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Want Cool Summer Style? Be Ultra-Trendy with the Best Jumpsuit Styles of 2018

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Do you remember how crazy everyone was going over rompers when they came back in style a couple of summers ago? If you loved that trend, good news, rompers are still in for summer 2018! But if you want something a bit more daring, with a classy twist, why don’t you try out a full-length jumpsuit? The jumpsuits out there right now range from just about every style you could dream of pulling off! Sporty, classic, chic, bohemian, edgy—you name it, there is a jumpsuit for the vibe you want to exude. Here are some of the best jumpsuit styles of 2018.

Look Put Together with Little Effort

Jumpsuits are pretty much a savior when you aren’t sure what to wear because it’s a one-stop shop. All you have to do is pick a jumpsuit that’s flattering, pair with some matching heels or sandals, accessorize if you’d like, and you’re good to go.

Bella Hadid Pulling Off a Denim Show-Stopper

This is simply one of my favorite looks as far as this fashion-forward trend goes. Model Bella Hadid is pictured below in a 70s inspired denim jumpsuit with large front pockets and a flared leg. If this isn’t effortlessly sexy, then I don’t know what is!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Want Something More Bohemian? Find a Jumpsuit that Fits Your Free Spirit

There are so many amazing options available right now. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, Free People has a great selection of various styles.
Try something like this Boho Dream:

Bohemian Jumpsuit
Photo Credit: freepeople.com

Or if you’re on a stricter budget, fashion retailers like Tobi, Forever 21, H&M, and many others offer a wide variety of affordable options.

Go for a Black Ensemble for a Classy or Daring Look

Although it’s time for big patterns, florals, and fun colors, if you’re going out for a summer event a black jumpsuit is a must.
Something like this is subtly sexy and daring:

Daring Black Jumpsuit
Photo Credit: tobi.com

 

Or you can go for a more classic look with one like this:

Classy Black Jumpsuit by Lulus
Photo Credit: lulus.com

 

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Want Cool Summer Style? Be Ultra-Trendy with the Best Jumpsuit Styles of 2018. Featured Photo Credit: MEGA, usmagazine.com.

What We Can Learn From Zendaya’s Beauty Transformation

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Zendaya is a huge beauty icon and a role model to many individuals. Ever since she starred in Shake It Up! and moved onto playing K.C. Cooper in K.C. Undercover, she’s been getting a lot of attention in the spotlight. She’s also starred in plenty of films and people are keeping up with her fashion and beauty choices more than ever.

 

You can’t deny that Zendaya has completely transformed from an adorable adolescent to a stunning, strong adult. Now, her taste in fashion is killing the game and her makeup is even more fierce. Not to mention that she does her own makeup when attending events—and she’s pretty darn good at it. Here are some tips for you to achieve her most stunning looks.

Thick Brows
Zendaya is known for her beautiful, fierce brows. It’s clear that Zendaya loves to fill in her brows for that bold, dramatic look. Also, she doesn’t go overboard with filling them in. Since she’s someone who likes a natural look, lightly filling them in will not only make them look thicker, but natural as well.

Try: Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil, $11, ulta.com

Simple Eyes
Zendaya’s eye looks are very simple, but also really elegant. She tends to stick with neutral colors such as browns, nudes, and even soft reds and pinks. Whether she wings her eyes with eyeliner or not, she’ll also add a touch of mascara during the day or falsies for an evening look. For this look, we recommend sticking to neutral shades and lots of mascara to really make our eyes pop.

Try: Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette, $45, sephora.com

Courtesy of Zendaya/Instagram

Neutral Lips
Matching her eye looks, the lipsticks she puts on are almost always neutral. Since Zendaya is big on natural glamour, she loves to fill her plump lips with nudes, mauves, pale roses, or even a clear gloss. So, when in doubt, go nude! Everyone looks great in a good nude lipstick and it goes with almost any eye look.

Try: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig, $20, sephora.com

Courtesy of Zendaya/Instagram

Natural Skin
Zendaya already has chiseled cheekbones and a defined face. Her contour isn’t too extreme, but enough to enhance her facial features. Also, we’ve seen Zendaya loving blush to bring out her cheekbones and bring some color to her face, as well as using highlights to bring out a natural-looking glow. If you want to achieve that natural glow, don’t abuse contouring; blush is your best friend and highlighting is definitely your wing girl.

Try: Tarte Limited-Edition Tarteist™ Contour Palette Version III, $45, macys.com

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What We Can Learn From Zendaya’s Beauty Transformation: Featured image courtesy of Zendaya/Instagram

5 Tips For Restoring Damaged Summer Hair

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Say goodbye to sun-kissed skin, bikinis, flip-flops, and day trips to the beach. Summer has left, and cooler weather has arrived! While we’re sad to see the warm weather go, it’s time to focus on revitalizing our strands once again. From swimming in pools and oceans to constantly being in the sun for long periods of time, summer can damage your hair more than you think. We chatted with Cutler Salon owner and stylist Rodney Cutler to help us bring our hair back to life for the cooler weather. Here, Cutler shares his top five tips for restoring damaged summer hair.

 

 

Try a Hair Mask
“Deep conditioning is always recommended,” says Cutler. “Try Redken’s pH Bonder Post Service Protector ($16) to moisturize strands and maintain a healthy pH balance. Hair pH should be around 4.4 – 5.5; any higher or lower could cause excess bacteria to build-up or frizz.”

Protect Hair
“Protect hair from further damage with Cutler’s Protectant Treatment Spray ($24). This light treatment detangles, softens, and protects hair from heat styling. A must-have for all hair types!” says Cutler.

Get a Cut
“Get rid of damaged ends and test out a celeb-approved lob for fall.”

Ditch the Elastic
“Give your hair a break from the ponytail,” says Cutler. “During summer months, hair is pulled all over, often tied up multiple times a day with an elastic. Not even the gentlest elastic can prevent breakage caused at the crown from constant pulling.”

Courtesy of Mickey @eightsandnines on Flickr

Braid It Back
“If pulling hair back is a must, opt for a low braid,” says Cutler. “Maintain a natural part instead of tugging hair all the way back. (Bonus tip: before braiding, apply a deep conditioner and leave it in for ultimate hydration.)”

You can find Rodney Cutler and his team of top-notch stylists all over New York City: Cutler Soho, Cutler Salon Park Avenue, Cutler Brooklyn, Licari Cutler Salon, and Licari Cutler at Domenico Vacca.

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5 Tips For Restoring Damaged Summer Hair: Featured image courtesy of Hairzoo @hairzoo on Flickr

Makeup Tips From Make-Up Pro

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There may only be a month of summer left, but sunshine, beaches, flip-flops, and more time to spend with friends is what we’re all about here at Cliché. However, with all this excitement comes sweltering weather. If you’re a beauty guru or wear makeup on a daily basis, you know that this type of weather tends to scare away the thought of wearing any makeup at all. For this reason, we’ve enlisted the help of Cheve Chan and Chika Chan, co-founders of Make-up Pro, to give us pointers on wearing makeup this season. Make-up Pro is a company where clients wear the makeup, not the other way around, giving all women a space for individualism, while providing that “It” factor we all search for.
 

Cliché: What is considered the traditional path of make-up to you and how do you counteract that by offering creativity to clients?
Cheve Chan: Make-up traditionally is geared towards making people look and feel beautiful. This look and feel varies between different cultures, occasions, and stages in a person’s life. At Make-up Pro, we view beauty not as a cookie-cutter image, but rather to bring out the unique and defining qualities of an individual. Traditionally, in order to look “beautiful,” you had to be born with a certain kind of nose, lips, or smile. In our view, whatever features you possess can be incorporated into a “beauty” that is you.

What inspired you to create Make-up Pro and what motivates you now to continue?
Cheve: Being a minority in the States comes with a sense of being an outsider. While there is much hardship involved in bringing a foreign tradition into a melting pot such as NYC, a primary goal of our brand has been to integrate Eastern and Western looks, techniques, and styles to generate an altogether new culture. During the past 7 years of training over 1,000 students, we have developed collaborations with top brands such as L’Oreal Group, Estee Lauder Group, and LVMH. The opportunity for Make-up Pro to sponsor main-calendar events in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong drives us to expand our network and our message even further.

Where does your inspiration come from for new looks?
Chika Chan: Exposure to new artists, traveling to unfamiliar destinations, and keeping up-to-date on politics all serve as inspiration for creating a new look. It’s not only clothing designers, but also musicians, visual artists, and dancers; anything emotional, anything meaningful, anything that can be used as a metaphor to influence the final look. Beauty today is all about finding ways to reflect experience through the art of the lashes, lipstick, shadow, etc. to render the art of make-up.

