Kendall + Kylie | 08.08.16

KylieOf all the ideas that the Jenner girls have come up with…this might be the most cliché but genius move they could have made.

For those of you that don’t know who these girls are (How can you not?)

Their names are Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Last name ring a bell? These two are the daughters of Caitlyn Marie Jenner (Formally known as Bruce Jenner). When you have a parent who is an Olympian, Kanye West as your brother-in law and model for huge marketing campaigns….chances for success fall in your favor when it comes to starting your own brand.

Many people are saying that they are pulling a “Mary-Kate & Ashley”…The Olsen twins are not the first sisterly duo to start a brand together.

Let’s get real people.

The girls have their foot in the door already. They have lines at Pacsun and Topshop. What’s the difference? This is their first personally owned brand. At Pacsun and Topshop, the companies had a large part in what the girls created.

This time it’s up to them to deliver.

These girls have expensive taste, and I’m sure at this point dollar signs are floating around your head. The pieces from the collection will range from $60.00 USD to $250.00 USD. Not too shabby considering the designers, but they still hit the price point a bit higher than their sisters for the Kardashian Kollection.


The Kardashian Kollection was dropped by Sears in 2015 due to lack of sales. Dresses were found on sale at $29.99 USD. The starting price for their “famous” lace dresses were originally around $189.00 USD. After realizing that the “Kollection” was making their profits plummet to brow raising numbers, Sears quietly and slowly removed them from the store. The Kardashian Kollection has been replaced at Sears by AX Paris. If you miss this collection, there is still hope. The sisters have a FEW pieces on the DASH site.

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The Kendall + Kylie Instagram is already up and running! I must say… it looks very promising. The collection features feminine/classic styles that are designed by Kendall, and hard hitting/streetwear pieces are designed by Kylie.

Only makes sense right? Thought so.

The collection will be sold at some major retailers: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Lord & Taylor and Revolve! They followed the classic monochrome color palette of white and black. Accent colors will be blue and pale pink.

Word on the street is that the collection will be available on the main site February 1, 2016. Why would they do this BEFORE the launch party?

I have no idea…that’s why it’s called gossip


  Fun Fact: The launch party will take place 3 days before New York Fashion Week!

Curious about the NYFW Schedule?….Click here!

Photo Credit: Kendall + Kylie



DXL | The Monochrome Edition

Untitled-20Monochrome has been one of the big trends in fashion for 2015. With 2016 just around the corner, this trend stands strong! When you combine this modern fashion trend with streetwear, you can’t go wrong.

After a conversation with my friend Lex, I decided to do things a bit differently this time around. She is a veteran when it comes to great fashion, especially streetwear. Can you say collaboration?

For these outfits we combined high end designers with some of our favorite streetwear shops.   I’m going to quote Lex on this one… “It’s litt.”



♥ Moschino Printed T-Shirt Dress | $1,050.00 USD at STYLEBOP

This dress is from the very fun Moschino Resort 2016 Collection. While this dress is one of the more toned down pieces in the collection, it still gives that WOW factor. This piece has been spotted on Ariana Grande and Katy Perry…but the question is…

Who wore it better?

While Katy was the star of the Fall 15′ Moschino campaign…and her photos were gorgeous…

I have to give this one to Ariana.


Sorry Katy.

Giuseppe Zanotti Design boots in Vivienne | $1,487.50 USD at Giuseppe Zanotti Design

Vlieger & Vandam clutch in Guardian Angel | $395.00 USD at  Farfetch

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ASOS Oversized Hoodie | $60.91 USD at ASOS

♦ Denim Killer Waxed Combat Jeans | $120.00 USD at Denim Killer

These jeans are inspired by the classic DK military design, and have a little bit of stretch for comfort. The large pocket in front is a favorite of mine, because it sets them apart from any other pants I have ever seen before. -Lex

Vertias Bracelet in Densa | $125.00 USD at Veritas by Design

Veritas Necklace in Veritas Ruby | $145.00 USD at Veritas by Design

Nike Air Jordan XI 11 Retro “72-10” | $99.99 USD – $389.99 USD at KickBackz

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Hera Tees Jacket in Taught Me | € 79,95 EUR at Hera Tees

Envy Halter Body Suit in White | $22.00 USD at Clothes Envy

MOTO Super Rip Jamie Jeans | $80.00 USD at Topshop

♥ Giuseppe Zanotti Design Sandals in Cruel Summer | $1,595.00 USD at Giuseppe Zanotti Design

Can you say goddess? That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I look at the 4.7 inch heel on these sandals. The wing detail in the center is extremely elegant. This  patent leather sandal is made in Italy and is definitely BELLISSIMA!


Rag & Bone Range Fedora Hat | $225.00 USD at FWRD

ASOS Military Kimono | $45.00 USD at ASOS

Only & Sons Muscle Fit Crew Neck T- Shirt | $18.00 USD at ASOS

Faux Leather Trouser | $49.90 USD at Zara

♦ ASOS Chelsea Boots in Suede | $72.00 USD at ASOS

This classic pair of boots can be worn with numerous outfits. The simplicity of the boots make them versatile. One can dress them up or down, depending on the look they are trying to achieve. -Lex

Which music artist/style icon is a Chelsea boot junkie?…

Kanye West of course! Just remember that Kanye…is the greatest of all time!

Veritas Necklace in Domitian | $250.00 USD at Veritas by Design


Thanks to Lex for dropping by, and if you would like to keep up with her on Instagram >>> @smooov_nation


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Rocksbox Review: November 2015

I have never been one of those people to crazily stalk my mailman on the day that my package is to arrive, but this week I did that. Now don’t give me that look…I know that I have to be patient, but these beautiful pieces are something to really be excited about! I mean what fashion-loving girl doesn’t want designer jewelry? My point exactly.

I’m sure if you have never heard of this company… you are thinking to yourself, “What is a Rocksbox?”

See I knew you were thinking that. Let me explain! Rocksbox is a company that specializes in designer jewelry. They are like a magic genie, but better! You get three pieces of jewelry in every set. Each set is based on your personal style and a wish list that you create.

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It gets better! You can return your set at any time to get a new one. That means if you want to keep your pieces for a week, send them back, and then get more… You can do that!

At this point I’m pretty sure you’re thinking that this is going to cost you an arm and a leg. WRONG! The fee is $19 a month, and you do not have to pay shipping either way.

What happens if you get a piece that you really love & want to keep? Each month they give you a $10 credit towards a purchase.

Just buy it!


BONUS: I have a holiday gift for you, so keep reading! If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter… You already know what I’m talking about.

Enough with the breakdown. Let’s have a look at what’s in this box!

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The Pave X Ring in Gold by Sophie Harper (Retail: $48 Insider: $38)

This ring is very comfortable to wear, and it catches the light just right. I am very picky about ringsso I am surprised at how I immediately fell in love with this piece. For those of you that aren’t the biggest fan of gold jewelry, this piece does come in silver!

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The Astrid Necklace by Perry Street (Retail: $60 Insider: $48)

Ok you guys, I have a confession…My name is Alexandra, and I am a statement necklace JUNKIE! That’s one thing I love about Rocksbox. They have statement necklaces galore! The aqua in this necklace gives the perfect pop of color.

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The Olympia Shimmer Mini Studs by Gorjana (Retail: $40 Insider: $32)

I am a big fan of delicate looking earrings. Plus, stud earrings look good with every face shape. You can’t go wrong with these!

Fact: If it hasn’t crossed your mind already, let me enlighten you. All Rocksbox jewelry is sanitized before being sent out. I carefully examined all of these pieces, and they are pristine! I am a complete germaphobe, so I did my research.

I know you want to see what the hype is all about.

