Sep
25
2014
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Beauty Buzz: Falling for You
Written by: admin | Beauty Buzz

fall 2014 beauty trends to tryWhile you’re updating your fall wardrobe and tucking away summer’s short shorts and bathing suits, be sure to check in with your makeup bag as well.  This fall’s beauty trends are focused on fierce lashes, flawless skin, pops of color, perfectly lined lids, and metallic touches.  With only adding a few secret weapons to your beauty arsenal, you’ll take on this season’s updated face with ease.  We can get to the deep side parts, big bangs, and more braids for hair in an upcoming How To video.  In the meantime, check out five of fall’s most fabulous beauty trends.

All That Glitters:

fall 2014 beauty trends 3Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Metallic, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

Fabulash:

fall 2014 beauty trendsBenefit Cosmetics Big Spender Lashes, Sephora Collection Bulls Eye Lash Applicator, Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eye Mascara, Essence Volumizing Lash Powder

Color Wheel:

fall 2014 beauty trends 2Lancome + Jason Wu Color Design Palette, RMS Beauty Cream Eye Polish, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil Essentials Set, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Couture Palette Eyeshadow

Bottom Line:

fall beauty trends 2014Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Flawless:

beauty trends for fall 2014Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder, Givenchy Beauty Teint Couture Long Wearing Fluid Foundation, bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with SPF 20, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze  & Glow

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Sep
22
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Seeing Red

fall trends 2014 sweater dressIt can be tricky trying to decide what color to wear with red.  When I was younger, I had an incredibly strong aversion to wearing black with red.  To me, it came off as a little cheap.  I don’t feel as strongly about it now as I did when I was sixteen, but I still prefer other options over basic black when accessorizing with bold red.  Well then, what options is one left with when black is eliminated?  You could opt for luggage colored brown, or even a soft taupe.  Another great option is grey (also a fall trend).  In this instance, I had forgotten I even had these deep oxblood Pour La Victoire boots hidden beneath my bed (that’s how we store shoes here in New York).  As soon as I’d wiped away the dust bunnies, I recalled that I also had a vintage bag from my mother that was of the same shade.  Once a complete faux pas and something only worn by women donning their Sunday best for morning mass, I threw caution to the wind and got wild by matching my shoes to my bag.  Another option right on trend would be to wear a leopard boot or carry a leopard clutch (thous in this instance, I’d opt for one or the other).  It may seem a little bit “The Nanny” but I actually believe despite what men say, that leopard is sort of a new neutral.  Besides, did Fran not get her man?

Speaking of my man and matching, Smitty celebrated his eighth birthday and one of his doting aunts was sweet enough to bestow him with his own scarlet sweater.  She pays attention to fall trends too.  Pretty much Smitty and I became this fall’s Justin and Britney, Katy and Riff Raff.  Sure, my sweater is just about the same size as Smitty’s and technically it’s just an oversized jumper as opposed to an official frock, but it’s not the first, nor will it be the last, time wherein I wear something not as it’s intended.

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smitty dog sweater dressbest fall outfits

how to wear a trench coatcoat: Michael Kors, sweater: Zara, similar by 6397 here, bag: vintage, similar by Oliveve here, shoes: Pour La Victoire, similar by Opening Ceremony here, dog: Smitty, Smitty’s sweater: handmade, similar by Ralph Lauren here, lips: Benefit Benetint

 

xx,

WhyDid

 

Photos by Michael Stiegler—-> have you check out his interview with Skinny Says Relax?

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Sep
19
2014
0


Friday Frocks: Sweater Weather

fall sweater dressBeing someone who typically favors skin grazing frocks and tops only slightly larger than sportsbras, it may come as quite a surprise that one of my favorite parts of cooler weather has absolutely nothing to do with pumpkin spice anything and a whole lot to do with slipping into a cozy, cuddly, oftentimes oversized sweater dress.

This is not the first time I’ve dedicated a Friday Frocks to sweater dressing and I can promise you, as it’s only mid-September, it won’t be the last.  Knit dresses are the perfect way to transition from chilly fall days to frosty winter evenings.  When the thermostat starts to head below 60, wear your knitwear with over the knee boots and toss on a leather jacket.  As the biting temperatures of winter arrive, layer your frock over patterned tights or a pair of complementary knit leggings (another really big trend for fall).  I may be the only one, but all I want to do is hug myself when wearing a soft cashmere sweater and fortunately, I’m quite flexible, so it’s entirely doable.  But seriously, if you see me in the street wearing a sweater dress, hugs are welcome.

sweater dresses1. Just Female Link Roll Neck Sweater Dress, 2. Red Valentino Long Sleeve Sweater Dress, 3. Matthew Williamson Merino Wool Mini Dress, 4. Rachel Pally Sleeveless Turtleneck Dress, 5. BB Dakota Dakota Collective Lara Sweater Dress, 6. Vince Sweater Dress, 7. T by Alexander Wang Mohair Tunic Dress, 8. Haute Hippie Slouchy Collar Dress, 9. Eternal Sunshine Creations Georgia Mini Dress, 10. Bella Freud Three Way Color Block Wool Mini Dress

 

xx,

WhyDid

 

Image originally published here.  Photo courtesy of Living The Dream Blog

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Sep
18
2014
0


Why Did You Wear That: Your Fall Fashion Survival Guide
Written by: admin | Why Did You Wear That?

fall shopping guideFirst and foremost, you’re welcome…  And I’m sorry.  You’re welcome because I’ve spent a great deal of time finding all of fall’s very best options to ensure that you’ve got each and every one of this fall’s biggest fashion trends at your fingertips.  I’ve basically contracted carpal tunnel from all of the clicking, coding, copying, and pasting of product, but not severe enough that I can’t sip red wine while I write this.

I’m sorry for doing such a thorough job that you’re sure to be able to easily spend a month’s salary or more stocking up on your fall wardrobe refresh.  Just remember, it’s good for the economy.

When I first started seeing stores displaying their autumnal wares, it was still a sweltering 90 degrees and I couldn’t be bothered browsing.  However, as the temperature started to dip and I began to grow bored of baring all my skin, the cozy knits, oversized coats, and overtly luxurious look this fall brings got me wishing for the next polar vortex.

Sure, sweaters are always fall staples, but this season’s are much chunkier, more textured, and come in all lengths from cropped to tunics.  Wear them in fall’s favored colors consisting of gray, scarlet, cobalt, and any shade of candy colored pastel.  These shades carry over to other trends including mid calf length hemlines, long line vests, sixties shaped shifts, and folk inspired frocks.  Men may loathe leopard (as we recently realized), but it’s quite strong this season and if you aren’t feeling bold enough to wear it in a bomber, try it as a statement accessory.  Speaking of fur, this must be the year of the Muppet, but if you can’t stomach the price tag (or the use of) real fur, there are some really beautiful faux options that are both animal and wallet friendly.  Whether you opt for fluffy, colored, fuzzy, or something in shearling to weather the winter, you’ll certainly be warmer for it.  When looking to add a bit of bling, opt for silver as it’s been used as embellishments on coats and knits as well as woven into rich fabrics.  If you’re up for a bit of pattern play, geometric shapes and fairisle intarsias are leading the charge.

Fortunately, this fall’s trends easily translate from one to another and also play off one another seamlessly.  You can effortlessly cover two trends at once by purchasing a pastel vest or a grey faux fur coat.  Be creative.  Be bold.  But be this fall’s all-embracing look of luxe.

Gray Area:

fall fashion trends 2014 grayAlexander Wang Reversible Wool Blend Coat, Theory Ulana Ribbed Stretch Wool Blend Midi Dress, Slim Knit Pencil Skirt, Issa Robin Oversized Wool Blend Coat, Opening Ceremony Zip Detailed Ribbed Wool Sweater Dress

Leopards Don’t Change Their Spots:

fall 2014 leopard printElizabeth and James Leopard Print Boyfriend Cardigan, MICHAEL Michael Kors Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat, Moschino Cheap and Chic Leopard Print Crepe Mini Dress, DKNY Leopard Print Faux Fur Bomber Jacket, Moschino Cheap and Chic Cropped Leopard Print Stretch Cotton Pants

