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Black & White: The Trend That Never Dies

It’s no secret that black & white will always be a forever trend. Neutrals are easy go-to colors that keep us on our toes when last-minute changes are necessary. Whether your style is runway chic, hipster, preppy or grunge, we all have a B&W look that we love and can count on. Two colors, such as these, not only look great when colorblocked but have the ability to create an unlimited amount of opportunity when it comes to mixing prints.

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Spring 2014 was made for these gorgeous hues with looks from Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren.

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A classic B&W menswear look never takes a back seat, even to the bold and over-the-top colorful style of Anna Dello Russo.

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Of course the Golden Globes knocks it out and gives us a preview of the glamorous side.

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We can always count on fashion bloggers like Chiara Ferragni, from The Blonde Salad, to bring a trend to street style life.

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At stylehaus, we are no stranger to this color combo. Looking to add new pieces to your closet to complete the look? Check out these pieces and more at here.

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Crushing on Cara: Cara Delevingne

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There’s no doubt that Cara Delevinge is at the top of her game and we have floor seats. With just under five million Instagram followers, this blonde hair green-eyed London socialite graces our presence on the runway and covers of every major fashion magazine. Gorgeous high fashion model by day, hipster grunge social butterfly by night, Cara hangs with the likes of big A-listers like Rihanna, Miley and Kate Moss. 2011 started off big with a feature in Burberry’s spring/summer 2011 campaign. Talk about setting the bar high.

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The many faces of Cara have hit social media in one big swoop. I mean that tongue of hers. It’s almost as famous as Miley’s. Quirky eye rolls and devil horn hands are just a few of Cara’s go-to looks for last minute photog moments. Can’t blame her for having fun and staying goofy in a world full of high fashion. The girl is only 21 ya know!

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Not only has this 5’9″ beauty strutted the runway for Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi, but she’s also landed a few acting gigs, including a part in the not-yet-released thriller The Face of an Angel. Did you know she also sings and plays the drums? Yea…she’s a multi-talented female who we follow to see what’s next.

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Marina Monday: My Best Dressed of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Celebrities brought their A-game to the 2014 MTV Movie Awards last night…well most of them did. The red carpet shined with designs from Alice + Olivia, Valentino and Marjan Pejoski. A casual awards show, such as this one, brings out the creative side of fashion that would never stand a chance at The Oscars. By the way, did you see the Awards Nail Art Cam? Some major spring painted digits and bling happened.

Ok, back to the topic on hand. Here are my best dressed from the night.

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Jessica Alba looked stunning in a full Kenzo skirt and Piece d’Anarchive tube top. Those geometric Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pumps pulled the ensemble together with a crochet clutch from Narciso Rodriquez for Bottletop. Playing off the bright colors of spring, Jessica’s sunkissed skin accented the crop top trend perfectly.

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Ivory made an appearance on many celebrities and Ellie Goulding definitely took the award on this one in a Giorgio Armani dress and Jimmy Choo sandals. The floor length sheer gown and barely there makeup made this golden locks lady a site to see. Not to mention, the waistline cutouts showed the right amount of skin for a sexy chic look.

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Hello thigh-high slit. Zendaya Coleman strutted the carpet in a floral Emanuel Ungaro dress and embellished Christian Louboutin ankle-strap pumps. No bare arms for this lady with sleek long sleeves and squared off shoulders. Sultry and classic, Zendaya’s ombre beach waves framed her fresh “almost not there” makeup look.

LUPITA NYONG’O

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Lupita Nyong’o does it once again. Dressed in Chanel, along with electric blue pumps, the dress fit her like a glove. Lupita is not one to shy away from color and she sure went bold with this look. Geometric shapes, pleats, ruffles and a corset waist sounds like a combination headed for disaster but we disagree. Lupita…Chanel does a body good.

Who’s on your best dressed list?

15 Last Minute Tips & Tricks to a Perfect Coachella Body

If you’re a die hard Coachella goer, you know all about the Coachella Diet. Last minute juice cleanses, multiple hours of working out and obnoxious detox dieting leave you without the quick results you were hoping for and days of fatigue from malnourishment. This all sounds so boring, as I shake my finger at you, but it’s true. Don’t be silly. You will never get the results you dream of in two days but you can beat the bloat and feel slimmer with a few tips and tricks.

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With just a few days till Coachella kick off, it’s not too late.

