5 things you NEED to do next time at Sephora

Sephora storefront

Amanda here with a quick tip for your Sunday shopping adventures!

Personally, I love shopping on Sunday mornings. When you get to the mall and it first opens, you really get the run of the place! That’s my favorite time to go to places like Sephora, because the employees tend to be more attentive. I love chatting with them about makeup, skincare, brushes, etc. Getting their recommendations helps my decision making process so much easier!

Here is a list of 5 things you absolutely need to do next time you go to Sephora…

  1. Ask for a sample. At Sephora, the “cast members” (employees) are encouraged to give samples. Have you been waiting to try a Boscia moisturizer but don’t have the money to purchase the full size? Ask for a sample! You can get as many as you want, so don’t hold back.
  2. Sign up to be a Beauty Insider. If you aren’t a Beauty Insider already, you’re missing out. Sephora’s Beauty Insider program is fantastic. You sign up for free, earn rewards as you shop, get a free birthday reward, and when you earn enough points from shopping, you can spend them on deluxe sized samples! Once you spend $350 in a calendar year, you are bumped up to VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) status where you enjoy additional rewards…if you’re feeling frisky, spend $1000 within the calendar year to become VIB Rouge!
  3. Get a touch up. Sephora offers free services, like a lip color touch up or a quick lesson on how to do a perfect smoky eye. If they aren’t too busy, they may offer more services as well! Keep in mind, unless you’re VIB Rouge, a full makeover will set you back $50, which you use toward purchases.
  4. Check out the impulse fixture on your way to the register. The impulse fixture in Sephora is both genius and the worst thing that’s ever happened. It’s fabulous that they sell deluxe sized samples of products like Benefit’s Porefessional or NARS laguna bronzer/orgasm blush duos, but it’s also tempting! The nice thing about this fixture is that you can try the more expensive products for a much cheaper price. I recently picked up Urban Decay’s Stay All Night setting spray, something I have been wanting to try! The down side? It is so easy to pick up things you don’t really need and spend a lot of money doing it.
  5. Look at the Clearance areas. At the end of some of the rows in the back of the store, there will be clearance items. Not a whole lot and there won’t be an Hourglass Ambient Light Powder or an Urban Decay Electric Palette, but there will be some Sephora brand items or limited edition items that haven’t sold out yet.

I hope this helps you next trip to the mall (and inevitably, Sephora!) be productive, educational, and FUN :)

Now that I think about it…I think I’ll go today and pick up some GlamGlow samples (I still need to try ThirstyMud!)…

 

Stay glam,

 

Amanda

Style Stars of the Week

Today is the debut of a new feature on Curl & Glow, “Style Stars of the Week.” This week, two Kates and an Emma stood out from the celeb pack.

Kate Bosworth in Red Valentino

Kate Bosworth in Red Valentino at the launch party of her new app, “Style Thief”

Kate Bosworth: The fashionista on was hand to celebrate the launch of her new iPhone app, “Style Thief,” at the Chateau Marmont on Wednesday. Think of the new app as “Shazam” but for fashion. If the user is interested in a clothing item seen in a magazine, online, or on a celeb he or she takes a snapshot. The app will then inform the user who the designer or brand label is of that item and where to buy it. Voila! Bosworth herself wore a floral RED Valentino frock, bordeaux Bionda Castana ankle-tie pumps, Fabi Malavazi rings, and Anito Ko earrings. The actress complimented her romantic dress with a gorgeous braided updo.

Emma Stone in Christian Dior at "Good Morning America"

Emma Stone in Christian Dior at “Good Morning America”

Emma Stone: This bubbly gal made a stop at “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to promote her latest Woody Allen flick, “Magic in the Moonlight.” Stone wore a drop-waist Christian Dior Resort 2015 dress. The abstract floral pattern is so unique and the redish-orange stripe perfectly pulls the look together. The actress wore Rupert Sanderson ‘Yves’ pumps and Jennifer Fisher jewelry finish off the look.

