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- Renee Bu
Fashion Bomber of the Week: Dymon from Toronto 

Known as Caribbean Papi on Instagram, this week’s Bomber highlight is the eclectic maximalist Dymon.  

Dymon is fond of highly saturated color and pattern mixing, which he brings into every season. From T.O’s sizzling summers to the bitter winters, he’s bound to rock a vibrant co-ord or pair his checks with groovy prints. 

His signature style always includes his low fade, which he colors and designs to match his fit. Whether it’s a heat-reactive-inspired design or decorated with sunflowers, Dymon’s hair is a style feature all on its own.

If you’re interested in being featured as a Fashion Bomber of the Week, DM Fashion Bomb Men on Instagram your name, city, a brief bio on your style and 5-10 photos of your best looks.

- Renee Bu
Drake and His Son Adonis Celebrate Mom Sandi Graham’s Birthday in Coordinating Gray Suits

Throughout Drake’s career, he’s never been shy about the bond he shares with his mother. From shouting her out in songs to having her as a plus one to red carpet events. The certified lover boy is a mama’s boy, and Sandi Graham will always be his biggest fan.

For her 75th birthday, Drake celebrated her life and love with his 5-year-old son Adonis.

Photo: @champagnepapi on Instagram

Uploading photos of the event to his Instagram, it seems Ms. G had a banquet-type celebration with friends and family. Everyone was dressed in their best to congratulate her on her 75 trips around the sun. Drake and Adonis pulled up in gray suits and straight-back braids.

Photo: @champagnepapi on Instagram

Drake’s father, Dennis Graham was also in attendance but didn’t join in on their daddy and me look. Instead, the OG wore a black Kufi, durag and black suit with patterned lapels and pocket hems.
Happy birthday to Mama Graham!

Photo: @champagnepapi on Instagram

- Renee Bu
Vic Mensa Jumps Out of a Plane In the Louis Vuitton Cloud Suit For His Latest Video in Memory of Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh’s legacy is undeniable, and nearly two years after his passing, the industries he influenced continue to honor him. While Kid super’s Colm Dillane kept Virgil’s spirit for his Louis Vuitton’s Men’s collection, the Nike x OFF-WHITE collab is still an It Shoe amongst sneaker fans.

Vic Mensa also keeps the late designer top of mind. For his latest single Strawberry Louis Vuitton, the Chicago rapper co-directed a video in memory of the legendary designer.

In the three-minute video, Mensa jumps out of a plane in the Louis Vuitton FW2020 Cloud suit, soaring through the air while playing a cherry guitar and singing the lyrics to his groovy hit produced by Thundercat and Maeta.

Photo: Gorunway.com

With creative director Danielle DeGrasse also directing, Mensa created a dreamy visual as airy and imagination-invoking as the suit itself.

- Renee Bu
Style Details on Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson’s Neutral-Toned Baby Shower Looks: Including Keke in Stella McCartney and Darius in Gucci

Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson are drawing closer to their due date, and after a fine art-inspired maternity shoot, they’re back with another bomb display of their paternity style.

Ahead of their fairytale-themed baby shower, Palmer and Jackson posed for portraits captured by Dalvin Adams. Both parents-to-be wore neutral-toned looks, with Keke in a gold Stella McCartney ribbed-knit maxi dress paired with tan suede knee-high boots.

Photo: Dalvin Adams Photo: Dalvin Adams Photo: Dalvin Adams Photo: Net-a-Porter

Darius complemented his queen in multiple tones of brown, wearing a camel slim-fit wool overcoat by Boss with Gucci GG jacquard cotton canvas joggers. He accessorized with a beige scarf and ribbed toque while wearing cream Converse with white socks on his feet.

Photo: Dalvin Adams Photo: Dalvin Adams Photo: Harry Rosen

Looking great and feeling even better, there’s no wonder these two had a blast at their shower.

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- Renee Bu
Kanye West’s New Wife Bianca Censori Wears Yeti Boots to Meet North West

In case you missed it, Kanye has found love again. Sometime in January, Ye and Yeezy architectural designer Bianca Censori tied the knot in a secret ceremony. TMZ reports that the union comes without a marriage license.

Though the ceremony was extremely private (still no word on what went down and who wore what), the newlyweds have begun stepping out publicly. The couple recently went to dinner at the infamous Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles, where Censori-West met Ye’s 9-year-old daughter, North West.

Photo: Stan Potts Photo: Stan Potts Photo: Stan Potts

What does one wear to meet their husband’s kids for the first time? When you’re Censori-West, you opt for a generally sleek look with one statement piece. While Ye was in his usual utilitarian chic, his wife wore a black leather blazer over black nylons and super fluffy knee-high yeti boots. A contemporary spin on the ever-trendy nylons-paired-with-blazer look.

Photo: Stan Potts

Celebrity photographer Stan Potts caught the family on their way out.

- Claire
The Cut’s Article on Pyer Moss Designer Kerby Jean Raymond Shows that Black Designers Don’t Have the Freedom (or Luxury) to Fail

Tahirah Hairston’s article today in The Cut, entitled, The Promise of Pyer Moss, landed like a bomb in the Fashion Community. In the piece, Hairston takes a deep dive into the life and legacy of Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, detailing how the Haitian American New Yorker ascended from a broken home to the tops of the fashion totem pole, winning a CFDA Award, coming under the tutelage of Kering’s Laurent Claquin, securing millions in funding, and ultimately becoming one of the most celebrated Black Designers of our generation.

Apparently Jean-Raymond has also not been the best at business development or management. He recently laid off most of his employees, and consumers looking to purchase Pyer Moss clothes won’t have much luck. Several anonymous employees interviewed for the article insinuate that Jean-Raymond, instead of investing in creating collections, splurged on company trips, paid overdue bills, and created accessories that are still sitting on shelves.

While expertly researched, the story, published mere days before Black History Month and New York Fashion Week begs the question of “Why?Why him? Why Now?

The motive for this exposé is unclear, and the timing is unfortunate. Besides, Jean Raymond isn’t the first designer or business owner to stumble, make bad decisions, or lay off workers. In response to a comment by @Carlos_Santiago on @TheCut, saying “Remember Miguel Adrover anyone?…. Sounds like the same story,” @blessedwithbassets responded, “I feel like this is not the only designer out there who had a quick rise and then just kind of…went nowhere. Why zero in on this one particular story? I feel like this has been happening in fashion for decades. Not everyone who experiences early success makes it over the long run.”

Indeed. Spanish designer Miguel Adrover, who once, “shot like a glistening comet through the New York Fashion Scene in the aughts,according to Vogue, doesn’t have a fashion line to speak of now. Famed designer John Varvatos declared bankruptcy in May 2020, and listed more than $140 million in debt in court filings after laying off 76% of his staff. Industry darling Zac Posen shuttered his business in 2019 after 18 years and receiving the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award and being named Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine. People falter and fail all the time in fashion. And to our knowledge, Pyer Moss is still in business (though it may be on hiatus).

Running a business is not easy. And as a creative who has turned her hobby into an enterprise, it has taken me decades to learn how to be a leader, budget, and get it right (and I’m still learning). While others are given grace to flub and fail, this article has basically called Jean-Raymond a failure before his story is over. It also references a “notable level of anger and resentment,” within the black fashion community towards Kerby that we at Fashion Bomb Daily do not share.

Commenter @NiaAlexandra_ from @theCut said it best, “Let’s not forget that we are not entitled to an artists work. We are not entitled to understand the cadence with which their work is shared with the world. “ @YungChelly also made a great point, “White entrepreneurs are free to fail, learn, raise more money or move on, sometimes all of the above without personally charged think pieces and people applauding someone’s downfall.  This is a systematic issue that the article failed to address. This harms current and future leaders and dreamers who although should not be free of criticism should be afforded the ability to fail, learn and grow especially in unprecedented times.”

What do you think?

Read the original article here.

*Kerby has deleted all posts from social media:


Stand by for updates.

- Claire
Oprah Celebrates Her Birthday and the 25th Anniversary of Anastasia Beverly Hills with Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian Wearing a $10,000 Brunello Cucinelli Sequin Brown Blazer

Oprah was spied at the 25th Anniversary of Anastasia Beverly Hills with Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian wearing a $10,000 Brunello Cucinelli Sequin Brown Blazer:

It seems the event was held on Oprah’s Birthday, which is January 29th. Happy Birthday, Lady O!

Tailored with a straight silhouette, this shimmering sequin jacket boasts a double-breasted style finished with peak lapels.

Love it? Get yours at Saks.com.
See more images from the dinner below:

- Claire
All the Blue Gowns from the Real Housewives of Potomac Season 7 Reunion:  Karen Huger in Chasity Sereal, Gizelle Bryant in Albina Dyla, Wendy Osefo in Rian Fernandez, and More!

The ladies of Potomac recently filmed their reunion!

Look no further for the details on their blue ensembles! Take a look:

Karen Huger posed in a custom made  Chasity Sereal dress ( the @projectrunwaybravo alum also made her #rhopreunion dress last year) paired with her own jewelry and Good American shoes. Makeup by @beatfacehoney. Hair by @thehairdoc.

Gizelle Bryant wore an Albina Dyla dress, House of Emmanuel jewelry, and Giuseppe Zanottishoes to the #RHOP Reunion. Makeup by Carli Styles, hair by @kalixtob

Candiace Dillard wore a Karen Sabag gown, @newyorkvintageinc jewelry, and Saint Laurent shoes to the #RHOP Reunion, styled by @brianadrian._. Hair by @stephdahairqueen and makeup by @k.dempster.

Robyn Dixon wore an Albina Dyla gown, @nicolerosejewelry jewels, and Aquazzura shoes to the #RHOP Reunion. Glam by @shirleyghautehair and @beautynthebrowpmu. Hot! Or Hmm..? 

Wendy Osefo wore a @rianfernandez888 dress, @richdnabrand and @cartier jewelry, and @aquazzuraheels to the #RHOP Reunion, styled by @swelch_04. Hair by @dallasdyvitoi , makeup by @already_perfect, and nails by @naildesignsbynancy. Thoughts? 

Mia Thornton wore a Brides by nona gown, @glamduchess jewelry, and @goodamerican heels to the #RHOP Reunion. Glam by @jadajenkinsco and @lolotaughtu. Thoughts?

Charisse Jackson Jordan wore a $3,350 @balmain blue glittered ruched dress paired with @earringenvyearrings and @dolcegabbana heels to the #RHOPreunion, styled by @tiffanynbarringer. Makeup by @daryalathammua ; hair by @therealjanelsmith using @iloveindique . 

Ashley Darby wore a sparkly gown paired with #Aquazzura shoes to the #RHOP, makeup by @makeup_machine and hair by @encore_by_corey

Jacqueline Blake rounds out our #realhousewivesofpotomac#reunion looks, wearing a @signature.dresses gown, @stuartweitzman heels and @swarovski jewelry. Makeup by @hilary_bankz and hair by @detrix.hair.lab .

That does it! Who do you think was Best Dressed?

📸 Clifton Prescod

- Renee Bu
Style Details on Doja Cat’s Conceptual Couture Week Looks: From Her Red Swarovski-Covered Schiaparelli to her False Lash Moustache At Viktor & Rolf

Fashionably speaking, Doja Cat is as stylish as she is lyrically talented. The Planet Her femcee is known to shut down red carpets and the front row of fashion week just as much as she is known for making the cow noise go viral.

This Paris Couture Week, Doja started strong with the Swarovski crystal-covered look she dawned at Daniel Roseberry’s Schiaparelli and kept the momentum going with even more major style moments. Show after the show, she arrived in ensembles that made you think, feel or laugh out loud (in the best way). Below is a look at what she wore and where. Get into it (yuh).

Schiaparelli Photo: Getty

For Spring 2023, Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry looked to Dante’s Inferno for inspiration. While wolf and lion heads strutted down the runway, Doja Cat sat front row in a crimson monochromatic look composed of a draping scarf, straight neck corset and a beaded knit skirt. The highlight, however, was the 30,000 red Swarovski crystals that covered every inch of her exposed skin including her head, neck, chest and arms.

Viktor & Rolf Photo: Getty Photo: Getty

After Doja caught criticism for her lash-less Schiaparelli look, she pulled up to the Viktor & Rolf show in a brown pinstripe suit and false lash facial hair. It was the perfect response to the unnecessary hate and complemented the look in a way that is both fashion and fun.

Valentino

For the Valentino show, Doja dawned a black-on-black look. Swapping her au natural low-cut for brunette micro bangs with long wavy tresses, she was giving goth glam. A lapeled cape coat —accented with an oversize rosette— covered a black sequin bra top which she and her stylist Brett Alan Nelson paired with short shorts and sheer tights. She accessorized with the popular 7-inch Valentino Disco pumps, black opera gloves, and a silver crucifix necklace.

Jean Paul Gaultier Photo: Getty

As we went further into couture week, Doja kept her commitment to fashion moments coming. At Jean Paul Gaultier, she arrived in a blue leather belted dress, sheer tights, Mary Jane platform pumps, black gloves, and a bunch of grapes. A girl’s gotta eat, and she did, in more ways than one.

- Claire
Kylie Jenner, Dojacat, Olivier Rousteing and More attend Schiaparelli’s Dante’s Inferno Themed Haute Couture Spring 2023 Show

The Schiaparelli Haute Couture show bowed today in Paris, with a “Dante’s Inferno’ themed collection. Models Irina Shayk, Shalom Harlow, and Naomi Campbell sauntered down the runway in pieces decorated with large foam lion, leopard, and wolf heads. The foray already has animal activists in a tizzy.

Almost as intriguing as the pieces were the guests, some who came wearing looks fresh off the runway.

Kylie Jenner was one of the first to arrive in a gown decorated with a large lion head:

Dojacat also made quite an entrance in a red Schiaparelli dress, with makeup expertly applied by Pat McGrath.

Paris, FRANCE – Doja Cat and more attend the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. Pictured: Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fashopn Show BACKGRID USA 23 JANUARY 2023 BYLINE MUST READ: Best Image / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing stopped by in an all black Schiaparelli look.

Paris, FRANCE – Doja Cat and more attend the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. Pictured: Olivier Rousteing BACKGRID USA 23 JANUARY 2023 BYLINE MUST READ: Best Image / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

Black was a popular choice for the day, as spied by Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn, who sported a noir Schiaparelli ensemble.

Credit: Backgrid

Chiarra Ferragni showed off her stems in sheer tights.

Paris, FRANCE – Kylie Jenner is quite the trendsetter as she dons a black dress with a stuffed Lion head on it while leaving the Schiaperelli fashion show in Paris, France. Pictured: “Schiaparelli” fashion show BACKGRID USA 23 JANUARY 2023 BYLINE MUST READ: Best Image / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

Editor Anna Dello Russo posed with a friend in a gold decorated Schiaparelli look.

Paris, FRANCE – Doja Cat and more attend the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. Pictured: Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fashopn Show BACKGRID USA 23 JANUARY 2023 BYLINE MUST READ: Best Image / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

And lastly, shoe designer Amina Muaddi wore a blue velvet dress and shoes of her design.

Paris, FRANCE – Doja Cat and more attend the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. Pictured: Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fashopn Show BACKGRID USA 23 JANUARY 2023 BYLINE MUST READ: Best Image / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients – Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*

What do you think of the runway and the street style looks?

Images: Backgrid/Kylie Jenner’s Instagram

- Renee Bu
Style Details From Beyoncé’s Private Performance at Atlantis The Royal: Including Chlöe in Tony Ward, Kendall Jenner in Schiaparelli, Sabrina Elba in Saint Laurent and More

Over the weekend, Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal hotel held a grand reveal event. An affair so lush, lavish, and extravagant that they paid $24 million to have Beyoncé headline the private event. While we wait in longing for the Renaissance tour, Bey has already performed some of the songs. We can only pray to one day be so blessed.

The event gathered A-listers from all over the globe —because, duh, it’s Beyoncé— who stepped out in style to watch the queen perform. See all our favorite looks below.

Chlöe in Tony Ward Photo: Getty Sabrina Elba in Saint Laurent Photo: Getty Halle Bailey in Nicolas Jebran Photo: Getty Lesa Milan in Walone Fashion Group Photo: Getty Kendall Jenner in Schiaparelli Photo: Kendall Jenner Instagram Photo: Kendall Jenner Instagram Letitia Wright in Prada Photo: Getty Chanel Ayan in Michael Cinco Photo: Getty Farhana Bodi in Ali Karoui Photo: Getty

- Renee Bu
Beyoncé Wore 4 Colorful Looks During Her Private Performance at Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal: Including a Gold Dolce & Gabbana, a Yellow Atelier Zuhra, a Red Nicolas Jebran and More

While we commoners have not yet received any news on a Renaissance tour, Beyoncé held her first live set, since the release of the album, at the grand reveal of Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal hotel. The private event hosted A-listers from the east and west who witnessed an over-the-top spectacle with dancers from the Lebanese dance troupe, the Mayyas, extraordinary set design, and even a surprise duet with Blue Ivy.

Everyone knows Yoncé likes to go big in all aspects of her performances, and fashion is no exception. For her performance looks, she worked with her long-time stylist Kj Moody and a series of Dubai region designers for a set of colorful custom designs. See all that she wore below.

Red Carpet: Dolce & Gabbana Photo: Getty

Beyoncé pulled up the party in a gilded gown by Dolce & Gabbana. A shimmering puffy shoulder gold robe accented a sequin keyhole gown with dual thigh high slits.

First Look: Custom Atelier Zuhra Photo: Getty

Beyoncé opened the show in custom design by Dubai’s Atelier Zuhra. The canary yellow corset column gown features dual thigh-high slits, exposed boning and a lavish ostrich feather back piece that framed the entire look.

Second Look: Custom Nicolas Jebran Photo: Getty Photo: Getty Photo: Getty

For her second look, the icon stepped into a radiant red princess skirt over a corset catsuit by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran. The bust and corset feature gold sequin embellishment that complement the gold detail on her gloves. She finished the look with a sun-like metal headpiece.

Third Look: Frolov Photo: Getty Photo: Getty

Barbiecore may be slowly phasing out, but that didn’t stop Bey from wearing this pink-on-pink custom creation. Silver and gold sparkled as accents on her Valentino pink corset mini dress, tights, and sheer gloves.



- Christine Andrew
My Annual Holiday Gift Guides For Every One On Your List

Our 2022 gift guides! I always love the challenge of trying to find the perfect gift, so I love looking for ideas for everyone. The season really is about spending time with your loved ones, so my goal with these gift guides is to spend less time at the mall, and more time with the people that matter the most. So to make it as easy as possible. The links are also listed below. Hope this sparks some ideas or gives you guys some inspo!

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GIFTS FOR YOUR BESTIE:

1. FAUX FUR WOVEN CLUTCH

2. SALTAIR BODY WASH (UNDER $15)

3. RECYCLED BLEND SCARF BLANKET

4. ULTIMATE TRAVEL SET

5. KINDLE PAPERWHITE

6. GOLD HOOP EARRINGS SET (UNDER $20)

7. UGG FLUFF YEAH SLIDES

8. FAUX SHEARLING MITTENSPin ItGIFTS FOR HER:

1. MARC JACOBS THE TEDDY MEDIUM TOTE BAG

2. 18K GOLD PLATED TITANIUM STEEL RING (UNDER $15)

3. VARLEY MENTONE HALF ZIP SWEATSHIRT

4. VEJA CAMPO SNEAKERS

5. SKIMS RIB PAJAMAS

6. APPLE AIRPODS MAX

7. WALKING PAD UNDER DESK TREADMILL

8. SAM EDELMAN BRIT JEWEL MULE

Pin ItGIFTS FOR HIM:

1. KODAK MINI POCKET PROJECTOR

2. HEATWAVE 2-PERSON SAUNA

3. YVES SAINT LAURENT L’HOMME

4. FEAR OF GOD ESSENTIALS COTTON BLEND CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT

5. NIKE MEN’S CLUB ZIP-UP LOGO HOODIE

6. NITRO COLD BREW COFFEE MAKER

7. NIKE AIR PRESTO SNEAKER

8. SOLO STOVE BONFIRE PIT & STAND

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GIFTS FOR THE HOME

1. CARAWAY FOOD STORAGE SET

2. PERSONALIZED MONOGRAM DOORMAT

3. ACRYLIC BOOK HOLDER

4. REVOLUTION INSTAGLO R270 TOUCHSCREEN TOASTER

5. ON REPEAT BLANKET

6. TALL OPTIC WINE GLASS (UNDER $15)

7. ZADRO TWB TOWEL WARMER

8. POOL TABLE

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GIFTS FOR HER UNDER $100:

1. 14K GOLD PLATED 10-PIECE RING SET (UNDER $20)

2. 1 LB. WEIGHT BALA BANGLES

3. CASUAL PADDED FULL ZIP PUFFER JACKET

4. UNISEX BASEBALL CAP

5. PERFORMANCE JOGGERS

6. LUX UNFILTERED N44 CLEANSING HANDWASH

7. RETRO ROUND BLUE LIGHT GLASSES (UNDER $20)

8. WOMEN’S RINGER TEE

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CHRISTINE’S FAVORITES:

1. LIGHTNING PHONE CHARGER

2. WATER-RESISTANT SHERPA LINED PUFFER VEST

3. SKIN CEUTICALS C E FERULIC

4. HANES SWEATSHIRT

5. ORIGINAL CASPER PILLOW

6. COSRX SNAIL MUCIN SHEET MASK

7. PACKABLE QUILTED 700 FILL POWER DOWN JACKET

8. EIGHT-PIECE SET OF DRINKING GLASSES WITH BAMBOO LID

9. UGG TASMAN SLIPPERS

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GIFTS FOR KIDS (BOY & GIRL)

1. INSECT LORE BUTTERFLY GROWING KIT

2. NEE-DOH SCHYLLING SWIRL GROOVY GLOB

3. HYODREAM 3D MOON LAMP KIDS NIGHT LIGHT (UNDER $25)

4. RAZOR CRAZY CART

5. INFLATABLE FORT

6. CREATIVE KIDS DIY MAGIC BOUNCY BALLS (UNDER $20)

7. CRYSTAL GROWING KIT

8. RAZOR SONIC GLOW ELECTRIC SCOOTER

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TRENDING GIFTS:

1. SHOWER SCRUBBER

2. STANLEY CUP

3. ULTRA MINI UGGS

4. NEW BALANCE SNEAKERS (UNDER $100)

5. LULULEMON BELT BAG

6. PURA X STUDIO MCGEE SMART DIFFUSER SET

7. LEATHER CROSSBODY BANDOLIER

8. SKIMS LOUNGE LONG SLEEVE DRESS

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GIFTS FOR TEEN BOY:

1. GAP LOGO HOODIE

2. XBOX ELITE WIRELESS CONTROLLER

3. WATERPROOF PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

4. NIKE EVERYDAY TRAINING SOCKS (UNDER $15)

5. HUDSON SIGNET RING

6. AIRPODS

7. ***NEW LINK

8. TECH DECK BIG VERT WLL X-CONNECT

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GIFTS FOR TEEN GIRL:

1. JELLYFISH LAVA LAMP

2. SMARTPHONE PHOTO PRINTER

3. WOMEN’S LOUNGE SWEATPANTS

4. SMARTPHONE CAMERA MOUNT

5. BOBA MAKING KIT

6. HIGH TOP CONVERSE SNEAKERS

7. JOHN GALT FULL ZIP HOODIE

8. KEEPSMILE 100 FT LED STRIP LIGHTS

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GIFTS FOR MOTHER-IN-LAW:

1. RUFFLED MARBLE BOWL

2. ZIPLOC BAG ORGANIZER

3. COZY ROBE

4. CUSTOMIZABLE BRACELET

5. CORDLESS STICK VACUUM

6. QUILTED LEATHER CREDIT CARD HOLDER

7. LIGHT SALON BOOST LED MASK

8. PICKLEBALL SET

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GIFTS FOR TODDLERS:

1. CREATIVITY SENSORY KIT

2. KIDS HOODED ROBE

3. PLAY COUCH

4. NEW BALANCE SNEAKERS

5. WOODEN ART EASEL

6. ART SUPPLY NO SPILL PAINT CUPS

7. KIDS COFFEE MAKER

8. MINI DELUX LED SCOOTER

xx, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
21 Looks Styling All My Amazon Drop Pieces For Different Occasions

GUYS IT’S HERE!!! It has always been a dream of mine to do a line with Amazon and it’s here! It’s only live for ONE DAY and then the collection is gone forever. I’m linking all my pieces below along with some styling ideas and accessories – it would mean so much to me to have your support if there’s a piece you love! Let me know your favorite pieces from my Amazon Drop in comments below… I would love any feedback!

Without further ado… I present my Christine Andrew x Amazon The Drop collection!

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THE PLAID ROMANTIC DRESS (SIZE S)

TALL BROWN BOOTS (SIMILAR HERE)

BROWN PULLOVER (SIZE M)

BROWN BELT

CHAIN NECKLACE

GOLD HOOPS

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THE PLAID ROMANTIC DRESS (SIZE S)

BROWN BOOTS

WHITE CROSSBODY

SUNGLASSES

GOLD WATCH

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

CHAIN NECKLACE

GOLD HOOPS

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THE PLAID ROMANTIC DRESS (SIZE S)

WHITE BOOTS

WHITE CROSSBODY

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

GOLD HOOPS

THIN CHAIN NECKLACE

 

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THE JAVA ROMANTIC DRESS (SIZE S)

BROWN BAG

BROWN BOOTS

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

CHAIN NECKLACE

GOLD HOOPS

CODY’S TAN SUIT (SIZE M)

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THE JAVA ROMANTIC DRESS (SIZE S)

BOOTS

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LEATHER SKIRT (SIZE XS)

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SUNGLASSES

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

THIN CHAIN NECKLACE

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THE JAVA BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S) THE PLAID PRINTED MINI SKIRT (SIZE XS)

RIBBED PULLOVER (SIZE M)

REEBOKS

SUNGLASSES

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

HOOPS

 

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THE JAVA BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S)

GREY SWEATSHIRT (SIZE XL)

GREY JOGGERS (SIZE L)

WHITE BAG

HOOPS

NYC HAT

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THE JAVA BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S) THE PRALINE UTILITY TROUSER (SIZE S)

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SUNGLASSES

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

THIN CHAIN NECKLACE

CLEAR EMBELLISHED HEELS

 

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THE PRALINE UTILITY TROUSER (SIZE S)

WHITE TOP (SIZE S)

PUFFER COAT (SIZE S)

BOOTS

LARGE HOOPS 

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

THIN CHAIN NECKLACE

INITIAL NECKLACE

NYC HAT

 

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CLEAR EMBELLISHED HEELS

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THE WHISPER WHITE BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S)

BLACK MOCK NECK (SIZE S)

FAUX LEATHER PANTS

BLACK SUEDE BOOTIES

SUNGLASSES

HOOPS

BLACK BAG

 

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THE WHISPER WHITE BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S)

WHITE PULLOVER (SIZE M)

BLACK LEGGINGS (SIZE S)

SOCKS

NIKES

HOOPS

NYC HAT

BLACK BAG

 

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THE WHISPER WHITE BOYFRIEND BLAZER (SIZE S)

WHITE MOCK NECK TOP

CREAM WEDGE BOOTS

SEQUIN TIGHTS

SEQUIN BAG

EMBELLISHED TASSEL EARRINGS

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

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THE PRALINE MINI SKIRT (SIZE XS)

BLUE BUTTON UP: SIZE L or XL

TAN SANDALS

SUNGLASSES

CODY’S SUIT (SIZE M)

LOAFERS

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THE PRALINE MINI SKIRT (SIZE XS)

WHITE PULLOVER (SIZE M)

CHAIN NECKLACE

TALL BOOTS

GOLD HOOPS

INITIAL NECKLACE

NYC HAT

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THE PRALINE MINI SKIRT (SIZE XS)

CROPPED LEATHER JACKET (SIZE S)

BLACK BODYSUIT (SIZE S)

TIGHTS

BLACK BOOTS

SUNGLASSES

HOOPS

INITIAL NECKLACE

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

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BODYSUIT

DENIM

BROWN BOOTS

BROWN BAG

SUNGLASSES

HOOPS

TENNIS BRACELET

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THE JAVA CROPPED BLAZER (SIZE S) THE PRALINE UTILITY TROUSER (SIZE S)

BROWN BRALETTE (SIZE S)

WHITE BAG

CLEAR SANDALS

SUNGLASSES

‘C’ NECKLACE

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

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TRENCH (SIZE L)

BROWN PULLOVER (SIZE M – if you want really oversized, S if you want a like a little oversized)

TALL BOOTS (SIMILAR HERE)

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HOOPS

INITIAL NECKLACE

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

BLUELIGHT GLASSES

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THE PLAID PRINTED MINI SKIRT (SIZE XS)

RIBBED PULLOVER (SIZE M)

REEBOKS 

GOLD RING SET

STACKING RING

SIGNET RING

HOOPS

WHITE BAG

STANLEY CUP

 

Thank you guys all so much for your support with my Amazon Drop! I truly wouldn’t be able to do this without you guys. Thanks for coming on this crazy journey with me!

XX, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
Launching a NEW collection this Week!

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BROWN KNIT SWEATER  (WEARING SIZE M)
BROWN KNIT SWEATS (WEARING SIZE S)
SLIPPERS
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Guys I’m so excited to share I’m designing a collection with Amazon! You guys know how much I love hunting for good amazon finds, it was so fun getting to work with them to design my own collection. It will only be live for 30 hours so make sure to sign up for SMS notifications here so don’t miss the chance to shop it.

It’s been a minute since I’ve gotten to do some designing! Those of you guys who have been following for a long time probably remember my clothing line, ILY Couture. I actually started ILY before I even started my blog. It originally started after I made my own wedding hair piece and started selling them, then I made our viral ‘wifey’ tee, then when I was pregnant with Beckam it was the Preggers tee followed by all our Mom pieces. I really loved having my own line and being able to be creative and also basically source or create pieces that I wanted that I couldn’t find anywhere else.

As my blog and influencer platform took off, I felt torn in too many different directions – between ILY, the blog, and trying to be present with the kids and family, I felt like I was being spread too thin.

I realized I was more passionate about creating content and connecting with my community. I’ve always believed in following your passions, and even though at the time Ily was a more stable job than being an influencer, I just loved the influencer side more. It was sad to see everything we had built come to an end but even years later I still feel like I made the right decision.

One of the things I miss the most with Ily is the creative side and the ability to basically design or create pieces that I can envision perfectly in my mind but can’t find anywhere else available to purchase.

So when Amazon reached out about an opportunity to do a Drop collection with them I was so excited! It was the perfect opportunity to scratch that itch and be able to design some new pieces that I felt were missing from my wardrobe. And the icing on the cake – I got to do a collection for fall!! My absolute favorite style season. I’m so excited about how the prints and pieces came together! I’ve shared a few sneak peeks on instagram here, here and here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! My drop with Amazon is THIS WEEK, November 2nd.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite pieces from the collection and a bunch of styling ideas, dressed up and down, leading up to the launch. It will only be live for 30 hours so make sure to sign up for SMS notifications here so don’t miss the chance to shop it.

Thank you guys who have been following along throughout my journey and to those who remember the ILY days. It means so much to me that you’re here. ❤️ Can’t wait to share this collection with you!

 

XX, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
Fall’s Best Trends Already On Sale For Amazon Prime Day

The Fall Amazon Prime Day event runs today and tomorrow and has so many great pieces to get you on track for fall, whether in fashion trends, beauty must-haves, home finds and more. I’ll be sharing it some of my favorites from the Prime Event on my IG and stories, plus styling ideas, but also wanted to start off sharing some of the pieces I already have and love that will be on major sale. A lot of these pieces sold out early last year so I would pull the trigger quick to make sure you get your size.

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TAN FAUX LEATHER JACKET – 37% OFF

Everyone probably has a shacket in their fall line up by now, but this faux leather shacket is on a whole new level. It’s such an easy way to bring a new texture into even the simplest look, like leggings or denim.  Wearing a size L here for an oversized fit.

BROWN SLIT LEGGINGS – 20% OFF

This creamy chocolate color is dominating my closet this season already and I’m not slowing down. It reads so expensive/high-end and makes your closet combinations endless since you can mix these brown and tan tones for infinite possibilities, whether mixing tones or going for a more monochromatic look. Wearing size XS in these leggings – also got the black.

TAN PUFFER VEST

This vest was one of my favorite pieces last year – it was sold out most of the season but it’s back and fully stocked right now and comes in 7 colors. I’m wearing size medium here and love the oversized fit.

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BLACK SLIT LEGGINGS  – 20% OFF

Here are the leggings again in black. Love them paired with high top converse!

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CAMEL SHERPA COAT – $60 OFF

This brand has gone viral the past two winters and now they have a bunch of their down coats up to 30% off right now for the Fall Amazon Prime Day Event. I got this coat in tan and black last year and love the soft sherpa detail! And how cute is this matching kids one? This is the other coat that went viral. They are amazing quality, super warm, and come in multiple colors. Must-have winter coat!

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ZIPLOC BAG ORGANIZER – 47% OFF

This was one of my favorite organization buys that still makes me smile every time I see it. Every time anyone from my family or a friend sees it they have asked out it – anyone who uses ziploc baggies will love it.

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CREAM KNIT PULLOVER – Love this knit sweater! Comes in 9 colors.

ZIPLOC DRAWER ORGANIZER – This would make a great housewarming or gift idea – once you get it you wonder how you ever lived without it. Such an easy way to get organized.

TAN BLAZER – Tis this season for blazers over pretty much everything! Love this tailored blazer look – comes in multiple colors and it’s super versatile.

WHITE SUITCASE – I am always on the hunt for a good suitcase – this one gets great reviews and comes in multiple colors and sizes.

ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM – If you aren’t double cleansing (with this cleansing balm!) what are you even doing. 🤪 But really, it makes such a difference! Definitely recommend trying if you haven’t yet.

GOLD FLOWER EARRINGS – These look so much more $$ than they actually are. Such a pretty statement earring for the holidays!

OLAPLEX – This cult hair brand is on sale too. Great excuse to try it out if you haven’t yet!

WHITE FAUX FUR BLANKET – Nothing like a cozy throw to embrace fall. Just as a cute mug in front of the fireplace and I’ll be set all season. This one is super soft and comes in multiple colors and sizes.

SHERPA/PUFFER COAT – This viral winter coat is worth the hype. Comes in tons of colors and has matching kids coats here.

GOLD HOOPS – My go-to gold hoops are on sale

TAN ANKLE BOOTS – This suede ankle boot will go with everything. Great fall shoe staple and it’s in sale ___

AIRPODS – I have the worst luck with my airpods, either losing them or breaking one of them, etc. So I don’t feel as guilty replacing them when they are in sale.

ELEMIS CLEANSER – This is one of my favorite cleansers. I also love their cleansing balms. Stocking up on this one.

LANIEGE LIP BALM – These are my favorite lip balm – buying one for me and multiple as stocking stuffers!

FAUX LEATHER BAG – Tons of great staple bags on sale for the Prime Event. Love the shape of this one.

TAN SLIPPERS – Why do I feel like I can never have enough slippers? I live in them around the house all year long and love sliding into a fresh, fluffy new pair.

RIBBED KNIT PANTS – These are the best fall loungewear sets and come in so many colors so you could really live in them all fall.

 

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OLAPLEX  (NO 4, NO 5, NO 8): I’ve been using these for years. My favorite shampoo and condition, hands down.

OLAPLEX TRAVEL KIT: I already added this one to my cart – it will cut my beauty travel bag in half haha.

HOT AIR BRUSHGHD CURLING IRONGHD STRAIGHTENER: Heat tools are one of those products you don’t want to go cheap on or you’re more likely to damage your hair. Love GHD products and these hot air brushes are AMAZING if you haven’t tried them yet!

LIVING PROOF TEXTURE SPRAY & DRY SHAMPOO: Texture spray is my #1 fave product when I’m trying to go full volume. Another great brand included in the Fall Amazon Prime Day Sale.

ANASTASIA BROW PENCIL: Another cult favorite on sale!

STILA EYELINER: For those bold winged liner looks this fall.

ELEMIS CLEANSERELEMIS ELIXIR & ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM: One of my long-time fave beauty brands – these are 3 of my favorite products by them.

VITAMIN C: Heard amazing things about this brand! Quality Vitamin C can get $$ so it’s a great time to save.

FACIAL CLEANSING DEVICE: Love this for a deep clean.

LANIEGE LIP BALM & LANIEGE LIP MASK: My favorite lip mask! Great stocking stuffer too.

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BLACK TRENCH – I’m predicting trenches will be the biggest fall layer trend this year and I’m so hear for it. This one comes in 4 pretty sizes. I would size up for a slightly oversized fit.

GHD CURLING IRON – If it’s time to trade in your old curling iron, this brand is amazing at hair tools.

BLACK ANKLE BOOT – Great staple boot and comes in 7 colors.

ORIBE SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER – Already added to cart. Been using these for years so I’m stocking up while they are on sale.

BLACK CROSSBODY BAG – Cute, versatile fall bag and a great price point.

BLACK BLAZER – Another fall staple – a tailored blazer.

HOT AIR BRUSH – Greatest hair tool invention – love the volume you can get with these!

BLACK SLIT LEGGINGS – Love the little slit detail to upgrade a simple black legging – they look 10x more expensive.

STILA EVELINER – For those bold winged liner looks this fall.

TOWEL SCRUNCHIES – I thought these were so cute. They are a towel material and a great way to get your hair out of your face while you’re getting ready.

BLACK HALF ZIP – I can’t get enough of half-zip pullovers this season. This one is a great price – I have it in white.

BLACK SLIPPERS – I’ll never get sick of slippers in the fall 🙂

LEATHER JACKET – This seasons leather jackets are either cropped or fully oversized – slight differences but love how it changes the whole vibe!

BEATS HEADPHONES – I love my airpods but I’m also so glad these full headphones are making a comeback. They are so comfortable!

AIRFRYER – My saving grace in the kitchen haha. Air fryers make cooking 10x easier and faster.

I’ll be sharing more of my sale faves and ways to style them on @christineandrew today so tune in for more Amazon Prime Day Picks!

XX, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
Amazon Prime Day 2022 Sale Picks

Its PRIME DAY! Amazon’s biggest sale of the year has started! There are such great deals going on the 12th and the 13th that you won’t wanna miss so I put together some of my top-selects of home, fashion, and other don’t wanna miss deals that I already have and some selects that I added to my cart this year. (I’ll be posting on my stories too so make sure to follow along so you don’t miss these amazing prices!)

Fashion Deals:

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THE DROP SQUARE CROPPED TANK (30% OFF)

TRUE & CO TRIANGLE CONVERTIBLE BRA (30% OFF)

RIBBED TAN DRESS (21% OFF)

LEVI 501 ORIGINAL SHORT – OF TWO MINDS MULTICOLOR SHORT (45% OFF)

LEVI’S RIBCAGE STRAIGHT ANKLE JEANS (40% OFF)

FRENCH TERRY SWEAT SHORT (15% OFF)

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DETAILS: THE DROP WHITE SQUARE CROPPED TANK – size S (30% OFF) |LEVI’S RIBCAGE STRAIGHT ANKLE JEANS – size 26 (40% OFF)|  WHITE LACE UP HEELS (under $50) | MINI WHITE BAG – (under $20) | GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE (20% off) | THE DROP WHITE DIANA BAG (under $50)

This cropped tank is the ultimate summer essential – it’s so comfy and flattering! I purchased the red tank for the 4th of July and ended up purchasing more colors because I loved it so much. Its 30% off right now for Prime Day for under $25! I’m wearing the size small in both.

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DETAILS: LEVI 501 ORIGINAL SHORT – OF TWO MINDS MULTICOLOR SHORT – size 25 (45% OFF) | GREY HANES SWEATSHIRT– size XL (31% OFF) | GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE (20% off) | INITIAL NECKLACE (20% off) | BROWN BUCKLE CLOUD SLIDES (under $25)

One of my favorite purchases from this summer has been these two-tone denim shorts, I get tons of compliments every time I wear them! They are 45% off right now which is such a steal! They come in regular and plus size (wearing the size 25 here.) Paired it with my go-to sweatshirt that is currently on sale for 31% off right now! I wear the XL for an oversized fit and share with Cody.

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DETAILS: RIBBED TAN DRESS – size S (21% OFF) | TRANSPARENT HEELS (under $50) | MARC JACOBS SMALL TRAVELER TOTE BAG | BLUE LIGHT GLASSES (under $20) | SAM EDELMAN JELLY SANDALS (under $100)

Such a cute staple summer dress! I’m obsessed with the ribbed material and it’s SO comfortable. Showed it dress up and dressed down above. I paired it with these transparent heels (under $50) for a more dressed up look. Wearing the size small and comes in tons of colors!

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DETAILS: LEVI’S RIBCAGE STRAIGHT ANKLE JEANS – size 26 (40% OFF) | BROWN RIBBED TANK – size S (under $20) | SQUARE TOE NUDE HEELS (under $50) | INITIAL NECKLACE (20% off) | | BLACK SADDLE BAG (under $50) | SUNGLASSES (under $20)

I bought these straight ankle jeans on last year’s Prime Day sale and this year they are on sale again for 40% off! They are such a classic fit and slightly darker wash that works for summer and fall.

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DETAILS: PINK FRENCH TERRY SWEAT SHORT – size S (15% OFF) | WHITE TUBE TOP – size M (3 pack – under $30) | FILA RAY TRACER SNEAKERS (under $100) | SMILEY FACE CHOKER (under $15) | GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE (20% off) | OVERSIZED UNISEX SUNGLASSES (under $20) | GOLD HOOP EARRINGS (under $15) |

Thought these sweatshorts were so cute from the Prime Day deals! Ordered them in tan and pink (size small.) There is also a matching French Terry hoodie if you want to order it as a set. Paired them with this white tube top that comes in a set of 3 for under $30.

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DETAILS: LEVI 501 ORIGINAL SHORTS – size 26 (40% OFF) | OVERSIZED WHITE SWEATER – size XL (20% off) | MESH BEACH TOTE BAG (under $20) | GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE (20% off) | INITIAL NECKLACE (20% off)

My go-to summer short each year are these Levi 501 shorts in the wash (sansome straggler-waterless.) I wear the size 26 but also have them in a size 25 if I want a slightly tighter fit. Mara also loves these Levi shorts so we love to twin 🙂 This pullover is also included on Prime Day – it’s 20% off and comes in multiple colors. I get XL for a super oversized fit – great lookalike for the FP pullover.

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TRUE & CO TRIANGLE CONVERTIBLE BRA – size M 30% OFF)

This True & Co bra has been a favorite of mine for years! It’s easily one of my most-worn everyday bras. For prime day they are giving 30% off – such a good time to stock up! It comes in neutrals and other colors to choose from. I wear the size medium.

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OVERSIZED UNISEX SUNGLASSES (under $20)

I’ve had these oversized unisex sunnies for two summers in a row now and love them! They are currently 36% off for Prime Day. So cute!

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DETAILS: CORE 10 FRONT KNOT YOGA TIE – size S (15% OFF) |  LEVI 501 ORIGINAL SHORT – OF TWO MINDS MULTICOLOR SHORT – size 25 (45% OFF)

This front knot white crop tank is so cute for summer, I wear mine with activewear and as an everyday basic tank. It’s currently on prime day deals for 15% off! I wear the size small and it comes in tons of colors.

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GOODTHREADS MEN’S FLORAL POPLIN SHIRT – size L (30% OFF)

This was one of Cody’s most-worn shirts from last summer that he’s been wearing this summer as well, I was so excited when I saw it on this year’s Prime Day sale again! It’s 30% off and comes in other colors and prints too. Cody wears the size large.

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PINK LINEN BUTTON-UP COVERUP (20% OFF) | OVERSIZED UNISEX SUNGLASSES (under $20)

Love this linen button-up as a beach or pool cover up! Super lightweight and comes in lots of colors. I sized up to an XL for an extra oversized fit.

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SUNGLASSES (46% OFF)

These Celine lookalikes are 46% off today! Love the shape of these frames – super flattering on.

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CROPPED WORKOUT TOP (20% OFF) – WEARING SIZE M

This cropped tee is one of my favorites for the gym! It’s super stretchy and breathable and I love the fit. Comes in 5 colors and its 20% off today.

 

 

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STRUCTURED HOBO TOTE (20% OFF)

I just got this bag and haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet but it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the structured lines balanced with the curves of the hobo tote and it’s under $100 – I would never have guessed. Great size and comes in 4 different colors.

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MESH BEACH TOTE (21% OFF)

My favorite beach tote is 21% off right now – comes in tons of different colors too!

Home Deals:

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DRAWER ORGANIZER (42% OFF)

The little things always make the biggest difference – I can’t believe how excited I was for this drawer organizer! Once you start using it, you’ll never go back. Major sale today over 42% off!

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PINK CHECKERED THROW (25%)

I was shocked to see this throw included in the Prime Day sale but super excited! It’s crazy soft and cozy – I’ve packed this on all the vacations I’ve gone on since I got it. Does anyone else travel with a cozy throw blanket? This would also make a great gift!

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PEBBLE ICE MACHINE (26% OFF)

We just this pebble ice machine last year for the office space reno and loved it so much we got another one for our home. It’s such a game changer and currently 26% off right now for Prime Day!

 

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AIR FRYER (15% OFF)

Can’t recommend the Cosori air fryer enough! There’s so many uses for it from meats to veggies – we use ours daily. There’s also a bigger air fryer included in Prime Day here that’s 20% off and gets great reviews.

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CREAM CAST IRON PAN (31% OFF)

Saw this cream cast iron pan on the Prime Day sale and thought it was so pretty! It’s currently 31% off for under $40.

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SODA CAN GLASSWARE SET OF 4 (36% OFF)

Obsessed with this soda can shaped glassware! Comes in a set of 4 and is currently on sale for prime day. I use mine for iced coffee and smoothies. 

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MIXING BOWL SET WITH LIDS & ATTACHMENTS (20% OFF)

This mixing bowl set is a dream come true for all my organization goals haha. They have no-slip bottoms and lids, all stack in each other, and come with cute attachment tops with grates, slicers, etc – plus matching utensils! Comes in a few colors but love this neutral set.

Don’t Wanna Miss Deals:

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FURBO 360° DOG CAMERA (30% OFF)

The Furbo is probably Mio’s favorite Amazon buy ever haha. It’s so convenient to be able to keep an eye on him and feed him treats while we are gone. It rotates 360°, let’s you toss treats, has two way audio, and also bark alert.

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APPLE AIRPODS (43% OFF)

Such a great deal to take advantage of! I’m always misplacing mine so I’ll definitely be snagging some while they are almost half-off! 

 

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LANEIGE LIP SLEEPING MASK (30% OFF)

One of my favorite beauty products is this Laneige lip sleeping mask and its currently 30% off for Prime Day. Definitely going to be stocking up!

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ECHO DOT SPEAKER (27 % OFF)

Another new home item we got from the sale was this Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa. You can ask Alexa to do anything from play music, add things your grocery list, home control like dimming lights and adjusting the thermostat.

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What are your favorite deals on Amazon Prime Day? Let me know in the comments below!

xx, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
5 Hacks for Pulling Off The Ultimate 4th Of July Party

4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. We go up to my family’s cabin at the lake in Montana every year with my extended family and we’ve made years of memories spending time together, so it’s always been a magical holiday just knowing it will be family time together, keeping up years-long traditions and making new ones. Every year we do a tea party and charcuterie board, this year I wanted to attempt one before we left for Montana with some of our friends and family here- it’s been on my bucket list to do a counter charcuterie board  (savory and sweet!), so we went all out with festive drinks, and a s’mores bar.

Here are some of the best hacks I found for pulling off the ultimate 4th of July party. Don’t feel like you need to incorporate all of them! Even just adding 1 or 2 will add a fun, festive touch to your holiday weekend.

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DETAILS: RED CROPPED TANK (under $30 – S) | DENIM (under $40 – size 25) | STAR BOWLS

Hack #1: Color-Coordinated Cuisine

To create a festive spread, I knew I wanted to stick to a red-white-and-blue color-scheme for all the snacks. It made it so much easier to make everything flow together and stick to the festive 4th of July theme. I went to Sam’s Club and knew the fruit would be easy with all the red and blue berries, but I was surprised at how many other red/white/blue snacks and candies they had for the upcoming holiday – especially when it comes to the ‘sweets’ spread which I’ll share later. 😉

 

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Hack #2: It’s All In The Details

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I’m always a sucker for the details at any event I attend, so I knew I wanted to include some cute, festive details wherever I could. Try using mini cookie-cutters to spell out words in watermelon or cheese. We also used the star cookie cutters from this set for the cheese and sprinkled them throughout the 4th of July charcuterie. I had a local company from Utah help me and they made the most beautiful salami roses! My aunt actually tried to teach me a couple years ago at the lake, just use the rim of a glass and stagger them while layering them around the rim to get that perfect round shape.

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Hack #3: Sparklers, But Sweet

We made some fruit sparklers for the kids out of watermelon stars and blueberries for some healthy treat options. They look so cute on their own but we also added to the red-white-and-blue drinks we made for an added festive touch.

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Hack #4: Let the Festivities Flow

DETAILS: GLASSES

Whether kid-friendly or adult beverages, drinks are a great excuse to go big for the holiday. We set up a drink table for the kids where they got to assemble their own drinks. I set out red, white, and blue Gatorade and Sprite for the base and then set out Kool-aid ice cubes, cotton candy, popsicles, licorice straws, and fresh fruits so they could get creative.

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My kids would eat candy all day every day if I let them so they were in heaven when they saw this full candy spread AND the decadent s’mores bar. I’m glad my affinity for going over the top with these sort of things won me some points. 😉 They kept saying it was the best 4thof July spread ever. 😂 We did a candy charcuterie board with all the red, white, and blue finds from Sam’s Club and was so simple to put together. We also did a s’mores bar for our new fire pit area and did a mix of different chocolates – milk chocolate, cookies and cream, Reese’s, Andes mints, and more. The dessert boards were such a cute addition and were super popular with the whole fam!

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Let me know if you guys have any hacks or hosting tips you love for 4th of July!

Also this red top, I’m obsessed with the square neckline on it! It comes in lots of colors and its under $30!

Also shout out to Beck & Noelle Board Co., if your in utah and want a big charcuterie board, or want to learn how to they can help you set up or do the whole thing for you. I love learning and being a part of the process but they do both!

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You can also see past holiday charcuterie boards I’ve done here.

xx, Christine

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas At Every Price Point

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Summer nights with the boys – we went out biking and skateboarding the other night and let the kids stay up late. June is flying by and I’m like oh man Father’s Day is JUST around the corner.

I found some Father’s Day gifts while I was trying to brainstorm gift ideas for Cody so I put together some of my favorites from Amazon, some of my favorite splurge-worthy gift ideas, and also asked Cody what’s on his Father’s Day wishlist this year – there are options at all price points so you can find something that works for your or your kids budget and things that he’ll use and be excited for.

Let me know if you guys have any ideas this year for Father’s Day you’re excited about! The more inspo the better, right? 🥰

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NIKE LOGO SHORTS
BASKETBALL SNEAKERS
UNLIMITED POPCORN REFILL BUCKET (under $25)
NIKE DUNKS
ENGRAVED BRACELET
ENGRAVED DOG TAG NECKLACE

First on Cody’s Father’s Day wishlist this year was a new pair of basketball shoes since he gets so much use out of them. He prefers the lower sneakers so he liked these Lebron 19 Low shoes – love the bright orange color but they also come in black. I also loved this pair if your S/O or dad likes a higher sneaker. Cody wears this Scott Bros bracelet every single day – he wanted something engraved with the kids initials and had this tie bracelet already so I wanted to get him something a little different and ended up finding this engraved dogtag chain necklace. Super minimalist and easy to wear with everything so I think it will end up being another piece he wears daily. Cody also wanted this endless movie theater popcorn bucket with free refills (under $25) at his favorite theatre since we love going to the movies. This is such a simple and cute gift idea that any dad will appreciate! Lastly, Cody wanted some Nike Dunks because he loves matching the kids with theirs 🙂 and since he lives in Nike shorts, he also dropped a hint for a new pair. 😏

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RAY BANS SUNGLASSES
ASH COLORED SWEATSHIRT (under $15)
POWER WASHER (on sale – 25+% off)
PICTURE FRAME (under $40)
CLOUD SLIDES (under $25)
ELECTRIC SHAVER
COLLAPSABLE LADDER
DOLCE & GABANNA COLOGNE (on sale 45% off)
BUTTON UP SHIRT (under $20)

I wanted to put together an Amazon gift guide with some of Cody’s tried and true favorites from previous years as well as some affordable gift ideas that will work for any budget. This collapsable ladder  has tons of high reviews and is more convenient to store than a regular ladder. Also this power washer (currently on sale for 27% off) which Cody has used a ton since he got it. I know we hit on this with Mother’s Day and talking about getting luxury appliances or household items haha so I cleared it with Cody and he agreed he would’ve loved to get either for Father’s Day gifts. For affordable dad-approved gifts these cloud slides (under $25) are a great option! Cody loves his just as much as I love mine and we both wear them a ton. Also you can’t go wrong with this sweatshirt – It comes in a bunch of colors. We both wear the XL in ash grey and share it) – it’s SO comfy and under $15!

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PIZZA OVEN
RETRO KEYBOARD
FLOATING GOLF TURF
ESSENTIALS SWEATSHIRT (under $100)
SUNGLASSES
TOM FORD COLOGNE
PICKLEBALL SET (under $100)
NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES
BLENDER & HYDRATION SET
HAND HELD MASSAGE GUN

I picked out some splurge-worthy Father’s Day gift ideas too. I loved the idea of a pizza oven for the backyard – would be such a fun activity for the kids to do with Cody. I am also obsessed with the idea of this floating golf turf! We don’t really golf but I feel like all of my friends husbands do, and even though we don’t really know what we’re doing I could see us having hours of fun getting competitive with this at the pool or lake. Since Cody likes to workout everyday, I thought these items like the handheld massage gun for muscle soreness and this blender & hydration set are perfect since he always makes a protein shake right after. Also, these sunglasses and this Essentials brand sweatshirt (under $100) make such nice gifts as well!

Sharing a few more Father’s Day Gift Ideas at every price point below – feel free to add more ideas in the comments!

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XX, Christine

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May’s Most-Loved / Bestsellers

Happy Monday! Summer is officially here with the kids out of school now and all the warm days we’ve been having. I’ve been pulling out some of my favorite pieces from last summer and also found a few new ones I’m loving for the season, so I wanted to share some of my most-loved and also some of you guys’ most loved that are were the best sellers. Here is a roundup of May’s top 10:

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| JELLY SANDALS (under $100) |
| OVERSIZED SUNNIES (under $15) |
| FLORAL BIKINI (under $25) |
| SCOTCHGUARD SPRAY (under $15) |
| MESH TOTE BAG (on sale – under $15) |
| MARBLE CHAIN DECOR (under $60) |
| WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT (under $25) |
| CLOUD SLIDE (under $25) |
| DAD DENIM SHORTS (under $50) |
| TODDLER SMILEY FACE SANDALS (under $25) |

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These Amazon cloud slides are easily one of my most-loved and most worn sandals during the summer. The brand linked above is my favorite listing for these sandals – I’ve tried other brands before and haven’t loved the quality and color as much. These sandals are under $25 and come in tons of colors!

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2. FLORAL BIKINI (under $25 – M )

I’m loving this cute neon floral bikini from Amazon (under $25), I ordered the medium and the top is easily adjustable with the tie back. They also have a high-waisted version of the print here

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 3. OVERSIZED SUNNIES (under $15)

A most-loved item each summer are these Amazon sunnies are an amazing designer lookalike and are under $15! The oversized fit is so cute and the quality of them is great. They come in other colors and prints too.

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4. JELLY SANDALS (under $100)

I found these jelly sandals for our most recent Florida trip – I got the color rose dust and they run true to size. They also come in other cute colors and are perfect for the pool and beach this summer as well as everyday sandals.

 

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I can easily understand why this white button down shirt is one of May’s most-loved pieces…it’s such a summer staple! I have this one (under $25) and wearing the size XL. It’s one of my go-to coverups when I go to the pool or the beach when we are on vacation. It fits Cody too so it’s one of those pieces that do double duty – especially great when we’re traveling.

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6. MESH TOTE BAG (on sale – under $15)

Another vacation and summer staple is this mesh tote beach bag from amazon. It comes in tons of colors and is currently on sale right now for under $15!

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I’m loving the longer “dad” fit shorts right now which is slightly oversized and high-waisted. So cute with crop tops or even swimsuits as a coverup. This pair is under $50 and comes in multiple washes.

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Lovee this decorative marble chain I found on amazon for under $60! I’m so impressed with the quality of it and there’s tons of ways you can style these. I styled it on top of some of our coffee table books on our entryway table.

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9. SCOTCHGUARD SPRAY (under $15)

 

My first job when I was 15 was at Lady Foot Locker I learned this hack and kept it up ever since. I always spray my new shoes now, especially with lighter colors or new sandals, etc. Total game changer! There are so many other uses for this Scotchguard Protective Spray too – I also use it on my couches to keep them cleaner for longer.

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10. TODDLER SMILEY FACE SANDALS (under $25)

Found these cute smiley face sandals for Ollie to wear this summer. They come in tons of colors (I got the black and yellow for him.) They are under $25!

 

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What I Wore: Everything I Packed For Florida

Hi guys! We just got back from our family trip to Florida – it was so nice to spend time with our family and the kids. We spent a week there and I wanted to show you guys all the outfits I packed for the beach and dinners, etc.

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DETAILS: PINK BUTTON UP (under $30 – XL) | DENIM SHORTS (under $30 – S) | PRADA SUNGLASSES | THE TOTE BAG | STUART WEITZMAN PEARL SLIDES

I’m all about bright colors right now and I recently found this oversized pink button down shirt on Amazon for under $30 (size XL.) I love the fit and It can be worn alone over swimsuits or like I styled it here with these longer length denim shorts (size S.) Also recently got this mesh Marc Jacobs tote bag, I love the bright color for summer!

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DETAILS: MESH CORSET TOP (under $50- size (2-4)) | DENIM SHORTS (under $30 – S |  STUART WEITZMAN PEARL SLIDES | WHITE MINI BAG (under $20)

I’m obsessed with this sheer sleeve corset top (I have it in blue and white!) I packed the bright blue for our trip to go with these denim shorts – I’m super into the longer “dad” fit shorts right now and this pair is under $30 and comes in multiple washes. I’ve had these Stuart Weitzman pearl slides for 3 summers now and they are still my most-worn sandal! They pair well with so many looks and come in other colors as well. I found this similar and more affordable pair for under $15 here.

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DETAILS: OVERSIZED GRAPHIC TEE (sold out- size XL) | OVERSIZED DENIM SHORTS (under $100 – size 26) | PRADA SUNGLASSES  | DIOR PLATFORM SANDALS

An oversized colorful tee is my go-to on vacations to wear over swimsuits or pair with shorts for a casual look! The one I’m wearing is now sold out 🙁 but I linked some cute similar oversized tees here and here.

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DETAILS: DIOR BUCKET HAT | WHITE SUNDRESS (under $25 – one size) | MESH TOTE BAG (under $20) | DIOR PLATFORM SANDALS

Found this cute white sundress (under $25) to wear to the pool and the beach. It’s definitely more sheer so I found it best to wear over swimsuits. This mesh tote bag is the best beach bag – it’s big enough to fit all our stuff for the day and is under $20! It comes in tons of other colors as well and has become a staple to pack when we go on vacation.

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DETAILS: PINK BUTTON UP (under $30 – XL) | NEON FLORAL BIKINI (under $25- M)| MESH TOTE BAG (under $20) | GREEN SHORTS (under $50 – S) | PRADA SUNGLASSES  | DIOR PLATFORM SANDALS

Packed this cute neon floral bikini from Amazon (under $25), I ordered the medium and the top is easily adjustable with the tie back. They also have a high-waisted version of the print here. These green shorts are from Abercrombie and under $50! They actually have a matching button down shirt for a set but I wanted to mix and match them with the bright pink one I have.

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DETAILS: TEAL CROP TOP (S) | TEAL SKIRT (S) | STUART WEITZMAN PEARL SLIDES

I wanted a couple fancier items for dinners out and to take some pictures by the beach – I love how bright this teal 2 piece skirt and crop top set is and I kept the rest of the look simple with pearl slides and this micro Chanel purse.

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DETAILS: LONG SLEEVE SUNDRESS (S) | PRADA SUNGLASSES | TRANSPARENT HEELS

I also got this long summer dress for the trip – I’m super into the mixed floral prints and there’s a slight shimmer to the dress thats so pretty when it hits the light. I went simple with the accessories for this one with these transparent heels and this nude YSL micro bag.

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DETAILS: ONE SHOULDER DRESS (S) | BLUE VEGAN CHECKERED BAG |STUART WEITZMAN PEARL SLIDES

This dress is one of my favorite brands Hemant and Nandita – I love the one-shoulder neckline and floral print. You can easily dress it up or down with heels or sandals. I paired it with this Simon Miller vegan scrunch bag which is now sold out but I linked the same color and pattern in a different style here.

Here’s some of the pieces linked below! Let me know if you guys have any questions about any of these pieces:

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- Christine Andrew
What I Wore: Weekly Round Up

Happy Monday guys!! I’ve been wanting to get back into the swing of posting my daily looks here so I decided to start posting a weekly recap roundup of my outfits from the week before. If you want links a little faster, I always try to add to my LTK so you can shop directly there, but I’ll also be compiling them here along with sizing info, what I love about it, and any other info to try to answer questions you guys might have. Last week was a fun mix of loungewear and getting dressed up so it’s a true mix of some of my favorite pieces recently, from mini skirts to sweats. 💕

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GREEN SWEATER – WEARING SIZE XL

This is an amazing dupe for the Free People sweaters – I have it in a few colors and it’s become one of my favorites for lounging around the house, packing on beach trips for an extra layer for chilly nights, or just layering throughout the spring. I sized up a ton because I love it super oversized but I’ve gotten some DMs saying it was too baggy for some of you guys when you sized up that much – so much size up just one size if you don’t want it too loose.

GREY JOGGERS – WEARING SIZE L

I got these sweats in a couple colors – you can see the black below in a size M so they aren’t quite as baggy as these grey ones. I actually love the silhouette of these – they are super high rise so I love the way they it on the hips. And of course you can’t beat the comfort level of boyfriend sweats. 🙂

SMILEY SLIPPERS – WEARING SIZE 8.5

I pretty much live in slippers around the house so my slipper collection might be slightly above average 🙃 but they are one of the simple pleasures of life I don’t think I’ll ever give up haha. These come in 8 colors and are under $20. If you’re between sizes, I would always suggest sizing up – especially for all things fluffy, faux fur, etc.

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CROPPED TANK (WEARING SIZE M)

This tank has a built-in bralette so it makes it super easy to wear out and about – I’ve worn to the gym, just running errands, with jeans – it’s the ultimate tank!

BLACK JOGGERS (WEARING SIZE M)

These are the same sweats as above but one size smaller. Super easy combo for running errands when you don’t feel like getting fully ready for the day.

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SANDALS

If you don’t own these yet, I don’t know what to tell you – they are like walking on air! Everyone I know who owns a pair says they are the most comfortable sandals they own. Word of warning though, they are kind of like an addictive snack because once you have on pair, you keep decided you need more colors. 😂

TOMMY HILFIGER HAT

Love the color of this hat! Such a cool 90s vibe too.

CHAIN NECKLACE (UNDER $15) & INITIAL NECKLACE (UNDER $15)

I’ve worn this combo of necklaces more than maybe any other necklace. They are both under $15 and I have worn them to bed, in the shower, to the beach, in the pool – never had any tarnishing or issues with them!

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GREEN BLOUSE (SIZE SMALL)

Obsessed with the color of this satin top! It’s the perfect way to bring some spring colors to your wardrobe – the off the shoulder and sleeve detail is so good!

BLACK MINI SKIRT (WEARING SIZE SMALL)

Not mad these mini skirts are coming back! So many ways to wear them and pair them – sandals, boots, sneakers, tees, sweaters, tanks. The options are endless!

GLITTER PURSE (UNDER $15)

After eyeing the Cult Gaia version of this bag for a few months, I found this dupe and decided to give it a try since it was only $15 – and I was even more pleasantly surprised when I got it in hand! Great lookalike and love it transition a look for night.

