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Monday, February 28, 2011

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shaking All Types of Booty

By Jennifer Jonassen
Jenn and another dancer
Amy Jonassen (left) and Jennifer Jonassen
At 37 years old and almost 350 pounds I decided to audition for a dance troupe in L.A. called R.A.I.D. (Random Acts of Irreverent Dance). I am now going into my third year with R.A.I.D. and it is my greatest pleasure to talk about the troupe that literally changed the course of my career and my life. R.A.I.D., the brainchild of the visionary choreographer Ramie Becker, is a radically inclusive, egalitarian dance troupe. Founded in 2004 with the simple idea that everyone has the right to dance, R.A.I.D. has been consistently booking gigs and playing to sold-out crowds from San Bernardino to San Francisco. As a dancer with R.A.I.D., I have opened for Peaches with Shunda K at the Music Box theater in L.A., performed for over 100,000 people at the Electric Daisy Carnival, and danced regularly at our home base, Bootie L.A. at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
R.A.I.D. features dancers of all shapes, sizes, ages, and dance levels. From professional world-class dancers to untrained brave dancers, we all partake in the festivities equally. We are known for our creative and colorful costumes and props, but especially for dancing in our signature gold spandex unitards. But I think above everything else, it is R.A.I.D.’s joy that the audience most responds to.
To say that dancing with R.A.I.D. has had a profound effect on my life is an understatement! There really are no words to describe my journey to accepting – and hell, I’ll say it – loving my body. As a woman deemed morbidly obese by the medical community, I never thought I could have seen the day where I would be go-go dancer. In fact, I never dared to even go to clubs in my college years. It’s easy to feel like the ugly duckling at most nightclubs in L.A. But Bootie L.A. and R.A.I.D. provide the most accepting and FUN place imaginable. When you step into our world you walk into a place where everyone is equal and it is okay to be yourself. At Bootie L.A. the crowd is the most magnificently diversified I have ever seen. People of all ages, sizes, colors, genders, and sexualities come out to have a great time and to celebrate their bodies through music and dance. Now, as I dance my way into my forties I feel like the duckling who has finally found her swans.
I could sing R.A.I.D.’s praises forever but since we are a troupe I would like you to get to know some of the many wonderful dancers and contributors, starting with the originator of R.A.I.D.:
Ramie Becker – choreographer & founder of R.A.I.D.: I wanted R.A.I.D. to be more focused on the performance aspect than flash mobs. I spoke to DJ Paul V about trying it out at Bootie L.A. and the club really responded to it. By the way, Lady Gaga made an appearance there the night R.A.I.D. debuted.
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I’ve definitely become far more comfortable with my body since creating R.A.I.D. It’s a comfortability that transcends my actual weight in a weird way. I’ve been fluctuating within a 30-pound range, but R.A.I.D. reminds me that I have the RIGHT to dance no matter what I weigh. I have the RIGHT to be sexy, silly, bizarre, playful – anything I want to be, no matter what size clothing I wear. For me, life is too short – I am not going to give up an opportunity to experience my bliss (which is dancing) because my body isn’t ‘perfect.’
R.A.I.D. challenges people to not just own their sexuality ‘at any size,’ but to also challenge themselves to move beyond the shackles of having to be ‘sexy’ all the time. I don’t look or feel sexy all the time – nobody does! Why can’t I be silly or strange? So, I’m challenging myself to get beyond trying to replicate the standard modes of bodily display and performance – i.e. the ‘sexy dancing girl.’ That’s so boring to me. There’s absolutely nothing subversive or interesting about it. The gold suits are one way to get into creative bodily expression, to push through those tropes. It’s like mask-play in theater, but these are full-body masks … that are really unmasking as well.
Jennifer Jonassen: Why do you think R.A.I.D. is so empowering?

