Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82 from cancer. The designer has been battling cancer since 2006.
The prominent designer was born in Dominican Republic in 1932. At the age of 18, he left home at to study painting in Madrid. There, he fell in love with fashion and apprenticed at some of the biggest fashion houses including Balenciaga and Lanvin.
Not long after, de la Renta moved to New York City to make a name for himself. While there he caught the eye of Jackie Kennedy and the rest as they say is history. Over the years, the designer would dress a number of first ladies including Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Over more than five decades, de la Renta has also dressed countless celebrities including Julia Roberts, Oprah and most recently George Clooney’s wife Amal.
Of Mr. de la Renta, First Lady Hillary Clinton said “Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart”.
If I could describe Oscar de la Renta’s fashion house it would be simply one word “Classic”. He knew how to dress women, looking back at his five decades of work, every piece is simply timeless and a work of art. He will be missed.
George Clooney’s fiance Amal Clooney
Monday, September 29th, 2014
There is nothing like going to spa and leaving all of your worries behind for an hour or forever. But alas, we can’t all live the life of Kim and Kanye so we will have to settle with going to the spa once in a blue moon. You can always create the spa experience at home for a significant ! Cue the Sade or Enya like tunes and drift away!
This past week, I have been using Suave® Professionals premium body care line. I used the Awapuhi Infusion Awapuhi Ginger & Honeysuckle and the Moroccan Infusion body wash. They smell amazing! After taking a shower, I just loved how the Awapuhi infusion made the entire room smell like a little bit of heaven!
Along with the body wash and lotions, the line also includes Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray. The spray is a light mist and contains Moroccan argan oil and best part it is not greasy.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Getting into the fall season is always a tricky time for me and I am sure a lot of other people. On one hand, I LOVE fall and everything the comes with it including: all things pumpkin, amazing weather, cozy sweaters and riding boots, leaves changing color and of course FOOTBALL, Go Patriots!
But on the other hand, fall also brings the realization that old man winter is just around the corner waiting to wreak havoc on my life with snow and bone chilling temperatures. So I decided that I would embrace fall this year while still holding on to summer for a tad bit longer (truth be told, I don’t believe in not wearing white after Labor Day). I love tartan print especially the one I am wearing which the Scottish refer to as Black Watch Tartan (you are welcome for this totes random trivia)!
The Look: Shirt: Lord and Taylor: (similar) / Skirt: Express (similar) / Necklace: Francesca’s (similar) / Shoes: Nine West / Bag: Ralph Lauren / Lip colors: Maybelline Fifth Avenue Fuschia & NARS Penny Arcade / Earrings: Macy’s (similar) / Photography by Emily Lucas
And off course, fall wouldn’t be fall without Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (yes, I know there isn’t actually pumpkin in the pumpkin spice latte! But there is also no such thing as a jolly fat man who delivers presents on Christmas! Ignorance can sometimes be bliss
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
The older I get, the more I realize that some of my spending habits are unwise. So with the wisdom that age brings, I have learned to cut down a few places (and by wiser I mean instead of buying 5 lipsticks at Sephora, I now buy 4… I think that means I am growing, no?).
I try to find duplicates wherever I can and my latest substitution is primer! For as long as primer has been a staple, Smashbox has been the go to for all of humanity. And there is a reason for it. A good primer will temporarily smooth out lines and make large pores appear smaller. primers also act as a barrier between you skin and makeup. It helps makeup last longer and look better.
The Smashbox primer checks in at $36 and the less expensive and just as impressive NYX cost $13. This is a case of more expensive does not equal better product. In this case, I will go to NYX for my primer.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
I am just a little geeked out about Spring 2015. I love gingham print and my heart just fluttered to see it woven so masterfully in Diane von Furstenberg’s collection! As always, Diane’s collection was FANTABULOUS!!!!! She gave me amazing prints, bold color and the legendary Ms. Naomi Campbell! Here are some of my favorite pieces:
WORK NAOMI, WORK
Designer Joseph Altuzarra also showcased gingham for his Spring 2015 show!
