Affordable, On Trend Jeans You’ll Love to Wear this Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, many people will be scrambling to figure out what they will wear for holiday parties, events and special celebrations. Those leading the fashion trends say now is the time to kick-start your holiday wardrobe with the perfect pair of on trend jeans and for all those holiday events

“Opting for a cool pair of jeans to wear for holiday functions will BE the fashion trend, this holiday season,” explains Elizabeth Collier, designer STS Blue line of jeans.  “You’ll save money and wear them again and again. When you pair your comfortable, but sexy STS Blue jeans with holiday sparkle, you will be on trend.”

The fashion world is changing and occasions are becoming more casual, with girls using their everyday wardrobe to attend special events. STS Blue focuses on helping people feel good in their jeans. The LA-inspired denim line gives girls on trend and trendy clothing that doesn’t break the bank. Some of the reasons their line of jeans is so sought after this holiday season include:

• Girls are able to finally get affordable jeans that are also on trend. The STS Blue line of jeans is all Southern California inspired in design, so girls all over the country can take home a piece of LA, the leader in casual fashion.

• Their line of jeans focuses on comfort, giving girls clothing that is as flattering on their body as it is comfortable.

• The STS Blue selection offers something for everyone, such as patches and pearls, embroidery, and athletic stripes. They also offer such styles as  Piper skinnies, The boyfriend jean, and jeans that are super soft, and perfectly deconstructed.

• An average price point of only $50 per pair, gives girls the ability to obtain high quality fashion jeans, but at an affordable price.


“We get feedback often about what you girls love about our LA-inspired jeans,” says STS Blue creative director Evelyn Ober. “This season they are in hot demand. People want to give them as gifts, as well as make a fashion statement at the holiday parties they attend. We are thrilled to help them do it!”

STS Blue line of jeans has become a favorite of millennials because it gives them the chance to wear affordable Southern California style fashion no matter where in the country they may live. It hits the trend, while still allowing girls to still feel like themselves. They also help spread the movement through social media sites like Instagram, where their fans are referred to as “denim dolls” (#DenimDolls). Get inspired @STS_Blue.

About STS Blue:
The STS Blue denim line is inspired by the casual LA and Southern California vibe. They live, breathe and love denim! STS Blue styles are true to size, and are made in a variety of fabrics to execute perfectly authentic washes while maintaining a flattering fit. They offer cotton, polyester, spandex and rayon blends for that comfortable, laid back, and effortlessly chic So Cal look. STS Blue is sold at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, as well as online at Styles include skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, denim shorts, and more; all with a friendly price point averaging $50.


Celebrity Make-Up Artist April M. Chaney – Natural Beauty Master Class

Alabama native and celebrity make-up artist, April M. Chaney, returns home to Birmingham for A Natural Beauty Master Class on Sunday, November 27 at Birmingham Virtual Suites at 2160 Highland Ave. The exclusive evening will offer Hollywood insider beauty tips and techniques to that will inspire looks to Be Yourself, Show Yourself, Love Yourself and Test Your Natural Beauty.

This hands-on course is ideal for aspiring make-up artists and those interested in learning how to transform their face naturally, and flawlessly, with Hollywood-centric techniques and skills. The in-depth analysis of achieving a perfectly natural make-up face will include up-close-and-personal demonstrations and applications with Chaney, and some of her favorite products.  Limited attendance is open to the public and is available on a first come, first serve basis by visiting


About Celebrity Make-Up, Artist April M. Chaney:

A licensed esthetician, Chaney is a southern belle with a passion for glamour and has been creating beautiful faces with timeless and classic looks for nearly two decades.  With experience working on hit shows such as Dancing With The Stars, The Real, Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, The Doctors, Any Given Wednesday, Dr. Phil, and The Real Housewives of Orange County, Chaney is a frequent collaborator with cosmetic giant L’Oreal at major Hollywood industry events including the Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.  With humble beginnings behind a make-up counter in Alabama, Chaney’s work has been featured internationally in television, film and the fashion runway. In addition to working with major magazines such as PeopleUs WeeklyO The Oprah Magazine, her make-up skills have appeared in national editorial campaigns for retailers including Kohls, GAP, Nordstrom and Sears. Chaney is licensed Esthetician in the state of California & a proud member of the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706.

