WINTER IS HERE….and I’m not happy about it

Today is the first official day of winter and I’m not happy about it at all. I despise all things cold and I’m not a fan of snow. I saw my first icicle and I could have cried. Most of all I can’t stand what the cold dry air does to my skin. So clearly its time for some quick home remedies to keep my skin looking right and protected.

Please make sure you are exfoliating and moisturizing. It’s very important. Salt and sugar scrubs work very well. Sugar scrubs work better for the winter because they put moisture back into the skin. Salt works better for the summer time. You should use a salt scrub no more than twice a month, and no more than twice a week for a sugar scrub.

You can find good scrubs and exfoliates at Bath and Body Works. The jars have an ample amount of product and last a long time. If you don’t want to buy one you can make your own! All you need is a few simple ingredients from your kitchen and your bathroom.

  • sugar or salt
  • jar
  • vitamin E
  • baby oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • fragrance (optional)

Take a jar (any size that you would like) and fill it 3/4 the way with your salt or sugar. Fill the rest of the jar with your choice of baby oil or extra virgin olive oil. Next put in a tablespoon of vitamin E. If you would like your scrub to have a scent you can buy fragrance oils and put in a few drops. You can even mix and match fragrances to make a signature scented scrub.

To use your scrub simply wet the area you want to exfoliate. Stir your scrub (because the oil and and other ingredients will separate) and apply a small amount the the palm of your hand. Rub in small circles then rinse. Be sure to follow up with a thick body butter or cream to keep the area smooth and lock in moisture.

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT EXFOLIATE AFTER YOU SHAVE YOUR LEGS. You should always exfoliate first then shave. If you do it the other way around it could sting, especially if you get a cut from shaving.

Shoegasm: “Tammy” Pump by L.A.M.B.

Here is my new love….the ‘Tammy’ pump by L.A.M.B. I’m still catching my breath. I will be fantasizing about this shoe until the leather caresses my size 8.5 foot with a fresh pedicure in the spring. I will have this shoe. Mark my words. I will be gifting myself for Valentine’s Day (because I love me that much). But if someone would like to gift them to me…I will gladly and humbly accept the shoe that way also.

Inaugural Ball Gowns

If you’re planning on attending an Inaugural Ball as I am, then I’m sure you’re desperately looking to find the perfect gown if you haven’t found one already. If all goes well I will be attending the American Music Inaugural Urban Ball hosted by Ludacris and Big Boi of Outkast. Tickets are very inexpensive at $350 (compared to some balls where tickets are starting at $3000). Please visit the website for pricing and other information.
I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get out and celebrate our new President that we supported so strongly during his campagin. No other ball will be this affordable and offer this amount of diversity in attendees and performers.

Although the dress code does not have to be formal you must dress to impress. Here are a few looks that are elegant but still young and chic.

Dresses Shown (starting at top left): BCBG Beaded Silk Gown ($239); JS Boutique One Shoulder Matte Jersey Dress ($138); BCBGMaxAzria One Shoulder Jersey Gown ($378), Calvin Klein Halter Gown ($208)

BCBG Introduces 2009 Resort Collection

Ready to plan your summer vacation now? BCBG has debuted their 2009 Resort Collection online and in stores. Described as a “celebration of style from beach bound to city chic”, this collection has clean and classic separates, as well as flirty dresses with a little bit of pattern.
Although the peices in the collection are nice and well tailored (as all things BCBG are) I do not get the “resort” feel from most of the items. Some collection items include leather jackets and cardigan sweaters. Is this for fall or summer? I’m confused where the continuity in the collection is. The looks are best suited for a weekend in the Hamptons. I expected a different color pallette but it still works.
My favorite pieces are the Bubble Hemi Dress and the Colorblock Strapless Dress. There are also very adorable swimsuit cover ups that can double as day dresses.

Although I generally adore all things BCBG…this time I was thoroughly underwhelmed.

10 Wardrobe Must Haves

Tall or short; thick or thin; rich or poor, there are key items that every woman should have in her closet. The fashion guru himself Tim Gunn (made famous by Project Runway) has come up with a list of 10 key items that every woman needs. Make sure you watch his show Tim Gunn Guide To Style on Bravo. (Check your local listing for show times)

  1. Basic Black Dress
  2. Trench Coat
  3. Dress Pant
  4. Classic Shirt
  5. Jeans
  6. Any Occasion Top
  7. Skirt
  8. Day Dress
  9. Jacket
  10. Sweat Suit Alternative
Take this list and compare it with your own closet. See which items you have and which items you don’t. For items that you do have, make sure you try them on they have the best fit and are up to date. You may find that you need to audit your closet and replace some of the key items you already have.

Please be sure to read his book A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. You can read the first chapter here!