Beauty Report: Fall 2014 Hair Trends

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When updating your closet for the fall/winter 2014-2015 season, you may want to start thinking about updating your beauty look as well. As the weather starts getting colder you change your everyday style rotation, adjust your skincare routine, and even choose your makeup to match the season. Don’t forget your hairstyle when you’re doing your yearly style edit. Your crowning glory can make or break your look as much as your shoes do.

Updating your ‘do doesn’t necessarily entail a drastic color change or a chopping all of it off, there are other ways and various other trends to keep your hairstyle updated too. Here’s a rundown of the best and most wearable hairstyle trends of the season:

  • Blunt Short Bobs

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This season has already been dubbed the season of the short. Celebrities such as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Amber Valletta, and Miley Cyrus  have been leading the charge with this trend. Blunt, short, bobs like these instantly make you look edgy and cool. It also shows off your gorgeous cheekbones and face shape to its best.

  • Textured Long Bobs

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Beyonce herself started this whole texture long bob movement. Lovingly called “the lob” now, there are various online DIY tutorials on how to achieve this look sans haircut. Apparently, all you need is hair tie and bobby pins to achieve this tousled, sexy “lob.” If you want to take the plunge, go right ahead this long bob is flattering for most shapes and it’ll be painless to grow out.

  • Slicked Back Hair

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The slicked back hairstyle has been spotted in many a red carpet as of late. This is a great way to integrate some trends into your hair looks. To get this hot look, simply apply mouse and use your fingers to slick back the sides to achieve this sleek style. Don’t overdo the product application, too much will make your ‘do look overdone and dated.

  • 60s One-Length Hair

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Think of the 60s supermodel Veruschka, or even Cher’s poker straight hair. Say goodbye to girl-next-door layered locks from the 90s and late ’00s, and embrace this one-length look to get tresses that look straight out of a haute couture runway.

  • Center Part

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A simple change of your hair part can make a marked improvement on your overall look and stylishness. Center hair parts this season are less bohemian earth chick, and more London girl mod. Try a smoothing serum plus a quick morning blow dry to get this coveted look.

  • Braided Updo

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Braids were one of the hottest hair trends this summer. This fall, braids take a more dressy and feminine turn with braided updos. Romantic and polished, these braids will look refreshing when paired with a masculine-inspired ensemble.

  • Messy Top Knots

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Consistently ruling hairstyle trends for the past year or so is the messy top knot. This is the hairstyle staple for every fashionista out there, it’s not just for bad hair days anymore. Messy top knots are the ultimate hair trend in undone and effortless street style glamour.

Which hairstyle will you be trying this season? I am so excited for fall! Have a great weekend, ladies!

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Beauty How To: Smoky Eyes

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Smoky eyes are a quintessential beauty look that every woman should master. Intimidating and highly technical as this makeup look may seem, in reality it is actually pretty easy to execute and perfect. Granted there will be some mishaps during your initial attempts (hello raccoon eyes), it’ll be no time till you’re rocking this smoky eye and applying it with confidence and expertise.

Don’t fret, because I’m here to guide you as you navigate through the numerous smoky eye how-to tutorials. I’ve personally picked out two of the simplest tutorials that yield the best results. First things first, let’s go through the basic tools you’ll need:

  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadow (at least 3 similar shades to blend together)
  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Angled Brush
  • Eyeliner

It’s important to remember that the smoky eye look is all about blending. If you’re more comfortable with blending with a sponge or even your fingers, feel free to do so.

The infographic below takes you through the step-by-step process in achieving the glamourous smoky-eye look.

 

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Straight-forward and easy right? The great thing about the tutorial above is that you can use it for any type of smoky eye you want. It is important to note that smoky eye is not just about dark eyeshadow, you can use the same technique and process outlined above to achieve the metallic smoky eye or even the daytime smoky eye. All you need to do is simply switch up your eyeshadow of choice, from a dark black/brown palette to lighter shades for the daytime. If you’re feeling bold, you can even do a bright-colored smoky eye like purple or blue.

If you’re looking for an even quicker and easier way to achieve a classic dark smoky eye, this how-to from The Beauty Department has you covered. Using only a black kohl pencil, blending brush, eyeliner, and mascara, you can achieve the dark smoky eye in a snap.

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Now that you’ve pretty much gotten the gist of what makes the smoky eye look work, here are some products that’ll make your smoky eye look even more glam. You may want to invest in these beauty products down the road, it’ll make a difference with your smoky eye look for sure.

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This new They’re Real push-up eyeliner from Benefit boasts of a no-brainer application and a smudgeproof finish.

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Priming your lids before applying shadow will make your application smoother and will make your smoky eye last longer. This Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer is anti-crease too!

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You probably have an eyeshadow brush and angled brush in your kit already, but a blending brush is an addition worth looking into. You can use this Bobbi Brown blending brush for face contouring as well.

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Every makeup fanatic owns or dreams of owning an Urban Decay Naked Palette. Its cult following is well deserved since you can do a wide range of looks just from this one palette.

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A quick pat of Nars Translucent Setting Powder will set your look for an entire night.

Are you excited to flex those makeup artist skills yet? Race you to the mirror ladies! Have a great and beauty-filled week ahead!

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Beauty How To: Face Contouring

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Contouring your face is a makeup concept deemed too intimidating, hard, and even impossible by beauty neophytes. Newbies, don’t fret. We’re here to break it down for you.

Face contouring is a very important, albeit overlooked, step in one’s makeup routine. It is all about adding dimensions to your face by playing with light and shadow. Truth be told, once you get the hang of how to contour your face, you will never skip this step since it brings out the exquisite bone structure of your face. It is NOT about caking product on, it is about creating angles and enhancing your natural beauty.

If you’re a face contouring newbie, it is advisable to start out with cheaper drugstore beauty buys. It might take you a while to get the blending right, and you wouldn’t want to waste expensive product right? What you need to invest in are the makeup brushes as well as the beauty sponges. The quality of your brushes is what’s going to spell the difference in your application and technique.

If you want to splurge a little, here are the best products for face contouring:

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NARS Contour Blush Duo

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MAC Cream Colour Base

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Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit (Contouring shade, bronzer, highlighter and brush)

So let’s get down to brass tacks ladies. First, apply foundation normally all over your face, this will serve as your base. Then simply follow this infographic on how to properly contour your face. There are no set steps. The key here is to blend properly at the end. This tutorial uses 3 products and 3 brushes, but you can easily achieve this look with just a light and dark foundation. You can even use your fingers or sponge to blend, if that’s more comfortable for you.

This infographic also shows the basic tools you’ll need.

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Eventually you should adjust your contouring technique to your face shape. This infographic shows you the key areas to highlight, add blush, contour according to your face shape:

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Before we part, here some quick expert tips:

  • Pick a single makeup texture and keep it consistent. Powders are the easiest to blend, creams have good coverage, and liquids last really long. Sticking to one texture will prevent caking.
  • Light in the center, darker around the periphery

Remember to always adjust to how your face is structured. All of this information is merely basic guidelines to get you started. Always go with what works best for YOU.

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Serene Sanctuary

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There are days when you need to break away from it all and just simply unwind. Within the prestigious Sentosa Cove is the AWAY spa located in the stylish W Singapore Hotel. Luxurious and tranquil at the same time, this spa is designed to calm your mind and to treat your body right.

There is no way you are walking out of this luxury spa without feeling fresh, rejuvenated, and truly beautiful.

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The AWAY Spa has been the recipient of many awards, and the subject of many magazine features.

They also have products that you can purchase so that you may be able to recreate your refreshing spa experience in the comfort of your own home.

Their amazing facilities are what makes them a must-visit for anyone seeking a world class spa treatments. They have a beautiful jacuzzi and vitality pool as well as sauna. Don’t leave without experiencing their nozzle room called Indulgence.

Go for an exfoliating body scrub that will leave your skin smooth and silky to the touch. After the scrub, hop in the shower and then de-stress with a 90 minute whole body massage with a fragrant rose infused oil.

