous tragedy during the band’s tour in December of 1979. A crowd crush that occurred while fans were entering the Riverfront Coliseum left 11 dead and dozens more injured. A documentary on the tragedy, The Night That Changed Rock, aired in 2019 and featured interviews with frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend.
After a failed attempt to return in 2020, The Who performed at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium over the weekend (May 15). The band waived their fee for the performance, donating all ticket proceeds to local charities. The families of nine of the 11 victims were also in attendance, as they were given VIP front row tickets to the show.
“I’ve been trying to think of what to say, what would be cool to say, [and] what would be uncool to say,” said Townshend to the audience. “Really, there are no words that we can say that can mean (as much as) the fact that you guys have come out tonight and supported this event. Thank you so much.”
Watch fan-shot footage from the performance below:
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the band paid direct tribute to the victims of the 1979 tragedy during their performance of “Love, Reign O’er Me”. Black-and-white photos of the 11 victims were projected onto the screen, with the full list of names presented following the performance.
A video message from Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was also shared prior to the first encore of the evening. Vedder, who is currently also on tour in North America, told the Cincinnati audience that he was “hoping to be” at the show but was unable to attend. “We’re all thinking about you,” he said to the audience. “It’s a great thing remembering those young people, who will never be forgotten.”
Vedder went on to mention that both Daltrey and Townshend had been there for him following Pearl Jam’s own tragedy, when nine people were killed during a stampede at the Roskilde Festival in 2000 while the band was performing.
For the final song of the evening, “Baba O’Riley“, the band were joined on-stage by students from Finneytown High School, a nearby school in Cincinnati. Three of the victims of the 1979 tragedy went to Finneytown High, and the school established its P.E.M. Memorial Scholarship Fund in the wake of it.
“You never get over it, but you gotta live,” Daltrey said as the band took its final bows of the evening.
The Who will wrap the current leg of the tour next week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Sun Ra House, the Philadelphia building that has been home to the late Sun Ra’s evolving Arkestra collective since the 1960s, has been listed as a historic Philadelphia landmark.ORDER NOW: Queen is on the cover of the latest issue of Uncut READ MORE: Sun Ra – Lanquidity (Definitive Edition) review
Recognised by the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, the building at 5626 Morton Street – also known as the Arkestral Institute of Sun Ra – still houses a number of Arkestra members, including current bandleader Marshall Allen.
Allen, who first moved into the Sun Ra House in 1968 and took over the legendary jazz collective following Sun Ra’s death in 1993, revealed last year in an interview with Music Mxdwn that the building had partially collapsed.
“Water had dripped on [the floor], and probably termites had eaten the sub-basement,” Allen stated. “One day it just – schlkup – fell in.”
On Friday (May 13), the Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously voted to grant protected status for the building, a representative for the register told Pitchfork.
Moving forward, the Historical Commission will overlook any adjustments to the building and make sure they meet historic preservation standards, as well as advising on its restoration and maintenance.Sun Ra Arkestr’s Marshall Allen. Image: Raymond Boyd / Getty Images
The designation came about with help from the Robert Bielecki Foundation, a philanthropist organisation that provides grants, awards and donations to emerging, under-recognised artists, musicians, writers and organisations.
You can check out the Historical Commission’s proposal for the nomination.
The home of Dr. John E. Fryer, psychologist and gay activist, was also recently listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
Best known for a pivotal speech against psychiatry’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1972, he delivered this speech in disguise at a convention for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
The Sun Ra discography is one of the largest discographies in music history, spanning over 100 full-length albums.
Sun Ra Arkestra’s last release was 2020’s Swirling – its first album in decades – which was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album award at the 2022 Grammys.
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To no one's surprise, I will take literally any opportunity to shop. Did I have a bad day? Shopping will fix that. Am I going on a first date? Obviously, I have to buy a new outfit. But before my mom reads this and tells me to stop, let me tell you about my latest shopping opportunity: vacation! My go-to destinations are always tropical, and my NYC wardrobe does not match the vibe. I'm looking for flowy dresses, fresh sandals, and beach-friendly accessories, so naturally, I'm turning to Nordstrom. It has pieces that will check off every box on my packing list, and its beauty selection is essential for time spent in the sun. Keep scrolling for the summer vacation 2022 items that will practically pack your bags for you.
If you're a fan of & Other Stories, I have great news for you—the brand just launched a big, beautiful site-wide sale, and it's only happening through Sunday, May 30. To get the discount, you must spend at least $175, but it's honestly not that hard to do as it has tons of highly covetable pieces at the moment.
So here's how it pans out: Spend $175 and you get 15% off, spend $250 and get 20% off, and spend $350 and get 25% off with the code YESPLS at checkout. So if you were to add $350 worth of merchandise to your cart, the grand total would be $263. Yes plesae.
I'm extremely fond of & Other Stories' current collection, so I'm happy to volunteer to share my favorite pieces with you to get you to that discount. Considering that the brand has everything from shoes to swimwear to denim to wedding guest-appropriate dresses, it shouldn't be hard to do. Scroll to get started on filling that cart.
I don't know about you but I absolutely need this.
I'm proud to say that I found the perfect denim shorts.
Our senior market editor has put these in a few stories and she has excellent taste.
The matching skirt is key.
I'm always in need of cute tops to wear with jeans.
It would be difficult not to have fun while wearing this.
If you want to look on-trend this summer, get these fisherman sandals.
This print is a dream.
I'll have what she's having. Shop the matching Textured Tanga Bikini Briefs ($29).
They look so expensive.
Well this is fun.
Coastal grandma vibes.
I'd be tempted to wear it as a top too.
I'm kind of shocked this isn't sold out yet.
I just tried these on and they're 100% worth it.
This perfect dress would automatically be 25% off during the sale.
Soon to be your favorite green top.
Found your new beach trip shoes.
Everything about this screams luxe.
If I owned this, I'd wear it on a weekly basis.
I'm a sucker for a pretty watercolor print.
If you're feeling adventurous, try wearing this under an oversize blazer.
Since denim jackets are back, now's a good time to order this.
If you hate spending a ton on sunglasses, order this chic pair.
I have enough LBDs, but I'd make room for this one.
Guaranteed to make all of your summer outfits cuter.
It's a good time to stock up on basics.
Speaking of basics worth stocking up on...
I'm overwhelmed by all of the cute orange things.
Proof that low-rise pants can be chic.
It comes in tons of colors—take your pick.
For perfecting that '90s minimalist aesthetic.
The darted waist makes this especially chic.
Just in case you have Bridgerton on the brain.
Treat yourself to a summer hat.
Trust me—you'll wear them constantly.
Last but most certainly not least.
Dressing for a beach day can be tricky. I've experienced a few battles with insecurities throughout the years but can finally say I feel more confident than ever when I head out to the beach. It was an overnight change that I'm so grateful for, and I still remember the first day I wore a swimsuit without feeling nervous. And who do I have to thank for this transformation? I attribute a lot of it to quite a few self-love rituals that helped me learn to love my body. But something that very much sped up the pace was finding chic cover-ups that made my look feel more styled and made me feel confident.
French girls are my style icons, so of course, I am always turning to them for inspiration, and you will very rarely see them at the beach without a chic and effortless cover-up draped over their bikinis. All you really need for your swimsuit collection is one or two good styles and a bin filled with cover-ups that make them each feel brand-new every time you wear them. I love that with many of these style options, for example, a good button-down shirt or a barely there dress, you can easily wear them with more than just swimwear. Bring the South of France to your backyard with the fun bathing suit cover-ups below.
My absolute favorite item to pack for any vacation is an oversize button-down shirt. It looks so cool over a swimsuit and can also be worn to dinner, on the flight home, or to explore the destination of choice. No pool day is complete without this in my bag.
I think this exact shirt is in every fashion girl's closet by now.
I think I spent an entire summer in a linen shirt, so basically, this one item pays for itself.
I'm going to need this in time for summer.
For the boho girls.
The sheer trend is all over the runways, and while I am loving it, I tend to shy away from such a risky fashion move with my everyday NYC wardrobe. However, a trip to the pool or beach is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with a see-through item. I'm kind of obsessed.
Missoni is a key brand to include in your swimwear closet.
I think this dress will never go out of style.
I'm so here for this.
She's so pretty.
Sometimes, when the bikini is so good and the sun is relentless as can be, covering up is not ideal. In this case, it's fun to try a pair of shorts or pants that still show off that bikini top. This is a great time to wear linens or knits.
Animal print is having a comeback right now.
You already know how we feel about a loose pair of pants.
You need this print in your closet.
How pretty is this.
A good pareo definitely brings the party to whatever beach or poolside you land on. I think this is the chicest add-on to any bikini or one-piece look that just needs a little something to take it to the next level.
I just know the French girls are adding this to cart.
This will match every swimsuit you already own.
Such a moment.
You won't regret this buy.
This suit is selling fast.
Love a good combination of saturated colors.
The crinkle trend lives on.
So so flattering.
Gold jewelry + swimwear = my happy place.
Cutouts should definitely make their way into your swimsuits.
Zara just relaunched swim, and I'm here for it.
Now this is hot.
A swimsuit I just know will sell out if we don't act fast.
It's the LBD of your swimwear collection.
As a person who is prone to dryness all over, I take my moisturizing very seriously. That means applying body lotion after showering and slathering my face in moisturizer, face oils, and serums religiously. But I realized a few months ago that I was neglecting something in my routine—my hands! After what seemed like nonstop eczema flare-ups and a constant feeling of scaliness, I decided to get my hands in check.
That meant stocking up on some good hand cream and treating myself to cuticle oil. I never gave much thought to cuticle oils before, but now I'm realizing how helpful they can be with keeping my nails healthy and strong.
Cuticle oils normally consist of vegetable, fruit, or plant oils. And sometimes they're packed with vitamins, like E or A, or other nourishing ingredients like aloe and keratin. They're designed to moisturize and strengthen the nails, and some of them even encourage growth.
The cuticles can get dried out after excessive hand-washing, sun exposure, if you're doing a lot of work with your hands, and more. So it's important to give them some TLC from time to time. And all you need to apply is a drop on each nail and massage it in. The product can help preserve your nail color, too.
Take a look at some cuticle oils to shop below.
This is my favorite cuticle oil because it works so fast to hydrate the nails and after a week of use, I felt that my nails looked and felt stronger and healthier. It's formulated with milk to soothe the skin and honey to hydrate.
This product has ingredients that do it all: Argan and pomegranate oils hydrate; rosemary and rose geranium essential oils stimulate nail growth; and hemp and tamanu oil act as anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory treatments.
Rehydrate and revitalize your nails with Essie's cuticle oil. It's recommended to massage these into the nails and cuticles two times a day to see the best results.
Sally Hansen's oil contains a blend of wheat germ, apricot kernel, and safflower oils, plus aloe and panthenol. All of these ingredients work together to strengthen and condition the anils and cuticles, and prevent any further breakage.
You don't have to worry about greasy hands after applying this cuticle oil since it absorbs quickly.
Not only does this oil moisturize and strengthen the nails and cuticles, but it also has anti-aging benefits.
NCLA's cuticle oil is infused with safflower seed oil and vitamin E. It also comes in a variety of scents like peach vanilla, watermelon, and rose petals.
The cool thing about this formula is it comes in a rollerball pen so it's easy to apply with precision. Ingredients include rose flower oil, vitamin E, horsetail extract (to strengthen brittle fingernails), and a blend of jojoba, argan, pomegranate, sweet almond, and hemp seed oils.
Adding a couple of drops of this oil to your nails will protect them from breakage and dryness. The formula also leaves the nails looking shiny.
L'Occitane's formula contains 30% shea oil, which means your nails and cuticles are going to be super moisturized and conditioned.
Jinsoon's cuticle oil is designed to prevent any hang nails and other damage. It contains 20 natural ingredients to strengthen the nails and keep them hydrated.
CND's conditioning treatment is able to penetrate the nails and cuticles deeply so it can work faster and more effectively.
Infused with almond oil extract and vitamins B5 and E, this product will transform dry, cracked skin and nails.
Argan oil—which Orly's cuticle oil contains—is rich in vitamin E and is known to support skin health and reduce inflammation.
It's easy to take this product on the go with you—the oil comes in a pen. Ingredients include neem leaf extract (which strengthens keratin and prevents nail breakage), apricot kernel oil (which moisturizes), and chamomile and anthyllis extracts (to soften cuticles).
Use this non-greasy, fast-absorbing oil to soften dry and cracked cuticles. All of that conditioning helps to prevent hangnails and nail infections. It's enriched with keratin, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.
If you're dealing with weak, thin, splitting, or peeling nails, you can reverse the damage with Ella+Mila's cuticle oil. It's 17-free and contains safflower oil, which is full of nourishing vitamin E.
Sally Hansen's unique cuticle oil comes in a solid balm form, so it's easy to apply and tote around with you. It's infused with aloe, safflower oil, and vitamin E oil.
This ultra-rich hand cream is a must if your hands are severely dry and cracked. When applied, it creates a protective layer that moisturizes and prevents any dryness.
This four-step system can help your nails get back on track. It includes a nail and cuticle treatment, nail strengthener, nail thickener, and a ridge filler.
This salve is great if you're working with your hands a lot—it repairs and protects against dryness, while also encouraging the skin to absorb water from the air. It contains botanical oils and natural wax.
Deborah Lippmann's cuticle remover helps get rid of dead and dry skin around the cuticle area. It's gentle and won't damage the nails.
Use this hand treatment overnight and let it do its thing while you sleep so you can wake up to softer skin. Ingredients include shea butter for deep hydration; pomegranate to calm the skin; and fruit extracts to regenerate skin cells.
As someone who's shamelessly very active on social media (okay, maybe a little shame), I've noticed that there's a variety of products that hit viral status each month. Whether it's a TikTok that makes a mascara sell out or an accessory that everyone on Instagram seems to be wearing, I've been keeping notes. With the speed of the internet, it's hard to keep track of what the masses are loving, but that's where I come in to help. My screen time may be ridiculously high this week, but I found many products I've seen plenty ofusers (not just influencers) rave about on their social channels.
If you like to keep your screen time low but want to see what everyone's talking about, you've come to the right place. I searched across beauty, fashion, and even lifestyle to find out what deserves your attention right now. Keep scrolling to see what all the hype is about.
Bobbi Brown's new brand has created quite the fuss on TikTok, and I'm intrigued. This foundation comes in a balmy texture and is meant to give the "your skin but better" look. It leaves a natural, dewy finish, and a few dabs are all you need. Many reviews included the fact that it feels like you're applying skincare, which makes it blend seamlessly into your skin.
Balenciaga is having a moment right now, and these boots are high on everyone's wish list.
When I first saw the video of this being applied, I could not believe it was real. My fellow editor Aniyah Morinia immediately purchased it and let me know it is indeed worth the hype. It does it all—plumps and adds the perfect tint to your lips.
E.l.f's Putty Primer has been an internet favorite, so I had no doubt this new one would be great. It's a water-based primer that seals and grips onto your makeup, so it stays in place all day.
Linen is perfect for the summertime, and this popular Zara option is great to combat the heat in style.
The '90s are calling. These Steve Madden slides have made a comeback, and I've seen many people raving about their comfort.
It's rare for Zara to restock trendy items like this, but after this dress blew up to viral status, the brand had no choice. You can now shop it in white.
While many popular relaxed trousers usually cost over $100, this affordable Zara pair has been a fashion-set favorite. I'm not going to lie—after I saw a TikTok of a girl around my height (5'3") wearing them, I immediately added a pair to my cart.
If you don't trust social media buzz, trust all those five-star reviews.
I never thought I'd see millennials and Gen Zers boasting about fanny packs again, but the day has come. I cannot stop seeing this functional bag all over social media.
I love Saie's skin tint, so when I saw a TikTok about the brand's new concealer, I was immediately interested.
Liquid blush is a hot-ticket item right now, and I've seen multiple reviews raving about how Saie's cool-toned blush looks on their skin. My favorite shade thus far has to be Spicy, which also seems to be the popular internet pick.
This preppy essential has been around for years, and it's found renewed fame on TikTok. It's clearly never going out of style, so shop the bag for yourself.
Amazon's got you covered on the cargo-pant trend with this TikTok-approved pair.
Skims products always go viral, but this one has been getting a lot of attention for its comfort and slimming capabilities. As someone who's a modest dresser and often wants to minimize with a bra, I knew I had to order this.
Although this primer is new on the scene, I've already seen enough videos on it to be convinced that I need to try it. Reviews claim that the product dries on the skin immediately and truly blurs out any pores and helps makeup last all day.
As I mentioned before, E.l.f's Putty Primer is a popular favorite, so I had the same expectations for the Putty Bronzer.
The internet still can't stop talking about Bridgerton, including the makeup on the show. When people found out Pat McGrath products were behind each look, they flocked to purchase them. This blush, which is the exact one used on all the show's actresses, was a top contender.
Beauty editor Shawna Hudson tried this foundation out to see if it was worth the internet hype. Her review? She said she "sees why it has caught the attention of TikTok and celebs alike." It is hydrating and easy to apply, and it offers buildable coverage.
After I started using this, I rarely felt the need to wear foundation on a daily basis. It's moisturizing but also cancels out any redness on your face. Plus, it's under $20.
Full transparency, I'm not a bra expert. I haven't worn a bra all week, it's probably been a solid two years since I've gotten measured, and I purposefully wear outfits that allow me to go braless. Honestly, I don't have a vendetta against them. Bras just never seem to lend themselves to comfort. They are always too itchy, too tight, too visible through my shirts… too much. While it's often easier to go without them, it's near impossible to avoid them forever. And thus, when I was tasked with rounding up the best bras for women to wear, I knew I needed to call for some backup.
In this case, backup came in the form of six fabulous editors with expertise in the lingerie department. From bralette to underwire, soft cotton to padded nylon, sports bras to everyday ones—our editors have got you covered. Keep scrolling through to see the only bras that are worth wearing. Take it from me: You are actually going to want to wear them.
"I honestly can't get over how lightweight and barely there this bra feels. It's made from the softest nylon, and while it feels light as air, it's somehow also supportive. Needless to say, I've recommended it to all my friends at this point."
"I've been wearing this bra for years and am still so obsessed with it. I love how there's no padding, but it still has an underwire, so it feels less bralette and more bra. Also, it's so comfortable I can wear it all day without even noticing it's on."
"I admittedly almost never wear bras, but when I do, this is the one I wear. Actually, I have it in all three of these colors and have been buying this exact style since college. I love that it's wired for some support but doesn't have any padding. The matching panties are super cute too."
"This bra is so pretty and comfortable, and it offers the perfect amount of support. It's very lightly lined and looks smooth under even fitted T-shirts. I've bought it in three colors already, and I'm not stopping there."
"I have mostly quit my uncomfortable bras (or rather just stuffed them to the back of my drawer and pull them out only when truly necessary). I purchased this Boody bra three times already because there's nothing like it in terms of comfort. This is the only bra that I don't want to take off when I get home at the end of the day. I find most sports bras—which should be comfy—too restricting and tight, and even though this one has a sports bra–like cut, it somehow truly feels like nothing when you put it on. I consider this bra a necessity on any long-haul flights and panic if I don't have a clean one at the ready. I also love that the brand produces multiple shades of nude and is produced in an eco-friendly and ethical manner."
"I am an underwire girl, but I also don't like to feel too constricted by my bras. This Natori one is the perfect blend of support and comfort. I can wear this bra all day and never feel a thing."
A classic cut—elegant and simple.
Some color for those who could use a change from the same old.
Sleek, classy, and just a little edgy.
Memory foam in a bra? I'm sold.
Because Natori makes fabulous bralettes too.
Just a hint of lace.
A good strapless bra is hard to come by.
If you really want to splurge.
The scalloped straps are so elegant.
Just in case you're into the bralette.
Now that we’re officially in spring and summer is basically around the corner, we—the editors here at WWW—have been identifying the trends we're personally going to invest in for the months ahead. On the flip side, we’ve also been sorting through our wardrobes to uncover the pieces we probably won’t be pulling out due to their somewhat outdated nature. Today, we wanted to specifically highlight the accessories—bags, shoes, and jewelry trends—we’re putting away and the fresh items we’re opting for instead. Of course, it’s always important to remember that you should always wear whatever you love, regardless of what anyone else says.
Below you’ll find more about the items that are in and out for spring and summer. As a preview, you’ll notice a bag trend that one editor is storing away in favor of a more forward silhouette. Keep scrolling to see more, along with shopping recommendations as well.
"I used to be the biggest fangirl for chunky sneakers. I thought they were the coolest and always feared that I would regret not buying into a designer take on them. Luckily, I didn't because now my heart lies with a sleeker sneaker: the retro style. Pretty much all of my favorite designers are putting out their rendition of this trend and I think this one will make for a great investment since we know they'll always come back around."
"A few years ago, we were all carrying around those structured basket bags that actually could've passed for Easter baskets. They were bulky and usually wide open at the top, so in other words, not ideal. I'm still into bags made of natural materials (especially during spring and summer), but now they're in the form of raffia bags such as those from Prada and Loewe."
"I used to be so into layering on a number of dainty necklaces (and dainty ring, too, for that matter). I would put so much effort into creating the perfect stack that hit at different lengths but lately, I've been going into a totally new direction with my jewelry. I have a fewer, but better mentality when it comes to necklaces and rings and a single chunky chain-link necklace or sculptural statement ring is all I wear to complete an outfit."
"I remember when there was something kind of fun and novel about teeny tiny handbags that could barely fit but a piece of gum inside them. Not surprisingly they were incredibly unpractical. These days, I much prefer a chic shoulder bag with a sleek silhouette that can house all my must-have essentials because I can't leave the house without my phone and lipstick."
"Like many people, I succumbed to the trend of dazzling statement shoes, which is probably why I have a few pairs of shoes sitting in the back of my closet collecting dust. Don't get me wrong, I love a colorful or unique shoe, but I'd much rather be comfy in my New Balances or chic ballet flats than uncomfortable shoes that will only look cool on Instagram. Instead, I've been leaning towards investing in more neutral shoes that are classic and crisp. While they may not make a statement or make someone go 'Wow,' my feet are thanking me and they actually get everyday wear."
"I went really deep into croc-embossing (on both shoes and bags) when it first had its comeback, which is probably why, now, I'm ready to forget about it for a while. Instead, I'm loving simple leather and suede shoes and bags in classic silhouettes."
"This isn't a trend per se, but I've reached a point where I don't want to spend my money on fleeting jewelry pieces. Instead, I'm focused on saving up for special items that I can wear and own forever—and hopefully, pass down one day. Right now, I'm interested in purchasing my first investment timepiece."
If you know me well, you know I’m a sucker for a good Nordstrom sale. In fact, it’s rare I ever miss one. From its epic anniversary sales to its seasonal discounts, I’m always the first to snap up some of the coolest basics, trend-forward pieces, and designer brands and share these gems with you, our dear readers.
Since Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is officially taking place right now, I wanted to keep you in the loop on all the must-have stylish finds to snap up at discounted prices. From now through June 6, you can get up to 60% off thousands of items. To save you time scrolling through a slew of sale pages, I’ve rounded up the best pieces worth adding to your cart below. From chic basics to stylish sandals and must-have dresses, see the items you won’t regret from Nordstrom’s major Half-Yearly Sale.
The kind of purchase you never regret.
A casual tote for all your summer essentials.
The perfect high-waisted, straight-leg silhouette.
Sleek sandals you can wear for day and night.
How gorgeous is this open-back bodysuit?
Lightweight loose white pants are perfect for summer.
Gold chain and pearl necklaces are trending.
Easy and effortless.
Flatform espadrilles are a summer essential.
This plissé shirt looks expensive.
Hoops with a twist.
The cutest cardi.
Upgrade your jeans just in time for summer.
A chain necklace will amp up your outfit.
Lean into the preppy trend with a polo sweater.
Minis are having a major moment this season.
The silhouette all the cool girls are wearing right now.
We love this pink hue.
For lounging or working up a sweat.
Post-workout attire for the win.
Time to stock up on cool white tees.
I've been waiting for these to come on sale.
An editor favorite.
Scoop up these straight-leg Levi's while they're majorly discounted.
A kelly green bag will make your summer outfit.
A matching set for your next vacation.
Flatforms are a favorite among the fashion crowd.
These are already on their way to me.
Natori bras are so soft and comfortable.
Treat yourself to a pair of silky PJ's.
A luxurious ribbed tank.
A year-round staple.
Guaranteed you'll be reaching for these sandals all summer.
Everyone needs a day-to-night LBD.
Chic and comfy.
I love a waffle knit.
Just add high-waisted jeans.
The perfect city shorts.
Lingerie shopping is so personal. I know for me, it takes a lot for a new bra to impress since I've tried way too many uncomfortable or unsupportive options. Recently, I found a bra that was so comfortable it totally changed the way I thought of my whole collection. But when I was talking to my friends, I realized that everyone shops for lingerie with such different ideas in mind. For instance, my smaller-chested friends are always showing off their adorably dainty bralettes, while my larger-chested friends wouldn't dare to invest in a bra without a supportive underwire.
To make the whole lingerie-shopping experience much easier, it all comes down to knowing what you're looking for in your undergarments, which is why I'm breaking down the best places to buy different types of lingerie. From the site with the best lace pieces to where to head for classic staples, read about the top 12 places to refresh your lingerie collection.
If pretty lace pieces make you smile no matter what, then prepare to lose it over everything from independent lingerie label Lonely.
From silky bralettes to lacy briefs, everything in the retailer's lingerie section is a designer dream.
As easily as we fall in love with dainty lingerie items, let's face it: Our staple items are the ones we reach for day in and day out. If you're looking to give your lingerie drawer a much-needed refresh, this is the place to start shopping.
We can't underestimate Kim Kardashian's Skims line. (There's a reason it's always selling out.) Between soft loungewear and hugs-your-body lingerie basics, the line is offered in a range of skin tones and up to size 3X.
ThirdLove offers up a wide range of sizes and lingerie styles with a perfect fit guarantee. What's not to love?
If you're a fan of the brand's dreamy floral dresses and modern bohemian vibe, you definitely need to shop its impressive selection of equally on-trend lingerie staples.
Intimissimi might not be your first thought when it comes to lingerie shopping, but the Italian lingerie brand definitely should be. It's an excellent source for pretty pieces that only look like they'd be a splurge.
Our editors have been singing the praises of Lively's staple bras for years now—and so have the brand's customers. Reviews of its affordable styles rave about how comfortable and supportive they are, and I totally agree.
From dainty mesh bralettes to classic yet cool bras, this retailer's pretty much got it all. Shop here when you're tired of all your plain bras and want something practical that still feels a little special.
Everyone has that one bra that gets much more wear than all the others because it's clearly the comfiest. Well, all of Cuup's lightweight, minimalist-style bras (and underwear) were made to become that one you no-so-secretly love the most.
True to form, the lingerie section at Urban Outfitters delivers on the coolest trends of the moment like eyelet and mesh.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Now, see the best places to shop for different swimsuits.
If I were to write a short list of clothing items that scare me, somewhere after super-tight dresses and before uncomfortable shoes and white jeans, you'd find white bathing suits. I don't particularly love wearing bathing suits in the first place (but buy them anyway), so if you take a category that already makes me uncomfortable and choose a white, nowhere-to-hide iteration, I'm downright petrified. It's kind of how my former co-worker Aemilia feels about another popular swim trend.
Nonetheless, you can imagine my confusion when I suddenly noticed how many of my favorites suits were actually white. Maybe seeing so many of them (after all, they are having a moment) helped, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't end up ordering a couple while researching for stories.
Will I end up channeling my inner Sofia Richie this summer? Only time will tell, but for now, you can shop all the nicest white bikinis and one-pieces I have my eyes on below and see how some of my other favorite stylish women are pulling them off along the way.
This could definitely double as a top.
If you want to get Sofia's exact look, this suit is the place to start.
The perfect one-piece.
A classic cut you'll never get sick of.
I'm here for the seaming.
A little broderie anglaise adds a romantic touch.
Textured fabric turns a basic silhouette into a standout suit.
A balconette bikini is classic and chic. Shop the matching Island Bikini Bottom ($78).
Just look at that cutout.
This take on cutouts that we have been calling "negative space" is so on trend.
We can't resist a little ruching.
Belts make everything better.
The crochet details, though.
The waist detail is so flattering.
We love a good off-the-shoulder moment.
This suit is viral on Instagram.
Midriff flossing is all over our feeds.
We love this deep-V silhouette.
So much fun.
The ruching tie-front detail adds a touch of romance.
I guarantee you'll steal the show in this.
The ruffle adds an elevated touch.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
The newest beauty trends and formulas are so wearable—and I’m living, breathing proof. Welcome to Case in Point, a new beauty series where I try out the latest in all things beauty so you can see how it looks on a real person. I’ll test the current buzzy formulas, the trending looks, and the daring styles you didn’t know could be so versatile. It’s no secret that the best way to know if something’s worth trying is to have an industry expert test it themselves and give you honest commentary, and that’s the whole point of this series.
I’ve recently become infatuated with a hair trend that I used to think was reserved only for celebrities and runway models. In fact, I used to think it didn’t look good at all—and if you’d talked to me even last year, I would have never considered touching hair pomade or gel with a 10-foot pole, unless it was curl gel. Enter slicked-back hair, Hollywood’s most polarizing hair trend.
Once I started slicking my hair back regularly, I can’t imagine a world where I stop doing it. In my opinion, it’s best on third- or fourth-day hair that you’re trying to avoid washing for one more day. If you feel like your hair is starting to lean oily, that’s even better if you’re trying to achieve a slicked-back vibe—you want your hair to look as shiny as possible. With help from the right products, that means that greasy hair can be transformed into sleek strands effortlessly.
I tried out four different celebrity-inspired slicked-back hairstyles so you can see them in action on a regular gal, and not just a supermodel off-duty (we all know they could make wearing a paper bag look good). I know reaching for a high-hold gel or strong hairspray might seem scary, but the end result is worth trying something new. Keep reading for my favorite slicked-back looks and all of the products I used to achieve them, so you can try them for yourself.
This was my favorite look of all of the styles I tried, though it did require the most work to achieve. After seeing Hailey Bieber’s Met Gala hair, I knew I had to try it myself. I started by covering my entire head with a frizz-taming hair serum. I brought the back half of my hair into a high ponytail, and then secured it into a neat bun with bobby pins. From there, I parted the front section down the middle and pulled it back into the bun, securing it with bobby pins. I used a strong-hold hairspray to make sure my hair didn’t move as I hopped from beauty event to beauty event. Another beauty editor told me that it looked like I had a very chic “Olaplex bun” going on—and I kind of did, thanks to the hair serum I used.
I won’t lie—this was my least favorite look to try for myself, and I likely won’t be going out in public with it anytime soon (just because it’s intimidating to pull off in real life!), though I’m glad I tried it. This is a look best served with hyper-dewy, glossy makeup to match its vibe. To achieve this, I spritzed my hair down with an ultra-fine, nourishing hair mist, worked in tons of leave in conditioner so my hair was still touchable instead of crunchy, teased the very back of my hair, and smoothed down any stray flyaways with pomade. The end result made me look like I’d just stepped out of the shower—but in a cool way, no?
I’ve always been a fan of super-sleek, sky-high ponytails, but honestly, I’d never tried the look out on myself. I thought I would end up looking like I didn’t have hair, rather than achieve the lifted, pulled-back vibe I love. Once I tried this look out on myself, though, I quickly realized it’s actually very wearable, and dare I say, easy? A glossy high pony has become my go-to lazy hairstyle. For the sleekest pony possible, start by passing a flat iron over your hair (if you’re short on time, just straighten the ends of your ponytail after you pull it back). Then, brush your hair back and gather it at the crown of your head, securing it with an elastic. Pull it tight, but not too tight—you don’t want it to result in breakage. After my hair is secured in an elastic, I like to use a ultra-reflective hairspray to hold the hair in place and give my hair a sparkling finish. For any stray hairs that can’t be slicked back with hair spray, I use a pomade to keep them in place.
If you ask me, this is by far the chicest option. Perfect for a buttoned-up breakfast meeting or a power lunch, a sleek low bun is the ultimate work week hairstyle. I wore this to a beauty event and was told I was serving “model off-duty” vibes, which is a vibe that I for one am very happy to emulate. You’ll want tons of hold to make this style truly work, so opt for a workable styling paste that will keep every hair in place. Work it through the ends for even more hold on your bun, then secure with bun twists for an effortless bun that looks like you might have gotten it done professionally (trust me, no one needs to know that you didn’t!).
Name a skincare brand, and I can guarantee that I've tried a few products from their line. It's my job to try all of the latest and greatest skincare, after all. For most brands, I have one or two mainstays that I love and keep around. It's rare that I like more than a few skincare products from any given brand, but there are a few notable exceptions.
Drunk Elephant, the endlessly Instagrammable skincare brand focused on biocompatible ingredients, is one of those brands from which I love nearly every product. The brand makes it a point to not focus on whether an ingredient is synthetic or natural, but rather looks at which ingredients will make the highest impact on your skin. The result is skincare that really works, sans ingredients that may cause irritation like essential oils, alcohols, or added fragrances.
My fellow associate beauty editor Shawna Hudson and I both back Drunk Elephant products. After an extremely animated slack conversation, I knew our thoughts were too good not to share—so keep reading to find out which Drunk Elephant products we get truly excited about and why we love them so much.