Ramie Becker: People in club culture people get really strangled by this idea that they need to be sexy. There is a very narrow band of what is considered acceptable. So I think we are unexpected. We defy standard body types and ages. People are accustomed to seeing one type of go-go dancer and costuming. They are not expecting to see our dancers. We are challenging who gets to dance on stage and who gets to perform in a nightclub. Moving past that very limited scope of what is considered sexy at a night club. At the same time it is not a protest. When we go-go we bring silliness.
Jennifer Jonassen: Why do you think silliness is so empowering?
Ramie Becker: Silliness is empowering because it takes a lot of balls to be silly as opposed to sexy. It’s a whole new level. It’s almost a satire of what sexiness is in our culture. The crowds understand it and respond to it enthusiastically.
Jennifer Jonassen: I think of R.A.I.D. sometimes as a contemporary burlesque troupe.
Ramie Becker: Yes it definitely has elements of modern dance and burlesque. Burning Man was a definite influence.
Jennifer Jonassen: I agree! Why is irreverency so important to R.A.I.D.?
Ramie Becker: I feel like we need an irreverency and not take it so seriously. As opposed to being exclusionary. It’s kind of like karaoke. Dancing with R.A.I.D you can play around with your body. I feel there needs to be more of a playing field for dance. It needs to be more inclusive. As a choreographer people ask me if there are limitations using many untrained dancers. But professional dancers have limits as well too. They might not be able to play characters or transcend their training. I like making something that is really unique.
The troupe at Bootie LA
Jennifer Jonassen: What do you look for in dancers?
Ramie Becker: I look for stage presence. If they are excited about the idea of wearing a gold bodysuit and dancing on stage – if that makes them excited, then they are in.
Jennifer Jonassen: Other clubs turn away potential patrons for not looking a certain way.

Ramie Becker: Clubs are afraid they are going to calm their cool factor but R.A.I.D. has actually boosted club attendance.
Jennifer Jonassen: Bootie L.A. is unique in that it invites everyone. I feel like R.A.I.D. fosters that. I often have people contact me and tell me they are dancing now because of watching us perform with R.A.I.D.

Ramie Becker: That is what R.A.I.D. is about!
Jennifer Jonassen: What is next for R.A.I.D?

Ramie Becker: R.A.I.D. has been expanding organically for 2 1/2 years now, and the next level is for us to get our own rehearsal space, a home for R.A.I.D., where we can store costumes, props, and rehearse. I’d love to bring in teachers so we can have workshops and classes. We keep attracting people to the project, people are contacting us for gigs constantly – so it’s time to have our own space … and maybe a bus! Can you imagine? A solid gold tour bus, the R.A.I.D. Brigade!
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I asked members of R.A.I.D to describe how they felt wearing the gold suit and how R.AI.D. has impacted them:

MG: Dancing in the gold suit feels glorious, glamorous, and exuberant. I feel like I glow when I’m dancing! I feel sexy and I feel loved and appreciated by the audience. My dream came true [with R.A.I.D.] at age 62. I always wanted to dance with a theatrical troupe onstage but in my 20s when I was at the height of my talent I was not given these opportunities.

Male Dancer: I’ve only had two performances with R.A.I.D. so far and my body image hasn’t changed per se. What has changed is my self-confidence level. Up on stage I can do anything I want. No reservations. It’s so freeing.
Katie: In the suit, I feel like a communist dance pirate from the future. I am a founding member of R.A.I.D. We are all dancers no matter what size we are. I am not as embarrassed about my skinny shoulders or pokey hip bones. Suze Q [another R.A.I.D. dancer] and I have been for 1 1/2 years and it has been an honor to bring my professional dance and choreography skills to the table, helping Ramie, our founder. I have danced with Madonna, Pink, Rihanna, and more, but the enjoyment I get out of RAID is second to none.
Dahni: How do I feel in the spandex suit? Sextatic! I’ve been with R.A.I.D. for almost a year now. Growing up I used to have major body image issues, and over the years I’ve slowly grown to love myself. Joining R.A.I.D. was the final rite of passage for me. Looking back on the past year, I feel like I’ve grown and become much more confident in myself, I no longer care what others might think or have any body insecurities that burden my life and it feels great! Natural.
Rachel: I feel super sexy in the gold suit. I have been dancing with R.A.I.D. for a year and I feel much more comfortable in my own body and I have become much more ballsy since joining. Frankly I just don’t give a damn anymore what anyone thinks of me. I get to live my dream of being a dancer and to inspire people to be more confident and crazy.
Amy: Wearing the suit is like being zipped into an alternate reality. Yes it’s transformative to see oneself in the suit, inner gold made to shine on the outside. I see my body in backstage mirrors and I can only feel ‘yes this is my body’ and that matter-of-factness does cross over into daily life. There’s no need to fear what you know and the suit exposes all.
Dan: In the suit I feel strangely liberated. I’ve been with R.A.I.D. on and off for about a year now. Donning the suit can be a little tough at first.  Those suckers are skin tight. The thing is though, once your fellow R.A.I.D.ers are also in the suit, it gives you a boost of confidence you didn’t realize you had. As a team, we can do anything, and look hella crazy/sexy doing it!
Clint Tauscher: In the suit I feel desirable and invincible! It demands that attention be paid; I cannot help but feel that I deserve to be the center of attention.
Nigel Ficke: I love R.A.I.D., because they don’t judge you. Most importantly, they like to have fun, which, I’ll let you in on a little secret, IS THE WHOLE POINT!
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All photos courtesy of Joe Stewart & MC Pepper of

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Spring Outfit

Spring outfit 

Is a super cute outfit that is perfect for any body type, the top is heart shaped to accommodate  your boobs and waist belt give a perfect definition we look spectacular in  printer if is in a moderate way  and you can  accompany it with some beautiful accessories  . You can use it from day one Sunday to go to church and share with the  family and at night to go to dinner or a movie with the one you love


10 Best: Eyeliners of all time! (my favs :) )

Marlena is amazing Make Up Guru.

Marlenas Top 10 Favorite Eyeliners

Urban Decay 24/7

What it is:
Richly colored, creamy eye pencils that come in a wide array of colors.
Why I Like Them:
Because they are creamy enough to apply to the waterline, yet resistant enough to not end up on my cheeks by the end of the day…
Price: $17
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Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof

What it is:
Richly colored, creamy eye pencils that come in a wide array of colors.
Why I Like Them:
Because they are creamy enough to apply to the waterline, yet resistant enough to not end up on my cheeks by the end of the day…
Price: $20
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Stila Kajal Eye Pencil

What it is:
These richly hued pencils are formulated to mimic the ultra-soft texture of the Indian eye darkener of the same name.
Why I Like It:
My favorite color is the topaz one- I haven’t found a nude colored eyeliner (most are white).  I use this in the waterline to brighten my eyes and make them look bigger.
Price: $18
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Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner

What it is:
Extremely smooth eye pencil with the application and feel of a liquid liner.
Why I Like It:
These eyeliners are not only very inexpensive, but work really well! They are super pigmented and glide easily- they compare to the UD 24/7 eyeliners.  The only downside is there’s just a few colors…
Price: $5.49
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Loreal Hip Color Chrome Eyeliner

What is it:
L’Oreal’s first chrome eyeliner for bold definition, with a striking metallic effect.
Why I Like It:
These are another creamy yet inexpensive eyeliners that compare to the UD 24/7 ones.  The colors are gorgeous and are very pigmented.  Downside: just 5 colors…
Price: $9.99
Where to buy: . Amazon . eBay

Bobbi Brown  Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

What it is:
A best-selling, award-winning formula that makes lining your eyes like a pro easy.
Why I Like It:
These gel liners do not dry out like most other gel liners, and there’s tons of colors to choose from! Very pigmented and glide easily.  I use “Black Ink” almost every day now.
Price: $21
Where to buy: Amazon . Sephora . eBay

MAC Fluidline

What it is:
An ultra smooth gel liner that can be applied to the waterline or along the lashline for a beautiful pop of color.
Why I Like It:
Although I like the Bobbi Brown ones better, these gel liners aren’t bad. They apply easily and are very creamy.  My only complaint is that they dry out more quickly than the Bobbi Brown ones…
Price: $15
Where to buy: AmazonMAC . eBay

Palladio Eye Ink

What it is:
A portable, fine tipped liquid liner that comes in 6 different colors.
Why I Like It:
Unlike most liquid liners, the brush isn’t very pointed to get that precise line.  Also, these you don’t have to dip the brush in the liquid, making it much easier to handle. You just shake, then apply.
Price: $6
Where to buy:   Makeup Geek Store

MAC Superslick Liquid

What it is:
A pigmented, shimmery liquid liner that comes in 9 amazing shades.
Why I Like It:
These liquid liners are shimmery and very pigmented!  I love the felt tip as you get a much finer line, and the colors are truly gorgeous.
Price: $17.50
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Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner

What it is:
A long-lasting, non-smudging shimmery liquid liner.
What it does:
Metal Eyed Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner is formulated to deliver the dramatic definition of liquid metal with one easy swipe. This unique water-based formula has intense color payoff and light-reflective properties that create a maximum shimmer and make eyes pop!
Price: $17.50
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NYX Glitter Liner

What it is:
A glittery liner with a brush ended applicator to apply a glittery line with just a hint of color.
Why I Like It:
These glitter liners are great for a night on the town  OR during the day.  The glitter isn’t too over the top as it has hints of color and can be applied sheer if you want. Plus you can’t beat the price!
Price: $4.29
Where to buy:   Makeup Geek Store . eBay

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's (M.A.C) Giveaway Time!

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  • One (1) M.A.C. Blush (of your choice)
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  • The deadline is February 28, 2009 at 11:59 PM (PT).
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Cómo disimular esas caderas

Trucos para que no se vean tan exageradas
Por Rodrigo Fraga / El Universal
Las caderas en las mujeres pueden ser muy agradables para la vista masculina; sin embargo, a la hora de vestirlas, ellas sufren pues no todas las prendas las hace lucir bellas y esbeltas.
Por ello, en muchas ocasiones las mujeres no se sienten a gusto con sus caderas y buscan la forma de esconderlas. Para ellas existen varias prendas y trucos que les resolverán este problema. El sitio te muestra algunos tips.
Si de esconder las caderas se trata, busca faldas y pantalones rectos. Y si se trata de estampados, lo ideal son las líneas rectas.
Por el contrario, huye de las líneas horizontales. Recurre a las que terminan en línea sinuosa, te aportarán esbeltez.

Para no añadir más amplitud a las caderas, evita colocar más volumen en esta zona. Nada de estampados grandes ni en contraste de color. Olvídate de los colores claros, luminosos y llamativos y evita los bolsillos laterales en faldas o pantalones.
Los tejidos con cuerpo te aportarán estructuración, así que olvídate de las prendas que se ajustan demasiado al cuerpo, porque lejos de disimular acentuarán más tus caderas. Opta por prendas que te aporten linealidad.
Por último, cuidado con la forma en que colocas el bolso. Aunque te encanten las bolsas con correas largas, ten presente que el bolso cruzado a la altura de las caderas sólo aportará más volumen.
Algunas recomendaciones generales para adelgazar las caderas:

- Beber tres litros de agua diarios aunque seas de las personas que retienen líquidos.
- Hacer ejercicio por lo menos tres o cuatro días a la semana, en sesiones de 45 minutos como mínimo, empezando de poco a poco.
- Combinar el trabajo cardiovascular moderado como caminar, andar en bicicleta o hacer aeróbicos, con el trabajo localizado. Existen algunos ejercicios aeróbicos eficaces para fortalecer músculos de piernas y tonificar las caderas.
- Eliminar de tu dieta el pan, las galletas y las pastas.
- Incluir en la dieta alimentos frescos, ricos en antioxidantes que ayuden a eliminar las toxinas de tu cuerpo.

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Duo Fibre Powder/Blush - F15 - Medium size tapered duo fibre brush. Widely disperses highly pigmented or mineralized powders. Generates a natural look during blush and highlighter application.

Tapered Face - F25 - Large domed brush with tapered tip. Ideal for application and blending of powder products, blush, and highlighter.

Powder/Blush - F10 - Medium round brush with soft and natural bristles. Ideal for precise blush application.

Tapered Highlighter - F35
- Tapered cheek highlighter. Delicately rolls powder under eyes. The precise tip in this brush enhances cheek highlighting and contouring.

Large Powder - F20 - Large paddle-shaped brush with fluffy and rounded tip. Suitable for application of powder products on face or body. Natural fiber bristles.

Tapered Blending - E35 - Fluffy, long-bristled brush with tapered tip. Ideally used to apply and blend color to the crease area and to soften harsh edges.

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Concealer - F75 - Small synthetic concealer brush. Slightly pointed tip allows for perfect and precise application of cream products in small and defined areas.

Flat Definer - E15 - Small, firm, and flat, this unique brush can be used to line the eyes for instant definition. Can be used with powder, liquid, or cream products.

Short Shader - E20 - Flat, short, slightly rounded and dense brush. Perfect for precisely applying colors on the lid and smudging along the lash line.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


 If I opened a blog, I want to sell Make up, I'm a beauty queen plus, I like fashion, the catwalk and modeling means that I am copying from someone. I have this doubt. Help!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Five year old makeup guru

WATCH: Lane Bryant's Plus-Size Lingerie Fashion Show

February 22, 2011
ET has your front row look at the voluptuous models strutting their stuff on the Lane Bryant runway.
Last spring, the plus-size company caused some controversy after they claimed that ABC initially refused to air their lingerie commercial that featured Ford Plus model Ashley Graham.
"I thought it was such a great opportunity, for me, for Lane Bryant, for the plus-size industry. ... I honestly didn't think last year's [ad] would ruffle any feathers," Graham reflected on the ad. "I'm just excited for the new commercial to come out. It's just going to wow people all over again."
Graham, who jokes she's been plus-size since she was born, promises the new Lane Bryant commercial will have a lot of sexy images.

Ricky Martin - Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tú

Reina pierde su corona por engordar

Debía pesar 127 libras
Domonique Ramírez / Foto tomada de internet
Por la Redacción de El Universal
La adolescente Domonique Ramírez fue despojada de su título de Miss San Antonio, en Estados Unidos, por subir de peso.
Sin embargo, la joven de 17 años asegura que no engordó y presentó su caso en la corte para mantener su corona, algo que tendrá que decidir un juez.
El sitio web del periódico italiano Corriere della Sera indica que después de ser elegida en el concurso, que suele resultar un trampolín para las jóvenes que sueñan con participar en Miss América, Domonique comenzó a tener problemas.
Los organizadores aseguran que además de no presentarse a algunos eventos a los que se había comprometido mediante un contrato, y llegar tarde a otros, sin maquillaje o mal vestida, así como con la corona en pésimas condiciones, la joven engordó un poco.
Una de las cláusulas de su contrato indica "Estoy consciente del hecho de que al firmar el presente contrato se ha establecido una base de mis medidas y mi peso", lo que en su caso significa 127 libras para 5'7".
El pasado enero, el comité la privó de su corona, pues según los organizadores, Domonique no reflejaba los cánones de belleza de una reina, y le pidieron dejar de comer tacos y refrescos así como perder al menos 11 libras.
Pero Domonique no aceptó la decisión y llevó su caso a un tribunal, por lo que ahora el título de San Antonio está en el aire y un juez decidirá quién tiene la razón. Ella dice que siempre tuvo el mismo peso, quizá con la variación de una libras de más o de menos, y acusa a los organizadores de no darle un acompañante para ir a los eventos.

“Qué se siente ser gorda”

Cuando los comentarios te estremecen
Por Lissette Acevedo / Especial para ELNUEVODIA.COM
Hay situaciones que nos afectan positiva o negativamente. Sin embargo, las mismas pueden convertirse en lecciones de vida. Como en el caso de esta chica, quien hace poco vivió un encuentro que marcó su ser.
“Estaba en una tienda para mujeres plus, porque soy gordita y una señora se me acercó y me preguntó ¿qué se siente ser gorda? De más está decirte que quedé en “shock”. Luego de hablar con ella, me dijo que ella había engordado a raíz de un tratamiento médico y no sabía cómo bregar con su gordura. Luego de digerir la pregunta y hablar calmadamente con ella terminó diciendo que me admiraba por ser tan linda y segura aun con el sobrepeso”.
Cuando menos lo esperas, te sorprenden con un comentario que te congela la sangre. Ese, que precisamente, trastoca una de tus más grandes inseguridades, con la que has luchado por tiempo y que pensabas que ya habías superado. Tratas de componerte a la mayor brevedad posible sin que se te note la costura para responder al mismo con la mayor elegancia.
Podría hablar de lo rápidos que podemos ser al imponer nuestros juicios valorativos en otros, de nuestra tendencia a ser condescendientes con los demás, o de nuestra insistencia a rechazar a las personas por cómo se ven. No obstante, me quiero concentrar en cómo manejar los complejos que llegan como paracaídas.