If you could only use one make-up product, what would it be?
Chika: No one product completes a look, but just one product can complete a face. When applying a specific look to multiple models, we emphasize focusing on the main feature of a face. For some faces, the eyes require the most attention, while for others, it’s a matter of applying foundation. While no one product is suitable for all, every person has a product that works magic!

You offer eyes, lips, and face products, along with skin care products. What is the customer’s most-loved product?
Chika: Our most talked-about products are the collagen and eyeshadow. Whereas the collagen contains proteins that help to maintain firmness and moisture in the skin, the shadow is highly pigmented and offers a variety of color options that are customizable to one’s own preferences. Equally essential are our professional brushes, which were carefully selected by myself, and provide quality textures at an affordable price point.

What makes an “It statement” to Make-up Pro?
Cheve: We often encourage our clients and students to “get an inspiration” rather than becoming a replica of some other person. The “It statement” is a way of discovering who you are in order to reach your full potential when applying different styles and looks. Therefore, you can look good in a natural look and you can look good in a dramatic look, too. We believe that make-up should be fun; it is a means for discovering different things about oneself and the world. All ethnicities, sexualities, genders, and ages are invited to come together and share this philosophy.

Summer is trend season. Can you offer any tips on how to keep makeup looking good during the heat?
Chika: First of all, lighten your layers! With hot weather comes sweat, so waterproof products are definitely advised. Avoid shimmer or anything too luminous, unless you want to look extra-shiny. Keep blotting papers close by to soak up any excess oil or perspiration. A good primer helps to hold your make-up in place well into the evening. By then, you should be fine!

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Makeup Tips From Make-Up Pro: Photos courtesy of Make-Up Pro

Summer Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist Ryan Nickulas

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There is no such thing as too many beauty tips, and when you can get them from a celebrity stylist, it’s even better! Ryan Nickulas is the owner of the Ryan Darias salon in NYC. He has styled some of your favorite A-list celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Isaac Mizrahi, and more. Here, we found out Nickulas’ favorite hair trends for the summer, his inspiration, and how he juggles it all.

Cliché: How did you get started as a celebrity stylist? What inspired you?
Ryan Nickulas: When you’re a hairstylist in NYC, opportunities can come knocking at any time, which is why I believe in always being ready, willing, and humble. I met my first big client in a CVS. She was crying and trying to figure out how to cover a major salon mistake with box color. I ended up inviting her to my apartment and fixing her hair. I felt so bad for her. This woman was so thankful she sent me to her boss. She was an actress on a major television show. I still do her hair today.

Who has been your favorite celebrity to work with?
Pamela Anderson is one of the most iconic blondes in the industry. She always keeps it sexy, which is classic in the beauty world.

What is your favorite hair or beauty trend for summer?
Embracing and owning your natural texture is a must this summer, especially when it comes to rocking those beach waves and sun-and-salt-kissed curls.

One thing we all need to know is how to deal with humidity and our hair. Do you have any tips?
Humidity peaks in the summertime, so be sure to learn the best way to air-dry hair. Start with a damp bun, pigtail braids or a beach wave spray; allow to dry naturally into beautiful texture.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?
Trust your gut, because it’s always going to be right. When you are not right, always remember the joy is in the journey.

Embracing and owning your natural texture is a must this summer, especially when it comes to rocking those beach waves and sun-and-salt-kissed curls.

It’s hard to balance a business, twins, and a fitness routine. How do you juggle them all?
Time management and learning to prioritize are priceless, as is going to bed early and getting adequate rest. And having an amazing nanny doesn’t hurt!

We understand that you work for charitable organizations such as God’s Love We Deliver, Green Chimneys, and the Ali Forney Center. What made you work with those organizations specifically?
I chose these organizations specifically because they provide aid for people who are unable to help themselves in their specific capacities, such as homeless LGBTQ youth, which is a cause near and dear to my heart.

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Summer Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist Ryan Nickulas: Photographed by Marco Ovando

Channeling 1970s California Beauty for Spring & Summer

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There’s no better feeling than walking outside as spring approaches and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin after months of bleak weather and overwhelming grayness. It’s at this time of year that I can’t help but allow my beauty routine to reflect the changing season, and there’s no era that symbolizes fresh-faced beauty and sunkissed style more than the 1970s in California. Great skin, simple makeup, and free-flowing hair are the keys to unlocking this aesthetic for yourself! From oil-free moisturizers with sunscreen to protect your skin from those pesky UV rays to lip glosses to keep you looking fresh and dewy, these tips and products are inspired by the simple and sexy beauty looks from this era and the encroaching seasonal shift. You’ll have no trouble exuding summertime sexiness with these in your arsenal!

 

Photo Courtesy of Stoned Immaculate

Long Beach Locks

The absolute queen of carefree curls is, without question, Blake Lively. Her messy-yet-styled hair, whether it’s free-flowing or tied up in a ponytail, always looks incredible. How does she get them, you ask? Not to worry! Your keys to carefree curls await.

Photo Courtesy of REX


Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray ($17)


This spray is part mousse (don’t worry! This isn’t your mom’s mousse—it’s light and amazing) and part sea spray that adds a beachy texture, polished finish, and enough volume to make you jump for joy. A little bit of texture is key for allowing your hair to hold beachy waves while still maintaining a fun, finished look.

Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask ($32)


Beautiful hair looks beautiful because it’s well-cared-for! Making sure your locks are moisturized is a major key to your look. This hydrating hair mask nourishes hair, increasing its shine, texture, and finish in just five minutes.

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand ($270)


If you don’t have Blake’s signature locks naturally, opting for a great curling iron is going to be a total game changer for you. Look for a 2” barrel, like the ones in this T3 Interchangeable set! The multiple barrels that come with this allow you to add a few different sizes of curls, making your look even more authentic.

The Art of Dressing Professionally In Summer

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Summer weather is highly coveted all year long, especially after long winters, and most of us cannot wait to wear the fewest amount of layers that is both possible and socially acceptable. While summer street style can reflect crop tops and mini-skirts, these looks are not welcomed in the corporate world. But the work days do not pause in the summer, so we must adjust to the weather, and create looks that keep us looking cool and professional at the same time. We at Cliché understand the dilemma that you are in, and we are here to give you the top three tips and advice to stay on track all summer long.

Keep it Long & Loose

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Photo Courtesy of H&M, Trenchcoat $59.99.


When we think of heat and humidity, it makes sense that we would avoid pants at all costs. But the crucial aspect of our clothing choices that we should pay close attention to is the fabric. Light fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, and sometimes jersey are ones to purchase for your summer wardrobe staples. Pieces that are not clingy, like maxi dresses and skirts are ideal for staying cool. Avoid tight bandage skirts and high necklines; a light blouse and oversized blazer would fare better in the heat. Looks like this long vest over slacks, and loose maxis belted are ones to replicate.
Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters, Jumpsuit $69.

Tastefully Show Some Leg

Photo courtesy of H&M.

Photo courtesy of H&M, Jacket, $39.99.


While long, loose layers should be the go-to, especially for those working in more corporate or traditional environments, showing some leg is not completely forbidden. A great rule that has worked for me countless times, is when one body part is more visible, counter that with covering another. The look featured by H&M is a perfect example of this. Even though she is wearing shorts, she is wearing a blazer creating a more streamlined and professional look. Longer shorts with flats and a blazer is definitely appropriate for the workplace in summer. Another easy summer look is sleeveless dresses, right above the knee. Bring a cardigan to throw on in the office and voila.  
Photo Courtesy of Forever 21.

Photo Courtesy of Forever 21, Dress, $19.90.

Bright Colors

Photo Courtesy of Zara.

Photo Courtesy of Zara, Skirt, $49.99.


A pop of color is welcome all year long, but in the summer there is way more flexibility, leaving the gray, navy, and black staples behind. This pencil skirt featured in Zara, in bright yellow, is the perfect play on the fall and winter professional look. And if you are hesitant to add color in your wardrobe, partner it with more muted colors like white and nude, the professional colors of summer. But as long as the fit is right, let the color speak for itself.
Photo Courtesy of Express.

Photo Courtesy of Express, Dress, $69.90.


Though it is always dependent on your work environment and culture, there is more flexibility for summer professional work attire than you would imagine. Don’t be afraid to add in color as much as possible, and if you ever are unsure, as long as it is knee length and modest, throw a blazer on it. And the great part about summer professional looks is they often transition nicely to post-work events. Here’s to staying cool and chic all summer long, both in and out of the office.
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Featured image courtesy of Express

What Drinking Wine Might Be Doing to Your Face, and How to Avoid It

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Since the era of Methuselah, it has always been said that a person is a reflection of what they eat. But unfortunately, they may have forgotten to tell you that you are also a sum of what you drink. You may eat all the healthy foods in the world, but if you wash them down with the wrong drink, the effects will have been nullified. It is what happens in the case of wine. With a high intake of wine, your face will be affected adversely. It is because wine has components that cause dryness and dehydration among other repercussions. Now, wine may be good for the stomach, but it is not good for your skin, at least not when it is imbibed on too frequently. True, it can improve your skin if you use it in your facial masks, but when you drink it, the effects are all wrong: it will give you a wine face. Here’s what drinking wine might be doing to your face, and how to avoid it.
First, let’s unravel this enigma of ‘wine face.’
It is a facial appearance that is marked by redness on the cheeks, sagging eyelids, reddened cheeks a dry skin, and lines between the eyes. If you have a wine face, you will have a red, flaky, and wrinkled face. Isn’t it just what you are looking for? Let us find out why wine will have these adverse effects on your skin.
1. It has dehydrating effects
Just like any other type of alcohol, the wine will dehydrate your body. When this happens, your body will react by withholding fluids. This water retention is a way of ensuring that your body has the water it needs for it to function despite the draining effects of the alcohol. This water will be retained in your eyes thus giving you those puffy and swollen eyes. With just a drink of wine, you will leave with eyes that make you look all sickly tired and aged. It is why you should take just a little wine a day and instead drinks lots of water to avert any water retention.
2. It dries out your skin
Due to its dehydrating effects of wine, it leaves your skin dry, thus making it easy for wrinkles to appear. Now, the last thing you want is always to be hooked to wrinkle creams. Granted, they may eliminate these wine-inflicted wrinkles, but wouldn’t it be better if you just prevented them from happening in the first place? What is that they say about prevention? Oh yeah, it is much better than any cure. However, if you find yourself with wrinkles, due to some unknown reasons, you can always find solace in the best wrinkle creams available. These products will help you clear out those annoying lines on your face in a jiffy.
3. It causes blood vessels to dilate
According to research, a high intake of alcohol can cause an increase in your blood pressure. Now, your body is wired in such a way that it can be able to moderate blood pressure either through vasoconstriction when the pressure is low or vasodilation when the pressure sky rockets. Therefore, when wine increases your blood pressure, your body will automatically react through the dilation of the capillaries. Dilation happens when your blood vessels expand to increase the flow of blood to your organs. When this happens, blood flow is increased on the surface of your skin hence causing a flush of redness. This redness will persist for all long as there is any alcoholic content in your blood.
Redness can also be caused by a condition known as alcohol flush reaction. It happens when your body is unable to break fully down the alcohol. It is this malfunction that will cause the accumulation of the component of wine that causes swelling, flushing and general skin irritation.
Conclusion
We all want flawless faces — faces free of wrinkles and any form of discoloration. However, this venture can be sabotaged by your drinking of wine. It is because wine has components that can dehydrate your skin, cause dilation of the capillaries and wrinkling. It is these effects that will culminate in drooled eyelids; a dry face that is overly flushed and wrinkling that define a wine face. This way, your face will have become a reflection of what you have taken: wine.
References

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/skin-care/beauty-tips.html
https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle
https://www.thebeautyinsiders.com/5-tips-to-taking-care-of-your-skin-naturally.html

