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Is Justin Bieber Calvin Klein's Next Marky Mark? (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:09 -0400)

Justin Bieber could only post so many Instagram photos (here, here and here among others) before rumors started to swirl that the pop star and his much-adored six pack may be the next face of Calvin Klein underwear.

Though the reports remain unconfirmed that Bieber and his signature scowl will be modeling for the brand, a Calvin Klein source reportedly told The Daily Mail that the star was photographed earlier in the year.

The Daily Mail also pointed out that the most recent campaign featuring supermodel Lara Stone are reminiscent of the 1992 black-and-white ads featuring Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg.

Even though we're still wondering if the rumors are true, there's one question that's really on our mind: Will JB ever be able to top the iconic Marky Mark? Will anyone?

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Jada Pinkett Smith: There's An 'Epidemic In Regards To The Treatment Of Women' (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:14:41 -0400)

Jada Pinkett Smith recently spoke out on Facebook about Jada, a 16-year-old girl whose horrifying alleged rape was mocked on social media. The 42-year-old actress, however, didn't stop at Facebook to show her support for the young woman and raise awareness about sexual assault.

US Weekly reported that on July 20, Pinkett Smith shared a personal connection to young Jada's experience with the press.

Speaking with reporters at a Television Critics Association panel, Pinkett Smith said that her own niece was given date rape drugs around the same time that Jada's alleged attackers drugged and raped her:

My niece was given a date rape drug that weekend. She’s 20-years-old -- thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her. She was safe because she was with a group of friends that realized -- she said, "Oh, my God, I can’t feel my.. " and she started losing consciousness. Thank God the people she was with put her in a room, closed the door and she didn’t come to for three and a half hours.

Acknowledging that women are by no means at fault for such horrendous acts, Pinkett Smith encouraged young girls to be safe and smart in the wake of "an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women."

Pinkett Smith described how she's teaching her 13-year-old daughter, Willow, to be confident and assertive.

"What I do with Willow is I give her the opportunity to be empowered by [putting] herself first," Pinkett Smith told US Weekly. "Because when you allow a person to be an individual and you allow a person to have power within and have confidence on who they are, you'll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it's a 'yes' or a 'no.'"

Of course, being empowered doesn't guarantee a woman's safety from assault, but it's certainly important to arm young women with knowledge and decision-making skills. We stand with both Jadas.

Blake Lively Reminds Us How Cute She And Ryan Reynolds Are In Vogue Interview (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:33 -0400)

It's hard to forget that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are one of Hollywood's cutest couples, but, just in case you did, Lively is here to remind you.

Lively covers the August 2014 issue of Vogue magazine and took part in Vogue's "73 Questions" video series. During the six-minute interview with creator Joe Sabia, which took place at the Kitchen Table in New York City, the "Gossip Girl" actress offered up a couple quips about her husband.

In the midst of the interview, Lively and Sabia decorate cupcakes. This was definitely the perfect activity for the 26-year-old, who is a self-professed dessert lover and dabbles with baking in her own kitchen. When asked about her favorite bakery, she responded: "My home. My husband has coined it 'The Blakery.'"

Lively also revealed she and Reynolds give each other super sweet, super personalized gifts. She surprised him with "a collection of short stories written by loved ones." He gave her "a video of all of the people that had made an impact in my life for my birthday," which she said was the best gift she's ever gotten.

If all of that isn't cute enough, Lively gave the perfect response when asked to pick her favorite superhero.

"The Green Lantern," she replied.

All together now: Awww!

Watch the video above.

Dakota Fanning On Growing Up In The Spotlight: 'It's Definitely Not A Normal Thing' (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:44:02 -0400)

Dakota Fanning captured the world's attention as Sean Penn's bright-eyed daughter Lucy in the 2001 film "I Am Sam." Since then, the 20-year-old has nabbed role after role, transitioning from child actress to full-blown movie star.

Her latest project, "Very Good Girls," written and directed by Naomi Foner (mother to Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal), tells the coming-of-age story of two teenage girls who make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars in the film, which opens in theaters as a limited release on July 25.

Fanning spoke with HuffPost Entertainment about her new movie, her relationship with Olsen and growing up in the Hollywood spotlight.

“Very Good Girls” gave you the opportunity to show a more mature side of yourself. What was that like?
It was great. When I first read the script, the thing that I connected with the most was that I was experiencing the same time in my life as the character. I had already been kind of full circle with moving away and going to school and leaving my childhood behind, so it was exciting to make a movie about that because it really is such a rare thing to see in movies. And it’s something that everyone experiences, but it’s also a very specific experience, I think, that a young woman has.

How did you mentally prepare for the sex scenes in the film? You haven't done much of those in your career, and you had a few in this movie, including one with Peter Sarsgaard.
I wasn’t very uncomfortable with it. It’s just something you kind of have to do. It’s really not that big of a deal, it’s just a technical thing. Everybody is really respectful and I wasn’t uncomfortable. You just kind of have to just go for that and get it done, like anything else.

And how was it working with Elizabeth Olsen? You have amazing chemistry together.
It was great. I knew Lizzie before making the movie, so we had an existing relationship and friendship. So it was nice to make a movie that’s a lot about friendship with somebody that you actually know and like.

"I think I have a different relationship with [fame] now that I’m older."
At 20 years old, you have accomplished, well, a lot. How does it feel growing up in the spotlight? Have you learned to adapt to it all?
It is a hard thing because I don’t really know any other way. But, it definitely still is a surreal experience as you get older. I think when you’re a child, it’s hard for you to know your life is different from anyone else’s. And then, of course, as you get older, you realize that there are billions of people on the planet and everybody lives a different way and everybody has a different situation. As you grow up, you think, “Oh, no, that’s not normal for everyone.” And so, yeah, I think I have a different relationship with it now that I’m older. When people say hello to me, I feel like maybe I know them from somewhere, because they say like, “Hi! How are you?” And I’m like, “Oh, hi!” And then I realize, “Oh, no, they just think they know me because they watched me in a movie.” Which is cool, but definitely not a normal thing.

Is there a difference, you think, living in New York vs. Los Angeles?
I think it’s the lifestyle that’s so different. In New York, you walk everywhere so you’re amongst people all of the time and everybody is in a hurry and going somewhere or has something on their minds. And in LA, it’s still much more of a laid-back life, at least in my experience. But as far as other things, I feel like it’s just different. In New York, people see you like walking down the sidewalk and before they could say anything, you’re around the corner, because that’s how New York works. So I think it’s probably a more anonymous kind of life, living in New York.

What’s one experience from your career that you connect with the most? Is there a memory that sticks with you?
Wow, there are so many. I think an experience that I feel really close with was the first movie that I did do [“I Am Sam"]. Although I was very young, I still remember I was working with Sean Penn ... and the story was really special, the experience was really special and it was my first introduction to what making a movie meant and it was such a doorway for me for everything else that I’ve done up to this point. So, I’m very grateful for that experience.

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Did your parents let you watch all of your own movies when you were a kid?
I mean, I filmed it, so I knew nothing was real, so I was allowed to. It’s kind of pointless to say you can’t watch something that you already pretended to do! I think the only one -- there was a movie I did called “Trapped,” it was my second movie, and there was a part between Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon where someone covered my eyes for like five minutes. But other than that, I’ve pretty much been allowed to watch everything since “I Am Sam” was made, so I had a healthy relationship with it. I wasn’t going to be like scarred from it, because I knew that it was fake.

"Each role that I’ve played has had a piece of a dream role in it."
Do you ever feel uncomfortable watching yourself onscreen?
I didn’t feel that way when I was younger, it was just like, “Oh, This is fun! I remember when we filmed that.” I would just watch it as a movie and forget that it was me. And that’s easier to do when you’re younger because you have less insecurities and you still have that childlike view that everything is wonderful. And then as you get older, you’re like, “Oh, God.” I started to kind of recoil seeing myself, for sure. But I try to just enjoy the film and forget about myself and let it go. It’s more about hearing myself, actually. I think that’s what the insecurity is, like, "I can’t believe I sound like that." It’s strange!

