Facebook LIKE Giveaway!!!

Runway Junkie is always in the giving mood. And this time we want to give YOU something. Go on our Facebook page http://bit.ly/L2Jp7L, LIKE us, and you’ll be entered to WIN!!! We’re giving away this super cute Tory Burch Plato Wrap Bracelet. It’s a great addition to your summer wardrobe. Click http://bit.ly/L2Jp7L, LIKE, and WIN!!

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California Dreamin Fashion Show-May 17th

At RunwayJunkie.com we love fashion shows that celebrate up-and-coming designers. That is why we are teaming up 149 Sports Grill and Bizness Magazine for the California Dreamin Fashion Show in Orange, CA!

This fashion show will be held at 149 Sports Grill on Thursday May 17th. The show starts at 7pm and goes well into the night with an after party that begins at 10pm. It’s sure to be a great evening filled with fashion and fun. You will also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of clothing lines by new designers while listening to the music of talented DJs and performers. VIP guests will be treated to beverages, an appetizer bar, as well as receiving a gift bag along with front row seating to the show. They will also be given the opportunity to meet the designers and performers. It’s a backstage pass that you won’t want to miss out on. After the evening of talent there will be an after party free for guests and only $5 for those that can’t make it to the fashion show. The Bizness Magazine and 149 Grill are sure to put on a fashion show that will not only provide entertainment but also introduce you to a wide variety of up-and-coming designers.

The three featured designers are BritBoy Fashions, AerithE, and Shekhar Rahate.

Stay tuned for profiles featuring each of these designers as well as what you can expect from their upcoming collections. Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the California Dreamin Fashion Show today!

Blue Skies and Clean Closets

Spring is really here, well at least for those us of that live in Southern California. Besides these beautiful blue skies, this can only mean one thing…spring cleaning. The thought of going through my closet makes me cringe but I try and look at the positives, the more I get rid of, the more room I can make for new clothes. And that makes me happy 🙂 When you do decide to finally take the plunge into the abyss of fabric and zippers, plan ahead for what you will do with the items you can part ways with.

There are multiple women’s organizations that take donations of lightly used clothing. These are great places to donate your professional work clothes that you no longer need. Organizations such as Working Wardrobes, WHW, and Dress for Success, help empower women through job placement and an integral part of this process is clothing. These organizations provide a professional pseudo-boutique, where women can go and pick out a few options for interviews and work outfits. By donating your clothes you’re helping women to become more self sufficient and powerful in the workplace.

So now what to do with the rest of your beloved pieces that you must get rid of?? Selling online is a great, easy option. While you might run to sites that you are more familiar with, why don’t you try something new? RunwayJunkie.com is a great place to sell your high-end designer clothing and accessories. It’s simple, easy, and you get to keep all your profits! Best part is, we donate 10% of our personal profits to different women’s organizations. So by simply selling on RunwayJunkie.com you’re helping out women.

With the beautiful seasons of Spring and Summer upon us we must find it somewhere deep down in us to take the time to clear away last seasons fashion and make room for the upcoming items we will be collecting.

Emerging Designers at OC Fashion Showcase

This past weekend, Runway Junkie attended the OC Fashion Showcase and saw many beautiful designs for a great cause!

OC Fashion Showcase is an annual fundraising event for Working Wardrobes, an OC based non- profit organization that helps underprivileged men and women get back on their feet and into the workplace. This event brings together fashion and local businesses to support their cause.

The first night’s fashion show theme, “Beach” showed off amazing surf, swim and casual beach wear designs.

BOLD Girlz was the first designer of the night. B.O.L.D girls stands for Brave Original Loving Daring. This is a local company donates 10% of their proceeds to charities that empower women. Fantastic to know great minds think alike!

Their designs shown were casual beach. One of their identifying features is a G shaped peace sign.

The second designer was Confiance. Confiance (meaning confidence in French) is an LA based company that emphasizes diversity. Confiance has T-shirts and hand made jewelry inspired by other cultures. Many of their designs have phrases written on them in various languages. Each item even has a handmade logo!

Brit Boy Swimwear is a designer that embodies British culture in each piece. Many have British symbols such as the British flag. The swimsuit pictured below has parts of the British flag lining the edges.

The last designer of the night was Borreca Swimwear. With their bright colors and daring designs, these swimsuits would be a showstopper anywhere.

Borreca Swimwear

Stay posted for reviews from Friday and Saturday night’s events!