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors at "Wish I Was Here" premiere

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors at “Wish I Was Here” premiere

Kate Hudson: Strutting down the red carpet for the premiere of her film, “Wish I Was Here,” Hudson looked every inch the bombshell. The Michael Kors Resort 2015 sequined column dress with cut-out waist looked divine on the toned blond. She added Chrome Hearts jewelry and a pearlescent zebra print Edie Parker clutch. What I love most about her look is the makeup. Some may find the look too vampy for a summer evening, but the burgundy lipstick and lush lashes are the perfect touches.

Who was your best dressed of the week?

Smooches!

Samrah

Kate Bosworth & Kate Hudson photos courtesy of InStyle

Emma Stone photo courtesy of http://stonefieldjoult.tumblr.com/

Autumn/Winter 2014 Haute Couture Collections

Elie Saab Couture Runway

Elie Saab Couture Runway

The latest Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collections were presented on the Paris runways last week. So what exactly is haute couture? Meaning “high dressmaking” in French, what makes couture so unique from other types of clothing is that is completely hand-sewn. In other words, no sewing machines are used in making these one-of-a-kind garments. The fabrics are often luxurious, with intricate detailing making the piece ultimately extremely expensive, if not, priceless. The chambre syndicale de la haute couture, which is based in Paris, annually creates a list of those fashion houses which can label themselves haute courter, meaning the list is very exclusive. With that being said, below are some of the collections of the season and some of my favorite looks.

Ralph & Russo

Tamara Russo and Michael Russo are the Australian duo behind this opulent line. Founded in 2007, the house has quickly become a fan favorite amongst celebs, including Angelina Jolie. The Autumn 2014 haute couture collection clearly reflected the house’s well-known penchant for sophisticated glam. The collection was inspired by Massimo Listri; a famous Italian photographer who is world-renowned for his vivid interior photography.  The line included all the house staples of ball gowns with intricate beading, rich satin evening gowns, and dramatic capes in varying shades of blue, red, and lilac.

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Elie Saab

Saab became a household name after Halle Berry wore his sexy design while accepting her Academy Award in 2002. Since then, the Beirut-born designer has skyrocketed to fashion superstar. Every fashionista has strolled down the red carpet wearing one the designer’s glitzy evening gowns. While Saab has tried to move towards daywear in his ready-to-wear line, his bread and butter is no doubt evening wear. Knowing this, the courtier put on a show stopper of evening gowns and cocktails dresses that will be sure to be seen on the red carpets of upcoming award shows.

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Zuhair Murad

Like Elie Saab, Murad was raised in Beirut and  followed his heart to the City of Lights to study fashion design. Also like Saab, Murad is known for evening gowns that are dripping in gorgeous beads and glitzy sequins. Murad’s designs ooze sex appeal and is no surprise that singer/actress Jennifer Lopez commissioned the designer to create looks for her latest tour. When Blake Lively is not slinking around in Gucci gowns (she is the face of the Italian house’s perfumes), she can be seen wearing Murad’s designs on the red carpet. Another hot blonde, Kate Hudson, has been seen wearing the designer’s intricately beaded looks. Much of the designer’s latest couture collection was monochromatic focusing on black and white; however, there was no lack of sizzle with a smattering of thigh-high slit red, blue, and aqua gowns.

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Christian Dior

This French design house, helmed by Belgian designer Raf Simons, has become eponymous with Parisian sophistication. On hand to celebrate the latest couture collection were Dior’s ambassadors, Charlize Theron (with boyfriend Sean Penn…yeah, I don’t understand that coupling either), Marion Cotillard, and Jennifer Lawrence. Hermonie, err, Emma Watson was also present and there is much rumbling that she may become the next face of the fashion house. The Fall 2014 Couture collection was a reflection of various decades and centuries noting how one time period influenced the subsequent period. Looks ranged from the 18th century, 1920s, and 1950s. While the various eras would make it seem that the collection would be a hodgepodge, the line was gorgeously streamlined.

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Georges Hobeika

Worn by the likes of Julianne Hough, Olivia Munn, and Connie Britton, Lebanese courtier, Georges Hobeika has made quite the name for himself since opening his Atelier in 1995 and presenting his first Paris fashion show in 2001. Laser cut petals cascading down dresses, mommy-and-me matching outfits, and ball gowns inspired by Claude Monet made up Hobeika’s latest couture collection and reflected the designer’s expert eye for detail.

