Ever wish that you could have a Kim Kardashian-esque group of worker bees blowing out your hair and giving you a smoky eye every morning all from the comfort of your own home? Us, too. Well, now you can thanks to a new App called Glamsquad.
We recently tried the service out and were quick converts. Here’s how it works: You download the Glamsquad app, put in your details such as address & credit card info, and then schedule an appointment with a stylist. You can choose from a wide range of blowouts and makeup looks, or opt for both. You pay through the app and it includes a tip, so no need to have cash on hand. Totally seamless.
I scheduled my appointment for Valentine’s Day morning before a date night and it was so much easier than resorting to my usual fail-safe — an appointment at Drybar, which easily adds another hour to my process because of transportation to and from. Instead, I went to the gym, showered and washed my hair about ten minutes before my stylist showed up to my apartment and got a gorgeous blowout all while answering my emails and catching up on my DVR. An hour later, I was free to spend the rest of the day as I liked.
The service costs $50 including the tip and right now Glamsquad is available in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, but the business is quickly expanding. The blowout lasted three days, which was pretty impressive since I struggle having a blowout last more than two.
When Gucci sent its collection down Milan’s runway yesterday during fashion week, the fashion house’s dresses and clothing were eclipsed by the footwear. Gucci’s models sported furry slip-ons that looked like an Ugg experiment gone wrong. The shoes were made of kangaroo.
We concede that it’s been a giant few years for fur, especially given dropping temperatures, but this is just one look we don’t have the guts to wear.
Over the last few years, celebrities have gravitated to a different style of makeup known as contouring. Using a few select products and learning the right techniques, you can sculpt your face by giving the appearance of more striking cheekbones, a narrower nose and other features. Kim Kardashian is arguably the poster child for this look.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve tested out some of the best products on the market and our results are in. If you do decide to buy a contouring kit, remember that practice makes perfect. (My first few attempts were downright embarrassing.) It also helps to watch Youtube tutorials from the experts, one we watched a lot is here.
The product I was most skeptical of, but ended up being most impressed by, was Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio. The sticks resemble chunky lipliners, but the consistency of the product is super creamy and glides on very nicely. Each stick has a different purpose. The darkest one is the contouring stick that you apply from your ear towards your mouth, which amplifies your cheek bones, and also used on the sides of your nose to create a shadow. The golden brown stick is a highlighter that helps you blend the contouring. The last stick is very light and works as a highlighter to create a lighter contrast under your eyes, down the center of your nose and the bottom of your forehead. This highlighting stick was a gamechanger for me. It created the perfect light look, especially under the eye, and when I use it, I don’t even need a concealer.
The one con I could find with the set, which costs $45, is that is doesn’t come with a tool to blend it. Overall, we highly recommend the trip, especially the highlighting stick.
We tried Senna Cosmetic’s Face Sculpting Kit ($48) which comes with three shades and a stipple brush that helps you blend. I stumbled using this kit until I watched the video on the company’s site, and then it all came together. The palette has a great texture with the colors going on as a silky cream but drying into a powdered look. It worked best for me when I first applied a layer of my own foundation and then used the kit to brighten up features or slim down others. The stipple brush is a true star that you can use for other looks as well.
We also tried another contour system from Smashbox which was the powder version of the sticks. Whether you use powder, liquid or cream to contour comes down to personal preference. This kit came with three shades, plus a fanned brush for $45. We found this kit super easy to use and the fanned brush is perfect for the contour and highlighting parts of the process. For highlighting, we found the shade to be harder to apply than in the stick version, above. We also noticed that the highlighter wore off a few hours into the day, whereas the stick lasted at least twelve hours without having to reapply. Overall, we rate this set highly, but if you were two buy it, keep two things in mind: first, you will need to buy a brush to apply the highlighter and secondly, you will need to apply concealer before putting the highlighter on, and you may want to set it with a finishing spray.
One of the most essential tools for contouring is a Beautyblender. Believe the hype, this little egg-shaped tool is a game changer. Wet it and then use it to apply a layer of foundation to your face by bouncing it on your face, not rubbing. It gives an airbrush finish and doesn’t apply the foundation too thickly. I also used it to blend in the different colors of the contour, because the key to contouring is to blend, blend, blend.
After seasons of languishing in the “meh” category, Banana Republic has finally found its groove under the leadership of Marissa Webb. The designer’s touches are resonating in a big way, taking the tired retailer’s feel to a more edgy, pulled-together aesthetic. We also love that the pieces seem to have been created to be building blocks that can be mixed and matched to create dozens of different looks, and are super versatile. Here are some of our favorite looks currently in store.
