March 20, 2012

How to Wear Spring’s Hottest Trends—More Than Once

Info from Fashion Stylist and Designer Claudia Patel ( Tamasha Knit (

From the west to east coast—it’s quite apparent that early spring has sprung. With temperatures on the rise, early this year, it’s that time of year again. Time to rid your closet of bulky winter clothing and decorate it with your favorite seasonal red carpet and runway-inspired trends. When shopping for your spring wardrobe, how do you pick versatile items that can last through the season? Fashion Stylist and Designer Claudia Patel and Tamasha Knit Designer Haesu Kwon break down this year’s spring versatile must-have items that can be worn throughout the season in a number of ways.

Bold and Bright Accessories

Bold colors and accessories are big for spring this year. “It’s time to purchase pieces reflecting colors of the rainbow; neon orange or tangerine are great colors for the coming season,” touts Haesu. This spring it’s all about making a statement—in color. Large floral patterns, futuristic prints and color-blocking are just a few of the many colorful trends you will want to purchase for the spring when it comes to clothing. What about when it comes to your accessories? “A statement belt is a great piece to purchase,” explains Claudia. “Liven up your outfit with a neon belt or a bold bag. Be bold and daring with your accessories. You can easily wear them in the summertime for a fun summer look as well. Same goes for your flats. Experiment with different colors and patterns to spring your basic outfit to a whole new level.”

Spring Cardigans/Shirts

Dress your closet up with cardigans, pastel colored shirts and feather-weight sweaters in shades of mint and peach. “Though bold colors are in for the spring, you should make some extra closet space for pastels for the season,” suggests Haesu. This is a look you can take with you into early summer. Wear your pastel shirt with a simple pencil skirt. Add some bold or tribal jewelry to make a statement. Versatile cardigans are a must this spring. And if the temperature starts to rise—wear your cardigan as an accessory. Simply wrap your cardigan around your shoulders. “Cardigans are great for layering and can be worn in number of ways, adds Claudia Patel. “Throw on a cardigan over your dress to add a pop of color. Take your look from day-to-night—dress your look down with a cardigan and remove for a night out with friends. Experiment with different patterns and shades. If a cardigan is not your style, try light spring blazers. Same guidelines, different look!”

Spring Dress

With talk of pastel cardigans and bold accessories—you will need the perfect spring dress. Try a basic neutral dress or a bold simple one. What better versatile piece to use as this year’s spring fashion canvas? “A neutral dress is a fashion staple that can be transformed into a number of looks, ranging from classic to fun,” says Claudia Patel. Basic neutral tones are big this spring. “Pair a basic nude dress with a pop of color, bold colored flats or bright jewelry,” adds Haesu. “There is nothing boring about neutral. Add metallic hardware to make a statement without being too bold. Don’t stick to one trend or restrict yourself. Pair a bold dress with metallic accessories. Mix two bold complimentary colors. Mix trends or change them up with your personal style. It’s all about feeling confident and being you.” Though basics are great, floral prints are also a hot trend this spring. “Wear a floral short dress with metallic pumps, says Claudia. “Pick complimentary and contrasting colors to change up your look from week to week. You can wear the same dress and transform your look each time. Throw on a blazer to make your outfit work appropriate. Spice it up with heels and wear it to a dinner with friends.”

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March 14, 2012


MAXFOWLES is a sophisticated ready-to-wear line created by design team Max and Parisa Fowles. The brand combines European elegance with a sharp New York influence, creating a wardrobe for an international city girl. Their passion for luxury fabrics and impeccable tailoring is reflected in the timelessness of each piece.

MAXFOWLES debut collection reflects a modern freshness, while putting an emphasis on fine fabrics, from beautiful cashmeres and silks to the brand`s signature diamond stitch leathers. It results in an effortlessly sensual look, anchored with the core values of craftsmanship, perfect detailing and understated luxury. MAXFOWLES retails between $240 and $2,530.

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February 9, 2012

Indulge in Your Love of Diamonds with DuePunti

Indulge in Your Love of Diamonds with DuePuntiJewelry…..I can’t think of any women who doesn’t in some way, shape or form have a thing for these shiny objects. Diamonds? Even better. I have collected some wonderful sparklers over the years. And I hate to admit; lately my enjoying them has been delegated to my opening a drawer to view them. Don’t get me wrong—I love them, I think they are beautiful, but unless I am headed to a formal event, I am not wearing them much. They are a little too dressy, too conventional and they don’t really go with casual wear, work-out wear and basically most of my everyday activities. Worrying about losing them while engaging in some frivolous activity? Even if they are ensured, they are irreplaceable, so back in the jewelry drawer they go!

