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You’ll often catch us down at the newsstand shaking our heads in sheer disbelief at the sight of the same old faces greeting us time and time again, but this month, a select few magazines heard our desperate cries. Marie Claire just gave us a brilliant Missy Elliott cover, Ariana Grande made her debut on Vogue and now Allure has opted for some fresh new talent for August 2019. The mag picked rising tennis star Naomi Osaka to go before the lens of Wai Lin Tse captured under the blue skies of Mallorca.
Did Naomi deserve better? “Weird pose. And I don’t like how her face is almost entirely covered by her hair,” critiqued mikel.
“Playing imaginary tennis by the sea. It’s a beauty magazine and hair is an important part of that — but showcasing her hair seems more important than seeing the person behind it,” added tigerrouge.
“All sorts of awful, dislike just about everything the cover has to offer in terms of photography, styling and direction, but I admire the fact Allure has endorsed Naomi Osaka as opposed to Serena Williams showing up on her umpteenth fashion magazine cover,” vogue28 chimed in.
“It’s a refreshing cover and also glad that they chose Osaka, but there are a lot of things about it that could’ve been done better,” commented SLFC.
But not everyone was left underwhelmed. “Great cover choice! Happy to see Naomi get a cover! There are more athletes besides Serena out there!” raved mathiaskatz.
“Naomi Osaka is a good choice for a cover — a true rising star! And I do like the cover, too, despite the hair. The cover line and the pose go together. She’s quite shy so I think the pose kind of brings out her true personality, which makes me warm up to the cover,” reasoned TommysBaby.
Benn98 liked the cover, too. “Very happy to see her book such a big cover! She’s beating Serena again, fair and square, LOL! The styling looks great against that setting and I oddly enough like the pose.”
Check out the rest of Naomi’s cover shoot and be sure to join the conversation here.
If you’re a sucker for a copper balayage and dusky red tones, meet your new BFF. Conceptualized by Wella Professionals color trend expert Zoë Irwin, haze glazing is a coloring technique that makes use of warm, rusty color palettes to give your dark hair a sunny lift.
The goal of haze glazing is to produce an illuminating, sunset-like auburn tone by using various shades of red, like Maple Mustard, Bitter Clove and Sunworn Terracotta. Basically, the exact opposite of spring’s icy pastels.
It adds a “wash of warmth” to your hair for an overall spiciness. If you have pre-lightened locks or babylights, haze glazing is ideal. Need some inspo? Check out the slideshow above before booking an appointment with your colorist.
Slip skirts are the easy, breezy summer staples you can rock anywhere and everywhere. Whether you go with a modest midi version, an asymmetrical hemline or a splashy pattern, slip skirts literally go with everything. We’re talking tie-dye tees, cashmere sweaters a la Victoria Beckham, bodysuits and even sports bras.
Luckily, pretty much every retailer currently offers slip skirts designed for every budget. Check out the slideshow below for stylish slip skirts you can wear whenever.
Tired of wearing strappy sandals but don’t want to slip into a pair of stilettos? It’s time to turn your attention to block-heel mules. The comfortable in-between height makes for the ultimate summer shoe. Whether you want to keep it classic with solid neutrals or add a pop of print or color, there’s a mule for you.
Here are 14 block-heel mules that’ll add a little pep to your step during the dog days of summer.
We go to great lengths for healthy, influencer-worthy skin. From vinyl skin to baking, we’ve jumped on every trend to get that coveted summer glow. But this season we’re pinning all of our hopes on one makeup artist-endorsed technique: foundation mapping.
Foundation mapping is a functional, time-saving, glow-up ritual that gives your base makeup a much-needed lift. The technique involves strategically applying your foundation on areas you really need it, then blending it in on the rest of your face.
The key to foundation mapping is knowing your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive) and the kind of base that works best for you. Once you’ve got that figured out, it’s time to get mapping. Check out the slideshow above for the tips and tricks of the trade.
There’s a certain roster of models, photographers, stylists, brands and magazines our forum members are bias toward. Steven Meisel’s one of those photographers who can almost do no wrong. Just like his advertising campaigns for Moschino and Zara, Meisel’s campaigns for Max Mara always impress (like Fall 2017 with Grace Elizabeth, Spring 2018 with Cara Taylor, Pre-Fall 2018 with Fei Fei Sun and last season’s extravaganza). The Italian fashion brand’s Fall 2019 campaign follows suit with Meisel shooting a whole host of models, including Mona Tougaard, Emily Driver, Bente Oort, Anok Yai and Hyun Ji Shin, leaping across the studio in the classic and chic photos.
Our forums were head over heels for the campaign. “Stunning girls, stunning ad. Max Mara never lets me down,” applauded mathiaskatz.
