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Lately I’ve been really into bright lips, and a hot Summer night out is a great time to rock them. You get to keep the rest of your beauty routine minimal, which is not only great for cutting down the time it takes you to get ready, but also for preventing being hot and sticky with too much makeup on…bleh! This Chanel makeup tutorial from Lisa Eldridge shows a look that is bold but also perfectly light for Summer. Enjoy!

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The Hermès Birkin bag has been an elitist symbol ever since its conception in 1984. The bag is so famous, that Hermès had a fake waiting list (up until 2010), to ward off customers who were not loyal to the brand, but only after the bag. Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home The Birkin elaborates in a phone interview with the Huffington Post:

“I would go into a store with a list in my Hermès Ulysse notebook and pile up scarves, shawls, bracelets, worth about $2,000. This made me seem a regular Hermès client,”

“Once I had that pile ready to buy at the last moment I’d ask for a Birkin and they would usually produce one of the back room. In 2005 I bought 130 Birkins in a three-month period — and you tell me there is a waiting list?”

With a heafty price tag ranging from $9,000 to a whopping $150,000, the Birkin is a luxury that only A-list celebrities and Richie Rich can afford. So it comes as no surprise that the bag was widely counterfeited and sold all over the world.

One counterfeit ring in particular, which was recently broken up by French national police, produced 22 million in revenue from one branch alone, showing just how many people are itching to get their hands on even a replica of this classic leather tote.

“Eighty percent of objects sold on the Internet under the Hermès name are fakes” says Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas.

So with even the knock-offs costing around $500, what’s a financially-average girl to do? Well, unless you become as successful as Victoria Beckham (who reportedly owns 100+ Birkins), then it’s all about finding the right alternative.

One of my favorites is this 3.1 Phillip Lim Satchel (seen above), but at around $900 it is still a major splurge. However, I believe it is worth the investment because of its high quality and versatility.

But, if $900 is still out of your price range (it definitely is for me) then Michael Kors also makes a suitable alternative, and at around $400.

Still too expensive for you? There’s also a Cole Haan alternative for only $300 and it is available in a bold turquoise, which I love.

Okay, okay, $300 is still considered a splurge for the average person on a budget. So just for you guys here is a $100 alternative from Steve Madden.

Or you can just keep your eyes open and hope for the best. Don’t think this will work? My mom just found this bag at a flea market for $1.00. That’s right. ONE. Not one hundred.

20120625-212239.jpgHappy Monday!

With this kind of Summer heat, its impossible to stay comfortable with your hair on the back of your neck. Pair the heat with humidity and a crazy schedule, and keeping your hair from being a disaster becomes a losing battle. That’s why it’s best to work with the inevitable mess and learn to turn it into a stylish updo.

In order to keep the messy updo from slipping into the less attractive frizzy ponytail, I did some digging and found all the best Summer hairstyles, courtesy of Glamour.

Now, while these hair styles are all gorgeous (and definitely the right texture for Summer hair), you can tell just by looking at them that they require some teasing, hairspray, bobby pins….time. Time that not a lot of us have in the morning before going to work or running errands. That’s why the knotted ponytail is definitely my new favorite. You literally tie your hair in a double knot and that’s it.

Have a great Thursday!

As some of you probably already know, H&M recently had fashionistas swooning over the announcement of their newest designer collaboration, this time with French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. MMM is described as having an “unconventional fashion framework”, and after doing some research, I’ve found exactly that.

That’s right, for this week’s Runway Monday, watch the MMM Spring/Summer show (below) go from outside-the-box to WTF when models suddenly start walking down the runway looking like they’ve been wrapped in a rug and stuffed in a trash bag…literally.

However, it appears we won’t necessarily be seeing such a level of weirdness in select H&M stores come November 15th. The sneak peak into the women’s collection below indicates the style of the collection will be based on putting a dramatic, grunge, even sculptural twist on basics such as the sweater dress.

However the collection turns out, I can’t wait to see it.

Happy Monday!

I often scan through those “ask a stylist” features in magazines in the hopes that the questions asked and the advice given will be helpful…alas I often get something along the lines of:

Question: “I know my crocs are ugly, but they’re so comfy! Do I have to get rid of them?”

Advice: “… YES.”

Needless to say, this is not useful.

Luckily, the more fashion conscious can find relevant questions and answers from Nicole Chavez, the stylist currently dishing out advice for WhoWhatWear. She covers everything from how to pull off dunks, to what to wear to work on a scorching Summer day. Below is a great piece on how to spice up a basic striped tee. Enjoy!

My Breton stripe top is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe, but I tend to always wear it with the same jeans. Can you give me some more fashionable suggestions of what to style it with?”

A simple, striped t-shirt is one of those wardrobe necessities every woman should own because it’s a truly versatile piece. While, yes, this top looks so cute with traditional blue denim, I also love how it looks with pop-of-color jeans—like bright red or yellow—or styled even more casually with your favorite cutoffs and a vintage belt. In addition to working with your casual weekend pieces, you can definitely style the striped t-shirt with dressier items too. One way to make the shirt feel very of-the-moment is to wear it with a rose-print or floral pencil skirt, or even one in mustard yellow if you’re not quite ready to mix and match prints. Another option is to go for whitewide-leg trousers or wide-leg jeans and a pair of neutral wedges. The overall effect will be very French and terribly chic—just what you want from a t-shirt! “

Have a stylish weekend!