Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hilary Rhoda: The New Face of Estee Lauder

Over at The Runway Scoop I’ve been known to complain about how actresses are either on the front of fashion magazines or representing beauty or fashion companies. Yes, there are some actresses who are good models, but there are so many more professional models out there.

Well, good news! Hilary Rhoda, model extraordinaire, will be the newest spokesmodel for Estee Lauder. She’s currently the face for Givenchy’s new spring line and has represented company’s such as Balenciaga, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana - just to name a few.

Perhaps there will be no death of the supermodel after all ;)

Source: Fashion Week Daily

Thursday, January 25, 2007

What's Beautiful To You?

Peter Belisi, a fashion designer based in Palm Beach, Florida, has a blog called Being Belisi. Today he announces a campaign called “What’s Beautiful to You?” and is holding a contest to find out what your idea of beauty is. Peter Belisi will choose the best submissions and winners will receive a $100 gift card.

"Many things are beautiful -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and hope are all beautiful," says creative director Peter Belisi. "We want to give our customers an opportunity to share their ideas of beauty."

For me, beauty is something that emanates from within. (Oh, you already knew that, eh?) Beauty is seeing someone who carries herself with confidence no matter what she’s wearing and has a style of her own...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fashion Designer Spotlight: Vivienne Tam

I came across this video for Vivienne Tam’s Spring/Summer 2007 runway show at Coutorture. This line is marked by easy, relaxed pieces which I have to say are just a little too short for my tastes, but definitely wearable.

Vivienne Tam began her career in fashion back in 1983 after showing her work to Henri Bendel and in 1994 she had her first runway show in New York. Now she sells her designs in over 250 stores across the U.S. Including department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Plastic Surgery, Yay or Nay?

For a long time I was against plastic surgery. Not that I'm for it now, but let's just say that I don't try to judge people who have had it done. Accepting and loving yourself is much easier said than done when we're constantly bombarded with media and messages saying that we should look a certain way and dress a certain way. Every fashion magazine has skinny women with their "perfect" little bodies, with their "perfect" little noses and wearing the "perfect" outfits.

How did it become this way?

Are we to blame Los Angeles nose surgery doctors for wanting to have a nose like actresses? Do we blame the fashion industry for creating this "standard" of beauty? Why are women constantly in a body crisis?

I'm curious to know your thoughts on whether plastic surgery is ok or not....Is there anything that could be done about this?

My Tattoo Dilemma

For years now I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo, but I can’t decide on what I want. I want it somewhere noticeable, obviously, but at the same time I don’t want it to look too tacky. I saw the picture of Angelina Jolie from the Golden Globes and it spurred my interest in getting one again. The three choices I have in tattoo designs are:

1. Blue Monarch Butterfly
2. Unicorn
3. A symbol of God

Do you have a tattoo? What is it and where is it? What are your thoughts on women with tattoos?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

You Are What You Think

A friend came to visit today whom I haven’t seen in over ten years. I was surprised to see that she had lost a considerable amount of weight and although I doubt she had lipoplasty done, I had to wonder. Perhaps it was all the stress she had to endure because of her rocky relationship with a boyfriend...

Which brings me to the topic of this post. When you stress out about anything in your life, it shows in your face whether you realize it or not. Believe me when I say that you are what you think about. If you think you are beautiful, well then, you will be beautiful (but don’t get a big head!) If you are constantly worried or feel insecure about the way you look, well, people can tell.

Wendy of Creation Thoughts has some great advice:

“...If you go shopping for clothes and you see an unpleasant image in the dressing room mirror and your mind begins its litany of negativity, "I'm so fat, oh my god, I can't believe they let a beast like me walk around in public, I'm never going to be beautiful, I should just wear a tent for god's sake!" -- stop yourself, close your eyes and call up an image of yourself looking radiant, healthy, beautiful, and fit. Recite your affirmation ("I am healthy, strong, lean, and sexy") with full faith that it is becoming your reality, moment by moment.”

Turn Your Lunch Hour Into Beauty Hour in San Francisco

For those of you who live in San Francisco or will be in the San Francisco are around January 25th, you may be interested in this event...

Leslie Blodgett, the CEO of Bare Escentuals, and her team of makeup artists will be making an in-store appearance at the Macy's at San Francisco Union Square. You can receive a complimentary makeunder and take home a special gift ;) The appointments are available from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (415) 403-2663 to book your appointment!

The actual event will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The address for the Macy's at Union Square is 170 O' Farrell Street * San Francisco, CA 94102

RSVP: Visit

I've never used Bare Escentuals before, but my best friend loves their makeup! The foundation is made with 100% pure bareMinerals with no additives or irritants. It goes on light and doesn't even feel like you're wearing makeup ;)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Guilty Pleasure

Ok, so after posting the previous entry, I realized that I should probably come clean and say that I do have a guilty pleasure...and that guilty pleasure is looking at celebrity pictures from time to time. It’s nice to see what people are wearing these days and sometimes I like to draw inspiration from people like Angelina Jolie or Jessica Alba, two of my favorite celebrities. They are women who are professional, beautiful, and have a good sense of style.