¿Te defines como persona por la manera en que te ves o por el valor que tienes como ser humano? Si te defines por tu apariencia física, vas a estar constantemente en la lucha por complacer a quienes te rodean y la verdad es que nunca vas a lograrlo.
Detente a pensar en cuáles son los miedos e inseguridades a los que no te has querido enfrentar y si reconoces el impacto que estos puedan tener en tu vida. Imagínate que tienes en tus manos un recipiente con basura (la basura son tus miedos y el recipiente eres tú). Ahora aleja el recipiente lo más que puedas de tu cuerpo y mantén los brazos extendidos por un rato. Ahora acerca el recipiente a tu cuerpo. ¿De cuál de las dos maneras el recipiente se hizo menos pesado? Cuando reconoces y aceptas tus inseguridades, el peso de ellas va a ser más tolerable, mientras más las quieras alejar, más difícil será sostenerlas.
No confundas una descripción con una evaluación. Cuando describimos, hablamos de la naturaleza misma del objeto o persona, de su esencia (peso, estatura, color de pelo, entre otros). Cuando evaluamos, utilizamos juicios valorativos (malo, bueno, simpático). Por ejemplo, estar sobrepeso no es sinónimo de feo, malo o inseguro, es cuestión de cantidad de libras.
Cuando vives seguro de quien eres, los cambios que surjan van a estremecer tus cimientos, pero no derrumbarán tu estructura.

La autora es psicóloga clínica.

Smoky Eye Looks We're Dying To Try

It just wouldn't be Fashion Week without the ubiquitous smoky eye. And this time around, the runway staple seemed to pop up at show after show, with makeup artists whipping up looks that ranged from grungy to glam. And why not? The smoky eye is the best option for getting that mesmerizing, smoldering look—but its biggest draw just might be its variability: The smoky eye can be kept night-shift-dark and edgy or softened up using lighter, less severe shades. Here are three fresh and doable yet still sexy retellings of the smoky eye to try now.

Winged Victory—Somewhere between the cat eye and smoky eye, we find Tom Pecheux's look for Derek Lam's fall 2011 collection. Using two new Estee Lauder silver and black shadows, he first winged the black smokey eye shadow out toward the temples, then applied a metallic grey shadow on the center of the lid for a silver foil finish and paired the look with a nude, matte lip.




The Smokey Eye Shadow Tools: Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Black Crystals, $20, available at Estee Lauder; NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick in Madere, $25, available at NARS; Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Romance, $36, available in March at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Move Aside Barbie, A Debbie Harry Paper Doll Has Come To Town


Forget Barbie, there's a new doll in town, and her name's Debbie Harry. I Love Mel Products has just released a paper doll book of the Blondie frontwoman, which includes two dolls in Debbie's likeness along with a veritable closet full of outfits to dress her in. From loud '80s dresses to her signature slogan tees, the clothes capture the singer's iconic rock style perfectly. We can't wait to dig out our scissors and play dress up!

The Top Trends From This Fashion Week

Don't think we're doodling in those notebooks we keep out during runway shows—they're filled to the binding with trend notes and observations. And don't think we're flipping through all the show images online for sheer pleasure—we're cataloging them, grouping them, and filing them. As for our sleeping schedules? Not important—as long as we've compiled the ultimate list of fall '11 trends that are actually relevant to you. From the color you're going to be stocking up on to new takes on old favorites that'll have you looking at your wardrobe in a whole new way, here are the 2011 trends you'll be seeing everywhere this fall.

Brightly Colored Pants

Whether they were cropped, flared, tapered, or high-waisted, the hottest shapes of the season also came in super-saturated hues, perfectly for punching up the clean silhouettes for fall.

Yigal Azrouel, Karen Walker, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Philip Lim, all images via

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekly Beauty Tips

Taking good care of your skin is the first step to obtain a flawless and beautiful makeup look. Knowing your skin type is critical to define your skin care routine.

These are the most common skin types:

Normal - Balance of oil and moisture.
Oily - Shiny, oily surface. Usually with large pores and blackheads.
Dry - Matte surface. Usually has small pores.

Here are a few tips to keep your skin always looking fresh:

Step 1 - Cleansing
Avoid using a regular soap on your face. The skin on your face is a lot more sensitive than the rest of your body, so you should only use specially formulated cleansers for this area. Use warm water to loosen all the dirt and clogged pores, gently apply the cleanser, and rinse the product off following each application.

Step 2 - Exfoliate
Most people usually skip this step. However, it only takes a few minutes and it can do wonders for your skin! Regular exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. You only need to do this once a week, as over-exfoliating can actually damage your skin.

Step 3 - Moisturize
Unless you have a severe case of acne, you should always apply a moisturizer. Choose one according to your skin type and apply it daily.

Step 4 - Sunscreen
Did you know that the number one cause of wrinkles is sun damage? So don't forget to apply sunscreen during the day. Some experts even recommend that you reapply it after 4 hours, because the skin will absorb it.

Trend Alert: Lace and the Plus Size Figure

If you are looking to get in on the latest trend this season then be sure to check out the lacey just in items from Fashion to Figure.
Amazing Lace may be the name of some of the new items including the Jersey Ruched Dress with Lace Shrug Top but ultra feminine curves should be said when it comes to how it will hug your body.
For those of you who are not familiar with this company.  The founders are the sons of “The” Lane Bryant, which means they know the plus size silhouette and design clothes based on that knowledge.
The perfect little black dress with a built-in lace shrug. Show off your shoulders with the sheer top and long lacey sleeves. Ruched side seams add drape to this stretch jersey dress. Perfect for your next party, wear with long glittering earrings for an unforgettable night.
  • Fit: Size up
  • Lace shoulders & sleeves
  • Ruched side seams
  • 95% rayon 5% spandex
  • Hand wash
  • Made in USA
  • Measurement on size 1X – 37″ long from shoulder; 38″ bust
  • Available in women’s plus sizes 1X – 3X
If you put together this type of look the first thing that will happen is that you will be in season with the latest trend.  The next trend will be another Little Black Dress in your closet.  The ruching on a dress like this is a perfect compliment to the lace.
What are some of the styles of the season that you are looking forward to?  In case you are wondering about your size check out the Fashion to Figure size chart to ensure you get the right size.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kmart's Launches LYS Collection (Love Your Style, Love Your Size)

Listen up Kmart shoppers!

Kmart has just launched the LYS plus-size collection! It's all about "Love Your Style, Love Your Size" and I don't know about you but I'm very excited to check it out!

Designed for the effortlessly chic woman, the line is stylish and contemporary. (And affordable!) There are splashes of color and bold prints that are trendy but not overpowering. And they used fabrics like satin and denim to mix it up. Many of the pieces can definitely translate from day to night looks.

LYS Senior Designer, and plus-size woman, Nicole Magnani sees LYS as redefining the plus-size fashion landscape, bringing her personal eye for style and ease to the clothing. She says, "Kmart will be the destination where curvy women shop for clothes they feel great in, want to be seen in, and look amazing wearing!"

Take a look at the video below. It features model Fluvia Lacerda and Maddy Figueroa-Jones of Plus Model Magazine checking out the LYS line for the first time. I love their honesty! FYI...Fluvia and Maddy are two of my favorite peeps in the whole wide world! Why? Because they understand and represent the curvy women of the world. Enough said.

Are you interested to try the Kmart LYS collection? Do you think it will meet your fashion expectations? 

Silence is just a quieter way to lie


This love affair’s going stronger than ever… Gaga’s back as our VIVA GLAM spokesperson once again, spreading the word about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, men and children everywhere. We’re unveiling a new shade inspired by The Lady and her passions, in both Lipstick and Lipglass. By now you (and the world) know every cent from the sale of M·A·C VIVA GLAM goes toward the M·A·C AIDS Fund.

Shoe Designer & Icon, Manolo Blahnik Talks About Toe Cleavage

Raised on a banana plantation in the Canary Islands, the exuberant Blahnik, designer of iconic women’s shoes, remains as joyful as ever about the possibilities of his art. Like Valentino and Lagerfeld, Blahnik is one of the last living lions of style. Talking to him, it’s easy to imagine him rushing around his space, continuing to work on his next fantastical stiletto. He has a warm, musical voice, and floats from subject to subject with the same joy and youthful curiosity that has informed his work from the very beginning.
Included are excerpts from an exclusive interview with Manolo Blahnik.  The article can be found in the February issue of Hemispheres and
On toe cleavage:
“I think it’s more exciting and sensual… Before me, there was no toe cleavage at all. ”
On becoming a shoe designer:
“Things happen by accident. But now I love what I do, and I can’t live without it.”
On working:
“I like to create a very complicated shoe that looks simple. I get excited when I come to the factory. I could be there every day.”
On early exposure to fashion:
“The Canary Islands- it was very far away… I grew up with images- reading Vogue, with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Those people were my visual education.”
On his parents:
“It was mad the way we grew up. They were always encouraging us to paint- to do this, to do that.”
On staying joyful:
“Work. I work more now than I did thirty years ago. I feel absolutely responsible for all these people.”
On finding inspiration in old films:
“I adore films. It’s my diet, my nourishment.”