Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I've finally got my new site up and running. It is still under a bit of construction, but check it out here. Be sure to scroll left to right to view all of the features. Each picture is a slide show! Come view my portfolio's in Bridal, Prom Gowns, Custom Design, Makeup Artistry & Hair Styling!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My FAV 2011 Fall Trend !!! PEPLUM !!!

This new trend is in demand and seen everywhere!!! But a lot of my customers are finding a hard time shopping for this trend. I always urge everyone to try online shopping... It beats spending hours shopping at different malls, still leaving empty handed (not to mention the wasted gas with this freakin economy)! You can brows hundreds of online boutiques, compare prices and "SAVE" your favorite looks while shopping online in half the time. I've shared some of my favorite peplum looks here with a link to where to shop online. =) Enjoy. XO

Too cute. This long-sleeved, puffed shouldered peplum blouse by Labour of Love featuring an oversized plaid ruffle down the front is a MUST!
Shop it at www.farfetch.com

In love with this Wool single-breasted peplum coat by Burberry. The light gathering along the waist along with the tonal overlay of elbow panels is what makes this quite the piece for me. Shop it at www.burberry.com

This Alice + Olivia combination of olive-green cotton with pewter sequin is quite a show stopper. Stand-out with sky high pumps and a dazzling clutch.
Available at Net-A-Porter.

I'm just loving this Blue Gathered Peplum Dress from www.dorothyperkins.com. I'm biased to pencil-skirted peplums.. It hits the curves of a female in all the right places, accentuating everything we want. The gathered pleats at the neckline adds a retro feel that's just so fab. Add a pair of leopard pumps and layers of long draped chain necklaces and you're sophisticate yet sexy... without trying of course.

Oh this baby with a cropped leather jacket, wool tights and booties: Fall Fierce. By J.Jill, shop at www.stylehive.com

This Kenneth Cole Black Peplum Suit Jacket is timeless, dressed up or down. Available at www.houseoffraser.com

Shop this sheer peplum blouse with long blouson sleeves at www.asos.com. I'd pair it with tan skinny's or black leather tights, with a fab pair of booties and oversized bag.

Burberry Prorsum jacket

Burberry Prorsum jacket (see more double breasted jackets)

Burberry Porsum Gaberdine Peplum Jacket, friggin orgasmic. I stumbled upon it at www.polyvore.com but it seems to be sold out already at www.brownsfashion.com. Of course. But don't we just LOVE IT?!

Thanks Rick Owens for this amazing leather peplum shirt. Saw this at www.shopstyle.com, but yeah.... it's sold out online, too. Thank god you know a couturier>>> moi! Custom-order any style by emailing bookings@searraeleece.com ;)

J.Jill made my list twice with this chic jacket. I love how peplum can appear in so many different cuts and forms. Adding character to something plain. Shop this look at www.thisnext.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Miracle in a Bottle: Farouk CHI BioSilk Silk Therapy Leave-in Treatment

BioSilk SILK THERAPY 17 LEAVE IN TREATMENT SPRAY 5.6 by Farouk Chi possesses a blend of Hair Care That Works With The Power Of Heat. Provides a Unique Product Ideal For All Hair Types. Transforms Dry Dull Limp Hair And Gives It Vitality And Manageability. Hair Is Restored To A Healthy State With Sheen And A Silky Feel.

The benefits of just this ONE product are incredible!!

• Conditions and hydrates hair and skin instantly
• Provides volume and body
• Reconstructs and repairs dry damaged hair and skin
• Strengthens hair
• Revives dull lifeless hair and skin
• Smoothes the Cuticle
• Controls frizz and flyaways
• Prevents Split Ends
• Stops hair breakage
• Seals the hair
• Protects hair color from fading
• Protects hair and skin from environmental damage
• Thermal protector for blow drying
• Thermal protection from flat and curling irons
• Controls and defines curls
• Leaves hair and skin soft and silky
• Adds incredible shine

*Available at Trade Secret Salon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Joico's KPAK Collection

“With the highest concentration of Quadramine Complex in its formulas, K-PAK delivers the ultimate in healthy hair. K-PAK products work synergistically to rebuild, reconstruct, strengthen and protect damaged hair!”