Last month’s Vogue featured Angelina Jolie. Even though I don’t particularly like that actresses have taken center stage on the cover of fashion magazines...I would say that there are exceptions to the rule, no? Besides I like that Angelina is giving a new look to the St. John brand.

The "Be Ugly in 2007" Campaign

For those of you who watch the TV Show Ugly Betty, you may appreciate this. There’s a new campaign out called “Be Ugly in 2007” which is centered on being like “Ugly Betty”. On the home page of the website is Ugly Betty holding a sign that says:

“Be Real
Be Smart
Be Kind

Be Honest
Be True to Yourself”

The main message for young girls (and women too!) is to ditch the unrealistic ideals that our society has about what beauty is and to accept yourself for the true beauty that you are! That is the exact message that inspired me to start this blog – hence the name!

I would love to see women be more accepting of ourselves and to realize that each of us is beautiful in our own way. Stop comparing yourself to all those models and actresses you see in magazines!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Seven Jeans Review

Over at The Runway Scoop awhile back, I wrote about the high cost of jeans (high to me, but perhaps not to you!) “Premium quality” denim jean companies seem to be launching back to back and now they just seem to be a big blur to me. I never saw what the big deal was until I went into Nordstrom one day and tried on a pair of Seven jeans.

They felt gooood on ;) Besides the fact that they were pretty long - I’m a petite gal - they fit like how I like jeans to fit on me. The salesgirl said that they could have them altered (gotta love Nordstrom for that), but...I just couldn’t part with the cash.

Geez, am I out of the loop. I just found out that there are Seven jeans for men too ;)

Pictured here is the Seven For All Mankind stretch bootcut in MNE available at

Friday, January 12, 2007

For Perfume Enthusiasts!

I was reading eBeautyDaily today and had to share the news about this new perfume called Absolument Absinthe by Le Parfum d’Interdits. It’s funny because my boyfriend used to always joke around that he was going to invent a perfume made out of cannabis, so I find it interesting that a company would come out with this type of scent. Divine!

The beauty of this particular perfume is that male or female can wear it and the scent changes depending on your body chemistry. It contains these ingredients:

absinthe, cannabis, black tea, bergamot, Iranian galbanum, lily of the valley, lotus flower, jasmine, ylang-ylang, nutmeg, Ceylon cardamom, sandalwood, and musks

Oh, and speaking of perfume, I’ve been meaning to tell y’all about a perfume blog called - for the perfume enthusiasts!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Shopping on a Budget in San Diego Part 2

Read part 1 of shopping on a budget in San Diego....

When you think of clothing boutiques in San Diego - or any other city for that matter - you usually picture high-end clothing on the racks. Well, another place I like to shop for clothing is L.A. Rack, a small boutique that is located downtown on the corner of 6th and “F” Street. It looks like a high-end clothing boutique, when in reality everything is really affordable. The clothing is pretty trendy and most of it is good quality. You can find tops for around $14 and bottoms beginning around $20.

Are You An Organic Beauty?

Lately I’ve been more aware of the beauty products that I use on my body, so I’ve been on the lookout for organic products. I’ve started using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps that I picked up at my local CVS Pharmacy. Right now I have the Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap that contains these ingredients:

Saponified Organic Coconut, Palm & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin), Water, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Mentha Arvensis, Salt, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

Last night as I browsed some beauty blogs, I came across another San Diego beauty blogger by the name of Andrea Kane. Andrea is the author of The Organic Beauty Expert where she shares all her knowledge about the organic beauty industry.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Fitness Tips and Resources

Yesterday I passed by our local gym on the way home from the library and saw all these people in there. Actually, it seems that this is the month when most people head for the gym because everyone has set as one of their New Year’s goals to workout more and lose weight. Most of the time that goal is somehow forgotten when February rolls around...

I came across this article over at the American Heart Association offering some tips for exercise success. As for me, I like to mix up my exercise routine. One day I could go running and another day I could do weight training.

Over at this blog I came across some fitness women tips as well as some great tips on keeping your weight under control and improving your overall health. I like the name of the blog because it’s true, there are no excuses for not including exercise in your daily schedule. Eating is important to us, right? Why shouldn’t exercise be a necessity as well? It’s time to change our attitudes towards exercise. Here’s where you can start: writing down and saying these affirmations to yourself (taken from this website):
  • I AM a perfect example of health and fitness.
  • My fitness routine is enjoyable, energetic and easy!
  • My daily fitness routine gives me excellent results.
  • During my work-out routine, I feel healthier and healthier by the minute.
  • I enjoy exercising and my fitness routine gives me unfathomable results.
Have any affirmations to share?

Related Post:
Just 10 Minutes a Day to Get Fit


A Balance Between Inner and Outer Beauty

Because it’s the New Year I’m doing this decluttering of my closet as well as my Bloglines folder labeled “Fashion”. I came across this post by Steve Hultgren of Pierce Mattie PR which I’ve been meaning to blog about for awhile now.

Steve talks about the integration of internal and external beauty. I believe that there needs to be a balance between finding your own internal beauty at the same time trying to take care of what’s on the outside as well. I believe it can be done.

I recommend reading Steve’s post...