Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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Friday, February 23, 2007
J-Lo looked like a Grecian goddess in Marchesa. This was a great choice for her, a surprise because of her usual tendency towards hoochiness. Kirsten Dunst glimmered in Chanel Haute Couture. Although I am not the fondest of the feathers, I do love the sheer collar detail and the intricate yet delicate pattern. What I most love about this dress is that it reflects Kirsten's quirky-cute style in a very chic way.
in a barbie world
Life in plastic,
-"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
As much as I strive for individuality, I must admit that as a little girl I was first exposed to beauty and fashion through the wondrous, disproportionate, and plasticized creation that is Barbie. Although we can hate her for her extreme body ratio, her forays into every career imaginable, and leading poor pretty-boy Ken on for more than forty years, we can instead take her at face value. Barbie is just plain gorgeous, and she has remained an iconic figure in pop culture.
The smart people at MAC must agree with me then, for their new collection, Barbie Loves MAC, is all about everything fun, colorful, and feminine. This collection not only contains Barbie's trademark pink, but also fresh complementary shades of green and smoky tones, a perfect palette for spring.
Once I heard of this I knew that I immediately needed to see first-hand that these were not your run-of-the-mill, sickeningly cutesy collection of cosmetics. I recently had the pleasure of viewing this collection, and I was very impressed. Although every piece in the collection, from the lipsticks to the nail polish, is covetable, my two favorites are the Barbie Loves MAC Eyeshadow in Mothbrown and the Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom. The eyeshadow appears an intense and frosty purplish-brown in the case, yet when applied created a very flattering smoky glow, very soft and capable of being layered for day or night. The Beauty Powder is in the perfect shade of shimmery pastel pink, and added a gorgeous luminescent light to my face.
In the end I looked "dolled up", yet very naturally pretty, which seems like an oxymoron coming from a collection about the most highly stylized toy of all time.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Just hearing the name Burberry conjure up images of the trademark beige, red, and black plaid into my mind. Although the signature Burberry plaid is a classic and one of the most quintessential symbols of Brit fashion, Burberry is so much more. Burberry Prorsum, Burberry's more high-fashion label, combines some of the brands classic shapes, such as the trench, with new designs, making the brand modern and very hipster-chic. This season was especially inspiring, with such rich textures as croc skin, paillettes, and satin. The season's new trench is updated in the new ultra-luxe dark mossy croc with shiny gold-toned hardware, very tough-girl with attitude to spare. One of the coolest styling techniques from this collection is layering a long, slim sweater over a silky dress or skirt, a very flattering and easy way to layer two staples of the fall season. The collection also included beautifully glitzy sequin-type embellishments on smoky grays, all topped off with a fabulous pair of leather gloves. A collection like this almost makes you forget that this was a brand that started off with items as simple as a plaid scarf!
all pictures courtesy of http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2007RTW/complete/thumb/BURBERRY?trend=&page=1
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
To me, Fashion Week is not Fashion Week without Marc by Marc Jacobs. This was the first designer brand I fell in love with, and it opened my eyes to all different concepts of fashion. This season the show was held surprisingly in London, as opposed to New York where it has been recently. Nevertheless, it was still amazing. Marc Jacobs kept his signature grunge look, yet there was a European flair to the clothing. The berets added a French touch to a layered palette of burnished tones, charcoal, and smoky greys. The glove trend was seen yet again, adding a toasty touch to an otherwise bare sleeveless top. The ankle boot is still reigning strong as the shoe du-jour, making it a strong component to ground floaty layers. One of the most beautiful looks was a greige dress adorned with a silver filigree print, reminiscent of a Chloe look. Leave it to M by MJ to create another lust-worthy and grungy-chic collection!
All pictures courtesy of New York Magazine
Have you ever sat through a chemistry class and heard the Periodic Table of Elements rattled off millions of times over and over, with your teacher droning on and on about the important properties of each? It is enough to put many people to sleep, or produce a notebook chock full of doodles and bubbly messages to other sleepy classmates.
Now you can make chemistry work in your favor with Smashbox O-GLOW. This revolutionary new blushing formula produces beautifully natural results by using only the newest technology. The special ingredient in this clear gel is the Goji Berry-C Complex™, which works with your skin's own circulatory system to stimulate a customized glow, which differs from person to person.
This product truly delivers results, leaving a long-lasting flush that was natural and complemented my skin color. Not only is the product brilliant, it is also extremely fun and oddly satisfying to watch the clear gel turn to pink within seconds of application!
