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5 Things You Missed This Week: Memorial Day Edition

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In our humble opinion, Memorial Day weekend is the best. Not only is it an XL-sized break from work, it’s also the unofficial start of summer. While the real deal doesn’t get underway for another month, all the friend-filled BBQs, pool openings and general chill summer vibes start right now. To lead you into the long weekend — and really, the summer season — we’ve compiled five can’t-miss articles from theFashionSpot this week. Ahead, we cover holiday nail art, the best summer beauty products and a bunch of budget-friendly beach bag options. Consider it essential weekend reading (then it’s back to your regularly scheduled programming of outdoor fun).

  1. Are you still keeping your legs in a pant prison? Let them out and into easy, breezy shorts. We’ve compiled this guide to the best on-trend shorts available right now. With our help, you’ll look anything but dowdy.
  2. It’s finally warm enough out to make beach-going a distinct reality. What are you going to use to lug your SPF, your sun-blocking hat and your beach read all the way to the water’s edge? We’ve got a few beach bag ideas and they’re all under $100, too.
  3. Beauty can be a bit complicated in the summer — going with a  full face of product and color can feel overwhelming in the heat, but you want to toss on something to feel put-together. Here’s our guide to a handful of hot weather beauty essentials.
  4. Are you the nail art queen of your block? Thought so. Don’t start this weekend without this spirited Memorial Day nail art primer. Find your ideal patriotic look or even one inspired by ocean waves.
  5. Need some ideas for healthy summer-gathering dishes but coming up short? We got you! Healthy doesn’t have to be boring — especially with summer’s produce bounty — and these 10 recipes are so easy and tasty you won’t even realize that they’re actually good for you.

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Link Buzz: A New Beyoncé and Drake Track Leaks, Game of Thrones: The Musical

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  • London-based designer Marques’Almeida won the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers for 2015. [LVMH]
  • The Langley Fox Hemingway x Forever 21 collection of relaxed cool tees and tanks features illustrations from the talented model. [Forever 21]
  • Lady Gaga is back to blonde and documented every. single. step. of the transformation for posterity. [Glamour]
  • Ed Sheeran and Kermit the Frog sing “Rainbow Connection” for Red Nose Day. [Time]
  • Also for Red Nose Day, Coldplay’s Game of Thrones: The Musical will be the best thing you watch all weekend. [YouTube]
  • Quelle horreur! There might be a Prosecco shortage this year. [Mirror]
  • There’s a whole lot of abs on this new Magic Mike poster. [Cosmopolitan]
  • The lovely Chanel Iman stars in the new Dennis Basso campaign. [WWD]
  • The Internet is freaking out over a leaked track featuring Drake, Beyoncé and OVO artist Sal Houdini. [Vice]
  • Did you always want a bacon, avocado and selfie emoji? You might be in luck. [Mashable

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Apple Watch Is Failing…Again

Apple Watch can’t catch a break. On Tuesday, a software update was released to fix security problems on the wearable tech accessory and improve the sensor that tells you if you’re sitting or standing. But Apple ran into another problem. According to Business Insider, the update broke the heart rate tracker. Now, instead of measuring your heart rate every ten minutes and then averaging the data, the watch only takes irregular measurements.

Technical issues, from sensor snafus to tattoo malfunctions, are likely one of the underlying factors affecting Apple Watch sales. Slice Intelligence, a firm that tracks and projects U.S. consumer spending through e-commerce email receipts, claims orders have drastically fallen since the watch’s debut and continue to plateau. 

Slice’s data shows that Apple received almost one million pre-orders from Americans on Friday, April 10, the first day Apple began accepting orders for the watch. Since then, the orders decreased to an average of under 30,000 sales per day from April 11 to May 18. That means that almost half of the total 2.5 million watch orders placed in the U.S. were made on its inaugural debut. It’s still too early to foresee the future of the Apple Watch but if the last month has been any indication, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

[via Business Insider, Quartz]

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Aymeline Valade Wears the Most Overused Top of the Season on Vogue Korea (Forum Buzz)

Magazines either get it terribly wrong or oh so right. Vogue Korea have cemented themselves as innovators of creativity but our forum members are left divided over the magazine’s recent issue. The title released its June 2015 edition which was quickly brought over to our forms for discussion. Aymeline Valade stars on the cover, shot wearing that striking Christian Dior top while standing among a blooming spring garden by photographer Cass Bird.

Vogue Korea June 2015 Aymeline Valade by Cass Bird

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“Wow, nothing on this cover is working for me. Aymeline looks so awkward here and the styling doesn’t help and the background is too busy,” justaguy discredited.

“This is not working..” added GlamorousBoy.

Wolkfolk wasn’t feeling it either. “Aymeline I love you but please dye your hair back to black! The disco top is distracting from the peaceful and natural background. A white top would’ve made a much nicer composition,” he suggested.

In agreement was simon: “Too much distracting details on the background. Not loving the tops Aymeline is wearing.”

“The backdrop is season appropriate but the styling isn’t. Also, the backdrop is too messy. One thing I’ve noticed is that Vogue Korea no longer produces edgy covers,” MON contributed, adding fuel to the fire.

Surprisingly, not everyone was so underwhelmed. “I really like this! It’s not perfect but I love that Vogue Korea keeps delivering fresh covers!” approved Nepenthes.

Forum member burbuja8910 showed support also, writing, “Amazing cover.”

Are you a fan? Join the discussion here.

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London Crowns the First Fashion Futures Awards Winners

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Burberry Fall 2015; Image: IMaxTree

Burberry, Anya Hindmarch, Farfetch and John Lewis were just a few of the big names that took home top honors at the inaugural Fashion Futures Awards in London on Thursday evening. The ceremony was held by Decoded Fashion in partnership with the British Fashion Council to celebrate fashion and retailers who are evolving their companies using tech-based ideas and tools.

The awards took place after a two-day summit with a panel of judges that included Charlotte Olympia president Bonnie Takhar, Rebecca Minkoff CEO Uri Minkoff, BFC’s CEO Caroline Rush and Instagram Creative Strategist Alastair Cotterill. The full list of winners is below.

A Killer Experience: Most innovative way of enhancing the consumer experience
Winner: Farfetch

The Master of Mobile: Most innovative use of mobile

Winner: Grabble

Bytes and Bricks: Best omni-focused in-store experience

Winner: Burberry

Beyond the Runway: Most engaging digital marketing campaign 
Winner: Anya Hindmarch

New eStore on the Block: Best new e-commerce launch
Winner: Fyodor Golan

The Game Changer: Startup set to disrupt fashion in 2015
Winner: Memomi

Digital Coalition: Best brand and startup collaboration

Winner: Metail & Henry Holland

The Big Idea: Most innovative new digital project

Winner: Knyttan

Real Time Innovator: Best use of data and analytics for fashion and retail
Winner: Belstaff

The Visionary
Winner: John Lewis

Fashion Is Great: Campaign to promote the U.K.
Winners: Craig Green for menswear and Claire Barrow for womenswear

[via WWD]

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Can You Spot the Photoshop Blunders in This Vogue Ukraine Cover? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Ukraine was in our bad books last month for the awkward Georgia May Jagger cover. Now the magazine releases its latest and we’re still left feeling a little iffy. Shot by Arcin Sagdic, Polish model Ola Rudnicka graces the June 2015 issue poised on the studio floor wearing a floor-length Burberry dress. Our savvy forum members noticed signs of some evident airbrushing, which ultimately disappoints. Maybe those bleached eyebrows aren’t helping?

Vogue Ukraine June 2015 Ola Rudnicka by Arcin Sagdic

IMAGE: COURTESY OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARCIN SAGDIC

“Was the dress Photoshopped onto her? There’s something really weird to it. Also, I am bothered with how the image was zoomed. I wish they zoomed it more and placed her in the middle because she’s being eaten out by the text. Vogue Ukraine just doesn’t impress me anymore,” expressed MON the moment the cover surfaced.

“Really bad airbrushing,” agreed Glamorous Boy.

In agreement over the Photoshop was Emmanelle: “Indeed there’s something weird with her cleavage. Problem with Photoshop? Besides that, the cover is pretty, I can’t wait to see what’s inside.”

Things soon started to shape up. “A couple of odd bits, no pun intended, but overall, very cool cover,” enthused justaguy.

“Weird cleavage thing aside (which isn’t even that bad), this is a really cool cover. Very unique,” MyNameIs echoed.

“I don’t know about the backdrop but Ola is beautiful on the cover,” TeeVanity commented.

Nepenthes shared the same opinion, writing, “Her face is stunning! Happy for Ola!”

Impressed with Vogue Ukraine’s efforts this month? Drop us a comment here.

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