How to Build a Well-Rounded Wardrobe

I was meandering around Nordstrom, my left arm getting heavy from being used as a rack for hanging more clothes than it could handle, when I got the message. My friend, who’s been toying with the idea of hiving her wardrobe a complete facelift, texted me with a pressing question. “Mari, what are some classic…

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My Clear-Cut Plan to Achieving This Year’s Resolutions

So you know that thing you do at the beginning of the year when you jot down a series of promises to yourself? Yeah, I’ve never done that — gasp —ever. Maybe it’s because I just grew up in a different culture. (Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are very much an American thing.) Maybe it’s…

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Visually: Inside The Getty’s Featured Exhibition, The Renaissance Nude

The lowdown: The human body, unclothed, has been depicted in art for thousands of years. The Getty’s Exhibition “The Renaissance Nude,” which is open till Jan. 27, 2019, introduces viewers to a different way of looking at the nude human form in portraiture. In other words, the exhibition clearly shows how every piece of work…

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The Many Lives of “The Golden Drop”

It started with silicone—a clear, flexible substance with no form and little purpose. Then there was an idea, one that swirled around in Prague-born visual artist Radka Salcmannova’s mind for months. Back then, she was living in New York City, a place that always seemed so elusive and beautiful and, yet, paradoxically, toxic and teeming…

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Visually: Inside 29Rooms, Refinery29’s Instagram Pop-Up in Los Angeles

The lowdown: Ever since its inception in 2015, 29Rooms—a haven of 29 “individually curated, artist-collaborated rooms” dreamed up by the folks at Refinery29—has become somewhat of a magnet for social media enthusiasts. This year was no exception. The Reef, a 860,000-square-foot creative space in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, played host to the five-day…

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IG Style Notes From The Editor: A Twist on Polka Dot

  “This dress from UK-based brand Glamorous was just breezy. Effortless. It’s the kind of dress you slip on, and realize it’s a successful outfit all on its own. No accessories needed. I think it’s partly because there are a lot of visually interesting elements to the dress—the smudged polka dot print, the flutter sleeves, the plunging…

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What LAFW Runway Shows Taught Us About Beauty

When it came to makeup, the color palettes at LAFW SS19 got a little rowdy. Lipsticks were daring and sunny, or quite the opposite—peachy to accommodate heavy strokes of winged eyeliner. Cheeks glimmered and glowed.  The season also saw a proliferation of equally spirited hair—serpentine braids, wind-swept, pastel pixie dos and cotton-candy-like teased ponytails. Suffice to…

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All The Best-Dressed Guests From LA Fashion Week

On a brisk October evening in Los Angeles, near the entrance to the parking lot of “that red building”—a term Uber drivers like to throw around when referring to the Petersen Automotive Museum—the weather kept cropping up in conversations. Mainly because it was just starting to turn, like milk unexpectedly going bad a few days…

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LAFW SS19: Designers To Watch

1 – Bomme Studio There was a fierceness about LA-based designer Bo Matthew Metz’s collection, partly thanks to its color palette, which almost seemed plucked from a close-up of the sun’s photosphere—big, bold reds and yellows, searing vermilions and dusty oranges. “I was inspired by the films of Derek Jarman,” he said after the show, adding that…

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Shiva Safai Launches Highly Customizable Jewelry Line in Collaboration With Noush Jewelry

Shiva Safai—beauty and lifestyle maven, entrepreneur and model—gets it, that whole style thing. She knows how to seamlessly shift from sparkling couture to a well-put-together off-duty wardrobe at the drop of a hat. She understands how to build an aspirational lifestyle brand backed with intention and devoid of pretense. Last month, she launched a jewelry…

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