I never thought that chemistry could be so fun...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Who doesn't love a beautiful rose? Their sweet smell and delicate petals are reminiscent of an English garden and instantly conjure up thoughts of romance.
Although it is always a pleasure to see a tall glass vase filled with these elegant flowers, why not have the same satisfaction for your lips? Smith's Rosebud Salve is the ultimate chic lip saver that puts all other lip balms to shame. Packaged in a delightfully retro-pharmaceutical blue tin, this sheer pink balm contains soothing rose oils that leave lips hydrated, glossy, and naturally rosy.
Not only is this a prime lip treatment, it does double duty as a skin balm and eyebrow enhancer. On one of my recent time-zone-influenced dry skin emergencies, I dabbed a bit of this salve on the offending area and awoke to significantly more hydrated skin. I also often smooth the smallest bit along the shape of my brow to hold them in place and make my whole face appear more polished.
On the cost effective side, this balm is very inexpensive and lasts surprisingly long. I keep a tin of this around at all times for a refreshing option to traditionally tacky lip glosses.
As the great artist Seal once said "Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose," there will certainly be no competition with a rosy pucker from this balm.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
This is one of my favorites of the season! After viewing collection after collection of serious clothing, its so refreshing to see these beautifully feminine looks. Once again the tight trend reigned supreme, running the gamut from striped to polka-dotted. There is definitely a baby-doll influence, yet with a touch of sophisticated glam.
The young and talented Mr. Posen churned out a delightfully rich collection of polished duds this season. Rich purples mixed with warm neutrals and sultry black. A reference to the leather trend was seen in the details of dresses and on opera length gloves-a big trend for fall. Am I currently dreaming of possible future collaborations with Target? Pretty please?
all pictures courtesy of http://www.style.com/fashionshows/
Sunday, February 4, 2007
That is all about to change. The health craze has now seeped into perfume culture with LAVANILA. These breakthrough scents are the first that are actually beneficial to your health. Unlike other perfumes, which contain scary additives and mystery chemicals, these contain nutrients that help with overall health. According to Sephora:
"With each spray, proprietary natural technology wraps the skin with super antioxidants goji berry and kakadu plum, soothing willowherb, and hydrating olive leaf for a healthy dose of 30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids."
Not only is it practically a multi-vitamin, but the scents sound simply sweet, including Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Grapefruit, and Pure Vanilla. No scary mystery concoctions or hard-to-pronounce notes here!
Who can feel guilty about a little (as my cousin likes to call it) "smell good" when its this good for you?
In an interesting fashion, Marc Jacob's Fall 2007 runway collection turned into a chic geometry lesson. Clean lines, a simple palette, and interesting angles all combined to create a modern minimalism. A key trend were the various wide brim, short brim, and tilted hats that almost obscured the faces of the models, adding mystery and retro mystique. Ladylike cuts met menswear tailoring. A departure from his usual urban-friendly aesthetic, these clothes carried a Katherine-Hepburn vibe, both strong and powerful.
3.1 Philip Lim further cemented his status as one of the best new designers in fashion with this collection. It was both young and effortlessly cool, which is part of Lim's trademark style. The short hemline reined, proving to be a persisting trend from spring. The mostly gray, tonal collection was punched up with the occasional glint of dirty metallic, hint of vibrant color, or pop of polka dots. A very chic collection for budding ingenues.
In trademark Luella fashion, this collection was bright and bold. The clothes made no apologies for being decidedly extroverted. Known for her rock n' roll aesthetic, this collection was for the fashion risk-taker. Two words to define this collection: polka dots and, what appeared to be, galoshes. Although the polka dots added fun spice to an otherwise basic black dress, the galoshes brought to mind Jack Sparrow and a band of mangy pirates. Meant for those with a sense of humor, this collection unabashedly demanded attention.
all pictures courtesy of http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2007RTW/runwayshows/index.html
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Yet as the years go by, Valentines Day becomes more and more complicated, and more and more pressure builds up on us to give out the perfect Valentines. Why not travel back in time and go retro with a cute set of nostalgic valentines like this Fredflare Valentine Pocket Tin Set? Not only are these adorable valentines adorned with cheerful 40's and 50's era cartoons, but they also double as tins! This means you can stash a tiny piece of candy, a love note, or any other valentine goody in a secret little compartment for the recipient to discover.
Whoever said hiding was a bad thing? Conceal a little something this holiday for your friends or your sweetie.