Diana Eng and Emily Albinksi's new brand and site is up! Check out Black Box Nation and get some cool fashion technology jewelry, like this Fuse Necklace. Perfect with tank tops and jeans or cute summer dresses.
My full write up and the video (scroll down to the bottom) from the show are up!
As you can probably tell I'm getting into some beauty stuff lately. Maybe its all about refreshing for Spring. After a couple years using Aveda and Bumble & Bumble hair products, my hairdresser last month told me to switch to this new line they were carrying called Propoline. My hair has been getting long and since its so fine, it tends to get flat. She said this would give me good body as the other products were too "heavy" for my hair.
After a month of using this shampoo (for fine toneless hair) and conditioner (normal) -- my hair is feeling great and has waaay more body to it. I didn't know anything about the products but found out they are made by a company called Apivita who make natural products based on bee products and greek plant life. Aparently they've been around since 1979.
It's about 20 bucks each for the shampoo but totally worth the indulgence for healthy hair. Plus it smells wonderful!
Bravo to Nikon for really pulling this off. I just checked out the new launch of stunningnikon.com and its the coolest mix of fashion and technology. (Something we have been talking a lot about lately.) Don't miss the sleek directors cut of the commercial (first link, stunning is provocative) and behind the scenes video (found at stunning is a moment).
You'll find short video clips of Kate Moss talking about various topics and its cute to see her talk about things like her take on "stunning" and the "full moon". Ironically in one clip about "Rock n' Roll" she says, "Rock n' Roll is sexy. It gets me going inside." And you can't help but think of her ex, Pete Doherty of the British band, Babyshambles. But with her cute laugh you put that all aside because Kate looks, well simply stunning. I love whole sleek design of this campaign and the site. The little touches are there, like navigating on the subsections by rolling over the spotlight and text over her body (but having a full backup navigation on the bottom). And the dancing video sequences in the section transitions are super stylish.
But wait! There's a digital camera involved here. I seriously have to go buy one of these. Not only is it super thin and compact, this digital camera has WiFi so no more wires having to upload to your computer or hopefully flickr, 6.0 megapixels, and a 3X zoom, plus the huge LCD screen to see what you are taking. And all this for only $399.95!
Is the Motorola Pink Razr the ultimate mobile phone that women want? I wanted to find out exactly what women did in fact want. All these pink phones cropped up from the Razr to Hello Kitty, to my own pink Sidekick II (which I love more for its functions, than its cute color. Ok I love the color too.)
I decided to take a small poll with my group of girlfriends - professional, fashionable, and smart --who range in age from their late 20's to early 30's. These women would definitely drop $$ easily for any of our recommendations for cute shoes, cool makeup, or funky jewelry.
What did I find?
80% of the women polled had a no frills phone. In fact, most of them said how crappy their phones were and that they either spent less than 100 bucks or it came with the plan. Average phone was an LG or Samsung.
When asked if the phone brand was important, 50% said yes.
60% said they liked the color pink, the rest either hated it or didn't want pink in the color of a phone.
So what does this say? My thoughts is that mobile phones may be missing the mark in terms of fashion and femininity. Nokia L'Amour collection is the only one that comes to mind and yet you don't really see anyone with it around here in the US. (Probably more so in Europe.) And for the working women, the blackberrys and treos are uber functional but honestly, they are so ugly!
It was announced that D&G is launching a limited edition Razr (via Sharp Byte & The Runway Scoop). Its about 3 grand! Who needs a phone that expensive when you know you'll be dropping it on the hard pavement one day? Let's be realistic here. Fashion for mobile phones needs to go beyond luxe fashion brand names. We need some great functionality and fashionable styles that women will covet beyond just a quick color change.
So I'm curious, what do you gals have to say? What kind of phone do you want (functionality and looks)?
Ohh La La!! It's the first ever Glam.com Beauty Awards. I'm always looking for the real world votes for what's cool in makeup (aka I like to buy makeup). I just entered in all my favs, so head on over to Glam.com and vote now for your must have beauty items!
I just started Level 6 of french class this week! Its been almost 1 year that I've been taking french classes and my comprehension and writing is very good. Gilles has been great to practice with but I just can't seem to start my own conversations aside from "As-tu faim?" (Are you hungry?). Like thinking of a topic in general to talk about is really hard, but I can answer people fine when they ask me questions. So this week, I decided to talk to myself in French in my head. At least I could just start asking myself questions or think of neat ideas...kinda. I probably look like a crazy woman walking down the street because I'm sure my brow is furrowed as I think to myself -- wait, le or la, ce or cette, celle-ci or celle-là? féminin or masculin? argh!
As you all know, I'm very into crafts especially Japanese craft books and sites. (I think I love all foreign craft books like french Marie Claire Idées and British Rowan.) I love how they have projects that revolve around their interpretations of France or Paris. Like these little french eggs as salt and pepper shakers with toothpick holder. (The link is through google translator so the engrish is quite funny.) These little things are $5 bucks each (converted from Yen) but I haven't check yet if they ship to the US.
Here's another book that's half about visiting stores and getting cute french trinkets, then the second half is making craft projects out of your trip.
Here's some sample projects to make from your Paris metro tickets - gift tags or make a lamp.
Here's an excerpt from the book Handmade Zakka (French Style) showing all the different parts of the little dog Mischa.
Another page showing cute felted toys.
Kitty-Craft.com is a great site to get lots of Japanese crafty books and goods if you can't find one locally near you!
I don't wear much makeup most of the days, just some spf moisturizer and lipstick. For the last six months, I've been using Chanel's Rouge Double Intensite, a long wearing lip color with a gloss on the other end. I got sold by one of the sales clerks at the Neiman's counter. But she was totally on the money. What's amazing you can really run around all day, drink glasses of water, and never have to reapply or lipstick or worry about rubbing it all off. The shiny lip gloss does need to be reapplied if you do want to keep your shine though. Lately it seems lips are more neutral, so for everyday wear I go with the more browny Sandstone. Its a bit pricier than a tube of lipstick, but it does last. Available at most Chanel counters or $30 online at Gloss.com.
Now that the weather has been getting warmer, its time for the easy breezy fashion solution for warm weather. The white cotton summer dress. The look is clean and fresh with a touch of bohemian thrown in. I like the new look of pairing short dresses with skinny jeans like this Juicy Couture dress ($118). In cotton or cotton gauze with little bits of embellishments and color like natural or black, the summer white dress has taken on new heights.