Must Have: Celebrating Earth Day in Style with Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Happy Earth day! What better way to celebrate our mother earth than with sustainable and eco-friendly jewelry? Alberto Parada jewelry has most recently been seen on eco-conscious starlets like Jessica Alba and Kristin Connolly and is gaining much popularity in Hollywood (seen on Audrina Patridge, Kiernan Shipka, Victoria Justice, and Annalynne McCord to name a few). All pieces are made from reclaimed gold, fair trade gems, and conflict free diamonds. Alberto Parada jewelry is also part of the No Dirty Gold Campaign, which is an international campaign that is working to ensure that gold mining operations respect human rights and the environment. Alberto’s pieces range from $250 to $10,000; depending on the cut, style, and stone/diamond type. These pieces are perfect for the stylish trendsetter who also lives an eco-conscious lifestyle. Alberto Parada’s eco-friendly jewelry will give you a touch of glamour, while keeping you true to your sustainably driven lifestyle. I mean, could we ask for more?

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Man Crush Monday: Taylor Kinney

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He plays a hunky firefighter on TV, stars in a movie with Kate Upton, and might be marrying Lady Gaga?? No wonder Taylor Kinney is on our radar as a definite Man Crush…

This sexy actor and model is best known for his role as Lieutenant Kelly Severide on NBC’s Chicago Fire. He bravely saves the day in almost every episode and looks absolutely dreamy in his firefighter uniform–how could we not be crushing?

Kinney looks equally as sexy in Lady Gaga’s music video for her hit song You and I. (Okay, it was the most bizarre 6 minutes of our lives, but a nude Kinney made it worth it!) The real-life couple, Mother Monster and Kinney, have been stirring up rumors this week about their immanent engagement, too!

So could this Man Crush be tying the not soon? I guess we’ll wait and see…In the meantime, don’t miss him in the upcoming Cameron Diaz comedy, The Other Woman. Did we mention Kate Upton guest-stars? Geez, who knew one movie could have this much sex-appeal??

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That Fashion Thing: Hindi Bindi

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 Coachella is known as a place where people can express their individuality and showcase their individual style and fashion sense. In fact, the music festival has become the breeding ground for fashion trends and has given “festival wear” (flower crowns, floral maxi dresses, head dress, fringe, etc) a place in the mainstream fashion world, making it extremely cool to dress like this year around. Around Coachella season, celebrities showcase their best festival style and often blaze the way for many fashion trends to come. So what’s this year’s trend? Bindis. A bindi seems to be a trend that is making its rounds quickly; coming and going often throughout the last 20 years. During the peak of Slumdog Millionaire and the trend of “Bollywood”, we saw bindi’s being worn often throughout Hollywood. However, even before then, Gwen Stefani was one of the first to adorn a bindi in the 90′s. Now, we have seen celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens (queen of Coachella – all hail the queen), Selena Gomez, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and Sarah Hyland sport the third eye trend, giving it fame once again. However, this has not sat well with many people, due to the fact that a bindi is often associated with a cultural or religious statement and carries many significance in Eastern cultures. Followers of the starlets commented on their Instagram photos, taking offense and asking them to stop appropriating other cultures, while others gawked in amusement at their fav celeb’s Coachella style, probably writing comments of admiration as they scurry to the store to emulate the look. Elizabeth Licata wrote an article on the bindi trend, taking a stab at it by saying, ”This year, everyone is wearing bindis. No Fashion Woodstock costume is complete without a little cultural appropriation.” Lastly, even Dennys took a stab at the trend, posting to their Twitter to say, “The best Coachella look is french toast remnants all over yr face while not appropriating any other cultures.” Ouch.

So what are your thoughts on this trend? Cute or just rude?

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Must Have Monday: Color Me Bluer

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Get ready - Bluer denim is becoming one of the most innovative and consumer focused denim brands we have seen yet. Not even a year old, they started off on Kickstarter.com and have evolved into a premium, direct-to-consumer, and environmentally conscious brand that’s made authentically in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Designed in Oregon, made in Georgia and North Carolina with hardware pieces produced in Kentucky, the jeans are washed, sewn, and assembled in Los Angeles, making them 100% American. They are  affordable, starting at $98 and come in a variety of washes and fits. In addition, Bluer has a Buy-One, Give-One philanthropic initiative in which customers are encouraged to donate a pair of their used jeans for a credit towards their next purchase.

Bluer denim has continued to pioneer the way in the denim industry with the release of it’s Home Try-On service. This service allows customers to choose up to three pairs of jeans in any style, wash, or size and have them delivered to their home to try on for free. Think of it as an “in home trial”. The customer is given 7 days from product reciept to make a purchase decision and payment is only required for the product they choose to keep. After deciding which products the customer does not want, they simply send the products back to Bluer in a prepaid shipping box. Shipping to the customer and back to Bluer are completely free. No charges will be made to the customer’s card unless a purchase is made or if the customer fails to return a product following the 21-day grace period.

