Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Red Carpet Review: 5 Best Looks from the 2016 SAG Awards

With only 20-something years under its belt, the Screen Actor Guild (or SAG) Awards have a reputation for being the most ho-hum awards show of them all. The ceremony doesn't even begin to discuss the behind the scenes efforts of each highly-acclaimed movie, plus it's on TBS -- and this year, it aired on a Saturday night. While the event itself was one merry after school special -- cheers, Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba for you motivational acceptance speeches -- the red carpet was far from flat. From jumpsuits, to sultry beadwork to even a frock from Alessandro Michele's reinvented Gucci,  there was a decent dosage of fashion moments. Here, we break down the five best looks from Saturday's 2016 SAG Awards.

Brie Larson in Atelier Versace: Can we say "shipwrecked chic?" While the sailor knots, high slit and tied waistline on this gown easily resemble deteriorating Greek goddess garb, the look was actually cool and event-appropriate. As a major frontrunner in this year's Oscar race, it would be too frilly to sport a full-skirted gown. Instead, this look was youthful, fun and solidifies her position as the season's resident fashion girl. And for that obviously necessary cool girl flair that bright orange back strap -- not pictured-- adds a jolt of energy to her look. Paired with a neatly parted bun and drop earrings, the final results looked more Hollywood starlet than Kylie Jenner territory. 
Kiernan Shipka in Erdem: What were you doing when you were 16 years-old? Studying up for your driver's test? Or maybe you were going ga-ga for that senior... you know, the all-star lacrosse golden boy who wasn't even aware of your existence? But regardless, you most likely weren't already a red carpet darling like this Mad Men star. In award seasons of yore, Shipka has been noted for wearing girly tea-length frocks; however, the stylish teen upped the ante on Saturday with this gown by British designer Erdem. Between the floor-length hemline and the gloomy color palette, this was more adult than her previous looks without sacrificing her youthful aesthetic. Plus, a thin chain shoulder bag instead of a clutch? That has cool girl written all over it. 
Kristen Wiig in Roland Mouret: Once upon a time, the red carpet was strictly filled with debutante-worthy, full-skirted gowns in girly pastels. But now? We are (on occasion) graced with slimmer silhouettes or, if we're really lucky, an offbeat pantsuit. Rejoice, dear reader: the evening's jumpsuit kudos belonged to this former Saturday Night Live star. Without sounding completely stereotypical, and suggesting that funny woman can't be stylish, it's rare to see many of them drift away from the confines of a column dress. A quirky asymmetrical design, this partially embellished outfit fits the Bridesmaid star like a glove: it covered Wiig in all the right places and those pants were cropped to perfection. And, for a finishing touch, the ensemble was accessorized with chunky, rock-n-roll gems.
Rooney Mara in Valentino: In the world of red carpet glamour, consider Rooney Mara the quiet, goth girl that everyone (not-so) secretly wants to be. This plush Valentino dress completely embraces that high school-esque stereotype. "What's so great about this?" you're probably thinking right about now. "Haven't we all seen a black dress with a plunging neck?" You're right. In theory, this isn't anything special; however, this number fits Mara's almost ballerina-like stature perfectly and though minimal accessories with such a plain dress can be risky, it actually works here. And, on the beauty front, that slick ponytail is perfect for such a sexy silhouette.

Claire Danes in Stella McCartney: During her reign in Homeland, the award winning actress has made fashion risks a plenty: army-inspired Marc Jacobs, tactile Valentino and Miuccia Prada's paillette overload. In a turn of events, Danes opted for a simple, blue number from Stella McCartney on Saturday. Is anything about this look that's reinventing the wheel? Not particularly; however, the two-toned element creates an illusion of a trim (yet athletic) frame. Though a less costumey bracelet would've modernized this number, the long waves breathed some life into her otherwise unassumingly stylish getup.

Which looks from the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards did you love? Sound off below

Photos courtesy of Glamour.com and UsMagazine.com


Monday, 18 January 2016

5 Best Dressed from the 2016 Critics Choice Awards

With the Golden Globes, SAGs, Grammys and Academy Awards in a one and a half month span, it's easy for the Critics Choice Awards to fall under the radar. But, between Jacob Tremblay's adorable acceptance speech for his "Best Young Actor" win to T.J. Miller's opening monologue with dancing critic puppets, last night's ceremony was not to be missed. And in an unforeseen turn of events, the fashion wasn't half bad either -- or at least better than this year's Golden Globes. Read on for the five best looks from the 2016 Critics Choice Awards.

