What She Should Have Worn: Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko has become something of a fashion darling over the last few years, people can’t wait to see what she’s going to wear next and some of the biggest names in fashion are vying to dress her. But that’s naturally what happens when someone has great style, and Olga is no exception, this French beauty has been seen in everything from a yellow gown covered in flower petals to a Valentino confection made of black leather and lace. But like all those who like to take style chances, sometimes they get it wrong. During Paris Fashion Week, Olga attended the Jean-Paul Gaultier show in a navy blue tulle skirt, black jacket, and black pumps. While the dark colors were beautiful against Olga’s dark hair and porcelain skin, there was just too much going on, and Olga seemed to get lost in the outfit. The skirt was a little too long, and the jacket looked like it may have been a size or two too big, completely overwhelming her gorgeous figure. Olga would have been better off choosing a shorter hem that would have shown off her amazing legs, and a cropped jacket with shorter sleeves that would have elongated her, making her appear taller. The part that Olga did get right were her black pumps and blue pendant necklace, they complete the look without making it look overdone.

Written by: Audrey Bonfig who received her B.A. in English and French from The Ohio State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in journalism at Ohio University. Her dream job is to be a writer for a fashion magazine, eventually working her way up to editor. When not keeping up-do-date on the latest trends, she enjoys Victorian novels, Tudor history, and Asian horror films.  She describes her personal style as “classic,” but always with a little bit of irony thrown in to keep things interesting! You can follow Audrey’s blog, “The Renaissance Chick.”

Stylish Celebrity Mothers and Daughters

In honor of Mother’s Day, why not honor some of the great mothers-daughter duos who have significantly influenced the world of style? Just like their great genes, it’s fun to see the how these celebrity mothers have passed their styles down to their equally famous daughters.

Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg

As far as mothers and daughters go, you won’t find a duo who epitomize urban-European style more than Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg. There’s just an easy, no-fuss style about the way these two dress, and being able to look like you didn’t put any effort into an outfit at all when you actually did is something that few people truly master, if ever.

Back in the 60s, Jane Birkin was the doe-eyed, leggy British actress who was known for her love of basic clothes and wicker baskets. These days, you won’t see her toting baskets as purses anymore, but her love of basics still remains. Jane is usually caught wearing casual trousers, a simple t-shirt or sweater, and often a pair of comfy shoes such as ballet flats or even sneakers. To achieve Jane’s comfy-chic look start with a simple pair of pants and a slouchy sweater; these tan pants are a little more interesting than jeans, and the slouchiness of the sweater balances out the tapered leg of the pants.  To help keep the look from going too casual, throw on a pair of converse sneakers and a scarf to amp up the chic factor. Lastly, as a nod to 1960s Jane, throw a straw bag over your shoulder to channel her famous wicker basket.

While Jane was known for her casual-chic style, she was also equally known for her affair with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, which lasted for thirteen years. Their union produced Charlotte Gainsbourg, who has become a famous singer and actress in her own right. Like her mother, Charlotte has developed a style “uniform” of sorts, which usually consists of jeans, ankle boots, a simple shirt, and a cool jacket such as a structured blazer or a leather motorcycle jacket. Charlotte herself has commented on her go-to style, admitting that she’ll wear the same shirt or sweater over and over again “until it’s smelly.” Her urban-chic style along with her no-fuss, windswept hair makes her one of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

To channel Ms. Gainsbourg, start with a pair of jeans, preferably distressed and little on the baggy side; add a t-shirt or sweater, and top it all off with a cool leather jacket. Lastly, throw on a pair of ankle boots and you’ll look like you’re ready to strut your stuff on the streets of Paris. Très chic!

Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz

Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz

When you’re mom’s Lisa Bonet, your dad’s Lenny Kravtiz, and your step-dad’s Khal Drogo (Lisa Bonet is married to Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa), cool style is in your genes. Zoe Kravitz has taken the fashion world by storm in the past few years, with a style that’s a unique blend of rock-and-roll and bohemian, a nod to her famous parents.

But we wouldn’t even have Zoe’s amazing style to drool over if it wasn’t for her mom, Lisa Bonet. Lisa shot to fame playing free-spirited Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, where she was known for her ever-fluctuating hair styles and clothing. Lisa is still a free-spirit today, but has found a style that’s all her own. Lisa’s look is very bohemian, with lots of loose-fitting boyfriend jeans, drapey sweaters, and floppy hats. To look like Ms. Bonet, start off with a pair of very distressed boyfriend jeans that are a size or two too big, the baggier the better. Next, to balance out how baggy the jeans are on the bottom, pair it with a tighter-fitting tank on top. To finish off the look, throw on a flowy sweater, strappy flat sandals, and an awesome floppy hat. Now all you need is your own Khal Drogo to go with it!

Like her mom, Zoe Kravitz favors bohemian styles as well, but she often throws in rock influences to create her own look. It’s interesting how Zoe seems to have taken bits of pieces from her parents’ styles to create her own personal look. Just like her style, Zoe’s also proving that she doesn’t need to rely on her famous parents to forge a career for herself, she’s been the face of two Vera Wang fragrances and recently starred in the sci-fi thriller Divergent with Shailene Woodley.

To get Zoe’s boho-rock look, start with a pair of skinny jeans, black pumps, and a bright red bag; these are the ‘rock’ elements of the look. To bring the boho into it, add a relaxed knotted t-shirt and a great hat (this bowler hat is awesome, but any hat you want to add will do!). The combination of these two different styles makes for a unique look, which will be sure to make you stand out in any crowd.

Carine and Julia Roitfeld

Carine and Julia Roitfeld

The name Roitfeld is synonymous with fashion royalty; Carine is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and current editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, and her daughter Julia is a model, lingerie designer, and consultant for designers such as Peter Som, Zac Posen, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. It’s safe to say that fashion runs in their blood.

When asked about her personal style, Carine said that for every-day she usually sticks to the same style formula, a pencil skirt on the bottom and something form-fitting on the top. While this look might be boring on some, on Carine it’s anything but. Carine often picks pencil skirts with interesting patterns and textures, and her tops have featured everything from big bell sleeves to fur. To channel your inner French editor-in-chief, start with a pencil skirt with interesting detailing, such as this gold lace one. Next, pick a top that won’t compete with the skirt, but still has an edge to it, such as this form-fitting leather jacket. Finally, add some eye-catching accessories, such as these bright pumps and geometric bag. This look is fashionable yet serious, perfect for the woman who wants to look stylish at work!

While Carine chooses classic styles that make her look work-ready and serious, her daughter Julia often chooses classic styles that showcase her gorgeous bombshell figure. Julia has curves and she likes to flaunt them, she says she often picks shapes that hearken back to the 1950s, when voluptuous figures were admired and desired by many. But, like her mother, Julia often adds accessories to her looks that take an otherwise safe outfit to the next level. To get Julia’s sexy-classy look, start with a classic staple: the little black dress. The waist-cinching belt and v-neck of this black dress look amazing on feminine curves, and help to create the allusion of more shape for girls on the thinner side. But to take the dress from safe to fashion-forward, add some great accessories like this quilted leather jacket and leopard print pumps. This look is the great for the classic dresser who doesn’t want to look too tasteful.

Sometimes we may laugh at our mothers or give them the occasional eye-roll if they annoy us, but these mother-daughter duos show that our mothers can show us a thing or two about life, even how to have great style!

Written by: Audrey Bonfig who received her B.A. in English and French from The Ohio State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in journalism at Ohio University. Her dream job is to be a writer for a fashion magazine, eventually working her way up to editor. When not keeping up-do-date on the latest trends, she enjoys Victorian novels, Tudor history, and Asian horror films.  She describes her personal style as “classic,” but always with a little bit of irony thrown in to keep things interesting! You can follow Audrey’s blog, “The Renaissance Chick.”

Going out in Style: Perfect Graduation Outfits

Graduation is approaching fast! Stuck between making the most of your final days, saying goodbyes, and getting excited about starting the next chaper in your life…

But the real question is, What are you going to wear?

You have taken a lot of time the past four years to craft the perfect wardrobe that is just the right amount of adorable blouses, comfy sweats and a few “business professional” items but none of that is going to make the cut.  IT’S GRADUATION DAY, no fear here are a few looks to help you looking great all day.

Prepster

Prepster: Give your collegiate look a makeover by adding bight colors to your basics such as this hot pink pencil skirt and canary yellow blazer. Pair these bold pieces with a gold watch, strapy crème heels and shimmer lipgolss to create an overall finish.

Classic

Classic: A timeless look, this dress is just the right amount of sophistication. Blush and nude acessories give this outfit a feminie feel and keeps the mood light for spring. A swipe of eyeliner, pink lip-goss and a pack of tissues will keep you fresh throughout the day.

Funky

Funky: Feeling playful? This vibrant asymetrical dress and floral & striped heels are just what you need! Paired with a clear crossbody to keep your “snacks for later” in. Add a pastel nail polish and fancy studs to complete this outfit.

What look with you choose? Eiher way have fun with it. Make sure you stock up on the waterproof mascara, tissues and cadies to share with your friends. Let us know what your wearing to graduation by sharing your outfits and inspiration @UBlushMagazine!

