Your Sunday Strategy for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection

April 18, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

Judging from the throngs of people parked outside NYC’s Bryant Park Grill at 5:30 am yesterday for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target preview sale, getting your hands on a giraffe printed shift dress this Sunday could get dicey if you don’t plan ahead. As fans of the Palm Beach-prepster brand are well aware by now, the 250 piece collection, which includes everything from gold-plated swizzle sticks to jumpsuits emblazoned with palm fronds, will be available online and in all Target stores starting in the early morning hours on Sunday (April 19) . Here’s how to maximize your chances for getting some of the cheery loot before it all sells out:

1. Do your homework. It’s a good idea to check out the entire Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook before Sunday. Figure out what you need, what you want, and which items are your top priority (and most likely to sell out quickly). Print up the pictures and bring them with you as a focus object. The last thing you need is to get distracted by $ 1 Hello Kitty socks at the front of the store.

2. Think brick and mortar. Sure, all the merch is available online but do you remember what happened the last time they had one of these rabidly anticipated launches? In 2011, demand for the Missoni for Target collections caused such a frenzy, the site crashed multiple times. I don’t know about you but nothing frustrates me more than an unconsummated online shopping experience. Your best bet, IMHO, is to pile in your car with three of your best girlfriends and hit up a store that’s slightly off the beaten path. When the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection launched in 2013, I traveled to the Southington, CT store and cleaned house.

3. Do not stop at Starbucks. Seriously, how much do you really need that Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte? Enough to miss out on a $ 38 floral sheath that usually fetches $ 180? Or a Lilly beach chair that costs just $ 60? Most Target stores open around 8 am and the early birds gets the swizzle sticks. Did I mention the home goods are my favorite part of the collection? The ceramic mugs on the gold caddy are adorbs.

4. Set your alarm. No Target for 100 miles? If you have no other choice but to shop online, make sure you set up a Target charge account well before Sunday so that all of your mailing info and credit card numbers are good to go before game day. The collection becomes available in the “early morning hours” according to Target spokeswoman Stephanie Celenza.

5.  Bring your daughter. Let’s be honest: It’s a bold move for anyone over 12 to wear a bright green jumpsuit covered in palm fronds. A 6-year-old, on the other hand, looks nothing if not adorable in a full body assault of Pulitzer. Since you only have 14 days to return items from this collection (Target’s normal return policy is 30 days) bring along your child to make sure you get the right sizes.

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The Future Is Now: You Can Get a 3D Printed Model of Your Selfie

Paging Kim Kardashian—your selfie-filled book rolling out today just might have some competition: In a move that could possibly one-up the star’s Instagram game, you now have the ability to create a 3D-printed model of your own selfie. Computer vision companies Dacuda and Volumental have partnered to develop an app that will capture a three-dimensional rendering of your face, which will then be printed and transformed into a head model that can fit into the palm of your hand. Pretty cool, and only slightly creepy, right?

After taking a video of a 360-view of your face, the app plots out a depth cloud of the shape, then maps the texture and coloring accordingly. Right away, you’ll get a digital model to use as an avatar or for games, which can then be 3D printed.

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As of right now, the app is still in its developmental phase, and its creators have more in mind for it than creating an IRL feed of your most double-tapped shots. “Imagine purchasing perfectly-fitting eyeglasses or helmets from home, or starring in your favorite computer game, all as a result of a 3D head model that you captured on your tablet,” says Caroline Walerud, Volumental CEO. “As this app becomes available on tablets, we will see a number of customizable products that vastly demonstrate how 3D technology can change the products we use every day.”

The concept is pretty cool, but to be honest, we’re not completely sure what we’d do with a 3D printed rendering of our own face—aside from displaying it on our mantle, or maybe swapping it with the head on an old Barbie doll. Scroll down to see what a 3D version of your face looks like, and check out the video on to see the technology in action.

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Vanessa Hudgens Is Owning the Overall Trend

April 14, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

Spring’s hottest trend might be all about denim—but before you purchase a new pair of skinnies or that chambray shirt, you should check out the latest Vanessa Hudgens street-style sighting.

The High School Musical star made us forget all about those typical denim items, as she gave us major weekend inspiration with her laid-back overalls. Dismiss all memories of your OshKosh days, because these modern overalls are totally adult-approved. Hudgen’s revealed a tad bit of skin, pairing the piece with a stripped crop top and chunky knit sweater. A crossbody bag, metallic slides, layered necklaces, and sunnies added the perfect finishing touches to the off-duty look.

