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 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 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” 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;, 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; 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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Mindy Kaling Wears Her Sunday Best On This Week’s The Mindy Project

Mindy Lahiri may be a lot of things, but a Catholic is not one of them. However, thanks to Danny’s little white lie to his new priest Father Michael O’Donnell, played by the hilarious Stephen Colbert, Mindy has to maintain the ruse on this week’s The Mindy Project.

So like any good faux Catholic couple, they attend mass together. For the scene, costume designer Salvador Perez decided to steer away from the typical conservative church outfit and instead opt for a brightly patterned Dolce & Gabbana dress (below). “At first we were going to dress her demurely for church and then we were like what the hell,” Perez tells InStyle of the look. However, the church theme was still present. “The dress sort of reminded me of a stained glass window, which was perfect for the scene.”

Coming soon to #themindyproject. Father Michael O’Donnell.

A photo posted by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on Feb 20, 2015 at 3:16pm PST

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Unfortunately Mindy doesn’t make the best impression, so she decides to remedy that by inviting Father O’Donnell over for dinner. In typical Mindy fashion, she decides to text him in lieu of a traditional phone call. For this hilarious emoji-filled exchange, Perez dressed Mindy in a Marni dress (below). “Putting Mindy in cream was really unusual, but she loved that dress,” says Perez. “We wanted the look to feel like spring, but with the long sleeves and fabric it still felt wintry.”

@mindykaling in Marni, on @mindyprojectfox

A photo posted by Salvador Perez (@salvadorperezcostumes) on Mar 10, 2015 at 9:45pm PDT

For the dinner scene, Perez went with a Catholic schoolgirl vibe, dressing her in a Diane von Furstenberg sweater and a Karen Millen pleated skirt (above, very top). “We wanted her to look a bit innocent but still hot.” Mission accomplished!

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We’ll be chatting with Perez every week about our favorite looks from The Mindy Project, so be sure to check back in next week!

Sister Style: Beyoncé and Solange Knowles Sport the Same Coat

It looks as though Beyonce and Solange Knowles share more than their genetic DNA or their musical talent. Evidently, they also share the same closet.

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Earlier this fashion month, Beyonce took her front row seat at the adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy show during New York Fashion Week in bejeweled zipper-front Harbison separates that she topped with a contemporary mosaic color-block overcoat, also by Harbison. She accessorized with round sunnies, a fluffy oversize color-block clutch, and Alaia sandals.

Less than a month later, Solange hit the Paris Fashion Week circuit and stopped by the Vivienne Westwood and Andrew Gn shows in the same coat. But instead of draping it over her shoulder like big sis Beyonce, she kept it closed and styled the look with a box clutch and cool geometric color-block sandals.

Even though their personal styles have been vastly different in the past, this incident just goes to show how similar they truly are. So, is this a classic case of sister-to-sister sixth sense? We think so!

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New Paris Exhibit on Jeanne Lanvin Illustrates the French Designer’s Exquisite Elegance

Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram.

Jeanne Lanvin was the founder of the oldest surviving fashion house in Paris, with its roots as a millinery shop beginning in 1889, though her place in history has never been acknowledged with quite the fanfare of her early 20th century contemporaries, women with big personalities like Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, or Madame Vionnet.

A new exhibition that opened at the Palais Galliera during Paris Fashion Week seeks to rectify that omission in a somewhat unusual way, in that the museum’s general curator, Olivier Saillard, worked in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin. Contrary to what you might expect, there is not a direct comparison of the historic and contemporary versions of Lanvin, but instead a sincere exploration of only the historic side. In a way, that becomes more interesting, because even most fashion professionals have never had the opportunity to see the marvelous decorations Jeanne Lanvin created herself. At the same time, the exhibition shows clearly the roots of Elbaz’s designs, his use of tulle, frayed edges, and unique placement of embroideries.

Encountering an exquisite black and white ball gown with a slash of red abstract embroidery on one side of the bodice, the thought occurs that it could have been from one of Elbaz’s recent collections, but the year was 1939. A portrait of Odette Alfano by Albert Braïtou-Sala wearing the dress shows just how sensational it must have looked.

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“If you were to ask me for the picture of French elegance, I would say Jeanne Lanvin, particularly in the 1930s,” said Saillard at a preview on Friday. “To me, she was the combination of elegance and, this is probably not the right word, but boring.”

By that, he means that Lanvin, to the best of our knowledge, was never one to make a spectacle of herself, nor did her designs broadcast ostentation. She was most widely known for the elegance of her embroideries and in fact was running three embroidery workshops by the mid 1920s. Many of her designs incorporated floral or animal motifs rendered in crystal embellishments. There is a gorgeous black dress with a big silver bow depicted in Swarovski crystals, for example, and another from 1928 with a bird in flight along the bodice, one of its wings extending all the way up the strap of the dress.

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Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram.

Oh, the indignities we suffer in the pursuit of fashion.

