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11.26.2010

Friday Faves: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Products

As I'm in the shower, a new Friday Fave product occurred to me. This product has been a part of my life for so long now, that I totally forgot to include it in this series, as it is just so natural to me. But now that I've realized that, this product deserves me review and praise as one of my favorite products. This week, I am referring to John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette line of products.

As a curly-haired girl, I was already a fan of John Frieda's Frizz Ease products. The serum, of course, as well as the hair mousse, which just seemed to be created to work for curly haired gals to control frizz while still keeping hair manageable and bouncy. So when Mr. Frieda came out with his Sheer Blonde and Brilliant Brunette lines, I had to check it out for myself.

First, I loved that they separated the brunette stuff into two categories (as not all brunette hair is made equal): "Amber to Maple" and "Chesnut to Espresso." Depending on my level or lack of highlights over the years, I have passed between both spectrums, and love the results either way.

The first time I started using the shampoo, conditioner and finishing cream, the results were actually obvious. I was immediately complimented on my hair, as it somehow seemed to bring out the color tones and highlights, and really just brighten up the overall color effect of my hair. As a lady knows, a compliment on her hair can make her day, so you better believe I knew immediately that these products were keepers. Here are the products in the line that I use consistently:




Shine Release Moisturizing Conditioner




Thanks John Frieda for not only thinking about us curly-haired gals, but also making a product that maximizes the effect of brunette hair. You make me feel like brunettes are the ones that have more fun :).

11.24.2010

Resort

I know I just finally posted the Fall 2010 shoe trends, and here we are already thinking of Resort! I originally started thinking about this when I saw Neiman Marcus' Introducing Our Resort Trends article. Then, as I always need to think ahead about my upcoming travel plans (I am always planning several future trips... feels so good to have something to look forward to!), my travel wardrobes always factor in.

So inspired by Neiman's, here are my designer picks for each Resort trend, along with some more addordable alternatives.

Stripes and Dots


Carolina Herrera One-Shoulder Polka-Dot Dress
$495.00,
Neiman Marcus


Dior Neplum Jacket and Striped Skirt
$1,050.00 and $2,800.00,
Neiman Marcus


Miu Miu Canvas Polka-Dot Platform Sandal
$495.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Mod Spotted Dress
$27.80,
Forever 21


Striped Long-Sleeve Tee
$24.90,
Express


White Denim


Michael Kors Boot-Cut Jeans
$495.00,
Neiman Marcus


Roberto Cavalli Skinny Jeans
$595.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Zelda Jean Legging White-Rinse Wash
$59.90,
Express


Straw Bags


Jimmy Choo Bali Raffia Hobo
$995.00,
Neiman Marcus


Lanvin Flowered Denim Tote
$1,475.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Fossil Farrah Tote
$63.70,
Zappos


Franchi Handbags Constance Bow Clutch
$107.40,
Zappos


Floral Prints


D&G Flower-Print Fitted Sheath Dress
$515.00,
Neiman Marcus


Aquilano.Rimondi Scarf-Print Turn-Around Skirt
$550.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Floral Rouched Sleeveless Dress
$128.00,
Express


Cinched Floral Tunic
$19.80,
Forever 21


Parisian Chic


Stella McCartney Contrast-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, High-Low Shell & Narrow Cuffed Pants
$585.00 - $1,895.00,
Neiman Marcus


Yves Saint Laurent Piped Ruffle-Waist Coat
$3750.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Ruffled-Bottom Belted Trench Coat
$128.00,
Express


Double-Breasted Coat
$23.80,
Forever 21


Sophisticated Lady Jacket
$32.80,
Forever 21


Black and White


Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Silk Tunic
$990.00,
Neiman Marcus


Rene Caovilla Pearl Thong Sandal
$775.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Contrast Woven Top
$22.80,
Forever 21


Sailor Striped Top
$10.80,
Forever 21


Espadrilles


Ralph Lauren Collection Firana Leather Espadrille
$350.00,
Neiman Marcus


Valentino Bow Slingback Espadrille
$475.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Michael by Michael Kors Juniper Espadrille
$85.00,
Zappos


Juicy Couture Giana
$111.00,
Zappos


Shine


Giuseppe Zanotti Pave Irridescent Pump
$1,195.00,
Neiman Marcus


Stella McCartney Sequined Pullover
$1,045.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Sequin and Chiffon Dress
$98.00,
Express


