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Snaps for a Snapshot

Rose Byrne in a Burberry Prorsum Dress

The Burberry “London in Los Angeles” event at Griffith Observatory last night was full of just outstanding looks. Usually, these types of events will only garner one look that I will highlight for “Snaps for a Snapshot,” but in this case, there’s no way we can include just one.

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Vera Wang – Hotel Madrid

Happy Bridal Week everyone!

Vera Wang just released a new video outlining the details of her Spring 2016 Bridal Collection and it is stunning. Can we just have it all?

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Song of the Day

Natalie Duncan – Black and White

A really nice song to listen to as we unwind on this quiet Thursday.

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Jemima Kirke Shares Her Abortion Story

Wow, watching this was so powerful to me. Jemima does such a great job for her character on “Girls” and the Pro-Choice / Pro-Life arguement is something that I’ve been fascinated with ever since I was in school so it was enlightening to hear her share her story.

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#RevolveWedding

Phoebe Dress – $115

Whenever I learn that I’ve got a wedding to attend, the hunt to find the perfect dress begins immediately. In general, finding a dress for a wedding can already be difficult, but something that I want to try for future weddings is wearing a dress that fits with the overall theme of the wedding or the couple! This summer, I’m attending a reception for my co-worker and she is the ultimate “cool girl.” She has an incredible sense of style and is also just a very easy going person. I once hung out with her and her fiance at a gastropub in Campbell drinking and eating for hours. So when I attend her reception this summer, I want to make sure that what I wear is fitting. Luckily for me, Revolve has handpicked a number of dresses for the upcoming wedding season and here are a few that I’m considering for my dear friend’s big day!

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Coachella 2015 Street Style

Every year when I missed Coachella, I would look forward to streaming the sets and catching up on all of the photos via my favorite blogs. Music festival fashion isn’t new, but it hasn’t always existed either. It was probably made more widely known a few years ago and after that fast fashion brands began to design collections so that people could specifically dress for these music festivals. It’s fascinating to me, really. Anyways, like every year, I continue to really enjoy seeing the looks that celebrities and bloggers bring with them to the festival so here are just a few of my favorites!

I realize that this is only for Weekend One, but I don’t know if I’ll have it in me to do a second weekend roundup! Plus – we gotta make room for other content.

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Review: Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first day for Ariana’s pre-sale tickets to go on sale (September 15, 2014) and I had downloaded some app called “Fahlo” so that I could gain access to buy tickets first. After they were purchased, I thought waiting 7 months for the actual show was forever. Turns out, it was. That’s a long time to wait to go to a concert, but it was so worth it. I didn’t have any doubts about her vocals because as most of us know – she’s kind of a powerhouse. With that said though, I definitely have a lot of feels about the show itself.

Let’s start with the positives.

Singing – She sang her songs in a different way than I’ve ever seen her perform them before at any event, show, or performance that I had to stream on YouTube so it’s unlikely that she was lip synching. If she did lip synch at all, it was most likely for “Hands On Me” which is fine because that’s not her best song anyways and doesn’t exactly highlight her range. There were so many times when the audience was just in awe of her vocals and you just couldn’t even look away from her because it was that. amazing.

Dancing – Ari used to get a bad rap for not being a great dancer because of the dance moves that she produced while always performing “Problem.” In her defense though, that’s not really a track where you need to go all out for. I had read articles before about how people have said that she’s actually a really good dancer, but just hasn’t had a chance to show them off. Well, I think it’s because she was saving them for the Honeymoon tour! I was actually super impressed with her moves and she looked adorable as always.

Outfits – For her tour, Ariana worked closely with Emmy-award winning costume designer Marina Toybina who designed the seven looks that she took the stage with. Each outfit was cute, sparkly, and sexy in true Ariana fashion. Also, let’s not forget that each outfit had a pair of matching cat ears, which was probably the best part. Glowing cat-ears were also being sold as part of the merch and it was probably one of the best merch pieces I’ve ever seen. The cat ears glowed in a hue of colors and sometimes even with the beat of her songs. The more I saw them in the crowd, the more I wanted them… that was until Sheila and I learned that they cost $40! We’re assuming that they only cost about $5 or less to make, but whatever – it’s a day later and I still want a pair.

Instrumentals – I couldn’t get enough. Her mini orchestra transitioned into her songs beautifully especially for “One Last Time” and “Tatooed Heart.” I love seeing this kind of thing at shows because I find that artists often get lazy and rely on a DJ or a backing track and having strings there on stage with her brought her songs to life in a really refreshing way. If you want a sneak peek at what this actually looked like, here’s a video that she shared with her fans prior to the tour starting.

Opening Acts – I can’t believe I’m considering this a positive because when I first caught sight of the opening act, I was completely over it. How quickly I change my mind… So Sheila and I ended up missing Cashmere Cat which was a huge bummer. We didn’t know if he’d actually be there or not so the whole thing was very confusing to us. After CC, Rixton took the stage – a UK boyband that we’d never heard of before, but somehow grew to love by the end of their set. Tbh, their songs aren’t all that great, but they can really nail some covers. When I watched them cover “Frontin'” by Pharrell, “Fine China” by Chris Brown, “Uptown Funk,” Beyonce, and Sam Smith, I was sold. The last song of their set was actually a song that played on the radio and was considered Top 40, but we had no idea they were the ones behind it. Embarassingly enough, Sheila and I just thought it was yet another cover.

And now… for the negatives. I know… I just wish I didn’t have any!

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Choose Beautiful

If you could describe yourself, would you choose to say that you were “average” or “beautiful.” In Dove’s new campaign, the brand creates two pathways with these two labels and each woman has to decide which path to take.┬áThe film was shot in five major cities internationally and the perspectives that these women shared afterwards was pretty telling. According to Dove, 96% of women chose to describe themselves as “average” over “beautiful” in this experiment.

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Herschel’s 2015 Spring Collection

It has only been four months into the year, but already I’ve got travel plans on my mind. San Diego next month is just the first adventure, but after that we’ve got so many more months ahead to plan for week-long trips, weekend trips, and even longer trips! The goal is to have one 10-day trip on the calendar this year – where we’re going to go – we’re not sure yet! But there are possibilities. However, the only travel bag I’ve got is my Herschel duffel and there’s no way that will last me for a 10-day trip so it’s back to square one. Once we settle on the bag, we can settle on the trip, right? When I first bought my duffel, it was just after graduating college and I thought it was perfect for my weekend long trips. I think it’s called the Weekender anyways so it was a good fit. However, when that thing is all stuffed, it can be really difficult to lug around. I’m totally THAT girl that has to ask people on my flights to help me stow my bag overwhead and take it back down again. Also, I’m that girl that is lopsided carrying my bag because it’s so heavy and I’m sweating getting to my gate. Herschel just unveiled their new Spring collection and I’m really excited about their hard-shell luggage with wheels!

Now I can’t have all of these things, but if I had it my way – these pieces would be mine!

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Cover of the Day

Years & Years – King (Nick Jonas cover)

Years & Years is so good… but so is Nick Jonas.

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Oh Joy! Weddings

One of my favorite bloggers, Joy Cho, announced this week that she was collaborating with Kin to share some of her best wedding DIY tricks! With wedding season just upon us, many of these DIYs will come in handy for those about to be brides. They’re also just useful tips if you’re someone that likes to entertain and host your own parties. I thought this table number DIY was genius and so creative. It also doesn’t seem like something that would require a lot of time. Readers, what do you think? Is this something that you could see yourself incorporating into your future wedding?

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Blog Roundup

– The summer music festival economy explained. [Vox]

– Ellen Pao announces that Reddit will no long allow for negotiation in salaries during the hiring process. [Salon]

– After 3 years of dating, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have decided to go on a break. [People]

– Karlie Kloss encourages young girls to code! Yeah! [Fashionista]

– Surprised babies are more curious and eager to learn. [GOOD]

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Cover of the Day – Ariana Grande Slays

I’ve actually seen Ariana Grande perform a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” before via YouTube at the White House, but oh my goodness this latest version while she was on tour is so so good. I’m finally seeing her tomorrow and I’ve been excited for this all week. Not to mention, I’ve been waiting for this very day since I bought pre-sale tickets back in September (7 months ago!)

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