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twice a year models, editors, bloggers, and fashionistas alike swarm to paris to see the most legendary fashion houses reveal their latest couture collections . couture shows of the past were known for their over the top and often magical qualities, however the shows of today tend to be less shock and more awh... think ready to wear with more lace and sparkles rather than made to order works of art . nevertheless, the fashion gods (and goddesses) did not disappoint and still presented an array of beautiful options for fall . the color trends throughout the shows were mauve, navy, and black . jean paul gaultier and givenchy had the most unique (and in my opinion couture like) collections . jean paul gaultier also joined elie saab and chanel in displaying mega gowns to close out their shows (my personal favorite coming from elie saab) . now that the latest couture fashion week has come to a close you can view some of my favorite pieces below .

atelier versace

elie saab

(left to right)
chanel  .  elie saab  .  jean paul gaultier

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atelier versace displayed a stunning collection during their fall 2012 couture show . hannah wahmer brought retro back in the july issue of vogue taiwan . and lauren rippingham starred in a colorful cover for the 13th edition of aussie magazine 'karen' 


eva doll lounges poolside and makes a splash for friday magazine while sporting the latest trends . one of which appears to be mirrored sunglasses as they were also spotted this week here and here .


we got to go behind the scenes with models anja rubik, saskia de brauw, and sui he at a photo shoot for the fall 2012 karl by karl lagerfeld campaign, photographed by none other than karl himself . 

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fashion site motilo has teamed up with net-a-porter.com to give away an amazing shopping spree . click on this link and supply your name, email, and country for your chance to win . the contest ends july 10th when one lucky girl (or boy) will be chosen at random . p.s. you must be at least 18 to participate .
good luck! 

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those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty . we must be free not because we proclaim freedom, but because we practice it . freedom is nothing but a chance to be better . it is what we do with our freedom that will ultimately make the difference .

karolina kurkova . vogue spain . january 2011
view the full editorial here

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yes, i know i'm a bit late but better late than never right . below you'll find the wonderful goodies that  were hidden in my birchbox delivery for the month of june . if you're unfamiliar with birchbox you can learn all about it in my original post here .  

{ melvita floral rose water }
an organic mist that works both as a light toner and a mid-day skin refresher

{ juliette has a gun not a perfume }
a minimalist scent that features a single ambery note

{ cynthia rowley dress up band aids }
stylish designer band-aids to keep you looking great even during lifes little emergencies

{ thebalm staniac in beauty queen }
a two-in-one cheek and lip stain whose sheer gel formula delivers a subtle long wearing flush

{ masqueology pore minimizing mask }
a sheet mask that minimizes pores while amping up your skins moisture levels

junes birchbox was devoted to products that will indulge your inner jetsetter and prepare you for all of your summer travels . my box included a great variety of goodies to keep me looking beautiful before, during, and after my travels . also kudos to birchbox for including a full $15 box of the cynthia rowley designer bandaids rather than just enclosing a few to try . once again my birchbox subscription more than pays for itself . if you'd like to become a part of the club click here
until next month xoxo

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floyd grey is a twenty-one year old malaysian graduate of the dasein academy of art . in addition to fashion illustration he also specializes in photography and photo manipulation, although it has been his fashion illustrations that have garnered him the most attention thus far (after previewing his work below you'll quickly see why) . his simple yet perfectly detailed lines prove sometimes less is indeed more reminding me at times of the late works of patrick nagel . i see many good things to come from floyd as he sets out to make a name for himself amongst the next generation of the fashion art worlds creme de le creme . to learn more about the new kid on the scene, view his portfolio here or follow his blog here .

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hooray... my first box from birchbox has finally arrived . if you're wondering what birchbox is, it's a the best way to discover new beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products. each month birchbox delivers a variety of high end sample products to your door for you to try. the products they send are customized for you according to the beauty profile you fill out upon joining . although the monthly fee of $10 is quite reasonable to receive a box filled with surprises each month, i have to admit i was a little skeptical on how long i would keep the service since the items they send are samples and generally when you receive a 'sample' it's not usually enough to really decide if you truly like a product . after receiving just one box, i'm hooked . the samples are more like travel size versions of the products, definitely enough to decide whether you want to invest in a full size version or not . added perks are free shipping on full size versions of each months featured items, plus you can earn free products by receiving points for purchasing items or giving reviews on your monthly samples. 

whether you're a blogger, beauty addict, or just a girl who loves to get surprises you should definitely get on board. birchbox is the latest greatest thing so unfortunately there's a waiting list to join the club, but you can check things out and add your name to the list here.

now let's see what's inside... 
{ miss dior eau de parfum }
a gorgeous bouquet of floral notes deepened by a touch of patchouli

{ kerastase age premium masque substantif }
a deep conditioning treatment with hyaluronic acid to add suppleness and shine

{ algenist firming & lifting cream }
a sophisticated moisturizer that uses an exclusive microalgae compound to boost skins elasticity

{ kerastase age premium bain substantif }
an action-packed shampoo that fortifies hair against damage using uv filters and hyaluronic acid

{ dior diorshow extase }
a glam mascara whose unique ceramide complex helps fortify your lashes while adding volume and length

{ birchbox notecards }
fun moden stationery . xoxo

i'm already a fan of miss dior and have the full version amongst my perfume collection, and am one of the few people who gets great joy sending real mail rather than email so the notecard couldn't be more perfect! as for the other items i'm looking forward to giving them a try and sharing my findings with all of you. and of course i'm already anxiously awaiting next months box of surprises. if you're a birchbox member i'd love to hear what was in your may box and if you're not, what are you waiting for?!?!

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whether it's for having an astonishing career that has passed the 20 year mark with no end in site, still being one of the most sought after faces in the industry, breaking the color boundaries for herself and models of color to follow, or being one of the very few models to walk every runway and book every campaign, naomi campbell will always be known as a legend in the world of fashion . in honor of the supermodels 42nd birthday i've put together some of my favorite images from her illustrious career .

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shortly before turning forty naomi showed the world that she's still a force to be reckoned with . while recreating photographer jean paul goudes iconic grace jones image, campbell (with a little help from marc jacobs) proves both her body and ability to pose are still amongst the best in the business. one only wonders what this amazing woman will unveil when approaching the golden age of 50 .  

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Whether it's for inspiration or decoration, these are nine books every fashion lover should have in their collection . I'm always on the look out for new books to add to my collection so if you have a favorite that's not on the list, do share .
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best on a budget

let's face it... every girl wants to look like a total babe on the beach come summer but not every girl can afford the high prices of this seasons most coveted suts, so this weeks swim-spiration is for all my girls who are on a budget . this weeks guide features the seasons hottest styles that won't break the bank . these suits are priced unbelievably well (not to mention smokin' hot) and are selling out quick! get them while you can . xoxo

1) mesh stud monokini . $68

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