Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


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

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

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terexov1 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.

terexov35 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009“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.

ranheejoobag New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009
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.

 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

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

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fw 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.

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

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

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

Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

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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.

Daneen+and+Karl+Lagerfeld Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!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!

Junior+Drake+Nicola Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. 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.

 Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

A Tail Of Two Headbands

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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.

 A Tail Of Two HeadbandsI 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!

 A Tail Of Two Headbands

 A Tail Of Two Headbands

Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!

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runway Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
For the past week, I’ve been talking your ear off (well, writing your eyes off) about my recent trip to New York Fashion Week…tales of interviewing Bobbi Brown, watching Oscar Blandi work his magic, hanging with hipster muse, Cory Kennedy, and generally living the glamorous life.

How rude of me! I know you want to hear the deets. But, damn…do I have to be so boastful about it?

Well, before you put me on blast for being such a braggart – check it. In between shows and hobnobbing with the movers and shakers, I’ve been working on something pretty fashtastic. So in honor of my little trip to the Big Apple, I’m hosting a giveaway inspired by the marriage of fashion and beauty!!!

One lucky broad will win a sampling of Urban Decay’s fabulous fall 2008 collection. She will receive:

Urban+Decay+Lipstick Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Three Lipsticks (winner’s choice)
From crimson red and exotic fuchsias, to cotton candy pink and shimmering nudes, these wearable, but unusual shades will enrapture beauty junkies everywhere. The creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with vitamins A, C, and E and is infused with a crème-caramel scent and flavor. And the lipstick tubes, made from weighty, purple metal, are pierced with a mini gunmetal dagger. The clear cap is decorated inside and out with two-toned purple flourishes. The effect is multidimensional, and incredibly luxe.

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Two 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils (winner’s choice)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are best-sellers year after year. And now, their long-wearing, cult-status formula is available in Lip Pencils! The waterproof pencils contain jojoba oil, vitamin E, and cottonseed oil to nourish the skin and provide a smooth application. making them the perfect complement to Urban Decay lipsticks, stains, and glosses.

Urban+Decay+Concealer Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
One 24/7 Concealer Pencil (winner’s choice)
Hide dark circles and blemishes with this creamy formula that dries matte and stays put. Full of vitamin E, 24/7 Concealer also contains a new ingredient called Microsponge—its empty spheres absorb excess oil preventing further breakouts and clogged pores.

Urban+Decay+Grind+House Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
One Grind House Pencil Sharpener
This premium quality, dual-chambered sharpener is the ultimate accoutrement to your beauty arsenal. Grind House is designed to work with the entire 24/7 family: the slim-line hole fits Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye and Lip Pencils, and the large hole fits thick-barreled 24/7 Concealer.

Electric Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Two Matte Eyeshadows (winner’s choice)
This fall, Urban Decay adds three new additions to their collection of Matte Eyeshadows—Electric (electric blue), Shakedown (medium brown), and Heist (neutral taupe). Pigment-rich with an ultra-soft, velvety texture, these shadows have intense color payoff and blend beautifully.

Two runners-up win one Lipstick, one 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and one 24/7 Concealer Pencil.

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!And as an added, fashtastic bonus – the grand prize winner will receive the Coco Clutch, courtesy of Ananas Collection. This gorgeous zip clutch is adorned with a wood ring. It’s perfect as a clutch, makeup case or to organize in a larger bag!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 21st. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 22nd, I’ll announce the winners’ names. 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.

Good luck!

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!

New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

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FW+014 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!On the second day of Fashion Week, representatives from Molton Brown set up shop in Total Beauty’s suite at the Bryant Park Hotel.

I got the skinny on some new and soon-to-be-released products…and hairstylist extraordinaire Massimo gave me a blowout that took my limp hair from flat to phat.

My hair miraculously held up through Hurricane Hanna, thanks to Molton Brown’s Volumising Brahmi Hair Straight & Curl and Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair-Gloss. I kid you not…it looked the same at 1am, when my head finally hit the pillow, as it did at 3pm when Massimo finished his masterpiece.

 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy

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cory4 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Last Saturday, after show hopping at the tents, I headed on over to the Bryant Park Hotel’s Cellar Bar for a Total Beauty cocktail soiree sponsored by Sebastian. As we were popping bottles and noshing on mouthwatering muchies, we were schooled on the fearless and fashionable reinvention of Sebastian Professional.

After more than three decades of churning out cult hairstyling classics, Sebastian launched an investigation to figure out how they could take the company to the next level and bring it into the new millenium. This resulted in over two years of product testing and over 10,000 conversations with stylists and consumers to identify where the brand could fill a void. The product testing and feedback convinced Sebastian that the brand was in need of a complete overhaul.

The new Sebastian Professional is “a focused and powerful collection of over 30 products that combines Sebastian heritage heroes with new and exciting innovation.” Designed to offer versatility in use and application, the products are arranged into three categories:

Foundation: three essential shampoo and conditioner regimens (Light, Drench and Penetraitt)with tailored levels of conditioning, designed to restore a multitude of hair types to the same healthy level.

Form: eight fierce styling products designed to hold, mold and sculpt (Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, Shaper Zero Gravity, Liquid Steel, Gel Forte, Mousse Forte, Craft Clay and Molding Mud).

sebastian+whipped+creme New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedyFlow: six essential treatment-stylers for creating touchable, soft and flowing hair (Thickefy Foam, Taming Elixir, Whipped Crème, Stylixir, Potion 9 & Potion 9 Lite).

The standout of the new class is the Whipped Crème Light Conditioning Style Whip. This protein-rich, ultra-light product actually resembles whipped cream, so keep it away from the kiddies and keep out of the mouths of babes. But your hair is going to love lapping it up.

Don’t be fooled…this is not a mousse. It is a leave-in conditioner that increases volume, nourishes curls and waves, helps achieve a polished blowout, helps to achieve sleek strands when used in conjunction with a flat iron, but won’t leave your hair sticky or stiff.

cory2 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedySebastian’s new face (and cult blogger/trendsetter/hipster muse), Cory Kennedy, was on-hand to testify. She was looking like million and sporting the most delicious aqua Alexandre Herchcovitch booties. The cheveux chameleon likes to experiment with different looks, and she told me that Whipped Crème can be used to achieve any style imaginable.

When I asked her how she uses the product on an average day, she said she schrunches it into her wet waves and lets it air dry. See below for the fabulous result.

So. Not. Fair!

 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Amber, Cory, and yours truly

FW+009 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Amber, Marina, Cory Kennedy and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter


 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy