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Ed Letter: Dec 2017/Jan 2018

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When I think back on 2017, I think about sitting in front of the TV on January 20, watching Donald Trump get sworn into office. It was the beginning of something I wasn’t ready for, but it was happening regardless, right in front of my eyes, and there was nothing I could do about it. Although troubling news reports would follow nearly every week for the rest of the year, I tried to remain positive, as there were plenty of other things going on in the world that were wonderful, too. Looking back, 2017 gave me so many things, people, and experiences to be thankful for. While this issue covers so many delightful things, especially the accomplishments of our two influential cover girls, The Magicians’ Summer Bishil and social media superstar/fashion designer Liane V, here are some things that personally made my year special.

 

Year of Games
2017 was, without a doubt, one hell of a year for video games. Beginning with the Nintendo Switch launch in early March (yes, I waited in line for hours on my birthday to get the console and it was worth it), many brilliant games followed on various platforms. Tales of Berseria (released in January), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Splatoon 2, and even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on mobile are responsible for keeping my sanity in check this year.

Backstage, Baby
Going backstage at Naeem Khan’s Bridal Fashion Show in April was such a treat, as was getting a closer look at the gorgeous gowns and meeting the Make Up Pro team.

Bring on the Music
There were several albums that I listened to on repeat this year: Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life, Lorde’s Melodrama, The National’s Sleep Well Beast, and Coldplay’s Kaleidoscope EP. Harry Styles also gets an honorable mention for surprising me.

We’re All Sad Here
There was one book this year that stole my heart and then broke it: Sad Girls by Lang Leav. Already a world-renowned and Tumblr-favorite poet, her first novel is sure to be the first of many.

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Ed Letter: Dec 2017/Jan 2018 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Dec 2017/Jan 2018 Issue

Ed Letter: Oct/Nov 2017

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The first thing Teel Yes co-founder Rui said to me mere minutes after we were introduced at Biggercode in New York City was “I love your earrings.” They were triangular, navy and gold Jenny Bird Flagstaff earrings and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t receive compliments whenever I wear them. When two passionate jewelry enthusiasts come together, complimenting each other’s choice of accessories is always a great icebreaker.

 

“I love yours,” I told her, inspecting her gold-tone water drop earrings that hung almost to the base of her neck. They were minimalistic and delicate, but so stylish, and perfectly appropriate for the preview event she was hosting.

“Thank you!” she smiled. “They’re from our collection. Let me show you.”

From there, Rui led me over to the long, decorated table where her jewelry pieces were laid out and walked me through the collections designed by YVMIN and MOB Legend. All the pieces were simply beautiful, intricate, and well-designed. I loved them all and knew right away that our Cliché readers would love them, too.

That’s my favorite part of my job: introducing fresh, new brands to as many people as possible and giving creators I admire a platform to get their message across and their products out there. In this issue, we are spotlighting a ton of our favorite fashion brands and beauty products you may not know about yet. There’s the brand Sand & Sky on pg. 22, whose coveted Pink Clay face mask has caused quite the buzz in the beauty and skincare community, and Petite Studio’s Fall Collection on pg. 36, which will make you rethink how you feel about mustard yellow and millennial pink. With fall finally in full swing, we are excited to try this year’s cool weather trends, makeup ideas, skincare tips, and much more.

Our two beautiful cover stars also have a lot to look forward to these next few months. Emma Kenney is gearing up for the season 8 premiere of Shameless, as is her loyal fan base, on November 5 on Showtime (pg. 96). Also, rising actress Madison Iseman is excited for the December release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, where she plays the beautiful, but phone-obsessed, teenager Bethany. Sharing a character with Jack Black is just as crazy as it sounds, and Madison gives us all the details starting on pg. 88.

Happy reading!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Ed Letter: Oct/Nov 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2017 Issue. Photographs courtesy of Teel Yes

Ed Letter: Aug/Sept 2017

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I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with summer. The child in me loves the carefree adventures that only summer brings, but as a fashion and beauty enthusiast, I can’t say it’s my favorite season when it comes to style. I had that in mind while brainstorming content for this issue: what the heck am I supposed to wear when it’s 90 degrees?

