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6 Out-of-the-Box Fashion Items Inspired by Beauty

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Thanks to brilliant nail art gurus like Elizabeth Monson, we know that beauty can certainly be inspired by fashion. But can fashion be inspired by beauty? According to a handful of game-changing designers, the answer is a resounding yes. To prove it, here’s a roundup of some quirky-cool pieces to help us all wave our beautification flags high.

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Summer Must-Try: Dip-Dyed Tips

This week’s guest blogger is Natalie Alcala, a Cali girl with a penchant for all things style and fashion. When she’s not soaking up the sun or rocking dangerously high heels, you can catch her feeding her insatiable sartorial appetite on her blog, Natalie’s Menagerie. She also pens a daily fashion column for BlackBook Magazine and is an assistant editor at FashionStake.

Jeremy Scott fall 2011, Lauren Conrad

While everyone is still on the ombré hair train, I’ve been obsessing over the rainbow tresses that appeared on the runway this year, especially at Jeremy Scott’s fall 2011 show. However, the outré designer’s choice of chunky multi-hued strands is a bit too bold for my taste, so I’ve been looking for more subtle alternatives. Enter the dip-dye effect.

I’m loving Lauren Conrad’s bold but wearable take on the technicolor trend, which she recently revealed on her own blog. One of my favorite up-and-coming jewelry designers, Kate Albrecht (also known as Mr. Kate), whipped up this super-easy video tutorial for anyone looking to give their tips some pizzazz. Kate only experiments with one highlighter hue, but if you’re looking to replicate Lauren’s look, simply repeat each step with punchy colors like turquoise and purple. Happy dipping!

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