Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment and that is exactly what the Spring Runways offered with mid length skirts flirting with pointy tailored flats and beauty’s heavenly ethereal glow featuring cheeks flushed with the perfect pinky blush and countered definition all perfectly balanced with a sun kissed touch of bronze. After our long winter’s chilling temperatures, it is time to lift your spirit, draw light back into your face and refresh your look for a fresh take on new beginnings!

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As the Beauty Editor and Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, we’ve joined talents to encourage us all to reach for our dreams and balance the juggle with a touch of cake and a goblet filled with whiskey.

Slide6 * Highlights: Can often be expensive, aggressive, repetitive, and time consuming. Welcome “Bio Lights”(www.biolightscolor.com), created by Rick Wellman, Co-Owner and Color Director of Patrick Melville Salon & Spa Slide4  This fresh launch biodegradable highlighting technique, is fast, easy and natural (no aluminum & it’s Green!), helping to create a soft blended effect to your highlights and low lights so there’s less upkeep, maybe 2x/year. They simply last longer. TRANSLATION-thats time and money back in your pocket!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

* Schwarzkopf “Essensity Lightening Powder: Gone are the days of ammonia based highlights, with zero odor and zeroammonia, this developer nurtures your hair as it brings life to your locks! Truly! My hair has it’s curls restored and my scalp is thanking me. After aggressive color treatments, you will FEEL the difference.


Kevyn Aucoin-Celestial Bronzing Veil, Chanel-Eyeshadow Quad #537 (Lumieres Facets), Arcona-Eye Dew, Philip B.-Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo, Dr. Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Glow Pad, Jamie Wolf-earrings

* Eye Dew: In the spirit of Spring/Summer Weddings.  Arcona’s “Eye Dew” is an absolute “I DO!” Refresh the delicate skin around your eyes and brighten with this super hydrating formula. Rebalance your eye area from winter’s gusts with liquid crystals creating holographic light diffusors, plumpers, all while repairing the skin from fine lines, puffiness and circles. This antioxidant rich formula is a staple of mine and a celebrity client favorite!

* Jamie Wolf: “Symphony in C Earings #4 ($220)  Pop art and metal trends seen on the runway translate from night to day for a really fresh take on the trend. I love these earings for a quick pop of drama and light around the face. A subtly fabulous statement of awesome. Jamie’s designs are inspired by her 10 years as a dancer with the NYC Ballet and are influenced by the timeless femininity found in the finest of details.

* Kevyn Aucoin: Nothing says Spring more than the look of soft contours! Draw focus to your cheek bones while defining your nose and jawline for a slimming effect all while giving your skin a fresh glow. Try: Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Bronzing Veil in “Tropical Days-Warm Bronze”.

* Phlip B.: “Lavendar Hair and Body Shampoo” reinvigorates your spirit with the soothing essential oil and botanical cleansers from top to bottom.

* Lavendar: Shadows & Pastel Makeup is all the rage this season. The heaven sent ethereal look straight from the runways is easy to accomplish with a sheer yet sophisticated pastel shadow, pinky cheek and cherub kissed lip! (www.stylebistro.com) Try: Chanel Eye shadow quad: Limited Edition “Lumieres Facettes #537 transports this season with the luminous lavender greys, golden ivory, rosy apricot and chocolatey brown. (www.chanel.com)

* Nude is in!: This season’s trend elongating your fingers after being stuffed in winter’s gloves revealing a fresh take on the sophisticated nude mani with glossy finishes for an elegant effect. Deborah Lippmann (www.deborahlippmann.com) Fashion Nail Polish-“Naked”- free of parabens and sulfates, her formula strengthens our nails as you wear the semi-sheer taupe shade. (nail photo www.glamour.com)

* Dr. Dennis Gross “Alpha Beta Glow Pads”:  For face and body-add some sun safely and give your skin a refreshing boost. This is the perfect on the go-gym bag essential revealing smoother, firmer, revitalized and glowing skin with Vitamins A & D! 



Memorial Day Pool Party Kick off with Trina Turk and Chandon!

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Photos Courtesy of BFA/Will Ragozzino

What an AMAZING night it was celebrating Chandon’s American Summer Pool Party with Brittany Snow AND Trina Turk!!

Trina Turk, who is famously synonymous with colorful summer prints and luxuriously feminine pieces, celebrated with an exclusively designed collection, including the cutest dress, inspired by the limited edition bottle. With an expertly executed homage to our patriotic Red, White and Blue and the nautical theme of the night.  Wearing this dress, you’ll be ready to celebrate!

Trina gave me the exclusive scoop on what her favorite makeup look is for the season and what she thought would be the trend setting look to go with the Chandon design inspired dress!


(Become irrisistable with this simple three-step approach to summer beach beauty!)

* Bronze : Wash bronzer across the face for the perfect glow.

Sweep Bobbi Brown’sFace and Body Bronzing Duo” across your face. With soft strokes start on your forehead and create a “C” curve from the middle of your forehead and sweep down your hairline to just below your cheek bone.Repeat on each side and blend. Next define your jawline with the same “C” curve outlining your jaw and gently blend down your neck. Wha-La! Glowy, fresh, naturally bronzed skin!

* Natural Lip : Create a defined lip with a neutral shade that is one degree darker than your natural lip tone.

 Makeup Forever’sAqua Lipsin shades 2C (light), 3C (medium), or 6C (dark). Lightly trace and fill in your lips, then apply your favorite lip balm on top for an ultra moisturizing, lasting look. Another one of my favorites:  Fresh’sLip Sugar” in Honey or Plum to deliver a maximum moisture treatment with an spf and subtle tint. 