Alicia Vikander in Mary Katrantzou: With several magazine covers, award nominations and best dressed nods, it's no secret that Vikander is Hollywood's new it girl. Fortunately, the Ex-Machina and The Danish Girl star did not disappoint. This look is equal parts sophisticated and spunky: the modest silhouette and high neckline is juxtaposed with a very quirky pattern that has London designer Mary Katrantzou's name all over it. The minimal accessories and coiffed updo allowed this dress to be celebrated instead of turning into an inevitable victim of over-styling. And, as an ideal finishing touch, a soft rose pout subtly picks up the red in the pattern.
Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture: Whether you're an Amazonian model or a mere mortal, tiered dresses tend to be dicey: simply one extra tier or superfluous fabric can have anyone looking like a '90s Barbie birthday cake or cartoon princess. But here, dressed in Chanel Haute Couture, Dunst found a happy medium. Not only are the sparse tiers thick enough to fall into an overtly frilly stereotype, they are positioned just right to flatter her figure. Truth be told, if the middle tier were placed any lower, she would've looked especially hippy instead of blessed with a subtle pear-shape. And with that much sparkle, this ivory dress was smartly accessorized with a dainty bracelet and ladylike satin shoes. Plus, the red lip paired with the dress's neutral shade gave this cool look a classic, old Hollywood twist.
Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab: As talented as the French designer is, it's easy to think that he's a bit of a one note. After all, how many sparkly, full-skirt frocks can you see by the same designer before it becomes redundant? This slim, see-through number is singing a completely different tune. And who better to wear such an edgy, youthful, yet still polished, getup than McAdams? From the lack of accessories, to the wavy lob to the striking berry lip, the whole look was executed immaculately. Just a week ago, McAdams was cascading down the Golden Globes red carpet in a ho-hum, floral frock by Lanvin, that suggested she's way older than 37 years-old. Both age and event appropriate, the former Regina George makes us all idolize her once again.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane: She's one of those people who could wear a burlap sack -- or bed sheet as she seemingly did in Mad Max: Fury Road -- and have all onlookers green with envy. But, in such a cool dress as this Saint Laurent number, she's an automatic best dressed. What makes this look so cool is the unconventional neckline. Sure, everyone ooohs and aaahs at a symmetrical, plunging v-neck, but there's something so refreshing about this uneven dip. And combined with the high-slit, spaghetti straps and bare back, this dress totally pays homage to the '90s supers. Obsessed.
Krysten Ritter in Zuhair Murad: Breaking Bad, Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, and Jessica Jones. Let's face it: Ritter is more known for her ability to transform into a slew of different characters than her red carpet style. But a vision in a maroon Zuhair Murad gown, this instance is definitely worth mentioning. It's easy for any awards show getup to have some major sparkle overload, but this dress only boasts sparkles right around the torso, making the eye go directly to Ritter's narrow waist. Not to mention the proper, pleated skirt was balanced with a sultry deep block neckline, providing an ideal mix of sultry and sophisticated.  To keep the outfit cohesive, the silver earrings and clutch highlighted the dress' sparkle.
Which looks did you love from last night's event? Sound of below
Photos courtesy of Huffington Post and Lainey Gossip


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Red Carpet Review: 2016 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes mean a lot of different things for different people. For the awards-obsessed, it's kicking off the most wonderful time of the year. Those who scour through TMZ on an hourly basis light up whenever they see a winner or presenter who has had a few too many drinks before hitting the podium. And for the fashion flock? The dawn of countless water cooler chats and keeping score of some seriously chic red carpet moments. Overall, this year's slew of looks fell flat. While it's easy to blame the lack of options -- Spring Couture 2016 and Autumn Ready-to-Wear 2016 are weeks away -- we can't  help but think of the mindblowing Golden Globe getups from Lupita Nyong'o and Emma Stone of years past. As always, however, there a healthy mixture of the good, the bad, and Cate Blanchett's borderline-costumey Givenchy dress. Missed the red carpet? Read on for all the best (and worst) moments from the 2016 Golden Globes.

The Worst

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy"She can do no wrong," any avid fashion follower has probably told themself (and anyone else who would listen) about Cate Blanchett's forever exciting sartorial choices. On Sunday, we were proven wrong. Sure, budoir is a macrotrend for the impending spring season. Sure, nobody captures the trend better than Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci. But something about this look instigated more cringes than coos for Team Trendologist. Not only did the color read cheap on camera, the heavy dose of fringe veered into costume territory, which is a big no especially for an event as mainstream as the Globes. Perhaps it would've been more event-appropriate in a sultry black or even a better match for the CFDA Awards of Met Gala this summer, but it was a miss here. 
Malin Akerman in Reem Acra: In the runway world, peplum (like any trend) has its series of ups and downs. But on the red carpet? It's a timeless way to give any basic column dress a jolt of energy. And thanks to the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams, the unofficial guide to wearing peplums to an awards show was born. Rule number one? No floppy fabric. Malin Akerman, we're looking at you. While a completely sturdy peplum has the power to create an illusion of a thinner waist -- and land she who sports it on the best dressed list -- a more malleable iteration does the exact opposite. Not only did it look like a sloppy last-minute addition to an otherwise beautifully boring dress, it also looked like she was hiding some extra, unwanted holiday pounds. On the bright side, the soft hue and embroidery work were gorgeous.
America Ferrera in Jenny Packham: While her bit with Telenova star Eva Longoria during the ceremony arguably stole the show, her look wasn't something to applaud. The good news is that the funnywoman looks wonderful in yellow, not to mention that silhouette is extremely flattering on her. The bad news? The rows and rows of crystals. Yes, award shows are supposed to be fun, glitzy and glamorous, but the embellishments felt more reminsicent of a theater kid's dance recital costume circa 1993 or some toned down BeDazzler work. With her slicked-back do, a pair of statement earrings (and no crystals on the dress) would've been a better choice for the Superstore actress.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior: Another year, another Dior moment brought to you by Team J.Law. But unlike her other partnerships with the French fashion house, this ensemble felt extremely contrived. Alone, and with sweeping beachy waves, this Dior gown could've looked modern and sexy on Hollywood's resident sweetheart. But instead, Lawrence looked like a middle-aged pageant mom. It's easy to blame a lot of things for this fail -- the matronly hair and the loud necklace are just two solid examples -- but at the end of the day, it all comes down to over styling. Media outlets of all varieties convince us that the Hunger Games star is the coolest woman in entertainment, so her coolness should shine through with youthful locks and minimal accessories, especially when wearing such a structural gown.
Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Couture: Ethereal ruffles are having a moment right now, but there's nothing chic about a ruffle overload. From the waist down, the dress fits the 78-year-old actress perfectly. But on top? It looked more like she threw on her grandchild's costume petticoat for fun, because clearly all grandchildren have a teeny petticoats lying around for fun. Not only does it feel extremely clownish, but the look as a whole is unbalanced: so much focus on one half of the body doesn't allow a full, cohesive look. Not that anyone should touch Yves Saint Laurent couture, but even cutting off a layer would make the world's difference.

Regina King in Krikor Jabotian: Where to begin? Shall we talk about the slew of super-sized paillettes that were basically swallowing the American Crime actress whole? Or what about the sheer train that made onlookers wonder if King rushed to the red carpet from a Cirque du Soleil performance? The outdated, 40's-inspired hair? Perhaps we should point out that those shoes, especially combined with the extravagance of this dress, are completely mis-matched. Are you trying to give a thumbs up, Regina? Because the entire look is a major thumbs down.

The Best

Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana: Attention all future award show presenters: wear something like this. It's an unspoken red carpet rule a presenter should never upstage a nominee, and this glitzy number definitely fit the bill. The column silhouette is extremely frills-free; however, the sequins add a jolt of energy to an otherwise ho-hum shape. And luckily, this Dolce & Gabbana dress set itself apart from the rest of those sheeny column dresses with this fun pink hue. To keep this look polished and mature, Bosworth sported a ladylike chignon and a soft pink pout. 

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton: As the face of Louis Vuitton, it's no surprise that the twice-nominated actress would sport the famed French house to her big night. But instead of donning something straight from the runway, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière created this custom gown that's equal parts feminine and modern. The pinafore-esque bodice and slight pleats pay some serious homage to her role in The Danish Girl, which she scored a nomination for Best Leading Actress, not to mention this is an ideal amount of ruffles, Jane Fonda. But from the subtle sequins to the edgy criss-crossed back, Vikander served up some ultimate cool girl style here.
Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture: As a nominee for her role in Fargo, Dunst wowed with a black gown. Wowed with a black gown? "Is that even possible?" you're probably asking yourself. The answer is yes. With a plush texture and boxy, plunging neckline, this dress gave all the other LBDs a run for their money. Not only did this dress fit Dunst like a glove,  it's also perfectly accessorized: the minimal jewels complete the look without competing with the dress's eye-catching bodice. And on the beauty front, the nude lip and updo were both youthful and sophisticated.
Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors Collection: Unlike some of Sunday's other attendees -- here's to you, Alicia Vikander and Cate Blanchett -- Wilde is not your bonafide fashion girl: she always looks good and that's all there is to it. But in this sequined Michael Kors Collection? She was a true vision. First of all the color is amazing: it's more exciting than black, less summery than Amy Adam's tomato red hue and wintry enough without looking drab.  Paired with a matching choker necklace, the plunging neckline created an illusion of an obtuse keyhole, which has "chic" written all over it. And, as for her beauty regime, the sleek middle part added a very cool sense of symmetry.

Which looks did you love from the 2016 Golden Globes? Sound off below!
Images courtesy of Huffington Post

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Trendologist 2015 Gift Guide: The Foodie

Finding gifts for your nearest and dearest (let alone those frenemies you drew from a Secret Santa picking) is hard. Securing actually stylish presents? Even harder. Welcome to the annual Trendologist Gift Guide, the chicest guide to finding presents for those super niche people in your life.

You may like trying new restaurants and dishes, but the foodie in your life is borderline obsessed with food. She knows the difference between taragon and cayenne, plus she's tried the most abstract cuisine before you've even read about it. Sure, it may be annoying to pause after each bite and analyze all the ingredients in each dish ("I wonder which olive grove these were grown in," she contemplates when you -- and most people-- couldn't care less), but the fact of the matter is that you always eat well with your cuisine connoisseur. Show your gastronome just how much your appreciate her quirky food habits with gifts that will tug at her heart strings -- and taste buds.

The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano, about $15: Giving a foodie a cookbook for Christmas isn't very groundbreaking; however, when it comes to tasty tomes, it doesn't get chicer than Mireille Guiliano's "The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook." From fashion to food, most people aspire to have a typical French woman's je ne nais quoi, and this book allows your recipient to eat like her dream woman (all without gaining some additional pounds). And don't think of this pick as Weight Watchers with a couple ouis  thrown into the mix: this book perfectly blends enjoying food with  keeping that willowy frame. And with everything from chocolate mousse to carbonara inside, this is a book that any foodie will readily support.
Sperlari Italian Gianduja Zanzibar, $6: Forget those Godiva chocolates. Anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate any mall bought-- or, for that matter, pharmacy-bought chocolates--  but what they really want? A milky dessert that will leave them begging for more. Created in Italy, Gianduja mixes a little bit of chocolate with hazelnuts from the Langhe hills south of Turin. But in non-epicure terms, think of this bar as a more luxurious, solidified version of Nutella, which will instantly be a crowd-pleaser this holiday season. As an added bonus, this will make an excellent stocking stuffing for even the most novice foodies in your life. 
Atom Art Serving Bowl, $24: For any munchie maniac, decorative bowls are the art books for museum rats: there's no such thing as too many, plus they make for an expressive (and extensive) collection. Dishwasher and microwave safe, this feminine bowl from Anthropologie is perfect for both reheating last night's take out order and stowing popcorn for your latest Netflix binge. The silhouette is simple; however, the girly mint green pattern and marigold trim are sure to add some fun to any stodgy shelf, not to mention it's porcelain material will last your recipient may years to come.
Denim Cross-Back Apron, $109: Anyone who is obsessed with all courses from appetizer to desserts is most likely to dabble in the kitchen. If you hear your favorite foodie lament about her cooking woes, gift her this super sleek apron. Inspired by Dutch iterations and hand-sewn in New York, the urban denim take on the apron is perfect for your frills-free giftee, plus its sleekness is way more Michelin Star than Magnolia Cupcakes. And with a criss-cross back, two pockets and a loop for a dish rag, this pick is equal parts practical and stylish.
Tom Dixon Plum Ice Bucket, $209: Some say that food can be art; however, there's no reason why the things you store your most important ingredients in can't also be art. Take this ice bucket from Tom Dixon, for example. Made of mouth-blown glass,  this is a far cry from those dinky ones you find at an all-inclusive resort. Whether in use or capped with the hand-painted copper lid, this piece will become a standout accessory on any bar cart, and double as a piece of unique art when idle. And that, ladies and gents, is a gifting win-win. 