Shawna Hudson: C-Firma is one of my favorite vitamin C serums to date tbh. The brightening effect it had on my skin was almost instant—the results are quick. I love that you mix the formula yourself so it doesn't lose as much potency!
Katie Berohn: I like that it has a little more heft than other hyaluronic acid serums—it's perfect for summer because I feel like I can just wear it on its own without needing another moisturizer to lock it in.
SH: I use it during the winter and love it. It's rich without overpowering my skin. KB: I agree, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth. I love how their moisturizers are so easy to use, too. The single-dose pump is such a game-changer.
KB: It's the perfect lightweight hydration boost. SH: I honestly didn't know I needed an overnight hydration mask until I got it. KB: i don't always love overnight masks, but it's so light and easy to put over any other skincare. I feel like I'm doing serious recon when I use it. I wake up glowing. SH: For an overnight mask I definitely need something light because I'm always worried about it getting all over my pillow.
KB: I like their Marula Oil because it's such a good no-nonsense face oil. It's just a straight-forward formula (100 percent marula oil) that locks in moisture and antioxidants.
KB: It's so good. It literally makes your skin feel like a baby's. I'm like, how is this possible? SH: I love Babyfacial. I use it once a week and it's one of the best AHA/BHA masks I've used. Yes, it burns a little but the results are worth it. It doesn't leave my skin dry or irritated—it just leaves this instant glow.
KB: I love how soft the glycolic body lotion makes my skin feel. I like using it at night before I go to bed. You really feel renewed from head to toe in the morning.
SH: I actually really like the co-wash. I was a tad skeptical to try it because some co-washes are meh and don't really leave your hair feeling that great afterwards, but I really like this one because it's so hydrating, but my hair doesn't feel greasy at all after I use it.
SH: Normally, I'm not huge on facial sprays because I feel like they waste a lot of product but there are a select few I will 100 percent use. KB: I love the Sweet Biome spray. It's so refreshing—perfect for summer. I keep mine in the fridge and spritz it on throughout the day.
If you're concerned about uneven texture and dullness, this serum targets those issues and more. 10 percent lactic acid and 11 signal peptides work together to resurface and brighten.
This is definitely one of the best jelly cleansers on the market. It removes dirt, makeup, and oil without leaving skin feeling stripped or tight at all. Glycerin ensures skin stays hydrated throughout the cleansing process.
If you want an AHA/BHA resurfacing serum that you can use every day, reach for this glycolic blend. It's kind of like a daily Babyfacial that packs a major exfoliating punch without irritating skin.
Talk about a multi-tasking product. This innovative serum defends your skin from environmental aggressors and pollution thanks to cocoa extract and peptides. At the same time, it imparts skin with a beautiful bronze sheen.
For dry skin, this moisturizer is a true workhorse. A blend of six African oils (like marula and mongongo) works in tandem with plant-based ceramides to soften and plump skin.
I'm very particular about cleansing balms, and this is one of my all-time favorites. It removes makeup in one pass, and doesn't irritate your eyes or leave a residue on skin.
This is a very good retinol, particularly if you find that you're typically sensitive to retinol. It evens skin tone while aiming to reduce sun damage and fine lines.
Anyone who suffers from extremely dry or inflamed skin can immediately consider this their next hero product. Marula butter, meadowfoam oil, cupuaçu butter, and shea butter nourish and heal skin.
Chapped lips are no match for this super-nourishing lip balm. It heals chapped lips, intensely moisturizes, and in turn, leaves lips looking plumped.
Vitamin C is a great ingredient to target your eye area with, since it brightens and evens tone. This eye cream also has peptides to nourish the delicate skin around your eyes.
I'm sure you've noticed by now that we're big on sunscreen. Every dermatologist ever will tell you it's a crucial step in your skincare routine so don't skimp on it, folks. While you're at it, you might as well choose one that's loved by estheticians, celebrities, and editors alike—right? If you haven't guessed by now, I'm talking about snagging one from EltaMD's expertly crafted line of sun care products. The brand truly has an SPF for everyone and it just so happens that we've hit the jackpot this week.
Starting today, you can grab a killer SPF (and other EltaMD products) ahead of the summer season for 20% on Dermstore through May 30. No code needed—you'll receive the discounted price upon checkout. Without further ado, keep scrolling for EltaMD's best offerings that will upgrade you to full-on glowing goddess this season.
This classic SPF from the brand is my personal favorite. It's made specifically for acne-prone skin, as it's lightweight and completely oil-free. to take it a step further, it includes sodium hyaluronate to provide extra hydration, lactic acid to refine and clear pores, and niacinamide to help regulate oil production.
If you like your moisturizer or sunscreen to have a little extra color to it, EltaMD's UV Clear also comes in a tinted version.
Hailey Bieber swears by this tinted SPF from EltaMD. It lightly evens out your skin tone and is infused with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and smooth out fine lines. To be honest, I may have to consider swapping out my UV Clear for this bad boy—one small step toward having Hailey Bieber's epic glow.
UV Elements is a tinted SPF option from the brand that's gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. It's even mild enough to be used on post-procedure skin and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
This is another great option for sensitive skin, as it's also designed to be gentle enough to use for those with skin conditions. It lightly tints the complexion to enhance the skin's natural radiance and acts as the perfect base to use under makeup.
Although some think EltaMD only does sunscreen best, it's time to rethink that notion. The brand has really upped its product offerings lately and now includes moisturizers like AM Therapy. It's noncomedogenic and stimulates skin cells to increase their moisture absorption while willow bark lightly stimulates turnover for smoother skin. Overall, your skin will be left glowing and summer-ready. Might as well give it a try while it's 20% off.
Because, your lips need UV protection, too. Might as well cop the crème de la crème of lip balms with SPF—aka, EltaMD's.
The PM counterpart to EltaMD's AM Therapy is equally as good. It works overnight to restore and strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier. Additionally, it contains niacinamide and antioxidants to boost your skin's natural tone and color while speeding up its repair process. Rice protein peptides in the formula also encourage new cell growth and collagen formation.
Like I said, you don't want to sleep on EltaMD's other product offerings. The brand's Deep Pore Facial Cleanser is soothing while being oil- and soap-free. It's also pH-balanced and doesn't contain harsh AHA or BHA's so it's safe for sensitive skin. Give it a try while it's a few bucks cheaper.
This soothing, fragrance-free toner hydrates and restores the skin barrier. It's powered by the brand's AAC Technology which is made up of three amino acids that help the skin maintain its hydration and resilience. To round out the skin-perfecting cocktail, it also contains taurine which helps skin recover from skin and glycine which helps prevent tissue breakdown.
I can personally vouch for this eye cream because I use it twice a day. It's genuinely one of the best eye creams I've used and I've used it a lot. It helps your eye area attract and retain moisture, softens fine lines and wrinkles around that area, and eliminates puffiness and dark circles in seconds. Since I've been using it, I've noticed a huge difference in the level of moisture around my eye area—something I've had issues with in the past. A little bit of the formula also goes a long way so a bottle will last you a good while.
UV Sport is the perfect summer companion. It's designed for outdoor activities and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
If you have extremely dry, mature, or compromised skin, try EltaMD's Barrier Renew Complex—you won't regret it. Five unique ceramides in this formula replenish moisture loss and increase water retention to soften lines and soothe dry skin. Enzymes and lipids also promote cell turnover and leave skin looking brighter and smoother.
If the brand's toner, face wash, or moisturizer isn't enough for you, try its Skin Recovery Serum. This product is also powered by the brand's AAC Technology and helps skin stay hydrated and resilient. It's a highly concentrated cocktail of the brand's other favorite ingredients including glycine and taurine.
If you've recently had any kind of laser treatment, EltaMD has you covered. This Post-Procedure Healing Ointment is formulated with petrolatum to deeply soothe and comfort red, dry, or damaged skin.
In the last year, trends have varied from all things Y2K to oversize and menswear-inspired everything, with literally hundreds more micro-fads in between. And like any fashion-minded consumer, I bought into quite a few of them, filling my very tiny and storage-deficient apartment in the process. Now, though, after months of living among brightly colored crop tops, prairie-collar nap dresses, and much more, I'm finally giving my wardrobe a long-overdue clean-out.
Officially, I'm dumping—and by dumping, I mean donating or selling—roughly 90% of my trend-filled closet, period. The remaining 10% will be split between timeless, anti-trend pieces and the occasional statement maker, be it a tube top or a pair of baby-pink sandals. Ahead, see what is getting the boot from my wardrobe this season as well as everything I've pardoned (during this refresh at least).
Don't get me wrong. I bought and wore a lot of nap dresses from 2020 to 2022. But while I love their low-key appeal, I'm sticking mostly to comfy dresses that are a bit more elevated and luxe for this summer, specifically styles made in silk or satin. From minidresses perfect for going out to maxi alternatives that can easily transition from a daytime date to a black-tie affair, there's no shortage of silky-dress options in my current collection—and that's how it will stay.
The subtle patchwork details on this slip are so delicate and pretty.
Whether you're going to a wedding or brunch, this dress is perfect.
L'Agence is my go-to for slip dresses that will last forever.
If you're on TikTok, then you probably learned a while ago that Gen Z officially put an end to skinny jeans after their decade-long reign. Of course, I held on to a pair or two just in case the move didn't stick. But now that a year has passed, I'm ready to finally wipe my wardrobe clean of skinny jeans and replace them with my go-to style: vintage or vintage-inspired denim by can't-miss brands like Agolde, Levi's, and Zara.
These are as close to perfect as a pair of jeans can get.
Zara is the first place I look when I'm shopping for jeans.
There's nothing quite like a pair of 501s.
For a while there, all anyone was wearing in the button-down-shirt department were styles with prairie collars, or oversize Peter Pan collars that often peeked out from under sweaters or dresses. They were adorable; it's true. But after buying and wearing one too many takes on the collar trend, I've decided to stick to collars of the more classic variety. Timeless and easy to style, an oversize poplin shirt with a button-down collar can do absolutely no wrong.
Time to stock up on these.
H&M makes the best poplin shirts for a great price.
Ultimate prep-school vibes.
In 2018 and 2019, I seriously stocked up on slime-green fashion items, from dresses and skirts to jeans and handbags. And yet, I so rarely actually wore them, probably because the color was a bit too daring for my tamer style. That's why I'm honing in on baby pink as my color for 2022. Subtle yet eye-catching, the trendy shade of pink manages to be both bold and approachable for someone like me who rarely wears color.
Buying this set isn't even an option for me. Shop the matching Twist Midi Skirt ($295).
This skirt will look pretty no matter what you pair with it.
I made a promise to myself that this year, I'd stop holding on to things that I never wear, even if I still like them. This is why I have to wave goodbye to my gladiator sandals, which, despite being chic, are too much work, so I end up always opting for an easier though equally stylish alternative. My go-to instead? Kitten heels, which are always comfortable, easy to slip on, and cute with everything.
I've found that colorful heels are surprisingly easy to style.
An everyday sandal that won't destroy your feet. Love to see it.
Unless I'm re-creating one of Princess Diana's iconic sportswear looks from the '80s, I never really grab my large assortment of bike shorts anymore. Nowadays, I'm opting to wear skirts instead, specifically those that hit right at the knee, and pairing them with knee-high boots. My trick for wearing the combo in the summer? I always choose a lightweight skirt in a linen or mesh material so it's extra breezy despite the hot weather.
This color is too good.
The '90s called. They said mesh skirts are having a comeback.
How good is this print?
Due to the very small size of my New York City closet, I'm forcing myself to be extra choosy about my spring and summer outerwear, picking a single style and sticking with it rather than holding on to multiple options that take up three-quarters of my closet space. That's why this season, I'm leaving my jean jackets behind in favor of Prada-inspired oversize leather jackets in moto, bomber, and blazer silhouettes.
So many WWW editors own this jacket, and for good reason. It's incredible.
I love this cropped take on the moto jacket.
This will go with literally everything in your wardrobe. Trust me.
Although I, like so many in the summer, love a crop-top moment, I'm prioritizing tube tops this season. There are simply too many tempting styles on the market right now to just pick one, thus eliminating what little room I had for my crop-top collection.
An easy pick you'll wear again and again.
Me? I'm clearly obsessed.
This whole look just screams rich.
Though the concept of open-toe boots feels smart for summer, I could never really get into the style. I wear boots to hide the fact that I didn't get a pedicure, not deliberately show off my chipped polish. Because of that, I'm offloading my last pair of the style and focusing my attention on spiky knee-high boots that can elevate any look (literally—stiletto heels tend to have that effect).
I legit need these on my feet right this instant.
A work of art.
Every single influencer is wearing these right now. Every single one.
Anyone in need of some shopping inspiration? Well, nobody asked, but I'm certainly delivering anyway. With a dizzying number of new pieces hitting the market, it can be downright intimidating to peruse what's out there in the hopes of making a little wardrobe update. But that's where I come in, friends. On a typical day, I do some online browsing to highlight the very best shopping picks of the moment, but today, I'm taking it a step further by showing you what we're personally adding to our closets and including some inspirational outfit photos.
There's no doubt our editors are a stylish bunch. (I look to their Instagrams for my own style ideas.) So when I tell you these new tops, bags, sunglasses, and jewelry items are "it," I think you'll agree. From the Mango heels I'm telling everyone about to Yusra's new It bag and Sierra's affordable ribbed tank, keep scrolling for the new fashion favorites we added to our closets in May.
I bought these almost as soon as our EIC shared them in Slack—and I have no regrets. They're shockingly comfortable, and I like the sleek Y2K vibe they give off.
I heard maxi hemlines were trending this spring and summer, and this ecru denim skirt has quickly become my new staple. It looks so sleek and far fresher than wearing jeans and a tee (which I'm guilty of overdoing).
Meet my new work bag. It's so big that it's almost comical. And I think that's what makes it ridiculously chic.
Not only is this trench cool, classic, and versatile AF, but it also has the added benefit of saving over 2000 liters of water since it's made from 20% kapok, a naturally thermoregulating, breathable, and biodegradable fabric.
"I've been meaning to get a new everyday watch for years, and I've found it. Breda's watches are so elegant and minimal. This one looks like a bracelet that just happens to tell time."
"Silent Opus is my new jewerly obsession. The just-launched brand allows you to customize your piece (you can even get it engraved), which will arrive much more quickly than most customizable jewelry. The options are timeless yet cool, and the quality is top-notch. Bonus: All of the pieces include the prettiest jewelry box that you can add your initials to."
"This dress is casual enough to wear during the day with some sandals and sunnies, but it could be totally dressed up for nighttime as well. I’m so in love with the knit material—it’s ultra soft and stretchy."
"I bought these $40 sandals after I spotted my co-worker talking about them on a recent livestream. Let me tell you: They don't look $40."
"The colorful beads add just the right amount of Y2K fun to this pretty beaded necklace."
"This breezy dress is a no-brainer for summer days."
"I've seen too many fashion people with these sunglasses, and I can officially say they live up to the hype."
"I've been eyeing this Staud bag for months, and now that I finally have it, I'm very much obsessed. The cool shape adds interest to any outfit no matter how simple, and it fits everything I need, which I can't say for some other bags I own."
"There's nothing I love more than a good pair of relaxed trousers, and this Pixie Market one has quickly become a new favorite. It cinches perfectly at the waist but is loose and relaxed on the leg, which is harder to find than you think."
"I'm a big fan of Uniqlo's heat-teach, so I quickly became obsessed with its Airism collection just the same. Its original airism T-shirts are on the thicker side, but its new cotton version makes for the perfect white T-shirt. It's comfy and oversize, not to mention it keeps you from being a sweaty mess."
"I think a great jacket can take any outfit to the next level, and I'm very into this distressed silhouette from Hudson. The wash is quite cool, and I adore the relaxed cut."
"I just stocked up on more tees from Mott & Bow for summer. They're amazing and so soft. I live in them."
"I adore Pangaia's sneakers. They're actually made by repurposing discarded grape skin, stalks, and seeds into grape leather. As a side note, I've also been exploring this sneaker subscription service called Kyx. Very cool."
"I can't get enough of baseball hats and am adding this one to my collection. I actually found it on Modiste, which is a newer luxury retailer that's based out of Nashville."
"In my hunt for the perfect white tank for summer, I fell in love with this Hollister one. My ideal crop ends right below the belly button to show some skin when I pair it with a low-rise skirt or pants."
"I'm calling this the perfect matching set for summer. The sunny-yellow print defines my summer vibe—energetic, bright, and fun. I just found out it's hand-dyed in Bali, and now I love it even more."
"I've been in the market for a black shoulder bag for quite some time, and this one ended up being the perfect solution to all of my problems. It's become my new weekend essential, and I feel like I don't go more than two days without wearing it. Its shape is inspired by origami, and the geometric angles make it stand out in the sea of black bags."
No matter what your stance is on wearing lingerie out in public, the general consensus among many fashion-minded celebrities is that it's no longer taboo. Although, some would argue that it hasn't been taboo in quite some time (e.g., Madonna in her cone bra while on tour in 1990).
If you happened to peruse our roundup of Met Gala after-party looks, you're well aware that the unofficial overarching theme was lingerie-inspired looks. In some cases, the attendees looked as though they were wearing actual lingerie. But it wasn't just the night of the Met Gala that inspired celebs to dress up in bra tops, corsets, bustier bodysuits, negligé-style dresses, and sheer pieces. We found plenty of recent instances of celebrities embracing this trend—usually for nights out but sometimes even during the day.
Obviously, the key to wearing lingerie-inspired looks out in the world is to ground them with things like jeans and to wear them with shoes that don't resemble bedroom slippers. Scroll on to see how stylish women such as Ashley Graham, Hailey Bieber, and Chrissy Teigen wear these risky pieces and shop our favorite lingerie-inspired items.
Rihanna's pregnancy style was one for the books. This combination of a sheer bra and boxer shorts was a standout. On Rihanna: Wardrobe.NYC x Carhartt WIP Reversible Canvas Hooded Jacket ($450); Alexander Wang Crystal-Embellished Cuff Shirt ($695) and shorts; Saint Laurent Studded-Logo Triangle Bra ($1190); Balenciaga bag; Amina Muaddi Black Giorgia Crystal Satin Sandals ($1380)
Olivia Rodrigo's chain-mail dress worn the night before the Met Gala was quite fun, but it's not for the faint of heart. On Olivia Rodrigo: Ambush dress; Self-Portrait Mini Capri Leather Top Handle Bag ($495); Versace Medusa Platform Sandals ($1575)
Irina Shayk dressed a corset down for daytime by way of low-rise jeans and boots. On Irina Shayk: Are You Am I Sunniva Corset ($295); Both boots; Celine sunglasses
Miley Cyrus embraced the boudoir theme by pairing fishnets with her bustier dress. On Miley Cyrus: John Galliano vintage dress; Dolce & Gabbana shoes
Ashley Graham's bodysuit from her new collection for Knix is perfect under an oversize button-down. On Ashley Graham: Knix Mesh Deep-V Bodysuit ($72)
For a little more coverage, do as Winnie Harlow did and wear a white tank under a lacy bra. On Winnie Harlow: Chanel bag
Hailey Bieber's Met Gala after-party look featured a very sparkly bra, and it was one of the most memorable looks of the night. On Hailey Bieber: Saint Laurent Monogram Bra ($3390); shorts, and bag
Bella Hadid's Met Gala after-party look needs no explanation. On Bella Hadid: Dilara Findikoglu custom outfit; Prounis Jewelry Granulated Pagoda Drop Earrings
Chrissy Teigen's nightgown-esque mini dress is all that's needed for a fun night out. On Chrissy Teigen: Stella McCartney dress; Femme The London Lace-Up Electric Heels ($199)
Ratajkowski's underwear-exposing sheer dress is made daytime-appropriate with trendy sneakers. On Emily Ratajkowski: Coperni dress; Salomon sneakers
When it comes to cool lingerie-inspired pieces, Nensi Dojaka is leading the way.
This was practically made for Instagram.
Miley Cyrus would approve of this one.
Yep, this is the one Ashley Graham is wearing above.
If you want a really cool corset that everyone will compliment, look no further.
Just the thing to wear under a white button-down.
Love these strategically placed panels.
Try it layered under and oversize blazer.
This is what we wish to be wearing this weekend.
This one's great because it provides coverage at the bust.
H&M's lingerie section is filled with affordable gems.
Calling it: This won't stay in stock for long.
Did anyone else's jaw just drop over this one?
Kourtney Kardashian vibes.
Get the look without actually wearing lingerie.
See how cool it looks with jeans?
For wearing with all of your lingerie outfits.
The legendary Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is officially in full swing. In fact, we recently shared a range of some of the top-notch items currently on offer in the discounted section. Given that the sale is that good, we thought we’d showcase even more standout finds. Specifically, we turned to an industry insider for expert intel.
Susie Wright, a stylist, the blogger behind So Susie, and a former Nordstrom buyer, is sharing her tips on what to buy from the Half Yearly Sale. Wright worked at the retailer for years, so she certainly knows what’s worth buying from a sale like this.
Keep scrolling to check out the general categories and trends Wright is shopping for because of the A+ assortment of discounted pieces.
"Since 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the dress, adding a few to your collection during Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is a smart move. Finding cute summer dresses on sale is a bonus."
"After working dozens of Half Yearly Sales, I can confirm that Nordstrom always has an amazing selection of sandals! Look for neutral ones that will work with every summer outfit."
"Denim on sale is probably the best deal of all, especially for the more expensive brands. Go for faded washes and anything light, including white or écru. They're trending right now."
"Since jackets and blazers are the finishing piece to every outfit, I love when they're on sale. This is the best opportunity to get this all-important piece. Oversize blazers are first on the list, as well as anything in a bright, pretty color."
"Pretty summer blouses are definitely worth buying on sale. I would look for anything in white or a brighter color—they'll go perfectly with all your summer denim, as well as over dresses and with skirts."
"Stylish swimwear and cover-ups are essentials for the summer season, and giving your collection a refresh always feels good and gets you ready for your next vacation."
"Summer accessories like sunglasses, totes, or fun jewelry are perfect to grab during Half Yearly, and it's so fun to scour the sale tables for a special find!"
"Who doesn't love a fresh pair of pj's? The Nordstrom lingerie department is a favorite during sale time. The choices of pj's, bras, and panties are incredible—now is the time to stock up!"
Bring on the nostalgia because yet another age-old trend is having a comeback this year and fashion insiders are here for it. With summer just around the corner, there are pieces in our closets that are going to have a moment that we maybe haven't heard from in a while. A current wardrobe staple that's been running wild on my Instagram feed happens to be the tube top.
Nineties-era red carpets are covered in this exquisitely simple piece. It seems like every celebrity during that era was obsessed with this one item. I'm joining in on the craze just a few decades later by shopping it now. Luckily, this is one of those trends that comes in so many shapes and styles it is pretty easy to get your hands on. Below, shop the 22 that have recently caught my eye.
The easiest outfit you'll put together this summer just so happens to be the tube top + loose trousers combo. Any "clean girl" would be proud.
It's the texture for me.
We love our neutrals.
Switch up the neckline here and there.
Ribbed tank tops are all the rage, so why not consider ribbed tube tops an option while we're at it? This is the perfect 2022 twist on the piece.
This is too good not to share with my group chat.
All about the smocking here.
Don't be afraid to wear prints.
Bustier tops and tube tops are one and the same. Lean into more structured renditions of the trend if that's your thing.
Orange is the color of the summer.
Such a good basic.
Head-to-toe pink is well advised.
If you're looking for more ways to wear your tube top, stop scrolling. This preppy look is so easy to copy with pieces you already have in your closet so give it a try.
I'll be layering this in so many different ways.
Just the right amount of cutouts.
Pairs well with a glass of red wine.
I think every persons tube top collection should start here.
It's always leather weather when you're a fashion girl. Take your tube top to the next level by trying a leather one.
I've never seen anything more perfect.
An animal print moment
This top is everything.
Bold colors are an absolute must, so don't be afraid to take risks. You will get all the compliments in a tube top like this.
This shade of blue is just so elevated.
Because we love crochet.
Such a good basic.
Styling your tube tops with cargo pants is a no-brainer. Pretty much every It girl will be wearing this look come summer.
I can just tell this is a quality piece.
The print is everything.
The ultimate cropped tube.
If you're on the hunt for another '90s trend that's having a comeback, you'll want to read this.
One thing we've noticed about French women is their shared ability to breathe new life into older trends—looks some might even deem "dated." But with their natural flair and laid-back approach to styling, they have influenced us to wear a trend we previously wrote off. Enter corduroy. While this retro fabric has long been considered a basic, we haven't seen it as much in the last few years. But make no mistake—if you follow the Gallic-girl dress code, it's one of the season's biggest trends.
Although the material has roots in the '70s, French women give their corduroy staples a modern feel, wearing them in fresh new ways. Take Julie Sergent Ferreri, whose bright-pink corduroy suit was one of the sleekest looks we clocked during Paris Fashion Week. And Franny Fyne? She makes her classic tan corduroy blazer feel up-to-date with the addition of crisp ecru denim and on-trend cowboy boots. Throw in a look from Camille Charrière that involves a corduroy miniskirt and a leather jacket, and it's clear that corduroy is an integral part of the current French wardrobe.
Scroll on to see six French-girl corduroy outfits that have convinced us to dig out our long-forgotten corduroy pieces once more. However, don't worry if you haven't already invested in the trend. We've outlined essential buys in the fabric for you below.
Style Notes: Although brown corduroy might teeter on feeling dated, Tamara Mory makes her trousers feel more modern by wearing them with a tonal camel sweater and then offsetting them with sleek black boots.
Style Notes: You might not think there's a place for corduroy skirts in the fashion-girl uniform, but as Camille Charrière proves, they look incredible paired with trending pieces such as platform boots and leather blazers.
Style Notes: Trousers not your thing? A blazer will blend just as seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Make like Franny and pair yours with white jeans and cowboy boots for a 2022 feel.
Style Notes: Although classic shades of brown, tan, and navy corduroy will always serve you well, don't be afraid to wear the fabric in fun colorways, just like Anne-Victoire Lefevre has here with her delicate yellow trousers.
Style Notes: Speaking of color—wow! Julie's Longchamp corduroy suit is the stuff of fashion dreams. Although hers has sold out, we've found some similar options for you. You're welcome.
Style Notes: The beauty of corduroy trousers lies in their versatility, especially if you choose a shade of navy or black. Simply wear them with everything you'd ordinarily style with jeans—in Léna Farl's case, a white blouse and cute cardigan—and you'll wonder how you ever got dressed without them.
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A fun fact about me: While I very much enjoy the star-studded sightings that occur regularly here in L.A. (I've spotted everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Jonah Hill at my nearest grocery store), I'm significantly giddier when I get to meet one-on-one with the experts who enhance our fave celeb's god-given beauty—whether its an A-list makeup artist, facialist, or, most recently, the cosmetic dermatologist for Hollywood's elite, Simon Ourian, MD. (And yes, if the name sounds familiar, you've likely already met him via episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.)
Although Ourian caters to some of the most recognized faces in the industry (the Kardashians and Jenners, Megan Fox, Sofía Vergara, Jasmine Tookes, Olivia Culpo… the list goes on) and his cosmetic services are justifiably pricey, I was intrigued to find out that his just-launched line of skincare, MDO Skin, is surprisingly affordable, with every individual product, excluding the kits, sliding in at the under-$100 mark. What's more, his elite clientele use and swear by the line. Obviously, I needed to learn more, right?
In a definite pinch-me moment, I had the opportunity to meet with Ourian himself at his stunning clinic, Epione Beverly Hills, where he A) introduced me to his innovative in-clinic treatments (he uniquely approaches each client with the eye of an artist and the mindset of a scientist) and B) walked me through his line while providing context as to why he created his own collection in the first place. In a nutshell, he wanted to be able to provide his clients with high-quality products they (and he!) could trust to maintain and enhance their skin from the comfort of their own homes. Ourian explained to me that he believes everyone is born with beautiful skin, and his goal with MDO is to enhance the natural beauty that's already there.
"MDO is committed to providing solutions for specific skincare concerns," the brand details on its website. "We enable anyone to achieve professional results safely and easily in the comfort of their own homes, with the ultimate goal of enhancing natural beauty. Results and client satisfaction lies at the core of MDO and Simon Ourian M.D.'s philosophy."
My one and only question was could products so affordably priced within a sea of ultra-expensive alternatives actually grant the noticeable and immediate results they're touted to? After weeks and weeks of testing, I can say yes with a capital Y, and my 100% unfiltered before and after photos below serve as undeniable proof.
As you can see from the photos above, using the MDO products drastically improved practically every aspect of my skin—instantly and long-term (the ultimate jackpot when it comes to worthwhile skincare investments if you ask me!). Not only did a few stubborn zits and acne scars improve, but my dark circles lessened, my dark spots and pigmentation practically disappeared, and my skin looked and felt brighter, healthier, and more hydrated and even. Honestly, I wasn't expecting the difference to be this major, and I'm still kind of in shock! Whenever I discover anything this good as a product-jaded editor, I just have to share the magic, so keep scrolling to find out which products I used, loved the most, and have become irreplaceable mainstays within my routine.
Prick up your ears: As a beauty editor who has been in the industry for about five years now and who has tried practically every moisturizer under the sun (with price points ranging from $5 to $900), this is one of my favorites of all time. I knew it was special when I first sampled it on the back of my hand in Ourian's office, and based on how velvety soft and even it instantly made my skin look, I knew it was going to be a complete game changer for my finicky complexion. I'm naturally acne-prone and sensitive, and more often than not, I commit the cardinal sin of forgoing sunscreen on my face (I know, I know) and have the spots and pigmentation to show for it. I kid you not, this potent moisturizer not only resurrected my dry, dull skin from the dead, but it staved off new breakouts (which *usually* occur when I switch to a rich moisturizer) and toned down all of my spots and blotches. Since it is on the heavier side, I've just been using it a few times a week to top up my skin's dew point, and I reach for something a little lighter on the days in between, but nothing can beat Ourian's brilliant melding of hyaluronic acid filling spheres, duo hyaluronic acid, hexapeptide-8, vitamin E, and a slew of natural oils at this price or beyond. Plus, a little goes a super-long way, which makes the investment all the more worth it.
Testing and swapping new products in and out of my routine is an integral part of my job. So when I tell you I've used this multitasking skin tint every day since I got my hands on it more than a month ago, that's a huge freaking deal. You know that scene in Legally Blonde when Elle is watching a sappy romance movie in bed and shouts "LIAR" at the top of her lungs whilst showering the TV in half-eaten chocolates? Yeah, that’s kind of the internal reaction I have when any product claims to have filter-esque blurring capabilities. Except, plot twist, this one from MDO actually succeeds (which, let’s be honest, shouldn’t be all that surprising considering he caters to the faces of the Kardashian-and-Jenner clan, Megan Fox, and pretty much every other notable star in Hollywood). Not only does this skin tint do an amazing job of blurring the skin to make it look healthier and more even, but also Ourian strategically infused it with great ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and jojoba oil so it will help your complexion look better in the long-term too. Another perk? This is the one makeup product he says you don’t have to hate yourself for falling asleep in. It's light, easy, and the perfect product for your summer beauty MO.
As much as I try not to freak out about aging, I do, at times, freak out about aging. (Hey, I'm only human!) I work hard to embrace the changes I've already started to see in my (still young, I know) 29-year-old complexion, but I try to be as proactive as possible to preserve my skin's youthfulness. And incorporating EGF—aka epidermal growth factors—into my skin routine has made a huge difference and is something basically any industry expert will advise. I love the convenience of these potent ampoules, which are specially designed to be extra concentrated and efficacious in order to noticeably counteract signs of aging while helping to lift, contour, and, in my case, brighten the eff out of your face. I love any product that delivers a tightened, radiant, glass-skin effect, and these high-dose ampoules 110% deliver. Plus, any type of product that grants instant and long-term results is a winner in my book! Each ampoule contains an elixir of tetrapeptides-9 and -11, which activate the skin’s essential epidermal growth factors and regenerative mechanisms, thus boosting collagen and elastin production (resulting in plumped-up fine lines and wrinkles). Lipo-dipeptide tag-teams to fend off sagging and loss of firmness, and last but not least, an all-star peptide complex that boasts two matrikines (oligopeptide and tetrapeptide-7) helps to regulate the skin's cell activity by interacting with specific receptors to renew skin's extracellular matrix and cell proliferation, both of which start to lag as we age.
I have gadgets and gizmos aplenty (just call me Ariel), and if done correctly, I think high-quality facial tools can have a dramatic impact on the way our skin looks and feels. In fact, some of my favorites have truly changed the shape of my face; they're just that effective at tightening everything up and firming. Are there other beauty tools that look almost identical to this chic little wand? Yeah. Are they as effective and affordable? Not usually! This facial-sculpting hack has become a mainstay on my vanity and within my self-care routine. It uses innovative nanometer technology to spike blood circulation and therefore gives the complexion a healthy, fresh-looking flush. You know that "I just worked out for an hour" glow you get after the gym? This tool does that from the comfort of your couch. It produces 6000 vibrations per minute, and all you have to do is cleanse, apply your ampoule or serum of choice (or a bit of moisturizer) and then, starting at your jawline, lightly push the wand upward along your cheekbones and temples. Keep repeating that upward motion (never go downward, which nixes the lifting magic) all over your complexion until the product you applied is completely absorbed. I guarantee you'll be astonished by the results.