* Mascara :  Define your eyes with the simplicity of fabulous lashes.

 Maybeline’s “Full n’ Soft”- one of my absolute favorite’s- for an all natural fluffy lash look or try top rated MaybellineVolum’ Express Mascara The Mega Plushin Blackest Black, plumps with soft supple volume that is also gentle on your lashes with it’s new gel-mousse formula!

Honestly there’s no better to way sip in style and indulge in opulent spirits. Sweet, tart and saucy, that’s the way I like mine…My Cocktail, that is! Whether sipped in its perfect simplicity or mixed in one of Chandon’s expertly mixed cocktails, you can’t go wrong. My favorite of the night, ….the “Cabana Boy“…Say What!  MMMHMMMMM! Oh yes, with Chandon Riche, St. Germain and fresh Pomegranate Seeds these really made this cocktail my favorite!


Now that we have our cocktail and a sensational look to sport…who’s up for the beach!
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Rule the Red Carpet!


image courtesy of The National Arts Club

image courtesy of The National Arts Club

In celebration of awards season, join me in New York at the National Arts Club for a chat about the formalities of RED CARPET WOW!

In this interactive event, The Fashion Committee will begin with a panel discussion featuring award-winning experts in the fields of hair, make-up, fashion & photography including Red Carpet Photographer Don Cunningham & Celebrity Stylists Andre Austin & Elle Werlin.

We will explore ALL of the elements that go into creating RED CARPET WOW, from the gown, to the styling, to the jewels, secrets of the pose, makeup & more!

Then, enjoy a red carpet reception where you        too can take your turn ruling that carpet, posing & being photographed with the techniques you’ve learned!  


The National Arts Club presents
Fashion Speak Fridays: “Red Carpet Ready
Friday, February 22 @ 6:00 PM

PS:  Red carpet-worthy fashions are highly encouraged!

And … meet in the Dining Room before or after your trip down the red carpet for a special Governors Ball-themed menu & cocktails!!

For coverage of this event on Twitter, Facebook, and other media, please use: #NationalArtsClubRedCarpetEvent

RSVP:  fashion@thenationalartsclub.org


Glowy & Ethereal Makeup


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 Nothing captures a heart more universally than the angelic, glowy, ethereal beauty captured in the Classic Hollywood movies which was so wonderfully celebrated this season on the Golden Globes red carpet by celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain.

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Images courtesy of Real Style Network, Marquis of Fashion, Temptalia & Allure

Step 1: Gaze Breath-taking bedroom eyes are sure to melt with a sweep of any one of these shadows. Concentrate on applying the shade to your lid and blend upwards into your crease.  This will create the perfect fade and look naturally flawless. Try: Jouer’s “pink champagne” powder eye shadow and for a touch of contour you can sweep a purple/taupe”amaretto” in the crease following the natural arc of your eye socket. Blend, blend, blend.  Extra tip:  dot a tiny bit of a pearly lighter shadow in the inner corner of your eye to really add limelight drama Jouer’s “buttercream” is an excellent option.

Step 2: Illuminate Luminous glowing, skin-wearing makeup doesn’t have to mean looking like you do.  Focus on camouflaging any imperfections with your choice of skin tone appropriate concealer but, before you do, create the perfect blend:  add one part facial moisturizer (a nickel size will do), and the same amount of your usual foundation mix and finger apply (the warming of your hands will melt the mix into your skin with a dewy result.  *Not a foundation wearer, use your tinted moisturizer for the same effect. Try: Dr. Gross’s “All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer “

Step 3: Blush Cupids Blushing Cheeks Cream Blushes are the way to go! Combat the natural dryness of winter on your skin with a cream or gel blush. These products will impart a natural flush to your skin, are you blushing? Try: Armani’s “Blushing Fabric” #3 “Shimmering Apricot Pink” – this perfect blend of pinky and peachy tones works well with most skin types for a flawless flush and a touch of dew. 

Step 4: Glow! – Warming your skin with a bronzer that has a subtle sheen can not only give you the bronzed screen goddess look, but also can be used to contour. Double Bonus Try: Bobbi Brown’s “Aruba” warming the sides of your forehead then arching under each of your cheek bones and finally sweeping the brush across your jaw line. The subtle glow imparted in this formula is sure to shout red carpet screen siren. For a more matte option to compliment your shimmering blush, Try: Makeup Forever’s “Mat Bronze” in #20.

Step 5: Pucker Cupid is sure to melt with a sinfully puckered pout.  Glossy goopy lips are of yester yorn, instead create a tinted pout with your choice of Moisturizing lipstick then tap your lips with your index finger to create a just bitten effect. Try: Jemma Kidd’s “lip and cheek stain” – a quick slip of this will add an ethereal angel effect for my more natural beauties. For the lipstick mavens, Try: Revlon’s Moon Drops Lipstick “Rose Berry”.  An oldie, but a goodie, these are the hollywood classic colors to aim for.  Run to the drug store and pick up Wet n’ Wild’s “Smokin’ Hot Pink/Rose” as a fabulous on-the-go option.

Finally, finish your look with your favorite mascara making sure you brush through your lashes-refuse the clumps and add a super fluffy look to your lashes. If mild shine control is necessary, sweep your translucent powder focusing only on the t-zone. 

Wha-La! One Valentine’s Dream Angel

ready to make any date swoon! 


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