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We’re glad to see Hudgens taking a stroll in N.Y.C., because we certainly miss seeing photos of the 26-year-old posing at Coachella. The busy actress is missing out on this year’s festivities as she’s headlining the Broadway musical Gigi.

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See Which Film Won Movie of the Year at the MTV Movie Awards

April 12, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

After an extremely eventful night filled with Vin Diesels’s Paul Walker tribute, Robert Downey Jr.s’ Generation Award acceptance speech, and more, the biggest moment of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards came when Dwayne Johnson—aka The Rock—presented the Movie of the Year award to the cast of The Fault in Our Stars. The heart wrenching film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, beat out American Sniper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl, Boyhood, Whiplash, and Selma.

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It was a big night for The Fault in Our Stars, which is based on John Green’s young-adult novel, as Woodley took home two other popcorn awards for the film: one for Best Female Performance and the other for Best Kiss, which she shared with Ansel Elgort who was noticeably absent from the ceremony. But Elgort took to Twitter to let his fans know he was tuned in! The actor tweeted “Watching the MTV movie awards from providence because I’m filming tomorrow at 6am. Wish I could be there :( Rooting for u shai!! #tfios.”

Congrats to the cast!

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Perfect Pairing: Denim Shirt + Tan Suede Skirt

April 10, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

The two trends that dominated the spring 2015 runways? Denim and suede. Individually, they’re classics that are strong enough to stand alone. But together, they make for the ultimate pairing. Not only do they complement one another, but they also reflect this season’s ’70s spirit. To that end, we found the perfect denim shirt and paired it with five suede skirts.

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To pull the combo off, look for chambray shirts in darker finishes (versus light washes) with sleek seams and interesting pocket details. The total effect reads more polished than casual. As for the skirt, all hemline lengths work, from mini to knee-grazing, but make sure to stick with a smooth russet brown color for optimum wearability.

Shop the denim shirt: Mango, $ 40;

Shop suede skirts, clockwise from top left: Theory, $ 655; Topshop, $ 140; Gucci, $ 2,015; Zara, $ 129; H&M, $ 129;

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What’s Right Meow: Meet Our InStyle Editor’s Fashionable Cat, Randy

This week we’re introducing the world to InStyle Senior Style Editor Ali Pew’s dapper cat, Randy: a blue-eyed Ragdoll with a cool, mellow personality.

Named after baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, the four-legged fur ball has been with Pew for the past five years and was adopted from a breeder in Utah by Pew’s husband, footwear designer Oliver Clark.

Sure, he’s clearly adorable, but he’s more than just a pretty face: he’s also a professional model. Yes, that’s right–Randy, the model cat. In 2012, he posed for fashion label United Bamboo for consideration of their annual cat calendar and sported a cute all-black ensemble for the occasion (above). The frock featured a statement bow on the back as well as sheer lace accents near the hemline and on the sleeves.

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“After the shoot, my husband and I were interviewed about Randy and it felt very Best in Show. We were like stage parents,” Pew says. “Now we take pictures of him all the time. He’s used to having bright lights in his face!”

Randy also modeled for the “Animal Attraction” fashion feature in the April 2012 issue of Dazed and Confused (above). Behind the scenes, he was a pro working the camera due to a characteristic common among Ragdoll cats of being relaxed even in unfamiliar settings. As a result, the photo shoot was a breeze for the feline who could strike practically any pose. While he did look lovely alongside haute cat-ure clothing, he usually just enjoys being in his fur and natural element.

And worldly as he is, he’s ready for any trips that may come up thanks to a pawesome fake license (below) made by Clark, who draws design inspiration from his pet muse.

Can you say cuteness overload? We can’t wait to see what his next campaign entails.

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Olivia Palermo Gives Us Weekend Outfit Envy with Her Latest Look

April 6, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

While most of us spend our weekend afternoons wearing a pair of sneakers and the most comfortable sweatshirt imaginable, Olivia Palermo does the exact opposite. The street-style favorite was seen leaving Saint Ambroeus restaurant in SoHo, New York City in what is definitely one of spring’s chicest ensembles.

Not one to trump style for comfort, Palermo sported a leopard coat (lined with a luxurious black fur trim) atop a casual blue turtleneck and neatly distressed ripped jeans. She added a dose of daytime glamour via a black crocodile handbag accessorized with a fuzzy brown keychain. 

