February 2015


  1. Fashion trends from the Oscars

    Two big fashion trends from the Oscars on Miranda Kerr - White and Sparkle

    Two big fashion trends from the Oscars on Miranda Kerr – White and Sparkle

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    Some fashion insiders call the Academy Awards the “biggest night” or the “super bowl” of fashion. I am not so sure. I look at all the shows to spot trends, and I think you can spot more at the Golden Globes, which is more of party. But there is no doubt that Hollywood stars go all out for Oscar!  This year we could spot quite a few clear trends you will be seeing all this spring and summer.

    Here are the biggest and most wearable trends we spotted:

    White

    The red carpet was covered in white and we liked it. White looks cool, elegant, and clean. Avoid a dress that is outlandish and over-styled, such as Marion Cotillard’s gown this year. The fabric was lovely but the dress was too much. The clean lines of Reese Witherspoon’s Tom Ford Gown and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Zuhair Murad Couture gown were much more flattering.

    Red

    Red on the red carpet can look fabulous or fufu. The gowns worn this year by Dakota Johnson, in a one-shoulder red gown from St. Laurent, and Rosamund Pike in a slim lace gown by Givenchy Haute Couture were chic and stunning.

    Black

    The chicest and most drop-dead elegant black dress we spotted was on the young Australian actress Margot Robbie. She wore a beautiful black St. Laurent gown with sheer sleeves. Her whole look was that of a young Catherine Deneuve. Sienna Miller looked cool and chic in a beautiful black and navy dress from Oscar de la Renta.

    Shimmer and jeweled

    Many people considered Emma Stone to be the standout of the night. The classic lines and color of her green beaded dress from Elie Saab complemented Emma’s beautiful skin and leading-lady face.RosamundPike1.jpg

    Anna Kendrick glowed in a coral, jeweled-necklace gown by Thakoon. The dress, with a full skirt, had a jeweled halter neckline that showed off Anna’s pretty shoulders and face.

     

    The takeaway

    This year’s fashion standouts stood out by choosing dresses and colours that flattered their bodies and features. They kept their hair and makeup soft and sexy, but glamorous enough to “celebrate the occasion!

     

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  2. How to get Rosamund Pike’s Oscar look

    Rosamund Pike’s  Oscar look

    Rosamund Pike’s
    Oscar look

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    Rosamund Pike’s stunning look at the 87th Oscar Awards show was styled by Kylee Rae Heath only Oscar Blandi products. “It was key to have it look easy and untried. We wanted to create tons of texture,” said Kylee Rae Heath, describing the actress’s glamourous look.

    Here is how to create the look from Kylee Rae Heath:

    Starting on damp hair, I sprayed Oscar Blandi Protein Mist throughout the hair. I then applied Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse and combed the product through.

    Next, I blew her hair out creating volume and movement. Before using a Sultra three quarter-inch sized barrel and a one-inch sized marcel iron to create texture, I sprayed Oscar Blandi Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray.

    Once the texture was in place, I used a comb to section the hair from behind the left ear, over the head, to the top of the right ear.

    I pulled the back section into a ponytail. Then, looking in a mirror together, I pulled the front section back to meet the ponytail securing with bobby pins.

    I sprayed the look into place and twisted the ponytail into a bun and pinned it. Then I finished the look with the Pronto Lacca Medium Hold Hairspray and applied the Polish Glossing Creme to the short hair of her undercut.

    Ulta.com for the Oscar Blandi products.

    @OscarBlandi

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  3. Rita Ora’s London style

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    Rita Ora

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    Rimmel ambassador Rita Ora showed-off her “inimitable London style” at the recent Oscar Awards show. Makeup artist Kathy Jung’s inspiration for Rita’s looks was “Hollywood glamour.” Rita was wearing a navy satin strapless Marchessa gown with metallic embellishment paired with sleek modern hair. To compliment her dress Kathy created a classic look with a twist: a cat eye with navy eyeliner instead of the usual black. The look was completed with long lush lashes, contouring, bronzer, soft pink blush, and a satin texture nude lip.

    To get this look:

    Kathy applied Rimmel London 25 Hour Foundation with Comfort Serum with a brush, and then she blended it with a makeup sponge. Then Kathy brushed Rimmel London Mono Blush on Rita’s cheeks for a pop of color.

    For Rita’s eyes, Kathy used Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Liquid Pen Eyeliner and Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Naughty Navy over the black liner along the upper lash line. Next she enhance Kathy finished Rita’s eyes with Rimmel London Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil in Black.

    To complete this look, Kathy used Provocalips in Dare to Pink.

     

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  4. Get Miranda Kerr’s Vanity Fair Oscar look

    Miranda Kerr Oscar look

    Miranda Kerr Oscar look

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    Model Miranda Kerr’s look for the Vanity Fair party was created by Lisa Storey using Cargo cosmetics. 

    “We felt inspired by the dress, which was custom Pucci in cream with embellished edges and cutout sides plus a super low back,” said Storey. “Miranda and I decided on a classy 40’s glam-inspired look with a modern radiant feel.”

    Here is how-to-get Miranda’s look from Lisa Storey:  

    On the skin I used a sheer cover of CARGO HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation then applied the One Base Concealer and foundation where needed for a heavier coverage using the Magic Brush.