Joico's KPAK Collection is a system of Shampoo, Conditioners, Treatments and Styling Products that repairs, rebuilds, and reconstructs hair while adding strength. It contains a range of styling products perfect for all hair types. The KPAK Collection consists of KPAK Shampoo, Conditioner, Chelating Shampoo, Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor, Liquid Reconstructor, Split-End Mender, Intense Hydrator, Leave-In Protectant, Smoothing Balm, Protect & Shine Serum, Thermal Design Foam and Protective Hairspray. The KPAK Collection also includes an entire Color Therapy System and Sun Therapy System.

ALL of the products in the KPAK Collection have received nothing less than five-star Reviews! I agree. I love what it has done for my hair and my clients are loving it, too! Reverse breakage and repair your hair from the damages of chlorine, hard-water and harsh chemicals with Joico's miracle system. Sold at Trade Secret Salons.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week FALL 2011

Beaming with excitement to see what is coming down the Runways for this Fall's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week that Launches September 8th-15th in New York! NYFW kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, and is immediately followed by London, Milan and Paris. The Show's will be held for the 2nd time at The Lincoln Center [loved it !]. What will the World's top designers debut for S/S 2012???


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Get Lashed Up!

Strip Lashes 101.

Hey Everyone!

It was requested to do a post on how to apply false lashes and which lashes in particular are my favorite. Once I started to write about false lashes, I realized that this post was going to be very, very long. So I decided to break it up into different posts. This post is basic information & common questions regarding false lashes (strip lashes).

View my earlier post for my tutorial! :)

Where to Purchase:There are several different places you can purchase false eyelashes. You can purchase them at your local drugstore (CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen's, Etc), Target, Walmart, Beauty Supply Stores (Sally Beauty Supply, ULTA, Etc.) and more.

Walgreen's & CVS Pharmacy typically carry Modlash by Andrea, Ardell Fashion Lashes, Revlon Fantasy Lengths & Maybelline Lash Expert Lashes. I've also spotted new "Kiss" brand lashes at my local Walgreen's. Most lashes range from $3.49 to $6 a pair. I usually find them cheaper at Walgreen's opposed to CVS and Walgreen's often has sales on them.

Target carries limited styles of Ardell Fashion Lashes, a couple styles of N.Y.C false eye lashes and a few styles of Sonia Kashuk Lashes. It depends on your location as well. Larger Target stores will carry a larger selection. My nearest locations sell Ardell's for around $3.69 or so a pair.

As far as I recall, Walmart carries a range of Salon Perfect lashes, which I believe are Ardell/Andrea lashes with a different name sold exclusively at Walmart. I like purchasing Salon Perfect lashes because they are the same as Ardell's but cheaper! The regular price for a pair is $3 at my nearest location. They also carry Revlon Fantasy Lengths.

You will find the largest selection of lashes at your Beauty Supply stores. Sally's Beauty Supply carries all styles of Ardell and Andrea false lashes, whereas your local drugstores only carry limited styles. Depending on how large your ULTA store is, they may have a decent selection. The ULTA stores near me carry Ardell, and don't have many styles. Often times they don't have the style I am looking for.

You may be lucky enough to find decent lashes at your local Dollar Store.. I found some great Fashion Lashes at my local Dollar Tree. But, every location is different and certain items sell out quick. So, it can't be guaranteed that you'll find them. (You can view my post here about them for reference)

Where to purchase online: http://www.cherryculture.com. Cherryculture stocks NYX lashes & Sassi Lashes for $4.00 a pair. Although I've ordered from Cherry Culture, I've never purchased their lashes.
http://www.eyeslipsface.com. If you're on a budget, ELF has a few different styles of false lashes for $1.00 each.
http://www.madamemadeline.com. The ultimate online store to purchase various brands of false eye lashes. They carry Ardell, Andrea, Red Cherry, Revlon, Sherani, Gypsy Lashes, Elise & more. Make sure to check out their specials as they have monthly sales.
http://www.nonpareilboutique.com. They have a large variety of their own "Nonpariel Boutique" lashes for $3 a pair as well as other brands (NYX, Red Cherry, Etc.)

You can also find eyelashes on ebay, your local drugstores website and more. If you want to share any of your favorite places to purchase eyelashes, post in the comments at the bottom of this post!

Brands I like:I usually purchase Ardell and Andrea brand lashes. Since I wear false lashes often, I try and wait for a sale and I will purchase several to have on hand. I purchase Salon Perfect lashes from Walmart often, as they are less expensive. I have never tried Maybelline or Revlon lashes. I've tried N.Y.C lashes, but they only have two styles that I don't care for.. so I don't purchase them. My favorite styles are Salon Perfect #26, #23 & #28 (A longer version of #26). With all three of those styles, I always cut them in half for a less dramatic look. My favorite styles in Ardell are #105, #111 (very long & dramatic) #119, #107 & Lacies. Sometimes I purchase #103's. My favorite style in Andrea are #23, #26 (Same as Salon Perfect) & #45.


Synthetic or Human Hair? Ultimately, it's up to you to choose which you prefer. I like both, but I prefer human hair eye lashes for a few different reasons. Real human hair false lashes are made to better blend in with your lashes and give a more natural appearance. They have more "give" to them than synthetic lashes and can be bent to the shape of your eye to be worn for comfortably. They are also lightweight and should feel comfortable on your lashes. But, these are more fragile than synthetic lashes and you will typically get less uses out of them. Synthetic lashes can be made of various different fibers to best resemble real lashes. They are more stiff and you have to bend them quite a bit to fit to the shape of your eye. Depending on the brand, the band may be very stiff and it may lift off the ends, which would require frequent touch ups. Because they aren't real human hair, they hold a curl very well and are ideal if you want sky high glamour lashes. Synthetic lashes are typically shiny and can sometimes look unnatural, but once you apply a coat of mascara on them, they will blend in better with your lashes and appear less glossy. The reason many choose Synthetic lashes is because they are less expensive & they are more durable - which means that they will usually last longer.

What to look for when purchasing: It really depends on what "look" you are going for. Lashes that are very dark and thick are very noticeable and dramatic. They tend to appear less natural because of the thickness & can sometimes feel slightly heavy on your eyes. Nevertheless, they are beautiful for photo shoots or a night out. I recommend real human lashes if you want thick, because synthetic thick lashes (if they are long as well) appear very shiny, tend to curl very high and unnatural and can sometimes look "drag-ish". Steer more towards thick lashes with a natural length to add a lot of definition to your eyes.


This particular style of N.Y.C lashes are very thick and dark. You can tell that they are synthetic because they are very shiny. They are dramatic, but they aren't very long - So, they will enhance your eyes and make your eyes look darker and sultry. (Image source: www.superdrug.com)

Lashes that are natural in length and volume (refer to the "Ardell" photo above and look at #123 for example) are ideal for those with very short and fine lashes for a natural appearance.

Lashes that are natural in volume and long in length are ideal for those with short to average lashes and average volume. (refer to Ardell #121)

Lashes that are long in length with added volume are ideal for those with average length & volume who would like added length and a darker look to their lashes. (refer to Ardell #105)

The possibilities are endless. You just want to make sure to pick lashes that are longer than your own. I've purchased lashes before that were actually shorter than my lashes - but much thicker and once I applied mascara to my lashes, they looked very unnatural. If you can't decide which to purchase, steer more towards lashes that are more natural in appearance. Then, you will get an idea of if you need more length or volume, so you'll know what to purchase next time!

Lash Adhesive/Glue: There are two basic brands of Lash Glue most that most locations carry. It is Ardell LashGrip Adhesive & DUO Eyelash Adhesive. I prefer DUO over Ardell because DUO is a stronger glue. I find that when I use Ardell lash glue, my lashes are falling off by the end of the night. That doesn't happen when I use DUO. DUO comes in two shades of glue, Dark or Clear. The dark glue is gray colored when wet, and dries to black. This is ideal if you are wearing black eyeliner or a black/dark smokey eye. The clear glue is white/off white when wet and will dry clear. Don't be alarmed by the scent of the glue if it's your first time applying false lashes. It has a offensive fishy smell, but goes away once it has dried. You may also see Ardell Lashtight Adhesive for Individual Lashes.. but don't purchase that one. It is not for strip lashes. It's for eyelash extensions. I've bought it before on accident thinking I was purchasing regular adhesive. Also, you may find the Ardell glue in a different colored box.. such as yellow, blue, black or pink. It is all the same exact product.


