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January 30, 2015

Meet O.C.C.

If you weren’t already aware, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (O.C.C.) is a super cool cosmetics company and I want to give you guys a quick down-low. O.C.C. is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand. It was founded in 2004 by a New York City makeup artist, David Klasfeld. His motivation to create this brand was his desire to feed the needs of makeup artists who craved more options in color, texture and selection.

After using these products, I think Klasfeld has succeeded in his mission. They felt completely innovative!

I especially love that they have lip tars in four styles: primer, matte, metallic and stained gloss.

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Matte Lip Tar in Hoochie

 

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Matte Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

You need barely any product and the application is flawless. Just apply a little to the back of your hand from the tube and apply to your lips with a lip brush or finger.

 

They also have extremely creamy, quick and easy application colour pencils. They can be used as multi-purpose products. Here I wear it as a lip color and as an eyeliner.

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Colour Pencil in NSFW

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Colour Pencil in Pool Boy

Mahal,
Bella

We don’t highlight accessories often in our picks of the week, but this bucket bag is too good to pass up. Can’t you see yourself with this little thing slung over your shoulder? We can!

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Why we love it:

Use it any season. We love the look of this bag because it’s so versatile. Both the Black and the Cognac colors fit right into winter, but also totally transition into your go-to summer bag.

The size is perfect. It isn’t too big that you can’t take it on a hike, but it isn’t so small that you can’t fit anything in it. Load this baby up with all your must-haves, pop it over your shoulder and be on your way.

The details. The bucket-like shape of this bag goes well with boho styles and biker-chic alike. Plus the golden hardware and the playful tassel? You can’t go wrong.

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We’re in the middle of January, and we can’t stop our obsession with coats and jackets. So when we saw this peplum moto jacket, we had to show it off. It’s too cute not to!

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 Why we love it:

The coated finish. We love that this jacket is coated to give it a sleek leathery look. It enhances the cool moto vibe and gives the jacket an edgy, on-trend texture.

The girly peplum. The ruffled peplum hem adds a flirty, feminine touch that’s so perfect for this jacket — it adds a light-hearted finish that balances the edgy moto style. Not to mention it hits at just the right spot to highlight your waist!

Plus, this jacket also comes in a creamy ivory color — it’s perfect for spring!

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Happy New Year! Did you guys make resolutions for 2015? If your goals have anything to do with fitness, then we have just the thing for you: A pretty yoga mat!

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teal geo yoga mat | mauve geo yoga mat

Why we love it:

It’s practical. If you’re like us, you’ve resolved to be a little more active this year. And what better way to start than with some yoga? It’s fun to do with friends or easy to just grab your mat and do some stretches right in your room at home.

It’s pretty! Have you ever seen a yoga mat this cool? Didn’t think so. We love the fun geo print and the appealing color choices. If we’d get any yoga mat, it’d be one of these!

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Looking for the perfect winter coat without breaking the bank? Check out my top three picks to top off your style without breaking the bank:

1. Houndstooth Wool Blend Mac Coat
This Topman single-breasted blended coat is the perfect blend between retro and modern fashion. I love the black-and-white woven design and double cuffs.

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2. Single Breasted Hooded Coat
Opting for a simple-but-sporty look? Try out this Black Rivet hooded coat. I personally love peacoats with hoods because they add a casual feel to your look.

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3. Herringbone Shooting Jacket
Last but not least, my favorite: the Brown Kane & Unke Jacket. This jacket adds a touch of class to your everyday look. The convertible stand collar and wooden buttons really make the brown underlay pop.

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Stay warm and stay stylish,
- James

December 20, 2014

Caroline’s Guide to Gifting

While the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift can be exciting and fun, it can also be a bit stressful, especially when you have six different besties (like me) who all have completely different personalities. Oh ’tis the season for givin’!

1. Techy Chick
We all know (and love) this girl. She’s constantly on her phone tweeting every detail of her life and her hunt for the latest and greatest apps can come quite in handy. No doubt she’s had a couple run-ins in the school halls while updating her profile pic but, hey—if she’s happy, we’re happy.

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Portable Charger | Tote | Beanie | Graphic Tee | Phone Case |

2.Girly Gal
This girl gets ready for school every day and struts through the halls like they’re her runway. Anything pink and sparkly is a must and if the lip gloss ain’t poppin’ she’ll be stoppin’ (to re-apply of course).

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Tech Gloves | Vintage Notebooks | Fur Scarf | Pearl Necklace | Black Flats |

3.Boho Babe
And lastly we have the boho chick. She loves outdoor concerts, long hikes in the forest and can always be expected to have the coolest new indie jams playing on her iPod. But don’t be mistaken, this gal’s effortless hipster wardobe doesn’t come without some…well…effort.

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Fedora | Infinity Scarf | Flash Tattoos | Leather Bracelet | Round Sunnies |

See, finding the perf gift isn’t as hard as you thought. Just remember, it’s the thought that really counts and when in doubt, give ‘em food, haha. :) Happy hunting!

Yours truly,
Caroline

Lately I have noticed that the oversized, boxy cut is taking over all aspects of clothing. Lightweight boyfriend jackets have become a major fashion statement, and I found two from ASTR that I particularly love.

1. This jacket is just above knee-length, and has an oversized blazer cut.

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ASTR Floral Textured Jacket

2.   This coat feels more like a extra-long cardigan, since it doesn’t have any lapels.

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ASTR Plaid Long Coat

Check out more clothing pieces by ASTR.

Mahal,
Bella

Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is just around the corner, which means we’re in the thick of family gatherings and—you guessed it—family photos. You know everyone will be in their chunky Christmas sweaters, and we love the idea of standing out from the crowd, so we have our eyes on this adorable lace top to be ready for impromptu mom-directed photos.

herolace babydoll top | $48

Why we love it:

It’s girly. We love the delicate nature of this top. The lace is supercute, the dots are fun and playful, and the swingy babydoll style is so charming.

Dress it up or down. This top is so perfect with jeans, but you can also wear it with classic black pants or a cute skater skirt for a dressier look. Trust, this guy will be your go-to top for holiday events!

Wear it all year. Because the lightness of this top, it’s also going to be great in the spring and summer! We’re adding it to our year-round wardrobes right this minute.

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Nothing screams “Christmas” like an ugly Christmas sweater and this year Nordstrom has ya’ covered. BP. is carrying a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater kit (it was this week’s shopping pick) packed with anything and everything you need to customize your very own sweater. It sounded almost too good too be true, so of course I had to check it out for myself!

What comes in the kit:

From glitter glue to mini jingle balls to adorable felt cut-outs, this kit comes with an abundance of supplies to help your inner craft diva shine and get creative.

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I started by thinking of a theme for my sweater. The saying, “Where’s Da’ Miseltoe?” kept coming to mind (misspelling intended!), so I decided to cut the words out of some white felt (it comes in the kit), then designed my sweater around that. I then allowed it to dry for 24 hours once I was done decorating it.

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Ugly Christmas sweaters can pretty much be styled any way and still look completely festive and fabulous! I styled mine with a black circle skirt, tights, and some black booties for a more dressy look—perfect for holiday parties.

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A Santa hat and some mistletoe were the icing on the cake for this holly, jolly ensemble. I was picturing Chuck Bass under my misteltoe…what hunky celeb would you guys picture under yours? Haha. :)

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If any of you guys happen to pick up this kit, post a picture on Insta and tag it #NordstromBP. I’d love to see how y’all decorate your sweaters. Happy holidays!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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You guys, Christmas is right around the corner! Our decorations are up, carols are playing and holiday parties are starting. But what’s the holiday season without an ugly Christmas sweater? If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the standard monstrosities, we have just the thing for you:

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ugly christmas sweater make-your-own sweater kit | $29

Why we love it:

It has everything. The kit includes white felt, reindeer, snowflakes, pom poms, red bows, googly eyes, ornaments, green glitter gel, jingle bells, pipe cleaners, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, sewing kit, glue, stencils — it’s like Christmas-craft heaven.

It’s a chance to use your creativity. We love the idea of sitting down and designing your own ugly sweater. Think about, you can’t go wrong! The uglier, the better.

It’s a fun activity to do with friends. Get a kit for everyone and then host an ugly-sweater-making party! Oh, what fun it is.

 

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