The holiday season is just around the corner, and while some have it billed as the most wonderful time of the year, when it comes to shopping, the packed stores and massive lines can also make it the most stressful time of the year. Instead of braving the crowds, we rounded up our 6 favorite apps that streamline the process down to one swipe! From L’Wren Scott‘s entire look book at your fingertips, to Snapette’s innovative ability to search nearby retailers for any item you want, these apps are great for shopping when you’re on the go, or if you need to make a last-minute purchase.
Jessica Alba has gone blonde — again! The star revealed her new look over the weekend via Instagram, which is for her role in the upcoming movie Barely Lethal. While Alba’s former ombre highlights would be considered a baby step into blonder ambitions for some, this isn’t her first time on the lighter end of the hair spectrum. She first went blonde back in 2005 to play Nancy Callahan in Sin City as well as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four, then dabbled in the look last year to reprise her role in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Do you like her new ‘do? Tell us!
Does art really imitate life? In Jennifer Lawrence‘s case, yes! Pre-pixie cut, the star famously wore intricate braided hairstyles that mirrored her on-screen plait in her role as Katniss Everdeen, and we were left wanting to recreate each of the delicate looks on our own. The Katniss effect also caught on in Hollywood, with one A-lister after the next hitting the red carpet in a pretty twist that would look right at home among Panem’s avant-garde style choices. To celebrate the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we rounded up our favorite celebrity braids, all of which would do District 12′s boldest resident proud. See each style in our gallery now!
The wait is almost over — Catching Fire rolls out to theaters nationwide tomorrow, with midnight screenings starting in mere hours! But before you line up for tickets, consider accenting your Katniss ensemble with some ultra-hot nail art. We painted up four fun manicures inspired by the film, and while they’re not as intense as Effie’s embellished talons, they’re an easy, stylish way to give your look a touch of fire. See each manicure in our gallery now, with step-by-step instructions on how to nail all four effects.
Yesterday in Washington D.C., Oprah Winfrey was one of 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama — a momentous occasion and accomplishment for anyone, not just the queen of daytime TV. Why so significant? It’s the highest civilian honor in the United States, recognizing people who have contributed to the country in areas like national security, world peace, or culture. Oprah’s fellow recipients included former President Bill Clinton, feminist icon Gloria Steinam, and storied country music singer Loretta Lynn.
But just as we laud Oprah for her amazing achievement, we also give two thumbs up to her hairstylist, Andre Walker, for her fantastic blowout at the event. We asked him how the chic style came together: “For a special, historic event like this, Oprah and I prefer a classic look,” he told InStyle.com. “Every woman should remember that special occasions will be photographed, and years later, it is better to look timeless rather than trendy in the photos. This style is Oprah’s curly hair shampooed, conditioned, and blown straight with my Gold System,” a hair care system for naturally kinky hair.
You can get the look at home using Walker’s system, or a combination of store-bought products. Because heat styling can take a toll on your strands, we recommend using a hydrating deep conditioner with a thermal protectant spray before picking up the dryer. If a DIY blowout ends up being more like an intense workout for your arms, streamline the process by rough-drying your hair until 75 percent of the water is removed, then go back and smooth over individual areas with a round brush, which helps you achieve that coveted curl. This way, you’ll be able to focus on perfecting the look, rather than getting your strands dry enough to hold a curl. Need more guidance on achieving the look on your own? Follow these five steps to score a glam blowout at home.
Kiehl’s famed Creme de Corps body lotion is one of our go-to products all year long, and with the increasing chill to the air, an extra layer of the hydrating formula does the body good. In time for the holidays, the beauty brand is taking an extra step to do even more good by teaming up with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. By purchasing a jar of the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps whipped body butter, you can take a step to end childhood hunger in the United States — up to $100,000 from all net proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry cause, which provides additional meals to children in need. One jar provides 380 meals, and in addition to the amazing cause it benefits, we’re also loving the festive drawing adorning the lid by 11 year-old Sofie Shore, daughter of Share Our Strength’s co-founder Debbie Shore. Pick up the Creme de Corps whipped body butter, available in either grapefruit or coriander, for $38 at kiehls.com.
Rihanna has chopped her locks! Never one to shy away from a hair risk, the singer took to Instagram over the weekend to reveal her shorter cut with layered fringe. “Rihanna wanted something different, edgy, and fun, but simple at the same time,” Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen told InStyle.com exclusively. “We don’t like neat or perfect hair — that balance of perfectly-imperfect has always been our thing.” Stephen has worked with the star for years, and duo has experimented with almost every style from a chic pixie to lengthy red strands. If Rihanna has you inspired to make a similar change, Stephen recommends paying extra attention to the little details. “The ends should be bumped tightly using a curling iron,” she added.
When Victoria Grayson hosts an event, the dramatics could substitute as party favors, because there will definitely be enough to go around, as evidenced by last night’s Revenge. Still intent on breaking up the seemingly-happy couple, Charlotte has been arranging meetings between Daniel and Sara, while Victoria invites an unexpected guest to the engagement party — Emily‘s former husband, Rohan. Emily’s jealousy gets the better of her, and she follows Daniel to the Farmer’s Market, where she sees him meeting with Sara. Emily confronts her, and Sara later tells Victoria that she will no longer help in causing a rift between the two.
Meanwhile, Charlotte receives troubling news that her phone has been stolen, and the thief is planning to blackmail her with scandalous pictures taken at a photo shoot in Paris. She enlists the help of Aiden, who is currently living with Nolan. While the revelation of Emily’s former husband was shocking news — Rohan had also trained for revenge under Takeda, and Emily falsified a marriage with him so he could stay in the country with his boyfriend — even more surprises take place in the form of the secret apartment of the Grayson men, Daniel’s tryst with Sarah, and Lydia Davis’ surprise return. “I was so surprised when I was reading the script and saw she was coming back,” said costume designer Jill Ohanneson, who prepared supermodel Amber Valetta to once again don Lydia’s couture pieces. “You can dress everybody in the world, but when you start dressing a supermodel who knows how to wear clothes so instinctively, you can take any old dress on a hanger and she makes it look like a three-thousand dollar gown. It’s amazing how she can elevate clothes.”
We can’t wait to see what she’ll wear in the many plot twists to come! Each week, we chat with Ohanneson, who tells us the meaning behind the pieces worn by each character. Get all the details on the outfits showcased by Emily, Victoria, Charlotte, and more in our gallery!