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How-To: Instantly Appear Taller (or shorter) in your Infinity Dress

11 Jul

INTRODUCING THE VINTAGE ORIGIN INFINITY DRESS…

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress in "Periwinkle"

Vintage Origin Maxi Infinity Dress in "Periwinkle" Slinky, $185


Wouldn’t it be nice to own a dress that morphs like a chameleon into the perfect style for your body type? We thought so too! This article will show you how to lengthen a short body frame & shorten a tall frame . . . all with ONE dress! 

The VO Infinity Dress is literally one dress (available in 50+ colors, textures & prints, and in 3 fabric collections!) that can be easily tied into 10+ body-flattering styles



BODY FRAME: The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it? Short women always seem to wish for height, while tall women yearn to be petite. We are never satisfied with what we’ve got. While I’d love to be able to change this mentality, I’m afraid it’s an issue much larger than me. So instead, we’ll give you the tools (and the dress!) to combat fashionable women’s longest struggles. 

Lengthen a short frame… by styling your Vintage Origin Infinity Dress in a style that gives off the illusion of a longer bodyline. The key here is to avoid horizontal lines that break a short frame into sections. Try Style #4 & Style # 5. These styles look fabulous without wrapping around the waist, a feature that tends to shorten a silhouette. 
Bonus tip: Wearing high heels with your dress will also instantly add a few inches to a petite frame. Vintage Origin’s unique design allows this Infinity Dress to be adjusted in length as you tie it, so you never have to worry about alterations! Click here for more information on available lengths.  

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, Style #4

Style #4

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, Style #5

Style #5

Break up a tall frame… In direct contrast, women wanting to minimize the look of a tall frame should use the tool of horizontal lines to their benefit. Concentrate on styles that wrap around the waist & break up the torso from the lower half. Styles that work wonders for this purpose are Style #1Style #3Style #7 & Style # 8.

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, Style #1

Style #1

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, How to Style, Style #3

Style #3

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, How to Style, Style #7

Style #7

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, How to Style, Style #8

Style #8

Click on a Style to check out our interactive 
for simple Step-By-Step instructions on how to tie your favorite style!


More Infinity Dresses from Vintage Origin: 
Click to shop safely & securely in the online VO Boutique!
Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, Burgundy Slinky, Cocktail length

Vintage Origin Cocktail Infinity Dress in "Burgundy" Slinky, $155

Vintage Origin Infinity Dress, "Stella", Maxi length, $185

Vintage Origin Maxi Infinity Dress in "Stella" Slinky, $185

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Whiten Teeth Instantly With Spring 2011’s Hottest Runway Trend…

7 Apr

Good morning!

According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a third of the population (32%) say they are “concerned by the look of their teeth.” We brush, we floss, we whiten and spend unbelievable amounts of money each year to get a whiter smile. But did you know that you can whiten teeth instantly for about $5?!

That’s correct! For the price of a tube of lipstick, you can obtain a visibly whiter smile… AND be super on-trend this spring!

No trend is hotter this spring than ravishing red lips. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Givenchy &  Yves Saint Laurent all spiced up their spring creations with a hint of this crimson beauty, and so can you!

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011. Marc expresses his wild side with a statement-making fire engine red lip.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011. Lips are given a natural red wash of color at this season's fashion week.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011

Louis Vuitton hits the Spring 2011 runway with a dark crimson pout, perfectly finishing out their sophisticated look.

Gucci Spring 2011

Red lips turn monochromatic when paired with bright color-blocking elements on the Gucci Spring 2011 runway.

Although any shade of red makes a statement on the runway, real life presents as a bit more of a challenge. Unlike the couture models of the runway, we’re constantly flashing our pearly whites throughout the day & thus, we must consider the effect our lipstick has on our smile. With so many variations of “red” available, it’s tough to know which red suits your smile best…. And that’s where we come in!

For the red that makes your teeth instantly whiter, stick to these 2 simple guidelines…

  1. Avoid reds that contain tones of peach, orange, brown, salmon & coral. Why? These shades tend to cast a yellowish hue on teeth, making them look dingy-ier than they really are. Instead, stick to reds that have a bluish undertone. These reds cancel out a yellow smile and whiten teeth instantly! [TRD Tip: Check out the photo below if you need help distinguishing between undertones.]
  2. Matte lips naturally absorb light, leaving teeth looking darker than they should. When choosing lipsticks, keep your attention towards the glossy variety, or products that have a bit of shimmer or shine to them. These types reflect tons of light, brightening your smile overall! [TRD TIP: If you already have a matte red in your perfect shade, sweep a coat of clear gloss over it just before making your entrance. If a matte lip has a bit of time to set before you gloss it, it will last much longer.] Try MAC’s Lipglass in Clear, $14.50. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.

Which one has the blue??

Try out these reds with a blue hue…

MAC Viva Glam, $14.50, MAC.com

YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 in Rouge Flamme, $30, Sephora.com

Stay tuned for more runway tips!