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Armani Privé

Georgio Armani’s lastest couture collection was subtly Japanese-influenced with origami graphics and kimino sleeves with the entire collection consisting of red, white, and black. Armani has been well-known for not only his evening wear but his daywear which he so wonderfully weaved together. Models were wrapped in tulle headdresses that at times took away from the craftsmanship of the outfit itself. With Kate Hudson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and singer Pink (did not know she was an Armani fan), this collection will sure be seen on the red carpets soon.

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Valentino

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Italian duo who took over the reigns of the fashion house after Valentino Garavani retired (Alessandra Facchinetti had very brief reign as creative director after Garavani’s retirement) have made a name for themselves with their beautifully embroidered and whimsical designs. The pre-Raphaelite inspiration lent itself to draped toga-inspired gowns, models strutting in gladiator sandals, and pieces that were worthy to be hung in the most prestigious museums. Expect lithe actresses like Kiera Knightly and Kate Bosworth to revel in this latest collection.

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Chanel

What Karl Lagerfeld wants Karl Lagerfeld gets. For his latest couture collection, the creative director of Chanel for 30+ years, wanted to re-create one of Le Corbusier’s architectural designs for his runway. With fireplaces on the runway and otherwise minimalist surroundings, Lagerfeld focused his collection on baroque designs, coats and dresses over long fitted shorts, and models with spikey punk-inspired hair. Many garments had jewel accents while others were completely covered in sequins which will sure to catch some starlets’ eyes. All-in-all it was other decadent Chanel Couture show.

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Atelier Versace

The latest Atelier Versace collection by Dontella Versace had all its usual elements. Skin, sex appeal, and figure hugging ensembles. I’m sure guest of honor, Jennifer Lopez, found many looks perfect for any upcoming red carpet appearances. The 50s-inspired collection with bustier-fitted gowns took a very modern-twist with column gowns that had one pant leg. While this might sound odd, those outfits were probably the strongest looks of the collection. The unique creations will surely be the most memorable of the garments on the runway. The seductive collection also showcased ball gowns amped up in sex appeal and the popularity of fringe seems like it is here to stay.

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Stéphane Rolland

Since debuting his eponymous label in 2007, French designer Stéphane Rolland has made a name for himself amongst the Hollywood set. With the likes of Kim Kardashian, singer Cheryl Cole, Paula Patton, and Spanish actress Paz Vega expertly wearing his sculptured designs on the red carpet. For this collection, Rolland opted out of a runway show, instead presenting his theatrical looks on mannequins. The collection was paired with a movie about a man trying to find beauty throughout Paris while morning the loss of his love who happens to be wearing Rolland’s couture creations.

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Giambattista Valli

The Italian-born French designer went quite literal with his interpretation of Alhambra Gardens, his inspiration behind his latest couture collection. Fit-and-flare dresses were covered in rose petals, chiffon gowns with cascading purple flowers, and jaw-dropping frothy confections closed out the show. The laissez-faire attitude towards this collection (denim for couture? Models dressed for a chic brunch date with gal pals?) proved to be refreshing and lovely. Don’t be surprised to see Valli followers, Diane Kruger and Jessica Biel, to be galavanting in this latest creations.

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What were you favorite looks? Who do you hope to see wearing these designers? Well, that’s all, lovelies! Samrah Featured image courtesy of http://www.mydaily.co.uk/ Ralph & Russo photos courtesy of http://www.ralphandrusso.com/ Georges Hobeika photos courtesy of http://www.georgeshobeika.com/ Stéphane Rolland photos courtesy of http://www.wwd.com/ Armani Privé, Atelier Versace, Chanel, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Zuhair Murad photos courtesy of http://www.style.com/

ESPYs 2014 Red Carpet Roundup

The 2014 ESPY Awards took place last night at the Nokia Theater. Hosted by Drake, this annual awards show celebrates athletes and their accomplishments both on and off the field. I tend to take ESPYs’ fashion with a grain of salt. While it is great to see athletes out of their team uniforms and athletic gear (and not sweating profusely), their fashion leaves something to be desired. Most of the time, the outfits are either too safe or completely out of left-field (pun intended). In the end, we can all appreciate their amazing physiques and get a hint into each player’s personality. Here are some of the best and most interesting of the night’s fashion.

