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THE BADASS PARISIAN WHO’S BRINGING FEMINISM BACK TO FASHION

No matter where in the world you reside, there’s an inexplicable fascination with French-girl style—the mysterious elegance, effortless sex appeal and dead-cool nonchalance. You can’t really blame anyone for wanting a little piece of this je ne sais quoi, and no one exudes it better stateside than Laura Sfez. The Los Angeles–based Parisian has made waves on Instagram with unapologetically sexy photos of herself donning looks from her clothing line L’école des Femmes. Her signature slogan tees (“Oui”) and schoolgirl-inspired frocks have garnered a fashion following and evoked a genuine sense of body positivity that empowers women to embrace their femininity. Not only does the entrepreneur run her own company, she’s the head creative visionary of the brand, both in front of and behind the camera. We sat down with the stylish renegade to talk fashion, feminism and how to deal with haters like a badass.

 
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Chic LBDs According To Your Zodiac Sign

With so many stunning LBDs to choose from, sometimes one needs a little guidance in selecting the right silhouette. To help you find your match, we’ve hand-picked the swoon-worthy options that best align with your astrological sign—all straight from our editor in chief Rachel Zoe’s glamorous collection of evening dresses and gowns. Consider this your fashion horoscope for the week.

 
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6 Career And Style Tips From Sofie Valkiers Of Fashionata

As women on the go, we’re always looking for ways to maintain a healthy balance. Whether it’s juggling our personal and professional lives or living in both glamour and comfort (who said you can’t have it all?!), we are constantly inspired by examples set by the strong women around us. Here, Belgian fashion blogger, entrepreneur (she just launched her own lifestyle brand called Sanui) and mama-to-be Sofie Valkiers of Fashionata shares some career and style tips that will keep you motivated yet grounded.

 
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This Trend Is Guaranteed To Turn Heads

Yes, we’re a little biased because we work with Rachel Zoe, but metallic fringe is literally one of our favorite style statements. Whether you opt for a metallic cardigan paired with slouchy jeans and a concert tee, or go for head-to-toe fringe with a coordinated dress and topper, you’re guaranteed to turn heads. This fact is not lost on fashion girls across the country, which is why our EIC has brought the beloved styles back, now in two shades; shimmering silver and metallic copper. Here we show you four effortless ways to style them now.

 
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The Sandal You Can Wear With Everything

The only thing as essential to your summer look as sunglasses is a chic, versatile sandal. As temperatures rise, refresh your wardrobe with the effortlessly polished Grechen leather block-heel sandals from our EIC Rachel Zoe’s spring collection. Featuring an ankle strap, an open toe and metallic accents, it’s the perfect accessory to transition any outfit from day to night. Did we mention it comes in three color options? Here, four ways to wear it now.

 
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The One Dress That’ll Get You Through Wedding Season

As wedding season approaches we start panicking about our wedding-guest wardrobes. In order to save time and money, we try to invest in one dress that can be styled in a variety of ways. Allow us to illustrate with our favorite LBD. Here, how to style one dress for four very different weddings.

 
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How To Actually Wear Sequins During The Day

We can all agree that sequins equal instant glamour, yet most of us shy away from wearing anything flashy during the day. Who says you have to wait for a special event to feel glamorous? Here, three ways to wear sequins during the day. Whether you’re going to coffee with your girlfriends, heading to the office, or just running errands here are a few foolproof outfits to help you look your best and get a little extra wear out of those statement pieces.

 
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Here’s How To Transition Your Outerwear Into Spring

Possibly one of the hardest parts of transitioning into spring is parting ways with your outerwear obsessions. Who says you have to save your favorite fuzzy jackets for next year? This chic and cozy silhouette from our EIC’s collection is the perfect throw on and go staple all year round. Here, three ways to style jackets into the spring while embracing your inner California girl.

 
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3 Chic Ways To Style White Pants

While white is often associated with an enchanting bridal number or a summer maxi dress, our EIC Rachel Zoe’s mantra is, “Wear white all year round—yes, even after Labor Day. There’s no better way to feel instantly polished.” We’re listening. Crisp white pants are a versatile closet staple that seamlessly transitions from desk to drinks. Whether you opt for a slim cigarette fit, wide-leg culottes or classic flares, they’re more unexpected than traditional black and can be styled endlessly ways with items you already own. Here, three simple ensembles all anchored by white trousers to inspire you.

 
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16 Chic Pink Finds For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is here, meaning cozy sweaters and fall boots are on the agenda. However—fall wares aside—it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to spread the word a slew of our favorite brands have released limited-edition pink pieces, many of which are donating proceeds to multiple research foundations. Ahead, shop the best clothes and accessories to get behind on the cause and give back.

 
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The 3 Trends Rachel Zoe Swears By (And How To Wear Them)

Having created memorable looks for scores of celebrity clients over the course of her career, it’s no surprise Rachel Zoe has established her own iconic style. Whether she opts for a tailored pantsuit, a bohemian maxi dress or a shimmering gown, she’s always perfectly polished—and unabashedly glamorous. Here, our eternal fashion muse shares three key elements of her signature style that are guaranteed to make every woman feel her absolute best, no matter the season—shop them below!

 
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Shop all the rachel zoe pieces it girls love

Since celebs serve as primary inspiration for a good amount of our (and everyone else’s) wardrobe choices, we get particularly happy when we see them decked out in something created by our fearless leader and EIC, Rachel Zoe. To indulge our pride, we’re showing some recent favorite examples of A-listers working the Rachel Zoe Collection flawlessly, kicked off by none other than Laverne Cox crushing the iHeart Radio Awards red carpet in our chevron-collared jumpsuit. Click through for inspiration, then shop the pieces below!

 
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Why Sleek Jumpsuits Are The Modern Girl’s Night-Out Staple

We love an LBD as much as the next girl, but when it comes to effortless evening attire, nothing hits it out of the park like a jumpsuit. We’re particularly partial to a statement style because it needs only a sleek heel, box clutch and polished jewelry for a high impact look. Here, peruse It girls like Olivia Wilde and LaLa Anthony demonstrating why you should get in on the trend.

 
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Jane Fonda Proves This Trend Is Timeless

When Jane Fonda hits the carpet looking flawless (aka every time she hits the carpet), we take note. Her most recent look is no exception, proving that the menswear suiting trend is timeless, a sentiment with which our EIC Rachel Zoe completely agrees. Every season she introduces yet more updated suiting pieces into her collection, rendered in everything from crisp denim to metallic jacquards. Whether you wear the pieces together or style them with other wardrobe staples, these empowering silhouettes will make you feel instantly polished. Here, some of our favorite style stars rock the Rachel Zoe Collection look that’s borrowed from the boys but definitely made for the modern woman—starting with none other than the legendary Jane Fonda at the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at NATPE in Miami last night.

 
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This 70's-Inspired Trend Is Guaranteed To Turn Heads

We are often inspired by the decades past, especially the rock ‘n’ roll tunes and carefree spirit of the 70’s. Currently, we are obsessing over these metallic pieces from our EIC’s collection. Featuring an all-over hand-applied fringe, these pieces sway as you move. These show-stopping pieces bring the wow-factor. See how some of our favorite celebs style it below.

 
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Buy The Dress Jenny Cipoletti Of Margo And Me Wore To Oscar After-Parties

Still swooning over the glamorous gowns and star-studded Oscars parties? One of our favorite influencers, Jenny Cipoletti of Margo And Me, was invited to attend the ABC Mercedes-Benz Oscars party, so we asked her to show us her behind-the-scenes preparations. Looking beyond stunning with her side-swept curls and signature cat eye, she was a vision in white in the Swann V-Neck Gown from Rachel Zoe’s See Now, Buy Now evening capsule collection (straight of the runway of her LA Fashion Show earlier this month). See her look here.

 
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9 Closet Staples To Score From Rachel Zoe’s Cyber Monday Sale

With so many Cyber Monday deals going on, things can get a little crazy. Don’t know where to start? Opt for investment pieces that won’t break the bank. Our EIC, Rachel Zoe, is having a major sale and we’ve hand-selected closet staples you’ll have in heavy rotation all year round. Just use code RZCYBERMONDAY to get 30% off all shoes & an EXTRA 30% off all sale items (valid until tonight – midnight PST) Treat yourself.

 
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Here’s What To Buy From Rachel Zoe’s New Spring 2018 Collection

While it can be hard saying goodbye to layering our favorite cozy pieces, spring’s romantic ruffles and feminine prints bring a welcomed sense of rejuvenation into our closets. Whether you are looking for effortless pieces that embody everyday chic or eager to add a sultry dress to your evening wardrobe, Rachel Zoe’s Spring 2018 collection offers a perfect dose of timeless femininity. The collection features lace accents, elegant embroidery, abstract florals and all-over sequins of course. Browse our favorites then shop them here!

 
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Rachel Zoe’s New Collection Is A Disco Dream (Just In Time For The Holidays)

With the holidays right around the corner, we have a lot to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving dinner, vacationing with your significant other, attending a fundraising gala, or living large for NYE – finding the right ensemble is key. Luckily, Rachel Zoe’s Resort 2018 collection offers the perfect dose of glamour for any and every event or your calendar. The collection features a sultry 60’s & 70’s inspired metallic color palette with rich textures like fluid sequins and oversized pailettes. The line’s signature femininity is balanced by Studio 54-worthy tailored pieces like metallic suiting. Browse our favorites then shop them here!

 
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The Trend That Will Be Everywhere This Festival Season

Switch things up this season with intricate detailing that’s impossible to go unnoticed. From comfortably chic twin-sets and rompers to feminine minidresses and gowns, striking embroidery is key. See all our favorites from our EIC’s glamorous spring collection. PS: Rachel is offering free two-day shipping from April 11 to April 16—perfect for last-minute outfits!

 

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM INSTITUTE

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MOVIE NOTES: LOVE ANTOSHA

When Anton Yelchin died tragically in a freak accident at the age of 27, all Hollywood was shocked. This documentary offers an intimate look into the infinitely creative mind of the young actor (Star Trek, Green Room, Like Crazy) and why he was so beloved by his peers… Filmmaker Garret Price paints a fascinating picture of a zealous child whose passion for the world of film served as an escape from his reality.

 
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MOVIE NOTES: REFUGEE LULLABY

In the seemingly peaceful and picturesque Austrian countryside resides Hans Breuer: shepherd by day, activist by night. Just hours outside of Breuer's modest rural cabin, the tranquility is disrupted as thousands of refugees cross his country's borders seeking asylum. He cannot sleep at night knowing there are refugees that need help, only a two hour drive from his home. Using a private Facebook group to connect, Breuer volunteers his time to help the refugees with everything from collecting food and water to driving them safely across the Hungarian border.

 

Galore Mag

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH DELIKATE RAYNE

We decided to celebrate Earth Day by rocking sustainable fashions from a Los Angeles label, Delikate Rayne. The collection was created by a pair of rad sisters, Meg and Komie. Both of Indian decent, they embrace their Hindi heritage and passion for conscious living. Mindfully made in the USA, it’s a seasonless collection with new color.

 

Style Stunner: Jessica Morrow’s 5 Lessons On Mid Season Dressing

What’s the best thing about winter other than using coziness as an excuse to catch up on all 6 seasons of your latest Netflix guilty pleasure? Well, being cozy in endless layers of knits – especially in black. The best thing about being cozy during wintertime in LA is that you can totally get away with

 

LOVE+MADE

Read more about the Babe of the Week series here.

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - TABATHA

To be honest, it kind of just happened on its own. I’d always been drawn to writing; it was the only subject that could still hold my attention in high school and something that just came very naturally to me. My whole class would be doing a book report on a Steinbeck book or some other classic shit, and somehow I’d manage to talk my teachers into letting me write about Anthony Burgess or Nabokov instead.

 

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We think the babe with the best style is: Bjork and the gender fluidity of David Bowie

 

LOVE MADE BABES OF THE WEEK - stephanie & nina

Their advice to you: (S) Be polite, it’s classy and it will take you far so don’t ever forget your thank yous! (N) Don’t dwell on the negatives, be quick to find solutions.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - valida

Be a woman of your word. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. People like to work with those who have integrity and who keep their promise. You have to trust yourself. You will get rejected many times along the way. You will stumble and you will fall. It happens to all of us all the time. 

 
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LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - esther

I remember being really blown away when I first found out about Fafi. I like how she didn't cater to the boys and made really girly art. Now there are a lot of girly illustrators but when she came out it felt really empowering to me.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - andrea

Don't compare yourself to other women (negatively), but be stoked on their success. I don’t know, I’m in this whole babe power mindset where it’s like, stop looking at other womens’ successes as a threat and more of a “f-ck yea if she’s doing it, that means we can all do it.” 

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - tamara

I can tell you examples of what not to do: Don’t rely on other people, don’t rely on your looks if you happen to be good-looking or pretty. Don’t think that just because you’re cute, you don’t have to work hard and can get whatever you want. 

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - ellen

Create a job around your lifestyle, not the other way around. I graduated from USC in 2012, but chose to go in this direction instead. What looks good on paper doesn't guarantee anything in the real world. 

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - rhianna

I went to a school that teaches you Spanish beginning at kindergarten, specifically learning from Mexican teachers, so that always just gave me a love for the Mexican culture and everything that goes along with it. I think that's very representative of LA as well, the entire contrast. My favorite thing is to put a really pretty girl in a random background, like somewhere she shouldn't be.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - alexandra

Read a lot of books, contact a lot of people, be open about who you are. Don't get distracted in what other people are doing, don't hang out with people who bring you down or make you feel bad for dreaming. 

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - lauren

So I'm working a fulltime marketing job, going to school fulltime (I don't know how I balanced the two but I did) and then now I'm starting to tour with [Kid Cudi], I just thought, 'F-ck, this is insane.'

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - nancy

With a full time corporate job, you need to feed your creativity somehow. This has definitely kept me busy on the side.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - taryn

A friend gave me their film camera, so I figured out how to load it and started shooting film of my surroundings. I got a bit obsessed  and started documenting everywhere I went. The best part was getting the photos developed. My first roll came out suprisingly well. I spent most of my money I made that year on film & processing.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - sophia

Dress like how you want to be treated. Act like how you want to be respected. In a business environment women have to work 3x as hard to gain respect. It's such a male-dominated society.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - areta

My dream client would be a person that is confident enough to not care about how she really looks, just have the confidence to dress how she feels. Like, "Oh, today I feel like wearing pastels or rainbow, even if I'm 25, I don't care."

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - briana

But I think what really gave me the confidence to do it was in 10th grade, I heard On & On by Erykah Badu on the radio, and then I saw the video, and I was like, "Yea! I can do that!" Up until that point, I didn't really connect with anybody that was like really their own artist

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - natalia

I wear a ton of American Apparel and Zara. Reformation is a go to. I really like basics (clothing not females). Anything long, grey, or black and subtle.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - linh

Well actually, I wanted to be in an environment where it's all women; I like beautifying beautiful women, making them feel good about themselves. I've always been in an industry where theres lots of men and I don't like the pressure.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - amy

It's not a 9-5 where you're working constantly, getting a solid stable paycheck, and working your way up the corporate ladder-- that lifestyle is very regimented and very structured. With creatives, there's very little to no structure (especially when you're starting out). You can't let that discourage you from working your hardest.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - gavin

Basically, I always knew I wanted to perform, but decided, once I graduate college, I'm going to go full throttle. No plan B. No looking back.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - christina

Time is a luxury, don't waste it; and if you aren't using it on yourself, make sure you're getting paid for it.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - justine

It was little suggestions, like "Hey you're good at photography. You like clothes. You like shopping. You understand HTML and the computer stuff on your own." So I thought, "Okay, let me try it." I literally just dove in and did it. If I thought about it too much I would have probably psyched myself out.

 

LOVE MADE BABEs OF THE WEEK - donna & jo

Growing up, I always knew I wanted something to call my own. It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to create for myself. I was always curious and motivated- that’s what kept me going on my journey.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - kylee

Starting a brand is hard, be persistent. You gotta love the long hours and hustle. Fall in love with working nonstop. It'll test your ability to stay strong.

 

LOVE MADE BABE OF THE WEEK - silke

I never knew I would be in fashion but, here I am -and i'm still doing other things I love - as long as they don't involve sitting at a desk all day.

 

Personal Work

 

WHAT'S YOUR ONLINE PERSONA?

I haven’t written or shared anything online in what feels like forever. To be totally honest, I’ve developed a total love/hate thing with the internet/social media/the digital age. On one hand, everything is super accessible — which is exciting because opportunities to create and connect are endless. On the other hand, everything is super saturated — which is disheartening to me as an artist/individual because it puts so much pressure on validation and not enough on authenticity. Maybe I’m just hyper-aware of it, but I often find myself over-analyzing my “digital presence” to the point where i don’t even want to post at all...

 

STARTING OVER

I unexpectedly lost my dad in May. When does anyone ever expect it though? Death can be staring you right in the eye and it'll still feel like a theory. We grow up with the idea that there's this place in the sky that our loved ones go after they leave us. We imagine it being bright and peaceful - that we can look up into the clouds at any given time, they'll "shine down on us" and everything will be okay. Nobody prepares you for how dark it gets around you. How all of a sudden everything around you feels surreal and unstable. How all you want to do is make sense of something; make something tangible, make something clear, make something feel real. But it all feels like a blur. It feels like you're living in limbo…

 

THE ART OF DETACHMENT

People always tell me that I soothe them. “Your vibe is my everything.” They tell me that I look at them with kind eyes, listen patiently, and make them feel understood without having to say too much. “Do you ever feel like you were meant to understand but not to be understood?” It still surprises me because I think that I am actually a very anxious, impatient and neurotic person. “Extreme” is the best word to describe it. I either love something with my entire heart and soul or shut off and detach completely. I’m aware that my all or nothing personality will be the death of me one day, but “I give because I know how it feels to want.” I’m a very private person and it gets overwhelming. I know that feel things heavily; that’s why I don’t like leaning on others, that’s why I’m always sinking so deep into my head…

 

THE SECRET TO UNDERSTANDING WOMEN

Did the title scare you? What I’m about to share with you is quite a simple concept actually. The problem is, it needs to be understood and exercised by both men and women, simultaneously. I had been thinking about this earlier this year, it all clicked when I saw this Lady Gaga GIF. She said, “If you’re laying next to someone that really doesn’t make you feel like the goddess that you are, you need to rediscover what it is that you truly want and need.”…

 

QUEENS AT WORK

When I was about 10 or 11, I wanted to be a fashion designer – which is funny now, even though I work in the fashion industry, because I can’t draw if my life depended on it nor do I have the patience to go through the stages of evolving a design.. But as a child, it was my dream. I had a sketchbook full of drawings and a scrapbook full of magazine snippings – I would update both feverishly. I spent my days making tons of beaded “jewelry” and convinced myself I was a pro at altercations – which meant I was great at ruining my clothes by chopping them up into pieces and pretending I could sew them back together. I’m not even the least bit crafty now, so it’s safe to say that my DIY urges in the 5th grade have faded, but I loved creating. That’s one thing that definitely hasn’t changed…

 

EXHAUSTED (SELF)LOVE

Last year, someone was reading through my most recent posts and asked me if I was heartbroken. To be honest, that’s what I was most worried about when I decided to take this route of sharing my written pieces about the more personal topics. My answer to their question – I think that everyone is heartbroken to some degree, there’s levels to it; but that hasn’t been the intended focus upon any of my written pieces in a while. The thought that has been swimming through my mind for the last two years or so surrounds the importance of the idea that one must find comfort in their own solitude.

 

BEING THE "COOL GIRL"

Labeling any non-submissive, non-bland, non-dormant woman “crazy”  is an age old practice. I’ve learned to stop caring about the label men place because it’s usually nothing more than a projection of their own insecurities along with their fear of feeling or being felt. But the real issue lies in the question – what is so wrong with feeling? What’s so wrong with being felt? Why are people so scared of showing they care or saying what they really mean and really want?’

THE YEAR OF EXPLORATION

After a long and hazy 2013, 2014 was the year of discovery. Perhaps not even discovery, but consciousness. I became conscious of my creativity, my ambition and my ability to effectively communicate with and inspire others. I became conscious of my vibes and my presence in the Universe. I found peace in that.