Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial with Vlogger BREE ESSRIG!

The only thing we love more than vlogger and Pop Trigger Co-Host Bree Essrig's snarky sense of humor and clever parodies is her always flawless makeup and casually chic style.  

This week, we were lucky enough to have Bree visit the Styleogue Studio -- be on the look out for more videos all week.  But first, Bree shows us how to pull off one of our favorite classic makeup tricks: the cat eye.  

Spoiler Alert: Francis also gets in on the action. 

Get the look by mixing or matching Bree's beauty bag products:

#OOTD: Winter Style (With A Side of Spring)

It may only be January, but here in Los Angeles, Spring has sprung.  Although the afternoons are boiling, the mornings and evenings still have that crisp Winter chill.  Never fear, though-- Francis is here to show you how to find a functional (and fashionable!) balance as the seasons fade.

Caught in the act.  Catch Francis's adventures via Instagram Selfies @PreparationFashion

Caught in the act.  Catch Francis's adventures via Instagram Selfies @PreparationFashion

First things first, start off your outfit with a crisp shirt.  Franny Max keeps it interesting with a pattered button down with splashes of Spring colors.  Keeping with this feeling, he pairs this top with a light teal cotton blazer - heavy enough to keep out the early morning wind, yet light enough to keep you from feeling weighed down in the mid-day heat wave.  

Sneakers and cuffs so fresh they glow. 

Sneakers and cuffs so fresh they glow. 

Finish the outfit off with a smart pair of trousers- like these coated skinny cut jeans from Zara- and the incredibly breathable New Balance shoes (perfect for those always on the go!) 

Have a look you want to see?  Let us know below! 

Shop this look below! 

Blazer: H&M

Shirt: Topman

Trousers: Zara

Sneakers: New Balance

Steal Blake & Ryan's Post-Baby Style!

There's no doubt Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are two of the most attractive people to ever exist.  While we wait on the edges of our seats for the first photos of their newborn girl, Violet to emerge (who will probably look like a tiny baby angel princess straight from the gates of heaven, let's recap something else we admire about this celebrity duo: their wardrobe.

First things first, Blake's baby body was just unfair, proving she is actually a divine entity.  We LOVED her black and red pancho, paired with black leggings and boots, resulting in an effortlessly sexy (and comfortable!) style.   Here is a similar top we found for only $60:

Poncho: Zara

And now onto Ryan, who also pulls off this effortlessly sexy look in a simple, distressed bomber.

We found a similar jacket for only $69 -- and the best part?  It's reversible!

Jacket: Zara

For more ways to snag Blake and Ryan's celebrity style, check out these NEW videos below with co-host Taye Hansberry from Stuff She Likes! 

Our Critic's Choice Awards 2015 Round UP

I love any excuse to sit on my couch in my pajamas eating candy while watching beautiful people at the peak of physical fitness wearing fabulous designer gowns worth more than my yearly salary. 

Long story short, I LOVE awards season.  And I'm not even being sarcastic.

Last night was the A&E Critic's Choice Awards, which is like if the Golden Globes and a circus (but a fun one, not one with clowns) had a baby.  Basically, it's a show with all of your favorite stars only sort-of reading a prompter and a place where The Lego Movie didn't get snubbed (because, let's be real, it was the best movie of all time.)

However demeaning that description may have been, I promise you it was a great show with an even greater red carpet.  Here are a few of our favorite looks of the night:

1) Jennifer Anniston

She's 45.  I repeat- FOURTY.  FIVE.  And with the release of Friends on Netflix this month, 2015 has already become the Year of the Anniston. 

2) Angelina Jolie

That's right- both of Brad's women made our list.  BUT THEY'RE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.  While Jen is killing it in the acting scene (and showing up to the awards with her gorgeous man, Justin Theroux), Angelina made one of the most beautiful and compelling films of the year-- Unbroken.  

3) Jared Leto

Not sure why he was there.... but I'm not complaining.  PS I want those shoes.

 

But that's enough of a tease... check out the video below for our FULL LIST! of best and worst dressed:

Who blew you away last night?  Let us know below! 

Steal Her Style: Amal Clooney

The votes are in: Amal Clooney is officially the coolest person on the planet.  Not only was she looking flawless in Dior on last night's Golden Globes red carpet (opera gloves and all), but she rocked the most buzzed about accessory of the night: her husband, George.  

However, no one summed up our thoughts more perfectly about this powerhouse of a woman than the fabulous Tina Fey, who co-hosted the show:

"George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award!""George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award!""George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award!"
"George Clooney Married Amal Alamuddin this year.  Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip.  So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award." - Tina Fey

What did Amal do after this hilarious jab at her husband, the entertainment industry, and the awards show crowd?  Nothing but bat her eyes and clap politely-- she's just that.  freaking.  cool.  

Alright, now we have explained how much of a bad bitch Amal is, let's transition into her other perfect quality: her wardrobe.  Scroll down to catch some of our favorite outfits Amal has rocked the past few months and how to get them! 

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Coat: Le Jolie

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Kimono:  Forever 21

#WhatWeWore: Leather, Lace, and Lipstick

Power through the mid-week slump by channeling your inner #BossLady with a badass leather jacket and a pop of red lipstick.  

Photos by Tim Collins Media

Photos by Tim Collins Media

What would I do without my little leather jacket?  You can wear it to the office, on a date, or even to the grocery store.  Although there are thousands- and I mean thousands- of options for leather jackets in a huge variety of prices, I snagged this leather in a little tannery when I studied abroad in Florence for a mere 99 Euros!  

