It Boy {Tony Nguyen}

Posted by on April 17, 2014 | No Comments »


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How would you describe your style?

I like mixing designer pieces with affordable ones a lot.  I’ve spent time in New York and London, so my style is a bit all over the place.  From everything, I combined all these ideas of style into a really laidback-prep kind of guy.

 

Where is your favorite place to shop?

I guess I don’t really have one, but I’ve always liked Club Monaco’s lines from year to year.  Usually, I like to go to random places, whether its online or in-store, and have a bunch of impulse buys.

 

What’s your must-have item?

Scotch & Soda Ralston black denim

 

Who is your favorite designer?

I’d say Yves Saint Laurent because it’s classic but posh, combined with good tailoring.  Thom Brown is another good one because his shows are always surprising and full of character and over the top.

 

Get the look:

button-down/shirt/jeans/shoes/glasses

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My Newest Obsession: Flash Tattoos

Posted by on April 17, 2014 | No Comments »


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//  Flash Tattoos //

 

So you know how I was all about the body art at Coachella yesterday? I did a little more research and found the coolest thing ever. Flash Tattoos. This awesome body tat brand is any hippie girl’s heaven on earth. With a line of all jewelry-inspired body tattoo stickers, you are ready for a glam girl’s beach trip or Coachella weekend two for just $22 a pack. Each pack comes with 3-4 sheets (depending on size and style) with each “tattoo” lasting 3-4 days. With their create-your-own collection, you can even dream up your own designs!

 
Head over to their site here to get a hold of some ASAP!

 

In Review: Coachella’s Best Accessories Weekend One

Posted by on April 16, 2014 | No Comments »


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my biggest obsession: Kylie’s gold-studded fanny pack

Selena Gomez hasn’t always been my favorite. She grew into the pre-teen watchful eye a few years after my time with her Disney hit “Wizards of Waverly Place.” However, since befriending the likes of the Khardashian mini-mes Kendall and Kylie Jenner, her new vibe and fashion sense is on point. While Kylie is only 16 years old (which she quickly reminded us of after rumors of her potential plastic surgery appeared), her style is both defined and refined. Kendall, on the other hand, seems to move through influences but still in a respectable way. Together, the power trio owned the fashion game at this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music Festival. Let’s take a look.

If Anywhere, This Is It….

 

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 So while most people would agree Coachella is the place to try the strangest of fashions, this nose ring is just terrifying. Still, props to Kendall for having the nerve to try.

 

The Bindi is Back

 

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When Selena Gomez performed at this year’s MTV Music Awards dotting a bindi, she received criticism from around the world. Quickly after, she released a formal apology, having realized she might have insulted the people that actually value and wear the bindi for religious reasons. Since, she’s returned to her “new signature” and it couldn’t be missed at Weekend One Coachella.

 

 Kylie’s On-Point Necklace Game

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve grown a wee bit tired of the over-played-out “Arm Party” made famous by the Man Repeller herself. Kylie took a new take and the party, stacking series of new and vintage finds together. Oh, and catch her friend taking a note from the signature Selena bindi!

 

Body Art

 

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While sister Kylie went with stackable separates, Kendall stuck with the skill. The rhinestone body art is simple and beautiful.

 

What Not To Wear

 

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 Every now and then, everyone has a slip up. Example A: Kendall’s “I Have  No Tits” sweatshirt.

No. No. No.

 

Coachella {what to wear}

Posted by on April 11, 2014 | No Comments »


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Coachella- arguably one of the best music festivals- has finally arrived!  This two weekend music party has created a style of its own, becoming not only a giant concert but also a fashion show.  Whether your chilling in the VIP area or raving in the Do Lab, you’ll see a signature style of the festival-goers.

Given the long days of blazing hot desert weather wear something flowy, or thin to stay comfortable along with some broken in shoes since you’ll be on your feet all day.  Don’t cary too much other than the essentials: sunscreen, water, sunglasses, and maybe a light jacket.  And don’t be afraid to wear something funky- Coachella is the time to let your inner hippie come out!

Enjoy one of the best weekends of the year with an amazing lineup (aka OUTKAST) !!

xxSL

 

Top Beauty Youtubers You NEED to Follow

Posted by on April 9, 2014 | No Comments »


From professional makeup artists to self-taught “do it yourself-ers”, this is a list of my absolute all time favorite Youtube beauty gurus that I have been watching for years now. They are all incredibly gifted and artistic and all have different, wonderful personalities! These women will show you the what’s-what of the best products in the industry and inspire you with their makeup tutorials. These were the women who inspired me to become a makeup artist myself and start my own blog and videos as well! (www.beautybooklove.com)

 

You’ll be applying makeup like a pro in no time with the help of these beauties! Click on their names to be taken to their respective Youtube channels!

 

Nicole Guerriero

A down-to-earth girl who does amazing glamorous makeup and hair tutorials! One of my all time favorite bloggers.

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You will love her bright, sunny personality and pretty girly makeup tutorials!

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Jaclyn Hill

An incredibly talented professional makeup artist who does the best product reviews, hauls, and makeup tutorials.

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Carli Bybel

An exotic beauty who does sexy, edgy done-up makeup tutorials and fitness videos with her trainer boyfriend!

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Lauren Curtis

An Australian beauty guru and former Bobbi Brown makeup artist.

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Tanya Burr

A famous British makeup artist with the most wonderful, inviting personality ever!

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 Msroshposh

An absolute queen of dramatic makeup looks and glowing skin! Her channel is a must-watch.

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Amanda Ensing

A true glamour girl with sexy, sultry makeup tutorials.

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Makeup Geek

A truly inspirational makeup artist with her own line of makeup and who lost over 100 pounds! Her tutorials, product reviews and healthy lifestyle tips are amazing!

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Dulce Candy

A beautiful latina who served in the army and now does great makeup tutorials and beauty hauls.

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Tati

A woman who loves using and reviewing drugstore products with some high-end thrown in there too!

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Kandee Johnson

A famous makeup artist and mommy who’s electric, bubbly, can-do personality truly shines in her videos!

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Pixiwoo

These twin sister British makeup artists are incredibly talented and their work is like true art with their faces as the canvas.

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Fashionista804

A sassy, fun former MAC makeup artist with edgy makeup looks and and outfit inspirations.

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Chloe Morello

A stunning Australian makeup lover with incredible self-taught skill.

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I could add soooo many more talented women to this list but these are 15 of my absolute favorites!

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie 

 

Coming in Clutch

Posted by on April 9, 2014 | No Comments »


The clutch – a quality piece to any ensemble for the girl who can avoid losing a bag that isn’t strapped to her body. Yes, we know how few of you can handle returning home with your bag after a day at Ice House.

But we’re suggesting you master the talent of getting home with your phone, keys, AND a strap-less purse.

Cause this spring, day or night, the clutch is a must.

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We’re giving our consent to clutch – Good Luck.

 

5 Minute Makeup for Women on the Go

Posted by on April 8, 2014 | No Comments »


You sleepily roll over, yawn and pry your eyes open. Something’s wrong. It’s way to light outside your window. Your eyes dart over to your alarm clock, sitting there with a pretense of innocence–but what it reads is DOOM. You’re late (for the billionth time this week) for that class with that professor who doesn’t particularly throw rainbows and flowers of happiness your way for this very reason. You mutter a stream of profanities as you rush to appear somewhat presentable before you leap out the door like Seabiscuit.

 

Whether it’s for school or work, most people can relate to this. We have all had those days where getting ready in time seems like an impossible feat.

 

With this simple 5 step process, getting ready in 5 minutes is a synch.

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1.) A BB cream or tinted moisturizer like Origins Vitazing is a great and quick way to apply multiple steps at one time to the face. Origins Vitazing not only moisturizes and brightens the skin, but it customizes to match the exact color of your skin and gives a light, natural coverage. You can quickly apply this using your hands directly to the face. Your fingers will warm up the product nicely so that it blends perfectly into your skin.

 

2.) Whether you’re in a rush or not, filling in the brows is an important step that can totally pull together a look and frames the face. Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz is an amazing, award-winning retractable eyebrow pencil with a spoolie on the other end so that you can quickly comb through and fill in your brows. Use short, check-mark like strokes to fill in the brows quickly and give the natural, hair-like appearance.

 

3.) A long-wearing cream eyeshadow like Maybelline Color Tattoo is a wonderful way to add depth and interest to the eye area without taking too long. Just use your fingers or a brush to sweep the cream eyeshadow directly onto the lid and in one stroke you will have beautiful eyeshadow to compliment any eye color. My favorite color is Bad to the Bronze.

 

4.) Since you are fighting for time, you will need a mascara that both lengthens and volumizes to bring the most definition to the eye area. Benefit They’re Real Mascara is incredible to do just that and has rave reviews from beauty bloggers everywhere! (It’s one of my personal faves too!)

 

5.) For the power of a lip balm and lipstick combined, I present to you Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters. These babies have awesome pigmentation and hydration and won’t overpower the rest of the natural, quick makeup you have applied. A great color for this spring and summer is Juicy Papaya, an orange-coral color that is very on trend for this season!

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie

 

Dallas’ Best Kept Secret

Posted by on April 8, 2014 | No Comments »


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When I received a text reading “Found the new Rustic, you’d love it.” I immediately responded, “Take me Thursday!” Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it until Friday, but it was totally worth the wait.

