Fellow Philadelphia blogger Lilliana (over at Cheap Chicas) just tipped me off to this GORGEOUS faux leather studded jacket. And brace yourself…it’s only $70!
Buy it now at lulus.com.
Every time it gets just a little bit chilly, I rock this knit beret. And every time it’s on my head, I get stopped by strangers – asking me where they can go buy their own.
Since I’m sharing my shopping secrets with just about everyone who crosses my path, I thought I might as well post on here too. The hat is from H&M, it comes in black and magenta, and it cost around $6.
I own about 20 berets (Mama Spoiled Pretty is a fan too, and introduced me to them at age 4) – and this one is, by far, my favorite. Its chic slouchiness instantly transforms me into a hipper version of myself.
Have I told you lately that I love People Style Watch?
At the end of every month, I anxiously scour bookstores and newsstands in search of the latest issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vogue and Elle…but once in a while, I want to flip through the pages of a magazine and see some clothes that I can actually afford.
People Style Watch is, basically, a shopping guide to beauty, fashion and celebrity style. They spotlight the trends that celebrities are wearing, buying and loving right now and make it easy for readers to get the looks.
The November 2009 issue is so chock full of zippers, leopard print, grommets, chains and studs that I almost lost my damn mind. I’m seriously considering hiding my Visa card from myself, in a feeble attempt to protect my bank account.
As you probably know, I follow celebrities like it’s my J-O-B. As such, E! News is must see TV in my house; Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I have an understanding that he is not allowed to touch the television remote between 7 and 7:30pm. So you can imagine how thrilled I when I recently got the chance to chat up Giuliana Rancic!
Giuliana has been anchor and managing editor of E! News since January 2005; and since that time, viewership has risen over 50 percent! In addition to her news anchoring duties, she often hosts red carpet events like the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. The award-winning journalist also stars in the Style Network’s real-life romantic comedy Giuliana & Bill, which follows Giuliana and her husband Bill as they juggle high-profile careers and marriage while living apart on opposite coasts.
Giuliana, quite literally, lives in makeup and designer duds – which makes her the perfect candidate for a Spoiled Pretty profile. Read on for her favorite fashion finds and how she always manages to always look so cute and camera ready…
SP: When did your fascination with fashion and beauty begin?
GR: I have loved makeup since I was a little girl. I come from a stylish Italian family so we were allowed to wear makeup at a very young age. I would say I started wearing makeup in 7th grade and I have loved fashion since I was about 10 years old.
SP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
GR: I shoot every day, all year round, so I wear makeup from 8am to 10 pm at night. 14 hours straight!!! So my cleansing regimen is super important to me. In the morning, I wash my face with Patricia Wexler, MD Universal Cleansing Lotion. It is very mild and perfect for the morning. I use her moisturizer as well. It gives my skin a dewy and fresh look. At night I use DDF Blemish Cleansing Foam to wash off my makeup and keep my skin clear thanks to it’s small dose of salicylic acid. I moisturize with Patricia Wexler’s PM cream and use her eye cream as well. Then I put on ChapStick Fresh Effects before I go to bed to moisturize my lips. I am obsessed with Patricia Wexler’s products and I do not endorse her in any way. In fact, I have never met or spoken to her in my life but I would love to so I can thank her for making my skin look so darn great!
As for makeup, I start with L’Oreal True Match Foundation. I use Lorac Blush/Bronzer in Hot & Spicy for a great glow. Then I line my lips with MAC liner and use ChapStick Fresh Effects Green Tea Mint before my lipgloss as the perfect base. It tingles while it moisturizes so I love using it.
SP: What are the five beauty products that you can’t live without right now?
GR: I always have my Lorac bronzing blush for a nice glow and my ChapStick Fresh Effects. I love the tingle it gives me while it moisturizes my lips. I can’t have chapped lips on the red carpet when I’m standing 6 inches from a celebs face so I love this product because it gives me an instant beauty boost and is an amazing base for lip gloss and lipstick. I love my Patricia Wexler, MD Universal Cleansing Lotion and Moisturizer to give me great skin. I am also loving fake lashes right now. I use Andrea or Ardell from the drugstore. I have learned how to put them on perfectly so now it only takes me a few minutes and gives me amazing eyes. Fake lashes are the secret to a gorgeous eye!
SP: What is your signature fragrance?
GR: My signature scent is Quelques Fleur. I’ve worn it since I was in high school. It’s a classic scent that I have never gotten tired of. My fragrance philosophy is to look for scents that are clean. Guys don’t like anything too floral or bold. They love a girl to smell like she just walked out of the shower- clean and fresh. I spray it all over as well as my hair to make it smell great when Bill comes in for a hug.
SP: What was your most embarrassing fashion or beauty moment?
GR: The zipper on my dress broke minutes before I was to walk out to the Oscar red carpet two years ago! Thankfully, my backup dress was in my stylist’s car on the way back to the designer, so he grabbed it and I did a quick swap.
SP: How has your look evolved over the years?
GR: I constantly change my hair color…platinum blonde, dark brown, warm brown, honey blond…I love changing my hair color every year. It keeps things interesting.
SP: What fashion trends are you loving and embracing right now?
GR: I just bought a few men’s blazers in black and navy blue. They are by MM Couture. Very affordable and super stylish. I’ve been wearing them with a simple neon or bright t-shirt over super tight LNA stretch pants and my new above the knee Balenciaga black leather boots. They are equestrian style with a four inch heel and are very fitted to the leg and tall. So hot!!! I just got two tight leather motorcycle jackets, one in black and one in turquoise from the clothing company Secret Circus out of London. Love!
SP: What are three fashion accessories every woman should own?
GR: Tall leather black boots, a great trench coat, and a big, long scarf.
SP: Current handbag obsession?
GR: I love my new gray woven leather Cole Haan bag. It just came out and it’s the perfect size.
SP: If you could only use one brand of makeup for life, which would it be?
GR: MAC. Most of my makeup is from MAC. I wear makeup for up to 14 hours a day and MAC stays on my skin the longest.
SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
GR: Moisturize! My mother is in her late 60s and looks 50! She has moisturized her entire body, especially her face, every day of her life and it shows!
Watch Giuliana Rancic on E! News, weeknights at 7 and 11:30pm. She’s also very active on Twitter…follow her tweets at twitter.com/GiulianaRancic.
Hey, chicas! Remember the coat that I bought on Friday – and I saved $141 on it? Well, guess what? You can save MORE!
Lord & Taylor‘s Friends and Family promotion starts Wednesday in stores – but you can start saving now online! With the Friends & Family discount, the Ellen Tracy coat I paid $219 for will only cost you $187.50…plus, you’d qualify for free standard shipping! Simply enter promo code FRIENDS at checkout.
If you’d prefer to shop the good ole fashioned way, check out the printable coupon below.
South Moon Under is having a Genetic Denim Trunk Show this Thursday, October 22 at their Center City Philadelphia store (1731 Chestnut Street).
And right now, South Moon Under is also offering 20% off all denim purchases in-store (locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) AND on their website – southmoonunder.com. Use promo code is DENIM20.
The Earnest Sewn sale starts Monday, October 19.
The Priorities sale starts Monday, October 19.
The Rodial sale starts Monday, October 19.
The BCBG sale starts Tuesday, October 20.
The BCBG Handbags sale starts Tuesday, October 20.
The M Lab sale starts Tuesday, October 20.
The Burn sale starts Wednesday, October 21.
The Quasar sale starts Wednesday, October 21.
The Juicy Couture sale starts Thursday, October 22.
The Ouidad sale starts Friday, October 23.
The Riller & Fount sale starts Friday, October 23.
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