Tipton debuts private label collection

Last year, Project Runway alum Ashley Nell Tipton launched a clothing collection with JCPenney. This year, the designer is breaking out on her own.

According to InStyle, Tipton just launched her own namesake private label collection, complete with 14 pieces that are just as vivacious as she is. While InStyle says the line largely consists of “essentials” like shirt-dresses and bodysuits (that come in a standard solid and happy floral prints), it also is home to bolder styles, like “sheer full skirts, graphic dresses and of-the-moment biker shorts with lace trim.”

But what kind of collection would this be if it didn’t include accessories? That’s why InStyle says Tipton also designed three different eyewear styles, along with 24 wide-fit jewelry pieces that make for easy accessorizing with any outfit.

With so much wonderful in one collection, it’s hard to think it could get any better — but then comes the price and size range. With InStyle reporting that the line spans $24 to $99 and offers sizes 1X through 5x, it’s hard to beat what Tipton is offering.

Click here to check out the line for yourself!

Cyrus collaborates with Converse

Everyone loves a comfy pair of sneakers, but thanks to Miley Cyrus, your next pair of kicks will be comfortable AND cool.

According to InStyle, the “Younger Now” singer recently took to Instagram to show off a few designs from her forthcoming collaboration with Converse. In four separate posts, InStyle says Cyrus revealed different samples from the line, giving followers a glimpse of a pink low-top sneaker with a sparkly silver platform, as well as a white high-top pair with a sparkly pink midsole and another white low-top style with a silver midsole.

Even in the midst of the glitter-fest, Cyrus did not forget about crafting an equally-stylish, yet un-sparkly shoe. Sharing a unisex styleInStyle says the singer posed with a white, low-top sneaker with a black and white bandana-print midsole, making for one ultra-modern, polished look.

Although no release date has been mentioned, one thing is for sure: we can’t wait for these super-sparkly kicks!

 

 

Eloquii and Holliday collaborate on ‘noir’ campaign

Tess Holliday is killing the game yet again, this time fronting a brand-new campaign for extended-size brand Eloquii.

According to InStyle, the author-model-activist teamed up with Eloquii to star in the ad campaign for their latest Noir Collection, all 11-piece capsule collection that “comes just in time for holiday dressing, thanks to the collection’s lineup of stunning evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and jumpsuits.”

Shot in Paris, the campaign is just as glamorous as Holliday is, who is showing off clothing part of Eloquii’s Black Tie Collection, says InStyle, which is their an eveningwear line that features pieces crafted with intricate bead work and luxurious materials.

As far as price, InStyle says the line costs a bit more than typical Eloquii pieces, but offers that the cost is worth the glamour, considering these are “investment pieces” that will stand the test of time and offer endless style year after year.

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

WHBM debuts curve collection

White House Black Market has just unveiled the curvy clothing collection of our dreams.

According to InStyle, the modern fashion company “expanded it’s selection to include curve sizing accompanied by a gorgeous ad campaign featuring body positivity activist and supermodel Candice Huffine.”

Offering a smattering of the most sleek, modern and stylish looks, InStyle says WHBM’s collection includes everything from dress pants and blouses to skirts, dressing and suiting. The best part is that the line is available in sizes ranging from 14W to 24W, and everything is priced under $220, reports InStyle. 

Our pick: 

The ponte leggings. At just $49, these leggings offer the comfort of your favorite pair of yoga pants while combing them with the look of a regular pant, making for a comfortable and versatile wardrobe item that can take you from work to weekend in no time.

Check out the rest of the collection here.

LOFT unveils new curve line

Fashion is for all, and Gwynnie Bee is giving us the curvy line we’ve been waiting for.

According to InStyle, the fashion delivery service just unveiled a new collaboration with LOFT, offering sizes from 10 to 26. The exclusive 23-piece line will include a range of items, says InStyle, such as “workwear pieces like slacks and blouses as well as more relaxed fare like cuffed jeans and tees.”

While the line isn’t available for purchase until February 2018, InStyle says that members can already rent items from the collection.

Our pick:

The cuffed jean. The perfect utility item, these jeans are an ideal wash, allowing to be easily dressed up or dressed down. With the right top and accessories, these jeans can take you from day to night and from brunch to a night on the town.

Shop the collection here.

Rihanna shares body-positive wisdom

While launching her Fenty x Puma collection at Bloomingdale’s last week, Rihanna decided to share her best body-positive wisdom at the event — aptly named a pep rally.

