Whether it's Rita Ora's plastic tattoo necklace or Elle Fanning's stacked diamond and pearl strands, there's no doubting that chokers are back in a very big way. The '90s staple even made an appearance in Lanvin, Miu Miu, Carven, and Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2014 collections, which means, yes, this trend is really happening (and isn't going anywhere soon!). But if you're still side-eyeing the resurgence of jewelry you wore in middle school, we found some awesome options no matter your style or budget. Seriously! Check 'em out below.
'90S INSPIRATION: Mathilda from Léon: The Professional
WHERE TO BUY:
+ Sun Charm Choker, Topshop, $18
+ '90s Cross Invisible Choker Necklace, Asos, $16
+ Alien Black Velvet Choker, Storenvy, $9
+ Yin Yang Choker, Shopjeen, $35
Short hair, really don't care.
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The short hair club has a new inductee, y'all! Please welcome Ms. Kristen Stewart to the group—she debuted her cropped 'do earlier today at the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris. The bright red hue that once was is back to orange, but there's, like, eight inches less of it and it looks good. Like, really good. K-Stew can still do her trademark hair swoop, so everything she needs for a good hair day is still there—don't worry.
We haven't seen much of Ciara lately, because she's been busy giving birth and stuff, but over the weekend she surprised/delighted everyone by posting some snapshots that are important for a least 10 billion reasons. They're especially important, though, because (1) she's back to work! This is excellent news. More Ciara = more happiness for all. And (2) she's maybe doing said work with Calvin Klein (that "Obsession" sweatshirt and a shout out to CK's creative director Italo Zucchelli might be clues, right?). Finally, (3) WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT HER NEW HAIR?! While there's no explicit mention of it in the photos' captions, her multicolor dreads would be hard to miss—they're a big change from the last time we saw her.
Just two pals chillin'.
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Earlier today, two of my best friends hung out without me. Um, hi, Emma and Jen, did you really think there'd be no pics of you two sitting front row at the Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 show? I see that my potential seat was taken by Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior's CEO, but that doesn't lessen the sting. Imagine how cute this pic would look on our fridge. I would've Instagrammed it and it would've gotten a lot of likes because you're two of the biggest movie stars in the world with impeccable style, but now that opportunity has passed. R.I.P. what could've been.
You even matched in monochrome like we talked about. Don't mind me, I'll just be over here nowhere near Paris drying my tears.
Cop Taylor's kicks.
Photos: Getty Images/Keds
Have your sundresses and denim shorts been feeling a little lonely lately? Well, go tell them to cheer up, because their new BFF just entered the world—Taylor Swift's latest Keds collection. The new set of 17 shoes is the perfect combination of preppy and quirky, featuring everything from songbird prints to subtle stripes and polka dots. They may technically be a fall collection, but considering how well they'd go with jorts, there's no one stopping you from wearing them right this second.
As the longtime face of the Adidas NEO label he designs, Justin Bieber is no stranger to modeling. Also—hello—his fragrance campaigns, anyone? Over the weekend, he posted a bunch of very Blue Steel snaps to Instagram, indicating that he might be ready to take the modeling thing a little more seriously. Or maybe he's merely indicating that he really, really likes his shiny blue jacket and just wanted the world to admire it, too. Regardless, let's take a closer look at them, shall we?
Wearing at least five more pieces of clothing than we've seen on him in a while, Justin gave his most soulful hat-tip in front of a very swanky woodgrain backdrop. He accessorized with a tasteful chain-link bracelet, and also an electric fireplace.
Photo: Shop Jeen/O-Mighty/Nasty Gal/Etsy/Beloved
Last week, emoj.li, the first emoji-only network, launched. Emoji enthusiasts like myself scrambled to claim usernames that, of course, were composed of the tiny pictures. In order to celebrate the launch, we've rounded up some of our fave emoji merch from around the 'net. Wear it all at once or separately, it's totally up to you–may we suggest, however, that you wear it when you use emoj.li? So #META.
Photo: Shop Jeen
Of all the pink-shirt girl emojis in the world (slash on my phone), this is my most used, probably because she DGAF. A shirt featuring multiple ~nonchalant~ ladies is perfect for the summer and letting everyone know your default answer to any and all inquiries, propositions, requests, etc. The best part? It's on sale.
Solange is just so effortlessly cool, you know? I've been following the "Losing You" singer on Instagram for a while, waiting for updates on new music and trying to figure out how exactly she puts together those flawless outfits of hers. (Full disclosure: Mixing colors is not my strong suit—and don't get me started on prints—which is why Solange is a never-ending style inspiration.) Turns out, style runs in the family.
"When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I…" says Solange, "just had all of these different things inside me… It’s interesting how the past comes back full circle and then it becomes more refined."
Before we go back to Solange, can we all just mentally take a moment to imagine Baby Bey in Cross Colours? R.I.P., me.
Overnight hair growth?
Photo: @mileycyrus Instagram
Over the weekend, while you were watching fireworks and eating foods cooked on a grill, Miley Cyrus was posting up a storm on Instagram. Featured in the majority of her uploads was a new hairstyle—very skinny pigtail braids tied with a bow. Last time I checked, Miley had a platinum pixie so, um, where did these li'l guys come from?
Tip: If you want to find some of the best hidden gems on the internet, head to the hair accessories section on any shopping website. Beyond the flower crowns and feather headdresses, there's some seriously insane stuff happening in those deep, dark corners of the web (see: floral cat ears). Just the other day, I discovered something called "hair rings" on Asos. It's exactly what it sounds like: rings you wear in your hair. You can buy a set of open silver or gold bands for either long, medium, or short strands ($13 to $20), which you place among braids or buns. Basically, it's the butterfly clip's badass older cousin.