Find Chaney on Twitter and Instagram (@LirpaMakeup) where she frequently shares make-up tips and tricks, plus more information and portfolio work at



Taraji P. Henson BET Awards Beauty Report – Ashunta Sheriff for Black Opal

Already a BET 2015 Best Actress winner, superstar and TV’s reigning diva Taraji P. Henson hits the red carpet as a nominee once again for her role as Cookie Lyon in FOX’s hit music drama “Empire.” The actress stunned with a glowing beauty look created by celebrity makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff.

“I wanted to go for an understated, soft and clean look on Taraji for the BET Awards. It was a hot day and the look was effortless and easy to create. Black Opal was perfect for achieving great skin with a gorgeous glow as the rest of her makeup look was accented with luxe lips and cat winged liner.”
– Ashunta Sheriff for Black Opal

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 26: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)


I started with clean and moisturized skin before applying Black Opal True Color Perfecting Primer. I used a wedge sponge starting from the inner parts of the face, moving outward.
Then, I applied Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation in Rich Caramel with a foundation brush only on areas that needed coverage to even out her complexion.
Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer in Tan was applied onto the under-eye area and brow bone to give a natural, clean lift to brows. I then set her face with Black Opal Invisible Oil-Blocking Powder.
To contour and sculpt the face, I used Black Opal Color Splurge Eye Satin Matte duo in Bordeaux Bliss. Using a fluffy crease brush, the darker color softly contoured as the lighter shade created a soft lift on the tops of her cheekbones.

I used the same Color Splurge Eye Satin Matte duo in Bordeaux Bliss, using the lighter shade on the lids and darker shade on the outer corner of the eyes to create a blended out, smoldering look.
With a thin liner brush, I created a cat winged eyeliner look with Black Opal Luxe Crème Liner in Onyx.
To finish the look, brows were shaped and groomed with Black Opal Precision Eye Definer in Coffee Bean.

Black Opal Flawless Concealer_Tan Invisible Oil Blocking Powder Closed Black Opal Perfecting Primer Medium True Color Stick Foundation Basic CMYK InvisibleOilBlockingPowderOpen InvisibleOilBlockngPowderBlack Opal Precision Eye DefinerLuxe Creme Eyeliner


Black Opal True Color Perfecting Primer – $14.95
Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation – $9.95
Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer – $5.25
Black Opal Invisible Oil-Blocking Powder – $9.25
Black Opal Color Splurge Eye Satin Matte – $6.95
Black Opal Luxe Crème Liner – $7.95
Black Opal Precision Eye Definer – $5.50

AVAILABILITY: All Black Opal products are available online at and select retailers nationwide, including: Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Kmart and OTC Stores.


Taraji P. Henson was nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 BET Awards

BossNotes: Leading with Style Series at Westfield Annapolis


What: Global retail leader Westfield and leading online style and shopping platform Who What Wear have partnered together to introduce the first-ever BossNotes: Leading with Style series, a collection of events, activations and online guides designed to inspire fashionable, career-driven women to achieve their own professional success. Leading fashion influencers tackle topics like “Building Your Brand with Confidence” and “Expedited Success: Getting Where You Want to Be,” sharing their tips for how to be a boss—and look the part.

The series kicked off at Westfield Topanga (Southern CA) last month with a hosted panel of prominent, influential women who spoke about their career journeys, continued at Westfield Valley Fair (Northern CA) earlier this month, and will conclude at Westfield Garden State Plaza (NJ) this weekend. The partnership has also brought BossNotes to 14 Westfield centers across the U.S. this Spring. Continuing throughout the end of May, shoppers can experience a variety of components at local Westfield centers, including fun photo backdrops, a BossNotes Inspiration Wall that asks guests “What’s Your Secret To Success?,” visual merchandising showcases and a limited time Gift With Purchase.

