Archive for October, 2011

DIY Last Minute Halloween Make-Up

Posted by    |    October 31st, 2011 at 7:00 am

I have to admit, I am totally last minute when it comes to Halloween.  In case you are a slacker like me, I found quick and simple Halloween make-up tutorials courtesy of Sephora that I wanted to share.  These are easy to follow and will add some “drama for yo mamma” on the scariest night of the year! I love the Skull look…very creepy. (Check out even more looks, including the ultra-cool  and somewhat sexy Zombie tutorial here.) Happy Haunting….

• Apply a liquid foundation 2-3 shades lighter than your natural skin tone with a foundation brush.

• Using short sketch like strokes, trace around the entire eye with non-waterproof black eyeliner dragging it out to create a dramatic wing in the outer corner of the eye.
• Sweep silver eye shadow onto the tear duct and inner portion of the eye.

Lips & Cheeks:
• Apply a bright, bold red lipstick starting at the center of the lips and working outward to fill them in. Dot lipstick on cheekbones. (more…)

Stylish Plan B PR Anniversary Party

Posted by    |    October 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you haven’t seen the fashionable Plan B PR team about town, then you must live under a rock.  This group of stylish movers and shakers celebrated another anniversary this past Wednesday at chic Lombardi’s Cibus Italian Restaurant at Northpark Center.  The Bubbles and Bites theme was apropos as guests sipped cocktails and mingled out on the patio in the cool evening air.  Though Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes spun the beats, some unexpected entertainment in the form of a fitness bootcamp on the lawn behind the patio kept party-goers eyeballing taut physiques. Note to self: maybe indulge in less bubbles and bites next time and more crunches and side bends. Guests were from all walks of life, including the fabulous Blanc Salon team sipping and smiling away. The lovely Alison Volk and her sweet parents were enjoying the party, as well as the always charming Jarrod Fresquez.  (Consequently, Alison’s father and insanely talented photographer Leonard Volk has a new photography book out. The images are amazing.) Pretty President Bri Crum was fluttering around graciously taking photo after photo, and the entire team couldn’t have looked more happy, successful, and contented.

Here’s to another year of great publicity for the publicity team that is known as much for their kindness at they are their success rate.


How To Wear Purple Shoes

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Look in all the store windows right now and you can’t miss purple, plum, wine…all these colors are huge this season. In human color psychology, purple is associated with royalty and nobility, since it was originally worn in medieval Europe by Queens and other royalty. (AND it’s Justin Bieber’s favorite color. Just sayin’.) A fun way to add instant confidence to your wardrobe is to have a fabulous pair of purple shoes. There is no set clothing that matches purple heels and truth be told, they can look good with just about anything, if worn correctly.Though many people like to play it safe by pairing black with purple shoes, some of the most eye-catching colors to wear with purple heels are ones that are a little more wild. (Check out a very hot pair ideal for the upcoming holidays here.) (more…)

Fur and Dirt

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I’ve had this orange and black two piece fur collar outfit for awhile now.  A co-worker of mine asked if I would include it with my vintage that I would sell and it never sold.  It caught my eye the other day and tried it on and fell in love.  I put my sheer Nanette Lepore lace top on underneath the jacket and stole Paul’s dirty hat to complete the outfit. (more…)

Halloween Homemade Treats: Peanut Butter Oreo Brownie Bar

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am

After so many great responses to the S’mores Pie recipe posted earlier this month, it only seems fitting that one more delectable recipe be available to those of you who are in the mood to bake deliciously sweet treats for Halloween.  Today’s sinful recipe comes from the super cool site, and it’s not only simple to make, but is sure to become a family tradition after you take just one bite. Plus, it contains a secret to make your boxed brownie mix taste much, much better. (Check out the blog for that secret!)

Enjoy it’s gooey, chocolately goodness!

Ultimate Halloween Peanut Butter Oreo Brownie Bar

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (9.9 oz) pkg white chocolate candy corn M&Ms or 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 pkg Halloween or Double Stuffed Oreos
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla and beat until dough is light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, then slowly add to the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in M&Ms. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, line with wax paper, and spray with cooking spray again. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of the dish. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted 2″ from the edge comes out with moist pieces clinging to it.


Documentary ‘DRESSED’ Descends on Big D This Week

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am

DRESSED, the inspiring documentary about self-taught clothing designer Nary Manivong, who defied the odds of a broken childhood and homelessness to ultimately show his collection at New York’s famed Fashion Week, regionally premieres in Dallas at the historic Texas Theatre on Friday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m.

WHO:   El Centro College, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Design programs
WHAT:   Southwest film debut of the documentary movie, DRESSED
WHY:   Screening featuring personal appearances by Manivong, Alexandria Hilfiger & David Swajeski
WHEN:   Friday, October 28, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE:   The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208, (214) 948-1546
COST:   $20.00 minimum suggested donation

Filmed on location in New York City, as well as Manivong’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, DRESSED beautifully illustrates the strength and resilience of the human spirit as Manivong navigates through one of the toughest businesses in the world – the fashion industry.

“I remember being inspired by the beauty of clothes, and what it would be like to create garments for the type of woman I want to dress,” said Manivong, who eventually partnered with Alexandria Hilfiger to begin their own design label, NAHM, which is an anagram of the two designers’ initials and also means “water” in Laotian.  Manivong and Hilfiger debuted their first collection together this past February during the Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.  Both Manivong and Hilfiger will be attending the Dallas screening event, along with the film’s director David Swajeski and executive producer Maryanne Grisz.

A limited number of seats for this special premiere screening will be available to the public through the Texas Theatre and El Centro College.  First opened in 1931 and recently restored to some of its original lavish grandeur, the Texas Theatre was briefly owned by renowned aviator and film producer Howard Hughes and later became infamously known as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended shortly after he assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963.


Spring 2012 Sneak Peek

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2011 at 10:28 am

If you’re wishing for crisp fall weather like me, then Spring 2012 may not be at the forefront of your mind.  However, the beautiful new trends for the upcoming season are so drool-worthy, I had to give you a sneak peek at what lovelies lie ahead. In case you missed the unveiling of these trends at fashion week, here are my top three:

Pastels.  This color trend is coming back in a big way, thanks to the resurgence of lady-like fashion.  Pastels are flattering on virtually every skin tone and look polished, pretty, and feminine.  Major design houses Louis Vuitton, Phillip Lim and Diane Von Furstenberg all showed off their latest in pastels.


IndieGenius Indoor/Outdoor Bazaar This Weekend

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am

The IndieGenius Indoor/Outdoor Bazaar is this weekend, held at IndieGenius in Bishop Arts in the front parking lot. The event features vendors who specialize in handmade, locally made and some vintage. What kinds of handmade local things, you ask?  How about jewelry, home decor, beauty products and clothing? The bazaar will be held from 12-6pm on Sat and 12-4pm on Sunday.

If you’ve never experienced this event, it’s a must-see.  With this crisp fall weather and the holidays just around the corner, this weekend is the perfect time to get acquainted with the Indie Genius crowd.


How To Spot a Fake Handbag

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2011 at 7:02 am

Many fashionistas have done it…taken that trip down Canal Street in New York and followed a mysterious woman to a back room to see some fabulous (and not-so-fabulous,) designer knock-offs.  It’s big business these days; Counterfeit goods are saturating the internet and streets, with many people actually assuming they are buying the real thing.  Ebay is especially tricky, since many sellers have high ratings and include “authenticity” tags. Uh-huh. Though a fake might be fun for a moment, the quality usually decries their origins and leaves us feeling empty.  Who doesn’t feel especially stylish with an authentic Gucci or Louis Vuitton on their arm?  That’s why it’s important to know you’re getting the real deal for your hard-earned stacks, and here are a few ways to sift through the posers.

1. Does that handbag style actually exist?

This is the easiest way to check on the bag you’re thinking of buying.  Sites like will have the specs on the designer bags they sell, so you can see if the LV Alma or Burberry Hobo you want are listed with the manufacturers.  Certain styles only come in a limited number of colors, so that hot pink Gucci you found may not have ever been produced by Gucci at all because it was only offered in black and brown.

2. Does the bag have a few “extras”?

Faux is often slightly more blinged out than the real McCoy, so check the bag for a few “extras”. These include extra feet, extra stitching, extra pockets, extra straps, or extra hardware. (more…)

Chocolate Interiors: Deliciously Simple

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Though brown might sound boring, it is taking homes by storm and becoming the “it” neutral.  Richer than beige and lighter than black, brown adds a depth to a room that immediately warms the place up.  Toasty chocolate hues create a sense of comfort, while letting other colors pop beautifully against their neutral base.  Cobalt blue on brown? Yes, please! Hot pink and brown? You bet.  Brown and white?  Crisp and clean.

Brown is for the brave, so take a look at these pretty pics of brown done right.  You may find yourself more in love with chocolate than before.