FashionReal vs. Steal: Valentino Studded Heels

Valentino studded heels

These Valentino studded heels have been seen on every star-studded celeb from Olivia Palermo to Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Rashida Jones, but the celebrity-sized price tag could leave you a little empty-handed, right?! Thankfully, we’ve got the look for less (much less!) while still keeping with all the strappy studded details you simply can’t walk away without. Check out the Dollhouse Gravity T-Strap Studded Heels in everyday black, sexy red, or versatile nude!

Valentino studded heels

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MusicListen Up! Robin Thicke Releases Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke releases “Blurred Lines” today!

Hey, hey, hey!  If you’ve been bootie-shaking to Robin Thicke’s seventies-inspired track “Blurred Lines” all summer, then it’s time to add a few more dance tracks to your collection. Following a fairly silent release of “Love After War” in 2011, Thicke’s latest venture steers off the tracks of his previous R&B  pursuits, and onto a pop music path that pulls a vibrant, free-flowing energy from his party boy lifestyle. “Blurred Lines” (the album) makes a stylish comeback for disco too, weaving some Marvin Gaye or early MJ -style licks throughout this perky dance album…with a few R&B songs thrown in on the end.

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FashionTrend Alert: Neutral Shoes for 2013!

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The easiest trend to nail this fall and winter is a perfect pair of goes-with-everything neutral shoes! Tan, black, beige, and nude are a noteworthy addition to any closet, and various combinations of neutral color-blocking are taking versatility to a whole other level. Imagine being able to wear the same pair of heels with all your ivory, white, and champagne-colored dresses, as well as your favorite LBD’s!

Top to Bottom: Anne Michelle Rapture 22 Nude Cutout Peep Toe Heels, Kelsi Dagger Bina Black and Brown Peep Toe Booties, Bamboo Thelma 03 Nude Nubuck Ankle Strap Pointed Heels, Bamboo Senza 01 Chestnut Single Strap High Heels, Promise Picken Nude Gold-Plated Wedge SandalsGeorgia 72 Cognac Lace-Up Combat Boots, GoMax Calantha 01 Black and Tan High Rise High Heels.

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FashionFilm to Fashion: South Pacific!

It’s still summer, and there’s plenty of time to talk beach fashion! In honor of Beach Bonfire Week, today’s film-inspired fashion board is all about the tropical temptresses in the film South Pacific. These retro hotties knew how to look chic on the beach in cute high-waisted shorts, crop tops, summery sleeveless tops, and modest, forties-style bikinis. To achieve this look, mix in plenty of color with your everyday neutrals (or army drabs), and don’t be afraid to add a savory sunhat and shades!

beach fashion

Top to bottom: Roxy Summer Time Coral Straw Hat (sold out!), Havana Cabana Ivory Bandeau Top, Wave Your Rights Scalloped Peach Shorts, Lady Luck Red Sunglasses, Crop Dead Gorgeous Teal Crop Top, Insight Tropico High-Rise Print Bandeau Bikini, X Marks the Spot Mint Green Bustier Top, You Really Dot Me Now Mint Green Earrings, Getting Spot In Here Teal Polka Dot Shorts, Bamboo Grayson 05 Orange Multi Gladiator Thong Sandals.

BeautyNCLA Nail Wrap Tutorial

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What better way to enjoy your summer stay-cation, than with a cool printed mani! If you’ve never used nail wraps before, just follow this easy nail wrap tutorial, and you’ll be relaxing poolside before you know it!

nail wrap tutorial

NCLA nail wraps are so easy , because not only do they come with plenty of wraps (in case you mess up) but they also include a full size nail file, and complete instructions. The only thing else you need is some clear nail polish!

nail wrap tutorial

1.Paint your nails with clear nail polish and let it dry completely.

2. Choose the right size nail wrap for one nail at a time and apply. (I found I needed to step up one size for most of my nails, and you can sort of stretch the width of each nail wrap before applying, if you need to.) Start at the cuticle and smooth over your nail, working out any bubbles. Use the nail file to file off the excess tip, using gentle downward motions.

3. Finish with one or two more coats of clear polish. Let it dry, and you’re done!

nail wrap tutorial

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