Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kim Nails Her On Stage Style

Kim Kardashian West made a rare public appearance at the Family Equality Council's Impact Awards where she presented Jonathon Murray (co-founder of Bunim/Murray Productions) with the Impact Award. Kim wore a body hugging strapless gown with over-sized hooped earrings, low straight pony, and natural makeup. I am loving this subtle, yet sexy look! Such a nice change from the oversized sweaters and sweatpants.

Gown: Rick Owens
Hair Stylist: Andrew Fitzsimons | Make Up Artist: Mario Dedivanovic

This Weekend Can't Come Soon Enough!

Chrissy Teigen walked the red carpet at the LA Premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" last week wearing a Lumiere inspired velvet and fringed frock with matching box clutch, slicked back low bun, gold smokey eye, and dark maroon lip. I am loving this unusual look, dark and vampy, from Chrissy and the dress couldn't have been more appropriate!
Frock: Raisa & Vanessa 
Hair Stylist: Laura Polko | Make Up Artist: Allan Avendano
Stylist: Monica Rose

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mini Review: Bite Beauty Lip Pencil

 Meet the future of Pencil Lip Liners! Earlier last month I was one of the lucky Influenster's who got to test out Bite Beauty's new Pencil Lip Liners complimentary before they hit Sephora shelves. I was sent 2 out of the 20+ Collection to test out and I instantly fell in love with this product. The consistancy is like no other pencil liner, it is very creamy, making it apply smoothly and blend like a dream. I know, like me, you're probably confused, because it's still a pencil liner but the magic formula created by Bite Beauty has once again proven anything is possible in the beauty world when amazing ingredients are being used. I also need to mention the coverage, because, I'm sure you've guess it, it is also top notch. It's extremely opaque but is very lightweight, so your liner doesn't feel chunky and overly layered. It is just a dream product, whether paired with one of Bite's Amuse Bouche Lipsticks or another one of your favourite brands or lipsticks. You just can't go wrong with anything from Bite Beauty, and their new Lip Pencil is no exception!

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil #020 Beige Nude and #044 Rich Mahogany ($20 Each) c/o Influenster
Bite Beauty (Mini) Amuse Bouche Lipstick Honeycomb and Nori ($30 Each) c/o Influenster
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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Best Dressed: 2017 Oscar After-Paries

Vanessa Hudgens @ Elton John's 2017 Oscar Party

 Gown: Kristian Aadnevik | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Effy Jewelry, Levian Jewelry, Djula Jewelry, & Graziela Gems | Jewellery: Jacob Jewelery & EF Collection
Hair Stylist: Dicky Collins | Make Up Artist: Patrick Ta
Stylist: Natalie Saidi

Nina Dobrev @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
 Gown: Christian Dior | Sandals:  Tamara Mellon | Clutch: Yliana Yepez
Hair Stylist: Riawna Capri | Make Up Artist: Spencer Barnes
Stylist: Ilaria Urbinati
Vanessa Hudgens @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gown: Elie Saab | Sandals: Sophia Webster | Earrings: Fernando Jorge
Hair Stylist: Clayton Hawkins | Make Up Artist: Georgie Eisdell
Stylists: Wendi and Nicole

Janelle Monae @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
 Gown: Alexandre Vauthier | Peep-Toes: Christian Louboutin | Jewellery: Stefere
Hair Stylist: Nikki Nelms | Make Up Artist: Jessica P. Smalls
Stylist: Kate Kohler

Jessica Biel @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Gown: Ralph Lauren | Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman
Hair Stylist: Adir Abergel | Make Up Artist: Kara Yoshimoto Bua
Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn

Karlie Kloss @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gown: Naeem Khan | Jewellery: Cartier | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | Clutch: Roger Vivier
Hair Stylist: Giannandrea | Make Up Artist: Hung Vanngo 
Stylist: Karla Weich

Soft and Subtle Once Again Wins on the Red Carpet

I normally hate the things that Nicole Scherzinger wears on the Red Carpet, however this look that she wore at The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in Beverly Hills on February 25th completely blew me away. Nicole opted for a softer, almost fairytale-like, sheer tulle gown with contrasting embroidery, simple dropped earrings, and layered rings. Scherzinger also kept her beauty to minimum, with her hair blown out straight and subtle smokey eye and mauve lip combo. Perfection! Now if only she can continue on this train and not go back to her overly-tight, grungy looks she usually goes for.
Gowns: Yanina Couture | Rings: Ilaria Lanzoni | Jewelery: Bvlgari
Hair Stylist: Rob Talty | Make Up Artist: Tracey Levy

Best Dressed: 2017 Academy Awards

Jessica Biel
Gown: Kaufmanfranco | Necklace: Tiffany & Co. | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman 
Hair Stylist: Adir Abergel | Make Up Artist: Kara Yoshimoto Bua
Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn

Chris Evans

Tuxedo: Salvatore Ferragamo | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cufflinks & Watch: London Sock Co
Stylist: Ilaria Urbinati

Ginnifer Goodwin

Gown: Zuhair Murad | Jewellery: Neil Lane | Pumps: Sophia Webster | Clutch: Tyler Ellis
Hair Stylist: Ian James | Make Up Artist: Mai Quynh
Stylist: Ilaria Urbinati
Chrissy Teigen

