Long lush lashes

So you actually can have long, lush lashes without falsies or extensions. (Byrdie)

The five nail trends you've got to try this season. (The Everygirl)

Seven stylish booties to rock this season. We're digging #5 and #7. (Made by Girl)

Could this holiday outfit be any prettier? (Pink Peonies)

And we're thinking this cozy look is perfect for a day of holiday shopping. (Southern Curls and Pearls)

Eight denim trends to try this fall. (Style Watch)

Four fabulous color combos to brighten up your winter wardrobe. (Penny Pincher Fashion)

Colorblocked eyeliner--love it or leave it? (Beauty High)

These retro pieces are the coolest. (Fourth Street)

Tips for updating and organizing your closet now that the seasons have changed. (Miss Kris)


Van Cleef & Arpels is one of the first stores on New York City's famed Fifth Avenue to unveil their holiday window displays for the season. The window displays were created by set designer Douglas Little and collectively tell the story of Peau D'Ane, a French fairytale about a princess who ran away from home wearing a donkey skin in order to avoid marrying her father (we know—it's a cray cray story). Find out more on vancleefarpels.com.

We're looking forward to seeing the rest of the New York stores unveil their visual winter wonderlands!

Did you know you can study window display design? Find out about applying to FIDM to earn a degree in Visual Communications.








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...

Jessica Simpson is back with her signature fragrance, Jessica Simpson. Jessica Simpson has top notes of citrus, clementine, nectarine, pomegranate, and apricot; middle notes of jasmine, tiger lily, and orange blossom; and base notes of white chocolate, sandalwood, vanilla, driftwood, and tonka bean. Jessica Simpson is available in a 1.7, 3.4 oz eau de parfum spray, 6.7 oz body lotion and 0.2 oz roller ball.

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


Dear Career Girl,

Although I'm 13, I would love to be a stylist in Los Angeles for celebrities and such. I live overseas but will move to Los Angeles at the completion of high school. I'm going to do a modelling academy's wardrobe styling workshop here in Australia this weekend, so that might be a mini head start. Are there any junior advantages/tips you could give me? What's a day in the life of a stylist like? I'm most probably going to take Visual Communications because it's my dream/goal. Thanks!

-Clarissa xx

Dear Clarissa,

You've got an exciting career ahead of you. And you already have a fab headstart, just by knowing what you want so early on in life. Good for you! 

I think it's great that you're participating in a wardrobe styling workshop. Take lots of notes and keep in touch with the people who run the workshop. Remember, you're starting your fashion network.

Since you want to be a fashion stylist, I recommend getting practice putting outfits together, not just for yourself, but for others. Offer to style your friends for events they're going to. Why not style your friends for a themed photo shoot? You could assign yourself a project, like style a shoot for your favorite blog or magazine.

If you don't already have a blog, consider starting one. This will give you a headstart in finessing your styling point of view, which is key to your professional career.

To answer your question about a day in the life of a celeb stylist in Los Angeles, it's exciting! A good stylist will have A-list fashion PR contacts everywhere. They'll visit showrooms, boutiques, and designers, pulling the latest fashions and accessories to put together amazing looks for their clients. They'll be on VIP invitation lists to attend runway shows and PR events to preview collections and meet editors, designers, and fashion professionals. And once they book a job, they'll do fittings with their clients and attend photo shoots. They'll also maintain excellent relationships with the celeb handlers, such as their agents and managers.

Being a celeb stylist sounds glamorous, but it's actually a lot of hard work. It takes someone with excellent fashion sense who is on top of the trends. They are also good with people, not to mention highly organized! Imagine visiting 10 showrooms, pulling 15 key pieces from each one. How do you keep track of 150 fashion pieces so you can return them all in pristine condition the following day? Being organized!

Best of everything to you, Clarissa! You're going to be amazing.

-Career Girl

Have a question for Career Girl? Send it in an email to fashionclub@fidm.com.

Joan jett

Rocker Joan Jett is launching a line for Hot Topic, and we think this may be the most brilliant thing ever (seriously, who better, right?). The collaboration is actually between Joan Jett and fashion label Tripp NYC, and will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. "I’ve known about Hot Topic for years and years because on the road there are very few places in certain areas of the country where you can find kind of rock ’n’ roll clothes," said Jett. "Tripp is kind of famous in New York for catering to that rock ’n’ roll downtown, edgy kind of vibe." The Joan Jett for Tripp NYC fashion collection for Hot Topic (a mouthful, we know) is available in stores now and retails for $32.50 to $64.50.