 

I’m the kind of girl who loves to layer: jackets, sweaters, and even jewelry. So when it’s over 80 degrees, most of my creativity goes out the window. When it’s almost unbearable to put on anything at all, how do you still pull off a great look? That’s why I was thrilled to discover Tobi and their huge selection of short rompers and dresses. The red one I’m wearing for this ed letter is perfect for a hot summer day: it’s short, effortless, festival-friendly, and totally backless. Anyone struggling with my very same dilemma of looking cool on a sweltering day should turn to pg. 42 where we look at similar styles from brands like Lulus, Petite Studio, and Morrisday the Label. We even take a look at a trending swimsuit brand, Maison Pixel, which is perfect for my fellow hardcore video gamers.

Beauty is also a tricky one when it comes to summer. A full face of makeup is a huge no-no if you’re spending time outdoors or heading to the beach, so the saying “less is more” goes a really long way. We got tips on scoring a beautiful, natural makeup look from the folks at Make-up Pro in New York City, as well as some key festival trends, the best SPF-infused products, and more, all starting on pg. 28.

We’re also looking to our two cover stars for some serious style inspiration, too. The guys can look no further than Jorge Blanco on pg. 84 for his laid-back summer looks. Ladies, check out my fellow Megan (Batoon) on pg. 94 and behold her stylish outfits I’m sure you’ll want to steal. We also recommend following them both on social media for even more inspiration—if you aren’t among the four million combined people who follow them already.

‘Til next time!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Ed Letter: Aug/Sept 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2017 Issue

Ed Letter: June/July 2017

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When I look back on the last several years here at Cliché as Editor in Chief, I think of emails. There were a lot of them: emails from my writers, emails from potential partners, and emails from countless talent representatives from all across the country. During my first year as Editor in Chief, while I was still attending university, I read them on my bus ride home. I’d reply from my Macbook in the college library. I’d sneak responses in during lectures and at my part time job, careful not to get caught by my professors or my bosses. While it’s quite a change from where I am today (no longer in school but receiving more emails than ever), that eager hustler in me is still the same.

Looking back, I am fairly certain this magazine wouldn’t be where it is today without all those people who wrote and sent those emails to me in the first place. We have such a dedicated, talented team here, and even more support from brands and agents than I could possibly count. And even though sometimes I wake up in the morning and groan when I see my inbox is overflowing (let’s be honest!), I know that deep down I am thankful for each email, because it means that people are interested. It means that people are connecting. It means that people care. To everyone who has ever sent me an email over the past five years, this issue is for you.

Although I’ve only been the Editor in Chief for five years, I’ve been on the team since its first year, and this month, our humble magazine turns 8. Our anniversary issue also happens to be our summer issue. Imagine the chicest swimsuits you’ve ever seen and then turn to pg. 56 to watch that vision unfold. We’re talking curly hair hacks, skin saver regimes, and all your summer beauty needs starting on pg. 20, and we’re binging summer flicks, too, so get to know all the actors we have our eyes on this season starting on pg. 62. If music’s more your thing, flip to pg. 112 to learn about everyone you need to see on tour.

Finally, be sure to catch our two cover girls on TV this summer. The beautiful Sierra McClain talks the latest season of the FOX hit Empire and the fierce Dorothy Wang joins the fray in Famously Single on July 9. We know we’ll be watching, and you should, too!

Enjoy this issue and the summer sun.

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Ed Letter: June/July 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s June/July 2017 Issue. Photographs courtesy of Megan Portorreal.

Ed Letter: April/May 2017

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While the saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” wasn’t one I’ve always necessarily agreed with (I think chocolate is!), I have a much different attitude towards the phrase after getting my hands on some seriously stylish jewelry. After being a Rocksbox Influencer for the past year, I discovered a whole lot of ear jackets, necklaces, and rings I just couldn’t part with. Now that my time as an #RBItGirl is coming to an end, I’m looking back on my top five favorite styles I received from their savvy stylists over the months. These pieces have quickly become my staples, and I can’t wait to see what other gorgeous pieces these brands create in the future.

