Pink for October giveaway October 03 2014
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Our new wrap bracelets are here! September 30 2014
Celebrity style, we all love it and we all want it! But it is so not affordable! Have you heard about Chan Luu wraps bracelets? My goodness! Who wants to spend $170 to $300 on a wrap bracelet??? So we decided to bring you something less pricey and with the same designer quality! Most of our bracelet is priced under $50 (even cheaper with a promo code when you sign up for our newsletter).
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$15 in Store Bucks giveaway September 22 2014
This Monday and Tuesday (September 22-23), the first 50 people who go to http://www.opensky.com/
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- Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AliceHollywood
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- Minimum purchase of $25 is required in store to use your Store Bucks (remember Monday-Tuesday only)
- Store Bucks are applied after all other credits, promotions, and discounts; to keep things simple.
The 7 Habits of Highly Stylish People May 06 2014
Fact: Anyone with a credit card can be fashionable. Another fact: Very few people—credit cards or not—can be considered women of genuine style.
Sure, draping yourself in the coolest labels and "It" items might give you a boost of instant sartorial gratification, but in six months those pieces will be obsolete, you’ll be out a month’s rent, and you’ll feel compelled to keep up with the cycle of buying the next round of coveted pieces. Exhausting!
Yet, so many women seem to be falling victim to this cycle. Blame it on today’s street style-obsessed world. Years ago, most young women working outside fashion wouldn’t have necessarily been aware of what the big ‘It’ items were within the industry, unless they truly loved and followed fashion.
Today, all they need to do is take a quick peek at Pinterest, or visit any one of the gazillion personal style blogs that exist, and they’ll be inundated with up-to-the-minute images of Céline, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Chanel, and other top-level labels, which can often create a bit of FOMO. And that, in turn, can result in scores of young women looking, well, exactly like everyone else and going broke in the process.
Then, however, there are those images you’ll see on blogs or street style sites of women who look so amazingly chic, cool, or interesting who aren't covered in head-to-toe labels, but rather know how to take nondescript pieces and style them in such a way that their whole look is completely enviable and covetable.
These, friends, are the truly stylish women we all should aim to take our fashion inspiration from. To that end, we’ve compiled the 7 habits of highly stylish people to get you started.
1. They don’t surf street style blogs and copy exactly what they see, label for label.
In this day and age, street style photos are a bona fide source of fashion inspiration. In fact, we spend a pretty hefty portion of our day stalking Pinterest and culling various galleries to offer our readers (and ourselves) great ideas when it comes to seasonal outfits.
Don’t forget: Several big street-fashion players, editors, and bloggers get sent designer stuff for free to entice folks like us to go out and buy it. Others are, well, richer than us and it’s their day job to flit around the world in the latest designer clothes, which is fun to admire but not necessarily healthy to emulate.
That’s why truly stylish girls will see a look they’re drawn to and seek out lesser-priced pieces that have the same vibe. Plenty of affordable stores and sites offer items that feature similar aspects to designer pieces.
2. They aren’t afraid of any store—and can find something almost anywhere.
Legitimately stylish women will troll any—and we mean any—store with zero snob factor, yet they stay true to their aesthetic.
For example, she won’t be afraid to pop into a cheesy-seeming teen store at the mall, but that doesn’t mean she’ll leave with the same things her 12-year-old cousin would. She might find some killer black leggings, a shrunken blazer, the perfect pair of skinny jeans, or some great costume jewelry.
Same goes for fast-fashion haunts like Forever 21, dusty old thrift stores, and off-price havens like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Century 21, which are consistently packed with great stuff at non-sucker prices.
3. They know how to style themselves according to their own taste.
Isn’t it always the case that the most stylish girls will say “This blouse? It’s from Goodwill like 100 years ago” and actually mean it?
Yeah, the blouse itself is probably pretty cool, but it’s really the way she styled it—maybe she tucked into great-fitting jeans, unbuttoned one extra button, rolled up the sleeves, and added some cool necklaces—that made everyone comment on it.
4. They always look a littles less “done” than everyone else.
Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always appearing a teeny tiny bit too cool for every scenario they’re in.
This might mean wearing a pair of slip-on sneakers when every other girl is teetering on heels, wearing a chic skinny pantsuit when every other woman is rocking glittery party dresses, or chopping her hair into a messy bob when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small things that always make them look a little less “done.”
5. They understand labels don’t make them cooler.
It sounds cliché, but the most stylish women—and men, for that matter—in the world are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 sweatshirt or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool.
These folks can step out in a faded gray tee and jeans and still look like the coolest person in the room all because they have confidence (okay fine, and probably a killer haircut, too.)
6. They aren’t especially trendy.
Some of the most stylish people are the ones who rarely shift from a basic overarching aesthetic, whether that aesthetic is made up of minimalist staples, or colorful flashy pieces. As time goes on, they’ll replace items with newer, more modern-looking ones, but they’ll never fall victim to fly-by-night trends.
7. They don’t dress to be considered stylish.
Before blogs, before street style, and before Fashion Week became a competition for who has the most attention-grabbing clothing, young women dressed for themselves, their lifestyle, and what looked good on them.
Believe us: It doesn’t matter if those heels are Alexander Wang—if you can’t walk in them, you won’t be considered stylish. Throw on a pair of comfortable ankle boots with that mini dress, you’ll look much cooler.
How People Spell 'Hermès' on Google January 25 2014
Many, Many People Are Searching for Hermès Bags By Googling ‘Armez Bags’
In what seems like the perfect piece of news to brighten up your Friday morning, we made a Google discovery that had us equally riveted and befuddled: a quick search for "Kim Kardashian" revealed a number of related searches: there were expected ones, like “Kim Kardashian Dash,” “Kim and Kanye Kardashian,” and “Kim Kardashian Kanye News.” But then, a little further down the list, something unexpected: the search term “Armez Bags.” Huh?
It took us a few solid minutes to figure out that this unknown designer brand “Armez” was, in fact, a phonetic spelling of Hermès —we assume stemming from the customized handbag Kim got as a Christmas gift from fiancé Kanye West.
The bag, which is covered in original artwork from one of Kanye’s favorite painters, George Condo, earned the couple a lot of buzz—apparently even amongst the celebrity-interested set who might not be the most educated about the spelling of Parisian designer labels. “Armez bags” has about 1,000 unique monthly searches on Google.
Apparently the team at actual brand Hermès is hip to this information, because when you conduct a Google search for “Armez bags,” usa.hermes.com is the second result. So it seems that you can still shop with ease for Hermès bags online regardless of your ability—or lack thereof—to spell the brand’s name. And it’s all thanks to Kim Kardashian. What a strange, strange world we live in.
50 Fashion Quotes Of All Time January 24 2014
Fashion is nothing if not a form of entertainment, and sometimes that entertainment comes not with the clothes themselves, but in the words of people entrenched in the world. Whether it’s Marc Jacobs talking about his propensity for making “real” clothes, or Simon Doonan sounding off about, well, just about everything: there’s never a dull moment.
For your convenience, we compiled the 50 best fashion quotes of all time. Enjoy!
