Winter Essentials

Winter has officially settled in here in Chapel Hill, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe should suffer.  In fact, winter gives you even more opportunities to show off the looks and styles you love. Coats, hats, gloves, scarves and layering are all pivotal, not only for staying warm but for staying in style. As tempting as it is to thrown on your sweats and Uggs, which we know are needed at times, don’t waste these next few months of fashion fun! As the temperatures continue to drop, here are some of our favorite winter staples to get you through the season looking your best!

1. echotech Touch Gloves

Gloves are a definite winter necessity. They’re great for finishing off any outfit and they’ll keep your hands warm during those chilly months. But in the age of the smartphone gloves are a hassle. They make texting, using social media sites or apps, and all the other functions that make a smartphone fun near impossible. That is, until Touch Gloves came along.

From the company’s website: “Knit into the index finger and thumb of each glove, our eLink fabric interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and other touch sensitive digital devices.” The gloves come in every imaginable color and style, ranging from wool to cashmere, and with accents like ruffles, color blocking, patterns and bows. Keep your hands nice and warm, without sacrificing form or function!

Available online at:

http://www.echodesign.com/shop/for-her/gloves/

 2.  Socks & Tights

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you’re limited exclusively to pants for the next few months. Skirts and dresses are still in the game, but if you keep your legs bare you sure won’t be for long.  Tis the season for tights and socks of all kinds- never skip good hosiery! Tights aren’t boring like you may remember from when you were a little girl. Today, they’re one of the best ways to add detail to an otherwise simple outfit. Coming in a variety of patterns and colors, tights can not only keep your legs a bit warmer but also compliment the outfit you’re suffering for.

Sheer black tights are a classic and should be in your wardrobe anyway. However, patterned tights with polka dots or self-made rips can make a basic black skirt and sweater all the more interesting. Socks are also a must, whether in tights and a skirt or a good pair of jeans or trousers. In the drab winter season bright colorful and patterned socks can be a fun way to bring a little light in. A good pair of high socks will also be needed to keep those winter boots up.  A reliatvely new retailer Bootights makes tights with socks attached to the bottom! It’s literally the perfect pair of tights, invest in a pair and see what we mean.

The above socks and tights can be found at:

http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/ACCESSORIES/sockstights.jsp?navLoc=left_nav

Bootights are available at:

http://www.bootights.com/shop-bootights.html

 3. Hats & Ear Warmers

If you’re having a bad hair day, whether it be due to winter winds or waking up late for class, or you simply need to keep warm, a hat is the clear choice. Even when the gloves and coat come off, a good hat can continue to make a statement in any outfit.  Beanies, berets and ear warmers are all in this season and are sure to keep you nice and warm.

Ear warmers are a great transition for those of us who love headscarves and headbands. They give you the functional benefits of the hat but with a unique twist. They come in a variety of styles and colors, much like their warm weather scarf counterparts, and you can easily find several to wear throughout the season. If hats are more your style, a good beanie or beret in a neutral like grey, black, navy or cream is sure to be a wardrobe staple as the temperature drops. They’re always a cute, comfy addition to any winter outfit. Plus, if your hair didn’t turn out quite right no one will ever know. Perks of the season, if you ask me.

All above products are available at:

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=W_ACC_HATS

 4. Scarves

Scarves are an important part of your wardrobe during any season but it’s during the winter that they take on a whole new meaning. It’s oftentimes hard to find a scarf that can keep you warm in the wind and snow, yet look cute when you’re in class or a meeting and want to look cute without the coat.

Infinity scarves and snoods have been on the rise for the past few years and are now a full on fashion phenomenon. Available in a variety of materials, ranging from cashmere to a chunky wool knit, and every color and size you could need, these scarves a great addition to your cold weather closet. However, when purchasing these be sure you don’t go too big, because yes with scarves there is such a thing and it is to be avoided. If you don’t want a trend and instead a classic winter scarf, there’s lots out there for you! J.Crew has an incredible scarf selection, ranging form affordable wool-angora color block to beautiful cashmere wraps. Find what works best for you and your wardrobe. Be sure to have a variety of both basics and fun prints and patterns- scarves should be fun accent pieces even if they’re there to keep you warm!

All of the scarves seen above are available at:

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/scarvesglovesandhats.jsp

 5. Parkas & Pea Coats

The most important piece you will buy this winter is the coat. We may be in the south but that doesn’t mean that the walk home from the library at 2 am when you’re cramming for finals won’t feel like a trek across the tundra. Coats are pricey and for sure an investment, but one that is well worth it. Much like a life partner, once you find the perfect coat stop looking and settle down! I’ve found it’s best to have two winter coats- one for everyday and one when you need to dress things up.

