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During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!
— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!

— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Currently on Marianne Mychaskiw’s (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor) desk—a delightful hoard of beauty products ranging from vibrant nail lacquers to shimmery shadows.
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Currently on Marianne Mychaskiw’s (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor) desk—a delightful hoard of beauty products ranging from vibrant nail lacquers to shimmery shadows.

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting
A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.
So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 
"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 
What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 
The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting

A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.

So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 

"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 

What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 

The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Men in Sneakers
Contrary to popular belief, there are men in our office, too. And, as is custom at a fashion magazine, these guys are sporting some seriously fashionable footwear (of the flat variety). By total coincidence, three of our male staffers showed up to work wearing vibrant sporty sneakers. Read the story behind their kicks below: 
Alex Reside (InStyle.com Photo Editor) in Air Jordan
"I got sneaker fever last year when Jordan re-released the original color way of Jordan 3’s. I sat at my computer frantically refreshing as they sold out in seconds. I feel like it’s something about wanting what you can’t have that drove me crazy. So crazy, in fact, that I woke up on several Saturday mornings (when Jordans are typically released) and refreshed my browser at 8 a.m. hoping to catch a pair. I missed out on the Jordan 3 Retro “Fear Pack”, the Jordan 11 Retro “Gamma Blue”, and the Jordan 5 Retro “Oreo”. Sure, I overslept a few times and only have myself to blame, but after months of waiting for the right release for me, I finally came across the Air Jordan 2 Retro “Concord,” which looking back, was definitely the right choice.”
Thomas Waller (InStyle Accessories Editor) in ADIDAS
"This style is called the ‘Rod Laver’ and the color is new for ADIDAS. I don’t really wear a lot of color, but I do love a colorful pop by way of a shoe, especially in the summer."
E.J. Briones (InStyle Fashion Assistant) in Valentino
"My penchant for shoes is undeniable. So when I saw these Valentino camouflage-print sneakers in the latest collection, I knew I had to have them. By taking a traditional army print and combining it with vibrant colors like sky blue and red, the label gives these sneakers an inherently modern look. And with a row of Valentino’s trademark studs on the heel, they are definitely made to stand out.”
Photo credit: Alex Reside and Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Men in Sneakers

Contrary to popular belief, there are men in our office, too. And, as is custom at a fashion magazine, these guys are sporting some seriously fashionable footwear (of the flat variety). By total coincidence, three of our male staffers showed up to work wearing vibrant sporty sneakers. Read the story behind their kicks below: 

Alex Reside (InStyle.com Photo Editor) in Air Jordan

"I got sneaker fever last year when Jordan re-released the original color way of Jordan 3’s. I sat at my computer frantically refreshing as they sold out in seconds. I feel like it’s something about wanting what you can’t have that drove me crazy. So crazy, in fact, that I woke up on several Saturday mornings (when Jordans are typically released) and refreshed my browser at 8 a.m. hoping to catch a pair. I missed out on the Jordan 3 Retro “Fear Pack”, the Jordan 11 Retro “Gamma Blue”, and the Jordan 5 Retro “Oreo”. Sure, I overslept a few times and only have myself to blame, but after months of waiting for the right release for me, I finally came across the Air Jordan 2 Retro “Concord,” which looking back, was definitely the right choice.”

Thomas Waller (InStyle Accessories Editor) in ADIDAS

"This style is called the ‘Rod Laver’ and the color is new for ADIDAS. I don’t really wear a lot of color, but I do love a colorful pop by way of a shoe, especially in the summer."

E.J. Briones (InStyle Fashion Assistant) in Valentino

"My penchant for shoes is undeniable. So when I saw these Valentino camouflage-print sneakers in the latest collection, I knew I had to have them. By taking a traditional army print and combining it with vibrant colors like sky blue and red, the label gives these sneakers an inherently modern look. And with a row of Valentino’s trademark studs on the heel, they are definitely made to stand out.”

Photo credit: Alex Reside and Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the LA Office: Diamond Class with Alora Diamond Co.

Last week, the West Coast Bureau was treated to a visit from Susanna Davidov, fine jewelry designer at Alora Diamond Co., who brought in some serious bling and helped us live out our dreams of being princesses by letting us play dress up with jewelry from her current collection, as well as some of her stunning one-of-a-kind estate pieces. The collection is made up of necklaces, bracelets, rings, and watches, ranging from the everyday to the ultra-luxurious.

Before parting ways, Susanna gave the West Coast editors a diamond class to teach us everything we need to know about a girl’s best friend! Here’s a recap of what we learned:

Diamonds are graded according to the four Cs: 

Carat weight: Contrary to popular belief, carats denote the weight of a stone, not the size. This means that due to differences in density, two stones can both be one carat but appear different sizes.

Clarity: The clarity of a stone is determined by inclusions, which occur within the stone, and blemishes, which are on the stone’s surface. Clarity makes a significant impact on the price of the stone but does not affect diamond brilliance.

Color: Near colorless stones command the highest prices. A diamond’s setting can affect the appearance of color. A white gold or platinum setting will enhance the whiteness of a colorless stone. If the stone has a yellowish tint, a yellow gold setting may help mask the yellow tint, making the stone appear whiter.

Cut: Diamonds are cut to maximize the play of light within the stone. If a stone is poorly cut, light is lost through bottom or sides of it, reducing the liveliness and brilliance of the stone. 

—Tiffany Faure, Editorial Assistant, InStyle LA office