Rifle Paper Co Citrus Recipe Box, $34:   A tell-tale sign of being a major gourmand? Compulsively swapping recipes with fellow foodies. While erasing that "Recipes" note on her smartphone is just one false tap away, giving your recipient a cutesy recipe box is a no brainer. This one from Rifle Paper Co., for example, comes with its own set of recipe cards, which will make it that easier for your giftee to transfer her digital notes to paper. Plus, the funky, retro print and tin exterior offers a vintage vibe to any counter.
A.J Oil Drizzler, $78: This season, tell your favorite foodie to say goodbye to those plastic olive oil containers and hello to a sleeker model. Just like salt and pepper, oil is something your giftee will have in her kitchen at all times. But instead of hiding that generic bottle in the depths of her pantry, this cool pick from A.J will make her want to showcase her oil for all to see.  This minimalist glass shape is frills-free, but the cheery yellow hue will add some much-needed energy to a cooking staple.

Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club, $145: The best part about being a self-declared foodie? Having an expert opinion of different types of cuisines and essential foods. While you may be inclined to roll your eyes at those cliched "Fruit of the Month" or "Wine of the Month" clubs, you have to admit that they do help any inspiring foodie become more knowledgable. However, spice it up this holiday season with Olympia Provision's Salami o the Month Club. Each month, members will receive about 4.5 oz of the prized meat along with some tasting notes. As Joey Tribbiani once said, "Here come the meat sweats."

Laguiole en Aubrac Ebony Salad Servers, $398The secret to a chic kitchen isn't just filling your refrigerator and party with the most decadent-- and Instagram-worthy -- ingredients: using stylish wares is another must. A combination of  a stainless steel fork and spoon combination as well as ebony handles, this set from Laguiole en Aubrac requires over 100 steps to manufacture. Translation? You know you're gifting your foodie long-lasting tools. And lucky for you, this set is definitely versatile to blend in nicely with any kitchen. 

What are you getting your favorite foodie this season? Sound off below.


Monday, 21 December 2015

The Trendologist 2015 Gift Guide: The Fashion Girl

Finding gifts for your nearest and dearest (let alone those frenemies you drew from a Secret Santa picking) is hard. Securing actually stylish presents? Even harder. Welcome to the annual Trendologist Gift Guide, the chicest guide to finding presents for those super niche people in your life.

Buying presents for anyone is a challenge, but consider gifting that fashion girl in your life to be ten times worse. Not only is her well-curated wardrobe a tough act to follow, but everything you think of as cool and a viable present she's probably had for at least six months already. But before you give up or opt for a gift card to Bergdorf Goodman (which she'll like, but where's the creativity in that?), feast your eyes on ten gifts that any trendsetter will adore.

Altuzarra Ghianda Knot Small Saddle Bag. $2,195:  Buying accessories for the fashion girl in your life is an easy win: they're versatile and unless a gift is absolutely horrendous, she'll find a way to wear it. However, getting her an "it" accessories from a top-knotch designer will have her worshipping you for years to come, all while silently complimenting your excellent taste. Handbags are new for New York designer (and fashion royalty) Joseph Altuzarra, and this saddle bag is pretty amazing (sticker shock aside, of course). Not only is this purse made of super  soft leather, the tassel will instantly elevate any ensemble, plus navy is a more fetching neutral than a stodgy black or grey. 

Diptyque Sapin Candle, from $35 for 2.4 oz: Not looking to drop thousands of dollars on your chicest friend? We don't blame you, but consider this festive candle an equally luxe (yet affordable) option. If candle brands had catty, high school stereotypes, Diptyque's would be the cool, popular and well-dressed one that everyone wanted to be. Founded by a trio of artful Parisians -- interior designer Christiane Gautrot, painter Demond  Knox- Leet and director Yves Coueslant -- Diptyque boasts an array of inviting, unique and fancy scents. Your fashion-forward friend probably has loads of the brand's traditional scents her disposal, but Sapin is a more seasonal blend that she'll also love. With a base of pine trees and hints of mandarin, this one provides a whole new take on a holiday scent.

Cos Long Contrast Panel Shirt, $99: Here's a best kept secret about most fashion girls: the ones who eat, breathe and sleep fashion don't usually parade around in extravagant full looks from the latest runway show. Instead, they tend to keep their daily ensemble simple with quality, modern pieces. Add to your recipient's minimal wardrobe with this top from Cos. At first glance, it looks like an average button-down, but the smallest details -- pointed collar, graduated hemline and streamlined silhouette -- pack on the punch and will easily elevate any ensemble. Plus, it can be worn with essentially anything, so expect your recipient to stock up on this shirt in the months to come.
Where's Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody, $16Forget what you saw in The Devil Wears Prada,  having a style and a sense of humor need not be mutually exclusive. This season, bring those two together with fashion's fun take on "Where's Waldo?": "Where's Karl?". While you and your recipient are pillaging through the pages to find the Chanel creative director, don't be surprised to also spot illustrated incarnations of other tastemakers: Anna Wintour, Bill Cunningham, Carine Roitfeld and Choupette, Lagerfeld's cat, all make appearances in this cheeky tome. As an added bonus, it will be a wonderful addition to her ever-growing stack of art books.  Translation? Picking up this present is pure genius. 
Mizuki Sea of Beauty White Pearl Earrings, $680Getting a girl jewelry for the holidays is a no-brainer, but for a fashion girl? The stakes have gotten about ten times higher. With a jewelry armoire already filled with everything from topaz and tourmaline, finding something that will truly wow her is not an easy feat. Luckily, these earrings from Mizuki are the perfect blend between traditional and modern. Pearls are something that every woman can wear with a slew of outfits, and the thin (yet dramatic) dangling structure prevents these from looking too mumsy-- not to mention that the tiny white diamond accents make these comparable to expensive fine jewelry while being reasonably priced. And that, dear reader, is an accessories win-win. 
For Restless Sleepers Printed Pajama Shirt, $699: As stylist-turned- designer Rachel Zoe once said, "Glamor is a state of mind." Most style savants heed this advice and strive to live their lives as fashionably as possible around the clock. It's hard to compete with closets full of daytime attire, eveningwear and accessories; however, a super swanky set of jammies will not only be a viable addition, it'll also allow her slumbers to be a stylish affair. This silk set from Francesca Ruffini's For Rest Sleepers will ensure a cozy slumber, and this punchy print adds some much-needed life to your recipient boudoir threads. Sure, the top alone costs a pretty penny, but think about it this way: add a pair of boyfriend jeans and this top can easily be worn during awake hours.
Charlotte Tilbury "The Supermodel" Set, $245: For most tastemakers, an interest in fashion and beauty go hand in hand. After all, radiant skin and perfectly coiffed hair are the ultimate finishing touches to any well-edited ensemble. While the British makeup guru has several makeup sets for every girl -- "the Bombshell" and "the Sophisticate" are just two examples -- "the Supermodel" set is perfect for anyone who wants to adopt an effortless glam makeup regime. And since nobody wants to look like they caked on pounds of foundation, we like to think this kit is suited for everyone. If the bevy of products for lips, eyes and face doesn't impress her, she will definitely adore the cute lipstick marked case. 
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Cropped Mid-Rise Flare Jeans, $395: Sure, giving your resident queen of chic smart, versatile pieces is a safe option; however, there are loads of trends that she probably loves but would never buy for herself. Case in point: statement denim. From patchwork to innovative silhouettes, denim has gotten a lot more exciting over the past few seasons. Breathe some much-needed life into her denim game with this affordable pair by Victoria, Victoria Beckham. From the refreshing shape to the quirky coloring, one thing's for sure: these are a lot cooler than your run of the mill skinny jeans. Whether she pairs this with an oversized turtleneck or a simple T-shirt, these pants will be stylish all year round.
Fornasetti Chess and Card Set, $1,085When finding particularly chic clothes and accessories fails, find something that will add some style for your giftee's home. While that ultra-soft cashmere throw and printed pillow are great options, they tend to be a bit predictable. This year, think outside of the box with this game set from Fornasetti. While it's not the cheapest option, this set blends practicality and entertainment with a surrealist flair that will look great on your recipient's coffee table when idle. And with a set of dice, cards, chess and checker pieces, the virtually endless gaming options will bring your giftee and her loved ones together for hours. And isn't that priceless?

Malone Souliers Veronica Suede and Leather Flats, $547: Gone are the days when trendsetters were forced to sport five-inch stilettos on a daily basis. Thanks for several footwear phenomenons including Alessandro Michele's fur-lined loafers at Gucci and Adidas's ubiquitous Stan Smith silhouette, having your heels are on the ground is in. Whether your fashionable recipient has a penchant for heels or for flats, she's going to love these kicks from cult favorite Malone Souliers. The technical strap work makes these just as fancy as a pair of heeled sandals while tiny wooden heel will make these comfortable for even the fussiest fashionista. Plus, the versatile colorway will have your giftee wearing these well after the new year .

What will you get your fashion girl this year? Sound off below.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Trendologist Gift Guide 2015: The Millennial

Finding gifts for your nearest and dearest (let alone those frenemies you drew from a Secret Santa picking) is hard. Securing actually stylish presents? Even harder. Welcome to the annual Trendologist Gift Guide, the chicest guide to finding presents for those super niche people in your life.

Since the dawn of selfies, you've had a love-hate relationship with millennial. Sure, they're basically fluent in emoji, but the number of likes they have on their Instragrams (compared to your measly 20 likes) is really frustrating. Wrapping up a selfie stick seems appropriate for this type of giftee, but let's face it: they probably already have a few. So what are 21st century-friendly tokens are you supposed to get them? Behold: presents that will make your youth culture-obsessed friend say "OMG."

Del Toro #TrophyWife Slippers, $325: Millennial girls love emojis. All females -- regardless of age -- love shoes. The happy medium? Shoes adorned with emojis, naturally. Made in Italy, this velvet pair will simultaneously add luxury and some energy into your giftee's ensemble.  Not to mention that these flats are finished with quality details like wooden heels and grosgrain ribbon piping, which means that these are shoes your recipient will wear until emojis are no longer popular (a.k.a. until the end of time). And no matter your recipient's level of feminism, she won't be offended by the bridal theme: marrying a rich and ambitious man (or woman) has alway in her plan. Can we say #girlboss? 

Zero Gravity Gold Mirror Case, $32: You love your token millennial, but her texting addiction is past the point of return. Case in point? She is that girl who always leaves her phone out when you two are grabbing dinner, not to mention she'll flip her phone over to check her notifications every 20 minutes. Well if she's going to keep her phone out, you might as well get her a luxe case. This gilded pick from Zero Gravity is eye-catching enough that you'll also be glued to her phone, and the glitzy hue will add a jolt of energy to any surface. As an added bonus, she can avoid tapping her phone into selfie mode when she's reapplying her lipstick.

Vector Smartwatch, $399: Because manual watches are so-yesteryear. Relatively new to the US market, this smartwatch from Vector will have all your millennial's onlookers curious. And since making your gift's benefactor a trendsetter is a present in itself, consider this a win. The exterior looks like any old chronograph, but in reality? This pick boasts a 30-day battery life and is compatible with your smartphone (Apple, Android or Microsoft). Plus, it's wallet-friendly price will give your giftee the look of a Patek or Omega without the sticker shock.