WRITTEN BY KATLEEN BROWN

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock

3 Ways to Creatively Incorporate Color Into Your Winter Wardrobe

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Bleak. Dreary. Frigid. All words that we can associate with the winter-time blues. Getting your wardrobe ready for winter is always a grueling task. Ideally it is an excuse to hit the shops and buy the latest trench in a shade of brown or the go-to black, perhaps a chunky sweater or two, and at least three pairs of boots. But where do you go from there? It is hard to feel excited to get dressed when you face the monotony in your closet every morning. As a fashion stylist living in NYC, one of the most exciting things that I can tell my clients on dressing for winter is that color is indeed your friend. While black can still be your go-to, a pop of color will break up the regularly scheduled programming of your usual monochrome pieces. To avoid feeling overwhelmed about all of the color possibilities, I give you three specific areas to add the spice: outerwear, accessories, and shoes. Pay attention to one or all of these, and you will be oozing cheer and happiness from head to toe!
The Colorful Coat
Visions of winter are filled with images of black and grey. It’s no wonder that we are sad and depressed all season long. Walking down the NYC streets, all that can be seen for blocks at a time is a sea of black. We often leave the bright trenches and jackets for the spring and summer seasons, but one thing I say to all of the people I have the pleasure to work with is to throw all the old rules out the window. Why can’t you wear a bright yellow wool coat in December? Trust me, it will do your wardrobe justice, and you will be the object of envy throughout the sea of black.

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©Diego Zuko/Harper’s Bazaar


The Patterned Scarf
I used to think, “Who can afford to add color?” If you have to wear the same scarf and pair of gloves every day, why would you choose green, when black goes with everything? But remember, if you take away anything from this rundown, leave the rules at the door. Bright blue and green both go with brown, black, and navy, so why can’t color be the new staple? If bright colors give you anxiety, take some baby steps with muted blues, greens, and reds. Play around with adding multiple colors to one look, and grab some inspiration from our fashionable creatives here at Cliché – or Blake Lively, who is the perfect example of breaking up black with a few doses of color.
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Must-Have Booties
Like our girl T. Swift, we got to shake off the haters and rock maroon booties all year long. Deep hues for boots and flats is a seamless way to incorporate color into your outfit – it also adds a nice flair to a solid pant in the winter. My go-to colors are deep reds, greens, and even deeper blue tones as a nice reprieve from black. These colors can be incorporated into a professional setting, too… just throw on slacks, a blouse, and blazer, then voila – you are chic and colorful all in one.
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So don’t let the blustery weather affect your creativity and innovation with your personal style this winter season. Take it from us, a little color goes a long way.
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3 Ways to Creatively Incorporate Color Into Your Wardrobe: Featured image ©StyleHaus

