Saturday, September 29, 2012

Who Cares Which Celebrity Had Rhinoplasty Abroad?


After sharing some thoughts about cosmetic surgery in one of my recent posts, I started browsing the internet and reading about celebrities who have had work done - those who have admitted that they’ve been under the knife, those who continue to hide the truth, those who garner alot of attention because people can’t seem to figure out if they have had surgery, and those who discretely go abroad for “vacation” in order to hide because they had rhinoplasty surgery. I even got to reading about the cost of rhinoplasty abroad and how more and more people are looking overseas for more affordable doctors.

Don’t you just love the internet? You read one article and a few clicks and a couple hours later, you’re not feeling very productive. Well, I can say that I am now very informed about celebrity plastic surgery...and I’ll never get those hours back. Why have we become so obsessed with whether or not Brandy, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, etc. got a nose job?!?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Natural Remedies For The Cold and Flu


With the weather beginning to cool down, this is usually the time of year when many people catch colds or come down with the flu. I take my health very seriously and believe in holistic, natural medicine or remedies for whatever ails my body.

To my knowledge, I’ve never had flu shots - unless I got them during grade school. I got the flu once a few years ago, but it still hasn’t changed my mind about getting a flu shot. I believe that a flu vaccine doesn’t necessarily protect you from all viruses, plus I’ve read that you’ll get just as sick as someone who has gotten the vaccine. Besides, I just don’t trust what it is exactly that they put in these vaccines.

I’ve done some research on natural remedies for the cold and flu, so I want to pass on a few things that you can do if you feel yourself coming down with a bug...

Cosmetic Surgery More Acceptable in US and UK

Blue butterfly

As much as I preach about beauty being on the inside and that we should focus on loving who we are fully - wrinkles and all - I have to accept that people are going to do what they want, wear what they want, and get cosmetic surgery. As I’ve mentioned before, my attitude towards towards plastic surgery has changed.

In the U.S., we are accustomed to people going to a doctor to fix their appearance. It’s acceptable and something that many people are not ashamed of. In other parts of the world, it’s still taboo to talk about it and women feel embarrassed that they’ve had work done.

Timeless Jewelry

Icons of Heritage with Gucci

As a jewelry designer, I love and appreciate all types of jewelry. Although I do follow jewelry trends and believe that women should be creative and bold with their accessories, I also think that you should own a few timeless pieces - timeless, yet still unique. Sometimes you want your clothes to stand out more than your jewelry.

However, there are some types of jewelry that can stand out in a more subtle way. It’s the type of jewelry that draws people in and entices them to take a closer look. Besides, I think you look more polished, sophisticated, and ageless when you wear quality jewelry.

I love the designs from Hot Diamonds with sterling silver - especially these Diamond Hourglass Earrings because they look like a pair of 8’s (my favorite number) and the infinity symbol. I would wear the earrings with the Gucci outfit I put together above - a timeless outfit featuring timeless jewelry.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tips For Effortless Looking Sexy Hair

Rita Hayworth's beautiful sexy hair

In a hairstyle rut? Need a quick way to bring a little sexy back to your life? Here are a few tips to create effortless looking sexy hair...

Give it a little tease - What’s sexy hair without a little teasing? The right way to tease your hair is to make sure to add a little texture with volumizing mousse, texture spray, or root lift. It’s also better to do it on a day when you don’t wash your hair because your hair will be too slick. When backcombing the hair, make short quick strokes until you have the right height and fullness you want.

Here’s a quick video that demonstrates how to easily tease/backcomb your hair...

Natural Beauty Spotlight: Laura Mercier

Photo Credit:  Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images


"I know today that appreciating your own beauty does not come solely from therapy, make up application, or plastic surgery- although these things can help. Rather, it comes from a little door that opens in our minds and helps us celebrate our differences and find pride in our uniqueness." --Laura Mercier

In a very quiet way Laura Mercier has taken the makeup world by storm with her cosmetics and natural outlook on beauty. When I was first introduced to her cosmetics, I knew that her brand would last the test of time. I mean, she's made quite an impression on a host of celebrities including one of my favorite natural beauties, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Real Designer Watch

As someone who is involved in social media and spends enormous amounts of time online, I’ve seen many different styles and trends. Whether it’s Instagram, Pinterest, other fashion blogs, Facebook, or Twitter, I find fashion inspiration everywhere. One thing I have noticed lately, though, is that it seems like everyone is wearing Michael Kors’ watches. I have yet to see a fashionista wearing any other designer watches.

If you like Michael Kors watches, then hey, who am I to tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear? I’m a big fan of his clothing designs and he can rock a black shirt like there’s no tomorrow, but I just don’t see why women are gaga over his watches.

Why not wear a watch that is fun or unique?

Things That Affect Your Self-Esteem

Woman looking in mirror

There are many things that affect our self-esteem. It could be the extra weight on our bodies, people who label or judge us, or certain things on our bodies that are unwanted or we think are unnecessary such as facial hair, back hair, or hairs that make us wonder...WTF?

For example, have you ever wondered what the purpose of underarm hair is? Well, I have, and I can't come up with an answer. All it does is annoy the heck out of me and I’m just embarrassed to raise my arms because I have coarse hairs that still show no matter how close I shave to the skin. For many years now I’ve been self-conscious about my armpits. I’ve tried waxing, but that’s just messy. I’ve even gone so far as to pluck the hairs so they don’t grow back as fast, but that takes forever. It’s getting to the point now that I want to go see a San Diego laser hair removal specialist to help me remove these unwanted hairs for good.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Finding that Timeless Little Gem

Express Yourself Through Jewelry


For many jewellery lovers, turning a passion for wearing jewellery into a passion for collecting is a natural progression. Jewellery is such an important part of collectors' lives that they learn to appreciate it not just for the beauty of the piece overall, but for the silver, the diamond, the gold and all the other rare materials that make an earring, bracelet or ring. The pleasure of hunting for rare and collectible pieces of jewellery is another part of the experience of collecting. But how do collectors, particularly novices, tell a timeless investment from an overpriced dud?

3 Careers in the Fashion Industry That Will Never Go Away

Jamie Lyon
Credit: Jamie Lyon by Rob Boudon, on Flickr

As I was watching videos of runway shows the other day, the Arisotle in me started to wonder how shows would look like in the future. How would the fashion industry be? Would fashion and beauty bloggers still exist? (I hope so!) If you've just graduated from high school and contemplating your future or you're just thinking about going on another path, what type of career should you consider for the long-term? I concluded that these three careers would probably still exist 50-100 years from now...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hot Fall Color: Oxblood

Forever 21 striped Oxblood sweater

If it wasn't apparent during last night's Emmy Awards, Oxblood is the color for fall. It's not exactly burgundy, but it's not brown either. It's a mix of both - and when I see it, I immediately think of my step mom who has used this as one of the main colors to decorate my parents' house. I also think about many parts of the east coast where they experience a real fall season with leaves that change to this color.

MoroccanOil Treatment Oil Review

MoroccanOil booth at Cosmoprof
MoroccanOil booth at Cosmoprof 2011

One of a woman’s most precious physical asset is her hair. As I was watching the Emmy’s last night, the one thing I noticed first about how celebrities looked was their hair. You could have the most beautiful gown or kick-ass heels, but if the hair isn’t taken care of, it could throw the whole outfit off - especially if the hair is dry and frazzled.

Fortunately, celebrities have professional stylists who help take care of their hair, but for those of us who can’t afford to go to the salon every week, there are many products out there that can make us look as if we do. MoroccanOil Treatment Oil is one of those products.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Messages Through Fashion

My father is a big Beatles fan, so my childhood is filled with memories that include Beatles songs. I didn't think too much about the words they sang back then, but I loved the melodies...and their hair.

So when I saw this t-shirt with the lyrics of "Let it Be" printed on it at the local flea market for $1, there's no way that I could not buy it. It's been my favorite t-shirt to wear this summer.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jewelry Trends Fall/Winter 2012

Based on the the many runway looks for this fall and winter 2012, I conclude that just about anything goes, but there are a few stand-out jewelry trends worth mentioning...

Custom diamond jewelry - What’s winter without wearing a little “ice”? We’re not just talking about any type of jewelry with diamonds. This fall and winter it’s all about custom, personalized pieces that reflect your individual style. Who doesn’t like creating a custom necklace or bracelet where you can select the design, metal, gemstone, or the size and quality of diamond you want? I personally like these vintage style Anjolee bracelets...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Current Obsession: Nail Art


I blame Pinterest for my current obsession with nail art. Actually, it may have started with my friend's 7-year-old daughter who has the biggest collection of nail polishes I have ever seen. She's definitely a manicurist in the making.

When I was shopping for a gift to give my friend's daughter, I came across all these cool nail art supplies on Amazon.com. It got the creative juices spinning. Then I started seeing all this nail art on Pinterest. You can see some of my favorites that I've pinned to my Beauty board. I am now officially hooked.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Beauty Inspiration: Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks when she was young

We know Tyra Banks as the glamorous supermodel who has graced the runways and hosts the ever-popular show, America's Next Top Model, but if you've been following Tyra's life as I have over the years, you know that she was never the confident women that she is today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Perfect Fall Outfit

The Perfect Fall Outfit
Helmut Lang long sleeve top, $450 / Dolce & Gabbana skinny fit jeans, $455 / Gianmarco Lorenzi genuine leather boots, $1,020 / ChloƩ shoulder bag, $2,330 / Jayce Wong rutilated quartz jewelry, $580 / Yves St Laurent round earrings, $250 / Stella McCartney brimmed hat, $260
All items available at Farfetch.com and other fine retailers.

The fall season can't seem to come fast enough. Fuzzy sweaters, wool hats, and boots...It just makes everything feel so cozy. Even if you can't get a whole new wardrobe, perhaps you can find inspiration here from the pieces in my perfect fall outfit...

Black boots - This is the very first thing I shop for when fall rolls around. As I've mentioned before, a pair of boots is the one thing you should probably not go without during the fall and winter.  You can never go wrong with a pair of jeans and black knee-high boots.

I am absolutely in love with the Gianmarco Lorenzi boots with the rounded toe and the buckle at the top. By the way, Gianmarco Lorenzi is fast becoming a favorite on my list of shoe designers to look out for when shopping for stilettos. He has proclaimed to make the best heel in the world, and I wouldn't argue too much with that. Buy Gianmarco Lorenzi at Farfetch.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Dream Rekindled: Visual Merchandising

Chanel Fall Window DisplayChanel Window Display in Las Vegas

When the fall season comes, I often think about my days working at Contempo Casuals and Wet Seal as a store manager, and how I looked forward to working on the visual merchandising and window displays. I absolutely love the fall season and putting together cute layered outfits with boots, hats, scarves, and the whole nine.

I don’t know how it is now at Wet Seal, but back in the day they didn’t have a position dedicated solely to visual merchandising, so the managers had to take care of everything from moving fixtures around, changing sign holders retail and displays, and redressing mannequins in the windows. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I ever were to go back to working in retail, the only position I would take is one in visual merchandising. I used to dream of going to New York and being like Jack in that old Will & Grace episode where he gets the opportunity to put together a Barneys window display during the holidays.

Catching Up on New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 looksLeft to Right: Spring looks from Victoria Beckham, Oscar de la Renta, & Diane Von Furstenberg

As I was pinning stuff to my Love Fall Fashion board on Pinterest, I realized, Oh, yeah, there is this thing called New York Fashion Week that's happening right now. So with a bowl of popcorn and my favorite fruit juice by my side, I browsed through the fashion feeds to live vicariously through my favorite fashion bloggers who have been enjoying the festivities in the fashion capital.

The Natural Beauty's Guide to Fall Beauty


Whether it's organizing the beauty products you currently have or searching for new products to redo your regimen, the changing of seasons is a great time to give your beauty routine an overhaul.

So, what should you consider to upgrade your fall beauty looks? Check out my fall beauty guide...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For Natural, Hollywood Glamour: "She Wears It Well" Eyeshadow Palette


During the summer months I don't wear very much eyeshadow because my face gets oily and then I just feel like a hot mess, but with fall just around the corner, I'm excited to glam it up a little and have fun with the new fall palettes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has come out with a fall eyeshadow palette that falls right in line with my everyday, natural beauty regimen. The "She Wears It Well" palette ($34) that brings classic Hollywood glamour with a modern twist.