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Marchesa’s Braided Crown, Anne Hathaway’s Custom Vegan Boots, and More

A step-by-step guide to recreate the braided crown updo from the Marchesa spring 2013 runway. [Refinery29]

The crazy Tom Ford bondage boots Anne Hathaway wore to the Les Miserables New York City premiere were custom-made and vegan. [Fashionista]
A look at the indiscriminate use of the term “curvy” to describe women of all sizes from 2 to 22. [The Cut]
Learn how to do a jewel-toned smoky eye—just in time for all of your holiday parties. [Beauty High]
Is copper the hot new anti-aging ingredient? Check out this list of products that contain the metal and learn how it can help skin retain its youthfulness. [NYTimes]
Accidentally doused yourself with one spritz too many of perfume? Here are a couple of tips on how to remove unwanted fragrance. [The Cut]


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Marchesa’s Braided Crown, Anne Hathaway’s Custom Vegan Boots, and More

Happy Birthday to Vogue Cover Girl, Anne Hathaway!

Birthday girl and newlywed Anne Hathaway appears on cover of next month’s Vogue. (Photo:


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Anne Hathaway tied the knot this weekend wearing a custom Valentino gown.


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Les Misérables Trailer: Beauty Breakdown

I’m a huge Les Mis fan. I have been ever since I was a kid. I’ve seen the musical three times, which is why I was so excited when the trailer for the new movie finally came out in full force yesterday. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, and Amanda Seyfried all appear in the trailer as part of the blockbuster cast. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen will also make appearances in the flick, pretty much guaranteeing that it’s going to be an amazing movie. Since I have to wait until Christmas for the film’s release, I had to do an in depth analysis of what to expect by digging into the nitty gritty of the style and looks from the trailer. Herewith, my assessment and predictions for the looks of Les Misérables. (Beware: mini-spoilers ahead!)

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Anne Hathaway Has Us Seeking Darker Brows

Anne Hathaway looked particularly eye-catching at the New York premiere of her latest film One Day. After first glance, I realized it wasn’t solely her McQueen dress, but also her full eyebrows that made her especially stunning. Her gorgeous look got me to thinking about the ideal color of your brows, since hers are noticeable darker than her highlighted hair, so I did a little research. What I discovered was that contrasting brows really do enhance your face. YouTube diva and makeup artist Michelle Phan suggests going two to three shades darker for an edgy look if you have lighter hair, or for darker hair and a softer face, go two to three shades lighter. I’ve recently been offsetting my blonde hair with YBF’s Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe to give them more fullness and color—it’s a true lifesaver.


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Top 8 Oscar Celebrity Hairstyles

At last night’s Oscars there were plenty of red carpet triumphs (and blunders—I won’t get into that), but the prettiest looks of the evening were all well complimented with to-die-for hairstyles. I’ve rounded up my eight favorites of the night. Click through and scroll to the bottom to cast your vote for the best hair!

Mila Kunis: She blew me away on all fronts: her dress, her makeup, her physique. If I had a pick for overall prettiest of the evening, I would absolutely choose her—no doubt about it. I especially loved how the star’s romantic updo perfectly complimented her super-feminine Ellie Saab stunner. Bravo, Mila! Bravo!

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Oscars Superlatives

Photo: Just Jared

Is it us or was last night’s show a snooze? Really, between James Franco’s dazed countenance (what on earth is he on?) and the lack of drama, we were almost wishing Kanye would show up to shake things up. As for the fashion, there were some definite wins (and fails), but all in all, it was a pretty low energy lot. Here, our completely subjective picks and pans:

Misplaced Accessories: A tie. First, there was Amy Adams, whose ’90s-style lariat necklace marred an otherwise inoffensive Starry Night-inspired dress. And then Gwyneth Paltrow, who looked positively stunning (is that what a vegan diet does for you?) and toned in a molten metallic Calvin Klein dress—except for that strange brooch anchoring her hip. Minus that, she was a major win.

Role Model: We know, we’re like Helen Mirren fan girls over here. But really, she is just an absolute stunner—and endlessly classy. We could all take a few lessons from her.

Lessons in Lace: Scarlett Johansson’s boho waves and simple makeup looked dreamy, but her eggplant Dolce & Gabbana lace dress reminded us too much of grandma’s curtains. Mila Kunis, on the other hand, was spot on in her frothy Elie Saab number. The lavender worked perfectly against her skin tone, and the peekaboo aspect of the lace kept it from being too froufrou.

Age Approps: True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld looked like a darling princess in her nude Marchesa gown, and held her own on the red carpet. We’re predicting big things from this mega-talented 14-year-old (here’s hoping she stars in the upcoming Hunger Games adaptation!).

A+ for Effort: Co-host Anne Hathaway clocked in a whopping eight costume changes — no small feat, considering the majority of the dresses were impressively form-fitting. What does it say about her choices that our favorite was her adorable tuxedo?

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Golden Globes Superlatives

Now that we’ve had a little time to digest last night’s Golden Globes Awards, we’re ready to announce our own personal awards. There were plenty of highs and lows but here are our personal picks and pans.

Most Likely to Hate Their Stylist Now: Natalie Portman. Now, don’t get us wrong: we love Nat and she did look positively glowy (we want that pink lipstick!). But really, that Viktor & Rolf dress was a positive trainwreck. Baby pink plus fake red rose = disaster.

She Just Keeps Getting Better: Helen Mirren. Proof that you can be mature, elegant, and sexy at the same time, Dame Helen Mirren never fails to look stunning. We loved her sassy hair and sleek dress.

My How Far You’ve Come: Claire Danes. Remember My So-Called Life? Claire Danes is light years from Kool-Aid dyed hair and angsty diaries. She looked effortlessly polished in a slip of fuchsia satin - though she could use a couple cookies.

Peachy Queen: Emma Stone. We’re already particular to the juicy shade that Emma Stone was rocking last night, and wow did she wear it well. The Easy A star was California cool from top to bottom.

Glam Goddess: Anne Hathaway. Who knew we’d be so into the sequin plus shoulder pads look? Anne Hathaway blew us away in a shimmering Armani Prive number and mega-watt smile. Plus we love that she’s signed on to appear on Glee!

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