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Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I need to try his eyeliner, lip gloss and BRONZER!
There are ONLY 4 styles and I NEED 2...BOGO anyone???:) I hope so!
*Use this code for 20% off today: 28294 and there is a BOGO going on right now!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I want to share a new boutique, Imperfect Concepts~the owner has a great eye and has been sharing her finds on facebook for a while and has a variety in what she is going to offer. I have been following with excitement for the past months and I am excited to share the unveiling of this masterpiece online boutique. So many dreamy items, you just can't say no! The items are on trend and great prices. Get to know the owner, Ms. Natasha Robinson and all of the ideas behind the store, Imperfect Concepts.
I am excited to share this offer with my fabulous readers! This TEE will be exclusive to the winner because it will not be sold at the JNY site or Macy's until September 1st for $20! I thought an exciting way to do the giveaway is to have readers send me pictures of how you style your wardrobe according to Lloyd Boston's tips. It's all about how your learn what you've been taught...and the cool tie into this is that Jones New York's back to school initiative is to support teachers and children's education. The program is called, Jones New York In The Classroom (JNYITC). For more information about this program, visit this site.
Please have pictures in by Monday, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Only $39! Similar to the MK shoes I have been looking for!:)
I can't believe what I just found in Newport's new catalog...which I have to say, I LOVE the Parisian styling! Snaps to them for updating the style of the catalog! I know catalogs usually get stuck in a rut, but this really proves something new is coming! Here are a few of my must-have items!*Not available until October!Only $25!
Which strappy shoe should I with...I can't decide...but, I am close to what I have been searching for!:)
Monday, August 17, 2009
I am just recently coming into my own with cooking after being married for three years...I usually use vintage cook books, Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray or my family to find recipes that I can try. Needless to say, I was floored when I read that ASSOULINE was publishing a book called, "American Fashion Cookbook." I couldn't wait to see what type of recipes some of my favorite designers had to share. Here are a few of my favorites that I can't wait to try:
Because I love the ingredient:
I have to try the Goat Cheese Tarts with Arugula Salad from Andreas Melbostad (designer of Phi)...
I have fallen in LOVE with dates and there is goat cheese (just sounds divine), so this seems like an easy appetizer that I might have to replace the bacon with turkey bacon.
Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates by Selima Salaun
Just because of the name...
Designer Catherine Malandrino has one I want to try, but it has anchovies~something I have never tried before...but, I am up for trying to test this out just because it is Catherine Malandrino's recipe:)
Le Panier de Crudites
This just sounds new and exciting, Coconut Fish Chowder...I want to try this now:) This may happen this week...
Plus, I found a great deal on AMAZON! On Assouline the price for the book is $45, but on Amazon.com, it is $27.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I was just introduced to DJ Rashida on Concrete + Cashmere and I am in LOVE! Her style is divine (she likes vibrant colors and she knows how to work her body type with a strapless top and a tube skirt with all types of designs) and her mixes are hitting my iPod ASAP! I had to share my find right away! Check her out today! I need to know how she handles her curls too!
It looks like we are all just hearing about the new fashion reality contest show, Concrete & Cashmere which is produced by Alize. But, no need to worry...you can catch each 10 minute episode now online and be inspired by the designer, stylist or fashionista on the show. I LOVE the themes for the challenges they have really given me some ideas for my at-home-wardrobe projects that I need to explore. The show reminds me a little bit of VH1's Glam God and The Fashion Show. I am thinking that either Jamaica or Brea will win this contest...the others just haven't shown anything by the 5th episode that has WOWed me...but, we shall see...I really want to try recreating the top that Brea made in the Couture Tee contest and Jamaica was actually wearing a tassel around her shoulders that I want to try...also, Jamaica's Bowery look was really chic and now I think...So, watch this online fashion contest for more ideas and I haven't watched them yet, but get lots of cocktail ideas for your soiree's as well!
Am I the only one that just caught on in the past month that Mad Men is a MUST-SEE TV show on AMC!? I can't believe I have missed this show for 2 seasons! I have, of course caught up for tonight's BIG premiere...but, I still can't believe that I, the girl who LOVES all things vintage didn't know about this! Well, to anyone else that has missed all of the really great publicity that AMC is doing...this is the show to DVR tonight! And rent from Blockbuster to catch up on the drama and fashion! This is like the Retro SATC:) I know, I am fishing for more SATC:)
Through my Google Alerts I found this great piece done by ABC that shows how the actor dresses on set and off set...LOVE IT!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
I have skimmed and maybe shopped the Newport News site and catalog occasionally, but this fall it seems that every September issue is showcasing some really great pieces that I have to share!
Check out the "as seen in" section to see where the site has been featured recently...
Working with catalogs, I understand the reuse of a great selling item which a couple of these must be...so, keep in mind---some of the styling from the catalog might be old school...but, if you update your styling like the magazines have these pieces are dynamic and have great prices! LUCKY mag has a tee from Newport News on the last page that I have to have! It's not on the site yet...but, I will be looking out for it and share once it gets added.
I just liked these....
I love the idea of the ladies wearing their black J. Crew shirt dresses with brown belts, black thick belts, the self belt that it came with...they all had the same dress but so many different looks. Just like how the style shoe chosen to wear with this staple can make a drastic difference on how you look-casual or dressy...but, still so put together. This is a great item for your closet regardless of what industry you are in.
Posted by Natasha Rao at 6:09 PM
Designer style inspiration is the BEST!
Posted by Natasha Rao at 5:51 PM
He keeps it honest! Hahaha...Watch him to laugh...this is beyond fashion! For more of his how-to...check out his web-i-sodes...he's recently updated, so there are some good ones like how to make Sangria!...next, he needs to get on an app for my iPhone!
Ladies brunching in Brooklyn:)Brunching is a fabulous excuse to get dressed up and go out with your friends for breakfast. It is a common tradition for people in New York to do each weekend...preferably on Sundays...some after church and others after a long night out on Saturday...it's true, not everyone dresses up...but, I always found it simply irresistible not to...here are some ideas of what I would wear for brunching on a Sunday. I feel like Isaac Mizrahi designs what I feel has the true essence of Sunday brunching at the Plaza. He is no longer designing for Target, but his pieces for Liz Claiborne are AMAZING!
Posted by Natasha Rao at 5:02 PM
Glam R Us Radio had a chance to interview one of my favorite designers from The Fashion Show on Friday. Check out the interview here on BlogTalkRadio.
"Five out of five men are said to look twice at any girl in a black dress."
-Elizabeth Hawes, Anything But Love
Recently, the nonprofit organization I am a member of, The Women's 20/30 Club, had an event called Cocktailing for a Cause...For the life of me, I couldn't decide what to wear...I combed my closet...flipped through all of my magazines...but, I really didn't want to buy something new...I knew I had something appropriate...but, I just wanted to ensure that no one else would be wearing what I had on...(bad, I know...)
I fortunately looked to the book, "The Cocktail Dress," which had exactly the inspiration I needed! Although people are always giving us new items to go for at cocktail parties...the signature item will always be the LBD. The dress that ladies like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and many others wore for an evening out. This book gives historic background on the fashionable cocktail dress which varies in styling through the decades...and, also has imagery for people like me that need a quick inspiration shot:)
I realize that a pair of shoes can dress up any plain jane look...or you can get a LBD with a little more pizazz like Marilyn Monroe with her style off the shoulder for a little sex appeal or Ann Milling in Christian Dior London's feather-trimmed organza dress which say anything but, basic. I went for the cut out on the back and a fabric that resembles leather but is actually linen with some type of sheen finish with a statement pair of shoes by Stuart Weitzman. Thoughts???:) What do you wear for cocktails???
Friday, August 07, 2009
I love his mix of dressy denim with a casual denim jacket and a belt cinching in the waist...perfection...I need the cropped denim trouserse this season...my MUST!
Anna's designs are just as gorge on the available to purchase looks on BravoTV...Prices are magical! I hope they don't sell out quickly! I need to save up...Wait~the drama! Where is my elephant print dress:( How can they not have all items available for purchase!?
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Yay! The most up-to-date from Lloyd Boston! I love his guides! He knows it all!
Posted by Natasha Rao at 10:02 PM
Here are a few of my must-have sites that I turn to for the best of the best bargains on all of my coveted designers:
-Shop it To Me-Your free personal shopper, finding all of the best deals on all the brands, designers, and stores you love.
-The Outnet for Net-a-Porter *New Going, Going, Gone element to the sales twice a week...so, keep watching---it's worth it...with even more AMAZING prices!
