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Time Management On The Red Carpet


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With the rise of the “Ask Her More” initiative, celebrities are demanding to talk about topics other than the clothes on their back while on the red carpet, especially when their time is so limited. With all the talented women that were housed under one roof at last night’s Golden Globes, surely there was more to discuss. After all, these women are actresses, writers, producers, activists, mothers and human beings that have not only created and participated in award-winning projects, but have lived full lives outside of the entertainment industry. It’s time to let the world know that too!

Yet, when you are loaned a dress worth thousands, and the jewels come with their own personal body-guard for the evening, those designers deserve to get acknowledged. Last nights pre-award’s host/hostess did a good job of keeping that portion brief, and delved into as many more substantial matters as the time allotted permitted.

After last night’s speech I’m sure no one will be making the mistake of asking Meryl Streep, “Who she is wearing?” Way to go, Meryl! You rock. (see below for speech)

Teresa Palmer in Armani Prive // Jessica Chastain in Prada // Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan // Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier // Amy Adams in Tom Ford //Anna Kendrick in Vionnet // Caitriona Balfe in Delpozzo // Natalie Portman in Prada // Blake Lively in Atelier Versace // Thandie Newton in Monse

Then There’s This

all-the-best-looks-from-the-2017-golden-globe-after-parties All the Best Looks from the 2017 Golden Globe After Parties

golden-globes-2017-the-13-best-beauty-looks-on-the-red-carpet The Best Beauty Looks on the Golden Globes 2017 Red Carpet

keep-your-trump-jokes-meryl-streep-is-here-to-actually-say-something-that-matters-about-the-president-elect Keep Your Trump Jokes, Meryl Streep Is Here to Actually Say Something that Matters About the President-elect

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Ideal Curated Work Gifts


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Buying the people you work for, with, and whom work for you can be a tricky maneuver. One that requires balancing creativity, decorum and skill. Though budget may be a consideration you always want to give the recipient a gift they’ll love, and that will stand out in the sea of received gifts! Today’s curated list keeps in mind multiple budgets while covering many genres: from Broadway Baker’s sweets-to-die-for (on Oprah’s Best Thing’s List), to Mini Me’s personalized Bobbleheads, to Simone Leblanc’s seasonal gift boxes, ranging in price from $50 to $750.

Shop the list and find a gift they will love at a price you will too!

Broadway Baker // Vanity Fair 100 Years From the Jazz Age to Our Age // Jackery Smart Fit Technology Portable Charger // Flores Lane Candles // Simone Leblanc Gift Box // 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said // Mini Me Personalized Bobblehead //  Simon Pearce Weston Vase

Then There’s This

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11-beauty-products-you-need-this-winter 11 Beauty Products You Need This Winter

the-designer-making-fanciful-creations-out-of-birkin-scraps The Designer Making Fanciful Creations Out of Birkin Scraps

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Holiday Gifts For The Vain… Or Beauty Lover


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November came and went before I even had a chance to think about Christmas/Chanukah. But, now that we are settling into December, I can’t ignore that the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye. Gift giving can be as consuming as a full-time job, but one way to lessen the stress level is great planning and starting your shopping early.

My curated list of incredible gifts for the beauty lover in your life (we all have one) can help on both accounts (with more varied lists to come). I can vouch for Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting set and brush – it gives me a glow that comes in handy when my face is in need of a pick-me-up! What I have added to my Santa list is the ZIIP Nano current device. The brainchild of “electrical esthetician” Melanie Simon, ZIIP uses nano-current technology to stimulate elastin and collagen production to produce luminous and lifted skin after one treatment!!  Sounds good to me!!

Foreo Luna Mini // Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo Total Transformation Kit // Smith & Cult Lip Trio // Allegresse 24K Gold Illuminating Facial Peel // Net-A-Porter Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Kit // ZIIP Nano Current Device // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal // Perricone Multi-Action Overnight Treatment

Then There’s This

an-inside-look-at-michelle-obamas-final-white-house-holiday-decorations  An Inside Look at Michelle Obama’s Final White House Holiday Decorations

20-chic-and-festive-winter-decor-ideas  20 Chic and Festive Winter Décor Ideas That Won’t Make You Feel Basic

10-tips-for-holiday-travel 10 Tips for Holiday Travel

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My Gift To You — The Ultimate Gift List


Odacite Mature and Youthful CocktailMaison Du Soir Melbourne Shirt Dress

Eddie Borgo Tassel EarringsOscar Maschera Giovanni Basket

Coordinate Collection NecklacePrada PR 12QS Sunglasses

Foreo Luna PremiumPlantfolk Apothecary X UO Lip Scrub

Michael Michael Kors Oversized Boiled Wool CardiganAssouline Gypset Triology

It is down to the wire, and today is the day I am going to wrap up my Christmas shopping. I am feeling the pressure, as I am sure many of you fellow procrastinators are (or just plain too busy), and I want to check all who are on my list off.

I’ve curated this special list composed of everything I would love to see under my tree ( I’m guessing you will know someone too) to support those in my predicament. I’m especially jonesing for the Oscar Maschera Giovanni leather basket, the Maison Du Soir Melbourne Chambrey shirt dress, and the Gypset Trilogy highlighting travel, style and living!

Hope this helps. Good luck to us all!

Odacite Mature and Youthful Cocktail // Maison Du Soir Melbourne Shirt Dress // Oscar Maschera Giovanni Basket // Prada PR 12QS Sunglasses // Plantfolk Apothecary X UO Lip Scrub // Assouline Gypset Triology  // Michael Michael Kors Oversized Boiled Wool Cardigan // Foreo Luna Premium or the mini here // Coordinate Collection Palisades Necklace // Eddie Borgo Tassel Earrings

We’re Not Done Yet

45 Chic Gifts for Your Canine Companion 45 Chic Gifts for Your Canine Companion

Rachel Zoe’s Latest Baby Obsessions Rachel Zoe’s Latest Baby Obsessions

30 Perfect Christmas Presents for Mom  30 Perfect Christmas Presents for Mom

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Trend Report: The Velvet Boot


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If you had asked me, “Would I be sporting velvet boots this fall?” before I saw Dries Van Noten’s Fall RTW collection, most likely, the answer would have been no. But, then I did, and then I fell……head over heels that is.

Velvet has reached beyond the holiday limits which once constrained it, venturing out into the everyday fashion world. Being so luxurious and textural, it can elevate a simple pair of jeans or a-line skirt into a blissful heaven of chic! With the Victorian look as hot as it is, its apropos that velvet is this season’s hottest accessory.

Check out my 6 favorite pairs (besides those divine Dries Van Notten’s which are sold out in the US) of this new trend, and elevate all your basics.

Gianvito Rossi Exclusive Velvet Ankle BootChristopher Kane Velvet & Leather Ankle Boots

Fratelli Rossetti Velvet & Leather Ankle BootStella McCartney Floral-Print Velvet Ankle Bootie

Top Shop 'Pinball' Velvet Ankle BootsZara

Gianvito Rossi Exclusive Velvet Ankle Boot // Christopher Kane Velvet & Leather Ankle Boots // Stella McCartney Floral-Print Velvet Ankle Bootie // Zara High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots // Top Shop Pinball’ Velvet Ankle Boots //  Fratelli Rossetti Velvet & Leather Ankle Boot

Top Photos: Dries Van Noten Fall 2015 & Emilio Pucci Fall 2015. Photos courtesy of Vogue.com

We’re Not Done Yet

New Works by Negro Leo, Maki Asakawa, Ben Monder and Gemma New Works by Negro Leo, Maki Asakawa, Ben Monder and Gemma

Bella Hadid Bella Hadid Has The Season’s Coolest Haircut: The Parisian Bob

A Magical Pitstop in Bhutan  A Magical Pitstop in Bhutan

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Cha, Cha, Cha


Red Nails For Fall

Wednesday night my friends making the documentary, Cuba in Transition, surprised a few of us (we literally found out as they picked us up) with tickets to see, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and Diego El Cigala at the Hollywood Bowl.

It turns out the original stars of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (legends of Cuban music), were playing the  bowl one last time. I feel so fortunate and grateful to have been there. The night was full of traditional Cuban music — son montuno, danzón, cha-cha, boleros, and more, plus material from Lost & Found, a new collection of unreleased recordings from the original Buena Vista Social Club sessions. It was amazing!!

It was a Hollywood bowl debut for captivating flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. His fusion of salsa and charanga rhythms with the drama of Argentine tango had to be the best opening act I have seen. I’ll certainly be listening to a lot more of his music.

The night of latin music brought out a desire for some fiery passion in my life. I figured the best place to start was with flaming red nails. I choice OPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal for my color of choice. (see above). Red nails are something that will never go out of style (thank God) and make a perfect segue into fall.

Below are a few of my favorite red shades and a curated ensemble which perfectly compliments fiery red nails as well being ideal transitional pieces.

Jin Soon Nail Lacquer CoquettePrity Red Head Cactus

Butter London Nail Lacquer Pillar Box RedOPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal

Essie Nail Lacquer With the BandTom Ford Nail Lacquer Carnal Red

Wear with:

DVF Celeste Silk Jersey Wrap RomperA.P.C. Half Moon BagFINEST Ghillie Lace Up FlatsDavid Yurman Crossover Wide Ring w:Diamonds

DVF Celeste Silk Jersey Wrap Romper // A.P.C. Half Moon Bag // Top Shop Finest Ghillie Lace Up Flats // David Yurman Crossover Wide Ring w/Diamonds

Jin Soon Nail Lacquer Coquette // Prity Red Head Cactus // OPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal // Tom Ford Nail Lacquer Carnal Red // Essie Nail Lacquer With the Band // Butter London Nail Lacquer Pillar Box Red

 

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Swapping Stories


Rodial X-Treme Acid Rush Peel $94.00Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment $105.00

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Nude LinerBurberry Effortless Brow Definer $33.00

Natura Bisse Dismond Ice Lift Mask $155.00Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Powder Foundation Brush $45.00

Girlfriends are amazing for so many reasons. This weekend in San Francisco/Marin besides having an absolute blast dining, shopping and what-not with my girlfriend, we swapped beauty secrets. I left with my beauty arsenal overflowing.

My favorite new beauty treatment Jill shared was Natura Bisse’s Diamond Ice Lift Mask.  The peel-off mask immediately tightens and lifts while redefining facial contours. It left my skin hydrated due to high concentrations of Marine DNA, Rosa mosgueta, wheat germ oils and a multi-vitamin complex. I saw a difference in my skin after just one use.

I also learned about the Eve Lom powder/foundation brush which I am now addicted to. Applying your base with the brush leaves your make-up looking natural, and your skin with an air-brushed glow to it. A must get today!

I shared my latest new make-up find – Smashbox’s Always Sharp Waterproof Nude Liner. Apply to the rims of your bottom inner eyelids, and see your eyes look bigger, brighter and younger instantly. My other fav share was a new trick I learned from the rad make-up artists at Space N K Apothecary — a booster to one of my already favorite treatment masks (Rodial Dragon Blood Hyaluronic Mask).  Before applying the mask use Rodial X-Treme Acid Rush Peel, the combo will completely rejuvenate the look of your skin, and unveil a luminous complexion.

Rodial X-Treme Acid Rush Peel $94.00 // Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment $105.00 // Burberry Effortless Brow Definer $33.00 // Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Powder Foundation Brush $45.00 // Natura Bisse Diamond Ice Lift Mask $155.00 // Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Nude Liner

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