I’m kind of obsessed with Jessica Alba’s street style but not as enamoured by her red carpet style. Last night she wore one of my favorite designers, Elie Saab. The gold shimmering cocktail dress with asymmetrical neckline was my best dressed of  the night. My only advice for Jess is to lay off the spray tan next time. Maria Sharapova may have had a disappointing Wimbledon but she did not disappoint at last night’s show wearing her go-to designer, Antonio Berardi. The sheer long-sleeved mini may have been too moody for such a sunny summer evening but the length and chiffon fabric worked perfectly. Plus, she really knows how to pose!

Cameron Diaz attended the ceremony with Sex Tape co-star Jason Segel. The black Reed Krakoff tank dress was simple and dull. I’ve seen her do much better during her current promotional tour. I guess tonight was an off night. Dancing with the Stars Cheryl Burke worked a sequined mini-dress by Tom Ford. While no doubt she looked gorgeous, my first thought when I saw her was “Jennifer Lawrence already wore that dress!” Yes, J.Law showed off her gams in the same dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party earlier this year. Actress Jordana Brewster looked sensational in a leather shift dress by Dsquared2 which was complimented with Kurt Geiger shoes.

Sports Illustrated model, Chrissy Tiegen (AKA Mrs. John Legend), wore a cream Elisabetta Franchi jumpsuit with plunging neckline. The color looked amazing against Tiegen’s glowing skin and the hair and makeup were on point. My only complaint is that the length was a bit too long. She needed the pants to be hemmed to show off her Christian Louboutin heels. NASCAR driver Danica Patrick wore a body hugging Herve Leger mini. While Herve Leger may be out of style these days, there is no doubting that she looked phenomenal. The current “It” rapper, Iggy Azalea, was on hand to support LA Lakers boyfriend, Nick Young. Like Alba, Azalea wore Elie Saab but in a decidedly different color and silhouette. The Aussie wore a one-sleeved, thigh-high slit black gown from the designer’s Spring 2014 collection. The look was safe yet forgettable. I loved her lipstick color though!

Usually at awards shows, the men take a back seat to the women’s high-fashion but not at the ESPYs! The male athletes displayed their personal sense of fashion in patterns, colors, and accessories. Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player and this year’s Male Athlete of the Year recipient, Kevin Durant, looked ever so dapper in a forest green suit jacket. Durant’s teammate, Russell Westbrook, is known for his unique fashion off-court. Westbrook did not disappoint in a baby blue and white dress shirt with stars. Seattle Sounders star, DeAndre Yedlin, wore maroon slacks and jacquard print jacket with snazzy bow tie.

Many more celebs and athletes graced the red carpet. Check them out below and let me know who was your best dressed!

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Smooches!

Samrah

Photos courtesy of E! and HollywoodLife

“Oh, so that’s what that color is for!”

We’ve all been there before…either seen or been (or both) the victim of a bad “smokey” eye. That super dark lid with either the dark shadow brought too high above the crease (remember Mimi on “The Drew Carey Show”?) or there’s a sharp line at the crease and then WHAM a shimmery highlight.

Just. Bad.

But I can admit, I’ve been victim to both at different times. Hey, maybe even the same time.

The first time I really learned anything about the mysterious “transition color” was when a gal at the Chanel counter insist she fix my makeup. “You have two black eyes, let me fix you.” She took a more neutral color, blended out the edge, performed some magic and BOOM, I looked totally different. My eyes were wider, brighter and without a black rim.

I suddenly realized why MAC makeup artists always recommended 4 shadows. THAT’S what that other color was for!

The transition shade is the color that connects your darker crease color to your brow bone highlight. The idea is that you’re taking a darker shade (your concentrated crease color) and blending it in with the transition shade to create a gradient effect to your brow bone. The goal: depth and definition, but with NO HARSH LINES.

