Saturday, December 19, 2009

Steve Alan's Perfect Travel Bag for V Australia on the Runway

By Laura Medina

Ready to take off right now to somewhere hip, hot, bright, and happy?

This travel companion is still under the hangers but it's ready to take off on the runway.

Here is your sneak peek at the Steve Alan's Perfect Travel Bag for V Australia.

Inspired by the employees, backpackers, and jet-setters, he took in account of the "V" insigna, a need to secure your laptop, quilted nylon to cushion your laptop/netbook, waxed cotton to protect everything from the elements, a wet pouch from divers, hidden straps, and all wrapped up in saddle leather and red with silver zippers.

Actually, it is "3 bags in 1" built with 3 compartments that zippers open and close them shut.

The main compartment's exterior is wrapped in waxed cotton, two deep square front pockets, a side pocket with rope detail, with reinforced corners and silver rivets, heavy duty silver top zipper. There's a hidden zipper for front compartment. Each zipper has a dark red leather puller.

Opening the main compartment, you'll find a deep, wide interior dipped in bright red lining, a side pocket, and smaller "hat" pocket.

The bottom compartment resembles a vintage travel makeup case. You can open and close the silver zipper on all 3 sides for easy access. The top pocket has a zipper closure whereas the lower pocket is low and long with ruched opening. Natural tan leather snuggles the whole bottom compartment.

Flip it over to the footing and you'll find a sly and slim zippered compartment for your netbook/laptop. Quilted in red nylon for extra protection. Unlike the normally bag, this flat bottom comes with a waxed cotton strap.
Just like Australia's own platypus, built by air, sea, and the landed gentry, Steve Alan combined it into a striking jet-setting, Swiss Knife of bag in "Town to Country" clothing.
Now, you have something to pine for on next holidays' wish list.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tokidoki, the next level on the time and space of the Japanese Superflat Continuum

By Laura Medina
A Tokidoki Girl on the big screen-on the ceiling and the wall in the big tent
You know how there are certain moments in life where time, place, and people intersect in the cosmic continuum simultaneously, all for the same reason when each particular individual just happens to think of the one and same specific goal or wish then they collide into a super nova.
This all concurred on 7965 1/2 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood on a Thursday night.

Tarina Tarantino, left, and Pooneh Mohajer-Arnold, right, all in hot pink
This was how Tokidoki was born.
Pondering what to call his graph online portfolio, this Japanese Kawaii Superflat fan and Takashi Murakami admirer, Simone Legno named it, "Tokidoki," Japanese for "sometimes."
This pretty sums up this ex-punk rock Italian bassist's philosophy, how eventually the right person or people with the right purpose and intention will find you then they will set you on the right path in the right direction.
Tokidoki designer, Simone Legno, left, with Nicky Hilton holding her autographed Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki doll.

Pooneh and her husband, Ivan, felt the same way. She calls it "happenstance." She found the trip from magically discovering a graphic artist online to becoming a cool and affordable global brand, surreal.

After selling Hard Candy Cosmetics with her sister, Pooneh and Ivan went on several consulting gigs with major cosmetic brands but eventually were itching to start a brand in a new field in a new direction.

Ivan was just browsing the web one night when he called Pooneh to come out and see this guy's Superflat-inspired art work. She just screamed an eureka moment when she caught glimpse of Simone's work.

They convinced him to move from Rome to Los Angeles. The move made him even more glamourous, more edgy, more sexy.

In homage to Japanese Pop Culture, central bar with cherry blossoms.

With the right experience and connections, they grew from super affordable $5 tee-shirts to this lifestyle brand, encompassing figurines, skateboards, a LeSportsac luggage, a limited edition Smashbox Cosmetics line, and collaborations with Levi's, Hello Kitty, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Simone is just thrilled he is following in the footsteps of his idol, the progenitor of Japanese Pop Art-and an Andy Warhol freak himself-Takashi Murakami.

He calls designers and artists like himself, the progenies of Murakami, the second wave of the Superflat iconography.

Aware of the Murakami reference, Pooneh is not afraid to state, that despite the growth of Tokidoki, they still want to keep everything affordable and approachable for the average Tokidoki fan.

A new XBOX 360 game for stylistas

Watching his art work projecting on the walls and ceiling, signing a Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki Doll for Nicky Hilton, sipping white wine, nibbling on Asian tapas, and gobbling frozen yogurt to his heart's desire, Simone felt this night, this moment in time, is meant to be.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Fantastical, the Functional, & the Frugal, Merry Cheers for all Budgets

Demeter Fragrances for the Holidays: Fireplace, Mulled Cider, and Gingerbread

Let's take the "tacky" out of tactful gift-giving this holiday season. Why not replace it with "thoughtfulness?"

Being on a constricted budget doesn't give a person the excuse to dole out blatantly broken-down rejects, dubious dowdiness, and the clearly cheap.