PINK SANDALS

Obsessed with everything about these sandals. As you can tell… because I wore them 3 days in a row haha. They also come in a pretty kelly green color. Surprisingly comfortable too! Which is the only way I could wear them 3 days in a row, let’s be real lol.

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CUT-OUT TOP

Loving all the creative cut-outs in tops right now – it gives even the simplest, neutral outfits a step up.

CARGO KHAKI PANTS (WEARING SIZE 26)

I feel like cargo pants are breathing new life into my spring wardrobe. I love how they look with strappy sandals – it’s such a pretty balance between masculine and feminine. And they pair so perfectly with pretty fitted tops for spring, cropped tanks, even basic tees – so many options for an effortlessly cool combo no matter what your style is.

PINK SANDALS

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CORSET TOP (UNDER $30 – SIZE 2-4)

This is the ultimate top for spring. It looks super high-end up so I couldn’t believe it was under $30! Comes in multiple colors and the corset silhouette is so flattering. Also love this sleeveless version (last seen here).

BLACK CHINOS (SIZE 28 x 32)

These are actually mens pants – I just sized down to a 28 (usually a size 25-26 in women’s). I’ve been loving the oversized, baggy cargo-pants fit and these seemed like the perfect way to get the same look for less.

BALLOON CARGO JEANS (50% OFF! WEARING SIZE 2)

These jeans (last seen here) were sold out for a minute but I just checked again this weekend when I got some questions on them, and they are restocked and on sale for 50% off! Sizes are going quick but I found it on sale here too in more sizes.

PINK BLAZER (WEARING SIZE L – LAST SEEN HERE)

This is another menswear steal – I was on the hunt for a pink oversized blazer and found this suit set for under $60 and I had to try it. I also got it in green and have worn it multiple times since I got it. (Loved it in this combo for when summer hits.)

PEARL HOOPS (UNDER $10)

PINK DROP EARRINGS

PINK SANDALS

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PINK CROPPED SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $30 – WEARING SIZE M)

Love this cropped sweatshirt! Comes in multiple colors. This brand is quickly becoming one of my go-tos for comfy pullovers and cozy knits. They make some of the cropped zip-ups I’ve shared recently too – tons of cute silhouettes and great price points.

NEON YELLOW SHORTS: (UNDER $25 – WEARING SIZE S)

These are probably the best dupe I’ve found for my FP Way Home shorts! I basically lived in the FP version last summer – these are a little bit better price point and love all the colors. How good is this neon!? Super high waisted and really comfortable.

SNEAKERS

I’ve been wearing Ultraboosts for years now – they are hands down the most comfortable sneaker for the gym or workouts. Obsessed with all the pretty spring colors right now too! Love this orange and pink combo.

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NIKE SNEAKERS

Also got these pretty Nikes last week –  love the pretty color palette! I feel like new sneakers are the best way to guarantee I keep going to the gym and working out 😂 anyone else?

Linked some of my favorites from last week here. Let me know if you guys have any questions about any of these pieces:
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Mom Will Love These Gift Ideas, No Matter Your Budget

I love browsing online and getting inspired (and let’s be honest, I always end up adding a few things to my own shopping cart 🙂 so I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas that mom will love. I included some all price points, from under $10 to,.. well, to Chanel haha 🙊

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BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $50)
DENIM SHORTS
WHITE COWBOY BOOTS (UNDER $50)

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 JO MALONE CANDLE (under $50)
GUCCI RING
DIOR EYE PATCHES (UNDER $50)
BANDOLIER PHONE CASE (under $50)
MAMA GOLD NECKLACE (under $50)
NEON SCHUTZ SANDALS
GUCCI FLORA FRAGRANCE
STATEMENT FLOWER EARRINGS (under $15)
LANEIGE LIP TREATMENT (under $25)
CARAWAY POTS & PANS SET
NIKE DUNK LOW
DOUBLE AIR FRYER
BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY SWEATSHIRT (under $50)
GUCCI LIPSTICK (under $50)
TOM FORD FRAGRANCE & BODY OIL SET

I put some of my tried and true favorites on here like the Bandolier phone case. I just ordered it in purple, It’s cute and functional and comes in tons of colors. I also can’t get enough of the Tom Ford shimmering body oil (it’s so pretty on and seriously smells amazingg.) Some home items I love as well – the Caraway pots & pans set and the double air fryer (such a game-changer.) I also found this cute graphic Mother’s Day sweatshirt for under $50 (size XL.) I even got the kids matching versions which are currently sold out atm 🙁 but the adult version is fully stocked! gift ideas under $100Pin It

 CLOUD SUMMER SLIDES (under $50)
ROMAN NUMERAL RING (under $15)
ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM
GOLD WATCH (under $100)
PINK CHECKER BLANKET (under $100)
CAN SHAPED GLASS SET (under $30)
GRATITUDE JOURNAL (under $30)
PEARL HOOP EARRINGS (under $15)
WORKOUT SHORTS (under $50)
PASTEL LOVE HOODIE (under $30)
DIOR LIP GLOSS
CREAM COFFEE TUMBLER (under $10)

I found so many affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas on Amazon from home to beauty to fashion items (all under $100.) My everyday jewelry: this Roman Numeral ring is so cute and under $15 and my gold watch (under $100) a staple jewelry piece every mom will love. I also included some of my most-worn clothing items like these workout shorts (I have them in neon green too! – size S) they are SO flattering and comfortable at a great price point with high reviews. For affordable beauty gifts I can’t recommend this Elemis cleansing balm enough, it’s been a favorite of mine for years. Gifts for the home – I love these soda can shaped glassware for iced coffee or my smoothies in the morning (comes in a set of 8 for under $30.) I also found this adorable pink checker throw blanket, it’s so soft and I’m obsessed with the print.

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GUCCI SANDALS 
BYREDO PERFUME
STRIPED TOTE
APPLE WATCH STRAP
CE FERULIC ACID (MY STAPLE)
DIOR LIP OIL (USED HERE)
CHANEL BACKPACK
GIVENCHY SETTING POWDER (COLOR CORRECTING!)
PRADA SUNGLASSES
BRASS SALT MILL

For the moms who love the little luxuries of life, here are some splurge-worthy gift ideas she will love. I’ve had this Apple watch strap for a year and still get tons of questions on it when I wear it. It’s amazing quality and makes me feel like I’m wearing one of my favorite designer watches but I still get all the convenience of having a smart watch. I also included some of my favorite high-end beauty products, both tried-and-true (this CE Ferulic acid is my holy grail) and new favorites (this lip oil is everything and I instantly converted to this color correcting setting powder when my makeup artist used it on me.)

 

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HUMIDIFIER (UNDER $100)
STEAM MOP (30% OFF)
PEBBLE ICE MACHINE
ROBOT VACUUM (39% OFF)

A few of these cult household products are on sale right now so I wanted to share a few that I think mom would love! I know some people have strong opinions about getting household products as Mother’s Day gifts haha but me and my mom love cleaning and organizing and I feel like these are little life luxuries that some moms won’t splurge on for themselves. I use my pebble ice machine all day everyday. It’s one of those simple pleasures that will totally change your day!

If you’re looking for more high-ticket gift ideas for mom that she will use everyday…

APPLE AIRPODS MAX: I have yet to make the switch from the Airpod Pros but I’ve heard amazing things about these! They come in so many pretty colors too.

DYSON AIRWRAP: These are hit or miss just because they can be tricky to find in stock – I found it in stock here and here this morning but I’m sure they will go fast. Every time I use mine I get tons of compliments on my hair – obsessed with the volume you get!

 

Linking a few more gift ideas for mom at various price points if you need more Mother’s Day inspo:

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Yes you can take your activewear outside the gym. Here’s how to style it for spring

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This activewear set + oversized blazer (under $60) is one of my favorite combos for spring – the color is a pretty pastel blue and the quality is amazing!

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Obsessed with this 90s vibe Coach bag! Also these vintage cateye sunnies are so fun and under $10! The shape is super cute and they comes in tons of other lens and glasses colors too.

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CREAM RIBBED SHORTS SET (UNDER $40 – WEARING SIZE S)
BLUE BLAZER (UNDER $60 – WEARING SIZE L)
WHITE CATEYE SUNNIES (UNDER $10)
BLUE COACH BAG
SOCKS (UNDER $15)
VEJA SNEAKERS

After wearing the leggings version of this cream ribbed activewear set a ton during the fall and winter, I sold myself on getting the shorts version for spring and summer. I have it in brown, blue, and orange and wore them so much last summer. It’s under $40 and comes in tons more colors (wearing size small). It’s such a versatile activewear set that can go from the gym to a casual everyday outfit. I’ve been loving the matching sets paired with oversized blazers (the perfect layer to help transition between season!) I’m obsessed with this oversized pastel blazer I found on Amazon for under $60! (I also got it in this tan color – I got a large in both for an extra boxy fit.)

I’d been looking for a light blue bag for this season and had been eyeing this Coach bag and was shocked to find it on Amazon.  I loved the shape and color of this one. It also comes in other fun colors like green and pink. Such a cute bag for spring and summer!

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What do you think of this spring look? Let me know below in the comments 🙂

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These Sneakers Go With Everything

 

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Love the cut out detail on this sleeve! Between the color and the sleeves, it feels like a major statement moment.

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The boys in their matching Easter outfits. So cute!

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Boys think shaking their booties is the funniest thing. Ollie has started “dancing” like Beckam and Wes and it cracks everyone up

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DETAILS: GREEN EYELET-SLEEVE DRESS – WEARING SIZE S | NEON HEELS (UNDER $150)| PEARL EARRINGS

CODY: TAN BLAZER | TAN SLACKS

WES: BUTTON DOWN (ALSO LOVE THIS ONE) | KHAKI PANTS

MARA: RIBBED LONG SLEEVE TOP | ORANGE FLORAL DRESS (ON SALE UNDER $10!) | NEON NIKES

BECKAM: KHAKI PANTS | NIKES

OLLIE: KHAKI SUIT | WHITE BUTTON DOWN | BLUE NIKES

Our family easter pictures are always one of my favorites of the year – with 6 people, getting a family pic with coordinated outfits can be rare 😂 so I always get excited for our family Easter outfits. I feel like the kids are all finding their own style, this year more than ever, and we are all obsessed with Nike Dunks right now so I thought it would be fun to embrace the color this year, especially with our shoe game. We all wear our Dunks and Jordans so much – they go with everything and come in so many different colors. The kids love them so much that they have saved up to buy their own pairs. Super comfortable and great quality 🙌🏼

Mara picked out her dress, I loved the colors and it’s such a good price point. she had idea to wear long sleeve underneath since it’s still kind of cold here. Cannot believe it’s $7.25!!

I always end up ordering pieces pretty last minute once I get a better sense of direction for our outfits so I wanted to share a few of my favorite retailers with quick shipping in case you’re in a pinch for an event or occasion:

ASOS – Great options for both him & her – lots of occasion dressing too! Love their price points and they have fast shipping – arrives in 24-48 hours if you join the unlimited shipping for $20.

AMAZON – You guys know how much I’ve been loving Amazon – I feel like they’ve been adding so many brands recently so their designer and budget-friendly options are insane. If I’m in a bind I hit prime filter at top and you can even click how soon you need it delivered like by tomorrow or same day.

SHOPBOP – One of my favorites when I’m shopping for dresses, and other designer pieces. They are good at their overnight shipping it’s not like 2-3 day processing time like a lot of other retailers. They are great with really getting things overnight or if you have prime membership you can get in 2 days.

Linking more from our Easter outfits here:
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Amazon Toddler Accessories I Can’t Travel Without

One of my favorite things to do is travel as a family. We travel quite a bit for work, and fun, we have tried so many different gadgets I wanted to put a list together of my tried and true favorites. There have been so many amazing travel accessories for kids over the years that make traveling so much easier.

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DETAILS: SCOOTER SUITCASE | PHONE HOLDER | WAYB TRAVEL CAR SEAT | DOONA STROLLER | DOONA TRIKE | WIRELESS KID HEADPHONES

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DOONA STROLLER TRIKE

The Doona stroller (stroller/carseat combo) is one of the ultimate baby buys we used every single day when we first had Ollie and the Donna Trike is the equivalent for toddlers. After Ollie outgrew the carseat we graduated to the Doona Trike and we use it all. the. time. It’s a mix between a trike and a stroller and perfect for toddlers, both while traveling or at home running errands, going on walks, etc. It folds down to fit inside of the backpack it comes with so you can easily pack it up and throw it over your shoulder when it’s not being used. It’s super lightweight and a great carry-on size so it’s perfect for flights, road trips, or just every day use. People alwaysss stop and ask us about it. Definitely one toddler accessory that will change the way you travel.

 

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PHONE MOUNT

This phone mount has been great for us to prop up our phone for our kids to watch a show in the airport or to turn on Ollie’s shows on the airplane. It clips to the tray table so ollie isn’t always touching it changing it. It’s under $25 and we even use it a to when we aren’t traveling, it’s also great for Ollie when were out and about running errands! The older kids love it too.

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SCOOTER SUITCASE

These scooter suitcases are genius! They are carry on size for all the kids and can attach and detach from the scooter wheel base and can even fold down into regular wheeler suitcases. It keeps the kids entertained at the airport if we have a long layover, and I love that they have a scooter to cruise around on when we are exploring on vacation. It’s definitely more of a splurge but SO worth it in my opinion. I also love how the kids can use the scooter part alone, so it’s super versatile!

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WIRELESS KID HEADPHONES

I love wireless headphones for Ollie because he usually will get irritated with the cords getting tangled and taking them on and off becomes a hassle. This kid size pair is under $30 and I love how these are made for kids and has built in hearing protection so the volume can’t go too loud.

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TRAVEL CAR SEAT When Ollie outgrew the Doona stroller, I missed having such an easy way to travel with a carseat so I was beyond excited when I found this travel car seat. We usually rent a car when we travel and are out driving around and exploring a lot so having a car seat with us is a must but lugging around a big, heavy carseat was a pain. This travel car seat has been a complete game changer! It’s super lightweight and folds up into the carrying bag it comes with.For perspective the car seat weighs 8 lbs and regular car seats average 15-30 lbs. (You can also purchase it without the carrying case here – comes in multiple colors.)

Let me know if you have any love any of these travel accessories of what you’re excited to try!

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The Cutest Easter Craft For Any Age

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OUTFIT DETAILS: WHITE FLUTTER SLEEVE TOP (ON SALE UNDER $25 – WEARING SIZE S) | DENIM

CRAFT TABLESCAPE: WOODEN EGG PAINTING KIT | ROUND JUTE PLACEMAT | PLAID NAPKINS | BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH | STUFFED BUNNY | COLORFUL GLASSWARE | PINK COOKWARE SET

Every holiday I look forward to doing a cute craft with the kids. Honestly we love crafts year round, but the holidays always bring out the cutest craft sets and I was instantly obsessed when I found this wooden egg painting kit for Easter! Next thing I knew I was setting up a little craft tablescape to do with the kids– Ollie couldn’t wait to paint some of his eggs 😂 but we saved the other half to paint once Mara, Wes, and Beckam got home that day. I set out a few snacks and treats for the kids and it turned into such a fun afternoon.

The craft kit itself is so perfect for any age. It comes with the cutest egg carton and paint set. Ollie got a little hands on with them and I love how they turned out even as a 2 year old! It makes a great keepsake to remember that age by. The older kids loved it too – it’s so fun to see their art skills and creativity develop. 💜 I also love the idea as an adult if you want a specific color scheme or pattern to decorate for Easter while letting your creativity out at the same time.

Linking the craft set and a few other Easter tablescape favorites below:
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Bonus Moms & Blended Families – Part 2

Thanks for all of you guys’ amazing responses and dms after my Part I post about blended families and bonus moms – I was doing a Q&A on stories yesterday and realized I never posted the part 2! I love being able to bring a more open conversation around blended families and motherhood as a bonus mama.

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SCHEDULES/LIFESTYLE

Q: Do you get a long with Cody’s ex-wife? Do you guys hang out?

A. Im really grateful we all get a long. 

One thing I wished could have been different for me growing up, was that when my parents got divorced they would have been friends (I love both my parents very much and I know no family is perfect, but it was hard at times feeling that tension). They lived across the country from each other, so they didn’t have to see each other much. When I would go to visit my mom I would fly by myself (I don’t know if they still do this, but I started at like 5 or 6 years old and my parents would walk me to the gate and then you sit in back row by flight attendant and do the flight on your own. I actually have a lot of fun memories with super kind flight attendants who would play games and stuff with me. I think this is also part of the reason I learned to become pretty independent at a young age, and traveling alone hasn’t ever really scared me but anyways…), but ya I still always felt that awkward tension whenever they were in the same room. I remember even on my wedding day being worried about making sure both parents felt they got equal attention and love. And maybe that was something I created in my head, but it made me want to make it a priority when we got married that we have a good relationship with Cody’s ex, so that the kids never felt that tension or stress, and so we could all go to the kids events and it not be awkward. Again, this was not an overnight thing, it took years to get to that point. Especially if this is a fresh situation, it will take a lot of time.  But as a kid who has been on that side of divorce, that was one thing I really wanted different for our kids.

Time, time, time! I think it all just takes time, but I love talking to their mom about the kids and sharing excitement for the things they are doing, or things they are learning or going through. We all sit by each other at most of the kids games and events, it’s in a good place.

Q. Do you get a say in making all of the decisions about schools and such. How do you deal with that aspect? 

A. Long story short, I have no say haha. Cody talks to me about it, but that is one of the hard parts of being a bonus mom, you love your bonus babies and help raise them but in my case I’m not really a decision maker. I mean day to day what we are doing Cody and I decide, but bigger decisions Cody and his ex wife work out together. 

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Q. As the bonus moms/parents, are you involved in communication to his ex or just Cody?

A. In our situation, Cody and his ex work out details for the most part. Obviously there are times when Cody is still at work or out of town or something so I pick up/drop off the kids, etc. but the majority of communication is between her and Cody. We recently started a group text for sports and school scheduling and sometimes share pictures of the kids from school or sports too, but most scheduling goes through them.

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Q. How do you handle frustration with your step kids’ schedule?

A. One thing that took time for me to realize and understand is that when you’re a step parent (not always the case, but at least in my situation) even if you all get along, at the end of the day you have little say over holidays, school schedules, really just plans in general. For me, somebody who likes to plan ahead and be in control, it’s sometimes hard. For example, when we were trying to plan a trip and I would ask Cody if he had texted the kids’ mom to make sure certain days work and I would want immediate answers for things 😂 and he’s like I haven’t talked to her yet, and I’m all well call right now, what’s the hold up 😂😂 I eventually realized that 1) sometimes you don’t get immediate answers because she has a life too obviously and you can’t expect immediate responses all the time and 2) things take longer to coordinate and plan than it would with your own kids, so you have to plan ahead a little further. 

Q. Do you have full custody? How often and how long do your bonus kids stay with you?

A. We have joint custody so it alters. Right now, every other week we have them for Thursday/Friday, and then the next week 4 days Thursday-Sunday.

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Q. Would you ever travel without the bonus kids?

A. I think our situation is a little different because we LOVE to travel and also travel quite a bit for work, but we always make sure to plan all our “big trips” when we can go together as a family. For example we usually do a big 2 week trip every summer and we always do that with all the kids. (One exception is like spring break – we alter years with their mom for spring break so if Mara and Wes are with their mom those days, we will still take Beckam and Ollie on a spring break trip). If your family typically only goes on 1 or 2 trips a year, I would for sure try to make it work to include everyone. We have so much fun when we travel with all the kids and Beckam and Ollie love being with Mara and Wes as much as we do, so we wish we could always travel together but it doesn’t always work out that way. That’s another thing you realize after you have kids of your own- both parents want as much time as they can with their kids. If it’s a challenge to get additional days or switch schedules for trips, try to have perspective and realize their other parent wants to hang out with them as much as possible too. Not saying it never sucks or their aren’t still disappointed parties, but its kind of an “it is what it is” situation. But honestly it always feels like something is missing when we travel with out them. 

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Q. Do they go school 30 minutes away? How does that work?

A. They used to live 10 minutes away from us for like 8 years and recently they moved a couple towns away. I’m so thankful they are still within driving distance because for me growing up, that wasn’t the case, so I’m just grateful we still get to see them so much. But it has definitely made it a little more challenging, especially now that they are in multiple sports, and Mara and Wes are in two different schools (junior high and elementary) they go at different times. Everyone has different practices and schedules after school, so it gets busy but we are glad they are still close.

Q. Are they open to talking about things they do with their mom around you?

A. I feel like they are super open with us, but I guess I wouldn’t actually know how much they are choosing to share. I know as a kid, sometimes I would feel nervous telling the other parent what I was doing when I was with my other parent (even now sometimes, actually haha) because I didn’t want to make the other parent feel bad, so I hope Mara and Wes don’t feel that way but also I guess I can’t know 100% for sure since we aren’t with them 24/7. 

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Q. How do you split up firsts or special times with their mom and you guys?

We haven’t had a lot of firsts where we can’t both show up somewhere to support them. For their first time to Disney, we did ask the kids’ mom if we could take them but other than that, there haven’t been a lot of times when we need to split up firsts.  

Q. How do you guys handle holidays/birthdays? 

It’s kind of changed over the years. We always split Christmas – I know thats not as popular. I think a lot of people do every other Christmas. Thanksgiving and Spring Break we alternate every year. Sometimes Easter falls over Spring Break, etc. Birthdays have changed – sometimes we alternate years and sometimes we stick to the schedule. When they were younger, one person would get them the night before and half of their birthday, and then the other would get the other half of the day and the night. At first I think everyone was hypersensitive and micromanaging time and things have relaxed since then. I would get in the mentality of trying to make sure everything was ‘fair’. But in a blended family, it’s impossible to make everything 100% fair.

We would also have traditions that we do every year with the kids, like carving pumpkins and decorating gingerbread houses. And we’ll wait to do those traditions until we have Mara and Wes with us so we can do it all together as a family. I think it makes the holidays feel more special and we’re even more intentional about our time together during those times.

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SUPPORT:

Q. Do you feel you need to know other bonus moms for support? I don’t have anyone in my life.

A. I know like one or two other bonus moms but now that I’m thinking about it I don’t know if I’ve ever really talked to them a ton about it. My step mom is and I’ve talked to her of course 🙂 We have 2 step dads within our extended family, but otherwise I feel like my physical circle of bonus moms is pretty small. If you’re joining an online group of other blended families, I would look for one that’s goal is a positive family environment – there are so many that can become super negative and that energy will just detract. But I think bonus moms can be a great support for each other. 

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DISCIPLINE/PARENTING FOR BLENDED FAMILIES:

Q. Did you do any discipline when they were younger? 

A. Yes, but nothing major.

Q. How do you not step on any toes/do you feel like you can discipline them? Do you ever put boundaries or is it Cody’s ‘job’?

A. I never want Mara and Wes to feel like they get treated differently, so we try to say consistent through everything and that includes with disciplining and rules. For example: If they make a mess in the living room with Beckam, I wouldn’t only make Beckam clean it. And if they don’t listen, which they are kids and sometimes they don’t haha, they will get a different chore. But I do that exact thing for all the kids. 

There are 10000% times I will say to Cody though, will you be the enforcer this time, I don’t want them to hate me.  And sometimes he will, and other times he’s like you are still a mom to them, they love you and it’s ok for them to have consequences. I think he gages my mood haha. I’ve been in their life over 10 years, and know they love me, but sometimes still worry “what if they think I’m the evil step mom!” So I think you gage what feels most natural and comfortable for you.

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Q. Do you give your bonus kids chores?

A. 100%, but all of the kids have weekly chores (– one thing Cody and I both feel strongly about is teaching our kids work ethic, so that goes for all the kids obviously). For us it just wouldn’t make sense if only Beckam and Ollie were doing weekly chores and Mara and Wes just sat on the couch. We are a family and we all have responsibilities.

Do I ever feel guilty about it?  There are some times when it’s the last hour or two before Mara and Wes go back to their mom’s house and Cody tells them they need to clean up a mess and pick up the room, and I tell him they only have 1 hour left and to let them just have fun. He says no, they are still our kids they need take care of their responsibilities, which is really what we would do with Beckam and Ollie. So the times when I am a little more lax about chores or picking up after themselves is before they leave, but during the regular day to day, they do the same things my kids do. (And Cody is really good about being consistent no matter the circumstances.)

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Ok that wraps up this post! A lot of you have questions or advice about dealing with biological moms or establishing a bond with your bonus babies – I’m really want to be an open book and share as much as I can, so I’ll save that for the next few posts, including tips for bonus moms and tips for bio moms since I got a few questions from you guys too ❤️ I’ve loved hearing from you all about your own blended families and how much you love your bonus babies!

XX, Christine

 

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- Christine Andrew
Last Months Most Loved / Best-Sellers

Hi guys! I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for spring! I’ve been posting some of my recent spring finds and what I’ve ordered and wanted to share last months most loved aka best-sellers. From travel favorites, swimwear, home organization, and everyday basics here is a roundup of February’s top 10.

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DETAILS: GREY SWEATPANTS | GREEN OVERSIZED SWEATER | | RIBBED BLACK BIKINI | FRUIT/VEGGIE DRAWERS | TAN AIR JORDANS | AFFIRMATIONS WALL ART | SCOOTER LUGGAGE | LEVI DENIM JEANS | BLACK CROP TOP SET | ANNIE BING SWEATSHIRT

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1. GREY SWEATPANTS (under $30 – size M)

My favorite sweatpants that have carried from winter into spring! They are under $30 and I have them in multiple colors. I sized up to medium for a slightly looser fit. These sweats have been a best-seller month after month!

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2. AFFIRMATIONS WALL ART (under $10)

Recently purchased this affirmations wall art from Etsy for our office and I love it! I’m super into green right now and love how it adds a subtle pop of color to our mostly neutral office decor. I’m so glad it’s been a best-seller and you guys loved it so much too. It was under $10 and I bought the digital version and had it printed out, so simple!

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3. BLACK BIKINI (under $30 – size S)

Recently got this black bikini for our Mexico trip and love it so much, I also have it in brown. The top has an underwire so it has good support and love the one shoulder detail. It’s under $30 and I’m wearing the size small here.

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4. FRUIT/VEGGIE DRAWERS (set of 2 under $40)

At the start of the new year one of my goals was to organize our fridge so I found these clear fridge drawers to store washed fruits and veggies so the kids could have some healthier snack options available. A set of two is under $40 and so easy to install it takes like 15 seconds!

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5. BLACK CROP TOP SET (under $25 – size S)

This black tie top comes in a set with matching shorts for under $25 and I love how y0u can mix and match the pieces. I wore the top with jeans on our trip to Hawaii – it’s super comfy and I’m wearing the size small here. I’ll definitely be wearing it a ton this summer!

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6.  SCOOTER LUGGAGE

These scooter suitcases were such a good find! They keep the kids entertained at the airport if we have a long layover and help make the whole traveling process more fun for them. The suitcase part can attach and detach from the scooter wheel base and can even fold down into regular wheeler suitcase. It’s definitely a splurge but I love how the kids can use the scooter part alone too when we’re back home.

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7. GREEN OVERSIZED SWEATER (under $30 – size L)

This sweater has been an all time favorite and best-seller, I’ve shared the white version of this oversized sweater a ton and wanted to get a new color of it for spring. I love this green color so much! I’m wearing size large here – it’s super cute with jeans and plan on wearing it with denim shorts too when summer rolls around. It comes in a ton of other colors too and I recently ordered the blue.

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8. LEVI DENIM JEANS (on sale for under $100 – size 26)

Sale alert! I wear these Levi jeans all the time and right now they are currently on sale for under $100. I love the looser fit and bluer wash and are super comfy for everyday wear. I sized up and purchased the 26 in these but if you don’t want as loose of a fit I would go with your regular size.

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9. TAN AIR JORDANS

I’m obsessed with these neutral Air Jordans. I wear them with loungewear and dressier outfits – they look cute with so many outfits! Definitely one of my favorite purchases from this year.

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10. ANNIE BING SWEATSHIRT

I thought this graphic sweatshirt was so cute when I saw it, I’ll wear it with jeans or over workout sets to go run errands – it’s super cozy! If you want a more oversized fit I would order a couple sizes up (wearing size small here.)

Which February best-seller was your favorite?

xx, Christine

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- Christine Andrew
3 Spring Staples This Season is Begging For

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Spring fever and spring fashion have me all 🤩 for the upcoming season! I feel like spring style is always a breath of fresh air after a long winter of neutrals and thick layers so I get a rush every time spring styles hit the shelves (or sites :).  Here are 3 spring staples as we roll into 2022 spring fashion that will be the star of the show this season:

CLEAN DENIM (WEARING SIZE 25 IN THIS PAIR)

Non-distressed denim. I’m loving the clean silhouettes. It opens endless doors for dressing up your denim with a feminine blouse (obsessed with the cut, color, pretty much everything about this one) or a more tailored top. But you can dress them down with a cropped tee and sneakers for casual cool look that still looks pulled together.

A BRIGHT SHOE

We are seeing so much color this season. Shoes are the easiest way to incorporate color into your look if you’re more of a neutral lover. This pretty shade of green has me hooked. Bold shoes will be one of the biggest spring staples this season.

A TEXTURED BLAZER (WEARING SIZE 10)

One of my favorite spring staples that I end up wearing all year long is a textured blazer. The styling opportunities are endless: with a pretty spring blouse and denim as we transition between seasons, belted with a pair of biker shorts and tall boots, or over a slip dress for evening out. It all comes down to the texture for me, especially in lighter tones for spring so you can appreciate the detail. Love the color and texture of this one – such amazing quality that can carry all your favorite looks into spring and beyond.

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Linking more of my favorite spring trends below:
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XX, Christine

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In the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max, fashion is all about function. Clothing is often tattered and weather-worn, as people scrounge to find whatever they can to protect themselves from the harsh conditions. There is a sense of ruggedness and individualism in the way people dress, as each person tries to stand out in their […]
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Balayage is by far the hottest hair trend at the current moment. Beyond ombre hairstyles or Brazilian blowouts, balayage hairstyles take the cake when it comes to major hair trends. So what are balayage hairstyles and why are they so incredibly popular? When you get a balayage hairstyle, your professional hair stylist virtually hand-paints color […]
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Worn with this year’s wide range of new fashion garments and styles, you can have lots of fun wearing your Timberland boots this year! And I’m going to show you how easy it is to re-create these fabulous combinations to bring your wardrobe of fashion essentials totally up-to-date. This year is different from most as […]
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So you already have the perfect foundation. It has the coverage you want, mattifies your skin, and makes your pores instantly disappear. Good for you! But let me give you the cold hard truth—smooth, flawless skin doesn’t depend just on your foundation. Yes, you heard that right. There are many other factors that will affect […]
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Most of the best demi bras are designed to be comfortable and flattering to women with smaller busts. And so they have a different cup shape from full-cover cups. For instance, demi bras are cut low, to finish approximately one inch above the nipples. But full cover bras cover the whole breast. Balcony bras are […]
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Whatever the time of year, most women prefer to be hair-free and smooth-skinned, so knowing the best electric shavers for women is important.  The problem is finding the time and energy to deal with this sprouting menace, so fast and efficient electric shavers are vital!  No-one wants to be faffing about with electric shavers that […]
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From formal evening gowns and wedding dresses, to cute Bardot tops and one-shoulder dresses, we love to show off a nice pair of shoulders and a cute decolletage! But the problem is how to find a comfy and supportive bra to contain your bust. Strapless bras are a necessity and yet there are so many […]
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Shop Pantone’s Viva Magenta

Pantone announced the color ‘Viva Magenta’ as the color of 2023, and I couldn’t love it more! Right at the beginning of yet another year, expectations around Pantone’s chosen color for the next 12 months start to become a reality. The market (myself included) is agitated to know its next bets and the trends already point to what is to come. 

Full of humor, personality, and super vibrant, ‘Viva Magenta’ is already full of spotlights around it, bringing a new look and new possibilities to the red family. As per usual I looked around for inspiration/shopping opportunities for you to apply to your looks. Check it out!

Brave, fearless, and pulsating. An empowering, audacious shade. It depicts optimism and joy. That’s viva magenta. And we know that we are all greatly in need of it! Pantone’s color of the year has been a conversation starter – and a prompt to reflect on this current moment. It is not the easiest to wear but it sure can send a message. How do you ignore this color? You just can’t!

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Why not style your viva magenta with a combination of analogous colors? The color of 2023 + pink, purple or red are beautiful duos. Bet on pieces that bring textures to your look! If you’re not vibing with the full-look shenanigans, invest in a viva magenta accessory like a handbag – it will light up your neutral outfit in the easiest of ways.

This bag was bought preloved from Luxury Promise! Valentino viva magentaROTATE Birger Christensen !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content How do you feel about this color? Would you risk wearing it?

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- Karen Blanchard
Corset Trend Contiues!
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I LOVE corsets! I’m so glad that this trend is continuing into 2023! It’s true that corsets have been a thing in the past (namely that corset over T-shirt look!) But, this trend has been given a 2023 revival! There’s been a strong anticipation about this trend for some time – I styled it for a night out in New York with a denim corset from Magda Butrum (I’ve linked their white and grey version here and also some similars above and here), Ouest apron jeans and a Frankie Shop cropped denim jacket. It’s steered away from athleisure and more towards sultry or hi-low dressing realms. Not sure what I’m talking about? Take a look below!

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Bustier tops are BACK! They’ve been a style favourite of mine for sometime (I even wore one for for the SS23 Phillip Plein runway show last year!) What I love about bustier tops is how it works perfectly for hi-low styling. In other words, a corset / bustier top with wide-leg trousers or cargo pants are a match made in fashion heaven! If you’re like me and a big fan of mixing masculine and feminine items, you should definately try this!

In addition, I’ve been seeing a lot of people styling a bustier top with a shrug on Tiktok and IG. Not only does it look chic, it provides more warmth (definately something we need right now). If you like the style but don’t want the stress of finding a matching shrug, Miaou are selling built-in-shrug bustiers!

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We’ve spoken a bit about this in my ‘Fashion Notes from The Brits‘ article. Sultry dresses are on the rise for 2023. Though, the type that has risen above them all are the bra-dresses! The top of the dress is usually cut-out that evokes the shape of a bra and other lingerie. These dreses are maxi, slinky, sensual ans semi-transparent (but not always!) It’s one of those pieces when you put on it’s hard to not feel like you’re a goddess! 

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Another look that is best paired with baggy trousers – tops with boning. If you’re not sure what I mean, take this Dion Lee top (that’s trending! and I want it) for reference. It’s not surprising as to why this style corset top has become popular. It’s ideal for those who like to keep things casual while keeping that structrual element. What do you think about the corset trend for 2023?  

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- Karen Blanchard
Top Winter Bag Trends 2023

A handbag is always the accessory that pulls an entire look together, so it’s time to pay bag trends a bit more attention. This season is all about fuzzy, huge, crescent, and embellished bags that will turn everyone’s heads. Below, glance through the hottest winter 2022/2023 bag trends and see if you’re vibing with any of the WDUGT-approved styles.

Faux Fur

It does not get cozier than a faux-fur bag trend. Comfort pouches have dominated the fashion sphere for some time – even more so since the pandemic and they are just perfect for those terrible winter days. Who says a handbag can’t keep you warm? Well, at least you can hug it! Bonus points because this is the accessory that will add a bit of texture to your winter look. 

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If there is a purse shape you’re about to see everywhere this winter, it is a crescent-shaped bag. Could be big or small, it’s your call. It’s exactly what you’d expect. So many people have embraced this trend, including me. Actually, I have been wearing this shape forever, and let me tell you: you’re about to reach for this crescent bag literally 24/7 because it’s so versatile and chic. 

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Embellished bags are definitely a conversation starter. From patent cross-bodies to (and especially) bags painted in silver, shiny bags were all the rage at the last runway shows. I love my Issey Miyake Prism Frost Tote, I reach for it all the time as a tote but also as a clutch (like I did in the picture above): and GREAT NEWS it’s on sale here for less than $300. There’s only 2 remaining, so grab them while you can. Tag me if you got your hands on it! 

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Did somebody ask for a bag that can carry your entire life? She’s an icon, she’s a legend and she is the moment. Coming in sleek designs and neutral shades, they might be the ultimate everyday bag. Whether you’re looking for a sizable bag to use as a stylish carry-on for a flight or fit everything you need for the office, supersized bags will have you covered.

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- Karen Blanchard
Fashion Notes from the Brits
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It seems that every year, the fashion scene in London keeps getting better and better! It’s no wonder why the fashion scene continues to watch this capital – largely with envy as the Brits seem to know how to free themselves from fashion conventions and experiment with their personal style. There’s a saying that style is born in London, refined in Paris and sold in Milan. I’d take it with a grain of salt, but there might be some truth in it as London is the origin of the miniskirt, punk and goth subcultures, and designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Plus in 2023, the newly rising British designers (some of them straight from school) are following a similar attitude. Here are the fashion notes from the Brits for this year!

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Now is not the time to be afraid of clashing textures, styles and prints says Simone Rocha and her military and lingerie fusion, and also Chopova Lowena‘s prints mixed with punk!

Cohesive pieces are a no-go. Instead, relish the unexpected mix. A good mix of textures, colours and print in an outfit can create a real feast for the eyes! It’s something that LFW (and myself!!) have been loving for sometime! Lately, a combination of metallic colours with faux fur or feathery textures have become popular! It might sound strange, but it looks amazing!

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As mentioned in my 2023 trend prediction article, lingerie inspired pieces will be huge! One of the biggest reasons for this is because of London designers!

Ranging from Dilara Fındıkoğlu with hyper-feminine up-cycled lingerie to KNWLS giving us a grungy feminine-cool and David Koma mixing urban with feminine, designers in the UK capital have redefined femininity for 2023. Think corsets, new types of body cut-outs and tougher textures such as leather, denim and metal mesh! I’ve mentioned a few designers, but also keep a look out for Di Petsa, 16Arlington, Nensi Dojaka and Yuhan Wang – all already becoming celebrity favourites! 

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The notes from the Brits on casual looks for 2023 is lots of denim, masculine elements and urban inspired motifs! However, there’s a twist – it has to come with attitude! 

Whether you decide to cop a pair of Ancuta Sarca‘s up-cycled Nike trainer heels or invest in Masha Popova‘s loose denim, the key styling objective is to look slightly undone whilst being alternative. There’s no surprise when I say, these looks might not be for everyone (or as they say, “it’s not everyone’s cup of tea”).  However, breaking down our preception of outfits is something to be inspired by! The Brits show that there’s truly no rules to fashion, only some rough notes on reinventing conventional style.

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- Karen Blanchard
5 Elevated Winter Staples

The new year is often synonymous with change, whether personally, professionally, or sartorially (why not?). It’s the perfect time to take a much-needed inventory of your everyday wardrobe and think about how you’d like to dress for the months ahead. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know the importance of having a solid roster of staples to rely on day in and day out, but why not go one step further and style your classics in the freshest — and most elevated — way possible? From the perfect blazer to those out-of-the-box shoes, I’ve mapped out 5 must-have elevated winter staples to add to your cart. Plus I love how everything is on sale, even designer! Thank me later!

The Wool Blazer

Feminine and masculine all at once, an oversized blazer is effortlessly elegant, cool, and undoubtedly an elevated staple in my wardrobe be it winter or summer. Opt for fabrics like wool during colder months and linen or cotton when it’s warmer outside. Contrast its silhouette with a slimming pair of jeans, just like I did here. A pair of pointed-toe boots are also top of everyone’s shopping list this new year! 

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Instead of your usual jeans, why not a pair of denim cargo pants to spice up your bottom half a bit? I know, I know, cargo pants are a historically divisive trend but hear me out. The pockets add a fun, ornamental twist to traditional jeans, and the long military history helps to bring a masculine twist to even the most feminine of outfits. Go for the slouchy stolen-from-your-boyfriend’s-closet look or take a more experimental, structured approach. 

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I am a sucker for a good pair of shoes, can’t deny it. And oh boy when there’s my size for sale… tears of joy. No, but for real. These ones by Margiela are the perfect example of how the classiest preppiest of shoes can undergo a pretty cool transformation that will spice up your outfit effortlessly. Loafers come in a variety of styles lately, and I am here for it. Think chunky silhouettes, eye-catching embellishments like oversize buckles or studs, metal-worked adornments, and daring colors, from pastels to neon. It’s a timeless shape, that is for sure.

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Highlight your gorgeous figure with a formfitting dress, but make it daring and fun! The dress may give all you need to say! It’s something you can rock your own way, finding a style that suits you. If a bodycon moment doesn’t feel attainable outside celebrity-studded events, I assure you it absolutely is. My secret for rocking this elevated staple during the winter? The right layering pieces and shoe options. During the day, pair it with a pair of boots and a cropped jacket and at night, you can lose the jacket and put on a beautiful blazer. Get rid of the booties and handbag, and put on a stiletto with a clutch. 

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If you’re not entirely comfortable with a full leather look, break it up. I personally love a sleeker look, so a leather skirt is my nod to the trend. It pairs perfectly with knitwear by day, and then you can put on a heel and, automatically, you’re in an evening look. If you’re someone who wears boyfriend jeans, go for a looser cut, and wear leather trousers as you would denim – just with a jumper and trainers, for example. 

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- Karen Blanchard
TikTok Fashion Faves!
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Tiktok might not be for everyone! At least that’s what most people say until they find a way of using the platform in a way that benefits them! You don’t have to be a lover of fashion trends or Gen Z fashion – in fact it’s much bigger than that! Often it’s a place to find the best fashion hacks or new ways to style your existing wardrobe. You can get inspired by fashion Tiktoks, find learnings from it, and even try a few things out yourself! If you don’t already know, I have a Tiktok too (here’s the link!). It’s different from my Instagram and Youtube, where I give quick styling advice and more! For this article, I want to dive into some of my recent favourite fashion Tiktok videos! What do you think?

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Btw happy new year guys 🖤 #fashiontiktok #casualoutfits

♬ original sound – Abby on the Internet

Who doesn’t love outfit multiple transitions? One of the biggest fashion Tiktok trending videos in 2022 were people styling for each day of the week (like mine above!!) There was even an extended edition of people styling for each day if they were teachers. I love these kinds of videos because it’s a chance to see the huge range of style and taste of one person. More so, it inspires us to have fun in dressing ourselves according to how we feel about that particular day of the week! I will always give a massive ‘YES’ to dressing how we feel and what a brilliant and fun way to do it!

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The importance of accessories for outfits. #fyp #outfit #girlstyle #accessories #gdwm #grwm

♬ time to go – Og777x

ACCESSORISE! It’s so easy to get by not accessorising your outfit, but you miss out on some serious elevation of your look! Sometimes what you need in your wardrobe isn’t a new top, but maybe a bag or hat. Some of my favourite fashion tiktok videos are the ‘importance of accessories’ snappy transformations. It’s a fast and cool way to see how an outfit can go from 50 to 100 real quick!

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day or night? #dayornight #outfitideas

♬ sure thing – 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

I mentioned on my Youtube about how I gravitate towards items that I can wear day and night! Just recently, one of my favourite videos are watching people style the same base garment and dressing it up or down for the time of day. It really shows how versatile clothing really can be! In fact, your next evening outfit might just be those wide leg trousers!! The use of a double is such a great way to show the difference side by side!

What fashion Tiktoks have you been loving lately?

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- Karen Blanchard
Comfy Stylish: How to Master Winter Style

Many people usually opt for a very simple winter-style formula that consists of a sweater and jeans. I like to look for pieces that will enhance this look while keeping the comfort factor. Styling can truly make or break a look, and things get challenging when temperatures drop. How do you stay comfy and stylish at the same time? Keep scrolling to find out. 

Jumper Dress

It’s incredibly easy to look chic and remain cozy when you have a well-curated capsule to fall back on.  Once considered unflattering, jumper dresses are now one of the chicest things you can wear thanks to the addition of belted waists. I am wearing the Pansy Ribbed Knit dress by Staud, which is sold out, but there’s a similar option here and some more in the carousel below. There’s nothing better than a long sleeve knit dress to get me out of trousers during the winter. You?

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When the weather turns colder, there’s little in life that sounds quite as appealing as the term duvet coats. Quilted, puffer, short or long—whatever style you choose, make sure it’s cozy and you’ve got the trend down. We’ve got to protect ourselves from the elements. Besides, pretty much every duvet coat is qualified to trick your brain into thinking you’re still in bed. What in the world could be cozier than that!

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Any knits will do, but I always lean toward an oversized style. Maybe it’s the cozy factor, or maybe it’s the tomboy aesthetic. Shop this staple in the carousel below. 

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Beanie hats are a classic London-girl accessory that never goes out of fashion. They’ll keep your ears covered and your outfit on point. 

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- Karen Blanchard
2023 Trend Predictions
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Some trend predictions have already become likely for 2023 – one being the rise in more chains and studs for bags styles and other accessories. But, I reckon there will be an even more diverse range of styles that will start trending this year. In 2022, with the rise of ‘core’ fashion, many people found their own style corners in the internet that they felt spoke to them. With the backdrop of a fashion world that is crossing into each other and new styles evolving faster than ever, here are the trends that I think will have a big mark in 2023.   

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As much as people are going to gravitate towards more statement pieces in 2023, I also reckon versatile styles that you can dress up or down will also became popular. Frankie Shop was voted as 2022 Instagram brand of the year! I can imagine it might only be the start of the love for elevated basics like a stylish tote bag that can work day and night. We saw a lot of this in 2022, but think more textures, colours, oversized and leaning into more maximalist realms. 

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During 2022, hems got shorter and necklines lower, some of us even showed our midriffs (hello Y2k!). It was a time when designers like Nensi Dojaka reached their cult status. The cutout dresses for the evening of Chrisopher Esber began making its way into the day wardrobe. I believe this will only continue in 2023, where sensual clothing is getting more creative! Think more lingerie inspired pieces and sheer layering not just dresses, but also trousers, skirts and tops)! 

The Emotional Purchase trend predictions trend predictions trend predictions !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Instead of trends following a core fashion moment in history or cult-style, I think people will begin leaning into their childhood obsessions but making it FASHION! Balletcore with Miu Miu has already captured the hearts of many. Plus, with the Barbie and Ariel movies set to be hitting cinemas this year, I can see the fashion wardrobes begin emulating our childhood dreams or obsessions. It’s a particularly important trend for those people that have felt excluded from those spaces they always wished to belong in. Just one example is Wednesday Adams becoming a TikTok style sensation with many people trying to recreate her gothic aesthetic. There might just be more characters to come…

What are your trend predictions for 2023?

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- Karen Blanchard
2022: Year’s Roundup
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It’s the end of an era. And a rollercoaster one at that! 2022 marked the return of outdoor fashion after a long 2-3 years of ‘getting-dressed-but-nowhere-to-go,’ outdoor dining and limited social events. From virtual reality and metaverse, fashion finally returned to the physical world with the rise of dopamine dressing to get us back into the mood of feeling good. 2022 was that awkward transition, but also give rise to new trends mainly from TikTok. Yes, we’re talking about Y2k. We roundup with new designers pushing the boundaries (such as Y/project) and iconic moments like the Miu Miu fashion show giving preppy a new air, and the multitude of fashion collabs that had exclusivity on a chokehold. Fashion has changed. And not just the clothes, but the bodies within them too. Along with emotional triggering colours, nakedness was also updated during the summer. It felt like we wanted to reclaim lost time, and feel happy again, despite things not being quite back to normal or the same again. Hedonism came back with a creative flair that was thankfully not self-destructive. Along with the new Gen Z generation, nostalgia made the headlines, but also the rigid rules of what was deemed as ‘fashion’ were chucked out of the window.

You could be anyone, your archetype that you used to be bullied for was ‘back in fashion’. The internet didn’t want perfection anymore. They wanted realness, and you to be unapologetically yourself. There is a core fashion that everyone belongs to only you, as well as a nook in the internet with other people like yourself. Owning you fashion identity might have just been the roundup statement of 2022 and the future.

Best Trends of the Year – Personal Faves Utility Trend roundup roundup roundup

Before the summer came around, one of the hottest trends was utility wear. It ranged from ‘army-core’ to parachute pants. Fashion was leaning towards hard-duty and survival. It made sense because of the economical, psychological and political impact of events that were happening in the world. We weren’t ready for the romantic and nice things before covid that was all over Instagram. The reason why I added this trend to the roundup was because I love the genderless vibe, hard textures like denim, and big structures. Wearing workwear inspired clothes  (a favourite of mine to date is the apron trousers from Ouest and cargo pants inspired by The Attico), made me feel powerful. Mixing the hard duty styles with more feminine pieces was a style match made in heaven!!

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The rise of platform shoes – pun fully intended, was one of my favourite trends of the year! The Versace runway made me do it!! She’s bold, powerful and sexy, standing 10 inches tall. I talked in this article here about the rise in popularity of platform shoes. They’re definitely a kick of nostalgia for some, though given a 2022 reboot. I bought two pairs of Versace and also a pair of Valentinos. Perfect when I want to wear more feminine occasion wear pieces.

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Post-covid body insecurities were being talked about. But so was the attitude of indifference. People started questioning, who cares anyway? And why did I care in the first place?, as we started to reevaluate our values and philosophy towards perfectionism. Let the body be body, fashion said as they brought out the sheer clothing, new cut-out shapes and naked body optical illusions. In the past there was an emphasis on ‘reclaiming sexuality’, however, it felt that this year, the shift was ‘reclaiming the body as the body’ and ‘sensuality without objectivity’. By the summer, hard duty of the pre-spring loosened and in came positive hedonism and joy. Some of the shackles that made sheer clothing awkward in past years was fully embraced. Why did I care before? I’m here to live in the moment. Though as a disclaimer, attitudes about the self might have shifted, but fashion’s body inclusivity is still slow to change (despite seeing more inclusive runways). Something that needs to continue to change for the years to come.

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For this roundup I also wanted to highlight a big moment for me – I went to New York, Paris and Milan for fashion week! It was my first time in Milan. I wanted to experiment more and really push myself out of my comfort zone. While still retaining that balance of choosing something that was very like myself. I think pushing your fashion style is a great way to discover new pieces and silhouettes that work for you! I absolutely LOVED these looks. And also some more wearable for everyday than I thought. Here are some of my best looks! What were your favourite fashion moments of 2022?

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- Karen Blanchard
The Best of Winter Coats

There’s nothing you reach for more during the colder months than your tried and trusted winter coat. One can never have too many winter coats (not quoting anyone here besides me) and it might be time for a new one — which comes with the opportunity to have a little fun. With winter weather becoming more unpredictable, it is key to have options – at least that’s what I tell myself. 

Mega Puffers

Oversized fit, longer, dropped shoulders, and dramatic arm holes. Controversial? Maybe. But to me, this is the recipe for success. It just screams cozy. Check the carousel below and add your favourite version to your cart soon, though — they might just start selling out. 

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Why not upgrade your winter coat to one that’ll spark a little joy? With a bit of colour, pop of fur, or even an unexpected texture (hello shiny varnish!), winter just got way more enjoyable. Also, investing in something with colour will breathe new life into your coat closet and break up the doldrums, bringing a refreshing twist to this year’s investment.

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Timeless and tailored, menswear-inspired coats add a lot of refinement to a well-wounded coat closet. Quality is key when it comes to coats, so you’ll want to look for a timeless design from a trusted brand that knows how to make great outerwear. Not only will a good, expensive coat keep you warm, but it’s also a fashion statement in itself. 

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A two-in-one winter staple—what more could you ask for? Matching sets were driving fashionistas crazy during summer months, and they’re back for a winter take. Here for the experimentation and statement-making! Built-in scarfs or matching hats are cute and fun. Are you intrigued by this trend?

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- Karen Blanchard
Holiday & New Years Lookbook
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Holiday season means… well, quite obviously, holiday outfits!! During this time, it’s very easy to be bombarded with too many options. Do I go for lace? Or velvet? Although both are great options, below are some of the party styles that are hottest right now! Whether you’re doing a no fuss maximalist dress or sultry rhinestone ensemble, there’s a key phrase! – Treat yourself, and don’t be afraid of a little GLAMOUR! Find my purple sequin look above here!

Crystal Luxe

Shine bright like a diamond. From the Saint Laurent rhinestone embellished boots (FYI there’s a Karen Miller dupe of it too!!), to the dripping-water-like crystal effects, crystals and rhinestones are having a moment this year! The chicer sister to sparkles and glitter, rhinestones will give that demur glamour look. Especially in low lighting evenings, they’re a scene stealer. Pair with black satin, red lipstick, a few spritz of your favourite perfume and you’re holiday ready.

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Holiday season is the perfect time to bring on some serious glamour! For my last day at Miami Art Basel, I wore an off-shoulder dress for a Valentino Event! It’s high statement with little fuss – ideal for when you want that red-carpet feel without the hours of preparation. Instead of layering or finding matches, opt for maximalist glamour and let the outfit do the talking!! My earrings are from Zara here!

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For an all round sparkle look that looks and feels expensive, sequins are perfect for you! The best part of sequin outfits is that they’re very easy to wear too! Sequins give that extra comfort while still feeling special. When going for a sequined outfit, why not try a bolder colour like the deep purple skirt I’m wearing? – It doesn’t all have to be silver and gold. In fact, an unexpected colour is much easier to dress up or down! What are you wearing for the holidays?

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- Karen Blanchard
Winter Staycation Must-Haves

Outfits that will make you want to step out in the cold. Who doesn’t need a little refresher on how to elevate their winter staycation style? A little inspiration never killed nobody. Here you will find the best foundation for those winter looks. It’s easy to cling to the safety of an all-black outfit, but why not venture outside of your comfort zone instead? From smile-inducing sweaters to show-stopping coats, there are plenty of ways to brighten up your winter outfits this season.

Coats

We often feel the chilly months mean we have to hide our fashion-forward sides under our puffer coats and thick boots. That couldn’t be further away from the truth. The cold won’t stop me from a good street-style moment, will it stop you? If you also wanna skip the layers and focus on your outerwear instead, take a look at the carousel below. 

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One thing is for sure: you might be all covered up, but your feet are always showing. Why not make them the star of the party? From platform boots to shiny ski boots, there’s an eye-catching style for everyone. Think about the iconic Y2K Ugg boot. A redesigned classic that will take your winter wardrobe to new heights.

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Think outside the box this season and flaunt bold colours from head to toe. Pick a sweater that will fill you with joy whenever you wear it because sometimes, that is just what we need to lift our mood. Pair your eye-catching knit with trousers and bold-coloured shoes for a guaranteed head-turning outfit. 

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- Karen Blanchard
Lingerie Brands To Know!
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Finding a lingerie brand that you like is an important process. Often after finding one that ticks some of the boxes, its hard to look elsewhere! If you’re looking to expand your current selection or even just start one, here’s some lingerie brands you should know! Besides, with the holidays coming up soon, they would also make an ideal gift

I.D. Sarrieri lingerie lingerie lingerie

I.D. Sarrieri are masters of chantilly-lace lingerie. Originally founded in Paris, the brand quickly became popular for their sheer lace bras with the finest attention to detail. The overall feel of the selection is strongly feminine, almost like a chic princess. It’s one that many feel themselves in, and celebrities alike such as Lady Gaga and Arianna Grande! 

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Coco de Mer is a lingerie brand that started in London’s Covent Garden before expanding with a cult following! Specialising in lacy bodysuits and seductive bra sets, this brand is definitely not for the faint hearted! If you’re looking to add more spice to your night attire, this brand is ideal for you!

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If you’re looking for punchy colours, here is Dora Larsen! This brand is one of the very few who’s brand DNA is colour blocking. Ranging from pastels to electric colours, Dora Larsen’s selection can breathe fresh air into even your everyday lingerie selection. The pieces are perfect balance between casual and sexy. They’re a feel-good brand that’s not boring at all!

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Although this article is mainly about lingerie, I wanted to use it to talk about some loungewear brands to know as well! Sleeper is a brand that many might have become familiar with during covid! They specialise in loungewear that can be worn in and outside the house – the pieces are that stunning and versatile. Although they also have some popular dresses now, their loungewear still holds a special place. Adorned with a feather trim, the pieces give opulence and drama in the best kind of way. Since we’re spending most of our time during the holidays indoors, why not spruce up your loungewear selection?

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- Karen Blanchard
More Is More Aesthetic – Maximalist
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Those of you who have been following my youtube and Instagram for a while know just how much of a maximalist I am at heart. It’s not the need for attention, it’s the philosophy of wearing the things that bring you joy – even if that happens to be a zebra printed jacket!! Prints and colours – I LOVE! Designs that give a bit of drama – I LOVE! Details that sets the piece apart from others – LOVE!! If you like the sound of those things too, have a look below of my favourite pieces that complete my maximalist wardrobe.

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Bring out your wild side!! Animal prints are a love-hate style for some people. Though, I can’t get enough of them!! The key is that not all prints will work for you – snake prints for example is something I wear less of, but I LOVE a tiger or zebra print! There’s something about the monochrome that I think is so chic and daring. I love mixing them with colour and textures too for a bigger impact. It’s those moments when I really feel like I own my style.

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The bolder the better – a common phrase used by a true maximalist! I LOVE bold printed dresses. If you’ve been following me for a long time, you will know that this obsession goes way back. And, they’re still a big part of my wardrobe – I even wore a bold printed dress to NYFW!! Recently, I’ve been styling them for the winter season too. Like this Farm Rio dress I wore under a puffer vest. This look is one that I have on repeat!

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There’s no better maximalist statement than colour! When I see a bright colour I’m not one of those people who shy away from it. In fact, I’m drawn to them!! There’s a reason why dopamine dressing was such a strong trend. Colours can make you feel good as well as looking good. If you’re new to colour, a bright coloured suit might make you uncomfortable, instead go for a statement colour turtleneck that you can layer over dresses and shirts. You’ll notice how a pop of colour can transform an outfit that has lost its spark. No need for new clothes, just a new colour!!

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- Karen Blanchard
Holiday Wishlist  – The Perfect Gifts

If you haven’t bought your holiday gift yet, you still have time!! Every year finding the perfect gift is a struggle. The requirements? It has to be useful. It has to look good. And it has to feel special! Below are some holiday wishlist ideas that check all three of those things!!!

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Let’s face it. Luxury items are expensive, but they definitely feel special!! Especially for those people who have always dreamed of owning a luxury labelled items. Though there’s no need to get a big gift. In fact, accessories are the better option for luxury gifts  – think earrings, air pod cases, mini bags, scarves – the list goes on!! Not only do they look chic, but also practical too. Who wouldn’t love a little air pod case with a YSL logo on it. The small flexes make the biggest statements.

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Heels are for occasions, but sneakers are forever. It’s a gift option that shouldn’t be overlooked!! Everyone has a pair of sneakers of a particular model or colourway that they dream about. It’s an easy present, but holds a lot of value as they usually complete the ultimate outfit they have in mind. They’ll be sure to remember you every time they tie their laces.

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Scented items are one of those that people would rather be gifted than to have to buy it themselves. The only tricky part is knowing what kind of scents they like. Though if you know their preferences, scented candles, diffusers and perfumes are a perfect option for a gift. They feel and smell bougie, while holding that special element of imagining you trying different scents to pick out one that you think they’ll like. Below are some great options for a holiday wishlist!

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Autumn/Winter Cult Faves
Platform Shoes (Versace) !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

She’s a legend, she’s an icon, she is the moment! As soon as they came down the FW22 Versace runway, I knew I was getting a pair. The platform heel was irresistibly chic!! I wasn’t the only one that thought this, and it’s popularity skyrocketed – earning their place as a FW22 cult classic. I’ve got two pairs of these shoes. With more holiday events coming up, I can’t wait to take them out (I already did for Paris Fashion Week).

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Gucci loafers are a F/W timeless item! They’re one of those items that deserves the title as being a cult classic on how they never go out of style. The chunky sole and gold horse-bit detail has us in a chokehold still! Some of the best winter fashion feature these shoes. Their closest rival is probably the Prada loafers. With their black logo, they give off a slightly different image. Both are classics, but something about the Gucci ones is just special!

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Miu Miu’s ballet flats have been seen on the feet of so many influencers this season. They’re more of a love-hate type of style, but is undeniably in the wishlists of people’s baskets this winter. These shoes give that nostalgic kick for some and ballet dreams for others. Not to mention their satin texture and bow detail is all too cute!! Personally, I’m not sure about these (if they go with my style), but it’s definitely F/W22 favourite for many.

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Sorry, the fashion scene is not over Y2k just yet! Diesel has risen from the ashes as a brand, and even has a cult classic bag now! This bag shape was taken from their archives and now cemented itself into a cult favourite for Y2k fans globally.

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These are those cargo pants that were seen EVERYWHERE. It was one the coolest designed cargos thus far. If you could find and afford a pair of these – lucky you! I also loved them, but actually found a dupe, which I then tailored. Here’s a link. You can thank me later.

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How To Style Tweed With Ease

How do you style tweed? Maybe try making it the tomboy aesthetic. We all know tweed. A tweed jacket is a timeless wardrobe piece that will fit right into your wardrobe, whether you spend most of your time in a formal office or in a more relaxed setting. The fact that a tweed jacket looks just as great in off-duty combinations as it does in sophisticated ensembles makes it an ideal go-to jacket to throw on wherever you go and a savvy investment piece if you ask me. However, sometimes you might look at it as being boring and like there’s nothing unexpected about it. Think again!

5 ways to wear tweed the tomboy way

If you’re afraid of looking too pretentious, don’t be. I will tell you how I would wear tweed.

Option 1: Wear a simple boxy black or white tee under the jacket and leave the latter unbuttoned. Order the jacket a couple of sizes up for a looser look. 

Alternative: Wear it with a denim skirt and round off with combat boots to instantly step up the oomph factor of your ensemble.

Another one: Add an oversized biker jacket on top and the whole look will come together way cooler.

Option 4: For a laid-back and cool getup, dress it down with oversized distressed jeans or cargo pants — these two pieces play brilliantly together. No fuss yet totally stylish!

Option 5: With sneakers such as Adidas Samba or Nike Blazer (retro) or New Balance 530 (chunkier but not too much). These will bring a dash of playfulness to an otherwise all-too-safe look. 

If you don’t want to add extra elegance and femininity, stay away from blouses with ruffles or a bow tie and even a classic button-down shirt. Another way to break the way-too-polished vibe of this jacket is to play with color – instead of going for some (sometimes boring) neutral option. 

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Finally, the easiest way to add some boyish punk flair to a look is by using accessories – as in a chunky chain (maybe several layered) and a pair of really oddly shaped earrings. Stack it up, baby! Take a look at the options I found below. 

Plus if a tweed jacket is too much for you, why not try a tweed bag? I own a Chanel tweed flap bag in midnight blue and it makes for the perfect autumn/winter bag. Left a few options below as well, for you to have a look at!

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Second-Hand & Vintage Faves

Going to second-hand and vintage stores is one of my favourite ways to shop! It’s the best way for me to find special and one-of-a-kind pieces! In every city I go to, you’ll find me at the back of vintage stores and going through everything carefully. Though, if you’re short on time or you don’t fancy leaving your bed, online marketplaces like Etsy and Vestiaire Collective will be ideal for you! Here are my favourite items that I love getting vintage instead of from a brand!

Coats & Motocycle Jackets

When I hit up a vintage store the first place that I go to is the coat section! I’m not sure why, but you can’t go wrong with vintage coats. Usually they are good quality and it’s easier to find oversized styles or something more unique. One of my ultimate best ever purchases was this motorcycle jacket from a flea market in Paris!! There’s not a day when I wear this that I’m not met with so many compliments!

Those of you who’ve seen my Paris vlog (here’s a link if you haven’t), would have seen me try on the most amazing vintage coat. The vintage selection in Paris so good, though New York also has many good spots. Besides, with the rise of vintage fashion, there’s more and more great online second-hand stores to choose from!

Below is a curation of my favourite vintage coats I’ve found online.

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Vintage accessories should not be overlooked! Of course, the popularity of vintage jewelry and bags are already well known! But, I’m also talking about hats and belts – (like this one I got from Paris in the video!!)

Accessories like hats and belts are the easier option – and also I actually prefer to get them vintage. The craftsmanship and quality is always there.

Especially with the rise of Y2k, vintage bags are one of the hottest items. Though sometimes it’s difficult to know if you actually like the bag style or if it’s just trendy. AND, if you’re going for a luxury brand there can be the mess of authentication. BUT, here are two sites that is ideal if you’re looking for a vintage bag that has been authenticated : Rebag and Vestiare Collective. Nowadays, shopping vintage accessories has just gotten easier (and safer!) Below are some of my favourites.