According to InStyle, the singer and designer shared in an interview with The Cut the way she approaches dressing her “fluctuating” figure, sharing that she has to assess her body every day to decide how to flatter it best.

“I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type, where one day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day—the next week—I need something oversized,” she said, according to InStyle. “I need a little crop here and a high-waist there to hide that part, you know? I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what’s working for my body that morning.”

Armed with this piece of advice from one of the biggest fashion icons of our time, InStyle also says Rihanna left us with another major takeaway about dressing the skin we’re in:

“I think it’s important to make sure that you wear the thing that works for your body the best, and that’s flattering.”

Amen to that!

Nicole’s Favorites: Digital Must-Reads

Sometimes, speaking up or putting yourself out there can be extremely difficult. It can take all the confidence and bravery you can muster to finally speak your mind, stand up for yourself or go out on a limb in pursuit of your dreams. But, when you have models of those who have gone before us — those who have busted down doors or pointed out double standards — it can make it a little bit easier for the rest of us who are trying to find our way.

This week, I’ve chosen two pieces that I think are very important to read, albeit for different reasons. One teaches us to speak up in the midst of the most difficult or trying circumstances, while the other offers insight on the roadblocks women may face when striving for success. Both, however, will leave you feeling stronger and inspired. Here are my two favorite online reads for this week:

Gretchen Carlson: What Speaking Up Against Sexual Harassment Did for Me—and Why I Encourage Other Women to Do the Same 

(Trigger warning) The former Fox News host reveals details the sexual assaults she faced as a Miss America candidate and later sexual harassment she faced working her way up the media industry. Her experiences — and the countless others she heard from women with similar stories — then inspired her to write Be FierceStop Harassment and Take Back Your Power, due out on Oct. 17. Read her essay on InStyle here.

Jewel Eliese: How to Get Published: Be Male?

Writer Jewel Eliese breaks down the barriers to success in the world of publishing, which she concludes may be a function of gender, as males — and even females writing under male pseudonyms — have an easier time getting manuscript requests and even published. However, Eliese argues that we, as a society, can change things if we remove gender and its adjoining stereotypes from the equation and focus on the quality of the storytelling, not the name signed at the bottom of a query letter. Read her full article here.

While these pieces certainly point out the many trappings that can go along with gender, they should serve as a source of inspiration, letting us all know that change is possible if we have the courage to pursue it.

XO,

Nicole

Apple unveils new gender-neutral emojis

Whenever Apple makes an announcement, you can be pretty sure that it is going to be game changing, and its latest move is no exception.

According to InStyle, the tech giant recently announced that they will offer a host of new emojis to their already-expansive collection, including some new gender-neutral characters. The additions, which CNN says comes along with the iOS 11 update, includes “more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral options, mythical creatures, clothing, food and animals,” while also adding more skin tones and country flags to their roster.

Additionally, InStyle reports that the update also includes new “empowered female emojis,” which take the form of “a female rock climber and a woman breastfeeding.”

With these changes to Apple’s emoji repertoire, hopefully there will come increased representation in the future.

 

Urban Decay unveils new lipstick set

Whether Urban Decay makeup products are your guilty pleasure, beauty bag standard or  your first foray into the world of cosmetics, you certainly won’t want to miss their latest release.

According to InStyle, the company recently unveiled their all-new Vault of Vice lipstick set, which comes fully loaded with everything from lipsticks to liquid lipsticks to lip liners.

The 15-piece set includes “four lipsticks in 1993, Blackmail, 714, and Big Bang, four coordinating liquid lipsticks, as well as four lip liners in the same colors to create a totally cohesive look,” says InStyle, and also comes with “Special Effects lip toppers in Fever, Reverb, and Ritual.”

With all of these different products in one set, you can easily mix and match colors to create versatile looks. InStyle says the set is currently available at Macy’s and at Urban Decay for $150.

 

Sustainable cotton brand launches line for women

Everyone should have soft, comfortable clothes that make them feel cozy and confident.

Enter Kotn, a Toronto-based sustainable cotton brand who just added a new women’s line to their offerings, according to InStyle. The 16-piece women’s line offers “the core essentials every woman’s wardrobe needs,” says InStyle, with pieces ranging from V-neck  T-shirts and high-neck tank tops to cropped sweatshirts and culotte sweatpants.

Perhaps the best part about is Kotn’s sustainability background; the brand consistently partners with farmers in Egypt’s Nile River Delta in an effort to inject fair wages and revamp the local agriculture business, says InStyle. Talk about being a brand for good!

Pieces in the line range from $25 to $120 and come in sizes from XS to L. Click here to shop the line.