1. Stay away from sugars and salts.

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We all know that sugar and salt keep us from looking sexy in a crop top but it’s the best tip to follow. Love your vanilla latte in the morning? Ask for sugar-free syrup. It’s only for a few days and you’ll be happy you said no to both. Your cutoffs will thank you when you’re jumping up and down to Calvin Harris

2. Drink lots of water.

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This sounds like an oxymoron as most people think the more water you drink, the more bloated you get. Sure at first it feels that way but when consistent, even just two days in a row, your body will stop retaining as much and your water weight will vanish.

3. Eat more…more often that is.

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Don’t just think one big meal will get you by and make you skinny. Eating small meals every three hours will boost your metabolism, firing up your fat-burner. Who doesn’t want that? This also stops you from binging and eating too much in one sitting. Get Coachella smart and start snacking often.

4. HIIT up your cardio routine.

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HIIT routines, or High-Intensity Interval Training, get your heart rate pumping, metabolism up, and the endurance you’ll need to jam out three days straight. You train for a marathon, right? Why not train for a weekend rock-out sesh? A few days of interval cardio will help burn those extra calories you’re looking to say good-bye to.

5. Get a spray tan.

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All hard work deserves a reward and what better way to show off your body definition then glowing skin. Dark tones show curves and muscles off in the way we want them to so start a California festival weekend off the right way with a sunkissed look.

Not feeling crop top ready, even after all the fitness and health tips? No worries. The beautiful thing about fashion is it can trick the eye and make us feel super sexy, especially when our problem areas are covered. Have no fear, there are too many options in the Coachella fashion world to not feel in style.

1. Show skin somewhere else.

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The stomach definitely gets a lot of attention during the summer but we forget about those other great areas. Show a little peak-a-boo skin in a top like this Havana Paisley top by Clover Canyon. Style it with the matching shorts for an allover look, both available at stylehaus.com.

2. A little side boob never hurt.

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The side boob top is just as famous as the crop top, if not more. With a bandeau or a triangle bikini, this style covers the belly you may not want to show, but showcases some skin for a sexy Coachella look.

3. Some other fun options- overalls w/ a crop top and jumpsuits!

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Another great way to hide the belly is with overalls. This trend is hot right now and with a crop top, you’ll get some skin action and still feel comfortable in your outfit. Still not hot about the crop top? Pair it with a muscle tee or tank for a more covered look that’s still Coachella fashion inspired. Don’t forget about the jumpsuit. This Bec & Bridge Gourami piece is perfect for a day in the sun, with major side boob and back attention.

4. A flannel around your waist.

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A flannel has many purposes, including its ability to hide unwanted areas. Not only does it accentuate your curves, it also has the ability to add them for us ladies that don’t have much. A great piece to add to your overalls and crop top during the day, then throw it on for the cooler nights.

5. Boyfriend shorts.

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Not all of us can wear tight fitting high waisted shorts. A looser fitting short, like the boyfriend short, is a great option that’s relaxed, comfortable, and completely Coachella worthy. Pair it with a slouchy tank, floppy hat, flat ankle boots and statement arm candy.

You’ve prepped yourself days before on the fitness and health side. Now it’s time for Coachella. What can you eat, drink, and do at Coachella to skip the bloat?

1. Vodka and water with MiO.

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A smart pregame is the perfect way to cut out the sugar and carbs. A vodka water with a little squirt of MiO for flavor leaves you feeling guilt free and still a part of the party. With a pregame that’s sure to not add too many calories, you leave room for the beers you can’t say no to later on.

2. Almonds and KIND bars.

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Sure there are healthy options at Coachella but when you just can’t leave your spot on the grass, you won’t be sorry when you’re crossbody bag is filled with almond packs and KIND bars. Both are great when on the go and will survive the heat of the California desert.

3. Pick the lean and green options.

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When visiting the Heineken House, skip the savory donut with fig, basil, and goat cheese. No, no, no. With a farmers market, The Terrace, and the Clover Juice Bar at the Camping Counter, you do not have any excuses. So many great guilt free options to choose from that will keep your tastebuds happy and your tummy bloat free.

4. Get your yoga & pilates on.

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We know the last thing you’re thinking about is working out at Coachella but for those who want to give it a try, a little zen and strengthening is offered early in the day. No better way to start your day then with a relaxing moment before the party gets crazy again.

5. Get creative.

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Twister, hula hoop and relay races are just a few options for the competitive type. Sober or not, these outrageous child-like activities will get your heart rate going, keep your spirit young, and help burn the ridiculous amounts of alcohol that will be consumed. If competition is not your thing, shake it just a little harder during the Disclosure set.

Whether you’re a health nut or not, in the end, we all want to look and feel comfortable. The end result is what you make it. Take these tips with you and pass them along. Have fun with health, enjoy fashion, and get your Coachella on.

For more great Coachella pieces, make sure to check out stylehaus here and take 20% off all purchases using the code COACHELLA20 :)

Throwback Thursday: The Days of Woodstock

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Woodstock was not just a Music & Art Fair, it was a way of being in the world. The 1969 lineup kicked off the three day festival with a bang, including artists such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sha Na Na, and Jimi Hendrix. Much like Coachella, Woodstock was an escape into a land full of mingling, dreams, and endless opportunities. After approximately 80 lawsuits and thousands of dollars in debt, we’re sure it didn’t feel that way for the four men who started it all.

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With many issues popping up like a last minute location change and demanding refunds, Woodstock would see many issues before finally calling it a free concert. We all know free attracts many and for this first time around, an estimated 500,000 people attended.

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When comparing Coachella to Woodstock, we can definitely agree that the similarities are endless from an array of music and food to major fashion statements that are happening. The hippie fashion moment has never died and the California desert has allowed it to live on with too many crop tops, short shorts, and fringed crossbodies to count.

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Our Bec & Bridge Celestial knit tank is a perfect addition to a Coachella or Woodstock inspired look. Baring midriff is the festival way to go, so make sure to get yours here at stylehaus.com. Added bonus? It’s on sale!

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For more Coachella looks, tips and advice on how to survive the madness, get some good reads in here and here, just in time for the festival weekend.

Kalmanovich Gets Gangster For Spring/Summer 2014

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I’m captivated by Kalmanovich, a modern Russian label defined by infusing romance with bold structure to an utterly unique and cutting edge effect. So captivated that at this very moment, I’m wearing a daring yet simple shirt from the Spring/Summer Collection: a rich cotton tee featuring a high, rounded neck that highlight my collar bones and emblazoned with a fabulously dark pistol pattern seen throughout the Spring collection. I feel like an incredibly chic member of the Russian mob and suddenly have the urge to chug vodka and quote Tolstoy. It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness… But I digress.

Julia Kalmanovich, a wide eyed ingenue of only 30, grew up surrounded by high romance and fanciful fashion. Julia’s mother designed costumes for a small yet highly respected Moscow theater and the young prodigy was entranced by Russian design and whimsical theatrics. Even now, as a successful International designer, Julia Kalmanovich cites Russian ballet, traditional theater, and her mother’s classical look as important artistic influences. Like many children of creative types, Julia initially didn’t want to enter a career in fashion. Instead Julia focused on cultivating her mind, eventually obtaining a Master’s degree in finance. Fortunately for me (and you), Julia realized that her true gifts did not lie in calculation or acquisition, but in the design of dreamy frocks. She immediately apprenticed herself to infamous costume designer Slava Zaitsev, known by style insiders as ‘the Patriarch of Russian fashion’. From Zaitsev, Julia learned the complexities of fantastical dressmaking and rubbed shoulders with Moscow’s fashion elite.

After absorbing Russia’s aesthetic tradition and Moscow’s cutting edge street style, Julia Kalmanovich had a vision of her very own: an eponymous ready-to-wear line that would combine elements of whimsical costumiere, gritty street style, and oligarch opulence.

Inspired by this new direction, Julia struck out on her own; first opening a couture studio and then launching her first collection at Ural Fashion Week in 2006 as part of a collective of young Russian designers. Lucky for Julia, the Moscow fashion scene was at that very moment blossoming into an internationally respected fashion capital. The young designer was perfectly poised for success and succeed she did. The 29-year-old designer debuted her first collection in 2009 at Russian Fashion Week to critical and commercial success. In the five years since Julia stormed Russia’s fashion world, Kalmanovich has released 5 successful collections and expanded to New York City.

