Fashion & Style 411: Elle Marie

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Hailing from Louisiana , Elle Marie is Fashion Editor for ” The Rouge Collection Magazine” , personal shopper and owns her own online store
http://www.ellemariellc.bigcartel.com.  It’s more of a branding t-shirt line but her brand is Beauty and Style. I find myself bouncing questions off her numerous times she’s smart , fashionable and driven. Her drive…..drives me. Our chat was 2 stylish sistas talking fashion
….ENJOY

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Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION?

This may sound cliché, but as far back as I can remember I have always admired fashion. I was an 80’s baby and that style was so edgy, but fun. I would always look in the magazines and say “I would love to do this” at that time I didn’t know it was called a stylist. I just knew I wanted to “dress up” people. So I started experimenting on myself with looks and as I continued to get better at it the love for fashion grew stronger. 

Question 2 : Do you have a signature STYLE? 

A signature style, I wouldn’t say because I enjoy experimenting with a lot, but my favorite style to wear is mixing patterns. It’s a risky trend, but if executed correctly it can set your style apart from the rest. If I had to describe my style it would be “Daring Versatility”

Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER?

This is a hard one because I adore a good bit of designers for certain things. Rachel Zoe because of her classic chic designs, Anthony Ryan Auld because he play with mixed patterns like no other, Valentino due to his effortless red carpet gowns and just about most of the ready to wear designers

Question 4 : Who is your current STYLE crush? 

Although I will always love Rachel Zoe and her unforced style, but currently I feel like rihanna displays countless looks of style. She brings it from head to toe even in her casual state.

Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display?

I don’t have set looks out for the week. It goes with how I feel when I wake up each morning. Even if I feel like being real laid back, I still remember my brand and how I want it to be displayed.

Question 6 : What are some of your favorite boutiques to get your fashionable pieces?

I don’t shop at boutiques often, but when I do I go to Apricot Lane, POSH or sometimes frock candy. My favorite store is Urban Outfitters; I think they know me by name now (haha). I do a lot of online shopping as well.

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Figure Flattering : Midi Skirt

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A trend I’m taking full advantage of this Spring is the midi-length skirt. This may be the most flattering trend of all time—seriously! A midi skirt is a skirt that hits right below the knee, which creates an illusion of a taller, more slender body. Who wouldn’t want that, right? A midi skirt can come in endless styles options—bodycon, pencil, fit-and-flare, and ballerina to name but a few. One of my favorite midi skirt styles is the pleated A-line. It sucks in your middle and creates that slim waist we all want!

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Now that you know why midis are the most flattering trend, lets talk styling. Treat this skirt like any other when trying to put together an outfit. For an everyday look, try styling it like i did with a graphic tee and studded belt. Or, for another causal take, try on some wedges and a crop top with a denim jacket

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Even if you’re nervous to try other Spring trends out there, this is one you don’t want to miss! Midi skirts are figure flattering, easy to style, and perfect for Spring.

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“Around the Way Girl”

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There may be no other hip hop song on earth that lit my fire more than when L.L. Cool J sang his ode to the “around the way” girl:

“I want a girl with extensions in her hair — bamboo earrings, at least 2 pair. A Fendi bag and a bad attitude? That’s all I need to get me in a good mood.”

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Well,i feel this song was made for me. It took me a good long while to save money for a bamboo earrings and classic Reebok kicks , but I somehow talked my mom into the fake gold chain and poetic justice braids almost instantly. I wear them both regularly even to this very day.

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My definition of an “around the way” girl is a neighborhood babe who looks just as hot in a pair of sneakers as some girls do in stilettos. A girl who can hold her own with the dudes, who has street smarts and sass galore. That girl is POISON! Who wouldn’t wanna be her? “Around the way” girls also have a personal style that’s fierce, colorful, totally boss and includes copious amounts of GOLD.

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A pair of huge-ass gold earrings are the cornerstone of the “around the way” girl look, and the bigger, the better:
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Here are a few more ” around the way girl ” certified accessories

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Berry Crush : FAVORITE LIPPIE

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Dark lips are huge from magazine covers to runways, and now is the time to wear the trend. Call them plum, red wine-stained, berry, burgundy or Bordeaux, this commitment lip will take a regular Winter’s day to new levels of vamp or Spring’s night into a fashionable kaleidoscope!

I’ve never really into lipsticks , but I’ve falling deeply in love with berry colors. My current favorite ir Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb.
This inexpensive beauty from Wet n Wild is a stunner. Its a deep wine shade that looks sexy and sophisticated even if your wearing a hoodie at times! At $2 this is a great way to dip your toe into the deeper shade pond don’t you think? If you don’t like it I’m sure you have a friend that will take it off your hands.

