Earlier this afternoon, I headed around the corner to the Shops at Columbus Circle to Keep it Smooth Shaven by Gillette and Scope Mouthwash! Brooklyn Decker and Baltimore Raven Super Bowl winner Ray Rice were on hand to host this event which aimed to break two Guiness World Records - World's Largest Shaving Lesson AND the most kisses between a couple within a minute. They actually had members from the GWR on hand with their blazers and official clipboards!
Ray kicked it off by shaving in front of everyone and we also learned that 85% of women that were polled agree that a clean shaven man is preferred when kissing as opposed to a man with stubble. Over 330 stations were set up where men signed up to shave and of course, when it came time for the kissing moment, it was all about Scope Mouthwash to keep the moment fresh and magical! I had to pass along some interesting notes whether you're going out with your significant other, heading out for a first date or just hanging out with friends - in terms of being socially courageous, 29% of men say that asking for the first date takes the most courage while 32% of women note that saying "I Love You" takes some serious courage! Flirting online with someone that you want to date is easier according to 18% of people that were asked and 34% of people asked consider themselves outgoing in social situations! When you know that your personal grooming essentials are on point - it makes it that much easier and I do suggest that although you gargle to get ready, for those of us that have bags or even in your pocket, get a little travel bottle that you can put your Scope in to ensure that your kiss is magical and fresh!
New York Fashion Week comes to a close today although I know there are a few events still taking place tomorrow and over the weekend. My NYFW will come to a close officially tomorrow morning! It's been an insane schedule of shows, presentations, dinners, face time with brands who sponsor me and more. When NYFW comes to a close, I definitely think of spa-ing it up but I also love playing with a number of items that I have at home! With the crazy schedule, I have to lay out everything I have and plan for multiple changes in a day and now with it also being Valentine's Day, I thought it would be nice to have a pink beauty infused post!
I'm all about exfoliating and having amazing skincare product for the shower. Molton Brown has a Pink Pepperpod which is girly and yet has a spicy element that those who share with their boyfriends can enjoy showering and exfoliating scrub with these two products! For those who opt to enjoy their bathtubs, I'm obsessed with these Water Music's Himalayan Salts which is perfect to soak in!
If you have yet to enter the world of the Clarisonic this is definitely a time to do so! They have such a variety of brushes to use whether you just want it for your face or you want to buy the version that has interchangeable brushes to go between the face and the body. Moisturize your face with this limited edition Cle de Peau cream. Since you're getting ready for a fabulous night out whether spending it with your significant other, friends or final NYFW events - sip on Sensa in Grapefruit which is a great nutritional supplement to enjoy.
When it comes to your makeup look, there are so many ways to bring a pop of pink into your look! Your cheeks can have pink blush with Tom Ford Beauty's Frantic Pink which is great on a number of skin tones (my personal tip is if you feel that you have too much pink, mix it with a bronzer which adds a subtle hue). Lips have a number of options including: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss, Stila Lip Glaze, Burt's Bees Tinted Rose and Napoleon Perdis Lip Pencil.
Finally, lips can't have all the fun, nails have a fun range of hues as well from the lightest of pinks to those that are bolder. My personal favorite in terms of brand is Butter London in Shag and RGB in a vibrant pink.
As you know, it's NYFW and it's definitely difficult to balance a super cute outfit when there is a blizzard outside. There are times when you definitely want to wear a cute outfit that's super cute and girly if it's for a special presentation, a dinner etc! I have a few key events next weeks that regardless of the weather, I will be rocking a cute outfit (and running in and out via a car service)! I have been obsessed with Tulle Skirts lately and was so pleased when I received a fabulous skirt to wear during NYFW and an opportunity to share a giveaway as well as a discount code with you! I will rock my skirt on the last day of NYFW which happens to be Valentine's Day as well but for those wondering how one can wear this look now or during the spring, of course I had to accessorize it.
With this tulle skirt, there's a lot of volume so I like items that are a little more fitting and create a silhouette by playing with proportions. This palette is about neutrals so I paired this Tees by Tina blush cami with this cream tulle skirt with bow. I actually wear tank tops year around and Iove this Liska fox fur bolero. Make sure you're warm when you're outside with this Miu Miu double breasted wool gaberdine coat which continues to keep the color flow. keep your hands warm and fashionable with these 3.1 Phillip Lim fingerless gloves (so you can continue to text as you shuttle across town).
Accessories are an essential with any outfit and I love that they can be worn with a number of looks. Typically, I never wear earrings but on special occasions it's nice to wear something different and I highly suggest these Federica Rettore sapphire, pink tourmine and diamond earrings which are a nod to geometria. One of my favorite accessories is a signature ring and this one by Irene Neuwirth is an opal in rose gold with an emerald cut. Wrap bracelets are always a fun way of making sure that you have a bit of a boho chic vibe in your outfit and this natural hued one by Chan Luu is perfect. I do love going over the top with a number of my necklaces is this piece by Erickson Beamon is perfection. This piece is also amazing to wear when you have a simple tank and jeans - it's definitely a conversation piece. These heels by Charlotte Olympia are so cute and are just the thing to wear for Valentine's Day or anytime that you feel like rocking hearts. Finally, the bag completes the look and this one by Marc Jacobs is a great way to make an appearance.
Today, I'm kicking off a fabulous giveaway which involves Shabby Apple as I love their Tinsel Town Tulle Skirt and there are a number of items that may tickle your fancy. You have the chance to win a $50 gift card with the winner to be announced on Feb 15th! Starting on Feb 15th, we will have a giveaway code that will be available from Feb 15th - March 15th for a 10% discount.
* You must follow all of these to be eligible as one winner will receive a $50 gift card to spend as they wish.
Last week the Love Guide which focuses on pre-Spring picks launched on Kitten Lounge. This is a great way to buy items that are perfect for Valentine's gifting and to begin building your closet. The 14 Picks for Valentine's helps you buy the perfect look for Valentine's Day as well as what you can purchase for your significant other. Our picks include a number of my favorites from Ana Reign, Fallon Jewelry, Linea Pelle and Va Bien - find out what the other picks are!
Today is officially NYFW FW2013, so you know a number of posts will be on here covering backstage, runway shows, presentations, parties and more. With it being NYFW and next week (on this very day) being Valentine's Day, we had to reach out to Celebrity Manicurist Jade Morales (at Oprah's HARPO Studios, you would find her doing celebs nails) to ask how we can have our hands ready for this week as well as the day of love! Here she provides some tips. Although she is Chicago based and can be found at George The Salon (which has signature manicure services) and the Four Seasons!
Valentine's Day Manicure Tips
Making the Cut: Cutting your own cuticles before your manicure is a big no no. It's so easy to cut so much more than you have to. Note to self, leave it to the nail technician.
Polish Away: Pre and post manicure, the guest should not have to do anything. A good nail technician should be able to do everything for the guest starting with removing any old polish to perks like customized scubs and massages. Just bring yourself and enjoy the manicure.
Smooth as Silk: Opt for a special scrub during your manicure to ensure oh so soft and touchable hands. Right now, I am loving the Organic Sugar Olive Oil Scrub I am doing for clients. The olive oil is super hydrating for the skin since its oleic acid helps to soften and the vitamin E improves elasticity. The sugar exfoliates to get rid of any dead skin cells which results in smooth glowing hands.
Make it Last: It's always good to apply a top coat 2 or 3 days after your manicure so it can last longer. A quick dry top coat always helps.
I love when stars rock fabulous looks and it seems so true to their personal image! Julie Bowen of ABC's Modern Family looked amazing in Johanna Johnson in a black leather gown (on trend) with embellished cap sleeves from their Spring Summer 2013 Red Carpet Collection. I'm obsessed with this designer and I always love when looks that hit the runway, make it onto the red carpet. Although I love how it looked when it was presented, I do like how Julie made it her own. As always, I let you know how you can get the beauty look as this is perfect for NYFW, Valentine's Day or anytime you want to step it up! All of these items can be obtained at Avon as you know I love sharing finds from here as I am a Brand Ambassador for the brand. As more updates of this look are known, this post will be updated.
Makeup artist Heather Currie complemented Julie’s stunning sultry black leather dress with a subtly sexy cat eye and a soft, romantic pink lip. Here are Heather's steps to get the look:
The shortest month of the year brings so much activity! I'm in prep for a number of projects, next week Fashion Week begins, then there's Valentine's Day, more Fashion Week and then I'm off to LA! With that said, I look at Feb as being a month where the weather really lets you know that it's winter (as we have been getting off so easy here in NYC so here's hoping for more of the same) and you start dreaming of summer and tease yourself with spring.