Home Try-On, or HTO as we call it, is a revolutionary step forward for the denim consumer; many shoppers are put off by a crowded store environment and the stress and pressure to make an immediate decision. Shoppers like to have a trusted second opinion from a friend, husband, wife or partner who will validate their choice- now with Bluer’s HTO service, shoppers can and will take their time, feel 100% confident that they have made the right decision with their purchase and only be charged for the products they choose to keep”.

The HTO service is available for all women’s and men’s jeans and jackets at bluerdenim.com. Happy shopping!

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What to Wear Wednesday: Bewitched Boho

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Dorthy Perkins Kimono: $69

Nasty Gal Shorts: $48

Top Shop Bandeau Top: $24

2B Bebe disc belt- $9.95

Top Shop Necklace: $30

Kurt Geiger Sandals: $140

That Fashion Thing: Take A Walk on the Wide Side in Wide Leg Pants

Get your 70′s on and slip into a pair of effortless wide leg trousers. Seen in designer’s spring and fall collections, the anti-skinny jean is perfect for all occasions. From work to the beach, you can dress up or down these “I-look-cool-without-trying-too-hard” pants and be totally glamorous for any occasion. There are many different styles and fits: relaxed, tailored, floor sweeping, and fluid; we love them all.

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Obsessed: Going Green for Spring

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So, it looks like the grass is in fact greener on the other side-in hair world. From Katy Perry to Kylie Jenner, the green hair fad is picking up some serious traction. Most people were a little apprehensive about a color that reminds them of their childhood days in the pool, leaving their hair a pukey-green color courtesy of the chlorine, but who knew green could be so cool? We did. Katy Perry mentioned a little while back that she wanted to dye her hair a “slime green” for spring and we were overly excited to see it. First of all, can Katy Perry do any wrong when it comes to hair color? Uhm, no. She has dyed her hair every color in the rainbow and rocked every single look. Second, when we actually saw it on her we were pleasantly surprised by how chic she made it look. She opted to keep her bangs and roots black and dyed the rest of her tresses what she has dubbed “slime green”. Lastly, when we saw Kylie Jenner follow suit and dye her ends green for Coachella, we definitely knew this was a trend that was “obsessed” worthy. There are many different shades of green to play around with, so why not freshen up for spring and have some fun with your hair? Is this a hair color you think you will be joining in on ?

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Must Have Monday: The Jayden Moto Cuff Boot by The Frye Company

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Recently spotted on Chanel Iman at Coachella, the Jayden Moto Cuff boot is our #MustHaveMonday (and honestly, Tuesday through Sunday). A biker boot is a wardrobe staple and The Frye Company gets it right with the perfect pair of moto boots. Available in black or green, these buckled beauties look perfect with just about any outfit. 100% leather and accented with stones, zippers, buckles, stones, and a wooden drum for an antique look, these are worth every penny. Priced at $348.00, you can get yours at The Frye Company.

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MTV Movie Awards 2014: Highlights of the Best of the Best

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In case you missed the MTV Movie Awards, there were some things that went down that night that you need to know about, so we are going to break it down for you…you’re welcome in advance.

1. Probably the best thing to ever happen at the MTV Movie Awards, Zac Efron goes topless. In honor of his Best Shirtless Romance win, Rita Ora rips off Efron’s shirt, exposing his chiseled abs for the world to see. Thank you Rita.

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2. And probably the cutest thing to ever happen at the MTV Movie Awards, grumpy cat rocks a sidways-wearing Pharrell hat. Uhm, #adorable.

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3.  Of course the MTV Movie awards wouldn’t be the same without a little incest, so Seth Rogen tongue kissing his fake mom is our 3rd highlight of the night.

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4. Jordana Brewster introduced a touching tribute to Paul Walker that left everyone in the audience (and at home) teary eyed.

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5. Johnny Depp presented the final award of the night for movie of the year…in a ripped hat. We are not sure if this is a fashion trend that Mr. Depp is spearheading or just a fashion mishap, but we found ourselves more amused by his hat than the award he was presenting.

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6. Mark Wahlberg accepted the Generation award and his speech left us wondering if he was happy to receive it or a tad resentful. Complete with a ton of F-bombs, Wahlberg gave a touching speech (yes, that’s sarcasm) by saying “This is the ‘you’re too fucking old to come back award,” he told the crowd. “This is ‘you’re fucking done.’ But you know what? It was a great run.” He then proceeds to get emotional and as the audience cheered him on, he then tells the cheering crowd to “Shut the fuck up.” It was all really sweet.

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Man Crush Monday: Nicholas D’Agosto

Why, hello hottie! Looks like the newest cast member of How I Met Your Dad is quite the hunk. Nicholas D’Agosto has been announced as the series’ newest regular and will be playing the role of Frank, who apparently has a decent crush on Greta Gerwig’s character. The winner for this week’s MCM is also on Masters of Sex as a regular and held a prominent role in the popular comedy Fired Up.

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The 33-year-old Nebraska native has been making waves since his appearance in Final Destination 5 in 2011. Since then he’s worked on Fired Up, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Heroes, The Office, Breakout Kings and Review, among other shows. D’Agosto seems to have the odds in his favor as work piles up as demand for him increases.

Let’s hope that means we get to see this dreamy face far more often.  ;)

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