It's one thing to receive a beautiful holiday card that can double as an holiday ornament. It's another to receive a hand-me-down, regifting reject. Come on, your friends and family are smarter than that. Just because something is regifted doesn't qualify it as vintage or a heirloom or an antique.

Finding that thoughtful present that's also budget-friendly can be so daunting, it's enough to make a grown kid cry over the holidays.

Don't fret. The Arriviste is here to the rescue.

Since you know people are turning your Manhattan trip from a pure holiday into a shopping/import side business, you might as well enjoy the perks of being a tourist/buyer and dr0p by Duane Reade at tourist mecca, Herald Square on 34th Street and Broadway and stare in awe at the vast and very affordable Demeter Fragrances 90 Scents Library.

Each scent comes in a 1 ounce spray bottle in a reachable price of $14.99 a pop.

The founder and Demeter Fragrances' nose, Mark Crames, felt this is about time he takes his best-sellers from the Mount Olympus of exclusive and remote boutiques then bring his gifts back down to earth where mortal but die-hard fans of the brand can pluck their favorite scent in an approachable setting at a more attainable price.

Shoot, in a drugstore setting, your tween and teen kids-if they were paying attention-can even afford to buy you your beloved scent without smoking their Buxx cards.

Girlfriends and wives can buy the men in their lives, the smoky, not girly, Fireplace.

Mulled Cider can stock a sophisicate's stockings.

Gingerbread brings it back home for folks, even if they can't bake.

Clarisonic PLUSSkin Care System with Spot Therapy Brush and Skincare Collection, top middle
The pink and cute MIA Clarisonic, bottom left, & Clarisonic Boom for Men, bottom right

Stocking stuffers don't have to be stingy or ephemeral.

Small things can pack a wallop, like these super-efficient and very effective Clarisonic brushes for women and men and face and body.

If you have a tween or teen or a stressed-out adult child fretting over their encrusted break-outs, rosacea, and blackheads-hello? Holiday panic-here is a considerate gift that they can be actually be grateful for year-around and beyond.

After years of hearing the same complaints with no quick relief on the market, Dr. Robb Akridge, an esteemed dermatologist, teamed up the inventor of the Sonicare Toothbrush, to develope the ultimate facial brush to help loosen and brush off black/white heads and polish off acne scars and fine wrinkles while soothing rosacea-induced bumps and lumps.

Despite the obvious veneer of vanity, Dr. Akridge, insisted the most wonderful gift you can give to anyone is a great inner sense of self-confidence.

"As soon as you get that inner sense of confidence, you can project it back."

As a physican and a man, Dr. Akridge is wise enough to diverge and specialize for different markets with its own unique requirements.

The tiny but tough mini MIA in pink or white, is the gymnast of the Clarisonic Family. Meant for girls and women on the go, the MIA's one-button, one-speed, one-minute scrub cycle with compact pLink™ power link charger magnetically attaches to the handle and allows for a full 20 minutes of use.

It has multiple tricks and turns in a tiny package: gentle sonic vibrations cleanse deeply, clearing pores; reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; create softer, smoother skin; help reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes; and are gentle enough for cleansing delicate skin every day.

The MIA is absolutely sporty, rechargeable brush is completely waterproof, making it perfect for use in the tub or shower. Brush heads are interchangeable with other Clarisonic skin cleansing models.

Can't forget the boys and men in your life, especially if they're in throes of puberty, acne and facial hair.

As a male, Dr. Akridge, suggesting using the Clarisonic Boom for Men as the ultimate shaving brush. With the gentle facial brush attachment and in addition of a salicylic acid cleanser, the Boom can whip one heck of a luxurious shaving foam as it loosens up in-grown facial hair knots off a male's face, making an easier shave.

If you want to win over a woman's heart, get the Clarisonic's deluxe Clarisonic PLUSSkincare with Spot Therapy Brush for a head-to-toe spa treatment at home. Now, that's a real beauty investment.

For facial cleansing simply choose between three speeds to prepare skin for better product absorption. With separate control buttons, changing the speed level is as simple as the touch of a button. Other Clarisonic PLUS features include customizable T-TIMER® settings as well as a charge indicator light which lets you know when your Clarisonic is getting low on power. The set also comes with the new Refining Skin Polish and an international charging cradle for worldwide use.

With new power settings and spot therapy brush head, the PLUS take deep cleansing beyond the face to care for the body. Simply swap your facial brush head with the new Spot Therapy Brush, and the Clarisonic PLUS automatically shifts to “spot” mode for areas like the décolleté, elbows, hands, arms and knees.

The gentle sonic vibrations cleanse deeply, clearing pores; reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; create softer, smoother skin; help reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes; and are gentle enough for cleansing sensitive skin.

