Monday, July 14, 2014

SUMMER 2014: It's Wedding Season with Designer Paul Fredrick!

Written by: Emily Blauvelt (Writer behind Class and Sass)

The summer wedding season is in full swing and we are loving every second of it! Of course, with the ups and downs of summer weather, the constantly coming and going trends, and the various dress codes (white tie v. black tie... what the heck?!), it can be hard to determine what's appropriate to wear to the big day. Especially since the whole goal of your outfit is to not overshadow the bride. Talk about pressure!

But don't worry, we've teamed up with Paul Frederick and we've got you covered.

Consider: Location

For a beach wedding: Chances are if you're heading to the beach for a wedding ceremony, the dress code is going to be "beach formal." 

For her: A maxi dress or knee length skirt & top combo with dressy sandals will do. I'm loving this dress right now and I'm loving even more how Julia from Gal Meets Glam styled it! Just swap out the heels for sandals.

For him: A lightweight suit (preferably khaki or linen... but mind you, linen wrinkles quickly!) is ideal for a beach wedding. Or any summer wedding for that matter. But don't worry about the tie here fellas, just wear a collared dress shirt underneath your jacket and a pair of dress shoes. You're good to go!

For a more formal affair (read "formal" or "black tie optional"): One of my pet peeves is when the invite says "formal" or "black tie optional", because what if you want to go all out black tie but everyone else shows up just formal? The struggle is real, my friends.

Your safest bet? Go formal. What does that mean exactly?

For her: A long dress or formal cocktail-length dress (that means it hits your knees, ladies!) in a dark, neutral tone. Remember, you can never go wrong with a navy dress. It's super easy to accessorize, and just about any shoe will go with it. Heels are encouraged for this kind of wedding as well. But bring a dressier pair of sandals for later on in the night, nobody likes their feet to be killing them while they're on the dance floor!

For him: Simple. Break out the tuxes, gents! I promise you, no girl will be complaining. Not a tux kind of guy? A dark-colored suit (navy or black) will do just fine as well.

What about patterns?

For weddings, I really like to stick with the idea that the simpler it is, the better. As a guest, your job is to not outshine either the bride or groom (but especially the bride!). So ladies, unless you're rocking a Lilly Pulitzer dress to the wedding (which you really shouldn't do unless it's a beach wedding...), keep it simple with neutral tones. And never, ever, wear white.

Gentlemen, if you're going to rock a pattern, do it with a tie. And if you're rocking a seersucker suit, keep it simple and let the suit do the work for you.

Now, about your date...

You never want to clash. Think back to all the coordinating your mom and girlfriend did back at your high school prom. There's a reason for all the planning. When you and your significant other are heading to a wedding, you want to do your best to look as adorable as the couple to the left.

Your Quick Guide to Dressing as a Couple

1. Match shades correctly, and if you can't find an exact match, at least make sure they complement each other. (See left)

2. These colors clash, do not wear together. Blue and orange. Green and red (Do you really want to look like Christmas?). Purple (or red) and yellow. All off-limit color combos.

3. These colors complement each other, wear them in all their adorableness. Tan (read: your khaki suit) and anything. Black (read: your tux) and anything that's not navy. Basically, match whatever tie you're wearing to your lady's dress, and you're golden. Also, you're kidding yourself if you think she's planning her outfit around your tux. It's the other way around, boys! Sorry! But lucky for you, sites like Paul Frederick have you covered. So, shop away!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ON OUR RADAR: Celebs Bring It at the Met Gala!

The second Blake Lively and her hot hubby Ryan Reynolds took the red carpet with an inspired Old-Hollywood glam look, we knew it was going to be a great night for fashion. Granted, the Met Ball almost always brings out the most fashionable stars-- but it also has it's fair share of fashion faux pas.

I've got to say though, this year did not disappoint (except for maybe Kate Upton and Lily Aldrige's dresses...). Anna Wintour looked amazing (obviously), Taylor Swift stunned in Oscar de la Renta, and there was no shortage of stunning celebrity couples on the carpet either. I mean, Beyonce and Jay-Z really can do no wrong. Kim and Kanye on the other hand... well, we won't go into that. I'll just say their Vogue shoot was not a favorite.

