We're having a heat wave! So keep your cool by staying indoors and catching up on the latest red-hot, summer lifestyle trends. Get ready for movie rental downloads, online socials, celeb style and more ... it's all right here in the latest edition of The Trend Report.
Celeb styleThe “Material Girl” tries her hand at fashion this month. Madonna has partnered with fast-fashion retailer H&M to create a signature track suit, which she is wearing on her world tour ... and it's coming to an H&M near you this month! The track suit comes in black, white and purple and consists of a narrow, yoked top and wide-legged pants. You can also shop from her 150-person tour crew's favorite picks — they'll all be featured in an upcoming advertising campaign. Hot!
Get to know the stylists behind the stars because their stars are on the rise. Rachel Zoe puts together Lindsay and Nicole, and now she has a line of handbags on the way (in partnership with Judith Leiber). Andrea Lieberman is the muse behind Gwen Stefani, and she also designs her own line of luxe jewelry for Mouawad. Stay tuned for more!
If you'd rather meet and greet f2f (that's “face to face” in Internet speak), then check out Meetup.com. Over 2 million people participate in setting up local meetings catering to a gazillion passions, hobbies and lifestyles. From the New York Basenji Meetup to the Vancouver Walking Meetup, chances are you'll find a meeting to match your interests!
On hot days, we swear by our tiny (five-ounce) bottle of Evian Mineral Water Spray. Throw one in your bag and spritz to cool down, freshen your makeup application or re-hydrate summer-weary skin. If you stash it in the fridge overnight, it will be a chilled treat after your morning commute!
Don't have an iPod yet? If Microsoft has anything to say about it, you'll choose to sport a Zune instead. This is the code name for their new, soon-to-be-released digital media player, which will compete with iPod. The trendsetting device has lots of bells and whistles, including the ability to wirelessly transfer songs between Zune players.
Stylish home accessories and furniture are a big trend. If you haven't shopped Pier 1, The Bombay Company or even Home Depot lately, you're in for a fashionable surprise!
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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