Use this link:

 so that you can get your first month of Rocksbox for FREE! 

If you decide to use the invite, let me know. Like this post & leave a comment below!



Haute Holiday Proposal

After attending the beautiful engagement brunch of a friend, I started thinking. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas is not far off. This is the time of year when people start coming into town for holiday visits.


Introducing your boyfriend or girlfriend to the family can be a bit stressful. For some, it might be more serious than that. Making the big leap and proposing can be downright nerve-racking. After long hours of planning the perfect proposal, practicing what to say and searching numerous jewelry stores, the only thing left is an answer.

That hopeful and long awaited “YES”.

After the proposal, the first thing that everyone says is, “Let me see the ring!”

I would like to share my favorite pieces from Couture ring designers Chanel & Danhov

The debut of Chanel’s fine jewelry was in 1932 at the “Bijoux de Diamants” exhibit in Paris, France. To celebrate the 80th anniversary, Chanel released a collection based off of the classic 1932 pieces.

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1932 Ring

18K White Gold & Diamonds

Price: $49,500.00 USD

Another beautiful collection stemmed from Coco Chanel’s favorite flower, the camellia. This flower is very feminine and delicate. This selection represents just that.


Camélia Solitaire

18K White Gold & Diamonds

Price: $46,500.00 USD

Danhov was founded in 1984 by Jack Hovsepian. You should expect nothing less than luxury and haute couture beauty from this designer. After shadowing his fashion designer father, Hovsepian looked to his background as inspiration for his creations. These avant garde designs are sure to catch the eye and halt all conversation!


Couture Triple Shank Engagement Ring

Price: $7,500.00 USD (14K White Gold) | $7,960.00 USD (18K White Gold) | $9,480.00 USD (Platinum)



Couture Diamond Wrap Single Shank Engagement Ring

Price: $4,320.00 USD (14K White Gold) | $4,560.00 USD (18K White Gold) | $5,300.00 USD (Platinum)



To those who are recently engaged, CONGRATULATIONS!♥


Liya Kebede: Beauty Beyond the Runway


Name: Liya Kebede

Born: March 1, 1978

Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Height: 5’10.5″

Measurements: 32″/ 23″/ 34″

Agencies: IMG New York, Viva Model Management Paris, d’management group Milan, IMG London, Viva Model Management Barcelona, Iconic Management Hamburg and IMG Australia.



Liya Kebede moved from her home in Ethiopia to Paris,France at the age of 18. She debuted a year later at the spring Ralph Lauren and BCBG Max Azria shows in New York. Kebede was personally selected by Tom Ford for an exclusive contract for the Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. She gained mass amounts of attention when she landed the cover of the May 2002 edition of Vogue Paris. In 2003, she made history becoming the FIRST black model to represent world renowned cosmetic company Estée Lauder.

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Recently, Kebede was asked to star in diamond jeweler De Beers’ “Moments in Light” campaign. Moment in LightThe women that have been selected for this project are talented in many ways. One of the many things that makes Kebede so special is her work with the World Health Organization as a Goodwill Ambassador from 2005-2011. The portraits for this campaign are auctioned off, and the proceeds benefit Women for Women International. This organization provides aid to women in post-war countries. Portraits are taken by renowned photographer and project curator Mary McCartney. Kebede says that her “Moment in Light” is being a mother to her two children. That is a moment that she is most proud of.

This beautiful model has also connected her home country of Ethiopia with the fashion industry that she knows so well. Kebede started a clothing line called Lemlem, which she founded in 2007. After taking a trip back to her native country, she realized how many traditional weavers were out of work. If they were out of work, there was no money coming in, and the beauty of their work was not being appreciated. Lemlem is made of natural cotton, and in Amharic it means, “to bloom” or “to flourish”.


Kebede launched the The Liya Kebede Foundation in 2005. The mission of this foundation is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and children in Africa. This is accomplished through advocacy, education, grant development and partnerships.

Liya Kebede was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2010.

“If nothing else, I want women to understand that they are powerful. If you look back at history, in almost every big moment, in every leap forward, you find ordinary women at the core. We have more ability to make changes in the world than we can imagine if we have the courage to try.”- Liya Kebede


Pyer Moss: NYFW & Black Lives Matter


Designers showing at New York Fashion Week have always found a way to bring hard hitting news to the runway.

This year, Kerby Jean-Raymond’s collection for the label Pyer Moss hit home!

Jean-Raymond incorporated videos of police violence during the show. Some of these incidents include: The Eric Garner case, police brutality at the Texas pool party, chasing of suspects and breaking of car windows. At the age of 28 years, this designer is really turning heads in a major way!

The collection is for Spring 16′, and incorporates “restraint“. With the collection being majority white in color, some of the pieces have very interesting accents: Red stripes that portray gunshot wounds, a jacket in reference to Eric Garner saying “Breathe, breathe, breathe”, and a pair of boots with the names of victims on the side.

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Jean-Raymond invited some family members of those who were victim to police brutality. This is his first time bringing this form of activism into a show, and it will probably be the last. The designer has lost a European account that blamed the cancellation of business on “lack of space“. He decided to take charge because he felt as though many others were not stepping up to the plate.


Jean-Raymond originally made “They Have Names” shirts for his Spring 15′ line, but did not use them for the show. He feared backlash and did not add the piece to the show.  Later he released the piece for sale to the public. This year he put fear aside and took control!

Disclaimer: In no way I am bashing police or their departments. This is fashion, and fashion speaks for itself. Don’t shoot the messenger.


Fall 2015 — Wearable Makeup Trends

For every season there are always the classics, but at the end of Fashion Week everyone loves to see the common bond among the collections. Some of the makeup from the runway was a bit out there, but with the right products, are attainable.

One that you might not expect to see in the Fall is Peachy/ Rosie cheeks!

               NYX rouge cream blush tickledMAC wash and dry hipnesstarte shimmering peach Airblush Maracuja Blush  

Product Information (Left to Right):

NYX’s Rouge Cream Blush in Tickled– This blush is very sheer, but it packs a lot of power! SHIMMER…SHIMMER…SHIMMER!!! I wouldn’t recommend this color for everyday wear. This blush is perfect for a night out on the town. It gives a bit of a dewy effect, so it’s perfect for catching the light in any room. You can amp this blush up with a seductive smokey eye, or be a fresh face with a neutral lip, and a bit of your favorite mascara.        

Price: $6.00 USD (BARGAIN)

MAC’s Powder Blush in Hipness– A warm peach/coral blush with a beautiful satin finish. This color is extremely pigmented, and is from MAC’s Wash & Dry Collection Remember a little goes a long way! This color may appear matte at first glance, but it has a hint of shimmer that’s just perfect. It is very similar to Orgasm by NARS. If you have oil skin, and are worried about your blush lasting…this is perfect for you!    

Price: $24.50 USD

Tarte’s Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Peach– This cream blush is on the lighter side as far as color is concerned. It is a very light peach color and is very long lasting. With that being said, if you are of a lighter complexion…then this blush may be perfect for you! Of course that does not rule everyone else out. This blush has the ability to be an AMAZING highlight because it is so light in color, and it is very sheer. 

Price: $26.00 USD


Beautiful example of a peachy blush on Naomi Campbell for the Zac Posen Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear.

Gold, bronze, silver, sparkle and shimmer plagued the runway in the best way possible this year. Four of my personal favorites this year are Anna Sui, Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji & Zac Posen!


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Zac Posen

If you are thinking about some of this glitz and glam to your makeup collection, these products may be perfect!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze– 5 highly pigmented shadows that can be used day or night. This shadow brick doubles as a beautiful highlight! 

Price: $46.00 USD

Smashbox Mini Palette in Full Exposure I would recommend this tiny palette for beginners or the best of makeup artists! The gorgeous shimmers are paired with neutral shades that are perfect for everyday use. 

Price: $24.00 USD (BARGAIN)

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in A Glimmer of Gold This quad can help create that hint of glimmer in a fresh face look or the “WOW!” factor for a sultry, smokey eye! 

Price: $46.00 USD

Bonus! What beautiful eye would be complete without lashes?

Lashes can compliment the most simple of looks or add drama to a beautiful creation!

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MAC’s Lashes in 43– These lashes are perfect for a night out! They have a bit of space in between, and this adds the perfect amount of contrast and drama.

Price: $17.00 USD

Velour Lashes’ Mink Lashes in It’s Sho Fluffy! These very fluffy and fluttery lashes can be worn day or night due to the fact that they are so wispy. I love that the lash lengths vary across the band! — Follow them on Instagram! @velourlashesofficial

Price: $35.00 USD

Last, but certainly not least….LIPS! This Fall is all about the barely there nude lip & very vampy shades.

Tips for Nude Lips!

  1. When trying to find your perfect shade..the key is to think NUDE!…N-u-d-e….naked…close to the color of your LIPS…not your SKIN! If you pick a lipstick that is the color of your face you will look washed out and..well… just strange.
  2. What’s your undertone? This is very important because there are some nudes that are more on the cool side, and some may appear more warm. If you feel like you look better in more cool colors: blue, light green and purple, then you may have a cool undertone. If you feel like you look better in warmer colors: red, orange and yellow/green, then you may have a warm undertone.
  3. If your able to swatch your favorite options…take a picture! A picture will let you see what really suits you. A picture with a flash will help determine if the shade is too pale for your complexion.

Tips for Vampy Lips!: 

  1. Vampy lip colors can be a bit high maintenance, so choose wisely. If you are going out to eat with the girls, then this may not be the best bet. If you do, choose a long lasting lip color.
  2. Use a good lip liner! Many brands release a lip liner that matches the lipstick of choice or one that compliments. This will keep your lips looking nice and not smudgy.
  3. Once again, be aware of your undertone, and use it as your guide.
  4. Be careful with shimmery lipsticks. A bit of shimmer is ok for the right occasion, but too much shimmer can make classy look trashy very fast!

dolce and gabanna nude monic 40MAC mineralize rich lipstick- rare breedclinique Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in delovelykat von d studded kiss lipstick vampiravampy lip MAC mineralize rich lipstick in LABRADORABLENARS Audacious Lipstick Liv

Product Information (Left to Right):

Dolce&Gabbana’s Voluptuous Lipstick in True Monica 40- Please do not confuse this color with Nude Monica 20 (very pale color). This lipstick has a satin finish and is highly pigmented. 

Price: $35.50 USD

MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Rare Breed- This color is part of the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is my favorite out the nude selections! It is very natural with a hint of pink. This lip color is very nice with or without a lip liner.

Price: $23.00 USD 

Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Delovely- This color will glide across your lips with ease! This may be a lipstick, but it has the appearance of a gloss. If you are going for a fresh face look, then this is the perfect lipstick!

Price: $17.00 USD (BARGAIN)

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira- When you think of a classic vampy color…this one should come to mind. This color really makes a statement! Caution: Please exfoliate your lips prior to wear! If you have chapped lips your mouth will look like a brick road. You must have a good foundation to work with!

Price: $21.00 USD (BARGAIN)

MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Labradorable– This luscious color is also included in the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is a beautiful berry shade that is a good match for almost every skin tone! This color is somewhat sheer, so this is a go to for daytime or nighttime wear. 

Price: $23.00 USD

NARS’ Audacious Lipstick in Liv- This dark plum shade is truly sexy! I would recommend a liner for this color. You will get your money’s worth with this lip color. It is one swipe to perfection! This is a truly opaque color.

Price: $32.00 USD

This Fall, try new things, and embrace your beauty!