Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Beauty, Fashion, POSHGLAM

Label Love: Tracy Reese’s Website Gets A Colorful Face-Lift

Tracy Reese New Site Label Love: Tracy Reeses Website Gets A Colorful Face Lift

Ever wonder about the intimate and exclusive details of the fashion industry? Well, they can only be found in the mind of a successful fashion designer. Hence, Tracy Reese recently debuted her new website with design and focus on her new aesthetic., features her candid thoughts fashion and the world in general. Her work effectively prosed via cutely titled blog “Reese’s Pieces.” Reese’s Pieces is both transparent and fun, gregariously depicting her daily inspiration for tactile and stylish design. From the harsh fashion industry’s truths of cutting garments, slopping patterns and working–well into the night, segueing into the beauty of the finished product. The new site speaks volumes about Tracy: It is the epitome of her colorful take on fashion, and bright, fresh aesthetic.

Let’s just say it’s more reflective of Tracy’s personality than the prior webdesigns. It’s all encompassing look brings together her print styles and personal taste, that’s really fun and user friendly. One of our favorite perks is the ability to shop Tracy Reese’s signature line and her Plenty, separately. Cool right? You can also enlarge pictures and complete looks to see if they are right for your body type and compare the style you want, by juxtaposing the garments. One of the best elements of the new site is a subscription feature allowing for 10% off your first purchase. This definitely makes it worth the while to buy chic wardrobe staples for Spring.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Chris Collins Exclusive: The Categories Men Put Women In, and How You Can Move Between

chris collins Chris Collins Exclusive: The Categories Men Put Women In, and How You Can Move Between

There is a notion that when a man meets a woman, he can immediately put her in a category where he sees that woman playing a role in is life. And I’m here to tell you it’s true….to a certain extent. Now this may seem a bit harsh, but as a man I don’t think we purposely do this. Wait, let me take that back, we completely know that we’re doing when we do this. I just think this is the only way men can make sense out of their relationships with the very intricate and complex, yet magnificent and precious treasure that a woman is. Now that I’ve buttered you up, here’s how it goes.

There are four main categories that men place women in upon meeting them. There is the Girlfriend, the Sex Partner, the Best Friend, and last but not least the once in lifetime, love at first site, myth I’ve only read about in books or seen in movies but I think is completely probable…..the Wife. Now I’m sure there are thousands of sub-categories within the four I’ve mentioned, but to keep this as simple as possible we’ll just stick with these. Oh and there’s another point I need to make.  I’m assuming that the men I’m speaking about are single. If a man is married or in a relationship, well let’s just say that that’s a whole other fish to fry. This as you know can get extremely complicated.

Men are very animalistic in nature. Think of them as animals in the wild. If they see something that attracts them, they either want to kill it and eat it, or love it. Let’s just call this natural selection. Now unless this guy is a cannibal or a nut case, he will in most cases want to love it.  This brings me to my first category, the Sex Partner. Man and woman were created for each other for a sole purpose, and that is to mate and reproduce. And trust me when a man sees a woman from across the room or at a bar and says to himself, wow she’s hot, his headmost instinct is to grab her, rip her clothes off and mate. It could be her beauty, her smile, her style, etc. But whatever it is, that initial allure has sex written all over it. So even before you meet, before you say single word to each other, you have already been categorized as a sex partner.

Now at some point he will muster up the courage to come and talk to you about his plan to have sex with you until you both pass out from exhaustion. And at this point, here is where the real game begins. Within moments he will know if you will stay in that category of you being his sex partner for a little while. Or will there be something that happens during your interaction that suddenly moves you into another? That depends. It will be the difference between him saying, “So do you want to come to my place for a drink tonight” or, “can I have your number so I can take you to lunch tomorrow”. Her are the different scenarios that can ensue.

