Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So everyone knows that my hunt for the latest fashion, beauty and accessories is relentless. The accessory that I love the most - well besides shoes (and handbags) is of course jewelry - especially rhinestones. Lately, I have been trying to find nice costume jewelry that blings and sets me apart from well, everyone else. After a long day of skimming through hundreds of online websites, I found Frosty Trinkets.
It's not just the fly rhinestone charm bracelets, or the iced out pacifiers and whistles that impressed me - it was the background story of the boutique. The boutique was started by Alexandria Stephens a 23 year old Los Angeles native. Since high school Stephens wanted to be a fashion designer. She loved accessories but saw herself as an apparel designer. 'Frosty Trinkets' came as an "accident". Frosty Trinkets targets the trendsetters and fashion innovators. Their signature enamored pacifier is their featured item and makes a fabulous gift. Alexandria, says Frosty Trinkets, "sets the standard" and "Everyone should shine is the motto".
The Frosty Trinkets line consists of three categories: Eye Wear, Jewelry, and Small Accessories.
The line will soon be expanding into active wear: tees, sweats, and hoodies, latching onto that laid back but gorgeous scene. You can catch some of your favorite stars in Frosty Trinkets jewelry such as The Dream & Lil Mama.
Please check out www.shopfrostytrinkets.com and let me know what you think!!!!
Photo credit: http://fashionista101.com, www.shopfrostytrinkets.com/.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Well obviously we missed this week's Eco & Moody Monday due to my ridiculous life schedule, but, that still doesn't mean I can't tell you about the best products/sites/info that I find right? Well, today I was browsing through one of my favorite ECO websites on the net Eco Chick (http://www.ecochick.com/)- and they were talking about this great website where you can find all of the green products you need from one place: Beautorium.com.
Beautorium is your Natural and Organic Beauty Product Emporium offering a carefully chosen selection of the best natural and organic beauty brands from around the world, including Dr. Hauschka, Juice Beauty, John Masters Organics, Trilogy Skincare, Saaf Skincare, Pangea Organics, Weleda, John Masters Organics, Martina Gebhardt, and more! From anti-aging to pregnancy and baby, from body care to hair care, from aromatherapy to makeup and moisturizers, Beautorium is home to a luxury of natural and organic solutions tackling modern beauty issues.
All Beautorium organic brands are selected based on demanding criteria. Most brands are certified natural, organic and/or vegetarian by the world's most reliable independent third party organizations, and all are free from harmful ingredients. No Beautorium natural and organic beauty products are tested on animals. We're a cruelty-free natural and organic beauty emporium!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Congratulations to Erin Harper this week's Diamond Style winner. If you are a Facebook junkie like I am, you may recognize Erin from her infamous facebook group called "Ask Erin". Readers across fb post questions and insightful comments about various topics from tatoos to natural hair to the dumbest quotes ever. Erin's witty comments and humorous advice makes it an enjoyable group to be apart of. Erin has a fabulous sense of style and a great personality.
From Lithonia, GA
Now Atlanta, GA
What do you do for a living?
I'm a school psychologist. I am currently completing my doctoral degree in school psychology but I love network marketing and sales. I am also a regional director with Visalus Sciences, a NEW Health and Wellness company. I earned a free 2008 convertible bmw z4 in less than 60 days. Broke company records. Second black woman in the company to hit that level in the southeast.
What inspires you?
Women who are healthy and happy inside and out despite society's traditional standards.
Favorite designers/products and why?
2. Diane von Furstenberg-dresses flatter my shape and unique, but classic patterns
3. Karen Millen, her pants are amazing for girls with curves
4. Nicole Miller Beautiful dresses flattering to my figure once again
5. BCBG-great for classic pieces for work as well as party dresses
6. Betsy Johnson- great fun pieces; especially her shoes
Products: Visalus Sciences Daily Supplements-"Contains everything you need and nothing you don't" (Patent Anti Aging and Energy Supplement, Supercharged Antioxidants, Multi Mineral & Vitamin, Omega Vitals) www.visalus.com
Vivara by Emilio Pucci
Aveda's Sap Moss line. Keeps my hair moisturized. Sadly it is about to be discontinued. They have another moisture line coming though. Can't think of the name of it right now.
L'oreal Paris Glam Bronze Perfecting Bronze Spray
What is fashion & style is to you?
Comfort with your look no matter what is "in style" at the moment.
Top 5 things every fashionista should have.
- Little Black Dress
- Lots of costume jewelry
- At least one quality handbag
- A pair of neutral pumps
- Undergarments that fit properly
Advice you'd give to other women!