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With the rustic feel of well, the Rustic, this new-found gem has the comfort of a converted barn with the charm to keep you to stay. On the property, you’ll find Chicken Scratch, a down-home comfort food establishment serving up a stacked menu of fork-and-knife biscuit sandwiches and “Dallas’ Best Mac ‘n Cheese.” On the other side, you’ll find The Foundry, an 21-up bar with interesting and inventive takes on the classics like summer beers and Moscow mules.

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Located across the bridge in Oak Cliff, Chicken Scratch and The Foundry teamed up to create the perfect hangout spot: a sprawling open area full of picnic tables and comfy old couches offering up space to settle down to drink, eat and listen to music performed on their stage made of converted keg platforms. The ambience is absolutely perfect for Saturday afternoons that quickly turn into Saturday nights spent drinking with friends. Load up a carful of friends to make the trip and plan to stay because Chicken Scratch and The Foundry together provide anything you could want.

 

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Chicken Scratch + The Foundry
2303 Pittman St.
Dallas, TX 75208

 

Photos by Shelly Knutson

 

This Season’s Th[ai] Candy: Thakoon Panichgul

Posted by on April 7, 2014 | No Comments »


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So fashion fits into that category right?

–> Thakoon Panchigul, Thai-American fashion designer, launched his first ready to wear collection in September 2004. His style is really unique compared to the typical American designer, with an exaggerated cultural flare and frequent juxtaposition. The writer turned designer has been mentioned in Refinery29’s “Best New Fashion Designers of 2014”, New York magazine, Voguepedia, Style, and basically all the places that a new fashion designer would like to be mentioned (Especially SMU Style, duh). Long story short – check out a few of our personal favorites from Thakoon Addition, his latest spinoff collection.

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plus he’s just so cute ^^ how could you not like his designs

(and he really nails that arm cross)

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(From left to right, top to bottom)

Printed Full Shorts

Mixed-Stripe Crop Pullover Top

Tie Back Top

Black Cami Jumpsuit

Leopard Print Camisole

Red Leather Track Shorts

Silk Layered-Panel Jumpsuit

Satin Leopard Jacquard Track Shorts

xx, Isa

 

Spring Cleaning: Wardrobe Edition

Posted by on April 2, 2014 | No Comments »


With the first day of spring behind us, it’s time for everyone’s least favorite activity – spring cleaning. But as always, I’m here to help you decide what to keep, what to put away, and what to buy in order to keep up with all the springtime trends

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Crop Tops & High Wasted Skirts: spring time is here and it’s time to show some skin! But, not too much… It’s not about how much skin you can bare with your ultra minis, but showing just enough between your crop top and your high wasted skirt to keep the steady line between classy and too trashy

 

Stripes  (3 / 4):  I know most girls stay far away from stripes because they fear what it may or may not do to the illusion of their figure.. but, like most optical illusions – it’s all in your head! Stripes are not only everywhere this season, but definitely add a fun spin to a simple cut dress

 

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White Lace: say so long to winter blacks and grays! Whether you’re splurging on some new white lace shorts (like the ones pictured above) or you’re bringing out all those fantastic white cover-ups for the beach, say hello to an all-white wardrobe for the season!

 

Pops of Color (6 / 7): this was the biggest trend on the runways that is also so easy to bring into your everyday wardrobe. It’s time to put away your cheetah prints and bring out or splurge on fun accessories to brighten up all of your outfits

 

Denim (8 / 9): such a classic, such a favorite! Keep all of your favorite jeans and chambray shirts out – and maybe buy some fun new ways denim has been reinterpreted this spring season

 

Pastels (10 / 11): it’s finally time to pull out all of your Easter pastels! Whether it’s a pair of baby blue flats, a cute lavender dress, or subtle rose jewelry – pastel looks are here to stay! So consider giving in to this trend

 

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Rompers & Jumpsuits: they came, they went, and they’re back again! Less is more even if you favor a shorter romper to a cool jumpsuit, or vice versa, this is definitely the spring alternative to fall’s layered looks. They’re also such an easy wear to class, or even out to dinner on a Thursday night

 

Graphic Prints: trade in your winter basics for some prints and I promise you won’t regret it! It’s time to experiment with some bold prints as summer approaches. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of the boldest prints, don’t shy away from this trend and opt for an understated printed purse or skirt instead

 

Fringe: even though fringe can be so hit-or-miss, it has been seen everywhere for spring. You might want to keep your mom’s vintage fringe jacket from the 70s in the closet, but buy a playful fringed skirt or dress for Avenu instead

 

xx, D