Prom Inspiration

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*cues “The Night Is Still Young” by Nicki Minaj*

Well, after all the preparation for my senior prom, I can actually say that I enjoyed myself. It took some time to curate the perfect look and have my date match it, but everything came together in the end.

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“Korean Royalty” was the inspiration behind my look for prom. (I have always been inspired by the creativity of Korean culture and how fashion-forward their style is.) My date opted for a bright red dress with a chic neckline and finished with all-gold accessories to really embody the royal image I was aiming for.

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Black, gold and red were my signature colors. They are so vibrant and made me feel like a king! My blazer featured a gold foil design over black velour fabric. The blazer originally came with a black velour lapel, but due to my indecisiveness I changed it to black satin THREE days before prom (compliments of my wonderful grandmother!). It was a risk bringing these different prints together and trying to match colors, but what is life without challenges, right?

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Prom was truly a night to remember (the event itself, as well as my outfit… lol)! I’m so thankful for everyone who helped bring my fashion vision to life. Below are a few fun iPhone images:

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What a great way to celebrate the end of my time in high school. I hope your prom was stylish and fun, too!

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Last-Minute Prom-spiration

Hello, hello everyone! Prom season is here and while some of you have your prom looks all locked down, some of you might be scrambling for a little last-minute glamour. I put together three different looks that will have you looking gorgeous for your big night—with a minimum of stress!

Look 1: This first look was inspired by my school’s prom theme this year, Red Carpet. I love this dress for its fun and glamorous vibe, as well as its ability to make a statement. Because, after all, isn’t that what the red carpet is all about?

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Dress | Pumps | Earrings

Look 2: Up next I have the perfect mix of elegance and individuality. I could envision this look on a more bohemian girl who wants a fun way to showcase her sense of personal style. This look also just happens to be my fave.

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Dress | Shoes | Clutch

Look 3: For this last look, I put together a bold and funky ensemble with a bit of edge. I’m completely obsessed with this black mesh dress. It’s an effortless combination of being understated yet making a statement at the same time.

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Dress | Pumps | Clutch

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Bella Goes to Prom

This past weekend was my senior prom, and I want to share what my friends and I wore.

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Many girls go the more glamorous route and get their hair and makeup done, but my friends and I enjoy doing our own makeup. So we did it ourselves and saved a lot of money, too!

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Mahal,
Bella

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Prom is right around the corner. You’ve got your dress, but how are you going to do your makeup?  My best friend, Kenya, is a great makeup artist, and she volunteered to show you how to do a glam gold eye that’s perfect for prom.

Step 1: Prime eyelid with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer

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Step 2: Apply a dark brown shadow (Urban Decay’s “Darkhorse is a great choice) on the outer corner of the eyelid and in the crease of the lid, blend thoroughly.

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Step 3: Place gold glitter (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow Beige ) is a great choice to complete this look.) on the inner part of the eye and the center.

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Step 4: Apply mascara to your own eyelashes, or apply false lashes for volume.

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Step 5: Look GOLDEN!

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Even if you’re not attending prom, this look is perfect for any future event that requires a touch of subtle glamor. Hope you like it!

Photos by Kenya Thomas

– James

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Everyone loves having their makeup done for special occasions, but I am one of the few who actually enjoy doing my makeup.

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Brows:
“Faint” from the Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette

Eyeshadow:
Lid- “Naked 2″ from Naked Basics Palette
Crease- “Mugshot” from Urban Decay ‘Naked3′ Palette
Outer corner- “Darkside” from Naked3 Palette
Inner corner-  “Venus” from Naked Basics Palette
Lips: “Velvet Teddy” from MAC Matte Lipstick

For most looks, a variation of a smoky eye is a safe bet. I went without liner and added a defined highlight to contrast the dark shadows.

Check out the Nordstrom library of beauty how-to videos for some great how-to videos for the smoky eye and other prom-night looks.

Mahal,
Bella

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Style for Guys: Prom Jackets

It’s that time of year again: prom! I’ve put together a three-part series to get you ready for your night, and this post is all about finding the right blazer.

The Edge
Whether you’re attending your prom solo or going with a date who is wearing a solid color, you can add some edge to your look with one of these blazers. One of the easiest ways to jazz up your prom look is by wearing a blazer that puts a witty twist on  traditional style.

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Blue Skinny Fit Tuxedo Jacket | 2 Faux Leather & Wool Sport Coat  | 3 Animal Print Suit Jacket  | 4  Tartan Check Blazer

 

The Basics
Not into the edgy prom look? No problem. These traditional blazers are a great choice for prom and easy to match with your date’s dress. The traditional cut looks great on most guys, but if you’re curious about fit, I included a chart below to help you figure out which fit is best for you. 

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Textured Tuxedo Jacket | 2 Grey Jacket | 3 Camel Suit Jacket | 4 Off White Tuxedo Jacket

 

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Check back next week for part two of the Style for Guys: Prom Edition series.

– James

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I love to use minimal, versatile pieces as the foundation of my wardrobe. I often find that if I buy a simple dress, I can accessorize it in a variety of ways and it becomes almost unrecognizable with each new twist.

For example, here is a simple navy dress:

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JS Boutique Strapless Ruched Chiffon Gown

Look 1: Edgy
For an edgy look, I would wear ear cuffs or ear crawlers. They lend a subtle edge factor without committing to something totally out there, like a crazy statement necklace.

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Topshop Rhinestone Ear CuffBaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Ear Crawlers

Look 2: Feminine and Flirty
For a feminine, flirtatious look I would accessorize with jewelry that has color in it—maybe even with a floral motif.

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BP. Fan Statement Necklace | BP. Fringed Statement Necklace

Look 3: Boho
For a boho look, I would accessorize with a lot of layers. Texture is your friend when it comes to the ’70s-retro trend.

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Topshop Tassel Drop Layered Necklace | BaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Fringe Bib Necklace

I hope I gave you some good ideas to polish your prom look to perfection.

Mahal,
Bella

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Recently, wearing a matching set or two-piece has become a major trend. Lily Collins and Taylor Swift are two celebrities who are well known for wearing a two-pieces to red carpet events.

This year Sherri Hill has been the main brand (that I’ve noticed) to really commit to designing two-pieces for glamorous events. Here are two of my favorites:

If you have a more girly and flirtatious style, I would totally tell you to rock this awesome chiffon, “tu-tu esque” maxi skirt with the matching embellished top.

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Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Tank & Chiffon Skirt

 If you have a more edgy and boho style, like myself, this slick maxi skirt and detailed, embellished top are a great choice.

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Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Halter Tank & Jersey Skirt

Mahal,
Bella

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What to Wear: Winter Formal


While watching “Gossip Girl” and searching the deep depths of my mom’s closet, I came across this lovely maxi skirt. I immediately imagined myself wearing it to a glamourous event like the MET Gala. Since the holiday season is arriving soon, I thought I would give you guys some inspiration.

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Mahal,
Bella

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Prom Part II: Mega-Glam

At my first prom, I went for classic elegance. But this prom had a Great Gatsby theme, so I wanted to go all-out glam. After all, it’s my senior year, so why not?!

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I’m not normally a very sparkly person. Most of the time, I prefer to keep things simple. I’m  also extremely particular when it comes to beading and sequins. I think it’s too easy for embellishment to come across as gaudy or tacky. However, I fell in love with this beaded silk gown from Sean Collection. The gown manages to be eye-catching without being completely over the top, and it made me feel gorgeous. I completed the look with voluminous curls and a Givenchy crystal necklace. Zbyszek looked pretty handsome, too, I suppose, but I think I stole the show. Haha.

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Aiyanna looked beautiful in this raspberry gown that she designed and constructed herself. She probably would’ve still managed to look amazing in a trash bag, though.

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Here’s a cute snapshot of the whole group. All the girls looked absolutely gorgeous and the guys looked dashingly dapper. I was an especially big fan of Marisa’s Adrianna Papell gown (far right); it was the perfect modern take on the dance’s Gatsby-glam theme.

I hope you girls all had an amazing of time at your proms. I know I did!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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