 

Nessa Pendant Necklace from SLATE, $50, rocksbox.com


All Sides
Long necklaces can dress up almost every outfit, and this six-sided pendant necklace from SLATE is no exception. Personally, I love pairing it with stripes.

Flagstaff Earrings in Gold and Lapis from Jenny Bird, $36, rocksbox.com


Get the Point
I love deep blue and I love triangles, so these gold and lapis earrings from Jenny Bird were pretty much made for me.

Spectrum Necklace from SLATE, $54, rocksbox.com


The Sun’s Rays
Yet another statement necklace that could dress up any outfit (even a denim shirt!), this beauty from SLATE brought a smile to my face.

Raya Choker in Gold from Jenny Bird, $59, rocksbox.com


Like Royals
This gold tassel choker from Jenny Bird glimmers with every movement and made me feel like a million bucks.

Lyra Ear Cuff and Stud Set in Gold from House Of Harlow 1960, $36, rocksbox.com


Stack ‘Em Up
Delicate, gold pieces have quickly become my essential accessories, and this ear cuff from House of Harlow 1960 is among my favorites.


In addition to these jewels, there are so many other brands we love here at Cliché this spring. From Entourage’s new Athleisure line inspiring us to get in shape (pg. 52) to spring beauty trends you can copy straight from the runway (pg. 29), there’s so much to be excited about now that warmer weather is here and the sun stays out longer.

Our two cover stars, the beautiful Stassi Schroeder and handsome Ricky Whittle, have a lot to be excited about, too. With the season 5 reunion episodes of Vanderpump Rules running through April, Schroeder is also excited to continue her “anything goes” podcast Straight Up with Stassi. Whittle is also looking forward to introducing the world to his character Shadow Moon in the new book-turned-TV series American Gods. Turn to pg. 98 to learn more about these exciting stars. Trust me: you won’t want to miss them.

Happy reading!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: April/May 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s April/May 2017 Issue. Photographs courtesy of Megan Portorreal.

Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2017

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As I’m writing this letter two weeks ahead of Launch Day, invites are coming in for Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. It seems like yesterday that I was attending Fashion Week in the fall, watching All Comes From Nothing’s collection breeze down the runway and Vivre Canvas Couture’s painted blue gowns graze past in nearly slow motion, yet here we are once again. Time certainly flies!

 

In preparation for the shows on February 9-17, I’ve also been admiring a bunch of rising fashion brands, all found in this issue. We take a look at Petite Studio, a heartwarming brand for women under 5’4” (I’m 5’7” myself, but still love the vibe!); Coco Cooper, a denim brand eager to showcase a woman’s beautiful curves; and more. Head to pg. 34 for some serious ready-to-wear and even activewear brands we are loving now!

There’s a lot to love about this time of year.  I don’t even mind the cold in the Northeast since it’s the perfect excuse to wear my favorite wool trench coat and cozy knit scarves. February, in particular, is exciting. Besides the bustle and lights of New York Fashion Week, there’s also that occasional, welcomed threat of a snow day, the kind where you are forced to stay inside, cuddle up, and watch movies or play games.
And then there’s Valentine’s Day.

I’ll admit I’m the type of person who has always had a “Valentine.” Even when I was too young to have a boyfriend or back even further when I wasn’t yet interested in boys, my mother would buy us chocolate hearts and teddy bears, so I always felt loved and not left out during the holiday. It’s a holiday about love after all; if you aren’t in a romantic relationship, it’s still the perfect opportunity to pursue one, or better: celebrate your love for your friends and family, because sometimes, the love you find there is even stronger than a romantic one.

This year, I think it’s especially important for us to spread as much love as we can. If you need any gift ideas, head on over to ClicheMag.com for our ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide, packed with great gift ideas for yourself or your partner, girl friends, or sisters, from panties to party boxes to eye makeup. We’ll also have makeup looks, outfit ideas, and more on our website leading up to the holiday, so be sure to check back!

We simply can’t forget the elephant in the room: our two beautiful cover stars, Lauren Giraldo and Phoenix Melody. Both are releasing some very personal tunes this year and embarking on the next stage of their artistic careers, and believe us when we say you won’t want to miss a thing. Head to pg. 98 to learn more about these empowering young women.

What’s another great thing about this time of year? My birthday in March, of course! I’ll be 26…it doesn’t sound as cool as 25, but I’m hoping it’s even better.

Happy reading!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Feb/Mar 2017 Issue

Ed Letter: Dec 2016/Jan 2017

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I don’t know what happened, but it seems like a moment ago I was standing backstage at New York Fashion Week in February, and now it is nearly Christmas. While planning this holiday issue, I couldn’t believe how quickly this past year has gone by. I owe that, in part, to a very busy schedule, lots of collaborations, and video games. Yes, video games. Thank you, Nintendo, for keeping me sane during this emotional Election Year.

Although 2016 did have some rough patches, what I enjoyed most of all was getting to work with some of the kindest and talented people I have ever met. I was honored to go backstage at NYFW FW16 and get the scoop on all the trending hairstyles, makeup tricks, and nail art. I was excited to check out Lauren Cecchi New York’s gorgeous bag collection up close as well as speak at AmeriChina’s New Wave of Fashion Design Pioneer in New York City as a guest panelist. For months I got to work with some seriously talented designers who will be doing big things in the new year, and I am now looking forward to what 2017 will bring.

Our cover stars, the handsome Jack Griffo and beautiful Jenna Ortega, are also looking forward to the new year. If you aren’t familiar with these rising stars just yet, then turn to page 110 and see what they’ve got planned.

Happy Holidays, everyone. And here’s to a shining, hopeful new year.

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Ed Letter: Dec 2016/Jan 2017 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Issue

Ed Letter: Oct/Nov 2016

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If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been obsessed with accessories for the entirety of 2016. They’re all over my feed: earrings and watches and rings and necklaces, all in different styles and colors. It all started when I partnered with Rocksbox.com as an #RBItGirl last December to style and promote their awesome jewelry subscription service, and I haven’t looked back since. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions to experiment with more jewelry and accessories, and I’m happy to report that it’s been one of the easiest resolutions I’ve ever kept. Come on—it’s hard to say “no” to a little sparkle!

Now we want our readers to get in on the fun, too. If you’re interested in trying out Rocksbox for yourself and receiving jewelry from brands like House of Harlow, Gorjana, and more, then use our code clichemagxoxo at checkout on Rocksbox.com to get your first month free! The Rocksbox team even gives each subscriber $10 a month to spend towards their favorite jewelry pieces. But hurry—this code won’t last forever!

Use code clichemagxoxo at Rocksbox.com to get your first month of Rocksbox FREE!

Use code clichemagxoxo at Rocksbox.com to get your first month of Rocksbox FREE!

The rest of the Cliché Magazine team is pretty stoked about accessories, too, especially for the fall (like that captain’s hat I’m wearing on the left). Check out some key pieces you need in your closet this season on pg. 24, and then turn to pg. 26 to see some of our favorite fall collections this month! Halloween is also around the corner, so if you’re looking for some costume ideas, take notes from some of our favorite MUAs on Instagram on pg. 42. Don’t forget to post some photos and tag us on Instagram @clichemag so we can see your gorgeous (or spooky) looks!

Finally, we’re excited to chat with our two beautiful and talented cover girls Kelli Berglund and Jade Pettyjohn about their rising careers, favorite moments, and what’s to come. Prepare yourself: if you haven’t heard of these ladies before, you’re about to be a serious fan.

