kisses-lips-mdnIn honor of Veteran’s Day, tomorrow, November 11th, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Maybelline New York are partnering with the United Service Organizations (USO) to collect and deliver “Kisses for the Troops.”

There goal is to set a new Guinness World Record for most lip-print kisses collected in 12 hours on postcards to be mailed to our troops overseas.  For every kiss collected, Cosmo & Maybelline New York will donate a $1 to the United Service Organizations (USO), the designated charity partner.

Here’s how it works:

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cosmo will be traveling throughout New York City to collect kisses. Participants will be asked to leave their kiss mark (Maybelline New York will provide new ColorSensational lipstick)

TheFunTheory.com, an initiative of Volkswagen has inspired me to take the stairs.  It’s right before the holidays, so no time like the present to start getting in shape.  In result, I’ll be doing a series of posts on health/fitness.  Consider this Part I.  Enjoy!

Piano Stairs

Watch video HERE

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The site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

To learn more, click HERE

rachel-zoe-project-15Remember last years finale of The Rachel Zoe Project, when Taylor Jacobson said:

“Rachel’s fearful that I’m gonna quit because she knows I’m at my wit’s end. But I’m not, I have too much work ethic, just leave her on a day like the Oscars. I would never just be like ‘screw you’ on that, I would wait till the timing was a little bit more appropriate. Which will never be, so I’ll always be stuck with Rachel because I have.Jewish guilt. Even though I’m not Jewish.” [Stylist.com]

Well that day has come.  According to sources from People.com say she was fired, however, Carrie Gordon, Rachel Zoe’s rep, would only confirm, “Taylor Jacobson is no longer with Rachel Zoe, Inc.”

In Taylor’s farewell email to her contacts she said:

“After four amazing years at Rachel Zoe Corporation, I’m saddened and exhilarated at the same time to announce my departure. After much thought and consideration, I have decided to take the challenging leap to go off and style on my own.” [Fashionista.com]

We sort of saw that one coming…

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People seek different things when it comes to selecting and applying their nail polish.  Some enjoy the salon manicure experience, and some like to get creative with patterns and kits.  Others spend time applying a bottom coat, multiple layers of their chosen color, followed by a top coat (or something in between), all the while being ever so patient with the drying process to create the perfect at home manicure. 
 
And then there’s the girl on the run.  And for that girl, there is Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color.  The wand is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Compared to the average size, it’s huge and it only takes one coat for full coverage.  The brush is amazingly precise and makes the polish so easy to apply.  (Make sure when dipping the wand, you wipe the excess polish on the edges of the jar, otherwise you may find

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Starting Spring 2010, NY Fashion Week is moving from Bryant Park to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.  This week Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was named Director of Fashion Week reporting to the President of Lincoln Center, Reynold Levy.

“We see Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week coming to Lincoln Center as an opportunity to welcome the design community. For Lincoln Center, this partnership is a natural one that we want to fully embrace, and because our campus of 16 acres has so many different places in addition to the tents for fashion shows, we want to make sure those spaces…are as welcoming and as inviting as we possibly can for the design community,” said Levy.

Considering how hard the news of Fashion Week moving out of Bryant Park was for many of us, Lincoln Center has some pretty high heels to fill. Fortunately for Levy, having the former director of special events for Vogue [Winston Wolkoff] on your team is a step in the right direction.

I look forward to what they have to unveil.

My #1 on the #1 at the 10th Anniversary of Sesame Street
My #1 on the #1 at Sesame Street's 10th Anniversary Photo

. . . especially to the Sesame Streeter in my life.  Here’s to 40 years of making learning so much fun for kids (and adults alike)!

reverDuring a recent trip to Warren Tricomi, the beauty shop in The Plaza Hotel, I was introduced to ReVersital 3-in1 MidcrodermaStick.  The representative demonstrated on my hand how this product cleanses, resurfaces, and moisturizes. 
 
Considering how amazing the skin on my hand felt, I knew I wanted to try and review this product.  After two weeks of using this product (3 times a week), my skin was glowing.  This is truly an extraordinary product and worth trying. 
 
I made the mistake of bringing it home on a recent trip to Boston where I was hoping to get my mother’s opinion (and gather data to see how it works for a more mature skin).   Generally the only products she gets excited about are Cosmedix or Dr. Haushka; however, after her first experience with the ReVersital she wouldn’t

*My flash decided to censor my stuffed bra.
*My flash decided to censor my stuffed bra. Top by Nicole Romano, Blue Jean Denim Leggings by Mark. (worked great for stuffing my behind!), Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

Oh Kim, why did we think Karaoke as a good idea?
Oh Kim, why did we think Karaoke as a good idea?
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Look at those eyes! Ignore my hair (I was rained on)

Halloween is a fun time of year when you can really go outside your comfort zone and play dress up without any concern about looking too ridiculous or over-dressed.  This year, I decided to be Kim Kardashian.  It was very entertaining creating this costume considering it was my first ‘stuff my bra/butt experience.’  It also gave me an opportunity to test a lot of products.

Here’s a quick excerpt of the my Kim Kardashian look (more detailed review to come):

HAIR:

Redken Go Clean Shampoo and Finish Up Conditioner – Love it! This is part of Redken’s men’s line but it works really well on my hair.  Great lather, my hair comes out shiny and well, clean.  But yes, you’ll smell like a dude.  When men ask me for a list of products I recommend for them, this is always on the list (unless they have color treated hair).

Ken Paves Professional Styling Iron – Part of Ken Paves’ Travel line, is this lightweight straightener, which is fast becoming my everyday straightener – it’s that good.  Originally I was apprehensive about this product since I didn’t think ‘one heat setting fits all’ is viable for flat irons; however it gets very hot (up to 410 degrees F), which is what is really necessary for my curly hair.  Warning, if you generally use your flat iron on a low heat setting, this may not be the product for you.  Unless of course the heat settings automatically adjusts based on hair need, but either way there is no dial to manually control it.  I will investigate this further and report back.

Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Treatment – a great protective cream for when you’re using a flat iron or blow-drying your hair.  Helps fight frizz and only requires a small dollop to service your entire scalp.  It’s no wonder this line has been winning so many prestigious beauty awards!

Cutler Specialist Fly-Away Control Stick This is my go to product for fly aways. Shaped like a deodorant stick, I just roll them over problematic areas and I’m all set for the entire evening.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hairspray – This product fell a little flat.  It has great hold, but didn’t maintain the volume I was hoping for.

LIPS:

L’Oreal Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss in Plumped Pink and Plumped Red – It tingles a bit, and I definitely felt a little plumping action taking place, but having pretty full lips already, it wasn’t

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Did you know?

  • The largest pumpkin recorded pumpkin weighed 1,140 pounds!
  • Pumpkins are 90% water, and are fruits.
  • They were once recommended for curing snake bites and getting rid of freckles.

Those are your fun facts for the day.  Have a great Halloween!

burberryWell color me plaid! — Burberry will be launching a cosmetic line in July of 2010.  The launch will consist of 100 new products for eyes, lips and skin.  All I can say is with Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana out there, it’s about time we saw a little plaid on the shelves.  Speaking of which, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE PACKAGING!

fashions_night_out_official_tshirt_11Mark your calendars girls and boys, on September 9, 2010, Mayor Bloomberg, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue, and NYC & Co., are heralding the encore of Fashion’s Night Out, the brainchild of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, originally created to give a much-needed boost to the retail economy.

The success and popularity of this year’s global shopping event, which in NYC alone included an estimated 800 stores, has inspired these sponsors to make 2010 even bigger and better. According to WWD, it seems next year’s challenge is to get the required city and state approvals for making the day of Fashion’s Night Out tax-free (Yeah!) for retail sales.

Thousands of New Yorkers attended

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In anticipation of my birthday this week, it triggered the usual, ‘What do I wear? How should I wear my makeup?’ freak-out.  Fortunately, I received a complimentary makeup application at Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in the gift bag from Nicole Williams‘, Girl on Top book launch.  No time like the present to use it!

Considering the reputation of the salon, and the many beauty awards they’ve received (everyone from Vogue, and InStyle, to Allure Magazine), I plopped myself down on the chair and placed my complete trust in them.  I gave no guidelines on the application or makeup look, just a description of my outfit to my big event so the stylist could make sure they matched.

Without any hesitation, my lovely stylist Salome, who has been with the company for over 8 years, gave me a gorgeous bronzed glow, using product by NARS Cosmetics and Cle de Peau.

But see for yourself:

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My birthday look:

EYES:

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Pandora, Kilimanjaro, and Isolde

Cle de Peau Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in #101

Cle de Peau Mascara in Volume in Black #101

FACE:

NARS Liquid Foundation in Sedona

NARS Face Powder in Mountain

NARS Concealer in Toffee

NARS Multiple Stick in Palm Beach

CHEEKS:

NARS Blush in Exhibit A

LIPS:

NARS Lipliner in Papau

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight and Stolen Kisses (NARS)
The staff was so great and warm, I had such a lovely experience and my makeup lasted all night, without any touch ups.

Thank you Salome and Paul Labrecque for making my day so special!

For more information onn Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa click HERE

pH Toning Mist

Made with apple cider vinegar, Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist is a marvelous addition to your hair routine. Suitable for all hair types, this paraben-free leave-in mist helps combat frizz and keeps your hair clean and healthy by adjusting the pH of tap water as well as toning hair from root to tip.  I highly recommend this product for those who notice a difference in the water after showering while traveling.  For instance, when I’m in Boston, my hair is greasier and the water is harsher in comparison to when I’m in NYC.  I realize that sounds strange, but this product really helps keep my hair balanced.

Best used out of the shower as a detangler (saturate hair and comb through-don’t worry, it’s light weight and non-greasy thanks to it’s plant-based conditioners Gardenia, Lavender and Sweet Almond Oil).  I’ve also benefited from spraying it in my hair prior to straightening. Not only does it provide a protective shield but also adds a nice shine (not to be confused with grease) to my locks and mixes well with my straightening balm.

So if you can get passed the idea of your hair smelling like salad dressing (literally, think spritzing apple cider vinegar in your hair), and embrace the amazing benefits of this natural astringent,