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Fashion Week Part IV: Coffee Talk With Samara

Following my rendezvous with Nigel Barker, I hailed a cab and was off again. This time, I was headed to meet my friend, Samara, for some mid-day caffeine. Samara reps brands such as CoverGirl, Max Factor, and Head & Shoulders; she is so generous with samples for me to try, and keeps me in the know about new product releases and cosmetic trends.

The coffee shop where we had intended to meet was – for some odd reason – closed at 4pm on Saturday. So we walked to a nearby Starbucks that, unfortunately, didn’t have seating. Luckily, there seem to be a coffee joint on every other corner in NYC – so we settled on a Cosi.

Samara and I had never actually met before…we have just corresponded via email. But I immediately found her to be so warm and friendly that it was like we were old friends. We chatted about the New York Times article, gushed about our mutual love for CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Mascara, and threw around some ideas for a kick-arse giveaway (coming up soon).

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Here’s Samara and I playing candid camera outside of Cosi. Don’t ya just love my bag? When my husband first saw it, he exclaimed, “Daneen, it’s bigger than you are!”

budapest Fashion Week Part IV: Coffee Talk With SamaraTrue, but when you’re rushing between runway shows, meetings, and social events, there are two things to remember: cute (but comfortable) shoes, and a spacious shoulder bag. This one, the Budapest Slouchy from My Flat In London, easily lugged all of my stuff – and still had plenty of room for all of the press kits and product samples I acquired along the way.

Plus, when you’re rubbing elbows with fashionistas all day, you’d better dress to impress – and that extends to your handbag.

 Fashion Week Part IV: Coffee Talk With Samara

Fashion Week Take Three: Daneen Is America’s Next Top Model

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On Saturday afternoon, I was supposed to report from backstage at Alexandre Herchcovitch. But due to some mix-up (aka – not so nice people at the press check-in table), Spoiled Pretty was denied. Don’t be fooled by the photos above; the backstage atmosphere at Herchcovitch was anything but peaceful. I resisted the urge to yell, “Don’t you know who I am?” – because clearly they did not. So I licked my wounds and headed outside to sulk.

While sitting on a bench, trying to compose myself and re-strategize, I noticed a familiar (albeit Adonis-esque) visage heading my way. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear? None other than “noted fashion photographer,” Nigel Barker – of America’s Next Top Model fame.

nigel and me Fashion Week Take Three: Daneen Is America’s Next Top ModelY’all know what an ANTM fanatic I am – so you can imagine how star- and dumbstruck I was to be breathing the same air as Nigel. I momentarily lost my ability to speak. But then my adrenaline kicked in, and I managed to squeak out a request for a photo – to which he happily obliged.

If this photo looks a little odd, it’s because I had to color correct the pic. The original had me looking extremely washed out. It could be an indication that I need to invest in a better quality digital camera. But I like to think it’s because the heavens were smiling on me.

 Fashion Week Take Three: Daneen Is America’s Next Top Model

Haute Pink But A Hot Mess

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A couple of days before leaving for Fashion Week, I realized I hadn’t given any thought to my nails. With all my last-minute running around, I didn’t have time to fit in a salon appointment. But then again, I certainly couldn’t show up to the fashion event of the season with tore-up looking nails.

Considering that my chosen outfits were mostly black, grays, and other neutrals – I wanted a nail color that would really pop. I wanted so badly to paint them with I’m Indi-a Mood for Love or ElePhantastic Pink, from OPI’s India Collection; but those polishes don’t hit stores until February 6th, so I had to improvise.

jan+24+003 Haute Pink But A Hot MessMilani Pink Pop satisfied my urge for bold, bubblegum colored nails – but this polish does have some major problems. Pink Pop goes on smoothly, yet – for some unknown reason – it dries to a semi-matte finish. But after two coats of the Milani, plus one coat of Seche Vite, my nails looked like pink patent-leather perfection.

Unfortunately, after 3 days, this polish starts chipping like nobody’s business. I suppose one could ward off the cracks by applying a clear top coat every few days. But I’m too lazy and scatterbrained for that.

Milani polishes cost around $3.50, so I suppose I can’t be too picky. I will use this polish again, because the color is just so darned fabulous. But if you’re at the drugstore and you pick up a bottle of Milani – be mindful that, in this case, you get what you pay for.

Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 Collection

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I woke up on Saturday morning and headed to the Exit Art Building for the Thuy Fall 2008 Collection presentation. A presentation is different from a runway show, in that there’s no actual runway – just models strutting their stuff amongst us mere mortals. The show was very impromptu, which I really enjoyed. Though after waiting almost an hour, it began without warning (I attended with Amber and Marina – Marina was somewhere getting juice when the show finally began).

fw1+070 Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 CollectionRomero Jennings, Head Makeup Artist for MAC, was responsible for the models’ ethereal eyes and lengthy lashes; he lined the inner rims with shimmery white pencil and applied a few coats of black mascara for definition. Jennings polished off the look with a strong matte mouth. Lips were lined and filled in with Brick Lip Pencil (intense golden red), then Brown Lipmix (a MAC Pro product) was applied on top of the pencil.

fw1+047 Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 CollectionTo balance the bold lip, Liam Carey, Senior Stylist for Ted Gibson, pin-curled the models’ hair. Then, keeping it soft, he styled tresses into dreamy side-ponys and updos*.

Amber, Marina, and I walked away from the Thuy show with a goodie bag filled with, well, goodies. Of the beauty treats, I am most excited to try Ted Gibson’s Beautiful Hold Hairspray; its fool-proof formula allows it to be layered depending on hair styling needs, and it has a sophisticated gardenia fragrance.

*Marina was so enamored with the models’ curly tresses, she accompanied me back to my hotel so she could use my T3 Medium Duality to re-create the look. Unfortunately, in the short period of time she had before her next appointment, she couldn’t figure out how to curl with the flat iron – so she straightened her hair instead. And it looked fabulous nonetheless.

Look at the models giving me face. I felt like Mario Testino.
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 Fashion Week Part Deux: Thuy Fall 2008 Collection

Fashion Week Part I: I Koi New York, Plus Hype Giveaway

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On Friday, I took Amtrak up to New York City just in time for a TotalBeauty.com and Aveda sponsored dinner at Koi. Nestled in the Bryant Park Hotel, the restaurant is a stone’s throw from the white tents.

More than 25 beauty bloggers mingled, dined on delectable selections from the Japanese/California menu (I highly recommend the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, and the Miso-Bronzed Black Cod), and talked (beauty) shop.

I was seated at a table with Teri (Beautiful Makeup Search & Splendicity), Christina (eBeautyDaily), Elke (Elke Von Freudenberg Blog & Beauty Blog Network), Jennifer (DeLush), and Samantha (Dark PR). The conversation flowed – as did the wine and sake. By the end of the night, we were all having so much fun that we lost track of time and essentially closed down the restaurant; the weary staff was mentally willing us to leave.

Koi is the Japanese word for love – which is fitting, because I can’t imagine anyone eating there and not falling in love. Koi proved to be the perfect start to my fashion-filled weekend.

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Left to right: Me, Julia, Teri, Christina, Elke, and Jennifer (photo courtesy of Erika at Makeup Bag)

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Amber and Marina

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Marina, me, and my Hype purse. I luvre this bag! I’m a woman who carries everything in her purse, and this one easily held the usual contents, plus all of my fashion week essentials. Camera? Check. Dictaphone? Check. Memo pad and pens? Check. Extra pair of ugly/comfy shoes for when your dogs start barking? Check. Fifteen lip glosses? You betcha.

Besides being functional, this handbag is clearly also fashion-forward. The buttery soft leather and stylish hardware had heads turning – even at a chic eatery like Koi. Jealous? Don’t be. It’s giveaway time again, and Hype is the generous benefactor.

hype paloma Fashion Week Part I: I Koi New York, Plus Hype GiveawayOne lucky (what an understatement) winner will receive the Paloma North South Tote (in Watermelon) pictured, left. You won’t believe how beautiful it is. With this roomy tote, you can literally live out of your bag. No more agonizing over which makeup you absolutely need in your purse – because there’s room for all of that, and a bag of chips! The retail value of this prize is $325!

To enter:
*Name one of the beauty products that Fern Mallis (the SVP of IMG Fashion and the brains behind New York Fashion Week) carries in her bag. Hint: I wrote this post in October.

*Send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – and make sure to include the product name, your full name, and email address.

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 10th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 11th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

 Fashion Week Part I: I Koi New York, Plus Hype Giveaway

Spoiled Pretty At New York Fashion Week!

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OMG! I’ve just returned from the most beauty-full weekend in NYC*. As you are probably aware, Spoiled Pretty is an official i-Correspondent for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. I am completely exhausted, but I couldn’t wait another day to bring you all of the salacious details of my adventure.

Wanna be at the forefront of beauty trends, products, and style? Stay tuned to Spoiled Pretty – because I will be taking you behind the scenes and offering a glimpse at what’s hot for Fall 2008.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank TotalBeauty.com for affording me this amazing opportunity. So thank you to all of the Total Beauty beauties for working so hard to make this impossible dream a reality!

*I will be returning to the Big Apple later this week for a second helping of Fashion Week.

 Spoiled Pretty At New York Fashion Week!

Fashion And Beauty Have Heart

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While most of you are aware that New York Fashion Week kicks off today, you might not know that February 1st is also National Wear Red Day. To commemorate the occasion, The Heart Truth is hosting the Red Dress Collection runway show, which will feature celebrity women (including Heidi Klum, Jenna Fischer, and Leighton Meester) donning one-of-a-kind red dresses by America’s top designers for women’s heart health. Participating designers include Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, L.A.M.B., Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Narciso Rodriguez, and Zac Posen.

limitededitionpaletteandhearttruthpartnership main Fashion And Beauty Have HeartBeauty is also on board, as Red Dress sponsor Bobbi Brown has created a Limited-Edition Lip Palette ($40) – which includes a universally flattering range of medium to deep hues: Mauve Lip Shimmer, Kir Lip Shimmer, Cranberry Lip Sheer and Slopes Lip Color-and a mini Lip Brush.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Heart Truth Show for a third year in a row. It’s important to educate and empower women with the knowledge they need to make smart lifestyle choices and Heart Truth does a great job of getting the word out,” says Bobbi.

Ooh Bop – Fashion Week

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The most amazing thing has happened! I have been invited to cover New York Fashion Week, as a beauty correspondent! Can you believe it? This time last year, I didn’t really know what a blog was; now I have my own, and I’m going to Fashion Week. I’m ecstatic!

I have been invited backstage – by MAC Cosmetics – to interview the MAC Makeup Artists and MAC Product Development Executives. I will be behind the scenes at Alexandre Herchcovitch, Tadashi Shoji, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Donna Karan. Additionally, I will be having cocktails and dinner at Koi with other members of the Total Beauty family; and the next night, I will attend a dinner at Indochine – organized by MAC – for a select group of beauty bloggers.

I will be chronicling my Fashion Week experience for Spoiled Pretty – so stay tuned for breaking news, tips, trends, interviews, and ridiculously fabulous giveaways!

Details continue to unfold – so I may have more great news to share before I jet off (actually, I’ll be riding Amtrak) to NYC on Friday.

The only thing that could make this better is if, while I’m in NYC, someone mistakes me for Kerry Washington. Fat chance, I know – but a girl can dream.

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