Lately, the sales just keep coming. Today’s is a bit of a secret – the Bloomingdale’s Private Sale is on from now through April 27, and it includes discounts on everything from wear-now spring apparel and shoes to extra discounts off home goods and bedding. If there’s something you need or want to get ready for the new season, odds are that you can find it marked down at Bloomie’s right now.
Bates Motel star Olivia Cooke owned the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie The Quiet Ones thanks to this stunning bright fuchsia lipstick picked by makeup artist Georgie Eisdell, which she was nice enough to share the name of.
The color you see here: MAC Pigment in Fuchsia, which I’m assuming is mixed with a balm to get a bright, bold lip shade that totally stole the show. And if you don’t cover it hard, I’m going to wonder if you need to calibrate the color settings on your monitor. Obsess with me, won’t you?
While most of our Instagram feed tends to be fashion-filled (with sprinkles of seriously good food porn), few things are as cute as some of the pups we follow. This week, we’re interrupting your regularly scheduled fashion-centric Instagram Roundup to bring some a handful of puppies that have melted our hearts these past few days. We could’ve chosen 100 of them, but we realized that would be a really, really long slideshow.
The stars of the upcoming revenge comedy The Other Woman have been jet-setting all over the world these past two weeks to promote their new flick, but actress Leslie Mann has been consistently “bag-blocked” by the large, luxurious bag choices of Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton, who always seem to be leading the pack. But at long last, we can see her press tour bag of choice – the ever-classy Hermes Kelly Bag, in a lovely shade of cerulean blue.
Photo via: Grazia France
These Céline-inspired plaid print nails are too cute!
Sweet stacks of puff pastry, cheesecake, and strawberries are completed with some delicious sliced almonds! You’ll want to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Napoleons soon! ***This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts. I am excited to be a partner in creating delicious recipes for compensation. All opinions are 100% my own*** Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ My […]
As of this morning, I have decided that Kate Middleton should just tour things forever so we get to see more updos like the one she wore last night at a reception hosted by the Governor General Peter Cosgrove in Canberra, Australia.
Now for the back shot:
Looks like there’s a tucked-under situation that created a faux-bun in the back with pieces from each side swirled, curled, and pinned over the top, although it’s unclear exactly how that all went down. But one thing is for sure: It’s exactly the hairstyle I’d expect to see on a Duchess. Good work, Kate.
Now, how many of you pinned this for later? Confess below.
Last month, Kaley Cuoco had everyone thinking she’d chopped her hair, thanks to this meticulously styled Instagram (we shoulda known something was up from her melodramatic face and artfully-displayed shears).
Kaley’s just one in a chain of celebrities hair-pranking us on Instagram. As you may recall, Lauren Conrad Photshopped her hair purple for April Fool’s Day, then posted this just-kidding blond photo on Instagram the next day. (I didn’t fall for this one—did you?)
Nicole Richie also tried to convince us she’d gone purple before she actually had, trying the color on with a little help from Photoshop. Her Instagram followers loved the look—I wonder if that helped convince her to go for the real deal? (It ended up looking even prettier than this faux version!)
And how could we forget Madonna’s already-infamous pit-gram, which looked totally fake but still sparked plenty of debate.
Have you ever been fooled by a celebrity hair fakeout on Instagram? How do you like Kaley Cuoco’s for-real haircut and color?
It takes a truly special cause to get brands as exclusive as Celine and Prada to abandon their normally sky-high pricing structures, but with Born Free, they’ve done just that. Born Free is a charity fashion initiative that combines the powers of Vogue and ShopBop to bring together 22 top designers in an effort to end fetal AIDS transmission worldwide by December 31, 2015.
MAC released a photo promoting Lorde‘s upcoming limited-edition makeup collection (hitting the web and select stores this summer), and, as predicted, it’s pretty fierce.
On her lips, she wears deep plum shade called Pure Heroine and on her eyes, Penultimate Eye Liner in RapidBlack—both intense and dramatic and exactly what you’d expect from this dark-lipstick-lover.
Look for them in the North America starting June 5th and in international stores in July. In the meantime, remind yourself how bad@ss this girl is in the beauty and self-esteem departments by checking out her stance on airbrushing her pimples, admiring her refusal to keratin-away her curls, and going over these 11 reasons you should fall in deep, deep love with the “Royals” singer.
Models and great handbags go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of our all-time favorite collection profiles have come at the hands of supers like Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, and if there were a photo agency dedicated purely to documenting their daily outfits, we’d gladly delve into the handbag closets of even more models. Because there isn’t, though, we’ve decided to put together all that we could find from five of our favorite supers whose collections we’ve yet to dissect: Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.
J. Mendel is already a name that many fashion lovers know, but when you think J. Mendel, you probably think of the brand’s stunning gowns and impeccable furs.
I’ve been a longtime lover of J. Mendel, and when I heard that Giles Mendel decided a focus on bags to be integral to his brand’s future, I was thrilled. Each season, Vlad and I sit at the show and feel ourselves taken into a world of majestic beauty on the runway.
Photos via: Domaine
Katherine Power of Who What Wear, Domaine and Byrdie recently had her L.A. office redone and it is stunning. Loving the neutral mix of classic elegant pieces along with the mid-century modern details. See more photos of the workspace, as well as all of the decor info, here.
Get Katherine’s look:
+ Raquel Allegra Long Double Breasted Leopard Jacket
+ Equipment Brett Shirt
+ Acne Studios Skin 5 Skinny Jeans in Used Blue (also in mid-blue)
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Hi friends! Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m going to show you a few of my favorite piping techniques for cupcakes. I even made a fun video tutorial, and if you’re an email subscriber then you’ll need to click here to view it. If you’re visiting the blog, then you can just scroll down to the embedded video.
These techniques are perfect for beginners because they are so forgiving. How forgiving? Well, in the video my frosting begins to soften considerably under the studio lighting, but even then things turn out beautifully! If you’re a seasoned decorator you’ll probably already know these techniques, so be aware this video is geared more toward novice decorators.
Beginners will need a few supplies to get started. First, good thick buttercream frosting. You’ll find my two favorite frosting recipes at the end of this post. You’ll also need the decorator piping tips featured in the video so I’ve linked them below. Piping bags are a must! Reusable or disposable – your choice, because either will work.
In the video you may notice that I don’t use couplers, and instead I just drop the piping tips into the bags, score the end of the bag and get straight to piping. I honestly feel the couplers are not necessary when using larger tips, but I do use them for smaller tips and when I need to quickly switch out a plain tip for a star tip.
My favorite decorator piping tips!
Ateco Pastry Tube Star Size 8 – This is the first tip demonstrated in the video. It may be my very favorite piping tip of all because you can make the perfect soft serve ice cream swirl on top of a cupcake. If you’ve never ventured into piping, then this is a good one to consider buying first. I also demonstrate a single swirl with this tip, and you may remember it from these lucky vanilla cupcakes.
Wilton Petal Decorating Tip 125 – This is the second tip demonstrated in the video. It’s a petal tip, which certainly makes pretty individual petals, but I love using it for piping a simple rose in one continuous icing spiral. This technique takes a little dexterity, so it’s a good idea to set aside one or two practice cupcakes.
Wilton Decorating Petal Icing Tip #104 – or, ruffle tip. This is the third tip demonstrated in the video, and you can see that it’s just a little smaller than the previous petal tip. In my opinion, it’s the best size petal tip for ruffling cupcakes. When I first tried this technique I felt like I was making a real mess of things – starting and stopping rows, accidentally smearing a few ruffles with the piping tip – but when I finished, the cupcake looked picture-perfect. So remember, if you get halfway through ruffling and things are feeling a bit chaotic, keep at it and judge the end result. This petal tip can also make daisies, like the ones on these cupcakes I made for the Etsy blog last year.
Ateco Pastry Tube Plain 808 – Icing mounds are the easiest of the easy-to-make. Honestly, you don’t really even have to use a piping tip to achieve the effect. You could just use a zip-top bag with the corner snipped. That said, I really like this size piping tip to make a nice fat, even heap of frosting on top of cupcakes. It’s the tip I use for these champagne cupcakes, too.
Ateco Closed Star Pastry Tube 847 and 843 – I love to use these two piping tips together, as you can see demonstrated on the last cupcake in the video. The smaller one is used to make little stars around the edge of the cupcake and the larger tip makes a nice big swirl in the middle. It looks best when contrasting colors are used, like these bonbon cupcakes I made for Valentine’s day.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to piping tips and techniques, but these are my favorite and I use them most often. And they are some of the easiest to master, too! If you decide to try them for yourself, share your results on my facebook wall! I’d love to see your work!
Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting
[click for printable version]
Source: adapted from the SprinkleBakes book
Small batch (will generously frost 12-15 cupcakes)
6 egg whites
1 cup/200g sugar
Pinch of salt
1 pound unsalted butter, cubed, softened (room temperature works too, but takes longer to come together)
3 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
Large batch (will generously frost 24-30 cupcakes)
12 egg whites
2 1/2 cups/500g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 lbs. unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp clear vanilla extract
Set a saucepan filled one-third full of water over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.Whisk together the egg whites, sugar, and salt in a large heatproof bowl ( I suggest a stainless bowl). Set over the simmering water and whisk until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar has dissolved (120-140 degrees on a candy thermometer, to be sure).Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Increase to medium-high until stiff peaks are formed.Continue beating at medium-high speed until the mixture is fluffy and has cooled (the mixing bowl should feel cool to the touch).Turn the mixer off and switch from the whisk attachment to the paddle. Turn the mixer on medium-low and add the butter, a few cubes at a time, beating until well incorporated before the next addition.Add the vanilla extract. Divide batter and tint with food coloring, if desired. Beat until the frosting is thick and completely smooth.Store in an airtight container until ready for use.
American Buttercream Frosting[click for printable version]Source: SprinkleBakes bookYield: about 3 cups, enough to generously frost 12-15 cupcakes
1 cup/226g unsalted butter, softened2 ½-3 cups/320 to 384g confectioners’ sugar1 tsp vanilla extractMilk or heavy cream, optionalIn a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners sugar. Begin on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.
Get yourself in front of a mirror right now, ladies. You’re going to want to copy this instantly sexifying hair move on Sofia Vergara as soon as you possibly can. Because it’s so easy, you basically have no excuse not to.
I’m talking about what was going on with her hair part at the premiere of Chef at the Tribeca Film Festival last night. Her hair was parted on the side and pulled down and over on a diagonal so it fell down toward her face.
It almost hung over one eye, Jessica Rabbit-style.
All you have to do to pull this off is grab a comb and hold it vertically so it goes straight up and down. Then use the end of it to grab a piece of hair just a few millimeters to the side of your usual side-part, pulling down toward your ear on the other side. Spray with a little hairspray, and you’re off.
So easy, right?
Oh, braids. For a while there, we were kinda over you (especially the milkmaid sort), but you refused to really go away—and now look, the whole world has gone braid-crazy again this spring. Here are just five of the reasons we can’t help but be all about the braids right now.
1. Frozen. Even if you don’t have kids, you might have seen it (perhaps just to find out what the hype’s about). But to summarize in case you have not—the two newest Disney princesses wear braid hairstyles, and the movie’s spectacular makeover scene involves Queen Elsa’s transition from stifling updo to windswept side braid. Now go rent it, because it’s so good (and I am not one of those Disney-crazy girls, I swear).
3. Coachella. Music festivals are as much about free-spirited hippie hairstyles as they are about the music—right? And those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be rocking out in person lived vicariously through the flood of endless pretty Coachella-braid pics in our Instagram feeds. (And we got a a how-to for the Coachella braid shown here.)
4. Game of Thrones. It’s back on and as addictive as ever, and it’s impossible to make it through an episode without having at least one braid-related fantasy involving your own hair.
5. Famous husbands braiding their famous wives’ hair. Chris Pratt Instagrammed this pic of the braid he did on Anna Faris with the caption: “This is a weird thing to brag about but I did that glorious French braid. #Baller #man #ManBraid #RealMenBraid #isItBrade? #SpellingQuestion #StillBallerTho #WhyIsItFrench??? #ICallItAFreedomBraid #GoUsa”.
Top that cuteness. And cue women everywhere teaching their guys to do the same.
And, of course, there are all the gorgeous braids we’ve been seeing on the red carpet—click that link to browse to your little heart’s content.
Are you loving braids right now? What’s your favorite braid hairstyle to do on yourself?
Metallics can be a little bit tricky; in their worst incarnations, the finish can look cheap and tacky, but when a metallic is good, it’s something you can wear no matter the season or time of day. Because we’re in one of those oh-so-delicate seasonal transition periods where a good metallic is worth its weight in literal gold, we’ve used this edition of Want It Wednesday to round up our favorites.
Even if you don’t feel quite bold enough to try this eyeliner look makeup artist Tym Buacharern created for Sophia Bush last night, you’ve got to respect it. It’s fierce—and entirely different from the usual eyeliner looks we see on the red carpet.
He traced her lids with eyeliner around the outer halves as usual, but it’s the inner corners where things get interesting. He not only traced the inner V’s of her eyes in pencil, he did it just a smudge out from her eyes, so she ended up with exaggerated lines that were very graphic-looking pop-art-y. It’s like an updated version of Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra makeup.
The brands he tagged on Instagram for this look: Ardell (for lashes), Amazing cosmetics (I’m assuming for concealer), FACE, Senna, Jouer, and Temptu.
Don’t forget to visit the Bottega Veneta artisans who will be in NYC this week! For three days only, the brand’s artisans will be on hand to showcase the personalization service, Bottega Veneta Initials. The demonstration will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and April 26, from 10:00am – 7:00pm and Sunday, April 27, from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, in the New York City flagship store at 699 Fifth Avenue.
Here’s Disney starlet/pop singer Ariana Grande, arriving at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday in Washington D.C., carrying a teensy gold Chanel Flap Bag. As you can clearly see, Ariana has chosen to pair her Chanel with an oversized lavender sweater and white go-go boots. I might’ve chosen to wear a skirt (or a longer skirt, if there’s indeed one under there) if I was invited to the White House to sing in front of a group of small children, but you know, that’s probably just me.
Photo via: Stockholm Streetstyle
Model Lily Aldridge during Milan Fashion Week in a moto jacket and cut-off shorts.
Get the look:
+ Nasty Gal Moto Zip Crop Jacket
+ Club Monaco Eli Tuxedo Pleat Silk Shirt
+ Rag & Bone/JEAN The Marilyn Shorts
+ Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501 Cutoff Shorts
+ J Brand Drew Shorts
+ Alexander Wang Kelli Welted Booties (also here)
Get your napkin ready…you’re going to need it. This sandwich positively oozes rich, creamy, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip sandwiched between slices of buttery wheat bread. It’s every bit as delicious as it sounds. Plus, the whole things together in no time and tastes decadent for only 8 Weight Watchers Points Plus and just around […]
Lupita Nyong’o, who we’ve been obsessed with around here for months. Yes, People released a sneak peek of their 2014 50 Most Beautiful list this morning, and Ms. Nyong’o is at the top.
It’s basically the biggest no-brainer in the history of beautiful human beings—not only is this actress stunning, but she’s fearless with her style, going for bold, crazy, and creative with her makeup and hair (one of the big reasons she landed a major contract with Lancôme just recently). Come on, when was the last time you remember someone with short hair managing to wear it differently every. single. time. she’s on a red carpet?
This woman is playful, she’s fun, she’s good at her job, and she seems to have a great sense of humor (all of which you can tell from our recent interview with her)—beauty in a nutshell.
Bag: Tory Burch Robinson Printed Triangle Tote
Price: $375 via Bloomingdale’s
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This Tory Burch purse is spring in bag form, and the combination of a sophisticated floral and a reasonable price means that you won’t feel guilty for buying something so seasonal.
Somehow, Chanel Emprise hasn’t been on my mind a lot lately, even though I have felt since its introduction that it is one of the best neutral, peachy nail polish colors in the known universe. Then I saw these photos last night and my obsession came back full-force.
Those lovely fingers belong to Harley Viera-Newton, who wore this perfect Emprise manicure to last night’s Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner (the Instagram is courtesy of nail artist Madeline Poole—if you have some free time, you have to go browse her site for inspiration, her nail designs are to die for).
Of course, peach can get tricky to wear for a woman whose skin has more yellow in it, but this particular shade nail is as close to being universally flattering as a peach nail polish can get.
So chic, and definitely my next mani color.
What’s your favorite nude or light peach nail polish color? Have any of you tried on this Chanel shade?
I feel like a hypocrite, because when anyone asks me about carrying something fragile or light-colored, I always tell them that bags are meant to be worn – and they are. But I have to be honest, when it comes to some of my favorite luxury bags, I’m afraid to carry them. It’s not every bag in my collection, but there are a few special ones that I tend to hold off on carrying for what I deem “special occasions.” They’re bags I’d never take on a plane or to run errands or for any form of everyday use.