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Buying shoes second-hand or vintage is not very popular. Shoes are in general more fragile just because of the nature of their use. And even if you find one that has been worn gently, the chances of finding your size especially if you’re size 41 (EU) is very slim. That being said, cowboy boots are one of the very few exceptions. Because they’re made from leather and their boot shapes are simple, they’re sturdier than your vintage heels. But that’s not the reason why getting cowboy boots vintage is the better option. THE design! Often vintage cowboy boots will have the most gorgeously intricate designs that are carved/embossed in the leather.

The leather work and attention to detail is on another level to your typical mass produced version. Besides, some times such as cowboy boots are intended to have that rustic vibe. So getting them vintage will get you that aesthetic. There are very few companies that make a cowboy boot the same way how I love vintage ones (- black owned Brother Vellies is one of those exceptions.) Generally, because of the price, getting the vintage versions is still the better choice.

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 What items do you love second-hand/vintage?

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- Karen Blanchard
Thanksgiving Sales: The Best Way to Shop

Here’s a friendly reminder that Thanksgiving sales have already hit the stores! During the year, I think many of us stop ourselves before buying something and say, “I’ll wait for the Thanksgiving sales!” But, when it comes to it, we’ve forgotten what we wanted to buy!! The mass of sales makes it harder to choose what to buy, and you end up getting nothing or an item that felt more as an impulse buy. To save you from your Thanksgiving sales woes, here’s how I think you should use the sales to your advantage!

Timeless Classics/ Investment Pieces sales !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

One of the best ways to shop the sales is to get those classic pieces that will stay forever in your wardrobe! It’s the ideal time to get that investment bag, or dream coat or boots that will centre your core style. You know, the one you’ve had in your basket for months. You won’t regret it later!

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Have you ever thought you needed a basic bodysuit or jeans style to complete your look? Maybe that go-to turtleneck is less elastic than it used to be. Now is the time to stock up on those basics you don’t want to spend too much money on but is vital for your outfits. Denim is also a perfect example – they can be expensive, so get them while you can! 

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Winter is coming – actually winter is already here! Winter essentials like a scarf or gloves is so easy for us to skimp on! But not only are they so useful (you’ll probably give in and buy some full price when it gets too cold), but they can work as part of completing your ultimate winter outfits. One of my favourite winter style accessory is a fedora! If you’ve been watching my fashion week series, you’ll know how much I love the boyish-cool look a fedora gives to my outfits. What better time than to invest in one?

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Can you believe it? It’s almost Thanksgiving!! It’s a marker of the beginning of winter festivities. Things are about to get cozier. There’s more baked foods on the table and you might just be receiving calls from distant relatives very soon! Thanksgiving outfits have been popularized by American media with almost every TV series featuring a Thanksgiving fashion moment. It’s time to tap into your more ‘wholesome’ of dressing sides, but that by no means it can’t be stylish!! 

Cozy Chic thanksgiving !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Cozy outfits is a Thanksgiving classic! You’ve probably reached to your go-to knitwear.  However, coziness doesn’t have to be limited to jumpers or cardigans. Let’s elevate our cozy game a little with something chic such as knitwear dresses! It’s really perfect timing because knitted dresses are in vogue (you might have read it in my ‘Knitwear Trends’ article). I ADORE this dress from Missoni – the pattern is not your usual type and it offers a more sophisticated look! Pair it with knee-high (or even over-the-knee!!) boots to complete your cozy chic outfit! 

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Thanksgiving is a great moment to bring out your feminine side – You’ll be finally able to take out your dresses and skirts that are heavier and have more material! One of my best new purchases was this Simone Rocha skirt – I just love the texture and structure the skirt gives you! While it’s easy to pair the skirt with an equally feminine top, why not mix things up with a print? Tiger print is perfect because you can really play with the brown tones in the rest of your look to balance everything while giving that fun spark!! I’ve always loved prints, so why tone things down – let it play as your advantage!

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Mixing neutral coloured menswear is something I’ve been LOVING right now (though if you know me well, you’ll know I’m always looking in the menswear section)! I love the apron jeans from OUEST that I wore for Paris Fashion Week that I bought another in a neutral beige. The neutral tones gives the menswear a softer look while still retaining some of that tomboy vibe! If you want to level up your soft-neutral-menswear look, opt for a cropped cable knit jumper (I bought mine from The Frankie Shop last year!) The chunky knitwear will also help soften the overall outfit into something more festive.

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- Charlotte Krol
Peter Hook says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination could be “olive branch” amid New Order row

New Order perform live in 2005

Peter Hook has said that Joy Division and New Order’s joint nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year could be an “olive branch” for his estranged bandmates.

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Nominees for the Class of 2023 were revealed earlier this week, with Kate Bush, Missy ElliottCyndi LauperRage Against The Machine, George Michael and The White Stripes among some of the big names in line for potential induction.

Joy Division and New Order were nominated jointly. It stems from the fact that the former band’s guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and bassist Hook regrouped as the latter in the wake of the death of their vocalist, Ian Curtis, in 1980.

Other bands with similar evolutions have been inducted jointly into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame previously, including Small Faces and Faces in 2012.

black and white photograph of New Order performing live in 1985New Order perform live in 1985. Image: Geoff Campbell

Speaking to Billboard about the joint Joy Division/New Order nomination, Hook said that the nod “made me smile all day”, and may well offer the “olive branch that we may need to end the injustices”.

Those “injustices” Hook alluded to relates to a fall-out more than a decade ago when Sumner, Morris and New Order keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert reformed without him (Hook left the band in 2007) after a four-year hiatus in 2011. There was also an earlier row over royalties.

A lawsuit over royalties was later settled out of court. Hook said that the musicians “still haven’t spoken, personally in 11 years. We’re still fighting hammer and tong, tooth and nail… I think we’re going for the record for the longest group fallout in history. It’s very tragic.

“It will be a difficult awards ceremony if we get there, but as my wife said we’ve got to rise above these things… and be nice and be courteous and think the best.

“Maybe this is the olive branch that we may need to end the injustices that were done with New Order in the end. It’s a very strange position to be in but, y’know, we’re not the first group that’s been ostracised by each other, and we won’t be the last,” he added.

Ian CurtisJoy Division. Image: Kevin Cummins

Hook spoke further about his pride at being nominated. “To be honest with you, we were always against this sort of thing when we started,” he said.

“It was the old punk thing – we hope we die before we get old and destroy all the old musicians, etc. etc. and what rubbish awards ceremonies are. Then all of a sudden you get one, and as you get older you realise… yeah, it’s a wonderful thing. I’m humbled, I really am. It’s nice, and it’s fun to be appreciated.

“I will be rooting for us. Ever since we started as Warsaw, I’ve always felt great competition towards other bands. You want to do better than them, you want to achieve something. So this really appeals to me.”

Joy Division have been eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2004 and New Order since 2006. Acts become eligible for 25 years after the release of a debut album.

Hook added to Billboard he’s happy about the joint nod. “It feels OK to me,” he said. “It was an odd thing. Joy Division was such a wonderful, powerful entity, and it was so sad the way it ended. But the three of us – Bernie, Stephen and I – got real strength from starting New Order together.

“We started [Joy Division] after seeing the Sex Pistols, and we’ve been banging our heads against walls and doors and kicking them down musically since then. We were always the square peg in a round hole as Joy Division and very much a square peg in a round hole as New Order. [The Rock Hall] is a hell of an accolade, but my God, I think either band has earned it. We are definitely up there without a shadow of a doubt.”

The Class of 2023 will be announced in May and the induction ceremonies will take place this autumn.

Peter HookPeter Hook. Image: Derick Smith

Hook has been leading his band, Peter Hook & The Light, for more than a decade in which he also performs Joy Division and New Order albums in full. He kicks off a UK tour in April, playing both of Joy Division’s albums (Unknown Pleasures and Closer), a variety of New Order songs, and the Substance compilations from both bands.

New Order, meanwhile, recently announced plans to play this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) along with four other shows in the US.

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- Emma Wilkes
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off first tour in six years

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first tour in six years with a mammoth 28-song set in Tampa, Florida on February 1.

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Opening with “No Surrender”, Springsteen and the band ran through some of their greatest hits alongside newer material from their 2020 album Letter To You over the course of almost three hours.

The set included a seven-song encore where they wheeled out tracks including “Born To Run”, “Rosalita”, “Dancing In The Dark” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” before Springsteen gave an acoustic solo performance of “I’ll See You In My Dreams”.

You can check out fan-filmed footage of the gig as well as the full setlist below.

Bruce Springsteen and the ESB- Ghosts live in Tampa 2023
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— Bruce Springsteen's Tour News (@BruceTourNews) February 2, 2023

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— None But The Brave Podcast (@NBTBPodcast) February 2, 2023

Setlist:

“No Surrender”
“Ghosts”
“Prove It All Night”
“Letter To You”
“The Promised Land”
“Out In The Street”
“Candy’s Room”
“Kitty’s Back”
“Brilliant Disguise”
“Nightshift”
“Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
“The E Street Shuffle”
“Johnny 99”
“Last Man Standing” (live debut)
“House of A Thousand Guitars”
“Backstreets”
“Because The Night”
“She’s The One”
“Wrecking Ball”
“The Rising”
“Badlands”

Encore:
“Burnin’ Train” (live debut)
“Born to Run”
“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
“Glory Days”
“Dancing in the Dark”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“I’ll See You in My Dreams” (solo)

The US leg of the tour will continue until April before Springsteen and the E Street Band move on to Europe. They will be playing four UK dates in total, in Edinburgh, Birmingham and two shows in London as part of the BST Hyde Park series. You can see the full list of UK and European dates below.

APRIL
28 – Barcelona, Estadi Olímpic

MAY
5, 7 – Dublin, RDS Arena
13 – Paris, La Défense Arena
18 – Ferrara, Parco Urbano G. Bassani
21 – Rome, Circo Massimo
25 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff Arena
30 – Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield Stadium

JUNE
11 – Landgraaf, Megaland
13 – Zurich, Stadion Letzigrund
16 – Birmingham, Villa Park
21 – Düsseldorf, Merkur Spiel Arena
24, Monday 26 – Gothenburg, Ullevi
30 – Oslo, Voldsløkka

JULY
6, 8 – London, BST Hyde Park
11, 13 – Copenhagen, Parken
15 – Hamburg, Volksparkstadion
18 – Vienna, Ernst Happel Stadion
23 – Munich, Olympiastadion
25 – Monza, Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza

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- Nick Hasted
We’re New Here – Gaye Su Akyol

Gaye Su Akyol

Turkish psych dervish who wants her listeners to do more than just dance, in our FEBRUARY 2023 issue of Uncut, available to buy here.

Growing up watching Xena, Gaye Su Akyol has become Anatolian rock’s warrior princess, armoured in lavish silver costumes as she leads her band of gold-masked musicians towards the outer limits of Turkish psychedelia, collecting fans including Iggy Pop along the way. She is also playfully sexual and queer-supportive, pushing the boundaries of acceptable female behaviour in Erdogan’s Turkey. The cover of her fourth album, Anadolu Ejderi, casts her as the titular Anatolian Dragon, with a serpent’s tongue in a burning world.

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Uncut meets Akyol in her apartment in Kadıköy, the Istanbul neighbourhood on the Bosphorus’s Asian side which has become a secular, bohemian redoubt from Erdogan’s reach. It’s a home filled with the passions of this artist’s daughter, from Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s Anatolian folkloric prints to an Iggy action doll. We talk in the music room where Anadolu Ejderi’s vocals were taped. The album’s a decisive move forward from the
surf-inflected dreamworld of its 2018 predecessor, İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir, encompassing psychedelic dance bangers and “Biz Ne Zaman Düşman Olduk”, a spectral, trip-hoppy ballad. “I don’t care about genres,” Akyol explains, “I’m thinking about Turkish psychedelia with African beats.”

Though steeped in Anatolian rock’s liberated golden age – prior to its crushing in 1980’s military coup – Akyol prefers the future to the past. “There were retro-futuristic ideas in Turkish psychedelic records in the ’70s too,” she insists. “You can see it in Barış Manço’s album 2023 [made in 1975]”. Akyol’s own lyrics reflect her fascination with quantum theories, where past, present and future coexist.

Anatolian rock is experiencing a global revival now, reflected in the Grammy-winning success of the Netherlands-based Altın Gün. Akyol, though, warns that new bands need to respect the music’s embattled soul. “One of the bands who just cover the old songs said, ‘We are not political, we’re just trying to make people dance,’” she snorts. “Go and make disco music, come on! This is not the right place. You can see the political events from songs which were written in the ’60s and ’70s. There was a deep culture then, very real music combining the tradition of the Anatolian region’s original poets with rock. Musicians like Cem Keraca had to leave their mother country for making this music – first to jail, then Germany. Now you are taking their songs to make people dance at festivals. I don’t respect that.” Akyol is equally resistant to being labelled a world music star: “I hate that. Hunting cultures is so colonial and ugly.”

Akyol’s western influences include Nirvana, first heard when she was nine. “They showed me a door that I never knew existed,” she says. “And it magically opened, and I was inside.” The late Mark Sandman’s band Morphine were equally revelatory. “Morphine was the biggest inspiration for my music,” she considers. “They were authentic, dark and jazzy, sounding like something from another planet. I can see the real pain of the world in their music.” A collaboration with Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley is ongoing.

Anadolu Ejderi’s final track, “İçinde Uyanıyoruz Hakikatin” (“We Are Waking Up In Reality”), is a huskily sung, haunting hellscape of Istanbul’s woes, identifying with Syd Barrett and Brian Jones, two dissolute rock stars who flamed out. By contrast, Akyol is fearlessly facing her future.

Gaye Su Akyol’s Anadolu Ejderi is out now.

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- Emma Wilkes
Siouxsie Sioux announces more 2023 European comeback shows

Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux has announced three further European comeback shows for later this year.

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The Siouxsie & The Banshees frontwoman confirmed her live return just before Christmas, with her first live performance in the UK for a decade set to take place at Latitude Festival in July. Sioux will be headlining the BBC Sounds stage.

Now, Sioux has announced three live dates in Europe in the spring. She will be playing in Brussels on May 3 and Amsterdam on May 4 before finishing off in Milan on May 7. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (February 3) – you can buy yours here and see the full list of dates below.

Sioux will make her live return to the US for her first performance there in 15 years later that month, where she’s set to play Cruel World Festival in California on May 20 [via BrooklynVegan].

Sioux’s last live performance was for Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival, which was held at London’s Royal Festival Hall. At the time she performed an unprecedented two sold-out shows and surprised fans with an unannounced, full rendition of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1980 album Kaleidoscope alongside hit songs including “Face to Face” and “Here Comes That Day”.

Europe! Siouxsie announces three further shows in May. On sale this Friday 3rd February via https://t.co/7bQxup1lfY
Wed 3rd May – Brussels, AB
Thu 4th May – Amsterdam, Paradiso
Sun 7th May – Milan, Teatro degli Arcimboldi pic.twitter.com/fi1xmLChWV

— Siouxsie (@SiouxsieHQ) January 31, 2023

Sioux had several UK Top 10 singles with The Banshees, including “Hong Kong Garden”, “Happy House” and “Peek-a-Boo”. The band released 11 albums between 1976 and 1996.

They disbanded in 1996, later briefly reuniting in 2002. Sioux then formed The Creatures with The Banshees drummer Budgie, releasing four albums between 1981 and 2005. The singer then shared her debut solo album, Mantaray, in 2007. Her last solo music was the single “Love Crime”, which was released in 2015 and written for the finale of the TV series Hannibal.

Siouxsie Sioux will play the following European tour dates:

MAY

3 – Brussels, Belgium – AB
4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
7 – Milan, Italy – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi

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- Hollie Geraghty
Patti Smith pens heartfelt Tom Verlaine tribute: “There was no one like Tom”

Tom Verlaine, Patti Smith

Patti Smith has paid tribute to late Television frontman Tom Verlaine in a new essay.

The singer, guitarist and songwriter died last weekend (January 28), aged 73, following a “brief illness”.

His passing was confirmed by Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of Patti) in a press release, which said Verlaine “died peacefully in New York City” while “surrounded by close friends”.

News of his death was followed by tributes from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Tim Burgess, Primal Scream and more.

Posting a tribute on Instagram this weekend, Patti Smith, who previously dated and collaborated with Verlaine, wrote: “This is a time when all seemed possible. Farewell Tom, aloft the Omega.”

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The singer-songwriter has now paid fresh tribute to the late musician with an essay in the New Yorker, recalling his creative process of “exquisite torment”.

“He awoke to the sound of water dripping into a rusted sink,” she began, recalling how he “lay shuddering, riveted by flickering movements of aliens and angels as the words and melodies of [debut album] Marquee Moon were formed, drop by drop, note by note, from a state of calm yet sinister excitement.

“He was Tom Verlaine, and that was his process: exquisite torment.”

The singer went on to explain that the musician lived 28 minutes from where she was raised, but they never crossed paths.

“We could easily have sauntered into the same Wawa on the Wilmington-South Jersey border in search of Yoo-hoo or Tastykakes,” Smith continued. “We might have met, two black sheep, on some rural stretch, each carrying books of the poetry of French Symbolists—but we didn’t.

Tom Verlaine of Television. Image: Steve Thorne via RedfernsTom Verlaine of Television. Image: Steve Thorne via Redferns

“That was, until Easter night, April 14, 1974. Lenny Kaye and I took a rare taxi ride from the Ziegfeld Theatre after seeing the première of “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones,” straight down to the Bowery to see a new band called Television.”

She added: “What we saw that night was kin, our future, a perfect merging of poetry and rock and roll. As I watched Tom play, I thought, Had I been a boy, I would’ve been him.”

Smith explained that she would see Television whenever they played, “mostly to see Tom, with his pale blue eyes and swanlike neck”.

“He bowed his head, gripping his Jazzmaster, releasing billowing clouds, strange alleyways populated with tiny men, a murder of crows, and the cries of bluebirds rushing through a replica of space. All transmuted through his long fingers, all but strangling the neck of his guitar.”

The pair grew closer, she continued, recalling that each other’s bookcases were “nearly identical, even those by authors difficult to find”.

“He was angelic yet slightly demonic, a cartoon character with the grace of a dervish. I knew him then,” she continued.

“There was no one like Tom. He possessed the child’s gift of transforming a drop of water into a poem that somehow begat music. In his last days, he had the selfless support of devoted friends. Having no children, he welcomed the love he received from my daughter, Jesse, and my son, Jackson.

“In his final hours, watching him sleep, I travelled backward in time. We were in the apartment, and he cut my hair, and some pieces stuck out this way and that, so he called me Winghead. In the years to follow, simply Wing. Even when we got older, always Wing. And he, the boy who never grew up, aloft the Omega, a golden filament in the vibrant violet light.”

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- Michael Bonner
Wilco, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Angel Olsen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more for End Of The Road Festival 2023

End Of The Road Festival have announced the full line-up for this year’s festival.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Future Islands, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wilco are revealed as this year’s headliners.

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Joining them at End Of The Road’s home in the Larmer Tree Gardens from August 31 – September 3 are Angel Olsen, Arooj Aftab, Cass McCombs, Joan Shelley, Ezra Furman, Horse Lords, Greentea Peng, Mary Elizabeth Remington, Oren Ambarchi, Nina Nastasia, Sam Burton, The Mary Wallopers, Caitlin Rose and many more.

This sounds like all your favourite Uncut artists on one festival bill – so we’re absolutely delighted to once again be partnering with End Of The Road.

If you’ve not already picked up tickets, the good news is that limited tickets are still available for the festival, which you can buy by clicking here.

And while you’re digesting today’s announcement, here’s a handy round up of all our coverage from the 2022 festival.

The full line-up for End Of The Road 2023 is:

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
FUTURE ISLANDS
WILCO
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
ANGEL OLSEN
EZRA FURMAN
AROOJ AFTAB
GREENTEA PENG
OVERMONO
KOKOROKO
CASS MCCOMBS
BIIG PIIG
LEE FIELDS
YEULE
DUNGEN
JOAN SHELLEY
CAITLIN ROSE
THE MARY WALLOPERS
FLOHIO
THE MURLOCS
CAROLINE
BAR ITALIA
KOKOKO!
DANIEL NORGREN
PVA
OKAY KAYA
YUNÉ PINKU
CHARLEY CROCKETT
GEESE
MOIN
NINA NASTASIA
SWEET BABOO
JOHN FRANCIS FLYNN
THE ANCHORESS
HIGH VIS
ULRIKA SPACEK
RUNNNER
MACIE STEWART
SAY SHE SHE
LIME GARDEN
YOT CLUB
ALOGTE OHO & HIS SOUNDS OF JOY
BIG|BRAVE
OREN AMBARCHI
PERSONAL TRAINER
PANIC SHACK
MC YALLAH & DEBMASTER
LOUIS CULTURE
SAM BURTON
MASTER PEACE
GENA ROSE BRUCE
KATY KIRBY
THEY HATE CHANGE
MARINA ALLEN
INDIGO SPARKE
HORSE LORDS
INFINITY KNIVES & BRIAN ENNALS
WHITNEY K
DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE
MABE FRATTI
SAINT JUDE
ADWAITH
FRIENDSHIP
FLOODLIGHTS
FAT DOG
GRETEL HÄNLYN
LAURA JEAN
AVALANCHE KAITO
WUNDERHORSE
MADMADMAD
THE COURETTES
LAUNDROMAT
SIMON JOYNER
CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD
DIVORCE
BLUE BENDY
HEARTWORMS
7EBRA
JON MCKIEL
JULIA REIDY
CINDER WELL
MARY ELIZABETH REMINGTON
CVC
TEKE::TEKE
MF TOMLINSON
DONNA THOMPSON
ANGELINE MORRISON
DELILUM
SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE
SCOTT LAVENE
TAPIR!
URSA MAJOR MOVING GROUP
THE PRIZE
THREE SPOONS
JOYFULTALK
OCTOBER BABY

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- Emma Wilkes
Never-before-heard music by Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney discovered in archive

Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney

A lost song written by Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney has been discovered in the latter’s archive.

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The track was recorded in 1994 and features a spoken pro-environmentalist message recorded by Beck, which opens with him asking: “Why are they cutting down the rainforest?” The message was later used in a US 13-part radio series presented and created by Paul called Oobu Joobu. The show featured rehearsals, demos, unreleased recordings, conversations and cameos from many of McCartney’s friends, and highlighted campaigns o issues he felt were important, such as vegetarianism.

McCartney would go on to found Meat-Free Mondays with his daughters Mary and Stella in 2009, encouraging people to think about the environmental impacts of their food.

Beck died on January 10 at the age of 78 after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. which led McCartney to begin thinking about the studio time they had shared almost thirty years ago. This led Paul’s team to rediscover the never-before-heard track.

Jeff BeckJeff Beck in 1976. Image: Watal Asanuma / Shinko Music / Getty Images

“With the sad passing of Jeff Beck – a good friend of mine, and a great, great guitar player – it reminded me of the time we worked together many years ago on a campaign for vegetarianism,” McCartney said via a press release. “It’s great guitar playing, ’cause it’s Jeff!”

Elsewhere, producer Rick Rubin recently heaped praise on McCartney for his skills as a bassist and songwriter.

“I thought about how everything I’ve seen, Beatles-related, is either about the songwriting or Beatlemania,” Rubin told the magazine. “Paul McCartney the bass player, or Paul McCartney the musician, because he plays everything – that’s a little story told.

“You just think of him as Beatle Paul, yet in my opinion, he is the best of all bass players, he’s number one.”

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- Elizabeth Aubrey
Björk announces 2023 European Cornucopia tour

Björk

Björk has announced details of an upcoming Cornucopia tour in Europe later this year.

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The Icelandic musician first premiered the show in a New York residency featuring a 50-person choir and the flute group Viibra.

Cornucopia was always intended to be a world for both Utopia and the album after that, which is now out there called Fossora” she wrote in a statement. “i am truly excited to premier those 2 worlds colliding, this autumn in southern Europe.”

You can get tickets for the shows here from February 3 and check out the full list of dates below:

Björk 2023 Tour Dates:

SEPTEMBER
1 — Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
4 — Madrid, ES – WiZink Centre
08 — Paris, FR – Accor Arena
12 — Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
16 — Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
19 — Vienna, AT – Wiener Stadthalle
23 — Bologna, IT – Unipol Arena

NOVEMBER
18 — Krakow, PL – Tauron Arena
21 — Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
24 — Leipzig, DE – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
28 — Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion

DECEMBER
2 — Nantes, FR – Zénith
5 — Bordeaux, FR – Arkéa Arena

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Last week, Björk shared details of her upcoming performance at this year’s Coachella, revealing that her set will feature a local orchestra and span her three-decade discography.

“We are so excited to bring Björk orkestral to [Coachella], the singer wrote on Twitter (January 25). “We will bring on the stage a local orkestra and play arrangements from 30 years”. The announcement was accompanied by the dates Björk is due to perform at Coachella, which are slated across the festival’s two weekends on April 16 and April 23.

Spanning the singer’s 10-album catalogue, it will include songs from latest album Forrossa.

Björk’s orchestral set will mark her first appearance at Coachella since 2007 when she headlined the Californian event alongside Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Rage Against The Machine. For this year’s line-up, the singer is billed beneath Frank Ocean, who will headline Coachella 2023 with Bad Bunny and BLACKPINK.

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- Rhian Daly
Pioneering Motown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong dies, aged 81

Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong, the Motown singer and songwriter whose hits included “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Money”, has died at the age of 81.

The news of Strong’s death was confirmed by the Motown Museum on January 30. “It is with great sadness that we share the passing of legendary @ClassicMotown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong,” it shared in a tweet.

No cause of death has been given at the time of writing.

Strong rose to fame after appearing on Motown’s first hit single, “Money (That’s What I Want)”, which was released in 1959. The track peaked at Number Two on the R&B singles chart and Number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would go on to be covered by many other artists, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of legendary @ClassicMotown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong.

The voice behind @motown's first hit, the iconic “Money (That’s What I Want),” was born in West Point, Mississippi on February 5, 1941 and was raised in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/RvINyjJgcc

— Motown Museum (@Motown_Museum) January 30, 2023

After a brief stint working at a Chrysler factory in the ‘60s to make enough money to provide for his family, Strong returned to Motown as a songwriter. During that period, he and producer Norman Whitfield penned a number of classic songs, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “War”, and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”.

After collecting a Grammy for Best R&B Song for the latter track, the star left Motown for Capitol Records, where he continued as a solo artist. He released his debut album Stronghold in 1975, followed by ‘Live & Love’ a year later, but would only release a further two LPs in the subsequent decades.

In 2004, Strong’s rich contribution to music was recognised with an induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. His final album, Stronghold II, followed in 2008.

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Barrett Strong, one of my earliest artists, and the man who sang my first big hit “Money (That’s What I Want)” in 1959,” Motown founder Berry Gordy wrote in a statement given to Variety.

Barrett was not only a great singer and piano player, but he, along with his writing partner Norman Whitfield, created an incredible body of work, primarily with The Temptations. Their hit songs were revolutionary in sound and captured the spirit of the times like “Cloud Nine” and the still relevant, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)”. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Barrett is an original member of the Motown family and will be missed by all of us.”

“Last night – or was it the night before? – the opening riff of this tune was threaded through my dreams,” Billy Bragg wrote on Twitter following the news. “3 mins and 48 secs of perfection. And now I hear that Barrett Strong, who wrote the song with Norman Whitfield has passed away. Damn.”

Last night – or was it the night before? – the opening riff of this tune was threaded through my dreams. 3 mins and 48 secs of perfection. And now I hear that Barrett Strong, who wrote the song with Norman Whitfield has passed away. Damn. https://t.co/vi7nvw2UFY

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 30, 2023

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- Ali Shutler
Nile Rodgers is working on new music with St. Vincent

Nile Rodgers is working on new music with St

Nile Rodgers has confirmed he’s currently working on new music with St. Vincent.

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Taking to Instagram to share a photo of the pair together, Rodgers wrote: “Working on new music with St. Vincent”.

He went on to describe St Vincent as “so real deal” and called the experience “fucking wonderful”.

“I’m trying to not lose my mind too,” he added.

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St. Vincent hasn’t said anything about the collaboration yet, but has been sharing various photos from within Electric Lady Studios on her Instagram.

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“Running the board, bitches,” she wrote last week while earlier this month, Willow Smith shared a picture from the studio featuring St. Vincent, leading many fans to believe a collaboration is in the works.

Speaking to Rolling Stone last year, Rodgers revealed a blossoming friendship with St. Vincent.

“Somehow she was introduced into my life only a few months ago,” said Rodgers. “I started to go back and listen to the work she had done with my old engineer and she started sending me some new stuff. I was like ‘wow! That’s really cool’.

He continued: “I would have never thought of using the guitar like that or composing like that and it was really interesting. It was very eclectic and she was using different ways of expressing herself, the fact that we’re vibing so much is interesting because just as guitarists we are very different. The fact she’s doing what she’s doing is really fascinating to me.”

He went on to say he could see himself collaborating with St. Vincent. “Right now we’re just vibing, listening to each other’s music and talking,” Rodgers explained. “But that could easily develop into a musical relationship.”

Nile Rodgers - VictoriousNile Rodgers performs live in January 2019. Image: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Live Nation

Last year, it was revealed that Coldplay have also been in the studio working on new music with Nile Rodgers.

St. Vincent’s last album, Daddy’s Home, was released in 2021.

More recently, St. Vincent has launched a podcast about the history of rock music and joined Metallica onstage for a performance of “Nothing Else Matters”. She’s also set to support Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 2023 tour.

St. Vincent will also appear alongside Fall Out Boy, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Charlie Puth, LeAnn Rimes, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Lady AJohn Legend, Beck and Brandi Carlile for A Grammy Salute To The Beach Boys, which takes place early next month

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- Rob Hughes
Guiding Light: Tom Verlaine RIP

In memory of Tom Verlaine, who has passed away aged 73, Uncut revisits our 2022 feature on Television’s frontman and guitarist.

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TV Personality
Forty-five years on, Marquee Moon remains an unassailable classic. But what of TELEVISION’s guiding light, the elusive TOM VERLAINE? Drawing on memories of exacting working methods, Froggy The Gremlin and Television’s unfinished fourth studio album, collaborators and bandmates separate fact from friction. “He’s remained true to himself over all the years,” hears Rob Hughes, “He’s following his instincts.”

In December 2007, Television snuck into the studio to start making a new album. The band spent two or three days recording ideas at New York’s Stratosphere Sound. Sadly, the long-overdue successor to 1992’s Television stalled right there. And hasn’t been touched since.

“We did around 14 things,” reveals guitarist Jimmy Rip. “They don’t have vocals on them and there are no guitar solos, but they’re songs. And some of them are great, I really love them.”

Rip puts in a call to Television leader Tom Verlaine around the same time each year. It’s become something of an in-joke over the past decade or so, a larkish reminder of unfinished business: “In the week between Christmas and New Year, I’ll call Tom up and say happy anniversary. He’ll say, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I’ll go, ‘I’m talking about those tracks!’ But it’s never had any effect. He’s like, ‘Well Jim, some day old Tom will just have it all finished.’”

The prospect of new Television songs, however remote, is a tantalising one. Never mind their slim studio legacy – 1977’s monumental Marquee Moon and luminous successor Adventure, plus that early ‘90s ‘comeback’ – the vitality and significance of their work remains unbroken by the roll of time.

Verlaine’s solo career has followed similar lines. After Television’s initial split in the late ‘70s, he began with a flurry of purpose, continuing deep into the next decade. But he slowed dramatically in the early ‘90s, not long after Television’s brief first reunion. His last solo album arrived in 2006, prompting speculation that New York’s most mercurial guitar hero may have run out of things to say.

“He’s kind of a mystery,” says Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, who coaxed Verlaine into playing on the soundtrack of Todd Haynes’ 2007 Dylan drama, I’m Not There. “I’ve known Tom for a long time and he’s just one of those guys that’s marching to his own drummer. I’m fascinated by him and what his daily life might be like. Or if he still has goals and ambitions. Like, is he all dried up or is he just circling the wagons and waiting for lightning to strike?”

Songwriter, producer and author Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s longtime guitarist, first met Verlaine in 1974. “He’s somewhat guarded,” he observes. “When I think of Tom, I have this image of him smoking a cigarette and peering out through the smoke with this kind of inquisitive gleam in his eye. He’s not an effusive public persona and has never been into putting on the costume of rock stardom. I believe he’s remained pretty true to himself over all the years, just following his instincts.”

The paucity of fresh product makes little difference to Verlaine’s legend, which was secured a long time ago. Television gained traction in the punk milieu of ‘70s New York City, but transcended the scene with their terse, visionary mix of art-rock and spatial jazz. At its heart was chief songwriter Verlaine, whose unique vocal cry was complemented by an angular, precise, explorative guitar style that his sometime lover Patti Smith once memorably likened to “a thousand bluebirds screaming”.

The relationship between Verlaine and co-guitarist Richard Lloyd was too fraught to last. But their remarkably fluid interplay – both live and in the studio, exchanging rhythm and leads – was a thing of rapture. He and Verlaine are estranged, though he’s generous enough to acknowledge his ex-bandmate’s influence.

“He’s an astonishing player,” offers Lloyd, who eventually quit Television in 2007, citing lack of studio activity. “And his lyrics and the way he composed tunes were very different than anybody else. There was a strain between us, but every time we played was a blessed moment. Frankly, the guy was a genius. I just got sick of not recording. I knew we had another album in us.”

Verlaine’s has always moved at his own curious pace. Raised in Delaware, the young Thomas Miller studied piano and played saxophone, to the detriment of formal studies. He befriended Richard Meyers at Sanford Preparatory School, the pair sharing a passion for music, books and poetry. In 1966, aged 16, they both quit school and – recasting themselves as fugitive poets – attempted to hitchhike to Florida. The law caught up with them soon enough.

Meyers finally escaped to New York City after Christmas, while Miller stayed on to finish school. By late ’68, though, he’d dropped out of college in South Carolina to join Meyers in the East Village. They hung out, wrote poetry together, scraped a living working in bookstores and, in 1971, started a band: The Neon Boys. Miller borrowed a surname from French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine, while Meyers became Richard Hell.

It was a vulnerable and conflicted friendship, intense and competitive. Hell the rebellious hotwire, Verlaine a study in cool reserve. “Tom and Richard were very much a yin/yang couple,” says Kaye. “I think they enhanced parts of each other’s personality that needed developing, almost like a mirror where you see what you want to be and don’t want to be. They did a poetry magazine together, where they constructed a persona – a fictional female poet and ex-prostitute from Hoboken called Theresa Stern – by aligning each of their faces.”

Meanwhile, Verlaine’s guitar-playing was growing ever more distinctive and ambitious. The Byrds, Dylan and the Stones had been ‘60s touchstones, but he drew greater inspiration from the free jazz adventures of Albert Ayler, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.

As the Neon Boys floundered, Verlaine started gigging solo around town. Richard Lloyd, then looking to join a band, caught him at Greenwich Village cabaret club Reno Sweeney in October 1973. “The first thing I remember was how put out he was by having to carry his own guitar and amp through the door,” Lloyd recalls. “But when he started playing he was quite something. I saw that he had the thing – the it – that I was hoping for in another person. I thought I could augment that.”

Lloyd would become part of The Neon Boys, who swiftly renamed themselves Television. They made their live debut – with Hell on bass and another old Delaware ally, drummer Billy Ficca – at the Townhouse Theatre on 2 March 1974.

Their slow ascent to greatness was initially honed over a weekly residency at CBGB that spring and support slots for Patti Smith at Max’s Kansas City. Smith and Kaye saw Television for the first time at CBGB, on Easter Sunday 1974. “Tom and Richard stood on opposite sides of the stage and Richard Lloyd was in the middle,” Kaye recalls. “Early Television was definitely bipolar in the truest sense. There was Richard Hell, kind of deconstructing music and building it back up, while Tom was almost a musical intellectual. He had so many free jazz roots. He liked garage rock. And as we got to know him, we got a real sense of his expanse as a guitar player. He makes each note mean something. He was always interested in how to express himself through the guitar, a very complex person.”

Jay Dee Daugherty, then drummer with The Mumps but soon to join the Patti Smith Group, attended the Max’s run. “Television were raw, exciting, uneven and teetering on the edge of chaos,” he remembers. “Tom’s originality as a songwriter and guitarist was so refreshing. You knew you were hearing something that certainly had antecedents, but had been reassembled in a way you would never have thought of. I was entranced by them.”

Daughtery would go on to engineer Verlaine’s epic “Little Johnny Jewel”, Television’s debut single, in August 1975. By then, Hell was out of the band, replaced by the more reliably adept Fred Smith. Television’s music may have been the result of a simpatico ensemble, but Verlaine was clearly in charge. The band’s ‘TV’ initials were no accident.

Hell – who politely declined to contribute to this feature, feeling he’d said enough about his testy relationship with Verlaine in his memoir I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp – was the first to fall foul of his dominant stewardship. “This town wasn’t big enough for the both of them,” notes Kaye. “And each of them had a very specific vision they wanted to pursue.”

Warranted or not, the popular image of Verlaine tended to be that of a slightly sour contrarian. Lloyd was quite happy for Verlaine to lead Television in the beginning. “But then he began to say no to gigs, on top of everything else,” he says. “He was very much the musical arbitrator of what we would or wouldn’t do.”

According to Lloyd, Verlaine turned down Malcolm McLaren’s pitch, pre-Sex Pistols, to manage Television. The same went for Tommy Mottola. And David Bowie’s offer to produce them. Marquee Moon was instead an object lesson in artistic control and endless patience. As one of the last original CBGB bands to record, Television were governed by Verlaine’s idea of optimal timing.

“Tom wouldn’t let anybody in that told him what to do,” Lloyd adds. “Tom had a twin brother who was into drugs and perished in the ‘80s. He never mentioned him. I think they’d been fighting in the womb for space. He wasn’t very fond of other people, especially musicians. Tom didn’t have a social life that could be seen. He would never go to CBGB’s, whereas I was always there. Smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee was his thing.”

While it’s evident that he and Lloyd didn’t get along, others have more agreeable recollections of Verlaine. “Television and the Patti Smith Group were a kind of brother and sister band,” Kaye explains. “Tom was very much a part of Horses, he played some beautiful solos on ‘Break It Up’ and ‘Elegie’. Tom and Patti had a pas de deux, as they say. They had a shared affection for flying saucers and detective stories and arcane films. I think they both inspired each other.”

Then there’s Verlaine’s sense of humour, an attribute not always apparent to those on the outside. “Besides being one of the sharpest cats I’ve ever met, Tom can be one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud people you can imagine,” insists Daugherty, who became a regular in Verlaine’s post-Television line-up. “His sense of the absurd is acute, sometimes genius and occasionally unrelenting. I’ve seen him stay in character of invented personae for extended stretches of time.”

Kaye cites one tour with Patti Smith in which he and Verlaine conversed in the raspy tones of Froggy The Gremlin, a character from ‘50s TV kids show Andy’s Gang, for an entire fortnight. “It was really kind of subversive children’s humour,” he says. “I think a lot of times Tom’s lyrics are really humorous too, though you have to go through a veil of imagery to find them.”

On the business front, Television’s split, post-Adventure, came as no surprise. Verlaine phoned Lloyd to tell him he was leaving the band. Lloyd replied that he’d been thinking about quitting too. Television ended in the summer of 1978. Verlaine wasted no time in assembling a studio band to record his first solo album.

The players on 1979’s Tom Verlaine included Daugherty, Fred Smith, B-52’s guitarist Ricky Wilson and John Cale/Patti Smith keyboardist Bruce Brody. “He was very charismatic in the studio, very calm,” Brody recalls. “You could tell he knew what he wanted, but also gave you the freedom to play your own thing. He wasn’t dictatorial in the slightest.”

Charcterised by devilish guitar, melodic verve and oblique wordplay, the album set the tone for the rest of Verlaine’s solo career. David Bowie acknowledged its influence almost immediately, recording “Kingdom Come” for 1980’s Scary Monsters. Bowie’s great hope, he said, was that Verlaine might attract a bigger audience.

The chance came pretty quickly. Invited to appear on the Scary Monsters sessions in New York, Verlaine instead engaged in the kind of wilful perfectionism that might otherwise be construed as self-sabotage. According to producer Tony Visconti, Verlaine spent the entire session trying out around 30 different guitar amps, repeating the same musical phrase on each in search of the ideal sound in his head. There was so little time left for recording that his contribution, if any, remains unheard. Nor did he return the following day.

Verlaine instead pressed on alone. Several of the same musicians from his debut came back for 1981’s Dreamtime (arguably Verlaine’s finest solo album), alongside newcomers like guitarist Ritchie Fliegler, another John Cale stalwart. “That was a very positive work environment,” asserts Fleigler. “And it was much more collaborative than people might imagine. We were all just sitting around playing, working out Tom’s songs, putting flesh onto bones. There was nothing oppressive or difficult about it. And it’s such a great-sounding record.”

Tom Verlaine is evidently no social animal. Yet for someone who seems to prefer a certain degree of distance, he’s not averse to the odd collaboration. And the less likely the better. In 1984 he produced “Swallows In The Rain” for obscure Glasgow quintet, Friends Again. The same year saw Verlaine repeat the favour on In Evil Hour, from Liverpool indie types The Room.

“He wouldn’t get up until midday, then he’d have a block of ice cream for breakfast,” recalls The Room’s singer Dave Jackson. “At the time, Becky [Stringer, bassist] and I were both reading Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, writers that he was really into. So we kind of bonded over that. And I liked his sarcastic humour.”

Verlaine even relocated to the UK for a time. “We ended up supporting him at The Electric Ballroom and The Hacienda,” continues Jackson. “He wasn’t sure about us doing those gigs, because he said he normally doesn’t get on with support bands and didn’t want to fall out with us. Then he came to watch us at The Marquee and told us off for being too loud! I remember him being quite rude about other bands. He heard Lloyd Cole’s version of ‘Glory’ and said it sounded like it was being played by a Soviet military band.”

Love And Money’s James Grant recounts a similar experience in early 1987, when he and his bandmates backed Verlaine on Channel 4’s The Tube. “He was pretty laconic on the whole, but we would have a laugh,” says Grant, whose Verlaine connection began with the aforementioned Friends Again. “In terms of other artists, I wasn’t sure what he liked, but I got to know what he didn’t. One night I’d watched a TV programme where David Byrne had bigged up Television. I told him, ‘I saw your pal David Byrne on the telly, saying nice things about you.’ Tom said: ‘HE’S. NOT. MY. PAL.’”

Grant remembers rehearsing for The Tube – where Verlaine showcased a couple of tracks from new album Flash Light, including a suitably explosive “Bomb” – at Maryhill Community Centre in Glasgow: “He played like he was about to burst into flames at any given moment. I remember watching him solo, on some bedevilled wave in those rehearsal rooms, thinking, ‘How fucking bizarre is this!’”

Grant and Jackson were just two of a number of next-generation artists indebted to the music of Verlaine and Television. His solo albums may not have been selling in huge quantities, but his cult status was enriched by the likes of REM, Echo & The Bunnymen, the Banshees and Rain Parade, all of whom covered Verlaine songs during the ‘80s.

As he moved into the next decade, it appeared as though he might finally have hit a perfect balance between the twin phases of his creative life. 1992’s Warm And Cool, a set of abstract instrumentals, coincided with Television’s return to the studio after a 14-year absence.Television was a strapping comeback, issued just as grunge and the new breed of American alt.rock were in ascendancy, as if to remind people of the band’s cultural significance.

Thrillingly too, there were live gigs: a Glastonbury set, European dates, shows in Japan, coast-to-coast treks throughout the States. Verlaine was poised for an extended run through the rest of the ‘90s. Not for the first time though, it didn’t pan out that way. Television were done with each other, again, within 12 months of reuniting. Verlaine dipped from view too. It would be several years before he returned to live performance. And much longer when it came to recording.

Jimmy Rip has known Verlaine for 40 years, having first played on 1982’s Words From The Front. The guitarist has since featured on most of his subsequent solo albums, as well as touring the world with Verlaine, either as part of Television or his solo band. Often they go out as an electric duo.

“Tom and I always ride in the same car together on tour, with me driving,” says Rip, who also heads up Jimmy Rip & The Trip. “We’ve travelled hundreds of thousands of miles together and have never done anything but laugh. I’m probably as close a friend as he’s got and I really consider Tom a brother. We have these amazing conversations, but he’s very guarded about his personal thoughts when it gets to a certain point. I’ve been as many layers down as you can get, and I know not to push it.”

Rip adds that Verlaine was initially so protective of his privacy that he used to ask to be dropped at a specific street corner in Manhattan after arriving home in the early hours. It was another eight or nine years before he allowed Rip to drive him to the building he actually lived in. “I thought it was hysterically funny,” he offers. “I didn’t get offended by it. That’s just Tom.”.

A year after Rip appeared on Songs And Other Things – one of two Verlaine albums released in 2006, alongside the all-instrumental Around, his most recent studio recordings – Lee Ranaldo recruited Verlaine for the I’m Not There project. He took his place in the Million Dollar Bashers, a supergroup that also included Wilco’s Nels Cline, Dylan bassist Tony Garnier and Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth bandmate, Steve Shelley.

“By nature, I think Tom is generally suspicious of people asking him to do things,” explains Ranaldo. “But when he saw that we were really dedicated to doing a good job because of our love for Dylan and Todd Haynes, he finally agreed.

“Getting to play dual guitars with Tom for a week was thrilling in itself,” he adds. “We were tasked with recreating the electric Dylan of ’66, but then Tom had this idea to do ‘Cold Irons Bound’, from a much later period [1997’s Time Out Of Mind]. It’s one of the greatest production performance things I’ve ever been involved with. Tom really transformed it into something of his own, slowing it right down to this wide-open song that lasted seven or eight minutes. He really had a vision for what he wanted. It was just beautiful.”

Verlaine has since made cameo appearances on albums by James Iha, Violent Femmes and longtime ally Patti Smith, but “Cold Irons Bound” marks his last truly compelling studio offering. Rip’s yearly appeals to complete the ‘lost’ Television album continue to fall on stony ground. Making records isn’t something that appears to excite Verlaine right now. His last stage performance, meanwhile, came in May 2019, with Television in Chicago.

He hasn’t disappeared altogether though. “I know that Tom’s playing guitar and always working on ideas,” reveals bassist and producer Patrick Derivaz, who debuted with Verlaine on 1992’s Warm And Cool. “I meet him every couple of weeks and it’s not always about just playing music. We’ll have lunch together. He likes Indian and Middle Eastern food. Or sometimes we’ll have a Mexican. We’ll talk about books, film, music, what’s happening in the world, all the craziness with Covid. It can be anything. In fact, he sent me an email just this morning.”

Ranaldo notes that his partner, photographer and artist Leah Singer, regularly runs into Verlaine on a street corner in Chelsea, close to his home. “Tom’s out on the street smoking, always in the exact same spot, which is kind of funny,” he says. “And you’ll see him around town, combing the bookstores.”

So much for day-to-day life. But what about work? Jimmy Rip has a theory about Verlaine’s prolonged sabbatical. “In my experience, Tom’s not the most generous person with emotions,” says Rip. “And maybe that filters down to why there’s such a lack of output. I think he keeps all that very, very close to him. He’s always been careful to look after the aesthetic of Television and doesn’t feel the pressure to make another record. Being on stage and making records is not a business to him. It’s really his life.”

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- Nick Hasted
Robert Plant, Mike Scott, Judy Collins and more triumph at this year’s UK Americana Awards

The eighth UK Americana Awards returned to the gilt-and-red splendour of London’s Hackney Empire on Thursday, after two Covid-enforced years away. Winning attendees included Robert Plant, Judy Collins and Mike Scott, alongside rising names of the UK and international Americana scenes.

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A relaxed Robert Plant beamed as he accepted the International Album of the Year for his second collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raise The Roof. Reflecting that “it’s been 14 years since our last confession”, he paid tribute to the project’s “polestar”, producer T Bone Burnett, for enabling him to go “from Wolverhampton to Nashville, a whole new world, and a whole new place to rest my voice”.

The awards were at least as much about the boost given to lesser-known talent, as Hannah White, winner of UK Song of the Year for “Car Crash”, demonstrated. “Someone said to me when I got nominated, I hope now you start believing in yourself as much as others people do,” she mused, plainly moved. “Now I bloody do!”

Pedal-steel player Holly Carter, the UK Instrumentalist of the Year, thanked “everyone who has welcomed me into this community”, and community was the night’s abiding theme. It was invoked most potently by Alison Russell, International Artist of the Year and International Song of the Year winner for “You’re Not Alone”. Speaking as an African-American woman in a genre the likes of Adia Victoria have called out for woefully underplaying its black practitioners and roots, she dedicated her success to “everyone who has been not welcomed, marginalised, fetishised, waiting on tables”. She also celebrated the Americana community as “a global affair…coming together in this melting pot from Canada to the Caribbean”. “It’s not, ‘What is Americana?’” she pointedly concluded. “It’s, ‘Who is Americana?’”

The all-female house band led by the Magic NumbersMichele Stodart and a preponderance of young female winners meanwhile refuted one historic bias. Married couple Ferris and Sylvester took home UK Album of the Year for Superhuman, and Elles Bailey was UK Live Act of the Year. Both performed, as did blues-rockers The Heavy Heavy, Simeon Hammond Dallas, playing a glam guitar solo in silver glitter and high heels, and Frank Turner, Best Selling UK Americana Album winner for FTHC, who sang his tribute to late Frightened Rabbit singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison, “A Wave Across A Bay”. Allison Russell played banjo on “You’re Not Alone” with Lady Nade, and was joined by Bailey and Miko Marks for an acoustic take on “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Songwriter Legacy Award winner Loretta Lynn.

Acoustically swinging Californian bluegrass band Nickel Creek were Trailblazer winners. Bob Harris Emerging Artist went to The Hanging Stars’ Byrds-indebted jangle was accompanied by the first of several David Crosby tributes, and Ralph McLean, Grassroots Award-winner for his Radio Ulster show, finished by quoting him: “Music is life. Keep on making music, and let your freak flag fly.”

The biggest musical highs were saved for last. Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Mike Scott [pictured] was dressed in cowboy hat and green suit, striking a stand-and-deliver guitar pose to blast out “Fisherman’s Blues”. International Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Judy Collins, wearing pink glitter jacket and heels and with a voice still finely honed at 83, sang the Joni Mitchell song she popularised in 1967, “Both Sides Now”, caressing its nostalgic phrases.

Collins returned to lead many of the night’s winners in another signature hit, “Amazing Grace”, with the help of the Hackney Empire Community Choir, singing out from the balcony. “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” they sang together, in an 18th century hymn embodying the spiritually transformative power of community invoked so often tonight. Allison Russell leaned in to duet, bringing gospel spirit. When Collins hit the final, heaven-piercing high notes, Russell bowed down to this last moving moment from a true Americana great.

Here’s the UK Americana Awards in full:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Scott of The Waterboys

International Lifetime Achievement Award
Judy Collins.

International Trailblazer Award
Nickel Creek

Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award
The Hanging Stars

Best Selling Americana Album
Frank Turner.

Grassroots Award
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

Songwriter Legacy Award
Loretta Lynn

UK Album of the Year
Superhuman by Ferris and Sylvester

International Album of the Year
Raise The Roof by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

UK Song of the Year
“Car Crash” by Hannah White

International Song of the Year
“You’re Not Alone” by Allison Russell feat. Brandi Carlile

UK Artist of the Year
Elles Bailey

International Artist of the Year
Allison Russell

UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Holly Carter

UK Live Act of the Year
Elles Bailey

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- Damien Love
New Order – Low Life (Definitive Edition)

New Order

It is May 14, 1984, and as the UK Margaret Thatcher would like to see remoulded in her image tears itself apart, New Order are doing their bit on the angels’ side, playing a benefit at London’s Royal Festival Hall in support of the nation’s striking miners. At the climax, they unveil a song no-one has ever heard before, one they’re still writing there on stage, jamming with their sequencers. In time, this track will grow exponentially, to become the launchpad for the next chapter of their eternally unlikely career; a track that exploits and expands the possibilities of the 12” single even more than “Blue Monday”; a track so endlessly, ever-changingly glorious you could live inside it, or at least lose a lifetime’s worth of weekends there. And its name is… and its name is… and its name is… “This one’s a new song,” Bernard Sumner says as he steps to the mic. “It’s called “I’ve Got A Cock Like The M1”.”

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As ever with New Order at their finest, the sublime and the ridiculous, heaven and earth, danced in close proximity at the messy birth of the song we would eventually come to know as “The Perfect Kiss”, signature track and – controversially, in those indier-than-thou days – lead single of their magnificent third LP, Low-Life.

Now getting the augmented deluxe treatment as the group’s exemplary series of “definitive” boxsets continues, it is clearer than ever that this shimmering, shadowy, grimy album, released in spring 1985, marked the commencement of their imperial phase. If 1983’s miraculous Power, Corruption And Lies was the moment New Order put it all together – all that pre-punk and punk and post-punk and kling-klang electro and ambience and rage and sadness and joy and confused, knowing naivete – Low-Life was where they set out to see how far they could take it.

In the time between the two albums, the group’s individual members had been stretching their studio technique, taking on a wild variety of producing jobs for other Factory Records acts, testing gear and ideas while searching for the perfect beat on other people’s records. They brought it all back home on Low-Life. Recorded in the dark, dying winter months of 1984, it is a record where individual influences are readily apparent, yet get set spinning in that perfect balance that becomes something else altogether.

Musically, inspirations include both the new club sounds New Order kept chasing, and the beloved old soundtrack LPs they cherished: “The Perfect Kiss” itself starts as an attempt to replicate Shannon’s “Let The Music Play”, then becomes a joyride through a gleaming, crime-infested Metropolis and out into the misty radioactive swamplands beyond, full of mutant funk frogs and laughing sheep. Conversely, “Face Up” begins like an ominous Blade Runner city fanfare, then gets hijacked by a sprightly Hi-NRG gang with “Temptation” tattooed across their knuckles.

The most persistent influence is Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, the album’s deity, whose revolutionary scores for Sergio Leone infect half of the eight tracks, most obviously New Order’s own unapologetic spaghetti western showdown, “Elegia”. (The semi-legendary 17-minute original cut, created in one relentless, well-fuelled 24-hour session because they’d been given free studio time, is among the extras, replete with admirably absurd cameos from the engineer’s passing nephews, stating their names for no reason.)

The most unexpected influence, however, is the band New Order were, as “Sunrise” – a raging argument with God, and another touched by the hand of Morricone – becomes the closest thing to a Joy Division song they’ve ever done. Perhaps, by this stage, they felt confident enough that they’d chased the last of the wrong sort of JD fans away to let that holy ghost back out; although they throw in another of Sumner’s most entirely-not-Ian-Curtis lyrics into “Face Up” just to make sure: “Your hair was long, your eyes was blue / Guess what I’m going to do to you… whoo!

As outlined by writer Jude Rogers in the book accompanying the set, other, external forces also shaped Low-Life. For one, the general pre-Orwellian feeling in the air as 1984 dragged to a toxic close. For another, the atmosphere of pressure being released in the underground London clubs where New Order spent their nights during recording, notably infamous leather-and-rubber fetish joint Skin Two: “This Time Of Night”, “The Perfect Kiss” and the album’s second single “Subculture” all soundtrack fascinated night-trawls through a decadent demimonde.

Simultaneously, the effort underway to break the band overground in America, via their implausible deal with Quincy Jones’ boutique, Warners-offshoot label Qwest (whose other big signing that year was Frank Sinatra), fed the decision to do such decidedly un-New Order-y things as include singles on the album, and feature their photographs on the sleeve. It is difficult now to convey the sheer sense of heresy this unleashed among the most heavily overcoated sections of the John Peel nation in 1985, yet it resulted in the most flawlessly New Order-y solutions.

Clad in its fragile second skin of translucent tracing paper, Peter Saville’s cover was his most beautiful object yet, framing his portraits of the group, shot on black-and-white Polaroid, like stills from a lost Dreyer movie. Meanwhile, the dilemma of having singles on the LP was circumvented by making those singles sound nothing like the album tracks: “Sub-culture” was radically re-sung and remixed into an amped-up Hamburg-harpsichord disco beast; while Low-Life’s truncated “Perfect Kiss” edit played like a trailer that only hinted at the grandeur of the 12” released the same week. To further the confusion, the “Perfect Kiss” video, recorded live in New Order’s practice room, featured yet another version again, although this hardly mattered as, at over 10 minutes, practically no TV station ever played it – another perfectly Factory promotional tool.

Directed by Jonathan Demme, fresh from Stop Making Sense, and exquisitely photographed by veteran cinematographer Henri Alekan, who shot La Belle Et La Bête for Cocteau and chased Audrey Hepburn through Roman Holiday, that majestic monster of a promo takes pride of place among two DVDs of video extras in this set. The album, included on vinyl and CD, is further enhanced by an additional CD of initial jams and rough mixes, showing tracks in early, mostly instrumental stages. Some differences are fascinating – “The Perfect Kiss” here is a softer thing, like Shannon dancing off with “Thieves Like Us”. Most surprising, though, and demonstrating how prolific they were, might be “Untitled 1”, a discarded writing session workout that sounds very much like it is about to become “Bizarre Love Triangle”, key track to New Order’s next LP, 1986’s Brotherhood.

It is the three-and-a-half hours of mostly unreleased live footage, however, that is the real meat. All cowbell and overheating computer chips, these five 1985 shows, shot warts and all from Tokyo to Toronto, demonstrate how phenomenal New Order were in performance at this stage, even – especially – when things were almost falling apart. Eschewing backing tracks to play sequencers and samplers “live”, what becomes clear is just how incredibly hard all four members worked on stage to keep it all going, pushing themselves and their unreliable, tetchy technology – machines truly not designed for this kind of road wear – to the limit.

To stretch one of their favourite movies into a metaphor – Kubrick’s 2001, which was on heavy rotation on the VHS during the album’s recording – if the Power, Corruption And Lies epoch saw them discovering the big black monolith on the moon that was “Blue Monday”, the Low-Life era is where they took that knowledge and blasted off for Jupiter and beyond, accompanied by technology that had its own personality and peculiar agenda. They all went spellbindingly mad on the way, and they gave birth to a starchild. There are imperfections everywhere, and it is perfect.

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- Sam Richards
Meg Baird – Furling

Meg Baird

It’s 20 years now since Meg Baird co-founded Espers in her home city of Philadelphia. With Baird sharing lead vocals with Greg Weeks, the band became a mainstay of New Weird America, striking a noble balance between psychedelic exploration and deference to the set texts of folk-rock. Espers fizzled out amicably in 2010, by which point Baird had already embarked on a solo career. However, lacking the extrovert quality of peers like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Baird has always flown somewhat under the radar.

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All-acoustic debut Dear Companion (2007) seemed to suggest she was happiest reinterpreting folk standards; even the two original compositions on that record cleaved closely to the form. But since then, there’s been an ever-so-gradual evolution in her songwriting and a broadening of her vision. Furling finally feels like the full blossoming of a long-hinted-at talent.

Whereas the credits for 2011’s Seasons On Earth read like a who’s who of the Philly underground – Chris Forsyth, Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore – pretty much everything on Furling is played by Baird, who now resides in the far north of California, and her partner Charlie Saufley. But as the duo’s contributions to psych-folk supergroup Heron Oblivion prove, they can do noisy and expansive as well as hushed and reverent. What’s new is a kind of rich, jazz-adjacent warmth, reminiscent of The Weather Station’s Ignorance or Joni Mitchell’s Hejira. A couple of songs are led by piano instead of guitar, with a bonus dusting of vibraphone. Her drums, though slow and simple, are more prominent than before, lending the music a steady flow, and occasionally even something approaching a groove.

Baird is so confident in this new mode that opener “Ashes, Ashes” shimmers and swirls luxuriously for six minutes without the ‘song’ beginning at all; there’s just her gorgeous wordless vocal, dividing itself in two, then two again, creating some dazzling harmonic patterns. As the coda of “Twelve Saints” confirms, harmonising with yourself rather than others can create a unique resonance, a slightly disquieting closeness Baird exploits to stunning effect.

Baird’s professed obsession with David Roback manifests itself on “Star Hill Song”, which sounds a lot like prime Mazzy Star. Hear how she subtly layers three separate guitar parts – an acoustic strum, a vaguely country-ish lead and a Spanish background shimmer, plus brushed drums and a lazy tambourine – to create an instant tableau of twilit romantic regret.

While the music marks a subtle progression through life, the lyrics tally up what’s been lost – the inevitable but still painful cost of living. “Early one evening, just call out my name / And you’ll see it’s not the same any more” run the final lines of “Cross Bay”, which reinstates a more familiar style, Baird singing high and defiantly fragile over fingerpicked acoustic guitar like perennial touchstone Vashti Bunyan. But the song’s indelible melody and flurry of unexpected chords at the end underline an increased confidence in her songwriting powers. This means she’s also able to provide ample consolation for those creeping midlife crises. “Blossoms falling down / Sometimes it’s better than being found”, she sings, as “Ship Captains” transitions expertly from chilly, uncertain verse to warm, enveloping chorus. “We’ll make it alright again”.

The vibraphone returns on “Twelve Saints”, shadowing acoustic guitars that drip with silvery reverb and melancholy. Baird claims she’s never played vibes before, but sitting there in the studio, it proved impossible to resist (“Especially being such a huge Tim Buckley fan,” she says, “there was no way I wasn’t going to at least see what it sounded like.”). Tim Green’s Louder Studios, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, turned out to be an inspirational location all-round; festooned with fallen branches, it feels like you’re recording in a forest glade. On one occasion, Baird and Green even pulled the microphone cords outside to capture the sound of the local treefrogs, credited on the album as ‘The Grass Valley Ghost Pine Chorus’.

But unlike those early Espers albums, Furling doesn’t attempt to play up its wyrd, mystical qualities. The emotion on display feels very upfront, whether it’s the blissful realisations of “Will You Follow Me Home?” – “Someone likes me, someone loves me!” – or the sad acceptance of living with death on the album’s final track, “Wreathing Days”. It’s a straightforward piano-and-vocal affair, but the way the chord pattern suddenly brightens halfway through, as if providing a shoulder to cry on, is breathtaking.

Baird says she forced herself to write songs with more structure and movement, to avoid making the same record over and over again. By doing so, she’s brought feelings to the surface that previously she may have kept veiled. It feels like a significant breakthrough.

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- Michael Bonner
Bernie Taupin announces memoir, Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, And Me

Bernie Taupin has announced details of his memoir, Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, And Me.

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The book will be published by Octopus Books on September 7.

Much of Taupin’s career has already been documented by Elton John in his songwriting partner’s own autobiography Me or the 2019 biopic, Rocketman.

But Scattershot will allow Taupin to tell his story from his own perspective.

“It was never my intention to write a traditional A to Z autobiography,” says Taupin. “I began a few years back composing essays and observations on my life that ultimately gained momentum and started to look like a book. From then on it became a long, arduous task that was both exhilarating and liberating. It was also a lot of fun and immensely beneficial in blowing the dust off a lot of what I’d forgotten about. Hopefully, there’s something in it for everybody. It’s contemplative, self-assessing, and attempts to stay off the beaten path in not regurgitating what’s already been written. Nonlinear, it’s an exploratory trip bouncing back and forth along the decades.”

Taupin met John in 1967 and together the pair went on to enjoy a stellar career that’s endured for decades.

The book promises plenty of drama and insight:

“In Scattershot, readers visit Los Angeles with Bernie and Elton on the cusp of global fame. We spend time in Australia at an infamous rock ‘n’ roll hotel in an endless blizzard of drugs and spend late-night hours with John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra. And beyond the world of popular music, we witness memorable encounters with writers like Graham Greene, painters like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and scores of notable misfits, miscreants, eccentrics, and geniuses, known and unknown. And of course, even if they’re not famous in their own right, they are stars on the page, and we discover how they inspired the indelible lyrics to songs such as ‘Tiny Dancer,’ ‘Candle in the Wind,’ ‘Bennie and The Jets’, and so many more.”

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- Michael Bonner
Hear Steve Gunn & David Moore’s beautiful, meditative instrumental, “Over The Dune”

Steve Gunn has collaborated with David Moore on a new instrumental album, Let the Moon Be a Planet.