The pampering doesn’t stop at their expert spa and beauty treatments, return to this calming waiting area post-treatment for a cocktail. This is the perfect way to cap off an afternoon of leisure, rest, and relaxation.

The AWAY Spa at the W Singapore is the perfect getaway. All their world class treatments put your mind at ease and detoxifies your body. 

It is hard to leave this place, but you are guaranteed to be leave with a happy face.

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Style Icon: Lupita Nyong’o

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2014 has brought us a new fashion icon: Lupita Nyong’o. Her breakout role in 12 Years A Slave had her gracing award shows and red carpets worldwide. Not only is she naturally stunning, but it is quite hard to miss her regal presence on the red carpet.

Fashion magazines, editors, and industry insiders have been taking notice and constantly praising her impeccable style choices. Named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person of the year and the face of Prada’s S/S 2014 campaign, Lupita Nyong’o is redefining glamour and upping the ante of celebrity style with every ensemble.

Take a note and get inspired, here are 8 of Lupita’s best looks:

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This uber chic jumpsuit reaffirms the timeless albeit underrated elegance of the color navy. 

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One of the best looks during the 2014 Oscars, this pretty much cemented Lupita’s new style icon status. The delicate pleats on her powder blue Prada gown is the very picture of understated sophistication. A true style coup.

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Pulling off one of spring’s most daring trends, culottes, in a daring print is not a feat to be sniffed at. This SUNO outfit is proof that fashion risks do pay off.

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Lupita is telling you two things here. One: do not be afraid of bold colors. Two: sometimes the less accessories you wear, the better off you are.

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Take a cue from Lupita, and try a bold lip with a bright colored dress. Just make sure that your lip color is a contrasting and complementary hue.

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Rich jewel tones, like this luscious emerald green strapless gown, are best when paired with metallic accessories. Remember to keep your metals minimal and sleek like Lupita does, since the color is already a strong statement.

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Conventional fashion wisdom says do not wear the same color (unless it’s neutrals) from top to bottom. Lupita breaks that rule and comes away with an unforgettable fashion moment. You can wear a bright red orange dress, pumps, and earrings–so long as you keep your makeup natural and dewy.

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Perfect summer dress? Check. Perfect summer sandals? Check. Perfect summer accessories? Check. This is how you do black-and-white for a summer afternoon.

A new style icon to add to your fashion watch list. We all really have a lot to learn from Lupita’s bold and feminine panache. 

Have a great week!

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Casual with a Twist

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Hi everyone,

Hope you have had a wonderful holiday yesterday and feel refreshed and rested.

It is the hot season here in Singapore and so I have decided to show you another outfit that will keep you cool in the sun.

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This is a really easy outfit that will look great on anyone.

The statement here is definitely the jacket. It has a beautiful abstract print that is so loved by designers this season. It is great value for money (I got it in Mango for just $59) and it is very light. It is made out of cotton and will allow your body to breathe even in Singapore’s tropical heat.

Another great thing about this jacket is that it really isn’t asking for any accessories. All it needs is some basic clothes you already have in your wardrobe to go with it.

For our shoot, we have paired it up with a simple navy top by Giordano and a pair of denim shorts by Pull&Bear. As for shoes, I went for my old friend – Givenchy wedges.

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Possible variations:

– I can totally see this jacket with a pair of cool sneakers and a white skirt. It will still keep you cool and add a little chic.

– Wedges or heels are recommended. If you want to go with flats, get a high waist skirt or shorts.

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– and if you have to have an accessory for every outfit, why not try a necklace? This one by Salut De Miel (priced at $129 in Robinsons).

If you want to share your beautiful outfits with us or have any questions email me at kate@stylewithkate.com!

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Happy Friday!

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Giuzeppe Zanotti Spring Summer 14 Collection

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Hi everyone,

Hope you guys are doing well. Here are a few photos I took at the Giuzeppe Zanotti SS14 launch organised by Harpers Bazaar Singapore. It took place in Giuzeppe Zanotti boutique in Ion a few days ago.

I love their new collection. It is got it all – the strappy heels, the metallic sandals and statement sneakers. Whatever your taste, you will find the perfect pair!

I know which ones I want)))

Will be posting a lot more photos soon including the ones from the Audi Fashion Festival.

Stay tuned!

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The Intriguing Character

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are feeling happy and well today! I am crazy excited to show you this awesome new look. The reason I love it so much is because it is 100% charismatic and 100% complete. I also love it because Jessica here is a great model and she makes everything look surreal.

Just one glance at this outfit and suddenly the whole image is complete in your head. No thinking requited – it is instant.

Feeling intrigued?

Check out the look:

What does it make you feel? Where do you think Jessica is going? Who is going to meet her?

The answer my imagination gave me is at the very end of this post 🙂 

To create this look we have used a bit of everything: a little bit of imagination, a drop of makeup skills and our shopping experience.

We have purchased this sweatshirt from a US brand called NSF. It is not super famous, and therefore may be a little bit difficult to find, but some of the stuff they make is really cool and worth looking for. Sweatshirts are big right now and it really is one of my favourite current trends. They are very versatile, can be styled to match any look and are insanely comfortable. This one also happens to be beautiful. It has a great abstract print adding a bit of oomph to the overall design.

The dress is by Ted Baker and was actually purchased on a Christmas sale! Imagine that! And by the way, yes, it is a dress… Usually I am against stripes, but this is a really clever type of stripe. Its hugs your body diagonally making it slimmer and it really lengthens your whole silhouette. In other words, a really genius stripe. 

The shoes are classic grey Prada slingback that are totally worth what you pay for them. They look awesome everywhere and this outfit is no exception.

We have added a pearl and silver necklace by Chanel that adds more chic to this look. Any more jewelry would look a little over the top here because the key accessory in this outfit make a very bold statement. And that accessory is the headscarf.

The headscarf is what makes this look complete. It also delivers 80% of its character. Why is the headscarf so special in this case? Well, first of all it matches both the color scheme and the theme of the entire outfit. Secondly, this scarf has a lot of white, which reflects the light right onto Jessica’s face. This gives a bit of a glow and shimmer to the skin. And finally, it has a function of keeping Jessica’s hair out of her face.

Last but not least – the sunglasses. This very striking pair of purple Miu Miu glasses was added to frame Jessica’s face and to complete the look.

 

And now is the time I reveal more about Jessica’s character in this shoot.

This young lady is about to make the most of this warm sunny day and go for a drive in her open top car down a small country road in Cornwall!

If you have a different scenario as to what Jessica should do in this outfit, do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me your suggestions on kate@stylewithkate.com!

Hope you enjoyed it!

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How to look great on a really hot day

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Good morning everyone!

How have you guys been? Hope you had a fabulous couple of days and got a lot of great things done!

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It has been crazy hot here in Singapore. So I decided to get busy and create a look for super hot weather.

Well what can I say, the choice is huge. There is a wealth of cute little clothes for hot weather out there– millions of crop tops, billions of silky skirts and gazillions of strappy sandals.

So where do I start? OK, I am a total freak when it comes to getting protected from those nasty UV rays. Obsessed, crazy and don’t I know it. That is why I started with the hat 🙂

I had this awesome hat that I bought a few season ago in one of my favourite stores called Furla. It is a very classic hat you would expect to see in the stores all year round. A hat is always a great accessory in hot weather because not only does it help protect your visage from the sun, but also protect your hair from loosing its lovely colour. Yes, sun ruins your hair colour, that is a fact. Unless of course you want to have sun highlights (which your hairdresser will not thank you for) or you are blonde and don’t mind being even blonder.

Next step – clothes. Decisions decisions… As a girl who is not a fan of showing too much leg, I went with a dress that covers up my knees, but leaves my shoulders and neckline open. That is just the way I like it. I have purchased a navy colour dress from a brand called Three Dots. It is a US brand that is great for casual simple clothes. As this dress is quite revealing around the neckline, I have gone with not one but two big and bold statement necklaces to cover up some flesh. Those necklaces are easy to find in any accessories stores. I got these ones somewhere in Far East Plaza on Orchard road. I liked them in particular because they match my natural colors (eyes, lips and skin) and make the hat and dress look nice together. Plus, they are slightly ethnic which goes well with the shoes.

When it comes to shoes, I definitely use the “quality above quantity” rule. I don’t have a lot of shoes, but those that I do choose to buy are high quality classics that last forever.

The fat heel sandals here (I guess you could almost call them wedges) were purchased in Selflidges in London a long time ago. They are probably the only Givenchy shoes I have seen that can be attributed to the ethnic style. But here we are.

And voilá my Hot Day outfit is complete!

 

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Oh yes, don’t forget to smother yourself with sunblock before you step outside!

Have a great day!

A Total Makeover by StyleWithKate

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Hello readers,

This is one of the latest makeover we did at StyleWithKate.

Adeline is in her 20 and has a killer figure. However, she finds it hard to find clothes that fit. Reason: a tiny XXXS size and a height of 5 feet. So getting clothes of the right size is definitely a challenge. In addition to that, Adeline is getting ready for her trip to New York this month and does’t really have any warm clothes to take with her. After all, Singapore is not exactly famous for autumn wear.

So she called StyleWithKate to get new outfits as well as styling and makeup tips!

 

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First of all for Adeline was the make up. She usually doesn’t wear any, because she likes that young, free spirited look. However, Adeline was very happy to try some very light makeup and it certainly has transformed her look. It is amazing what a drop of foundation and some blusher can do… Judge for yourself)

Here is Adeline’s new date night outfit:

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Outfit 1 – Date Night

For this outfit we have simply paired a bandage style dress with some very neutral patent hills and a contrast clutch. It is a very sexy look, with its deep v neck and a rather short skirt, yet Adeline still finds it comfortable and not too revealing. And with a figure like hers it really would be a crime not to flaunt it. Guys, Adeline will not be single for much longer…

In this outfit:

Dress by BCBG $500
Shoes by BCBG $160
Chanel style clutch $49
Ring by J.Crew $80

Adeline admitted that sometimes she just gets clothes because they fit and not because she likes them. And as a young woman as well as a personal stylist, I really feel for her. It is utterly unfair, but the reality is – there just isn’t as much choice for people with unpopular sizes, whether it is XXXS or XXL. This utter ridiculous discrimination must be corrected!!

Here is an outfit we got Adeline for her trip to the cool New York)

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Adeline wanted to look and feel great when she is in New York. To achieve that we got her a wide jacket to keep her nice and warm on cool April days. The jacket widens toward the hip and has rather large sleeves that really adds some volume and elevates Adeline’s look. We got a simple long sleeve top and some grey jeans as the basics. They are easy to match and can be used to create other outfits. To add some zest to this rather calm and outfit, we added these gorgeous metallic heels. Not only do they create an accent on Adeline’s small and beautiful feet, but also represent this Spring’s most flashy trend – metallic strappy shoes! Just check out the attitude in these photos! Adeline look confident, stylish and ready for anything! Big tick!

In this outfit:

Pants by H&M $69
Scarf by H&M $29
Strappy heel Franco Sarto $180
Jacket from Korean market
Long sleeve top from Giordano $50

And finally the Street style look:

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This is a super comfy everyday look. In the heat of the Singapore sun paired with 90% humidity, your body is begging for clothes that breathe.

So, we have chosen a very cool quilted sweatshirt that Adeline has recently bought to go with the rest of the clothes. It is a very thin sweatshirt with short sleeves, making it comfortable to wear even in hot weather. A simple floral dress really freshens up the look and leaves Adeline happier and more relaxed. As for the shoes, we got her light colored pumps with a platform in front, which makes Adeline taller without giving her foot ache.

In this outfit:

Dress by Pull & Bear $40
Sweatshirt (Adeline’s)
Bracelet by J.Crew $90
Melissa inspires pumps $80

We hope Adeline will use our make up and styling tips and really enjoy her new outfits!

Happy Styling!