High-heel help

High heels and the summer party season do not need to go hand in hand. If you find you’re unable to wear heels of any height due to foot problems, this dilemma can be easily solved with a pair of jewelled summer sandals or ballet flats.

A pair of dressy sandals in metallic leather embellished with beads, studs or crystals complements any evening outfit, adds sophistication and style to your evening attire and, more importantly, a bit of comfort to the mix!

Style icon Elle Macpherson is renowned for wearing gorgeous flowing gowns with flat metallic sandals!

If you require a little more foot support, flat ballet-style closed-toe shoes are a sensible option. This understated feminine touch is a classic yet contemporary way to solve this dilemma.

A pair of flat evening shoes is the best accompaniment to long flowing dresses or skirts and tailored pants.

Enjoy the party season in style and comfort!

via High-heel help.

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Spring 2011 Hair and Makeup Trends

It may be hard to imagine, but spring is just around the corner. In just a few months, plum-shaded eyes and blood-red lips will go into hibernation, making room for perfectly undone updos and tropical-tinted lips. Read on for our favorite beauty trends for the upcoming season.

Juicy Lip Colors

Cantaloupe, watermelon, tangerine… bright and fruity shades of lipstick will definitely be making their way to your makeup bag this spring. Less bold than a wintry red lip, this is a trend that’s not only universal, but much easier to wear, and there are a ton of colors to choose from! Models at the Marc Jacobs and Milly (above) shows sported bright coral lips against golden-toned skin and, we have to say, nothing looks more perfect for the warmer weather.

Side Pinned Tresses

Girly barrettes pinning hair to the side were all the rage at the Badgley Mischka show (above). Perfect for long, short, or even super-short tresses, side-pinned hair is an easy way to break out of a hair rut. No bobby pins here, though, these clips are all about the drama and bling!

Bold Colored Eyes

Not for the shrinking violet. For his spring show, Peter Som (right) had models wear bright yellow eye makeup on their almost-bare faces. For the slightly more practical look of the models at the Armani show, wear blue eyeliner. Choose a navy hue for a more sophisticated look, and a brighter blue for something more fun and daring. We’re big fans of Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Royal Blue, it’s a universally flattering shade, and it stays on for hours!

Up-dos: Messy and Neat

This spring it’s all about the up-do. For a soft, unfussy look, a la the Donna Karan show (above), pull your hair back, leaving a few loose strands around the face and neck. For something more structured, like the Marchesa models, try a high bun and finish with a spritz of hairspray.

Almost Nude Face

What better time for an almost-nude face, than when the weather heats up? For the Burberry show, makeup artist Wendy Rowe blended a trio of soft-colored shadows around the eyes, then muted the color of the models’ lips with a small dab of concealer. For those with sensitive skin, layer on a tinted moisturizer first.

via Spring 2011 Hair and Makeup Trends | The Fashion Spot.

Color Trends 2011: 6 You Can’t Miss!

With a new year comes all new everything to become obsessed with—that is, from a fashion perspective. And that always begins with rich, vibrant, turn-up-the-volume color. Along with silhouettes (long and lean ’70s!) and pattern du jour (Ikat!), spring 2011 color trends offer a perfect barometer for outfit planning in the coming months. What to pack up and what to move front-and-center in your bursting-at-the-seams closet.   And with the spring season already peeking its rose-tinted shades out from beneath the 3-foot drifts of snow, we’ve got the six hottest hues of the moment right here. Not just any orange, yellow, or blue…this season, classic brights are a whole lot more interesting. And if you’re wondering if white is really a color…well, this spring, it certainly is!

Pink: But not just any pink! Honeysuckle pink (a bright, almost reddish hue) was voted the color of the year by Pantone, and, as far as fashion goes, it showed up on miles of spring 2011 runways, from Jil Sander to Valentino to DKNY. This signature pink also loved to pair up with other brights like aqua and orange or offering some bold contrast to more neutral tones like khaki and sand.

Orange: The fashion Universe loves orange, and this spring 2011, it sprung up in a bushel of juicy hues like this mouth-watering persimmon shade, which we can’t get enough of.

Yellow: Yellow is often a tough shade for many women to pull off, but given the extremes it went to for spring, we’re willing to go there, despite the risks. Here, it ranged from a warm, buttery tone at Chanel to the palest, prettiest shades of chartreuse at Jason Wu and Proenza. In the spirit of the ’70s, modern shades of mustard emerged on the runways, too.

Blue: Truth be told, nothing gets more classic than blue, especially this spring’s offerings. Think a vibrant aqua, a dusty sky blue, and the richest navy (obsessed!) lead the trend pack. Surprise blue move of the moment: Sky blue was often paired with bright orange and rust to gorgeous effect…who knew?

Earth Tones: In a sharp contrast to all the spicier hues of spring, the season also welcomed a cool breeze of soothing, wearable earth-colored tones, from sand to a Santa Fe rusty red.

White: Yes, white is pretty much always a big color for spring and summer. But guess what? This spring 2011, it’s like the shade (or, non-shade!) of the moment. Going well beyond your go-to white trousers and bundle of white tank-tops, crisp, head-to-toe white, jackets, and gowns were all a major designer favorite. And we’re on board…totally.

via Color Trends- 2011 Color Trends for Spring 2011 at Refinery29.com.