Event Alert: Celebrate the Color of the Year with SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE

  When:  Thursday, February 28th – Sunday, March 3rd What Time: 12pm – 6pm Where: At select Sephora locations. Check Sephora.com to see if the event is at a Sephora near you.  What: Celebrate the Color of the Year Embrace the beauty of EMERALD – the 2013 Color of the Year – with the new SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection! Get a Color … Continue reading Event Alert: Celebrate the Color of the Year with SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE

Spotlight on African American Designers in honor of Black History Month

LAURA SMALLS Laura Smalls has been on the fashion scene since for some time; bit now she has become a household name since Michelle Obama wore one of her designs for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. A graduate of Parson’s school of Design in 1976, Laura started small selling a handful of designs at Blookingdales and Henri Bendel. Soon after, she was approached by Vogue … Continue reading Spotlight on African American Designers in honor of Black History Month

The Love Flower: Peonies

Peonies are highly fragrant flowers that range from dark red to soft white. When I was doing research on the flower I was surprised to learn all of the history and myths surrounding peonies. In Feng Shui, the flower symbolizes wealth and love (placing these flowers in your home will apparently attract a romantic partner). In some parts of Asia, when the flower is in full bloom, it … Continue reading The Love Flower: Peonies

Illamasqua Limited Edition Speckled Nail Varnish

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Illamasqua’s limited edition Speckled Nail Varnish. The varnish was inspired by irregular markings on fragile bird eggs, and allows you to create professional multi-dimensional nail art with just a few swipes. Price: $16 Where to buy: Sephora.com, Sephora stores and Sephora at JCPenny stores. The Freckle shade is available exclusively at JCPenny. What I like: The creamy consistency of … Continue reading Illamasqua Limited Edition Speckled Nail Varnish

Laura Smalls F/W 2013 Presentation: “Symmetry”

On February 13th, I attended the F/W 2013 Presentation of Laura Smalls, held at Essex House as part of New York Fashion Week. The designer, who was catapulted onto the national scene after Michelle Obama wore two of her dresses, showcased her newest collection, “Symmetry.” The designs were an amazing display of classic femininity meets sexy sophistication. Body-flattering silhouettes hugged the contours of the models bodies as they emerged wearing dresses inspired from the graphic works … Continue reading Laura Smalls F/W 2013 Presentation: “Symmetry”

Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created to look effortless and natural, “as if the model put … Continue reading Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty

On February 9th, I had the amazing opportunity to go backstage at Alon Livne’s show held at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lead makeup artist Suzana Hallili explained that Livne wanted the models to look solider-like, an effect she created by emphasizing strong brows and grey, smoldering eyes. Gun Metal eye shadow, custom-made by Mob Wives’s star Love Majewski in collaboration with Hallili and Richard Anderson, was used on the upper and lower eye lids. … Continue reading Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty