FIDM Fashion Club's next monthly Tweetup is Wednesday, December 3rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST. Program Manager Talia Tonti and Fashion Editor Gigi Hooghkirk will be answering your questions about fashion, beauty, careers, college life, and FIDM Fashion Club membership. They'll also cover best practices on how to run your Fashion Club, activities, and fundraising ideas.

Follow us on Twitter @FashionClub, and send us your questions anytime with the hashtag #AskFIDMFC. Look for your answers on Twitter next Wednesday!

TOMS for Target Build Your Tomorrow Zippered Clutch

We couldn't be more excited about this week's must have because not only are we getting a cute little clutch, we're giving to people in need, and 'tis the season, after all. Just by ordering this TOMS for Target Build Your Tomorrow Zippered Clutch (for only $20, be-tee-dubs) we're providing a full week of meals to a hungry American. We're thinking we might just stock up and give them as gifts this holiday season; you should do the same.

 Christian Louboutin Starlight
One of the things we love most about the holiday season is all the sparkle and magic and glitz and glamour, and no one does glamour like luxury label Christian Louboutin. After launching a nail polish line with bottles retailing for $50, Christian Louboutin has just released a limited edition holiday polish with a price tag of $675! The special holiday nail polish, called Starlight, is the same signature red Rouge Louboutin shade that you can buy for $50, but this one is housed in a bottle that's been embellished with over a thousand, hand-applied, two-tone Strass crystals. And if that's not glamorous enough, the bedazzled bottle has been placed inside a black lacquer box that's decorated with leather and crystal flowers--the same leather and crystal flowers that are featured on the Louboutin Pensamoi heel. With all that fabulousness, perhaps $675 is a steal. What do you think?


Giambattista Valli for MAC
Seems like MAC Cosmetics has a new collaboration with a designer or celebrity every other week, doesn't it. But don't get us wrong, we're totally not complaining, especially since the most recent announcement is that French fashion house Giambattista Valli is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a collection of lipsticks for the beauty brand. "I’m very well known for dresses, no? And I thought it was very nice, the idea of dressing your lips," says the designer. Nice idea indeed! And the colors are beyond fabulous--there's a pale pink that nails the '60s mod trend and a deep plum that begs to be worn for a night out. "I made these for a woman with personality, a woman who lives her life and isn’t afraid to wear color and isn’t afraid to kiss," says Valli. We can't wait to get our hands on these beauties, out in Summer 2015.


Chanel cake

Well the answer to our headline is, no, Karl Lagerfeld is not a baker.. but he sure does know how to design an amazing cake. The Chanel lipstick cake pictured was designed by The Kaiser himself for a restaurant in Tokyo called Beige.  It features a caramel and dark chocolate rendering of the iconic Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick and comes in a box with a sketch done by the designer. Sadly, we won't be able to taste it--only 100 are being made and we just can't find the time for a trip to Japan any time soon.

How to style your rings

Tips for how to style your rings like Lauren Conrad and Kate Bosworth. (PopSugar)

Yikes! Are you making one of these hair mistakes? (HuffPost Style)

How cute are these winter boots? Bonus: they're cute and functional. (Fashionista)

The Nars Audacious and Hardwired Holiday collections are pretty fabulous. (Pretty Shiny Sparkly)

A case for why your nails need their own moisturizer. (Teen Vogue)

Finally! A holiday gift guide for the chic college student. (Who What Wear)

So '60s mod hair is back in a major way. (Harper's Bazaar)

Make a color cotton rope necklace and a copper rope covered vase this weekend. (I Spy DIY)

What do you think of this Alexander Wang x H&M neoprene sweater? We're kind of obsessed. (That's Chic)

We are totally digging this French mani remix. (This That Beauty)


Loving the hottest new hair accessory available right now—the scrunchie!! We found 5 you'll fall in love with!

1. Tartan Scrunchie, $5.68, missguidedus.com
2. Velvet Rhinestone Scrunchie, $14, topshop.com
3. Polka Dot Mesh Scrunchie, $12, nordstrom.com
4. Faux Fur Scrunchie, $2.80, forever21.com
5. Gold & Iridescent Scrunchies (Set of 2), $15, nastygal.com


Hi Fashion Girl:

What do you see as this season's biggest fashion trend?

—Talia G.

Hi Talia:

The wardrobe essential this season is absolutely the faux fur coat. Celebs such as Lily Collins, Ashley Olsen, and Olivia Palermo have recently been styled in the look. It's chic and rugged at the same time. You can dress it up by wearing it with a glam dress in sequins or metallic. Or you can dress it down with jeans and a fedora. I found an amazing one on Forever 21 for $65. NastyGal and Nordstrom have more spendy options.

Happy Shopping!

—Fashion Girl


Zippered Faux Fur Coat, $64.90, forever21.com


Teal Faux Fur Jacket, $150, nastygal.com


Two-Tone Faux Fur Coat, $158, nordstrom.com

Got a question for Fashion Girl? Send it to fashiongirl@fidm.com.


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...

This is my 100th fragrance blog review and I'm dedicating it to the rose. The rose is considered the “Queen” of fragrance and its essence can be found in many fragrances. In fact, Kim Kardashian’s latest fragrance Fleur Fatale is inspired by her passion for roses. Seventh in Kimmie's line of perfume launches, Fleur Fatale has top notes of black currant and bergamot; middle notes of violet, tea rose, peony, and iris; and base notes of white musk, sandalwood and amber. Fleur Fatale by Kim Kardashian is available as a 30ml, 50ml and 100 ml eau de parfum spray. 

Did you know that you can get a college degree in beauty industry merchandising & marketing? Find out more about FIDM and kickstart your career.


Hey Fashion Girl!!

I'm getting prettty tired of my look. I wear a tank top, cardigan, and leggings practically every day. I'm looking to spice up my outfits a little bit, however I don't have much money to buy new clothes. I am definitely open to upcycling some of my older clothes but I need advice on how to do it. 

Thank you!!


Hi Rachel!

I love the cardigan/leggings look, but I know what you mean. Sometimes, we just need to change it up, and hit the reset button on our look. Everyday outfits need to be versatile and comfy, right? So, why not try wearing a dress or skirt over your leggings. It's kinda like substituting your cardi with a dress for a completely different look. You could also pair your cardi with shorts, tights, and boots. How cute would that be.

I found these looks on Forever 21 that I absolutely love. Here's what you do. Dig through your closet for your cutest graphic tee, then style it with a casual skirt and sneakers. Throw on a statement jacket like this moto, and you're all set for a totally new look.


Why not try wearing your cardigan with a sequin shift dress, utility boots, and a beanie. Or sequin leggings with a graphic tee and a casual coat. The whole dressy/casual mixup is so cute. It shows that you're chic and totally chill at the same time.



One last suggestion. Accessorize! Never underestimate how different your look can be if you just throw on a hat, like this fedora. Adorbs! A totally simple dress gets a whole new life when you wear it with a fedora and boots.


Anyway, let me know what you come up with. Would love to see pics. Send them to fashiongirl@fidm.com.

xoFashion Girl

Lollia Calm bubble bath

We are absolute suckers for gorgeous packaging. We're also suckers for bubble baths, so this Lollia Calm Bubble Bath works out pretty well for us. Since the holiday season is upon us and we anticipate waiting in lots of long lines, hours of running around shopping for gifts, and quite a few parties to attend (all of which we absolutely adore), we'll need something to help us unwind at the end of our extra long days. The smell of blooming hyacinth mingled with fresh-cut iris ought to do the trick.

Kendall Jenner

As modeling careers go, reality TV star-turned-runway star Kendall Jenner is on the fast track to success--she was a major hit at Fashion Month back in September, works the red carpet like nobody's business, and now the California native has landed a deal as the face of beauty giant Estée Lauder. Jenner, who recently celebrated her nineteenth birthday, actually received the good news while backstage at the Sonia Rykiel show at Paris Fashion Week on September 29, and has managed to keep mum about it until now. Taking to Instagram, Jenner posted, "I am super excited to announce that I am the new face of @esteelauder!! I still can't believe it myself!" As the new global face of Estée Lauder, Jenner follows in the footsteps of such industry heavyhitters like Joan Smalls, Carolyn Murphy, and Liu Wen. Congrats to Kendall--we can't wait to see the glamorous campaigns!


Elizabeth and James makeup
Just a year after launching its fragrance, Nirvana, Elizabeth and James is taking the next step, albeit a small one, in the beauty world with the debut of its first color cosmetic: the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Nude Lipgloss. The limited edition gloss is part of the brand's holiday gift set at Sephora, which includes a rollerball of either of the Nirvana fragrances (Black Nirvana, a warm and faintly sweet scent, or White Nirvana, a rich floral). Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twins behind the label have no plans to launch and entire makeup line--the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Nude Lipgloss will only be sold during this holiday season--so you'd better get to Sephora quick and scoop it up. At $29 for each gift set it's kind of a steal; we may just have to pick up both fragrances (hooray for double lip the gloss!).

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