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Chair Personality

In Home on January 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

How about this: Socks for your chairs?

Socks for your chairs you ask? Yup, 4 to be precise. Argyle, Tube, Striped, whatever your heart or personal style desires.

Slide them on your legs – your chairs legs that is – and trust us, you’ll have a conversation starter in seconds. They also work wonders in the boardroom, or any old meeting room that you want to add a little flair to.

The socks are about 5.9″ (15 cm) long and if the chairs legs have a circumference between 4.3″ – 5.3″ (11-13,5 cm), then they’ll fit perfectly.

Buy It: Charles and Marie
Cost: $20.00

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Golden Eye

In Beauty on January 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

Blake Lively looked beautiful on the Golden Globes red carpet. Everyone’s favorite Gossip Girl paired her tousled bohemian mane with simple, clean makeup accented by eye makeup that is shimmering with golden flecks and metallic radiance. Gold, Shimmering Eye Makeup is all the rage this Spring; gold shadow flatters any skin or eye color and looks best when paired with flushed cheeks. A blush with sparkle gives an edge to an otherwise innocent look.

Get sassy, sexy, super-flirty, golden eyes with these gold shadows!

Nars Eye Shadow – Night Sun
Cost: $22.00

Revlon 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad – Champagne Toast
Cost: $6.49

Estée Lauder ‘Sensuous Gold’ Signature Eyeshadow Quad
Cost: $35.00

Uncork Your Compliments

In Home on January 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Say it with booze. Toast-Its are greeting cards that wrap around wine bottles, for a smart alternative to traditional wine bags and boxes. These greetings get noticed, make tongues wag and make your bottle stand apart in the crowd.

What’s more, Toast-Its have a smart design that includes an area for a personalized greeting that stays with the bottle even when the rest of the bottle is unwrapped–so your host or hostess will remember your thoughtfulness even when the bottle is corked.

Wine may have a nose, but it also has a mouth. Let is speak with Toast-Its.

Buy It: Toast-Its
Cost: $3.99 + free shipping

Full House

In Shoes on January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

Who would’ve known 10 years ago that the Olsen twins would once become a serious force in the fashion industry? Elizabeth and James (named after their 2 other siblings) is a powerhouse fashion company and with shoes like the bubblegum pink platforms pumps it really isn’t hard to fall in love. These darlings have everything I love about shoes. They are bold, sky-high and radiate a subtle sexiness despite the cute sorbet color. I’d rock them with edgy accessories and black liquid leggings to avoid cuteness overkill and bring in some contrast to the look.

Buy It: Piperlime
Cost: $350.00

Walk the Line

In Beauty on January 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Finding a good Lip Liner is sometimes as tough as finding a goose that lays a golden egg. Liners are either too dry and matte and the colors range from too brown (I fear the brown liner and frosty lipstick look) to too red.

Laura Mercier’s Lip Liner in Chestnut is a neutral brown mauve color and creates a look that is precious, smooth and flawless (and oh-so natural). Mercier’s lip liner is designed to outline, define, and enhance the natural shape of the lip, this lip pencil is firm enough to draw a precise thin line, yet soft enough to blend, without tugging.

Buy It: Sephora
Cost: $19.00

Dress to Impress

In Beauty, Fashion on January 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

Obviously there’s more (a lot more) to finding gainful employment than great looks. But you’d be surprised how much appearance can count when it comes to making a spectacular first impression in an interview. For example, let’s see….a Chinese company insists that its hires have gorgeous ears. (The firm says they want to make sure a worker’s appearance won’t have a negative effect on customers. What?!) But back to normalcy, when we also came across the news that Privé salons in LA and NYC are now offering a $95 Interview Prep package that includes beauty services in addition to career placement assistance, we started thinking about professional grooming, if you will.

Here are five tips to keep in mind:

1. Leave the blue eyeshadow back in the 80’s where it belongs. We know that nods to this decade were all over Fashion Week, but unless you’re applying for a runway gig at Ford (the modeling agency, not the car company), do not attempt trendy, distracting makeup. Neutrals applied with a light hand are better.

2. Watch the hair. It sounds obvious, but wet hair that’s tucked into a scrunchie is not going to score you any points. If you can’t afford to get it professionally dried and styled (um, cuz you’re unemployed), dry it yourself, smooth flyaways with a light cream, and clip it into a sensible low ponytail or bun. Big, wild hair is not an option. It’s an interview, not a date.

3. Get the right kind of manicure. The old HR adage that neatly groomed nails say a lot about an applicant still rings true, but just because they’re polished… We’ve seen some pretty wild stuff lately: For example, black nails were cute on young starlets on the red carpet last year, but the look is a definite interview no-no. (Ditto for the French manicure. Seriously.) Short, clean, peeling cuticle-free nails that are either buffed or painted in a nude shade are the way to go.

