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Beau-Tieks

In Shoes on June 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

If you have been paying any attention to shoe comfort combined with fabulosity, you will have heard of the delicious world of Tieks – Designer flats you can fit in your purse (and clutch, btw) and wear all day, everyday.

My Tieks serve more than the “get to work” function – they are the beau(tiful)-Tiek answer to long days at work, the after party, the heel emergency, traveling (long or short flights), a fashionista’s Happy Feet!

The story behind Tieks is great – a family business started by former USC professor (now Tiek godess) and her graduate business school brother – yes! a guy who is as passionate about women’s shoes as we shoe-ista’s are! Tired of constantly alternating between her stupendous high heels and Havaianas to walk to and from the car park and class rooms, Dikla decided enough was enough! Through many trials and tribulations this brother and sister team created Tieks. THANK YOU! Tieks is an answer to all our high heel escapades my fellow shoe-ista fashionistas.

Buy It: Tieks
Cost: $145+

Aniston’s Ankle Cuff Stilettos

In Shoes on June 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

Jennifer Aniston steps out in a chic pair of peanut leather ankle cuff stilettos from Michael Kors as she leaves her NYC hotel on Friday morning. These hot shoes absolutely make her outfit and create a long, lean look for her legs!

Buy It: Michael Kors
Cost: $250+

Latest Collaboration: Versace and H&M

In Fashion on June 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

The next H&M designer collab will be with…VERSACE! And though I haven’t really been too into the Versace look most recently, the thought of some iconic pieces being remade for H&M makes me feel very happy (and hopeful). I say, bring back the black and gold looks of the 90s!

H&M is proud to announce that its fall 2011 designer collaboration will be with one of the world’s most legendary fashion brands, Versace. Designed by its creative director Donatella Versace, the exclusive collection will look back to the vibrant heritage of the brand, full of leather, print, colour and exuberance in exclusive materials at fantastic H&M prices. The collection will include lines for women, men and selected pieces for the home. The collection will be released in North America on Saturday, November 19th. It will be sold in about 300 stores worldwide as well as online. In addition, Donatella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M which will be exclusively available in countries with H&M online sales from January 19th, 2012.

Melt-Proof Makeup

In Beauty on June 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Looking for summer makeup that will last as long as your tan does? I know I am! L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor is packed with vitamin E and ceramide-rich formula which is strong enough to stand up to even the iciest cocktails!

Buy It: Amazon
Cost: $8.63

Smell of Summer – Coconut Fragrances

In Beauty on June 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Nothing smells more like summer than the scent of warm coconut. This scent sends me back to my childhood, on the beach and in the sun, slathered in delicious smelling suntan lotion. Whenever I walk past a department store perfume section, I sniff every bottle until I find a coconut scent and then douse myself in it.

Here are the best coconut scents I’ve found (for summer, of course):

1. Nars Monoi Body Glow II $59.00

2. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess $55

3. Bath & Body Works Shower Gels in Coconut $10.50

4. Philosophy Aloha Girl $25

5. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut $50

Summer Romp

In Fashion on June 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Looking for a fun, flirty summer romp? Get your head out of the gutters…I’m talking about this fabulous DVF Ballancia Romper. This delicious coral, drape neck romper is perfect neon coral for summer bbqs, a casual date or lounging around with your special someone. Pair with tan wedges and tons of gold bracelets. Summer outfit = Done and done.

Buy It: Shop Bop
Cost: $325

8 Beauty Secrets of the Stars

In Beauty on June 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

1. White eyeliner

It’s a popular trick with supermodels. “White eyeliner opens up the eye, giving the appearance of bright, alert eyes,” says Lindsay. How to apply? To avoid looking ghostly, line only the inside corners along the bottom lash line for an open, wide-awake look.

Rimmel soft kohl kajal eye pencil ($2.69, drugstore.com)

2. Satin pillows

Lindsay states, “I tell my clients all the time, cotton is aging you!” What most celebrities seem to know that the un-famous are just figuring out is that quality pillowcases are worth the splurge. Why? Those tiny, sleep lines you see in the mirror when you wake up, eventually become deeper wrinkles. Satin and silk-blend fabrics don’t dent your face, adds Lindsay, “and they’re really great for your hair”. So unless you plan on sleeping on your back, it’s totally worth the money. Besides what’s pretty should be better for you.

