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Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Nelleke

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Lookbooks: Shoe Cult Down Under

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 Trends: Collar ID

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The 90s were good for a lot of questionable things (like AOL and Hit Clips and 98 Degrees), but the decade also put out a few shining stars. Topping the list is the tattoo choker (along with jellies, Lip Smackers, and mood rings, of course). If you didn’t stack three or four chokers on your neck at all times, you were basically irrelevant. And don’t even get us started on the matching wrist and ring versions of the choker. If you had those, you were the queen. Upon research of tattoo chokers, though, we found a whole world of throat wear (can we call it that? is that gross?) from throughout the decades. Scroll through for some serious inspo and try not to choke up.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 Beauty: Summer Suitcase Essentials With MAKE Creative Director, Ariana Mouyiaris

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Well hello there, new favorite make up line. MAKE might be one of the newest brands on the beauty block, but they’ve already nailed that elusive combination of high-quality products, on-trend colors, and super-cool packaging (v. essential). Also: It’s all paraben free, cruelty free, and never tested on animals. Oh, and did we mention that 10% of every sale goes towards the company’s We See Beauty foundation, especially set up to benefit women-led cooperative businesses? Yeah. Kinda awesome.

In honor of its Nasty Gal launch, we asked MAKE’s jetsetting Creative Director Ariana Mouyiaris to share the five suitcase essentials she can’t live without.

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Monday, June 23, 2014 Trends: The Triumphant Return Of The Scrunchie

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Few accessories have such a polarizing effect as the scrunchie. You remember scrunchies, right? They’re like normal hairbands, but swathed in fun fabric. According to the U.S Court of Appeals, a woman named Rommy Revson invented and patented the “scunci” in 1986; since then Rommy (could there be a better name for the originator of the scrunchie?) has seen her work ripped off every which way to Sunday, especially during the late 80s and the first half of the 90s, where scrunchies enjoyed a long run of high popularity. They popped up on everyone from Clarissa (of Explains It All fame) to Rayanne Graff to the cast of Mi Vida Loca, plus celebs like Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and TLC were rocking the puffy hair holder. Our beloved scrunchie experienced a period of disgrace in the 2000s (who can forget the infamous “no Manhattan woman would wear a scrunchie” Sex and the City episode in 2003) but it seems like despite the obstacles of the past, they are returning with a vengeance.  The accessory is popping up on the heads of it-girls, on runways, and even on world leaders like Hilary Clinton. Rommy Revson, your legacy lives on…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 Role Model: Gals Of Summer: Gabby Datau

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Gabby Datau isn’t easy to label. The Los Angeles native is a freelance graphic designer by trade, but she spends her free time making all sorts of cool stuff: including clothing, collages, and music (her father is a musician and Datau has been in bands, from “shoegaze garage to surf rock to sludge/stoner metal to hardcore punk” since high school).. The 23 year old studied music in high school and art at prestigious college Cal Arts, where she studied graphic design.” When I was in school, I was mostly interested in typography, gender constructs, and music experiments,” Gabby says when asked about her art style. She’s currently working on design work out of a studio downtown with her best friend, and also making noise and electronic music on her own. We asked the brainy beauty a few questions about her work and inspirations. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Nails: Natalie Pavloski

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When I lived in NYC and commuted to work every day, my main goals were to: 1.) Avoid eye contact at all costs, 2.) Ride the train without a single person talking/touching/glaring/sneezing on me, and 3.) Walk as fast as humanly possible during the transfers. Basically, nothing could get in my way. One particular day, though, I was power-walking through the Lorimer/Metropolitan stop, and there it was—THE most beautiful zine I had ever seen on display at The Newsstand. It stopped me dead in my tracks. The word “Nails” was written in giant script across a photo of a single hand holding a switchblade with crisp, white tips. Instantly, the image was burned into my brain, and shortly after that, I moved to Los Angeles and still wondered who the genius was behind that killer cover. Turns out it was nail artist Natalie Pavloski, an Australian who worked for housing and homeless organizations throughout NYC but had “always been doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting or taking photos.” After talking with her mentor and friend, celebrity manicurist Alicia Torello, Natalie decided to switch careers and assist for her instead. “I started to put my own work out via social media and had a really good response. It’s been non-stop ever since.” Natalie also did the super kawaii Emoji nails for our rave lookbook, so we thought it would be the perfect time to ask her to share her top 10 nail designs with us—and the secret to making them look so awesome. —Chrissy Mahlmeister

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