If you’re a Jackie Collins fan, then you’re a fan of the Santangelos. The two are mutually exclusive in my book (pun intended). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll clue you in. Icon and novelist, Jackie Collins has written 31 books over the course of her career, all of which have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. And it’s because they suck you in, murder, betrayal, love, lust all run through the eccentric characters. Inspired by the rich and famous and world of celebrities Collins is privy too, she bases her stories and characters on real life occurrences (well, hopefully not the murder parts), and takes you on a world of adventure with every page.
“Live dangerously. Dress flawlessly Inspired by a woman’s undeniable feminine mystique, essie’s fall 2014 delivers shades so chic it is almost criminal.” How’s that for a self manicured description by essie for their new dress to kilt collection? Intriguing, right? But does it live up to the description?
Here’s what’s in the range (left to right from the photo above):
If you’re looking to DIY your way through beauty, Alexis Wolfer’s new book, The Recipe for Radiance is a perfect score. It’s 250 pages filled with the best kept beauty secrets for your face, body and hair, with recipes both for cooking to eat your way to better skin and concoctions to be applied topically. Everything from fine lines and wrinkles, acne to age spots are addressed in this book.
Well Jackie Collins fans, we have a lot to be excited about! For starters, she has a new book out, CONFESSIONS OF A WILD CHILD, which launched earlier this month, and it’s about our favorite character, Lucky Santengelo! And get this… the book has a movie deal! I’ve known Jackie for years and in every interview I always ask when her books are hitting the big screen — well dozens of novels later, we have our answer!
Happy Friday everyone! With back to back gorgeous weekends in NYC I’m hoping for another great weather moment and to do some reading outside. When I get busy (and this month I’ve been very, very busy), my books collect dust. It’s suddenly so challenging to take that personal time to read one! This weekend, the boyfriend is out of town and I’m carving out some time to read Kate White’s new book, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.
Now this is one for the books! On Thursday, I stopped by the John Varvatos store for the launch of rock legends, Lou Reed and Mick Rock’s new photography book, TRANSFORMER. Moderated by John Varvatos himself, he took to the stage with Lou Reed and Mick Rock asking questions about rock, the 70s and their journey together through this age of music and the images captured in the book.
Fashion week is once again upon us and as I’ll be running around town all week from Lincoln Center to Milk Studios to catch the shows, be sure to follow me @prettyconnected on instagram and twitter for all the latest happenings backstage and front! And as part of preparing for the big week ahead, here’s my go to list of products to keep me calm, collected and undoubtedly chic for fashion week.
1. myCharge Summit 3000 ($79.99) – this may be your most important purchase for all of fashion week. In fact I don’t think I would have made it through last season without it. With up to
As far as I’m concerned there are two types of women, Jackie Collins fans and those who don’t know they are Jackie Collins fans yet (the rest of you are just pretending). I used to be the latter until meeting the author a few years back and by the end of our interview I was completely enamored.
Her kindness, coupled with her no nonsense, tell-it-like it is attitude is so refreshing as is her genuine love of women and commitment to building strong female characters in her books. Collins is a dreamer, a natural story teller, with a huge imagination and she inspires me every time I’m around her. So consider my reaction when I was asked to host the launch of her latest book, The Power Trip. Let me be clear, my Vespa’s name Lucky (after my favorite JC character), her autographed picture which she signed “Stay Lucky” hangs in my office and at least once a week I have a ‘what would Jackie Collins do?’ moment — you get it, this offer made my life.
So alongside the talented Jamey Giddens of Daytime and Pop Confidential, we co-hosted the press event at NYC’s Yotel all Family Feud style. Literally. We divided 40 or so press and bloggers into two teams for some Pop Culture Trivia. The winning team got to face off against Collins herself for the ultimate showdown. First off, if I knew being a game-show host was this much fun, I would have switched careers. Bloggers in competitive mode is one of the most
I admire Dr. Mehmet Oz. Or rather he (and anyone) who’s able to think of life on the large scale, give back and not be limited or held back by time, schedule or any other ‘I can’t(s)’ in life. Or as someone once told me when I thought I could not take on one more thing, “you’re not thinking large enough.” Dr. Oz does.
Aside from his ever so popular show, The Dr. Oz Show, he’s also an active cardiac surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, publishing a new book, YOU(R) Teen:Losing Weight, writes a monthly column for Oprah’s magazine, O, the chairman and founder of the non-profit organization, HealthCorps, and husband and father of four.
This month, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Oz for an evening hosted by HealthCorps, which if you’re not familiar with, is his proactive health movement, focused on fighting the obesity and mental resilience crisis
10/26-10/28 Join the Designers & Books Fair w/ Keynote Speakers Donna Karan, Valerie Steele,Todd Oldham +more
I recently discovered this really cool website, Designers & Books, which features profiles of the world’s most esteemed designers and the books that inspire them, as well as ones they have written. We’re talking all types of designers — fashion (like Donna Karan and Cynthia Rowley), architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product and industrial design, and urban design.
From October 26-28, Designers & Books is hosting their first Designers & Books Fair 2012, at the Fashion Institute of Technology Conference Center in New York Citywhich includes a dynamic series of featured speakers in a variety of design disciplines including Donna Karan, Todd Oldham, Valerie Steele, Debbie Millman we well subjects such as Cover Stories: A Conversation about Book Design, and How to Get Published in the World of Design Books.
In addition there will be an exhibition hall featuring approximately 35 design book publishers and booksellers selling their newest titles at discounted prices and also antiquarian dealers, authors signing books, and book artisans demonstrating calligraphy, book binding, and letterpress printing.
For our lucky readers, Designers & Books Fair 2012 is offering a discount of 40% or more off the listed advance-purchase ticket prices. All tickets include free admission to the exhibition hall ($10 value). Please see the main Programs or Tickets pages on our website for a full description of all programs. To access your special discount, click the links below and input the discount code at time of purchase.
Here’s the schedule:
Keynote: Designing the Future of the Design Book
Fri., Oct. 26: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Special offer price: $18 (regular price $30)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial11 Enter code: KEYNOTE2012
Book Design at Pentagram
Sat., Oct. 27: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (includes 30-min. break)
Special offer price: $25 (regular price $50)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial2 Enter code: PENT2012
Donna Karan Connects the Dots: A Conversation with Valerie Steele
Sat., Oct. 27: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Special offer price: $15 (regular price $25)
Go to: bit.ly/DBFairspecial6 Enter code: DONNA2012