And just when you thought an ultra-chic look was the key to a picture perfect weekend, Palermo brought along her handsome beau, Johannes Huebl, and their dog Mr. Butler to seal the deal. Cue the collective “aww!”

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Could This Be Gwen Stefani’s Favorite Print?

Everyone’s got a signature style. Kanye West has his closet of luxe hoodies, the Duchess of Cambridge has her royally cool slew of sophisticated coat dresses, and Gwen Stefani has her rockstar supply of stripes. In fact, as perhaps a public declaration of her love for them, Stefani has been snapped in her favorite stripes on more than one occasion. The proof? All the times in the past few months where she has, no doubt, wore her stripes on her sleeve.

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Skinny Lines

Stefani takes nearly identical pullovers but tweaks how she pairs them. styled the same way, but with completely different pairings. She casually half-tucked a Pam & Gela top ($ 295; into paint-splattered boyfriend jeans (right). A few weeks later, she goes back to black and white skinny stripes, pairing them with distressed denim. She swapped out her red cat-eye frames for white ones, and her crazy cut-out heels for strappy ones.

Bold Bands

The platinum blonde bombshell pulled off two distinct looks with the same knit and frames. She first tucked it into a pair of slouchy utilitarian jeans with a camo bomber tied at her waist, complete with maroon booties (right), and then paired the top with belted destroyed boyfriend jeans, a black beanie, and Pharrell Williams’s polka-dot Adidas Stan Smiths the second time around.

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Patch-Riddled Stripes

To support Pharrell Williams’s Adidas Originals collection, she stepped out in his designs at two red carpet events, gravitating toward happy patch-riddled stripes both times. Her look? Slightly eccentric, contentedly whimsical, and uniquely Gwen.

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Wolf Hall: How to Get Your Dose of the Story 3 Ways

I had never thought about Thomas Cromwell, the 16th century power broker, much until I read Hilary Mantel’s tremendous 2009 novel Wolf Hall. But since then, I can’t get enough. Thankfully, thanks to the popularity of the book and the award—twice!—of the Man Booker prize to Ms. Mantel for the first volume and the 2012 follow-up Bring Up The Bodies, there are now a plenitude of ways to get some Cromwell into your life.

Most timely perhaps is the PBS television series Wolf Hall (which airs every Sunday for six weeks beginning April 5 at 10 p.m. EST on PBS), in which Mark Rylance plays a slightly puckish version of the bruising blacksmith’s son. It’s a good adaptation, I suppose, a sort of Downton Abbey meets House of Cards. But I just can’t get over Cromwell’s hair or Rylance’s delicate features. One of the chief pleasures of reading Wolf Hall, and its sequel (and I’m sure the final book in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light) is imagining Cromwell for oneself.

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Rylance does a bang-up job, but it’s taken a while to warm to him as Cromwell. A tremendous ensemble cast—including Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, and Homeland’s Damien Lewis as King Henry VIII (who we will see onscreen for the first time with his real British accent)—helps but, having read the book, I couldn’t help but cast and re-cast, compare and contrast my mental Cromwell and crew with the actual.

Though I haven’t yet seen it, the Broadway adaptation of the book—which tackles parts I and II—plays through June and stars Ben Miles as Cromwell. This guy accords closely with my inner casting (plus it’s right around the corner from InStyle’s office) so I can’t wait go. It seems to me, if you’re not going to read the book but do live in New York, this is the play, literally. First of all, you get the drama in the room. Cromwell walks and breathes on stage. Secondly, it’s a twofer and a great value for time. What is it, three hours for two books? (The PBS series is a serious commitment.) But, it’s fleeting. The run—which shares the same cast the hit show did in London—is shut out after fifteen weeks with no possibility of extension.

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But really, if you can, just triple your Mantel and go in for all three. Read the book for the self-propelling pacing ($ 9;, watch the television series for the gorgeous castles and high production values, and see the play to feel Cromwell’s spittle upon your brow and his syllables resonate in your heart. And then just bide your time until the next book, play, and movie come out.

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Step Into Spring Neutrals with InStyle’s PinStyle Board

March 31, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

One of our favorite trends for spring is neutrals, and if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to style it, we’ve got all the tricks you need. For our PinStyle program, InStyle teamed up with Eat.Sleep.Wear. blogger Kimberly Pesch on an exclusive Pinterest board filled with endless ideas for how to wear neutrals, from sporty white kicks to clothes in tans, blacks, and creams.

Ready to ditch your spring pastels in favor of cool and relaxed neutrals? Head over to InStyle’s spring neutrals Pinterest board now.

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