Birchbox

Birchbox has made a name for itself as one of the premiere beauty subscription services, and now the company, started by two friends in 2010, has opened up its first brick-and-mortar store in Soho. "The reality is that 95 percent of all beauty products sold are still purchased offline," explains co-founder Katia Beauchamp. "That means we send a lot of our customers offline, to shop." Makes perfect business sense; instead of letting customer sample products, then go out and buy them from a competitor, a physical store allows faithful Birchbox customers continue to shop at Birchbox. But unlike its competitors, which divide the merchandise up according to brand, Birchbox separates the goods according to category, so there's a whole section dedicated to lips, another to cheeks, and so forth. Over two hundred brands are represented, including men's products, a hair salon and nail polish stationand there's even a Build-Your-Own-Box station where customers can pick from a buffet of beauty samples to take home and try, all for a mere $15.

P.S. I Made This

Erica Domasek of P.S. I Made This is working on a new project, and it's all in the name of charity.  Domasek partnered with Indego Africa (if you follow her on any social media channels you will have seen her travels to the continent and the amazing pictures she took) and created a series of patches, made by artisans in Rwanda, which will benefit educational charities. "The collaboration started from my sketches in New York and took me all the way to Kigali, Rwanda. I met the Ibaba women, who hand-embroidered each illustration into a patch. Together, we shared our passion for DIY," says Domasek. The colorful patches are sold for $45 for a set of two, and are available now on IndegoAfrica.org. We've got our eyes on a sweet purple pineapple and an adorable rainbow-hued giraffe.

Into the Gloss

Emily Weiss and Nick Axelrod, co-founders of go-to beauty site Into the Gloss, have taken a step outside the beauty arena and collaborated with eyewear label Warby Parker on a pair of aviator sunglasses and a wire frame design for prescription specs. The partnership came about as a result of  both Weiss and Axelrod never being able to find the perfect aviators, as well as a common question Weiss receives on her site. "People are always asking, 'How do I do beauty looks for glasses?'" Weiss says. "What about the glasses?"  According to Weiss there were many fittings involved and lots of small tweaks before the perfect aviators and prescription frames were born. "We both work in this world where the most minute details make a world of difference, and that's what we both took into this collaboration," says Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal. "The perfect aviator ends up being the most perfect pair of glasses, period, because it's the most versatile, and it can fit the greatest number of people's faces." Both the aviators and prescription wire frames are available now on the Warby Parker website.

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started!

Refinery 29 Instant Gratification Beauty

We love Refinery 29's roundup of beauty products that start working immediately.

Every girl should know how to shop on a budget, so The Everygirl has a few tips.

We spotted some seriously chic street style snaps from the Paris Couture shows on Fashionista.

Anne of The City Sage took a never-worn silk scarf and turned it into wall art--totally brilliant!

The eight best face washes ever, according to People StyleWatch.

Keiko Lynn has a super pretty and super simple smokey eye liner tutorial.

We're totally swooning over the paint-inspired prints on Little White Whale.

Also swooning over these black and white textiles that April and May found.

Brooklyn Blonde proves she knows exactly the right way to rock white denim this season.

One jumpsuit, three different ways on A Fashion Love Affair.

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

Flipflops

Each Friday, we bring you 5 fabulous things under $50. Today, we're all about flipflops! Actually, three out of the five are under $10, but we had to throw in the spendy Havaianas! It's just not summer without them. Happy weekend, all!

1. Slim Lace Neon Orange Flipflops, $28, us.havaianas.com
2. Go Boardwalking Sandal in Teal, $9.99, modcloth.com
3. Vans x Seea Lanai Women's Flipflops, $17, urbanoutfitters.com
4. Pink Floral Printed Flipflops, $9, oldnavy.com
5. Mimosa IV Sandals, $9.50, roxy.com

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

Choupette

Karl Lagerfeld's cute little snow-white Siamese kitty is going to front a holiday makeup collection for Japanese brand Shu Uemura! Her name is Choupette Lagerfeld, and we're sure you're going to fall in love. She even has her own Twitter handle @ChoupettesDiary. 

Shu Uemura is calling the makeup collection Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld (awwww!) and it's set to hit shelves in the fall. Lagerfeld already photographed his little cat for the Shu Uemura campaign.

Shu Uemura has been hand-coloring Lagerfeld's illustrations for more than 20 years. WWD reported that the Shupette range may include furry false eyelashes. Meow.