Gown: Zuhair Murad Couture | Jewellery: Lorraine Schwartz | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | 
Clutch: Judith Leiber
Hair Stylist: Jen Atkin | Make Up Artist: Mary Phillips
Stylist: Monica Rose

Janelle Monae

Gown: Elie Saab Couture | Pumps: Brian Atwood | Jewellery: Forevermark | Clutch: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylist: Nikki Nelms | Make Up Artist: Jessica P. Smalls
Stylist: Maeve Reilly

Book Review: "The Kept Woman"

I was really impressed with Karin Slaughter's "Pretty Girls" so I was uber excited to find out she had another book called "The Kept Woman", however this fictional novel just fell short. The story line was great, and the thrill/mystery was there but it was just so drawn out. You don't even learn about the deceased until 1/2+ through the novel. In short too much background and descriptive information leading up to the "I couldn't put it down" or "it was such a page turner" section of the bed. Don't get me wrong once the store starts unrolling you won't want to put it down, it just takes a lot to actually get there. "The Kept Woman" is about a murder investigation in an abandoned building owned by one of the city's wealthiest and highest paid basketball player. Once determining the blood form the crime scene doesn't match the deceased; the investigation takes a troubled turn involving one of the character's pasts putting loved ones and co-workers in danger. A story that will pull you in multiple directions, leaving you confused with who did it and why were they really helping them. I promise you, once you get past the drawn out beginning, it is worth the read!

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It's #NYFW: Marc Jacobs Fall 2017

"At the end of a New York Fashion Week that can generously be described as timid, the industry’s great showman Marc Jacobs stripped his runway down to the essentials. Advance word suggested he might, but the two rows of bare metal folding chairs marching narrowly across the Park Avenue Armory was a striking sight, nonetheless. There was no set, no music, no big hair and makeup statement, and no iPhone photography permitted. What gives? The collection, he said, was inspired by a documentary called Hip-Hop Evolution. “As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style. This collection is my representation of the well-studied dressing up of casual sportswear. It is an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.” But what did this collection have to say about how to dress next Fall? That, at least, is quite simple. That a fur-collared jacket and a thigh-skimming party dress is something you should wear with sheer stockings and sturdy, retro platforms. That track pants go with just about everything. That you can never have too much corduroy (a fact Jacobs and Miuccia Prada lately agree on). That the color brown and all its variations are beautiful. And that a hat with personality is absolutely essential. Also: If you’re going to wear jewelry, it might as well bling. These were not necessarily needle-moving fashion messages—designers have been cribbing from hip-hop for decades, and, as Jacobs acknowledges, it has become the defining mode of our day. But this collection at least had a sophisticated edge on its predecessor."' -

It's #NYFW: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2017

"Like many of her peers, Monique Lhuillier is rethinking the way she presents her collections. She opted out of a Fall ’17 runway show in favor of a dynamic lookbook, which better highlights the lineup’s rich embroideries and textures. Sometimes those details don’t resonate in a runway photo, which shows just one angle. Decadence was a word Lhuillier threw around a lot during the shoot, and it fit this collection. In fact, it may have been her most indulgent one to date; embellishments have always been a Lhuillier specialty, but here, they were literally piled on. Tulle gowns were studded with gems, while a few sheer minidresses were covered in sparkling confetti. It was as if her team had tossed buckets of sequins on the models just before they took the picture. Separates are a growing category for Lhuillier, and the velvet jackets, gold sequined boleros, and puff-sleeved bodysuits were highlights. Each could be worn to a black-tie gala or with vintage jeans, and that’s crucial these days. It’s how the designer will attract new customers who aren’t necessarily into cocktail dresses or ball gowns; many young women don’t need those things (at least not yet) and they tend to dress more casually." -

It's #NYFW: Marchesa Fall 2017

"Color was the big story on the Marchesa runway today. Multicolored tassels, muted rainbow-toned embroidery, red cherry blossom patterns, chartreuse satin—these served as lightning bolts, thrown down gently by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. The designers were inspired by China and period films such as Farewell My Concubine and added a bit of Old Shanghai glamour to their romantic house style. As a result, this collection featured some unexpected gestures of not only palette but pattern and texture, as well.Some of the elements came across better than others. The feathery embellishments on several dresses had a pleasing strangeness but worked best when applied with a light touch. The collection’s dense fringe, on the other hand, was at its most camera-ready when Chapman and Craig went whole hog with it, seemingly constructing entire frocks out of the stuff. Their draped bows, meanwhile, were a regular pleasure, and their fil coupes provided a nice pop. These looks were red carpet no-brainers—and with the Oscars right around the corner, that was surely the point." -

It's #NYFW: J. Mendel Fall 2017

"Eveningwear is often slapped with a stuffy, unrelatable stigma, particularly during fashion week when everyone is searching for the next big thing. But Gilles Mendel isn’t just out to create a fantasy. He thinks about the real-life viability of his clothes (even the couture pieces) and spoke of a high-low missive for Fall ’17. “I think today’s woman wants to wear a fur coat over a gown, but she’ll also wear it with jeans,” he said. A shimmering lace dress, for instance, was paired with the millennial girl’s must-have item: a leopard coat. As for the dresses, there was a balletic quality to the weightless tulle skirts and above-the-ankle hemlines. “Floor-length gowns start to feel a little old,” Mendel admitted. For the modern woman, a lighter, shorter dress is also just practical; you can keep operating at full-speed without worrying about tripping on your train." -