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Rock On Balmain Girl. Rock On.


Posted on March 2, 2012 by

In 1945 Peter Balmain founded the Parisian label on the principles of haute-rocker style and a fine attention to detail.  As of 2011, with Olivier Rousteing as creative director, the House of Balmain thrives through his efforts to connect the label’s heritage with its ongoing affair with rock and roll glamour.

Adding a second notch to his runway belt for Balmain, Rousteing sent a collection down the runway for Fall 2012 RTW that proved his efforts worthwhile.  A unique blend of embellishments and embroidery were used in simultaneous fashion on jackets, tops, pants and dresses.


Every piece was touched by various methods of details formed into geometric shapes and extravagant patterns.  Ornamentation of the silhouette was key and never did we see the notion of “more is more” make as much sense as it did at Balmain.  Rousteing found a happy place this season where he managed to mesh every jewel of inspiration into a successfully executed assortment.


A few more of our favorite looks included ultra-slim embellished pants, velvet in it’s sexiest form and finally, the dark vibe of fashion week wouldn’t be complete without at least one shapely, all-black ensemble.



JBCStyle | Top Ten Surprising Fall Trends


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Spring hasn’t even officially begun on our calendar, so it’s strange to think about the next winter from now.  But fashion designers are perpetually ahead about a year at a time…get a sneak peak at some of the more unconventional trends we’ll have to look forward to, come summer’s end…









1.  Under Pants

No, we don’t mean wearing your skivvies out and about…this fall, try layering your skinnies (as in pants) underneath a pencil skirt or a dress.











2.  Linebacker Shoulders

Hut, hut, hike!  Guys, look handsome and tough in an extended shoulder, or even with shoulder pads if you’re so bold.











3. The’Murse’

You couldn’t possibly look girly, just smart, with some of the briefcases, totes and oversized clutches for men peeking out for fall.











4. A Sleeve of their Own

Sleeves are taking charge of their identity with contrasting textures and colors.











5. Dramatic Monochromatic

Autumn is full of bright, falling leaves…blend in with just one tone, from head to toe.











6. Asian Persuasion

The Orient is trending for fall with beautiful silks, kimono style jackets, and Kabuki prints.











7. A Suit of a Different Color

What’s a black tie event?  Forget your trusty black suit…it’s time to splash it up a bit.











8. Play Ball

Baseball caps were all over the runway for Fall/Winter 2012…in sleek leather and wide brims.











9. All Bound Up

Accessorize with bondage-inspired hip, waist and shoulder belts to make any outfit look fierce.











10. Annual Shorts

Who says shorts are just a Spring/Summer look?  As long as you layer, you can look cool and stay warm for the upcoming seasons.

JBCStyle | Top Ten NYC Events


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

March is often thought of as the most depressing month of the year. Stuck in the drab weather between winter and spring, no days off … so to spice it up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ‘must see’ events happening all around NYC this month. And there’s plenty more where these came from!

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Candy Box, c. 1983

1. Warhol: Confections & Confessions 8 x 10 B+W Photographs

When: Friday, March 2nd from 6-9PM
Where: Affirmation Arts, 523 West 37th Street
Admission: Open

2. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 

When: March 3rd & 4th at 10AM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. 5th Floor
Admission: $20 – $30

3. Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution Exhibit

When: March 6th through April 7th
Where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street
Admission: Open

4. Emerging Designers Spring Trunk Show 

When: Wednesday, March 7th from 6-9PM
Where: Fashion Center BID, 209 West 38th Street 2nd Floor
Admission: Open

5. Look At Me: Fashion Photography: Documenting the Evolution of the Modern Woman

When: Tuesday, March 13th at 6PM
Where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street
Admission: Open

6. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, March 17th at 11AM
Where: Fifth Ave, from 44th St to 86th St
Admission: Open

7. The Sixth Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant

When: Monday, March 19th at 8PM
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
Admission: $25 – $50

8. Whitney Biennial 2012

When: March 1st through May 27th
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St
Admission: Free – $18

9. Uptown Showdown: Fashion vs. Comfort

When: Monday, March 12th at 8PM
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
Admission: $12

10. The Secret Policeman’s Ball

When: Sunday, March 4th at 7PM
Where: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas
Admission: $55 – $505

Meet Amanda M


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Name: Amanda McArthur

Title: VP Talent Acquisition, JBCStyle

Location: Seattle, WA

Recruiting specialty: The majority of my days are dedicated to Buying, Planning, Design and Development. My past recruiting experience includes IT, Marketing, and Creative.

I became a recruiter because … I LOVE talking to and meeting new people! When I first got into recruiting I remember sitting in my manager’s office and telling her that I finally know “what I want to do when I grow up”. I love the fact that I can make a difference in the lives of the people I work with and make my hiring managers lives easier by finding the perfect new addition to their team. I know it sounds cliché but I love it, and I think people notice when you have a genuine love for what you do.

Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen and Kimberly Ovitz

Celebrity crush: Vin Diesel (with tattoos)

Favorite place in Issaquah: On a kayak paddling Lake Sammamish

Best interview tip: Don’t sell yourself short, but check your ego at the door

Favorite accessory: Diamonds

If I could be an animal I would be … Panda, Manda the Panda

Dream vacation: Cabin on the water

Sweet or salty: SALTY

In my spare time I … Hike, go riding on the back of my husband’s street bike, snuggle with my kiddos

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Nude heels go with almost anything

Favorite item in my closet: Vintage plaid vest and pant suit

Restaurant I would recommend: The Pink Door in Pike Place Market

Favorite music artist/band: Fleetwood Mac

Favorite quote: “Confusion is a gift, because it makes you think. Of what is in the future, and what has come to be. What you’ve left behind, and what you have yet to see”.

Beauty Review: BADgal Lash Mascara


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara 

What it is: The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit is full of a rich, sexy formula complete with an oversized brush for building thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes. 

The hunt for sexy, full lashes seems to be never ending and that’s where Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara comes in. The famously big, luscious brush coats lashes with a super black formula resulting in a sultry, voluminous look. For an exotic twist try the deep plum shade which makes almost every eye color pop.

Where to get it: Retailing at $19, Sephora also offers a mini tube for a mere $9. The perfect sidekick for a night out, simply toss it in your bag and off you go.

So keep on batting those eyelashes baby, because this mascara won’t let you down. It’s as bold as you want to be!

Mad Men’s Anticipated Return


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

Mad Men fiends rejoice!  There is a fix on our horizon, to cure this uncannily long withdrawal period.  In less than a month, our favorite double D will be gracing our televisions once again…and we couldn’t be any more excited.  Honestly, it’s been so long since the last episode that a refresher marathon is in order.

We do recall one huge happening right before the season ended, however.  Playboy Draper proposed to his kid-friendly, legs for days secretary, Megan.  Giving up the straight and narrow with Faye, only to land back with another ‘mother figure’ for the kids who knows nothing of his identity.  We were all left stewing, perplexed and perhaps a bit disheartened at the fourth season finale.

So now that we’re heading back in, anything goes.  All we have to read into for the next month are two promotion posters…the first, depicting Don Draper’s reflection on a store display window (displaying a rather familiar scandalous scene with mannequins).  The second, simply a single man falling from nowhere…and looking quite like the dapper ad man, himself.

Creator, producer, and writer Matthew Weiner had this to say about the fifth season’s imagery:

“This is a dreamlike image,” Mr. Weiner said, likening it to work of the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, who specialized in surreal, mannequin-like figures. The image is “a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be.  By the end of the season, I guarantee you’ll know what it is about.”

The season begins on March 25th and will be a full two hour movie (er, episode).  So tune into AMC and let’s all give in to the temptation that is Mad Men.

DiorMag-Online Magazine by Christian Dior Launches Today


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

The House of Dior adds a new member under it’s well-designed French roof with the launch of DiorMag, a digital magazine set to be the online voice of the brand and its products.

The first headline event to be highlighted this Friday is the company’s fashion show which will be live-streamed for the first time with Twitter coverage provided by blogger Susie Bubble.

According to WWD, DiorMag will kick off with eight articles and aspires to update online content almost daily.  The name of whom the company has enlisted as editor in chief is yet to be revealed.










Editorial content is intended to entertain, inform and enlighten readers with news regarding everything Dior.  Current events and happenings from 30 Avenue Montaigne as well as history of the brand, the man behind the brand and the company’s heritage will be shared via the new online platform.

An excerpt from today’s article: “Avenue Montaigne, 29th February, 2012″

This magazine is yours. Christian Dior called his autobiography Christian Dior and I. Here, it’s Christian Dior and You. Dior is yours.

We’ve noticed and appreciated an increase in the the fashion industry’s ongoing love affair with social media and live-streaming.  As more designers embrace the digital world, new readers, viewers and fans are being engaged and loving everything the industry has to offer.

Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

What it is: A firming and moisturizing body oil enriched with luxurious essential oils including peppermint, palmarosa, and immortelle which combine to create a smoothing body treatment perfect for restoring and protecting the skin’s firming support tissue. 

This oil is ideal for fighting against skin slackening and loss of elasticity. Highly concentrated in almond oil, it feels incredibly soft and satin-smooth and leaves a light, fresh-scented veil over skin. It’s ideal for preventing the formation of stretch marks – and who wouldn’t want that!?

Even if you have a distaste for traditional body oils because of the ‘greasy’ after feel, we wouldn’t count this one out just yet. It is different than most other oils because it absorbs quickly and leaves skin glowing, not oily. Perfect for extremely dry skin, especially after a shower.

Where to get it: Retailing at $38 for a hefty spray bottle, you can pick it up at any L’Occitane Boutique.

We highly recommend adding this product to your beauty repertoire.




MAC Presents Marilyn Monroe Collection


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

“Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

These are the words of truth once uttered from the beautiful lips of none other than Marilyn Monroe, the iconic beauty whose famous smile captured the attention of an entire generation. Amazingly, her timeless style and glamour ceases to fade and continues to enchant men and women alike.

How many celebrities since her Hollywood reign have in some way or another mimicked the “Marilyn” look? Let’s just say it’s definitely more than we can count. And now, with the highly anticipated and publicized release of the new film My Week with Marilyn, actress Michelle William’s portrayal of the star is bringing back golden memories of the blond bombshell.

Beginning in October, MAC Cosmetics will introduce a limited edition Marilyn Monroe Collection. The line, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group LLC, is presenting a collection comprised of roughly thirty unique pieces all true to the beauty queen herself and retailing between $15 and $27.

Think retro-style red lipstick, hot pink lipstick, dramatic eye shadows, and dark eye-liners. Guess we’ll just have to wait until autumn. In the meantime … ladies, keep your skirts down and your chins up!

The Role Of Young Carrie Bradshaw Goes To…


Posted on February 28, 2012 by

We’ve been patiently waiting to find out who will get the call to play our fave Sex and the City doll, Carrie Bradshaw…and the results are finally in!

Anna Sophia Robb is the lucky lady to play the pre-sex column fashionista.  The only big thing we’ve really seen her in so far has been Soul Surfer, which she owned…and as Violet Beauregarde in the modern version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

So it’s no wonder she got this part…she’s got the acting chops AND she looks kinda just like a younger Sarah Jessica.  We’re excited to see how The Carrie Diaries play out and what this does for Anna’s career.