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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Ponytail Upgrade

If you know me personally at all, you’ll know I don’t necessarily have the best relationship with ponytails. Having medium hair length and tons of layers, it’s difficult for me to pull off a polished pony without tons of hairspray and pins involved. I’m also the type of person who hides behind her hair and uses it as a security blanket, so to speak, so I’m rarely seen in public with my hair pinned up or pulled back tightly away from my face. However, Refinery29 is quickly changing my mind about the iconic style by amping it up a bit. This edgy, beautiful ponytail style DIY is just one of many featured on the site, and it is inspiring me to give the style a second chance (since classic just ain’t cutting it). Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.

For step-by-step instructions on how to secure this look and others, visit Refinery29.com »



Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

My Favorite 66th Annual Emmy’s Picks

Being the devoted television lover that I am, I look forward to the Primetime Emmy Awards every single year. And being the fashion lover that I am, sometimes I look forward to the red carpet even more. This year I was a bit underwhelmed with the red carpet looks in general, but these few looks are definitely among my favorites of the bunch.

My stand-out dresses include that which was worn by the ADORABLE Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men (that kid seriously has good taste!) and the cream-colored tones in the dresses worn by Lucy Liu and Taylor Schilling. I also appreciated the pops of color in the dresses worn by Zooey Deschanel, Kerry Washington, Sarah Hyland, and Michelle Dockery. Plus, wasn’t Jon Hamm and his wife so adorable?!

What were your favorite looks from the Emmys?



Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Birchbox #10: August 2014

First of all, I cannot believe I’ve already hit my 10th Birchbox! Each month I say this, but I swear they just keep getting better and better as the company continues to grow. I was very excited about this box after seeing the sneak peek—I wanted absolutely everything from that video, and I loved that the theme was Lighten Up in the height of summer! After receiving my box a couple weeks ago, it’s safe to say I’ve given each sample and good go around. This box spawned three new favorite beauty favs for me, so now it’s time to share the highs and the lows!

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2014 Issue is Now Live!

I’m happy to announce that our Aug/Sept issue of Cliché Magazine is now officially LIVE with two gorgeous covers: Grammy Award-Winning Violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory!  Inside we feature tons of celebrity interviews from shows like Power and Chasing Life, looks at new fall fashion collections, and a recap of Warped Tour. Check it out for free on our website, and don’t forget to read my Ed Letter! http://clichemag.com/

Calling all aspiring journalists!
I’m also currently looking for interns to join our Cliché team! To see a list of current placement options, head on over to our Careers page and get in touch if you think you’re a great fit!

Now I want to hear from YOU!
Please let me know what you think of our new issue by messaging me on Tumblr, tweeting me @meganportorreal, or shooting me an email at megan@clichemag.com. I’d love to hear from you!



Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Betina Lou Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Collection

I am a big, big fan of the clothing brand Betina Lou—in fact, I’ve interviewed the designer about a few of her collections in previous issues of Cliché Magazine, and I always keep an eye out for other company news. So naturally when I got a press release from the company last month about the launch of their FW2014 collection, I knew I had to share it on my blog! 

Ranging from fabrics like flannelTencel, and Italian Merino wool in classic shades of navy, ivory, and burgundy, and now featuring accessories like tote bags, hats, and coats, the FW2014 collection is perfect for a timeless, ultra feminine look. My favorite pieces are the Margot navy wool coat, the Virginia short sleeve blouse and Beth shorts combo, and the Lauren navy dress. But seriously, I want them all!

The full Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection is coming soon to BetinaLou.com »



Thursday, August 21st, 2014

FabFitFun Summer 2014 VIP Box*

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing FabFitFun’s Summer 2014 VIP box. I’m a HUGE fan of beauty subscription boxes (you must recognize my Birchbox posts by now, right?) so naturally I was super excited about receiving this and writing a review for Cliché Magazine. And, honestly, I was blown away! For only $50, each person who buys the Summer VIP box receives over $240 worth of products—my favorites being the items above: the Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Zoya nail polish in “Thandie,” pur~lisse pur~protect SPF30, and Sonya Dakar Flash Facial (which even has Gwyneth Paltrow’s stamp of approval). And those Pop Chips were pretty damn good, too!

Visit ClicheMag.com to read my full review and get our special discount code! »



Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Instagram Roundup: Baltimore Edition

I recently went on a small little vacation to Baltimore with my boyfriend and had quite a nice time! We did some touristy things like visit every museum (and aquarium) we possibly could, had breakfast and dinner in the cutest local places, and hung out at Fells Point and the Inner Harbor. Here are some snaps that I posted on Instagram from our journey! I think my favorite part of the trip was just spending time alone with Erik, away from our state, away from our jobs, just seeing the sights and experiencing new things. I’ll tell you what, though: that seafood dinner we had was the best I’ve ever had!

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Castle in the Clouds

One of the features I enjoyed editing the most in Cliché Magazine’s June/July issue was the Castle in the Clouds Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook. It’s absolutely magical. The fabrics, patterns, and colors are so dreamy, and narrowing down the images for publication was so tough—so many of them are just gorgeous! The above shots are my absolute favorites, but if you check out our June/July issue, there’s tons more where that came from! And as an added bonus, we even interviewed the designers and ask them about what inspired such a dreamy collection.

Head on over to ClicheMag.com to read the full interview »



Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Here’s a little peek at what my workplace currently looks like! I’ve been working feverishly on editing/finalizing the Aug/Sept issue of Cliché Magazine, so my Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display has been my very best friend. My new Kate Spade planner helps me gather my thoughts and plans, and of course I have to have our June/July issue close at hand! Other products within reach are my iPhone 5 (perhaps my closest buddy), this Zoya nail polish in the shade “Megan” (for obvious reasons), Cate McNabb illuminizer in “Mother of Pearl,” and this Modern Muse perfume.
What does your workspace look like? Share a link, as I’m totally curious!

Here’s a little peek at what my workplace currently looks like! I’ve been working feverishly on editing/finalizing the Aug/Sept issue of Cliché Magazine, so my Macbook Pro w/ Retina Display has been my very best friend. My new Kate Spade planner helps me gather my thoughts and plans, and of course I have to have our June/July issue close at hand! Other products within reach are my iPhone 5 (perhaps my closest buddy), this Zoya nail polish in the shade “Megan” (for obvious reasons), Cate McNabb illuminizer in “Mother of Pearl,” and this Modern Muse perfume.

What does your workspace look like? Share a link, as I’m totally curious!



Friday, August 8th, 2014

Kate Spade Set the Stage 2015 Agenda

If you know me at all, you know I love planners—for years. Obsessed with organizing and writing to-do lists, I’ve always kept a planner to help sort out my busy life. In grade school I kept one to sort out homework assignments and television show schedules, and now in adulthood I keep one for deadlines, appointments, and errands. I’ve had my sights set on this particular Kate Spade 17-month agenda for quite some time, and at last, it is mine! I seriously can’t wait to fill this up with my day-to-day activities—it is the cutest thing ever.