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October 28, 2016

STYLIST FILES: Ann Taylor SS17 Preview

A large portion of my job as a Stylist and a Style Director is to know what designers, brands, etc are coming out with and although the season is getting pretty chilly and many are beginning to wrap their mind around the holiday season, I am up to my eyeballs in Resort and SS17 collections. By staying ahead, I am able to pull for my magazines in advance, prepare for my TV segments and to see what is out there. Earlier this week, I saw a cohesive collection of classics with a twist which included wide leg pants, asymmetrical pieces and fun prints via Ann Taylor. This spring/summer presentation had a tropical and nautical vibe which had vibrant prints and a number of ways that navy was elevated throughout the line.

May 25, 2015

Mode Mondays ~ Happy Memorial Day


Happy Memorial Day as you continue the long weekend. Although the official day of summer doesn't start until next month, this weekend is a kickoff unofficially! With that said, it's definitely that time of year to think about all the summer parties, hanging out on the beach, travel and so much more. The summer of 2015 is bound to have a lot of amazing moments and a number of them will be shared here to connect you to the best of what is out there. Make sure that you continue to check out the #AESummer15 guide which will ensure that your summer style will continue to stay on trend with new additions over the next few days.

Picture courtesy of AL.com

May 17, 2015

Shoe Sundays ~ Shoes for Spring + Summer

Earlier this week, I needed a bit of inspiration and found myself in Macy's to check out their shoe floor. There are always a number of fun options that take you from styles that work well whether you're running errands in Frye (with an array of leather sneaker options), going out with the girls in Sam Edelman or trekking in the rain with Hunter Boots.

August 14, 2014

Trendy Thursdays ~ Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion

Laura Mercier Bath Body Fragrance Verbena Infusion

As the summer continues over the next week and transcends into the fall, you want to transition into great beauty finds that keep you feeling great! Laura Mercier has the Verbena Infusion collection which has green citrus, spearmint, fresh blossoms and white amber come together in Verbena Infusion for a crisp, refreshing scent that is perfect for this season and the next. Although there are a few pieces within this scent, my favorite items include: Verbena Infusion Gel Body Moisture, Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Body Mist and Verbena Infusion Crème Body Cleanse.

I highly suggest that Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Body Mist as this is a great way to refresh your skin as we begin to head into the dog days of summer, while also being able to make it look healthy. It's a great item to layer on whether it's combined with your favorite fragrance or you opt to wear it alone. It also fits well within your handbag or tote.

Above image courtesy of Laura Mercier.

July 31, 2014

Trendy Thursdays ~ Summer Beauty Day to Night

Summer Beauty Day to Night

Summer days are long and full, and before you know it, the sun sets and it's a summer night. So why waste a warm, summer second starting your makeup from scratch when a few simple tricks can easily transition your look from day to night?


<p align=left>IT COSMETICS: Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

Neutrogena: MoistureShine Lip Smoother SPF 20

Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara

NYX: Blemish Control Blotting Paper

Essie Nail Polish in a bright color

Physicians Formula: Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Nude Pallet

Urban Decay: Naked Flush

L'oreal: Balm</a>

Benefit: They're Real Push-Up Liner

Stila: Magnificent Metals Foil Eye Shadow


Keep it simple! Use a CC cream for dewey skin, top with bronzer, and a tiny hint of blush to the cheeks.

An all-in-one pallet like the pictured Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip is perfect for both highlighting and as an eye shadow. Dust the lightest color on cheekbones and the bridge of your nose, and apply to the inner corner of the eyes. If you want a little shimmer on the lid, lightly add one of the darker colors with your finger. Finish the eyes off with a swipe of mascara for long, voluminous lashes that pop.

Swipe on a coat of lightly pigmented lip gloss, and this bronzed goddess look will get you through the day.


First, use blotting paper to absorb excess oil before touching up your CC cream, bronzer, and blush.

To really transition into a nighttime look, focus on making your eyes pop. Line your top lash line with Benefit's foolproof black liner, then follow with a highly pigmented, metallic bronze shadow like Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Eye Shadow. Follow with a second coat of mascara.

Use a hydrating, rose colored lipstick to make your lips to finish off the look, then head out and make it a summer night to remember.

<I>Guest Contributor:
Nicole Walker
is a lifestyle and social media content writer at Health Beauty Life in San Diego County. She's worked in the fashion & beauty industry for over 5 years, has been choosing her own outfits since she could walk, and has watched more episodes of What Not to Wear than she cares to admit.


July 10, 2014

Trendy Thursdays ~ Hottest Summer Lipgloss Shades

Summertime, when the livin's easy...but let's be honest. There's nothing easy about wearing lipstick. "Is it on my teeth? Is it bleeding? Is it cracking?" Way too much to worry about when relaxing poolside.

Like the summer sun, your lips are meant to be bright and shiny this season, so kiss your matte lipsticks goodbye until fall. Colorful lips are the perfect compliment to a glowing tan, and the glossy sheen makes them look kissably plump. Try one of these new summer lipgloss shades and see what we mean.

Hottest Summer Lipgloss Shades Bite Napoleon Perdis Hourglass Buxom Maybelline Obsessive Compulsive By Terry

Bite Lush Fruit Lipgloss in Candy Red

This lipgloss is so fruity, it'll make your lips look and taste like candy.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Mandarine Rapture

Orange you glad this color exists? It'll look killer with a tan!

Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in Coral Island


Talk about stealing the sun's show...this lipgloss reflects major light for a beautifully glistening, coral lip.

Obsessive Compulsive Summer 2014 Stained Gloss in Pink Toned Coral

Vegan and cruelty free, this is a lipgloss that you can look and feel good wearing.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Vibrant Red Orange

This high shine gloss delivers as much moisture as it does pigment - no feathering, here.

Buxom Full Bodied Lip Gloss in Guava Coral

Gorgeous, fruity summer color AND a no-tingle plumping effect? Yes, please.

By Terry Tint to Lip in Beach Game 1

One of the most unique new-to-the-game glosses, this formula plumps and brightens with a sheer neon shade.

Swipe, smack, SWAK!

<I>Guest Contributor:

Nicole Walker is a lifestyle and social media content writer at Health Beauty Life in San Diego County. She's worked in the fashion & beauty industry for over 5 years, has been choosing her own outfits since she could walk, and has watched more episodes of What Not to Wear than she cares to admit.


July 03, 2014

Trendy Thursdays ~ Top 5 Braids You Must Try this Summer

5 Summer Braids Must Hair Tutorial

Next to a basic pony, the braid was probably the first serious hairstyle you mastered as a young girl. That was back when braids were basic - section hair into 3 parts, loop-de-loop, secure with elastic. Those days are gone, and we couldn't be more excited by the edginess of the modern braid.

Braids are much more elaborate now, and although they tend to look intimidating, they needn't be! What makes a modern braid quintessentially sweet, yet way sexy is its perfect imperfection. Dirty, teased hair is the best braid base. Loose, messy techniques trump perfection. And the finishing touch to a modern braid? Roughing it up a bit - pulling it a apart to loosen, and freeing a few strands around the face. See, imperfection is celebrated!

With that being said, braid inspo and tutorials are helpful, so we did some digging and found the top 5 braids you absolutely must try this summer. These talented bloggers break it down and make it look easy.

Knot Braid



Triple Braided Bun


Mixed Fishtail and Dutch Braid



Messy Braided Ponytail


Boho Side Braid


Happy braiding!

<i>Author Bio:

Nicole Walker is a lifestyle and social media content writer at Health Beauty Life in San Diego County. She's worked in the fashion & beauty industry for over 5 years, has been choosing her own outfits since she could walk, and has watched more episodes of What Not to Wear than she cares to admit.</I>

July 02, 2014

Wearable Wednesdays ~ Kate Spade Accessory Campaign SS/14

Kate Spade Spring Summer 2014 Accessories Accessory Campaign

Kate Spade's Accessory Campaign brings in all that we love about summer from vibrant yellow tones to a carefree sense of style! From scarves, shoes, handbags, totes and more - this is how summer is worn whether you're running around the city or taking a jaunt to your favorite locale.