Just a tip: If you're traveling abroad this January and find yourself in Italy, now is the time to shop!  Many stores, even designers like Gucci and Ferragamo, will be having massive sales all month.  If you see a store proclaiming "SALDI!", make sure to at least peek inside.  

To see more of our producer Amiria, make sure to follow her on instagram!

To see more of our producer Amiria, make sure to follow her on instagram!

I love mixing textures - nothing goes better with leather than lace.  This bright blue top with a scalloped bottom gives this outfit a feminine touch (without softening the rockstar edge.)

Although I've always been a fan of tall riding boots, I abandoned my usual my above-the-knee look for small, buckled moto booties: a perfect way to transition from Fall to Winter, and even into Spring! 

Like what you see?  Shop this exact look below!

Jacket: Vera Pelle

Lace Top: Forever 21

Boots: Target

Sunglasses: Target

Lipstick: "Love That Red" by Revlon

Posted on January 7, 2015 and filed under For Her, OOTD.

#TransformationTuesday: Top 5 Celeb Transformations of 2014!

These celebs really took #NewYearNewMe to heart.  Here's our list of the 5 most drastic celebrity transformations of 2014: 

1) Kendall Jenner: From Little Sister to Runway Model

2) Calvin Harris: Zero to Hero

But really, we can't take our eyes off of Armani's latest heartthrob.

3) Ariana Grande: Disney Starlet to Sex Symbol

4) Chris Pratt: Basically the Most Perfect Man of All Time

(With the 6 pack to prove it.)

5) Miley Cyrus: Edgy to Off The Edge

But really, Miley, what happened? 

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In Defense of the Gingham Shirt

We all know the deal: 

Classic fit.  Two-ply cotton.  Button-down collar.  Machine wash.  Import.  

Yes, that's right, we're talking about the classic J Crew gingham shirt.  

Jayar Jackson, Senior Producer at TYT Network

Faded Gingham: J Crew

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, there's no doubt you've seen variations of this button down all over the place (these threads even have their own I Spy style instagram), but there's a reason why.  

Gingham is a staple item-- a basic for every closet.  This shirt pairs well with with jeans, under a coat, or with a full suit.  Not only does this shirt easily transition from the office to happy hour drinks, but can also be worn across all seasons: rolled or cuffed in the summer and layered under a sweater in the winter.  

Cute "Ugly" Christmas Sweaters

Dressing for an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party can be difficult because after all, who wants to look ugly at a party?  Francis and Hannah are breaking down how to look good, while dressing for the theme!


Posted on December 17, 2014 .

Its Only Rain: Dress Down For What

Alert, the rain is not made of Acid, you do not have to alter your style completely just yet.  Francis believes that unless he is being swept away by the weather, a blazer, shirt and tie is always acceptable.  Take a look at our suggested outfit and let us know what you think. 

 

Blazer: H&M

Shirt: H&M

Tie and Pocket Square: Michael Kors

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Perry Ellis

 

 

Posted on December 16, 2014 and filed under For Him, OOTD.

#Doppelhangers: Nick Jonas

After ditching his boy band attire and one heated Calvin Klein-esque photo shoot, Nick Jonas is back on the scene and bigger than ever.  But don't get jealous... we're here to teach you how to steal this singer's style, copying his looks on the red carpet and the streets of NYC.

Although we love the red suit combo on Nick, Francis suggests pairing this interesting top with a black pants to make the color stand out.

Red Blazer: ASOS

Pants: French Connection

Coat: Zara

Jeans: Zara

Check out our full video for other tips and tricks to capture the true Nick Jonas style!

Posted on December 16, 2014 and filed under For Him, DoppelHANGERS.

Cozy and Cuffed

As a Midwestern girl turned New Yorker transplanted to sunny Los Angeles, it's hard to not laugh when locals complain about the "cold" 70 degree winters.  When we experienced a dip in the weather this week, I eagerly pulled out my favorite cozy outfit from the back of the closet

If I could live in this sweater, I would.  I can wear it to the office or while curled up watching Netflix.  Pair this flowy cardigan with leggings and tall boots --  you'll turn heads while running to catch your plane during your holiday travels.  

Gap is a go-to for denim.  My favorite is their 1969 Legging jean, which cuffs nicely for booties but also  looks great with flats and heels.  I have a very active job in a television studio, so these jeans have experienced their share of wear and tear, but they've stood the test of time.

Cuffs even Francis Maxwell would be proud of.  

Sweater: Target

Jeans: Gap 

Shoes: Forever 21

Bracelets: Alex and Ani 

Posted on December 12, 2014 and filed under For Her, OOTD, What We Wore.

#TBT: Mad for Plaid!

Happy Thursday!  We're throwing it back to the 90's with this choker + plaid combo.  Needless to say, we LOVE this effortless yet iconic look.  

What fashion trend would YOU like to see make an appearance?  Head down to the comments below and let us know.  

Like this look?  Shop the outfit below: 

Choker: Brandy Melville

Plaid: Forever 21

Pair with a black tank top and you have a complete and versatile outfit for under $25!

Posted on December 11, 2014 and filed under For Her, OOTD.

Rainy Day Apparel

Rain rain DON'T go away...because a) here in Cali, we need you desperately and b) we are digging our rainy day style.

While girls have a great opportunity to bust out fun, nautical themed jackets and cute rainboots, a la Hannah, guys have a harder time navigating how to dress for the weather.

But fear not, Francis and Hannah are laying it out for you...


Posted on December 10, 2014 and filed under For Us, What We Wore.