So now you meet, and he sees that you are just like him, maybe too much like him and maybe he wasn’t as into you as much as he thought he would be. He realizes you both love sports, cats, watching documentaries about veganism or whatever. You laugh and joke all night wondering how the time passed. And all of a sudden he forgets about how bad he wanted to jump your bones, and realizes how cool you are. All he wants to do is hang out with you, grab a beer or do something together that you both have in common. You my dear have now been put in the category of a Best Friend. But hold on, before we go any further. I have a theory about men and women being “best friends”. If one or both of the participants in this friendship is attractive, this friendship will never work. Especially since you two met initially through that attraction. It will always end up one day with one of you crying and confessing how you always loved the other person for years and couldn’t hold it in anymore. Or after a fun night of drinking a laugh turns into a kiss and you both wake up the next morning in bed wondering what the hell just happened. In that case either the friendship ends or you slip effortlessly into the category of either the sex partner, the girlfriend and maybe even one day his wife!! That’ll be a funny story for a wedding speech.

Ok, back the point. Let’s rewind a bit and talk about that initial interaction again. So now when you meet, you blow him away with your wit and your charm. He realizes you are smart and funny with good values, great career, etc. Every box on his continuously changing punch list is checked. This makes you even more beautiful than he thought. He sees, that at least from your initial meeting that you are the girl that he’s been waiting to meet in is unsuccessful quest for companionship. You are now in the category of Girl Friend.  Your goin home to momma!!

And last but not least, the category of Wife. As legend has it, there are some encounters that are Godly and upon meeting a woman you know in that second that she is your wife. I’ve never experienced this yet, but I’m assuming that this is what it would feel like. “When I meet you everything in the room disappears. There is a glow around you, and my heart feels like it’s going to beat out of my chest. Every word you say, sounds like a symphony of Mozart. I look into your eyes and I see your soul. I feel you. You ask, “why are you staring at me like that”, and I’m thinking because all I can do is imagine you playing with our children in our yard. I’m already checking the ring of  your first name with my last. I completely lose time. I’ve known you all my life. You are my Wife”. Wow, what an image!

One very important thing to keep in mind, is that it is very easy to slip in and out and back and forth between these categories. What you imagined in the beginning may not be. Life is funny in the way things turn out sometime. The woman you believed to be your wife may end up being the girlfriend you let get away. Or the sex partner you imagined became the best friend because the your sexual connection was terrible. But trust me, they do exist. You just never know which one you will start or where you will ultimately end up.

Chris Collins a model for Ralph Lauren for 16 years is not your average model. Beyond his looks, and his charm, he’s smart. With degrees in Biology and psychology, planning to be a Doctor later in life, he will soon be using his intelligence and influence on his own platform, as a journalist.  This piece is a sampling of his work and his creation of the long awaited….Chris Collins Report!

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Friday, February 8th, 2013


The Best of Physicians Formula, Packed to the Brim at C Wonder | #Thanks @PFCosmetics

Physicians Formula 785x497 The Best of Physicians Formula, Packed to the Brim at C Wonder | #Thanks @PFCosmetics

We got a sneak peak into the new Physicians Formula Spring cosmetics line up at C Wonder in Soho recently. Let me preface by saying when I first started to wear makeup about 6 years ago, I was also into organic products. This is when I was first introduced to Physicians Formula, the lone product in supermarket and convenience stores at the time that offered both the organic ingredients that I wanted and the multi-functionality I needed in makeup. I was hooked then, and if you try their new and improved products now, you will be too.

Physicians Formula CEO Ingrid Jackel was on hand to showcase all the new products for spring and summer. The lineup includes pH balanced powder and eyeliner, baked bronzer, and makeup simulating the effects pheromone to make women feel sexy and to boost their mood. We asked Ingrid why it’s so important to balance natural ingredients with high performance for Physicians Formula.

“Women want to buy makeup to look better and ultimately feel better. We strive to create a product that is not only good for you but good for the environment as well,” Ingrid said. “Our products are created by doctors with the expectation of natural, organic products in mind. So the challenge is how to take that natural foundation and make it glamorous while simultaneously highly functional.”

Well, Ingrid said challenge accepted and here’s what she has in store for Spring/Summer 2013.

SUPER BB – $12.95-$14.95

Super BB (“beauty balm”) is now offering the BB products in a foundation, concealer, powder, and cream. It has more than ten benefits including SPF 30, anti-aging, brightening, and moisturizing effects. The foundation is infused with Vitamins C & E, white willow bark extract, and covabead glass.

Our Review:

Super BB cream is very light and gives my face a soft matte focus. I used to only wear powder but I tried the foundation after the launch of the line last week and now I wear it everyday without breaking out like I used to with other heavy concealing creams. It’s wonderful, just a small amount diminishes dark circles, acne, scars and discoloration without heaviness or the feeling of layered makeup.

pH Matchmaker – $9.95-$14.95

The pH matchmaker is the first ever blendable face powder that is designed to match your skin tone in 60 seconds. It actually changes color based on your own pH and the light that you’re in, adapting to each persons individual skin and the environment. The powder complex is infused with fluorescein based dye and photochromic powders. This product is simply ingenious. It comes in both a powder and a lipstick. The products are more than just makeup; the packaging is what makes them stand out. Both have LED-powered lights and a mirror to aid you in your makeup application wherever you are.

Our review:

There is one thing I can’t live without now, my pH Matchmaker lip gloss with the LED lights. Whenever I use this when I’m out, I immediately become the center of attention. Everyone, including men, and people across the room are in awe; they come over to me to ask where I they can also buy the product. Even though it’s a peach color, it becomes darker when I apply it, which means the pH color changer is working. One negative thing about the powder is that it is only available in light and medium shades. Luckily, Ingrid says she’s extending their shades to deeper colors so darker skin tones will also be able to enjoy the product.

Sexy Booster & Happy Booster – $9.95-$13.95

Want to feel happy? Check out the Sexy Booster and Happy Booster line in bronzer, lip lacquer, and blush that when applied simulates the affects of pheromone making her feel happy and confident. “Women’s number one objective is to look and feel more attractive. Our sexy booster fragrance has coco extract to induce a feeling of euphoria and excitement,” Ingrid said. “It also has the ingredient Horny Goatweed, an ancient Chinese medicine that restores sexiness and influences her mood and how she feels.”

Our Review:

I’m not sure if I felt sexier after putting the lip lacquer on but the color was definitely something I felt sexy about. The Sexy Booster Glow Glossy Satin comes in voluptuous red, which is sultry and inviting. Combine that with the gloss/stain hybrid formula making this product a home run.

Shimmer Strips – $11.95

Their new metallic eyeliners have been in development for two years in the Physician Formula labs. Their glamorous, high pearlescent, ultra-fine micro glitter eyeliners can truly dress up an occasion. It features reflective prisms of color to make the eyes stand out. Each set features three shades is long lasting, water resistant, and smudge proof.

Our review:

I normally don’t wear liquid eyeliner but I did want to test the product. It’s long wearing and precise (thanks to the ultra-fine brush applicator) and doesn’t smudge around the edges of my eye crease as the day goes on like pencil eyeliners. I apply it to my top lid for work and just add a tiny bit to my bottom lids for drinks and dinner after work. You can go from day to night seamlessly without having to worrying about reapplying.

Organic Wear FakeOut Mascara – $9.95

Another product that’s not new but revamped this season is the Organic wear. Organics seem to be a new trend hitting the cosmetics industry, says Ingrid. This line is all natural, including their FakeOut Mascara, which is free of synthetic preservatives, Parabens, GMO’s and is 100% cruelty free for all the PETA lovers out there. It amplifies lash volume, length, and curl for a 3D false lash effect for 24 hours.

