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A Vintage-Inspired Home Office

My husband and I have a dream, and a very real goal, to buy a house that we can retire in. On my list of things I'd love for the house to include is an extra bedroom that I could turn into a beautiful home office. I envision a very Instagram-worthy desk, a place to store all of the PR samples I get, and some pretty tufted accent chairs: where I can enjoy coffee breaks with my husband, who luckily also works from home.

When I get inspiration from vintage home offices on the web, I'm most attracted to spaces with a touch of modern glam. My husband and I both like transitional decor - old meets new. For example, I'd pair a modern mirrored desk with one of these antique desk chairs. Seating isn't often the focal point of an office, but why shouldn't it be? We spend all day sitting in it, after all.


My husband and I take frequent breaks throughout the day, with a coffee break here and there and a lunch hour during which we watch one of our favorite shows togeth…

The Most Beautiful and Wearable Beauty Trends for Fall/ Winter 2013-14


Each year, much like with fashion trends, hair and makeup trends take their cues from the runway shows. Though not all of the beauty trends on the runway translate to real life. The fall shows at New York Fashion Week earlier this year included a few trends that may not go mainstream, like navy-colored nails and textured lips. The purple hair at Givenchy is definitely out. However designers; like Michel Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang sported classic fall beauty looks including wine lips and smoky eyes.

The Top Five Most Wearable Beauty Trends for Fall 2013

1. Cat-Eye Makeup Trend - The biggest makeup trend from the fall runway shows has to be the exaggerated cat-eye liner. Countless designers used the look, and the beauty trend has rapidly spread to celebrities, editorials, and the best cat-eye tutorials all over the web. If you try one new makeup look this fall, go for the cat eye.

Essential Tools: To achieve the perfect winged cat-eye liner, you really need black liquid liner with a pointed tip. The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in black is said to be among the best for creating the look.

2. The Braid - For the most part, hair on the fall 2013 runways was casual with low ponytails and undone tousled waves. Though it's by no means trendy, the braid is the most celebrated hairdo on Youtube and Pinterest. There are so many unique versions of the braid, it's fun to experiment. And for ladies, it's a fun look that makes us feel young again. Doesn't it remind you of slumber parties spent braiding each other's hair? Though Valentino sported simple braids on the runway, you can mix it up this fall with a braided updo. I love this braid tutorial by Kate of  The Small Things Blog. The messy bun with a braided wrap is actually a lot easier than it looks, and it is cool enough for daytime but also nice enough for a special occasion.

Image via The Small Things Blog. Click here for the turorial.

3. Oxblood Nails - I know you may be thinking, isn't oxblood a trendy word for red? But this deep hue seen in shows by Dannijo, Cynthia Rowley, and  Naheem Kahn is a dark rich shade or red with a brownish purple undertone. Other nail trends from the fall runways include navy, green, black, and gold; though I have to say the dark red nails are my favorite. While there aren't a ton of  specifically-labeled "oxblood" nail colors on the market, look for a dark red shade with a hint of brown or purple. You can also create your own by blending your classic red with brown and purple. A few nail polish brands like RGB and Sally Hanson do have their own oxblood nail polishes available. Here is a list of 10 other red-hued polishes that closely mimic the oxblood trend.

4. Plum Smokey Eye - A smokey  is always trendy for fall and winter, though on the runways for 2013, many designers showed a plum-shaded version of the beauty trend. Beauty brands like Maybelline and Clinique helped designers create smokey eyes with shades of purple with their new fall 2013 makeup collections. Recreate the look with the Maybelline Stylish Smokes eyeshadow quad in Plum. Here is a great tutorial for the plum smokey eye using the Maybelline Plum Smokes Quad.

5. Wine-Red Lips - Classic red lips also dominated the fall runways, along with nude lips, though the color trend most associated with the return of the holidays and crisp chilly weather was the wine-red lipstick seen at Vera Wang, Fendi, and many more shows.


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  1. That one girl looks like she has a black eye!

    Most of the makeup is way too dark for my tastes, but I love the braid!

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    1. Well, those are the looks straight off the runway, so of course they're much bolder than one would wear it in real life...well, hopefully!

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