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I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


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Fashion Week

Where Oh Where Have the Footed Tights Gone…

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tights Where Oh Where Have the Footed Tights Gone…Picture this…

It’s Thursday night and I’m this close to leaving for New York Fashion Week…I’m driving around suburban Philadelphia looking for some simple, black tights. The ones with feet. Remember those?

This week, I hit up all of my fave discount stores looking for inexpensive black tights. The display at TJ Maxx was so haphazard and sparse that it took me all of three seconds to determine they didn’t have what I was looking for. I almost laughed at the selection at Marshall’s…pretty pitiful. I got momentarily giddy at Daffy’s when I saw an entire wall of tights. Unfortunately, Daffy and I have different definitions of the term “tights.” Daffy’s seems to think that leggings and tights are the same thing; and I was perturbed to find that none of Daffy’s black “tights” had feet.

Did I miss the memo? Since when did a basic pair of tights become so the proverbial needle in a haystack? Call me old fashioned, but I want some damned tights, with feet. None of this newfangled, no-feet nonsense. I bet there’s a a guy (with a foot fetish) behind this whole legging trend.

Anyway, my next stop was Express. The store was nearby and I had a $25 gift card – so I decided to do a drive by. And you know what? They wanted to charge me $16.50 for one pair of black tights! Oh, no no no. Homey don’t play that. Even with their “buy one, get one half off” deal, I would have maxed out my gift card – and still have had to reach in my pocket.

Determined to find the elusive simple, black tights for under $6 (which is what I’m used to paying) – I dropped by Burlington Coat Factory today…and was blown away at what I found. A hot mess…that’s the best way I can describe it. I saw trouser socks, pantyhose, athletic socks, knee highs, gold lame leggings, and these sweater leggings with a ruched seam at the bottom (which were hella cool – but not what I was there for). What I didn’t spy was my black tights. So, as a last resort, I dug into a hodgepodge of hosiery on the clearance table – and found several pairs of black tights. Problem was that they didn’t have any kind of packaging. In fact, they looked like some lady undressed in store and left a souvenir on the sale display. There was a $3.99 price tag stuck to them – with no indication of size or brand. Just some sad looking tights.

Long story short (too late), I ended up at Macys – and bought two pairs of Hue tights for $20. Serves me right for waiting until the last minute.

I Went Backstage With Lela Rose, Now You Can Too – Thanks to Stila and Beauty.com!

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stila+backstage+with+lela+rose+spring+2009 I Went Backstage With Lela Rose, Now You Can Too   Thanks to Stila and Beauty.com!
Last September, I went backstage at the Lela Rose Spring 2009 show – to get the skinny on hair and makeup. Ted Gibson fashioned roughed-up braids and cornrows to complement the collection’s African-inspired theme. And Beauty.com makeup artist Tina Turnbow used Stila products to transform each model into “a very adventurous, outdoorsy woman on safari.”
Now, Stila and Beauty.com have teamed up to create a kit that allows real women to achieve Lela’s runway look.

lela rose face chart spring+2009 I Went Backstage With Lela Rose, Now You Can Too   Thanks to Stila and Beauty.com!Stila Backstage with Lela Rose and Beauty.com contains the key products used by every artist backstage at the Spring 2009 show. Stila Sun Shade 02 was used to bronze the models’ cheekbones; this bronzer is known for its amazing buildable color, which makes it a makeup artist favorite – season after season. Cranberry Lip Glaze popped the models’ pouts. For the eyes, Starlight Eye Shadow let the lids shimmer with a champagne glow, and a coating of Major Lash Mascara in Brown helped to create a balanced, feminine face.

Stila Backstage with Lela Rose and Beauty.com is a $77 value, but you can snap one up for only $34. Exclusively sold at Beauty.com.

Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week

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spotted+shopping+barbie Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week
February 14th, Barbie takes Manhattan. For the first time ever, 50 designers will come together under one “Tent” for Barbie’s first-ever runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Yesterday, the brand released the official line-up of 50 celebrated designers who will showcase one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event will celebrate the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse.

Each of the 50 models will wear Christian Louboutin pumps in iconic Barbie Pantone 219 Pink. “I guess I always had a little ‘girlie side’ who liked Barbie,” Louboutin said. “Barbie needs to wear great shoes because every girl needs to wear great shoes.”

The show is part of a year-long, global celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary that includes pink carpet events, marquee partnerships, retail celebrations, must-have products and numerous tributes in design, fashion and more.

Participating designers include: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Kenneth Cole, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam and Yigal Azrouel.

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Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obama’s Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

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michelle+obama+inauguration Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Jason Wu hit the fashion lottery tonight. In December, the 26-year old Tawainese-American designer submitted three dresses to Michelle Obama for consideration, but considered himself a long-shot. Wu had no idea that Michelle Obama had chosen his one-shouldered, embellished, off-white gown until the President and First Lady took the stage at the Neighborhood Ball. “I found out tonight…along with the rest of the world,” Wu told CNN.

“It’s thrilling, it’s emotional and it’s inspiring. For a young designer, I couldn’t ask for anything more than this. It’s my dream come true.”

michelle+obama+jason+wu Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Wu said he created the dress to reflect the first couple and the new administration. He wanted to give Michelle a gown with a “dream-like quality.”

On inauguration night, Wu won’t be celebrating his newfound celebrity. He doesn’t have time. With New York Fashion Week only three weeks away, he will be burning the midnight oil – working on his Fall 2009 collection.

When asked his thoughts about Michelle Obama’s status as an emerging style icon, Wu said, “She’s versatile. She can do it all. She is amazing. She has her own sense of style and there’s nothing better than that.”

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Thoughts on Michelle Obama’s gown?

Take A Brow, Michelle Obama: Your Softer Arches Are Just The Change You Needed

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michelle+obama Take A Brow, Michelle Obama: Your Softer Arches Are Just The Change You NeededIf you’re like me, you can’t get enough of Michelle Obama. Her fashion and beauty choices keep me entertained, on my toes, and taking copious notes.

Last Fall, while at New York Fashion Week, I got to talking with the Bobbi Brown. Bobbi was sporting an Obama ’08 pin, so we started chatting about Michelle’s makeup and favorite Bobbi Brown products. Towards the end of the conversation, I asked Bobbi her opinion of Michelle’s eyebrows; I told Bobbi that, though Michelle can do no wrong in my eyes, her arches could use some softening. Bobbi smiled and nodded, adding that if she was Michelle’s makeup artist, she would give Michelle a less angular arch.

Around the same time, Michelle Obama’s actual makeup artist, Chicago-based makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Myles, was getting the same criticism about Michelle’s brows.

“When she started getting that feedback—I have a rule: When three or more people give you feedback, that means hundreds are talking about it—then what I began to do is bring them down and train them down,” Grimes-Myles said.

If you take a close look at Michelle’s current brows and compare them the ones she sported at the Democratic National Convention, you’ll notice that the arch is less exaggerated.

michelle+obama+high+arch Take A Brow, Michelle Obama: Your Softer Arches Are Just The Change You Needed

The Chicago Tribune has a great article about Michelle’s brow evolution, which includes some tasty beauty tidbits (Michelle loves MAC lip pencils and gloss).

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

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Barbie Talking Palette Barbie Loves Stila: Barbie Gets All Dolled Up for Her 50th AnniversaryTimed 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:
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• #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 Barbie Barbie Loves Stila: Barbie Gets All Dolled Up for Her 50th Anniversary
• 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 Barbie Barbie Loves Stila: Barbie Gets All Dolled Up for Her 50th Anniversary
• 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 Barbie Barbie Loves Stila: Barbie Gets All Dolled Up for Her 50th Anniversary
• 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 Sephora.com 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 Sephora.com.

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

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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.

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“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.

lela+rose+face+chart Yes We Afri Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009

Beauty.com 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.”


 Yes We Afri Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009