Spring 2011 Runway Trends: Vibrant, Statement-Making Prints

24 Feb

We met up with NBC’s fashion expert, Abby Gregory, to chat briefly about the hottest spring 2011 trends. Bold, beautiful prints were at the top of her list and we couldn’t agree more! Click HERE to watch the video interview!

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The Real-World Guide To Non-Slip Espadrille Ribbons

22 Feb

Hello again!

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I welcome this new warm(er) weather with arms wide open! And in the spirit of the shining sun & cloudless skies, I thought we’d celebrate by taking a look at one of the most daring shoe styles of the spring 2011 season. Reminiscent of angelic ballet point shoes, John Galliano created these show stopping espadrilles for Christian Dior’s Spring/Summer 2011 runway. His bold colors, patterns, and platformed style paired with this feminine classic have the fashion world in awe… again.

Christian Dior Espadrille Pumps, Spring/Summer 2011

Christian Dior Espadrille Pumps, Spring/Summer 2011

Now, these works of art work fabulously for a 30 second walk down the runway, but rate low on the real-world practicality scale. If you’ve ever tried strutting your stuff in ankle-wrapped ribbons, you know that they always seem to end up coiled loosely at the base of your foot after 5 minutes. Not worth the frustration, in my book.

However, this simple little solution can be the cure to all your espadrille nightmares…

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The Runway Diaries on NBCDFW…

26 Nov

Happy Black Friday!

While your Thanksgiving feast is still digesting, check us out on NBCDFW.com! We caught up with fashion authority, Abby Gregory, to share some holiday focused tips.

Check out her other pieces for some great Black Friday shopping ideas!

Turkey-Friendly Fashion…

25 Nov

copyright Alexis Bittar

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the big feast brewing in the oven, I felt it only appropriate to discuss some Turkey-friendly fashion options for tonight’s festivities. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning for tonight:

1. Make sure and leave some room to grow! Though it may look super cute in the mirror around 3pm, the post-stuffing distention will be anything but pleasant in that fitted cashmere top come 9pm. Opt for something adjustable: a belted flowy blouse paired with a bright cardigan, or a loose tunic top over leggings. Check out this Dancing Blooms Cardi, $128, available at Anthropologie.com.

2. Layer. You might feel a bit warm while eating that hot stuffing and pumpkin pie, but once digestion starts (about 20-30 minutes after eating), blood flow will rush from your extremities to your gut, causing you to get pretty chilly. Laying is a great way to combat this.

3. Add some sparkle! Please don’t parade around like a disco ball, but adding a little bit of flair to your fashion is especially encouraged during the holidays. I suggest picking one ornate item and then building your outfit around that. Try this gorgeous pair of Pyrite Teardrop Earrings by Alexis Bittar, $235, available at NeimanMarcus.com with matching Crystal Encrusted Gold Pyrite Ring (pictured above), $275, AlexisBittar.com; or this Sequin Jacket, $79.50, available at VictoriasSecret.com.

Most importantly, have a wonderful time with family, friends and loved ones. After all, if you can’t give thanks for the people around you, this entire holiday is a little pointless 🙂 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tame Those Flyaways!

10 Nov

Good morning readers!

I want to quickly thank everyone who has been checking in quite often to The RUNWAY DIARIES! Sunday had a record breaking 290 visitors! You make this blog worthwhile and I couldn’t thank you enough for your support.

Even though I am in denial about the rapidly approaching winter months, they’re still going to roll right on in. Now, I’m all about beautiful scarves, chocolate brown riding boots, opaque tights and adorably-knitted hats, don’t get me wrong. But what I can’t stand more than anything in the winter… is static-y hair. And isn’t it those daily annoyances that always seem to be unavoidable, no matter what you do?!  Well, here are a few tips from various runway stylists to get us all through the winter, static-free:

Wisk your teasing comb quickly through a burst of hairspray before combing down your part. The tiny teeth of the comb won’t separate hair like a brush would.

Rub a dryer sheet from root to tip just after blow drying those beautiful locks. It will cut down on static electricity AND makes your hair super soft!

When hats are to blame for that electrical socket look, spray a quick spritz of Static Guard inside the hat before placing it on your head.

To prevent static from becoming a problem, throw a hand-sculpted ball of aluminum foil into the dryer. Just remember to dial it down from “high heat.” Though, I know it’s a wonderful thing to pull that warmed pair of sweat pants out of the dryer after a shower.

Here are a few winter accessories to get you in the mood 🙂

RUNWAY: Galliformes Fedora by Yestadt Millinery, $348.00, available in-store at Anthropologie & online at Anthropologie.com; CHANEL Tweed Effect Lambskin Gloves, Unpriced, Fall-Winter 2001/2011 Pre-Collection (watch for these in stores soon).

MY WAY: BDG Flannel Fedora, $28.00, available in-store at Urban Outfitters & online at UrbanOutfitters.com; Nordstrom 22″ Long Leather Gloves, $168.00, available in-store at Nordstrom & online at Nordstrom.com.

TOMORROW: FIGHT FOREHEAD WRINKLES WITH THIS OFFICE “STAPLE”…