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Barbie Loves Stila: Barbie Gets All Dolled Up for Her 50th Anniversary

Timed to its 50th Anniversary – and a year-long celebration of events and partners – Barbie announces Stila as the Official Prestige Makeup Partner for 2009. Stila will be celebrating all things Barbie, bringing the doll’s signature beauty looks to life with innovative and whimsical products that are signature Stila. A limited edition spring collection of beauty cans and a talking palette will precede a larger collection and Barbie beauty program slated for Fall 2009.

“As much as Barbie is known for her place in fashion, she is also famous for her beauty, and we are thrilled to bring the Barbie beauty experience to girls of all ages with Stila as our partner. Like Barbie, it’s a brand loved by both the girly girl and the sophisticated fashionista,” said Richard Dickson, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Barbie.

This month, the collaboration kicks off with limited edition Barbie Loves Stila offerings that will launch just in time for Barbie’s anniversary celebrations. The inaugural collection features four colorful “Decades of Beauty Cans” filled with Stila favorites that will help Barbie girls recreate Barbie beauty looks that are iconic of the past five decades. Each unique palette has two eye shadows and a cheek color or bronzer, as well as a lip product, and a mascara or liner. A booklet inside describes the beauty and fashion wardrobes for each doll.

Decades of Beauty Cans include:

• #1 Ponytail Doll (1959) – Lip Color named Ponytail (red), Liquid Eye Liner, a 3-pan paper-wrapped compact with 2 eye shadows and a cheek color, and a Look Book.

• Malibu Doll (1971) – Lip Glaze named Malibu (pale pink), Lash Visor Mascara in Black, a 3-pan paper-wrapped compact with 2 eye shadows and a bronzer, and a Look Book.

• Foxy Doll (1980) – Lip Glaze named Foxy, Lash Visor Mascara, a paper-wrapped compact with 2 eye shadows and a cheek color, and a Look Book.

• Jewel Doll (2000) – Lip Glaze named Jewel (bright pink), Multi-Effect Mascara, 2-pan paper-wrapped compact with 2 eye shadows and a cheek color, and a Look Book.

The four Barbie Loves Stila beauty cans will pre-launch on on Wednesday, January 14. Each beauty can is numbered and Stila will not be producing more than 10,000 of any one can. Since these are collector’s items, these babies are gonna fly off virtual shelves. So mark your calendar and set your alarm.

Additionally, Stila will launch a new version of its talking palette – with the tips and the tools to get the Barbie look. A Stila Pro-Artist will help aspiring Barbie beauties achieve an iconic look, with the press of a button. This palette will be available exclusively at Sephora and

Finally, Stila will help celebrate Barbie’s first-ever runway show, held at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February, as the show’s backstage beauty makeup sponsor!

Yes We Afri-Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009

For Spring 2009, Lela Rose takes us on safari.

Backstage, I had the opportunity to chat with my mane man, Ted Gibson, about the inspiration for the collection and the hair.

“Lela found this book and it had portraits of African women and these really incredible outfits and hairdos. So we took the same idea and she adopted them into the clothes and I adopted them into the hair,” he said. “And what I’m doing is a modern interpretation of what these looks were. So I’m doing braids and roughing up the braids. It’s a cornrow in the front. It’s African inspired, but I think what’s great about it is that any woman can really wear it.”

Ted used Tame It – a professional, shine-boosting styling lotion – to control flyaways and frizzies. Hairsheet Styling Sheets added polish and shine, and Beautiful Hold Hairspray secured the style in place. makeup artist Tina Turnbow used Stila products to transform each model into “a very adventurous, outdoorsy woman on safari.” To create the perfect canvas, Tina applied Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup and Perfecting Concealer. To impart a pop of color, Convertible Color in Poppy was added to cheeks and Cranberry Lip Glaze was pressed onto lips.

Tina then swept Stila Sun across the tops of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose and the forehead to mimic a “sunburned/windburned face.”

Tina used Dune Eye Shadow, conservatively, on the lids – to keep the look bare. Finally, Brow Set was applied with #18 Dual Ended Brow Brush to create what Tina called an “indulgent eyebrow, Audrey Hepburn style.”

Before escaping the hustle and bustle backstage, I had the opportunity to chat up Stila celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero. I asked her to name her favorite products that real women can use to achieve runway looks.

“For Lela Rose, it’s all about the skin and healthy, flushed cheeks…so Convertible Color and the Tinted Moisturizer creates a really good sheer wash of color,” she replied. “It has SPF, hydration and pigment. So what it’s going to do is even out your skin with pigment versus heavy weight. It’s great for everyday women and it’s what we use on the runway. It’s so versatile and you can feel like a pro makeup artist everyday in your bathroom.”

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New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

Last month, Jamie and I scored second row seats at the Terexov Spring 2009 show. That’s just how we roll.

From the moment the lights dimmed, Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” started wafting from the sound system, and Chanel Iman turned the corner wearing a multi-color worldmap printed silk dress, 29-year-old Russian fashion phenom Alexandr Terekhov shot to the top of my favorite designers list.

“I love the energy of New York – the women are very glamorous and beautiful,” Terekhov says. “It is incredibly exciting and inspirational to be able to present my work to one of the top fashion audiences in the world.”

Homeboy knows how to put on a show, that’s for damn sure. His 34 designs rendered me speechless.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke used the following MAC products to compliment the collection:

Skin – Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation, Select Sheer Loose Powder
Eyes – Paintpot in Painterly, Liquidlast Liner in Blue Horizon, Pro Lash Mascara, Brow Set in Clear
Lips – Lip Erase in Pale, Lipstick in St. Germaine

Juan Carlos Maciques (for Rita Hazan Salon) side-parted the models’ hair, twisted the front sections and pulled them back into elegant chignons.

After the show, I channeled my inner supermodel and Jamie snapped some photos of me striking a pose in front of the tents. And how sweet is my arm candy? Ridiculously chic, right? It’s fitting that I chose this gorge Ranhee Joo handbag to accompany me to the Terexov show because, like the talented Alexandr Terekhov, Joo is one to watch.

Her debut collection launched this past summer and includes the “Bellona” (above) and “Clio” slip-in handle clutch. The designs are timeless and luxurious, with a modern edge and practical elements. “As an industrial designer, it’s in my blood to want to create something that is innovative and functional,” she says. “I guess this is what makes my bags so special because they will always be fresh and creative, with function in mind.”

My Bellona Convertible Pleated Handbag in chocolate is a little slice of heaven. I just want to eat it up. As you know, I am a handbag enthusiast and I have amassed quite a collection. But with its soft leather, glossy crinkled patent leather and plethora of pockets, it has become one of my favorites. Just don’t tell the others…they’ll get jealous.

When Ranhee Joo blows up and every startlet is holding one of her handbags, just remember who was wearing it first.

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New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!

I have so many untold NY Fashion Week stories, you don’t even know. I’ve been meaning to get back to my FW reporting, but I have been up to my eyeballs at work, and busy co-chairing the Total Beauty – Total Cure Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with the hilariously snarkalicious Amber.

So hop into my DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor, and let’s rev this baby up to 88 mph. We’re going back in time…

During New York Fashion Week, L’Oreal held an exclusive blogger event, and I was one of the lucky few on the invite list. At an expansive and gorgeous townhouse – complete with a tdf courtyard – I sipped mimosas, noshed on blueberry pancakes and chatted up some of my cosmetics-craving colleagues. As a parting gift, L’Oreal presented us all with Fashion Week survival kits, packed with a festival of goodies. It was then that I was formally introduced to my new fave lippie, HIP Jelly Balm.

Here’s me and Amber. Fix your eyes on the chicness that is my Krina handbag. The Calista Tote (in Azure) is both functional and feminine, made of rich Italian leather and accented with gold-plated hardware and flirty tassels. The Calista is oft seen on the fabulous fashionplate, Katherine Heigl!

Later that day, Amber and I popped by the Boots booth at the Bryant Park tents, and were introduced to one of my Fashion Week beauty discoveries. No7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion
is a pearly lotion that contains light reflecting particles to illuminate your skin exactly where you want it, while diffusing imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles. Highlight your cheekbones or brow bone to look truly radiant…or mix with foundation for an all-over glow.

Check us out, getting our glow on. You too can look this dreamily dewy…and for less than $13!

PS – Like my earrings? Get your own from Forever 21 for less than $4!!!

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Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

Every time I go to New York Fashion Week, I panic. I love fashion. But I am not, by any means, a fashionista. For weeks, I agonize over outfits. I work myself into a tizzy matching the right dress with the right shoe…the right belt with the right blouse. How does a mere mortal bring her A-game to an event attended by A-listers? A haute handbag – that’s how.

This go ‘round, my secret style weapon was Junior Drake’s Aurora Satchel. This pretty and practical bag is perfectly compatible with my gal-on-the-go lifestyle, with its roomy interior, plethora of pockets, double handles and longer detachable strap. The Aurora Satchel is so spacious that if you tend to carry around your life in your purse, like I do, you can pile it all in – and have room to spare. Yet it never looks bulky. And the buttery, washed Italian leather and cross-stitch flourishes give this chic tote a worn-in, loved esthetic. The bag is available in six sumptuous shades.

As you can see from the pic (that’s me in the Chanel showroom…more on that later), I’m so on-trend carrying the violet version. Karl’s to the left of me. Aurora’s to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Where was I going with that? Nevermind. Moving on…

I am so obsessed with Junior Drake right now that I can’t keep this love affair to myself. So I’m spoiling y’all pretty. This giveaway isn’t junior. Oh hell naw. This one is majah!

One fortunate female will win Junior Drake’s Nicola Tote. Made of soft, supple leather, the Nicola flapped handbag will up your style ante with its feminine, Southwestern-inspired look. A multitude of exterior and interior pockets help keep you well-organized. And Nicola’s silk lining features retro photos of the founder’s actress mother – whose stage name was (you guessed it) Junior Drake.

The Nicola Tote retails for $528. But this week, we’re slashing prices – and you can get one of your very own for the low, low price of $0. That’s right. No money down, and no interest until neva! But you have to enter.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Junior Drake Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 28th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 29th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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A Tail Of Two Headbands

Just in case you’ve been somewhere and just got back, allow me bring you up to speed. Braids are all the rage. Anybody who’s anybody has been spied sporting milkmaid plaits, cornrows, and microbraids.

Wanna join the braid brigade, but got two left hands? Or don’t have the time to brush your hair, let alone braid it? Don’t be discouraged. It’s Tonytail to the rescue.

The Tonytail Company has these great braided headbands, made of soft, synthetic hair. For a chunkier look, try Thick Braidies (1/2 inch). Thin Braidies (1/4 inch) are for stylistas going for a more subtle interpretation of the trend.

I wore both Braidies all over NYC for Fashion Week. The dark brown color was such a perfect match to my own hair that I received countless compliments – from friends and strangers.

Check me out (accompanied by the lovely Amber and Marina) rocking the Thick Braidies headband at a Fashion Week dinner, sponsored by MAC. It’s all about the braided hair, baby!

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