Friday, August 29th, 2014
This week’s pick for Fab Fashion Friday is the absolutely adorable Sarah Hyland. The Modern Family star looked amazing in this Christian Siriano crop top and full skirt. Sarah was styled to absolute perfection! This is seriously the best she has ever looked.
Off course, I would love to wear a crop top, I just need to figure out how to get my ample bosom to fit into one (but I digress, let’s get back to Sarah)! Her makeup was also incredibly stunning and I have provided information about the products she is wearing.
Sarah’s makeup was GORGEOUS in its simplicity! Her makeup artist Allan Avendaño used the following: MAC Pigment in Naked from the inner corners of the eyes toward the center. At the outer corners, he applied MAC Eyeshadows in Swiss Chocolate, Smut and Bronze, and used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle under the brow bones. For her cheeks, Allan used MAC Powder Blush in Style.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
This past week, we were treated to the 2014 MTV Music Awards and some interesting fashion choices. But I always love seeing the artistry of the celebrity’s makeup artist. I think they are the unsung heroes in the celebrity powerhouse. Here are my favorite looks!
She is perfection! Let’s move on shall we?
Nicki has such a pretty face and I was so happy to see her toned down look. Half the time, we are so busy staring at her antics and crazy costumes that it can be lost on us that she is a beautiful woman. I just love this vintage glam she is giving us!
Lucy Hale brought just the right amount of pretty. She obviously does not need a lot, she kept her look simple and classy. I think for the MTV VMAs sometimes showing up as the plain Jane will probably get you more press because you will be the only normal person there.
What’s not too love about Kelly? She is Queen Bey’s BFF and now she is married and pregnant and just glowing. She looked ever the Grecian Goddess.
Oh Laverne, you are giving me so much fabness I just can’t stand it! The blunt bangs, smokey eyes and nude lips are fantastic!
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I received the Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector to test. I have not used a lot of Aveeno products, so I was ready to give this a try. I have sensitive skin, so in June, my dermatologist gave me a sample of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 to try out. I will be honest, even though my doctor gave me the sample, I did not immediately start testing it out until I actually had to and I am so happy I did. If you have been on my Instagram feed, then you know a few weeks ago, I purchased my first house (Yay!!!). In the midst of the move, I misplaced my usually moisturizer. Lucky for me, I still had the Aveeno sample my doctor gave me and I started using it. I have to be honest, I really liked it.
So when I received the tone corrector, I was ready to dive right in. Being a victim of hyper-pigmentation (the cause of my skin discoloration), I had high hopes for Targeted Tone Corrector. The lotion has a light weight texture that melts into the skin. It dries quickly and does not make my skin oily. Having only used it for 2 weeks, I cannot say I have seen significant changes with my dark spots. However, I will continue to use this as a nighttime moisturizer since it does not have sunscreen.
Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
My nails are always on an up and down spiral. One minute they are strong and the next they are breaking off for no apparent reason.
Over the years I have tried a number of different products, some helped, but most did not. Most recently, I started using Probelle Touch N’ Grow Nail Polish. When I received this product, I was apprehensive at first and thought this might be another “miracle” in a bottle. But guess what, this actually does help to make nails stronger.
The Probelle two-step system is supposed to help nails grow to a healthier state. The Touch N’ Grow polish strengthens nails while the Touch N’ Grow Plus maintains healthy nails. The Touch N’ Grow Plus incorporates garlic and lime to prevent discoloration.
What I noticed instantly about this nail treatment was the absence of the very strong smell I am used to from traditional nail polish. The best part of this is that it dried extremely fast. By fast, I mean approximately 2 minutes. I have a very busy schedule and I certainly cannot dedicate hours to nail maintenance everyday (although, my lack of attention to my nails could also explain why they are weak)
I think the only challenge with this will be remembering to put it on everyday. But aside from that, it is definitely worth a try.