Friday, June 30, 2006

Garnier Fructis Conditioner - Great For Sun-Dried Hair!

So I decided to try out the Garnier Fructis conditioner to see if there really is anything to "Woo-Hoo" about and to test the hype. You know, you hear so many great things about a product, so I had to check it out for myself. Well, the conditioner actually works really good. I have pretty course hair that begs to be tamed and this product gives the much needed moisture it craves. Plus, the scent is refreshing! My hair is more manageable and I can wear it down without putting any frizz product in it...

For more reviews about Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Cream Conditioner, visit

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Meryl Streep Provides the Best Quote Today

As I browse the fashion news tonight I come across this little blurb that quotes Meryl Streep (regarding her daughters):
"They all think there is something dreadfully wrong with how they look. Maybe that's a function of the human condition but I think it is reinforced by fashion magazines. I know how inadequate they made me feel, so I've always tried to tell them that it's what they do, not how they look that counts. That's hard in a culture which only values you for how you look."
So true - and that's the best quote I've read all day ;) It was hard for me, but I had to stop watching certain shows and channels because I began to feel as if I had to look like those people on TV - which I know is not at all true - but I don't like how the media forces you to scrutinize yourself and leads you believe that you will be only accepted if you wear this brand or are this skinny. On a conscious level we know we shouldn't buy into their tactics, but it still hits your subconscious. Perhaps it's just Western Culture, but in my travels I've come to believe that this is something that happens everywhere.

Friday, June 23, 2006

We Truly Are Beautiful

Over at The Runway Scoop I talk about fashion judgements and how one person's view of fashion can be completely different from another's view. This can also be said of beauty as well. Everyone has a different definition or standard of beauty. However, I believe that we're all beautiful in our own ways. All of us. So, please, let's stop judging each other!

I found this post at My Agapic Life where the author writes:

"There are times when I look into my own eyes into the mirror and admire the beauty of my soul. And, in some way, recognize my own true beauty within and literally what I look like when I'm doing it. It springs from total acceptance of myself."

I think that when we can totally accept ourselves for who we are, that is when we realize just how beautiful we truly are.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The $2 10-Minute French Manicure

French manicure kit
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Being the frugal person that I am, I often do things myself – like give myself a french manicure. Instead of paying $10 - $15 every two weeks to get a manicure, why not spend $2 and do it yourself?

Giving yourself a French manicure is actually much easier than it looks.

The kit that I bought comes with these stickers that you apply on the nail and gives you the ability to apply the white nail polish in a “straight line". This particular kit I purchased at Big Lots for $2, but I have this Sally Hansen kit too...

First, you'll want to apply the stickers to your clean nails. Next, you apply the white polish to the tips.

Wait for the white nail polish to dry before removing the stickers. Then apply the top coat… and Voila! There you have it, a beautiful manicure for $2 and fifteen minutes of your time ;) I painted my toes too, but didn’t want to post a picture because I’m not quite fond of my toes – might scare you! (I know, I need to just embrace the toes and love them).

If your nails are looking a little scraggly – give them some love and indulge… It only takes ten minutes!

Here are more french manicure kits to check out...

Get more inspiration for manicure designs from these past posts.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Will Blog For Fashionable Chocolate

Chocolate has long been a passion of mine. It was love at first taste and although I've been told that it's a bad habit, I refuse to accept that something so sweet could actually be that bad. Is there supporting evidence for this?

Oh, but there's this chocolate and fashion combination that I found out via Natalie Zee of Coquette. I'm in trouble now! Who can resist the fashionable chocolate and who would want even want to?

Then there's this chocolate fashion show I just came across...

Photo from Mainichi Daily News

Friday, June 9, 2006

Mission Calendar Inspiration From

I receive a daily "Mission Calendar Inspiration" from and this past Wednesday's inspiration says:

The mind transforms words into images. Saying, "I don't want to be fat" conjures up mental pictures of a fat person, which reinforces the very thing we're trying to avoid. What are three negative self-images you want to erase? What positive attributes can replace them? Express each as a phrase that creates a positive mental picture. Practice one new phrase a day. At the end of two weeks, can you describe how you feel differently about your body?
I truly believe in this!

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

It's Summertime...Protect Yourself!

Well, it's summertime again - except for the past couple days here in San Diego where it's been pretty misty and overcast. However, this weekend was absolutely gorgeous and being that I'm older and more conscious now of the damaging affects of those sunrays, I used Suntanicals by Banana Boat. I indulged and pampered my skin in aloe vera, chamomille, and lavender that this sunscreen lotion provides and I have to say that it left me with a very nice, even-toned tan. I didn't burn, turn red, or peel. Plus, it has a nice scent which is a big plus for those who don't like that sunblocky smell.

