The Instagirls: Vogue Swaps Celebs for Models

Ah, September: the biggest month of the year as far as fashion and our favorite glossies go. We expect magazines to pull out all the stops in these mega issues, and this year they certainly don’t disappoint. Today, Vogue confirmed that its September cover boasts not one, but three of-the-moment models. The interior spread expands to show six more, for a total count of nine dazzling women.

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Image via Vogue.com

Not only were these cover girls chosen for their prowess in front of the lens, but Vogue also dubs them “the Instagirls,” a generation of social media–savvy models rapidly building their own personal brands. From left to right, you see Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss (all on the cover itself), followed by Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu.

The sunny spread, filled with striking fall textiles, was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. If this layout looks familiar, it might be because ten years ago the magazine also featured nine supermodels (including Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy) on its September issue cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

With major titles (Vogue and W included) hinting at a new class of top models, I suspect that Karlie and Cara are reaching the level of 90s-era Cindy and Kate. Except now they’re not just household names – their fandom extends throughout the Internet, too.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For pristine sneaks: You tried the normcore trend and now you have white canvas sneakers to keep clean. Common sense might suggest throwing them in the wash, but don’t – it leads to yellow-tinged rubber.

For blondes: In between highlight sessions? Camouflage creeping roots with a tinted dry shampoo in your hair color.

For your next party: Don’t serve watered-down drinks these last days of summer. Make hibiscus ice cubes for a floral-infused beverage that is seriously pretty.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014

North West: The Future of Fashion?

The Kardashian clan is no stranger to a photo shoot. And now even the youngest member of the family, North, has dipped her tiny toes in the modeling pool. Featured in the fifth edition of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, Kimye’s daughter rocks head-to-toe Chanel in a spread titled Legends. A legend at just 13 months old? Well, according to Karl Lagerfeld’s accompanying quote, “It’s never too early to care about fashion!” From those glittering diamond studs to the mini 2.55 quilted bag, I’d say little North has a very fashionable future ahead.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 15, 2014

Branch Out: Willow, the Other New Dating App

Just a few days ago we talked about the debut of Glimpse, a social media–fueled dating app. But guess what? There’s yet another one on the scene. Willow, out this week, encourages you to do something kind of unique in the digital courting world: hold a conversation. Instead of swiping through profile pictures and interest pages, you’ll browse questions that other users have posted and send them replies.

Personally, I like the idea. And after trying out my fair share of these apps, I’m thinking Willow just might be “the one” (to finally find me a decent date).

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 12, 2014

Grab Your Phone & Take an Hermès Tie Break

To all of you out there who dream in orange boxes, whose hearts go thud-thud with the sight of that signature H, lend me your ear: There’s an app for that. For men and women alike, it’s deliciously fun to play with. Introducing Tie Break, Hermès’s recently launched smartphone app designed “to help you take a break from the harsh realities of office, airport, or public transport…or even a dull date” with “a random dose of Hermès.” Tie break

Image via Tie Break

In essence, it’s a quippy little exercise in Hermès tie knowledge-building, made fun through GIFs, games, and comics. Each time you open the app, a new one of these “surprises” will be waiting for you. Use it as a way to wean off of 2048 and CandyCrush, or to read up on the differences between Hermès’s collection of luxe silk neckties – so you can make an educated decision on your next purchase. Download the Tie Break app here. P.S. Be patient with the download. It’s far more turtle than hare. But we all know who wins that race. By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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August 11, 2014

Kids These Days: Teens Watch Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell saved my before-school mornings. The infamous 90s sitcom turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, The Fine Brothers invited a group of teens onto their YouTube series, filming reactions as the teen guests watched the Bayside High gang for the first time. Included in the bunch is outspoken Maisie Williams, who you may recognize as Arya Stark from Games of Thrones.

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Image via TV.com

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August 11, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For your hair: Forks aren’t just for pasta anymore. Twirl one through your strands (à la Disney’s The Little Mermaid) and dry with a diffuser nozzle for the ideal wave.

For your tabletop: Want to inject a little industrial Zen into your home? Pour concrete into paper cups, stick in a tall tapered candle, peel away the cup, and voilà! New centerpieces.

For your ankles: Your Achilles’ heel? Stilettos. Strengthen your ankles for that new pair by tracing letters in the air with your foot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 11, 2014

Charles James: One of the Costume Institute’s Most Popular Exhibits

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recently remodeled (and renamed) Anna Wintour Costume Center has received a burst of foot traffic over the past four months. Why? American couturier Charles James and his inaugural exhibit Charles James: Beyond Fashion. According to a museum spokesperson, the show beat out last year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations from 2012. More impressively, the ball-gown exhibit is the fifth most popular in the Costume Institute’s 25-year history, ranking behind the Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Superhero-themed, and Chanel shows.

Oh, and if you haven’t planned a weekend trip to New York City to see the exhibit yet, you have until 5:30PM this Sunday. Since Charles James is not a household name, I recommend reading up in advance.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2014

Glimpse: The New Kid on the Dating-App Scene

Ever wish those awkward Tinder convos weren’t part of the whole modern dating thing? Well, you’re not alone. Meet Glimpse, a just-launched app that connects people on Instagram by using shared hashtags, locations, and events.

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Image via refinery29.com

You probably never thought that a #YOLO obsession could find you a soul mate, but Glimpse begs to differ, pairing prospective couples that share the same mantrasUnlike other social dating apps, this one helps you find partners with common interests, not just those in the same location.

The best part? Minimal creep factor involved. If anyone wants to strike up a conversation, they’ll need your approval. Once you give the go-ahead, chat away about important things, like the hilarity of that #TBT you posted last week.

If you ask me, this has “newest mobile phenomenon” written all over it. And those #FBF baby pics get the whole embarrassing-photos issue over with right away.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2014

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Digital-Detox Vacation Trend

Think about it: days on end without a single email notification or text message. Nothing but you, your travel buddy, and clear-blue skies. Sounds peaceful, right? Well, you’re in luck. Zero-technology getaways – or “digital detoxes” as they’ve been dubbed by some – are on the rise. And we’re all for them.

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Digital-detox retreats come in a range of intensities and locations. Below, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of your options.

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August 5, 2014