Prabal Gurung for MAC Cosmetics

Back in June we reported that It Designer Prabal Gurung was working on a color cosmetic line with MAC, so we're super excited to share the first images of the collection, which launches this month. The 14-product collection includes three eyeshadow duos, eyeliner, cream blush, highlighter, bronzer, and six lip colors (three lipsticks with corresponding glosses). Besides the gorgeous colors, this collection is destined to be a best-seller because of the beautiful, luxe packaging. "I wanted a lipstick that, even after it’s gone, women would keep for the packaging," said Gurung. Uh, mission accomplished.


Nasty Gal store

A Nasty Gal brick and mortar store is making a home for itself on L.A.'s famed Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles-based e-tailer, founded by the best-selling author of #GirlBoss, Sophia Amoruso, was launched in 2006, and has grown from an ebay store to the "fastest growing retailer" according to INC magazine. Signage is already up at the store, located at 8115 Melrose Avenue (former home of Madison) and we're pretty sure fans of the site will be able to visit the location sometime in 2015.

Love Sadie Metallic Midi Dress

So the truth is we're never really not looking for the perfect party dress. There's always something—FIDM Museum functions, birthday parties, fancy dates, etc.—and we just love dressing up. But this Love Sadie Metallic Midi Dress could possibly be the dress to end our search for the perfect party dress. It's metallic (so festive!), has a sweet, ladylike length that can work for all seasons and occasions, and it's the most flattering silhouette (a cinched waist looks good on everyone, we promise). Plus, we love that this frock will look as fabulous with a rugged denim jacket and boots as it will with a glamorous faux fur stole and shimmery heels. 


Dress for less this week is styled by Chigo Ikeme, a former FIDM Fashion Club President of Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California!

Chigo is currently a student at FIDM, studying Merchandise Product Development. When asked what she plans to do after graduation, she said, "I will continue my education at FIDM in one of their amazing new bachelor programs, as well as intern with a contemporary brand as a fabric buyer."

1. Black Pleated Woven Culottes, $29.95, loveculture.com
2. Monki Annie Double Compartment Zipped X Body Bag, $28.43, asos.com
3. Longline Blazer, $39.60, urbanog.com
4. Ribbed Crop Top, $10.90, forever21.com
5. Mossimo Quilted Slip-ons, $24.99, target.com

Expired Beauty products

Do you know how to tell if your beauty products are expired? (Harper's Bazaar)

We can't get over how cute (and easy!) this sparkly DIY is. (The Savvy Girl's Guide to Life)

It's already November! Here are ten things to do this month. (Behind the Curtain)

One plaid shirt, very different and very stylish ways to wear it. (SS Life + Style)

This is monochrome done right. (Brooklyn Blonde)

Finally! Organic hair care products that actually give you results. (Clementine Daily)

Imaan Hammam makes us all want to rock a midi skirt this season. (Into the Gloss)

So, here's what you need to buy from the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. (Refinery 29)

We absolutely love this! Fabulous office supplies for less than $6. (The Budget Babe)

And just in case you were as obsessed as we were with Charlotte's sequin dress on Revenge....(Possessionista)


It's not too late to register for Fashion Club's free Creativity Workshop on November 11. Held on both the Los Angeles and San Diego campuses, it's a full day of workshops taught by FIDM Instructors and Staff. Your attendence will count as credit for two Fashion Club meetings.

Tuesday, November 11
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Los Angeles)
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (San Diego)

Fashion Styling
Event Planning
Fashion Club Meeting Ideas
Design Inspiration
Trend Forecasting
Special Events

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Each attendee must register individually or the spot will not be reserved.

San Diego: RSVP to fashionclub.com/workshop/SD

Los Angeles: RSVP to fashionclub.com/workshop/LA

See you there!


See what it's like to be a student at FIDM. Attend Open House at one of FIDM's four California campus locations on Saturday, November 15, 2014—Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco.

Tour the campus, view student work, learn about FIDM's creative majors, meet successful alumni, and get helpful information on scholarship and financial aid opportunities. 

Get more details and RSVP today.

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