    On the cheeks I began building a flushed look; first with the cream Colorstick in Santorini, then a dab on the apples of the cheeks with Powder Blush In Key Largo and then a dusting on the cheeks above the brows and tip of the nose with BeachBlush in Miami Beach which created that radiant glow.

    For Miranda’s sultry stare, I lined the eyes lightly top and bottom with Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach and smudged it with a Magic Eye Brush to gently frame the eye.

    Then using the Essentials Eye Palette I applied Metro to the inner corners, adding Brownstone to the outer edge, again top and bottom and gently sheering it out to create a deeper soft frame around the eye. I contoured the eye socket with Rush Hour and highlighted under the brow with Uptown finishing with the Triple Action Mascara in Black. I shaped the brows with a little more drama using the Eye Brow Pencil in Medium.

    I lined Miranda’s lips with the Swimmables Reverse Lip Liner (Love this product!). I generously applied Essential Lip Color in Paris to complete the look.

    Ulta.com for the CARGO Cosmetics products.

    @CARGOCosmetics

     

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  5. Trend alert: Clean and classic nails

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    After last year’s stylized manicures, “nails at the Oscars were simple and elegant, with many deep reds, blacks, and pale nudes,” according to Terrance Terry, Essie Educator & Brand Ambassador, Celebrity Manicurist and StyleSeat Advocate.

    Rita Ora’s nails looked absolutely perfect with her navy gown. Recreate this look with classic sheer pink nails combined with an edgy almond shape.”

    Create almond-shaped nails by filing at a harsh angle on the sides of the nails and then gently rounding the tip with a U-shaped motion.

    Step-by-step directions from Terrance Terry to recreate Rita Ora’s manicure:

    Apply Essie First Base Base Coat. Paint nails with two coats of Essie Limo-Scene, a very sheer light pink. Complete the look by applying Essie Good To Gunnamed (2)o Top Coat. 

    Dakota Johnson rocked with a bold black manicure, which paired perfectly with her stunning red gown.

    Step-by-step directions from Terrance Terry to recreate Dakota Johnson’s manicure:

    File nails into a square shape by filing across straight across and rounding at corners. Apply Essie First Base Base Coat. Apply two coats of Essie Licorice, a jet black. Finish off with Essie Good To Go Top Coat.

     

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  6. Savoury soup for a cold night

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    This savory and earthy pumpkin soup is delicious on a frosty winter night. It is redolent of smoky cumin, hints of garlic, and chili, and takes just minutes to make. Top it with a few grilled shrimp or toasted croutons.

    Chop 1 small sweet onion (a generous ½ cup)

    Crush or smash flat and dice 2 cloves of peeled garlic

    Sweat them (do not brown) in a small amount (1-2 tbsp.) of good olive oil

    Add

    1 tsp cumin

    ½ tsp or 1 tsp dried chili flakes depending on taste. I like it hot.

    Stir

    Add 1can (15 ounce/425 grams pureed pumpkin. I like organic, but do not use pie filling by mistake.

    Add 1 quart or liter (about 4 cups) of chicken stock, or use homemade, if you have it.

    Stir and simmer slowly for 10 minutes

    Add 2 tsp of maple syrup or a sweetener of your choice

    2 tsp of kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

    Add a dash or two of Meyer lemon oil or any good quality oil you like

    Add juice from half a lemon and correct salt and pepper

    Shrimp for garnish

    Peel four large shrimp per person before you begin the soup. Rinse the shrimp and pat them dry.

    Mix dry spices: 1 tsp Hungarian sweet paprika, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp thyme, 1 tsp season salt, and ¼ tsp cayenne. Macerate for at least 20 minutes.

    Sauté the seasoned shrimp in a hot pan until pink for about 20 minutes.

    Place the shrimp on the rim of a soup cup or bowl. 

    For the crouton garnish:

    Toast thick bread. Rub with a peeled garlic clove and brush with olive oil or butter. Sprinkle with a light grating of fresh parmesan. Place under the broiler for a minute or two.

     

     

     

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  7. What does posh mean these days?

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    The one percent are ditching are first class air travel for private jets and so-called exclusive spas and resorts make guests line-up for classes. So what is does posh really mean these days? 

    Let me tell you darlings, you know it when you see it — and feel it.  And as a long time beauty editor and self-admitted picky-lady I have been writing about it and searching it out for years. It may surprise you that best service isn’t always found at the newest, so-called swankest place with most “stars”. 

    For me and the cognoscenti I write about, the word “amenity” is meaningless when it comes to yoga, fitness, beauty or other services.  What is important is knowledge, results, caring, and respect. You can tell when an expert has their hands on you. And by the way, all the best professionals in these fields touch – a lot. A fabulous yoga teacher gives the best adjustments and top stylists get their hands in your hair.  Therapists and facialists who want to hook you up to machines or let you languish under machines are either lazy or lacking “the touch”. Leave lasers and other techy treatments to your best beauty Doc. Check out who the stars really go to. You will see most of them seek out experts with magic hands who give clients personal attention. 

    POSH the expression  we use for the best comes from the cruise line lingo means  Port over and Starboard back and and you know it when you feel it.

    Take time to enjoy the sweetness in life. 

    Posh is being picked up at by a driver at the airport in a real London Taxi from the very beautiful Settha Palace in Vientiane 

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