Saturday, February 28, 2009

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty - The Abs

Hot date? No time for a workout to make those abs pop? Follow these makeup tips to enjoy a highlighted midsection in no time.

Friday, February 27, 2009

First Memory: Designer Gowns

It is the weekend, so I thought we could take a jaunt down memory lane.

When was your first brush, nay, tender skin enveloped in the decadence that is the designer gown?

My first, if I recall correctly, was a sleeveless Dior ball gown with raised gold threading over a floral pattern. This is a similar look:

My dress was on borrow from my very petite aunt who had a fabulous closet. The gown had a V-cut front and back. The golds and pinks were lovely to the eye, and the rough texture of the threads was an interesting contrast. Especially belted and used as a costume for an outdoor play where I was - Christopher Columbus.Scene in memory was on a ship.

Could be a dress and tights, no?

Did I mention my aunt was petite? Because I was in 4th grade and it was a big outdoor production. Belted and tucked, I thought it looked pretty swanky. I'm sure this incident sticks in my mind because of the MASSIVE argument my father and mother were having. He said there was no way I was going to be in the play in a ballgown. My mom said it looked great and if I wanted to I should be able to wear it. I pleaded that Chris was representing Queen Isabella and so of course he was wearing gold and finery.

In the end me and mum won the battle at home, I played to a crowd that loved Dior, and all my cast mates asked why a girl playing a guy was wearing a dress with a sword. Did I mention this was in SF? Glory days.

What is your first memory?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Congrats to Slumdog Millionaire

Friday, February 20, 2009

MB Fashion Week - butter London & Daniel Saynt 1pm Central 2/20

Today on BlogTalkRadio 2/20 1pmC: Nonie Creme of Butter London talks looks & colors from MBFW

Immediately followed by Daniel Saynt/FashionIndie discussing MBFW controversy and NYO lawsuit

Thursday, February 19, 2009

81st Oscar Night Fashion Predictions from Celeb Stylist Lawrence Zarian

Thanks to Lawrence Zarian for sharing his Academy Awards predictions with us. He'll be live on the red carpet Sunday and hosting an Oscar wrap on Monday with Lisa Rinna. What are your predictions?


The Oscars are right around the corner and for Award Season '09 the theme on the red carpet is all about color and class. Hollywood's A-list beauties are definitely bringing glamour back to the red carpet
while keeping it simple and elegant with a "less is more attitude".

• Old Hollywood glamour is still the rage before hitting the red.
From double Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet in her black satin floor
length Yves Saint Lauren with simple, stunning jewels by Chopard to
Anne Hathaway in her crystal laden white Azzaro gown with Cartier
Jewels at the SAG Awards, it's one color dressing at it's finest.

• Major color is back on the red, from cool crimson to powerful purple
to beautiful blues. Don't let the color control you, you control and
carry the color.

• The key accessory on the red carpet is not a handbag or shoes, it's
showing off your shoulders, from strapless statements such as
Christina Applegate in a gorgeous emerald green, one shoulder gown by
Emanuel Ungaro at the SAG Awards, to Eva Longhoria Parker working the
red in her body hugging strapless crimson red Reem Acra fishtail gown,
at this years Golden Globes.

• From Anne Hathaway to Hollywood IT Girl Freido Pinto, the hair is
sleek and slicked back with the emphasis on the face, featuring smokey
eyes and stained lip.

• For the women, belts, ruffles and bling are heavy hitters in this
game called fashion while plunging necklines seem to be striking out
due to the wrong fit and wrong designer on the right girl.

• Regarding those Hollywood hunks, if you have the confidence and
inner star power to lose your tie, take it off like Brad Pitt did so
effortlessly in Tom Ford at the SAG Awards. Finish off your look with
a pocket square to match your stunning arm candy, like Brad did with
his cornflower blue pocket square, complimenting Angie's draping Max
Azria gown. Star Style at it's finest.

• Tom Cruise showcased a lean and mean silhouette in his double
breasted tuxedo at the Golden Globes, while most of the other men on
the red, leaned towards the single breasted tuxedo with narrow lapels
and two-button closures.

• For men, classic and elegant styles re key when dressing for the red
carpet. From pocket squares to cuff links, the looks are definitely
more polished with an old Hollywood finish.


• “Academy Awards Fashion Wrap with Lisa Rinna and Lawrence Zarian,
premiering Monday February 23 at 8/7c also on TV Guide Network.”

Kathryn Kerrigan Boutique Shoe Sale & Wine Tasting - Sat 2/21

If you're bummed about Milwaukee cracking down on sipping vino and shopping, cross the border to Libertyville, IL for Kathryn Kerrigan 's shoe sale Saturday, February 21.

Specializing in larger sized, stylish shoes for tall women, the boutique carries sizes 6-15 and are known for providing all day comfort. Shoes are manufactured in Spain, and Spanish wines will be served.

This event is part of a 30 store soiree, with wine tasting available at each location. Purchase of an etched wine glass at a location serves as your ticket to imbibe at all other locations (but remember, moderation is the key). Take that, Milwaukee.