July 01, 2014

Treasure Tuesdays ~ Accessorize Casual Summer Looks

Cuddl Duds Jimmy Choo Sneakers separates grey tank and pants Lagos Jewelry

It's the first day of July, the summer has definitely flown by and the heat continues to rise! When it comes to a day that you're out and about taking some personal time - yoga, lunch with friends and a little shopping, you want to keep your look easy. A look that allows you to exercise and still be out and about is even more essential when it comes to humid weather. Last week, I happened to go to Cuddl Duds showroom where they were showcasing their holiday preview of layered items that are perfect for holiday dressing (looking put together while staying casual and warm - I will share more from these looks as we get to cooler weather). I received a tank and pant set which is apart of their Software with Stretch. This portion of the collection is lightweight and easy to be in throughout the day whether you're traveling, exercising or just lounging at home.

This look can look very chic by pairing it with a pair of Jimmy Choo wedge sneakers known as Panama which is made of Pebble Snake Print Leather Suede. It's a great way to add in great visual texture to a look. As I am a fan of grey, I love the fact that it can be paired with pieces from Lagos which is known for their sterling silver jewelry that has an effortless elegance. Stack a range of Maya mixed color bracelet which have quartz beads with a sterling silver "bead" within the mix of hues. Make an additional statement with the brand's Prism amethyst ring which looks great alone or in conjunction with additional minimalistic stacked rings.

June 27, 2014

Fashionable Fridays ~ 5 Essentials For Your Outdoor Office

Sol Republic Chloe Botkier Surface Pro 2 Mobile Office Summer

The summer makes everything a little more fun and interesting. Even when it comes to getting your work done for those that work for themselves, freelance, work remotely or are simply playing hooky. With half day Fridays which allows us to get the weekend started earlier, it makes you think about getting some serious work done solo or with friends! Somehow the idea of working on your terrace, roofdeck, patio, poolside, etc seem much more intriguing. Of course when I'm working on this manner, you know you must have plenty of SPF, your favorite tunes ready on your Rdio account and your beverage of choice (virgin or adult - take your pick).

Once you've gotten the above taken care of, you need to think about your 5 essentials to set up your outdoor office. I'm all about my Surface Pro 2 (as you know, I'm an Office Champion) as I'm able to do work and play on this whether I'm working on creating documents for clients or pulls, listening to my favorite tunes, answering a ton of emails and being able to stay connected socially! Because it's so lightweight, it's able to fit within my tote of the moment - I'm a huge fan of Botkier's Wanderlust Tote as I talked about this on a recent segment on Arise 360 Entertainment which has a great ombre effect. I'm also never without my Botkier Valentina Continental Wallet which allows me to carry all my essentials in terms of cash, cards etc with the perfect metallic look. Ensure that you protect your eyes with a pair of Chloe's Carlina metal and acetate sunglasses which have a fun twist on geometria. It doesn't hurt that today is National Sunglasses Day so what a way to celebrate. While listening to your music (as sometimes it may get a bit noisy outside), do so with SOL REPUBLIC's Relays headphones which fit comfortably within your ear as well as having a microphone to talk on the phone or to Skype with friends or colleagues! We are doing a giveaway of these headphones look at our Rafflecopter Giveaway to see how you can enter!

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Kimmie is a Celebrity Statement Fashion Stylist, Style/Accessory Expert and TV Personality who is the Co-Founder and Style Director of Athleisure Mag. She is also the Fashion Editor of DJ Mag and contributor to MIMI (Time Inc's beauty site) and Vogue.it. Accessory Agenda is a behind the scenes look at her work on and off set as well as items that are on her essential list for your wardrobe.

As a Fashion Stylist, Kimmie's work has been worn on a number of celebrities, personalities and has been published within an array of magazines (Esquire, DJ Mag, Heaven Has Heels, Velvet Magazine Dubai and more). You can see more of her work at Statement Stylist as well as her full portfolio. You can also find out more about Mens Athleisure which is co-founded by Kimmie focusing on menswear fashion editorials.

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