A Little Obsessed With Shoes?

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you happen to have a shoe fetish, then this contest is definitely for you.  Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman has a to-die-for boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York, and he wants you to come there. Not just to shop, mind you, but to indulge in a $1,000 shopping spree with their V.P. of Styling….yep, the same person who helps style celebs like Beyonce, Sofia Vergara, and Angelina.

If your heart is still beating after the royal shoe treatment, you will be whisked away to Stuart Weitzman’s Global Headquarters to see what’s debuting next season before all the other shoe fanatics have a peek!  You’ll be so ahead of the trends that Lady Gaga will be calling you for style tips, dahhhhhling.

While basking in the glow of the ultimate shoe closet ( 1,500 square feet of pure heaven,) you’ll also be introduced to the man behind the magic-Stuart himself. It will be like meeting Santa on Christmas morning, no?

What are you waiting for?  Enter the contest today and be on your way to hitting the shoe lottery!

Stuart Weitzman Espadrille Stuart Weitzman Stuart Weitzman <3

MidWeek Must-Have: Dry Shampoo and How to Use It

Posted by    |    June 27th, 2012 at 8:17 am

If there’s one thing I walked away with after interviewing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at their auditions last week, it’s the importance of dry shampoo.

Oh, I’ve used it from time to time when I was in-between washes on a hectic week, but they stressed the importance of dry shampoo in this Texas heat.  Not only does it help absorb the oil and sweat that builds up on your scalp, but it adds volume and texture to squeaky clean hair.  Yep, that’s one way those sexy cheerleaders get that voluminous hair!

Another tip is to combine a small teasing comb and the dry shampoo to create height that will last all day long.  Summers in Dallas aren’t only hot, they are often windy.  To keep your strands in place, don’t weigh it down with a gallon of hairspray.  Tease lightly at the crown, spray a healthy dose of dry shampoo, and lightly mist with a nice, scented hairspray.  Your look will have more swing and bounce, and can withstand windy days. Also, the less you wash your hair, the less damaged and dry it will be.  With dry shampoo, you can skip the daily wash and save your locks some wear and tear.

Some great dray shampoos to try:

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Approx. $2-$4 (Inexpensive and does the job.)

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo: Approx. $23  (NO white residue! Check out Oscar Blandi’s how-to video here.)

Klorane Dry Shampoo: Approx. $18 (More natural and Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.)

Now you know a DCC secret to beautiful hair that stays put….whether you’re cheering on the sidelines or cheering yourself up with a margarita.

Color, Plump, and Treat: The Per-fekt Lip

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am

It takes more than just A-list celebs using a product to get me interested.  I want to spend my hard-earned dollars on products that actually give beautiful results and hold up under the summer heat.  It also makes me feel good about investing in products that are cruelty and paraben-free….I just can’t carry around a beauty product that isn’t good for me or for friendly little critters everywhere.  It’s these things that drew me to the Per-fekt line of beauty products.  I’d seen them in stores like Sephora and Henri Bendel and heard countless celebs touting the miracles of the skin perfection gel, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out about the lip perfection gel.

Finally! Non-waxy, non-sticky lips....

I am a total lip gloss, lip plumper, lipstick, and lip treatment junkie.  Anything to do with lips, and I want in.  I feel like I have tried just about everything out there, so I know a good lip product when I try one.  When I say the Per-fekt lip perfection gels are the real deal, they are the real deal. No brush, no sponge, no make-up artist required to get hydrated, firm lips, beautiful color, and long-lasting plump.  Don’t you just hate that tacky feel you get with heavy glosses and the waxy build-up of lipstick?  I did, which was one of my motivating factors in checking this new product out.  I love the look of lip plumpers, but the tingling, burning feeling isn’t my favorite thing.  With the gel, you can forgo that and just have full, pretty lips-no burning required.

Henri Bendel Lip Perfection Gel Set

I’m pretty picky about color, so luckily there are several to choose from.  Fountain is clear, Vine (the color I personally can’t get enough of,) is a burgundy wine, Hollywood is a lovely red, Melrose is plum, Paramount is a cool pink, and Sunset is a sheer apricot.  If you can’t part with your favorite lipstick, try clear Fountain on top of it for a stain gloss. The best part- you can try three gorgeous shades in a new set from Henri Bendel here in Dallas.  For $60, you can have three universally flattering shades that look good on you when you’re pale, tan, naturally mocha….you get the idea.  (I also hit up the Per-fekt YouTube channel for some tips and hints with their other products, which is helpful when you don’t have a “red carpet-ready” team.)

Love to color your lips again!  Lip Perfection gel is what lip lovers have been waiting for.

Lena Dunham Loves eos

Posted by    |    June 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Dunham in New York Magazine

The ladies of HBO’s ‘Girls’ are as different as they can be, and so is their makeup. Unlike the larger than life Samantha Jones or Manolo Blahnik wearing Carrie Bradshaw, New Yorkers can tell that these girls keep it real. In order to maintain that authenticity, the show’s lead makeup artist, Patricia Regan, and the show’s leading ladies share their characters’ favorite beauty products.

(more…)

Lauren Conrad’s Best Hair Secret

Posted by    |    June 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

If you’re as obsessed with Lauren Conrad’s gorgeous hair as I am, then you will appreciate this cool how-to.  Lauren is known for rocking fun braids, flowers in her hair, and cute hair accessories.  She’s not afraid to experiment, that’s for sure.  Unlike Lauren, most of us don’t have a stylist to do the inventive work for us, so we have to steal the look and give it a go on our own.  If you happened to see Miss Conrad on Chelsea Lately, you may have spotted this adorable braid style:

Wanna try it?  Follow this link to The Beauty Department, Conrad’s style site and give her a run for her money on best summer hair.

Conrad on Chelsea Lately

The LWD-Every Girl Needs a Little White Dress

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2012 at 11:56 am

It’s summer and white is the color of the moment.  (Or absence of color, as the color wheel tells us.)  Although the age-old saying is that white makes you appear larger, it can actually draw people to your most flattering features.  Oh sure, it’s easy to hide behind the mystique and slimming effects of black, but why limit yourself?

Tips to remember when wearing white:

  • Bring a Tide-To-Go Pen in your purse.  It isn’t a matter of if you get something on your whites, but a matter of when.
  • Wear underwear that won’t show everyone your panty line or fuschia thong.  Check out your backside in the mirror before leaving the house!
  • When eating or drinking, use a napkin, even as a bib if you have to.  Some things just don’t ever come out of white clothes. Ever.
  • Be extra careful if you’re putting your dress on after you’ve applied your makeup. Try to find things that zip that you can step into, not things that go over your head.
  • If you self-tan, do it in the evening and let the residual get all over your sheets while you sleep, not on that pretty white dress the next day.  (There are also a few  semi-rub-proof bronzers, like Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Self-Tanner for Legs. Pretty glow and easy to apply.)

 

white mod by emerson fry lace with hot pink

sequins cream feathers chambray/creme pairing

(all images via)

 

Best Online Boutique You’ve Never Shopped

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Okay, maybe you have shopped it.  But according to many of my fashion savvy friends, they’d never heard of it.  Perhaps you haven’t either. TOBI.

Simple name, with simple pricing.  You can find some of the trendiest styles, hottest colors, and the most enormous selection on this site.  Hang with me while I show you a sampling of what this site has to offer:

Affordable fashion from Tobi.com

Yes, you saw it right.  They have dresses, shirts, shorts, skirts, jackets, intimate wear, accessories, shoes, handbags, and hosiery!  They also have a men’s selection (much less impressive in my opinion,) and plenty of sale items.  One of the big selling points for shopping Tobi-the prices.  We’re talking $32 for this Taking it Easy Top in Vista Blue.  Wow.