The capablitiy of using the Clarisonic in both shower and tub isn't enough and whipping up the PLUS's complete skincare collection of: Refining Skin Polish for the Body (infused with Acai Fruit Oil, Wine, Green Tea, and Bamboo); Gentle Hydro Cleanser for Sensitive Skin; Refreshing Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin; and Nourishing Care Cleanser for Dry Skin into a rich lather isn't enough, try this foot soak recipe inspired by a Manhattan fashion editor getting for her Paris Collection trip:

Fill a bowl with leftover, bubbly champagne. Toss in a couple of rose petals. Submerge your weary feets into the rosy champagne mix. Lift one foot. Rub Refining Skin Polish all your heel, toes, and sole. Message and soften with Clarisonic PLUS with Spot Therapy Brush. Dip your feet back into the champagne. Lift and pat foot softly. Repeat the steps with the other foot.

This columnist personally experience this simple chic pedicure, "first-feet," at the Christian Louboutin boutique in West Hollywood.

Do this for the loved ones in your life and they'll be really thankful.

Mémoire Liquide Reserve Edition Books Collection

If you're deseparate to impress the woman in your life, you can buy her a "book" of perfume now for Christmas or just check this out then wait for Valentine's Day, when you actually need something romantic.

Each one of these 5 exquisite perfumes is actually a story of scents.

Mémoire Liquide Reserve is a library collection of perfume, olfactorically describing a scene or a moment in time.

Vacances Liquide: The memory of a vacation on an idyllic tropical beach with warm, white sand and azure waves lapping the shorelineTiare Flower, Fresh Coconut Milk, and Tahitian Vanilla with Oceanic accords.

Soleil Liquide: The memory of warm sunshine on a dazzling, bright summer dayFresh Grapefruit, Tangerine, Blood Orange, and Neroli Flowers with Santal and White Musk.

Amour Liquide: The memory of exhilarating romantic love, at once soul soothing and breath taking Pure Madagascar Vanilla, Tonka Bean, and Incense.

Encens Liquide: The memory of gently wafting ceremonial incense in Japan, soft smoke trailing its mysterious and sultry veil. Soft Amber Resin, White Musk, Black Tea, and enchanting Hinoki Incense.

Among the industry, the liquid fragrance itself is called "the juice."

The juice is stored in a huge, heavy-duty square spray bottle that is gently nestled in it's own "book" with a matte, embossed label cover and gold pages.

Since the story is all about the juice, they replace the cheap gray plastic interior tube with an invisible polymer inside tube, focusing on the fragrant solution. Then, they top it off with a gold embossed cap.

Nothing says, "special," than a book of perfume.

In a round-about way, returns to the beginning. With little or some amount of money, you can help the loved ones build their own scent library over time with either Demeter Fragrances or a Mémoire Liquide Reserve Edition Book.

If they're not much into scents, you can give your love ones the greatest gift of all, self-confidence, with the Clarisonic Brushes.

Whichever way you choose, there's always something for someone at every budget.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Sale is Absolutely Divine

By Laura Medina
Bravo's celebrity fashion stylist, Rachel Zoe
What used to be revolutionary, is now a holiday tradition, Project Angel Food's Divine Design Sale.
Paraphrasing long-time Project Angel Food member, "Will and Grace's" Eric McCormack, this is not your run-of-the-mill yard sale.
Among this writer and he, we both agreed this fundraiser and amazing discount sale is all about continuing dignity and respect through compassion towards people who needs the most.
The opening night gala, which is kicked off with a 50% discount that gradually lowers over a four-days span, is a red carpet gala and dinner attracting hot talent and stellar fashion celebrities, such as Rachel Zoe,
"Project Angel Food, I think is one of the most important organizations that we have, especially here in Los Angeles. I believe it’s been around for twenty years. I believe every city should have this.”
Absolutely. Project Angel Food's Divine Design Fundraising Sale and Event has been the forerunner of all the AIDS and cancer-driven charity sales for the holidays across the nation. However, it holds the distinction of being the few to afford 50% to 60% to 70% to 80% then to the rock-bottom discount of 90% off on the last and final day.
It's legendary for offering fabulous finds at 70% to 90% off, never been scuffed up sofas, dining tables, and fur jackets and coats. This a rare moment where everyone is happy. Shoppers find great gifts while designers donate overstock and the proceeds go directly into the charity feeding sick women and their children.
"Mad Men's" Joan Holloway aka Christina Hendricks

Nothing beats meeting the patron saint of curvy women everywhere than meeting Joan Holloway aka Christina Hendricks, in the flesh.

As a rising actor in Hollywood, she was always impressed by what Project Angel Food has accomplished and was touched to be invited as an honoree this year,

“This is an organization I’ve admired for a really long time. So, it’s really exciting to be here and have this fun event and contribute to such a great organization and help people out. It’s really fun. I’m very honored to be here.”

As for what’s going to happen on the next season of “Mad Men.”

She and her husband saw Matt Wiener the previous night. Not even the creator of "Mad Men" knows. Mr. Wiener told her he has a really great idea then asked her to give him a call the next morning then we’ll talk about it for two hours. Honestly, she doesn’t even know. “We all have to wait for the next season, six months from now.”

Once in a lifetime moment, Rachel Zoe, her assistant, Brad Goreski, chat it up with Christina Hendricks and her husband, Geoffrey Arend.

Once Rachel and Christina walked off the red carpet for the gala dinner and Barbie fashion show, Project Angel Food saved the most meaningful for last.

Dedicated committee board members, "Will and Grace's" Eric McCormack and his wife.

Looking back, Eric McCormack cannot believe how far he, his wife, and the organization has gone.

Wistfully reminiscing, he talked about hosting Divine Design Gala with Debra Messing, back when it was held at the Pacific Design Center. Proudly exclaiming, this year is their eleventh anniversary attending the event. They never miss it. He went to talk about how hard and how long his wife dedicated her time and energy to the organization, delivering hot, fresh, and free meals to terminally ill patients, to such a point that she is now a board member. Eric proudly calls her a "big wig."

As a loyal supporter, he was more than happy to bring it all home for people not familiar with the organization or what's going on with charities in general now a days.

With charities facing a tough year, Eric feels this particular night is crucial to Project Angel Food's mission in feeding and caring sick people.

He wants people to show up and shop $ 8 Millions dollars worth of fresh, unused merchandise gladly donated by clothing and furniture designers at unbelieveable discounts in a decent environment.

Eric cannot get over how the sale is set up and operated like a real high-end department store, Diane von Furstenberg, Steve Alan, and Yves Saint Laurent clothes neatly hanging on racks, Rebecca Moses plates neatly stacked, and pyramids of Rock n' Republic and Smashbox Cosmetics and Kate Somerville Skincare waiting to be snatched.

He proudly states these are not knock-offs, "not the broken down sh*t," one usual finds at ordinary charity sale but respectable products that funds dignity towards those who needs it the most.

Shoppers enjoy a catered buffet with gourmet treats and desserts.

A person doesn't have to be a celebrity to enjoy the holiday cheers. To kick off the sale, Project Angel Food served a catered buffet with gourmet cheese and crackers, fresh fruits, and yummy, trendy cupcakes and candies, all supplied by Pavillions Supermarket.

A free, full-serviced Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe

Sponsors and donators, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, provided warm refreshments and pastries to endurance shoppers while offering their thermostats, teas, and coffee at fashionably low prices.

Project Angel Food has proven, consistently, that charity can be chic and fun for all, at totally low prices while feeding those with hot, nutritious meals so they can be healed.

Now, this is holiday cheer.

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Never Too Late for Rodarte for New Year and the Next Year

By Laura Medina

Sequin Rib Cage Dress in Black, $49.99
Striped Tee in White/Navy, $16.99
Lace Tights in Black, $12.99

It's official. Based from last night's Divine Design's Holiday Fundraising Gala, sequins are here to stay into the next year.

For first timers, it's Eighties Redux.

Target has come to the recessionista's rescue. Teaming up with Rodarte for a near one-month stretch, Rodarte for Target is mixing up twenty-first century sequins with late twentieth century punk rock black lace tights then tossing them into a reasonable, friendly collection priced from $12.99 to no more than $79.99.

Lace Bow Dress in Yellow Leopard, $44.99
Lace Tights in Black, $12.99

Glittery for New Year's but light enough to pull into Spring, even Summer, Rodarte for Target is a can't miss.

With early Madonna's black lace and tulle paired with denim jacket for those who yearns for the Eighties to the more edgy but elegant rib cage shift dress in black and white sequin that will be an automatic vintage piece, this collection has you covered for the next whole year.

Lace Cardigan in Mustard, $29.99
Lace Cami in Black, $19.99
Lace and Tulle Skirt in Mustard, $29.99
Bow Belt in Black, $12.99
Lace Tights in Black, $12.99
Launching just in time to shock your Chrismukkah system out of the garish composition of green and red felt and patchwork and whole lot more stylish than the melancholy gray and blue, this edgy-chic collection makes a statement that isn't a holiday one-note yet fashionably crafted to be uniquely one-off in lace and tulle dresses and skirts, leopard-print sequin frocks, netted legwear, silk camis and bow belts, making designer fashion available for all at a great value.
Because this is a limited edition, these pieces are meant to be special enough as vintage for the future so-hopefully-three girls won't show up at the party wearing the exact same outfit.
Unique couture at down-home prices.
Just in time for the holidays, the edgy-chic Rodarte for Target collection will launch in Target stores and on December 20 through January 31.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shimmy, Shimmy, Shake