Today, we kick off our Valentine's Day Guide with thoughts of gifting your honey on Feb 14th but also prepping yourself with all the items that are perfect for changing over your closets, vanity and more! In addition, we have a phenomenal giveaway from SodaStream that starts today through Feb 14th! To enter, make sure to tweet @KittenLounge and @SodaStream by letting us know what drinks you would create with the use of this machine and the hashtag #KLSodaStream! We'll announce a winner on noon on Feb 14th! 1 Lucky winner will receive a fab SodaStream Jet, container, and a number of flavors so that you can turn your water into a seltzer or the soda of your choice. The possibilities are endless! You can find out more about it by flipping through our Valentine's Magalog for 2012!
We all know that there are days where we expect to be wined and dined on pre set days like Valentine's Day, Anniversaries and more. But it's so much fun when you're randomly doing it up! Maybe it's an evening at the Met followed by an amazing dinner or a typical old New York concept of a night out for dinner followed by dancing it away in some decadent space. Regardless, you're bound to have those moments where you and your honey get wrapped up in one another and you need a dress that looks phenomenal! Today, I present an amazing look that incorporates blush, black, one of my favorite python clutches from Kotur, fab jewelry from Noir which is whimsy on your wrist and Louboutins!
Going into Fashion Week, I thought about the shows, balancing the events, focusing on Valentine's Day, etc. Then I heard the news from a friend that Alexander McQueen had passed away. I was so shocked. When I think of his collections, I think of Sex and the City and images I have seen from the runway that are artistic and have a distinct point of view. I also think of how his brand was a diversified lifestyle that allowed you to go from the gym, to work to a fabulous night out complete with product extensions that included handbags, shoes and more. It's sad that he is no longer with us and as we continue on to allow the runways to tell designer's POV, here is a very short selection of my favorite picks!
When you step out this Valentine's Day everyone is going to notice your fab outfit, the smile and that you have a certain glow but people may not ask how that glow was achieved. Although people will assume that it's the fact that you're coming off of the beginning days of Couture/Fashion Week and that you have stamina to attend all the shows and that you're going to rock on through Valentine's Day and President's - you know the secret essentials that are necessary for your look! We kick it off with energy. I have been taking SoU! Energy vials daily and I am obsessed. It's so easy to take this liquid that goes into whatever you drink to ensure that you're able to attend everything that you have always participated in. Of course, no matter how good we are to ourselves with eating right, yoga and visiting friends - sometimes unwanted friends (pimples yuck) decide that they want to hang out. The only way to deal with them effectively is during the time that we actually take a break. Ensure that your lashes are lush with Rapid Lash! Finally, you have to have kissable lips and Carmex Moisture Plus will do just that and ensure that you're have that movie star sheen! All of these are an essential and the good news is that they are not relegated to just being used on the day of Love or on a day where you really have to wow people - they are your everyday essentials.
Yes Valentine's Day is a week ago but you have to start thinking about your outfit. This year in NYC, the day of love takes place during Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, and more! In fact, with it falling on a Sunday and President's Day being the next day, you know that everyone will be out with their significant other or whatever group will hang out with you. So with that being said, there are various looks that you can go for on this day! Today's look is for the sexy sweet look that gives you the overall effect of designer clothes done in a very casual way! First off, I love this lace dress that has a great blush look to it so that you're not doing full on pink but it's enough to show the hint! Paired with the heels from Badgley Mischka, it makes you feel like you're living a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw moment (remember when she had the pink shoes that got rained on but were super cute) and to add a bit of depth, we pair it with a leeter clutch bag of python, a smoky quartz cocktail ring and a natural stone necklace. Whether you have a full night ahead of love or you're breaking it up between Fashion Week and some loving cocktails, you're ready for Sunday night! For more lovely ideas check out our Love Guide.
I can't even tell you when it started but I have been obsessed with various items that are Moroccan from the food to the decor. Although we're in limbo on whether we'll stay in our condo by the beach or move to Brooklyn, I have finally decided that I want to decorate within this theme! I love how ornate and cozy this general style is. Then again it could also be reinforced as we had an amazing dinner last night of lamb with a lentil salad that I will be making again and again! Regardless, these are some o fmy favorite key pieces that add a little touch here and there within your home! With Valentine's Day coming, wouldn't it be awesome to start in your bedroom and freshen things up, move into your bathroom and then your kitchen? By updating (even in a small way), you're doing a little pre-Spring cleaning that should be done whether you're satisfyingly single or you have a person of interest!
Fashion Week started yesterday and with today being Valentine's Day - it's all about the love! Although I love the official collection of designers that show at the tents, I am also a fan of those that are offsite or are apart of additional presentations. As many of you are aware, many designers pulled out of the tents in an effort to have a smaller affair. I love that Halston decided to do an interesting interpretation of the runway showing the full movement of his clothes. I definitely think that innovation is going to be what sets designers apart this season and into the next ones. Enjoy the video and the journey of the model as she passes various designs from his collection.
Now I am a huge fan of Victoria's Secret and Pink. I think it's a lot of fun and it's always a great place to go in terms of convenience but when you're talking about true lingerie I have to give much love to La Perla! But La Perla is much more than just lingerie it's also bathing suits as well. They know how to bring out the sensual and after taking my introduction to S Factor last night, I began thinking of sensuality and luxury in a new way. This Valentine's Day, I am making a pledge that I am going to remember that in the midst of the hustle and bustle that goes on in my day to day life, I will make sure to take out time for me to hear my own inner voice. Of course that will also include buying things that I enjoy wearing and not just items that are "convenient". La Perla is definitely something that I want to incorporate into my wardrobe and I may get a bathing suit to bask on the sands of the Dominican Republic next month. So for those of you that have half days and want to take a little stroll, head down to Soho to pick up a little something that will kick off your Valentine's Day and beyond (of course, even visiting their website transports you to another state of mind).
Last Saturday, I went to one of my favorite places that have definitely made my life easier! Beam Laser Spa lets me forget about how my underarms look when I'm out and about. On a recent trip to Orlando when the weather was toasty and I was seeking refuge from an impending snowy storm in NYC, I was completely ready! The sisters of Beam Laser Spa are definitely the ones to go to when you know that you want to look your best wherever you're looking to have no hair! This isn't just for women as men also can enjoy this as well. This is the perfect way to enjoy Valentine's Day if you have a getaway or you're turning your studio into a love hideaway. Whether you're doing a girl's weekend or getting ready for the Dominican Republic (oh yes my vaca is only a few weeks away). Take some time to make sure that you get your free test patch to see what wonders it can do for you and then book your appointment!
PS - Tonight I am doing my first S Factor class and it's much easier to know that I can do my best with clean armpits!
Valentine's Day is literally around the corner and although you may be expecting surprises why not something that works for you? When we were little we used to have undies that had the days of the week. I remember that there was one that I had for Wednesday with a rainbow and icecream cone and I couldn't wait to wear them. But like everything, when we're older, we need to find ways to update what makes us happy. So I visited a great one stop undie shop known as Hip Undies! Not only do they carry Cosabella, Eberjey, Betsey Johnson Lingerie, etc but they carry Marry Green. I have to say that I didn't know about the brand but they have been featured in Life & Style and they have a great presentation for your undies. You'll be able to keep everything in cute satchels and if you get all the sets, you'll be able to tell them apart, Whether it's thongs, boyshorts, etc you'll still get excited about wearing your favorite day!
A lot of areas are my weaknesses so it's hard to say which one I lean towards; however, lingerie is my top 5 wothout a doubt! Not only do I love it but I love supporting brands that are based out of Miami! Cosabella is based out of Miami and is made in Italy (I would say this is a luxurious combination)! I love the various collections that really embrace the personalities through women as lingerie is something that definitely says a lot about you or what you're truly thinking. If that doesn't convince you, then you should also know that Cosabella has made various pieces in honor of Sex and the City which is all about 4 personality filled women who learn about their lives and continue to empower themselves. A little birdy tells me that there is a definitely a second movie and that they will be contributing yet again!v This officially puts Cosabella on my radar as I love the brand but I also love its involvement.
Now with it being Valentine's Day soon, it's important to think about a gift to give or something that you want to give yourself! Whether it's meant for another's eyes or something that will make you feel great after a long day, Cosabella is definitely a brand that will work well in setting you apart from others while putting you in the best light possible!
I love it! Yesterday I talked about S Factor and today I'm all about one of my favorite lingerie lines. For those of you that may or may not know, I used to do fit work for a few lingerie brands and although I never did this for this brand, I love how amazing they are! So this week I'm all about Valentine's Day and sharing the best of what I know in terms of great things that are good for the day and beyond! Agent Provocateur is one of my favorite lingerie stores and this is defintiely something that you should consider when thinking about expanding this portion of your closet. In addition to having an instore or an online presence in terms of shopping, there is also a blog called Hello Agent Provocateur! Not only do they talk about one of my favorite subjects but they also talk about a lot of items that are in pop culture. Currently they have posts about Daniel Craig's new movie (yum), the fact that we should wait to see "He's Just Not That Into You" (we all need a movie night at home) and so much more. Also, for those on Twitter, you should also check them out at msprovocateur!
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