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LBS Fashion [London Edition]: The 90′s Trend

Across the pond in London Town, the 90’s have taken over. There’s an endless sea of denim, bomber jackets, crop tops, tie-dye and shirts tied around waists and beanies.

The 90’s marked the era of Girl Power (does a Mel C kick) - the reign of the ladies. Everyone from The Spice Girls, SWV, Salt n Pepa, Mary J Blige, TLC, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah and more. I’d definitely call the 90’s the good years – carefree fashion and great music. Here in London, we’re taking it back to the good ol’ days.


Blogger Tori West does the 90’s proud with a denim jacket, graphic tee, beanie and fun multi-coloured hair. 
Brit Blogger Kavita showcases her 90′s style with a beanie, crop top and chic rucksack.
NYC-based UK sweetheart Karen Blanchard gives 90′s grunge in a floral vintage dress and laceup platform boots.

Fellow Brit Rita Ora puts a little spin on the 90’s grunge look with a pair of heels.

The Queen of the 90’s! Now I know Rihanna isn’t from London but she rocks the 90’s trend the best in her Rihanna for River Island collection pays homage to this with denim, crop tops, shirts tied around the waist, dungarees (overalls) and carefree attitude.

The 90’s trend allows you to combine grunge and sexy, boyfriend jeans with crop tops or if you’re feeling ultra-sexy you can throw on a bralet or an oversized plaid shirt with high waisted denim shorts. There are endless options with the 90’s trend!

Will you be re-living the 90’s this season?
-Kaila Baptiste (London Contributor)

LBS Beauty Review: MAC RiRi Woo vs. Ruby Woo

mac-riri-woo-ruby-woo-reviewYou guys remember how hyped I was for the release of bad gyal Rihanna‘s very first lipstick collaboration with MAC Cosmetics, right? I practically had my shopping cart ready to go 24 hours before the grand premiere. I was one of the lucky hopefuls who scored a stick of Rihanna’s MAC RiRi Woo greatness before it sold out online only hours before going on sale.

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As a red lipstick fanatic, I’m obsessed with finding new ones to try and obsess over. And now that I have RiRi Woo in my beauty arsenal, here’s a snapshot of the main differences I see between RiRi Woo and my absolute fave MAC Ruby Woo. Check out the review below:

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So upon first glance, RiRi Woo looks VERY similar to MAC’s classic Ruby Woo. It’s a matte, highly pigmented red that works for a myriad of skin complexions. That’s what drew me to the color originally – so many recommendations from women of different shades.

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Looking at them side by side from afar they look basically identical. On the left is MAC RiRi Woo and on the right is my highly-used (I literally wear it almost daily) Ruby Woo stick.
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Upon closer inspection though, you’ll notice that RiRi Woo has a deeper tint with more bluish undertones. This works perfect for skin shades that are deeper because the color really comes through with a bold finish. Here’s a swatch of the two on my skin:

Top: RiRi Woo  Bottom: Ruby Woo

Top: RiRi Woo Bottom: Ruby Woo

Here you can see against my skin that RiRi Woo (top) is a little deeper with a bluish base. It has more of a sultry night-time feel to it.

 

RiRi Woo vs Ruby Woo
 Next up, I took pictures in both colors. Here’s how they look on (don’t mind me coloring outside the lines lol):
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Very subtle difference between the two that’s barely noticeable but there’s a difference for sure. So for those of you wondering which one works best for you (or whether to splurge on RiRi Woo once it comes back out later this summer), here’s a snapshot of what they look like.
Wearing MAC RiRi WooI’m still obsessed with my Ruby Woo. I don’t think anything can separate me from my first love. 

IMG_7614But I’ll be rocking out with Rihanna’s namesake this summer as well. I’ll probably alternate between the two. For you lovelies of different skin complexions, here are links to some of my favorite fellow bloggers doing reviews of Ruby Woo vs. RiRi Woo debate:

For deeper-skinned beauties, check out Danielle of Style & Beauty Doctor
The Glamazons also have a review featuring Glamazons Jessica and Margo
Caramel-skinned beauties, check out Melanie of OSoChic’s review
Olive-skinned ladies, check out Marisa of You Had Me at Makeup 

Would you purchase RiRi Woo? What are your red lip faves? Soundoff below!

Steal Her Chic: Rihanna in Leather & Denim Cutoffs

Rihanna is forever slaying. The Barbadian-crooner was spotted at a NBA playoff game giving life in cutoff mini shorts, a Givenchy Nappa Leather Top and Brian Atwood Isabeli gladiator pumps. Riri – who has finally wrapped up her Diamonds world tour – is the epitome of rockstar chic with this trendy, casual fit.

I especially love Rihanna’s decision to don tons of gold jewels to amp this look. She’s decked in bangles, rings and a thin necklace. Ri is her own best marketer. She added a pop of color to the look by sporting her sold-out RiRi Woo lipstick by MAC and a gorg red Céline clutch. I couldn’t even afford the clutch, but we can all steal Rihanna’s chic for much less:

- Evette Dionne
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Fierce or Foolish: Rihanna Long Hair

Everyone’s favorite Bajan pop princess Rihanna stepped out this weekend rocking a brand new hair look. She partied at a Hollywood nightclub with a luscious head of dip-dyed extensions and a siren red lip to boot.

She still has the sides shaved short. She’s giving me Cassie vibes with this new hair. And I absolutely love the color. It’s a nice subtle honey/caramel. I love Rihanna’s edge but I think she looks so sweet with long hair!

Sidebar: Can we talk about how I need this patterned drop-waist dress in my life? So cute! Gonna have to do a Steal Her Chic for this look. 
Thoughts on Rihanna’s new hair? Fierce or Foolish?

Source: The Sun

Cover Girls: Rihanna for VOGUE Magazine

Earlier this morning (round 6am), everyone’s favorite bad girl Rihanna posted a sneak peek at her VOGUE November 2012 cover story to her Instagram. She’s spotted in a cornfield giving a vampy red lace moment. The cover was shot by fashion photographer extraordinaire Annie Leibovitz (thanks, Fashionista, for the tip). 
1) I can’t wait to see this full spread. 2) I’m hyped about her next album dropping this November. 3) Is she rocking the hell out of this pixie cut or what?
Thoughts on the cover?

UPDATE (10/15): Peep pics from the full spread below!

Source: Vogue.com

LBS Runway Report: Nicole Miller Spring 2013

If Rebecca Minkoff was aiming for luxe and tropical glow with her showing, Nicole Miller was the perfect contrast. Her “good girl meets bad” collection is stunning. There’s no denying that. Who can resist a leather and floral combo? 
But we usually don’t think tailored bombers and denim trenches when we visualize our spring wardrobes. Maybe that was Nicole Miller’s goal. If so, mission accomplished. 

She proved her point with the juxtaposition of Rihanna-esque downtown edge with uptown elegance. It seems impossible. But clearly, Nicole Miller nailed it!

From the sleeveless leather tops to black peplum skirts with wedding trains, Nicole’s “Batteries Not Included” collection is wearable, versatile and full of surprises. Keeping up with the androgynous trend this season, silhouettes varied in Miller’s showing. I especially adored the pleated navy shorts paired with a crop top decked in geometric shapes. Other notable pieces included a floral print dress with a tailored leather jacket and pleated shorts.

Nicole Miller’s reputation for creating collections that are original, wearable and sophisticated is still intact after this showing.
Thoughts on the collection?
- Evette Dionne