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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Rihanna Performs “BBHMM” for the First Time at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna is back with a vengeance! The singer performed her just-released single “Bitch Better Have My Money” at tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and she was on fire.

The star emerged onstage from—what else—a helicopter. Flanked by dancers wearing all-black ensembles, Rihanna embodied the theme of her song in head-to-toe Versace, including a bright emerald green fur coat over an body-hugging LBD, leather thigh-high boots, a statement choker necklace, and bold sunnies. And she didn’t only look amazing: her dance moves also had us majorly impressed.

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Watch Rihanna’s killer performance from the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards below.

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Olivia Pope Is Back in Her White Hat on Last Night’s Scandal

Last night’s Scandal saw the return of “Gladiator” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), white hat and all. We’ve missed this version of her! Although she still suffers from frequent flashbacks, she dives headfirst into a new case with Pope & Associates on behalf of Cyrus Beene. They’re in damage control mode as his former-prostitute fiancé, Michael, is caught in a cheating scandal. The only solution? A wedding! Olivia Pope always knows what to do.

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In this episode, we see her slowly transform through her wardrobe choices. “We started her in dark navy pajamas, then moved to the black Armani suit, then on to lighter colors as the show progressed,” Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo, tells InStyle. “Now she’s doing her ‘Olivia Pope’ thing!” By the end of the episode, she’s even wearing a white jacket (Alexander McQueen)—the ultimate Gladiator look.

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For more fashion scoop from the episode, click through the gallery. Then be sure to tune in to ABC next Thursday for an all new Scandal!

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Jessica Alba Discusses Women’s Empowerment, Her Inspiration, and a New Collaboration


March 25, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

Here’s a collaboration that’s guaranteed to have you looking good on the outside and feeling great on the inside. Nordstrom has teamed up with Piece & Co., a company that sources handmade textiles from women artisans all over the world, on a collection of apparel and accessories from some of today’s most coveted designers. The Honest Company, Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Minkoff, Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, and more created pieces using Piece & Co.’s ikat, block-print, and tie-dye fabrics, and they’re all available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Jessica Alba, founder of the Honest Company, created a versatile nursing scarf (below, $ 60; nordstrom.com) that’s a must-own for any mom. We caught up with Alba to find out why she collaborated with Piece & Co. and Nordstrom, what inspires her, and what she’s teaching her girls about women’s empowerment.

How did you get involved in this collaboration?

With our exclusive Collective line, I’m constantly looking for collaborators that share the Honest spirit and create delightful products that speak to our stylish audience. We were excited to discover Piece & Co. not only works with beautiful organic textiles, but also supports a sustainable business model with fair labor and local employment for those that need it the most.

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Can you tell me a bit about the scarf that the Honest Company designed? How is it unique?

It’s no secret that I love scarves. I wanted to create an Honest Nursing Scarf that looked cool enough to work with a modern woman’s wardrobe so she could wear it whenever she wanted. Ours are made from soft organic cotton that’s so lightweight you can fit it into your purse or your diaper bag. They’re unique in their versatility, since they can be used for car seat and stroller shade or as a wrap or blanket.

Why do you like Piece & Co.? Why do you think what founder Kathleen Wright is doing is important?

As a female entrepreneur, I’m passionate about supporting fellow women who work hard to achieve their dreams, wherever they are worldwide. Kathleen’s work with Piece & Co. empowers women to know their worth and contribute to their communities. She reminds us that we all benefit when women do better.

What did you do for World Women’s Day?

I shared a reminder on my Instagram that women deserve equal pay, education, opportunity and rights. In the U.S., women earn 78 cents on the dollar for doing the same work, we make up less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 company leadership positions, and for every female chief executive of S&P 1500 companies there are four men named Jim, Bob, Jack, or Bill! We’ve got a long way to go before there are more bossladies out there. When it comes to education, women still make up ⅔ of adult illiteracy rates worldwide—a proportion that hasn’t changed in 20 years. What has changed is the opportunity in technology fields. It’s the largest, fastest growing employment opportunity here and women are the leading adopters of technology. Unfortunately, we have half the number of female computer science majors that we did 30 years ago and women are only a quarter of the computing workforce.

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How are you teaching your daughters about women’s empowerment?

Ultimately, I hope to teach my girls how to be problem solvers and encourage their own curiosity and creativity. Also, empathy and compassion are important characteristics we should all have. It’s fundamental to peace and progress in our personal and professional lives. By the time they grow up, I hope there are more female leaders in every field for them to look up to.

What women do you look up to?

I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for her common sense, grace, and resilience.

