Archives for September 2012

September 4, 2012

BLINGGUARD Hosts Fashion’s Night Out and it’s ONLINE


Do you want to get in on all the fun of Fashion’s Night Out from the comfort of your own home? BLINGGUARD, the newest must-have collection of accessories that keeps your precious pieces in place and looking fabulous, will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out this year by hosting a blingtastic online event – so everyone can join in!

WHAT:  BLINGGUARD will host an evening of fun facts, fashion tips and more on Twitter. Look out for when BLINGGUARD tweets a question about jewelry, fashion or celebrity trends and re-tweet the right answer to win a complimentary BLINGGUARD product!

WHEN: Thursday, September 6th; 6:00PM-11:00PM



SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 3, 2012

Enjoy Stress Free Mornings with Eight O’Clock Coffee

The BACK-TO-SCHOOL rush is upon us again, and that makes for some very hectic mornings. Luckily Eight O’Clock Coffee has been in the business of making mornings better for over 150 years, and they have compiled EIGHT tips for stress-free mornings.

1. Forget stopping for your morning coffee – that takes a lot of time and money. Prep your coffee pot the night before, so all you have to do when you wake up is flip the switch. Your coffee will brew as you get everyone ready and out the door.

2. Invest in a great travel mug to take your freshly brewed coffee to go. (Make sure it fits in your car’s cup holder).

3. Keep a calendar with everyone’s schedules on it right next to the coffeemaker. You can glance at it in the morning and know what’s in store for the day.

4. Pack lunches and plan outfits the night before to avoid morning confusion.

5. Keep grab-and-go breakfast foods, like granola bars and bananas, on hand.

6. Give yourself a time cushion for unexpected delays (don’t wake up at the last minute!).

7. Instead of dumping leftover coffee, store it in the fridge before you walk out the door. An iced coffee can serve as a nice afternoon pick-me-up.

8. To make mornings even easier, that smooth, rich taste of Eight O’Clock Coffee will be available in Keurig K-Cups this fall.

With these EIGHT GREAT TIPS, you can savor those last moments of summer and enjoy a smooth transition back to the daily grind.  For more information about Eight O’Clock Coffee check out their Facebook page at



SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 2, 2012

L’ Occitane’s Rose Des Champs Eau De Toilette is ” Magnifique” !

I truly believe in synchronicity! It was August 1st, my birthday, and I had just found out that after twenty five years of using a fragrance I really adored, it was no longer going to be available. I started to think about all of the years and memories that fragrance and I had experienced and just as I was starting to get a bit sentimental, I received an email prompt on my laptop. I opened the email and it was from a public relations company I love working with and they were launching a new fragrance collection from L’Occitane en Provence….. Hmmmm! I instantly realized a synchronous moment had just occurred!

The new fragrance collection was called Rose Des Champs! I love rose… In my study of aromatherapy the essence of rose is known to promote a feeling of well being.

The packaging looked exquisite, and the promotional information described Rose Des Champs as, (quote)”A rose with a slightly rebellious nature that reigns over the fields of Provence carrying an air of freedom, and the collection captured this freedom in a floral, pastoral, colorful scent.”

I instantly replied and inquired about writing about this new intriguing fragrance. Within a few days I received Rose Des Champs Eau de Toilette, and from the first spray of it’s soft gentle rose scent I knew that I had met the new fragrance I would be making memories with!

Now I’d like to share this beautiful fragrance collection with you, and inspire “you” to give it a try.

This is the fragrance I received. Rose Des Champs Eau de Toilette,
priced at $45.00.

Next is Rose Des Champs Pearl Hand Cream, priced at $10.00.

This Rose Des Champs lovely Solid Fragrance Charm is priced at $12.00.

A Rose Des Champs Silky Body Gel is the final item in this exquisite collection, and priced at $25.00

You may purchase these products at L’Occitane’s website at:
Rose Des Champs (Page) :
or across the US in over 170 boutiques.

Every thing happens for a reason and I’m so thrilled with my new signature scent. I hope you are able to take a moment to “smell the roses”…. The L’Occitane Rose Des Champs Roses, and enjoy a very unique, light, and captivating new fragrance collection.


September 2, 2012

Try Touchback® BrowMarker to achieve a finished eyebrow which is a “must” to frame your eyes and balance your face!

Eyebrows are trending, and in the spotlight once again. Anyone can enhance their brows with a bit of properly applied brow color to complete their total look.

As a makeup artist, in my opinion, a finished eyebrow is a “must” to frame your eyes and balance your face!

Working on many different faces over the years I’ve seen a variety of eyebrow challenges that women have dealt with. I myself have a sparse uneven “right” eyebrow. It truly can be frustrating, but there is hope and a great product that is very easy to use and gives a natural look as it creates a fuller more attractive eyebrow.

It’s called TouchBack® BrowMarker by Colormark®. This is a very versatile tool to help fill out and shape your eyebrows.

TouchBack® by Colormark® for eyebrows

This product has a perfect size tip that allows you to create a precise feathered effect to your eyebrow by filling in sparse areas, coloring any gray hairs, as well as subtly correcting and balancing the shape of your brows!

To get an idea of how your brows should be shaped and find out more about the Touchback® Brow Marker please visit:

I’ve used my right eyebrow as an example to show how Touchback® can “naturally” correct and create a nice looking balanced brow!

My right eyebrow without Touchback®

That right eyebrow has always been a challenge for me since it has very little hair at the tail of the brow. Most pencils would rub off throughout the day, and many years ago I actually had my eyebrows permanently defined. (You can still see a slight shadow of color at the end of my eyebrow.)

Now let’s take a look at that same brow using Touchback® and I’ll explain all of the ways I used the “smooth Touchback® flow marker” to correct my problem brow!

On clean and non-moisturized skin, I first used the tip of the Touchback@ applicator to feather my whole eyebrow with tiny little “hairlike” strokes. What is so nice about this product is even where you “THINK” you may have no hairs, as in my case at the tail of my brow, the Touchback™ will color those little invisible hairs, and your brow will instantly look better! I then very lightly went over my brow again and muted the feathered strokes adding a soft layer of color to complete the look of my brow. I waited a few moments and then brushed my brow for an all over finished look.

It gives a boost to your confidence that this color will not rub off throughout the day and is easily removed with soap and water.
I use a Q-tip to remove my brow color and then do my facial cleansing routine!

So now you can see how easy it is to create and correct a brow with Touchback® Brow Marker.

I encourage you to go to the link I listed above, use the illustration as a guide to see how your brows line up, get Touchback® and get “your” brows back in shape!

Remember that a well groomed eyebrow will always give you a “classy” finished look!

Touchback® Brow Markers come in Blonde, Auburn, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Soft Black, and you may purchase Touchback® at:

Great job Touchback@ ! For variety of colors, ease of application, and long wearing power you get a 5-STAR review!!

(Source of information from website and PR copy. “Preparation” directions for use of Touchback® were followed when correcting my right eyebrow shape for this article.)

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 2, 2012

Flake Away with Soap And Glory


Soap & Glory – “the British beauty brand famous for its effective, affordable and adventurously-monikered products”  has a body polish that will will positively polish your flakes away. Soap & Glory Flake Away is a body polish offering one of the most exhilerating shower experiences you will ever have.  With its intoxicating fragrances of Shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar, one might think they were showering in a fruity tropical garden. 

Soap & Glory Flake Away is formulated with just the right ingredients delivering a delicate scrub.  The scrub itself is very gentle, and not at all greasy, like many body polishes on the market today.

Soap & Glory’s signature Pink Fragrance combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, amber, woody notes and amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom.”

I think it is very important to have a body polish with a delicate scent, it makes your shower enjoyable and you won’t have a strong lingering scent on your skin. Soap & Glory Flake Away leaves you feeling smooth, silky and smelling utterly fantastic.  Soap & Glory Flake Away  is Paraben Free ! How sweet is that?

A small handful of Soap & Glory Flake Away is all you need to help you eliminate dry flaky skin.  Rub it on your skin using a circular motion with your fingertips or use a luffa sponge like I did.

Soap & Glory Flake Away is the Ultimate Body Polish!  No flakes about it!



SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 1, 2012



-Fashion forward menu offers a tasteful celebration of the connection between food and fashion –

The Strand Hotel NYC’s Strand American Bistro Restaurant will unveil its Fashion Week menu celebrating iconic fashion collections and designers along with specialty cocktail tributes to the late stylish magazine maven Helen Gurley-Brown and fashion icon Zelda Kaplan, September 8 – 30, 2012. The three-course menu, created by wunderkind Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez, is complimented by specialty cocktails served in both American Bistro Restaurant and Top of the Strand rooftop bar and lounge. ‘Food is Fashion’ menu pays tribute to notable designers and fashion houses with a pairing of appetizers, entrees and desserts in the signature hues of noted designers and fashion houses: Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermés, Max Mara, Robert Rodriguez and Valentino. The menu is priced at just $38 per person and will be served daily Monday through Sunday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for dinner. Price excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations are required and can be made by calling restaurant 646-368-6395.

The popular Top of the Strand rooftop bar and lounge will also feature fashion-inspired cocktails, available for $15 each, celebrating the long and storied lives of two of New York’s beloved fashion icons Helen Gurley-Brown and Zelda Kaplan. Zelda Kaplan and Helen Gurley Brown were revered for their storied careers and trendsetting styles. Ms. Kaplan passed away during fashion week in February 2012 and Ms. Gurley-Brown passed away this August.



Cauliflower Soup

Parmesan Crisp, White Truffle Essence, Chive Oil

Valentinoʼs 1960 White Collection

Butternut Squash Risotto

Squash Puree, Sage Butter, Maple Smoked Bacon

Hermès Fall 2012 Collection


Seared Diver Scallop

Crispy Spiced Florets, Cauliflower Puree, Orange Brown Butter

Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2009 Collection

Braised Beef Angus Short Rib

Spinach Custard, Parsnip Trio

Robert Rodriguez Collection


Crispy Cheesecake

Graham Cracker Streusel, Caramel, Tahitian Vanilla

Max Mara Fall 2012 Collection

Chefʼs Chocolate Molten

Crème Anglaise, Dulce de Leche

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection

* * * * *

Top of the Strand – Fashion Week Cocktails – $15

The Five Point Cut

Bulldog Gin, Lillet Rouge, Solerno Blood Orange

Liqueur, Absinthe Rinse

The Gurley-Brown Show

Prosecco, Rhubarb Bitters, Sugar, Rose Petal

The Legend of Zelda

Jalapeno-infused Avion Silver Tequila, Fresh

Cilantro, Ginger & Lime

* * * *

Located in the heart of New York’s fashion district on West 37th Street off 5th Avenue, The Strand American Bistro Restaurant in the Strand Hotel NYC is a favorite haunt in the fashion district. New York Fashion Week is among the busiest periods for both the hotel and restaurant. Since its opening nearly three years ago the Strand Hotel NYC and restaurant American Bistro have hosted Fashion Week events. The Strand American Bistro is a 115-seat venue with a signature alabaster bar and lounge featuring classic American cuisine. The restaurant features original artwork and fashion photographs throughout; including a stunning backdrop in the main dining room is a 6 x 28 foot masterpiece entitled Hemaspora by San Francisco-based artist Rex Ray.

Top of the Strand rooftop bar and lounge is a hip urban retreat; Manhattan meets Nikki Beach, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. An intimate glass-enclosed bar lounge designed by Sex and the City”, “Devil Wears Prada” set designer, Lydia Marks, Top of the Strand features unobstructed views of historic New York City buildings, landmarks including the Empire State Building. Live entertainment is featured weekly along with an extensive selection of custom drinks.

Opened in 2009 as New York’s first fashion hotel, The Strand Hotel is considered an homage to the iconic fashion figures, décor and style that defined a generation and an industry. Throughout the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms are black and white vintage prints from the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, taken by photographers Clifford Collin, Richard Rutledge, Eduard Steichen, John Rawlings, Toni Frissel and Lusha Nelson and others. The fashion theme is continued through the guestrooms, each capturing the glamour and elegance of Old Hollywood with Bogart-style furnishings, art-deco style boudoir chairs, decadent color schemes, luxurious baths outfitted in imported slate and marble; high-end bedding and linens, and plush bathrobes and slippers. The piece de resistance is the New York City views from all 177 guestrooms; views of true New York City-scapes including legendary water towers and the Empire State building.

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest