Top 5 Ways to Dress Like Mindy Kaling

 

Actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling has seriously upped her fashion game since she appeared on Audrey‘s cover a few years ago. Credit her stylist on one of our fave shows, The Mindy Project, but Kaling’s been taking more risks with some seriously inspirational results. Best of all, she’s showing all of us that we can rock the trends with the best of ‘em, curves and all.


1. Crop Tops

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Seriously, who says you have to be model thin (or 20?) to rock the crop top-high waisted skirt trend? Kaling is spot-on and gorgeous in this emerald outfit by Topshop. It’s all about that sliver of skin and below-the-knee length that makes this trend do-able for all ages and sizes.


2. Riotous Prints

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Thanks to the last five years of surreal, eye-popping prints courtesy of designers Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, loud clashing prints are now everywhere. Thanks to Kaling (and her to-die-for dress by Clover Canyon), loud clashing prints are clearly for everyone.


3. In Your Face Color

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If you haven’t learned anything from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind awards season wardrobe, learn this now: super saturated color looks gorgeous head-to-toe. Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have Kaling’s skintone, in which case, every super saturated color looks amazing on you — no accessories necessary.


4. Bell Skirts

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No one can go wrong with a bell-shaped skirt with a cinched in waist and colorful heels, regardless of size. It’s perhaps the greatest camouflager ever. For a more of-the-moment update, try one in a just-below-the-knee length paired with your loudest heels.


5. A Body-Skimming Shift (Plus Punk Rock Shoes)

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Some commentators have dissed Kaling’s spiky red booties, but we adore the look. Punk rock booties are the perfect foil to a girly black shift dress. An outfit always looks better (and more fashion-y) with one slightly-off twist or element of edge. Bravo, Mindy!

Hot Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List: Ko Lanta, Thailand

 

In Audrey‘s Summer 2014 issue, we asked five tastemakers to give us a glimpse into their must-go destinations around the world. Here, Audrey EIC, Anna M. Park, shares one of her favorite places, Ko Lanta, Thailand.

Travel philosophy: Where next?

Why: An island two hours away from Krabi (an hour by car, another hour by speedboat) on the Andaman Sea, Ko Lanta has just enough amenities to make it a vacation without the massive crowds now ubiquitous in most Thailand beach spots.

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Stay: Pimalai Resort and Spa reigns over a stunning stretch of almost-isolated beach on a gorgeous cove. Sunsets are to die for and service is impeccable. We had just gotten off an all-day boat tour of the surrounding islands when we realized we had left our sandals in the boat. (The boat was long gone to the next hotel.) We informed the front desk and by the time we were only halfway to our villa, one of the hotel staff had our sandals in hand.

The two-bungalow villa at Pimalai Resort.

The two-bungalow villa at Pimalai Resort.

Eat: If staying at Pimalai, forgo the hotel restaurant and try the restaurant down the beach called Same Same But Different. At night, it’s dark so look out for their brightly lit bamboo sculptures in front. I’ve never seen a bartender take such care in making a mojito (a good one, too), and they’ll prepare the fresh fish of the day any way you like. Prepare for a wait if you don’t have a reservation.

Rustic beachfront restaurant Same Same But Different offering fresh fish prepared any way you like and the best mojito on the island.

Rustic beachfront restaurant Same Same But Different offering fresh fish prepared any way you like and the best mojito on the island.

Do: Rent a scooter and head over to the smaller island Ko Lanta Noi via car ferry. On the other side of the island, hire a long-tail boat to take you to Ko Talabeng, a breathtaking limestone island replete with hidden caves, deserted stretches of white sand and stunning coves. You’ll likely be the only ones around. Afterwards, get a $10 60-minute massage offered everywhere.

The deserted island of Talabeng -- pull up on your own little sandbar.

The deserted island of Talabeng — pull up on your own little sandbar.

Unforgettable: As we scooted around the island, we found a small handmade sign advertising food. After climbing down a hill, we found a rustic wooden platform perched precariously over a cliff. A young woman emerged from the adjacent shack — we could hear her kids inside — and took our order. Watching the sunset while slurping down the spicy, sour, ubiquitous tom yum goong soup in this gem of a find was heaven.

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This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here. 

Hot Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List: Geena Dabadghav’s Florence, Italy

In Audrey‘s Summer 2014 issue, we asked five tastemakers to give us a glimpse into their must-go destinations around the world. Here, chief technology officer of the online women’s travel magazine and community Girls That Roam Geena “Super G” Dabadghav shares her favorite place, Florence, Italy.

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Travel philosophy: Land somewhere and explore everything.

Why: The experience of Florence — the food, the people, the markets — is so unique that the combination of it all makes me want to return to live there.

Do: Florence is one of Italy’s bas- tions of art and culture. Here you can take in where sculptor Michelangelo and poet Dante Alighieri lived and are laid to rest. Marvel at the impressive artwork at Il Duomo di Firenze, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Uffizi Gallery. Explore the local boutiques and galleries along the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Eat and drink your way through Florence and work off the calories climbing the steps up Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Stay: Hotel Dante, a charming yet modern place to stay, tucked away just off Piazza Santa Croce. If you want to please your literary friend in love with E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View (and Merchant Ivory’s acclaimed adaptation thereof), the Villa di Maiano, which has been the location of several notable films, is the place to stay.

Eat: Ristorante Osteria Zio Gigi. I couldn’t get enough of their spaghetti and veal and beef meatballs, lightly covered in a tomato sauce. It’s indescribable — you just have to taste it.

Bring: To really get to know Florence, you must walk around and discover things on your own, as guidebooks and online research barely scratch the surface. Learn Italian enough to travel comfortably since only some of the locals speak a little English. Most of the locals are nice, so bring your sense of humor and adventure, especially when it comes to communicating, and expect to slow down. A meal in Italy is an experience and an art form that lasts for hours, topped off by some of the best gelato in the world.

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here

Jamaica-born Geena “Super G” Dabadghav is the chief technology officer of the online women’s travel magazine and community Girls That Roam. Dabadghav has tra- versed all over the world, from India, where her family originated and she lived briefly, to more than 15 countries, including Ethiopia, Japan and Honduras. An admirer of Middle Eastern food, she still wants to see Greece and hopes to live in Italy one day. geena

Editor’s Beauty Picks: Summer 2014 Issue

We feature dozens of beauty products every issue, but this is the post that’ll tell you what we’re really coveting for ourselves here at Audrey. Check out the best of our Summer 2014 issue:


Rodial Glamstick

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These tinted butters go on super smooth (like butta); contain vitamin E, cocoa butter and hyaluronic acid spheres, which attract water to the skin; and smell amazingly like coconut. The colors may look bright (my favorite is Psycho, a rosy coral that looks a lot like Korean actress Jeon Ji-Hyeon’s famed lip color from the mega-hit Korean drama My Love From the Stars), but they go on creamy and sheer — perfect for summer.


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+

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Audrey‘s art director is obsessed with Iope’s new Air Cushion XP SPF 50+, a liquid foundation in a compact that also provides SPF 50 protection. If you can’t find it online, try the BB Cushion from Laneige, its sister company. They’re both made with their signature signature mineral water, but Laneige is now available at Target.

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Get amazingly dewy skin like Yulia Saparniyazova at Tracy Reese.

 


 

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

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These cleansing cloths (the cotton is certified organic in Japan) are just so good. They’re not oily like some, and they don’t even feel that wet, which is amazing considering how well they remove makeup and even sunscreen. (And they’re the perfect size for getting at every corner of your face.) Infused with nutrient-rich thermal water from the Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan and white birch sap, harvested for only three weeks in early spring, these cloths are on my short list of beauty products I’d actually buy.

 


M.A.C Alluring Aquatic Lipstick in Pet Me, Please

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At first I thought this frosty nude was a bit too Miami old folks’ home, but apply it over some lip balm and you get a glowy-y sheen that brightens the entire face.


Ioma Flash Youth Eye Contour Concentrate

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With a high concentration of active ingredients (a rare 26%), this serum works 360 degrees all around the eye contour, not only addressing the downward drag of the subcutaneous fat in the orbital region which causes eye bags but also lifting sagging upper eyelids, a major sign of premature facial aging. I absolutely love the immediate cooling effect when you apply it, and throughout the day, I literally felt a tightening (at first I thought my eye cream wasn’t working!) as the lifting element went to work. This one’s a bit pricey ($165!), but worth every penny.


Osis Dust It

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This mattifying hair powder really separates and texturizes and yet is not stick and leaves hair just malleable enough to reshape throughout the day.


Get Audrey‘s summer 2014 issue here!

 

Graphic Designer Pum Lefebure’s Insider’s Guide to Bangkok

 

Pum Lefebure, graphic designer and co-founder of award-winning design agency Design Army, was born and raised in Thailand. So though she now lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and 8-year-old daughter Sophie, she goes back to visit her homeland every winter. The itinerary? Bangkok, of course, where her family lives. “I like to spend an evening with my mom in our home and talk until 3 in morning,” says the 38-year-old. “We might have a Thai beer called Singha along with some mango and sweet sticky rice and catch up.” She also heads to the beach town of Krabi in southern Thailand, where it’s a perfect 75 to 80 degrees in the dead of winter. “I love being in the ocean and on the beach at Krabi, one of the most beautiful places in the world,” says Lefebure. “It brings me back to my childhood days, especially as I watch Sophie enjoying the sand.”

 

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Here, Lefebure gives us an insider’s look into what to do and see in Bangkok.

* Must Visit: The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s riverside terrace. To be outdoors on the Chao Phraya River in December is pretty special. The service is incredible, the atmosphere is beautiful, and the Bamboo Bar is a great place to hang out and listen to jazz music.

* Must Buy: I love to shop for jewelry in Peninsula Plaza, where local Thai artists sell jewelry that’s beautiful and inexpensive. At Mungkara Jewelry, I’ve purchased unique pieces with amethyst, rubies and emeralds and lots of bracelets. And though I bring all my beauty products with me, I do buy the local Thai shampoo since it’s made for Asian hair.

The Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as Jatujak Market, is one of the world’s largest markets. It’s famous for antiques, clothes, food, furniture, plants, pets and more. Everyone has a shop there. It’s easy to get to by BTS, Thailand’s Metro system. My advice is to wear light clothes and drink a lot of water — it’s hot in there.

 

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* Must Eat: We plan to try La Table de Tee, a new foodie place recommended by a friend. It’s Bangkok’s first “Chef’s Table,” where Chef Tee Kachonklin creates a daily changing tasting menu.

* Must Do: I must go to Wat Pho, home to the reclining Buddha, for a two-hour Thai massage at least twice. An hour-long, deep tissue massage is not even $10, and it’s the real deal. I’m sore for a few days afterwards, but it feels so good, and I return to the u.S. refreshed.

 

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For a more high-end experience, try the Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. It’s located across the river from the hotel, and they have a boat service to take you there.

* Best Local Hole-in-the-Wall: Khao San Road is a famous backpacker street where you can find authentic Thai food that’s inexpensive. It’s a perfect street for travelers to experience the food and feel of Thailand, and the locals make communication easy there.

* Best Lunch Spot: Greyhound Café is a great place to pop in and eat. It’s a mix of Thai and Western food. Each location has a different décor and artist’s work on display. I like the Thai noodle dishes and Sophie can still have a sandwich. You can get spaghetti with Thai anchovies, for example — very creative food. The owner used to be a creative director at an ad agency so everything about it is very design savvy.

* Best Tourist Attractions: Grand Palace is the symbol of Thailand — you have to see it when visiting Thailand.

Also Amphawa with its floating market is really popular. All food is brought in by boats. It’s a great place to hang out and experience Thai culture. You can also find a lot of homestays, the name they use for the “hotels” along the river because you feel like you’re staying at someone’s home.

 

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* Best Nightlife: The Vertigo restaurant and Moon Bar at the top of Banyan Tree Bangkok have spectacular views. I also like Patravadi Theatre. This cozy little theater on the Thonburi side of the river is a great spot to catch a performance of traditional Thai dance, or even a modern dance troupe, while enjoying some delicious Thai dishes, though it’s limited to weekends only.

See more of Pum Lefebure’s photos at Instagram.com/pumlefebure

Pum Lefebure photo by Dean Alexander; other photos courtesy of Pum Lefebure.

This story was originally printed in Audrey’s Winter 2013-14 issue. Get it here!

She Did It! Tessanne Chin Wins Singing Competition “The Voice”

We’ve been mesmerized by Chinese-Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin on this season of The Voice ever since her rockin’ rendition of Pink’s “Try” turned the chairs of all four judges. She surprised everyone by picking Maroon 5’s Adam Levine over fellow diva Christina Aguilera — and good thing she did. Because with Levine’s guidance — which included brilliant song choices ranging from No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” which showcased Chin’s reggae roots, the soaring “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a superb rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and their brilliant duet of “Let It Be” (with a dash of reggae thrown in) — Chin has remained on top of the iTunes charts, keeping her in the competition week after week.

But beyond her superior singing chops, Chin won our hearts with her seriously sweet and humble demeanor, her adorable Chinese father and sister Tami cheering in the audience, as well as her cutie-pie husband, Michael Cuffe, and her badass faux-hawk.

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So we are beyond ecstatic that after a two-hour finale, the 28-year-old former backup singer for Jimmy Cliff was announced the winner of season 5 of The Voice, the number one singing competition on TV right now. We are huge fans and want her on our cover! Tessanne, call us?!?

Photos courtesy of NBC.

Aziz Ansari on Conan O’Brien Talks Racists: They’re Dying Off

Check out the hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari on Conan and his take on Miss America Nina Davuluri, Asians in the media, and racists.

 

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Get Ready to Party! Audrey Helps You Get Through the Holiday Season

’Tis the season to indulge, so go ahead — don’t let us be a wet blanket on the festivities. Just heed a bit of pre-party advice to minimize post-party fallout. And when you’ve binged to your heart’s content, we’ve got a few tips to help you recover.

PREGAME:

* Two weeks before, make sure your teeth are party-ready with Glo Science’s latest G-Vial whitening gel — just apply with a brush twice a day for 30 seconds.

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* Pregame like dermatologist extraordinaire Dr. Jessica Wu, who says in her book, Feed Your Face, that she like to have a snack (try almonds!) before a big dinner to avoid overeating.

* An hour out, before you slip on that special dress, maximize your hotness with a Wei Beauty Décolletage Treatment Pad, a mask with coconut water, kelp and free radical-fighting gingko, specifically made for the delicate skin on your chest.

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PARTY TIME:

* In her book, Dr. Wu recommends a dry red wine like cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir for maximum antioxidants (chardonnay, if you prefer white). If you’re more a cocktail kind of girl, she says go for vodka with club soda or diet tonic water.

* Don’t forget to hydrate with a glass of water after every drink. That’ll also help you moderate your drinking.

* After all that rich, scrumptious food, chew gum with xylitol, like Vitacare Whitening Gum, to freshen breath.

POST-PARTY:

* Whatever you do, don’t forget to take off your makeup. Keep Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water and Pure Cotton on your nightstand to remove even waterproof makeup with mineral-rich water from Japan’s Yumura Hot Springs — no tugging and no rinsing required.

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* In the morning, apply cotton balls soaked in soy milk (squeeze out the excess) for five minutes to reduce swelling, hydrate skin and constrict veins in bloodshot eyes, says Dr. Wu.

Read more tips to get you through the holiday season in Audrey‘s Winter 2013-14 issue, out now!

 

Something to Be Thankful For: Gap’s Anti-Racism Stand in Support of Waris Ahluwalia

With all the racist crap we seem to be bombarded with in popular culture lately (we’re talking to you, Katy Perry), here’s something that gave us hope.

It all started with Gap’s holiday ads with the theme of “Make Love.” One of the ads features actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, who happens to be Sikh. When New York photographer Robert Gerhardt forwarded a photo of the Gap poster outside a New York City subway that had been defaced with “Please stop driving taxis” and “Make bombs” instead of “Make Love” to Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor at the Islamic Monthly, Iftikhar tweeted the photo and it went viral. 

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Soon enough, the Gap took notice and not only replied to the tweet (“Hi there. Thanks for informing us. Can you please follow & DM (direct message) us? We’d like to know the location of this.”), it also immediately changed its Twitter banner photo to the Ahluwalia ad. A new Facebook page even popped up — “GAP, Thank you for featuring a Sikh model in your ‘Make Love’ campaign” — with hundreds of comments in support. One person tweeted, “Hey @Gap I just holiday shopped w/you because of yr anti-racist support of #Sikh model Waris Ahluwalia!”

“As the year 2014 inches closer to us, I want to live in an America where a fashion model can be a handsome, bearded brown dude in a turban,” Iftikhar wrote in an article on the Daily Beast yesterday. Amen.

 

You’ve Never Seen Vanessa Hudgens Like This: Trailer For “Gimme Shelter”

Vanessa Hudgens has come a long way since her High School Musical days. Working hard to shed her “good girl” image (see Spring Breakers), the Filipina takes on another gritty role in Roadside Attractions’ Gimme Shelter, due out in theaters January 24. Based on a true story, the film follows Agnes “Apple” Bailey, played by Hudgens, who is abused by her mother (Rosario Dawson) and abandoned by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser). Pregnant and alone, Apple ultimately finds compassion in a stranger (James Earl Jones), who takes her in at a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers.

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Following in the footsteps of other actresses who have undergone major physical transformations for roles that garnered critical acclaim, Hudgens dons shorn hair and is virtually unrecognizable in the film. She reportedly lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the movie, to prepare for her role. Will this be the making of Hudgens as a serious actress? Check out the trailer here or click here.

 

Photos courtesy of Roadside Attractions.