The album pits Gunn’s improvisatory guitar playing against Moore’s piano. They’ve released a new song “Over The Dune” to introduce the album, which you can hear below. The song comes with a “single shot” video by filmmaker Jason Evans.

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Let the Moon Be a Planet will be released March 31, 2023 in LP, CD, and digital editions. The album represents the first volume of Reflections, a new series of contemporary collaborations orchestrated by RVNG Intl.

Gunn and Moore will also support the album with some live dates, including two in the UK:

April 2, 2023 – Big Ears – Knoxville, TN
April 5, 2023 – G Live Lab – Helsinki, FL
April 6, 2023 – Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
April 8, 2023 – BRDCST Festival – Brussels, BE
April 9, 2023 – Rewire Festival – The Hague, NL
April 10, 2023 – Cafe OTO – London, UK
April 12, 2023 – Stereo – Glasgow, UK
April 27, 2023 – (Le) Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

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- Tom Skinner
Paul McCartney announces new photography book, 1964: Eyes Of The Storm

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has announced a new photography book containing 275 never-before-seen images taken by the former Beatle himself.

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Titled 1964: Eyes Of The Storm, the project provides an intimate look at the months towards the end of 1963 and beginning of 1964 when Beatlemania took off in the UK, and the Fab Four rose to global fame after their first US trip.

The featured photographs are McCartney’s personal record of this historic period in music, and were shot in six cities: Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami. Fans will see many previously-unreleased portraits of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

In his foreword and introductions, McCartney recalls the “what else can you call it – pandemonium” of that time of his career and conveys his impressions of Britain and America in 1964.

The idea for 1964: Eyes Of The Storm came about back in 2020 when nearly a thousand photographs taken by Paul McCartney on a 35mm camera was re-discovered in his archive.

“Anyone who rediscovers a personal relic or family treasure is instantly flooded with memories and emotions, which then trigger associations buried in the haze of time,” says McCartney.

the official cover of Paul McCartney's new photo book '1964: Eyes Of The Storm'‘1964: Eyes Of The Storm’ – Paul McCartney. Image: Penguin / Press a black and white image from Paul McCartney's new photography book '1964: Eyes Of The Storm'‘1964: Eyes Of The Storm’ – Paul McCartney. Image: Penguin / Press

“This was exactly my experience in seeing these photos, all taken over an intense three-month period of travel, culminating in February 1964. It was a wonderful sensation to be plunged right back.”

McCartney continued: “Here was my own record of our first huge trip, a photographic journal of The Beatles in six cities, beginning in Liverpool and London, followed by Paris (where John and I had been ordinary hitchhikers three years before), and then what we regarded as the big time, our first visit as a group to America.”

The book also includes an introduction by Harvard historian and New Yorker essayist Jill Lepore, a preface by Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and an essay by Senior Curator Rosie Broadley.

1964: Eyes Of The Storm is due for publication on June 13 via Penguin (pre-order here). You can see the cover artwork, a preview image and the official trailer above.

The photographs will also be displayed for the first time in the exhibition, Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm, at the National Portrait Gallery. It runs from June 28 until October 1, 2023.

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- Nick Hasted
Reviewed! Bob Dylan’s Fragments: Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997)

I heard Time Out Of Mind’s miracle on a preview cassette in a friend’s parked car, our jaws dropping to at least four plainly great songs from a hero who’d seemed spent. Then there was Daniel Lanois’s production: an inescapable, miasmic atmosphere thicker yet than his work on Oh Mercy, technologically mutating the echoing ’50s sound Dylan had requested. Twenty-five years on, “Standing In The Doorway”, “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven”, “Not Dark Yet” and “Highlands” are still peaks, and Lanois’s work still sometimes tips from essential to overwhelming, just as he and Dylan fiercely wrestled for control during the record’s fraught Miami sessions.

Fragments, the new five-disc Bootleg Series excavation of those sessions, reimagines Time Out Of Mind in a Michael Brauer remix which strips away Lanois’s arguable excesses, leaving it closer, it’s claimed, to how the music sounded in the room. It also disinters initial, autumn 1996 sessions at Lanois’s funky Teatro home studio in Oxnard, California, discovering mind-blowing sketches for a radically different, R&B-flavoured album, its death-haunted lyrics less important than Dylan’s lusty exuberance at his creative rebirth. Seemingly lesser songs now dance from the speakers, reborn.

Fragments also traces the work’s January 1997 shift in Miami towards its final form, adds Never-Ending Tour reimaginings of the songs and, in a fifth disc, relevant tracks already released on Tell-Tale Signs. That collection’s motherlode of great unreleased songs seems exhausted, the Bootleg Series now instead focusing on showing facets of Dylan’s many jewels in a new light.

It’s a moot point just how stripped back this remix really is, as Dylan’s voice retains a Sun Studio echo, and the same worked-over takes are used. The album’s vinyl incarnation also anyway steered much closer to the jumping ’50s sound Dylan wanted. Here, though, lost verses return, and that voice is the absolute focus – driven on by massive drums on “Love Sick”, left still more bereft on “Standing In The Doorway” and upfront in its gorgeous articulation of disaffection on “Not Dark Yet”.

“Dirt Road Blues”’ skipping roadhouse groove is bettered by “Million Miles”’ slinky urban simmer, its cymbals’ jazzy, crystalline glint and rock’n’roll guitar’s rough, metallic grain sounding like a Shadow Kingdom refit. The drums then stormily whip up “Cold Irons Bound”, Dylan seeing “nothing but clouds of blood” in this version. “Make You Feel My Love” is a glorious gospel ballad carried by hushed organ, “Can’t Wait” is sexy, funky and funny with a steam-hammer beat. “Highlands”, enlivened by spectral touches of wild mercury guitar, reveals its unsuspected, close connection to more phantasmagoric mid-’60s epics, as he follows “the snap of the bow” into the titular, mythic hills.

Discs 2 and 3 detail the sessions that led to this, opening with the Oxnard “Dreamin’ Of You”, wildly different to both its Tell-Tale Signs take and evolution as “Standing In The Doorway”. Now Dylan sounds like an Al Green loverman in a dimly lit club as dawn breaks, and feels like “a ghost in love”. “I squandered the years of my youth,” he finally confesses. “It’s a scary thing, the truth.” “The Water Is Wide” switches to a humbly prayerful folk vocal, and “Red River Shore (Version 1)” sounds straight off The Basement Tapes, Dylan deliberately choosing from a wealth of styles.

The R&B mood then returns in Miami. “Not Dark Yet (Version 1)” is more unbelievable yet, up-tempo Memphis country-soul with Willie Mitchell-style guitar. “Nah, it’s not dark yet,” Dylan decides.

“Can’t Wait (Version 1)” is a mighty take, the band meeting Dylan’s rasping roar with smashing drums. Excised lyrics are equally majestic, cutting to Time Out Of Mind’s heart: “Well my back is to the sun because the light is too intense/ I can see what everyone in the world is up against”; and, “I’m getting old/ Anything now can happen to anyone.” People revere Dylan’s 1979-80 ‘Gospel’ shows, captured on the Bootleg Series’ Trouble No More. His blues and soul singing here is still more fiercely potent, these session performances ranking among his very best.

“Cold Irons Bound” is good Lanois sonic weirdsville, guitars and keyboards blurring. “Make You Feel My Love (Take 1)” already sounds like an AOR classic Clapton would kill for, studio applause breaking out at Dylan’s sensitive balladeer singing. As the sessions progress towards their familiar destination, interest inevitably falls away. On “Not Dark Yet (Version 2)”, the tone we know locks tights, as Dylan finally accepts his words’ deathly weight.

The live disc draws strongly on what sound like audience recordings of Dylan’s landmark 2000 tour, when his voice and intent were at their strongest for years. Birmingham’s “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” is unrecognisable, of course, refashioned as the sort of lacily delicate old-time ballad “Love And Theft” would soon introduce. Nashville ’99’s “Can’t Wait” adds a reggae lope to its funk, Dylan pushing his voice hysterically high. Last comes “Highlands” in Newcastle, Australia in 2001, a shaggy-dog talking blues told in stand-up nightclub fashion, so jauntily uptempo it shaves six minutes from the album.

No one thought that Dylan would make one of his finest albums in 1997 (or maintain that hot streak for the next quarter-century). No one thought, either, that the outtakes from such sessions could fill a compelling, sometimes revelatory box set. But here it is.

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- Will Richards
David Crosby was working on a new album when he died

David Crosby. Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

The late David Crosby was working on a new album when he died, a collaborator has revealed.

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Crosby, a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, died last week (January 19) at the age of 81 following a long illness.

The legendary songwriter played his last gig in 2019, but guitarist Steve Postell told Variety that new music was on the way, and that Crosby “seemed practically giddy” about the new material.

David didn’t think he was gonna last for years, which he joked about all the time. But there was no sense that we weren’t gonna be able to do this show and these tours,” Postell – who was working on the music with Crosby – said.

“We were talking tour buses and what kind of venues and the whole team was all back together again – the road manager and tour manager and sound guys – on top of this band we’d put together. There was not even a remote sense that we weren’t about ready to hit the world. And it’s a shame people didn’t get to hear it.”

Postell added that the pair had gone into rehearsals the week before Crosby’s death, and that a tour was in the works.

“He was showing us new songs, like, ‘What do you think of these lyrics?’ He hadn’t lost the fire. I’d like people to know that he was on it,” the guitarist said.

“He was writing, playing, singing his ass off and preparing a fantastic show. That’s what he was doing. He was not lying in a bed for two years, out of it. That’s not what happened at all.”

David CrosbyDavid Crosby. Image: Burak Cingi / Redferns

In the days following his death, Crosby’s friends, collaborators and fans have paid tribute to him online.

Graham Nash – his bandmate in Crosby, Stills & Nash, paid tribute, saying that it was with “a deep and profound sadness” that he learned about Crosby’s death.

“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years,” he wrote.

Neil Young also shared his memories of the late Crosby. In a blog post on his Neil Young Archives website, he wrote: “David is gone, but his music lives on. The soul of CSNY, David’s voice and energy were at the heart of our band. His great songs stood for what we believed in and it was always fun and exciting when we got to play them together.

“Almost Cut My Hair”, “Deja Vu” and so many other great songs he wrote were wonderful to jam on and Stills and I had a blast as he kept us going on and on. His singing with Graham was so memorable, their duo spot a highlight of so many of our shows.”

Crosby’s wife confirmed the news of his death in a statement given to Variety, writing: “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away.

“He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music.”

She continued: “Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”

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- Tom Skinner
Sparks re-sign to Island Records for new album The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte

Sparks

Sparks have returned to Island Records after almost 50 years to release their 26th studio album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte.

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The Los Angeles duo’s breakthrough third record, Kimono My House, came out via the label back in 1974. Sparks remained with Island until 1976. Their seventh LP, 1977’s Introducing Sparks, was released through Columbia (US) and CBS (UK).

On January 24, Sparks – comprising brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have confirmed that the follow-up to 2020’s A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip will arrive on May 26. Pre-orders are currently not available.

Per a press release, the forthcoming full-length project sees the band continue down a “unique and uncompromising path”, and is described as a “bold, genre defying, modern masterpiece”.

The group are yet to share a single, tracklist or official artwork for The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte. See the announcement tweet below.

BREAKING NEWS! Sparks signs with Island Records! New album coming May 2023!#TheGirlIsCryingInHerLatte ☕ pic.twitter.com/76YsObTVwy

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) January 24, 2023

Speaking of their return to Island, Sparks said in a joint statement: “Funny how things work! One of the most memorable periods for Sparks, the one that forever cemented our relationship with the UK and also exposed Sparks to a bigger audience around the world, was the 70s Island Records era.

“And here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career.”

They continued: “We’re happy that after so much time, we’ve reconnected with Island, sharing the same spirit of adventure that we all had way back when, but with our new album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte.”

Louis Bloom, Island President, added: “Sparks have always been one of the most original, ground-breaking and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves. It’s an honour and thrill having Sparks back on Island.

“Next year it will be 50 years since Island released Kimono My House. That album sounded like it came from the future and once again with The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else.”

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29 Mango Fashion Finds That Give Major Going Out Energy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying to explore more than ever before. I just recently moved to the West Coast, and the allure of grabbing drinks after work, going out on dates, and eating my way through LA’s culinary scene has more allure than ever before. If you’re like me, and you’re wanting to take the night (while looking amazing of course)—I know the perfect retail destination. Enter Mango. I love Mango’s selection of sophisticated yet cool clothing. I dug through the sites varying styles and curated some fashions perfect for a rendezvous under the stars.

Ahead shop beautiful mini dresses, subtly sexy tops, pretty shoes, and so much more. Whether you’re going for a classic GNO or building up your Hinge roster, keep scrolling for a piece that’ll get you in the mood.

Wear this red number for a pretty Valentine's Day outfit.

Sling backs are such a classic go-with-everything shoe. 

The contrast stitching is so cool.

Pair with tall boots for a fun yet elegant look. 

Feels like a t-shirt, but it looks more elevated. 

Take this look from work to happy hour. 

We've all been out without a jacket. No more. 

Pair with a camisole, boots, and a leather jacket for a more toned-down look. 

Pair with fishnets and a black sweater for an unexpected dose of sexy.

So simple yet so chic.

Make it a set for a seamlessly elegant vibe. 

A classic top that can be worn with a variety of looks. Pair with leather pants and boots for a nightime look.

The bold red leather jacket adds a fiery flair. 

The sharp point and kitten heel are so good. 

Satin is so effortlessly sexy. 

The neckline on this is so pretty.

The lace trim adds the perfect touch.

Side-cut outs to show the teeniest bit of skin.

Wrap dresses always look so great on everyone.

Slit hems take a regular pair of pants and make them a night out appropriate. 

Block heels are bold but comfy.

Yes to asymmetrical hems. 

Crocodile is a texture lovers dream. 

Pair with a cute wrap skirt for a ballerina-inspired date-night look.

This dress is simply so fun. 

A little lace never hurt anybody.

These will pair with a lot more outfits than it seems. 

Take this on your next vacation getaway. 

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I Started Spring-Cleaning My Closet—6 Trends I'm Adding and 6 I'm Donating

Even though it's the first days of February, I'm not going to lie, my mind is already on the first days of spring. As the year begins to approach March and April, organizing my closet is the first thing on my mind as I rotate my wardrobe from the fall and winter to spring and summer. I'm type A by nature, and nothing is more relaxing to me than spring-cleaning.

After moving into an apartment with smaller closets and turning over my wardrobe in the New Year, I'm back for round two. As a fashion editor, I try and buy so many trends to write about every month, but for every look I incorporate into my wardrobe, something else in my rotation has to give. With limited closet space, spring trends have to be good ones to stick around—and the ones that don't are heading to the chopping block (read: my friends' wardrobes, who love coming over and raiding mine).

Below, six spring trends I'm adding to my closet or keeping, and six that I'm gleefully saying goodbye to.

I have to admit I was never the biggest fan of low-rise jeans on me. Sure, the style was all over my favorite celebrities and there were more than enough retailers offering the silhouette in my size, but I never was never able to fully embrace the trend after trying it out for a few outfits. Thankfully, low-rise seems like it's on its way out, and in its place the anti-skinny-jean trend has emerged, consisting of boot-cut, flare, and straight-leg denim. Sign me up.

I hoard sneakers like it's my job, and 2023 was the year I told myself I had to donate at least half of the white leather pairs I own. In their place I've adopted trendier, athletic sneakers reminiscent of the '80s and '90s. Lined, sporty styles like the Adidas x Gucci Gazelle sneakers and Onitsuka Tigers have taken over my heart (and my closet).

Spring is here, and so are ultra-chic cardigans. After last year's coastal grandmother trend, I've adopted softer, timeless silhouettes into my wardrobe, which means ditching harsh, structured tops like corsets. While I'm down for a dramatic bustier here and there, it doesn't have to live in my closet all the time, especially not the green lace version I rewore for a Tinker Bell Halloween costume. Thank you, next.

If anyone asks who my personal arch nemesis of 2022 was, it was pantaboots. The out-there footwear-and-legging hybrid was something I couldn't escape, and I have to admit I caved in and bought a pair of sock boots that were heavily discounted. After they sat untouched for months on end and took up space, I've ditched them for moto and biker boots that I've seen all over my FYP (and Miu Miu's runway).

Although I'm a big fan of expensive-looking full-length fur coats reminiscent of chic, older women from New York City's Upper East Side, fur-trimmed detailing on coats, cardigans, and shirts is a trend I'm passing on to my friends and family this month. Don't get me wrong—the trend is a fun way to spice up an understated outfit, but as a complete minimalist at heart, I know smooth trench coats are the way to go. I've been into the long, leather looks and Matrix-style coats as of late.

I carry around way too much, so micro bags just aren't my thing in 2023. While I'll be keeping one or two in my closet, there's no need to have more than 10, and instead, I'm passing off these super-cute (yet impractical) picks to all the cool fashion people in my life looking to build their collection. Oversize totes and hobo bags are doing it for me as of late, and there's nothing more thrilling than opening a purse and realizing you can fit more than just your wallet and a packet of gum in it.

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I Stopped by the Urban Outfitters Store–17 Pieces I Tried on That are Worth It

Walking into a fresh, clean retail store has become a euphoric experience for me. There’s just something about seeing pieces IRL, starting a fitting room, and leaving with the immediate gratification of purchase that does it for me. This week, I popped (well intended to pop until I got carried away) into the three-story Herald Square Urban Outfitters store and two hours later, these are my findings. 

I tried on a mixture of comfortable knitwear, modern basics, lustworthy accessories, and (one of my favorite items to shop at Urban Outfitters) pants. From cargo pants to baggy jeans to relaxed trousers, I definitely hit the pants jackpot.

PSA, I took pictures of everything I loved and included it below so that you can shop right from the comfort of your couch. Keep scrolling to enjoy in the experience. 



Yes, I immediately dipped into the menswear section for this dreamy crochet button down. I stuck to Jacquemus-type hues for the rest of the ensemble. I added a simple cropped tank top, these neccessary camel trousers, and this relaxed baguette bag with hardware details. As I mentioned my kinship to Urban Outfitters pants, these tailored trousers were the perfect balance of a baggy pant with structured details. 

My bent for bright accessories was very obvious upon seeing this highlighter-orange bucket hat. From there, I saw the bag and the rest is history. Although the accessories are the statement, this beige knit top is not to be overlooked as it was super cozy–the ideal work-from-home or lounge top. 

This was my "casual city girl" look featuring my favorite find–these green parachute pants. They are definitely baggy but with a drawstring waist that has them fitting anyone perfectly. An extremely fuzzy cardigan, an athleisure tank top, and this super cool Dodgers hat finished off my look.

Confession, I have this purse in pink but seeing it in black almost had me doubling up. So many trends in this look with the cropped cargo jacket, popcorn-textured dress, and chunky hoop earrings. These earrings are reminiscent of the viral Bottega Veneta pair that everyone is wearing currently, yet they're only $15. 

Another favorite piece was this oversized button down, I wore it open so it wouldn't overwhelm the whole ensemble. And of course, I'm in love with the jeans because The Ragged Priest has the best affordable trend-forward denim. I tossed on this subtle Yankee's hat in tan. 

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And Now, the First 37 Mango Items I'm Shopping in 2023

Last summer, when Mango launched its premiere line selection, I was all over it. Wool miniskirts with matching menswear-inspired coats, chrome-toe pumps, waistcoat suits, and more—the collection included everything I wanted to buy at the time, and though the price tag was slightly higher than Mango's standard range, the pieces had the quality to back them up. Now, just in time for spring, the Spanish brand's gone and done it all over again. 

Selection's second collection arrived early this week and is already showing signs of one-upping the first. Those Miu Miu–inspired knee-length, low-rise, pleated skirts that everyone and their sister are scouring the internet for? They're in there. Metallic accessories, including a $100 pair of Mary Jane ballet flats? They're in there. Sheer lace, chunky silver jewelry, floor-length slips, and super-strappy heels all, too, made the cut. In fewer words, for the second time in a row, Mango's dropped an offering full of all the pieces I want at the moment. And I get the feeling that I'm not the only one. 

Scroll down to shop the first Mango items I'm shopping this year. 

A tissue-thin turtleneck makes for the perfect layering piece. 

The $26 version of Bottega Veneta's viral teardrop earrings. 

I can't stop talking about these. 

These flats are going to sell out, it's just a matter of when. 

A miniskirt worth adding to your closet. 

A beauty. 

Whenever I scout a really good tank, I stock up. 

Belts are too often slept on. Let's change that. 

Pencil skirts are getting a makeover in 2023. 

Finally, a tie-dye technique that feels fresh and modern. 

It's giving dark-academia vibes. 

These are true beauties. 

The sheer look is everywhere right now. 

Compliments will be in abundance. 

We as a collective need to wear more bracelets. 

The classiest. 

The '90s look is always in. 

It's never a bad idea to have a formal dress in your wardrobe for last-minute occasions.

The 2023 way to wear a suit always includes a waistcoat.

Most leather blazers feel more 2020 than 2023, but this worn-in alt is surprisingly fresh. 

A simple beauty. 

These will dress up even the most casual jeans-and-tee outfits. 

Low-rise maxis are all anyone's talking about in the Who What Wear NYC office lately. 

Pretty in pink. 

Extra strappy. 

Size up to get that oversize, but still tailored look. 

Now to find a cocktail hour to wear this too. 

Not your average hoops. 

Pair this with a low-rise, statement skirt to get the Valentino look. 

Longer, fuller skirts are 2023's alternative to micro minis. 

A fresh take on the high-low hemline of the '00s. 

If I didn't know better, I'd assume this necklace cost at least four times this much. 

A true beauty.

Style these easily with vintage jeans and a poplin shirt. 

All of a sudden I'm craving pistachio ice cream. 

A chicer alt for an all-black suit.  Shop the matching Straight Suit Pants ($130).

Amp up the volume. 

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A Gucci Bag Is Forever, But These Top 6 Styles Feel Especially Current

The esteemed House of Gucci, which began as a luxury luggage brand after founder Guccio Gucci’s brief stint as a bellhop, has become one of the most recognizable and covetable brands in history—period. Gucci bags have adorned the wrists of some of the most powerful women in history, including Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, and Grace Kelly, etching a permanent mark on the culture and making each Gucci bag a small piece of fashion history.

Under Alessandro Michele’s “Geek Chic”–inspired direction, Gucci’s heritage styles have evolved from the grown and sexy direction emblematic of the Tom Ford era. His new designs remain loyal to Gucci’s iconic design language while giving a nod to the eccentricities that make the cool kids so damn cool. During his ongoing tenure, he has reintroduced classic silhouettes like the Jackie and created new ones like the Dionysus, which has quickly achieved a cult-like following. Everything released under Michele’s direction is tied to a long history of winning designs, so it’s safe to say the six Gucci bags below will remain favorites for years to come.

Keep scrolling to read more about the storied House of Gucci, fun facts about each of the six bag styles, and of course, the most coveted styles currently on the market.

Crafted from naturally tanned leather without the use of chemicals, the Jackie bag only gets more lived in and supple with time. The latest iteration of the style adds a practical, modern second shoulder strap to use as a crossbody. This beautiful bag can also be customized with your initials in gold. Fun fact: Originally, this bag was named the “Fifties Constance” and was only renamed “Jackie” after Jacqueline Kennedy used it to block paparazzi from taking photos of her. Almost 80 years later, this style is still as timeless as ever and reminiscent of the contemporary American style that has influenced so many designers.  . Why we love it: Michele has unofficially appointed Harry Styles as the star of the reintroduction of the Jackie bag, ushering in a new gender-fluid era that is so Gucci.

Simply stunning.

The only red bag you’ll ever want to wear.

The hardware is iconic.

Use the adjustable strap to get two bags in one.

The chicest everyday bag.

The Diana bag was named after the beloved Princess Diana, who could be found wearing the style everywhere from the gym to school drop-offs to formal events. Michele reintroduced the classic ’90s bag this past July on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, reinforcing that everything he makes is imbued with meaning and dedication to the heritage of the brand. Since then, it’s been spotted on everyone from the always-glam J.Lo to the aspirationally bohemian Sienna Miller. Fun fact: The bamboo handle was originally created in 1947 out of necessity due to a trade embargo during World War II. Due to a resulting leather shortage, Gucci artisans experimented with several different materials including wicker, raffia, and bamboo, which they eventually discovered could be bent into a handle with heat and sealed into place using a now-patented burnishing process. The removable neon rubber bands placed over the handles in the 2021 version of the Diana bag are a nod to the bands originally used to keep the handles in their bent shape. Why we love it: The rich history surrounding the Diana bag makes it a piece of history that will never depreciate in sentimental value.

The pop of green is so current.

When old worlds and new worlds collide.

The detachable strap comes in clutch when you need to use both hands.

Nerds rule the world.

Yes to the bamboo handle.

The horse-bit hardware is just as iconic as Gucci’s signature GG logo and has a registered trademark from the U.S. Patent Office to prove it. The double ring and bar design was birthed after Aldo Gucci (played by Al Pacino in House of Gucci) noticed an increasing interest among the equestrian elite due to lore around his father’s original job as an alleged saddlemaker. Aldo leaned into the tale, weaving equestrian references into the fabric of Gucci, including the horse-bit clasp.  Fun fact: A horse bit is a mouthpiece used to foster communication between horse and rider.  Why we love it: While monogrammed prints deserve a special seat in fashion history, there is something so elegant about a non-logo design that is just as identifiable. The Horsebit bag exudes a quiet confidence that we could use more of in this world.

That GG.

Love at first sight.

Aside from being aesthetically perfect, the inside is separated by three compartments to keep you organized.

This saddle silhouette is so bougie.

Chic.

The Dionysus bag was first revealed to the world to much fanfare at one of Michele’s first runway shows in 2015. The Greek god of pleasure and revelry, Dionysus (also known as Bacchus), is embodied in the bag’s clasp, which depicts his fabled chariot flanked by a double-headed tiger. But for all of this bag’s whimsical ethos, it has an equal amount of practicality. This architecturally mindful bag was engineered with accordion pockets that expand to maximize storage space, and it features a convertible chain strap that can be worn over the shoulder or as a crossbody.  Fun fact: The metal clasp is in the shape of a horseshoe, which refers back to Gucci’s aristocratic roots that became synonymous with equestrian design elements. Why we love it: The Dionysus bag harkens back to a time in Greco-Roman history marked by intellectual advancement and artistic development, which runs parallel to the Age of Aquarius we’re currently in.

It’s the clasp for me.

Cruella de Vil is shaking.

I’ve seen what God has done for others.

This is the perfect size and color for nights of revelry.

According to Michele, more is more.

Debuted in 2018, the Ophidia bag places vintage Gucci in the forefront. Michele combined the Italian house’s most classic design elements to create an entirely new bag. What makes the Ophidia new is the GG logo, which was previously reserved for the GG Marmont collection. These vintage-style bags hold a spot in Gucci’s fast rise to prominence, which makes them a trend-proof style with lasting power. Your future kids will thank you. Fun fact: The previously mentioned sanctions placed on Italy during World War II are also to thank for the classic GG Supreme monogram pattern that’s featured on nearly all Ophidia bags. This canvas fabric allowed designers to get around using highly-taxed leather and quickly became a mainstay of the brand.  Why we love it: The Ophidia bag comes in a number of modern shapes from spheres to half-moons.

The symmetry puts me at ease. Unzip to find two handy card slots and more than enough space for your daily essentials.

Take this with you to all your meetings, and see what you manifest.

Travel in style with this regal burgundy leather bag.

I love how the half-moon shape of the bag hugs the waist.

It includes a detachable long strap, too.

The youngest child of the bunch, the GG Marmont bag takes inspiration from ’70s glamour and one of the most buzzworthy hotels in history, L.A.’s very own, Chateau Marmont. These bags are made from matelassé leather in a pattern meant to mimic hand-stitched quilts made in Marseilles, France. All versions of the GG Marmont feature a sliding chain to transform the bag from a shoulder bag into a crossbody. An added plus is the leather piece that sits on your shoulder for more comfort. Fun fact: The two interlocking Gs that have become so synonymous with Gucci’s brand represent founder Guccio Gucci’s initials.  Why we love it: This staple bag is truly a peek into Michele’s aesthetic genius, combining rock and roll and classic style to create a bag that will stand the test of time.

You

Next level.

Double up the chain strap to carry this number proudly on your shoulder.

The GG hardware features a distinctive and opulent torchon effect.

Everything from the tweed to the gleaming gold hardware makes this bag a head-turner.

Next up, a purse expert weighs in on the designer styles that retain value.

This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

A Nordstrom Stylist Replaced My Outdated Clothes With These 5 Easy Items

I consider Nordstrom to be one of my go-to stores. While I routinely shop the retailer online and browse the site on a daily basis as I'm doing market research for my various stories, I also like to visit the brick-and-mortar store when I'm near one. Recently, I did just that when I visited Chicago. But I didn't simply browse the racks. I actually had the opportunity to work one-on-one with one of the brand's in-house stylists.

That's right. I spent the morning with Lauren Meek (pictured above) as she pulled items she thought would work for me. And given that I'm always interested in learning how others define what's "in and out," I had Meek swap in pieces she thinks could replace some of the outdated items in my closet. Of course, though, I always note that styling choices are personal, and you should always wear whatever you absolutely love.

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for a deeper dive into what a Nordstrom stylist added into my offering. The pieces coming your way are all unique, but they all share a similarity, in that they're simple and easy to style. If any of the product categories catch your eye, I also went through Nordstrom's offering online to shop out inspired womenswear products that could be of interest to you. 

"I love this trend because you can wear it buttoned up or throw on a graphic tee and wear it open. There are so many ways to style this piece!"

"Your classic denim is never going to go out of style, but it is fun to mix it up with a trendier option. Distressed straight denim is more casual, so pair it with a loose tee, an open relaxed-fit button-down, and some cool sneakers." 

"Whether you prefer low-top or high-top sneakers, this trend is easy to wear with everything! Throw them on with some joggers for running errands, jeans for a casual night out, or even cotton twill pants to wear to work." 

"With work trends being more casual, I love a bomber jacket for an elevated yet casual look. The bomber is a great blazer alternative and can be worn as an outerwear piece on the weekend, so you'll get multiple uses."

"Chunky Chelsea or chukka boots are an every-season staple for me. They are both functional and classic."

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Exclusive: Lawless Turned Its Cult-Favorite Lip-Plumping Formula Into a Balm

When it comes to lip products, the Who What Wear beauty team is incredibly picky. We ask products to do the most: plump, moisturize, and smooth, all while making our lips look like we just got rom-com kissed and whatever we had on our lips smudged just so. It’s a pretty high bar, we’re aware. 

Because of this, when the whole team agrees on a lip product, it’s a pretty big deal. For the longest time, our entire team has sworn by both the Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Plumping Gloss and the Overnight Lip Plumping Mask. I, for one, keep a lip mask in my nightstand and in my work bag so that I can reach for it whenever my lips are in dire need of moisture, wherever I may be.

If you, like me, have gotten into the habit of bringing a lip mask with you everywhere, you’re in luck: the Lawless Forget the Filler Lip-Plumping Line-Smoothing Tinted Balm Stick is here. Available in six sheer, highly flattering shades, it’s extremely easy to take with you everywhere you go.

“I saw the round shape of the pot sticking out of my husband's back pocket in his jeans,” says Annie Lawless, founder and CEO of Lawless Beauty. “It was a lightbulb moment that we needed to create something that brings all the treatment benefits of lip mask in a convenient, on-the-go format.”

Like the rest of the Forget the Filler Line, the balm sticks also contain Maxi-Lip, Lawless’s signature ingredient. Maxi-Lip is a natural peptide that has been clinically proven to aid in collagen stimulation. “It was shown to increase collagen synthesis in vitro by 351%, improve lip condition by 100%, and it improved softness and comfort of the lips by 70%,” says Lawless. 

In other words, Maxi-Lip helps you get amped-up, pillowy-looking lips sans injections. “Lip filler is all the rage,” says Lawless. “I personally have never had it. But I won't lie, I like the look. I'm just too scared to get needles in my lips.” 

For that reason, Lawless likes filling her products with Maxi-Lip to get a filler-like effect. And no, there isn’t just a sprinkling of Maxi-Lip in the line for flair—these lip products are packed with the stuff. “In this product, we include Maxi-Lip at 50% more than the minimum efficacy levels,” says Lawless. 

