CHIC ICON: Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor’s charm, beauty and talent has left a permanent legacy in Hollywood. She gained notoriety as a young British-American actress and grew up to become one of the biggest stars in Tinseltown. As a tribute to this stunning CHIC-icon we wanted to take a glimpse at her life and achievements.

EARLY YEARS

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Even as a child, Liz Taylor’s natural beauty was hard not to recognize. After moving to Los Angeles from London during WWII, her mother was often encouraged to enroll young Elizabeth in tv and movie castings. After her father started working at MGM Studios, a young Taylor was offered a role in an upcoming Lassie film, which would prove to be her breakout role in 1943.

AS AN ADULT

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Elizabeth continued to practice her trade, continuing to work as an actress through adolescance and into adulthood. One of her first successes as an adult came with the film   Father of the Bride starring alongside Spencer Tracey.

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Her popularity continued to grow, with the release of the 1951 film A Place in the Sun. Her performance was praised from every movie critic and the movie quickly became deemed a classic.

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In 1960, Elizabeth Taylor became the highest paid actress in Hollywood, receiving a reported $7 million for staring the 1960 movie Cleopatra. It was then that she also met her future husband, Richard Burton.

Later Years

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Taylor proved to be less lucky in love than she was in Hollywood, after being married seven times. Taylor, however, found true love in her activism and charity undertakings. She devoted much of her later years fundraising for HIV and AIDS related projects.

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SAG AWARDS 2015: RED CARPET FAVORITES

It’s official…awards season is upon us! Our favorite part? Watching celebs walk the red carpet, of course! Here are a few of our red carpet favorites from the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore 2015 SAG Awards

In this beaded, emerald Givenchy Couture gown, Julianne Moore proved nothing short of stunning. We love how her natural makeup and wavy down-style complement the look!

Camila Alves 

Camila Alves 2015 SAG Awards

Camila looked gorgeous in her amethyst Donna Karan Atelier gown! She also kept her hair and makeup sleek, simple…making the whole look incredibly CHIC!

Emma Stone 

Emma Stone 2015 SAG Awards

Emma has been full of daring and bold fashion choices this season! This all-black Dior-Couture gown proved no exception. It was high fashion and fabulous.

Julia Roberts 

Julia Roberts 2015 SAG Awards

Julia’s black tuxedo Givenchy jumpsuit was a great choice. She looked effortlessly glamorous.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon 2015 SAG Awards

Reese’s custom Giorgio Armani gown and Harry Winston jewels looked beautiful. She kept the look very classy with sleek pony and pink lipstick.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o SAG Awards 2015

We love how Lupita not only looks gorgeous in her Elie Saab gown, but she seems so incredibly confident! The colors on this gown worked perfectly with her red lipstick.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara SAG Awards 2015

Sofia looked like a total bombshell. This red, form-fitting Donna Karan Atelier gown fit her impeccably.

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A TRIBUTE TO RED LIPS

It’s a well known fact that the perfect red lipstick is a must-have for any woman! Red lipstick makes us feel confident, sexy…and CHIC! Here is a brief look at the history of this signature shade:

1930 – GUERLAIN COSMETICS

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1940 – DOROTHY GRAY COSMETICS

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1950 – REVLON

1950's Revlon

1960 – MAX FACTOR

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1970 – TANGEE COSMETICS

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1980 – CHRISTIAN DIOR

Christian Dior 1980s

1990 – CHANEL

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PRESENT DAY – NARS

NARS 2000's

PRESENT DAY – ELIZABETH ARDEN

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PRESENT DAY – GIVENCHY

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CHIC ICON: JANE BIRKIN

 

British actress / model Jane Birkin was best known in the ‘70s and ‘80s for her effortless fashion sense and daring movie roles. Here are some interesting facts about this natural beauty:

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1. Jane’s first leading role was in the 1969 French movie Slogan. She did not know how to speak French yet when she won the role, but quickly learned!!

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2. She went on to win 1992 Female Artist of the Year at the French Awards Ceremony, Victoires de la Musique.

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3. The iconic Birkin Bag is named after her. During a flight from Paris to London in 1981, she met the CEO of Hermes and the two had a conversation about the “perfect bag.”

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4. Her longest relationship was with French director Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of Slogan. They had a daughter named Charlotte in 1971, who would also go on to be an actress.

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5.  Birkin now lives in France and spends her days working with Amnesty International on humanitarian issues surrounding AIDS and immigrant welfare.

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HOTTEST MUSIC VIDEOS (RIGHT NOW!)

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Pharrell Williams, Happy
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It is nearly impossible to listen to this song from Pharrell Williams’ new album, G I R L, without dancing. Along with the release of this album, Pharrell launched the website 24hoursofhappy.com, the world’s first 24 hour music video, which includes cameos from celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Kelly Osborne, and Jamie Foxx. We feel #HAPPY!

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Jennifer Lopez, I Luh Ya Papi
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This sexy new single previews Jennifer Lopez’s eighth studio album, set to release in summer. JLo channels some of her most iconic fashion moments in this video, looking nothing short of fabulous with her makeup also done by one of our favorites—Mary Phillips.

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Katy Perry, Dark Horse
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In this video, from her album Prism, Katy Perry transforms herself into Katy Patra with the help of her makeup artist Jake Bailey. With a fierce look like that, its no wonder the song became her ninth Billboard Hot 100 single!

Lorde

Lorde, Team
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Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroin took the music world by storm over the past year. This song follows suit with the album’s dark, yet sultry sound. We were so excited when MAC Cosmetics announced their partnership with this talented young artist!

Beyonce

Beyonce, Drunk In Love
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Beyonce describes this video, filmed in Golden Beach, FL, as one of the most effortless shoots she’s ever done. Her and husband, Jay Z, were recently named number one on Billboard’s Power 100 List for “[changing] how the industry and fans thought about interacting with music.”

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CHIC SPOTLIGHT ON: PETER PHILLIPS

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• Philips recently stepped down as Creative Director of Chanel Make-up but will still be working on their runway shows

• With his unlimited budget, he was able to develop new Chanel products from scratch to end product

• Best known for his outstanding, unique polish colors like Jade, Particuliere and Mimosa

• Born in Belgium, Philips is a graduate of the prestigious Antwerp Academy

• His mother was a huge inspiration in his career path. He can remember applying her makeup for a ball, causing his father to exclaim: “My God, you look 15 years younger!”

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BEST AND MOST CHIC OF 2013!

     2013 was a huge year in beauty and pop culture. As we look back, here are some of our favorite things and events. We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

 BEST emerald

  • Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald. This flattering jewel tone was dubbed color of the year and was seen everywhere from eyeliners to accessories on street style stars and red carpets alike.

 BEST beyonce

  • Beyonce’s CD: Queen Bey dropped an entire album on iTunes and 17 music videos with absolutely no advance marketing or publicity! Who run the world? Beyonce.

BEST jennifer lopez

  • Jennifer Lopez’s Golden Globes 2013 lace Zuhair Murad gown. JLO always look stunning but this look took our breath away!

BEST selfies

  • “Selfie” and “twerk” were added to Oxford Dictionary. Because it was 2013.

BEST jaime

  • Ja’ime Private School Girl: Chris Lilley is back in this hilarious “mockumentray”. Follow Summer Heights High star Ja’ime (pronounced Jah-may) through her life as the “It Girl” in her Australian private girls grammar school. So Quiche.

BEST jennifer

  • The long bob became the hottest cut for Hollywood’s brightest stars. Karlie Kloss, Julianne Hough, Beyonce and Jennifer Lawrence all traded their luscious locks for face-framing bobs.

What were your favorite events or things from 2013??

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INSPIRED BY…ANGELINA JOLIE

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As 2013 wraps up, we think about the strong, accomplished women who have inspired us here at CHIC. The first lovely lady to come to mind is none other than the gorgeous Angelina Jolie. Whether it is saving the world (one third-world country at a time) or empowering women faced with the threat of breast cancer, Jolie had a very inspiring 2013!

  • Jolie was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards – an early Oscars Ceremony. She was presented the award for her work with the United Nations Refugee Agency – a passion project that began in Cambodia while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001.

 

  • Jolie & Pitt’s new organic wine, Chateau Miraval Rosé 2012, was ranked number 84 among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year, making it the “best Rosé in the world”, according to a new press release. Back in March when the wine was first released, all 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours.

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  • The beauty collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on an 11-piece cosmetics line paying tribute to Maleficent, a Disney feature film she will star in next summer.

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  • The actress inspired countless women when she chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

 

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  • Angelina Jolie is set to co-chair a global summit on ending sexual violence in warzones, which will demand “justice and respect” for victims of wartime rape and sexual violence worldwide.

 

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  • Jolie and her family will support a new cancer charity to promote cancer education. The organization will be named after her mother, Marcheline.

 

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CHIC CELEBRITY TRANSFORMATIONS OVER THE YEARS!

Throughout their years in the spotlight, these three celebrity beauties have shown transformations of their images. Check out Lauren Conrad, Sandra Bullock, and Selena Gomez as they progress their Hollywood style!

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One of the pioneers in the beauty world, Lauren Conrad pulls off polished and feminine hair and makeup while remaining laid-back and fashion-forward. From ombre hair to bold lips to a wavy faux bob in 2008, Conrad proves time and again that she isn’t afraid to take risks. Although she did turn to the dark side (of hair color that is) for a brief moment in 2011, Conrad remains the ultimate sun-kissed California girl.

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It’s official: like fine wine, Sandra Bullock only gets better with time! The movie star has been in the business for over 20 years and she just keeps getting more and more stunning. In 2004, Bullock lightened up with warm honey and golden strands that made her eyes pop. At the 2011 Golden Globes she modeled blunt bangs and a sexy nude lip. Nowadays, Sandra loves bold lips and tousled, wavy locks on the red carpet.

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Former Disney star Selena Gomez has grown right in front of our eyes. Though always maintaining a more natural makeup look, Selena has definitely experimented with her hair over the years. From blunt bangs in 2008 to a short bob to a straight, sleek look in 2011, Selena was able to rock it all. Transforming from a cute girl to a confident woman, Selena keeps her locks luscious and long. We hope it’s here to stay!

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AT CHIC

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Did you know…

·Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancerin women

·The pink ribbons we see today were originally made as peach ribbons by Charlotte Haley who handmade them in her home

·The Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness campaign was created 21 years ago and beauty mogul Evelyn Lauder is a breast cancer survivor herself

·Doctors have not yet pinpointed the causes of breast cancer but what we do know is breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cell’s DNA

·October was chosen as Breast Cancer Awareness month because the first Race for the Cure was held in October of 1983 in Dallas, Texas.

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