By Laura Medina
CW's Kayla Ewell of "Vampire Diaries" in Rainbow Sequin Mini Dress at $72
Does this recent Autumn season of frugal grays, dowdy browns, and bleak blacks are getting you down?
Even vampires, like "Vampire Diaries'" Kayla Ewell, want a little something to perk up their spirits.
These sparkly offerrings at West Los Angeles' Intuition, a celebrity fave shop where they pick up a little something fun at down-to-earth prices, reflects what is actually happening in the LA fashion scene as we speak-sequins.
People here aren't shy anymore with a shy pinch here and there. No. For night- and day, we're talking about body-draping, not lyrca-choking, knit cardigans in full-on black sequins. The creative ones have sequin patches blooming in poppies and roses.
As the season-and the economy gets duller, people's desire for something bright and shiny gets hotter.
Forget yesterday's glued-on rhinestone and glitter-encrusted blig-blig. Think full-on sparkle sequins in discreet black or disco mirror ball silver. Shoot, why not be like Ms. Ewell and shake it in rainbow primary colors to add some dash.

Gold and Silver Tiered Leather Tanks at $55 and Sequin Pocket Tee at $45

Just because it appears expensive, it doesn't always mean it is exorbitant. At these middle-of-road prices for $72 Rainbow Sequin Mini Dress and Gold and Silver Tiered Leather Tanks at $55, having that shot of glamour is easily within reach in approachable silhouettes of shift dresses and tanks with easily changeable dark jeans, skinny or wide, thights or leggings, for most women.

For the timid, you can dip your toes in this quiet sequin pocket tee at $45.

If you're not brave enough to party in sequins, much less for daytime,you're not alone.

This trio of Jessica Alba, "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart, and Kim Kardashian, are opting for the more adaptable and rocker tough strands of chains.

More glamourous than a scarf and tie, wearable with tees and knits year around, these necklaces are instant vintage for tomorrow and a wise investment.

If you want a more tomboy touch without the hand-me-down neckties?

Ms. Alba and Ms. Kardashian get the necktie effect with $30 Box Chain Knot Necklace and the $25 Multi Chain Knot Necklace.

Even vampires like Kristen Stewart want something alluring, as in the $40 Multi Chain Gold Necklace.

Whether it's rocking in chains or shaking your groove in sequins, these pick-me-ups represent a growing underground current for something nice in a hoo-hum world.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Martin + Osa Turkey Day Sale

M+O Cocoon Cardigan
reg. $120, now $59

On Thanksgiving weekend, Martin + Osa will be offering all denim (regularly priced at $89.50 - $120) and cashmere (regularly priced at $130 – $170) at a special promotional price of $59 each. The in-store sale starts on November 27 and at 12am on November 26 at

M+O Skinny Fit Jean
reg. $99.50, now $59

All-American brand Martin + Osa is known for its unique, hip brand of classic clothing and accessories catering to stylish and adventurous 28- to 40-year-old women and men.

The designs are elevated and irresistible, with items like denim, sweaters and lifestyle accessories which incorporate high quality fabrics and materials including cashmere, pure wool, imported leather and premium cottons.
M+O Cashmere V-Neck Sweater
reg. $170, now $59

The fusion of fine materials and distinctive design creates a product rich with style, luxury and sophistication.

Now, for half the price but for a limited time.

What a way to kick off the holiday season!

Male Camouflage

By Laura Medina

Richard Paul Anderson, Perfekt Beauty's Founder/President, applies under-eye concealer
Suffering from weary skin? Need color without the pinks, the reds, and peaches? Have no idea what to do with fluffy brushes and squishy sponges?
Former Bobbi Brown and YSL cosmetic artist, Richard Paul Anderson, needed something easy and efficient to revive his face without logging around gallons of potions and lotions through the airport.
Of course, being environmentally-conscious as well as efficiency-conscious, he mixed up the original batch of Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel as a time-saver and a skin-saver in his house up in the Hollywood Hills, four years ago.
As a weary road-warrior, he wanted a facial corrector for busy women and men like himself, that gives people that flawless "Photoshop" skin in a light-weight, grease-free yet soft texture in a pinch.
His intent was differentiate his gel-to-powder from traditional water and oil-based foundation that covers and lays over the epidermis.
Whereas with his gel, Anderson packed antioxidants to minimize redness, pores, shine, and eases the edges of fine lines and bumpy zits.
Richard's Perfekt Eye Perfection Gel you roll up like a toothpaste tube
Anderson calls his facial camouflage, "slap n' go."
Where a man can squirt a pearl-sized dot, rub and spread to warm up the formula then pat and slap it on like aftershave.
Right off the bat, he purposefully packaged and sized the pumps and tubes no more than Transportation Security Administration's approved three ounces and less for dash and run skin care.
No girly sponges. No frilly brushes. Just use your fingers and hands.
He carries an one ounce pump in his truck and drops another in his luggage whenever running from airport to airport.
Anderson figured he makes people's lives easier if he makes the facial corrector wallet-friendly and space-friendly, this highly concentrated gel acts as a primer, foundation, and tone corrector in one that dries into a soft, matte finish, without the cakey appearance.
It's a rare gel-to-powder formulation.
Since he bundled a load of beneficial, pure Vitamins A and E and Alpha Lipoic Acid in his formula, it is not diluted with water nor pumped up with parabens, waxes, talc, petrochemicals, and mineral oils. It is quicker delivery and results with less waste and packaging in light finish.
With all these fancy, technically-advanced ingredients, Anderson's purpose is to make his camouflage-slash-corrector look clean and healthy and easy to use.
Testing it out, sitting in his car during traffic, Anderson makes sure it's just "slap and go" skincare that you don't have to think about and the durability does not smear on your shirt collar.
The male customers love this for it's easy application and that the fact that their skin looks like "skin" but healthier. No rogue, no blush, no sticky gloss or eye liner involved.
The "no-makeup" look. He wants his formula to look like skin, nothing "girly."
Men are even bigger fans of the quicker, easier magic bullet of the Eye Perfection Gel to hide those dark, sagging bags underneath the eyes.
The cucumber-enriched formula with the cooling platinum tip shrinks up the puffiness. The peptides and hyaluronic acid pump up the fine lines with hydration while building collagen. The ceramides traps in the moisture.
Roll up the eye gel tube from the bottom up, like toothpaste. Squirt out a tiny dab then draw from the outer eye corner to the inner corner then spread it out over the circles and lines for a more awake look.

Perfekt Body Perfection Gel

His second product is the Body Perfection Gel where you can smooth on some color on the rest of your body, freeing your legs from pantyhoses, bronzers, and mess self-tanners.

For this, Anderson loaded a wallop of shea butter and hyaluronic acid into this moisturizing yet transfer-resistant bronzer, just like the facial corrector gel itself.

Slap plain water on it, the bronzer stays. Add cleanser and soap, it will slide right off.

Another being a hit with makeup artists on "Ugly Betty" (Vanessa Williams uses Skin Perfection Gel in Rich), "Gossip Girl", and "One Tree Hill," it sells healthy in sweat-drench, humid areas such as Puerto Rico.

"Dream Girls" makeup artist uses Perfekt Skin Perfection Skin on top of Jennifer Hudson's usual makeup to enhance it.

Richard Anderson never set out to add garish bells and whistles but deliver a minimal, beneficial, multi-tasking corrector that enhances the skin that can endurance life's hustle and bustle without sweating off.

It's not makeup. It's a gel that looks like skin-healthy, clean skin in a squirt.

Monday, November 16, 2009

M is for Movember & Men

By Laura Medina

October was for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Now, November is "Movember." "M" stands for awareness for men's reproductive cancer awareness.

What grew as an Aussie pub game in to who can grow the thickest and longest mustache has spawn into an international underground but very serious campaign for prostate and testicular cancers.

The month of November is undergoing a transformation from a one-day feast of Thanksgiving and gratitude into a month-long, cheeky and cheery charity events and fundraisers for men's health issues.

Demistache's Rachael White playing on Marcel Duchamp’s "Mona Lisa with a Mustache."

Women can participate too.

Jewelry designer, Rachael White jumped on the bandwagon by designing a line of mustache-styled necklace pendants, Demistache.

Now, sisters, mothers, daughters, and significant others can wear their "'tache," to display their moral support and camaraderie.

"Demistache is more than a fashion statement, it is an emblem of strength and we are proud that we can utilize our moustache designs to help Movember raise much-needed awareness and funds for the cancers that affect men," says Rachael White. "Demistache designs are a way for both men and women to help show their support of this campaign."

Demistache will sponsor Movember by donating $8.00 from the sale of any Urban Demistache purchased from November 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010 at

Women have their pick of mustaches based on famous mustached historical figures, ranging from Georgina—a regal tribute to King George; the Freddy—a shout-out to retrorocker
Freddie Mercury; the Dali'la—artfully inspired by Dali; and the Mini
Nietzsche—named for Nietzsche's iconic handlebar.

These witty whiskers are crafted from a base metal in rose, brass, gunmetal and silver color ways. The designs are hung from a ball chain or black, pearl, smoky quartz or garnet rosary beads. The Urban Demistache also flaunts versions that are blinged out with topaz, crystals, amethysts or jet pave crystals.

Retailing at a reasonable range of from $38.00 to $98.00, again, $8 of each sale going into the
LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the women in men's can have a mustache they can be proud to show.

If you want to learn more and find out where the "mustache" parties are, visit to see the each countries' participating events.

Not tied to Movember's charities yet so male but relatably so, Stella Nova of Charleston, SC, is hosting a guy's only "Men's Appreciation Night" this upcoming Monday.

Each Stella Nova satellite in Summerville, West Ashley, Downtown Charleston, and the super-successful Mt. Pleasant location will transform into "man caves" for this night only.

This is where boys can learn the fine art of being a man, or refine it into a sharper point.

Stella Nova has gathered everything that guys love from cigars and brew to golf and sports. Local businesses will be on hand to entertain while men get groomed by Stella Nova's beauties. Complimentary head, neck, and shoulder massages, scalp treatments, neck trims, brow waxing, and hand massages will relax and prepare men for upcoming holiday get-togethers.

At each site, men or guys will be fueled and refreshed with food and drinks from local restaurants, and manly giveaways.

Additionally, the men's skincare line, Jack Black will be demonstrating how to get the Perfect Shave. Oops Clothing Company will demostrate how to master a traditional Charleston bow-tie.

In between, the guys can brush up on their swings during the mini-golf clinics.

Not directly connected to the on-going Movember events but close to it, Stella Nova is also providing free health screenings.

Men-only grooming lines will be there, plenty to pick from without the guess work (let's the fine folks do it for you): John Allan, Jack Black, Bumble & bumble and Aveda, Geo F Trumper, , Ole Henricksen, eShave, Art of Shaving, L’Occitane, Santa Maria Novella, Creed, Santa Maria Novella, L’Occitane, Art of Shaving, Jack Black, and Geo F Trumper.

All these can be yours for one night for COMPLETELY FREE!

November is turning out to be what is great about being a guy and the people who loves him.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Holidays from Martin + Osa!

Essential Cashmere Silk Cardigan, $140 (available in assorted colors)
Gifts for her for under $150.
‘Tis the season to start shopping for fashionable and luxurious holiday gifts at a price that everyone can afford. Martin + Osa, known for its unique, hip interpretation of classic style, has a variety of gift ideas that will fit everyone’s budget.

Shawl Collar with Tipping, $79.50
(available in assorted colors)
Gifts for him.
A Martin + Osa classic cashmere v-neck or shawl collar sweater is the perfect gift to keep him warm and stylish throughout the holiday season.
Classic Cashmere V-Neck, $170
(available in assorted colors)

Railroad Plaid Scarf,

Accessorize with a plaid scarf to add a pop of color to any outfit.

Cashmere Pocket Scarf, $89.50 (available in assorted colors)

For under $100, Keep your friends and family warm and stylish in jewel-tone cashmere gloves, cozy pocket scarves and bold leather gloves.

Scarves to add a luxe touch.

Under $50, Accessorize your holiday looks with festive filigree and ribbon chain necklaces and skinny sequin

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halle Barry's Maxi Dress

Berry is simply dazzling in her multi colored maxi dress, by Storee.

Storee is an fantastic line filled with young, stylish, and edgy pieces mixed with contemporary and feminine pieces. Storee is a brand that can make a statement on its own or add flare to any outfit. By maintaining a very affordable price point Storee gains an extra dimension of interest and is quickly becoming the go to brand for Hollywood’s elite. The Storee dress retails for $180 and is available at

Erge's Fall Offerings

Who says that style and comfort are mutually exclusive? Certainly not Erge Designs! The Los Angeles based brand comprised of not-so-basic basics redefines the art of casual dressing with its Fall/Winter collection. Maintaining its casual-luxe aesthetic while exploring unique patterns/color palettes, this collection of seasonally-appropriate long-sleeved crew-necks and hoodies will undoubtedly be the go-to pieces for any girl on-the-go this fall and winter.
This collection pairs classic silhouettes with regal patterns like paisley for a look that takes the frump out of fitness and weekend wear. For instance, when paired with leggings or skinny jeans, the “been dumped tee” looks effortlessly chic, but won’t hold you back as you move throughout your day. Also, the classic-v is a practical option for any occasion as the rich patterns complement both casual and formal attire. What’s more, with prices ranging from just $60 to $100, what’s a girl to do but stock up? Check out for key styles or for purchase options!

Jessica Alba in Fall's Absolute Accessory- Erge Scarf

In true Alba style, the actress threw on her signature accessory - a lightweight charcoal and cream leaf patterned scarf by LA-based basics brand, Erge. Known for their unique prints and one of a kind graphics, this basic burnout scarf is the perfect Summer to Fall transitional piece. Available for just $26 in a variety of colors at, it is a must have for Fall!

Audrina Partridge's Divine Rights of Denim Jeans at $78

Reality show hottie Audrina Patridge is infamous for her rock n’ roll style without sacrificing her sexy and feminine flare. What’s her secret for the perfect balance? She sports her favorite pair of Divine Rights of Denim with a flirty blouse to create her rocker-chic glam look.

Audrina was recently spotted filming for The Hills wearing a pair of DRD Lust Fit jeans in the Roxette wash. Snag her style for only $78.00 available at Macy’s West! The ultra-distressed jeans are perfect for day or night giving just enough edge to any look you go with.

Emily Van Camp in cute Dimri Top at $49 at Intuition

Spotted… The youngest and most noticeably gorgeous member of the Brother’s & Sister’s crew, Emily VanCamp showed up at the official Brothers & Sisters Premiere on Tuesday looking sleek and sophisticated in a black Dimri blouse, skinny jeans, and open toed heels. With an impressive body of work in film and television, Emily VanCamp is quickly emerging as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents and her polished style shows it!

To get Emily’s classic style, there’s no need to dig deep into your wallets. For just $49 her Dimri blouse can be yours! Snag one online at – available at the end of October!

Katie Holmes in Tulle

Hollywood power couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were spotted with son, Conner and daughter, Suri strolling around Boston looking comfortably chic .

Katie keeps it sophisticated and stylish in her Tulle pleated skirt which originally retailed for $73.00 and is now only $29.20! Katie is wearing the skirt in Marigold and Dolphin, perfect for a beautiful Fall afternoon. Steal her style at

Tulle Sale Today

Start your early Holiday shopping with Tulle’s Day, an unbeatable sale featuring the season’s hottest skirts, sweaters, blouses jacket and more! The link will go live 12 AM and will remain active all day Tuesday, November 3, 2009. This is a one day only chance so be sure get your pieces quickly before time runs out.

Lean, Mean, & Sleek Yet So Comfy, J Lee Silver

JLee Silver is a modern, yet classically styled, collection of tailored wardrobe basics. Created to fill the void of reasonably priced, fashion-forward separates, J Lee Silver was started in 2008 by visionaries Melanie Menago and Jenna Lee Fowler. Each J Lee Silver piece is created for the modern woman, offering her versatility, comfort and style. The JLee Silver collection includes coats, pants, skirts, jackets, and blouses, but will eventually expand to include, shoes, luggage, and every aspect of a complete wardrobe.

The line reflects what is occurring in Los Angeles' fashion scene right now-black and silver sequins knitted on a bed of stretchy jersey and comfortably fleece. Low key somber glam in easy, everyday sportswear knits for something a little extra during the day and something to kick it up for night.

If you want to witness JLee Silver first-hand and have a feel for the line, JLee Silver will make it's debut at Chicago’ s Latino Fashion Week. The line’s spring 2010 offerings will be shown as part of “Retail Day,” a showcase celebrating collections that have a strong retail presence. Following the showcase, attendees can even shop the collection.

DATE: Wednesday, November 4th
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: Dana Hotel, 660 N. State St. Chicago, IL
COST: $25 includes cocktails

Jimmy Choo for H&M debuts in Hollywood

Paris and Nicky Hilton

"I love H&M already but the fact that they are doing Jimmy Choo as well I think is amazing - the purses, everything, the shoes. The clothes are so cute. They have so many fabulous things and I can't wait to get the whole collection,” said Paris Hilton who coveted everything from the highly anticipated collection.

Tamara Mellon and M.I.A.

"The Jimmy Choo for H&M collection embodies the attitude and spirit of laid back party glamour. Los Angeles is the perfect setting to launch the collection," said Tamara Mellon, Founder and President, Jimmy Choo.

M.I.A performing at the fund-raising event

Last night Hollywood rolled out the red carpet as Paris & Nicky Hilton, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Walsh, Olivia Wilde, Sheryl Crow, Cat Deeley, Angela Lindvall, Maggie Grace, Mini Anden, among others came out to celebrate the collaboration and the launch of the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection. The star-studded party hosted by Tamara Mellon and Jeffrey Katzenberg, in support of The Motion Picture & Television Fund, was held at a private residence high above the famous Sunset Strip in the Hollywood Hills and featured a Grammy-worthy performance by M.I.A. who dazzled the guests in front of the L.A. skyline.

Hollywood’s stars were given an exclusive sneak peak at the glamorous collection that will be unveiled in approximately 200 H&M stores globally on November 14th. The collection includes the most coveted shoes and accessories. For the first time Jimmy Choo has also designed women’s clothing to complement the accessories as well as men’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories.

"Tamara is so brilliant and such a wonderful designer. Her shoes are incredible. I do my shopping sprees at H&M. I was recently in Italy and instead of going to other stores, I went to H&M," said Hayden Panettiere. "I am in love with these pants," in response to the black Jimmy Choo for H&M leather pants she wore to the event.

"Shoes are every fashionistas passion, and who doesn't dream about a pair from Jimmy Choo? The matching clothes are clean and sharp and work perfectly with the shoes that are heavily detailed with studs, buckles, prints, eyelets or perforated,” said Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor, H&M.