Summer Color Story

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Summer is easily my least favorite season in terms of fashion. Wardrobe becomes stale; minimal effort and monotonous looks become the norm. Differentiation gets pushed to the back burner as everyone turns to their trusted summer go-to’s: cut off shorts, tanks, and tees. Steering away this dryness is pivotal. I always find myself asking the same things during the season: how to look distinctive while dressing comfortable and avoiding dying in the heat (cue easy breezy beautiful Covergirl).

While Summer has its disadvantages – heat and lackluster clothing come to mind – there is a positive takeaway. Color can finally rise to the place that it deserves. Summer and color are a perfect match. When you’re struggling to find anything worth getting excited about it in terms of style, turn towards the basics: color blocking and pairing as an accessory of its own.

I’m wearing a Loéil two piece I stumbled upon while scrolling my Instagram feed. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine IRL. The color was bright, but not too bright, bold, but not too bold. Just perfect if you ask me. I purchased it of course no regrets here. What I admire most about the set is the silhouette, the drape and the flow. I decided to go the color blocking route and paired them with my newly bought pink pirate sandal by Céline from their Fall/Winter 17 collection.

Try a different approach to dressing up in the Summertime, even if it may seem unconventional to start pairing with colors. This is the Summer of color. Embrace it.

Earrings: From Pakistan

Photos: @aminabellaa

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Urban Concrete

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As some may or may not know, fashion trends often derive from ones surroundings. People tend to pick up inspiration from the world around them, unintentionally, and incorporate it in their fashion without even knowing.

This particular look was inspired by the city that surrounds me and makes me feel my finest, the concrete jungle. It is quite difficult to be uninspired by a city so great, with it’s deep cement gray tones, textured concrete walls and cobble stone roads. Not only is the place I call home the inspiration behind this look, but also an emerging influence within culture and art

My top is a collaboration piece by New York based contemporary artist KAWS and Uniqlo. Vest is from People’s Market, Denim is from Acne Studios and shoes are from Maison Margiela.

Photos: @yeahokayali

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– Anaa

Impromptu

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This look was styled as part of an impromptu shoot, in about 10 minutes tops. I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to embrace more moments on a whim, as spontaneity is how I thrive. I always feel the most inspired when the pressure is on, and stress isn’t within my realm of experience. I’m going to save you the whole spiel on my androgynous style and how this particular look came together and let the photos speak for themselves. However, those more curious about my thought process when styling something like this can look and read more here.

I’m wearing a vintage top, H&M mens trousers and black heeled boots, along with a choker from Zara and some hair clips I threw in the mix for fun. All of the styling and creative direction is done by myself. For personal shopping, styling and creative services you can contact me here.

 


 

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– Anaa

Modern Americana

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Denim jackets remain an American fashion classic. Granted my “American” inspired denim jacket was made in France by A.P.C., one of my personal favorite brands especially for denim. A.P.C. does denim like no other company, the detailing and fit is impeccable, if you aren’t familiar I suggest you check them out.

I’ve coupled my denim jacket with a jumpsuit that is pretty much a staple in my closet. If there is something in your closet you are constantly drawn to wearing, try pairing it with something different each time for an alternate look. The most successful fashion trend-setters are constantly recycling clothing and disguise it by the way they style something from the time before.

 


 

Jacket: A.P.C.

Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Chanel

 

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– Anaa

How to Do Neutrals the Right Way

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A neutral color palette is one you can always be confident in. Colors like these compliment each other, and other colors exceptionally. Not only do they go well with other neutrals, but they are unmatched in the way they appeal to the eye. Always a safe bet.

I wore this particular look to work. Typically, one might say “how on earth does someone wear something this casual to work?” But when you work at KITH, sneakers are imperative, and I’m not one to complain. No matter what you wear, you have to feel comfortable. Otherwise, what’s the point? And no worries; if your job doesn’t allow you to wear something like this to work, you can always make it work as a weekend outfit.

I’m wearing nude Nike Air Max 1 Patch sneakers, and a Fear of God olive green bomber from KITH. I chose to wear all black underneath to make the neutrals stand out. The top and bottom are both thrifted.


Photography: @arab_lincoln 

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– Anaa

Step Into Springs Must-have Shoes

With the Spring season knocking on our door, we here at OSS are strapping into full gear. And by strapping, I mean into our shoes! As it starts to get warm you know what that means, LEG and more leg. Time to pull the razors out from retirement, lather up in coconut oil and most importantly slide into Springs hottest shoes. Our editors have rounded up the top trends strutting down the runways during fashion month and we are happy to share our Spring 2016 must-have shoe shopping guide. Some of our favorite shoe trends include: Sneaker Fever, Mad for Mules, Lace Me Up, and Slipper Slides.


Mules

We’re going mad for mules with this particular Spring shoe trend, first seen on the most happening runway shows and now finally hitting the streets. Mules are coming in hot with bright Spring colors, prints, suede, and of course hardware details. Mules are perfect for any occasion, day or night, and that’s why we’re obsessed!

Shop here:

  1. Prada
  2. Gucci
  3. Mango
  4. Kendall & Kylie
  5. Acne Studios
  6. Mansur Gavriel

Sneakers

This year we swapped our Spring fever for sneaker fever and it’s hitting us hard! That means pastel colors including pinks and mint greens seen by Acne Studios and Common Projects. In addition to brighter colors we are seeing suedes, metallics, and tons of hardware making a comeback. Most noteworthy and an OSS favorite are Tommy Hilfiger’s slingback SS16 sneakers with unique color embroidery stitching details.

Shop here:

  1. Asos
  2. Acne Studios
  3. Tommy Hilfiger
  4. Paco Rabanne
  5. Calvin Klein
  6. Common Projects

Slippers

The latest trend in fashion we’re seeing is lazy, comfortable, and relaxed. We’re moving away from the overly done glitz and glam and moving towards the everyday on-the-go gal. There’s no better way to achieve that look than sliding into some chic slippers.

Shop here:

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Gucci
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Intentionally Blank
  5. Acne Studios
  6. Zara

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Lace-up shoes have continued to make its way into Spring 2016 with some new and improved updates. It seems that these shoes are almost becoming a staple for the Summer. The lace-up shoe comes in a variety of styles, high heels, chunky heels, flats etc.

Shop here:

  1. Aquazzura
  2. Asos
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Asos
  5. Gianvito Rossi
  6. Aquazzura

 

So there you have it! Take these tips and make this Spring one to remember.


 

-Anaa

 

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Street-Casual

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Street style is absolutely critical in fashion these days, as it influences what designers decide to put out in runway collections. Designers are becoming more and more inspired by millennial trends, picking up on what trendsetters are wearing in the streets and in the hottest fashion hubs. And no it’s wonder why street fashion is blowing up, as it’s easy to find, and comfortable as hell! Seriously, who wants to go out and face the day in something they can’t get down and dirty in?

This look was inspired by the hustle and bustle within the streets of New York City, the place I’m grateful to call home. Living among the day-to-day action that’s always a part of city-life means that dressing for the unexpected is a must. For example, someone who has to walk as much as I do is bound to be entirely in love with the sneaker. Sneakers are an imperative staple in any street-casual look. All the realest are rocking them.

For my very own street look, I’m taking it back to the basics: a white-T and jeans. My t-shirt is by Comme Des Garçons play from Barneys, the Cargo Jeans are from Zara, and the cheetah print sneakers (which, by the way, are my new obsession) are from Vans. Shop similar here.


 

Photography: @dearjorge

 

-Anaa

 

 

Bold & Beautiful Lip Products Perfect for Spring

5 Spring Lip Products to Die for:

New Yorkers are notorious for dressing in head-to-toe black and with Spring around the corner it’s time to shake things up! It’s the perfect time to add a dash of color to brighten up your entire look. What better way to ease yourself into the new season than with a bright new lip color. A touch of lipstick can completely alter your look taking you from casual to super chic. Our Second Skin has rounded up some hot new spring lip launches you need to get your hands on! Bright pinks, oranges, and reds are totally in this season, so ladies let’s take this opportunity and embrace our bold and beautiful lips.

Milk Makeup spring lips

Milk Makeup known for their edgy products for the on-the-go girl has a variety of versatile products perfect for Spring. Their oil lip stain comes in a hot pink and red, great for dry lips. Milk Makeup always makes sure to include the highest quality of ingredients such as Vitamin E and other moisturizer for the best and healthiest results. Milk has a felt tip lip marker and when you apply this product it makes it easy, fun and edgy. We also love the two in one lip and cheek roller amongst many different products you can shop here.

Zac Posen x Mac

As a fashion designer, Zac Posen knows how important makeup and how it can ultimately make or break a look. We are excited to see a collaboration between Posen and the adored makeup brand MAC including a range of gorgeous and bold colors. Check out his Sheer Madness, Darling Clementine and Dangerously Red lip colors here. Get it quick before it runs out!Neutrogena lips

Neutrogena is a brand we can always rely on for their affordable and functional products. Neutrogena has announced their Spring collection of moisturizing color sticks for the lips. From nudes to bright pinks, Neutrogena has all skin types covered with eight brand new shades to choose from. Shop your color stick here.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow is another one of our favorite products also a great way to jump into Spring 2016! Runway trends have proven that natural pink and glossy lips are totally in. The lipstick also has a duo lip liner which is perfect to define the look and take it one step further. It comes in three colors Lilac, Sheer Coral Pink, and Sheer Natural Pink. Dior’s Lip Glow will make your lips look shiny and full giving you that effortless Dior aura. Shop here.

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It’s time to throw away all your boring old lip products because Juicy Shakers are finally here! Lancôme is excited to announce their revolutionary new lip product available in thirteen addicting shades! You can control the amount of pigment on your lips by how many times you shake the product, the more you shake the stronger the color. Each bottle is flavored with fruits and natural ingredients leaving your lips soft and kissable. Get your Juicy Shaker here.


 

-Alexa

 

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Get Your Hands on the Hottest Nail Phenomenon Yet

SPRAY ON NAIL POLISH

If you’re anything like me (which I hope not) you’d know I’m terrible at painting nails. Lucky for those of you who aren’t gifted in the nail department, things just got a whole lot easier!

We here at OSS are all jumping for joy over the new spray on nail polish can first introduced by Nails Inc. and now by the edgy makeup company, Milk. No one wants to spend hours painting coat after coat for the perfect manicure that’s going to eventually chip, causing an endless cycle. Just like spray paint all you have to do is spray the can of nail polish on your nails, it’s that EASY. This product applies so effortless, you can forever say goodbye to bubbles and streak marks that normal nail polish tend to leave.

The application processes is sweet and simple. First you apply a base coat over your nails, then you spray the product on covering however much of the nail you want, and lastly once that dries up you apply your clear coat on top. After this entire process is done, all you have to do is wash the access spray off your hands and wah-lah you’ve got yourself some stylin’ nails.

Curious to know more, here’s a video showing exactly how it’s done:

 

1. Milk Makeup Spray Nail (Pre-order: here)

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Milk Makeup is a contemporary makeup brand, made for the on-the-go women, who doesn’t have countless hours to apply makeup. It is conventional and their multi-purpose products are easy to use. Milk takes the spray on nail polish to the next level by adding some serious flair we’re talking nail art! Each can comes with a variety of fun and unique stencils, allowing you to manipulate the designs however you want them. Pre-orders are now available at Urban Outfitters, so get your hands on the next big thing!


 

2. Nails Inc. London Spray Can Nail Polish (Pre-order: Here)

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Nails Inc. London first came out with this original and unique product leaving us eagerly waiting for it to hit the States! It has already been released in the UK and since then sold out. Sign up on their website to be one of the first to know when they release.

Until then-  Happy Shopping!


 

 

– Anaa