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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.

RELATED: Get Pinning with InStyle’s New Curated PinStyle Pinterest Boards

Cara Delevingne Stars In DKNY’s Downtown-Cool Spring 2015 Ad Campaign

It-Brit model Cara Delevingne may not be a true born-and-bred New Yorker, but she may as well be. The model-actress-singer-designer is as international as they come, with a career that’s taken her all across the globe. So who better than jet-setter Delevingne to rep one of the world’s most international cities and its coolest street wear brand?

RELATED: Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner Close Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Show Hand in Hand

After seasons of working with DKNY, including one very downtown-chic #CaraD4DKNY capsule collection later, Delevingne is fronting DKNY’s spring 2015 ad campaign, along with models Binx Walton, Xiao Wen, and Sam Rollingson (all of whom have connections to New York City).

Shot by photog Gregory Harris at the Coleman State Skatepark under the Manhattan bridge, the campaign is a melting pot of “modern classics, sport elements, and playful geometric styles for the always moving, multicultural, multitasking New Yorker.” As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and these perfectly encapsulate the very soul of New York. #WeAreNYC!

PHOTOS: Stars Clad in DKNY, On and Off the Red Carpet

Sweeten Up Your Spring Wardrobe with These 22 Pastel Finds

Pastel is the ultimate springtime shade. From buttercup and petal pink to pistachio and powdery blue, these soft colors usher in the new season with sophisticated ease. Not to mention, they are a refreshing departure from winter’s usually moody tones.

Pastels are destined to play with equally soft colors but the trick to bringing out the dreamy undertones is to mix in unexpected fabrics. Metallics work wonderfully with pastels: There is something so charming-yet-cool about teaming a futuristic finish with a sherbet shade. Also, pastels will stand out just as well when paired with a creamy white hue. This combination is a foolproof approach to updating an on-trend all-white look.

If pastels are too sweet for your taste, juxtapose them with something edgy. Think: a combat boot or hardware-heavy accessories. Or, go for a tough-chic piece doused in a pastel shade, like the Zara moto jacket shown above. Playing with textures and details is another way to up the ante. The rose-colored Rebecca Taylor top shown above has a mixed media feel while the Marni dress is undeniably sweet thanks to its ultra-fem bow.

For a beauty look, opt for a pastel lip. Our favorite is Nars’ Velvet Matte lip pencil. It’s easy to swipe on (much less intimidating than red and orange!) and just as easy to pull off—soft pinks are a no-fail in the makeup department since the color is universally flattering.

We went on a quest to find the dreamiest pastel pieces and put all of our favorites here in one place. Click through the gallery to shop 22 sweet treats—accessories and beauty products included!

 

The Best DIY Nail Looks to Try This Spring

Manicurist Madeline Poole, who’s polished up rockers Miley Cyrus and Kesha, created four DIY designs inspired by spring’s top runway trends. With her fresh pointers, you’ll nail these looks faster than you can type #ManiMonday. Find out how to get each look below!

How-Tos From Left to Right:

PASTEL MOONS

With smoky lavender and a pop of soft coral, this is subtle enough to fly at work but cool enough to boost your fashion cred.

1. Apply a base coat.

2. With the coral polish brush (try Nars nail polish in Wind Dancer, $ 19; narscosmetics.com), paint over the natural half-moon shape at the bottom of your nail. Drag the tip of a wooden orange stick along outer edges to perfect the shape. Let dry.

3. Position the lavender polish brush (we love RBG nail polish in Haze, $ 18; rgbcosmetics.com) at the lower-left corner of the nail, above the coral arc, and sweep it diagonally across the surface. Position the brush at the lower-right corner and repeat. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

POP ART

If these artful streaks feel too daring to brush over all 10 digits, “try them as an accent nail,” Poole says.

1. Apply a base followed by two coats of white polish like

Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds ($ 15; ulta.com). Let dry.

2. Paint on one stripe of red polish; allow edges to appear uneven. Repeat with yellow and green. We recommend Sally Hansen’s I Heart Nail Art Stripers ($ 4 each; ulta.com). Let dry.

3. Paint on several streaks of black polish, like Orly’s Instant Artist Lacquer in Jet Black ($ 7; orlybeauty.com), in varying lengths.

4. Add a topcoat.

GRAPHIC MINIMALISM

Never cared for coloring inside the lines? Use a long, thin striping brush from a crafts store to draw these V-shapes and keep you on the straight and narrow.

1. Apply a base, then two coats of opaque white polish. Let dry.

2. Grab the black polish and place the tip of the brush on the outer edge of the nail; sweep it over to the center. Repeat, starting at the other outer nail edge.

3. Make a dot at the center of the nail; sweep the brush from that dot out toward the tip, creating a V-shape. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

BOLD FLORALS

This splashy tip is a cinch to master, if you just keep the shapes abstract, says Poole.

1. Start with a base coat, then add two layers of navy. Poole used Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Rolling in the Deep ($ 18; deborahlippmann.com). Let dry.

2. Paint a few short streaks of green polish over the nail, pointing the ends so they resemble leaves.

3. Next to the streaks, dab and swirl the tip of the purple polish brush (try Ginger & Liz Nail Lacquer in Total Control, $ 12; gingerandliz.com) to make petal-like shapes. Repeat with coral polish. We love Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orange Fizz ($ 27; chanel.com).

4. Dot the yellow pen over petals.

5. Apply a topcoat.

Scent-sational! Kick Off the New Season With Our Editors’ Favorite Spring Fragrances


March 13, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

Our InStyle beauty team is constantly trying out new fragrances, and to welcome the warmer weather on an aromatic note, we’re sharing the scents we spritz on to make winter a distant memory. Just like a seasonal printed sundress, fresh, floral blends like Etro’s Jacquard and By Kilian’s Imperial Tea always prove to be popular, but our picks don’t end there — a few of our bodycare faves also made the list, and we even included an ultra-luxe home scent to make your spring cleaning routine a little more bearable. Click through our gallery to see each fragrance now!