We absolutely love the cut of these Sloan-Fit Faux leather leggings, which have a leather panelling in the front. They are on sale for $80 here.
This crackle jacquard sheath has such a great shape and color pattern that would be easy to dress up or down.
This silk blouse is a staple item for any wardrobe. It’s $88.
We adore this faux-leather sleeve jacket that happens to be on sale for $134.99.
Tonight, we’ll be bringing you the best and most befuddling looks from the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet. Be sure to tweet with us too throughout the night at @BellaVitaStyle.
Let’s start with our favorite looks of the night:
Our favorite look of the night is Rosamund Pike’s gorgeous red lace dress. She finally got the red carpet right.
Emma Stone killed it in this Elie Saab dress.
Jennifer Aniston doesn’t age. This Versace dress is a winner.
How on earth did Scarlett just have a baby?? This emerald dress is a knockout.
Zoe Soldana looks amazing in this blush dress.
Cate Blanchett’s dress was a controversial one. We love it, even though it may not have the “wow” factor some were looking for.
Lupin back to rocking the red carpet in 6,000 pearls.
Reese Witherspoon was perfection in this dress.
Now, for our Oscar fashion misses:
Oh man, we love Chrissy and she usually tops our best-dressed list, but tonight she’s on the worst. Not loving the slit and the neckline.
Keira Knightley, we know you are pregnant, but there is no excuse for this dress.
Nominees for tonight’s Oscar’s are taking home some serious swag. This year, the gift bag totals $167,586.76 worth of goodies — the largest sum ever. We had a peak through the bags– here are the most enviable gifts inside:
* Italian luxury Hotel Package im Tuscany, Lake Como ($11,500)
* VIP tour to a private sea-salt preserve in the South of France ($1,548)
* Audi Rentals for an entire year ($20,000)
* Ten sessions with celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky ($900)
* Healing Saint products ($1,200)
* A Steamist Home Spa System ($5,060)
New York Fashion Week has been one for the books, from celebrity-filled front rows to wacky shows and some pint-sized scene stealers. Here are our superlatives.
Best Front Row
Victoria Beckham’s show featured the entire Beckham clam, including adores little Harper, and Anna Winter. It doesn’t get better than that.
Tommy Hilfiger takes the cake for the funnest show. The designer turned the runway into a giant football field that was on-brand with the looks that are inspired by Americana. Finally, fashion not taking itself too seriously.
Fashion Week Scene Stealer
Kanye and Kim’s toddler North West gets the award for biggest scene stealer. The tot screamed during her father’s Adidas show, and pulled a repeat performance during Alexander Wang.
Most Popular Model
This one was a toss up between Kendall Jenmer and Gigi Hadid, but we had to go with Gigi, who walked in shows for Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui and Michael Kors.
Zac Posen’s finale look featuring Noami Campbell in a metallic gown gets our vote for best Fashion Week look.
Having watched all the shows and studied the looks, it’s become clear that a few major themes will be in our wardrobe’s next fall/winter. The most promising of the runway looks were: Fur, Long Overcoats, Cut-outs and Metallics.
Well, there’s no reason to wait until next year to start incorporating these looks into your daily routine. Here are some ways to wear the looks from the runways without breaking the bank.
Trend #1: Fur Everything
Everyone from Jason Wu to Herve Leger sent fur looks down the runway. This Asos Unreal Fur Jacket is a great way to get in on the trend. It’s on sale for $214.
This fur vest is on sale for $106 at Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Trend #2: Long Coats
From pastel wool coats to camel-colored trenches, this classic look was a winner at Fashion week. We love this Rumi Coat from Club Monaco for $339.
This J. Crew Boucle Topcoat looks so much like the Marissa Webb coat from fashion week. We love the two tone grey and the length. It’s $450.
Trend #3: Cut-Outs
NYFW designers took the cutout to the extreme this season, with intricate necklines and connecting pieces. This Topshop dress plays it a little more safe and makes the look more casual. It’s $60.
We also love this Mara Hoffman front cutout dress on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $129.
Trend 4: Metallics
Silver, golds and bronzes were all over the runway and this bold look is not for the faint of heart. We suggest balancing out an outfit by wearing just one shiny piece at a time, like this MSGM skirt.
This shell from Maison Rabih Kayrouz is also a great building block for an outfit, if you pair it with a blazer and jeans.
From now on, you have no excuse to draw a blank at the nail salon. Fashion Week gave us some great inspo for looks. We’ve curated our favorites for you.
We loved these Chevron nails at Rebecca Minkoff.
For a twist on the traditional French nail, try this look from Suno.
Slate nails at Carmen Marc Valvo
Rodarte was hands down the best makeup of all of fashion week and may have created a new trend. The brand chose makeup artist James Kaliardos to style the models ans he did something so simple yet so brilliant. Models walked down the runway with tiny swarovski crystals afixed to their lower lids, which created a magical look. The out of worldly makeup was the perfect complement to Rodarte’s collection.
We’re desperate to get our hands on these little crystals. What do you think of the look?
There have been a number of really pronounced trends on the runway this New York Fashion Week, and metallic hues were a definite theme spotted across shows. This one is surprisingly easy to incorporate into everyday looks. Here are some of our favorites from the runway.
Naomi Campbell closed the Zac Posen show in this metallic dress.
Shiny golds at Herve Leger.
This silver shift dress from Misha Nonoo was a total standout.
A silvery gold mix at Mara Hoffman.
Bronze WITH cutouts, hitting on two trends at Monique Lhuillier.
A metallic two-piece look from Christian Siriano.
Bad news for the folks at PETA: Fur was a common thread through New York Fashion week shows, whether in the form of lush trim on jackets and blazers, fur gilets, or full on jackets.
Pastel fur coats at Herve Leger.
This Prabal Gurung coat was one of our favorite looks.
This Jason Wu fur vest has become one of the most iconic looks from Fashion Week.
Jason Wu sent several fur looks down the runway.
Brandon Sun incorporated fur into shall and trim on jackets.
High-waisted pants ruled the runway this fashion week, so ladies, that means you have about 9 months to do squats and lunges so that you can successfully wear this trend next fall.
Misha Nonoo paired high-waisted white pants with a metallic top.
Brandon Sun makes he look seem effortless.
Never have suspenders looked so good! Costello Tagliapietro aired them with high-waisted slacks.
The runways of New York Fashion Week were full of gorgeous, full-length jackets that hark back to other decades. Personally, we can get behind the trend. Here were so of our favorite looks:
This pink overcoat stole the Zimmermann show.
This Assembly grey coat is an instant classic.
Jason Wu sent out this gorgeous camel trench coat.
This two-tone grey coat from Marissa Webb is very functional.
A long camel overcoat at Christian Siriano.
A long navy look from DKNY.
We may just be two days into New York fashion week, but one trend has clearly emerged. Skin is in and cutouts are here to say.
We loved this look at Zimmerman.
Herve Leger amped up the sex kitten vibe, incorporating cutouts into their iconic bandaid dresses.
This Jonathan Simkhai dress strikes the right balance between grown up and trendy.
Cushnie Et Ochs sent out this striking geometric cutout dress.
This Rodebjer look to the term cutout to another level.
Think about it ladies, some of our favorite wardrobe pieces are decidedly inspired by menswear: the boyfriend jean, flannel shirts, white tees. Now, England’s Selfridges is riffing on this trend by stocking a gender-neutral line of clothing available in stores in March. Yes, that means you can officially share clothes with your significant other. Designers that are contributing to the collection include Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Meadham Kirchoff and Gareth Pugh.
If you’re looking for a little something for a significant other or friends on Valentine’s Day, look no further. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of sweet treats that will brighten up anyone’s Valentine’s Day (Just don’t share the calorie count with your Valentine!)
All February long, Sprinkles has the most delectable Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes on offer in the form of their adores XOX Box that has red velvet, chocolate marshmallow, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes inside. Not a Sprinkles in your ‘hood? No problem, they deliver. The XOX box costs $42.
How’s this for a Valentine’s Day gift — chocolate truffles PLUS aphrodisiacs. This Vosges Chocolates Crush Tower packs a punch, pairing innocent-looking truffles with some passion. It also comes with heart-shaped bon bons. It is $65.
Eleni’s is our one-stop shop for decorated cookies. I’ve bought cookies for literally every occasion here, and they have not one, but several Valentine’s Day cookies sets. Our favorite are their Love Letters set, pictured above, which is $54.95 and available for delivery! Added bonus: you write the love letters yourself in 140 characters and they will print them on the cookies.
One of our favorite destinations in Paris now ships worldwide, meaning you can give the gift of macarons. Laduree has the tastiest and most beautiful Valentine’s Day packages, like these heart boxes. You can customize which flavors you like, as well!
Looking for more ideas? Check out this post on homemade sweet treats you can make in your own kitchen for Valentine’s Day.
It’s music’s biggest night, and we have the recap of the best (and worst) red carpet looks.
Here are our favorite looks of the night:
Chrissy Teigen pretty much holds court on all of our best dressed lists.
Love this Zuhair Murad number on Katy Perry. He’s having a great awards season, with all of the leading ladies sporting his looks.
We love Anna Kendrick in this black suit, which she vamps up with a low cut and a little cleavage.
Beyonce looked her usual — flawless (in Proenza Schouler.)
Hell hath frozen over. Nicki Minaj has made our best dressed list for the first time, EVER. She’s wearing Tom Ford, so it isn’t hard to look great.
Iggy Azalea’s structured Armani Prive was definitely a winner.
Now for the worst:
Rihanna in a cupcake dress tops our worst dressed list. She’s wearing Giambattista Valli.
Kim Kardashian said husband Kanye West styled her in this Jean Paul Gaultier for the carpet tonight. In the future, she should leave the styling to the professionals.
Madonna, we love you, but just no.
Ciara’s looks like she’s dressed in a prom dress gone wrong.
The newest trend in luxury purse making is having guest designers give their take on your classic looks. Last year, Louis Vuitton invited Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld and other heavy hitters to give their renditions of their iconic monogram bag. Now, Fendi has teamed up with five celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine to redesign their 3Baguette bag.
For SJP, the bag is a bit symbolic. You may recall Carrie toting it around during Sex and the City.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the only thing a girl should worry about is her outfit. Here are some of our favorite picks for the big day.
This Balmain knitted midi dress is incredibly sexy. I love the fit and the pattern.
This Adam Lippes dress has the best fit and neckline. It’s on sale for $514, or 65% off.
These Christian Louboutin “So Kate” nude pumps are super versatile, but fun for V-day given the red heels. They are $675.
This YSL purse is an instant classic and at a relatively reasonable price point of $2190.
An outfit isn’t complete without a pop of lipstick. We love this “Jungle Red” shade from Nars which is perfectly matte.
Food fad delivery services are a dime a dozen these days. Juice cleanses to your door? Been there. Paleo deliveries? Tried that. Beyonce’s picks? …We’re interested.
Beyonce is teaming up with her trainer on a 22 day vegan diet that she and hubby Jay-Z have personally done themselves. The meal plan is flexible — you can buy one, two or all three meals daily and each meal starts at just less than $10. To see the options, go here.
Now, giving up steak and other not-so-plant-based goodies does seem challenging, but if it means waking up looking like Beyonce, we’re willing to give it a try.
We’ve already given you our picks on where to stay in beautiful St. Moritz, now onto something nearly as important — where you should dine and drink, and have the greatest chances of a celebrity or royal run-in.
Let’s start with apres first. The region practically invented after ski drinks, so there is no shortage of places to imbibe in your ski gear.
Bamyan Ski Club:This popup bar is run by the Afghan ski club and has a distinctly Middle Eastern feel to it. Sit on poof chairs and sip cocktails like the Afghan mule, a take on the Moscow mule while picking on Middle Eastern fare.
Hauser: This was one of the funnest and affordable places we had post-ski drinks. The family-owned restaurant has an outside area called Roo Bar lit up by heating lamps where toasts and locals alike can sip on some Gluhwein.
Post Haus: We loved how Post Haus mixed Alpine chic decor with high-quality cocktails. The mojito was the best I had on the trip.
For dining, there are tons of great restaurants splattered throughout St. Moritz, and the hotels have some of the best ones. Here are the ones we liked best:
L’Indochine: After drinks at Post Haus, head to L’Indochine for Asian fusion food and great cocktails. Get the pork and shrimp spring rolls to start and then get one of their brochettes as your main.
Les Saisons: This was the best meal of our trip. Inside the Hotel Grand Kempinski des Bains is a wonderful steakhouse and grill that is not to be missed. The menu has such variety of cuts, from local meat to USDA to Kobe and Wagyu. The steak I ate is pictured above.
The Pizzeria: If you’re looking for Italian food and lighter fare, the Kulm Hotel’s Pizzeria restaurant has a really diverse menu with everything from pizza, to fish and pasta.
Sra Bua: If you’re a sushi fan, beeline it to Sra Bua, a new restaurant at the Hotel Grand Kempinski des Bains. The sushi is beautifully arranged and even tastier, and don’t forget to ask for the fresh wasabi.
Read more on where to stay in St. Moritz:
Travel Guide: Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz
Travel Guide: Hotel Grand Kempinski des Bains, St. Moritz