Pardon me. I just need to vent a little bit. Late Wednesday night, right before H&M took us to the moon with a set from space and a collection that included no less than French style authority Caroline de Maigret, author of the recent hit book How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are, dressed in a silver jumpsuit while walking around tinfoil UFOs (below, right), your faithful correspondent was pushed aside rather rudely so the paparazzi could get a better picture of Solange Knowles. Ugh.

There is never a shortage of reminders of your place on planet fashion, though lately I suspect we are more likely hurtling toward the abyss of Krypton, what with all of the inanity going on at these shows. Push, shove, argue, bicker, grumble, sit, and stew over the latest p.r. salvo in a bid to treat people as inhumanely as cattle. I’ve heard this three times already this week: “You are seated appropriately amongst your peers.”

Have you met these people?

I’m with de Maigret. Let’s all act Parisian and just enjoy the parade of clothes, while simultaneously acting above it all. At H&M, for the retailer’s Studio collection, the Swedish designers of fast-fashion fantasies were caught in the 1960s and ’70s revival that has been sweeping the runways, with flared pants and overall jumpsuits shown in shades of avocado, somehow sweetly optimistic about life and the future.

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Thursday was a brand new day, and I decided to get up on the right side of the bed for Roland Mouret, who’s skewing much younger this season with his kicky 1960s skirts, and also for Carven (below, left), which has a young-and-cute new look thanks to its recently appointed creative directors Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. Just think of them as I do—clever, promising, pretty young guys who have a good sense of what’s fun about fashion—sharp, short skirts, mini dresses and a blue sweatshirt covered in crystal blue beads.

Alas, my goodwill had completely worn off by the time of the afternoon Balmain show, where even Solange was getting fed up with all the pushy photographers. “Can I talk to you?” she asked the person sitting behind her—me!—just to avoid the phalanx of microphones being thrust in her face. I don’t blame her. It was me, or Jared Leto with his white hair and no eyebrows. We had a nice chat before she gave up and hid backstage, at least until Kanye West and Kim Kardashian showed up (Kardashian also with white hair), to suck away the attention of the flashbulbs. Balmain this season was about flashy, glittering fringe, by the way (below, right), the kind of clothes that promise to instantly turn you into a Kim or a Solange. Be warned or be thrilled.

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Moving on, affixed to the invitation to the Rick Owens show was a long strip of furry brown hair, which proceeded to affix itself to the breath mints in my pocket. Ugh. The Owens collection this season included several models whose faces had been varnished with gold, silver, or green patina foil, which called to mind the characters of Wicked, which I’m sure was not at all what the designer had in mind. His clothes were the sort of heavily draped, exotically embroidered, caftan-cum-obi-robes that only frail people and Dan Brown villains can carry off successfully, though surprisingly enough, this was actually one of his more accessible collections. At least I picked out a few items for possible personal orders, particularly an off-white coat with gold ribbon streamers woven into the panels (above, left). We can all be street style stars yet.

Thank goodness for Alber Elbaz at Lanvin (pictured, top). I’d hate to go to bed after a temper tantrum, and even though Solange, Kim, Kanye, Kris, and Jared, once again, held up the start of show with their drawn-out arrivals, the intensity and brazenness of this collection left me elated. First drumbeats, like the kind from Whiplash, heralded a thrilling performance of hyper-decorated gowns, coats, and even beaded baseball caps. Then came the a capella voice of Diana Ross singing the lyrics of “I Hear a Symphony.” I’m lost in a world…made for you and me…

While I was particularly taken with the simplest of dresses, a rusty brown sleeveless gown that had been belted and banded with leather that wrapped its way up to the shoulder, like a naughty harness or holster, it was the exotic, gilded textiles and passementerie on peasant blouses, jackets, and dresses toward the end of the show, evoking the landscapes and military attire of northern Africa, that made you want to stand up, see more, and even be happy for a moment that you’re stuck here for the week on planet fashion.

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The Only Hair Tool You Need to Get Kerry Washington’s Effortless Waves

March 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Kerry Washington is known for her chic style choices both onscreen and off (did you see her in Miu Miu at the Oscars?). But lately we’ve been obsessing over the versatility of her shoulder-length haircut that can do it all—straight, slicked back, or our favorite, tousled bedhead.

For our March cover shoot, hairstylist Mark Townsend used R Session Pro Tools Nalu Waver ($ 130; for stores) to create the perfectly imperfect style. “We wanted her hair to have movement, so I used a double-barreled iron to form waves,” says Townsend, who first prepped the star’s hair with a smoothing serum.

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Though the tool might look daunting (we recommend using the heat resistant glove that comes with it), it’s surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. First hold the curling rod perpendicular to hair and wrap large sections, starting about two inches from the root, around each barrel in an S pattern. Then turn your wrist slightly, so that the two barrels go from being on top of each other to side by side. Keep ends loose and run your fingers through your stands for a relaxed finish. The result? #Iwokeuplikethis perfection.

For more from Washington, pick up InStyle’s March issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

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