Kelly Wearstler "Hashtag" Necklace, $1,595: Jewelry is a typical gift to get any style-conscious woman, but pieces with a hashtag? Not so much. Though pricey, your youth-obsessed recipient will go crazy for this necklace.  Courtesy of accessories/interior Kelly Wearstler, this bling features dozens of champagne-hued melee diamonds, which gives you some definite bang for your buck. And whether matched with minimalist cocktail dress or a T-shirt and jeans combo, this frosting can definitely be dressed up or down. When your recipient opens this present, provide her with some fun trivia: the hashtag used to be called the "pound" or "number" symbol.
Charlotte Olympia Feline iPhone 6 Case, $325: If you think about it, it seems a bit silly to trot around a large bag in 2015. Because as much as you'd like to deny it, you have everything you need in your phone. Camera? Check. Wallet? Thank you, Apple Wallet. Games to play when you're stuck on the subway? Candy Crush, obviously. Finished with a delicate gold chain, this iPhone slot can easily double as a small satchel. This one's calf grained leather is sure to protect your phone in cold weather and dramatic drops, plus the embossed cat is too adorable to resist.
Selfish  by Kim Kardashian-West, $13: Anyone who had a smartphone before they graduated high school knows how to take a selfie. So why get them this book, you ask? Because if Kim Kardashian-West is the reigning Queen of Selfies, don't her subjects need to pay their respects? Filled with private, Insta-famous and even some XXX selfies, this photo book will double as a chic addition to her coffee table or bookshelf.
Mobile Lens Set, $34: Unlike Facebook, Instagram is not just a mere social media platform for millennials: it's an art form. And sometimes, that dinky iSight camera just won't do. Sigh. Luckily, this kit will satisfy all shutterbugs' needs by featuring the essentials: a wide-angle lens, macro lens, fisheye lens, universal clip and handy storage pouch.While the verdict is out on whether or not they'll give you partial credit for their latest photo series, you'll be satisfied by knowing that you gave them the gift that keeps on giving: Instagram likes, of course.

Ted Baker 'Sue' Suede Tech Gloves, $135: God forbid a Millennial forgoes texting outside even on the chilliest of days. Since your youth guru didn't put "frostbite" on her wishlist, a pair of tech-friendly gloves are both a stylish accessory and  necessity. Not only is this suede pair from Ted Baker extremely chic and versatile, they are also treated so your recipient can text the winter away (while staying warm). Plus, the copper-colored button gives this tactile pair a fun twist.
Emoji Girl Charm Bracelet, $25 When Emoji footwear is just not enough symbols for your giftee, get her this. Cheaper than a bracelet made by jewelry heavyweights, this bangle from Emoji Girl is a cheery (and unapologetically 2015) addition to her ever-growing wrist party. Customers can choose between a gold and silver bangle, and then up to three emoji charms of their choosing. We're still waiting for the taco emoji charm, but your recipient will be able to sport smileys, peace signs and everyone's favorite hair flip face. (Photo Courtesy of Igsta)

What are you getting your millennial giftee this year? Sound off below.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Soko x PoP Jewelry Collection

Unlike apparel, accessories have the power to make women (and even men) feel good: size doesn't matter and they easily spice up an otherwise dull outfit. But accessories that make you look good, feel good and do good for those in need? The ideal trifecta. Enter Soko's collaboration with Pencils of Promise. Consider it a match made in accessory heaven: the former connects skilled East African artisans to consumers world-wide while the latter is devoted to providing quality education to those in need. The result? Dreamy, yet modern, jewels.

Pyramid Lariat, $70, shopsoko.com

But from inception to profit, this collaboration is about as genuine as it gets. For starters, the whole collection is made from natural and reused brass. And with a focus on creating a stylish, sustainable pieces, most of Soko's materials are locally-sourced, reclaimed and sometimes the result of local procedures like Nairobi's "cash for trash" programs.

"As an ethical fashion brand, sustainability is core to our mission and something we take into consideration at all levels of the design and production process," says Gwendolyn Floyd, co-founder of Soko.

Glam V Cuff, $55, shopsoko.com

When it comes to the actual design? The V motif seen in this nine piece line blends the two businesses together: it plays off both the tip of a pencil and Soko's logo. Not to mention that this exclusive collection's trademark is undeniably sleek and can easily be dressed up or down.

Ranging from 30 dollars to 70 dollars, this line has everything your jewelry armoire could dream of: cuffs, earrings, necklaces, rings and even a pocket clip to spruce up to your work blazer. But regardless of which accessory (or accessories) you buy, Soko will donate 20 percent of the total revenune to Pencils of Promise, which is promoting educational improvement in Ghana.  Chic, affordable and philanthropic? Hard to beat that.

Which piece are you dying to purchase? Sound off below.

Catch up with Soko and Pencils of Promise on Instagram.