The everyday coat should be some sort of parka or down jacket, one that can keep you warm no matter how bad it gets. The tried and true favorite across the board is any and all things North Face. The North Face ‘Metropolis’ Parka, coming in at $320 on Nordstrom’s site, is one of the brands most popular. The down coat with a detachable hood is lightweight but super warm! It also covers your butt- it might sound silly, but long term you’ll be glad you thought about that. Purchasing this coat was one of the best winter choices I’ve made. North Face has other great coats- find what works best for you! In terms of a fun coat for when the down parka seems inappropriate, well that’s up to you and your personal style. Find a coat that fits your personal style but keeps you nice and toasty. A pea coat is a classic choice that will likely work with any outfit for any possible occasion. They can be long or short, but in terms of color it’s best to stick with neutrals. If the coat is quality if will be costly so don’t waste it on a trend you won’t like during next season’s snowstorm.

All of the coats pictured above are available at:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-coats-shop?origin=topnav&cm_sp=Top%20Navigation-_-Women-_-Coats%20&%20Jackets

6. Boots

 A good pair of boots is one of the most important things to keep in your closet to survive the winter. You can wear them with jeans, pants and your tights and skirts. Walking through campus it’s clear to see that the knee-high camel leather boot will reign supreme once again this year and with good reason! A classic pair of leather boots will go with any outfit and keep your feet and legs warm no matter the weather. While many of you will likely will have a pair leftover from earlier in the year, it’s a good idea to buy a new pair in the winter.

Soles and heels get worn down, stains are likely to be rampant especially on suede, and the overall quality of the boot has gone down. Not only does this take away  polish from your appearance but from the warmth and protection of the shoe. With all the holiday sales now is the perfect time to get a new pair of boots to get you through the season. Pick a pair you know will work in your everyday wardrobe, but that can be dressed up here and there! Leather is the safest choice, especially with snowfall possible, as it is the most durable. Again, pick a neutral shade that can function with the wardrobe you have but don’t be afraid of fun hardware and accents! Also, don’t just go for the standard calf height boot. Whether they’re knew high, ankle, or calf height boots if they fit your style and the function you need, get em!

All of the above styles can be found at:

http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/boots.jsp?navLoc=left_nav

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-boots-shop

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Saving Face

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With round two of midterms upon us and finals only a few weeks away, not to mention all the papers, projects, and quizzes in between, everyone’s beauty routine seems to be taking a beating. Sleepless nights spent in the library not only leave you feeling exhausted but, unfortunately, looking it too. Here’s a few tried-and-true tricks and tips to get you and your face through the final push of the semester.

Your eyes can be one of the hardest hit areas, with dark circles and puffiness appearing rather quickly when your diet consists of only coffee and Red Bull.

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For puffiness, make up artist Kristin Gallegos recommends placing spoons in the freezer for ten minutes and holding them under your eye until they’re no longer cold. This early morning home remedy can be an instant remedy, but if you prefer to purchase your under eye fix Garnier’s Anti-Puff Eye Roller Gel is a great choice. Loaded with caffeine and glycerin, and ready to go right when you need it, this product shows fast results when you’re late for class. 

 

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For those pesky dark circles, moisturizing is sure to help. Apply a solid layer of moisturizer in the morning, especially if you put makeup on after, and after you wash your face at night. This is especially important for the ladies- if you’re skin isn’t properly moisturized, any concealing efforts will be in vain. Dry skin means streaky concealer that settles into those fine lines you’ve been building up in the UL, which oftentimes makes dark circles even worse. Allure named Aveeno’s Positively Radiant as their favorite daily moisturizer for regular skin and Olay Professional for those with an oily skin type. Both have SPF 15 or greater, an important feature when protecting your skin long term in any season. 

If you use make up to look alive like so many of us do, there’s a few things to remember. 

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Set

For your under eye concealer, a yellow tone is best for balancing out the purple tones of dark circles. Using a cream concealer is your best option, Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer is a personal and professional favorite. even oxidized foundation can work. Simply let your foundation sit out for a minute or two, allowing the pigment to concentrate, and a concealer to develop.  Regardless of what concealer you choose to use, if you apply foundation as well make sure you apply it before the concealer. If you apply foundation after, you simply wipe away all the work you’ve done with the concealer. Afterwards, seal it all with a translucent powder to ensure it stays on through the day.