I like wearing jewelry. I pretty much feel lost without wearing any. I like rings, but am I really going to wear a diamond while roller-blading??? I would if I could find one that was inexpensive, fun to wear and could match whatever fashion or mood I happened to be in that day. Well, if I was looking for an unconventional diamond to wear for casual and playtime, I found them in DuePunti!

DuePunti has taken diamond rings to a new level. They have taken diamonds rings exercised them as strictly engagement rings and luxury items, and made them into everyday wear. Flexible, silicone rings with a 0.02 carat diamond embedded, in 19 colors to choose from. Wear singly, or mix and match to your outfit, your day, your mood……the combinations are pretty much endless. Imagine- diamond rings at an everyday low price. Perfect gift for those young girls as their first diamond! A great Valentine’s Day gift for a woman of any age! You can see more at

And they are fun! It’s great to have a diamond with a modern, fun vibe at affordable prices! Add some bling to any outfit! Now to find a color that complements my wet suit!

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January 31, 2012

The SAG Awards: Red Carpet Beauty Trends for Spring

Ah, awards season. Any beauty maven worth her salt waits all year to watch as the biggest stars in Hollywood do their part to predict the dominant trends for next season. This year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were no different, featuring noticeable beauty trends that will surely be sought-after come next season. Here, makeup expert, founder and CEO of FACES Beautiful and creator of the Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup, Gail Sagel, shares her favorite looks from the star-studded evening and offers insider tips for everyday wear.

Coral Clique

With many celebrities embracing the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to makeup, it was no surprise that understated beauty was the winner at the SAG Awards. As Gail puts it, “Coral is natural without being boring; it allows for color without anything overpowering your natural beauty. What we saw on Sunday night were celebrities embracing the minimalist look, but creating a dewier, softer version. The key here is to create a face that looks like it was sun-kissed.”

· Start with an all-over foundation that allows natural shine to come through. Gail suggests the FACES Beautiful Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup for a dewy finish without looking too shiny.

· When it comes to blush and lip color, make sure to consider skin tone. The lighter the skin, the softer the coral should be; think peachy. If skin is medium, a pinky-coral is the most flattering. Darker skin tones can play with the color and go with a more intense orange tone.

· Gail cautions that it’s easy to go overboard with coral, so women should choose just one feature to play up. For example, if the lip color of choice is a stark, bold coral, give the cheeks a rest, as it will detract from the overall look.

Bold Brows

Eyebrows are having a moment. With so many celebrities embracing the bold brows trend, beauty-conscious women everywhere are taking note that this look will continue on through spring. Gail offers her expert eyebrow shaping advice: “Eyebrows are one of my favorite facial features because they really change the entire look of a face. For that reason, you have to be extremely careful with the bold brow trend, because too much brow can be overwhelming, while not enough can actually look unflattering on most face shapes.”

· First, find the right eye shadow color to fill in the eyebrow. For light brows, the color should be one or two shades darker than the normal eyebrow color, but not too dark, as it won’t blend well. For dark brows, choose a shade lighter.

· Using an angled eye shadow brush, fill in from the base of the brow upward. Afterward, run an eyebrow spooly brush through, brushing upward and making sure that all spots are filled in.

· To set eyebrows in place, use a tinted brow gel like Bare Escentials I.D. Brow Finishing Gel to ensure that these new masterpieces say set throughout the day and into the night.

Pastel Pouts

Pastel colors were all over the runways for spring 2012, encouraging celebrities to wear bright lips with confidence at the SAG Awards. “It’s so fun that colors like coral and fuchsia are being embraced by Hollywood. Many women shy away from a bold lip because it’s difficult to find the perfect match, but don’t be discouraged. Take advantage of the test products at your local beauty store and invest in some pastel tones for spring,” says Gail.

· Fair skin tones are lucky, as pinks complement the tone well. Try a lighter pink that has a peachy undertone, but stay away from a dark, extremely bright pink. Those colors will wash out your overall look.

