Saturday, January 29, 2011

Italy's newest addition: SALAR

I was recently informed of a new brand of luxury accessories: SALAR Milano. Since its debut in 2008, this Italian line has been praised  by a number of fashion blogs and was even mentioned in Italian Vogue... And I can definitely see why! 

The S/S/ 2011 collection is anything but boring. The romantic mix of shades and patterns are soft yet attention-grabbing at the same time. As far as the quality goes, the bags are made from lamb and calf leathers and each purse is washed and dyed by hand. Salar Bicheranloo, the company's namesake studied industrial design in Mexico City, specializing in hand bag production. He also worked with well-known designer Alessandro Mendini. He works alongside Francesca Monaco and they seem to be an extremely talented pair. 

Here are my favorite pics from Salar's collection: 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My (hypothetical) Wish List

Gorgeous geometric dresses by Herve Leger. These are the times I wish I had just a little more money to blow. Okay, maybe A LOT more money to blow. Either that, or a sewing machine to make some knock offs (just kidding... kinda).

Product Reviews

I recently invested in some new beauty products and I absolutely LOVE each and every one! Comment for a chance to win one of these great products : )

This is the Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick. This is the best concealer I've used so far! It's very creamy and will cover any and every blemish without much effort. I also love putting it under my eyes to brighten up my face. 

This is Lancome's Color Fever lip gloss... It is amazing! It conditions while coating. It isn't messy and it stays on for a good while. AND the applicator is curved in a weird but surprisingly convenient way. I have the Blazing Pink color. $26.00

Finally, over the weekend I bought some blush from Chanel, specifically the Rose Petal shade. There's not much else to say, it's Chanel. A product very well made. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More lashes please!

Eyelashes have become the new must-have accessory... sort of like clip-in hair extensions. The longer, the better. Now women are going to great lengths to make their lashes more aesthetically pleasing. Falsies, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and even surgery are big business in the world of eyelashes.  

Falsies and surgery are pretty straight forward...

You can surgically get strands of lashes semi-permenantly sewn into your eyelid, which of course requires maintenance every so often. 

Or you can go to your neighborhood drugstore or the mall (Sephora, MAC, etc.) and glue 'em on for a night. 

But what about the pills and the magic potions that we rub onto our eyelashes to make them longer? Do these things work? And if so, how do they work? 

In a recent New York Times article, Kayleen Schaefer enlightens us. Products like Latisse contain a molecule that "prolongs the hair growth cycle so your lashes don't fall out as often." Therefore, overtime there are more lashes on your lids and they appear thicker and longer. 

This sounds great, right? And here's the big "BUT"... Most doctor's agree that once you stop taking these expensive pills and potions, your lashes will go right back to the way they were meaning you would have to keep buying them. 

My suggestion, forgo the medications and use good old-fashioned falsies and glue. If you don't trust yourself, go to the professionals and have them do it. There are lots of falsies that look very natural and don't cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. 

If you're in the DC area, try out this business:

5332 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20011
(202) 232-7677

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My new project.

While i was blog hopping, I came across a fellow blogger who used a book called, "The Green Smoothies Diet." She stated that instead of coffee, she simply makes a smoothie every morning for that much needed boost of energy and daily dose of vegetables. I thought to myself, I DEPEND on coffee every morning (at least two cups). That may be a bit of a problem... 

SO, I'm ordering it. As a challenge to myself, I'm going to see if I can kick my addiction to coffee to the curb. Ironically, I'm drinking coffee right now... as I type. 

I'll definitely keep you updated on my progress periodically and share some recipes with you : )

Friday, January 7, 2011

A True Inspiration.

The Satorialist. Famous for his amazing and unique photographs that capture moments in time and pieces of lives. He is a true inspiration for photographers, "fashionistas", and anyone who is appreciative of a person doing just what they love. Scott Schumann (his government name) posts these images on his blog entitled, "The Satorialist" allowing people to either gather ideas for their next shopping trip or to simply sit and create stories behind the people he has photographed. I love doing the latter. 

"The Satorialist. A Visual Life." is a short documentary, highlighting Schumann's artistry: 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!

I'm not going to bore you with any new years resolutions. Who sticks to those anyway? Instead, I'll show you the shoes I bought as a gift... to me, from me. It's ok to treat yourself sometimes. And it's especially ok at the end of a LONG year... 

Hello, 2011!

Rock & Republic "Alicia" Suede Wedge Bootie