Month: August 2011

Four rules for trimming a wedding guest list

Did you hear about Kim Kardashian’s last minute wedding dilemma? Turns out space issues forced the reality TV princess to trim her guest list! When you’re planning your guest list, especially if you’re planning for a small soiree, trying to determine who makes the cut can be difficult. Everyone has an opinion, and often the list of potential invitees will far exceed the available space. Here are four things to keep in mind when trying to decide whom to invite and whom you can safely skip. 1. If you’re footing the bill for the wedding yourself, then you get 100% veto power over your guest list. But if your parents (or anyone else) will be paying, in full or in part (say, more than 25%), then they do have a say. Swallow your pride and work out a deal regarding your three distant great-aunts, or foot the bill yourself. 2. You aren’t obligated to include the friends you haven’t talked to since highschool. And the relatives whom you only hear from at Christmas (via mass-mailed postcard, of course)? Totally up to you. 3. Plus-ones are tricky territory. Say you send your invites, and two months before the wedding, one of your pals begins dating someone new and asks to bring him as her plus-one. Given the newness of the relationship and the closeness of the wedding date, it’s fine...

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Fall fashion: five celeb-inspired lines that offer luxe for less

There are several new fashion collections hitting stores this fall that promise to bring you celeb-inspired looks for less as well as high-end designers unveiling less-pricey versions of their celeb-approved lines. Here are five major launches of fall 2011 and what you can expect from each: 1.The fall collection from LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s is available in stores and many of the pieces are already on sale (like a $70 blazer for $45). It’s a wearable, girly, youthful (but not too trendy) mix of dresses, separates, shoes, and accessories that could easily move from the workweek to the weekend. All of the pieces are under $100, and new styles will continue to roll in through September and October. 2. Also at Kohl’s is the new collection from Jennifer Lopez, launching September 7th and inspired by her glamourous Hollywood style. The apparel, accesories, and home goods are all under $200 and include sexy staples like platform pumps, minidresses, and luxe-looking handbags. New pieces will continue to arrive all fall. 3. The Kardashian Kollection from Sears is the work of Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe, and includes apparel and accessories. Already available online, the collection offers party-ready minis; a few separates and office-ready pieces; glitzy, chunky jewelry; and a few black handbags and shoes. Most of the pieces are well under $100, so if you want to shop their style on...

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Clothing catalogues: an easy alternative to the mall

There are lots of good reasons not to hit the mall: the crowds, the driving distance, poor weather, a busy schedule. That’s where clothing catalogues swoop in to save the fashion day. Either in traditional print form or online, clothing catalogues offer you a way to shop from the comfort of your home. Clothing catalogues like Kaleidoscope offer a wide range of fashions for the modern woman, including office-appropriate separates, casual wear, party dresses, jackets, swimwear, intimates, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and more. The best part about these companies? Many now offer articles in their clothing catalogues (or blogs online) that keep you up-to-date on the latest fashion trends and tricks of the season. For example, at Kaleidoscope, you can read Style Scoop, their style-savvy blog about the latest fashion trends and your everyday style dilemmas. Shopping from clothing catalogues is a bit different from shopping in a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Since you can’t try on the clothes before buying, carefully read the fit/sizing guide and measure yourself so you can choose the proper sizes. Remember, sizes fluctuate widely across brands, and a 2 from one company may be an 8 from another! You’ll also want to read up on the company’s shipping policies. Many companies regularly offer promotional discounts on shipping, so it’s wise to keep an eye out for these codes to save a bundle on your orders....

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Rihanna shows off her new ‘do and her new fragrance

Superstar Rihanna has ditched her siren red locks for a brunette ‘do! Tabloid pics from earlier in the month showed the songbird with a natural-looking brunette shade while she partied at the Kadmooment Day parade in her home country of Barbados. But with all eyes on her scanty carnival queen get-up complete with a skimpy jeweled bikini and red fethered headpiece the new color didn’t get much attention. But on Friday, at the U.K. launch of Rihanna’s new fragrance, Reb’l Fleur, her gorgeous new shade was on full display. Ever since she chopped off her long locks for the cover of her album Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna’s been a bit of a hair chameleon, experimenting with different cuts and colors. This summer, she made a dramatic switch-up with extensions and a neon red hue. (Her red hair can still be seen in the September issue of Glamour magazine, for which she’s the cover girl.) Rihanna’s rich, warm brown is the perfect complement to her natural beauty. It still has a touch of auburn to it, which suits her fiery personality. If, like Rihanna, you’re thinking about switching it up, keep in mind: the color you start with affects your result. Rihanna likely had pro help with her switch, but if you’re thinking of going the DIY route, remember: – Stay within two shades of your natural do. –...

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Six accessories trends for fall 2011

Fall is upon us, and if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to update your wardrobe for the season, there’s no more sure-fire way to do it than to grab a fabulous accessory. Here are just a few of the major accessory trends you can look for in fall 2011: 1. A colorful clutch. From high-end (think Givenchy and Fendi) to low-end (American Apparel and Urban Outfitters), roomy clutches in eye-popping hues are on-trend this season. They look great with everything from a LBD to your favorite jeans-and-tee combo. Try one in peacock blue, mustard, jade, or rust all hot colors for fall 2011! 2. Snakeskin. Real or fake, this perennial staple is popping up on clutches and shoes alike. You can find it in an array of colors, too! 3. Plaid. Another perennial favorite! Get it on flats to look especially trendy, or choose a handbag for a more classic take on the pattern. 4. Feathered jewelry. Whether you choose earrings made with synthetic feathers, or jewelry made of cast metal (such as gold), feathered jewelry is very fall 2011 and you can choose anything from delicate pieces to bold statement items, so there really is something here for everyone. You can find everything feathered this season, including earrings, pendants, brooches, bracelets, and rings. 5. Anything jade or peacock blue. Every season there comes one or...

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