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Repair Summer Damage

In Beauty on August 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

Got lifeless locks? Summer can take its toll on our hair (and liver…hello summer bbqs); sun, wind, sand, and humidity can dry out and fizzle hair, even if its well maintained. Outside of washing your hair with beer or marinating your locks with egg yokes & avocado, there are easier and better smelling ways to recharge your head. Here are some of the best deep conditioners that will bring your locks back to life and leave you with beautiful, refreshed tousled hair!

Check out these Damage Repairing Conditioners:

Bumble and Bumble Deeep $25.00
-A once-a-week protein feast to repair, soften, smooth, revitalize, add shine & increase elasticity – a must for the chemically treated, sun-damaged & undernourished

Biolage Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm $22.99
-Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm replenishes dry, stressed hair with a dose of intense moisture

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner $3.00
– intense, fortifying conditioners, Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner is a seriously simple fix for dry, distressed tresses

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil $30.00
– It takes even the most over-heated locks and spins them to silk through the use of numerous carrier and essential oils like Sesame, Jojoba, and Lavender

2010 Emmy Favorites

In Entertainment, Fashion on August 30, 2010 at 9:20 am

Watching the 2010 Emmy’s last night allowed me to momentarily fantasize that I was right there on the red carpet (sweating, not breathing, and starving) along with the star and starlets. The dresses this year were stunning and gave us a look into what will be in this fall!

Here are some of my favorites!


Nina Dobrev absolutely wowed in this silk Zuhair Murad masterpiece. Chopard diamonds and a classic updo really set off her gorgeous metallic gown. Recreate this look with this Tory Burch Ardell One Shoulder Dress $495.00

Claire Danes, nominated for “Temple Grandin” Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner sparkled in a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Armani Prive strapless number. Recreate this look with this Alice + Olivia Rigbi Sequin Tube Dress $495.00

We also saw an outstanding array of purple gowns and dresses on the red carpet. If one this is for sure, this fall will be a purple and gold year!!

Brow Bone Highlights

In Beauty on August 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I love the look for sun kissed skin (real or applied) and a hint of shimmer dancing on the eyebrow bone. This cosmetic enhancement makes your whole face glow and your eyes look refreshed and happy. Typically, this shimmer on the eyebrow only exists in nature when you are extremely sweaty or you have oily eyebrow bones…so to recreate this look, we need some makeup help.

I have been a long time user of MAC eyeshadows and found that when applied lightly, eye shadow works just great on the brow bone, corner of the eye and even on the apples of the cheeks. My preference is MAC’s White Frost which is a white shadow with an icy shimmer. However, you need to test different shades to see what looks best with your coloring.

Here are some of the industry favorites (from MAC) to highlight the brow bone:

Cool Highlights: White Frost, Forgery, Crystal Avalanche, Filament, Mylar, Yogurt, Electra, Pincurl, Seedy Pearl

Warm Highlights: Vapour, Vanilla, Blanc Type, Shroom, Dazzlelight, Phloof!, Naked Lunch, Vex, Sugarshot, Brule, Tete-a-Tint, Jest, Malt, Ricepaper, Bisque, Flip, Bamboo, Honesty, Samoa Silk, Gleam, All That Glitters, Retrospeck, Wedge, Woodwinked, Soft Brown, Kid, Honey Lust

Buy It: MAC
Cost: $14.50

Chuck It

In Shoes on August 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Ever want to just skip the heels and slip on a pair of super comfy (cute) run-around shoes? and I’m not talking about ballerina flats. I recently discovered the perfect “saturday” shoe…one that is durable, slip on, comfortable and cute! Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star Chuck It are comfy, mesh-like slip on converse shoes that come in pink, purple, white and black! These shoes are built for summer; made with mesh material, lightweight outsole and a slip on construction…these shoes were made for skipping along the boardwalk. The only negative is that they aren’t waterproof.

Buy It: Converse
Cost: $32.00

Draped Diva

In Fashion on August 25, 2010 at 10:06 am

“Nothing says fall like a soft as butter leather jacket. Adds a rock-and-roll feel to everything in your closet from an evening gown to a burnout tee”, says fashionista Rachel Zoe and I couldn’t agree more. Drapy leather jackets are all the rage this fall and you can spend $200 to $2,000 on one.

As seen on Olivia Wilde, you can wear a draped leather jacket with a great dress to add an edgy flair to the outfit or you can pair it with skinny cargo pants and a t shirt! So chic.

Try these Draped Leather Jackets on for size:

BB Dakota Damon Black Leather Jacket $89.95

Vince Paper Leather Drape Neck Jacket in Blackas seen on Kristin Cavallari $995.00

Twenty8TwelveGlammore’ Drape Front Lambskin Leather Jacket $695.00

House of Harlow Hottie

In Fashion on August 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Kim Kardashian is rocking out this tribal summer/fall necklace designed by House of Harlow 1960 (nicole Richie’s Line) and looking fab! The exotic lines of the necklace allow her to pull off a rather plain outfit and the black onyx color really brings out her dark locks. House of Harlow’s 1960 tribal inspired line of jewelry has quickly become a celebrity favorite! And the best part about the line..it’s not that expensive!

Buy It: Kitson
Cost; $125.00

Greige – The New Neutral

In Fashion on August 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

This Fall, Greige (Grayish Beige) is the new, chic neutral. Outfits like this Celia Draped Skirt Dress is not only outrageously pretty, it is also colored in the season’s essential greige neutral combination. The simple top is in a brownish greyish beige, and is finished with twisted chiffon edging the neckline and sleeves. Below the inset waist, a dark nudish beige chiffon skirt in multiple layers is softly pleated, overlaid in a wrap effect and ruched at the sides for mega draping.

Other Ways to Go Greige!

GAP Greige Cascase Ruffle Tank $59.50

Bebe Greige Lace Pinstripe Dress $149.00

Missoni Ruffle Knit Scarf in Greige $175.00

Holy Heels

In Shoes on August 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

Invest in fabulously fierce footwear like Lanvin’s black python pumps with Mongolian fur-trimmed silver heel. Build your look from the feet up by pairing them with a simple LBD and a compact clutch. These heels are fierce, fashionable, and fabulously expensive!

Buy It: Net-a-Porter
Cost: $1,990

Wax On Wax Off

In Beauty on August 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Don’t have time to run to the salon for a quick brow wax before a hot date? Free no more, you can wax your own eyebrows at home! Anastasia Mini Wax Kit is an essential waxing kit that’s used by Anastasia on her celebrity clientele while traveling. This sugar-based wax is gentle, easy-to-use, and designed for quick and convenient at-home brow and lip maintenance. Yooch!

Buy It: Anastasia
Cost: $12.00

Bombshell Curls

In Beauty on August 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Looking for curls that would make a supermodel jealous? The bouncy, shiny curls that only seem to appear in Pantene Prov commercials? I am! Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk – ‘the original curl definer‘ is the answer. It’s a quenching, fast-absorbing lotion that defines, tames, and restores luster to natural curls while conditioning. It nourishes and conditions hair to restore its natural luster and leaves only the most gorgeous hair for you to style!

Buy It: Sephora
Cost: $9.00