Three Natural Skincare Lines for Spring

 We guzzle fresh juices and munch on lush salads. But what about food for our skin? The latest trend, that’s hopefully here to stay, is fueling the skin with natural, edible ingredients. For some of us, smearing avocado on our face or the sting of bee venom does not sound too appetizing. So here are three growing brands whose products pack revitalizing ingredients without any messy side effects.

Indie Lee

 After suffering from a brain tumor in 2009, Indie Lee set out on a mission to rid toxins from her everyday life. Realizing the number of chemicals that often goes into skin products, she decided to start there. Her namesake brand uses only all-natural ingredients in the forms of cleansers, oils, serums and more. The products use a bare minimum of elements, which are often fruits or florals. Fan favorites are the Squalane Facial Oil and the Rosehip Cleanser.

Pai Skincare

Designed for sensitive and allergy-prone skin, the brand is great for those who are wary of skin inflammation. The products have no parabens, alcohol, beeswax or other skin irritants such as propylene glycol. Featured ingredients are avocado, rosehip, and jojoba, which help to sooth and hydrate skin.

Juice Beauty


Available at Whole Foods, Juice is a more affordable option compared to the other higher end brands. Their products, which cover the gamut of skincare, makeup and hair care, use USDA Certified organic ingredients.  Each product packs in an average of seven naturally potent extracts, from the more exotic algae and jojoba to kitchen staples like carrot and apple.

Photos courtesy of Indie Lee, Pai Skincare and Juice Beauty.

Four Ways to Rock the Crop Top/Skirt Combo

Skirts are lengthening while shirts are shrinking. As odd as it seems, celebs have been cropping up (pun intended) everywhere in long feminine skirts with a matching mini top.  Kim Kardashian, Shailene Woodley, Miranda Kerr and others have dabbled in the trend. Here are a few more practical ways to try the style out for yourself.

 1)   If making a huge statement isn’t your thing, try a muted color. Kim Kardashian tones it down—if that’s possible for Kim—in all white. article-0-1C3AB34900000578-21_306x738

2)    Cover up! Jamie Chung adds a fun leather jacket that pulls the eyes away from the midriff.

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3)    Still nervous about being too out there? Ditch the matchy-matchy look to take things down a notch. Coordinate colors or mix totally different ones, like Anne Hathaway.


4)    Who said a crop top had to be involved? Tuck your top into a lady-like skirt for a classic look. Or work it like Solange and add the matching element through the jacket.


Photos are courtesy of DailyMail, Glamour and HuffPo.

Fearlessly Feminine Fashion – Designer, Katty Xiomara

Katty Xiomara FW 2014

Katty Xiomara is a truly international fashion designer. Raised in Venezuela, educated in Portugal, Xiomara’s eponymous line was most recently shown in Tokyo. We caught Katty’s New York showing of her Fall/Winter 2014 collection in February (covered in our NYFW post). Her work is feminine, bold, retro and modern—a variety of looks that are difficult to blend but that Xiomara pulls of beautifully.

In fact, we were so enamored by Xiomara and her designs that we had to follow up with her! Read on to learn more about Xiomara’s collection, her inspiration and her fashion outlook…

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Fashion Icon of the Month – Lupita Nyong’o

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This March, Lupita Nyong’o is Manchester PR’s pick for Fashion Icon. The Kenyan actress has made a huge splash on the Hollywood scene, despite being an unknown as recently as six months ago—her now famous and Oscar-winning film debut in 12 Years a Slave put her on the radar. Her work in 12 Years a Slave and her current appearance in Non-Stop, which also stars Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore, means that Nyong’o has recently made numerous press appearances, including the major red carpet events of the season.

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