Additionally, Westfield is hosting a “Dress Like a Boss” sweepstakes, where shoppers can enter to win a new work wardrobe tailored by a personal stylist. For more information, visit

Why:          In anticipation of the upcoming launch of The Career Code, the third book written by fashion and digital entrepreneurs Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, Westfield, in conjunction with Who What Wear, is bringing to life a guide to creating your own professional success for ambitious girls and women.  

When:        Ongoing until May 31, 2016

Where:    Westfield Annapolis               2002 Annapolis Mall Road    Annapolis, MD 21401

Contact:     Lydia You, ID, 323-822-4849,                   Heather Greenfield, ID, 323-8224811,  

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Westfield Corporation (ASX: WFD) is a global leader in the design, development, and operation of premier retail destinations with interests in 34 shopping centers in the United States and United Kingdom, along with a major development site in Milan, Italy.  In the U.S., Westfield’s portfolio of 32 shopping centers includes more than 5,700 retail shops across approximately 40 million square feet of space in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington.



Clique Media Group is a profoundly modern lifestyle company that lives at the intersection of media and commerce. Through its brands – Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine and Obsessee – CMG combines the power of data science with its expert editorial team to create content and products that millennial women crave. With that goal, Who What Wear exclusively partnered with Target to create an on-going apparel and accessories collection, which can be shopped online and in-stores, featuring new items every month. CMG’s two key consumer marketing offerings, CMG Studios (an in-house creative agency) and INF Network (exclusively representing 50+ of the top social media influencers), deliver integrated and native advertising programs across all three owned and operated properties to drive growth all while inspiring readers to discover and shop.

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alice + olivia’s LA Runway – Debuts Grateful Dead collection


The Show, Held The Wednesday Before Coachella, Will Feature The Highly Anticipated Alice + Olivia X Grateful Dead Capsule Collection Paired With Limited Edition Items From The Spring 2016 Collection.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA): alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is pleased to announce that the brand, in partnership with Neiman Marcus, will hold their first ever See-Now-Buy-Now runway show on Wednesday, April 13 at Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The show, held the Wednesday before Coachella, will feature the highly anticipated alice + olivia x Grateful Dead capsule collection paired with limited edition items from the Spring 2016 collection. Twelve exclusive items will be available at and

Ken Downing, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, will co-style the runway show with Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of alice + olivia. The runway show will be streamed live from Los Angeles on both alice + olivia’s and Neiman Marcus’ social channels, including Periscope and Facebook Live; both and will host videos of the runway show beginning Friday, April 15, 2016.

The official announcement of Bendet’s foray into the See-Now-Buy-Now runway follows on the heels of the CFDA’s release of the results of the Boston Consulting Group’s study of the future of New York Fashion Week on its website,, earlier this month.

Among the findings, the study revealed that there is unanimous consensus around the need for change to the decades-old Fashion Week system and the call for designers to deliver collections to consumers in a format that is rooted in in-season relevancy, both of which alice + olivia directly cites as reasoning behind the conception of the idea to host the alice + olivia See-Now-Buy-Now runway show next month.

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“It is exciting to be involved in the forefront of a new fashion phenomenon with Stacey,” said Ken Downing, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus. “She has always been wildly intuitive, with the ability to anticipate her fashionable customers’ wants and desires. Creating a highly curated, creative, clever, and in-season fashion show, as only Stacey can do, with a Buy-Now-Wear-Now mantra, makes sense for her fashion followers that love and adore what she designs!”

As alice + olivia embarks on the journey to modernizing their brand to match the consumer needs with a festival-themed See-Now-Buy-Now runway show in Los Angeles immediately prior to the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music Festival, the brand embodies the CFDA’s call out of the study, “that deliveries must better match the actual, physical season and our consumers’ behaviors and needs.”

Stacey Bendet, CEO & Creative Director of the New York based contemporary clothing company, has spent months working to assemble a curated offering of Buy-Now items to send down the runway that would indeed meet her consumers’ behaviors and needs.

Emily Ratajkowski, Kourtney Kardashian
Emily Ratajkowski, Kourtney Kardashian

“I hope to inspire consumers worldwide to kick off their festival season with alice + olivia,” said Bendet, “a See-Now-Buy-Now runway show is something I have been wanting to do for a few seasons but it took time to feel out when and where felt right…I wanted what I showed on that runway to be relevant to what consumers actually want to wear, now. I came up with the idea to have the show around Coachella and have the runway looks be based upon things that every girl would want to wear to a music festival.”

Twelve exclusive styles will be available on, and once the runway show begins at 7PM PT on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills will also have a selection of the runway styles, along with several exclusive items, which include two alice + olivia X Grateful Dead pieces.

A special thank you to our partners: China Glaze, Joico, Le Métier de Beaute.

Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With collections that juxtapose the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and sensibility of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and handbags. Pulling inspiration from the world around her, Stacey incorporates bold colors, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at, over 30 free-standing boutiques located in major cities around the world including, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, as well as over 800 of the finest department and specialty stores worldwide. For more information please visit




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attends the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Los Angeles Runway Show at NeueHouse Los Angeles on April 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
attends the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Los Angeles Runway Show at NeueHouse Los Angeles on April 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Ken Downing, Stacey Bendet
Ken Downing, Stacey Bendet



Pat McGrath Transforms Kim Kardashian West into Cleopatra

Today, on the latest cover of The Violet Files, the editorial site of Hollywood insider and beauty guru Cassandra Grey, Kim Kardashian West is transformed into the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra through the artistry and makeup design by Pat McGrath.

“I would have done anything—I would have trusted Pat’s vision no matter what she wanted—but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe,” says Kim Kardashian West of the collaboration with makeup artist Pat McGrath.


“Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup in Cleopatra has been re-created countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create an interpretation that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version,” Ms. McGrath explains. “I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor portrayed in this role.”

“Her eyeshadow was made from ground lapis stone and gold pyrite flecks,” notes Ms. McGrath. “Incorporating three-dimensional gold metal into the makeup design explores the concept of makeup as jewelry. I wanted the images to be luxurious, evoking a modern take on the opulence associated with Cleopatra’s makeup.”

The images, shot by Ben Hassett, are the first installment in a series for VIOLET GREY in which Ms. McGrath will reimagine paragons of old Hollywood glamour with new faces.

Violet Grey Editorial Credits (@violetgrey)

Makeup: @patmcgrathreal

Model: @kimkardashian

Photography: @benhassett

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Christina Milian – We Are Pop Culture Store Grand Opening

Continuing to build her entrepreneurial repertoire, actress and singer-songwriter Christina Milian opens the doors for her store, We Are Pop Culture, this past Monday. The store began online back in November 2014. Shortly after launching the online version, We Are Pop Culture was featured on KTLA. Ever since, the brand has grown immensely. Eight months after the feature, Christina made the decision to open the brand new store front on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles.

We Are Pop Culture, as a brand, highlights lifestyle, pop culture, and its influences on the world today. The company focuses on providing customers with visually stimulating, thought provoking, and trendsetting products that fit into their everyday lives. This Street-wear and Casual-wear clothing for the modern-day woman is edgy, funky, comfy, and trendy.

For more information on the brand, We Are Pop Culture, please visit their website


Model Selita Ebanks attended the Style Africa Gala on Saturday (June 22) in Los Angeles wearing Ashi Studio.

Selita Ebanks arrived wearing a white off- the -shoulder Ashi Studio gown, paired up with her box braids the look was pure perfection!  Ebanks was being honored for her humanitarian efforts at the annual event.

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