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

Ag-alexa-chung

Former model Alexa Chung has teamed up with AG Adriano Goldschmied on a 20-piece collection set to his stores in January for spring 2015. Expect to see overalls and denim dresses as well as t-shirts and jeans in the Alexa Chung for AG lineup.

“The collection is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late Sixties, early Seventies aesthetic,” Alexa Chung said.

Chung visited the office of AG and its parent company Koos Manufacturing Inc., in South Gate, California, which is about 10 miles from FIDM's Los Angeles campus. The former model discovered that it was also the site of its 400,000-square-foot factory, run by the Ku family, well-versed in the denim industry.

WWD reported Alexa saying, "I found the trip incredibly inspiring and an opportunity to learn about denim and make things I had been dreaming about finding."

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

DaisyDream

Marc Jacobs fragrance line has bloomed again, this time with Daisy Dream.

The fashion designer's newest scent with fragrance licensee Coty Prestige opens with notes of blackberry, fresh grapefruit, and pear; has a heart of jasmine, lychee, and blue wisteria; and a base of white woods, musk, and coconut water.

Daisy Dream is available in about 3,000 department and specialty stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Sephora. The eaux de toilette comes in three sizes — 1 oz. for $52, 1.7 oz. for $76 and 3.4 oz. for $94. There is also a 5-oz. shower gel, $40, and a 5-oz. body lotion, $45.

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

Willamina Modern Apothecary Sun-kissed Protector

We follow all the rules: we keep our hands at 'ten and two' when we drive, we wait thirty minutes after a meal before we go swimming, and we always, always wear sunscreen. This all-natural sunscreen from Portland's Willamina Modern Apothecary Sun-Kissed Protector is totally rocking our world because it's made from locally sourced organic ingredients and it's loaded with anti-oxidants, plus, coconut oil and grapeseed oil are super nourishing and keep our skin hydrated and soft. The fact that the packaging is so cool is really just a bonus. 

Balmain

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing wanted to highlight the beauty and uniqueness of different ethnicities, so for his Fall 2014 campaign the designer traded his friend Rihanna, who was the face of the Spring 2014 campaign, for an ethnically-diverse group of supermodels. Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Binx Walton, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish, and Kayla Scott star in the safari-themed campaign, which was shot by Mario Sorrenti and art directed and styled by Love magazine's Katie Grand. Love and American Vogue will be the first glossies to feature the ads.

 

Metail

Remember Cher Horowitz and her amazing outfit-selecting computer program from Clueless? Well if you are as big a fan of the movie as we are, you'll be happy to know that the computer program that dreams are made of is now a reality! Metail, a virtual retail company, has launched a virtual dressing room where customers create a MeModel that they can use to try on Cher's wardrobe and build different outfits, which can then be shared on Facebook. And of course that iconic yellow tartan blazer and skirt is available to try on.

Kit Harington for Jimmy Choo
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington is kind of the last person we'd expect to see holding a cobalt Jimmy Choo change purse, but that's not to see we minded seeing his brooding face in one of the label's new ads. The star of the hit HBO series is now the face of the Jimmy Choo Fall 2014 men's ad campaign, as well as the new fragrance, MAN, and the Carrer' by Jimmy Choo sunglass collection. "Kit was the perfect choice for the campaign – he has an innate confidence and projects a playfully rebellious nature. He has an overtly masculine style that feels effortlessly cool and a great sense of humour, and beneath that intensity he is a true gentleman," said Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi. Gotta say, we're pretty pleased with their choice for the campaign as well.

July Moodboard Coco + Kelley
We love, love, love this July moodboard inspired by the Pacific Northwest on Coco + Kelley.

The Glitter Guide is celebrating the season with cute summer dresses from Piperlime.

If you're going to wear basics, wear them with flair. Made by Girl shows you how.

Beauty High is sharing the all-natural beautifiers that are sitting right in your fridge.

A roundup of crazy good 4th of July sales on Apartment 34.

Need a playlist for your pool party? Anthro Blog has one just for you.

Sweet and summery wallpaper downloads to dress your tech from Design Love Fest.

Style Within Reach found three beauty products for beautiful, sunkissed skin.

DIY gladiator sandals on Kristi Murphy!

Atlantic-Pacific knows how to pull off a red, white, and blue look.

July4

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Stars and stripes forever!

1. United States of Triangles Necklace, $10, charmingcharlie.com
2. American Flag Hairbow Set, $1.68, forever21.com
3. Take Pride Beach Towel, $25, nastygal.com
4. Americana Tank, $14.94, oldnavy.com
5. Americana Square Sunglasses, $6.99, urbanoutfitters.com


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