Fragrance designer André Barnwell, who teaches Fundamentals of Fragrance in FIDM's Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Program, is our guest beauty blogger, reviewing fragrances and reporting on fragrance trends. André says...

Singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer Pharrell brings us his first fragrance Girl by Pharrell Williams, which was named Favorite Fragrance in our latest Beauty Buzz! Girl has top notes of neroli, lavender, and white pepper; middle notes of iris, violet, and styrax; and base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli. Girl comes in a 3.3 oz. eau de parfum spray and a 0.3 oz. eau de parfum travel spray. Girl is marketed to girls and boys.

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Classic Leather Stacking Jewelry Box

Finding a cool place to store our jewelry has proven to be more of a challenge than we ever could of expected; after all, there are plenty of jewelry boxes and cases to choose from. But we wanted something deeply cool, something really chic. Enter this Classic Leather Stacking Jewelry Box from PB Teen. The crisp white color is so clean and contemporary, but the dots inside add a dose of playfulness that we find utterly appealing. Plus, we've found that this isn't just a cool place to store earrings; placed on our desk, it's the perfect home for safety pins and paper clips. 

Target Ava & Viv Plus-Size Line
Curvy girls looking for fabulous fashion at a great price can rejoice because Target, yes Target, is launching an in-house plus-size line called Ava & Viv. "We are constantly scouting for new business opportunities and this market is growing," stated Target's senior vice president of merchandising Stacia Andersen. "We felt it was time to enter this market in a really strong way." The timing is really what's key here. After decades of offering a less than spectacular selection of plus-sized clothing, not to mention the recent complaints about selling the plus-sized pieces from the upcoming Lily Pulitzer collab exclusively online, a collection for curvy girls was long overdue. 

The first collection for Ava & Viv has 90 pieces, including everything from denim to work wear, and will be updated monthly. Ava & Viv will be sold in every Target store, with its own floor space, as well as, making it completely accessible. And since Target commissioned popular plus-size bloggers Nicolette Mason, Gabi Gregg, and Chastity Garner to consult on the line and model for the lookbook, the line will no doubt get plenty of promotion. Ava & Viv arrives in stores in mid-February and online on February 22. It's about time!

Sarah Jessica Parker

The iconic Fendi Baguette bag is getting a makeover, and some of the world's most famous stars are the ones giving it. To celebrate the opening of a new Fendi store in New York city, celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker (whose Carrie character on SATC helped push the bag to its covetable status), singer Rihanna, model Jordan Dunn, and The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine, are putting their own stylish spins on the Italian fashion house's most popular bag. The remixed bags will be on display at the new store, located at 598 Madison Avenue, from February 13 to March 13, and will be auctioned off for charity after that. 


The Daily Front Row FLA

The Daily Front Row hosted its first annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards (FLAs) on January 22 to celebrate the fashion elite and their contributions to Hollywood style. "The Daily adores the glamour and influence of the awards season and we believe that the red carpet is the most powerful extension of the fashion runways. We are delighted to premiere the first-annual Fashion Los Angeles Award, complete with a special Hollywood edition of our oversize glossy, honoring the style stars who matter most right now. We plan to produce this event and this Hollywood issue every year from here on," said the mag's editor-in-chief Brandusa Niro. Among the honorees, Jeremy Scott for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Christian Louboutin for Shoe Designer of the Year, August Getty for Emerging Designer of the Year, and Gigi Hadid for Model of the Year. 


Vince Camuto

Footwear designer Vince Camuto passed away last week at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The designer, who founded the Camuto Group, co-founded Nine West, and had licensing deals and partnerships with BCBG Max Azria, Lucky Brand shoes, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Tory Burch, and many more, once said, "We do shoes for just about everyone, I don't know if we're allowed to say, but any better shoe, we're making it." Camuto's eponymous footwear line has 30 U.S. stores and 62 international stores. "Retire isn't in my vocabulary," he said in 2013. Camuto was 78 years old. 

Men's jeggings

An ode to men's jeggings. (Man Repeller)

These Instagram accounts serve up major style on a budget. (The Everygirl)

So if you suck at painting your own nails, you'll want to try one or all of these nail polish hacks. (xoVain)

FIDM Grad Cortnie Elizabeth knows how to rock a vampy lip,  leopard heels, and a $6 thrifted Calvin Klein coat. (StyleLust Pages)

Go behind the scenes into the wardrobe department of The Mindy Project. (Popsugar)

Cute hat/scarf/glove combos to perk up your winter wardrobe. (Teen Vogue)

We're mildly obsessed with the gummy bear magnets (and everything else!) in this colorful roundup. (Little White Whale)

The Spring 2015 ad campaigns are out; see which ones make the grade. (Fashionista)

A conditioner for smoothing eyebrows--we're into it! (Into the Gloss)

Nicole Richie may just have the coolest hair ever. What do you think of her new cut and color? (People StyleWatch)


With Coachella less than three months away, we've got music fest fashion on our minds. We are in love with these crocheted statement pieces!

