Archive for March, 2012

Wednesday March 28, 2012 14:29

Mixing Expensive & Cheap Fashion

 

Go steep or go cheap? When choosing the building blocks of your wardrobe, go steep. Think of pieces that will be in your closet ten years from now (a tailored black blazer, a classic leather bag, a nude peeptoe pump) and give yourself permission to buy the best. They are an investment in style. However, when chasing the trends, it’s best to go cheap. This season pick up a printed skinny jean, a fun striped sweater, and a sparkly pair of chandelier earrings. These trends last a season or two, so don’t go broke buying them. Mix your cheap trends with your steep staples for savvy style.

 

1. Giuseppe Zanotti Mesh Open Toe Platform Pumps ($ 750)

With their classic lines and wear-with-all versatility, nude pumps are a smart splurge. Invest in a pair that are sultry and sophisticated, like these Giuseppe Zanotti’s. Their mesh sides, sky high stilettos and open toes will be sexy for seasons to come.

2. Derek Lam Small Anthea Bag ($ 1690)

Ten years ago or ten years in the future, a classic structured bag like this Derek Lam is a must-have. You’ll take it to the office or to brunch, out for cocktails and away for the weekend. Its ageless class comes from black pebbled leather, antiqued brass hardware, a trim handle and a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap.

3. DSQUARED2 Patch Pocket Blazer ($ 1540)

Borrowed from the boys, menswear-inspired blazers are a timeless treasure. Splurge on one that is well-tailored, with timeless lines. DSQUARED2 makes their fantastic wool jacket with all the must-have details: a notched collar, a single-button closure, a welt bust pocket, vent at back and 3-button cuffs. Pair with your favorite pieces year round.

4. J Brand Snow Leopard Super Skinny Mid Rise Jeans ($ 146)

Trendy like the Kardashians, a printed skinny is an of-the-moment trend for Spring 2012. These leopard-print skinnies are a fun trend to mix with your timeless treasures. Stretch denim, super skinny legs and faux pockets give a flawless silhouette.

5. Rosena Sammi Jewelry Small Chandelier Earrings ($ 45)

Cheap trick. Mix your statement jewelry pieces with trend jewelry for the perfect blend of steep and cheap. These fun dangly chandelier earrings are a simple way to give your wardrobe a dose of trend. Gold-plated earrings with painted clay accents and metal beads.

6. Splendid Almond Stripe Top ($ 68)

Color is often trend, as with this eye-popping striped sweater. Red verging on trendy tangerine, these bold stripes add trend without tapping your bank account. V-neck with shirttail hem, elbow-length dolman sleeves and semi-sheer fabrication.

Only Kris Humphries – and PETA – can paint Kim Kardashian in a positive light…

According to an E! News insider, a divorce settlement is yet to be signed between this briefly-married pair because the bruising NBA power forward is hoping to holdout for a payday beyond the offer on the table.

Kris Humphries on the NetsK. Kardashian

“Kris is dragging it out,” claims this Kardashian source. “Kim is ready to move on, but Kris is hoping that stretching it out will get him even more money.”

As has been previously reported, this mole says Humphries wants to bank $ 7 million from the split… or $ 1 million less than his one-year contract with the New Jersey Nets. In exchange, reports have said he’ll keep silent about supposedly damaging facts related to the failed union.

But “Kim never considered signing something like that,” this insider says. “Kris can’t take the time to consider [her] offer, but he finds time to do an interview with a tabloid magazine.”

Ohhh, zing! It’s important to keep this source in mind, too, of course. It’s E! Online. Which pretty much views Kim Kardashian and her family as its personal ATM.

Seriously, Kris, Kim and those at E! who promote these people make the Nets look like winners.

Wednesday March 28, 2012 03:19

Dax Shepard Talks Nuptials and Sloth Video

The “Parenthood” star weighs in on Crosby and Jasmine’s quickly planned nuptials. Plus, hear how he proposed to sloth-loving Kristen Bell.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Wednesday March 28, 2012 02:12

Elle Cosmetics Have Arrived!

 

Elle Cosmetics Spring Collection - Group Shot.jpg (Slideshow)

I have been a fan of Elle Magazine for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a great resource for fashion, celebrity features, trends and news. When I heard that the brand was releasing a makeup collection, I could hardly wait!

Esteé Lauder’s entrepreneurial think-tank, BeautyBank Inc., is responsible for the cosmetics line, which includes a variety of blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, liners (eyes and lips), lip glosses, lipsticks, mascaras, and nail polishes. The line will be launching in April, and it is only available at Kohl’s stores.

The ladies at BeautyBank Inc. were kind enough to hold a preview of the collection, as well as provide makeup artists, so we could play around with the products. I really enjoyed the wide range of nail polish colors (28 shades!), and the non-gimmicky approach to makeup. My conclusion? If you have a Kohl’s nearby, it’s a great way to experiment with bright colors for spring.

I think my heart just stopped.

Kate Winslet looked sensational as she took to the red carpet on a warm sunny evening in London for the ‘Titanic 3D’ world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.

Looking as regal as ever, the actress glided down the red carpet wearing a Jenny Packham gown.

Her bespoke Jenny Packham black silk-crepe gown with Swarovski crystal cap sleeves and a waist detail was inspired by the British designer’s Fall 2012 Film Noir collection.

Yes, it’s another black gown from Kate, but she pulls out all the stops to make this an epic look which we will no doubt be adding to our BDOTY lists.

A chic wavy updo, silver jewels and a dark pink lip colour completed her look.

When she’s good, she’s damn good.

*goosebumps*

Tuesday March 27, 2012 22:41

Lindsay Lohan to Guest Star on Glee!

Undeterred by her legal woes and recent mediocre performance on Saturday Night Live, Glee has been diagnosed with a serious case of … LINDSANITY!

Sorry. Some things just never get old.

The hit Fox series is in final negotiations with Lindsay Lohan to guest star this spring in one of the current season’s final episodes, according to reports.

She’ll be taking on a key role … herself!

Lindsay Lohan on Late Night

Once source material for the show – her mom chastised Glee and Gwyneth Paltrow for cracking jokes at her expense – LiLo will serve as a celebrity judge at Nationals.

No word yet as to who will join Lohan on the panel, although we would recommend Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Kim Kardashian, with the latter getting flour-bombed.

The Glee gig will mark another step in Lindsay’s comeback, which began with a Playboy spread of all things. Her last scripted TV gig was a 2008 arc (!) on Ugly Betty.

She’s also in talks to play acting legend Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime biopic. As for Glee, producers also recently landed Whoopi Goldberg as a big-name guest star.

Tuesday March 27, 2012 16:16

Kim Kardashian’s swirly hat

 

Kim Kardashian

At Perez Hilton’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday Celebration held at Siren Studios in Hollywood over the weekend, Kim Kardashian topped her long sleek dark brown hair with a sassy swirly hat set off to one side. She wore a black and white dress to complement her cute hat.

Kim Kardashian

Late last week she wore her hair in a center part and perfectly sleek straight style as she was photographed arriving at an appointment in Hollywood.

Saturday March 10, 2012 20:41

Taylor Swift: Music’s Top Money Maker!

Taylor Swift enjoyed a REALLY good 2011.

Based on U.S. income from tours, album sale and publishing royalties, Billboard has determined that the talented young crooner earned more money than any other musician in 2011. Just how much did Taylor bring in?

A cool $ 35 million.

Taylor Swift Grammys Photo

The singer is currently on tour in Australia, meanwhile, looking to get a big, early start in 2012.

Here’s a look at the top 10 music money makers from the past year:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. U2
  3. Kenny Chesney
  4. Lady Gaga
  5. Lil Wayne
  6. Sade
  7. Bon Jovi
  8. Celine Dion
  9. Jason Aldean
  10. Adele

Saturday March 10, 2012 20:05

10 Products That Will Clear Up Your Acne


TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light
When you have the money and time, getting a laser treatment at the dermatologist’s office can do amazing things for your acne. For the rest of us, there’s TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light ($ 245, amazon.com). The hand-held device emits the same powerful blue light used by doctors’ lasers, and it’s incredibly easy to use. Once you turn it on, the beeping timer reminds you to move the light around to different areas, and it alerts you when you’ve reach your time limit for the day (TRIA should only be used 5 minutes a day). The light kills acne-causing bacteria, so your blemishes disappear and they are less likely to come back.

 


SUPER Clarifying Activator
Dr. Nicholas Perricone has been helping stars like Gwyneth Paltrow keep their skin radiant with his line, Perricone MD. Now, he has a new line, SUPER, that uses the ingredients found in “superfoods” to target various skin concerns. For those with acne-prone skin, The Apple Family(amazon.com $45) is for you! Quercetin, which is found in green apples, is comibined with malic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid to exfoliate the skin and control breakouts. During a particularly rough week for our skin, this foursome of products left us zit-free.


Cane +Austin Retexturizing Pads
Remember the Stridex pads sold at drugstores? Think of Cane + Austin Retexturizing Body Pads ($ 57, amazon.com) as the more grownup version for your body. Each pad is soaked in glycolic acid, so not only does it keep breakouts on your back and arms at bay, but it also firms skin and reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles.

 


Bliss No ‘Zit’ Sherlock Breakout-Busting Rubberizing Mask
When your skin is red and broken out, you want to hide under a mask, so how about putting on one that actually clears up your skin?Bliss’s No ‘Zit’ Sherlock mask (amazon.com, $38) uses seaweed, tea tree, willow and menthol extracts to calm your skin and clean out pores. Once a week, follow directions to mix up the ingredients inside and apply the mixture to your face. Wait 20 minutes until the mask rubberizes and peel off. Pretty easy, right?

 


Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection
Not long after Clarisonic came out with their hand-held cleaning brush, the beauty world was singing their praises. Now the company is putting smiles on even more faces by introducing an Acne Clarifying Collection ($ 147, amazon.com). Because flared-up skin is so sensitive, Clarisonic has developed a special brush that is soft and gentle on acne. And don’t worry about getting a whole new Mia. The new brush head fits on all existing Clarisonic cleaning systems!

 


Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizing Kit
For those who suffer from acne, “smooth” is not exactly a word that describes skin, until now. Peter Thomas Roth has a new collection devoted to retexturizing skin without the use of lasers or expensive treatments. The Laser-Free™ Resurfacing Kit ($ 75, amazon.com) features a scrub, a serum and a moisturizing gel that all repair skin with dragon’s blood, a tree resin found in the Amazon.

 


Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum
Fresh’s latest serum ($ 35, amazon.com) uses Umbrian Clay to shrink pores and reduce shine. It also combats acidity, which can cause breakouts when too much is present. In short, this lightweight formula does wonders for skin’s tone and texture.

 


MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
The thought of getting a professional facial peel seems a little scary, especially when you hear the horror stories of people’s bad reactions. MD Skincare offers an Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($ 67 amazon.com) that is safe enough to use once a day at home, but still powerful enough to slough off dead skin that clogs pores. It’s the best of both worlds in an easy-to-use pad.

 

 


Glytone Essential Mini Peel Gel
Glytone creates skin products for in-office doctor use, but they also offer skin clearing items that can be used at home. Their Essential Mini Peel Gel ($ 40, amazon.com) is insanely easy to use. It involves putting a thin layer of the gel on your face, waiting 10 minutes, and washing it off. There was no burning or irritation, which made the whole process even better.

 

 


Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Spot Solution
And since bad breakouts can leave scarring, we wouldn’t feel right leaving you without a good solution. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Spot Treatment ($ 45.00, amazon.com) may say “Dark Spot,” but it also goes after acne scars. It also leaves skin looking a little brighter after a couple of uses, so you can really start loving your reflection in the mirror.

 

 

Who: Rose Byrne wearing an Alexander McQueen lace effect fine knit dress
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