Written by: Sydney Cologie dream “job” is doing PR for a fashion magazine or retail company. She enjoy reading my horoscope and am often spilling hot coffee on myself. Inspired by city life, swing sets, and oversized sweaters the world is her oyster. Making up new words & watching cartoons are just a few of her favorite pastimes along with buying unnecessary calendars and dreaming of owning a kitten.

Cinco De Mayo Inspired Fashion

Cinco de Mayo is a special day for our fellow man. Celebrating their heritage internationally, we remember Mexico’s the great victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th of 1862.

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Get into the spirit by wearing clothes that channel the aesthetic of the traditional vibrant culture of Mexico, in a more modern way. Mexican fashion is usually known for bright colors, Aztec prints and bold patterns. A way to incorporate this into your daily outfits is by creating a more bohemian look, or by incorporating the colors of Mexicos flag into your outfit of the day. In order to create our “Mexican-Inspired” Look we have gathered a couple of pieces we hope you’d like,

This gorgeous crop-top has in bone color, with a delicate bold print that will give you a very flattering shape.

Keeping it traditional we have opted for plain black high-wasted jean shorts that will do a great job at representing the day and make your figure look super flattering.

Key to this look is this twinkle fur cardigan by Tsumori Chisato, in the effort to keep this look modern the cardigan will be replacing the “Pancho” and it will put your outfit together.

Now to enjoy this beautiful Fiesta and stand for long hours in the parade you will need to have comfortable shoes, and this beige flats with embroidery lace sides will leave all your friends wanting to borrow them!

Now that you have your essentials, you should never forget that asides from diamonds accessories are a girl’s best friend.  To finish our look we have opted for a wool hat with a contrast band the same color of the shoes, cat-like Celine sunglasses to give it a bit of edge and a leather bag that has a beautiful Aztec pattern in bold colors.

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What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo? Hashtag #UBLUSHCincodeMayo and show us your outfit of the day!

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

Transition Your Closet From Winter to Spring

Turn your Winter trends and favorite items into perfect pieces for Spring! Why let your winter wardrobe go to waste? Here are some ways to put your Winter staples to use this Spring.

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Khaki Pants: One of my personal favorites! These pants are comfy, adorable and you can find them in almost every color. I added a bright floral print t-shirt to spruce up the neutral bottoms. Adding a pastel sandal and pop-of-color watch and simplistic ring pulls the entire look together. Keep this look classic by pairing it with a basic textured purse.

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Leather Jacket: There is nothing like a leather jacket to give any outfit some edge, but when it comes to spring we want to lighten up the mood by adding lots of bold colors! Pair a high-waisted skirt with a crop top; both essential this season. I love adding fun accessories such as these fruit sunglasses and colored bangles; this outfit has me dreaming of soaking up the sun at an outdoor concert.

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Riding Boots: These knee high riding boots are great for walking during colder months but don’t let them sit in the back of your closet this season. By pairing them with a patterned dress with lots of color and a simple yet electric clutch, your everyday brown boots become perfect for getting drinks with the ladies! Don’t forget a fresh fragrance and stackable bracelets.

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Flannel: Everyone has a cozy flannel that we are holding onto from the winter months but it’s time to give this staple a makeover. A graphic tee and high-waisted shorts keeps a casual vibe. Add a pair of converse, sunglasses, and floral headband to give this outfit a street style appeal ready for an afternoon bike ride.

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Patterned Leggings: They were everywhere this winter from stripes, camo, polka dots and even galaxy print – patterned leggings are here to stay. I chose to add a statement blouse with cutouts and floral embroidery. I am obsessing over this “limone” (Italian for Lemon) wristlet and gorgeous diamond earrings paired with a trendy heel gives this everyday outfit a sense of attitude.

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Cardigan: This is an essential in every girl’s wardrobe. Perfect for keeping worm at the office and cuddling up on the couch but this spring it’s time to take your cardigan out to paly. A funky sneaker, sheer top (pairs well with a lace bralette or bandeau) and broken in denim shorts are great for spending the day in the park. Grab an oversized bag and swipe on some eyeliner to complete this look!

Spring is here! Let your closet make the transition with you and the flowers as your wardrobe evolves into beautiful warm weather outfits. Share your transitional looks with us @UBlushMagazine !

Written by: Sydney Cologie dream “job” is doing PR for a fashion magazine or retail company. She enjoy reading my horoscope and am often spilling hot coffee on myself. Inspired by city life, swing sets, and oversized sweaters the world is her oyster. Making up new words & watching cartoons are just a few of her favorite pastimes along with buying unnecessary calendars and dreaming of owning a kitten.

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