“Undoubtedly one of my favorite fashion campaigns ever. Meisel magic!” raved Ed..
“It’s very dynamic and it sells the clothes in the way ad campaigns did before the 2010s, I like it,” approved dodencebt.
Sharing the same enthusiasm toward the campaign was bluestar: “Love the energy of this campaign. The clothes look great and the girls look beautiful.”
IMAGE: UK ELLE VIA PRESSREADER.COM
“This campaign has grown on me to no end, transporting me back to the good old days when American Vogue would be filled with those jumping editorials shot in the studio. Meisel captured the collection perfectly against the white backdrop, love the sense of motion with each image, too!” said Vogue28.
Express x Karla Double Breasted Linen-Blend Boyfriend Blazer, $128 at Express
While many of us stock our virtual shopping carts with trending items (skorts, seashell jewelry, etc.), there’s something to be said for sticking with the basics. And celebrity stylist Karla Welch just made it a whole lot easier and affordable to pick up some seasonal essentials.
Karla has worked with some truly stylish ladies, like Tracee Ellis Ross, Olivia Wilde and Sarah Paulson. So we’re beyond excited that she teamed up with Express on a 20 piece-strong collection perfectly suited for summer. We’re talking neutral jumpsuits, linen blazers, polo shirts, Bermuda shorts and tube tops that’ll see you straight through fall.
Head over to Express to grab these fundamental pieces before everyone else snatches them up.
Express x Karla Short Sleeve Menswear Shirt, $49.90 at Express
Shadow roots involve coloring the first 2 to 3 inches of hair from the scalp two to three shades darker than the rest of your hair to create depth and dimension, according to Chaz Dean, celebrity hairstylist and founder of WEN Hair and Body Care. Antonio Prieto Salon colorist Daniella Vassallo adds that the difference provides a lived-in effect.
Shadow Roots vs. Ombre
Think shadow roots are the same thing as ombre hair? Think again. The latter is much more dramatic. “[Ombre] gives you extremely dark roots and mid-shaft color [with] contrasting light ends,” says Dean. “It is a color technique that is not very forgiving as opposed to shadow roots, which are complementary and can be worn by anyone.” Vassallo points out that ombre is a solid, noticeably bold transition from dark to light, while shadow roots are more seamless and subtle.
Picking the Right Color
Finding the right shadow roots hair color depends on the individual. For traditionalists, Vassallo recommends only going one to two levels darker than your natural hair color. Opt for cooler or more neutral shades because hair dye oxidizes on the warmer side. A demi-permanent color works well since it allows seamless regrowth. Dean says a good rule of thumb is to start off subtly and progressively dive deeper into different color choices.
Just a quick scroll through Instagram proves shadow roots can be as intense and bright as your heart desires. Some rainbow hair fans contrast darker roots against vibrant hair colors. Others swap traditional shadow hair color in their roots for a bold (likely temporary) color. Think blue or purple “shadows.” The darker roots plus lighter, brighter lengths still result in a shadowed finish.
Whether you’re after something subtle or craving drama, there’s a shadow roots hair color for you.
Swimsuit season, #HotGirlSummer or whatever you want to call it is well underway. And Miami Swim Week 2020 just served up some fresh inspo. As we’ve come to expect, the runways of the Sunshine State brimmed with swimsuits that, while flattering, won’t help you avoid wardrobe malfunctions should a big wave come your way.
Sure, they didn’t occupy much corporeal real estate, but that’s not to say the water-resistant lingerie swimsuits weren’t cute AF. So what will we all be suiting up in next summer (or next weekend, depending on how much of your swimwear budget still remains)? Well, first of all, breathe a sigh of relief: high-leg bottoms and one-shoulder tops are going nowhere. In fact, they were so ubiquitous, we’d label them more as a “given” than a “trend.” That said, some newish trends did emerge, mostly having to do with patterns and accents. For instance, according to the Miami collections, wild animal prints, ruffles both subtle and staggering and O-ring details are about to hit beach towels everywhere.
Click through the slideshow above for the top five seaside style cues we took from Miami Swim Week 2020 and, we can’t say this enough, always pair ’em with sunscreen.
Our bags have been shrinking for a few seasons now. From belt bags to micro bags, the smaller, the trendier. Now it’s time for a new silhouette to take center stage.
Pinterest reports a 150 percent increase in searches for bracelet bags. But these aren’t your typical wristlets. Bracelet bags are a bit bigger and designed to carry all your essentials, like your phone, money, keys and travel-size makeup for those on-the-go touch-ups.
Here are the best bracelet bags to add to your growing mini bag collection.