I’m crazy excited to be carrying some of Kalmanovich’s latest at Stylehaüs! Right now we have these pieces in stock now:

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You’ll love your Kalmanovich as much as I love mine:

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Throwback Thursday: Katharine Hepburn’s Wide Leg Trousers

In an 1981 interview with Barbara Walters, an elderly but still fiercely independent Katharine Hepburn explained (for what must have felt like the millionth time) her choice to live a life free of matrimony and motherhood. Although Katharine Hepburn was indisputably one of the great beauties of Hollywood’s Golden Age, she raised eyebrows by wearing only pants and never holding her tongue. “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man,” Hepburn said “I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.”
“Is that why also you wear pants?” asked an intrepid young Walters.
“No, I wear pants because they’re comfortable.”
Walters, apparently unsatisfied by Hepburn’s explanation, pushed on:

Today it’s easy to forget that less than 100 years ago women who wore pants were considered daring and more than a little scandalous. For a beautiful starlet like Katharine Hepburn to refuse feminine dresses for manly trousers was utterly baffling to the American public. To be blunt, Katharine got a lot of shit for doing things her own way. Fortunately she never gave a damn. Katherine’s then-ridiculed outfit choices paved the way for modern women to wear we please and go about our lives in the relative comfort and freedom of pants.

Katherine’s uniform of wide-legged trousers were not only practical but wonderfully flattering on Hepburn’s long, lean, and athletic frame. Tall girls around the world can look to Katherine as an accidental fashion trailblazer who dressed for the body she had, regardless of current fads.

Katharine Hepburn’s style has never been more relevant to fashionistas of modern-day. Wide legged trousers (once dismissed as manly and unstylish) are one of Spring 2014′s biggest runway trends. Androgynous womenswear has never been more popular amongst designers, models, celebrities, and stylish women on the street.

So next time you slip into a pair of wide legged trousers, take a moment to think of Katharine Hepburn, a woman who enjoyed great beauty but never let it define her, who lived, loved, and dressed only for herself, and an icon who adored a damn good pair of pants.

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Floral Headbands Are A Coachella Worthy Poolside Godsend

With fabulous Cali weather comes serious hair issues. As the temperature rises, I’m increasingly inclined to spend my weekends perched poolside at The Standard or some other fabulous LaLa :and watering hole, sipping bellinis and sighing with pleasure. Unfortunately, silken tresses do not share my enthusiasm. In winter, I can disguise frizzy hair under a hat. Yet in summer my scalp is just dying to breathe.

Today while bikini shopping I had an epiphany: Floral. Headbands. Summery enough to be acceptable, colorful enough to stand out, and practical enough to disguise my increasingly sweaty & tangled locks. EUREKA!!! I imagine passers-by will confuse me for Lana Del Rey, and I will not be correcting the misconception.

The floral headband trend must in a large part be credited to Lana Del Rey, queen of floral headbands and lush human Orchid.

Here are my picks for floral headbands to turn any girl next door into a nymphette next door. 

Trend Report: Psychedelic Spring

In one of my favorite scenes of The Devil Wear Prada, Miranda aka Meryl shreds tired suggestions for the spring issue in one deliciously scathing swoop:

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As usual, Miranda’s insightful cruelty is on point. Flowers for spring time have been done up and down every which way since the beginning of fashion time. Yet, it’s undeniable that after months of deep winter hues, we’re ready to break out of the black cocoon and pop some brights in our look. So what’s a cool girl in the spring of 2014 to do? My solution: beachy psychedelics, chrome glow, and nouveau tribals to bring the bright without losing your edge.

Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection includes sophisticated psychedelic prints in shades of burgundy and sumatra that will blend flawlessly with your dark winter leathers for an immaculate transition from winter to spring.

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LazyOaf, an irreverent UK-based label popular amongst the hipster hordes, combined psychedelic prints with Shinjuku mania for their Spring 2014 Lookbook. You don’t have to be a 90’s kid to flip over the collection’s eye-catching patterns and crafted construction.

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UNIF’s Spring Collection blurs dreamy psychedelic, candy coated color, and DGAF attitude for an assortment that is just so, so good. So. damn. good. Let’s break my 3 favorite LSD trip looks piece by piece. Tie dye is far from my cup of tea, but the flattering yet outré dress design is perfect for walking along a Malibu beach, wind whipping in my hair, jasmine incense wafting through the sea breeze… Hey, it could happen! Look #2 is simple psychedelic with that chrome finish that’s all the rage amongst cool girls from Silverlake to Bed-Stuy. Finally, UNIF’s fringed kimono references Liza Minnelli and Lisa Frank for a new apex of loungewear ideal for informal outdoor brunches or glamorous lazy days.
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Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2014 is like a sprinkle of peyote to the eyeball. Her psychedelic patterns manage to be both crisp and complex, with heavily saturated colors accenting geometric patterns and lean, languid swirls. It’s a fashion world cliché to refer to clothes as art, but Mara Hoffman’s impeccably cut pieces are pops of post modern mecca to swath over our mere human form.

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