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Virgo Stylescope

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Birthday debauchery? Not for you, Virgo. Ever the introvert, “wild” is not exactly a part of your extensive vocabulary. Your special day will be spent very sensibly, doing exactly what you love best—organizing, analyzing and, of course, looking stylishly sophisticated. Here are the eight items that your brainiac self simply cannot live without this month.

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01: We know you love a freshly sharpened pencil more than almost anything else, and this soft leather case is just begging to store those No. 2s.

02: It’s no surprise that Mary Oliver, Stella McCartney and even Queen Elizabeth I are all Virgos—you are a brilliant bunch. Instead of keeping those A-plus thoughts in your head, try jotting them down in a journal.

03: Organize, organize, organize! We know you secretly love spending a Saturday afternoon getting all your ducks in a row.

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04: Make no mistake about it: just because you don’t dress flashy does not mean you lack style—you’ve got that in spades. This jumpsuit is the perfect blend of high fashion and understated simplicity.

05: Cue practical—yet gorgeous—shoes that will span the seasons.

06: You are incredibly adaptable, but also impeccably prepared. Stuff this grand tote full of odds and ends, so you can roll with whatever adventures life has in store for you this month.

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07: Fact: we asked several Virgos around the Home Office to participate in a blind sniff test and this perfume won hands down. Apparently, you can’t resist a spicy blend of tuberose, jasmine and lily.

08: Although you keep your ensembles simple, you always have one statement accessory in your repertoire, like this graphic brass cuff.

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Three Wedding Looks with Margo and Me

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As we were adding the finishing touches to our Fall Collection (which launched last week!), we heard that our friend Jenny Bernheim, the beauty behind popular fashion blog Margo and Me, had just gotten engaged. What better way to showcase our new gowns than an actual bride-to-be — and such a stylish one at that? We asked her to pull together three wedding day looks, which she modeled at the prettiest places around L.A.: Beverly Hills City Hall, a Bel Air estate, and a West Hollywood hotel.

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How did it feel walking around in this gown, and what was your favorite detail?
The Penelope Gown is one of my favorites. It’s so ethereal! The illusion neckline and lace bodice is a beautiful combination.

Paint a picture of what a wedding here might look like.
I’ve always loved the architecture and European-inspired gardens of the Beverly Hills City Hall. At a location similar to this, I think a French blue-themed outdoor wedding, with crystal chandeliers hanging from the trees would be lovely.

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This look makes us think of Old Hollywood. Tell us what you were inspired by when you were putting it together?
This gown felt very traditional and classic to me, and I wanted the styling to reflect its clean elements. Because the back detail is so stunning, wearing my hair up was a must

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I see this dress being worn at…
A reception with lots and lots of dancing!

How did you approach accessories for this look?
I added a crystal belt and headpiece; it’s a great way to elevate a reception dress.

In your opinion what makes a memorable reception?
An amazing band, champagne, and a photo booth.

Photos by Jenna Bechtholt Photography.



 

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It’s that time of year. The time of year when we want something new… >

Personal Styling: 1 Skirt, 4 Months

It’s that time of year. The time of year when we want something new, we want to wear it now, and we don’t want to have to stop wearing it in a few short weeks, when the weather starts a-changing. True to form, Christina, our personal stylist (and would-be fashion meteorologist) has the answer to this seasonal outfitting enigma, “A full skirt is the item you need now. Apart from being both a major fall trend and a timeless wardrobe staple, it’s a piece you can start wearing right away and, with the help of some creative layering, keep wearing straight on through the winter.” The late-summer forecast? Effortlessly stylish, with 100% chance of versatility.

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Leo Stylescope

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Leo, Leo, Leo. With your gorgeous mane, unparalleled wit and dramatic pout, you can’t help but crave the limelight. We don’t blame you, not for a second; like the rest of the cosmos, we tend to gravitate towards your sunny confidence and lionly charisma. This month, rest assured that all eyes will be on you as you celebrate your birthday by indulging in three of your favorite pastimes: primping, relaxing and, of course, cocktail-sipping.

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01: Even if you’ve just returned from a trip, you are tireless in your search for the next exotic locale. Detailing the best spas from around the world, this book is sure to give you plenty of ideas for future glamorous retreats.

02: No one spends more time in the sun than you, Leo, (How else would you get those naturally golden highlights?), so you’re always on the lookout for stylish shades.

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03: Speaking of highlights: Let’s face it, all the other signs are a wee bit jealous of your luxurious lion waves. This tonic is sure to keep your covetable hair in tip-top shape.

04: We all know you like to go-go-go, but sometimes even you need a bit of down time. Light this candle, take a few deep breaths and luxuriate in the scent of orange blossoms.

05: Next step in your relaxation regime: hit the mat with a little om-shanti-namaste. Think about giving one to a friend, too, so you can have a yoga buddy. You are, after all, known for your generosity and spontaneous gifting.

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06: We’re pretty sure a Leo invented the phrase go big or go home, as you rarely do anything that’s not delightfully over the top. This shift embodies everything you love about a statement-making print.

07: And why not pair a bold dress with an even bolder necklace? This one-of-a-kind pendant certainly fits the bill.


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08-09: For you, August entails thirty-one days of celebration (it’s not a birthday, it’s a birth month), which means at least as many cocktails—mixed with sleek bar tools and sipped from gilded tumblers, naturally.

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Short & Sweet: A Q&A With
Our Home Office Petites

To celebrate our newest petites-friendly collection, WHIT Two, a collaboration… >

Short & Sweet: A Q&A With
Our Home Office Petites

To celebrate our newest petites-friendly collection, WHIT Two, a collaboration with designer Whitney Pozgay, we asked some of the Home Office’s most diminutive staffers to show off their favorite pieces and dish about the perks of being petite.


Mirim, Brand Artist, 5’2”
in the Rinka Petite Tank and Siroi Petite Shorts

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
How easy it is to score great vintage stuff! I love vintage and I’m usually able to find a lot in my size, especially shoes.

Your favorite styling trick to play up your frame?
A high-waist skirt. It makes my legs look longer while showing off my waist.

Your favorite “small” word?
Puppy! I love puppies—I have three! The word just feels so cute and cozy.


Caitlin, Associate Merchandiser, 5’4”
in the Tropics Dress

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
Not hitting my head on low hanging branches!

The oddest comment you’ve recently received about your stature?
"You don’t look as small as you are…"

Finish the following: when it comes to shoes, my philosophy is…
Stay comfy, stay happy.


Becky, Web Merchandiser, 5’ 3”
in the Shibori Stripe Petite Skirt

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Finish the following: the best part about being petite is…
Wearing high heels—the higher the better! I’m always trying to elongate my frame. 

Your favorite styling trick to play up your frame?
I avoid mid-calf and pencil skirts at all costs.

Your favorite “small” word?
Teacup!



 

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Sun-Shy Beauty Guide

Reader, a confession: we used to sunbathe irresponsibly. Many a lobster-red… >

Sun-Shy Beauty Guide

Reader, a confession: we used to sunbathe irresponsibly. Many a lobster-red nose had befallen us before we stopped sun worshiping and started embracing our natural skin tones. And while we’ve stemmed the tide of the sunburns of our past, we still get a little lackadaisical with protection. Well, no more. In our ongoing efforts to defend ourselves against summer’s harsh rays, we chatted up Kat, our photo studio’s beauty expert, for the ins-and-outs of preserving (ok, and slightly pumping up) the pale.

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 ”First things first: you must apply sunblock. I put it on before applying moisturizer, and always well before leaving the house so that it has time to absorb; I abide by the 15-minute rule that most sunblocks mention on their labels. And don’t forget your lips, ears and neck, either! The formula I use has a nice slip to it—it just glides right over the skin. But if your sunblock is thicker, try mixing in some moisturizer or foundation to help it go on more smoothly.”

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"As far as summer make-up goes, less is more. A face covered in foundation, powder and the rest can feel so icky. After your sunblock—perhaps mixed with a bit of foundation for sheer coverage—goes on, do some minimal layering. A bit of bronzer on the forehead, bridge of the nose and washed down the cheeks, with a peachy-nude cream blush on the ball of the cheek, will brighten you up. And skip the creasy eye shadows and smeary liners. Just curl your lashes and add a coat or two of mascara. I like this one because it builds from soft and natural to dramatic without clumping up. And finish it off with a simple lip balm or a pinkish lipstick.”

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"We talked sunblock, but you also have to physically block the sun. Grab a hat with a brim big enough to provide shade for your whole face. It’ll also keep the sun off the scalp, which is a place most people overlook when applying sunblock. And don’t forget your shades! Sunglasses really help you avoid squinting and protect your eyes from damaging rays.”



 

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A Collection Most Curious

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Born and bred on the beach, our book buyer Mel is known for her effortless surfer gal style, so it comes as no surprise that she collects sunglasses! Though she’s always had a penchant for fashion—she begged her mother to buy her a subscription to W when she was just 9—Mel’s just as likely to be found in a bikini, catching a wave with her surfboard in tow.

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Ten years ago, her collection started quite accidentally when her husband, an optics aficionado himself, gifted her a pair of white oversized Oliver Peoples frames with pink lenses. Mel fell in love with the sunglasses immediately and the two now house their sizable collection together in a vintage high school locker. Current highlights of Mel’s collection are: sunnies that Ray-Ban used to design the original Wayfarer, a 3-D printed number from a German company that makes Mel feel like Yoko Ono and Oakley Frogskins that she is proud to wear without a trace of ‘80s irony.

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“Marrying a man for his insider connection was an absolute coincidence, I swear! We both love frames and while he is now an optometrist, his dream is to design his own collection. So, I hope one of my next pairs is from our own family business!”

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“Even though I love sunglasses as a fashion statement I often go without. As a bona fide beach baby, I think the squinty sun lines around people’s eyes symbolize a life lived with happiness.”



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Cancer Stylescope

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Who’s crabby? Why, certainly not you, dear Cancer. In fact, we predict you’ll be feeling grand all month long. With sunny skies, warm waters and, of course, your birthday on the horizon, these next few weeks are destined to be effortless and lovely—just like you! We’ve consulted the stars and divined nine must-haves to help you celebrate in style.

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01: Although most would never deign to prepare their own birthday meal, we know you love cooking more than almost anything else, and this book contains some of the most delectable recipes this side of the cosmos.

02: Picnic, anyone? Gather your nearest and dearest, pack some of those dishes you just whipped up, find the closest beach, and relax on a cool-blue throw.

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03: Now, let’s talk birthday dress. Every gal needs a stunner for her special day, but you’ve never been into anything flashy. This shibori number makes a statement, while keeping your look sophisticated.

04: Even when travel’s not in the cards, you love to wear pretty little somethings that remind you of far-flung locales and the sound of crashing waves.

05: Meet your new signature scent. With notes of coconut, tiger lily and tonka bean, it’s floral, fresh and reminds you of your beloved beaches.

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06 & 07: You are a child of the moon, so it’s only natural that your Official Zodiac Metal is silver. Get that fabulous lunar glow with accents like hoops and sandals.


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08: Being the creative type, you’ve got deep thoughts in spades. Pen your imaginative musings in this travel-sized graph book.

09: No one loves a memory more than you, Cancer. You’ve even been known to harbor a secret scrapbooking obsession (it’s ok, you can tell us). Grab this
hi-tech 
Polaroid before you head out for birthday hijinks and capture every moment.

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Personal Styling: Pack Your Bags

We say it every summer: This is the vacation for which we will not overpack. We vow to strategically organize our carry-ons to maximize our relaxation and maybe even save room for souvenirs, but it doesn’t always go as planned. We think we finally have packing down pat this year, thanks to Christina, our personal stylist, who has minimized our pre-trip stress by selecting destination-specific ensembles that revolve around a few key themes: sharp separates, one-and-done staples and versatile accessories that add interest without taking up space. Let’s get packing!

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Planning a honeymoon? The avid travelers at BHLDN, our sister brand, have rounded up some destination recommendations that may just have you booking flights straightaway.    

 

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Instagram: Wildly in Love with
Wild Love in Africa Sunnies

Instagram: Wildly in Love with
Wild Love in Africa Sunnies

As summer heats up, we’re scaling up our styling game with sunnies that say it all. Enter the Wild Love in Africa collection from @etniabarcelona, inspired by the lush textures of the savanna and created in collaboration with the non-profit Africa Rising Foundation. Which would you pick?

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Like Mother, Like Daughter,
With Love

Has there ever, in the history of mothers and daughters, been a mother and daughter… >

Like Mother, Like Daughter, With Love

Has there ever, in the history of mothers and daughters, been a mother and daughter who didn’t wish they could just ever-so-slightly tweak the other’s clothes, makeup or hair? In honor of Mother’s Day, we let one mother and daughter pair, our web stylist Megan (with help from her sister Sarah) and her cute-as-a-button mother Mary, style each other just the way they’d like.

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Megan: My mom is super cute and sweet. We have similar mannerisms and the same
sense of humor. She’s way more patient than I am.

When we were growing up,
she always wanted my sister Sarah and me to dress alike…

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and we always wanted her to take off her pants

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     and wear a dress.                                 And maybe a fun lip color!

For Mother’s Day, I would love for my mom to not do
anything for just one day! To just relax.

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Mary: Megan is loving, kind and witty and as intelligent as she is silly! She has always been a beautiful challenge and a constant source of joy.

When it comes to beauty, she knows exactly what to do. Megan’s a natural beauty, I would never suggest she do anything.

But the one thing I would LOVE for her to do is get her hair professionally styled!

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It was always obvious to me that Megan would do something in the creative arts field… I remember her junior prom, she was determined to have a vintage dress – I drove
her from one vintage thrift store to the next on the Saturday before. At our last
stop, there it was, waiting for her: a beautiful peach eyelet dress. She promptly painted shoes to match.

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I love her deeply, enjoy her thoroughly and respect her immensely. One more thing… she calls me Bear. I’m not sure why, but I know it is a term of endearment and I love it. Sometimes, I call her Lil’ Bear. When she really needs a Mom, she calls me Mama.