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We’re taking cues from Mother Nature’s elements and adding precious metals to our makeup bags and shoe closets. From gleaming gold and rose gold to sparkling silvers and every metallic in between, these shades are perfect for holiday preening. Here are our favorite earthly inspired picks.

 

Shop the look! From left to right:

1. Ellis Faas Light E301

2. ShoeDazzle Asbury

3. Sephora Opulent Lacquer Trio – silver

4. ShoeDazzle Tilda

5. ShoeDazzle Kiana 

6. Lippmann Collection Cleopatra in New York

7. Nars Silent Night – metallic glimmering gold

November 29, 2012

 

Y’all better gather your girls for the harem revolution.  Sorry I said, “Y’all.”—I must be watching too much Honey Boo Boo.

Seriously though; if skinny jeans aren’t your thing, stores like Zara are offering a roomy AND flattering alternative, harem pants.  The draped crotch and high waist provide both coverage and comfort, while the cropped and tapered legs keep you sleek—and showcase your ShoeDazzle shoes.  In keeping with the playful proportions vibe, our stylists suggest you try a bulky wedge like Sabella or a stiletto bootie like Elisabeth. Go big or go home (alone).

You can even get your guy in on the game. Levi’s 520’s quasi-harem cut will help him with the transition. I got these in Rio.

Richy T – Quite crotchety

Say hello to Lauren.  She’s one of our coolest graphic designers here.


Hi Lauren!  Describe yourself in 5 words for us.

Expert-bruncher, daydream believer, art-nerd, foodie, Rothko Fan.

2.  What do you turn to for inspiration?

I like the newest, freshest, weirder things. I love to cruise my friend’s blog Trendland for the latest in everything including music. When I need an inspiration lift, I watch the Dior film called “Lasting Impressions“. It’s a fashion film about a girl running through Versailles in Dior Couture to Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”. Definitely watch it!

3.  Graphic designing isn’t easy.  Any tips for the graphic-designing-impaired?

Hmm graphic design tips…
(1) In any design stick to using only one to three different fonts, it makes it look much more professional. (2) Stay away from text effects like drop-shadows and outer-glows, stuff can go bad real quick! (3) Only work on projects you love.

4.  When you’re not at work you’re …

…with my After School Special Club.  My girlfriends and I started a club where we delve into a new hobby each month. This month we did rock climbing. Side note: Rock-climbing gyms are full of handsome rugged boys.

5.  We heard you have a cat with a pretty rad name.  Care to tell us the details?

We named him Leonardo DiCatrio. Yes, it’s ridiculous.

6.  What’s your favorite city and why?

Paris! The parks, the food, le petit cafés, the metro. I just don’t think you can have a bad day in Paris.

7.  Favorite things about the city you live in?

I live in Venice, the best part about living there is it’s the only part of Los Angeles where its actually easier to walk or ride a bike and we have tons of little cool shops and cafes. Taking the driving out of the LA lifestyle is a major plus!

8.  What are the first three things you learned on the job that you didn’t learn in school?

1. The fashion industry is not as glamorous as it looks.  It’s hard, fast-paced work but that’s why it is so addictive and fun. 2. Make sure the company you work for is a good culture fit for YOU.  ShoeDazzle is full of fun, creative, intelligent people so I love working (and playing) with everybody here. 3. Take risks with your creative projects, throw tons of new ideas out there until something sticks.

Shop Lauren’s shoes:  Lillian 

November 27, 2012

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

1. Pants: (courtesy of) Lacoste L!ve
2. Tee: (courtesy of) Lacoste L!ve
3.  Leather Jacket: (courtesy of) SheInside
4. Cap toe booties: (courtesy of) ShoeDazzle ‘Kolfinna
5.  Bag: (courtesy of) Brahmin
6.  Sunglasses: (courtesy of)  Chictopia Shop

November 23, 2012

We’ve teamed up with our dazzling makeup artist Karoliina Kangas to teach you how to recreate a sultry pout that’s perfect for the holiday season.

The shade of choice is Oxblood! This daring red hue suits all skin tones and will be a flawless contrast for those that range from pale winter to deep brown; think Kristen Dunst and Gabrielle Union.

First, you’ll need a good lip liner that’s not too moisturizing or oily so the color doesn’t fade. We used COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipliner in Sublime 200. Give your lips a good base by filling them in with your lip liner.

If you’re feeling edgy try a red lip liner that’s brighter than your lipstick. “This will give a nice twist to your look; in the 90’s there was always a darker lip liner than the actual lip color so now this gives it a fun pop,” says Kangas.

Next, apply a shiny or matte lipstick. Kangas prefers matte because of the modern look it produces. For those that want a custom shade, and be honest who doesn’t, mix more than one lipstick together. To create the look above, blend Chestnut and Dare You by MAC.

Now you’re all set to hit the town and blow cute red kisses. Bisous!

November 21, 2012

ShoeDazzle and Seventeen Magazine team up to bring you THE EDITOR.

Black, blue and oh-so-true, The Editor’s chunky heel and gold accents are making us swoon.

Designed by Seventeen Magazine Accessory Editor Jasmine Snow, we are more than happy to release this season’s most coveted bootie. Here’s our interview we had with one fun and very fashionable lady…

The Editor’s extra cool factor: 100% of profits will benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA), an organization committed to finding a cure and improving treatments for the nueromuscular disorder. Check out www.myasthenia.org to learn more.

1. How did you get your start in fashion?

I went to FIT in NYC and did fashion internships while I was in school. I met the Seventeen fashion team at a fashion event I was covering for my internship and our Market editor asked me to do some real girl modeling for the magazine. I modeled for real girl stories in Seventeen throughout my Senior year of school and when it came time for graduation I submitted my resume for the fashion assistant position.

2. What advice do you give to girls who want break into the fashion industry?

If you want to break into fashion you have to intern like crazy. This business is a lot about experience, and contacts so while you’re interning you learn SO much and meet so many important people that can guide and mentor you. If fashion is something you want to do you have to be willing to jump right in, and work really hard to make a great impression!

3. What is the most surprising thing that has ever happened in your office?

I’m never really surprised about things that happen in our office. I’m lucky that I work at a magazine that is always getting major celeb visitors, tons of cool new products to try, and even performances from up and coming artists. I would say the most exciting thing was when Pharell came into the office. He popped by with Jermaine Dupri and with a new artist for a meeting. He stopped to use the men’s bathroom which is right next to the fashion dept. so he had to walk through all of our desks to get there and he even stopped to chat for a minute and took a picture!

4. What is an average day for you?

My average day changes all the time but for the most part I’m working in the fashion closet putting stories together and going through new samples for the season ahead. I usually start my day visiting designer showrooms and going to editor previews to see the newest collections and then I head back to the office to work on our Fashion pages.

5. What would people be surprised to learn about your day to day routine?

People would probably be surprised to learn that as an editor I’m not partying all the time at glamorous fashion parties. A lot of photos and blogs may show editors out at different events every night which is very true, but what people don’t know is that once I walk into an event I am there to see the products, I take pictures for my records at the office, and then usually 15 minutes later I’m out the door and on my way to the next one! It seems like I’m going to so many parties in one night but really I’m just there working and then popping into the next one!

6. What was your inspiration behind the design of your shoe “The Editor?”

I wear heels all the time so first and foremost I wanted it to be a comfortable shoe. I’m fan of booties no matter what the season, so I knew I wanted it to be a really cute bootie with a heel that appeared high, but wasn’t crazy high so that it was still comfortable. I love hardware and embellishments. The metal plates like the ones on the strap around the ankle of The Editor, are a big trend right now. I’m a huge fan of Pierre Hardy, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Charlotte Olympia who all do NOT shy away from fun colors in their designs. So I was really inspired to put a pop of color on the shoe in one of my favorite hues.

7. What inspires you and do you have any words you live by?

I’m inspired by New York City time and time again. It’s a place that so many people have a different story and all work really hard to achieve their goals. It’s not an easy city to make things happen, so the people that are here making their dreams come true have really put so much of themselves into making that happen. I try to surround myself by those people who are creative, smart, and think differently than me so I can continue to learn more all the time!

8. Why did you select the charity Myasthenia Gravis Foundation?

I chose the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation because Myasthenia is a disorder that I’ve been living with for the past 4 years. Once I was diagnosed I made it a goal that I’d use my resources and knowledge to raise as much awareness and funds as possibly to help find a cure. I joined the Outreach Committee about 6 months ago and wanted to bring something special to the table. It has been a really amazing journey so far and I’m so proud of the progress that we’ve made in such a short amount of time!

9. Fun fact about you?

I have a cooking club that meets monthly called “Chic Chef”. I wanted to start a club that could help to open up my circle of friends and meet new people in the city. We all have matching neon print aprons, and we have the best time catching up every month. It’s one of my favorite things that I do in my free time.

10. Heels or flats?
Heels!

11. Fashion Icon?

So many! It changes every season but I always come back to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss, and some fashion editors that I have girl crushes on!

Shop: The Editor

www.Seventeen.com

Photography by Ulysses H.

OUTFIT DETAILS
1. Jacket (old): Forever 21
2. Jeans: Forever 21
3. Boots: (courtesy of) ShoeDazzle ‘Abbey’
4. Clutch: (courtesy of) Panaceashop

Maison Martin Margiela’s much awaited collection for H&M was released in Los Angeles on November 15th, and well worth the hype. The capsule collection recreated the best of Margiela’s famous over-sized and deconstructed looks that have made him a staple in high fashion throughout the years.

We here at ShoeDazzle couldn’t wait to dazzle up the line by pairing the looks with our favorite heels.

*From left to right: PR intern Ericka in the Agatha, Content producer Priscilla Barragan in the Pansy, and Copywriter Valerie Friedrich in the Carine.