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Same Closet, New You!
Can’t believe these past crazy weeks! I feel like I’ve been going non-stop. Thank goodness for Amazon! I did about 96% of my Christmas shopping with Amazon Prime and it has saved me. Hubby got some great gifts this year and I didn’t even have to step foot inside a mall!
Scratch that. If you count strip malls, I did step foot there. Yesterday. For the first time ever I went into an Apple retail store. That was a new experience. All I needed was an iPad case, but when I walked in there were tables everywhere and people standing around with employees scattered all over the sales floor. I located the iPad case, then couldn’t find a register to check out at. Why? Because apparently I needed one of the Apple dudes to come scan my purchase and slide my credit card through his fancy phone. No registers in the store, he said! I’m still weirded out. Shopping is something I know a thing or two about, and Apple is crazy.
Phew. So with all that’s going on, and assuming you were a good girl this year and scored some fabu holiday gifts which may or may not have included gorgeous wardrobe pieces, I thought it best to pass out some info on reinventing your current wardrobe for any more holiday parties you might be attending! Surely you’re planning all kinds of New Year pledges to look your best in 2011, but did you know you can look your best without spending a fortune on new clothes and working out 3 hours a day? Check out these great tips from celebrity stylist, and Head Fashion Stylist for ET and the Insider, Anya Sarre.
New Year, New Look, Same Closet
- 2011 is all about reusing, recycling and reinventing what you already have in your wardrobe. No need to spend money on a new wardrobe when there are hundreds of undiscovered outfits in your closet. Make an “old” look new by incorporating accessories, like boots and scarves which can instantly reinvent some basics you already have.
- Always remember that black—something you already own!—is a great background, and can also be a statement piece. Try a simple black dress or a black sweater and add a statement piece, like a gorgeous clutch or killer heels.
- Take a basic like a plain white blouse and completely reinvent it by adding a long colored cardigan, a skinny belt, and long necklaces. Now your white blouse becomes the underpinning for a completely new styled look!
Slimming Wardrobe Secrets
- Consider what shoes to wear. Instantly appear slimmer by matching your shoes to the color of your pants. Doing so will create an illusion of a longer leaner leg. Wearing a skirt? Try nude shoes. Not only classic, they make your legs look like they go on forever.
- Whenever you have pockets – have a tailor sew them down, it instantly slims the hips giving you a streamlined look.
- Divert attention. A Hollywood slimming secret, the universally flattering style for all body types: a low v-neck. It draws the eye up to the face, instead of those problem areas. Long layered necklaces are also a great trick as they add a vertical line to your look and draw eyes up.
Brilliant woman, that Anya Sarre! Matching your shoes and pants—love it. So happy to have her expert tips to share with all you fabulous fashionistas just before the onset of another new year.
And I think I should add one of my favorite tricks of the fashion trade: Excellent quality foundation pieces. No, I am not talking your mama's girdle here darlings. Today's slim and support lingerie has come a very long way from those steel-belted radials our mothers and grandmothers used to squeeze themselves into. Today's shapewear is downright sexy!
I hope this holiday season brings nothing but joy and happiness to you and yours! Here’s to 2011, girls!
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Shopbop and Sephora - A Partnership Made in Heaven!
Shopbop.com, the premier online shopping destination for the fashion-forward woman, debuts a SEPHORA COLLECTION Palette Color Play 5 in 1 limited-edition palette inspired by Shopbop’s forthcoming “Faces of Fashion” editorial look book. The 5 in 1 limited fashion edition color palette is currently available on Sephora.com and debuted in Sephora stores on December 28th. Shopbop’s accompanying ‘Faces of Fashion’ look book will is now live on Shopbop.com
The set includes five different color palettes that each include ten eye-shadows, two lip colors, and one blush in run-way inspired color stories to fit any mood or transition to any style.
The compact is perfect for busy girls on the go. Select one of the five different looks (palettes) and pop it in the compact. The palettes are inter-changeable; simply choose your outfit-complimenting color palette for the day. Place the look into the compact, and you are ready to go!
Also, Shopbop is also running a sweepstakes in tandem with the debut of the palette; the Faces of Fashion Sweepstakes:
Check out the Faces of Fashion Lookbook which is now live on Shopbop’s site
GENERATION LOVE is a collaboration between two friends determined to create a range of fashion forward high end tees.
Designers Roni Hirshberg and Audrey Bressa-Valcourt bonded over their shared admiration for the classic t-shirt and jeans wardrobe, yet each had their own interpretation; Hirshberg’s style a bit girly and Bressa-Valcourt’s style more rock n’ roll. Two years ago the women combined their distinctive style and personalities to create a cohesive collection of t-shirts and tops, handmade in NYC, known as GENERATION LOVE.
“The name transcends all generations,” says Hirshberg. “We are trying to make a positive difference, because as cheesy as it sounds, the more love out there, the better.”
Driven by their conviction and desire to create a brand that offers a fresh and positive outlook on fashion with an eco-friendly awareness, GENERATION LOVE uses organic cotton and recycled polyester along with other sustainable fabrics such as Tencel and micro modal. The result is luxe casual wear with unique hand embellished details and a focus on craftsmanship.
GENERATION LOVE retails between $64 & $225 and can be found at better boutiques across the country.
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While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year for many, they also tend to be the most stressful. Between shopping, parties and traveling, the lack of rest can take its toll on your skin. Soothe away the stress of the season with La Roche-Posay Toleriane. The line, which includes soothing cream, an emulsion and a gentle cleanser, will be the best present you give your skin this year!
Toleriane Riche is a soothing facial cream that provides instant comfort. Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin, it gives a boost of hydration and protects from external agressors. The cream helps to lock in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Remove makeup and residue the gentlest way possible with Toleriane-Dermo Cleanser. The light, smooth, lotion texture allows for it to be wiped off without rubbing and without water. Containing glycerin and thermal spring water for hydration and soothing effects, there has never been an easier way to gently remove the signs of stress.
Give skin a light addition of hydration with Toleriane Facial Fluide. Designed to treat combination to oily, intolerant skin, it works to soothe irritation. The light, fluid texture also provides long lasting hydration to get your skin through the end of a stressful season.
La Roche-Posay products are available at CVS and Skinstore.com.
How French Women Have Beautiful Skin
With Biologique Recherche
French women start taking care of their skin at a young age, meaning they rarely turn to professional treatments such as microdermabrasions and chemical peels and use their own at-home regimens. While they do sometimes frequent local facial salons, most work is done at home through basic products like toners, exfoliators, and moisturizers. Countess LuAnn deLesseps recently told PageDaily.com that she has followed this French way of thinking to achieve flawless skin. Her at home regime? A concoction that includes Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and Masque Vivant. While money may not be able to buy you class, it sure can buy you gorgeous, glowing skin!
Lotion P50 is an amazing vitamin-enriched exfoliating potion that gently purifies, hydrates, and tones the skin. It also improves its balance and visibly improves common skin conditions such as whiteheads, blackheads, and symptoms of rosacea. It prepares the skin for further treatments and to give you that fresh from the spa look.
The Masque Vivant is a purifying and stabilizing mask that works to brighten, tone, and refresh the complexion. Recommended for oily and acne-prone skin, it works to control sebum. It contains a high concentration of Cucumber, Yeast, and Witch Hazel Extracts, which are renowned for their purifying properties.
“Double-Duty Leggings” or “Not Your Average Legging”
Leading shapewear brand Sassybax has an amazing “Bottoms Up!” Legging in black, charcoal and chocolate that doubles as a shapewear item, then triples as a workout pant. Eight distinct support systems (http://sassybax.com/leggings.php) trim the tummy & hips, slim & shape the thighs, and of course – give your bum a boost! The legging is completely opaque to be worn alone, paired with a dress or skirt, or to hit the gym. Available in sizes S– 1X for $68.00 in numerous fine retailers throughout the U.S., including Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide and Sassybax.com.
Luxury loungewear line BRULEE (made in NYC) has a Gold Stud Legging and Corset Legging that are not your average legging. Ditch the plain black for fashion-forward gold ankle studs or a sexy-yet-sophisticated hook & eye corset inspired closure. Featuring an inverted V band at the hip for comfort and a flattering fit. Available in black in sizes S-XL, made of fine cotton jersey. Retailing for $120.00 each in select boutiques throughout the U.S. and online at www.brulee.net.
Have a Hangover-Free Holiday
The holiday season is a time for family, fun, laughter and unfortunately, the dreaded hangover.
Thankfully, AgroLabs has a series of products that can help cure even the worst hangover, providing your body with sufficient vitamins and nutrients to help you bounce back to normal in no time.
The Acai Daily Cleanse combines all hangover cures into one drink, including Milk Thistle, a natural protection against liver toxins, as well as acai berry, pure young green coconut water, antioxidant green tea, healing aloe vera, anti-inflammatory ginger andlaxative senna.
The Green Envy Daily Detox will awaken your immune system with a premium blend of natural superfoods that aid in total cellular cleanse, providing a necessary boost to counteract the body’s weakness when suffering a hangover.
AgroLabs Hangover Helper
½ oz. Green Envy Daily Detox
½ oz. Acai Daily Cleanse
Juice from ½ a lime
4 Mint Leaves
Mix ingredients in a glass filled with ice, top with ginger ale and stir. Happy hangover-free Holidays!
Ring in the New Year with Cool, Sleek Sophistication
Who says bubbly and the ball dropping have to be accompanied by big curls and tons of bobby pins! Forgo the usual updo, and embrace elegance for 2011 with sleek, shimmering styles.
This year, there’s no need for an expensive blow out. Just a few simple styling tools at home can give you the glam factor seen above at the Narcisco Rodriquez show and on Heidi Klum.
Step 1) Get hair smooth, silky, and oh-so-straight with the Solano SleekHeat 450 Flat Iron. It heats in 60 seconds and Ionic, Tourmaline and Far Infrared Heat technologies keep hair healthy and shiny.
Step 2) Get soft hold, shimmer, and all-natural soft texture with JASON Aloe Vera and Bergamot Finishing Spray. Hair isn’t weighed down or sticky!
Step 3) For a bit more glamour, smooth hair with the Solano Plasmium Gel Grip Styler Brush. The paddle brush has ComforTip™ bristles to be gentle on the scalp as you pull the top of your hair up. It is ideal for straightening.
Step 4) Pull the top of your hair back with a sophisticated, simple clip from Goody Statements Collection. The tortoise or round circle clips add simple detail!
Enter 2011 With Bright Eyes
With the approach of the New Year barely 24 hours away don’t worry about staying up late to welcome in 2011. First Aid Beauty has exactly what you need so you wake up refreshed and feeling ready to tackle a new year.
First Aid Beauty’s Detox Eye Roller tackles the under-eye area, fighting off dark circles and puffiness. The cocktail of potent and effective ingredients works together to deliver almost instant results, with marked improvement over time. The roller ball delivery system offers a unique massaging action that gently distributes lymphatic buildup from underneath the eyes, resulting in less baggy looking skin.
Hyaluronate and advanced peptides recaptures lost volume and increase collagen production to reduce fine lines. Caffeine, a potent vasoconstrictor that constricts the fine blood vessels that cause dark undereye circles. The Detox Eye Roller from First Aid Beauty is available at FirstAidBeauty.com, Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $24.