No fees to attend, must be 21 or older. Downtown Libertyville 1:00pm-5:00pm

Kathryn Kerrigan
741 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kim Kardashian - RED HOT

Leave it to KK to present the look that, mark my words, will finally launch the bold lip colors. Cosmetic companies have been trying to get women to go darker for a season or two now, and this trend setter will def be pushing us over the edge.

Everything about this look is perfection!

Backstage Makeup - MBFW - Diesel

Yesterday's Diesel show, artist Charlotte Tilbury. photo courtesy heather park

Backstage Makeup - MBFW -

MAC Tony Cohen - gorgeous dramatics photo courtesy heather park

MAC's Heather Park got her nails did

Thanks to MAC's darling Heather Park for sharing. And here is her choice for nails for Fashion Week - a stunning midnight blue gradation. I have to try this! It almost matches Pickler's dress. photo courtesy heather park

Badgley Mischka Celebs

It looks like Kelly Pickler lost her (boob) job! I'm not against big girls, but she looks so much better natural. The dress is also a stunner.

And you can't do fashion week without Kim Kardashian, but I honestly like sis' nude shoe look better. Both beautiful girls.

Backstage Makeup - MBFW - New York - Badgley Mischka

The color palette at Badgley Mischka, featuring MAC Tom Pecheux's hand. photo courtesy heather park

Backstage Hair - MBFW - New York - Donna Karan

luvs! photo courtesy heather park

Backstage Makeup - MBFW New York - Terexov

MAC's Director Nadine Luke (pictured above) orchestrated this deep blue and dramatic look for Terexov photo courtesy heather park

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Instant Coffee by Any Name is Still Instant Coffee

McCoffee, which has taken a serious swipe at Starbucks ever conserving customer base, is the leading brew of choice, even scoring as sponsor for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Starbucks is battling to regain market ground by appealing to the masses, and the first breakthrough is as opposite Italian coffeemakers as one can imagine.

Starbucks introduces Via, poised to be the gourmet of instant coffees. Want to give it a swirl? Go to their site and click "Try Via" for a free sample (and newsletter, natch). With cute little tumblers and promises of preferred pre-shipments, all semblence of an experience does not seem to be lost.

The site promises samples shipments in 2 weeks, or you can pick up in Chicago or Seattle. Looking forward to my brew review with you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

Hello Kitty MAC Pro & Everyone Else = online now!

MAC Pro - Rush for your Hello Kitty

Not a Pro? Collection is still available online and nationwide in stores on the 12th. ALERT: high demand is causing the MAC Cosmetics site to crash!

MAC Hello Kitty Designer Dress Auction Ending

MAC Hello Kitty Designer Dress Auction Ending

Get a unique and wearable keepsake from the HK campaign. All proceeds benefit the Acquisition Fund for the museum at FIT.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fashion/Beauty & the Beast of an Economy 2/11/09 1pm

***Time has been moved from Monday to Wednesday***
Join us and call in with your questions or opinions:
Call-in Number: (646) 727-3741

GUEST BRYAN VIPER (Bryan Viper Creative) is entrenched in the beauty/fashion industry, working with notables Billy B , Syd Curry, Rare NYC Hair, and more, discusses upcoming influential Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC and how the economy has changed the game for makeup artists & designers in 2009.

GUEST FRANK KEPPLER of the popular Brew City Brand brings it home to Milwaukee discussing fashion apparel/manufacturing in the Third Ward and how to keep innovative when the economy dips.

BONUS BEAUTY SEGMENT: Guest - I'm Having a Breast Reduction! Our guest is undergoing the knife on the 12th to reverse what many wish for. Why is she doing it? What are her expectations? What did she have to do to prep for it? A must listen, especially if you've ever considered the procedure.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

MAC Hello Kitty Review - Pre Release Purchases

MAC's Hello Kitty collection launches in-stores nationwide on February 12th, but last night scores of fans waited in line for a chance to get first shot at the goods. For the best breakdown, swatches and photos of a haul, please visit Christine Mielke's Temptalia site. As always, the lipglasses are gorgeous.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

MBFW - New York: She's Outta There

When the noise started getting louder last year that fashion week was moving from the tents, no one could believe it. Believe it. 2010 will find Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

Milwaukee based Karl's has previously supplied tents for Fashion Weeks around the US.

We Made WWD

in 2006! Michelle Edgar had stopped by to chat a few times but I never realized we got a mention.

Funny what you find when backtracking how visitors land on your blog/websites. The item was cached so I wasn't able to download the pdf but here is a cobbled screenshot. WooHoo!

Monday, February 02, 2009

BlogTalkRadio - Nadine Haobsh

The episode made "Today's Pick" list

I was on a Theraflu high, but Nadine Haobsh came through loud and clear! Enjoy this insight into her life & book. Leave a comment for chance to win a copy. There is a silent delay before the interview begins

"Confessions of a Beauty Addict" is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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