Blogger of the Month: Grace Liang

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You know those types of people who light up a room the instant they walk into it? Grace Liang, a fashion blogger and teacher born and raised in China and now living in Troy, Michigan, does just that. Her fashion blog Color and Grace shines right off your screen and into your heart, not only because of her ever-evolving style, but her personal story as well. While she shares a lot of her life with her readers, she also promotes the importance of self-love and finding out who you are. At 41 years old (I know, can you believe it?!), Liang is taking on the fashion world with a fire inside her heart by sharing her authentic self, being bright in color, and creating her own personal grace.
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Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Color and Grace?
Grace Liang: That is a very good question! If you had asked me this question three months ago, I probably wouldn’t have had a clear answer. Back then, I just posted my outfit of the day along with some story from my past. It was kind of like my personal journey back then. But when my blog hit the four-month mark in April, I felt it needed to be more original and on a more professional level. So I had the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself!) of following different daily themes. This would allow me to branch out and focus on a variety of fashion topics.
The first theme is called “Fashion 101.” Here is where I demo how to use color and create different styles. I get inspiration from fashion magazines and websites and my sister bloggers, but honestly, I intentionally try to avoid being influenced too much by the fashion world. I know myself; the more I look, the more I try to be like someone else, and that means I’m not being me. And who needs that? There are already so many similar fashion blogs and bloggers out there, but there is only one Color and Grace. I need to keep the originality.
“They Got It Right” is where I give a shoutout to those fellow bloggers who caught my eye that week. Some people say fashion blogging is dying, but I say it is growing into a more professional industry. I like to think that if I can help build this industry, even just a little bit, it will benefit everybody.
“Fashion Gossip” is where I share the latest fashion news, compare different fashion views between East and West, and share some thoughts and experiences about fashion blogging.
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What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
You really have to know yourself. What colors, styles, and cuts look best on you? The colors you love may not love you! The hot trends that are right on target on others may miss the mark on you. How can you know yourself, you ask? It takes time, and you have to keep an open mind. Try everything: take notes and document the hits AND misses by taking selfies with all kinds of different colors, styles, and cuts of clothes. You’ll be able to see what works for you and why. When it’s right and you know it, the confidence will be there.
How would you describe your personal style?
I am a 41-year-old petite woman, but I don’t limit myself because I am over 40 or have a very small frame. I love to try all kinds of different styles and trends. I would have to say my core elements are always elegance, sophistication, class, and colorful fun! I can’t live without color and am way past the all-black phase.
If you could give our readers one tip to channeling their personal style, what would it be?
Keep an open mind! Most people fall into these two categories: One, they are trying to find out or create who they are; or two, they think they know who they are and stop trying new things. Treat fashion just like you treat your life. Keep trying new things and try your best. Trends come and go, but every year there are some new twists or new shades of colors. Give these new things a chance. You can never be sure until you try it first!
_DSC6510Scenario time! You’re back in college and are running from class to class trying to finish everything up before work. What outfit do you wear that can easily transition from casual to professional wear?
For summer, I will pick an over-the-knee fitted and flared dress since it flatters every body type. For the class to class dash, I’m wearing a pair of comfy booties or sandals. I’ve also got my favorite denim jacket because the A/C is always too strong, especially in that chemistry lab! Transitioning to work, I will just slip off the footwear and slide into some sleek pumps. Unless it’s casual Friday, I’ll also ditch the denim jacket and grab my tailored blazer.
Do you have any fashion idols?
I am Chinese and China didn’t really have any fashion industry until the early ‘80s, so when I grew up there wasn’t much fashion influence for me at all. Later, I was exposed to different fashion cultures, but like I mentioned before, I don’t like to lock myself in, so I don’t really have any fashion idols. But I do like the American styles of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
What are some of your go-to items in your wardrobe and makeup bag?
For summer, my wardrobe go-to item will be a pair of tailored shorts. I can wear it with a graphic tee to dress down or a blouse and blazer to dress up. In my makeup bag, it must be my SPF 50+ BB cushion cream. It is so light and breathable, but still gives me the strong coverage and protection from sun I need.
What are some stores or online retailers where you find the best discounts and bargains? Do share!
I’ve been a red tag shopper for years and am proud of it! I love it when I can find a great off-season piece with an unbeatable price that still looks great for the new season. I try to stay within my monthly budget, so I focus on well-made and classy pieces. For the trendy things, I just go to a few favorite stores to get my bargains! I have a golden rule when I go shopping: I don’t buy things just because it is a GREAT DEAL. I am very picky, and before I check out, I will rate everything from 1-10. If it’s not a 10, then I will not buy it. Below are a few stores that are my best friends:
Nordstrom Rack: I’ve found lots of shoes, designer jeans, and handbags there. I usually score some trendy pieces in their junior area as well.
Lord & Taylor outlets: This store usually has really good prices for off-season collections on labels like Free People, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and CK. They have a very good shoe department as well.
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Designer handbags and sunglasses. I scored several cashmere sweaters there for only $20 a piece last month.
Saks Off 5th Avenue: Makeup (I found the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair line at about 20% cheaper than the regular store), designer handbags, and sunglasses. I got my Dior sunnies there for only $80 with all my discounts and a gift card they sent me. I also scored a Valentino handbag for less than $300.
_DSC6009Let’s face it. We all have that one lipstick, eyeliner, or bronzer we cannot live without. What’s yours and why?
Mine is “Morange” from MAC. It is an orange/red lipstick that has the magical power to make my skin look more even, fresh, and young.
What do you hope to create and spread on Color and Grace?
I want my readers to believe that anybody can be their fashion best at any age and on any budget, and I want to help give them the skills to pull it off. Women can do amazing things and do them every day. We graduate from college, raise families, and hold down jobs just as well as, and often better than, our male counterparts. I truly believe the old saying that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” To me, this means that you need to make time to make yourself happy.
To keep in the know about all things on Color and Grace, head on over to http://colorandgrace.com. Be sure to follow Liang as well through her many social media networks listed on her site—we sure are following!
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Blogger of the Month: Grace Liang “Blogger Spotlight” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2015 issue.
Photo Credit to http://colorandgrace.com