How to Clean False Lashes: There are several ways to clean your lashes. If you have real human hair lashes, they require a very delicate touch to clean. Apply a few drops of water to them and comb them through with a lash comb to get rid of any dust, dirt or mascara. It should also soften the glue so you can pull it off easily. Let them dry flat overnight. If they are drenched in water and you let them sit, the lashes can get clumped together and will stay that way. Synthetic lashes are easy to wash. You can run them under lukewarm water and with your fingers lightly rub the lashes so any mascara or dirt runs free. Lay them on a flat surface to dry.

How long False Lashes will last: It mainly depends on how well you take care of them. If you don't apply mascara to them or curl them with a lash curler, it will extend the life of your lashes. Make sure to always take them off at the end of the night and don't sleep with them. If you sleep with them, you may wake up to your lashes being pressed in different directions and you won't be able to wear them again. Gently peel them off at the end of the night and store them in the plastic container you purchased them in. It's important to keep them in a closed place because if you put them on your nightstand, they will collect dust and particles over night. I typically get 3 or 4 uses out of them. Sometimes I can get 5-7 uses out of them if I take extra care of them or if they are synthetic.

Tutorial: How to PROPERLY Apply False Eyelashes (Very long Post)

Applying eyelashes is very simple once you have a little bit of practice. In this tutorial I will explain step by step how to apply False Lashes. Last week, I posted about my favorite lashes, where you can purchase false lashes as well as other general information regarding false lashes. To be re-directed to that post, click here. Otherwise, Keep Reading!

Tools you will need:
False Full Strip Eyelashes (I am using ELF Essentials Dramatic Lash Kit)
Lash Adhesive (I am using DUO Dark Tone Lash Adhesive)

Optional Tools:
Liquid Eyeliner or a Dark Eyeshadow
Small brush (eyeliner brush, angled liner brush, smudge brush, etc.)

Where to start? Applying false lashes will be the last step of your eyes. So, make sure to prime your eyes with an eyeshadow primer, apply your eyeshadow and eyeliner & you'll be ready to apply your false lashes!

Why apply them last? You apply false lashes last because you want your lashes to be very black and clean of any eyeshadow or other products. If you apply them first, you may have lashes that are full of eyeshadow. If you'd like, you can apply a thin coat of mascara beforehand. But it's not necessary. I like having a thin coat of mascara on my lashes before I apply false lashes.

Let's Begin! I've included photos of each step along with a caption. I have written out the steps, and they are more detailed than the actual captions.


Step 1: Take your false lashes out of the box. Using your tweezers (or fingers), gently peel the lashes off of the tray. You don't want to apply too much pressure, or else you may bend or damage the band.

Step 2: Using your pointer finger and thumb, you want to hold both ends of the eyelashes at the bottom band. Lightly move both of your hands up and down a centimeter or so. Doing this will stretch the band so it isn't as stiff. This will help the lashes sit better on the contour of your eyelid. (Think of it as stretching a balloon before you blow it up) In the photo of Step 2, the top lash is properly curved and the bottom lash has not been touched yet. You can tell the band on the bottom is a bit straighter.

Step 3: Now we are going to test the lashes to see if they are the correct length for your eye shape. If you have smaller eyes, you may need to cut a little bit. Pick up the according eyelash to you eye. The shortest part of the lashes should be matched up near your tear-duct. The longest part should be at end. The way you will set them on your eyelid is with the curl facing up. Set the lashes down in the middle of your lashline. Look to see where your natural lashes start (inner corner) and pull the false lashes to the same spot. Look to see if the band extends farther out (outer corner) than your natural lash line. If it extends out longer, grab the end with your thumb & pointer finger and lift them off.

Step 4: With your scissors, cut off any excess lashes. (Set it on your lash line again to see if you cut enough)

Step 5: Squeeze a little dab of lash adhesive on a clean surface. Don't apply it from the tube directly to the lashes. A lot of product comes out at once and you don't want to damage the lashes.


Step 6: Using any tool you'd like for precise application of the glue, (many like to use a toothpick or the opposite side of the tweezers. I'm using the opposite corner of the lash adhesive tube) pick up the glue up. Don't worry it's too much. You don't want it to be too little, otherwise your lashes might not stick well.

Step 7: Pick your lashes up with your fingers or your tweezers and drag the glue across the band of the lashes. Apply a little more to each end of the lashes, as they are the spots that tend to wear off.

Step 8: Pick the lashes up with a tweezer, holding them in the middle - close to the band but not touching the glue.

Step 9: It's difficult to apply lashes while looking straight forward into a mirror. The easiest way is by sitting down or standing up and tilting your head back a little - so when you look forward, your eyes are slightly squinted. This way, you'll be getting a better view of your lashline. Like you did in Step 3, set the lashes down on your eyelid as close as possible to the base of your natural lashes, but not touching them. They should be on your eyelid, not your lashes. Make sure they are lined up with the start of your natural lashes before you press them down on your skin.


Step 10: Once the lashes are lined up with your lashes, grab the beginning of the lashes with your tweezers and press it down on your lid. Again, make sure they are lined up with the start of your natural lashes. You don't want them to be any closer to your tear-duct, or it may cause your eyes to water or a pinching sensation. There should be a small space. Grab the outer end and press it down on your skin. Work Quickly before the glue sets.

Step 11: Go along the whole band, pressing it down onto your skin with the tweezers.

Step 12: To make sure it's very secure, use a brush (smudge brush, eyeliner/brow brush, etc) or sponge applicator and go across the band again pressing it down on your skin.

Step 13: Wait patiently for 1-2 minutes while the adhesive dries completely.

Step 14: For this step, you can use eye liner (liquid/pencil or gel) or a dark eyeshadow (brown, black, etc). If you're using an eyeshadow, take a small smudge brush and smudge the shadow on your lid, close to your lashline - blending it into the band of the false lashes. This will blend in the band better as well as cover up any adhesive you may have gotten on your eyelid. If you're using a liquid liner, line your eyes as you normally would - against the band of the lashes.

Step 15: Apply a coat of mascara to your lashes, starting at the base of your natural lashes all the way up to the end of the false lashes. This will blend your natural lashes in better with the false lashes as well as make the lashes look darker.

You're all finished! Enjoy your long, lush lashes!

Courtesy Miss Natty's Beauty Diary

BEAUTY TIP: Healthy Nails

Take a close look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? You must know how important it is to have healthy nails. In fact, the color of your nails is an indicator of your general health! I've been receiving a lot of compliments on my nails and would like to share some tips that are a part of my weekly beauty regimen. Use these beauty tips to ensure healthy, attractive-looking nails--from home!

• Healthy nails are transparent and have a pink tonality.

• If you use nail polish on a regular basis then, remove it for a day or two every week, in order to let your nails breath. This is an important step.

• Add a nice shine to your nails by massaging coconut oil or warm castor oil on to them.

• I dip a cotton-tipped swab in hydrogen peroxide to clean under my nails to make them whiter.

• To keep your nails hydrated, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly into your cuticle and the skin surrounding your nails every evening before you go to bed or whenever your nails feel dry. Keep a jar in your purse, desk drawer, car — anywhere you might need it. If you're not a fan of petroleum jelly? Substitute with castor oil. It’s thick and contains vitamin E, which is great for your cuticles. Or head to your kitchen cupboard and grab the olive oil — it also works to moisturize your nails.

• When pushing back your cuticles (it is not necessary to cut them) come in at a 45-degree angle and be very gentle. Otherwise the cuticle will become damaged, weakening the entire nail, says Mariana Diaconescu, manicurist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City.

• File your nails correctly. To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion — only go in one direction. And never file just after you’ve gotten out of a shower or bath — wet nails break more easily.

• Before giving yourself a manicure dip your nails in a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of lemon juice.

• Stretch out the beauty of a manicure by applying a fresh top coat every day, says Susie Galvez, owner of Face Works Day Spa in Richmond, Virginia, and author of Hello Beautiful: 365 Ways to Be Even More Beautiful.

• Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc---it does wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.

• Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nail buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow.

• Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails, says manicurist Diaconescu. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. Color should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days.

• Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails, says Andrea Lynn Cambio, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Use acetate-based removers instead

I hope you enjoy these tips ! You don't have to spend $25-$40.00 bucks a week to have great nails! Put it in the bank!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards

The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards took place Monday, June 6 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. For the tenth year in a row, Swarovski is the generous underwriter for the event. The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement.

This year’s nominees and honorees reflect the depth of accomplishment of American fashion and acknowledge the pervasive influence that a new generation of talent is having on the industry while also celebrating the masters of design.

The following are the nominees of each category. The award winners are highlighted:

Alexander Wang
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Marc Jacobs

Michael Bastian
Patrik Ervell
Simon Spurr

Alexander Wang
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Reed Krakoff

Joseph Altuzarra
Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen
Prabal Gurung

Alexander Wang
Phillip Lim
Robert Geller

Alejandro Ingelmo
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Pamela Love

Phoebe Philo for Celine

MEDIA AWARD, given in honor of Eugenia Sheppard
Hilary Alexander

FOUNDERS AWARD, given in honor of Eleanor Lambert, the CFDA’s founder
Hal Rubenstein

Lady Gaga

Marc Jacobs

Arthur Elgort

“There is no other event that puts the spotlight on American fashion like The CFDA Fashion Awards,” said Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director. “We look forward to once again honoring the best and brightest talent working today. Winning a CFDA Fashion Award is the highest and one of the most coveted honors one can receive in our industry. All of this is made possible by the long-time support of Swarovski, who we are pleased to be celebrating our tenth anniversary with this year. Their support and involvement with the Awards over the years has been invaluable.”

“This year, Swarovski is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the CFDA Fashion Awards,” said Nadja Swarovski, Vice President of International Communications & Creative Director. “We are excited for each of this year’s stellar nominees; the group includes such diverse and extraordinary talent. We are particularly proud of each designer nominated for a Swarovski Award. They are the perfect example of emerging American design talent and have displayed a keen sense for the future of fashion.”

Recently, to recognize Geoffrey Beene’s unparalleled contribution to American fashion, the lifetime achievement award was renamed in his honor. Some of the most coveted CFDA Fashion Awards given are the Swarovski Awards for womenswear, menswear, and accessory design, which were established in 1986 by Perry Ellis to honor emerging talent.

Nominations for each award category are submitted by the CFDA Fashion Awards Selection Committee, made up of the 370+ members of the CFDA, along with top fashion retailers, journalists, and stylists. The nominees, as well as recipients of the honorary awards are ratified by the CFDA Board of Directors.

For more information please email c.olsen@cfda.com

Courtesy CFDA

Sunday, June 5, 2011

On Aura Tout Vu Spring/Summer 2011

On Aura Tout Vu-- french for "You think you've seen it all" is a Haute Couture line known for bringing it's viewers into thier theatrical world of creative imagery. On Aura Tout Vu, is a french brand and member of the “French Syndicate of the Haute Couture”. www.onauratoutvu.com

Thier Spring/Summer Haute Couture series entitled "Flying Dreams" debuted in Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week showcasing creative ensembles heavily embellished with crystals and adorned with feathers.

An incredibly creative presentation that reminds us how fun fashion can be. Definitely not your ordinary couture collection! I worked with feathers and crystals on a piece I made for the Hostess of the Virginia Fashion Awards 2010 Show. *Pats self on the back* Yay! I'm thinking like the big dogs !!!

Be sure to check out the entire show here ! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Models of Color in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011

Click, Ford, and Muse first up for NYFW agencies show packages. Find out who else here. I'm excited to see so many women of color as Highlighted Models or New Faces in the Agency packages: Jourdana Phillips, Anais Mali, and Shena Moulton amongst those.

