Ladies’ Lounge

The 12 Items We’re Dying to Buy From the Phillip Lim for Target Collection

August 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm , by

We LHJ.com editors can’t stop talking about the new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target. Seriously. We. Are. Obsessed. From shoes to handbags to dresses, every single piece is totally gorgeous—and won’t break the bank. Unlike some previous designer collections for Target, this Phillip Lim set is the perfect mix of office-appropriate and street-style cool. We can’t wait to get our hands on the twelve items below, in stores and online September 15. Consider our calendars marked.

Leopard Print Skirt

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"I’m a sucker for leopard print and this big, bold version in orange and navy is unexpected and chic—especially paired with the girly skirt shape." - Amanda Wolfe, Digital Director and Senior Editor


Hot Summer Hairstyle: Chic Chignon

July 11, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Can Emma Watson do no wrong? Whether walking the red carpet or strolling the city streets, our ultimate girl crush nails it time and time again. We’re obsessed with the simple twisted chignon she wore at the Cannes Film Festival and love that she let her natural beauty shine through with a luminous makeup look. Her easy updo is the epitome of chic, and believe it or not, you can do it, too! Recreate Emma’s stunning hairstyle for your next summer party in just a couple of steps.

First gather your hair at the base of your neck and pull into a ponytail. Smooth out any frizz on top of your head. Back comb sections of hair in the ponytail to add volume. (FYI: The more you tease the ponytail, the bigger the chignon will be.) Then bunch up a piece, twist it up and around, and bobby pin it into place. Continue teasing and pinning small pieces of hair until you’ve created a balanced bun. Spritz with a light-hold hairspray to keep your style in place.

This low updo also looks fab when worn off to the side. Follow our how-to video to see exactly how to do it. Emma’s hair is fairly straight, so her style looks sleek and polished. But you wavy and curly-haired girls can wear it just as well! Use a salt spray to enhance your natural texture and then follow the same steps as above.


Make It Work

July 10, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

We’re halfway through summer, and, boy, is it hot. As much as we wish we could  lounge by the pool all day, we still have to go to work. Bring summer fun into the office with this easy ensemble. The classic pencil skirt gets a nautical-inspired update with this chic navy-and-white wrap version from Madewell. Pair it with a bright pink sleeveless blouse and you’re sure to stay cool. (Is the A.C. blasting in your workplace? Ditch your usual cardigan for a soft patterned scarf, which doubles as a shawl when you get cold.) Every working woman needs a fashionable yet functional bag, like this leather satchel, to tote her essentials to and from work. Slip on some Toms for your commute but step into these raffia-trimmed metallic sandals as soon as you arrive at the office. They’ll add a little edge to your look while the platforms make them easy to walk in.

 

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Working Girl

June 5, 2013 at 8:30 am , by

Wear it Now Wednesday June 5th

Just because it’s the season of sandals and sundresses doesn’t usually mean you get to slack off in the workwear department (le sigh). However, we are taking a firm stance against boring office duds and presenting–for your wardrobe pleasure–a fab shift dress and some punchy footwear. This little frock is under $100 and will take you through the fall. Two seasons in one dress, ya’ll! We added a straw bag to encourage beachy day dreaming.

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Puppy Love

March 23, 2011 at 11:23 am , by

boxer_pup2Let the celebration begin! Today is the 6th anniversary of National Puppy Day. Created as an extension to National Dog Day, National Puppy Day has helped get over 10,000 puppies adopted each year since it first began in 2005, says founder and pet expert, Colleen Paige.

Adopting a puppy comes with lots of responsibilities, but whether you’re playing fetch or going on walks, life with a dog is just better, isn’t it? They love unconditionally, are always there when you need a laugh and they keep you active.

If you’re thinking of welcoming a cuddly canine into your home, don’t forget to do your homework first.

“Research the best breed for your lifestyle and your family. If you have hyper kids get a calmer dog. Be very thorough, a lot of animals are returned because they don’t match the owner’s personality,” Colleen says.

And always consider adopting from a shelter before you head to the pet store because the shelters are overcrowded with unwanted puppies, she adds.

2pitts_shelter[1]Of course, getting a new puppy isn’t for everyone, but there are other ways to celebrate. This year’s National Puppy Day comes in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that has left thousands of animals without homes. If you are looking for a way to help, the Animal Miracle Network started the Japan Animal Disaster Relief where you can donate to help ship kennels and supplies to organizations caring for rescued animals.

Need ideas on how you can celebrate with the dog you already have? Create a profile at petcentric.com to share photos or check out nationalpuppyday.com for Colleen’s list of 50 fun ways to create a happy holiday.

Photos courtesy of www.todroolover.com and susansabophotography.com.