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The Best Travel and Gift-Friendly Cosmetic Bags For Under $100

Plane, train or automobile, there’s always the question of how you’re going to tote your beauty routine. And since it’s the holiday season, we’re suggesting that beauty bags aren’t just a great way to treat yourself, but to give others, too.

We’ve got a slew of picks for under $100 that boast big designer names and, best of all, some can be split up into multiple gifts. So whether you’re the kind of gal who brings a few things with her in your handbag every day or you just want something chic to slip into your overnight bag, we’ve got the best bags for your beauty buys.

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Warby Parker Outfits Real-Life Superheroes With Man of Steel Collab

Warby Parker x Man of Steel Collection

Between creating must-have frames, monocles and a certain Google tech product, the designers at Warby Parker managed to squeeze in a collaboration with a summer blockbuster, too. Fresh off its Gatsby-inspired 1922 collection, the label created a limited run of frames inspired by Clark Kent in Man of Steel.

Superman Man of Steel

In addition to expanding its operation by adding brick-and-mortar showrooms in New York and Boston, the brand is out to dress superheros and civilians alike in two frames (guys and girls each get two styles) inspired by the classic comic character.

And while no images of Clark Kent wearing his signature frames have yet to be released to the masses, Warby Parker created a classic black frame, the Chamberlain, as well as a more avant garde rounded tortoise option, the Percey, which is also available with sunglass lenses. Both frames feature a flash of color — red or blue — at the temples as an homage to Superman’s signature colors.

And like every other Warby Parker purchase, the Man of Steel collection is available for virtual try-on so that no telephone booths are necessary for anyone looking to go undercover. Also like every other Warby Parker purchase, a second pair will be donated to someone in need. Warby Parker is also upping the ante by donating $15 from each frame’s purchase to 826NYC, a nonprofit organization that works with kids to improve their writing skills.

For more information, visit www.warbyparker.com

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Coach and Michael Kors Expand on Menswear Offerings

A look from Michael Kors’ Fall/Winter mens collection

Two of the biggest names in women’s accessories are hoping to make the jump from the arms of well-heeled ladies everywhere and right into the hands of their male counterparts. Michael Kors, who is without a doubt the guy beat when it comes to mid-range handbags and leather accessories, as well as Coach are hoping to expand into menswear and men’s leather goods in the coming year.

Michael Kors, who posted a quarter of growing sales and growing profits, plans on devoting an entire floor of his soon-to-be open SoHo flagship to menswear. This comes on the heels of news announcing men’s-only stores on the horizon for the label, which is known for its jet-set advertisements as well as its affordable handbags that sell in department stores across the country as well as across the globe in addition to Michael Kors boutiques. The women’s accessories sell so well, in fact, that Kors has opened boutiques devoted solely to purses, small accessories and other items that reflect the glossy lifestyle portrayed in his ads. Businessweek reports that upwards of 70% of Kors profits come from handbags and leather goods alone, and the company is hoping that guys might follow in the footsteps of the women who are ravenously purchasing bags and wallets.

At the moment, however, there’s little to stock Kors’ men’s stores with, even though the designer has decided to show his menswear separately from his women’s  ready-to-wear collections. Prior to separating the guys out, male models would strut on the runway right alongside their female counterparts — their bronzed skin and chunky knits, not to mention their chiseled cheekbones, were a girl’s best accessory, after all — but Kors is expanding the offerings by including more accessories and shoes alongside tailored and casual clothes. Right now, Kors has a few camo-print men’s bags on offer online, but guys will be hard pressed to find anything to buy for themselves in one of Kors’ lifestyle boutiques.

Coach Fall 2013

Coach has the honor of being the largest U.S.

luxury handbag maker today, but few people know — or remember — that the brand was built on men’s goods. The leather that’s used in much of Coach’s offerings was inspired by the soft, worn feel of an old baseball glove. The brand is undergoing a few changes under its new Creative Director, Stuart Vevers, but it’s also hoping that by expanding beyond women€™s handbags by adding men€™s leather bags, sunglasses and shoes, that it can gain a stronger footing in the world of menswear. According to GQ, the label has grown its men’s business from $100 to $700 million since 2010 and it hopes to continue that upward trajectory. The first step — pun alert — is through offering a brand new line of footwear.

Coach Fall 2014 footwear

The new line of footwear is inspired by classic menswear offerings, but adds just a bit of polish when it comes to silhouette and details. The shoes and boots are cut narrower for a cleaner, slimmer shape and details include aged brass buckles, hand-burnished finishes and a great color palette that ranges from rich browns and classic blacks to deep oxblood. The shoes are the sort of thing that guys will definitely be able to integrate into their work rotation and pair with more casual outfits, too. The shoes will be sold in dedicated men’s shop-in-shops, which have made their debut in a few stores across the country, including South Coast Plaza’s Coach location as well as New York’s Coach flagship. As the new retail concept rolls out into more locations, the men’s shoes and bags find their place in these men’s alcoves, set apart from the women’s bags and shoes in their own retail environment, which feature dark wood and oiled brass fixtures. For a brand that’s more often associated with suburban privilege than men’s goods, it’s a step in the right direction.

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Save Steal Splurge: the Bomber Jacket

Adding a little bit of menswear into your wardrobe mix is highly encouraged. After all, that Equipment blouse you’re always wearing — and always wanting another color — was inspired by a men’s shirt, right? But for every literal gender-bending swap, designers take men’s classics and add a femme twist, giving girls great options if they want to stay feminine and fun. Our favorite take on the trend? That would be the super girly bomber jacket. Instead of thick leather and Top Gun detailing, we’ve found bombers that are light as air and in buttery soft leather.

Paired with a dress, they’ve got that boy-meets-girl charm and with just about anything else, you’ll be cool as ice.

Save: Townsen Lady Bomber ($151.80)

Splurge: Milly Mesh Bomber Jacket ($595)

Splurge: Club Monaco Cicala Leather Bomber ($595)

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L.A. Favorite Mohawk General Store Expands with Mohawk Man

Mohawk Man

Since the store’s opening four and a half years ago, Mohawk General store has been bringing under-the-radar designers to the forefront of L.A.’s fashion scene. Kevin and Bo Carney, the husband and wife duo behind the store, sought to bring a global assortment of goods to discerning shoppers here in Los Angeles. This past holiday season, the pair even brought in home goods and gift items with the Mohawk Holiday Market in 2012, which brought together handmade terrariums and Mast Brothers chocolate bars. Now, the Mohawk family continues to grow with the debut of Mohawk Man, a guys-only retreat that brings the best of the menswear selection at Mohawk into its own spotlight.

Mohawk Man

Inside the airy, gallery-inspired store, there’s an actual gallery. The first exhibit, which is set to debut this Thursday, May 30th, features Los Angeles architecture as shot by Nicholas Alan Cope — alongside the edited selection of clothing that Mohawk is known for. Hailing from Japan are wallets and small accessories from Comme des Gar§ons, which share a table with Canadian label Want Les Essentials de la Vie’s rucksacks and soft-sided briefcases. Hanging below the photos are basics from well-known brands such as France’s beloved A.P.C.

and shoes from Generic Surplus.

The store isn’t all about overseas labels though, because among the global selection are American stalwarts such as Gitman Brothers Vintage and celeb favorite Save Khaki. And since Mohawk has always been an incubator for local labels, L.A. is represented by options from sunglass savant Garret Leight.

Mohawk Man

The store is a straightforward, no-frills shop. (It’s just a stone’s throw away from the existing Mohawk General Store.) It’s a refreshing change from the over-styled shops that are popping up everywhere, and guys will appreciate the straightforward blackened metal racks and no-nonsense merchandising. (But don’t be surprised to see a Mexican skull curio here or there.)

Mohawk Man also features a dedicated pop-up space for visiting designers. The first one to grace Mohawk Man is Our Legacy, a Swedish brand known for tailored goods and basics rendered in soft suede. And fittingly for L.A.’s more indie Eastside, the space also includes a DJ booth, which will satisfy the crowd of musicians, artists and fashion-minded men that have been frequenting Mohawk General Store since its inception.

Mohawk Man is located at 4017 West Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.mohawkgeneralstore.com.

Photos courtesy Mohawk Man

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Monday Muse: Linda Evangelista, Still Super at 49

Linda Evangelista by Terry Richardson

There are models that define a designer, a trend or maybe a decade in fashion, but there are the select few who define an entire generation. The supermodels of the ’80s and ’90s continue to be a touchstone to designers today, and their charisma, beauty and personalities are still a huge part of the fashion world today. One of our favorites, Linda Evangelista, celebrated her 49th birthday over the weekend, showing the entire world age really is just a number. Still stunning and still in high demand (she’s still the face of L’Oreal Paris and appeared recently in a Prada campaign), she’s showing us all that she’s still got it.

Linda Evangelista in George Michael’s “Freedom ’90”

Linda Evangelista, along with her coterie of model best friends, defined an era of fashion where embellishment and fun reigned supreme. They pranced down the runways hand-in-hand and played muse to the biggest names in fashion at the time: including Versace, Ungaro, Pucci and Gucci.

Evangelista was on the cover of just about every magazine and was the inspiration behind many a short haircut after she debuted her cropped ‘do. She even starred alongside the other supers in George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” music video, which proved that she and the other models were destined to be multimedia superstars.

Today, Evangelista continues to model and work with AIDS charities around the globe. She’s still stunning and still causing a stir, especially when she demanded over $46,000 a month for child support from billionaire Frenchman Fran§ois-Henri Pinault (husband of Salma Hayek). The two settled the child support battle out of court, but the $46,000 was on track to be the largest support order in the history of the family court according to reports.

What most will remember about Lind Evangelista, however,  might be her infamous line to Vogue, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” back in 1990. To celebrate the life of an iconic muse, we’ve chosen some of our favorite over-the-top pieces. From glam gowns to gotta-see-it-to-believe-it gator-clad glam, these picks are sure to get anyone — model muse or not — out of bed in a flash.

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Our Favorite Lariat Necklaces for Under $90

They’re a little bit ’70s, a little bit Jazz Age and a lot of glam. Lariat necklaces are one of the most fun ways you can add a major dose of glamour and bling to a look without going the usual statement necklace route. We love the look of these long, swingy necklaces with a low-cut top or over a maxi dress for a little bit of sparkle.

Another reason to love them? Most of them are adjustable, so you can make them shorter by doubling them up and tying them up high or you can keep them long and low if you want a more carefree, bohemian look. However you choose to wear yours, it’s sure to be a playful addition to any summertime outfit.