· For medium skin tones, berry shades are best. Rather than going with a wine-colored berry, try a soft version of fuchsia. Think deep pinks and corals over bright shades.

· This trend was made for dark skin tones. For maximum impact, choose a pink with blue undertones. For show-stopping appeal, don an orange-hued coral.

“The key to any of these looks is to find the right version; settle on a color palate that brightens your skin and brings out the best of one’s own features. As they say, the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is her confidence.”

Information courtesy of Gail Sagel,

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January 3, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year….filled with bright hope and promise. Like many people, I make New Year’s resolutions. In fact one of my closest friends and I make them and send them to each other to see how well we do. We became friends when we were 15, so you can imagine the resolutions have certainly changed. From passing chemistry, to finding a job, to losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, I am sure that he has kept most of them, so they will be amusing to read and reflect on what our younger selves deemed as important. We’ve become smarter as we’ve gotten older!

In the past, we have compiled a list of tasks. Often while the resolutions may be lofty, some are also completely unrealistic. These tasks are laden with guilt and unknown inspiration to accomplish them. Not quite an unknown inspiration, rather our perception that by achieving these resolutions, we will have the “perfect “life. Or the perfect life as we think it to be.

This year we are looking at resolutions differently. While we can appreciate that we would like to do more, we are becoming more realistic as to what is resolutions are. Resolutions are not a way to achieve a “perfect” life, but they are a way to see our lives as being perfect, flaws and all. While I may not be able to become fluent in 3 different languages this year, I can see the beauty that is currently all around me. I need to take the time, stop, see it, and appreciate it. Technology is wonderful, but life seems to be moving at warp speed. I have no idea where 2011 went.

This year we want to find the time to include one thing that makes our day seem meaningful or worth-while. We have resolved to stop beating ourselves up for what we should have done and begin to recognize and be thankful for the one thing that we did do. Whether it is being nice to a stranger, calling a friend, trying a new recipe, spending time brushing a pet, even sleeping late and relaxing, it is being able to look back at one thing that you did that you are thankful for and appreciate.

It is to keep growing and learning, and also living life in the now. I am hoping that my New Year’s resolution will make me more conscious of doing things that I care about. You always hear how people near the end of their lives reflect on how they wished they had done things that were more meaningful to them. So here is to 2012. New beginnings. A time to realize that while I can’t change the past, I can be grateful for the lessons that I’ve learned. A time to realize that tomorrow isn’t here yet and spending time trying to anticipate its arrival wastes time today. Today is in my hands, make the most of it! Do the things that have meaning to you!

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January 2, 2012

New this year!

Happy New Year from KAMALIKULTURE coming to stores mid February. All styles under $100.

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December 26, 2011

Sharing a post from Lisa…


dpl® NüveBeauty Deep Penetrating Light Therapy treats fine lines and wrinkles. This light therapy is non-invasive and safe to use. I am about to begin Day 1 of the 15 Day treatment schedule for perioribtal wrinkles. Yes, I have them. They are the wrinkles and lines around the eyes commonly known as “crow’s-feet”. Mine are mild and I am set to keep them that way or even better, knock them down a notch! It’s a hand held system and it works like this… There are two heads. One is red and one is purple. You alternate between those two color treatments with a rest Day in between each one. Each treatment lasts 20 minutes. So, you have treatment on Day 1 with the red head and none on Day 2. You have treatment on Day 3 with the purple head and none on day 4. You have treatment on Day 5 with the red head and none on day 6 and so on to Day 15. You can do this yourself at-home. Now, I am OK with this and I am dying to see the results but if you have any concern learn more about it at the web link below and/or consult with your doctor.

(Taken from the home page at It’s a Glam Thing)

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December 7, 2011

Shop & Stroll at Rockefeller Center

Holidays…..the time not only for giving and getting gifts, but to realize how lucky you really are! This Thursday, shop and stroll at Rockefeller Center and help Safe Horizen keep families safe from domestic voilence.
(Bring an unwrapped toy.)
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October 1, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual international health campaign organized by the partnership of professional medical associations, government agencies, and public service organizations such as major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. It also has been instrumental in providing greater access to screening services.

Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, (now part of AstraZeneca, the maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs), National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues, and promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. While there have been many great strides made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished.

