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By Hillary Schmidt
Every girl has suffered for fashion at some point in her life, and often it’s our feet that feel the pain. Heels today have reached heights no one would have ever imagined, while flats either lack style or just don’t seem to fit right.
Thanks to the Gavrieli siblings who built their company based on the idea of adapting the iconic ballet flat for the modern woman, girls now have access to what is arguably the world’s most versatile ballet flat. Known as “Tieks,” these durable designer shoes can be worn all day, every day, or a woman can fold a pair up and throw them in her purse.
Hand-stitched and made from authentic Italian leather, Tieks provide the wearer with complete flexibility to ensure comfort. Don’t believe it? Just listen to Oprah who got her hands on a pair and is now one of their biggest fans.
Tieks, with their signature blue sole, are designed to appeal to any woman –they come in every color of the rainbow, and in patterns from stripes to animal prints.
Convinced they’re a must-have? Purchase them on the Tieks website. Prices range from $165 to $295.
By Hillary Schmidt
Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière debuted his last collection with Balenciaga by sending models down the runway in his most sensual collection yet. But it wasn’t just the clothes that turned heads.
Ghesquière’s addition of these golden tube-shaped brass rings adorned on all five fingers of the models helped to accomplish the “edge” that is known to accompany Balenciaga’s sophisticated feel. The five-ring fad is now making its way off of the runway and onto the streets.
Think you could pull them off? Despite their hefty price of $765, companies like ASOS and online shopping sites like Etsy help you work around that with their similar, cheaper options. Or, buy them individually for $245 a piece and mix them with rings you already own!
By Jade Reichman
Diane von Furstenberg has paired up with Roxy to establish a one-time limited edition collection, which includes bathing suits, board shorts, beach bags and cover-ups. The playful and bright collection is a collaboration of DVF’s bold prints and Roxy’s signature swim silhouettes. All the pieces reflect DVF’s love of beach culture as well as Roxy’s active spirit.
These pieces can be bought online on DVF’s website.
By Jade Reichman
With summer upon us, women are seeking the always-trendy beachy waves. Bumble and Bumble has introduced a product so that women both near and far from the beach can achieve this enviable look. In order to obtain this simple, sexy style all you need to do is spray Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray on your locks. This surf spray provides body with a light hold and a matte finish. It is as easy as spraying in and letting your hair dry naturally: What’s not to love?
To view more on the product, visit Bumble and Bumble’s site.
By Jordan Moore
Late nights in the library, early-morning alarms and long days of class can dim our skin, particularly around the eyes. Lilac lids and puffy peepers are never desired, but sometimes lack of sleep gets the better of us. Thankfully, Benefit has produced a product that helps brighten dark circles and calm any beauty calamities. It’s called It’s Potent! Eye Cream.
Just a touch of the smooth, scentless cream underneath the eyes and within minutes your eyes seem wider, brighter and better than before.
You can purchase the magic mix in Sephora stores or online, here.
This little pot really is filled with a potent power, as the name suggests.
Never let a lack of sleep get the best of you again, and remain the brightest in your class, no matter the time of day.
By Jordan Moore
For college students, time is everything. Getting to class on time is a challenge in itself, and sometimes 8 a.m. classes don’t allow for a full wash and blowout. For days when you may want to let your hair down, but don’t have the time to get a full shower, there’s another option: dry shampoo.
You might be skeptical, and you may be asking, what about residue? What about texture? Does it really work? As a personal testimony, I can say Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is the only one that has worked for me.
For a quick fix that leaves no white behind and brushes through completely, you can get the spritz from Sephora stores, including online, here. You can purchase it in one of two sizes: 1.4 or 3.2 ounces.
With a light, clean, sweet lemon scent, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is the perfect perk for girls on the go.
By Farah Abdelqader
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is known for being one of the very few brands that is PETA-certified. From this 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free company comes the highly pigmented, colorful and long-wearing lip stain known as Lip Tar. These lip stains come in over 35 colors, each with it own individual lip brush for perfect application. These stains are gorgeous when applied correctly. But due to the high concentration of pigment in the product, it’s recommended to use a lip liner as well as a lip primer before applying the actual product to keep the lips from drying out and keep them looking smooth. Lip Tars retail for $18 each.
By Farah Abdelqader
Over the years I’ve experimented with countless brands of hair-styling products — from CHI to Revlon and everything in between. But none compare to the quality and endurance of NuMe products. I first experienced the magic of NuMe when I purchased the 25mm curling wand for $149 about a year ago. Made with the finest quality, the wand has a tourmaline-infused ceramic finish that leaves your hair silky smooth without damage or burning. Whether you want loose curls or a 1950s Hollywood glamour hairstyle, this product is your one-stop shop for that DIY perfect look!
By Maggie Srygley
I have spent countless hours researching skin treatments and how to get that “perfect glow.” I am also a product junkie. If the label says “age defying” or “see results in just three days,” then I probably own it. But it wasn’t until I watched an episode of Dr. Oz and he recommended “tea tree” for skin that I went to Whole Foods and found the ultimate skin-care product: Zum Bar, a bar of soap with tea tree leaves in it, offered at just $5. After washing my face with it only once, I felt like my pores had been cleansed and I had this amazing glow. Not only that, but after a few washes my skin had seriously cleared up.
By Chelsea Parker
From emoticons to hashtag symbols, a spike in digital influence is apparent even in the accessory world. Whether girls are looking for a quirky twist to delicate pieces or want a way to make their jewelry their own – personalization is in. And acronyms and numbers are showing up nearly as often as monograms and initials in the fine jewelry department. These pieces make ideal gifts for funny fashionistas who love a lighthearted pendant.