I hope you enjoy this issue and my favorite season of all!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: Oct/Nov 2016 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2016 Issue

Ed Letter: Aug/Sept 2016

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If you were to ask any woman in your life which garment in her closet was her favorite, she could probably tell you in a heartbeat. We all have one; I wore my favorite navy blouse until the color completely faded and I threw on my favorite pair of jeans until there were holes in unacceptable places. These pieces felt like an extension of myself, and when the time came to finally part ways, I hugged them goodbye like they were old friends. Quietly, I vowed to find another piece I loved as much as them. Now, I think I have.

When I first saw the Goldie’s floral halterneck romper I am wearing for this Ed Letter, I instantly fell in love. It checked all my boxes: favorite color? Yes. High slit? Hell yes. Tailored shorts? Bring ‘em on. Throw in the sheer, chiffon fabric and the sexy, backless structure and it completely won me over. While wearing it, I felt like I was floating. I found myself standing a little straighter, smiling a little wider. And that’s just what the perfect piece of clothing does: it makes you feel beautiful.

Goldie’s believes that all women are beautiful in their own special way, and we at Cliché couldn’t agree more. In fact, all the fashion and beauty brands in this issue strive to make all women feel beautiful as well. When I met Parisa Wang in New York City this past spring, I was so impressed with her ability to turn her heartbreak into a bag collection meant to empower other women (pg. 58), and was equally impressed by the designers behind 1995NYC, with their warm personalities and colorful clothing line that just screams playful femininity (pg. 62). These designers are just the beginning of the massive talent in this issue, and I’m so happy to introduce them to the world.

If you crave more beauty and confidence inspiration, then look no further than our cover girls, Logan Browning and Aimee Carrero. Both the Hit the Floor star and Young & Hungry actress, respectively, are the perfect combination of beauty and talent, and prove this each day in their careers and in their personal lives. Read what they had to say about this and more starting on pg. 106.

Now, tell me what makes you feel beautiful on Twitter @clichemag and @meganportorreal, and we’ll share our favorites in our next issue. Happy reading!

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: Aug/Sept 2016 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2016 Issue

Ed Letter: June/July 2016

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Cliché turns 7 years old this month, and when I think about how far we’ve come since I’ve been the Editor in Chief, I am so immensely proud. This past year has been our biggest year yet, and I have a feeling our seventh year will be lucky as well! From celebrities on our covers like Grace Gealey from Empire and Sabrina Carpenter from Girl Meets World (see pg. 17 for more), it has been such an honor to work with such talented, beautiful, and inspiring individuals over these past 12 months.

 

Speaking of talent, last month I had the pleasure of speaking to some of the most gifted rising fashion designers in New York City at AmeriChina’s New Wave of Fashion Design Pioneer event. Joined by fashion designer Eva Xu of All Comes From Nothing, Project Runway alum and designer Angela Sum, and designer and entrepreneur David Leung, we spoke to the audience of young designers about how to traverse through the fashion industry in today’s age. Afterwards, I got to know the designers one-on-one, and have since been introduced to some lovely emerging brands that I’m so excited to see grow. Head over to clichemag.com to learn more about the event and some very exciting new brands.

Photo Jun 12, 2 45 16 PMFor this issue, we’re pretty big on fashion and beauty, too. Summer is here and that means one thing: the beach! Check out some of the hottest swimsuit styles this season for all kinds of body types (pg. 30), how to style your hair to combat that salty sea air (pg. 36), and which waterproof makeup products are going to stay put all day (pg. 40).

It’s safe to say our two cover stars are looking forward to this summer as much as we are! Singer/songwriter Megan Nicole is currently on tour with Emblem 3 and The Ready Set and is making stops in San Francisco, Tempe, Los Angeles, and New York City. Also, Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin is gearing up for the release of his docu-series My Last Days, due out this August. Head to pg. 102 to read our exclusive interviews with these two, and don’t forget to follow them on social media this summer! You won’t want to miss a second.