1. ”Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton
2. ”I love women. I’m trying to do beautiful things with them. I’m not trying to insult them. My life is not about that.” — Calvin Klein
3. “You either know fashion or you don’t.” — Anna Wintour
4. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior
5. “I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” — Diana Vreeland
6. “What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it.” — Karl Lagerfeld
7. ”The customer is the final filter. What survives the whole process is what people wear. I’m not interested in making clothes that end up in some dusty museum.” — Marc Jacobs
8. “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” — Alexander McQueen
9. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin
10. “I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw
11. “I always feel that if you’re gonna be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it’s in or it’s chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.” — Iris Apfel
12. “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” — Karl Lagerfeld
13. “Pure, intense emotions. It’s not about design. It’s about feelings.” — Alber Elbaz
14. “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” — Yves Saint Laurent
15. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe
16. “It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic by fashion.” — Yves Saint Laurent
17. “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” — Bill Cunningham
18. “When you hear designers complaining about the challenge of their profession, you have to say: don’t get carried away—it’s only dresses.” — Karl Lagerfeld
19. “Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.” — Kimora Lee
20. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren
21. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
22. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” — Marc Jacobs
23. “We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” — Yves Saint Laurent
24. “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercouse.” — Sir Francis Bacon
25. “Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” — Betsey Johnson
26. “Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” — Vivienne Westwood
27. “People say, ‘What do you mean you want to help the world, but you’re so concerned about fashion?’ It’s illegal to be naked. It is something that is extremely important.” — Kanye West
28.“When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.” — Carrie Bradshaw
29. “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” — Alexander McQueen
30. “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” — Yves Saint Laurent
31. “We don’t need fashion to survive, we just desire it so much.” — Marc Jacobs
32. “In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.” — Christian Dior
33. “Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” — Michael Kors
34. “The joy of dressing is an art.” — John Galliano
35. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” — Gianni Versace
36. “Fashion somehow, for me, is purely and happily irrational.” — Hedi Slimane
37. “I don’t want a politician who’s thinking about fashion for even one millisecond. It’s the same as medical professionals. The idea of a person in a Comme des Garcons humpback dress giving me a colonoscopy is just not groovy.” — Simon Doonan
38. “I think that because I’m overweight, [my] fantasy was lightness. So I project my fantasy to the clothes, and now all I do is light, light clothes because it’s the one thing I don’t have. That is why I’m too afraid to lose weight because then I might make heavy clothes.” — Alber Elbaz
39. “When you go to a nice restaurant, you want to be relaxed and have a drink and everything, you want to look at people who look well. You don’t want to look at some slob with an open shirt and a hairy chest. At least I don’t.” — Iris Apfel
40. ”Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” — Bo Derek
41. “Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, and where you’re going.” — Pharrell Williams
42. “You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody.” — Diana Vreeland
43. ”What you wear is such an expression of who you are. That’s like someone picking out who I’m going to date!” — Diane Kruger, on not working with a stylist
44. “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel
45. “I’m a very down-to-earth person, but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant.” — Karl Lagerfeld
46. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin
47. “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.” — Elizabeth Taylor
48. “Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.” — Simon Doonan
49. “I know what women look good in. I don’t think the rules ever change.” — Michael Kors
50. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. — Coco Chanel
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The New Year's Resolutions I Won't Make for 2014 January 01 2014
It has been scientifically proven that New Year’s resolutions don’t really work, and when I say scientifically proven I mean an episode of Oprah :)
Nonetheless as you nurse your NYE hangover on January 1st, you'll probably start thinking about what you want to do differently in 2014. At this point, it's hard not to roll your eyes at the clichéd and extremely high expectations we set for ourselves each year when we make our resolutions. Before even starting your list, make another list -- the list of resolutions you made for 2013. How many of them did you actually finish? Better yet, how many of them did you even start? Be honest with yourself -- after buying the Groupon for kickboxing how many classes did you actually attend? Or is it still sitting in your account with the ghost of Groupons' past?
This year, instead of making a list of things I hope to accomplish in 2014, I'm going to try a little reverse psychology on myself and make a list of New Year's Resolutions I won't be making this year.
In 2014, I won't be...Giving up Chocolate
I make this (stupid) resolution every year. It will last for about two weeks until I realize that I am a much nicer and happier person with chocolate in my life. Instead, I'm going to just monitor my chocolate intake. i.e.: after a tough day at the office, have one Dove Chocolate bar instead of 2 or more.
In 2014, I won't be...Going to the Gym Everyday
Another resolution I usually keep for three weeks of the new year. I genuinely do enjoy going to the gym, but when I overload myself and exhaust myself, I get turned off to it. I will however, try to work out twice a week. I will find some fun work out activities like tennis, pole dancing, hiking with friends. That way I won't get burnt out before February.
In 2014, I won't...Learn Cursive
I HATE this resolution -- why is it on so many people's lists? Who cares if I can write in script?
In 2014, I won't...Stop Stressing Out
Stress is part of life. When you're balancing work, friends and love life, stress is inevitable. I don't know where we got the idea that we could just completely eliminate stress from our diet. Instead, I'm going to channel my stress in a more meaningful way. Maybe instead of taking my stress out on the people I love, I'll kill two resolutions with one stone and sweat it out on the treadmill.
In 2014, I won't...Have More Patience
Believe me I'd like to have more patience, but it's not wired in my DNA. I'm a Type A personality -- we aren't meant to wait around. I will try to give people the benefit of the doubt and when I don't have patience, I'll try not to take my impatience out on the wrong people.
In 2014, I won't...Cut Back on alcohol
Sorry... I have too many events coming up in 2014 without a plus one for this one to be a remote possibility.
In 2014, I will still...Take the Little Things for Granted
This is a tough one because it's a resolution I'd like more than anything to keep, and maybe I will for a while. But honestly, it's impossible not to take every little thing for granted. Holding hands with someone you love, brown paper packages tied up with strings, the cold side of the pillow -- there are so many wonderful little things and my resolution is to try and stop and appreciate them every once in a while, but more importantly -- just be thankful that I'm lucky enough to take such blessings for granted.
Ho, Ho -- Oh, No! Before You Finish Your Holiday Shopping, Read This December 22 2013
It's crunch time. With just days to go, last-minute shoppers are scrambling to check items off their holiday gift lists. Perhaps an angora sweater for Sis and a new snakeskin bag for Mom? A cozy down comforter for your sweetie?
But wait a minute. Wasn't there just a PETA video making the rounds online showing angora rabbits screaming as workers rip their fur from their bodies? So that's out. And wasn't Joaquin Phoenix in a video about how snakes are nailed to trees and skinned alive because live flaying supposedly keeps the skins supple?
With the vegan clothing police, it's always something! So what's a stressed-out but caring consumer to do? First, take a deep breath. Then get to know what clothing labels really mean.
One bit of good news is that everyone from runway trailblazer Stella McCartney and online retailers Olsenhaus and Bourgeois Bohème to socialite-turned-fashion-designer Cornelia Guest and strip-mall staples Target and Payless is offering cruelty-free options, so animal-friendly fashions are a cinch to find.
And some retailers do have a conscience: Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, Van Heusen, and other leading retailers pulled angora products from their shelves after they watched that PETA video.
If you want to know what that's all about, here goes: A PETA Asia investigator visited angora farms in China, where there are no standards that regulate the treatment of animals and where most of the material originates. The video is hard to take. It shows rabbits lying in shock in tiny, filthy cages after having their fur ripped out. This process is repeated every three months for two to five years before the rabbits' throats are cut and they are replaced by new rabbits who will endure the same fate. Yikes. Cross angora off your list.
Other disturbing videos focus on leather. Because slaughter lines move so fast, many cows are skinned and dismembered while they are still kicking and crying out in terror. So much for leather.
And down often comes from birds who are plucked alive -- meaning that they are pinned down while rushed workers yank fistfuls of feathers from their delicate bodies. Some birds are plucked so hard that their skin rips open, causing gaping wounds that are sewn up without anesthetics.
That's perhaps an overload of depressing stuff, but the good news is that you can still buy Sis the sweater and Mom that new purse without getting a lump of coal from Santa for supporting cruelty to animals. Whether you're looking for the latest trends or timeless pieces that are always in style, here's how to do it: Read the labels, and just say to yourself that "anything that came from an animal is out."
Cruelty-free options are easy to find. Even many high-end designers now embrace animal-friendly fabrics such as cotton, corduroy, satin, muslin, linen, and synthetics, thanks to technological advances that, as Forbes put it, "have made faux fur and animal skin practically indistinguishable from the real thing." When you're shopping, just check the labels and stick to faux fur, fake snake, vegan leathers such as polyurethane, and other animal-friendly materials. With many vegan fashions priced lower than animal skins, you can save money while doing good. If you need ideas, check out PETA's new vegan shopping website, which will help you choose fabulous fashions that are as chic as they are kind to animals.
So let's allow the cows, rabbits, sheep, and snakes to keep their own skins. With cruelty-free choices everywhere, no one needs to be naughty to animals this holiday season -- or ever.
Christmas Wish List November 02 2013