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Style Stealer: Olivia Wilde’s Fun, Fierce Leather Look

Not only did Olivia Wilde give a fiercely awesome (and hilariously revealing!) monologue alongside other female game changers at Glamour‘s “These Girls” event, but she also managed to look pretty damn fierce while doing so. The starlet, accompanied by boyfriend Jason Sudeikis, had the honor of finishing off the evening’s performances with her own frank, honest tale (namely, of how her failed marriage caused her vagina to die). We totally covet her leather-heavy look, but it’s just a little unrealistic for every day (non-celebrity) wear — switch out her leather leggings for a pair of coated skinny jeans, and you’ve got yourself an outfit that’s casual and chic while still being, you know, completely badass, just like Olivia herself. Keep reading »

SS: Helena Christiansen
This palette straddles seasons perfectly. Read More »
SS: Emma Stone
When in Paris, do as the Parisians. Read More »
SS: Nikki Reed
Cool, casual colorblocking? Sign us up! Read More »

Makeup Bag: 4 Tested-And-True Primers That Will Change Your Routine For Good

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Prepare for fall in the prettiest way possible. Read More »
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These 3 office-ready makeup looks go from coffee to cocktails. Read More »

To someone who doesn’t, like me, spend a good portion of their waking hours putting on, perfecting, and removing makeup, there may be some confusion surrounding the use of primer. A few weeks ago I set out to clarify what exactly this extra step does for your makeup and why it’s worth taking the time (and, of course, spending the money) to add one to your routine. To review: it smooths out any uneven skin texture, gives makeup a better base to adhere to, makes your foundation and concealer last longer, and more. It’s basically magic.

More people are getting into the primer game than ever, and they usually have Smashbox Photo Finish to thank as an induction into the stuff. It’s a solid choice for sure, and it’s spawned many imitations that mimic that silky, silicone-y finish — but there are so many more out there! So if you’re already familiar with using primer (or plan to make yourself familiar using my Beauty 911 tutorial), allow me to introduce you to these four lesser-known candidates.

Fall Must Haves: 10 Leather Bottom Pieces In An Array Of Colors

Celebs may have worn it first, but we’ve been feeling leather (and leather-look) pants, shorts, and skirts in the forecast for some time now. The right piece fits seamlessly into any wardrobe; it can be the centerpiece of an outfit in color or worn with anything in black. Either way, it’s a luxurious, classic look with an unexpected edge. But let’s face it — good leather doesn’t come cheap. Hell, neither does good pleather. The quest to find the right pair of pants, or the perfect skirt, isn’t easy, so we’ve made it a little easier by compiling 10 of our best bets (of both leather and vegan pleather) under $300, with 4 options under $100. Don’t be afraid to invest in leather, because if New York Fashion Week runway trends are any indication (and duh, of course they are), the look is here to stay well through the next two seasons.

Style Stealer: Nikki Reed’s Casual Colorblocking

Nikki Reed may not have quite the same level of notoriety as some of her more, ahem, high-profile “Twilight” co-stars, but if the newlywed’s low-key lifestyle is any indication, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Regardless, with (count ‘em!) four starring movie roles coming up in the next year, I don’t think it will be long before Nikki reaches leading-lady status. The actress hit up “Extra” earlier this week to talk the end of “Twilight” — or at least that’s what I think she was there for, because all I could do was plot to steal her clothes. This is the kind of outfit I love: cool, tough, and classic, with just a couple of trendy touches like colorblocking and coated jeans. We’ve got a look just like it, after the jump … Keep reading »

SS: Kat Dennings
This classic femme fatale look is so our style. Read More »
SS: Taylor Swift
An American in Paris? We'd never have known. Read More »
SS: Alexa Chung
We want to steal Alexa's trench-happy look. Read More »

Style Stealer: Taylor Swift Is An Adorable American In Paris

Leave it to Taylor Swift to not only find the time and wherewithal to not only ride her bike through the streets of Paris, but to look enviably lovely (and, naturally, a bit twee) while doing so, with nary a sporty sneaker nor sweaty bun to be found. While most of us claim spandex and a helmet as the defining features of our bike-riding attire, Taylor opted for a more glamorous look that’s still functional — an ankle-length skirt spares you the Flash Factor, while a cheeky (or plain, as you please) pair of flats will serve you just as well when you’re strolling down the street with your boyfriend… who just so happens to be American royalty. What? You mean your 18-year-old boyfriend isn’t a Kennedy? Well, that’s weird. Keep reading »

SS: Alexa Chung
We want to steal Alexa's trench-happy look. Read More »
SS: Rosario Dawson
We're obsessed with Rosario's pretty polka dots. Read More »
SS: Kate Bosworth
We want Kate Bosworth's wardrobe — what else is new? Read More »

Watch: First Look At Maison Martin Margiela For H&M

Lana's H&M Video
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Marni For H&M
Thirty choice pieces from the collection. Read More »
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High-street and department store collaborations with luxury fashion houses are commonplace these days, what with stores announcing a new capsule collection every five minutes (or so it seems). But for all of the brands that choose to affordably market their wares to the mainstream, there are a few whose ethos seem quite at odds with large, budget-priced “fast fashion” retailers. We had pegged Maison Martin Margiela for the renegade type — the brand is, after all, famous for its in some cases unwearable avant-garde, architectural sensibilities — so their decision to join forces with H&M on a one-off line of clothing and accessories came as a certain surprise. We’re not complaining — who wouldn’t want to get their hands on Margiela’s totally weird, totally amazing, Kanye West-namedropped pieces without the four-figure price tag? Keep reading »

Set The Message Straight Any Day Of The Week

Maybe you’re mean, or maybe you’re just sassy. Maybe it’s Monday morning and you haven’t gotten your caffeine intravenously yet (three shots, please). Maybe it’s Saturday night and you feel like going to a trashy dive with your girlfriends without being approached by the lechers that generally come with it. Hell, maybe it’s Wednesday, and you just want to make it clear to your fellow subway riders that you are not in the mood to be shoved (are you ever?). Whatever the circumstances, let your wrist do the talking so you don’t have to: seriously, fuck off. [$44, Screwords]

Girl Talk: Shopping Makes Me Want To Die Inside

Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »
Oops?!
If a store charged you less than you owed, would you say something? Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: Girls
Why Kate's always checking them out. Read More »

There’s something about large groups of femmey, gregarious women that makes me feel like I’m perennially choking on my own nervous snot. It’s not the whole queermo thing, because I react to being surrounded by attractive men by becoming almost aggressively casual. It’s more that finding myself swept up in a crowd of giggling, nice-smelling women takes me almost viscerally back to middle school, when I wore a retainer every hour of the day and thought that playing the alto sax in the jazz band made me the next Kathleen Hanna.

Also, I was really into Kathleen Hanna. So. Keep reading »

Oops! A Checkout Error Scored My Friend Two Free Dresses!

Shopping Ban
This writer banned herself from buying -- and it backfired. Read More »

This weekend, I went shopping with a friend of mine, doing what I do best, i.e. encouraging her to buy everything she looked cute in (and vice versa, although I didn’t look cute in anything, SAD FACE). “You’re so bad to shop with!” she exclaimed, holding a pile of clothes as we waited in line at the register. “I’m spending so much money…”

When it was her turn at the register, we stood there chatting as the salesperson rang up all her items and bagged them. She announced the total and my friend paused our conversation to hand over her credit card. We made eye contact as she signed her receipt, and I could tell both of us were thinking the same thing. When we got out of the store and had safely turned the corner, we both stopped in our tracks.

“Wait, wait, wait, how was your total that little?” I asked frantically. “It should have been twice that!” Keep reading »

Fall Must Haves: 11 Pretty-As-A-Painting Baroque Pieces

Think baroque, with its shadowy drama, rich colors, and exaggerated opulence, is best left in 17th century Europe? Think again: the grand, flourishing stylization is experiencing a revival, and not in the medium you would think. After appearing on fall runways from Balmain to Dolce & Gabbana, what’s old has become new again in chiaroscuro contrasting shades, like black with gilded details and neutral greys with vividly-hued embellishment, and it’s looking fresher than ever. Get your hands on these 11 classic pieces before everybody else does.

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