Our Review:

This product has organic orange water to hydrate, organic aloe and cucumber extracts, natural rice protein to boost volume and natural color pigments… What’s not to love? When applied, it’s simple, clean and does what it says. My lashes look fuller but without huge clumps to deter from my natural lash. Makeup created earth’s natural ingredients that also makes me look better is the ultimate makeup optimization.

Endless Color – $10.95

Ingrid says the ultimate accessory in every woman’s wardrobe is not on her face but on her nails. Physicians Formula is now experimenting with nail polishes and of course they’re free of harsh chemicals like DBP, Camphor, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Parabens, Gluten, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. Each set comes with three colors in a high-performance salon formula.

Our Review:

I’ve only tried one color out of the 8 sets of 3 colors (24 in all). The best thing about these is the variety in color. They have nude, bright, earthy, grey, and glitter colors…. you name it. The polish goes on light so you’ll need two coats but it’s pretty durable. You get three colors for only $10.95.

Ingrid Jackel’s Makeup Trends for S/S 13’


Physicians Formula produces the #1 bronzer in the market. Ingrid says many women are afraid to look orange when thinking about applying bronzer. “American consumers should learn from the Italian and French women who use bronzer everyday,” Ingrid said. So she found a solution. Ingrid added an education panel on the back of the packaging (How to Wear Bronzer, Happy Booster Bronzer, and Bronze Booster) so women can always remember how to properly apply.

Blank Canvas

This trend is all about the minimalist face that’s clean, pure, and innocent. Use the Super BB to achieve this look. The Super BB All-in-one Beauty Balm Cream has brightening antioxidants, moisturizing cream, firming botanicals and optical diffusers for high performance wear.

New sensuality

Ingrid says sexy is back and it’s full on. “Think 50 Shades of Grey,” she said when describing this trend. Use the Sexy Booster products to achieve this feeling. Each product has a seductive scent (vanilla and musk) that comes in bronzer, blush, and gloss that will have you feeling more sensual. The products are infused with Androstadienone to enhance your sexy side and Muricine Aglycone, a pheromone-like ingredient that is naturally derived from coral.

Pursuit of youth

“This trend doesn’t really ever die and will be a permanent fixture in every time period. Women are looking for anti-aging products as early as 25,” says Ingrid. Utilize the Youthful Wear to achieve this look. Physicians Formula claims it’ll make you look up to ten years younger instantly. Combine the Dark Circle corrector and concealer that have both a light and yellow tint application. The yellow tint is specifically for under eye circles.

– Alexis K Morgan

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Beauty, Luxury, POSHGLAM

Luxury Lounge with @HBO, @MissJ_Alexander, @JamieLSigler + @LOrealParisUSA

HBO Golden Globes Luxury Suite Jay Alexander Luxury Lounge with @HBO, @MissJ Alexander, @JamieLSigler + @LOrealParisUSA
HBO’s 11th Annual Luxury Lounge was held on Sunday, January 13th in Los Angeles in honor of the 70th Annual Golden Globes. To prepare for the night’s festivities, Hollywood’s elite were pampered from head to toe by the experts at the HBO Luxury Lounge. Featured brands included L’Oréal Paris, Motorola, Pandora, Nautica, Michael Antonio, Staples, Sophia Fiori, Boiron, TiVo, and Eddia Beverly Hills.

For those looking for some jewelry, there were customized Pandora charm bracelets available. Michael Antonio’s completely vegan and eco-friendly shoes were favorites of Lisa and Pandora Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Braver guests chose to leave their cell phones with the experts and have them set up with Motorola’s S11-FLEX HD wireless headset. Nothing to hide here!

Other guest, like “Dancing with the Stars” Karina Smirnoff and Samantha Harris chose to get their beauty on (like these ladies need any help). Products used by the L’Oréal Paris Beauty Suite included Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, Colour Riche Colour Caresse Shine Stain and Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream. These lucky guests even got to have their hair and make up done and indulge in luxurious manicures and pedicures. Sounds like a great way to get ready for a night of award shows and partying.

And what’s a party without an outfit change? Partygoers like Karina Smirnoff from “Dancing with the Stars” decided to pick up some duds from Nautica. The gentlemen who wanted to spruce up their wardrobe could pick up some silk ties from Eddia Beverly Hills. J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model” decided to forgoe the ties, though, and instead tried on some serious bling at Sophia Fiori. And for those interested in preparing for the night from the inside, like Jamie-Lynn Sigler, there were Eco Jute Totes from Boiron filled with homeopathic medicines.

Other stars who attended the event included J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model,” Bill Maher from “Real time with Bill Maher,” Lauren Bowles from “True Blood,” and Jeff Garlin from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

And more good news from L’Oréal Paris: they recently announced that Billy “Billy B.” Brasfield is has come on board as one of their consulting makeup artists. Billy B. has made up the faces of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga. In addition, he has worked the red carpet for the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys, and Cannes Film Festival. Billy B. will lend his hand to product development, consumer education and creating trendsetting makeup looks. Hey, anyone who can make Britney Spears look good seems like the kind of guy I want developing my makeup products.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Pucci’s New Ad Campaign

Beyonce Katy Perry Inauguration Rodarte Emilio Pucci Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Puccis New Ad Campaign

Monday morning’s inauguration festivities were not short on stars or style. From the performers to the guests, everyone was in their Monday best. Katy Perry, who attended the event with boyfriend John Mayer, looked subdued and artsy in Rodarte. The songstress, who performed at Saturday’s Kids’ Inaugural Concert, wore an orange and black striped coat and a matching dress underneath from the designers Fall/Winter 2012 collection. She topped off the outfit with black boots, black sunglasses, and a black fedora. Although the colors are typically Halloween-y, this outfit is most definitely not. It’s so good, in fact, that I’m almost positive Taylor Swift will soon write a song bashing it.

Beyonce, who performed the National Anthem for the occasion, wore a beautiful black velvet and chiffon beaded gown from Emilio Pucci’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band, Beyonce blew the crowd (and TV veiwers worldwide) away with her voice and dazzled them with her dress, which she paired with emerald green (the color of the year) earrings. The chiffon cutouts gave the gown some added sexiness while the beading lent some glamorous sparkle. When not performing, she topped off the outfit with a luxurious black Dior fur coat and accessorized with her husband, Jay-Z (do I smell a best dressed couple competition?). If you want Beyonce’s look but don’t exactly have a Pucci budget, Maggy London has a beautiful take on the dress. Their version is shorter (mid-thigh) with three-quarter length sleeves, but at $158 it’s an unbeatable way to get Beyonce’s look for less.

Pucci Ad Campaign 2013 Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Puccis New Ad CampaignIn other Pucci news, the Italian design house has just released the ad campaign for their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Set to debut in February, the campaign, which features Pucci girl Amber Velletta, showcases some of the most amazing pieces from the collection. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who photographed the Fall campaign as well, shot the photos on location at the Villa D’Este in Rome. The background in the photos is so quintessentially Italian that it looks like it’s straight out of Romeo and Juliet. Complete with old fountains covered in moss, crumbling stone stairways, and lush greenery, it’s the perfect compliment to the classic sexiness that the line exudes. The only way you know you’re not in medieval Italy is because the clothes have a definitively modern look.

Amber Velletta, the star of the campaign, looks stunning in a white tunic worn over white pants with white shoes in one shot. In another, she leans against a pillar in a black long-sleeved mini dress, complete with a turtleneck collar, bell sleeves, and gold detailing. Lastly, she lounges next to a fountain wearing a floor length dress in black, white, and varying shades of pink. Her red lips, slicked back blonde hair, and flawless makeup add to her clearly natural beauty. The Revenge star was the model for the Fall 2012 campaign as well, and clearly she is everything that the Pucci girl represents: graceful, sensual, and beautiful.  

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