Because my hair is over-processed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me. So when I’m offered CONTINUE READING
This weekend, grab your girlfriends and go see The Best Man Holiday – which hits theaters today.
On Tuesday, I attended a screening with Mama Spoiled Pretty and her BFF, Estelle – and we had so much fun. We laughed hard and cried harder (this rom-com is also a tearjerker - so bring some tissues). In fact, I got so CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, women always ask me for tips on long-lasting, fresh-looking, flawless makeup. And my answer is always the same: make time to prime. It doesn’t matter whether you have 50 minutes or 5 minutes to apply your makeup – you should always take the time to prep your canvas to achieve the best result possible. You CONTINUE READING
Neutrogena announced today that Emmy nominated actress (and my homegirl) Kerry Washington has joined the brand’s current roster of talent. Smart move, right? I mean...just look at this goddess's face!
Not only will Kerry be one of the faces for Neutrogena - but for the first time ever, she will also serve as a “creative consultant” to the brand, sharing CONTINUE READING
As you probably know, I am a marketing professional by day, a beauty blogger by night and a mom/wife 24/7. But what you may not know is that, after graduating from college, I attended law school. Ultimately, I chose a different path - which makes me much happier. What doesn't make me happy, however, are the school loans I've CONTINUE READING
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Shopbop doesn't have sales often, so I plan to take advantage of the savings. Here's what I've got in my virtual shopping cart (I won't get everything, CONTINUE READING
I can’t say that I’m surprised that LiLo got nekkid. I mean, it was inevitable that we were going to see her boobies sometime soon. But what baffles me is why legendary photographer Bert Stern chose Lohan to recreate the shots that Marilyn Monroe made famous. Makes you wonder who turned him down before Lindsay jumped at the bit.
The iconic photos of Marilyn are artistic and haunting. She was sex and beauty combined, then personified – with a touch of sadness. Lindsay’s attempt to channel Monroe’s effortless sensuality is just sad. It comes off as a cheap imitation – cubic zirconias, if you will, to Marilyn’s diamonds.
I don’t really fancy myself a trendsetter. But for New York Fashion Week, I pulled out all the stops. Nordstrom LBD. BCBG patent pumps. Oversized sunglasses. Designer handbags galore.
Unfortunately, one of my most stylish accessories never saw the light of day because it stayed hidden in my purse. So it makes its debut tonight. Behold, my Felix Rey cosmetic case.
Check out the intricate lace motif and the logo zipper pull…super chic!
Felix Rey was born in 2001, when friends Lily Rafii and Sulaika Zarrouk decided to design accessories for the smart and stylish girl-about-town. They soon realized they were on to something when their bags started selling out at Bergdorf’s. Then fictional fashionista Carrie Bradshaw carried one of their bags on “Sex And The City” – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Felix Rey continues to create haute handbags – as well as belts, wallets, umbrellas, and other small accessories that round out the line. They describe their customer as “the modern girl with a whimsical flair for style,” and their celebrity fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Jessica Simpson, Anne Hathaway, and Paris Hilton – just to name a few.
I’m a huge fan too…which is why I am so thrilled to announce that Spoiled Pretty is giving away three of their cosmetic bags! Yay!! Thank you, Felix Rey!!!
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Last Friday, I was scheduled to be backstage at Sean John*. I was super excited to be attending the closing show of New York Fashion Week.
I fantasized that Diddy and I would meet, he’d be captivated by my charm, and then whisk me away to the star-studded soiree.
It would play out like that R. Kelly/Jay Z collabo:
After the show it’s the after party and After the party is the hotel lobby and After the Belve then it’s probably Cris…
But that didn’t happen. In fact, the closest I got to the Sean John show was a pizzeria on the corner of 22nd Street & 6th Ave. I was grabbing a bite there when I got a call from MAC telling me that there were no female models in the show, and therefore no need for MAC makeup. I was bummed, but also exhausted from my travels; so I caught an early train back to Philly.
So sorry, beauties. I know you were anxious for me to dish the Diddy dirt. C’est la vie.
If you absolutely need a Puffy fix, Glamour.com has an article entitled “Diddy knows pretty,” in which the hip-hop mogul/designer shares his observations on what makes a woman irresistible. Here’s an excerpt:
Why he named his perfume Unforgivable Woman: “It’s about being unapologetic. It’s about having swagger. Confidence is such a sexy, sexy quality.”
Makeup trend he’s so over: “Red lipstick just isn’t working for me. It might be good for an awards show, but it’s not hot to kiss. I love natural lip color—that’s always a good look!”
Biggest beauty obsession: “Sugar Bath Cubes by Fresh. I take a bath every night. I love the way they make my skin feel. I have very soft skin—go ahead, touch it!”
I was expecting to be blown away by the hair, makeup, and fashion on the Grammy red carpet. But instead, I’m under-whelmed.
The Grammys is the awards show where celebs traditionally turn up the volume and go all out; but this year was especially disappointing. The only one who seemed to take any kind of risk was Fantasia – but as you can see (above left), that turned out to be a hot mess.
Here’s a recap: *Beyonce debuted a skunk do. I like the style, but the color gots to go. *Rihanna’s hair looked so blah. But, thankfully, she fierce-ified it for her performance with The Time. *Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus went a little overboard with the hair extensions. *Alicia Keys was sporting a Mohawk-type updo that really didn’t translate to photos. *Fergie’s hair ringlets looked touchably soft, but her style was a little safe. *Faith Hill looked classically beautiful, as usual. *And Nelly Furtado is still under the misapprehension that she looks good as a blonde.
Fortunately, the unremarkable red carpet was redeemed by Beyonce and Tina Turner, who shared the stage for a duet of Proud Mary.
Tina is my idol. At 68, she’s still got the moves…and the legs. I was breathless for the entire performance.
As much as I wanted to stick around for the whole of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Fall 2008, I had to travel to Dallas for a business trip. So I reluctantly said TTFN to NYC.
I did return on February 8th for more beauty, fashion, and fun (more on that later).
And check out my purse. Isn’t it a work of art? It’s the Diana Large Hobo by Rafe, and I’m in love with it. The metallic patent leather is so sumptuous, but the deerskin-embossed leather trim lends a sporty edge. I wore it all over New York for Fashion Week, I took it on my Dallas trip, and I’ve been running errands with it since I returned home. It truly does work in any situation.
I’m a lucky gal because designer Rafe Totengco, also a fellow blogger, gifted this bag to me – along with a note of encouragement (see, left).
Enjoy the bag & blog it out!
Can you get over that? I’m still pinching myself. Rafe’s gorgeous creations and impeccable customer service are undoubtedy the reason why this award-winning designer has such a loyal celebrity fanbase, including Jessica Alba, Vanessa Minnillo, and Eva Longoria (who even commissioned Rafe to create clutches for her bridesmaids).
Thank you, Rafe – for making feel, and look, so special for Fashion Week!
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