HIGHLIGHTS: Jourdana Phillips, Anastasiya Karter and Lisa Cady
NEW FACES: Ashley Lecamp, Erin Zajac and Lulu
Ford Models
HIGHLIGHTS: Karmen Pedaru, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Sigrid Agren & Valerija Kelava
NEW FACES: Julia Saner, Anais Mali, Irina Berezina & Janice Seinen
Muse Management
HIGHLIGHTS: Shena Moulton, Ana Mihajlovic and Sharan Bala
NEW FACES: Hannah Hardy, Diana Rudenok and Ornelia Edwards

Other beautiful black women to walk for the agencies listed are Emoni, Erika Jones, Kiki B, Dani Evans (CLICK); Georgia Badiel, Kate Tachie, Nana Keita, Ornelia Edwards, Sam Taylor, Shena Moulton and Sosheba (Muse).











Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Spring/Summer Fashion Trend Alert: Cat Eyes!!!

Looks inspired from the 1950's and 60's were prominent on the Runway for Spring/Summer 2011. Including this trend I am absolutely loving! Sexy Cateye Sunglasses.


Now, is the time to start shopping for this reoccuring fashion trend. Whether you often look for retro styles or vintage finds, here are a few links to try this trend.


Extreme Cateye

So Chic

The Modified Look

Under $100

Under $50

Under $20

Under $10

Flawless Skin without a Dermatologist !

Photobucket Of course we all want flawless skin. Photoshop is not yet available for the naked eye and not everyone can afford pricey dermatologists or trips to a spa for regular facials. A proper Skin Care regimen is your first step to ensuring beautiful, healthy, radiant skin.

Determine your skin type---dry, oily or combination and invest in a great facial cleanser, astringent moisturizer and facial scrub. It is important to wash your face daily, especially prior to going to bed. Though some makeup can be removed with a gentle cleanser it may also be important to use a makeup remover to ensure the makeup you are wearing does not get trapped in your pores. Follow with the astringent and then the proper moisturizer. Use your facial scrub every other day for deep cleansing.

Clinique (www.clinique.com) is a very great skincare line with a vast range of products for all skin types as well as makeup that is safe to use on your face daily. Clarins (www.clarins.com) is also a great product line for daily skin care. Mario Badescu (www.mariobadescu.com) is recommended for more problem skin conditions such as severe acne and age-defying products. If you find these products are too costly try Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash that can be found at any drugstore. It is as gentle as washing your face with water and won’t dry your skin. Follow with Witch Hazel as an astringent and Pure Vitamin E Cream as a moisturizer.
It is important to add a Vitamin E supplement to your daily regimen. Vitamin E is your secret weapon to ensure healthy, youthful looking skin, along with drinking plenty of H20 and fluids low in sugar. Avoid Sodas. What you do for your skin both externally and internally is of equal importance.

Basic Lifestyle Changes are the next steps to improve your skins overall appearance.
Get plenty of rest. Your skins natural renewal process happens while you sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase of breakouts as well as eye puffiness and dark circles. Make sure you allot yourself the proper rest your body needs to rejuvenate your skin.

Exercising regularly will give your skin a healthy glow. It is revitalizing, energizing and provides a circulation boost for the entire body. If your skin is not treated properly prior to and following a work out you will promote breakouts. Never workout while wearing makeup and always cleanse your skin immediately following a workout. Exercising also relieves stress---and stress is a known cause for breakouts.

We all tend to be stressed at times---but too much stress will lead to breakouts. Find a stress reliever that works for you whether it is yoga, meditation, taking a walk or listening to music. If you find yourself in a stressful situation take a moment to inhale deeply through your nose, hold it for two seconds and exhale slowly out your mouth. Green Tea is also a known stress reliever as well as a balanced diet.

If you wear makeup, find a product that is non-comedogenic . Non-comdogenic makeup products have been shown to reduce blemishes. Use a tinted moisturizer as daily coverage or a powder foundation instead of a liquid foundation. Liquid foundations are prone to clogging your pores after being worn for hours. Also, make sure you clean your makeup brushes after each use. Try Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner ($6 www.sephora.com)

Life gets busy, and our days may be long and strenuous. But a daily skin care regimen and a few simple lifestyle changes will ensure you have healthy, flawless skin to be envied. So pull out your laptop, start shopping for the right products that fit you. Take nice long walks, carry a large bottle of water with you everyday and don’t forget your Vitamin E.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fresh Faces

These are some Natural Hair and Makeup Looks I recently did with photographer Shon D of www.shonDphoto.com !