BeautyNails by The Biebs!

What can’t this mini-mogul do? This Justin Bieber beauty craze comes in a small and colorful bottle. What could it be? No, it is not a love potion to make The Biebs fall head over heels for you! Tap into your inner Belieber with this fresh line of nail polishes in an array of colors! The 17 year old designed a line of polish for Nicole by OPI called One Less Lonely Girl Collection this past October. Although it has been out for a while, I can’t wait to get ahold of a few bottles of my own! With his signature purple and plenty of primary colors in the mix, this line has clever names such as One Less Lonely Glitter, One Time Lime and Give Me the First Dance. 

Personally, I love the glitter shade on the top left. It has chunks of multi-colored glitter and would be perfect layered on top of a light blue polish. I love statement polish and these shades are not for the faint of heart. They would make the perfect gift for the Bieber-loving teen (or adult!) in your life.

I think that Justin wants his nails painted, in the shade of Step 2 the Beat of My ♥. What do you think?

FashionParis Fashion Week Fall 2011: Alexander McQueen

Who wouldn’t want to be a bondage queen in a priceless dress? Not sure I would even if I could afford it, but it’s an interesting thought.

Fall 2011 has not yielded the best of collections from many designers and I’d go as far as saying that some of the shows bored me, not to death, but pretty close. However, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQuen (Alexander McQueen’s replacement) has kept his legacy alive quite easily, despite what the skeptics have said. 

The impossible task of replacing McQueen has been overcome by Burton’s steady and assuring feminine influence to the brand. And although this collection did not WOW me away, it did reassure me that McQueen’s legacy is not even close to dying. 

To say that the dress above was intricate would be an understatement when used to describe the layers of lavender chiffon used.

Here, the pieces of the bodice and on the shoes recall the puzzling way that mosaic pieces fit together. This also reminds me of Spain in the summer time! Or is that a stretch?

I have to admit I don’t think mideaval times could get more chic than this.

What do you think of Sarah Burton’s work as Alexander McQueen’s replacement? 

CelebrityLove It or Hate It: Blake Lively As the New Face of Chanel Mademoiselle Handbags

 Move over, Lily Allen: Blake Lively is upping the ante as the new face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag line. 
Much darker and more serious than Lily Allen’s previous campaign, this shoot reveals an edgier side to the bleachy blonde persona we’re used to seeing from Miss Lively. It also brings a more pensive, alluring attitude to the bags than did the playful shoots of Lily Allen, shown below.
The Chanel brand has long been know as the epitome of timeless chic, and is also credited with the invention of the “Little Black Dress.” Simple, comfortable, and elegant are the staple designs that have made Chanel famous since Coco herself began designing in 1910.
Continuing in Ms. Chanel’s footsteps, the brand has been advertised by some truly beautiful actresses, athletes, and style icons, including Catherine Denevue, Estella Warren, Carole Bouquet, 
Nicole Kidman (who won the title of most money made per minute by an actor for this ad), Bar Refaeli,
Kate Moss, Kiera Knightly, Marilyn Monroe (who claimed that No.5 was her favorite thing to wear to bed!)
 Vanessa Paradis, and Claudia Schiffer.
That’s a lot to live up to! 
Chanel pics from: herehere, and here.  
Here Blake is (above, wearing Chanel of course!) at a dinner celebrating her new ad campaign and (below) with Chanel photographer Karl Lagerfeld, and I can definitely see the makings of a Chanel girl. There is charm, elegance, beauty, and joy evident both in her demeanor and in her actions.
Yet I wonder: has she shed the traveling pants too recently to be in league with other Chanel icons, or does she have the makings of another true legend?

ArtOne Sweet Artist: Kari Radasch

Let me introduce you to another wonderful artist and craftswoman that I have had my eye on for a while; the delightful Kari Radasch!
A few years back, when I was enjoying a short residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, I was introduced to the lovely functional wares included in the center’s dish collection. It turns out that Radasch (who lives in Maine where the center is located) is closely affiliated with Watershed.
Intrigued by the playful pottery that has a girly sense of “sugar and spice and everything nice”, it is my pleasure to show off some of her gorgeous Redware.
 About her work, Radasch says, ” In life I am most drawn to that which is decorative, celebratory and outrageous. I am touched by such joyful trimmings as architectural embellishments, yard art,
ornamental cuisine and confections. . . “
Three colorful platters. How much fun would it be to serve on these?!
These lidded jars are to die for!!!
Like all makers, Radasch reflects on the importance creating has to her life. “I believe that I am a potter by chance, but a maker at my core. Through a series of circumstances I ended up in the ceramics studio, though I could have easily ended up a jeweler or furniture maker had a few minor things been different.” 
Check out these glorious stacks of pots, and take a look at Kari Radasch’s shop!
Tell us, are you a maker? Do you find you are driven to create?

FashionClose Up: It’s All in The Details for The Full Spectrum Lookbook

Last week we launched the Full Spectrum Lookbook, our hottest and brightest yet 

Now, lets get closer for a bit of insight on how we came up with this look.

 For the makeup, we were greatly inspired by the beauty shots at Marc Jacob‘s Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear show. At a first glance we thought it was just a really good smokey eye. However, after a second look we discovered that it was the use of a green shadow within the smokey eye that was doing all the tricks.  

Photos curtesy of

To create our own look, similar to this, our makeup artist went a bit lighter on the eyes by playing up the reflective qualities in the eye shadow. She also decided to go brighter in the lips, with a fuchsia infused plum color. Remember as well, that for full lashes any of the false eye lashes at your local drugstore will work wonder in seconds!

 Here are a few extra close up shots of the adorable clutches from the lookbook. I couldn’t resist highlighting these for you guys because they are a few of my favorites on Lulus right now. Notice how intricate and unique the hardware is on these purses, something that you don’t find on just any ol’ purse!

Hint styling tip for accessories: if you have a plain dress then play it up with a colorful handbag, or if you have a crazy printed dress play it up with a nude clutch. 

 On the left is the Live It Up Blue Purse and on the right is the Round the Clock Beige Purse.

 See, it wasn’t that hard to turn a runway look into a fantastic going out look!

What are your favortie dramatic makeup effects?