Archive | September, 2013

Nails of the Season

26 Sep

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Nail art is here to stay and this season, it’s taking a very stylish turn with of-the-moment prints and patterns. But containing the season’s biggest trends down to the size of a fingernail takes a very creative eye and a whole lot of skill.

Leave it to Taryn Multack, producer and nail artist of the popular blog, Miss Lady Finger to translate these trends into very cool nail art that punctuates your fall ensemble while pushing traditional beauty boundaries.

Here, she takes the statement-making fall trends of Plaid and Big Cat to create impressive little pieces of art onto a fingernail.

Plaid

Inspired by: The Skinny in Ruby Red Plaid

Thoughts from Miss Lady Finger: “Plaid is an iconic print that everyone can relate to.

Plus a matte topcoat effect puts a modern spin on it and takes it to a new level. “

Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a full red nail

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2. Create two vertical lines of diagonal ticks using your black nail art pen

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3. Create four horizontal black lines of diagonal ticks keeping the two top lines together and the two bottom lines together

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4. Blacken the corners where the lines intersect

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5. Top it off with matte top coat for an edgy effect

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Big Cat

Inspiration: The Skinny in Snow Leopard

Thoughts from Miss Lady Finger: “Don’t over think this design.

Just try to visualize the space you’re working in and control your lines.”

Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a full white nail

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2. Using a nail art pen, create organic shapes and ticks along the left side of the nail leaving ample space between them

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3. Make the shapes and ticks denser as you move outward across the nail

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4. Fill in white spaces on the right side of the nail to make it the densest part of the animal print

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5. Top it off with top coat

*All images courtesy of Taryn Multack*

Mad For Plaid

20 Sep

From punk rockers on the streets of 1970s London to the layered up grunge look of the mid-nineties; plaid has been a style hallmark of so many influential trends in fashion. This fall it’s back in a big way, looking bold, modern and versatile enough for the office or a night out. So this season, grab your plaid – you’ll look fresh and pulled together for any occasion. Here, three ways to rock the trend: 

Sleek and Sophisticated

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The perfect look to take you from the office to after-work cocktails with your friends or a cozy outdoor dinner on one of the last warm evenings of the season. Pair your plaid denim with sleek and sophisticated pieces: think your go-to black booties and a tailored button down. For extra edge, opt for a black shirt instead of the classic white and throw on a denim jacket if it’s chilly.

Print Perfect 

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Jane Aldridge, the blogger behind Sea of Shoes, is an expert prints-mixer, and here she elevates her fall look with on-trend leopard flats. Pick your favorite print to pair with your plaid, and then break up the two patterns with skinny denim in any wash. The look is stylish yet subtle enough for Saturday brunching and shopping. Chic sunnies and enviable high ponytail are optional.

Pop of color

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Get ready to go see the latest band or dance the night away with graphic black and white plaid paired with rock-worthy details. It’s the perfect palette for a bright clutch, sultry top and a dramatic eye. The smokier, the better.

STYLE SESSIONS: The Rule Breakers, Part 2

13 Sep

For people who thrive on creativity, pushing the limits of what is possible is often the only way to stay inspired. And in the midst of fashion month and a brand new season of style, inspiration is certainly in the air.

Case in point: two women who effortlessly move between many creative mediums – acting, DJ-ing, writing, to name just a few – while always expressing their personal style and setting the latest trend. These are the creators:  Ashley Madekwe (actress and blogger) and Hannah Bronfman (DJ and co-founder of the Beautified app) who personify the effortlessly cool yet impeccably stylish vibe of our Malhia Kent couture denim.

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The Style Setter: Ashley Madekwe in the Pieced Skinny in Silver Geo Tweed

Her High Fashion Credentials

Besides being a seasoned actress, most notably for her role as Ashley Davenport on Revenge, the UK born performer and fashion-lover showcases her street wear-inspired style on her popular blog, Ring My Bell. 

Boundary Pushing Moment

Ashley donned a show stopping Naeem Khan gown, which was made up of hundreds of little metallic discs, to a recent charity event. She describes the dress as a pure work of art that felt like she was wearing a suit of armor. 

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Her Fashion Mantra

Ashley doesn’t believe there are any “rules” in fashion and says that the main component of good style is simply having the right attitude to pull it off. She is a living example of that if there ever was one.

Her Malhia Kent Look

Ashley was inspired to pair the Pieced Skinny in Silver Geo Tweed with street tough basics. Her leather jacket and Dr. Marten boots are as cool as basics get, as well as go-to sartorial staples in Ashley’s closet.

 

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The Downtown Darling: Hannah Bronfman in the Pieced Skinny in Blue Metallic Stripe

Her High Fashion Credentials

The New York City native puts her own playful spin on high fashion looks, creating cool and polished ensembles that have a distinctly downtown vibe.

Boundary Pushing Moment

Hannah’s most memorable head turning moment was when wearing an all-red ensemble to a high profile dinner during Paris Fashion Week. She made sure to make a statement and took the outfit all the way by wearing a red trench coat, red high heels and a bright red lip.

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Her Fashion Mantra

As a DJ and entrepreneur, Hannah expresses herself creatively through her clothes, often wearing her designer friend’s latest creations. She also gets adventurous with colorful and charm laden nail art and experiments with unexpected lip color.

Her Malhia Kent Look

Hannah went for a look that is indicative of her busy schedule—a versatile and pulled together outfit, with the Pieced Skinny in Blue Metallic Stripe, that effortlessly takes her from a daytime business meeting for her beauty app to a late night DJ-ing gig.

STYLE SESSIONS: The Rule Breakers, Part 1

6 Sep

There are some women for whom fashion is just second nature. This is the case for certain bloggers and digital influencers who constantly break boundaries with their unique personal aesthetic and bold sense of style.

Blair Eadie (founder of Atlantic-Pacific) and Jane Aldridge (founder of Sea of Shoes), are two such individuals who live this ideal both in and out of their closet.  The perfect example of what happens when innovation and artistry collide, pairing them with the new 7FAM x Malhia Kent collection proved to be a glam proposition we couldn’t resist exploring.

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The Classic Cover Girl: Blair Eadie in the Moto Jacket in Blue Metallic Stripe Jacquard

Her High Fashion Credentials

Constantly snapped for her amazing street style and followed by virtually every fashion loving person in cyberspace, Blair has become known for her creative yet effortless approach to style.

Boundary Pushing Moment

Blair can’t pinpoint just one occasion when she chose to make a serious style statement. She uses fashion to express herself and considers each one of her outfits to be statement making.

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Her Fashion Mantra

Fashion is the blogger’s biggest creative outlet as it allows her to wake up everyday and become someone new through her outfit choices.

Her Malhia Kent Look

She was inspired by the rich and vibrant pop of cobalt tweed in the Moto Jacket in Blue Metallic Stripe Jacquard and chose a matching skirt as a way to perfectly tie the two pieces together.

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What She Loves About the Malhia Kent Jeans

From the cut to the color of the tweed, Blair fell in love with the style and quality of the jacket.

 

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Fiery Fashionista: Jane Aldridge in the Pieced Skinny in Egyptian Gold Jacquard

Her High Fashion Credentials

One of the first and most influential bloggers out there, Jane’s eclectic style and signature flame-hued tresses have sparked millions of followers and more than a few design collaborations.

Boundary Pushing Moment

Finding her boundary-breaking style at a young age, Jane ransacked pieces from her mother’s clothing line and began wearing tiered ruffled Russian wedding skirts, long sleeve poet blouses and cowboy boots to school.

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Her Fashion Mantra

Jane’s look is something she describes as spontaneous, a little bit grungy and totally denim-centric. She continues to push the fashion limits by challenging herself to wear outrageous pieces whenever the mood suits her.

Her Malhia Kent Look

She was inspired to add a bad girl edge to the luxe look of the jeans – the Pieced Skinny in Egyptian Gold Jacquard. Her vintage t-shirt was a recent Salvation Army find, which she spruced up with a sleek tux blazer and of course, the perfect black heel.

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What She Loves About the Malhia Kent Jeans

Jane appreciated the incredibly luxe look of the gold tweed fabric and the overall rock and roll edge of the jean.