Don't wear things that are uncomfortable for you simply because they are deemed as "in" by "fashion experts". I've made this mistake throughout my late teens and early twenties and every time I look back at those pictures I think, "what was I doing?" Strive for comfort, which may be 4 in. heels rather than flats for you! You define comfort! Also, don't get caught up in how much things cost. If something fits you well it doesn't have to be designer to warrant a place in your closet. On the other hand, if you like something and you can afford it, who cares if others think you are paying too much for it. I think a great American rapper once said something like, "You just do you, and I'ma do me!" That's pretty much how I feel!
I found this sexy little clutch bag on shopbop.com for $115. So cute. I love the color and the bow on the front. Especially with the gold accent and leopard print on the inside. Very chic!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Women who were born with cleavage know its an attention grabber It's sexy, a bit mysterious, and gives a confidence boost like little else can. Whether you show a subtle peek or a full display, cleavage holds a special sex appeal. Feeling like your friends are losing that natural perkiness? Never fear -- with the help of a few tricks, even the sleekest bodies can show off some curves. Here, are my favorites:
Try a Wonderbra. They don't call it a wonder for nothing: With its natural-looking padding and strategically placed underwire designed to lift and push breasts together, the Wonderbra (and its padded, push-up relatives) is an easy way to create the illusion of cleavage.
Give it a twist or cinch. Don't feel like springing for a brand-new bra? Tweak your current one. Try twisting the fabric between the cups of your bra before slipping into it; this extra twist pitches the cups toward each other, enhancing cleavage. Or slip a safety pin or flat ribbon around the straps in the back, pulling them close together (aim for an inch or two of space between them). Doing so pulls cups together in front, resulting in great cleavage.
If your top is backless or plunging then you need to get technical. Hollywood fashion tape, will hold boobs up and keep them inside your top, but involves masterful application to get it right.
The Nubra silicone enhancer, is a self-adhesive backless, strapless number that sticks to your chest (lasts for up to 120 washes).
If you crave the support of a proper’ bra try Wonderbra’s plunge bra with clear strap between cups or Dorothy Perkin’s multi-way and strapless bra.
If your outfit has a plunging back pick the Ultimo frontless body, with diamante or clear straps.
Wear strategic tops. Shirts and dresses with tops that have shaping at the bust area do wonders for your bustline. Look for tops with a seam just under the breasts and shirring between them; both structures help lift and push breasts together. In evening wear, go for halter tops or gowns with bra-like styling at the bust for a similar effect.
Try a celebrity trick. Celeb stylist Mary Alice Stephenson swears by Bring It Up Instant Lifts (www.bringitup.com). Apply these clear adhesives to the top of your breasts, lift, and secure -- where you position them on your skin determines how much lift and cleavage you achieve.
If you really want to create a super busty look and show off your curves, try a bustier. I've heard great things about the bustier's at Fredericks of Hollywood.
Learn the power of bronzer. To really enhance your cleavage -- or to create some where there is very little -- break out the bronzer and fluffy brush. Sweep a line of bronzer between breasts to create a shadow (the shadow that naturally occurs when you have cleavage). Be sure to blend so bronzer is nearly unnoticeable.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
If you want to try for yourself to see what the rage is all about you can get some at Sephora - http://www.sephora.com/.
Apparently, Estée Lauder & Lancôme are launching a new mascara that vibrates. Estée Lauder's new TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara will provide you with the latest and greatest in lash length, curl and separation technology by vibrating at 125 micro pulses per second. The vibration of this battery-operated brush promises to separate lashes to avoid clumping. Turbolash will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $30.
Lancôme's version, Ôscillation, is due out in stores this Fall. The brush vibrates 7,000 times per minute, claiming to provide 360-degree coverage around each lash. It was created by Jean-Louis Guéret, who has developed almost 400 (!) mascaras in his lifetime. Lancôme is still working out an exact launch date and a price, so we'll all have to wait and see!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
About NVEY ECO: NVEY ECO is one of the first organic cosmetics brands in the U.S market. Formulated with a careful blend of plant and mineral ingredients, natural botanical extracts and antioxidants, NVEY ECO products offer pure, gentle and beautiful make-up products for the most discerning beauty buffs. Ingredients from this unique line of make-up include Natural Beeswax, Rose Absolute, Jojoba Oil, Chamomile and selected prove vitamins such as A, E and C Known for their restorative and soothing properties. NVEY ECOs wide range of long-lasting eye shadows, bronzers, foundations, lipsticks, and mascaras run the gamut in hues, textures, and finishes offering eco-friendly make-up choices for sexy green consumers.