Sequin Lace Long Tank
$59.50,
Express


Chinese Laundry Ladybug Sequins
$71.20,
Zappos


Coral


Michael Kors Double-Faced Dress
$1,695.00,
Neiman Marcus


Nest Chunky Stone Necklace
$350.00,
Neiman Marcus


Bottega Venetta Woven Hobo Large
$1,980.00,
Neiman Marcus


Zac Posen Seamed-Waist Dress
$1,590.00,
Neiman Marcus


More Affordable:


Chiffon Frill Tunic
$19.80,
Forever 21


BCBG Tiered One-Shoulder Dress
$222.60,
BCBG


Jaded Hoops
$3.80,
Forever 21

11.19.2010

Friday Faves: CHI Hair Straightener




As someone with naturally curly hair, I am all too familiar with the routine of blowing-out and/or flat-ironing my hair in order to stay in vogue with straight hair styles. If I had my way (and more expendable income), I would get a salon blow-out weekly, as hair always looks best fresh from a salon, and at one time when I did treat myself to weekly blow-outs, my hair was healther than ever (hair dryer heat once a week was not as damaging as daily flat ironing for example).

But alas, it saves a lot of money to DIY, so I am back to the straightener. For years friends have been raving about the CHI, and while I know ceramic irons are superior, I couldn't imagine what would make it so much better than less-expensive ceramic irons, so I didn't get one for a while. Since I have really thick hair, I just dealt with the 1 hour straightening time (not including drying) from my usual ceramic flat irons.

Then, one day my husband surprised me with a CHI that he happened across on sale at a Ross or Marshall's. The savvy guy that he is had somehow heard that the CHI was the best straightener, and the thoughtful guy that he is knew that my current straightener was about to poop out (as they do with time). So I gave the CHI a try...

...and I am forever hooked! This iron is truly superior to other irons. It is so efficient that it shaves 10-15 minutes off of my usual straighten time, and for some reason my hair comes our looking shinier and straighter than other irons. The straighten also holds really well and requires less touch-ups over the next few days, which is better for my hair.

I have been happily using my CHI for several weeks now, and am proud to recommend it as my new favorite hair straightener/flat iron. I finally understand the hype!

11.18.2010

Fall 2010 Shoe Trend Round-Up

I know I am way behind on my fashion blogging! I thought the best way to get back into it is with a Fall 2010 Shoe Trend Round-up. I know we are already into fall, but it is not too late to get some fabulous kicks for your holiday events. The main inspiration for this post came from Net-a-Porter's Fall Shoe Guide. Here is the summary of trends along with some high-end and lower-end price options for each.

Leopard/Zebra Stripes


Christian Louboutin Peanut 70 Leopard-Print Wedge
$845.00,
Net-a-Porter


Jimmy Choo Mia Stud Sandal
$1,050.00,
Net-a-Porter


More Affordable:


Kate Spade New York Greece
$183.00,
Zappos


Juicy Couture Trixie
$168.75,
Zappos


Practical/Vintage Inspired Boots
Pallettes stay within basic blacks, browns, and tans.


Jimmy Choo Haze Leather Knee-High Boots
$1,375.00,
Net-a-Porter


More Affordable:


Guess Hearne
$188.95,
Nordstrom


Feminine, Lace and Bows


Valentino Bow-Embelished Lace Leather Pumps
$885.00,
Net-a-Porter


Tabitha Simmons Carrie Suede Pumps
$1,170.00,
Net-a-Porter


More affordable:


Guess Hondola
$99.00,
Bloomingdale's


Steve Madden Onnyx
$89.95,
Steve Madden


Heeled Hiking Boots


Reed Krakoff Canvas Fold-over Military Boot
$1,125.00,
Net-a-Porter


Jimmy Choo Trixie Suede Shearling Ankle Boots
$1,195.00,
Net-a-Porter


Burberry Prorsum Shearling-Lined Aviator Boots
$1,095.00,
Net-a-Porter


More affordable:


BCBG High-Heel Lace-Up Bootie
$325.00,
BCBG


Steve Madden Inddigo
$101.95,
Steve Madden


Boy-Style Flats


Marc Jacobs Glitter-Embelished Leather Brogues
$775.00,
Net-a-Porter


Chloe Buckled Leather Loafers
$750.00,
Net-a-Porter


More Affordable:


Steve Madden Trouser
$69.96,
Nordstrom


Urban Wedge


Rick Owens Leather Wedge Ankle Boots
$1,285.00,
Net-a-Porter


Elizabeth and James Ruched Leather Ankle Boots
$375.00,
Net-a-Porter


More Affordable:


Nine West Wafer
$200.00,
Nine West


Steve Madden Wiicked
$109.95,
Steve Madden