 

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If you lay this shade on your lid right after you apply your eye base or primer, your shadows will be much easier to blend, as the shadow will act as a smooth base.

I use a big, fluffy blending brush and apply my transition color lightly (dipping the tip of the brush lightly in the color, knocking off the excess and softly touching the brush to my eye) in my crease and above my crease (if you go too high, you can always blend some of your highlight color in and you won’t even notice, this doesn’t need to be done perfectly), blending using windshield wiper motions from inner corner to outer corner, then moving the brush in circular motions while going from inner to outer corner (to blend out). Some people call this “warming up the eye”. Remember, the color will be most concentrated wherever your brush touches first, so make sure it’s in the outer crease. When you think you’re done blending, swipe the brush back and forth 3 or 4 more times. Then you’re done.

For warm eye looks, I like a warm brown color. MAC Saddle or Soft Brown both work well and blend nicely. Saddle is a bit more on the reddish side of brown while Soft Brown is a true brown. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette also has several warm brown colors that can be used. If you’re in a hurry and can’t find a matte brown eyeshadow, a matte brown bronzer works JUST as well!

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MAC Soft Brown and MAC Saddle

 

For a cooler look, I like a mauve or gray. Haux is the MAC shadow I use most often for cooler toned looks, simply because it’s more of a mauve than a brown and pairs nicely with gray looks. Tease from the Naked 2 palette (which is a cool-toned palette) is also a nice plum shade that blends out well.

MAC Haux

MAC Haux

 

Personally, I prefer a matte shade in my crease, as I only like shimmery colors on my lid. But, you do you. Matte shades tend to be a little more difficult to blend, so keep that in mind.

The transition shade isn’t only useful in complete eye looks (like a smokey eye). You can also just apply a matte brown, a touch of highlight under your brow bone, some mascara and walk out the door. I frequently do this during the work week, since it looks put together and office appropriate but not overdone.

 

Happy blending!

Amanda

 

eye diagram picture courtesy of: http://www.elescosmetics.com

MAC Saddle and Soft Brown photos found on pinterest, I wish I could give credit!

MAC Haux photo courtesy of: http://www.amarixe.com

All MAC products can be purchased at maccosmetics.com

FIFA Fashion: World Cup Players off the Pitch

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England’s team in Marks and Spencer suits.

With so many people in the United States following the World Cup these days, there are a lot of uninformed spectators enjoying the global game. Even for non-sport enthusiasts, the World Cup provides an eyeful of well-coiffed, lean, and (nowadays) tatted Adonises.

Soccer players are not fashion novices. With many of the best clubs located in fashion capitals around the world, it’s no surprise that some of the lavish salaries of these footballers go to high-end duds. In addition, the top style houses love to promote themselves and their national teams come tournament time. Check out some of the Hugo Boss-clad German team, the English team in Marks and Spencer above, and the…not-so-clothed Italian team (you can always count on D&G for some heavy homoeroticism).

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(Some of) Germany’s national team.

 

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(Some of) Italy’s nation team for Euro Cup 2012.

The player probably most associated with style these days is Christiano Ronaldo of Team Portugal (Real Madrid in the regular club season). His model good looks and goal-scoring history have landed him multiple sponsorships from Nike, Armani, Tag Heuer watches, and Dolce and Gabbana. The man even started his own underwear line.

 

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Surprised? He could probably retire from the pitch and live the rest of his life charging tourists to take pictures of him in his CR7 briefs. Woof!

But there are other pretty faces and, more importantly, pretty fabric patterns feeding World Cup fever.

Michael Essien: Ghana

This AC Milan player certainly deserves his new fashionable home in Italy. The man can rock a suit and every outfit is paired with his infamous frames and well-styled kinky curls.

Keisuke Honda: Japan

The yellow-belted suit is a special favorite of mine. The color combo is risky, teetering on the edge of the gender line, which makes it all the more pleasing.

Jack Wilshere: England

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This Burberry mod look imitates the lines of a suit, but has all the comfort—and eye-catching cling—of a well-made sweater. And Wilshere’s David Beckham-inspired look fits the bill.

Olivier Giroud: France

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The vast majority of the French team seemed to be channeling a kind of late Victorian, early 20th century look with their rounded collars and oiled hairstyles. But Olivier Giroud wears it best on and off the field.

And what of our finalists? While both Argentina’s and Germany’s players have excellent fashion sense, it may be more exciting to predict the winning team by two stars’ fashion mistakes.

Argentina’s play is certainly more lyrical and extravagant than their northern opponents. Although, as leader Lionel Messi has proven through his torpid relationship with Dolce & Gabbana, such lavish plays can lead to big mistakes. Just check out some of his truly garish suits below.

For Argentina’s sake, I hope Messi’s choices off the pitch don’t affect his play.

German star Thomas Muller’s wardrobe is also reflective of his team’s style—very safe and very, very German. Muller doesn’t step out of his comfort zone when it comes to fashion, and he seems to have a misguided love of lederhosen, but the clothes fit his lean physique well. If his teammates can keep cool and consistent in steamy Brazil, I predict they may sweat out Argentina.

If you’re itching for more beautiful players in beautiful clothes, I highly recommend windycityepicurean.com’s series of World Cup 2014 fashion and a historical look at football fashion by Esquire.

Keep watching the most beautiful game!

Caroline

 

Images

England national Team: Daily Mail.

German national team: Hugo Boss.

Italian national team: UNB Photography.

Ronaldo gallery: popsugar.com, Metro.co.uk, trendfashiondesign.com, ftape.com.

Michael Essien: universityofhair.com, timwellstyled.wordpress.com.

Keisuke Honda: MYKITA Blog.

Jack Wilshere: Esquire.

Olivier Giroud: windycityepicurean.com

Lionel Messi:Rose print suit, Red D&G tux

Thomas Muller: in loafers and at Oktoberfest with wife.

A Wedding Guest’s Style Guide

Summertime and weddings go hand-in-hand. While the onslaught of your friends’ nuptials are fun, figuring out what to wear can be stressful, especially if no dress code was specified on the invitation. No matter the location there are some rules to wedding guest attire. Jeans and sneakers are a big no-no even if it is a casual setting. Also, avoid wearing white, unless specifically stated on the invite (think Kim Kardashian’s second wedding). With these simple rules out of the way, here are some style inspirations and tips for the different wedding venues/settings you might encounter for the rest of the summer.

Beach

Whether the ceremony and reception take place in an exotic locale on a far away island or just a trip down to the nearby shore, beach weddings are always beautiful and exciting. Try to take style cues from the stunning setting and wear flowy, colorful, and/or ethereal looks. At this casual setting, subtle crop/midi tops are acceptable if you wear a knee-length or midi skirt. Try to avoid wearing heavy materials since it will most likely be warm in the sun and high heels will be uncomfortable to walk on the sand. Instead, wear strappy embellished flats or if  you just can’t live without the height, step into a pair of wedges.

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Country Club

A country club or garden wedding means you will most likely see a variety of silhouettes. For a day wedding softer colors are always welcomed. Instead of heading straight to your LBD for an evening ceremony, give jewel tones and outfits with embellishments a chance, although, let’s avoid going overboard and looking like disco ball. If you really want to stand out, a black straight-leg or wide-leg jumpsuit is a polished and elegant outfit without looking like you are heading to the office. To top off your look for the party, be a dress or jumpsuit, wear a pair of statement earrings and finish off with an envelope clutch.

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Black Tie

A black tie affair (which is usually noted on the invite) does not necessarily mean you have to wear black. Color is completely acceptable. Reds, pinks, blues, and every color in between is welcome. If long gowns are just not your style, a demure yet sparkly cocktail just can be worn. A long full skirt with a chic blouse will also make a sexy, sophisticated statement. Don’t fret thinking your dress may be too simple, add a bejeweled belt or glamourous jewels.

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So, whether you are heading to the beach or a formal affair, you can dress to impress (just don’t try to outshine the lovely couple!)