The lip balms also have their own clinical testing behind them. Lawless ran a transepidermal water loss test on the balms, which essentially measures how well the products work to strengthen the lip’s barrier function. The results were pretty damn good: “After just one hour, the barrier function improved by 20%,” says Lawless. “After one week, the barrier function continued to improve further, even without wearing the product.” The clinical consumer tests had similarly positive results: After an hour, 100% of participants said their lips felt more hydrated, and after a week, 96% said their lips looked smoother. 

As a product skeptic, I took these balms on a test-drive. Immediately after you put them on, you can feel a slight tingling sensation (which is the Maxi-Lip at work). Unlike many plumping formulas, it isn’t uncomfortable—it almost a cooling sensation. I’m used to Lawless’s high-gloss finish, but these lip balms have more of a satin finish, making them extremely versatile. I noticed right away that my lips both looked and felt smoother, and I also didn't feel the need to reapply throughout the day as much as I do with my typical lip balm sticks. 

Wearing the color Georgie.

From top to bottom: Sugarplum, Lover, Posey, Georgie, Baby Doll, Pink Marshmallow (translucent)

Each shade is buildable and looked flattering on. Baby Doll, a bright-pink tone and Lawless’s personal favorite, gives your lips a subtle, petal-toned glow, while my personal favorite, Georgie, gives lips a dusty-rose tint. Shop all of the new Lawless Forget the Filler Lip-Plumping Line-Smoothing Tinted Balm Sticks below. 

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Your Under-Eye Concealer Will Look Invisible as Long as You Use *This*

Take it from someone who had to learn the hard way: The right set of brushes can totally change how your makeup looks for the better. I'm not sure what I was doing before I invested in a good set of foundation and concealer brushes, but I will say that since I've been using them, my makeup looks smoother, more natural, and takes far less time to apply. I know that sounds like a train you want to hop on, so you're going to want to pay attention. 

Concealer, in particular, can be tricky to apply without going overboard, right? Using a good brush can change all that—especially if you're applying it in the under-eye area. Makeup artists have a few tips for us in this regard. Editorial makeup artist Sara Talias says, "The trick to applying concealer with a brush is to use a very small amount of concealer and start on the inner corner of the eye where there is typically the most darkness, applying the product in a stamping motion," she says. "Working the concealer into the skin in this way ensures you get maximum coverage with the least amount of product. Too much concealer under the eye will crease and actually accentuate dry skin." 

Celebrity makeup artist Allison Kaye also has another key tip to ensure flawless application. "When applying concealer with a brush, don't swipe the product back and forth, as it will cause it to disappear. Pat the product on with the brush!" Whether you're looking to conceal dark spots, blemishes, or under-eye circles, find the best concealer brushes for each below.

"One of my favorite concealer brushes is the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Concealer Brush. The super-soft bristles effortlessly blend concealer and help to diffuse product on any skin type, especially dry skin." — Talias

"The Real Techniques Brightening Concealer Brush is such a great brush and very affordable. The flat top of the brush is perfect for blending concealer under the eye and detailing the outer corner of the eyes." — Talias

"My favorite concealer brush is from It Cosmetics! They have a dual-ended concealer brush, so one side is flat (best for applying) and the other side is fluffy and rounded (best for blending)." — Kaye

As far as drugstore options go, I'd say E.l.f.'s concealer brush is one of the best. The synthetic bristles are light and fluffy, so the brush is able to easily blend both liquid and powder formulas. 

The perfect five-star rating speaks for itself on this one. This Nars brush works so well with any cream concealer to cover blemishes, dark spots, and under-eye circles.

I recently snagged Ariel Tejada's brush signature set, and I now use each for any and every makeup look. The concealer brush in particular is a standout in the bunch. I use it to cover up acne marks and under-eye circles and am always impressed by how well it blends concealer so seamlessly into my skin.

Yes, you read that right. This drugstore concealer brush from Wet n Wild is only a $1 and happens to have an almost-perfect five-star rating on Amazon. It's made specifically for the under-eye area and for use under the brow.

Both Rare Beauty's foundation and concealer are some of my favorites on the market. The brand's concealer brush always gets the job done too. I particularly love the pointed tip because it provides extra precision if you're trying to spot-conceal a few dark spots or active acne bumps.

Never underestimate a good Amazon find. This $7 brush from the retailer offers an angled flat-top design. It's also smaller in size, making it able to easily get into those harder-to-reach areas like the inner corners of the eyes.

Brushes that offer a completely flat top work so well for covering blemishes if you use it to gently pat concealer into the skin.

Beauty Pie's brush is designed to mimic the precise application of your fingertips with a seamless finish. It's ideal for blending concealer (and foundation!) around the natural contours of the eyes, nose, lips, and brows.

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41 Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M Items That Look Like Luxury (Without the Price Tag)

The days of layering on as many fashion items as you possibly can in the name of maximalism are officially over. Instead, I've been noticing a slow but significant shift toward a quieter, more luxurious method of dressing. Think soft, neutral-colored sweaters; exquisite tailoring; pretty, timeless dresses; and accessories you'll own and cherish forever. The only downfall is that with simpler, higher-quality pieces, the prices also tend to rise. 

That's where I come in. Rather than diving head first into this inherently expensive trend without any sort of budget, I'm suggesting the 41 items from Zara, Nordstrom, and H&M that are listed out below. Not only are they all $150 or less, making them far easier to justify during the approaching tax season, but they also look shockingly pricey, easily giving you the quiet-luxury look without the strain on your wallet. 

Keep scrolling to shop the anti-maximalism trend that's taking over fashion ATM on a $150 budget at Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M. 

The choker collar attached to this rib-knit tank adds so much style for such a small detail. 

Though jeans are often considered casual, when paired with sleek shoes and a tailored top, it's hard to look more low-key yet luxurious.

When your outfit skews simple, throwing on a bold shoe like this pair can make a world of difference. 

Simply put, if you don't have a good trench coat in your closet, you need one. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. 

A black shoulder bag like this one from COS will take you far in life. Trust me, I have a number of them.

The neckline, the piping, and silhouette—this top is all in the details. 

Didn't you hear? It's time to start transitioning away from your super-oversize blazers and toward more fitted, hourglass shapes like this one. 

The shape and hardware on this shoulder bag make it appear designer-made but with a Topshop price. 

Statement earrings are a big part of the quiet-luxury trend. Opt for gold or silver oblong styles without much or any color. 

Subtle layering > maximal layering. 

These tie-waist pants are beyond cool and surprisingly comfy given the drawstring waist and baggy fit. 

If there's one item you need most to pull off the quiet-luxury look it's an oversize poplin shirt, hands down. 

Why buy one belt when you can get three for just $14? And please, I beg of you, style them as a trio as they are pictured here. It's bound to gain you props with the fashion crowd.

How cool is this tank-blazer hybrid? I've already thought up a handful of ways to style it as winter transitions into spring. 

You can never have too many pairs of black trousers, especially ones as elevated and cool as these baggy ones. 

Slip these on with everything from a knit maxi dress to straight-leg jeans. 

Watches scream luxury, but depending on the one you pick, they can look a bit showy. Breda is a great option if you want to avoid that aesthetic at a low price. 

My co-workers and I have been talking nonstop about this Prada-esque skirt-and-blazer set. It's so classy and chic, and even better, it can be worn separately for a more casual ensemble.  Shop the matching Wool Blend Balloon Skirt ($119).

Sweaters are essential for this trend, specifically thicker-weave styles in classic colors like cream, navy, charcoal, and black. 

Metallics are having a moment right now. Pair them with a simple outfit to let the piece really stand out. 

A pair of sheer tights can make a world of difference in an outfit. Pair them with heels, a black minidress, and a maxi coat for the ultimate lavish look for your next night out. 

Velvet can go one of two ways—either it's super chic or it's extremely tacky. Luckily, this winter-ready blazer from Open Edit is all the way on the chic side. 

It goes against everything I've ever been taught about ironing, but for some reason, crinkled satin pieces are extremely expensive-looking to me. 

You don't even have to ask—the answer is 1000% yes. 

With the hype surrounding Loewe's leather bomber jacket nowhere near dimming down, now is the perfect time to get in on the trend on a budget. May I suggest this $111 Topshop alt? 

The details on this dress are too gorgeous to miss out on. Style it with just panties underneath and a leather jacket, or get creative with some layered mismatching trousers. 

The fit on this bodysuit is 10/10. And if you don't want to take my word for it, just check TikTok. I swear everyone on the app owns it. 

Big bags like this one give me major Phoebe Philo at Céline vibes. And no one did quiet luxury better than she did. 

Soft doesn't even begin to describe this bomber jacket. 

These silver earrings are a staple in the Who What Wear offices. They just add that perfect amount of oomph to every outfit. 

Great for work as well as a night out, this LBD is as easy and versatile as it is compliment-worthy. 

Prepare to see studded pieces everywhere this season, from skirts like this one to denim, shoes, and handbags. 

There's no need to shine your shoes with a pair like this one. 

There's nothing I love more than a dress that looks lavish but feels like pajamas. 

Pair this muscle tank with a great watch, some dark-wash jeans, and a pair of loafers. Done. 

Personally, I'm steering my skirt collection more toward knee-length and maxi lengths than minis. 

Yes, these ballet flats, which look like they could easily cost $200, are only $18. 

A choker like this one works wonders for every outfit, whether it's a T-shirt and jeans or a strapless dress. 

Just wait until you see the front. 

Finding great jeans under $100 is harder than you might think. That's why this $77 Topshop pair is coming home with me immediately. 

The bigger the hoops, the better. 

Coming up: These 30 Items Are Already Defining 2023—Take Note

These Are the Only 6 Sneakers That Celebrities Are Loyal to Right Now

When celebs aren't stepping out in full glam for an event or attending a red carpet, the outfits we usually spot them in are of the low-key, casual variety. I'm talking about what they wear while heading out to a Pilates class, perusing the farmers market, or walking the dog, and nine times out of 10, these casual outfits feature sneakers. Stars—they're just like us, right?

Sure, their closets may be filled with luxury designer pieces, but when it comes to their taste in sneakers, our favorite well-dressed celebs don't like to get fussy with anything fancy. So far in 2023, the most popular celebrity sneakers are coming from the likes of New Balance, Adidas, and Asics, and their favored pairs rarely top $150, which means it's never been easier to emulate their cool weekend looks.

From the cool "dad" kicks that Hailey Bieber wore three times last week to Olivia Wilde's comfy Nordstrom pick, we're diving into six popular celebrity sneakers that our favorite A-listers are wearing nonstop. Continue on to see (and of course, shop) them all. 

Whatever Hailey Bieber wears, we pay attention to. Lately, she's been stepping out a lot in New Balance's latest launch, a modern "dad" sneaker called the 2002R style. The sporty look and feel make them ideal for wearing with staples like crew socks and leggings or bike shorts like Bieber has been doing.

Laura Harrier's everyday outfits are a case study in low-key cool style and they're often anchored by her go-to pair of sneakers, the New Balance 550s, a late '80s basketball style that fashion insiders are also obsessed with. Like them, Harrier prefers wearing the sneakers with wardrobe classics like relaxed denim, cardigans, and leather jackets. While their initial buzz made them nearly impossible to track down, they've become somewhat easier to find in stock on sites like Farfetch, StockX, and on occasion, directly via New Balance's site.

Adidas' wildly popular Samba sneakers boast some of the world's most beloved supermodels as loyal fans including Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, and Kendall Jenner, making them the unofficial sneakers of model-off-duty style in 2023. Their retro shape and streamlined look have caught on in a major way recently and 

New Balance is home to so many trending styles that it's easy to overlook their older, but no less cool, classics. At least EmRata is making a point not to do so. Recently, the model, writer, and podcaster has worn her 574 sneakers on a few back-to-back occasions, like here with this Coperni fall 2022 runway look, and it's bubbled the sneakers back up on our radar.

We predicted that Asics gel sneakers would become the next "ugly but cool" pair to know, and Addison Rae's recent outfits are confirming their rise. We've seen the Gen Z It girl sporting the Gel-Nimbus 9 Sneakers, a cream-hued pair designed in collaboration with Jessica Gonsalves from the NYC vintage outpost, Procell. We think it's only a matter of time until more celebs follow suit.

Whenever we spot Olivia Wilde heading to or from a workout, which happens quite often, the film director and actress is reliably wearing her favorite pair of sneakers, Adidas Ultraboosts. And since she often wears all-black attire (or at least black leggings) to exercise, her trusty black-on-black trainers are easy to coordinate with every workout look. 

Next: 8 Things Celebs Aren't Wearing With Leggings as Much and 8 They Are

The Low-Key Cool Way to Style Your Sweaters in 2023

As someone who's spent her fair share of money on of-the-moment fashion items, there's nothing better than a trend that can be re-created entirely with items that already live in your closet. And unless you live somewhere that never dips below 90ºF, I'm pretty sure you own at least one sweater that can, with little effort, be tied around your shoulders in the kind of laissez-faire manner that's going viral on Instagram in 2023. 

Whether it's worn with activewear to give your post-Pilates ensemble a stylish touch or another knit for a modernized take on the sweater set, the sweater-around-the-shoulders look is a huge hit this year. And for good reason since lazy dressing is having a moment right now, and nothing's lazier than tossing your favorite knit around your neck as opposed to actually putting it on. Plus, since most of us already own about a million different sweaters (oh sorry, is that just me?), there's no trekking to the store required. *Pauses for lazy dressers to sigh in relief.* 

Below, see how low-key-fashion people are styling their knits in 2023. 

The chunkier the sweater you pick to wrap around your shoulders, the warmer you'll feel. My suggestion? Skip the scarf and grab an extra-thick sweater. 

A striped sweater is just as classic and timeless as a solid one, especially when it's worn casually tossed around your shoulders. 

Test out the monochrome-dressing trend by styling a short-sleeve knit with matching trousers and a long-sleeve sweater tied around your neck. 

If your outfit is in need of some contrast, breaking it up with a sweater in a different color can make all the difference.

Looking rich is as easy as adding a cream- or ivory-colored sweater to your poplin shirt–covered shoulders. 

Transform your workout attire into an all-day outfit by adding a casual-cool knit around your shoulders just like French girls have been known to do.

By adding a scarf-like sweater, every outfit can be turned up a minimum of 10 notches—and that's a fact. 

Match your knit to your bag (bonus points if it's a Birkin) for a true sartorial masterpiece. 

Add an interesting twist to your everyday winter coat with a chunky, cozy knit. Later, when you de-coat and get chilly, you can always slip it all the way on. 

The '90s Prada, Calvin Klein, and DKNY vibes are extra strong with this one. 

If a boost of color is what you're looking for, this is the sweater shade for you. Pair it with a minimalist look for a pop or go all out by styling it alongside printed pants and bold shoe choice. 

The blazer look can easily feel overdone these days after years of wearing them day in and day out. Adding a sweater around your shoulders is an easy way to make it appear fresh again.

If you thought this trend went "out" in the summertime, think again. 

Even a session on the slopes calls for an around-the-shoulders sweater moment. Après-ski too! 

Coming up next: The Winter Layering Hack Every Fashion Insider Wears on Repeat

This Brand-New Mask Resurfaces Your Face in Minutes—so My Face Played Guinea Pig

Welcome to Deep Reviewsyour one-stop destination to discover the absolute best products and brands the beauty industry has to offer. Every month, the Who What Wear staffers you already know and trust will research, test, and review the market's most sought-after and buzzed-about products to see which formulas (of the hundreds up for consideration) are truly worth your hard-earned money and attention. You can expect honest, completely uncensored feedback and no-BS recommendations our hard-to-please testers endorse without reservations. To put it simply, stick with us, and buyer's remorse will be a thing of the past.

The majority of our Deep Reviews will feature our editors' honest, ultra-hot takes on entire product categories or multiple products from a particular beauty brand, but every so often, we'll sprinkle in a special single-product format called Honestly, I Love It. As the name suggests, these reviews will hone in on a standout beauty formula our editors quite literally can't shut up about. This time around, I'm actually highlighting two products, as I was introduced to them simultaneously during a recent, fancy-schmancy facial collab with RéVive Skincare and licensed aesthetician and founder of The LA Facialist Candace Marino. The newly launched formulas in question? RéVive's Moisturizing Renewal Oil ($195) and the Masque de Brilliance Resurfacing Multi-Acid Mask ($150). 

As someone who's done my sensitive skin dirty (multiple times now) by being a tad overzealous with my exfoliating habits, I tread carefully when it comes to any product or treatment with resurfacing claims. Having damaged my skin barrier in the past (which led to major barrier disruption and a painful cycle of breakouts), I've learned that more is truly not more when it comes to the world of acids and other actives in the realm of skincare. But given that RéVive is a brand I love and hold a lot of trust in—the products are inspired by Nobel Prize–winning technology and created by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Gregory Brown—I didn't give a moment's hesitation when I had the opportunity to test out the brand's new multi-acid mask. According to the buzz I'd heard, the $150 tube promised the smooth, ultra-glowy results you'd expect from an expensive chemical peel sans downtime and in-person clinic requirement. But could it actually?

I was invited by the brand to experience the new launch (along with the also-new Moisturizing Renewal Oil) by way of a luxurious in-person facial with Marino at The West Hollywood Edition Hotel. What better way to let my face play guinea pig to one of the most exciting skincare launches of 2023 thus far, huh? My complexion had been feeling extra dry and dull for months, and I was also experiencing some bouts of acne and pigmentation I just couldn't seem to kick. Basically, I was hoping to leave the hotel post-facial with an entirely new face (I kid, but also not), and honestly, that's kind of what happened.

After Marino worked her magic—her special technique involves lots of facial massage to help boost circulation and lymphatic drainage—I quite literally didn’t recognize my skin in the best way possible. Turns out RéVive's cutting-edge formulas were what my skin desperately needed and what my current lineup of skincare staples just couldn't deliver. Below, I'll be taking you through the ins and outs of the new mask and oil plus the step-by-step facial I experienced so you can re-create the magic at home. Let's get into it. 

Despite my love for both RéVive and Marino, I wasn't holding my breath for any major kind of skin transformation. My skin had been in a rut, and no matter what I was throwing at it at home, nothing seemed to change. (Also, between us, I've experienced plenty of lovely and fluffy facials that don't actually do much to improve my skin.) So the fact that my skin looked and felt unbelievable—albeit slightly red, which is normal—post-treatment and looked even more unbelievable the next day, shook me to my core. 

"The Masque de Brilliance instantly renews and resurfaces, visibly reducing dull, dehydrated skin and the appearance of fine lines," Brown tells me. "Over time, you'll also notice an improvement in the skin's texture and overall radiance." A product that offers instant and long-term gratification? Yes, please!

"When you add on the Moisturizing Renewal Oil, you're provided with immediate hydration, environmental protection, and over time, optimal skin renewal thanks to our signature Bio-Renewal Technology," he continues. According to Brown, the new mask marks the first time the brand has ever used a blend of three acids in a product, and while it had created a peel years ago, this new launch is an upgraded version that harnesses the power of a chemical peel you can use at home without the downtime.

"We know that more than 80% of our customers are getting professional treatments, so we wanted to offer them something to achieve similar results at home," says Brown. 

It's also worth noting that while I've typically never been a facial-oil girl, the new Moisturizing Renewal Oil has officially turned me into a facial-oil girl. Namely thanks to its decadent, serum-like texture that leaves your skin looking like a glowing orb of light and a carefully chosen blend of ingredients that feel lightweight on the skin and play nicely with oily and acne-prone skin types, like me. "It's the only oil on the market that addresses hydration, environmental protection, and skin renewal through our signature Bio-Renewal Technology," Brown confirms. 

Even though the dead cell–sloughing trifecta of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids is the headliner for the new mask, it's even more efficacious thanks to the addition of enzymes, something many other acid masks on the market lack. "Enzymes make the acids more efficient," he explains. "We balanced the strength of resurfacing acids with the combination of soothing and moisturizing ingredients to develop an effective at-home peel that achieves similar results of a professional level treatment."

Marino (who tries and tests the best of the best as a celeb facialist) agrees that both formulas are extremely unique and special. "The way I sift through what I think is great and what I’ll pass on is dependent on two things: the sensorial experience and whether or not it yields results. There are millions of products out there, and I’m only cosigning brands and products I can truly stand behind. The formulation and texture of the new mask is what sets it apart for me. I typically see acid type masks in more of a clay base, so I instantly appreciated this texture as it includes ingredients that nourish the skin while exfoliating, and it does so while supporting the skin’s barrier."

"In regard to the oil, I’m a huge fan of oils, but rarely do I try one that stands out among the rest," Marino points out. This oil, in particular, features a bio-peptide, which strengthens the skin while replenishing and moisturizing. She describes the texture of the oil as feeling more like a serum, albeit a serum with a lot more moisture power. "It instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy film—my skin literally drank it up upon first use, and it truly felt like the oil penetrated and impacted the volume of my skin."

I'll be diving into the step-by-step facial protocol Marino gave me shortly, but first let's talk some basic dos and don'ts when it comes to the a new mask and oil—i.e., when and how to use them and who they're best suited for.

Since the Masque de Brilliance is potent, Brown says people with more sensitive skin should run a patch test prior to application. How well your skin tolerates the formula can help you decide how long to leave the mask on. "Start with two to three minutes, and work your way to the suggested five- to-seven minute wear time," he advises. You'll use it after you cleanse and before you moisturize, and it goes without saying that it pairs brilliantly with the new oil.

The Moisturizing Renewal Oil is most suitable for normal to dry skin types. Although, anyone can really use it thanks to the lightweight, non-oily texture—I attest! You can use it day or night—under SPF for the former and on top of or underneath your moisturizer depending on how thick it is. (The general rule of thumb is to always start with your thinnest products and build up to your thickest—this locks in all of the skin goodies you've applied beforehand.)

The assessment: "Like everyone in Los Angeles, your skin was dehydrated… I literally see this every day on every client because of our dry climate, polluted air, and hard water," Marino tells me. "You also had a bit of dead cellular debris hanging around, which means it's time for exfoliation. I knew instantly that the mask would be the perfect way to gently break down the dead buildup to resurface the texture. In doing this, the skin is able to accept the hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that follow. I always tell my clients, 'Exfoliation is the key to hydration,' and in order for your skin be truly nourished, you must first remove the dead buildup."

After exfoliating with the mask, my skin was able to drink up the benefits from the oil and additional serums and creams Marino applied. "When the skin is exfoliated, hydrated, and moisturized, it's in a state of homeostasis," Marino explains. "It looks and feels happy, and that's when you see a true glow."

Keep scrolling for our step-by-step facial.

"Cleanse the skin in a circular motion with the Foaming Cleanser. Remove using a warm towel, and then use a spatula to apply the Masque de Brilliance onto the skin, starting with the forehead, then the cheeks and jawline. Leave it on up to three minutes, avoiding the eye area. Remove using warm towel."

"Prep the skin by soaking a cotton pad with the Balancing Toner. Apply with a sweeping motion. Then, gently massage the Moisturizing Renewal Oil onto cleansed skin, avoiding direct contact with eyes. Perform a soothing lymphatic drainage massage on the face, neck and decollate without removing the oil." 

"Using a tapping motion, apply the Masque des Yeux onto eye orbital. Follow this with the Masque des Yeux Instant Gel Eye Mask."

"Using the smooth side of the spatula, apply a thin layer of the Masque de Radiance onto skin. Then use the rigid side of the spatula to perform a massage in circular movements. Using a warm towel, gently remove the face mask from the skin and use your hands to press the Balancing Toner onto the skin."

"Press the Moisturizing Renewal Eye Serum around the entire eye area, beneath the eye, and along the orbital bone. Tap a little extra on the eyelid. Apply the Moisturizing Renewal Hydrogel Serum onto the face—work in sections starting at the chin, the cheek, and the forehead. Start in the center of the face and press three times moving out toward the ear."

"Apply the Moisturizing Renewal Oil onto the face—work in sections starting at the chin, the cheek, and the forehead."

"Using a brush in an upward movement, apply the Fermitif Neck Renewal Serum onto the neck and décolleté area. Perform a contouring face and neck massage with the RéVolve Contouring Massage Roller."

"Gently press the Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream around the lower eye orbital from outer corner in."

"Apply the Moisturizing Renewal Day SPF 30 onto the face, and work in sections starting at the chin, the cheek, and forehead. Start in the center of the face and press three times, moving out toward the ear."

"Use the Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream on the décolletage and neck, including the back of the neck. Then add the Intensité Moisturizing Lip Balm Luxe Conditioner onto the lips to finish." 

(Editor's note: After the new mask and oil, the lip conditioner is my absolute favorite product!)

Up next, This $18 Triple Exfoliating Body Scrub Makes My Skin Feel Like Expensive Silk

Say Buh-Bye to the Mini Bag and Hello to the New Go-To

If you were to read any of the text chains between my friends and me, it would be abundantly clear how often we discuss one of the most impractical trends of the century: mini bags. While some handbags have been popular for a long time, it is only within the past few years that the mini-bag trend has risen in prominence. This is due in part to Instagram-favorite designers like Jacquemus helping to usher the trend into viral territory. My mini-bag ramblings have yet to dissipate, but I must admit that I’m relieved to see a new, more practical purse is on the horizon. Please welcome back the timeless clutch bag. 

Clutch bags first emerged in the 1920s to address the needs of consumers who, in lieu of a more practical, traditional carryall, were craving small, stylish bags that would complement specific looks. It’s true that, like mini bags, clutches can be a fussier choice since, by definition, these bags are handheld. But that doesn’t mean they’re not practical. Some of the best clutch bags actually can hold more than a Tic Tac, cost less than a fortune, and—dare I say—give pockets a run for their money. Don’t believe me? Ahead, I’ve rounded up the 45 best clutch bags in every shape and at every price point.

Bottega Veneta introduced the popular cloud-shaped clutch back in July of 2018, and five years later, it’s clear that this bag and its various iterations are here to stay.

This is the type of versatile clutch that everybody wants to get their hands on.

Not able to yet invest in Bottega Veneta’s cloud clutch? This one should hold you over. 

This crystal version is the best event bag.

Barbiecore is endorsing this bow clutch.

A classic, cushy black clutch.

Quilting can come in bags too. 

An ultra-chic pastel-pink iteration. 

The texture on this midsize clutch is everything. 

Try a bold red clutch to freshen up a neutral look.

The pouch dates back to medieval times, but it has evolved over the years from its original handheld version to iterations that include zippers and even handle straps. Whether you opt for a traditional square style or a pouch shape (which will be trending through the end of the year), you can’t go wrong with this clutch.

Dream bag for accenting a night outfit.

This dainty little bag has the prettiest beading details.

Your simple, essential drawstring pouch.

This fiery little bag is made of soft faux leather.

The details on this mini bucket bag are so good. 

Classic brown snakeskin is one of my key 2023 patterns. 

Pouches are all about making a mini statement, and what better way to do so than with this satin pouch bag.

Pastel pouches for spring? Yes. 

A black-and-white print that will match anything.

One of the more iconic versions of the clutch bag, the envelope/folded clutch is a staple piece in many stylish wardrobes.

An elegantly simple black envelope bag.

This kelly-green fold-over bag is the perfect pop of color.

This pretty blush bag is so elevated. 

Fresh yellow brightens this detailed fold-over bag.

Sometimes simplicity is best 

A mixed-media clutch in chic neutrals.

Subtle woven texture makes this pink purse.

The zipper detail on this envelope bag is a modern update.

The price on this tassel clutch is unmatched. 

Another iconic iteration of the clutch bag is the box clutch. Typically, this bag is made from acrylic, but today, you can find it in a variety of materials, sizes, and styles, making it a fun piece to add to any ensemble.

Crystal details transform the box bag into a going-out bag.

I can't get over the geometric silhouette of this bag.

For my princess-dressing era.

Saving for when I get invited to my next black-tie event.

This metal box clutch has a futuristic feel.

The prettiest bag in all the land.

Brandon Blackwood’s clutch is a fresh take on the classic box-clutch shape. 

The ombré crystal details on this are worth it.

I love a rattan bag, especially when it comes in the form of a box clutch.

Let’s be real here: Some of us love clutches but hate having to hold them. Enter the wristlet. While there’s also the bracelet bag (think of Chloé’s famous one), this style still qualifies as a clutch, but it can easily slide on to your wrist so that you don’t have to worry about carrying something.

*Adds to birthday list*

Woven neoprene with a metallic finish, immediate need.

This adorable pink wristlet is in a vivid hue but still feels rich and classic.

A true classic.

A bracelet and a bag all in one.

This super-luxe bag is now under $200. 

Black crystal bags are as subtle as they are a statement. 

The best thing about this Staud bag is its versatility. With its detachable strap, you can style it as a wristlet, clutch, or shoulder bag. Plus, it comes in eight different colorways, so you have options. 

Who wouldn’t want to slip this cute tote bag on to their wrist?

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Next: I'm a Designer-Purse Expert—These Shoulder-Bag Trends Will Be Popular in 2023

Psst: Sephora Sells a Ridiculous Number of These 18 Products—Here's the Reveal

Do you know how that psychological principle states that the more options you're presented with, the less happy you are with the outcome you choose? That's how I sometimes feel when I shop at big beauty retailers like Sephora. If I'm stuck between three different lipsticks, let's say, then I find myself contemplating my choice long after my card has been charged. Did I choose the right one? Should I go back and exchange it? Should I even be looking at lipsticks? Maybe I need a tinted lip balm instead… and so on. Basically, it's hard to feel confident with your choice when there's such a wealth of other options up for grabs. 

Whenever I feel like this, I do one of two things: First, I consider going back to basics, shopping for products I already know and love. Second, I narrow my selection to only the best-selling products. This way, I can be more confident I bought the right product because it's backed by so many other people too. It's like getting a recommendation from a friend; it carries some weight. 

So, in the spirit of making everyone's shopping just a little bit easier, I gathered a selection of the best-selling products at Sephora. These products range across all three major categories—skincare, makeup, and hair care. Without further ado, keep scrolling to see (and shop) them all. 

The Ordinary is a  budget-friendly skincare brand loved by both millennials and Gen Z and for good reason. It offers cost-effective skincare staples like this: hyaluronic acid and B5 serum. Together, these ingredients deeply hydrate the skin and support water density. Translation? Skin looks plump and healthy. 

With ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea, this foaming cleanser is like a green juice for your skin in that it provides it with vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Best for skin concerns like enlarged pores, breakouts, and oiliness, it will thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping it. 

This product has reached icon status thanks to its unique hybrid formula. Use it under makeup (or alone), and your skin will reap the benefits. It offers SPF 40, antioxidants, and a clear and weightless finish. It's truly an "unseen" sunscreen. 

Everyone can use a good lip mask, and this one has a unique pudding texture that keeps moisture locked in. It uses coconut and castor oils to bind moisture, pomegranate and jojoba oils to boost elasticity, and pomegranate sterols to support the moisture barrier. The result? Firmer, softer, and smoother lips. 

I've waxed poetic about this product before, but it's truly one of the best, basic moisturizers out there. And I don't use basic in a negative sense. It's thick, calming, and moisturizing and it never fails to make my skin look plump and healthy (even in the midst of dry, cold winters). 

This powerful (and budget-friendly!) retinol cream does everything it's supposed to do—prevent and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promote cellular turnover, and encourage a brighter, smoother complexion. It's all thanks to 1% retinol and 0.5% granactive retinoid, which are released slowly into the skin to prevent irritation.

It's no surprise that this TikTok-viral blush is a best-seller at Sephora. With a weightless and long-lasting liquid formula, it stays put all day long. It also blends incredibly well, which means you can apply just a touch for a natural-looking glow or build it up for something more dramatic. The shades are all so beautiful and they come in matte and dewy finishes. It's a blush lover's dream. 

Another TikTok and Instagram favorite, this might just be the lip oil to end all other lip oils. It's moisturizing, luxurious (it's Dior, how can it not be?), and offers a high-shine finish. It's like a grown-up version of lip gloss. 

A new launch from Makeup by Mario (yes, that's the same Mario that just so happens to be Kim Kardashian's makeup artist), this foundation offers medium coverage. It's also hydrating and long-wearing. Think blurred, filtered, and illuminated skin. 

Leave it to Charlotte Tilbury to create a liquid highlighter that illuminates the face while blurring imperfections. While there are many gorgeous colors to choose from, I have a special