Whether I had one too many skinny margs the night before or haven't been sleeping as well as I want to, sometimes my skin is just begging for a 15-minute miracle. And this complexion-rescuing sheet mask (which has been likened by beauty lovers to just-as-good or better alternatives two to three times the price) is just that. MDO actually makes two great sheet masks, but if I had to choose my fave, it would be this one. (But fear not: I'll get to the other one in a second!) Unlike a lot of sheet masks out there, I love that this one is free of fragrances and safe for all skin types. It's drenched in a skin-enriching serum featuring a unique concoction of herbal extracts and active ingredients specifically added to protect skin from UVA damage while also hydrating the inner layer of the epidermis for an uncanny brightening effect. It's like an $11 facial you can do yourself anytime, anywhere.
As someone who has gotten quite a few pricks of filler in my life (and isn't shy to talk about it), I take issue with a lot of products that claim filler-like results. That said, I trust professionals, like Ourian, who administer filler daily to make good on lofty claims and deliver at-home products that do, indeed, grant in-office-caliber results. And these skin-quenching, line-filling ampoules succeed! Again, I love the ampoule design because it helps ensure potency and efficacy, and this particular formula features an impressive combination of four different types of hyaluronic acid that visibly plump your facial contours for an instantly younger-looking finish. But it doesn't stop there. Then, a hyaluronic acid–boosting tripeptide swoops in to enhance your results by triggering the skin’s natural hyaluronic synthesis so you get long-term skin perks, too.
I'm always leary of new vitamin C products (and strong serums, in particular) simply because there has only been one, yes one, I've tried in my entire life that hasn't sent my skin into an eruption of redness and pimples. This was something I expressed to Ourian when I was talking to him at his clinic, so I was intrigued, albeit nervous, to take his formula for a spin. Now, in complete and utter honesty, I'm still going to remain monogamous with my all-time fave C serum, SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF ($169), but I will say if SC ever discontinues it, this is the product I'd defer to. To my huge relief, I used all seven ampoules for a week straight and had zero issues with inflammation or acne flares. (That said, I did follow Ourian's instructions for those with sensitive skin and used them solo followed by a little bit of MDO's moisturizer—I didn't want to play with fire by layering in other actives or products while I was testing.) . So why didn't this particular C formula cause me issues? I'm guessing it has to do with its category-leading 20% stable form of C, which, according to the brand, works on three levels of the skin to deliver next-level radiance and improved tone to the skin. Do you see how much less blotchy and more even my skin looks in my before-and-after? I think this product played a huge part in that.
If anything and everything anti-aging is your prerogative, I recommend opting for these collagen-boosting sheet masks above all others. They hit a sweet spot in terms of pricing, and the expert blend of herbal extracts and active ingredients wields a ton of great skin benefits like improved skin elasticity, fewer fine lines, and an uptick in your skin's own ability to produce collagen, which annoyingly goes into slo-mo as we get older. In fact, if we want to get technical here, the brand reports that regular use can increase skin elasticity by over 20% while lessening skin redness and reducing wrinkles over a period of four weeks. Again, you're essentially spending $11 per treatment, which is an insanely good deal.
Let me just say that while technically this cool little tool is coming in last within my ranking of favorite MDO Skin products, I still really love it! And without pointing fingers, it's a way less expensive alternative to similar products on the market. I mean, at $45 it feels like a no-brainer! I found myself using the facial-sculpting wand more often just because I easily get addicted to anything I feel is tightening and lifting my face, but I love the idea of this palm-size misting device, which uses a super-advanced technology to transform water into a special hydro mist that delivers superior hydration to thirsty skin. I've never been a huge face-mist person, so the fact that I actually felt compelled to test and continue to use this one speaks volumes. I didn't notice any super-dramatic differences as far as my skin looked, per se, but my skin definitely felt more hydrated and less tight and cranky. Follow the directions, fill the twist-off tank with water, and let your skin bask in an oasis of refreshing moisture. It's definitely a pool- or beachside necessity; just be sure to charge it up before you leave.
This gentle yet effective waterless cleanser doesn't contain any irritation-causing fragrance or sulphates and effortlessly detoxifies the skin while soothing and removing every last impurity. It's the ultimate way to wake up and wind down.
Believe it or not, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on an all-star serum. You can use MDO's in the morning and at night for firmer, smoother, glowier-looking skin. Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (aka vitamin B3), wakame extract, and calming aloe vera.
If you want instant gratification in the brightening and smoothing departments, opt for this $55 exfoliant in lieu of a pricey in-office peel. It utilizes 10% AHA to lift away dulling dead skin cells while evening out skin tone and reducing stubborn dark spots and/or pigmentation.
Craving all three of the above? This aptly named Skin Transforming Kit is the way to go and is a better deal than buying The Cleanser, The Serum, and the Exfoliant individually.
Worth $310, this savvy bundle includes Ourian's Intense Hydrating Moisturizer, and all three sets of skin-boosting ampoules: Intense Hyaluronic Filler, Powerful EGF (Lifting), and Vitamin C Glow.
Pick up both of Ourian's powerful sheet masks, and save.
If you're not quite ready to take the plunge into a handful of full-size products, Ourian's Boost Discovery Kit is a strategic alternative that still lets you experience the magic before diving in headfirst. I mean, I guarantee you don't have a better way to spend $29 when it comes to your beauty budget.
Your skincare routine doesn't have to be long and complicated in order to be effective. In fact, it shouldn't be! This is one of the things Ourian impressed upon me when he was telling me about the line (and why he created it!) in person. This smart set covers all of your bases via the brand's top-notch cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Consider anything else you layer in extra credit.
MVP Super Sale Alert: Now through May 31, you can shop the Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan and everything else on Jenni Kayne’s site for 20% off with code MDW20.There are certain designers who get on our radar not just from their cool approach to style but because they take a slower, more thoughtful approach when it comes to releasing new products. Minimalist luxury basics company Jenni Kayne is surely one of them, though the relaxed pace can also be attributed to the brand’s general chilled-out Los Angeles vibes.
“We like to define ourselves as the ultimate California lifestyle brand,” says Julia Hunter, CEO at Jenni Kayne. “Whether it’s a well-edited wardrobe or timeless home essentials, we focus on inviting neutrals, quality construction, and attention to detail in order to create pieces that you’ll love for years to come.” While $300+ sweaters aren’t my usual M.O., I test drove the brand’s Instagram-famous Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan, and now I totally get the hype.
This style staple, while definitely pricey, is the kind of investment piece I plan to wear until I die. The sweater is casual luxury at its finest, and I know I’ll wear it forever because the premium materials will hold up, the no-fuss silhouette is trend-agnostic, and it’s just freakin’ comfortable to wear. “The Cocoon is one of our top styles — sometimes we have a hard time even keeping it in stock because it sells out season after season,” says Hunter. “To date, we have sold 49,000 Cocoons, and it has sold out five times! So far this year the Cocoon is selling three times more than the next best-selling style.”
If you swear by a supremely curated and versatile capsule wardrobe, Jenni Kayne clothes are absolutely worth a closer look. Many of its biggest fans have even admitted to grabbing their favorite Jenni Kayne sweater in multiple colors and wearing it to bed: “I love this sweater so much, this is my second purchase/color. It’s the perfect thing to throw over jeans, a dress, or honestly pajamas when you’re relaxing at home,” writes one comfy fanatic. And, you too can score your own Cocoon Cardigan (or anything else from the brand, including Jenni Kayne home goods and furniture) with 20% off sitewide with code MDW20, valid through May 31, 2022.Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan,
“Oversized” is quite the understatement when it comes to this cardigan — it runs so large that you could likely order two sizes down and still achieve a baggy fit. For reference, I’m 5’3″, usually wear a medium on top, size 26/27 on bottom, and I went with a small in this cocoon. When laid flat, the boxy body measures 25″ across, which simple math tells us is a whopping 50 inches all the way around when the size small cardi is buttoned up. (The Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan is offered in sizes XXS to 3X.) Drape-y in every sense, the cardigan simply hangs from my shoulders and cascades down to the top of my thighs, right over my hips. The V-neck plunges too deep to wear the cardigan by itself, but some of the models on the Jenni Kayne website show how the sweater can indeed be worn solo.The Warmth Factor:
The relative weightlessness of the cardigan might fool you — the knit is made from soft 100% Mongolian cashmere, so it’s designed to keep wearers toasty. In fact, I’ve only worn this cardigan over summery tank tops in mid-60-to-low-70-degree weather and at times still felt my pits getting clammy. I also recently sat through a three-hour film in an intensely air-conditioned theater and felt like this cardigan provided the perfect amount of warmth to combat that dreaded level of “corporate office A/C” blast.
It’s worth mentioning that the Jenni Kayne Cocoon silhouette is so popular that it is also offered in other materials and fibers, at cheaper price points (the Cashmere Cocoon remains the warmest option, and is the most expensive at $445 full price). Ahead, Hunter walks through the entire Jenni Kayne cardigan collection to specify how they differ from one another.Jenni Kayne Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “This is the first Cocoon we launched in the fall of 2019 in a cozy blend of fluffy, textural Italian yarn in the colors Taupe and Willow,” says Hunter. “While the silhouette has stayed the same, we now make the Cocoon in cashmere, cotton, alpaca, and have even launched new iterations like the Cable Cocoon and Cropped Cocoon. We clearly can’t get enough of it.”The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 3 reviews on jennikayne.comWhat Customers Are Saying: “I love this sweater so much. The color is stunning, it’s nice and warm — perfect for those chilly summer mornings where I’m from. It does run a little big. I got an XXS and it’s still very roomy on me. I still love it though, wouldn’t change a thing about it.”Jenni Kayne Cotton Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “Perfect for spring and summer; easy to layer with everything,” says Hunter.The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 17 reviews on jennikayne.comWhat Customers Are Saying: “This is my favorite layer. I have been living in the cashmere version and was thrilled it came out in cotton.”Jenni Kayne Cable Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “This is a textured take on our coveted Cocoon,” says Hunter. “It’s ultra-lightweight yet fluffy and cozy, and great for fall/winter.”The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 5 reviews on jennikayne.comWhat Customers Are Saying: “Love that JK brought this version of the Cocoon back. While less soft than the cashmere or lofty alpaca, I prefer this version’s beautiful knit weave, which is perfectly cozy. The blush registers as warmer in person and is the best new neutral.”Jenni Kayne Alpaca Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “Super-soft alpaca blend that’s great for transitional weather. Chunkier but no added weight,” says Hunter.The Hype: No reviews yet on jennikayne.comJenni Kayne Cropped Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “This is a wool and cashmere blend and has a slight crop. We just launched this style and the whole team is obsessed,” says Hunter.The Hype: No reviews yet on jennikayne.comJenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan,
What The Brand Is Saying: “The iconic, best-selling sweater — and the warmest option. Very luxe and easy to wear,” says Hunter.The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 114 reviews on jennikayne.comWhat Customers Are Saying: “I am trying not use this sweater as my pajamas because it is so soft and cozy. The sweater is a great piece to be worn over a dress in the office or over jeans everywhere else. The construction and design is sophisticated and falls on your frame really well. I get compliments on the sweater all the time.”
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In time for warm weather, fashion has signaled that it’s time to bare it all, with the most popular trends of the summer ranging from party dresses to micro mini skirts and jewelry-like clothing. Part body jewelry, part chainmail, the bedazzled clothing trend includes apparel and accessories made from chains, beads, and discs, rather than fabric, and is anything but subtle.
For examples of the trend, see PatBo’s fall 2022 collection, which included cutout bodysuits in silver hues so sparkly they looked like malleable chandeliers. Dauphinette, a New York-based brand known for its chainmail pieces, also showed a slew of adorned pieces that resembled clusters of gold spray-painted leaves (see photo below). Meanwhile, designer Kelsey Randall presented a slate of chainmail clothing that included a dress made from mirror discs that could be mistaken for a Studio 54 disco ball. The overall aesthetic is inviting us all to hit the dance floor and be the diamond of the season (a la Bridgerton) — and dress the part.
The resurgence of ‘60s-inspired trends over the past year has propelled the popularity of beaded and jeweled garments that are reminiscent of the work of designers like Paco Rabanne and Gianni Versace. Rabanne’s knack for metallic garments inspired a whole universe of futuristic clothes that fit well with the nightlife scene, as well as the Space Age thinking of the time. Decades later, the brand’s chainlink bags continue to top every It girl’s list. Meanwhile, Versace’s love of metal mesh, chainmail, and beaded pieces in the 1980s and 1990s earned the house a reputation for party-ready clothing that is still being referenced today. For proof, see Versace’s spring 2022 show, which featured metal mesh tops, mini skirts, and dresses by the likes of Dua Lipa and Lourdes Leon.
But while we’ve come a long way from the days of shoulder pads, in 2022, dopamine and party dressing are still being used to cope with the world around us, as billionaires race to space with their self-funded missions and the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives.
While styling these barely-there pieces may seem like a difficult task, there are plenty of designs that won’t come with a public disturbance ticket. Take Dauphinette’s two-piece chainmail sets or Kelsey Randall’s gold-fringed keys dress that cover just enough to be wearable in the daytime — and, bonus, require zero additional accessories. You can also tone the look down via layers like a white tank top, one of the season’s top trends, or with more casual counterparts like low-rise jeans or cargo pants. For shoes, opt for a simple platform heel or boots that can help you channel the mod look of the ‘60s.
As temperatures continue to rise, it’s only natural to want to wear closer to nothing and live your best Hot Girl Summer. To get you started, check out some options below.
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Roughly two million people get married in the U.S. every year, an occasion for which, prior to the pandemic, a good chunk of brides bought a new wedding dress. At the time, that purchase cost, on average, $1,600, according to The Knot.
But all that changed during COVID when most of 2020’s big weddings got canceled. As more couples opted for minimonies, the big, poofy gowns of yore were replaced with garments people had at home or more understated dresses or jumpsuits that felt appropriate for micro-weddings, which remain a popular option today. Another alternative that brides-to-be have turned to in the wake of the pandemic? Secondhand wedding dresses, which are not only cheaper but a more responsible alternative to gowns that often end up being worn only once.
According to global fashion shopping platform Lyst’s 2021 Wedding Report, searches for pre-owned wedding gowns are up 103% since March. In the same time frame, page views for vintage designer wedding pieces jumped 53%.
Natacha Blanchard, Consumer Lead at Vinted, a secondhand marketplace, noted a similar spike, with the number of used wedding gowns listed on the platform growing rapidly. “Vinted has seen more than 150,000 wedding dresses being listed for sale in the last year,” she tells Refinery29. Blanchard credits three things for why brides are choosing secondhand: price, choice, and sustainability.
Like with all other vintage wears, unless you’re trying to buy a rare piece from a popular designer, purchasing a secondhand wedding dress is going to come at a lower price than buying a new one. (In the last decade, according to ThredUp’s 2021 Resale Report, consumers saved $390 billion by buying secondhand as opposed to new.) Before you assume you can’t find the designer dress of your dreams secondhand, think again. On Vinted alone, there are over 20 used bridal gowns from Vera Wang. Yes, as in the designer behind both Ariana Grande‘s and Gwen Stefani’s wedding dresses.
The wide variety of options — from $20 no-name vintage frocks to $1,000 Vera Wang gowns (which, new, start at around $7,000 for the designer’s Luxe Collection) — is another reason that going the secondhand route is becoming more and more popular among brides. The choices are many, with luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective currently selling more than 4,000 wedding gowns from brands like Paco Rabanne, Pronovias, and Dior. Then there are specialty sites for buying and selling pre-owned and sample wedding dresses, like Nearly Newlywed. To compare options, big wedding stores, like David’s Bridal, often stock around 120 styles per store. All that said, unlike the selection at a place like David’s Bridal, where many of those 120-plus styles are available in sizes 0 to 30, every secondhand dress will only be available in a single size — and it might not be yours.
There’s also the fact that with the vast assortment of secondhand wedding dresses online comes the need to sort through a good deal of options. According to Blanchard, to simplify and speed up the process, it’s best to come into the search with a bridal dress style in mind. You can then personalize your search by size, price, style, or brand. She suggests reaching out to the seller once you find the dress for you and requesting detailed photos of the seams and threading to ensure that nothing is out of place or damaged. That, and she says to start the search early — that way, there is plenty of time to tailor the look to your body. The latter is important, as many of the brides who first owned these secondhand dresses had them customized to fit their own bodies. Because of that, Blanchard suggests you also ask the previous owner for precise measurements of the waist, hem, bust, etc. in addition to the tag size.
But the biggest reason why secondhand bridal looks have become so popular this year has to do with sustainability. According to James Reinhart, ThredUp’s Co-founder and CEO, the pandemic brought about “a radical transformation in retail.” During the last year-plus at home, having been surrounded by their purchases all day every day, consumers were confronted with their consumption habits. In turn, many began to consider new, more conscious ways of shopping, which include buying secondhand. According to ThredUp’s 2021 Resale Report, 33 million consumers bought used apparel for the first time last year, with 76% of those first-timers planning to increase their secondhand spending over the next five years.
Brides-to-be, consider this your “something borrowed.”
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Welcome to Aisle Style, a week-long series that features the most untraditional wedding fashion trends, coolest bridal designers to know, and brides who walk to the beat of their own “Canon In D.” Buck the tradition and say I do to personal style — the aisle is yours.
Madison Alexandra knew she wanted to wear a black wedding dress to her nuptials ever since she was a little girl. “I originally wanted to have wings, but I cut that out,” she says. Still, when it came time for her big day, the model and lingerie educator did want that fairytale gown. Inspired by Queen Ravenna (played by Charlize Theron) in Snow White’s film adaptation, Snow White and the Huntsman, Alexandra walked down the aisle wearing a black gown covered with an armor-like shoulder plate in May 2021. “I thought she looked very regal, and I wanted that kind of look,” she says.
She is not alone in choosing to forgo the traditional white ball gown for a black dress in order to express her personality during what some consider one of the most important moments in life. “I think that sometimes with these traditions, we can get so intentional that we can’t even see that someone may just not have that same preference,” says Alexandra.
For decades now, brides have worn black wedding dresses: Sarah Jessica Parker wore a black ball gown by Morgane Le Fay for her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick; Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn sported a black princess-like dress in 2019; and Chloë Sevigny chose a skin-tight long-sleeved black dress with matching booties for her City Hall nuptials in 2020. But while these A-listers have normalized the idea, it’s still rare to see everyday brides sporting the look.
While “black” has been associated with evil and solemn rituals like funerals — which could explain why brides stay away from the hue — back in the 14th century, the high-quality dyes that the color required cemented the hue as a must-have for nobility to distinguish themselves. Over time, the concept of the “Little Black Dress,” credited to Coco Chanel, made it an essential part of everyone’s wardrobe.
Yet, despite the color’s popularity in ready-to-wear, there is still limited availability when it comes to black wedding dresses. When Starr Lively started looking for a “big and poofy” black gown in 2019, she was unable to find the look she envisioned despite looking “everywhere.” Finally, she opted to go directly to an independent designer who could custom-make her one: “They were able to take a design that I created and bring it to life.”
On the other hand, Skyelar Kowalewski had to rely on shopping for her wedding dress online because she couldn’t find a gown that she could try on in person. “There was a major lack of black wedding dresses. So that was kind of a hard thing to deal with because I was wondering, Am I actually going to be able to find something that looks like a bridal gown?” she says. “Or am I just going to be looking like I’m just wearing a black formal dress?” In the end, after spending a lot of time looking, she ended up finding a dress that matched her expectations — an A-line tulle dress with a matching veil that she paired with a flower crown.
While it’s hard for many brides to find their perfect black wedding dress, more brands and boutiques are slowly incorporating the color into their collections. Brands like David’s Bridal, Galia Lahav, Maggie Sottero Zander, and Markarian have included black wedding gowns in their selection, while others like Honor and Monique Lhuillier have added black details — like ribbons and prints — into their traditional white dresses. Recently, Spanish brand Sophie Et Voilà unveiled its “Black Label” collection, which featured a selection of five black bridal dresses.
The lack of black wedding dress options is what inspired England-based designer Hannah Chivers to start her own boutique focused on black bridal gowns. Similarly to Lively and Kowalewski, Chivers had a hard time finding a black dress, so she decided to make it herself, which eventually prompted her to start her label Hannah Black Bridal.
“I got loads of messages from people asking, like, ‘Can you make me one?’” she says. “I thought, Why don’t I just actually make it into a business because people want it?” Since then, Chivers has mainly focused on widening the alternatives for brides who want to wear classic silhouettes and traditional gowns but in black: “I really wanted to have black wedding dresses that were a really gorgeous, beautiful dress and just happened to be black,” she says.
While the choice to wear a black wedding dress may be perceived as a statement, many brides don’t think about it this way. “I think that people have this idea that when you wear black, you are trying to buck tradition because it’s like the opposite color, right?” says Alexandra. “It’s really just an expression of the woman who’s wearing it.” For Alexandra Lima, who married in March 2022, white was never a choice: “90% of my wardrobe is already black. That is actually one of the reasons why I wanted to do that [wear black.]”
Meanwhile, Lively considers this rising trend a result of brides realizing that white is just one of the many options they have available, not the rule they need to subscribe to. “I had heard from friends who liked wedding dresses that weren’t white and would ask, ‘Can you even do that?’” says Lively. “You can do whatever you want on your wedding day.”
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Girlfriend Collective’s wide range of size-inclusive activewear and lifestyle clothing has been a favorite of R29 for some time. If you are as obsessed with its well-designed pieces as we are, you’re in luck: The sustainable clothing label just launched a stretch woven collection that’s easy, breezy, and summer-ready. Each piece is crafted from a new custom fabric that’s lightweight and airy — perfect for the soon-to-be scorching temps.
The new collection is made from recycled polyester and spandex to give just a bit of stretch for the ultimate comfort and ease as you move through your day. The launch consists of five styles in three universally liked colorways: black, dark olive, and varsity (similar to a cobalt blue).
The pieces in the collection include a short-sleeved button-up jumpsuit, a sleeveless button-up romper, everyday shorts, tapered joggers, and a wrap skort. As always, each style is available in an inclusive range of sizes — from XXS to 6XL. Read on to get all the details about each piece from Girlfriend Collective’s latest drop.Stretch Woven Jumpsuit, $118