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Favorite Emmy Awards Hairstyles

Stars brought out their very best flare for the sixty-fifth Annual Emmy Awards on September 22nd.  Only the very best hair and makeup was afforded for the occasion.  Topping that list was Christina Hendricks, as she sported a shoulder length ‘do with voluptuous waves in a rosy hue.  This head turning look was a bit toned down from Hendricks’ typical dark copper tone and complimented her fair skin.  Hendricks’ reverse Ombre-like color started with a slightly darker copper tone at her roots and faded towards the ends.  She also appears to be flaunting some well-placed highlights, bright red lipstick with beautiful, skin-toned makeup.

Also sporting equally eye-catching locks was Maria Menounos.  With many film and television appearances, Menuonos is a contemporary model of stylish good looks.  Her off-to-one-side fishtail plait was stunning and appeared timeless.  Menounos chose the all-natural look for her lips but topped it off with Cleopatra style eye makeup.  Her bold necklace and simple dress topped off the look for an incredible Emmy Awards outfit.

Last but not certainly not least, Rose Byrne wore a stunning dress that revealed her midriff with six-inch heels that set off her new blonde do.  Byrne reported that her honey highlights on rich blonde hair was for a new role.  Either way, the loose curls complimented her blonde tresses and the flirty Calvin Klein Collection dress set off the look. Byrne’s natural beauty was emphasized by her dark eyes and mauve lipstick.

The Perfect Gift for the Fashionista! (Take note, gentlemen.)

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Collection, $350 at sephora.com…”Thirteen lipsticks in one compulsively fun, face-changing set”!

John Derian Hand Blown Glass Ornamaents, from $60 at johnderian.com…Tree-trimming at its finest. “Invest in a few new lovelies as souvenirs of Christmas 2013.”

Badgley Mischka Aubrey clutch, $295  at Badgley Mischka, NYC, 212.64.4934. “An evening bag must be delightful, and a little madcap, to be absolutely essential. You’ll carry this for years.”

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie, $38 at birdsblack.com. “An apple pie from Brooklyn’s star artisanal baker. All gifts should be this delicious.”

Sonia Kashuk Lavish Luxe 10-Piece Brush Set, $30 at target.com. “Ten new makeup brushes all at once! Everyday life is suddenly so glamorous. Yes, it’s that simple.”

For more gift ideas, visit Vogue Daily: The Daily Gift

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Break out the tinsel lined sweater, folks! It’s Ugly Chrismas Sweater Party time!

Ugly Christmas sweater parties have grown in popularity over the past few years.  From church to work, everyone seems to be gathering for Christmas celebrations in oversized, ugly garb covered in gaudy adornments. The more embellishments, the better! The trend of “jingle bell sweaters” or overly decorated Christmas sweaters began in the eighties.  At the time, they were designed to be attractive, festive pieces worn in celebration of the Christmas holiday.  However, over time, our changing sense of style has left these tacky garments as the theme for celebrating the holidays.

Some credit the ugly sweater to Bill Cosby as he almost always sported a mismatched, oversized sweater on “The Cosby Show.”  Others claim that Canada is the birthplace of the ugly Christmas sweater party.  In 2002, Boyd and Birch, co-founders of the annual Commodore ugly Christmas sweater party, threw the first official ugly Christmas sweater party.  In fact, they went on to trademark the ugly Christmas sweater party in Canada.

Many young people have started throwing ugly Christmas sweater parties as a way to make fun of their parents’ and grandparents’ tacky, yet festive looks.  Tacky store bought sweaters may win you a consolation prize, but you have to bring the do-it-yourself big embellishments to the party if you’re going home with the gold.  Tinsel, ornaments, glitter, and other adornments can be easily added with the help of a glue gun.  This is a great way for the creative genius in you to go wild in an ugly Christmas sweater!