Enjoy the issue, and the sun.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: June/July 2016 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s June/July 2016 Issue. Photographed by Zhe Chen

Ed Letter: April/May 2016

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I think it’s safe to say I’ve been looking forward to spring since September, back when I first laid eyes on dozens of gorgeous spring/summer collections and beauty trends at New York Fashion Week. (Remember, for example, those braided crowns and beaded dresses at Hervé Léger’s presentation? Dreamy!) Even after being a fashion editor for the last four years, the wait between collections still feels eternal. Can’t we just get these pieces now? Can’t we skip the snow boots and sweater tights and go right to wedge sandals and bare legs again?

 

At last, spring is finally here, and there’s a whole lot we’re looking forward to this season at Cliché. Not only are brands like Michi and Fabletics inspiring us to get into shape for the summer and look cool while doing it (pg. 40), but we’re also excited to finally swap out our dark lipsticks for some mauve or pink hues (pg. 27) and throw on some seriously cool shades to match. Our team is also planning outdoor adventures and what to wear while exploring (pg. 48), as well as the perfect bag to stash everything you need. Speaking of bags, this season I’ve discovered a new favorite brand called Sage Femme, who even walked us through how they hand-stitch their genuine Italian leather bags one by one (pg. 38). Fair warning: you’re going to want one, and a phone case to match, in every color.

We’ve also got our eyes on about a dozen TV premieres this spring, and talked to both seasoned and rising actors, actresses, and musicians we’ll be paying close attention to (starting on pg. 58). If you’ve been itching for a new show to watch or new bands to check out this spring, then we’ve got you covered! 

Finally, our interviews with our two beautiful cover girls are must-reads. Laura Vandervoort graces our cover for the second time in two years and tells us how she feels about Syfy’s TV show Bitten coming to an end, and Brec Bassinger opens up about being a role model for young girls everywhere on Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs.

Now, if anybody needs me, I’ll be playing Bravely Second: End Layer for the rest of the spring. You think I’ve been waiting for this season for a long time? I’ve been waiting for this game for two years, and now it’s finally here!

Happy reading.

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Megan Portorreal
EDITOR IN CHIEF
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: April/May 2016 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s April/May 2016 Issue. 

Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2016

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Now that we’re well into the new year, how many of us can say we’ve honestly kept up with our new year’s resolutions so far? I, myself, shied away from my usual “I’m going to eat healthier and exercise more!” dreams and instead, swore to try something much more fun: to experiment more with jewelry. Luckily, after partnering with Rocksbox as an #RBItGirl in December, it’s been easier than I ever thought.

In the past three months, I’ve received almost a dozen different pieces of jewelry to mix and match, including gorgeous, gold rope textured rings from Gorjana and a lovely crescent moon necklace from Jenny Bird, and I have yet to be disappointed. The Rocksbox stylists, who are in charge of analyzing my style profile and selecting jewelry they think would be perfect for me, have done a great job picking pieces with my taste in mind. They’ve even been kind enough to give us our own exclusive discount code for our Cliché readers! Use the code clichemagxoxo at checkout to receive your first month of Rocksbox totally free. But hurry, since it’s only available for a limited time. Give it a try today!

I’m not the only jewelry lover on the Cliché team, believe it or not. Our Fashion Director actually wrote her column this month about jewelry, too (pg. 25), and we gathered some of the coolest winter accessories you need to own, pronto (pg. 35). From totally glam necklaces to ear cuffs made for New York Fashion Week, you’ll be turning heads in no time.

Speaking of turning heads, it’s safe to say our two cover girls know a lot about that. It’s no secret that Alyson Stoner and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei were made to be in the spotlight, both with their beautiful voices and sexy dance moves, and we were so fortunate to chat with them about their careers and plans for this year. Quickly, I discovered, as I’m sure many of you also will, that not only are these women crazy beautiful, but incredibly wise beyond their years, both giving advice I wanted to take and frame on my office wall. They are both great examples of Girl Bosses to me, and I’m so proud to have them on our cover. If you don’t find their words motivating, I’m not sure what is.

Now, time to do some #GirlBoss-ing of my own: like mapping out my calendar of New York Fashion Week shows I’m so excited for.

‘Til next time!

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Megan Portorreal
EDITOR IN CHIEF
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2016 originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Feb/Mar 2016 Issue