Friday, October 31, 2008

Lipstick Jungle Episode 5 Inspired Look

Hi Darlings:
This weeks episode focused on beautiful stand out rings and although the outfits were - just - okay, the coupling of the trench dress and large, colorful belt was inspiring.

When I saw the rings I thought of my favorite places to purchase cocktail rings, if I were not designing them myself. Cecile et Jeanne came to mind and it has been my favorite albeit favorite window shopping place for years. The cocktail ring designs are darling and simply divine. Their collections are never same and have a starting price of over $100. (See first two pics)
I also like Diva in Annapolis which offers many wonderful options. And of course Nido's in Georgetown. And Swarovski at the Pentagon City Fashion Centre Mall with prices that start as low as $80. Hugs and besos.

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 5 recap

Hi Darlings:

Sorry for the delay in the write up of this week's Lipstick Jungle episode. Like the title, this week's plot line does not make much of any sense whatsoever. What does "The Lyin', the Bitch and the Wardrobe" mean anyway? I am still trying to figure out how it works with the plot besides the obvious association with The Chronicles of Narnia. The ladies were being honest with each other. Wendy told them that she almost flat out cheated on her husband. Kirby lied about getting money but it was not an act at this time that warranted landing in the title of the episode, although I think it will be in the future. No one had much of a wardrobe and the only one annoyed enough to be b!tchy aught to have been Joe who was stalked by Victory the entire episode however he mildly entertained her fears and in the end he was sweet about the whole situation and go figure.

In short, Victory spent the entire episode chasing an actual dream which literally and figuratively led her to Joe. She wanted to stop him from going on a mountain climbing trip that she felt would lead to his death or harm. Maybe her random dreamscape was the "Narnia" moment in the show. Random! What I want to know is where was Rodrigo? She did not think about him and we did not see him. Is he gone? I think she cares too much about Joe to let him wander too far out of her life.

Wendy is confused and I hope she gets it together soon. There is nothing wrong with the "vacation" that she is on right now. Maybe she should see her time at home and away from work as a moment to regroup, hang out with her kids and take some yoga classes. See how well Nico is doing and she has yoga but I guess she also has a job as well. Hmmm...

Nico and Kirby's relationship is not healthy spiritually for him. The pressure to go on high end ski trips to Aspen and eat at nice restaurants is causing him to have to find new ways to make more money. I mean he is a waiter dating a powerful magazine editor. Shockingly, he is transitioning from legitimate struggling photographer to paparazzi. Pride goes before the fall, but this is going to be exciting! I see this relationship going nowhere fast. Soon he will probably be selling pictures of her to fond one of their trips. Ah amore! Hmmm...I wonder if she will land in Griffin's arms when they break up?

As for fashion, the only item of clothing that raised my eyebrows was Victory's trench dress with over sized red belt in the final scene. If the stores were still open, I would've ran out and purchased one before even writing this post. But alas, they are closed. So my trench dress will have to wait for the perfect mate. The cocktail rings also did the talking in this Lipstick Jungle episode and made the biggest fashion splash. They were simply divine!

Hugs and besos

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fierce Looks of the Week

Hi Darlings:
I saw these looks and the only word that came to mind was FIERCE! Some celebs like Elle MacPherson always look great no matter what. But others like Jessica Biel are frumpy on a daily basis, like the rest of us, but know how to turn it up 10 notches for the red carpet. It's always great to see them all dressed up from time to time.
Elle Mac"fierce"son's boots were fab to the max. I love the height and the fringe details.
Nicole post baby bump finally has a lot of curves to show off!

I know they are the Olsens but I always like simple and chic done well. And finally they got it right in that department.

Liz Jessica Biel in Rome. Believe it or not!

Happy Thursday!

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 5

Hi Darlings:

The write-up for this episode should be up by tomorrow.

Hugs and besos

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halle Berry - The Hair Evolution

Hi Darlings:
I saw the above picture of Halle Berry's new curly hairstyle the other day and I began to reminisce how a few years ago women were getting the "Halle" and not the "Rihanna". The "Halle" or her original close cropped short do was absolutely divine. In my book, nothing she has done since could ever top the fierceness of that style. The "straight and mainstream" that she has been wearing for the last two years or so is a nice look on her but it does not bring out her strong facial features the way the "Halle" did. It just worked for her and ever since I've been hoping she would go back to that look.

In many ways, I sympathize with her because my hair was really short for about 7 years and my styling options were short, wet and curly or short, dry and curly. And the occasional headband or slick back look helped spice up my hair options but it always went back to short, dry and curly or short, wet and curly. Not much innovation there. Now my hair is long and I love having options, so unfortunately for these very same reasons we may never see the "Halle" again.

Which Halle hair evolution is your favorite? (see Poll below)

The "Halle"

The "Short and Wispy"

The "Up do"

The "Straight and Mainstream"

The "Bob"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great DC Find: FGI Evening of Style at the Corcoran

Hi Darlings:
If you weren't able to attend the Fashion Weeks in NY, Milan or Paris but still want to know what the fashion trends are for next season you should definitely attend the event below co-sponsored by Fashion Group International and the Corcoran Gallery of Art this Thursday at 6:30.
Hugs and besos

Angela and Vanessa Simmons- "Daddy's Girls"

Hi Darlings:

We can probably soon say move over Lauren, Heidi and Audrina (of the Hills) and hello Vanessa and Angela Simmons. According to Black Voices, Angela and Vanessa are set to have a new show on MTV called Daddy's Girls. In this show, they will showcase their already blossoming careers as well as their personal lives - imagine that!
Wasn't it just yesterday they were in high school or just coming on the fashion scene pondering the age old question "What am I going to do with my life?" Now, we will be able to watch Vanessa as she works on her first movie. They now have a popular shoe and clothing line called Pastry and the show will spotlight the development of this brand. It's amazing to see how much they've developed from being the "kids" on Run's House.

Gone are the days when Angela wore not so fashionable gear in high school and Vanessa was a model rehearsing for her first acting role on Guiding Light, where she is now. Come to think of it, their love lives are getting a little spicier too! This is definitely a show I will watch!

I also like that every time I see them on the red carpet they are always look great.
They can never be accused of making any "worst dressed" list. They have evolved into true fashionistas. Hugs and besos.

Pictures, Pictures

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Dilemma of the Ever Growing Purse...

Hi Darlings:

My friend Leon recently moaned on his site Listen to Leon about being attacked by extremely large purses while attending the Media Mavens event at the Park last Tuesday. I was at that event and can attest to it being extremely crowded and hard to maneuver from one end of the room to the next. I too have marveled how the size of purses have grown in stores and with the options I choose for my closet. I used to be a small purse gal. My purses had to be large enough for my cell phone, lipstick, keys and ID and be able to fit snugly under my arms and out of the way. Ever since I bought into the big bag craze I find that I carry around things that I just don't need. We won't go there with the details.

At this point, I would venture to say that I really don't need to lift too many dumbbells in the gym because my bag works well as a substitute. But on the other hand, although heavy my big purses look undeniably fabulous hanging from my forearm.

Let me know what you think below...

Vivienne Westwood Event at Muleh

Hi Darlings:
For me, on Thursday night last week all roads led to Muleh on 14th and S St. because 1.) Sarah Jessica Parker's (aka "Carrie's") wedding dress from the Sex and the City movie was on display.
Yes, you remember the dress and the scene...Big broke her heart, she is wearing ostrich feathers in her hair and running in the streets of New York devastated! Let me tell you I was heartbroken too! And 2.) Vivienne Westwood's entire Anglomania collection was available for up close viewing. Oh yes, as a given, the fashionistas were in was a lovely event.

(me(R) and T)
I loved the Carrie dress although It seemed to have more presence on screen than It did in person. I almost expected It to take up the space of at least 3 persons and to challenge me in height. But It did not. From a seamstress's point of view It was extremely well made. The craftsmanship was divine! I was in awe of the stitching on the dress as I was with the rest of the line. The entire collection was unique, and not over the top, with amazing details and lots of neutral colors. This surprised me but not really because this collection always seems more tame than the other Vivienne. W. collections.

Hugs and besos.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cookie Mag features Jada Pinkett and Daughter Willow

Hi Darlings:

Cookie Magazine recently did a parent profile on Jada Pinkett Smith. They had some great pictures of her and her daughter Willow. I know I multi-task but reading the list of Jada's accomplishments within the past year was dizzingly inspirational. How does she juggle being a singer, actress, director, mom, wife, producer, and the task of opening a school and church all at once in some cases? Okay so personal assistant is a term that comes to mind but you still need the motivation to be inspired to have projects for the personal trainer to work on. In the article she provides some great tips.
So, you should definitely take a look.

Hugs and besos

Jennifer Hudson's Family Tragedy

Hi Darlings,

I just heard about the death of Jennifer Hudson's mom Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson. Both were shot in their Chicago home. What a sad situation for her and her family! My heart definitely goes out to her. This is a nightmare no one wants to experience. Her nephew Julian King is currently missing. Click here for more information.
Julian King is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He was wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants when last seen, authorities said in the Amber Alert. He is said to be in a 1994 white Chevy Suburban.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Today Show Affordable Fashion Lines and Lily Lily! of DC

Hi Darlings:

I am always looking for fashion finds that are cute, divine and stand out in a crowd of divas. The today show with the help of Daily Candy presents a few fabulous lesser fashion houses with options that can work with your wardrobe especially when you are trying to look good for less. Happy watching!

UPDATE: The Evergreen Tulle A-line Wook Coat is from Washington, DC's own Lily Lily! Shop. A boutique you must check out for fabulous dresses and accessories. Happy Shopping!

Hugs and besos.

Hearst Photography Competition

Hi Darlings:

Have you always thought of yourself as photographer extraordinaire? Do you like doing the impossible but with a camera? Have you looked at America's Next Top Model and thought - "If Tyra can take pictures, then so can I? Well you should enter the Hearst first 8 X 10 Biennial Photography Competition. The application deadline is January 1, 2009.

The judges are Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Peter Lindbergh, David Granger, Virginia Heckert & Charles Stainback

There will be eight winners.

Hearst will feature the winners in two exhibition spaces in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, the company’s acclaimed New York City headquarters.

Visit Hearst 8 X 10 for more information.

Hugs and besos

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Eve and Solange Nailing Their Political Statements

Hi Darlings:

Eve is not the only celeb letting her nails do the talking as far as her political views are concerned. Check out what Solange Knowles has to say with hers. Here are pics of her with the fabulous Minx nails as her makeup is being applied. Hmm...I think I see a trend.

By the way, her makeup looks great! Kudos to Lisa Logan. It's interesting seeing Solange's sense of style evolve.
Hugs and besos.

Great DC Find: Vivienne Westwood Event at Muleh Tonight

Hi Darlings:

If you have a moment, check out the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Spring collection trunk show tonight at Muleh on 14th between R and S streets. See dets below.

Best part is - it's free!
Hugs and besos

Lipstick Jungle Episode 4 Inspired Look

Hi Darlings:

I mentioned in the recap that the Grecian look was everywhere in last night's episode of Lipstick Jungle. Here are similar looks I found that will give you the same effect, but not cause you to break your piggy bank.

Nothing says Grecian more than the one shoulder gown. Try this look from Nordstrom for only $118.

Or this long draped top from Charlotte Russe for $19.99.

Hugs and besos

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 4

Hi Darlings:

Tonight's episode started with a tremendous amount of lovemaking on the part of Nico and Victory! Not much fashion to discuss there! Thankfully for this write-up the rest of the show was suprisingsly not boring in comparison since the bulk of the fashion was refreshingly grecian inspired and the plot line twisted and turned.

The episode was fascinating because not only were we - the audience - introduced to Nico's family, but so were Wendy and Victory! And they've been friends for how long... Who would've pegged her for the girl from Queens who made it big? And, how about that character of a brother who never met an illegal offer or impulse he could say no to? I am with Griffin (formerly of Las Vegas); I definitely thought she was from Connecticut! Aside: Griffin needs more action on the show! Fashion-wise nothing about her understated but wonderfully accessorized simplicity screams "when the A train chugged by my building rattled". She is too polished which is my one complaint about her style. But for the accessories it would almost seem that she is wearing close to the same dress but in a different color. I loved that she opted for a little more variety with the tan pencil skirt and pink sweater with an amazing orange sorbet inspired chain link necklace. These two colors together were darling! And her white Grecian inspired dress for the party at Central Park was made more memorable with the two diamond jeweled belts.

As for Wendy, she was able to deal emotionally with what she was going through on the inside and bond with her daughter at the same time. I understand her pain and denial. She just lost a job she enjoyed, however on some level I think she might be needed at home especially with her daughter on the verge of finding and getting into trouble. I was fascinated at her ability to create such a tall stack of pancakes for breakfast! How fascinating the over-exaggerated way the director chose to show her propensity to multi-task and maintain an overflowing schedule. Most of her outfits were not inspiring. I guess that makes sense since she is at this point in time a homemaker. After all, what sense does it make to were couture while flipping pancakes and scrubbing windows. The olive Grecian inspired draped dress she wore to pick her son up from school was lovely although an overly glamorous choice for an after school pickup. I was relieved that although she lost her job most importantly she did not lose her fashion sense.

Victory on the other hand did not want for fashion options. Yet, while her character did not have any earth shattering emotional discoveries, with the way things ended with Rodrigo I am beginning to wonder if that is where she is headed in the future. Rodrigo does not seem comfortable in her world of high fashion and glamour. And he is so against all the idea of excess to a point of the ridiculous...who passes up a free limo ride for the subway?! He seems to be looking for the way out. Will she let him? The true test might appear life after construction we shall see then. Thankfully, Victory was less 80's glam and more 21st century polished. Loved the purple shirt with the puffed petaled shoulders and the modern flapper gray sweater look in her last scene.

We have finally seen enough of Rosie Perez to actually discuss her fashion contributions to the show. Like Nico, her character favors the tailored dress for work; however she spices up her choices to look less conservative. But what else is to be expected from a publicist! I was all for her fashion palettes - white dress with overstated gold links and black with multi-tiered gold necklace. Everything looked great until she wore the black dress with the pink trim and racy full length zipper down the back with - hold it - a bohemian inspired brown leather purse...who does that!? Whatever happened to a simple clutch or a black leather open top tote for a more professional look?

Stay tuned in the future we might see Vanessa Marcil of Las Vegas fame on the show soon. Well this is all I have to say about the show.

Hugs and besos.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Brooke Kim and Lindsay On Set at Lipstick Jungle

Hi Darlings:

In preparation for tonight here are some pictures of Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price on set. Wonder what drama is being cooked up? Either way I like their Fall/Winter style eventhough it means less dresses hopefully that will not signal the end to fabulous accessories.

Hugs and besos.


Jennifer Aniston Gap!

Hi Darlings:

I love it when we find out the shopping secrets of celebs either when they tell us in interviews or when it is a surprise. This time we find out via her bodyguard that Jennifer Aniston is into shopping at the Gap. We must send him a big "Thank you" shout out! Come to think of it her understated style seems like it could be off the rack except when she is on the red carpet. I can so see her getting her bathing suits from J. Crew, jeans in Nordstrom and of course corduroy jackets from the Gap. Even after these recent statement from Angelina Jolie her sense fashion has been constant and unchanging even when her taste in men and the rumors about her change with the season. I wonder if her sense of style will change soon too.

Hugs and besos

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Katie Holmes - The Designer?

Hi Darlings:
As you are aware Katie Holmes is currently on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. She has also been making the news for her denim style.

Now she is taking on a new role as designer.

Venus and Serena in Harper's Bazaar

Hi Darlings:

I can't wait for the next issue of Harpers Bazaar to come in the mail. Venus and Serena are featured looking very glamorous in the shots. How fantastic and how polished! It's so good seeing them in an ultra-fashionable light. You should always look your best even when working out!

Enjoy the pics...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jada Pinkett-Smith - Shoe Style

Hi Darlings:

I love this combo on Jada. Any shoes that make a statement get an A+ in my book.

What do you think?

Hugs and besos
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