Top Autumn/Winter Fashion Trends

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As the weather cools off and we put away the tank tops and sandals, it’s time to start thinking about autumn and winter wear. Cool-weather fashion includes coats, scarves, sweaters and… duvet covers? Here is a complete list of AW14 fashion trends to go for this season.

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NYC Shopping: E.L.F Cosmetics NYC Studio Haul

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e.l.f has long been known for their affordable yet quality beauty products. For years their products were only available online but over time they made their way into physical stores through retailers like Target. Some time ago I heard about the opening of an e.l.f flagship store in NYC but honestly didn’t “jump” to go. I figured that since most of their products are already in Target, there was no need for me to make a separate trip to their store.

As life would have it, I ended up in the neighborhood with time to kill so I decided to check it out. Immediately I was pleasantly surprised. For one, there were soooo many products (much more than I expected), testers (amen for try before you buy) and helpful makeup artist giving advice (looking awesome in all elf products). To say I was elated would be an understatement. I somehow lost an hour of time in the store and picked up more products than I intended (I just came to window shop)!

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I ended up buying the following products I’ve never used from elf:
-Blush Palette in Dark
-Complete Coverage Concealer in Dark
-Pressed Mineral Foundation in Dark
-Makeup Removal Pen in Clear

To be honest, I haven’t gotten around to throughly testing out my goodies from the haul, but as you know from my favorites post, I’m obsessed with the blush palette! I can’t wait to get around to using the other products more, fingers crossed they are just as bomb.

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Hair Trend: The “Micro” Bang

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Micro bang: a shorter than normal bang/fringe.

The ‘micro bang’ is a bold statement cut that has been seen on celebrities such as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The right amount of texture is key to pull them off,” explains George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago. “There are a few elements to consider before you take the plunge. If your hairline is dense, a bang like this can look fantastic. With a choppy, short fringe, you also can’t ignore natural cowlicks. If a client has too many, they should consider the amount of work they will need to do daily to smooth them out. Plus, do you feel comfortable accentuating features like your forehead and eyebrows?”

If you think you’re cut for this trend, keep reading to see some do’s and don’ts.

Do: Bring pictures just in case you cannot find what you want in the salon magazines.

Don’t: Go too short. It is best to start gradually cutting. Your stylist can always take more off.

Do: Sit and discuss your hair before you get sent back to get shampooed. Make sure your stylist connects with you and understands your needs. Don’t be afraid to say “no” that’s not what I mean. It is a stylist’s responsibility to understand your language and what you are describing when it comes to your hair, especially for a drastic cut like this.

Personally, this trend isn’t up my alley but I think it can look good on people if done right.

 

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Must Have Monday: Fall Hats

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If you live on the east coast, then you probably woke up Sunday morning and got Mother Nature’s memo that Fall is officially here. With that comes the need for more layers and accessories to keep warm in the chilly months ahead.

But of all the Fall weather accessories, one stands “heads” above the rest. This season the wide brim hat is all the rage. For a couple of years now wide brim hats have been pretty popular, holding down the 2nd spot after the beanie. But unlike before, the wide brim has taken the number one spot as “the must-have” hat.
Personally, I love wearing my hat has it gives every outfit an extra “boost” of style. Looking to try it out? Check out more hat inspiration below.

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Shopbop Friends and Family Sale

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There are few sales that I can think of that are worth a dedicated announcement. Typically I don’t plan my shopping around sales unless they are very substantial as is the case with this one.The Shopbop Friends and Family Sale event is back! Enter discount code “FAMILY25″ at checkout to enjoy 25% off storewide between October 14th -16th

 

 

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How to Wear Ripped Knee Jeans

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Remember back in the day when you ripped the knee of your favorite jeans during recess? Back then you were probably bummed but who knew you were actually ahead of the trend?

Ripped jeans have been on trend for quite some time now, but seem to be getting updated. In the past rips and distressing were spread throughout the jeans but now the concentration is on the jeans.
While it is a subtle change, you may not notice, it’s definitely a more tame version of the look.
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Thinking of trying this trend? Keep these jeans looking slightly more polished by pairing them with heels or a nice blouse. You can also layer on a nice jacket or scarf to bring the trend into Fall.

Get the look:


 

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What to Wear This Weekend: Sweater and Shorts

Weekend Wardrobe Inspiration

Weekend brunch, trips to the park, and late night dates all call for a certain amount of “chic comfort”. But in this hazy time between still warm and “sweater weather” it’s hard to find just the right balance. So what’s a girl to wear? Try a blast from the past and upgrade the old “sweatshirt and shorts” look from school days with this purposeful “long meets short” look.

Go from day to night by adding a leather jacket and scarf. Looking for extra credit? Switch out the nude lip for a bold red to really up the amp.

 

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DIY: How to Make a Body Chain Jewelry

If you follow Fancy Francy on instagram , you may have seen a recent post of me wearing a body chain. Body chains have been coming in and out of style for years and with the help of Rihanna, they have been back in vogue for a while now.

While many people wear them to accentuate their swimsuits, they’re also a perfect to sit just in between those fall layers. There are a ton of varieties that you can find out there, but sometimes it’s fun to customize or create your own. Recently I came across a DIY post on Chictopia with very easy steps to create your own.

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