Hairstylist on MTV’s Finding Carter Shares Hair Styling Tips

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The much anticipated MTV drama television series Finding Carter has finally come back to us, and those who have watched the first season can validate the show’s hype. With an authentic, heartfelt cast and a storyline that carries a cumbersome punch in almost every episode, it is no wonder why so many have fallen in love with the show, let alone become addicted to it. For all the Finding Carter addicts (myself included), there is yet another way in which we can become even more obsessed– oh boy! Celebrity hairstylist Richard Boggs, who is currently the hair department head on Finding Carter, has shared with us his tips for styling the show’s lead actress Kathryn Prescott (Carter Stevens).
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  1. Start by cleansing and treating the hair with RBPro Essentials Moisture Shampoo ($17) and Moisture Conditioner ($17). This duo is sulfate and paraben free. Their powerful anti-aging and collagen-building properties act as a barrier to seal hair cuticles and protect from fading and damage. This is a great way to maintain and keep reds like this bright for filming.
  2. When we are on set, I am blow drying every day and then restyling the hair, which can cause stress, breakage, and flyaways. I make sure to reach for RBPro Essentials Everyday Miracle Repair Treatment ($17) when hair is damp and apply it just before I begin heat styling. It is a must for maintaining the integrity and overall health of the hair. The treatment is weightless, which is important when using it on fine hair like Ms. Prescott’s.
  3. Since Finding Carter is shot in Hot-Atlanta’s humidity, it’s important to thoroughly blow dry hair in stages. Section the hair off into four main parts, and then thoroughly blow dry root to end. This will ensure great long lasting and smooth volume. I always use RBPro Essentials Le Deux Styling Crème ($17). No flat iron or curling iron needed. It’s a blow-n-go!
  4. To finish the style, a shot of White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray ($22) at the root area will always insure fullness. Finishing off a Hollywood style with White Sands is a guarantee your glamour work will endure the long day of shooting! This spray just holds the style no matter what the weather or shooting conditions are like.

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Feel free to express your thoughts regarding this hairstyle, and if you’ve tried it, we’d love for you to post your achieved look in the comments section below. As for anyone who hasn’t seen the show and is interested in watching it, you are more than welcome to join the fan club, as Finding Carter is on Tuesday at 10/9c.
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Hairstylist on MTV’s Finding Carter Shares Hair Styling Tips: Courtesy of Richard Boggs, Photos Courtesy of MTV & Facebook

Alyssa Freitas

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December means the start of our Winter session for our Style Column! Get ready for style and beauty inspiration all made for this cold weather season. Our featured bloggers will have your skin looking radiant, your makeup on point, and your clothes stylish and snugged with their helpful tips. Kicking off the start to these snowy days is blogger Alyssa Freitas from her blog on Blogspot. She’s a nineteen-year-old student with an exuberant personality that shines through her blog writing. Her posts feature the equal excitement in her life from her experiences and the incredible, helpful tips she shares with readers. Read on to see why we think she is a blogger’s delight in this debut of our Winter session Style Column.

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Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Alyssa Freitas: Over the years, I have learned that simple works best for me for both fashion and beauty. Fashion wise, the most important part of my routine is asking myself, “If someone else was wearing this, would I compliment them?” If the answer is yes, then I go with it. If not, I ask myself how I can make it better. For beauty, I don’t do too much. Moisturizer, foundation, cream blush, mascara, some concealer, lipstick, and I’m ready to go.

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
This season, I am all about lipstick to brighten up dreary winter days. My particular favorite is Wine with Everything by Revlon because of the creamy texture and affordable price. I also find it very important to use moisturizer to protect my skin from the effects of the cold. I use Olay’s Complete Daily Defense with SPF because the sun does shine even in the winter after all! I love the rosy cheeks you get from being out during the winter, so to have that look even when inside I use cream blush. As it turns out, my favorite cream blush has been discontinued, so I’m on the lookout for a replacement.

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Any staple items that you think are winter must-haves? 
Winter must-haves are a plaid scarf, a wool coat, and if you’re feeling French, a beret. A plaid scarf can be sleek in the city, cozy in the country, and perfect just about anytime. Many fashion bloggers have been sporting blanket scarfs, but I am a little more traditional and will stick to my standard, non-fringed scarf. A wool coat can be simultaneously functional and fashionable. Unless there is a major blizzard you won’t catch me in a ski jacket; it’s all about wool. Whether you go for a pea coat, toggle coat (my personal favorite), or any other, you’ll be sure to look chic. Lastly, I LOVE to wear a beret in the winter, but I know it is not a look that everyone is willing to try. If you’re a hat person, I definitely recommend a beret.