 

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Brightening up your skin with make up is easy and brings back a freshness to your face. White eyeliner in your eye’s inner corner brings anyone back from the dead. Simply apply it to the inner corner, but be sure to blend it slightly with your finger or a brush, and instantly open up your eye making your eyes look bigger and you more awake. When picking a liner, choose your normal brand and one you know works best for you. A pencil is best for this purpose. 

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MAC ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinisher in “Lightscapade”

Highlighters, bronzers and blushes are another great tool for waking up your skin. For those of us with fair skin, a light highlighter with some shimmer, such as MACs Mineralizer Skinfinisher, placed on the cheeks and nose can draw light to all the right places. Bronzer’s and blushes can both brighten and bring some color to your skin, so choose what option works best for you! However, with the recent chilly weather a natural flush is practically guaranteed. 

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Lip color is another great option- any way to bring color to your face can help you to look healthier and more awake. Keep your face neutral, beyond your highlighter and brightened eyes, by leaving out heavy liners and shadows and in place do a bright pink or coral lipstick or stain. Choose the brand that works best for you, it’s all about what’s quick, easy, and comfortable for you. Notice how people always add that you look pale when they say you look sick or tired? Bring a little color into the equation and you’ll see a difference.

The best way to look healthy, however, is to be healthy! School is important but so is your health and well-being, so make sure you get at least some sleep, try to eat well and make sure to drink lots of water. Staying hydrated and as well rested as you can during these stressful weeks leading up to December is your best bet at looking, and far more importantly, feeling your best. Your skin will thank you, trust me. But as they say, you gotta fake it ‘til you make it. Until you can spend a solid month in bed at home over break, use these tricks to get by! 

 

Bumble and bumble.: A Beginner’s Guide

In a 1984 interview, Morrissey was quoted as saying, “It’s a totally brief issue, but I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”

The man knows what he’s talking about- your hair is one of you most important accessories, if it’s wrong then quite frankly everything else probably is too.

The greatest roadblock to achieving great hair is refusal to invest in and properly use hair product. If you think you can’t go out without make up, think of product in the same way for your hair! What you put on before and after styling can determine your fate, don’t skip this all too important step.

Choosing what to use can be tough and is based on your unique hair type; however, one of the best brands to utilize is Bumble and bumble. After working in a salon for several months I have been converted to the church of Bb. and can’t imagine my hair without it. Over those past few months, I’ve found a few favorite products, purchased time and time again by both clients and myself. Here’s my list for the best Bumble to get your best hair.

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Does It All Styling Spray

This spray literally does it ALL. Let me make it clear this is not a hair spray- it’s really just a finishing spray, no need to worry about any crunchy pieces or helmet hair. Plus, like the Bumble site says, it is “literally impossible to use too much.” Spray Does It All before using hot tools like a curling or straightening iron on your hair for better hold and a clean finish. Mist the hair just before use and you’ll see long lasting hold that you can still run your hands through. Finish off any style, whether it’s curled or just normal blow-dry, to smooth fly aways, hold shape, and give your hair a pretty, shiny finish. Another plus- this stuff smells great! And try Spray De Mode for a stronger hold for tougher styles.

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Invisible Oil

Since I was little I’ve had a thick head of hair, but after nearly a decade of coloring it (note: I am 19) my hair has become fine and porous. It’s thick, but any kind of oil or shine serum turns my hair greasy and limp. Then, Invisible Oil happened and my hair has never been better. The oil, only released this summer, is always sold out at the salon because whether you put in a drop before you dry or after for a smooth finish, I personally do both steps, you see amazing results. While there are instant results, with smoother, shinier locks, the oil provides long-term repair to damaged hair and improved hair health. This product makes your hair look and feel great- what more could you ask for!

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Grooming Creme

Grooming Cream is a universally loved product, great for all hair types and both men and women. A staple product at all Bb. stylist stations, work grooming cream into damp hair before blowing dry or air drying. This “styling moisturizer” gives users a lived in texture, hold, separation and a smooth, low gloss shine that makes clean, styled hair easy. This product is ideal for someone who wants good hair but doesn’t want to put too much time into it- it combines the benefits of many products in one, simple step.

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Surf Spray

Every girl loves some good, beachy waves- they’re the best way to look effortlessly beautiful. We’ve all seen that girl on campus with perfect loose waves, looking like she just woke up that way. What I can tell you is that she probably used Bumble’s Surf Spray and that those waves can be all yours. Spray a good amount all over on damp hair and let it air dry or attach a diffuser to your blow dryer. The result, according to Bumble, is “Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever.” Surf Spray received a 2012 Details Magazine Best of Grooming Award and with good reason! Spray this stuff on and keep summer around a little longer.

