My comfortable warm home environment consists of my heat being on 70+, my favorite blanket (soon to be replaced by a pink Snuggie or a KN Kozy), a good book, a stack of magazines, or a DVD. I enjoy all of these while curled up on my sofa and sipping hot chocolate. My favorite is Mexican Hot Chocolate which I plan to make sans a mix one day.
Here's a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate from Epicurious:
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup chocolate liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
10 cinnamon sticks
1 dried red chile
2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1/4 cup heavy whipping
If that's too much work, just order the Mexican Hot Cocoa mix from Moonstruck Chocolate. Enjoy in your favorite large mug, grab the latest issue of Vogue or Harper's Bazaar, and shut the cold city out.
picture courtesy of Epicurious.com
Gotta love Midwest living...
This winter I am fighting dry skin with cocoa butter. Palmer's Cocoa Butter is a long time favorite product. I slather it on while my skin is slightly damp and rub it in very well. Then I breathe in all that warm cocoa buttery scent. Aaaahhh...
Next I spray on CVS Pharmacy Cocoa Butter Dry Oil Spray. This helps seal the moisture in and is a great way to layer all that wonderful cocoa loveliness.
My skin stays smooth and moisturized throughout the whole day.
Stay Cocoa Butterlicious!
(p.s. pay no attention to my cluttered bathroom shelves. I'm a product junkie.)
Despite the fact that I'm not working, I still get dressed everyday. Blue jeans have become my everyday go to wardrobe staple. I have over sixty pairs so I can rotate quite often. I find that jeans are very easy to create various looks, just change the top and accessories. Perhaps I've gotten a little lazy with my style - who could blame me? Despite that, I think I manage to look very cute and never frumpy or boring.
Viva la blue jeans!!!
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'>That's today's outfit. I have some errands to run and I'm meeting a friend for lunch in an hour.
I was given the opportunity to review Dawn Del Russo's new book "101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle"
This is a fabulous primer to keep in your bag and refer to often. The book is filled with tips to remind us to always be the best person we can and how to maintain it all.
I think the book would be a great gift for a young lady starting out on her own and even women who are already established in their careers can benefit from these 101 tips. Sometimes life (the job, the man, the kids, family demands, etc...) gets in the way and we forget those little things that serve to boost our confidence and brighten our days. Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a fresh manicure, a new lip gloss, or cupcakes.
Take a peek inside Dawn Del Russo's book via Amazon.com
Last December I was downsized and playfully dubbed myself ‘The Pink Slip Fashionista’. My friends call me a shopaholic. I admit I do love to shop. There are not too many stores I can leave without making some kind of purchase. What can I say? Shopping is my sport.
All the September issues of my favorite lifestyle and fashion magazines arrived with an overabundance of decadent, must have (can’t afford) fall fashions that did nothing but taunt me. It was enough to send me into a panicked fashion state of emergency. Does FEMA help the fashion starved? Could I lobby for NYFW to adopt me?
Fall 2009 Trends I Love:
Metallic & Sequins
Statement necklaces & bold cocktail rings
Skinny Jeans & Leggings
Ankle Boot or shootie as Rachel Zoe calls them, lol
On Thursday, June 25, 2009, I checked CNN as I always do and splashed across their home page were the words “Michael Jackson rushed to hospital. Suffered cardiac arrest.” My heart began to race, my hands became cold, and my nerves were officially on edge.
Luckily, I have a Blackberry so I can stay informed while on the go. Twitter was abuzz with varying messages; pedestrians were passing by texting and talking on their cell phones. I refused to believe anything unless it came from CNN or another reputable news source.
I was walking towards my apartment building, when I received a CNN text confirming what I did not want to believe; Michael Jackson has died. At that moment I could no longer hear anything, all the activity around me seemed to pause. I was in a state of complete shock and as I walked those last few feet to my building, I began to cry. Once inside my apartment, I collapsed on the sofa and cried my heart out. Yes. It was that serious for me.
Ever since I can remember, Michael Jackson has been in my life. My mother took me to see “The Wiz” when I was four-years old. The moment the Scarecrow appeared on the screen, I remember thinking “he’s cute” and I was mad the crows were teasing him. I was completely blown away when he sang “You Can’t Win”. There was just something about that Scarecrow.
Songs from Off The Wall were in heavy rotation when I was in kindergarten. I remember the deejay saying Michael Jackson’s name after certain songs so I committed his name to memory.
After seeing him on the cover of a Jet magazine, I was in love. When Thriller came out – I was an older and wiser nine-year-old girl who decided the year before that I wanted to be Michael Jackson's wife when I grew up.
I was beyond OBSESSED with all things Michael. At night I prayed, “Please God, when I grow up I just want to marry Michael Jackson.” In my mind, he was everything and we were getting married. His pictures covered my walls. My bedroom was a Michael Jackson shrine. I made scrapbooks dedicated to him, wrote him a ton of letters, and joined his fan club. If there was a contest to meet him or win concert tickets, I entered and enlisted the parentals to enter also. Looking back I know I drove my parents crazy but I was a little girl with a hardcore crush and I meant business.
His music was all I wanted to hear. My paltry allowance went towards the purchase of buttons, magazines, bags, and books. There wasn’t enough paraphernalia I could get my little hands on. Our fifteen-year age difference did not matter to me at all, had he knocked on my door, I would have grabbed my Cabbage Patch doll and followed him anywhere, lol. I knew every song on Thriller word for word. I had no clue what Human Nature was but I figured it involved being able to stay up late and be outside with Michael so I wanted to sign up!
Michael Jackson provided the soundtrack to my life. His videos were way ahead of the times we were living in during the 1980s. In one day, I watched the “Beat It” video ten times. I never missed any of his television performances. When he moonwalked for the first time during Motown's 25th Anniversary, I screamed and jumped up and down as if I was front row center.
The same reaction fans had seeing him in person were just the same I had watching him on television. I still get chills watching old footage of him. My devotion to him never wavered.
Regardless of all the crazy rumors, tabloid fodder, and absurd accusations, I loved Michael Jackson. He was an artist, a genius, and someone almost unreal. My one regret is that I never saw him in concert and I’ll never have a chance to. Michael Jackson was the end all be all for me - he had the looks, the voice, the moves, and a style all his own. Say what you want, he was very much a trendsetter.
Michael Jackson believed he was born to share his musical gift with the world. He achieved that and so much more. His music lifted my spirits and brought comfort to me when I was a little girl who didn't understand some of the things going on around her. So I'll try not to cry over the loss of such an amazing talent anymore but instead I will celebrate his life and legacy.
Rest in peace, Michael, you were the best that ever did it.
*Walked into the room, let the sunlight in, looking around, hmmm...thinking I should set up shop right over there, just let me set this down...Gotta get my iPod, plug in my laptop, grab a stack of mags...then I'll be ready.*
Are you ready? Let's go...
Stay fab, stay chic, and always live in style ;)
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Hello Fab Ones!!!! I'm back with a review of Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara. I must preface this review by stating I knew this mascara would give me the desired results (Max Factor and Cover Girl are both owned by Procter & Gamble with Pat McGrath as the Creative Design Director)
Cover Girl mascaras make my eyes burn badly and I knew to expect the same sting with 2000 Calorie Extreme. I'm such a trooper that I suffered through the tears for one day, lol!
The volume was great. My lashes were separated and there was no clumping. Sadly the formula irritates my eyes otherwise this is a pretty good mascara.
Happy Birthday to Miss Janet Damita Jo Jackson.
I'm a lifelong Janet fan. I love her music and her style. Janet is quiet and classy but she's got a whole other side to her (just like me, lol)
Miss Janet, you just keep getting better with time. Enjoy your day, 43 looks good on you ;)
Janet's MTV Sweet 16 Spoof:
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VETERAN HIT SERIES “WHAT NOT TO WEAR” RETURNS WITH ALL NEW EPISODES ON TLC Season Seven Premieres on Friday, May 29 Featuring “Blossom” Star Mayim Bialik
(New York, NY) – On Friday, May 29 at 9pm ET/PT, TLC fan-favorite WHAT NOT TO WEAR returns with a brand new season and a very special season opener. In the series’ first episode to feature a celebrity and after numerous “Blossom” references over the course of several seasons, Stacy and Clinton finally take matters into their own hands and nominate actress Mayim Bialik.
Mayim, now a mother of two, admits she is in desperate need of a makeover and welcomes Stacy and Clinton’s expertise as they try and help transform her style from quirky/hippy and uber casual to chic mom-on-the-go. Viewers will take part in Mayim’s journey as she is thrown into an emotional and physical transformation and learns she can still be true to herself with a new, more mature look after ditching her Blossom-reminiscent rags.
Ever wonder what you could actually buy with $5,000? Season seven includes a new portion of the show that breaks down exactly what each contributor was able to purchase with their shopping card. Additionally, Stacy and Clinton will visit brand new cities including Detroit and Denver, and will conduct some of their infamous “ambushes” like never before as they surprise their fashionably challenged nominees during live TV and radio hits.
And in true TLC fashion, viewers will see the highs and lows of these experiences as Season seven proves that there isn’t always a happy ending when one of the contributors has an emotional breakdown over her new haircut. The series will also reach a major milestone during this season, marking its 250th episode.
Kerry Washington is one of my style icons. I really admire how she always looks so chic and pulled together.
At last Saturday's White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Ms. Washington wore a navy blue gown and her makeup was simply gorgeous.
Here are the L'Oreal products that were used:
*HiP Bright Shadow Duo in Roaring
*Au Currant Color Riche Lipcolour
*Bare Naturale Mascara - Black Brown
*Bare Naturale Blush - Pinched Pink
Here are my picks for best and worst dressed.
Let's get the Worst dressed out the way, shall we?
(L): Andre Leon Talley in what I can only describe as a nylon cocoon. I don't even want to know what's underneath and let's take a gander at those Pilgrim-esque loafers. Ugh! ALT looks downright scary in that upscale trash bag.
(M): Leighton Meester wore Louis Vuitton. Very Wonder Woman couture, in my opinion and not Leighton's best look. (R): Madonna thought rocking this Louis Vuitton was the way to go. I'm getting a very Robin Hood vibe from her look.
The Best Dressed:
Left to right: Iman in Donna Karen. Loving the strong, clean lines. She looks amazing. Classic and timeless Iman as always.
Donna Karen in one of her designs. You can never go wrong in black, its tres elegant.
Liz Hurley in Elie Saab Couture. Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers so I'm a little biased in selecting this as one of the best dressed of the night. Marion Cotillard in a gorgeous Christian Dior gown that highlights her curves.
Another Christian Dior gown worn by the classy Marisa Berenson who looks lovely in lavendar.
And last but not least the infamous Kanye West with his new girlfriend, Amber Rose. Miss Rose cleans up quite nice in red Carolina Herrera. Mr. West looks quite dapper in his custom made Louis Vuitton.
Check out all the looks from the gala here
My BFF is a new Avon representative and being the beauty junkie that I am, I'll be sending some business her way. My first Avon mini haul is pictured above. I purchased:
- mark Rebel Rose - Smells ABSOLUTELY divine. It's an edgier rose fragrance that manages to be sweet and sexy at the same time.
- Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Facial Hair Removal Cream - I confess, I've always had a slight 'stache and waxing it hurts like hell. This cream got rid of my 'stache very quickly and my top lip remains hair free ;)
- Banishing Cream Skin Discoloration Improver -I have a tiny scar on my shoulder and want to see how well this hydroquinone-free formula makes it disappear.
- mark Winkstick Hook Up Eye Shadow Stick - Envious - A metallic green cream e/s that looks great on darker skin.
- mark Mini Mark-It Stick for Eyes - Cocoa Bean - A girl can never have too many neutral colors for a daytime look.