Tangled Up in Blue:

fall 2014 trends fashionDiane von Furstenberg Wrap Effect Satin Jersey Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Silk Blend Twill Pants, Kenzo Appliquéd Cotton Jersey and Twill Sweatshirt, Roland Mouret Drymus Wool Crepe Coat, Opening Ceremony Zip Detailed Ribbed Wool Mini Skirt

Silver Baller:

fall 2014 trendsMcQ Alexander McQueen Paillette Embellished Wool Sweater Dress, MSGM Silver Lamé Skirt, Cédric Charlier Silk Blend Lamé Dress, By Malene Birger Zio Sequined Turtleneck Top, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Isolation Metallic Snake Jacquard Skirt

Psychedelic Hotline:

fall 2014 trends printValentino Circle Intarsia Wool Sweater, Lulu & Co Cropped Printed Crepe Slim Leg Pants, Milly Jacquard Mini Dress, J.W. Anderson Floral Merino Wool Sweater, M Missoni Intarsia Crochet Kint Mini Skirt

Long Term In-Vest-ment:

fall fashion trends long vestTopshop Unique Sleeveless Wool Blend Coat, OAK Wool Blend Vest, Shearling Vest, Helmut Lang Textured Cotton Blend Vest, Marissa Webb Celia Long Vest

Scarlet Fever:

fall fashion trends 2014 scarlettTailored Coat, Helmut Lang Turtleneck Tank, Equipment Asher Cashmere Sweater, Altuzarra for Target Embroidered Pleated Georgette Dress, Maison Kisuné New Skinny Mid Rise Jeans

The Shearling:

fall 2014 fashion trendsIsabel Marant Étoile Shearling Collar Leather Benny Moto Jacket, MiH Jeans Larking Reversible Shearling Biker Jacket, Topshop Unique Shearling and Twill Coat, Ravn Shearling Vest, MSGM Faux Shearling Coat

Midi Terms:

midi length fall 2014 trendsNicholas Felted Wool Flare Skirt, Saloni Apsara Printed Satin Jersey Dress, Milly Floral Lace Midi Skirt, Michael Kors Satin Midi Dress, Enzo Costa Ribbed Maxi Dress

Pastel Princess:

A.L.C. Covington Ribbed Cropped Sweater, TOME Crepe Dress, Roksanda Ilincic Cambray Wool Felt Vest, Elizabeth and James Shalene Cut Out Zipper Dress, Tibi Katia Cotton and Silk Blend Faille Skirt

Keep Your Knits About You:

chunky knits fall 2014Thakoon Addition Ribbed Cashmere Poncho, Helmut Lang Honeycomb Knit Sweater, Helmut Lang Venerred Angora Zip Cardi, Acne Studios Mist Leopard Intarsia Knitted Sweater, Timo Weiland Moto Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater

Folk Alluring:

fall 2014 fashion folkAnhha Appliqué Short Jacket, AIMO RICHLY Angora and Wool Blend Sweater Dress, J Brand Kasia Knitted Sweater, Coach Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Mini Dress, Vineet Bahl Lace Embroidered Chiffon and Tulle Tunic,

Fur Sure:

fur fall fashion 2014Adrienne Landau Raccoon Fur/Leather Jacket, Anna Sui Ombré Faux Fur Coat, Yves Salomon Rex Rabbit Car Coat, Barney’s New York Rabbit Fur Chubby, Shrimps Mabel Colorblock Faux Fur Coat

xx,

WhyDid

 

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Sep
16
2014
1


WhyDid Wisdom: I Know What Boys Like

man filling out pollI have always tried to emphasize to my readers- because I know most of them are female and some of them are quite young- that taking pride in one’s appearance is certainly an extension of self worth, however, banking only on good looks is a serious gamble (hence, why I created Smart Is the New Pretty).  In tandem with primping and priming our exteriors we should also be grooming our interiors.  A shiny car is great until you slip inside only to find it full of garbage and leftover McDonald’s wrappers that even a Febreeze ad couldn’t cover up.  Sure, we’re careful about what we’re feeding our bodies (as we should be), but also being conscious of what we’re feeding our minds is what makes us complete packages.

I live in a city full of 400,000 more beautiful women than there are men.  Most people see only see Maybelline and Victoria’s Secret commercials on their television screens.  I’ve seen them in the flesh on more than one occasion, especially around February and September.  And even if you don’t live in a real time perfume ad, women all over the globe are constantly being bombarded by sexy sirens on TV, in magazines, and now even our Instagram feeds.  (Uh, belfies anyone?)  Here’s the thing: the women who stand out are the ones who can stand on their own.

Most of us still subscribe to women’s magazines or at the very least, “like” them on Facebook so as to have stories about losing those pesky extra five pounds, tips to make your man hot, and how to be basically perfect streaming into our lives on a regular basis.  Taking cues from Cosmo and other women who don’t know what men want any more than the rest of us seems like a case of the blind leading the blind.  I could tell you multiple tales of what not to do, but I decided to go straight to the source.  I asked actual men what they thought about certain things we wear and the qualities they find most desirable in women and the answers were pleasantly surprising.  Though they wouldn’t shock Susan Patton.

male modelsWhile this “study” couldn’t even come close to being considered “scientific” (although one of the classes I easily aced in college was chemistry), it does give a little insight into the male brain, which while complex is much more straightforward than our own female version.  To be perfectly transparent, my sampling really wasn’t that random.  It was a slightly homogenous mix made mostly of the men my friends and single ladies I know would like to date and probably pine over between sips of pinot on lonely Thursday nights.  They are the guys who would delight your parents should you show up to Thanksgiving dinner with one of them rather than that terrible ex of yours from college who only wore fleece vests and pleated chinos.  You know, the one who gave your younger brother an unsolicited course in the birds and bees after insulting your mother’s candied yams.  My pool of respondents are educated, successful, and worldly- not to mention handsome.  I suppose I also could have asked guys who frequent nightclubs because I know those guys too, but I don’t have their email addresses.  I can’t even be sure they have email or know what email is.  In any case, I compiled a questionnaire consisting of ten questions that can only begin to scratch the surface of what makes men tick.

When asked about their favorite outfit on a woman…

As I’ve often said, “Keep it simple, stupid,” or K.I.S.S.  This holds true for business and personal matters as well as your wardrobe.  Though answers to this question garnered some pretty scattered results including fitted jumpsuits, lace, sneakers with skirts, maxi dresses, and rompers (which were, ironically, listed as something we should stop wearing- but we’ll get to that), the answer that kept popping up included a variation of white tank/tee and jeans/jean shorts (here is an example of keeping it simple).  So, basically, your drop crotch Hammer pants and ruffled crop top are best left to be worn on a night out with the girls because your beau either did not notice, does not care, and as one of my respondents replied, is turned off by your wearing of labels.  Two other honorable mentions were the cult favorite, yoga pants, and his old t-shirt with a pair of boyshorts.

blue jeans white shirtAnd what we should stop wearing…

Animal print may be a continuing trend for fall, but don’t expect a man to fall for you when draped in pelts.  Sadly, many of the answers to this question happen to be some of our, as women, favorite trends.  As a matter of fact, many of the answers dealt with men’s distaste for women following fashion trends too closely.  The “arm parties” (can we stop calling them that yet?) that we so love are driving men crazy and not in a good way.  All of the clanking is not only creating an imbalance in arm strength for you, but also distracting and annoying him.  Wearing things that don’t fit your body (I have rephrased the answer much more eloquently than its initial iteration) and showing too much skin, namely cleavage are surefire ways to end a date early.  And that bit of underwear showing?  They hate that too but, don’t think that high waisted anything is going to be the cure all.  Last but not least, they may love you in jeans, but definitely not boyfriend jeans.

leopard-coatSo, who do they consider to be style icons?

Sorry, Miley Cyrus, men seem to be immune to your raunchy high cut leotards (not to mention antics) and Katy Perry’s cupcake cleavage seems to be lost on the male species.  As a matter of fact, one of the only young A-listers to be mentioned was Taylor Swift.  It would appear that most men who answered tend to favor classic (and covered up) beauties like Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly.  Other responses included Jackie Kennedy O’Nassis, Audrey Hepburn, Charlize Theron, Olivia Palermo, and the great Kate Moss.

audrey hepburn sophia loren grace kellyAnd regarding makeup: Done up or au naturale?

Save yourself some time and trouble when getting ready by paring back on the effort spent spackling your face in the bathroom mirror.  Though a few of the respondents preferred completely natural, most preferred makeup that looked natural, emphasizing your God given beauty, but not masking it with thick foundation and crazy eye colors.

Do they notice and/or care about our manicures and pedicures?  What about that leg stubble?

Sadly, and I can speak from experience, men do pay attention to details when it comes to our fingers, toes, and the limbs in between.  One respondent summed it quite well with, “It is the overall impression of being ‘together’ not any one particular aspect.”  Others said they notice, but would never comment on chipped nails or an unsavory shade choice.  As for unshaven legs, they were a bit more vocal.  Having a bit of blonde fuzz on or around your knees wasn’t a big deal so long as it didn’t imply that other regions may be overgrown as well.

whydid manicureWhat makes a woman attractive?

The beauty industry is $400 billion dollar industry globally.  We spend hundreds of dollars a month on creams that will rid of us wrinkles, painful procedures to banish unwanted hair, and makeup that guarantees to cover up any minor imperfection.  But what is it that really makes a woman attractive? Turns out, it’s not solely long lashes, flawless skin, or toned thighs.  What do men find most attractive in a woman?  Sorry beauty industry, but it’s brains.  From having a job and her own interests to a strong yoga practice and spirituality, it seems men are more interested in women who have their heads on straight.  Men find women who are interesting attractive.

On what makes a woman interesting…

Much like what makes a woman attractive, the most succinct answer was, “Her brain,” and that response was echoed and elaborated on time and time again.  Having a positive attitude, a sly smile, the ability to hold a decent conversation with well thought out opinions, and confidence were just a few.  A woman who has traveled on her own, can navigate a city solo, possesses her own style, and has something to add to a conversation or is able to teach others also makes her swoon worthy.  Having a little bit of “fire” doesn’t hurt either.

And what makes for a total dealbreaker…

We all have our dealbreakers when it comes to dating and mating.  These are the quirks that can’t casually be overlooked and just deemed cute.  While mine include things like lacking self awareness and wearing sports jerseys, men had some very specific responses to this one.  Interestingly, as one respondent pointed out, “Each [sic] woman is unique.  Something that is awesome about girl A could be a huge turn off for girl B.”  So, while one man’s dealbreaker may be another man’s aphrodisiac, here are some of the more interesting answers and it’s probably best to just bullet point these:

  • Drugs
  • Flirting extraneously
  • Wearing labels
  • Saying “like” too much
  • Seeing her read a celebrity mag
  • If she’s a bad kisser
  • Inability to manage money
  • Not having command of they’re/ their/ there and you’re/ your
  • Lack of common sense
  • Being outspoken with a low quotient for relevant and interesting content
  • No awareness of current events
  • Using “hahahaha” and “lol” in texts

One thing men wished women knew about them…

This question held some of the most valuable information in my opinion.  One gentleman wanted us to know that men aren’t as tough as we think they are and they stress about work and their need to provide.  Another added that they don’t think nearly as much as we do… about anything.  One pointed out that threats, ultimatums, and games aren’t effective because social media and apps like Tinder have leveled the playing field (Ouch!).  To soften that last blow, one response was, “Real men prefer a woman who values herself enough to be ‘hard to get.'”  Follow that up with, “Women please, as long as you’re being insane in your body desires, please, please, please move towards Misty Copeland and away from models/women who look like prepubescent boys.”  My favorite response came in the form of a video (below) and much like my YouTube experiences of getting sucked into hours of puppies, I watched several more videos by the same man, Mark Gungor (this one was life changing).

And luckily, men do know the difference between leggings and pants…

  • Leggings are just a single piece of fabric. kinda like thick tights. pants have some kind of discernible feature (pockets, zippers, etc)
  • Leggings are incredible for any situation but if we are going out to eat or somewhere special throw a pair of pants on please. Preferably leather pants.
  • I’m probably wrong but:  I feel leggings are tighter and comprised of a stretchy material.  Pants can also be tight, and stretchy, but not as stretchy as leggings.  I also feel like pants have seams and leggings may or may not.

 

xx,

WhyDid

 

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