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Taylor Momsen | Face of Madonna’s Material Girl

3 Aug

Did I call it or did I CALL IT?  Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen kept busy this summer during the show’s off season developing her singing career with a new band.  The actress who recently fired her stylist so that she can dress herself is the new face of Madonna and Lourdes’ Material Girl clothing collection.  Madonna announced last month that the face of the brand would be revealed soon but based on the clues she gave, I guessed right that Momsen would be the “It” girl. Photos from the shoot are now online thanks to JustJared.com


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Glamazon Gadgets: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer

3 Aug

I’ve become accustomed to dry cleaning so much that my iron and ironing board are lost and idle somewhere in my attic collecting dust. I could dry clean at home using Dryel Dry Cleaning sheets but my favorite part of professional dry cleaning is having my clothes steamed and pressed to perfection.  I recently received a product that has been “un-put-downable” since it has been utilized almost everyday.  The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer is the little steamer that could.  This little steaming sensation banishes wrinkles from my wrap dresses and button down shirts in a flash with no elbow grease.  
The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer handles tough jobs as well.  I like the ease of use. Using the steamer is very simple. You simply fill the jug with water, cover it up, plug it into the wall and let it heat up – in two minutes or less – and then have a go at it on your clothes. The steamer also comes with various brush heads for tougher jobs like straightening out denim and chambray. Save hundreds of dollars a year on dry cleaning and steaming with this little gadget.  For $34.95, you get the My Little Steamer and a My Little Steamer mini for travel and quick jobs.  The product is available at the Home Shopping Network.  It sells out frequently with the most recent being last month. It’s been restocked again and I am so tempted to buy one for my little brother to take with him to college. 

Cozy Knits | UGG Fall 2010 Collection

3 Aug

The name UGG Australia is synonymous with cozy Fall and Winter boots.  Those shearling lined brown boots that, over time, have become a faux pas among the fashion elite but is are such a hit among high school girls and gals who don’t give a hoot what people think of them wearing them.  UGG Australia made its foray into cozy knitwear this fall with a 2010 collection of cashmere and wool outerwear so chic, even Anna Wintour might be tempted to don one in her cozy time at home.  
The UGG Australia knitwear collection launches this month, just in time for back to school. Full of cable knit sweaters, jersey lined cardigans, shearling hoodies and a brushed lambswool poncho in three different colors. Skip the UGG boot and cozy up in these darlings this winter. 

First Look | Chelsea Clinton Wedding Gown & Photos

31 Jul

The world waited with baited breath for the nuptials of First Daughter Chelsea Clinton to her longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky tonight.  Details of the wedding were kept under tighter security than that of the Afghan military intelligence reports.  Up until this afternoon, no one knew which designer Chelsea would be wearing down the aisle, aside from the bridal party and the designer who made the dress. Most people guessed Vera Wang would be the designer of choice for Chelsea, especially since she was spotted earlier this week en route to a Vera Wang boutique in New York City.  
The first photos from the wedding, which was held at Astor Courts, a 50-acre estate in Rhinebeck, New York, have been released on CNN, courtesy of the Associated Press and Getty Images. The blushing bride wore a strapless Vera Wang gown with a jewel encrusted waist that defined her middle and a ballgown skirt made out of raw edged laser-cut silk organza and a train in silk tulle.   She opted for the traditional long tulle veil to compliment the diagonal draped bodice of her gown.  She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas.  Proud mama Hilary Clinton, wore Oscar de la Renta.  Read the full story at CNN.  

The Glamazon by Leah & Bliss | A Bag fit for a Glamazon

31 Jul

Blame it on vanity or just being self-centered but I get excited over anything with the word “Glamazon” in its name. On my way back from NYC last week, I grabbed the latest issue of O, The Oprah magazine, to kill a few hours as the Boltbus sped through the rain to get me to Washington, DC. Among my favorite finds in the magazine was a handbag called the Glamazon by Leah & Bliss. The handbag is the creation of two New York socialites who wanted to create a bag that would be more of a statement making jewelry piece on the wearers arm rather than just a mere accessory.  Inspired by the Hermes Birkin, the Glamazon Bag by Leah & Bliss is a customizable handbag that comes encrusted in colorful stones.

The Glamazon Bag resembles the Hermes Birkin, which has given some luxury handbag connoisseurs cause for concern; making them run for the hills screaming REPLICA. Leah and Bliss have both said that the bag is not meant to be a replica but an inspiration and a youthful rendition of the iconic Birkin. The Glamazon bag is made of hand-sewn Italian leather and is customized by hand.  Discerning handbag enthusiasts should appreciate this bag for its quirkiness, though there are those who own a Birkin that might not give this bag a chance. I do love this bag however, primarily because of the name and because it is a conversation starter.

The Glamazon by Leah & Bliss comes in various sizes with the smallest starting at $295 and the largest at $495.  If you are content with the ready-made collection, you can simply purchase the bag from the website or at Singer22.  If you want a customized bag that uniquely fits your personality, the girls will work with you to make your concept a reality.  The individually customized bag will cost upward of $1000. At that price though, I would rather save up for a real Birkin but for $500, I wouldn’t mind carrying a bag fit for a Glamazon.

Vote Now | Neiman Marcus Passion for Fashion

31 Jul

Help me advance to the next round of the Neiman Marcus Passion for Fashion Style Contest. I get to attend Fashion’s Night Out and a chance to win $5000. My two outfits are inspired by Washington, DC. Washingtonians love to work hard and play hard. In a town of dueling personalities (the politician and the entrepreneur), being conservative is our outside persona. Pearls are our best friend and so is the power color RED.

The gala gal looks chic in romantic lace pumps primped with a bow, ravishing red frock and statement making pearls. It’s elegant. For the gal about town whose day job is to schmooze and make deals, the Michael Kors Cashmere body suit and skirt combo is key. She knows how to cover up for day and vamp it up for night. A long black cashmere jacket is all we need for both looks to be perfected. We aren’t a boring town, we just know how to cover it up well…Vote for me here.  Make sure to leave a comment about my look for bonus points.

Recognize the Disguise | Kim Kardashian & Kelly Ripa Go incognito for Ovarian Cancer

31 Jul

It’s easy to recognize Kelly Ripa and Kim Kardashian but it’s almost impossible to recognize the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. Two of TV’s most recognizable starlets, Kelly Ripa and Kim Kardashian, have teamed up to lend their support in finding a cure for one of the world’s least recognizable cancers – ovarian cancer.

Ripa and Kardashian are scheduled to appear in both print and television public service announcements promoting QVC Presents Super Saturday Live on QVC Saturday, July 31 from 2 PM – 4 PM (ET), with net proceeds benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). The exclusive sale, which was previously only available to Hamptons’ tastemakers and celebrities, will reach QVC’s more than 98 million U.S. households, allowing shoppers throughout the country to get designer styles at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Don’t forget to tune in to QVC Presents Super Saturday Live Saturday, July 31, 2PM or online at QVC.com. Shop designer beauty, accessories & more at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Net proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research and education. Help us make ovarian cancer as easy to recognize as a great shopping deal.  Empower yourself by learning the facts about ovarian cancer—and what you can do to take charge of your own health.

Ripa, a longtime supporter of OCRF, has hosted Super Saturday for the past six years, and will once again host the event in the Hamptons. Currently in its 13th year, Super Saturday will be broadcast live for the fourth consecutive year on leading multimedia retailer QVC.

QVC: Kelly Ripa and Kim Kardashian Launch Super Saturday
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