1. Long Crochet Cardigan, $29.90,
2. Kimchi Blue Crochet Midi Skirt in Cream, $19.99,
3. Crochet Crop Top, $24,
4. Reverie Step You Take, $29.99,
5. Bisque Lace Panel Blouse, $13.90,

We couldn't be more excited! So awesome that Pretty Little Liars tweeted us during last night's episode! We loved Aria's cut-out shoulder dress. Um, BTW, the costume designer on PLL went to FIDM. Yup! Mandi Line!


Fashion Show Picture

Photo | From Left to Right: Pallas, Chelsea, Miranda, Renae, and Adrie (Fashion Stage Manager) 

Evergreen High School FIDM Fashion Club President Chelsea Fraser is our guest fashion blogger today, sharing her views on fashion—and the amazing fashion show she produced. Read on to hear from this talented FC President.

Fashion is more than clothing in your closet. Fashion is a way to express your personality through the handcrafted garments you personally select and create. The style you select will speak to others. For example, one day you might wear an oversized sweater with a chunky scarf to illustrate comfort. Another day you may put on vibrant colors to look bold and courageous.

Last year, I attended the Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Program where I developed amazing relationships with others who share my interests. Our goal was to learn about all aspects of fashion, and ultimately create a fashion show. We weren't sure how everything was going to work out but we all knew this was a goal we each wanted to accomplish. We knew that this show must go on—and it did! 

After months and months of planning, designing, and hard work we decided to produce a show with the theme, A Night in Italy. The show featured Italian music, food, and atmosphere. Each of us took part in producing the show, but also designed our own garments to model. There were no regulations or guidelines for the garment. The only suggestion was to express your personality and your favorite trend.

I designed an elegant neutral maxi skirt with a hint of romance in the gold sparkle that flowed in the wind like my free spirit. Pallas designed a purple army pin dress that fit her sculpted body like a glove. Miranda designed a spunky floral printed skirt that showed her personality as the energized, fearless girl she is. Renae’s personality is always bubbly and fun, so she designed a daisy romper.

Through the garments we created, this fashion show was full of life and animation. It was a night to remember!

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RavensCourt Apothecary Moroccan Rose Bath Salts

This bottle of RavensCourt Apothecary Moroccan Rose Bath Salts is everything we've ever wanted in a bath product: the packaging is simple yet so pretty, the pink and red contents are gorgeous, and they produce the most luxurious, wonderful-smelling bath we've ever experienced. Made with Himalayan pink salt (de rigueur of any good bath salt, if you ask us) and dried Iranian rose petals, and scented with essential oil of Moroccan Rose, this bath salt heals, restores, and detoxifies our skin (thanks to all the minerals in the pink salt) and makes us feel pampered and relaxed, like we've just left the spa.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid is among a handful of young models who are destined for supermodeldom, so it makes sense that the nineteen-year old California beauty has just inked a contract with all-American beauty brand Maybelline. The news came as a surprise--literally, the contract was wrapped in a box and given to her as a present to open while at a meeting with her agent--and naturally Hadid is excited about the deal. "In middle school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup," she recalls. "I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world." Hadid's first Maybelline ad campaign will launch this October. 


John Galliano Maison Margiela

The fashion world has been waiting for John Galliano's debut Maison Margiela collection since the announcement of his creative director appointment last October, especially since it's his first since his infamous dismissal from Dior four years ago. The big moment came last Monday in London, when Galliano unveiled his inaugural collection during London Collections: Men. The twenty-four piece collection was marked by the designer's signature over-the-top costumes, along with the crystal-encrusted masks that Maison Margiela is famous for. "It was brilliant," said Anna Wintour, who has always shown her support for the designer. "What I loved was the mix: There was so much that we know and we love about John, but then he took the Margiela vocabulary and translated it in such an appealing and innovative way. I loved seeing all the toiles at the end where you can see all the work and the new embroidery." It sounds like Galliano's avant garde aesthetic will fit right in at Maison Margiela.


Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal founder and #GirlBoss writer Sophia Amoruso is quitting while she's on top; the CEO of the online retailer announced in a personal statement that she was resigning from the company that she started back in 2006. Amoruso has selected Sheree Waterson to take the reigns, saying, "Sheree is someone who has the experience, ability, and drive to attack our future with a four-pronged approach with elements that have never been combined in all of Nasty Gal’s history – art, commerce, purpose, and leadership." But Amoruso isn't completely leaving her baby behind; creative and brand marketing will still be reporting to her. We bid farewell to Amoruso, and wish Sheree Waterson the best of luck in her new role. 

Organize vanity

Tips for organizing your vanity like a pro. (A Beautiful Mess)

Never leave the hairdresser unhappy again. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Yes you can look fabulous in your driver's license photo. (Byrdie)

So we totally want to go out and buy a few pairs of high-rise jeans now. (Belle Vivir)

Cool and unique ways to display photos. (The Savvy Girl's Guide to Life)

One of our favorite blogs just got a major makeover; even the name has changed! (The Stripe)

These Deborah Lippmann nail colors are making us anxious for spring. (Racked)

One H&M pencil skirt, six different but equally fabulous outfits. (Penny Pincher Fashion)

All the essentials for a post-holiday getaway to escape the cold. (Could I Have That)

Check out who we think ruled the red carpet at the Golden Globes. (Prom Advice)

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