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Styling Creme

“Is it a gel? A mousse? No- but it works like both,” reads the Bumble description for Styling Crème. This product is a great base for any style, whether you want a big blowout or defined curls, this is the product for you. Work this product throughout damp hair, I limit it to my roots to give them more hold and volume, and blow it dry- it works like a mousse, heat helps! This product gives volume and greater control to your hair and your style, making it easier to create and keep the look you want. This product works on any and all hair types, it’s incredibly versatile and can be used for any style you can imagine. The most you use, the more it does- so don’t hold back!

What you put into your hair is what you get out of it, so don’t skip out on products! No longer will you have bad hair days, forced to pull it up or put a hat on. You can control your hair if you lay down strong foundations and Bumble and bumble. is here to help. Check out their website, which features instructions and video tutorials for use of all of their products, as well as styling tips! If Bumble’s not your thing that works too, find the product that you love and that loves your hair back. You’ll see that that extra money and minute or two in the morning will be well worth it!

Erin Fetherston Spring 2013

Debuting her Spring 2013 collection in New York on September 6, Erin Fetherston gave a signature girly collection a, relatively, hardcore edge. This was a much-needed change of pace for the designer, whose label had grown a bit predictable. Known for her whimsical, feminine, and romantic work, Fetherston brought a new hardness to her pieces but still held on to what makes her a strong designer. Incorporating brighter hues, new prints, and a large amount of hardware, a major trend in the past few months, the designer brought her look forward. Though it should be noted, soft pinks and florals could not be avoided- this is a Fetherston show after all.

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The designer explained her inspiration for this season to be a photo she stumbled upon of icon Brigitte Bardot, stretched out on canary yellow ostrich feathers. She said, “Her feminine outfit contrasted with her tough eye makeup. I loved seeing her as a little French songbird — wild and sultry, with an air of unfussed glamour. I wanted to capture that spirit in my collection this season.” Bardot was an inspiration in not only the sets sexy, feminine nature but also in the stark lines and contrasts between black and soft pinks, harsh lines and soft colors.

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However, the pieces were not in all light pink and soft floral prints, reeking of romance- in fact it was quite the opposite. Fetherston utilized fabrics decorated by lipstick kisses from all the women on her team, others included a black and white sequined zebra pattern. Cheetah print was also popular in the collection, making multiple appearances and at times with the cat’s entire face on display.  Beyond that, Fetherston played with color in new ways- branching out from pastels to include neons and other bright hues to liven up her dress heavy collection.

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While remaining dress focused in the designer’s tradition, there was more diversity in silhouette and form this time around, as well as a wider variety in types of pieces. The collection included a variety of pieces, many of which could go straight from the look book to the street. Maxi skirts and dresses were some of the highlights, especially when paired with leather bodices. Leather made multiple appearances for the Spring line- part of the Bardot inspiration emerged here. This was seen in an impeccable pink jacket with silver embellishments and a pair of sick leather leggings.

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“I brought in a lot of hardware to balance out the froth and lighter-than-air fabrics,” the designer explained at the collection preview. The collection pushed her boundaries, taking her aesthetic to new places and challenging her customer to do the same.

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Source: http://www.style.com

Zac Posen Sping 2013

Zac Posen took a step back with his spring 2013 collection, in more ways than one, and the result was undeniably, and in a single word, lovely. Known for his vast technical skills, and for oftentimes using too many in one garment, Posen showed a sharper focus this time- creating a light, elegant, and romantic collection inspired by the America of yesteryear. Even the models were vintage- Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova walked the Sunday evening show.

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A common theme in several spring 2013 ready-to-wear collections, in both New York and Paris, was reflecting on the fashion house’s past. For Posen, still a relatively young name, looking at the early days of the label in the 1940’s, 50’s or 60’s simply wasn’t an option. So, he drew his inspiration from the American beauties of the past, including icons like Grace Kelly and C.Z. Guest. While the majority of the pieces brought the 1940’s to the modern woman, a few did seem too true to their time and stuck in the era.

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However, the overall collection was stunning. The everyday dresses were crafted beautifully with impeccable attention to detail. The pieces done in muted colors and florals and yet they felt in no way typical or expected of the season. They truly were items that were ready to be worn by the woman Zac Posen dresses, who he describes as someone who “finds joy and power in dressing.” 

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Before the show began, Posen explained his vision for both his collection and show.“The show is about glamour, elegance, and craft,” he said.  This goal was met best by his collection of gowns, his clear favorite, that closed the show and tied together a strong collection. A celebrity favorite, Posen’s latest work is timeless and sure to be a hit with both the red carpets of winter and the stylish woman of everyday.

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All images courtesy of http://www.vogue.com