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Below are Berry Lippies that I adore

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Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Raisin Rage $7.99$

MAC Diva $15

Wet n wild Cherry Bomb $1.99

If you like deeper, darker reds definitely check out Revlon Raisin Rage! Great for fall/winter but in my case all year round :)

Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange cover ESSENCE’s May Beauty Issue! 

May 2014 marks ESSENCE Magazine’s 44th year in publication and what a way to celebrate that milestone with these three NATURAL beauties on the covers!

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“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.” – Erykah Badu

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“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.” - Ledisi

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“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.- Solange

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Erykah always makes a statement, even when she doesn’t try. This is Solange and Ledisi’s first Essence cover and the fourth for Erykah. Mark my words I WILL DEFINITELY have a career at Essence Magazine

Fashion & Style 411: Sweet $ Dolly

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I run across fellow bloggers all the time doing their thing in this fashion blogging industry . I had the pleasure of getting the 411 on another fashionista who’s style makes me want to step my game up. Glowers meet Sweet $ Dolly on FB, she’s so humble and down to earth. Sweet $ Dolly style is classy but risky with just the right amount of sass and edge. I got the chance to chat and ask this beauty some questions , here goes ….ENJOY

Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION?

As a child growing up, my mother always kept me in the loop of whatever was wearing. However, at the age of 16 is when I found my own sense of style.

Question 2 : Do you have a signature STYLE? 

my signature style is classic 80′s with a modern twist.

Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER?

Chanel

Question 4 : Who is your current STYLE crush? 

Kim kardashian is my current style crush, because she has this classic look and beauty that reminds me of Marilyn Monroe, Elisabeth Taylor etc… 

Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display?

I choose my outfit depending on the event. I always have a look in mind for whatever event I’m attending

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Im sure y’all LOVING her style and fashion sense just like I am. Make sure you like her page on FB

Beauty on a Budget

Im BACK …..YAYYY!
So this is my first time giving you glowers a dupes post. So I decided that this post will be dedicated to all my favorite MAC dupes! For those of you who don’t know, MAC is a brand of professional-quality cosmetics known for its insanely huge selection of colors. Unfortunately, with all that awesomeness comes some pretty high prices as well. Although there are some MAC products that cannot be duplicated and are worth the splurge, I’ve found tons of great drugstore alternatives to others!

As always, please keep in mind that prices and availability are subject to change depending on when and where you buy. It’s also important to remember than the pictures you’ll see below are not a completely accurate representation of the colors of these products. So if you see two items that do not look like a match here at all, I promise they do in real life!

With that all out of the way, let’s go ahead and jump into everything!

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This shade of lipstick is definitely my go to lippie for everyday wear, it’s completely stunning! If you’re looking for a dark lipstick perfect for all year round , there is nothing better to me than Black Cherry…or Dark Side if you’d like to splurge a little more.

The Original: MAC Lipstick in Dark Side- $15
Drugstore Dupe: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry- $ 8

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When you speak of Mac Heroine it eckos the room. I recently purchased this amazing color that I have been eyeing for sometime now . A Great and accurate dupe I have for yall  is Miss Violet ( left) and MAC Heroine ( the color to the right). Same shade, different textures.  is a Fall Limited Edition and might be hard to find. Sounds like Miss Violet Intrigue and Heroine have something in common besides color, you can’t find neither, no where (Heroine stays sold out).

The Original : MAC Heroine $16
Drugstore Dupe : Miss Violet Intrigue

When wearing a full face makeup it is important to use a setting spray to help set and hold makeup in place. The setting spray helps to improve makeup wearability and prevent color from running and fading.

A very popular setting spray is one from MAC called Fix plus. It’s an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi.

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Elf cosmetics offers a more affordable setting spray called Makeup Mist & Set. This invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients: Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C, & E.

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The Original : MAC Fix Plus $21
Dupe : Elf Makeup Mist & Set $3

When trying them out I noticed that both held up equally and my makeup held in place all night.

The whole  beauty dupe culture is one of those moments that you need a sharp eye, keen sense of BS and tight budget. It’s so easy to get caught up thinking you are saving money by buying a duplicate of a high product, when actuality, its not even a close color, texture and doesn’t work nothing like the real thing. I love dupes but here is some advice, USE GOOGLE. Seriously, do the research and find bloggers, vloggers, sites that have swatches or reviews on the real product and duped one if you are UNSURE of a supposed dupe.

Thanks for taking the time to GLOW,
Tesha Sherie