If you’re looking for designer stuff, they have that too.  Alice + Olivia, Bijoux, Black Halo, AG, Ella Moss, Parker, Tom Ford….the list goes on and on.  I can’t even begin to tell you the massive amount of favorable Facebook feedback (over 42,000 Facebook likes!) this site gets, which speaks volumes.  So….if you’re going to shop online, I’ve given you this precious gift.  Use it wisely.

Video: How To Pack For Summer Vacation

Posted by    |    June 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you read my blog about the Packing App a while back, you’ll appreciate this packing tutorial done by one of my favorite Irish stylistas.  Anna Soccone has an international following because of her quirky, fun, and refreshingly honest video and blog posts.  Watch one video, and you’ll fall in love with her style tips and fun expressions like I did.  Enjoy her fun packing tutorial and thumb through her cool cosmetic how-tos on blog as well. Ciao!

How To Create the Ultimate Summer Closet

Posted by    |    June 11th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

It’s hot.  It’s humid.  And you need just the right thing to wear.  Is your closet ready for the heat of summer?  If not, fetch these basic items that will work season after season…and keep you looking cool in the process.

Must Have #1: A maxi summer dress.  This is ideal for those days you forget to shave, or you don’t want to bare your pale legs.  It looks fresh and beautiful.  maxi dress, maxi dress for summer,

Must Have #2: A straw hat.  It can be floppy, fedora, or any style in-between.  The stylish straw hat can go from day to night and always looks chic.

straw hat, porkpie hat, summer hat

Must Have #3:  A fitted tank in a neutral color.  It can be white, black, khaki, gray, or navy-anything that can be worn with other complimentary colors.

tank top, jennifer aniston tank,

Must Have #4: Cropped denim jeans.  This one is a no-brainer. Show off those ankles and sexy pedicure!

capri, capri denim, cropped jeans

Must Have #5:  White dress pants.  These work for brunch, church, weddings, work, you name it.  A touch of class.

white dress pants, summer pants

Must Have #6: A comfortable, short sundress.  Because who wants to wear jeans to an outdoor concert in the summer? (This one is only $49!)summer dress, comfortable dress

Must Have #7: A pretty pair of wedges.  All the sex appeal of a stiletto, but on a comfortable wedge.

chloe wedges, summer shoes

Must Have #8: Skimpy sandals that show the full monty.  Skinny sandals that show off your feet and keep them feeling comfy are a necessity.

sandals for summer

Must Have #9: A pair of classy shorts.  Shorts may not always be work appropriate, but they are perfect for so many other occasions-like any hot summer day!

summer shorts, dress shorts

Must Have #10: A pair of Jackie O sunglasses.  Always chic, these match any outfit, no matter how dressed down.  Whether you find a bargain pair or go the designer route, make sure they have plenty of coverage to shield your peepers from the harsh sun.

jackie o, sunglasses, summer sunglasses

 

The Name’s Wu. Jason Wu.

Posted by    |    June 8th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Jason Wu Wu, Jason Wu. jason wu jason wu Jason Wu SS12

See all this ridiculously gorgeous eye candy? It’s Jason Wu. He’s the mastermind of modern fashion, and has done everything from couture to Target.

According to ABCNews.com this past winter, “Mere hours after Target released designer Jason Wu’s limited-edition collection in-store and online Sunday, the fashion line was sold out.“The collection became available shortly after midnight online, and was sold out within a few hours,” said Joshua Thomas, a spokesman for Target. “The feedback from consumers has been overwhelming positive. …Jason Wu is a fashion darling and his collection is very wearable by a variety of body types and styles.”Thomas added that out of the 1,800 Target stores nationwide, 1,200 of those stores carried Wu’s collection and many were “sold out or running low.” Wowza.

Women world-wide love him for his feminine designs and use of bold color.  (Men hate him for draining their wives’ pocketbooks.) And now, Dallas is getting their own taste of Wu as his Jason Wu Fall 2012 Collection debuts on June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Neiman Marcus Downtown.  Simply head to  the Couture Salon on Level Two and dream away of what you’ll wear this fall.  Wu will woo you.

(images via)