Miami Swim Week SS2015: Trend Alert

With the Miami madness behind us, we celebrate the seriously chic looks created by TIGI Global Creative Director, Nick Irwin for three of the hottest shows this season:Mara Hoffman, SUBOO and We Are Handsome.

TREND ALERT: Braids galore!

Mara Hoffman – Chic jungle naturalista
SUBOO – Chic post-workout coif

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The only thing that topped the SNAKES ON THE RUNWAY (!!!) last night at the We Are Handsome Swim 15 show in Miami, was the duo of dual-textured hair looks created by Catwalk by TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin. See attached for a full breakdown on the inspiration for the show and how Nick and his Catwalk by TIGI creative team assembled the confident and chic looks.
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3. Spray ponytail with CATWALK® by TIGI® Transforming Dry Shampoo to create matte texture; then, using a 3-strand technique, braid ponytail and secure end with clear elastic. Use fingers to separate and loosen the braid, creating desired texture
4. Fold braid over onto itself and lay along the hair line, securing with a pin above the ear; then tuck ends of braid into itself, in efforts to create the illusion that the braid has no end or beginning
5. For added shine, apply a small amount of the CATWALK® by TIGI® Camera Ready Shine Spray to the back of the head, creating dual texture reminiscent of the multi-faceted WAH girl.

Trend Alert : Dashiki and African Inspired

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Trends come and trends go but ultra trends tend to be timeless. A Dashiki seems to be the latest craze in street wear amongst hipsters and fashionistas worldwide but to native Africans, it is a part of their culture. Ever since Beyonce was spotted wearing a custom Dashiki by Ron Carter there has been a sudden spike in their sales. Ron Bass is an artist who draws inspiration from Pop art and fashion and creates his own Dashikis that both Beyonce and June Ambrose were both spotted wearing. Recently Chris Brown was spotted in custom pieces by Seth Chernoff. Wiz Khalifah added his own swag to a Dashiki by Royal Culture.

WGSN GROUP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW WGSN.COM, COMBINING THE BEST OF WGSN AND STYLESIGHT INTO A SINGLE, GLOBAL PLATFORM

WGSN Group, the knowledge partner for the global style and retail sectors, today announced that the new WGSN.com service will launch on 4th August 2014. The product has been designed around the highly respected Stylesight technology which has been enhanced with additional features to create the new super-platform. The new product will be called WGSN and its visual identity reflects the coming together of these two market-leading trend services.
Based on robust customer research, the new WGSN.com will combine new technology with the world’s most talented, commercially creative people to make future trend forecasting as inspirational, accurate and commercially effective as it can be.

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WGSN Group offers five pillars of content: consumer intelligence, trend forecasting, commercial product development, retail strategy and data analytics. Within trend forecasting, the new WGSN super-platform will provide technological innovations including fast search, tailored content, increased shareability and a professional design toolkit which will enable sophisticated high resolution zoom, clip functions and extensive print and download facilities.

20140710-114832-42512931.jpgFrom August, WGSN.com will also offer an increased scale and breadth of analysis to its 75,000 users. The single platform will offer the viewpoints of content experts from hubs in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, available in five languages.

Steve Newbold, Global Managing Director WGSN Trends, said:

“We are really excited to announce the launch of the new WGSN. We have listened to our customers and taken advantage of technology and innovation to deliver a truly market-changing product. The increased global reach and depth of content within the new platform elevates the value and strength of what WGSN can offer, saving our customers time, helping them collaborate more effectively and giving them even more certainty. Ultimately, it empowers their business to make better decisions and to be more competitive.
WGSN is a leading provider of global trend forecasting services. Over the past three years, more than £50m has been invested in WGSN Group, including in people, technology, infrastructure, content, innovation and acquisitions.

Nicole Richie Serves in Balenciaga and House of Harlow 1960

Nicole Richie appeared on Good Morning America wearing House of Harlow 1960 jewelry, Balenciaga top, Viktor & Rolf pants, and Gianvito Rossi pumps. nicole ritchie gooda am 2
Nicole Richie wore a House of Harlow 1960 Fall 2014 Stalagmire Cuff and House of Harlow 1960 custom 14k gold ear cuffs with 2.1cts of hand set diamonds earrings (Price Upon Request). Similar styles will be available at GlamBoutique.com and HouseofHarlow1960.com.
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Lancôme is pleased to announce an unprecedented form of collaboration with Caroline de Maigret, an icon of French chic.

Today, Lancôme has decided to team up with a creative figure of many talents. In addition to being a model and music producer, Caroline de Maigret is one of the most fascinating examples of the Parisian woman. This is due to her style, of course, which is regularly reported in detail after a concert or runway show: an ultra-chic casualness that elevates careful nonchalance to the ultimate form of sophistication. She is so many things: the muse of designers whom she inspires before walking the runway for them, because she gives life to their creations (attitude is an art mastered by Parisians…); the companion and associate of musician Yarol Poupaud with whom she created Bonus Tracks Records and Yarock Productions; the favorite subject of the most renowned photographers of the last two decades; a woman from the fashion world, but one who prefers style in its every form to fashion itself; a strong woman, above all, with great intellectual curiosity and an exceptional grasp of people and things.

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For Lancôme, which has imparted the ideal of French beauty for almost 80 years, what could be more natural than to ask the woman who embodies it so well to decipher this femininity as clearly defined as it is universally coveted? It was an obvious conclusion, inciting the brand known for its rose to come up with an absolutely unprecedented form of collaboration. A collaboration planned in several steps. A collaboration that starts in September by accompanying Caroline de Maigret as she travels all over the world for her book release. First published in the United States, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits (Doubleday, September 2, 2014), is a book by “Parisiennes”. It is a humorous book of attitudes and tips, at once pertinent and impertinent, for all women who want to understand what makes French women so unique and irresistible.

Co-written with three old friends, three equally accomplished Parisian women from very different fields (writer Anne Berest, journalist, screenwriter and director Audrey Diwan and film producer Sophie Mas), this work offers a witty initiation into Parisian life. It is a playful, inspired and beautifully illustrated codebook about the well-being and self-confidence behind the style of Parisian women. Ultimately, this vision of femininity is in perfect harmony with Lancôme. The brand saw Caroline de Maigret as an expert with whom they could have an intelligent discussion in order to better transmit a different, liberating form of beauty, a smart mix of indulgence and perfectionism, carefreeness and commitment…

A collaboration that has only just begun and that will truly take off in 2015 with the creation and development of an original makeup collection dreamt up by Caroline de Maigret down to the very last detail, and with other isolated interventions…

“I am delighted by this collaboration, which is unlike any other and which truly reflects Lancôme,” explains Caroline de Maigret. “It’s the beginning of a lovely adventure with this brand that I love so much. A brand that offers a different vision of femininity: one that is free, intelligent and that touches both the heart and mind.” Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancome International, states.

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The 4th of July Drink Menu Courtesy of St Germain

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Sangria Flora
1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Dry White Wine
1 cup St-Germain
2 Fresh Peaches
5-6 Fresh Strawberries
6 Fresh Raspberries
1 bunch Fresh Grapes
Method: Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Soak for approximately 15 minutes (or longer if desired). Serve in an ice-filled glass, then telephone your physician and regale him with stories of your exemplary fruit consumption. Serve with St-Germain spoon-straws to enjoy the fruit while drinking

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Strike Up the Band
1.5 oz. Bombay Dry Gin
¾ oz. St-Germain
¾ oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
¼ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Muddle 1 large Strawberry in simple syrup. Shake and strain into a Collins glass. Top with Sparkling Water and garnish with a grapefruit twist

Flappers Delight
1.5 oz. Bombay Dry Gin
¾ oz. St-Germain
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Fresh mint leaves muddled with simple syrup. Shake and strain into a Collins glass. Top with Sparkling Water. Garnish with a mint sprig

Savory 4th of July Recipes

Looking for a quick recipe that your guests will absolutely enjoy? Try these quick delectables from the ladies of Comida Caliente, the first of a series of International cooking shows produced by TWELVE18 Media, featuring mothers who teach their daughters or granddaughters, the traditional delicious meals of their native country.

Sweet Tortillas

Tortillas de Azucar (Sugar Tortillas)

2 cups flour

½ cup sugar

¼ cup shortening

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ cup warm to hot water

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix in shortening until mixture becomes grain add water, gradually kneading the mixture, to form a soft ball.

2. Separate dough to form small balls. On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll ball into circles of about 4 inches in diameter and ¼ inch thick.

3. Heat griddle or comal, place rolled tortilla on hot griddle and cook about 1 minute on each side.

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Casa De Vara Shrimp Cocktail:
2 lbs of shrimp
I bottle of cocktail sauce
I jar of special ‘Vara’ red sauce (for the viewers they can use spicy salsa)
1 small can of diced tomatoes
I cup chopped cilantro
2 med jalapeno peppers
Salt and garlic powder to taste

Boil shrimp with seasonings
Dice cilantro and jalapenos and jalapenos
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 1/2 hour
Serve with lime in a cocktail glass

Lime Margaritas
6oz Tequila
2oz Triple Sec
4oz Lime
+ Pineapple Juice
Mix ingredients in Blender

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See more recipes at http://m.youtube.com/user/comidacaliente

Hostess Gift: Le Feu de L’eau Candles

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Looking for a July 4th weekend host or hostess gift and want to say thank you in the most luxurious way possible? How about a handmade candle from Le Feu de L’eau?

Founded by veteran celebrity makeup artist Jo Strettell and her longtime friend and designer Wendy Polish, all of the natural soy based candles are individually hand sculpted under water—so no two are ever alike—using a process that Wendy’s father actually invented. Their Le Feu Peche candle, or The Fire of the Peach, is perfect for summer with a bright coral color and top notes of orange oil and Mandarin Orange.

Beauty: Made in the USA

There’s no better time to celebrate “Made In The USA” than July 4th. And there’s no better way to wear your patriotism at its prettiest than with Mehron Makeup. Born in New York City over 87 years ago, Mehron Makeup is the IT brand when it comes to innovation, craftsmanship, unparalleled performance and color range. Whether it’s the boldest color, the most long-lasting formula or something simply “magical”, Mehron has established a reputation as a go-to backstage brand for professional artists around the globe.

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To help celebrate this year’s 4th of July festivities head over to MEHRON.com to find some key Red, White & Blue cult-favorites…

Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95) moisturizing and non-tacky this lip gloss leaves lips glistening but not greasy. The long-wearing, never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly-pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips!

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