Spasilk Satin Pillow cases ($14, amazon.com)

3. Cranberry juice

Redheaded celebs take to rinsing their hair in this favorite juice to add extra shine and keep the color rich and lustrous.

4. Peppermint extract
Collagen injections? No thanks. It’s been reported that a few popular singers, prefer this trick to painful injections. “Peppermint extract is a natural plumper, because it dilates blood vessels.” Simply dab a bit on with your fingers and enjoy your youthful, plump pout.

Pure Peppermint extract ($5.95, surlatable.com)

5. Whiten teeth with strawberries
Ever wonder how celebrities maintain their gleaming smiles? A few A-list actresses have been known to smash up strawberries with baking soda (another natural whitening remedy, found in most toothpastes) and brush with the concoction at least a couple of times a week. Road Test Alert- I tried this, and I definitely thought my teeth looked brighter afterwards. The paste is a little thick, but try to think of it as a mask for your teeth.

6. Face spritzer
Another supermodel trick, one that is keeping a certain 80’s supermodel looking lovelier and lovelier as the years pass, is a mixture of water and whole milk in a spray bottle. This spray, when spritzed on regularly throughout the day, locks in skin’s moisture and keeps your complexion glowing.

7. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a natural cleanser and toner in one. This trick used by Hollywood stars and models, keeps skin fresh, clear and evenly balanced. Just like any expensive toner- it helps to shrink the size of pores and maintain an even complexion. Added bonus? Lindsay tell us,” Citric acid acts as an exfoliator.” Have sun spots? Lemon juice is proven to help diminish the look of those too. Apply it to cotton balls and sweep entirely over face as a major part of your cleansing routine. Real Lemon lemon juice ($3.86, for two, meijer.com)

8. Olive oil for waterproof mascara (and everything else)
Loaded with antioxidants A and E and non- clogging, olive oil is to beauty what sliced bread is for the sandwich. “It takes off even the hardest to remove eye makeup- and leaves your delicate under eye skin so baby smooth, smoother than your current eye cream,” states Lindsay. Road Test Alert- Curious to try it myself (hey, I like spilling a good secret!) I was stunned. After three days my under eye area looked hydrated, refreshed and my dark circles gone. Lindsay did tell me, “chronic dark circles are usually an issue of dry skin.” Immediately, I was obsessed and replaced my usual night eye cream with olive oil and have the softest skin I’ve ever had!

Color Me Coral

In Fashion on June 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

In the way of Summer style, think of the little coral dress as a wardrobe kick-starter, the same way a coral hued lip can rev up your beauty routine. Opt for the coral hues that are fiercely color injected and bright, the kinds that exude seasonal elegance and elicit compliments, like the ones Ajak Deng, Ashley Greene, and Doutzen Kroes showed off. They’re attention grabbing in the best way possible, especially when you accessorize with gold, blue, and turquoise jewels that can stand up to the bold hue, then play up the glamour.

Roses are Red

In Fashion on June 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This rose-print maxi dress from t-bags is a fabulously feminine way to wear this season’s longer lengths. An elegant halterneck and smocked waist ensure this fluid satin style creates a flattering silhouette – simply add metallic accessories for garden party perfection.

Buy It: Net-a-Porter
Cost: $215

At First Blush

In Fashion on June 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

This summer give in to the romantic inside of you and rock a Blush Blazer. The rosy hue gives a romantic feel without figure-detracting ruffles or tiers, and the pale neutral shade is a fabulous alternative to black.

Emma Watson, Charlize Theron and Daria Werbowy all are loving this ultra feminine yet powerful look.

Check these blush blazers out:

The Row Kevington silk blazer $1,820

Elizabeth and James Distressed Elizabeth Blazer in Nude $395

Stella McCartney Twill blazer in Rose $1,725