Mani Monday: NYFW Meets Dia De Los Muertos


Maybe it’s the Blair Waldorf in me, but if there’s anything I love in life and style, it’s the occasional theme. This manicure from New York Fashion Week totally fits that bill. Channeling Frida Kahlo’s designs, this skull-adorned, Essie-only manicure graced the fingers of models at the Rebecca Minkoff show last week. If you’re a budding nail artist clamoring to cop the look, Byrdie recently posted a tell-all about the manicure’s inspiration and the actual shades used…all Essie products, naturally. With a neutral base coat of their “Tart Deco” hue coupled with accent shades “Butler Please” (an electric blue), “Blanc” (bright white), and “Licorice” (noir), lead manicurist Michelle Saunders created the folk art skulls and flowers to perfectly compliment Minkoff’s latest Mexico-inspired offerings. A theme and a runway? Now that’s love.
Nailed It.
Liza, Editorial Director

Mani Monday: Oxblood Is Everything

Perfection. Image via Pinterest.

Perfection. Image via Pinterest.

This week’s Mani Monday inspiration comes courtesy of Lacquerous Nails’ “High-Fashion & Lacquer”  board on Pinterest. Sidebar: Are you following them yet?! As I was scrolling through their board, I noticed a bit of a trend peeking out: Oxblood. As you may remember, oxblood was a huge color trend for fall and winter last year–suddenly, we were seeing wine-tinted bags, jeans, tops…everything. Another oxblood detail? Tips. Short, square-cut oxblood nails were featured at Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013, Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2013, and at Armani Prive Fall 2013. We all know it takes trends a minute or two to properly diffuse from runway to real world, so now is the perfect time to adopt an oxblood mani, especially if your style tends to lean towards that of a dark vixen’s. When it comes to late-summer nails, oxblood is the new black. Or perhaps more realistically, the new Lincoln Park After Dark. Universally flattering with a dark and mysterious appeal, the perfect shade of oxblood lacquer is deep and sensual–a vampy, red-black hue that almost mimics dried blood. My favorite iteration on oxblood polish comes in at something I call black-black-red–that is, with multiple coats nails almost appear black, but rogue rouge undertones shine out. I’ve always been a fan of black-but-not nails, but I truly feel that I’ve found my ideal year-round shade in oxblood. It’s incredibly cool, chic, and a little bit badass while still (somehow) maintaining femininity. Feminine edge? Definitely my jam. Need some oxblood in your life? DIY an oxblood mani with Chanel’s high-end “Malice” varnish, or get the look on the cheap with Forever 21’s Love & Beauty “Wine” polish.

What do you think of oxblood nail polish? Would you wear it this summer or fall?


Liza, Editorial Director

Saturday Night Struggles: Fashion + Weather Dilemma Edition

Being a Minnesota-Mieux, my number one concern as of late–fashion or otherwise–is our concerning lack of summer. Not only have we been dealt a cooler-than-average season, but we’re also dealing with what seems to be a total and complete absence of sunny days. Will we ever get to go out on the lake or spend days by the pool? Does the bikini body exist if there’s no one there to see it? The jury is still out.

Voltage 2013, image courtesy of First Ave. Is this even really a summer event since it doesn't feel like summer?!

Voltage 2013, image courtesy of First Ave. Is this even really a summer event since it doesn’t feel like summer?!

Tonight, I’m headed to Voltage: Fashion Amplified, an annual local style and music extravaganza held at First Ave. It’s basically this huge badass party/concert/runway show that goes all night and is thrown by MNFashion. Anyway, when I bought my Voltage tickets almost two months ago, I assumed that it would be, you know, decent by now in terms of weather. I wouldn’t have to worry about slush or snow or covering up my dress (because for me, summer = dresses) with a parka. Unfortunately for me–and for any other Minnesotan with a desire to look relatively cute this season–though we’re not battling a blizzard, our current climate is pretty disgusting. It’s currently 68°, humid, and getting cloudier by the second. Tonight, it will probably rain. So…What the hell are we supposed to wear?! These are the options I’m seeing for myself…

  1. Say F#*& it and wear a dress and potentially freeze/get drenched. 
  2. Wear some sort of shorts/romper/tights combination.
  3. Give in (AKA give up) and go for jeans. 
This is what I'm in for tonight! I'd only be more excited if I knew I'd be wearing a cute outfit.

This is what I’m in for tonight! I’d only be more excited if I knew I’d be wearing a cute outfit.

Boo, weather! The event is only a few hours away and I still haven’t made a concrete decision about how to dress myself for the occasion. I’m so torn, guys! Whatever I end up wearing, I’ll make sure to take inventory of the other looks and ensembles being rocked tonight and report back! Hopefully seeing how other people dress for less-than-ideal weather conditions will make it easier for all of us next time we’re facing a fashion/weather dilemma.

How do you dress for big events on rainy days? What are your tips for keeping it cute when the weather refuses to cooperate? I’d love to hear your suggestions!


Liza, Editorial Director

Chanel Does Dallas


Chanel’s creative director and premier fashion badass Karl Lagerfeld announced back in January that Dallas will play host to the Métiers d’Art show next year. The iconic, annual fashion show will launch Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection in tradition with traveling to unique destinations and pulling from the local culture.


The last show was held at the ruins of a Scottish palace. In response, Lagerfeld said at the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit in New York, “To do the opposite, next time, in a year, I will go to Dallas. You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press – so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.” (via Vogue)

I for one, am crazy excited that the brand is picking my hometown to host one of my favorite fashion events. What can we expect? Not sure, maybe cowboy-themed Chanel? Though I hate reinforcing that stereotype, I’ll let it slide because, well, it’s Chanel. While there’s no word as to the specific details and venue yet, you can bet everyone will be selling their souls to get a seat at the show. I’ll give up my first born for a seat (kiddingish)! Dallas has been steadily climbing the ranks as a fashion hub and to be on the radar of a man who steered Coco Chanel’s vision, is very promising for our classy little city.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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Designer Spotlight: Sabyasachi

0e214638ee70cd50855ac6054bc3ea44 One of my absolute favorite designers of all time is Sabyasachi Mukherjee, known as just Sabyasachi. He’s an international icon in the realm of fashion, showcasing at NYFW as well as countless other fashion weeks around the world. Most of his works have a brilliant Indian, old-world flair, but he pulls inspiration from many cultures. He began his brand in 1999 after studying at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi, the same school premier designer Prabal Gurung attended. Since then, Sabyasachi has been a moving force in fashion.

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Sabyasachi varies between vibrant palettes, and more earthy tones. He also crosses the lines between typical western versus eastern fashion.

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He dresses for the quintessential Indian with an aesthetic that is so traditional, but also possessing a bit of a baroque flair.

b48d8be42e8d2a6033e6e0bcb77e23b8While he does have boutiques in various parts of the world, Sabyasachi is extremely coveted and rarely accessible to the general public. I was able to get my hands on one outfit of his back in Bombay in 2009 (after selling my soul). His designs are luxurious  charming, ornate, and a reminiscence of history. Scores of designers attempt to copy his vintage and forgotten prints, but a true Sabyasachi original is more than prints, rather a compilation of textiles, embroidery, handwork, beading, and an overarching artistic vision. I mean, the guy single-handedly made me love floral, which is quite the feat. And I have always loved designers that can blend influences because it definitely shows in the clothing.What do I love most? If there’s anyone who I feel embodies the art of fashion, especially in regards to rich, cultural undertones, it’s Sabyasachi.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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Da Drop-Crotch

20130528-172502.jpgDespite the horrendously peculiar (and obvious) name, drop-crotch pants are merely an extension of harem pants. The difference is the structure and silhouette. Harem pants are pleated to some extent and give a rounder shape, especially since they are loose at the calf, whereas drop-crotch pants have a more square look and simply drop the crotch with a skinnier, ruched calf.
20130528-173404.jpgThe look is very popular among urban street-stylers, especially in the hip-hip/dance scene, but it has also seeped it’s way onto the high-fashion runway. Givenchy styled this unorthodox pant in their recent collection with a fitted top. The tight top and loose bottom created for an interesting combo. I’m not necessarily sure yet whether I dig these, and even if I loved them, I wouldn’t be sure where to get my hands on a pair of drop crotch pants. Would you rock a pair of drop-crotches? Or is it a bit too outlandish? Tell us your thoughts!

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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Beauty: MAC Hi-Def Cyan

20130525-001021.jpgOne of my favorite ramp-worthy makeup tools is the MAC Chromagraphic pencil in Hi-Def Cyan. The vibrant blue liner is so bold and so coveted that it took me ages to finally get one. Once I did, I opted for a heavy, black wingtip on the top lid, and Hi-Def Cyan on the bottom, giving ample dimension.

Initially, I was totally digging the brilliant blue, but couldn’t figure out when to rock it. Black & white is the perfect platform to make the best of this bold liner, but be warned. The liner has a lot of pigment, so it’s really bright and bold. No need to cakeface it up and apply heavy amounts. Also, avoid a colored lip to really see the full effect of this bright liner!
What do you think? Hate it or love it?
Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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Tom Ford Shoeicide

It seems like gladiator shoes became the thing overnight. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I’ve seen this style done on every online blog, fashion mag, and shopping site, despite the fact that its nothing new. The natural ebb and flow of shoes generally fluxes between crazy strappy and minimally bare. Coming off our barely-there ankle strap trend, this crazy counterpart is really making a statement as the next shoe of the season.

One particular shoe that caught my eye was the Tom Ford gladiator sandal seen on fashion fiend Anna Dello Russo. I’m not a huge fan of Ford, but this I definitely dig. I mean it’s just gorgeous and makes me want to lower my gaze because I’m simply not worthy.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

Puppy Couture


I recently got a tiny teacup Maltese and Yorkie mix, or Morkiepuppy for graduation and let me tell you, he’s precious. My little handsome boy is named Rumi after my favorite Sufi poet and requires lots of attention. Naturally, among the laundry list of things I needed to get for my baby, cute puppy outfits were at the top of the list. I began searching all over eBay, Etsy, and Pinterest for some cute outfit inspirations and found so many ideas! I never thought I’d be one of those people, but I have no shame.

Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 9.43.29 PMDon’t these guys just make you melt? In the last decade, puppy fashion has grown into a booming market. I mean, we all remember Paris Hilton and her fab little pup right? Not saying I would be that atrocious, but I gush over over a teacup in a turtleneck. From bow ties to dresses, there’s so many ways to make your furry friend as fab as you are. Surprisingly, major fashion houses and designers cater to your canine! Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, etc. all carry various puppy accessories. If that’s a tad too much, why not sew some cute clothes for the little one? It adds a personal touch and it never hurts to learn how to sew.

Fashion is great and all, but always be respectful and know your dog. Remember to never harm the animal or make them uncomfortable in weird fabrics and embroidery, which they can potentially choke on. Also, I definitely don’t advocate the use of harmful puppy hair products and colors for vanity. The last thing you want is for your dog to hate you for making them look like a clown.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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