Orange County Fashion Showcase 2012

For all you blog readers who are in the Southern California, Orange County area, have I got a fashion event for you! The Orange County Fashion Showcase is an event that brings together fashion, business, and philanthropy. By combining fashion shows, networking, music, silent auctions and celebrities, the goal is the raise awareness of the chosen philanthropy. This year, the OC Fashion Showcase has teamed up with Working Wardrobes. Since this is an organization Runway Junkie loves to support, we felt it imperative to be involved in with this event.

From Thursday April 19- Saturday April 21, there will be a plethora of fashion shows, musical performances, red carpets, networking, and after parties. On Thursday and Friday the events take place in Costa Mesa, then move to Huntington Beach for the last night of fashion and philanthropy on Saturday. There will also be seminars from 9am-12pm on Saturday in Irvine. There’s so much to choose from, so come to it all!

For more information or to purchase tickets check out the Orange County Fashion Showcase website. Runway Junkie looks forward to seeing you over the next few days. Don’t forget to bring clothing to donate to Working Wardrobes! See you there!

Breast Cancer Research Foundation + Michael Kors

Whether or not you, or someone you know has had breast cancer, it is a disease that looms in the back of all our minds. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between your grandmother, mother, sisters, and daughters, there is a chance that one person you are close to will suffer from this life threatening disease. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has made it their mission to find a method of prevention and a cure for the disease. With an average of 1 woman dying every 13 minutes from breast cancer, it is an important to help fight against it.

Designers, such as Michael Kors, are finding ways to help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through fashion. Michael Kors was inspired to design a bracelet to help donate money to the foundation that he believes is important. He is donating 100% of the proceeds from the bracelet sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These $20, yellow, black, or pink leather bracelets will help to find a cure.

Michael Kors is not the only one in fashion to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anne Klein, Bloomingdale’s, Hudson Jeans, and Lacoste, just to name a few, have all been involved in giving back to the foundation. Visit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to find out more about corporate partners or how you can be involved in helping research, prevention, or finding a cure for this disease.

Springing Forward

Daylight saving time is behind us, the days are longer, and the warm weather (hopefully) is upon us. So what does that mean for your wardrobe? Lose the scarfs and chunky sweaters, and bring out the bright colors and sundresses! Nothing says spring like finding a mix of wildflower colors to fill your closet. If you can’t seem to find any colorful pieces that are springing you forward, then look no further! Runway Junkie has a plethora of bright items suited perfectly for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking for a classic spring dress that is perfect for a day or night event, then check out this Marc by Marc Jacobs V-neck orange and yellow dress.

This size 6, lightly worn dress is a must have. With a belt perfectly wrapping around the waist, it will suit any body type. Wear it to a nice brunch or an evening cocktail party; it’s a staple piece, fantastic for spring and summer. Even better, 100% of the proceeds go to the non-profit WHW.

Another great option is this BCBGeneration cocktail dress. This pink and white, above the knee dress would make a wonderful addition to your personal spring collection.

The lightly worn, size small (4-6) dress looks like new. Having only been worn a few times you cannot tell that it has been previously owned. The peak-a-boo cutout back makes for a cute little surprise when you turn around. This dress would look fabulous with some white wedges and a up-do hair style to show off all the dress has to offer.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to bust out the bright colors. Well, this BCBG Max Aria dress might just be better suited for you.

The pastel pink, yellow, and green, geometric shapes add just a light pop of color without being too bold. The size s (4-6) dress has never been worn. Belted around the waist, it would be perfect for an evening cocktail party. If you purchase this dress, 100% of the proceed got to the non-profit WHW. It’s a great buy!

For more spring dress or bright colored clothes options, check out RunwayJunkie.com! Where philanthropy never looked so good.

The Health in Shopping

What if I told you there was more to shopping than just clothes in your closet and a higher balance on your credit card. Surprisingly, there are some positives to this addictive habit. From your brain to your body, your whole being can benefit from a trip to the mall or a browse online.

There are many different ways that shopping has been found to be a healthier habit than one would think. If you choose to take to the streets to fulfill your retail therapy you are doing more than just expanding your wardrobe. By walking when shopping you are getting exercise. You probably didn’t even realize this because it’s for pleasure, but walking around for three hours is a great way to squeeze in some calorie burning.

Now maybe you don’t make it to the retail stores that often, or you just prefer to shop online, there are perks to this as well. Shopping releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy, so shopping makes you happy. How great is that?! This can happen in your own home or at the mall, but the point is that your brain feels a sense of joy from purchasing products.

When shopping for women’s clothing or accessories online you could even go to a website like RunwayJunkie.com where 10% of the net-profits are donated to a variety of women’s organizations. You would be releasing endorphins and doing something great, just think how good you would feel!

Tynan, D. (2008). Shopping IS Good For You: How Manolos Can Save Your Life. Women’s Health, http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/benefits-of-shopping?page=1

What’s Your Color Season?

When browsing through a boutique do you wonder, “Which color looks best on me?” Well ladies, you’re in luck, based on your skin tone there is a best color for you!

First: Match your skin tone description with one of the seasons listed below.

Second: After you identify your color season, you can distinguish your best colors.

Last: Use these tips to choose the best colors for you. Happy shopping!

Winter

Winter complexions are considered to have a cool tone. They have a blue or rosy pink undertones and can have pale, olive or dark skin. A winter could be someone with white-blonde hair or brunette with dark eyes.

Summer

Like winter, summers complexions have a cool tone. This is someone with the blue or pink skin color undertone. Summers tend to be natural blondes with pale eyes. Though, someone with brunette hair and pale eyes could also be a summer.

Autumn

Autumn is considered to be a warmer undertone. This is if you have golden undertones and are either a redhead or brunette with golden brown eye color.

Spring

Spring is another warmer tone. They tend to have a subtler golden undertone and are either a creamier white or peach color. This is someone who is a golden blonde, auburn, or strawberry blonde. A spring has clear blue or green eyes with freckles and rosy cheeks. Springs have lighter eyes than autumns.

Now that you have identified your season you can match it with the information below to learn which colors will best complement you.

Winter

Winters look best in bright, bold colors. Black, navy, and hot pink will complement the skin tone well. For a lighter color you can go with a crisp white or a cool blue. Think sharp for bold colors and icy for pastels when choosing color.

Summer

If you’re a summer you are going to want to stick with muted or neutral colors. Pastels are a great way to go with a powder blue, light yellow, rosy pink, or plum. Stick with colors that have cooler undertones.

Autumn

Autumns want to choose colors that have warm undertones. They can be muted or very rich such as a dark brown or olive. Orange and gold are also good colors along with beige and camel.

Spring

For spring you do not want to go with a color that is too muted or too dark. You want to stick with pale or soft colors. Golden brown or yellow, aqua, peach, coral are all colors that will flatter the spring complexion.

Now that you have discovered your color season and learned which colors are best suited for you, you can begin to pick tops that will most complement you.

Cool or Warm Skin Tone? http://www.mineral-makeup-reviews.com/Cool-or-Warm-Skin-Tone.html

Kim, J. How to Match Colours To Your Skin Tone. http://www.thesoko.com/thesoko/article742-0.html

The Good, The Bad, and The Bling

Have you noticed that many celebs are packing on the…accessories. Tons of bracelets, doubling up on necklaces, and sometimes even wearing multiple watches. So how do you know when enough is enough and when to add a little more?While you have to personally decide what you feel comfortable wearing, there are also a few key rules to stick to. Here are some examples of the good, the bad, and the bling.

Sarah Jessica Parker has found a way to wear multiple necklaces and make it look good! The key to her fabulous look is that she has decided to tone down the rest of her outfit. Her dress is simple, her hair is pulled back, and she went with small hoop earrings so as to not distract from her layers of necklaces. The simplicity of the rest of her outfit really lets her over accessorizing stand out.

And here is an example of too much accessorizing. Paula Abul has made the mistake of too much in one area. While her necklace and earrings would be great statement pieces on their own, it is overwhelming to put them together. To improve this look she should either wear smaller earrings with the large necklace, or pair the earrings with a lighter necklace.

This is a great example of how to over accessorize your wrists. Since everything is on one wrist, it’s best to leave the other wrist bare or just add one light bracelet. By concentrating on just one arm it doesn’t over power you. You could even have a ring or two on either hands and it would still look good.

This is an example of the bad bling. This is way too much overall. I don’t know how someone wearing all this wouldn’t fall over from the weight. If you want to wear bracelets on both hands it should be a few light bracelets and maybe a watch or a thicker bracelet on the other arm. Also, pick a few rings, every finger does not need jewelry.

While over accessorizing is a great jewelry trend that is fun to play around with, make sure that you do it right. You don’t want to overdo one part of your body. If you’re wearing a large statement necklace, stick to small earrings. If you want to play up a bundle of bracelets, don’t cover both arms up to your elbows. Follow these few simple rules to help you successfully over accessorize.