Cate Blanchett continues to lend her gorgeous face to SK-II by attending a promotional event earlier today (July 22) in Shanghai, China.
Opting for a clean, fresh look perfect for allowing that glowing skin to be the centre of attention, the Australian actress wore an Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture white embroidered lace dress with scalloped trims and three-quarter-length sleeves which she styled with nude pumps and diamond jewels.
As always, there is a sense of effortlessness about this look. She couldn’t look more regal if she tried.
I believe this may be the first time Cate has worn Elie Saab (please correct me if I’m wrong); it was worth the wait, don’t you agree?
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Disclaimer: Julia DiNardo, or anyone at IFB for that matter are not attorneys. This post should not be considered legal advice.
How exciting! A brand just confirmed you for a campaign and are elated. Yippee! Congrats! Dreams DO come true! You are getting paid! Now a W-9 and a contract arrive in your inbox, and although you shouldn’t have a tremendous sense of fear when dealing with this contract, you shouldn’t quickly skim and sign it either. For years, I have dealt with contracts and specifically blogging-related ones. I’ve settled into a routine of what to look for in the contract, and when to raise the alarm.
I’ve discovered that most contracts tend to lay out pretty much the same terms, but you should ALWAYS read everything over before signing just to be sure you are comfortable with everything and you aren’t expected to do something you didn’t originally agree to do.Look for The Deliverables
As mentioned above, your laundry list of items, which, for a blog campaign will most likely include:
- a post and social media (from you)
- a hashtag and social media handles to use (from the brand)
- links, a tracking code
- brand logo or image
The contract should always list the deliverables. Usually deliverables can be found on the first or last page, and outlines, usually in bullet format, all that you have agreed to do. Make sure that the contract lists the specifics; for example, the due dates for each of these items, and how many times you post on social media per platform. It’s always great to have these items in writing, ideally via an email, but for your protection they really must be found in the contract as well.
I can’t tell you how many times that in the 11th hour of something about to go live or already live, after the contract has been signed that other “requests” for the campaign get sent my way. You’ve already taken the right measures by making sure that the agreed upon terms were in the contract, which means that now the power is in your hands to negotiate for more money, or to say no to these new add-ons.Make a List of All of the Items that Need Explaining as You Read Through It
Gosh is it easy to get caught up in the minutiae of contracts and honestly, to let your eyes glaze over as the language can be, um, a bit dull. As I read through the contract- I keep a sticky, either an actual hard copy one or one on my computer desktop to jot down the section, sentence in question, and what I’m unsure of, so I can quickly paste it all into an email to the brand/agency before signing it. Also look out for misspellings of your information, such as your name and address, so that the payment process goes smoothly, and don’t be shy about asking for corrections.
Are there certain items that you just can’t agree to? Chances are if you speak to your contact/issuer of the contract; they will be willing to work with you on it. The first time I signed a contract that briskly asked me to waive my “worldwide, non-exclusive, fully-paid, royalty-free license to use to telecast, copy, perform, display, edit, distribute, link to and otherwise exploit the deliverable, or any portion thereof, and any ideas, concepts, or know how contained therein…” I was taken aback and almost feel off of my chair. “Wow – I’m totally being taken advantage of!” “This is brazen and ridiculous!” “How can they do this?” and “Why would I ever agree to this?”thoughts flooded through my head, but as I’ve gone on to sign several dozen contracts since, I’ve learned that this is a pretty standard term. I’ve never felt 100% content with it, but on the other hand, to my knowledge, it’s never been put into practice either.Beyond the Actual Work: Call-Outs To Look For
Make sure that you understand the requirements when it comes to confidentiality, and if there are any competitor restrictions and for how long. and who/what is considered a competing brand (for example: if you do a campaign with Saks Fifth Avenue, then you can’t do one with a competitor, like Neiman Marcus, for three months). Also make sure that somewhere in the contract it is understood that you will disclose this is a paid/sponsored opportunity, due to the FTC guidelines., and the language that you will use. Believe it or not, I’ve experienced several attempts by brands to get around this, which is completely non-negotiable.Get Someone Else, Anyone Else, to Look Over the Contract
It’s incredibly easy to miss potentially questionable components of a contract, and it never hurts to have an extra set of eyeballs to help you out.
If you can afford legal counsel, it’s always good to have a professional review your contract. If you cannot afford legal counsel, perhaps you have a family member, close friend, or significant other with legal experience and wouldn’t mind doing you a skinny now and then, I’m sure they would be glad to lend a hand.
I have yet to ask my newly minted lawyer brother for help, since the past 10+ years I’ve been relying on whoever can give about 20 minutes and a diligent eye to it. Mentors and/or parents can be very helpful, since they are predisposed to ALWAYS be looking out for your best interest, but the minimum requirement for who to ask to look one over is just someone who cares about you. If you don’t feel comfortable asking someone you know, you may be able to get free small business legal counseling services in your community that you can enlist for help as well.
Can you offer some additional pointers for dealing with contracts?
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Karen Gillan joined her co-stars, including Zoe Saldana, for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ LA premiere held at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday (July 21) in Hollywood, California.
Opting for demure sophistication in an eye-catching shade, the British actress wore a Prada Fall 2014 violet organza dress featuring a luxurious sheer yoke and sleeves which was accented with a gold waistband and neckline.
Like every other starlet in Hollywood, Karen has also fallen for the charms of Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Nudist’ sandals, which are slowly edging past most-worn shoe of the year, to most-worn shoe of all time.
Jennifer Meyer jewels, glossy nude lips and a funky hairdo rounded out her look.
Lily Rabe attended the screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘Magic In The Moonlight’ held at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on Monday (July 21) in Hollywood, California.
The actress wore a Katharine Kidd Spring 2014 button-up blouse and pleated skirt in the same grey hue, which she styled with Jimmy Choo nude pumps and Sethi Couture jewels.
As you know, I love a pop of colour and one of my least favourite colours is grey, so I am struggling with this one, mostly because it all appears to blend into one. But that is not to say that she is not very well-dressed – because she is.
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Du prêt-à-porter masculin inspiré par la danse classique ??? Je dis ouiiii.
J’ai vraiment un gros faible pour le pantalon fluide en soie porté avec un t-shirt drapé et un blazer sophistiqué de la dernière collection homme de Dries. Je suis hyper inspirée par sa vision du P/E15. J’adore les tissus ultra-séduisants associés aux tons et à l’esprit superposition du vestiaire de la danse.
Franchement, une silhouette baryshnikovesque qui croiserait mon chemin, je dirais pas non…
So my girls over at Girls Off Fifth were going to Morocco and had bought this amazing crop from Topshop that was just so fitting. I fell in love with the crochet details and the neckline and literally had to run to Topshop to find one of the last ones in my size. I wore it for a night out, immediately wore it again the next morning and wanted to wear it again and again. Can you blame me?
Topshop crop top vintage cutoffsMIRLO hand cuffLust Covet Desire denim toteMadewell 1937 sandals
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Voilà un petit aperçu de mes affaires préférées, que j’ai emmenées en vacances…
Bien sûr, toujours beaucoup de blanc, comme ce chemisier super cool et mes sneakers Common Projects, mais aussi un short en jean, idéal pour une partie de jokari. Mais bon, comme je suis en Grèce, et il a bien fallu que j’ajoute un peu de couleur à tout ça, donc j’ai aussi pris cette jupe rose Isabel M. et mon une-pièce orange Eres.
Un cabas tout simple, un paréo brodé, ma ceinture Sonia Rykiel dorée que j’ai depuis toujours, ces belles B.O. en corail Aurélie B. et un petit kit à aquarelle au cas où je trouverais l’inspiration ! J’ai aussi emmené ma ligne d’écriture, je l’adore !!
Bon, ok , ma valise ne pesait peut-être pas 22,3 kilos quand j’ai eu fini d’ajouter tous les autres trucs qui ne sont pas en photo, mais je voulais juste partager avec vous mes pièces préférées !!
I love how girls in Rimini wear makeup and jewelry in the pool or at the beach without a second thought.
The actress wore a black and white Emporio Armani velvet dress styled with Brian Atwood black pumps and Suzanne Kalan jewels.
Setting aside the velvet-in-summer aspect of this frock, I’m not a fan of the ruffled neckline.
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The guests were not only invited to enjoy the delicious spread, but they were also encouraged to shop the Revolve Clothing goodies on the racks. This was temporarily hampered when the power went out along the Malibu coast, but being the tech savvy shoppers that they are, the ladies continued to shop using their mobile flashlights.
Jaime King: The hostess rocked a T by Alexander Wang two-piece featuring a long-sleeve crop top and pencil skirt which she styled with a matching bold red lip and Saint Laurent black pumps, undeterred that a similar look has been worn twice before by Zoe Kravitz and Kat Graham. For a thrice outing, she totally rocked this look.
Katharine McPhee: Giving a mannish approach to the LWD summer trend, the actress donned a Haute Hippie tuxedo dress with a satin shawl collar and drape construction which made for a super sexy look. Styling her outfit with her favourite Alejandra G sandals and adding a pop of colour via her Serapian clutch, she completed her look with a pretty pink lip colour.
Lydia Hearst: Working a boho-inspired look, the socialite wore a Marchesa Voyage printed maxi wrap dress with a tie waist. I love the addition of the iridescent metallic-green Jimmy Choo clutch which draws out the green hue in her dress.
Jamie Chung: Sporting a well-put-together effortless look, the actress donned a Lovers + Friends striped top with a fringed Reformation skirt, with a white IRO leather jacket slung over her shoulders and a watercolour blue and white clutch rounding out her look.
Which is your favourite look?
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The Ice Cream Sandwich Trick
For the longest time, I’ve wanted to try some of the most popular pins on Pinterest and see whether they work or not. Some just seem too good to be true. When I saw a certain ice cream sandwich trick circulating around my favorite inspiration site, I knew I had to try it myself. The original photo I saw showed a girl cutting through a cardboard pint of ice cream, created circular discs of ice cream. She then placed the ice cream in between two cookies and had her ice cream sandwich, easy as that. So, I bought my supplies and put this popular pin to the test…
You will need:
- 1 carton of ice cream of your flavor of choice (I used strawberry, vanilla bean, and green tea)
- 8 large cookies of your flavor choice (I used some delicious creations by Lauren Lowstan)
- large knife
makes four servings
1. First, use your knife to make an incision in your ice cream pint, dragging it vertically from the top of the pint to the bottom. It’s easiest to follow the line where the cardboard meets and overlaps.
2. Using your knife, cut through about a fourth of the way into the ice cream carton. I found that the best discs for my large cookies came from cutting the top of the pint because that’s where it’s thicker. Cut all the way through until you have a disc.
3. Peel the cardboard off of the ice cream starting with the incision you made.
4. Then simply place the ice cream disc on one of the cookies, put a second cookie on top, and you have your ice cream sandwich.
I will say that this trick did end up working, and it turned out pretty great! But like I suspected, it wasn’t quite as easy as Pinterest made it seem. Here are a few of my tips for perfecting this trick:
- Make sure the first incision you make (the vertical one from top to bottom) is deep enough that you will be able to peel off the cardboard once you have you disc.
- Keep your ice cream in the freezer until the minute before you are ready to make your sandwiches. You want them to be totally frozen when you are cutting, or else they will melt and won’t cut through as well. I made this mistake and my ice cream was a little melted by the time I tried to cut my last disc.
- Put your sandwiches back in the freezer for about 30 minutes after they are assembled so that they stay frozen. You can also make a bunch in advance and put them in plastic baggies to have on hand when you need a dessert in a pinch!
Now I want to know…
What flavors will you make with this ice cream sandwich trick?
If you give this trick a try, leave your review in the comments below so I can see what worked and didn’t work for you.
Photos: Yoni Goldberg for LaurenConrad.com
Zoe Levin joined Hannah Simone on the red carpet for the FOX All-Star Party 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour held at Soho House on Sunday (July 20) in West Hollywood, California.
The actress wore a Camilla and Marc Spring 2014 drop-waist dress with a high neckline, 3/4-length sleeves and lightly padded shoulders, cut from a textured material in a monochromatic leopard print.
If the look appears busy, that may be a result of the clashing backdrop, as she styled the look simply with black Jimmy Choo sandals and a sleek low ponytail.
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All of us here at LC.com can admit to being a little bit Instagram obsessed… from pretty pictures of peonies to stunning sunsets, we find ourselves checking our Insta feed a little too frequently. And don’t get me wrong, I love to see photos of a delicious meal or my friends’ footwear… but I have to say, my absolute favorite accounts to follow on Insta are animals.
Whether it’s a dog in a costume, a bunny wearing a bowtie or even a pig taking a shower (scroll to #7 to see what I’m talking about), I can’t get enough. So to add a little extra cuteness to your Instagram, I’ve rounded up the top 10 animals that will instantly up your feed’s cuteness factor. And I will admit, it was very tough to narrow it down to the top 10 cutest Insta-animals for today’s blog (this could have been a Tuesday 200…), but I had to make some tough cuts. Take a look, and prepare for lots and lots of cuteness.
Samson the Goldendoodle’s Instagram pictures are almost too cute for words. He frequently naps with his twin (a stuffed animal bear named Bea), looks absolutely adorable in a raincoat, enjoys swimming, and is all-around amazing.
This account follows the lives of three house bunnies: Eddie, Marbles & Olive. Individually they’re all adorable, but when they cuddle together it’s almost too much.
3. Maddie of @ThisWildIdea
We’ve featured Maddie in a couple of Friday Favorites, so she was a no-brainer when it came to putting this list together. She’s a pro at standing on small objects, can balance anything on her nose (spoons, fried eggs, small cacti, etc.), and loves donuts as much as we do.
Like Samson, Utacci also has a twin stuffed animal that she enjoys napping with. She’s a big fan of festive headwear, has quite the costume collection, and is just so cute it’s hard to believe she’s real.
I started following Tuna a couple years ago, and he is still one of my favorite insta-animals. Tuna is a “chiweenie” with an adorable overbite and the cutest shriveled neck I’ve ever seen. He also looks great in a bowtie, which is always a plus.
6. @ChinnyBuddy aka Mr. Bagel
The fact that this chinchilla’s name is Mr. Bagel immediately makes him that much cuter. He’s a fan of grocery shopping, ice-cold beverages and washing his hands in his tiny chinchilla-sized sink.
Jamon takes the cake when it comes to cute pigs on Instagram. Like Utacci, Jamon also has a large collection of costumes, enjoys a long, hot shower, and has the cutest curly tail out there.
This little French bulldog has coined the hashtag #UpsidedownTuesday thanks to his affinity for napping on his back. He loves to cozy up with a good book and enjoys dressing up in festive outfits for holidays (and sometimes just for fun).
9. @Mumitan aka Pui
Pui is an insta-bunny who takes dressing up in costumes very seriously. He lives in Tokyo and his owner makes all of his costumes for him. Impressive!
This little lady’s insta is all about her facial expressions. Unlike some other Insta animals (no offense, Pui), Bub doesn’t rely on fancy costumes to get likes. She’s a natural beauty, and her photos equal instant happiness.
And there we have it! Follow these 10 adorable animals and your Instagram feed is guaranteed to get a whole lot cuter. And also, make sure you’re following Lauren on Instagram (@LaurenConrad), because her pups Chloe and Fitz happen to be two of the cutest dogs out there.
Did I leave any off of the list?
Let me know who your must-follow Insta animals are in the comments, and I’ll make sure to check them out.
Diane Kruger has been very busy of late with her promotional effort for her TV show ‘The Bridge’.
On Monday (July 21) she sat on the panel during the FX Network’s portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in California wearing a gorgeous Roksanda Resort 2015 sleeveless dress.
Featuring bold colour-blocking to bring vibrancy and dimension to the asymmetrical draping on the mid-length skirt, she styled the look with two-tone pink and black Dior strappy sandals.
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Hannah Simone attended the FOX All-Star Party 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour held at Soho House on Sunday (July 20) in West Hollywood, California.
The actress tapped into BCBG Max Azria’s girly aesthetic wearing a pretty cream sleeveless scallop dress with contrast black floral lace details.
With the thick black waistband accent, the black T-bar pumps perhaps don’t feel too heavy.
I love the pretty fuchsia lip which rounded out this look.
There were plenty of fellas taking to the red carpet last night (July 21). Here is a quick roundup.
Daniel Radcliffe: The British actor attended ‘The F Word’ premiere held at Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, Canada. He looked as sharp as ever, donning a blue-black suit from Saint Laurent, keeping the mood fairly relaxed by opting to go sans tie. Christian Louboutin flats rounded out his sleek look.
Chris Pratt: Joining his lovely wife Anna Faris and Zoe Saldana at the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ LA premiere, Chris showed off his new sculptured body wearing a SAND Copenhagen grey suit. Styled with a light-pink shirt, navy textured tie, polka-dot pocket square and Chopard Mille Miglia rose-gold timepiece, the actor has never looked better.
Chadwick Boseman: The handsome actor wore a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure dark cobalt blue and burgundy glen plaid two-button notch lapel suit with a pale lavender shirt, navy and burgundy neck tie and a burgundy pocket square to the premiere of ‘Get On Up’ in New York City. This look made me swoon; from the colour combo to the impeccably tailored fit.
Bradley Cooper: The actor opted to dress down for the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ LA premiere wearing a green Dolce & Gabbana leather bomber jacket styled with Todd Snyder trousers, a black tee and Redwing boots. The water stains on his tee are turning me off this look.
Zachery Levi: The recently married actor kept to his usually super-sharp style donning a Kent & Curwen by Simon Spurr green and grey check suit. Adding green accents such as the tie and pin kept the look on track, with brown Chelsea boots rounding out his look.
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