5 Shoe Styles You Should Never Wear on a First Date

He finally asked you out, now what?! It’s time to figure out what you will wear on your first date. Although we would like to believe that most guys pay no attention to what we are wearing, there are a few who actually take notes. You definitely don’t want to make the mistake of turning off your crush on the first date by wearing overly suggestive garments or shoes he might find hideous. Always opt for simple, classic shoe options.  Here are five shoe styles you might want to stay away from on the first date. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him (and possibly her)

Just when we thought that the gift-giving season was over, here comes Valentine’s Day– as if we’re still not recovering from all the Christmas spending.  Don’t worry there’s still time, but now is a good idea to start thinking of gift ideas for the guy in your life.  Yes, guy.  Despite Valentine’s Day being marketed towards women, it’s a day to express you love and adoration for that special guy as well.  Not sure what to get him?  Try shopping for 2-in1 and/or unisex gifts you both can enjoy.  Here are 5 simple Valentine Day gifts ideas.


Reservations at a new restaurant:  Take the pressure off your guy this year, take charge and make reservations at a new restaurant you both have been dying to try. Don’t forget the wine and dessert!  Head over to Opentable.com and make those reservations! Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

Now that we’ve survived the Christmas and holiday season, it’s time to keep the festivities rolling as we party and cheers to the New Year. I say put on your shiniest of garments — anything sequins — and have fun with your look. When in doubt about what to wear for New Years Eve, go for the bling factor. Whether it’s a flashy short mini dress, a luminous blazer, or shoes that dazzle, celebrate the New Year sparkling like the champagne that’ll be overflowing in your glass.  Here are three New Year’s Eve party outfit ideas to keep you shining brightly into the New Year! Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For the New Guy in Your Life

Shopping for the guy in your life can be tough, but when the guy in your life is new, barely two months, coming up with gift ideas can be even more challenging. You don’t want to appear as if you’re buying your way into his heart by spending too much, nor do you want him to think that he doesn’t matter at all with just a measly key chain. After all, you actually do like him and want to see where things lead. So, what kind of gift do you buy a guy of two months? I say go practical, funny and under $30. Here are five simple and cool gift ideas for that guy who isn’t quite your boyfriend, yet. Continue reading

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9 Must-Have Items for Winter

Despite experiencing the wrath of old man winter, the season has yet to officially start. Fortunately, there’s still time for you to update your closet with a few winter must-haves before he really gets here on December 22. Just because the forecast may not be looking its best, there’s no need for you not to. Here are nine winter must-haves to keep you stylishly warm this season.


This fall/winter season the cape makes another strong appearance as a must-have outerwear piece.  It’s a great layering item that can be worn over extremely thick sweaters and pullovers. It is also a great piece to layer over another jacket for extra warmth.

(L to R) Chris & Jamie (barneys.com, $275), Anthroplogie (anthropologie.com, $80), J.Crew (net-a-porter.com, $200) Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes with Designer Nicholas K at Lucky Shops

The scene at Lucky Shops this past weekend was far from tranquil, but amidst the chaos, Hpnotiq found time to chat with Nicholas Kunz, one-half of the label Nicholas K, to chat about her latest line, the items in her closet she can’t live without and the mantra she chooses to live by.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest line?

It evolved when we were searching for an upstate cabin and I was thinking about what I wanted to wear up there. The line reflects upstate in that it is very woodsy, a little more romantic and outdoorsy. Continue reading

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Red Carpet Interviews From Lucky Shops New York Event

Shopping extraordinaires from all over New York City filled Highline Stages this weekend for Lucky magazine’s ultimate shopping extravaganza, Lucky Shops. Ladies who who were fortunate to purchase tickets to the sold out event were able to choose from special deals from a long list of designers, which included Rachel Roy, Foley + Corinna, Tracy Reese, Elizabeth & James, Alex Woo, Commando, Yumi Kim and more. And let’s not forget the celebrities!

Hpnotiq was lucky enough to score some time with a few stars to talk about their fashion favorites and how they choose to “live louder!” Check out what they had to say below.

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Enter to Win Tickets to Lucky Shops Event This Weekend

Lucky Magazine’s annual shopping extravaganza event is taking place this weekend (Nov 4-Nov 6)with up to 70 percent off designer deals.

This year’s vendors include Rachel Roy, Tracey Reese, Foley + Corinna, Alex Woo, Autumn Cashmere, Yumi Kim, Charlotte Ronson, Commando, Milly, Miss Me, Elizabeth & James, Decades, Hunter Dixon, HSN and more. If you haven’t bought tickets yet — which range from $15 to $30 — then you’re in luck!

Hpnotiq is giving away TWO free tickets to one lucky follower on Twitter. All you have to do is make sure you’re following us on Twitter, 21 or older and tweet #livelouder with @luckyshopsny. For more details about the event, vist the Lucky Shops website.

Get to tweeting!

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Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month In Style

We have a sneaky suspicion that there are more shopaholics out there than marathon runners. We also know that most folks would rather luxuriate in their own homes than pound the pavement. If you’re like us and fall into either or both of these categories, then we have some good news for you.

As October comes to a close, there’s still time to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and support finding a cure. But let’s face it, we haven’t registered for any BCA walks and don’t have plans to (kudos to those who are). Yet there are ways, for those of us who prefer the luxe life to the sweaty life, to support breast cancer charities right from the comfort of our own homes. These 13 luxury products are sure to enhance your lifestyle while doing some good — providing funding for breast cancer research because a cure is long overdue! Continue reading

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5 Items You Can Borrow From Your Man’s Closet

With so many fashion-forward men running around these days, getting inspiration from your beau’s closet has gotten that much easier — that is if you’re lucky enough to be dating one that is style savvy. Whether or not your man spends his spare time dog-earring pages of GQ and Details magazines or surfing through his favorite men’s fashion blog for inspiration, he’s bound to have a few basic pieces that you’ll be able to borrow and use for your own instant wardrobe inspiration.

Here are 5 items to you can borrow from your guy’s closet with ease: Continue reading

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