How do you live a bountiful, full life?

I want to know how to live a bountiful, full life and still get sleep! I find that being active and eating right gives me more energy to live life to its fullest. I also think maintaining a sense of curiosity always keeps life interesting.

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to and seen artisans at work?

I recently went to Guatemala and saw women who’ve been working at their craft for years in an extremely remote location. Everything they made was so vividly colorful, but their hospitality stood out just as much.

Where’s one of the most inspirational places you’ve ever been?

Japan is so inspiring. They consider beauty and function in every detail of their lives. There’s such an inspiring blend of elegance and efficiency there, from food to floral arrangements. Even the 7-11 is awesome!

Shop every piece form the Nordstrom and Piece & Co. collection now at nordstrom.com.

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The One Thing You Need from the Lulu Frost + West Elm Collaboration

Acquiring new jewelry is all well and good—until you need to find a place to store it (preferably somewhere that doesn’t result in a gigantic knot of tangled necklaces). Thankfully, Lulu Frost has a pretty solution. The New York-based jeweler known for her glitzy, vintage-inspired aesthetic has finally made her foray into the world of home décor, teaming up with West Elm on a four-piece line of jewelry storage accessories. And while the collection includes two small storage boxes and sorting trays, the item we’re raring to pick up ASAP is most definitely the jewelry storage case.

The lacquered wood box (photo above), complete with embellished drawer pulls, promises to be a saving grace for anyone’s rapidly increasing jewelry collection. With six separate shelving compartments, two drawers, and a handy grate to hang multiple pairs of earrings, the case acts as the ultimate storage solution, and won’t look out of place atop your vanity or your dresser. “It’s a gorgeous and convenient way to stash all of your favorite pieces,” Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer tells InStyle. “Jewelry is beautiful, so its container should be equally so!” We don’t disagree.

Shop the whole collection at westelm.com or at West Elm stores beginning March 26.

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Eat to the Beat: How to Reserve Your Festival Food for Coachella

The post below entitled, “How to Reserve Your Festival Food Now for Coachella,” originally appeared on FWx.

We’ve been to Coachella a couple of times now, and it has one of the best collections of music anywhere in the world. But here’s the thing: There are serious trade-offs. The weather in the desert is less than hospitable, bathrooms are hard to come by, and the lines for food might make you think you are standing in front of the last funnel cake stand on earth. But the festival is attacking that last problem this year.

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The festival partnered with the dining app Reserve to let festival-goers actually make reservations to eat during the madness. Last year, Coachella gave attendees pop-up restaurants for the first time with food from the likes of L.A.’s Bäco Mercat and Night + Market. This year, they are expanding their offerings and will actually make it easier to get the food—at least, if you plan ahead. Using the Reserve app will give diners with VIP wristbands the opportunity to get $ 50 prix fixe menus from chefs like street food pioneer Roy Choi. The app also lets you pay ahead of time, so there aren’t any issues trying to split a check in the 105 degree heat when you just want to get back and hear Ratatat.

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For anyone without a VIP wristband who wants to splurge, you can reserve a table at Outstanding in the Field, a four-course pop-up put on by a rotating group of chefs that comes with cocktail and wine pairings, as well as VIP access for the entire day for $ 225.

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Before making reservations, everyone should know that while the app itself is free, Reserve charges for their service. Coachella reservations will cost $ 5 apiece. But anything that makes good food easier to get at a festival full of 90,000 people is fine by us. Reservations are now live, so if you’re hoping for a little Roy Choi between sets, start making plans soon. You can grab the Reserve app in the iTunes or Google Play stores.

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Eva Mendes Is Taking Over Our Instagram Tomorrow!

Eva Mendes may be new to Instagram, but she’s already a pro. Since joining the platform one week ago, she’s ‘grammed eight photos, including an adorable #TBT post, and now she’s bringing her newly-acquired skills to InStyle‘s Instagram. Mendes is taking over our account starting tomorrow morning, and you’re not going to want to miss it.

The busy new mom will be sharing photos through the day as she promotes her new line with New York & Company in the Big Apple, and from the looks of her account they’re going to be adorable. Make sure that you don’t miss a single ’gram by following Mendes at @evamendes and InStyle at @instylemagazine now!

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Tailor-Made Skincare: Get Your Own Custom-Blended Serum

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to apply Kanye West’s “I get it custom, you a customer” lyrics to every aspect of our lives. While a bespoke designer gown may fall slightly out of our price range right now, our skin can still get the A-list treatment with our own personalized serums, without being too painful on your wallet. Recognizing that not all complexions have the same needs, skincare brand Skin Inc has launched an innovative Skin Identity Tool to pinpoint the specific issues, and to blend up a tailor-made serum to treat those you want to address. In order to deliver results as accurate as you’d get in a dermatologist’s office, the brand partnered with Dr. Donald L. Bissett and Dr. Shekhar Mitra to create questions targeting the effects your environment, lifestyle, and genetics have on your skin, while touching on current concerns you want to resolve.

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The tool then compiles your answers into your own unique profile, and pulls a trio of actives from the brand’s extensive Supplement Bar, which contain potent ingredients encapsulated in a mixture of algae-derived speheres. Skin Inc’s Skin Identity Tool will roll out to Sephora stores nationwide starting in April, but if you can’t wait until then, the questionnaire is available right now at iloveskininc.com. After submitting your results, you’ll get a four-piece kit that includes everything you need to hand-mix your own potion for $ 90, and the brand will save your profile should you ever need to alter the ingredients or refill your stock. Head over to iloveskininc.com to get started!

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See Insurgent Star Shailene Woodley’s 10 Best Red Carpet Looks Ever!


March 15, 2015 @ 5:01 pm

We’re counting down the days until Insurgent is out (one more week!) and star Shailene Woodley has never looked better onscreen or off. Most recently, for the film’s London premiere on Wednesday, the actress turned heads in a gorgeous ivory Ralph Lauren Collection gown. And according to her stylist, Ilaria Urbinati, there is so much more to come.

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“It’s fun to surprise people with fashion,” says Urbanati, who described the star’s style as simple and clean. “Shailene likes to be comfortable and casual in her personal life, but we go big for big events.” Over the years, Woodley has tackled many trends, from colored leather to Hawaiian prints, with her signature effortless ease. “Shailene always stays true to herself,” Urbanati says. “She is five-foot-ten and can wear practically any silhouette or color, but she doesn’t like things that are too fussy or girly.”

And as Woodley’s career evolves, expect her look to follow suit. “Her aesthetic changes from film to film, so it’s my job to find outfits that speak to her and express who she is,” adds Urbanati. No matter what the role, “she goes for the wow moment every single time.”

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How to Lose Those Last 5 Pounds, Straight from Megan Fox’s Trainer

With swimsuit season fast approaching, those of us who gained weight over the holidays are finally starting to kick our butts into shape. But anyone who’s ever dieted knows that those last five pounds are by far the hardest to shed. It’s not enough that you need to lose it, but it’s enough that, if you actually manage to get rid of it, you’ll feel infinitely better about those flouncy spring dresses you just ordered online. For a dose of much-needed fitspo, we turned to fashionwire.com/celebrity-fashion” target=”_self”>celebrity trainer and New Balance brand ambassador Harley Pasternak, who sculpts Megan Fox, Halle Berry, and Rihanna’s rock-hard bods, among others.

The fitness pro’s new 300-plus page tome, aptly titled 5 Pounds ($ 17; amazon.com), outlines a simple slim-down plan that promises to not only make you drop the specified amount of weight in five days flat, but also help you achieve your long-term weight goals with easy-to-make recipes and specially designed workouts that can be tailored to your specific abilities. For a quick cheat sheet, Pasternak shared seven nuggets of wisdom exclusively with InStyle that he’s confident will tip the scales. Read on below!

1. Walk everywhere. Wear a Fitbit ($ 100; fitbit.com) and make sure you log at least 10,000 steps each day. “In the morning, ditch the coffee machine at home and force yourself to walk to a local cafe instead,” says Pasternak. “If you have a phone call, try to make it on the move!”

2. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Myriad studies show lack of sleep can lead to weight gain.

3. Snack on strained yogurt. Research shows the populations that eat protein-rich dairy have lower body fat levels and longer lifespans. Pasternak’s suggestion? Kick off your day with a cup of Siggi’s yogurt topped with a handful of blackberries.

4. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can actually make us feel hungry, and lead to more eating. “I tell all my clients to drink at least six water bottles a day,” says Pasternak.

5. Leave your cell phone in the kitchen at night. The temptation to look at it and the distraction of it buzzing and flickering throughout the night can negatively impact your sleep.

6. Happy feet = more calories burned! Wearing the right shoes will make us more likely to move more often. Pasternak’s shoe of choice? His collection for New Balance, natch.

7. Blend at least one meal a day. We all have that one meal each day that we tend to be less healthy with. According to Pasternak, this is the perfect time to make a fiber and protein-packed smoothie. “Try adding yogurt, apple, banana, spinach, almond, and cinnamon to a really good blender,” he says.

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