-Rewind for Revolve Clothing (just started today)
-Gilt Groupe has something new starting next week called, Gilt Fuse---prices will be even lower...I guess they see how good The Outnet is!
-Ruelala-now available on your iPhone.
-Retail Happy Hour-this is new...I haven't experienced this yet...but, I wanted to share what I just heard about...
What am I missing? What do you recommend???
I feel like I have tried so many products since turning to my curls...and I always seem to turn back to my oldies but goodies...the cheapest products out there:)
SUAVE Vanilla Conditioner (people go crazy over my hair when I use this!)
Boots Coconut/Almond Leave-In Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V...I've always been told this was terrible...but, my hair LOVES it! But, I stopped with the mousse:)
On to the tested:
TIGI Love Peace & The Planet-This is the most yummy leave in conditioner ever! You just want to eat your hair;) People are always asking me what I am wearing when I use this and I just let them sniff the tresses:) The Cherry-Almond scent is addictive and it helps me prep my hair for the product that I put in after. I feel like the leave in conditioners help tame my hair after getting out of the shower and prevent it from starting to dry quickly and frizz out of control. Plus, this product is 88% organic...which is a plus in my book because I try to avoid a lot of alcohol in my hair because it defeats the purpose since my hair is already dry-prone:) Basically, what is good for the environment, made from the environment is perfect for moi.
Hair Rules-to be honest, I was sent a trial size for this product and my hair is way too thick to really get an idea of how good this product was...but, I can say it smelled really good:) But, right now there is a REALLY great deal on HSN! An entire Hair Rules Custom Curl Set is only $24.95! This includes 3 full size products and 2 of the trial size that I received (that doesn't really do anything:) But, such a great deal! Also, Dickey will be on HSN all day tomorrow from 1:00 a.m. est to 9 p.m. est with expert tips and exclusive deals. I will be watching this!
Living Proof-is all about fighting frizz and does just that. When I saw the little package that the product comes in, I was like this isn't going to do anything! My hair usually requires a lot of product...even if I now know that I need to section it to add the product:) This isn't like the other frizz fighting products that makes your hair look greasy---it lets it fight the humidity and remain lush and flowy---exactly how I like it! The site is really helpful and even has a how-to do your hair with the product. I got a lot of great pointers that helped me understand how to use and not abuse this small product;) Right now free shipping on orders over $48!
Moroccanoil (p.s. it is supposed to be one word:)-I was really curious about this product because it keeps popping up in every mag and every celeb is said to be using it...I didn't know what to expect, because I hadn't seen the product in any stores from Nordstrom to Target...so, I wanted to see what was up...I first off thought the product was going to be oil based, but not at all...I am usually one to squish my hair throughout the day and instead of greasy it felt kind of like lotion interesting enough..it wasn't thick and my hair felt and dried nicely. The product kinds of reminds me of baby lotion for the hair...for some reason I expected coconut scents and so forth...but, it was an interesting surprise. I mainly used the Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream because I haven't straightened my hair in so long...but, I am getting bored and I want to start changing it up a bit...so, I will share how the Moroccanoil Treatment and Hydrating Styling Cream work. I think I need to invest in a mask next...I love doing a mask over the weekend and just relaxing. You can buy the products at a salon near you, or online at AMAZON.
Skala-this brand has AMAZING products at great prices! I got to try the Conditioning Treatment masque, which I loved in the various types for Dry, Course Hair with avocado to Anti-Frizz with aloe vera...I am excited to share that just recently the site has opened up to sell online! You used to have to buy $50 packs on AMAZON...but, gone are the days...take advantage...I couldn't find the product anywhere in Arizona! I kept reading about the product in Latina magazine and I wanted to know what was up. I assure you all this is a great product and worth the wait of shipping:)
In the MIX:
Just found these fabulous hair sites for products and encouragement for natural hair:
A friend recommended I check out the site called, Curls...which is all about effortless, frizz free curls for multi-ethnic women and girls...that's me:) Plus, the products are made of organic ingredients and exotic oils! This is on my list to try next!
The site that supports women going natural and growing their hair is called, Long Hair Don't Care...yesterday they actually had a live radio show...so, keep watching for these type of events.
Chris Rock has a new movie coming out called, "Good Hair"...check out the trailer here.
Marie Claire has a how-to guide for taking care of curly hair that I found helpful.