Last week I had one of the biggest beauty scares ever. I had a busy week - full of events, parties, blah, blah, blah. So of course I pulled out my favorite Dove Self Tanner to make sure that my skin had the beautiful summer glow. For the first few days my skin looked absolutely amazing. Then all of the sudden my skin began to itch uncontrollably - it was so bad, it felt like millions of bugs were crawling underneath my skin.
I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. This wasn't the first time I used the tanner so I didn't think that could be the problem. I pulled out my blackberry and jumped on Google immediately to research the problem and there it was - my skin tanner was the culprit of my itchiness. I jumped in my car and ran to the nearest CVS to stock my closet with some skin repair items. I purchased some Yardley's soap (made with Natural Oats), St. Ives Brilliant glow scrub and some Aveeno lotion for dry, itchy skin. All of these products were amazing!!!! The St. Ives Scrub has a great smell and made my skin feel extra soft. I used the Yardley's soap to remove any residue that the scrub left behind - it smelled great also.
After I moisturized my skin, I began to wonder what I would use next to achieve the tan glow - without using any more self tanner. I don't know about you all - but a great tan is not worth scratching my damn skin off.
It's really hard to use makeup to cover up your body because you have to worry about rubbing it on your clothes, your car, and other people. So what can I do??? Then a light bulb came on - A couple of months back - I helped my sister get dressed for the prom and we picked up some Cover Girl TRU Blend Minerals Bronzer. My sister looked beautiful and had the tanned looked in an instant and she never complained about it rubbing off on anyone or anything.
I ran back to the store to pick up some TRU Blend and I selected the Natural Bronzer because I have a caramel skin tone. There are two types: Golden Sunrise & Natural Bronzer.
For my face - I mixed a sprinkle of bronzer with my moisturizer. That set the base tan for it. Then I powdered it lightly with the same bronzer. After that I highlighted my cheeks with FLIRT by Estee Lauder Bronzer(You can purchase this at Kohl's) or www.flirtcosmetics.com. My face looked amazing!! After that I mixed my body moisturizer (which is an aloe vera body butter) with bronzer and powdered my legs and arms lightly. I stood for about 15 minutes to let the powder sink in. VOILA - instant fake tan and it didn't rub off on my clothes, my car or any of the hundreds of people I hugged that night.
My only issue now is finding out how I am going to get all the bronzer powder out of my carpet!!!! YIKES!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Everyone looks at different places for style inspiration. For me, my style inspiration comes from a variety of sources - magazines, movies, music, my mother, my friends, my environment and my city.
Every week, in addition to reporting on fashion and beauty - I am going to start recognizing women who exemplify the true meaning of "Pink Diamond Style".
I absolutely love how this outfit was put together. One thing about me is that I LOVE COLOR!! I love the combination of the vivid pink, silver, black and red. The silver pencil skirt to match is perfect! Also note the accessories. It's only right that she's on the red carpet!!
Akilah wasn't just chosen because of her keen eye for style. She was chosen because she is a young professional woman, who is deeply involved with her community and a great role model for women. Having Diamond style is not just about your appearance, but it's about what you represent.
Akilah says: "I believe fashion should be based on the individual's taste and not what the latest fad is... real women are inspired by what feels and looks good on them. Most importantly a positive and confident attitude helps to take any look to the next level... I love being a black woman and I love the beautiful black women in my life."
Do you think that you or someone else that you know has Diamond Style? Here's how you can nominate your mom, sisters, friends, and even yourself.
Here are the requirements:
1. Nominee must be at least 18 years old
2. Nominee must be able to submit at least 2 photos
3. Nominee must answer all the questions
Please answer the following questions.
Who? Name, Age.
Where? where do you live or where are you from?
What? what do you do for a living and what are your future goals?
What inspires you?
Favorite designers, beauty products and why?
What is fashion to you?
Your advice to other women.
Send your pictures and answered questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This week's boutique spotlight is on The Gorgeous Gaudy Girl boutique. Located right here in Columbus, Ohio, Gorgeous Gaudy Girl Boutique is letting every one know that Columbus, Ohio isn't anything less than fashion forward. From trendy tops to unique jewelry - you can find everything that you need to make your image shine.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Green doesn't have to be dreary, plain or fibrous, it can be stylish, sexy and sassy too! Check out Green With Glamour, a perfect example of Eco-friendly wares that are stunning and high-quality that will suit the most stylish. Give it a try -- green, glamorous and gorgeous -- you can be earth-friendly and sexy at the same time.
Check out some of my favorite items from Green with Glamour - http://www.greenwithglamour.com/.
Little Miss Top
Organic Cotton Blouse
Anna Cohen Pleated Shirt
Bamboo Flo Dress