Our Fave Looks from the Met Gala

My vote for best look of the night of course goes to SJP. She rocked the black and white Oscar de la Renta, and I loved every part of it.

Taylor Swift, also in Oscar de la Renta, looked gorgeous.

The A-list couple took black and white on too, Victoria Beckham in one of her own creations, and David Beckham rocking a Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo.

Selena Gomez kept it simple, but elegant in Diane von Furstenberg.

Karolina Kurkova took the red carpet in Marchesa (not to mention the $1 million in Harry Winston diamonds she also donned).

The one and only Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture.

Another hot couple bringing it in black and white! Charlize Theron, in Dior, walked the carpet with Sean Penn.

Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

Emma Stone, in Thakoon, with boyfriend and The Amazing Spiderman 2 co-star Andrew Garfield.

To top it all off, music's favorite couple, Mr. and Mrs. Carter. Beyonce wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown.

What was your favorite look of the night?

Monday, May 5, 2014

BABY NEWS: Kerry Washington Gives Birth to a Daughter

Scandal fans may have not been too pleased when news broke that due to Kerry Washington's (aka Olivia Pope) pregnancy the latest season would be reduced from 22 to 18 episodes, but there is no denying that all of Kerry's gladiators are thrilled the star has finally given birth! And to a little girl no less!

In true gladiator fashion, Washington and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, secretly welcomed their daughter Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha April 21st. While the pair are always quiet when it comes to their personal lives, I think it's safe to say that they are beyond happy. After wedding in June 2013 in a private ceremony, the duo seem to be having the year of their lives!

Congratulations Kerry!

Check out Kerry's best baby bump looks!

Gorgeous! Right?

Have a great Monday!

Friday, May 2, 2014


The iHeart Radio Music Awards took Los Angeles by storm last night, as tons of our favorite celebs flocked to the Shrine Auditorium as both nominees and presenters of awards that rival a Grammy. 

There was no lack of style and originality at the awards (I mean do you see RiRi's hair?! And Ariana's go-go-esque boots?) But what we really care about? The highlights.

The show was filled with emotional moments and fun, check out our favorites!

1. Rihanna wins for Artist of the Year

2. Usher took the stage to dance to/present a previously unheard song from Michael Jackson. "Love Never Felt So Good" was written in 1983 by the singer with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield, and is set to be released on an album chock fill of Jackson's unheard hits.

3. Gwen Stefani presented the award for the iHeart Innovator award to pal Pharrell Williams. Check out the emotional vid below!

Acceptance Speech


4. Blake Shelton (seen here with bromance buddy Luke Bryan) beat out Bryan's "My Kind of Night" with his "Boys 'Round Here" for Country Song of the Year.

5. Miley Cyrus won for Best Lyrics for her song "Wrecking Ball", however due to her recovery following a severe allergic reaction, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus accepted the award on her behalf.

TGIF everybody!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run Tour 2014

The music industry's biggest power couple is at it again everybody! After numerous successful collaborations and the birth of everyone's fave baby, Blue Ivy (North West has got some competition... just kidding, her mom's not Queen B so she really doesn't stand a chance), the pair are finally launching their first tour together this coming summer!

This might be is the best thing that I've heard all week.

So, to honor our favorite couple, we're throwing it back to their top six best collaborations.

Before they were "On the Run" with the Blue... It was just Beyonce & Jay-Z.

6. Upgrade U

5. Deja Vu

4. '03 Bonnie and Clyde

3. Forever Young (special performance at Coachella 2011)

2. Drunk in Love

1. Crazy In Love

What's your favorite Beyonce & Jay-Z collaboration?

Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, April 28, 2014

SCANDAL: Donald Sterling Exposed

Despite the fact that his own girlfriend is half-black, half-Mexican, Donald Sterling has been exposed for the racist that he is-- a move that has prompted fierce outcry from the public. And rightfully so.

Now, thanks to his racist remarks and clear inability to keep up with the times, Donald Sterling has lost everything. Fans, fame, and fortune-- and his girlfriend too, I'm assuming. 

Where It All Began

News broke about the scandal after an audio recording involving Sterling and his girlfriend was leaked to the media. In the call, Sterling was heard saying,

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?"


"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it … and not to bring them to my games."

The Reaction

From Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers

From President Obama

Lakers retiree, Magic Johnson

These are just a few of those making remarks against the Clippers owner. Other notable celebrities who have spoken out against Sterling include Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

LeBron James has also weighed in on the issue, saying, "If the reports are true, it's unacceptable. It's unacceptable in our league. It doesn't matter if you're white, black, Hispanic, whatever, all across the races. It's unacceptable, and as a commissioner in our league, they have to make a stand, and they have to be very aggressive with it."

NAACP Rescinds Donald Sterling Award

Sterling was up for receiving an honor from the NAACP, regardless of having experienced issues in the past after being sued for allegedly not renting apartments to blacks and latinos. The NAACP has since rescinded him as an honoree.

The Players Turn Against Him

Before Game 4 against the Warriors, the Clippers made a strong but silent statement-- together, as a team. Dumping their shooting shirts at center court, the Clippers took the court with their warm ups on inside out, concealing the Clippers logo.

What do you think of the whole situation? Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MEN'S HEALTH: 5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Safe

ATTENTION ALL MEN! Skin care is something we all often overlook. The chances of getting melanoma or any other kind of skin disease thanks to too much sun exposure always seem too thin. But guess what? They're not. Ultraviolet radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer, and it's completely preventable!

So, if you're looking to keep old age at bay by avoiding wrinkles until you're 60, it's time to start loading up on the SPF. And wrinkles aren't the worst of it, we're talking benign tumors, pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions, and discoloration. I don't know about you, but I'll be covering up this summer.

Protect Your Skin

With SPF

"The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone apply a sunscreen with an SPF30 every day, and an SPF50 before participating in outdoor activities."

If you're not already, you should be applying a face lotion with an SPF of 30 every day. It sounds like overkill, but when it comes to your health, precautions are necessary. And wouldn't you feel better knowing that when you're 40 you won't have the face of an 80 year-old?

I know I would!

Protective Gear

I know that the sun beating down on you during your summer runs is less than enjoyable, but don't shed your layers! You may be great eye candy for the ladies running around without your top on, but please, keep it on. We're only saying this because we care about you.

Besides, a little mystery is always fun when it comes to what you're hiding underneath ;)

Tips from the Pros

1. Seek the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm.
2. Do not burn!
3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
4. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
5. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
6. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
7. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
9. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Keep your skin safe, gentlemen!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT: MTV Movie Awards Highlights!

The MTV Movie Awards have always been a favorite awards show of mine. The hottest celebs-- I mean, LOOK at Zac Efron, thank goodness for Rita Ora because she did just what all of us were thinking. Rip his shirt off. (*sigh*) 

Aside from Zac's effortless gorgeousness, the funniest clips, the best movies, and plenty of fun were all fit into a two-hour awards show. Sunday's show had Twitter all abuzz with who would win what, and we've got the night's biggest winners here for you! Plus a few amazing performances from the likes of our girl-crush Ellie Goulding (with Zedd), Rihanna and Eminem, and newbies Twenty One Pilots.

The Votes Are In...

Movie of the Year

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Favorite Character

Tris, Divergent

Best Female Performance

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Male Performance

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Shirtless Moment

(For your viewing pleasure...) Zac Efron, That Awkward Moment

Best Comedic Performance

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best On-Screen Transformation

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Anyone else find it sad that in real life he has better hair than most women?!

MTV Generation Award

Mark Wahlberg

MTV Trailblazer Award

Channing Tatum

Be sure to check out Ellie Goulding and Zedd's performance of "Beating Heart" here!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TRAVEL: The 6 Best Restaurants in Moscow

Moscow has been on our radar of places to visit for quite some time now. While it may be a little bit further down on the bucket list, there's no doubt it's one of the most buzzing places on the planet. And I mean, look at the architecture. Pretty cool, right?

When I'm traveling, one of the things I most look forward to (aside from taking in the breathtaking scenery and what not) is the food. Judge me. Trying new things is fun right, and food is so completely a part of the culture in so many different countries that it's practically a requirement you try a little bit of everything while you're there.

Good Eats

1. Varvary

4. Buono

6. CDL

So, you got a serious case of wanderlust yet?