Our favorite beauty tips from -- yeah, we said it.
Ever since we watched our mothers get ready for a night out (and snagged a bit of lipstick and eye shadow when they weren't looking), they've been sharing beauty tricks. From fighting wrinkles to looking gorgeous with or without makeup, we must admit we've learned a lot (see Mom, we were listening!). And even though "a lady never tells," we couldn't resist sharing our favorite gems of advice.
The fragrance notes according to the website are:
Head: Sicilian Bergamot, Fig leaves, Pear blossom
Heart: Freesia petals, Hibiscus flower, Ultra mimosa
Base: Sandalwood, Driftwood, Cashmere Musk, Olibanium Absolute, Sensual Amber
There's a lot going on in the bottle but it all blends together perfectly. Halle is a great fragrance. It smells like nothing else on the market right now. Miss Berry created a truly one of a kind fragrance. It's light yet musky and very feminine. I'm always a little leary of musk fragrances in the spring/summer, but there are no worries here. In my opinion, Halle is a year round scent.
Halle can be purchased at JC Penney, Kohls, Sears, Target, and Wal Mart.
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FEED YOUR HUNGER FOR SEXY LIPS, WHILE KEEPING CALORIES AWAY FROM HIPS:
INTRODUCING HUGE LIPS, SKINNY HIPS, A NEW LIP GLOSS COLLECTION FROM PURPLE LAB
New York, NY – If only thin hips were a lick away. The innovative new cosmetics company Purple Lab has conjured up Huge Lips, Skinny Hips, a ground-breaking lip gloss offering non-invasive access to the lips and hips women have always dreamed about. Chic color, luscious volume and a slimmer figure for those skinny jeans are all just a wave of the lip gloss wand away with an exclusive formulation—including plump-prompting Vitamin B3 and the natural appetite suppressant Hoodia—in six universally-flattering, high-gloss hues.
“Huge Lips, Skinny Hips is the answer to every girl's beauty dreams—sophisticated lip color, plumping performance and a natural way to curb those carb cravings,” says Purple Lab Creatrix, fashion/beauty insider, author and media personality Karen Robinovitz. “It’s the perfect secret weapon for surviving cocktail parties without succumbing to all the hors d’oeuvres.”
Extending beyond the boundaries of traditional lip gloss, Huge Lips, Skinny Hips’ revolutionary formulation features Hoodia Gordoni Extract, which is derived from the cactus-like plant indigenous to South Africa and Namibia and has been used safely for centuries for its appetite-suppressing benefits. The formulation also includes Vitamin B3 to stimulate blood flow to the lip surface, diminish the appearance of unsightly wrinkles around the lip area and comfortably create a plumping effect without stinging or burning. Other lip-conditioning ingredients include natural lipids that bind water to the skin, as well as Meadow Foam to moisturize to perfection and Lemon Peel Oil to offer instant cooling. Committed to a healthy pout, the formulation is paraben-free.
Designed to inspire with every application, the collection’s six hues pay homage to Robinovitz’s favorite icons and philosophies. Red Sole (a sultry red inspired by the bottom of seductive Louboutin heels), Love Your Thighs (a flirty coral and Robinovitz’s personal mantra), Worship Kate (a rich pink glitter tribute to Kate Moss), Lychee Martini (a frothy peach inspired by her favorite fruit), No Panty Lines (a shiny clear) and Kitty Poledancer (the perfect nude and a nickname given to Robinovitz for her love of dancing) are each packaged with colorful anecdotes about the meaning behind the name of the shade. And the packaging is sleek, eye-popping fun—an hourglass-shaped box in glossy ombre dyed purple with metallic hot pink accents.
Purple Lab’s Huge Lips, Skinny Hips will debut in Spring 2009 for $20.00 at Scoop and Space.N.K. Co-Founder of Scoop, Stefani Greenfield, says “Everything that Karen does has a fresh and innovative marketing twist—this is truly ‘sexy yummy’.”
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