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Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

Last week I hosted the annual Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Holiday Brunch here in Las Vegas.

This is one of my favorite events of the year.  We all get to gather in one place, sip some delish cocktails, snack on some AMAZING nibbles and get a sneak peek at the best in holiday beauty gifting.

Before we get to my Beauty picks I wanted to talk a little about Neiman Marcus’s fun holiday launch this year the “Fun to Give” Collection.  The Collection is made up of wallet friendly finds with merry and bright built right in!

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

Now on to Beauty!  Hooray for Holiday beauty launches!

The holidays are always my favorite time of year for beauty purchases, both as gifts and for myself.  Brands release the most fantastic products at a great value and Neiman Marcus has definitely delivered this season!

Here are my TOP FIVE Picks in Beauty Gifting from the Event:

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

1. DERMAFLASH- for all you Dermaplaner’s out there, you can now dermaplane easily at-home with this nifty little gadget.  DERMAFLASH is a first-in-class at-home, patented, safe, hygienic, exfoliating device inspired by dermaplaning, a procedure available only in medical spas or doctor’s offices, which refinishes skin by removing dead skin cells and built-up debris. The device also gently removes facial hair for smooth, luminous, and youthful-looking skin. The device comfortably and discreetly sweeps away skin imperfections, dullness, and peach fuzz with a subtle sonic vibration. In just three simple steps, it gently removes dead cells, debris, and fine hair from the cheeks, jawline, lip area, chin, and forehead. It is safe for all skin types, skin colors, and ages. DERMAFLASH immediately unveils smoother, more vibrant, and younger-looking skin in the comfort of your own home.

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

2. Atelier Cologne Gift Set and Engrave-able Sleeve.  You all know what a HUGE fan of Atelier Cologne I am.  Vanilla Insensee is my signature fragrance.  This season Atelier is offering this incredible gift set the “Coffret Composition Originale”.  The set includes five 1.o fl oz bottles of some of Atelier’s most popular scents including: Orange Sanguine, Grand Néroli, Bois Blonds, Pomélo Paradis and Bergamote Soleil. When you purchase the set you can also receive a leather sleeve for your travel bottles which you can have engraved on the spot!

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3. Patchology FlashPatch Lip Gels. Kiss dry lips goodbye. Quickly moisturize and soften your pout. You’re left with perfectly prepped lips, ready to make up and mouth off. Lip Renewal FlashPatch® 5 Minute Hydrogels provide deep hydration to soften and smooth lips, leaving them perfectly prepped for makeup. The HydraSurge5™ Moisture System features advanced hydrogel patch technology that sends the most powerful moisturizing ingredients to your lip faster. Niacinamide, Peptides and Green Tea Extract soothe and deliver antioxidant benefits. Latex free and biodegradable. Ideal for all skin types.

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

4. Tom Ford “Girls” Lipcolor. Everyone has heard of the legendary Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection but did you know Tom Ford just released a Lips & Girls Collection too?  The 50 piece collection includes lip colors named after women Mr. Ford admires, from intimates to collaborators from around the world.  The girls limited edition collection debuts in clutch-sized, ivory and gold packaging all with that signature Tom Ford lip vanilla scent.  Designed to be worn on their own or layered with one another, each transforming color and finish amplifies a woman’s individuality while inciting an insatiable desire to try more than one.  I am OBSESSED with Isamya (the cool blueish/lavender shade).  It is meant to be layered with another shade to instantly transform the color some something so chic you can’t take your eyes off it!

Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Brunch

5. ORIBE Dry Styling Collection- Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texture Spray. Gold Lust Shampoo and Condition are my gold standard in hair care and now the “get the most out of her blow-out” gal in your life can go a few more days without washing with the Oribe Dry Styling Collection. Double the glam. The set includes two full-size cult favorites—volumizing Dry Texturizing Spray and blowout extending Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. This stuff is so magicall I’m not even going to try to explain it.  you HAVE to try it for yourself.

All of these Holiday Beauty finds and the Fun to Give Collection are available ion Las Vegas at Neiman Marcus Fashion Show and at NeimanMarcus.com

All of the FABULOUS Beauty Gifts can be found at Neiman Marcus Fashion Show or if you are else where NeimanMarcus.com.

I Want Candy: Ippolita

New Years Resolution #2: stock up on some of the  hottest statement jewelry around!

This year its all about Bold Color and Shine! 

What do I want?  I want Candy!  Ippolita’s Rock Candy Collection!

(above: Ippolita Bottlecap ring and Mini Lollipop earring from Rock Candy Collection)

(above: left to right Carrie Underwood, Chloe Sevigny and Krysten Ritter in Ippolita)

Celebrity fav jewelry designer Ippolita- known for her signature bangles and developing her own hue of Gold- sat down with me to discuss her inspiration, style and tips for men and women on selecting the perfect jewelry pieces.

Q: What inspired you to create your own shade of gold?

I: Growing up in Italy, I was always enamored by the color of gold as represented in paintings and antiquaries throughout the ages.  It’s a very bright and vibrant gold and as I began developing my collection, I wanted to capture the spirit of what that felt like in my mind.
 
Q: How should women make the choice between wearing gold or silver?

I: For me, it can be as simple as how I am feeling on a particular day.  The wonderful thing about all three of my metals, 18k gold, sterling silver and Ippolita Rose is that they compliment a variety of skin tones- making any choice is the right one.
 
 Q:  Your pieces navigate flawlessly between trendy/fashion forward and classic!  How do you maintain this balance?

I: I appreciate the grace of simple design and am drawn to, as most people are, sculptural, organic shapes- they are familiar, flattering and comfortable to wear- this is what makes a design timeless.  The fashion for me is all about beautiful colors, unique and interesting materials and the unexpected mixing- like, a brilliantly cut stone set in a shiny geometric resin bangle.
 

 Q:  If a woman could only have 1 piece of jewelry this season what should it be?  What would make the biggest statement?

I: There are so many options- silver and bold color always make a statement- a multi-stone party ring in bright olive from my Wonderland Collection or an eye-catching turquoise and gold drop earring- both are a great way to stand out.
 
Q: What is the best advice you have for a man on buying jewelry for a woman?

I: Pay attention to those moments when she’s at her most confident- what is she wearing- something bold and colorful or something simple and chic- choose a style that matches this and you can’t go wrong.

You can find Ippolita at Neiman Marcus Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas or at www.ippolita.com

Last weeks lucky winner are: Brian O. for Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Ragen M. for Red Velvet Cafe…Congrats and thanks for reading!

Luck be a Lady

Being a Lady is finally en Vogue again with the Fall/Winter 2010 Collections.  Fashion is revisiting  the demure classic sophistication of earlier decades. Nostalgia fills the air as skirts are longer, gloves are being worn, cardigans are back, and its all about the Hourglass Silhouette. 

(Above: From Louis Vuitton 2010 FW Collection)

Is the same true in intimate apparel? Afterall, our undies are what helps to give us that Hourglass Silhouette!

With the influx of shape-wear on the market is it possible to have a bra and panties with a great fit and comfort while remaining ladylike and sexy?

I took these questions to my favorite intimate-wear designer Elle MacPherson Intimates and here is what they had to say:

Absolutely!  There’s no need to sacrifice femininity and fit when it comes to your undergarments. 

Supermodel turned businesswoman Elle Macpherson created her signature lingerie line to encompass fit, fashion, function and affordability!  

 Elle Macpherson Intimates provides women with everything they want – impeccably designed lingerie made from sensual, luxurious fabrics in the most fashion forward colors that do not compromise fit and comfort.

Our Artistry set is a perfect example.  It features tiny threaded ribbon in the bra and briefs creating a look that is really a piece of art.  Five dainty bows adorn the set to complete the feminine ladylike look.  The stretch lace and careful design offer comfort and support while giving us the ability to take the Artistry up to an E cup in the contour bra!

 

 

 

 

(above: Artistry bra and panty in Jet by Elle MacPherson Intimates)

So ladies IT IS possible to be pretty AND have the proper support!   Goodbye Bridget Jones style undies its time to wear something underneath that makes you feel as sexy as the clothing on top!

How Lucky are you ladies!  Elle MacPherson Intimates wants to help you with your Hourglass Silhoutte!

3 Lucky winners will receive a set of Artistry Bra and Panties in either Blue or Jet. (I will email winners  for their color choice and specific size).

To enter:

If you haven’t already subscribe to this blog (you can subscribe in upper left hand side of sidebar)

AND

Leave a comment on this Post (between Sept.6 and Sept. 11) and telling me how you will be a Lady this season.

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Thanks for reading and good luck!

Please Repost on your Facebooks and Twitter!

(last weeks winner is Ann Payne!  Congrats!)

 Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative created to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy and put the fun back in shopping. In the United States, the program is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. On September 10, 2010, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and launch in cities nationwide to put the fun back in shopping, with designer appearances, live windows, celebrity guests, and other special events. Around the world, and led by fifteen international Vogue editions (Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey), each country will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out on one night between Sept 7 and Sept 16, 2010. Fashion’s Night Out will be the subject of a one-hour special on CBS on September 14, 2010. For more information visit www.fashionsnightout.com, powered by QVC, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (www.twitter.com/fnonyc).

Neiman Marcus is celebrating Fashion’s Night Out in Style with Trunk Shows, DJ’s, Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a yogurt bar, beauty events, and much much more!

Here is a special invite for my readers to the Las Vegas Event!  Don’t forget to RSVP!

Walk in my Shoes: heels, heels, heels

I have always had a passion for shoes.  Unlike clothing, you can purchase shoes no matter what your mood or how you are feeling about your weight.  They are a little friend that is always happy to see you, sitting on a pretty display in the store calling out to you as you pass by.  Winking, promising, enticing you into taking them home.

Lets face it.  Women love shoes but few know the proper terminology to use when discussing them. They will refer to their shoes as “heels”, “sneakers” , “flats” or “flip-flips”. 

“Heels” is just a general term for any shoe with height.  It’s like calling a woman “Mame” or “Miss” rather than “Christie” or “Beth”.  Come on ladies, lets be a little more intimate with our shoes.   Get to know them and their proper names.

You may be wondering with so many types of shoes where to start!

Let’s start with the basics.

One of the basic parts of a shoe is the heel. 

What is a Heel?

Definition: “The heel is the outer part of the shoe that is placed under the heel of the foot. Shoe heels come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and heights. In fact, even shoes that are referred to as “flats,” will often have a heel, although it’s very low.  Some casual shoes, such as sneakers, do not have a separate “heel,” but instead have an out-sole that runs the length of the shoe.”

Although there are many types and several of them can be combined into one “Über Heel”, lets focus on the most common types of womens heels.

1. Stiletto: Named after the Stiletto Dagger, it is an ultra-thin, ultra-high heel which became popular in the 1950’s.   Usually 4″-6″ in height and tapered sharply, like the spring-loaded knife for which it is named. Generally considered the ‘sexiest’ of heels. 

(above: Stiletto Heel with platform front Christian Louboutin Relika Patent Mary Jane Pump Neiman Marcus)

2. Pencil Heel: similar to a stiletto,   but whereas a stiletto tapers smoothly from top to bottom a pencil heel is straight all the way down and even thinner that a stiletto. (these are very difficult to walk in)

(above: Pencil heel Christian Louboutin “Big Lips Pump” Neiman Marcus)

3. Wedge.  A wedge is based on the same shape as a triangular door-stop. The heel extends from the back of the shoe to right under the foot, running in a wedge shape from back to front. Wedges come in different heights.  Traditional wedges are flat at the ball of the foot, but there are also platform wedges.

(above: Wedge Heel Jimmy Choo Patent Leather wedge Nordstrom)

4. Kitten:  low heel from about 1.5 to 2 inches high, set in from the back of the shoe.  These are more of a cute heel than a sexy one and they are super comfy.

(above: Kitten Heel Romantic Soles“Keira” kitten heel Zappos.com)

5. Platform.  These heels are preferred not only for the stylish look but also for the fact that they are immensely comfortable. A platform heel helps you keep a proper balance on the shoe, so there is absolutely no stress on either front or back body part.  Platform shoes are thick soles that sit under the front part of the foot and are combined with wedges, chunky heels or stilettos. They are known as platform wedges, when they are combined with a wedge heel.  The most current designer trend pairs a stiletto and a platform with the platform hidden on the front of the shoe between the out-sole and the fabric of the shoe.

(above: Hidden Platform Stiletto Dolce & GabbanaLeopard print peep toe 4 1/2″ stiletto with 1″ hidden platform Neiman Marcus)

6. Cuban Heel.  Also known as Latin Heel.  A broad heel of moderate height with a slightly tapered back and straight front.  Often used in dance shoes and mens boots)

(above: Stacked Cuban Heel Delman Jocelyn heel Zappos.com)

7. Stacked heel.  A substantial heel, made from thin slices of wood sandwiched together. Can be squared off or tapered, as on cowboy boots.  Usually brown or beige, stacked heels are designed to give the illusion of thin layers of wood that have been stacked up to create a flat, wedge or high heel.

(above: Stacked Heel Marc by Marc Jacobs Zappos.com)

8. Louis heel. Also known as a French Heel.  A heel with graceful curves on the sides and back. (can be of any height) Originally designed for King Louis XIV, of France.

(above: Louis/French Heel DSQUARED2 Vixen heel Zappos.com)

Not all shoes are created comfortable!  Loving the look of your shoes is one thing, being comfortable in them is another!  There are several products out there that can help your feet feel as great as they look in those hot heels!

Here are few of my favorites I use as a Stylist to help Models with comfort in the sometimes crazy shoes they have to wear!

No more slipping!

“Get a grip! HeartStoppers red, heart-shaped no-slip shoe pads stick to the outer sole of shoes for a sturdy step- every time. Avoid the nightmare plunge on slick floors in front of crowds of gasping onlookers. HeartStoppers shoe pads are made of PVC to provide traction on slippery surfaces. They work brilliantly on all slick floors – even wet surfaces and black ice!”  I LOVE LOVE LOVE These!  A Definite Must-have!   http://www.summersoles.com/

Smelly sweaty feet be gone!

Fragrant Footings– Step Into True Luxury!  Bring fine essential oils to your feet – straight from the garden. Each time friction takes place, our step-to-release technology transfers to your feet microscopic bursts of the finest dry, natural aromas. So your feet get an awesome kick of fragrance – not the room! Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic.”   Available in full or ball of foot sizes.

“Regardless of whether you are looking for extra cushioning in your heels or to reduce discomfort due to perspiration, my fragrant Footings insole line is posh enough to complement your most prized Jimmy Choos or Ferragamos”                        —Summer Soles Founder and CEO Shannon McLinden http://www.summersoles.com/

 

FRICTION BLOCK™ Stick

LOVE this product!  Solves all those rubbing issues that irritate the skin and give you blisters!
BAND-AID® Friction Block™ Stick has a lubricating formula that glides on smoothly to instantly reduce rubbing on skin. It forms an invisible barrier, making it ideal for open shoes, and provides an easy, non-messy application.

Alright Ladies! This week Summer Soles and Band-Aid have teamed up with me to give your feet some must need TLC.

1 Lucky winner will receive a set of Summer Soles “Heartstoppers”, Summer Soles Fragrant Footings (1 full and 1 ball of foot set), and a Band-Aid Friction Block stick!

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post (between Aug. 23-Aug. 28) telling me what style of heel you’ll be rockin’ or what style you’d like to see the ladies rockin’ this Fall/Winter.

(comments can be left by scrolling to bottom of post or comment icon at beginning of post at top right depending on your browser)

(last weeks winners: Michael McPhee=White Collar Bag and  Eric Pena= John Varvatos Tie!  Congrats!)

Good luck!  Keep reading and repost on your facebook and twitter!

Burn Notice: Steal the Style

Sadly, my Summer Blog Posts will soon be at an end..it will shortly be time to move onto Fall/Winter topics but I cannot leave summer without a Post on Style inspired by one of my favorite television shows USA’s “Burn Notice”.

To me Burn Notice is Summer!  So grab a Mojito and lets get dressed!

 

For those of you not familiar with this sizzling hot Miami based series here is a short run-down: Jeffrey Donovan stars as agent Michael Westen a “burned” spy who returns to Miami where he uses his special ops training to help those in need, and track down the men who wrongly burned him with the help of his trigger happy ex-girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and hilarious sidekick  Sam (Bruce Campbell).

With an affinity for yogurt, Michael Westen’s style is classic easy Miami sophistication.  Who wouldn’t want to dress like this guy! He’s as cool as it gets! Linen and light weight suits, great shades and crisp dress shirts.

Here’s what you need to Steal the Style:

Fiona “may look like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine but she’s a force to be reckoned with”. She is Michael’s on again, off again, and then on again girlfriend.  “Fiona is definitely a shoot first and asks questions later kind of gal. Her fearless nature is both enticing and dangerous, as she is capable of making things go “boom” very quickly.”

Her style includes  slinky one shoulder dresses, fitted jeans, easy tanks and of course the famous hip bag!

I have been searching for this bag FOREVER and finally found the PERFECT one at Happy Cow! Happy Cow’s line is  AMAZING!  “Completely Environment-Friendly: The entire range of bags & accessories are handcrafted from recycled leather. We purchase off-cuts of leather from high-end furniture manufacturers, anything that is too small to make furniture out of is sold to us. Effectively meaning we are using brand new, high-quality leather that would otherwise be thrown away. This means less pressure on the environment and no unnecessary suffering. ” Happy Cow is my new obsession!  The waist and hip bags look super-cool and are one of my favorite things to wear on set!  Hands free!  I LOVE HAPPY COW!  http://www.happycow.com.au/

Here’s what you need to Steal the Style:

 

Sam is Michael’s hilarious and dependable sidekick.  An ex Navy Seal who loves Mojitos and rich divorcees.  His style is Classic Tropical Resort.  One stop at Tommy Bahama and you’ve got it!

Here’s what you need to Steal the Style: