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 Shakira brings us her latest fragrance, Rock! By Shakira. Created to capture the excitement of going up on stage, Rock! has top notes of bergamot, lemon, green mandarin, and passionfruit; middle notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and tiare flower; and base notes of patchouli, cedar, amber, and musk. Available in a 50 and 100 ml eau de toilette spray, the fragrance comes in a gold bottle shaped like an electric guitar.

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FIDM Instructor and Fragrance Designer Andre' Barnwell just published, "Fashion Designers and Fragrance: The Perfect Brand Extension." The book covers the history of fragrance and is full of facts, industry definitions, and bios of famous fragrance designers. It also serves as a guidebook for fashion designers—Barnwell explains that it benefits designers to develop a fragrance as a way to extend their brand.

If you're intrigued by the fragrance industry, check out this read! It's available on for $15.57.

Fragrance designer André Barnwell, who teaches Fundamentals of Fragrance in FIDM's Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Program, reviews fragrances and reports on fragrance trends for the FIDM Fashion Club Blog. Read his reviews!

Jane Beauty Collection Wall Nail Polish Organizer

The thing is, our bountiful collection of nail polishes, while beautiful and impressive, is starting to take over our makeup bags, our bathroom counters, our lives! But these Wall Nail Polish Organizers from Jane Beauty Collection are totally coming to the rescue. They're big enough to house all those little bottles, plus the bright colors are so pretty and fun. We're particularly taken with the gold trim, which adds a touch of luxe to the playful pink and blue hues. We've no doubt they'll look great up on our walls, even before they're filled up. 


Beauty retail giant Sephora is joining Birchbox, Glossybox, and Julep by hopping on the subscription box service bandwagon! Play! by Sephora will allow subscribers to sample some of the industry's most luxurious and premium beauty brands (think Tom Ford, Armani, Guerlain) for the low cost of $10 a month. Each box will contain five deluxe-size samples (no chintzy little samples here) curated around a central theme, such as "essentials" one month, "dewy skin" the next month, etc. Boxes may also include bonus sample size items and Spotify playlists--because who doesn't like to rock out a little while they're testing a new mascara? Play! by Sephora will launch in limited distribution starting in September of this year, and roll out nationwide some time next year. Tell us, will you subscribe? Let us know in the comments.  



Actress/singer/all-around It girl Zendaya wants her fans to walk in her shoes, literally. The "Replay" singer has partnered with Titan Industries , the footwear company that produce shoes for L.A.M.B., Cynthia Vincent, and Charles Jourdan to name a few, to launch her own line of shoes. Daya by Zendaya will hit stores next spring (just in time for prom, perhaps?) and gives fans a chance to mirror the stylish star's flawless fashion sense (ICYMI, Zendaya actually wore a pair of pumps from her upcoming line at this year's Met Gala). Prices for the shoes, which include strappy platforms, pumps, and sneakers, will range from $125 to $175. We can't wait to see the line, and we're pretty sure Zendaya is just as excited about it. "None of these shoes are anything that I wouldn't wear — literally, I love every single one."


Brad Goreski

Two things: C. Wonder is making a comeback after filing for bankruptcy back in January, and Brad Goreski has a new gig. Have you figured it out the connection yet (our headline was a pretty good clue)? Style expert Brad Goreski is taking the helm as creative director of C. Wonder! The revived brand was purchased by Xcel Brands--the company that also owns the rights to Isaac Mizrahi, H Halston, and Liz Claiborne--last month, and the plan is to relaunch  exclusively on QVC with the bow tie-bedecked Goreski hosting the segments (he currently co-hosts E!'s Fashion Police). C. Wonder is known for its colorful designs and overall joyfulness, which Goreski is happy to carry on as the brand re-emerges. "I want to make people feel excited and wonderful. I want them to feel that they are ready to have the best day of their life." Look for C. Wonder on QVC in the Spring of 2016. 


Before we fully head into back-to-school mode, we wanted to give summer one last push with our "Beach Day Essentials" post!

Also, don't forget to check out our latest collab with YouTuber Danielle Fisher where she talks about her best ever beach day makeup, outfit, and hair!

1. Kilim Stripe Beach Towel, $29.99,
2. Sunnylife Acapulco Beach Paddles, $26.90,
3. Flip-flops, $2.50,
4. Chunky Cateye Sunglasses, $30,
5. Straw Hat, $12.99,

Fall Beauty Trends

A preview of the best beauty trends for fall. (Into the Gloss)

13 festival outfits you'd actually want to wear over and over again. (The Everygirl)

We're loving this DIY Dolly Parton bag! It would also be cute with Audrey Hepburn, Cher from Clueless, Diana Ross... (A Beautiful Mess)

Up your Instagram game with these 7 cool photography apps. (The Glitter Guide)

Obsessed with FIDM Grad Cortnie Elizabeth's pink dress! (Style Lust Pages)

The perfect rugged and cool coat for fall. (Could I Have That)

This might just be the cutest LWD we've seen all summer. (A Spoonful of Style)

If you haven't done any tanning this season you can fake it with bronzer. (Made By Girl)

Super cute hairstyles you can achieve in just 4 simple steps. (Design Love Fest)

Our heads are spinning over the before and after shots of this redesigned living room. (Design Sponge)


Time to enter our Summer Beauty Contest to win a prize pack worth over $250! All you have to do is pin your must-have summer beauty products for your chance to win!!

Get all the details and enter on This contest ends August 17, so enter now!

Philly Me In Dress

Even though there are still a few weeks before summer's end, and we should be out enjoying the beach, we can't help but think ahead to fall and, more importantly, our fall wardrobe. We've already got a few staples, but now's the perfect time to add some signature pieces like this Philly Me In Dress we spotted on ModCloth. The tartan print is so perfect for fall, plus we love how versatile it is; we can belt it and wear with heels and maybe a blazer, or rock it loose with ankle boots. We love this dress so much we're actually excited for summer to be over!

Alexander Wang

When news hit that Alexander Wang was taking the helm at Balenciaga to replace Nicolas Ghesquière a couple of years ago, the industry went sort of crazy with excitement (we mean, it's Alexander Wang!), but sadly, the designer and the French fashion house are parting ways. According to a report, Balenciaga and parent company, Kering, have decided not to renew Wang's contract, and the search for a successor is already underway (though it's still in the early stages and no names have been shortlisted yet). Wang, who has remained the creative director of his eponymous line, was brought on as creative director for Balenciaga back in 2012. Unlike his predecessor, who was seen as an innovator during his tenure at the label, Wang stuck closely to the design aesthetic for which he is best known--minimalist and monochromatic. The designer's last show for the label will be the upcoming shows at Paris Fashion Week. 


Miley Cyrus for Viva Glam

Miley Cyrus is teaming up with MAC Cosmetics once again! The "Wrecking Ball" singer has partnered with the makeup label on her second Viva Glam lip color--an eye-catching, unapologetically bold red. Cyrus totally looks the part of the classic bombshell in the campaign image, wearing the new lip color and a platinum blonde wig. As per usual, the Viva Glam edition will include both a lipstick and a Lipglass, and all proceeds will benefit children, women, and men living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. Look for the new Viva Glam lipstick online starting September 8, 2015. We've already started putting together looks to go with the new color!



Multibrand online retailer ModCloth is debuting an in-house line, with new collections launching every month. The line is sort of a collaborative effort between ModCloth's design team and loyal shoppers of the site; ModCloth co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Susan Koger and her design team looked to customer reviews and feedback to help create collections that include the most important design elements to the company's customer base. And since fit is always one of the chief concerns about online shopping, the new line will include sizes ranging from XS to 4X. "Each piece has a reason for existing and each piece is going to, I hope, become a staple and a favorite in our customer’s wardrobe," said Kroger. We've checked out the ModCloth label, available online now, and we've already picked out a few favorites.

DIY ice cream sneakers

How adorable are these DIY ice cream sneakers?! (Studio DIY)

6 makeup artists spill about their favorite skincare products. (The Coveteur)

How our favorite fashion bloggers turned their personal style into clothing lines. (PopSugar)

This is how you do beach glam. (Could I Have That)

Fashion inspired by one of our favorite books, Little Women. (College Fashion)

3 absolutely perfect pre-fall outfits, plus nail art to match! (ModCloth)

Chanel Iman wins at wearing jumpsuits, period. (The Cut)

We're totally swooning over these pieces from Ulla Johnson. (A Bit of Sass)

A brief history of lipstick, because National Lipstick Day was this week. (The Stripe)

Tips for styling cutoff shorts. (Sincerely Jules)

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