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Joan Lunden on People Magazine

Joan Lunden People Magazine

For the October issue of People magazine, Good Morning America host Joan Lunden graced the covers with a contagious smile. Her charming expression speaks of her courage, having been diagnosed with breast cancer. The detail of making the cover without her hair has gained her even more praise, as she explains to audiences that the decision to cut all her hair before it fell out was her own. We wish her the best in her recovery!

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Runway to Real way! A Guide to Fall 2014!

I’m so excited to write in honor of FALL! My favorite season…the time when sweaters and boots make it from the runway to real way!

Here I am going to give you the best and the top 5!

1. Faux Fur for Days.-Fur is always on-trend for winter and fall, but the runways proved that this season it’s a must-have texture. Hey, if it’s good enough for Fendi and Tom Ford, it’s good enough for us.

Faux Fox Fur Long Stole, $56

2. Knit
Who doesn’t love to bundle up in a knitted sweater when fall weather hits? Make like Stella McCartney and grab a speckled sweater like the Free People shown below.

Free People
Free People Dylan Tweedy Turtleneck Pullover, $128


3. Hardshell Clutches.
Out with chain strap and oversized clutches and in with the hardshell variety! Hard, box clutches are all the rage for evening looks. Take a hint from Louis Vuitton and go for a small, square purse.

Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton

4. Stylish Sneakers.
Chanel, Edun and DKNY were all designers who showed comfortable footwear as an on-trend look for fall (good news for those of us whose feet might need a break from sky-high stilettos). Channel the look in your favorite pair of lace-ups or slip-ons.

Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker, $46.95

5. Fancy Loafers.
Smoking slippers have always been a style staple in my own closet, and lately designers like Dolce & Gabbana have been giving them an edgy upgrade. Opt for a black pair with a tassel detail, and wear them with leather leggings, a blouse and a long cardigan on colder days.

Carvela Kurt
Carvela Kurt Geiger Embroidered Smoking Slippers, $145

These are my top 5 to look AMAZING this fall! Just to add to your favorite pumpkin drink and or the amazing caramel apples!

XOXO-Maria Vargas

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Target Collection: Altuzarra

Last year, Phillip Lim was the star designer for Target’s Fall collection and, if we remember correctly, it was pretty successful! However, not only did people start lining up early (as early as 5am! Sheesh!), a lot of the items were sold out pretty quick. This year, we have Joseph Altuzarra and we’re predicting that it’ll be just the same. Altuzarra’s collection is a mix of animal prints and subdued fall-appropriate colors. It mostly consists of wear to work items that will definitely pop out at the office! Look below for some of his awesome clothing.

This snake print suit is a must-have for any statement lovers!


For a more casual, but still work appropriate look, this dress is perfect!


A beautiful gown that can be worn for any night out.


There’s lots of other great pieces, so make sure to sneak a peak at the look book. If you have the time, money, and patience to buy, then make sure you check any of the participating Target stores near you (and get there early!).

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San Antonio Spurs: First Female Coach


The world of NBA has forever changed with the recent addition of Becky Hammon, a veteran in the WNBA, as the new assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. This is a first for any female to work in the NBA as an acclaimed part of the staff. However, even though it’s a first for the NBA, Becky Hammon is no stranger to basketball. She’s been with the WNBA for 16 years, so that goes to show she knows exactly what she’s doing.

About the recent change, Becky’s been quoted to say, “I’m up for challenges. I’m up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. … And I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity.”



Every day is a new opportunity for women to get a foot in the door, so it’s always great to hear news like this. We can already tell Becky’s a great addition to the Spurs team and we hope the best for her!

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New Lego: Female Scientist Set

You may remember a few months back on the news of how 7 year old Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to the Lego company to improve their vapid female Legos to a more intellectual kind (shown above). Well, it turns out that, recently, the Lego Group has complied and come up with a new set! 


The set includes three females in science-oriented careers such as a paleontologist, astronomer, and chemist. This is definitely a step in the right direction to prove that, not only males, but females can be represented in different aspects other than the stereotypical archetypes that we’ve been accustomed to. Hurray to Lego and, of course, Charlotte for speaking for girls everywhere!

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Lauren Bacall: Hollywood Beauty

In recent news, the world seems a little less brighter with the loss of one of America’s favorite iconic actresses, Lauren Bacall.



Lauren, who was originally named Betty Joan Perske, was most notable for her sultry looks and for being the model who Howard Hawks saw in Harper’s Bazaar and made into the iconic star that she turned out to be today.

Born into a Jewish family in the Bronx, she was a model before she became a Hollywood actress. It was there that she was spotted in a magazine and this resulted in her first movie, To Have and Have Not. Lauren made her acting debut at around 19, and she shook the world by storm with her, unintentional, “look”. It was actually her nervousness that helped her attain that signature pose and, to combat her quivers, she pressed her chin towards her chest and tilted her eyes upward. This not only helped suppress her jitters, but helped to solidify her acting career. She even married her co-star and famous actor, Humphrey Bogart, only a year later after the movie was made.



Lauren then acted in several other films and even performed on Broadway. Her finesse and beauty was what helped her become the successful icon that she became today. So, even though the world will be missing a great star, her legend will still live on through her movies and through her children.

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Oh Baby! Must-haves for the mama-to-be!

This past weekend I got invited to a beautiful baby shower! and I thought, “well, whats a fashion must have for the mama to be!?”….with a little research I came up with 7 MUST-HAVES for the beautiful mommy!

1. Cute Flats or Slip-On Shoes

I’ve been great at standing in heels for long periods of time, but when your belly is a little bigger and your balance feels off, cute flats and slip-on shoes are a must—including some that you can dress up for a night out.

LC Lauren Conrad

2. Flowy Dresses

Since it’s summer, it’s easy to get away with wearing maxi dresses, tunics, and other swingy silhouettes.

ASOS Cami Swing Dress

3. J. Crew Maternity Minnie Pant

Investing in at least one pair of maternity pants is a must! These maternity ‘Minnie’ pants are the Must-Haves for the mommy to be!

J Crew Maternity Minnie

4. Storq Bundle

Storq is a brand new maternity line that specializes in basics. You can order items separately, but for $195 they send you a bundle of all four basics—an LBD, a black pencil skirt, an extra long white tank, and the comfiest leggings you’ve ever worn. They are incredibly soft and comfortable, but sexy and form fitting at the same time. This is a great gift for your fashionable friend who is expecting.

Storq Bundle

5. Pregnancy Pillow

Getting your beauty rest  is a lot harder when you’re expecting.

Pregnancy Pillow

6. All-Natural Lush Facemasks

You always hear about the beautiful glow that pregnant women get. But what they don’t tell you is that changes in hormones can also lead to breakouts and problem skin like you haven’t experienced since you were a teenager…


7. Belly Butter

Stretch marks are one of the less glamorous parts of pregnancy. While some women are just more prone to them than others, keeping your bump moisturized can help to lessen or deter stretch marks.

Mama Bee Belly Butter

I hope this list helps all the gorgeous soon to be moms!




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Summer Style: Concerts & Festivals

What’s Summer without a little bit of sun and a whole lot of fun? Visiting the beach or water parks are always a fan favorite (plus a great swim suit is all you need to look cute!), but attending festivals and concerts are quite popular as well. With Lollapalooza just around the corner, what are some good outfits to wear? Depending on where you’re going, it’s easy to look fashionable and still beat that summer heat. Check out a few of the pieces below that will definitely make you stand out while you rock out.


Free People


This dress is great for any kind of festival. It’s got that perfect bohemian look with the lace and the flowy, bell sleeves. Style this with some ankle or thigh high boots, a long necklace, a fringe purse and you’re set to go! If you’re not digging the hat, try a flower or patterned headband instead.




For a more dressy concert look, go for a bold printed romper – like this one. The tribal print is super eye-catching and the pop of color accessories add flair to the outfit. You can always dress it up with some heels or dress it down with sandals. Plus, you can dance, jump around, or twirl to the music without having to worry about showing off any undergarments.


Urban Outfitters


For those who like to keep it casual, comfy but still cute, this outfit is perfect. A nice, slouchy top and a pair of shorts will always be a classic. Whether the shorts are frayed denim or chiffon like the ones above, it’ll look good without you even having to try.

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Tips to Long Enviable Legs

The Higher The Better 

This one is probably the most obvious, but wearing a heel will always elongate your legs. Now this doesn’t mean that you have to stock your closet full of sky-high, 6-inch heels. Even a 2- or 3-inch lift will give your legs a longer and leaner look.

long legs with heels

Match It 

While there are times when you want to wear a bright pink pump, if you’re looking to elongate your legs you should lean toward neutral shoes that match your skin tone.


When trying to get the look of longer legs, opt for a high-waisted skirt or high-rise jeans. Because these styles create a higher looking waist, you’ll automatically get the illusion of longer looking legs

Bronzed Beauty

A little extra glow will make any set of stems look longer and leaner. Whether it’s rubbing on a bit of highlighter or using a self-tanner, if your legs have that bronzed finish they’ll immediately look a lot longer.

Bonus tip: Also, avoid ankle straps when possible if you’re going to for longer legs. They tend to cut your leg off at the ankle and give you the opposite look you’re going for.


Hope this helps!

XO: Maria Vargas