You can probably find Suntanicals at any drug store... check out Banana Boat's website for a list of stores...

FYI - I found out via Nature's Circle that ingesting tomato products can prevent sunburn...Does anybody know anything about this?

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Fashionologie's Philosophy on Trends

I came across Fashionologie's opinion of trends that I wanted to share- because it's what I believe as well:

"And when it comes down to it, trends are all good and well, but it's really important to listen to your own personal leanings. Wear what you like. Not because it's what all the magazines tell you you should be wearing, but because you like how it looks and because it looks good on you. Because really, that's what is most important. Having the piece look good with your skin, your hair, your body shape, your everything."

What's your philosophy on trends? Share your thoughts by posting a comment here...

Monday, June 5, 2006

Why I Will Never Wear All Designer As Well

Designer Ella of Kiss Me Stace, one of my daily blog reads, tells us Why I Will Never Wear All Designer. I definitely echo her thoughts:

"An item here or there is superb; it’s fabulous. But is it still luxury when there’s one piece in every ensemble? Big business and rich greed leave people hungry and cold, and New Money doesn’t know how to take care of it (like celebs with lavish excesses)."
As I went shopping this weekend, I realized that my taste in clothing has escalated into desiring pieces that had me asking myself, "Pay the rent or buy the top?" or "Pay the rent or buy those fabulous shoes?" or "Pay the rent or buy that gorgeous purse?" Ah, well, I decided to pay the rent... (FYI, rent in San Diego for a 2 bedroom averges $1,500 or more!)

I believe that you should always buy fabulous shoes, purses, and fashion accessories - a.k.a. "High Quality". However, when it comes to clothing, it's ok to splurge here and there on well-made pieces - especially if they're pieces that you can wear forever. However, for trendy pieces, I generally shop at places like Forever 21, Nordstrom, Charlotte Russe, BeBe, Guess, etc...

Friday, June 2, 2006

The History of Fashion Design

by Sue Taylor

What Is Fashion Design?

Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear. The haute couture collection is dedicated to certain customers and is custom sized to fit these customers exactly. In order to qualify as a haute couture house, a designer has to be part of the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture and show a new collection twice a year presenting a minimum of 35 different outfits each time.

Ready-to-wear collections are standard sized, not custom made, so they are more suitable for large production runs. They are also split into two categories: designer/createur and confection collections. Designer collections have a higher quality and finish as well as an unique design. They often represent a certain philosophy and are created to make a statement rather than for sale. Both ready-to-wear and haute-couture collections are presented on international catwalks.

Who Invented It?

The first fashion designer who was more than a simple seamster was Charles Frederick Worth, in the 19th century. Before he set up his fashion design house in Paris, clothing was made by anonymous dressmakers and fashion standards were derived from the styles worn by royalty. Worth was the first designer to actually dictate to his customers what to wear rather than following their demands.

His fashion house became so famous that people were able to attach a face and a name to designs when they knew they were from the House of Worth. This was the beginning of the tradition to have a designer of a house not only create clothing, but also represent the symbol of the brand.

What Does It Take To Be A Fashion Designer?

Fashion design is a form of art. To work as a designer, you should have an artistic and creative personality. You also have to be good at drawing and able to express your ideas in sketches. You don't necessarily have to be a great artist, but you must have some special skills for combining colors, tones and shades. You also have to be able to work with fabric and use textiles in a creative and original manner. Fashion designers have a good visual imagination and are able to think in three-dimensions and put their ideas into garments.

Fashion designers have to be aware of the fashion market requirements. They have to be very interested in learning new things and read magazines, journals and books on fashion design history and new trends. They also have to be interested in art, visit art galleries and interact with all kinds of artists whenever they have the opportunity. A designer should also have some knowledge and experience of tailoring (cutting, draping, sewing etc.) and be able to tell the difference between different fabric quality levels.

A good understanding of the audience's lifestyle and customer needs and requirements is also needed in fashion design. Designers should have good communication skills and be able to express their ideas clearly. But most important, they have to be very original and have fresh, innovative ideas.

Sue Taylor is the webmaster of which gives a history and all the latest news about fashion design.

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Gloria Gamat's Interview With a Beauty Blogger Extraordinaire

My colleague at KMM, Gloria Gamat, has interviewed Christina Jones - a very busy beauty blogger. You can check out her blogs at:

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement the beauty blogger extraordinaire made:

"If you want to look like a person with a bit of sense about them, much less a dollar or two in your pocket - pay attention to the details. And for petes sake, paint your toenails! "