What are your goals for the future? What would be your dream role?
Each role that I’ve played has had a piece of a dream role in it. I don’t know if you ever get to find that complete dream role, but I’ve been so lucky with the ones that I’ve had. I just like stories that are about real people or just about people, in general. Those are my favorite movies to watch -- little movies about experiences that everybody has. I think sometimes people can get lost in the bigger special effects, science fiction, robot stuff, and those are cool and fun to watch too, but I think it’s so important to sometimes step back and watch something that’s about life and human interaction.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

5 Rules for Professional Chic On a Budget! (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:04 -0400)

When I was in my early 20s I had big dreams but a very small bank account (a few hundred dollars to my name to cover every expense under the sun, including my rent). I wanted to work in the corporate sector and my interviewers, colleagues and peers intimidated me with their amalgamation of experience, confidence and polished looks.

I love the old saying, don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want. I did not have the money to splash out on expensive clothing and accessories but somehow I managed to still get the jobs, meetings and opportunities by doing my best to look the part for the position I wanted. I frequently put together entire outfits for around $100. I get regular compliments on my style, too!

I still follow the same rules I crafted 10 years ago -- being naturally thrifty and having found a formula that works.

These are the corporate, cheap chic rules I live by:

1. Always add a blazer.
A blazer adds instant glam and professionalism to any outfit. I have worn blazers with summer beach dresses, jeggings, t-shirts, everything. If it is well-fitted you immediately look office-ready! I have about eight blazers now in total (mainly black, navy, grey, white) and have them in rotation in my week -- they fix up and complete every look in my closet. Blazers can be found from $25 at most chain retailers.

2. Pearls make perfect!
I buy pearls in packets at cheap stores like C21, Forever21 and H&M. I spend about $10 for four to five pairs. There is something understated and elegant about simple pearls that make everything look good and pulled together. They also go with every single outfit imaginable (even sports chic) -- so you get a lot of wear out of every pair!

3. Simple stilettos suit all.
I recommend two pairs of simple stilettos -- one nude and one black. You are covered for all looks and seasons and once again... bingo! They suit all outfits (sans sport, sorry!)

4. Black is brilliant.
Black always looks simple and professional -- dresses, tops, pants. It is versatile and corporate and you can always jazz it up with a colorful bag, bright belt and pair of flats or necklace. You can re-wear all the pieces too unlike a very dramatic, bright pair of jeans or orange-tailored dress.

5. High street = high style.
You do not need a $300 blouse or $175 skirt to be interview or big meeting ready. There are great, cheaper, good-quality options in any mall or high street. I love Zara, Gap, Loft and Old Navy in sale season and snap up pieces I wear for years.

There is no reason to ever have credit card debit for clothes. Ever. Living in New York, I was astounded at people who shop with money they don't have for expensive fashion items they don't need.

In your blazer, heels, pearls and stilettos, you will look effortlessly chic and no one will have a clue how inexpensively you mastered it. Win-win!

Chrissy Teigen Is The Newest Member Of The Blond Bob Club (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:42:56 -0400)

We can barely keep up with Chrissy Teigen's hairdo!

The natural brunette recently lightened her hair to a blond hue, and now she's gone a step further and chopped off a few inches. The 28-year-old model debuted her cropped locks at the Stella Artois Belgian National Day Celebration on July 21:

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Teigen later shared photos of her new look on Instagram, crediting her stylists in the photo caption: "It takes a village @jenatkinhair (the cut!) @marktownsend1 @byjakebailey @traceycunningham1"

Teigen is the latest member to join the ever-growing blond "lob" club in Hollywood. Rumer Willis, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Lambert are just a few other celebs sporting the trendy hairstyle.

Artists, Assume the World Is Waiting for You (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:50:19 -0400)

Fifty years ago this week, I was twenty and I showed the mini dress in Paris Couture with my best friend Mia.

How and why did two American girls have the COURAGE to cross the Atlantic in May 1964 on an ocean-liner and think France was waiting for their new look, The Mini ?

At Parson's School of Design where we had just graduated, the head of the school, Ann Keagy had said she would not give us a recommendation to work on 7th Ave as our clothes belonged in Las Vegas and we had replied, 'We're going to Paris to show in Couture".


Mia and Vicky In French Elle 1964

Two months after graduation we were showing at Feraud in Paris couture and Elle Magazine did a five page story on the us creating the mini.

Have courage artists, assume the world is waiting for you! We did. By December 1964 we were showing the mini on the Johnny Carson Show in New York. You can bet 7th Ave opened their arms.


Johnny Carson show 7 months after leaving fashion college.

This is the principle for success artists! Courage. Don't listen to the naysayers! Do your thing, follow your dreams, create the new invention in the garage like Steve Jobs, sew the new dress on your machine like Mia Fonssagrives, make the book on entertaining like Martha Stewart. Why not? Fear of failure?

We did it.

I was inspired by Coco Chanel who came from such poverty in the south of France that she grew up on a dirt floor and Coco went on to invent luxury sportswear. How? SHE SEWED A GREAT HAT.

Anna Sui told me she was inspired by us in Michigan as a student and she wrote that on a caption in my book, "It's All About The Dress". We dined together recently to discuss how the fashion world has changed.


Anna Sui and Miki Kato, my fragrance director.

Today with the Internet it's so easy to create a new design and sell it without a middleman.
There are web sites galore for selling every possible design from clothes to furniture.
Today there are people who can't design who are looking for products to sell. Today there are companies who look to the future of design and are always looking for the next, next thing and a person to advise them about their product direction. That person is closer to twenty than to sixty.

Artists who are older and successful like myself are still looking for the next, next thing, which is why I wanted to stop selling myself my expensive custom couture. I had been doing that for thirty years.

I decided to personally sell on HSN TV and also sell online at affordable prices. I recently sold a wrap dress in a fabric that I had used from the sixties with 14 colors that had to be printed in France individually and the dress done today with the modern photocopy methods of printing costs less today than the dress cost in 1969.


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I also want to teach online and have been asked to join The Fashion University the largest online fashion school created by Francesca Sterlacci, a former department chair of F.I.T. All artists and teachers will soon want to video their expertise for posterity.

College is so expensive and four years is a long time to wait to start earning a living for an artist. Internet college is the future for artists and today's expensive live in colleges will be specific destinations for rich kids to meet friends, find wives and husbands, to network or get specific medical or legal degrees. They will not be a destination for great creators.

My parents paid 3000$ a year in 1961 for me to study fashion in NYC and 175$ a month for me to live in an garden apartment in Greenwich Village. Today I could be working in sales at Bergdorf earning 3000$ a month while I studied fashion online and then sewed my designs and sold them in the Village boutiques and on my website. I could be an entrepreneur at 17 and not 20.

The Internet allows all great artists to be launched when they are ready.

The Internet world is so small which is why Lourd, Iggy Azelea and Ariana Grande all broke into the top twenty pop chart the same week, all under 20.

This has never happened before in the history of music. Three artists in the top 10 US and English charts the same week, all three artists under 20 years old and two of them from another faraway continent. The solo dancer, Maggie Ziegler in the video from the song "Chandelier" by Sia broke out in worldwide acclaim in a month and she is only 12. Sia is up for video of the year.

The Internet discovers them and that's all she wrote.

The Internet changed our whole dynamic as artists so tell your kids and your grandkids to live out their dreams and GO FOR IT, and kids, tell your grandparents to use the money they saved for your college for a deposit on your first home, a much better investment.

Vicky Tiel began designing clothes 40 years ago in Paris and still owns a boutique there. See Vicky and her new collection on HSN and online. Her couture is available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, and her perfumes are carried in Perfumania. Her memoir, It's All About the Dress: What I Learned in 40 Years About Men, Women, Sex and Fashion was published by St. Martin's Press in August 2011.

Mark Ruffalo Has His Lost Wallet Returned By Stranger After Twitter Exchange (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:41:43 -0400)

Just when you think the world is only full of bad news and depressing stories, the smallest acts of common decency can really brighten your day.

Take Mark Ruffalo, who got a big surprise after he lost his wallet last week: The actor learned that sometimes you can depend on strangers when a man tweeted at him saying he found his wallet in a cab and wanted to know how he could return it:

@MarkRuffalo I have your wallet. Found it in a cab in chicago on Friday. Let me know the best way to get it back to you. Thanks

— Trezeduet (@Trezeduet) July 21, 2014

"@Trezeduet thank you! Wow! Another point for the decency in people," the 46-year-old actor replied, and asked the Twitter user to send him a direct message. He added, " You are a hero!"

TMZ identified the kind Twitter user as Ross McHale, who apparently didn't recognize Ruffalo's name and had to Google him to see how he could get in touch to return the wallet.

Miranda Kerr Looks For A Genuine Heart In A Potential Partner (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:24 -0400)

Miranda Kerr steps out of her SUV at JFK Airport to catch a flight on Wednesday morning, July 23, in Queens, New York.

Anne Hathaway's Hair Is Officially 'Long' Again (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:54 -0400)

Ladies and Jared Leto: if you've had a pixie cut for like, 23,403,840,328 years, you know damn well it's a momentous day when you can finally gather your locks into a ponytail.

Anne Hathaway hit that hair milestone on July 22, taking to the streets of New York, pony proudly on display with the help of a bright blue hair tie:

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Nope, no shame in Hathaway's pony game. That pony is loud and proud, and she is simply owning it.

Just promise us this, Anne -- that you'll never forget how far you've come:


Celebrating Oscar de la Renta's 82nd birthday and the Celebrities he Dresses (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:14:17 -0400)

Chances are that Sarah Jessica Parker wouldn't ask most designers to prominently embroider their signature in bold red into the train of their white dress. But then again, most designers aren't Oscar de la Renta.

At this year's Met Gala, one of fashion's most important annual events and a key fundraiser for Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute, Parker made sure that reporters and photographers could see de la Renta's red scripted John Hancock was displayed in a big way on her milky white train. "Did you see his name on the back?" said the actress. "I said to Mr. de la Renta, please let me use scarlet embroidery thread, and splash your name across the back. It was my idea. He would never in a million years have done it -- he's far too modest."

The soft-spoken and elegant designer may be modest, but he's also one of our finest. For more than 50 years, he has been the go-to guy for celebrities (Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz) and first ladies (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush) -- especially for big, big occasions like Oscars and inaugural balls.

De la Renta is the master of swathing women in silk-taffeta and chiffon masterpieces that feel more like pieces of art. As he has famously said, "There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress." His party dresses, with seemingly miles and miles of feather-embroidered tulle and fetching trains, continue to take our breath away. "This man has been working for more than 20 years to turn me into a fashion icon," remarked Hillary Clinton about her pal, who truly made her sparkle in 2001 when she wore his teal silk pantsuit while being sworn in as senator, and even before that made her shine in her 1997 inaugural ball gown. "Year in and year out, he's never given up."

In fact, this past Saturday, more than 60 of de la Renta's stunners went on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas in a retrospective called "Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style," which runs until October 5. On display are gowns he made for Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Hillary Clinton. There's also Jenna Bush's organza wedding dress, and an elaborate pale-blue Cinderella-esque ball gown that Amy Adams wore.

In honor of his 82nd birthday on July 22, look at some of the designer's most glamorous creations. Go to this Parade story to see who dazzles in Oscar de la Renta.

10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:57:03 -0400)

Welcome to another installment of Tipsy Tuesday, The Salonniere's Tuesday feature that provides tips from top salonnieres on all things party-related. Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

Alexa Hampton, interior designer and author -- I will first ask them to explain to me their work. People usually have a way they explain their job, or how they spend their day, so they can feel comfortable answering this. I also like to ask people what they are reading. Strangely, I think of this as a more personal question.

Teri Agins, fashion writer and Wall Street Journal columnist -- My favorite icebreaker is to find something to compliment them on - their outfit, hairstyle, handbag, shoes... something. I ask them to tell me about it, so the person can't just respond with a simple thank you. Then I jump in with follow-up questions and that usually gets them going.

Carla McDonald, founder, The Salonniere -- If the person is attending with his or her significant other, I like to ask, "How did you two meet?" This always puts the person at ease since it's a happy story and they've told it many times before. Also, it usually reveals enough common ground to keep the conversation rolling along for a while.

Ashley McDermott, writer and philanthropist -- I like to ask, "When and where were you happiest in your life?"

Debi Lilly, event designer and author of A Perfect Event: Inspired, Easy Elegance for Every Occasion -- I find everyone loves to eat and talk about eating and share what and where they've been eating! So I ask, "Have you been to any great new restaurants lately?"

Frederick Anderson, president of lifestyle brand, Hanley Mellon -- I ask, "If you had the opportunity to meet one person you haven't met who would it be, why and what would you talk about?"

Angella Nazaria, best-selling author and philanthropist -- My favorites are, "If you could have an alternate career, what would it be?" and "What was your most embarrassing moment?" The answers always spark a lively conversation.

Kathy Freston, the New York Times best-selling author of books about healthy living -- I can't stand small talk, so I'll turn to the table and say, "Let's talk about something that we can all learn about from one another. What do you think is the driving force in your life?"

Daniel Menaker, author of A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation -- Compliments are nice as are open-ended questions like, "How do you spend your day?" or "What's new in your world?"

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, lifestyle and entertaining expert -- I always lean on books or travel. They are my go-to topics. So I'll say, "I'm looking for a good summer read. Have you read anything good lately?"

Britney Spears' New Fashion Line Is Not That Innocent (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:02:23 -0400)

"Lace And Leather" isn't just a Britney Spears song anymore thanks to the singer's new line of lingerie, The Intimate Collection.

Spears will celebrate the line's September 9 release at an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week.

Of course, this isn't Spears' first stint in commerce. She's had a couple of fragrances, including her Fantasy Twist scent that was featured in her music video for "Work B*tch." There's no word yet, however, if we'll be seeing her flaunt her range of bustiers publicly anytime soon.

Although the Intimate Collection is based on sexiness and class, the line ranges from comfy camisoles to sheer separates. Spears herself posted the announcement on Twitter and Instagram in what looks like an ad with her sporting a sleek bra and panty set.

Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. Just a peek at what's to come. xo

— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) July 23, 2014

We can't wait to see the entire Intimate Collection and, as always, BRITNEY 4 LIFE!

Selena Gomez Sizzles In A Bikini On Her 22nd Birthday (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:48:50 -0400)

Selena Gomez knows how to celebrate her birthday in style.

The former Disney star rang in her golden birthday, turning 22 on July 22, aboard a luxury yacht in St. Tropez, in southeastern France.

Gomez soaked up the sun in a black bikini top and high-waisted vintage-inspired white shorts alongside Cara Delevingne and Tommy Chiabra, who the Daily Mail is calling Gomez's "new male companion."

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It was an action-packed day as the group took some jet skis out for a spin, and Gomez was spotted holding on tight to Chiabra while he steered. Later, Gomez, Delevingne and another female friend continued the fun, daring to parasail high above the water.

That night, the girls changed out of their swimwear and continued the birthday festivities in St. Tropez. "Thank you SO much for my birthday wishes ☺️ -this has been the BEST birthday yet! THANK YOU!!!!" Gomez wrote, along with a photo of herself and her pals:

How To Carry A Backpack And Still Look Like A Grown-Up (Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:24:56 -0400)

Chances are that at some point in your life you owned a backpack. Maybe you had a JanSport in elementary school to tote around your Spacemaker and Tamagotchi. Or perhaps you bought one for that summer you backpacked through Europe. One way or another, it's probably safe to assume that after college, most people graduate to slightly more sophisticated methods of carry their belongings.

But it doesn't have to be this way -- backpacks are having a renaissance. Thanks to cool new designs, there are many that work outside of the classroom. As long as you follow a few key rules:

  1. Avoid polyester backpacks unless you are trying to channel your inner 10-year-old. Instead, opt for knapsacks made of leather, canvas or suede for a more grown-up feel.

  2. Though backpacks generally work better with more casual outfits, a structured backpack looks more polished and can pair well with your office attire.

  3. Make sure your outfit is sophisticated. Avoid short pleated skirts, Mary Janes or anything else that could have people mistaking you for a school girl.

  4. If your backpack could work on a hike, then it's the wrong one for everyday use.

  5. Carry your backpack over one shoulder so it doesn't look like you're headed to class.

Below are a few stylish ladies who know how to rock a backpack. Take some style cues from them and then shop our favorite picks below.