Breast cancer affects everyone….men, women, children, any age, race, religion, economic bracket. As a child in elementary school, cancer was never a word that was even said out loud. I remember the first time I had even heard the words breast cancer. I was 9. A mother of a classmate of mine, who had been diagnosed with the disease, had taken her own life. It took the courage of Former First Lady Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor herself, to publicaly speak out about the disease in a televised emotional appeal to call attention to the importance of screening and awareness. She pioneered the cause and soon after, other public figures, industry executives, government and community leaders, members of the media, philanthropic organizations, and many individual women further galvanized national public interest.

As we celebrate more than 25 years of awareness, let us take the time to thank those who have championed the cause. Let us thank businesses that give back to the cause and support them in their endeavors. Let us also remain dedicated to educate and empower women to take charge of their own breast health. Practice regular self-breast exams, schedule regular visits, and mammographies. For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month see



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July 25, 2011

Say Goodbye to Dark Spots!


Skin 2 Skin™ Care
Controls Dark Spots with Vegan Peptide Technology!

Dark Spots, photodamage or sun damaged skin is something that most people will not escape. It occurs with exposure to sunlight starting at an early age with 25% of our exposure occurring before the end of our teens. Even if you limit your exposure as an adult and use SPF there is a real possibility you will develop dark spots.

The damage is not only limited to dark spots but uneven pigmentation, darkening of the skin, small spider blood vessels, Rosacea, sensitive skin, rough and scaly patches, freckles, thinning and fragile skin, pre skin cancer and skin cancer. The most advanced vegan peptide technology is in Skin 2 Skin™ Care’s Photoaging Repair Cream that can help solve darkening of the skin without sun sensitivity that is related to lighteners, glycolic acid and Retinol. Ever read the back of a product label that has glycolic acid, lighters or Retina l in the ingredient list. It is stated “Do not expose skin to sun” or “Stay out of the sun when using this product”. That’s nice but we don’t live in a cocoon.

Ken Simpson, (pictured below) founder of Skin 2 Skin™, knew that there had to be a better way to help control the appearance of photo- damage without hiding from the sun. He knew first hand since he lives in Palm Springs, Ca where sun is plentiful and there is no hiding from it. Before creating Skin 2 Skin™ out of necessity because of a brain tumor and radiation treatments that were destroying his skin, he had tried all the other products including lighteners, glycolic acid and Retinol. He had become severely sun sensitive with fragile skin because of the products. “l love the color red but it is not a flattering color for my skin,” says Ken.

Ken’s answer was to create a skin care product using two of the most advanced vegan peptides that would help reverse and prevent sun damage and dark spots. The formulation had to be perfect for the peptides to be delivered and work properly, and at the recommended dosage. Ken went to work and created Skin 2 Skin Care Photo aging Repair Cream, a result driven pure and organic multi functional skin care product.

Skin 2 Skin Care Photo Aging Repair Cream is formulated with the ingredient Kinetin N6. Kinetin exists naturally in our cells and is known as a “sensitive skin alternative to retinols” and a potent antioxidant. It promotes the natural cell division increasing natural exfoliation of dead skin cells. It works by improving the skin’s health by retarding and delaying natural cell aging and preventing future premature cell sun damage and death while restoring and recovering savable sun damaged cells. It is one of the most effective skin aging preventative measures in your anti-aging arsenal. It works in the deep cellular levels for the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots plus improves the skin’s texture.

It’s also formulated with the newest advanced vegan peptide that lightens the overall appearance of the skin without damaging the skin, Melanostatine®5 . It inhibits the synthesis of melanin, dark or black pigment controlling dark spots and the darkening of aging skin. This helps to prevent hyper-production, dark spots and has the lightening ability for all skin tones Caucasian, Asian, Brown and African-American without long term damage, thinning if the skin, and the need to avoid the skin.

Visible signs of dark spots and overall skin darkening can be seen to diminish within 4 weeks with twice a day application of the Photoaging Repair Cream. It increases your skins hydration and improves the health of your skin’s barrier that naturally protects the skin from UV, Bacteria, Fungus, and chronic inflammation causing premature aging of the skin.

This is why the Photoaging Repair Cream is one of Anna Torv, of the TV show Fringe favorite products “I lather it on my neck and chest which seems to have taken most of the beatings the Australian sun has to offer.”



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