BeautyBefore and After: The Makeup Magic of Vadim Andreev

The next time you’re feeling in the need for a little change, don’t run for the scissors or hair dye. Instead, just give Vadim Andreev a call and see if he can squeeze you in for a little last-minute makeover. A day in the shoes of a glamor goddess will have you cheered up in no time!
Vadim Andreev is a leading makeup artist in Russia who works with models for commercials, photoshoots, and magazines. He’s also a pretty amazing wedding photographer — check out his portfolio.
Here he is at work on some models for a swim photoshoot:

Wanna see more before and afters? (Yeah, I’m obsessed with them, too.) Pics taken from here and here.

While I don’t recommend wearing this much makeup to work or school, it’s definitely fun to play around with on a rainy day weekend or when dressing up for your next big fashion show.
Which look is your fav?

ContestsName the Dress Contest #36!

When: This new unnamed and adorable dress needs to be named to be put online tomorrow evening!! (see above picture for this weeks’ dress)!

What: Monday through Tuesday by 5:00 PM PST enter your idea for a name for the dress presented! The winner will be announced tomorrow evening when the product goes up online!!

Where: Enter to win (as many times as you’d like!!) on our blog by leaving a comment with your name idea below.

PrizeYour name on a dress on and a $50 Gift Card!!!

FashionWhat’s New from Many Belles Down!

With cool spring colors and a sweet party atmosphere, the new goods from one of our favorite designers, Many Belles Down, are absolutely off-the-hook! Check out some of these shots from their spring look-book!
The Oakland-based company is virtually a neighbor to us here in Northern California, and their laid-back, breezy looks have all the best virtues of Cali-style! See the rest of this adorable look-book here!
The Jive Tank Top is very jive indeed! This is by far my favorite styling of the week.
I love those shoes!!!! (p.s. they’re the GoMax Mitsu 01 Heels and they come in other colors!)
The vibrant YMCA Orange Skirt has a cute high-waisted fit that is all the rage right now, and the bright pattern is so not overwhelming. Just pair with a cute white top like this!
The Robot Striped Dress has a splash of color and a super-cute cut that takes me back to my days as a young lass! (Look at those Chelsea Crew Shoes!)

The Moonwalk Aqua Dress fits like a jumper with summery open sides. I absolutely love this look, and paired with the Blue Riviera Bandeau Top, you’ve got a hip look that’s easily put together!
Check out this kickin’ video featuring some of the fashions from Many Belles Down. I swear these awesome beats will be following you for the rest of the day!

Are there any fans of Many Belles Down out there?

We want to know how you would wear these fresh new items!

FashionLaurie’s Loves: Macramé Madness

After digging through my mom’s closet of awesome clothes from the sixties and seventies, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the whole retro comeback. I realize that I’m a little slow here as we’ve already done a Retro Revival Lookbook, but hey, better late than never. 
After stealing a fab brown leather belt from my mom, I came to work and discovered this lil beauty:  the Macramé Maven Coral Dress. It’s not the beautiful coral color that looks good on anyone that makes me love this dress, nor is it the gorgeous scalloping on the hem or the shimmery lining that fakes a totally great tan. Nope, it’s the fact that this dress has personality.
Macramé is not always the easiest thing to wear, but this dress makes it super wow. You won’t find a dress like this very often, a dress that looks hot with sandals or heels or with boots and a long cardigan. When you put it on, you’ll feel instantly brighter and more cheerful because you will have a dress that nobody else has and nobody else can rock quite like you.
Wanna see how? Let’s throw a little outfit together:
How about the  Zad By Your Side Silver Cuff,  the Melie Bianco Zoe White Handbag (it has a real bamboo handle!), and the Bamboo Colada 36 Natural Raffia Platform Pumps. I would wear this outfit to work (with tights or leggings), out for cocktails with my friends, or to dinner with my sweetie. The great thing about this piece is that it is a great choice for wearing all day when you have a million different things to do and places to be. 
Are you as obsessed with this dress as I am? Where would you wear this fantastic piece of retro fashion?

ArtFeeling Crafty? Paper Dresses Aren’t Just for Dolls Anymore

Besides the fact that she has ridiculously shiny hair, flawless skin, and rad glasses, above model Nadya Trofimova is also rockin’ one of the coolest fashion innovations I’ve seen in quite a while:  paper dresses.
Originally beginning her artistic career as a graphic designer, Moscow-based Alexandra Zaharova now specializes in paper artwork and unique photography campaigns. Along with partner Ilya Plotnikov, she founded Doberman Studio, a Russian photography and advertising agency. Her heart, however, lies in the creation of custom couture dresses made entirely out of paper. According to her website‘s bio, she finds ” inspiration in classical, futuristic and gothic styles with their clean and acute formes. Simplicity and monumental in shapes of dresses is her signature.”
From the different dresses and photoshoots below, I’d say she’s hit her goal spot-on.
(Audrey Hepburn, anyone?)
 Some of these photos were taken from here
 It’s too bad these dresses aren’t wearable, because I’d definitely be trying to get my hands on a couple of them. It’s pretty interesting to see how she’s captured feeling of movement and feminine grace with a textile that is so crisp and straight.
Inspired yet? Next time you’ve got a rainy day, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be hunting through the recycling to make my own couture creations.
Which dress is your favorite?