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Friday, June 11, 2010

In My Beauty Bag: Rosebud Salve

This is an all purpose goodie. I use it for dry skin emergencies, cuticle conditioning, lip gloss, you name it. It's better than vaseline because it has a hint of rose as an extra bonus. I never leave home without it.

Mad Men "Barbie" Limited Edition

I've always loved Barbie dolls, so many fun memories and scenarios conjured up in my vivid imagination as a little girl. The clothes, the houses, the cars (even when she was nestled in a shoebox riding with Midge, and Ken being pushed around by by me). Reminds me of my daughter as well, she and her friends really went all out with Barbie themes; what fond memories all around. Mattel has launched a limited edition set of "Barbie" for the hit television show Mad Men, great clothes. "Mad Men Barbie", how fierce.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Classic: Iman for Yves St. Laurent

-Vintage Photo: (via) Flickr

Animal Print Chic: Rihanna in ELLE

I've always been a fan of leopard; clothing, carpet upholstery, you name it. A perennial classic, animal prints will be seen a lot in fall collections. Rihanna wears it well in the July edition of ELLE.

-Photo: ELLE, July 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Signature Style: Anna Wintour

Distinct. Memorable. Individual. In this case, it's a good thing.

Zoe Saldana Braided in Chantilly Lace

Actress Zoe Saldana at Glamour Magazine's 'Women of The Year Awards' stunning in black Vionnet with a hint of chantilly lace. She's also rocking the slightly messy braided updo for a modern twist on two classic looks.

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio.

Men In Tweed.

There's just something distinguished and quietly cool about a man in a nice tweed jacket.

-Giorgio Armani.

Art and Fashion.

Illustration. Designer: Manolo Blahnik

Nature's Beauty: Garlic

Though garlic is used for it's aromatic flavor in food, it's a natural antibiotic. Used for centuries as an herbal medicine, garlic is beneficial against viruses, lowering cholesterol and reduces risks against colon and stomach cancer among it's numerous benefits.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just Say No.

I think not, to male slingbacks.

Jessica Alba Warrior Princess

Actress Jessica Alba working it out and ultra glam for ELLE Korea.

-ELLE, Korea June 2010, Jessica Alba "The Warrior In Me" in Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Thakoon, Marc Jacobs, Balmain and more.
-Photo: Lee Do Kyu
-Styling: Choi Soon Young

In My Beauty Bag: "Essie Knockout Pout"

Get pretty in pink with this new summer color from Essie on your next pedicure. I like the name as well.

-Essie. Summer 2010, "Knockout Pout"


via:, obia the 3rd

My Favorite Things: Hysteric Glamour

Hysteric Glamour is one of my favorite stores in Japan. Even the stickers are cool there.

A Sense of Style: Individual Expression

One of my favorite places to travel to is Japan. I appreciate the culture and most everything about it. I can spend hours just people watching because the fashion is so eclectic. Most of all Japanese street fashion is always about individual flair, which is what having 'style' is all about. The kids don't dress to 'trend', it seems they really dress as a means of personal expression.



"Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life."
-Swann's Way, Marcel Proust

Monday, June 7, 2010

CFDA Awards 2010: Marc Jacobs

Womens Wear Designer of the Year Marc Jacobs.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

CFDA Awards 2010: Iman

CFDA "Fashion Icon" Honoree Iman arriving to the awards as stunning as ever. Hair by Oscar James and Make-up by Sam Fine.

Photo: Andrew K. Walker, Getty Images North America

CFDA Awards 2010: Tracy Reese

Designer Tracy Reese looking radiant in her own design at the CFDA 2010 Fashion Awards Ceremony in New York.

Art and Fashion.

-Alfredo Bouret. Vintage Balenciaga

My Favorite Things: Oversized Sunglasses.

I love oversized sunglasses and have been collecting them for years. Even as a child, I always thought large frames looked so glamourous. Wherever my travels take me, I'm on the lookout for standout shades. Whether they be great vintage finds, street vendor knock-offs, or really expensive designer eyewear, I have to have a pair of great sunglasses as a part of my daily style vibe. These Oliver Peoples "Chelsea" black sunglasses are my absolute favorites. I never leave home without them.

-Oliver Peoples

Giving Shade: Summer Eyewear 2010

There's nothing like throwing on a cool pair of shades.

Daily Bliss.

"Knowing it's not always about 'you', but being there for someone else. Lend a hand, give a smile to a stranger, or just listen and let someone else close to you be 'heard'. It's not always the big gestures, not forgetting the little things. That is bliss." - Jody Watley

Music Notes. Prince

Legendary, influential, gifted, sexy, there are so many adjectives that come to mind when I think of Prince. I've had the good fortune to meet him and spend a bit of time in his presence and I can tell you the man is as mesmerizing offstage as he is on it.
Truly, he is one of my favorite artists of all time and such an inspiration.

Happy Birthday Prince. Thank you for your gift of music.

Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

Celebrity Beauty of The Day: Iman

We first came to know Iman as the very regal and stunning Somalian model with the exquisite neck. Over the years she successfully launched her global Iman Cosmetics line, in addition to a highly sought after collection of accessories on HSN further establishing herself as a savvy businesswoman.
Iman will be honored by the Council Of Fashion Designers as "Fashion Icon" tonight in New York City and deservedly so.

Black and White. Francesco Scavullo
Color. Iman Cosmetics

Sunday, June 6, 2010


All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost…
-The Fellowship of The Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

Art and Fashion.

Art/Painting: Laura Wheeler Waring. African American Painter (1887-1948)

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall Collection 2010

In design certain silhouettes always come around again with an updated twist. The final Alexander McQueen Collection is beautifully reminiscent of the 40's with it's structured shoulders and pinched waists.

Photos: via

Classic Style: Sunday Best

South Side of Chicago. 1941


Classic Style: African American Young Lady

Despite the difficulties and inequality of the time, many vintage photo's of African American Blacks seem to always convey not only a sense of style, but inner strength and poise as well.