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Kerry Washington’s #WokeUpLikeThis Allure Cover Misses the Mark (Forum Buzz)

Oh dear! Allure magazine has gotten it all wrong this month. The beauty-focused magazine features Kerry Washington as its November cover star and has photographed her makeup-free. While it’s often a pleasure to see magazines breaking the mold, forum members accuse Allure of contradicting itself. Kerry is shot by Carter Smith for the soft portrait wearing a thick-knit cardigan teamed with a plunging gray bra — looking like she’s just gotten out of bed.

Allure November 2014 Kerry Washington


The minute the cover surfaced on theFashionSpot forums, members began to let loose. “I’m hating these no-makeup covers. It didn’t do any favors for Regina George and it’s not doing anything for Kerry either,” rants an unimpressed A.D.C.

“Lol she looks ill… I really don’t like these no makeup covers,” replies GlamorousBoy, in agreement.

Miguelalmedia also doesn’t appreciate the no makeup approach: “WOW I love Kerry but she looks like she has the flu and just woke up.”

Tigerrogue makes a valid point and posts, “I’m trying to like it, but I don’t really understand why a magazine so focused on make-up is selling itself with the bare-faced look. It seems a contradiction in terms.”

“I mean here you have a stunning woman who has great style, is on a hit TV show, and appears thoughtful and intelligent in her interviews. Yet somehow magazines never seem to use her well for the covers! This is even worse than that god awful Lucky cover!” disapproves Miss Dalloway.

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for more disapproving reviews and join the discussion here.

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Tilda Swinton Stars in NARS Spring 2015 Campaign



Today, NARS Cosmetics announced that Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be the face of its Spring 2015 campaign. The 53-year-old will succeed British actress Charlotte Rampling, who was the face of the brand for its 20th anniversary campaign for Fall 2014. NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars photographed the campaign featuring the fashion icon. “As a photographer, working with an actress like Tilda is very enjoyable,” said Nars. “She is a living legend and I love her bold style and really admire her work. As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera. And as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression. She was the perfect choice for NARS.” 

The first ad shows off Tilda’s perfect bone structure as she wears graphic eyeliner and bleached brows. Each of the four ads will run from January to April and will show off one of the four collections.

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Vivienne Westwood Thinks Food and Clothes Are Too Cheap, Wants to Downsize

Image: Daniel Deme/

Image: Daniel Deme/

Vivienne Westwood is no shrinking violet. The designer has always been an advocate for social justice and her latest targets are the British government along with the U.K.’s food and garment industries. Westwood let her opinions be known to The Guardian at a live event sponsored by the publication, saying that clothes and food in the U.K. should cost way more than they do. She blames government subsidies for the cheap prices and says that it is hurting the economy. 

“You know something is wrong when you can buy a cooked chicken for £2,” she said. “The world runs on debt and that’s why nothing costs what it should.” Westwood said that with this knowledge, she is recommitting herself and her company to be more environmentally friendly — and that means cutting down on staff as well as creating smaller collections. “I’m trying to pull the collection back to things I really like … I think this is the most environmental thing we can do … I only need to make the clothes I like. I have the money, so I don’t need to make things I don’t like.”

While she’s correct that the impact we make on the environment is quite devastating, the prospect of people at her company losing jobs is a bit unsettling. We guess Westwood staffers should start dipping their toes into the job search field because it sounds like Westwood plans to make good on her words.

[via The Guardian]

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TOMS Is Doing Handbags Now


TOMS is making a push to help mommies-to-be in disadvantaged communities by delving into the world of handbags. The do-gooder label unveiled its new range of carryalls, proceeds from which will, of course, go to a good cause. Sticking to the label’s crunchy granola appeal, the bags come in perforated leather options, woven pattern details and a good sprinkling of beading to boot. Envelope clutches round out the selection as well as a diaper bag, which founder Blake Mycoskie told WWD he added when he found out his wife was pregnant. 

For every one of the bags purchased, the company will donate a birth kit to a woman in need. A cord clamp, surgical blade, clean surface, gloves and soap will go to each mother to help ensure that her baby enters the world in a sanitary, healthy way. The bags are expected to drop for Spring 2015.

[via SheFinds]

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Jeanne Lottie Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Pretty in Pink Party

Jeanne Lottie Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Pretty in Pink Party

No, it’s not an 80s-themed costume party — though who wouldn’t jump at the chance to wear a floor-length floral skirt, a cropped denim vest and strings of pearls? This Saturday, October 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Jeanne Lottie designer Jane Ip is opening up her renowned Pink House Boutique for the Pretty in Pink Party in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pink-themed occasion, held in partnership with online magazine and event planning company Pink the Town along with Yorkville’s Forest Hill Real Estate, will feature all manner of pink treats and beverages as well as offer mini manicures, makeup applications and gift bags in, you guessed it, pink. The event will also host a silent auction and a fashion show. (No word on what colour clothing the models will wear.) Ten percent of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to breast cancer research as well as proceeds from the sale of Jeanne Lottie bags, which guests can shop at up to 40 percent off. 

The piece de resistance is a KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Architect Stand Mixer, which will go to one lucky silent auction participant. The item is being donated by KitchenAid to celebrate the Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown. With every sale of this mixer, KitchenAid donates $75 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Think pink!

The Pink House is located at 32 Scollard Street in Toronto.

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Meet Me At Starbucks, Where Good Things Happen

It’s fall – the weather’s slowly getting chillier, the leaves are turning and now we’re back to craving hot coffee and delicious autumnal pastries. It’s the perfect time to gather friends, loved ones and professional contacts over coffee, the perfect time to get together. There’s a lot going on in this world today, but when we come together in a positive and productive way, good things happen – and Starbucks is the perfect place to do it. Don’t believe us? Watch above to see what happens when people all over the world meet at Starbucks.

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