4. Avoid the last minute facial. Like your nails, the state of your skin speaks volumes about you, even though nobody has control over pesky hormones and genes. But acne or undereye circles can work against you, and facials can irritate any sensitive skin condition. Instead of piling on the blue shadow (see above), moisturize dry skin, mattify for oily types, and use a luminizing foundation to fake a healthy glow. Secret weapon: Amazing Concealer, $42, which subtly covers every flaw.

5. Don’t make them want to smell you later. Perfume can be beautiful and elegant. But so many people are allergic to everything these days, and besides, overwhelming scent is way distracting. Better to smell like soap, if anything. You can always spritz on the Fracas when you actually score the job.

Rufflicious

In Fashion on January 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Leather Jackets are a stylish way to stay warm this spring and this Dallin Chase Black Leather Jasper Jacket absolutely rocks! As seen on Charlize Theron and Rihanna, this 100% Italian leather jacket has a ruffled collar and detailing on the shoulder. Pair a black leather jacket with a bright dress and opaque stockings, or just rock a simple white tank and jeans to pull off an edgier look.

Buy It: Luv Charlie
Cost: $598.00

Too expensive? Try this similar leather jacket with ruffles for a fraction of the cost!

Leather Crop Ruffle Jacket
Cost: $139.00

Assault Shield

In Fashion on January 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

When cosmetic counter women and dermatologists ask me what kind of skin I have, I regularly balk at the question. Um…my skin is dry, oily, t-zone, acne and wrinkle prone, and my pores seem HUGE (especially when I stare at them in my 10x mirror). Of course I want to be protected from evil UV rays, and yes, I would like the teenage acne (that seems to have magically appeared up in my 20’s) to go away. and YES, I do not want the wrinkles, which are being caused by contemplating my skin care routine, to be permanently etched in my forehead.

Recently I have started using a new face moisturizer and have fallen in love! Estee Lauder’s Day Wear Plus multi protection anti-oxidant creme keeps my dry skin moisturized, my acne prone skin calm, and the harmful UV rays at bay…all while protecting me from wrinkles. This yummy smelling, non-greasy, light lotion is a protective moisturizer which actively shields my skin to help prevent lines before they appear—so my skin looks smoother and healthier, longer.

This product has a myriad of benefits…starting with:

Anti-Oxidant Protection
An ultra potent blend of anti-oxidants includes rare South African Red Tea, Grape Seed, and a supercharged combination of Vitamins C and E. Re-energizes skin’s own defenses with White Birch Extract and Eukarion.

UV Protection
Helps turn away the sun’s damaging rays with a skin-friendly, ultra gentle SPF 15 sunscreen.

Moisture Protection
Dual moisture system keeps skin feeling hydrated and healthy.
A special moisture magnet provides an instant burst of hydration.
Our nourishing Tri-Lipid Blend boosts skin’s own moisture barrier so internal moisture is conserved.

Buy It: Estee Lauder
Cost: $39.50 (1.7 oz.)

Hello Yellow

In Fashion on January 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Diane Kruger and her fiance, actor Joshua Jackson, pose for photos on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Saturday (January 23). The 33-year-old German actress wore a gorgeous mustard-colored gown by Jason Wu.

Diane’s Jason Wu gown is absolutely stunning and this mustard yellow is a smashing hit! Accessorize with yellow this spring and look fresh and easy all season long!

Look mellow in yellow with these fab looks:

Jimmy Choo Ina Small Nappa Leather Clutch – Mustard Yellow
Cost: $795.00

Urban Minx Plaid Tweed Jacket in Mustard Tulle
Cost: $95.00

Jen’s Pirate Booty “Janis” – Mustard Yellow
Cost: $115.00

Lori Knit Ear Cover with Flower – Mustard Yellow
Cost: $22.00

Diane Von Furstenberg Mustard Crinkled Silk Front Detail Blouse
Cost: $179.00

Mist-er Sun

In Beauty on January 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Want to put the finishing touch on your outfit by giving yourself the gift of tanned gams? Sephora’s Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist gradually gives skin a natural-looking tan, for a healthy glow throughout the year. The tinted formula and mist dispenser make it easy to see exactly where you are applying the tanner, to ensure a beautiful bronze result with no smoothing or blending necessary. And the best part? The ultra light formula is scented with tropical notes of fresh mango and Monoi flower (and not the typical stinky self tanning aroma). bleh.

Buy It: Sephora
Cost: $12.00