The expression “go big or go home” is one that should now be applied to your sleeves because according to the runways, look puffy, diagnosis
exaggerated sleeves are a major trend right now. They’re bigger — figuratively and literally —  than ever before. A number of 80’s-inspired looks have hit the runways as of late, so this statement sleeve trend totally makes sense, since it’s the modern-day version of the beloved 80’s shoulder pad. And thanks to fashion powerhouses like Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Giambattista Valli putting their own stylish twist on the trend, being puffy has never looked better. At Balenciaga, puffy sleeves came in the form of uber-luxurious tops, paired with equally-as-luxe pencil skirts and cigarette pants, most of which were made of couture fabrics like tweeds and checks. Miu Miu designer, Miuccia Prada, pulled inspiration from just about every decade; but between the valance yoked blouses, patent shoes, and puffy sleeves, it’s safe to say the 80’s were definitely the biggest motivation behind the line. Prints, patterns, and textures were all layered, creating a style mash-up that was nothing short of perfection. At Louis Vuitton, puffed mutton sleeves were basically a distinguishing factor of the show. From metallic dresses to printed blouses, the statement sleeves were everywhere, resulting in one of Nicolas Ghesquière’s most accessible collections, since taking on the role of designer for Louis Vuitton. Amongst the graphic prints, patterns, and textures, Giambattista Valli’s fall runway was filled with chic embellishments like ruffles, bands of sheen, and of course, puffy sleeves, which added a bit of spice to the somewhat eccentric collection.

Statement sleeves are not only super chic, but they also give the illusion of a tiny waist, which means this look is flattering on just about every body type. Simply pair a puffy sleeved top with high-waisted pants to create a balanced look. Feeling a bit bolder? Try a crop top with statement sleeves and a maxi skirt.

– Daniella DiRienzo
Let’s be real: we all vow to take some sort of resolution for the New Year and we try to keep it for as long as possible. And then, cheapest
a few weeks fly by and we’re no longer on our path to perfection.  But this year, let’s actually set something that we truly care about and can achieve. Many fall guilty when its actually easy to prevent poor skin care.  Proper skin maintenance will last you a lifetime.

Don’t find yourself falling asleep with full face of makeup ever again. We’ve all been guilty, don’t worry. Begin your skin road to recovery with the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths. Keep them at your bedside for a quick wipe after a long day and you’re already on the right track. They’re great for any skin type. However, for a full wash, try Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser that will remove any access long wear makeup quickly and gently. Fresh, clear pores are the first step to a clear complexion.  Follow with the Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel. It transforms skin overnight for a softer and smoother complexion by infusing pure retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  This leave-on peel also helps with discoloration and dark spots. If you’re feeling very skincare adventurous, you can take more precise steps depending upon your needs. Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion is great for sensitive and reactive skin that always carry a bit of redness. If you’re experiencing puffy eyes (or for those happy hours that turn into long nights out on the town), Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes cools the eye area to make it less visible that, you had a long night and probably an early morning. Adult acne can be solved with Ole Henriksen Roll-On Acne Clearing Solution, which will kill bacteria, unclog pores and absorb any excess oils. Finally, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We can’t say this enough. Dior Beauty Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Crème adds a gorgeous density to the skin while maintaining hydration. Believe us, dry and patchy skin is never attractive.

Be sure to actually keep this resolution. You will save extra cash that would’ve been spent on other cosmetics, and overall, you’ll look much healthier. Besides, with clear, soft skin, you’ll love showing it off on casual date nights.  You’ll actually awake each morning looking flawless.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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