Archive of ‘Beauty’ category

Dita Von Teese me! MAC Cosmetics to launch va va voom shade of red lipstick inspired by burlesque queen


Dita Von Teese is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. The iconic burlesque dancer, who was once married to Marilyn Manson, is releasing her signature red lipstick shade “Von Teese” exclusively through Dec. 9. The $18 lipstick will help promote Dita’s new beauty book, Your Beauty Mark, which hits stores Dec. 1. The lipstick will also be available on Dita’s website,

This will be Dita’s second collaboration with MAC. She helped create a Viva Glam shade of lipstick in 2006 and 2007.

Judging from the irresistible packaging and perfect matte shade of blueish red, this is going disappear from MAC’s website in a red hot minute.


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Gwen Stefani has a new man and a new makeup palette this holiday season

01-totalbeauty-logo-gwen-stefani-urban-decayThere’s no doubt Gwen Stefani is a style icon. Now the singer-turned-designer-turned star of “The Voice” has collaborated with Urban Decay to release an eye shadow palette Nov. 22. Stefani worked with Urban Decay’s founder Wendy Zomnir to create the palette which offers 15 shades ranging from neutral nudes to bold blue, gold and green hues. Stores such as Macy’s in Boca Raton will be getting the palette Dec. 1. In addition to the eye shadow palette, USA Today and other news outlets are reporting that Stefani and her co-star from “The Voice” Blake Shelton are dating. I’m excited for Stefani who split from her longtime husband Gavin Rossdale this summer. Hey sometimes, all a girl needs is a new man and some new makeup. If you want this palette, get it fast. It’s predicted to sell out.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Lita Ford set to rock Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Thursday Oct. 29


Rock goddess Lita Ford is always up for supporting a cause close to her heart. The iconic guitar shredder and former Runaway will perform 8 p.m. at  Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Thursday Oct. 29. Admission is free, however, charitable donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefitting Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Center in Hollywood, Fla.

Ford’s mother passed away from breast cancer so headling this event for Pinktober is important to the rocker, who has hosted the event in the past. A live and silent auction will also take place to benefit Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Center. I was fortunate enough to meet Lita twice at Hard Rock events in Hollywood. She was every bit the rock star I hoped she’d be yet she’s totally down to earth and very kind. This is a concert you won’t want to miss. 
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Can you still be fashionable while battling a summer cold?

I am still getting over the summer cold from hell. I would post a pic of myself except I don’t want to scare my readers away. Instead, I will post a shot of the lovely box of tissues that has been helping me through this stuffy time.


The limited edition Kleenex collection offers four bold patterns by Johnson featuring tissue boxes covered in flowers, kiss prints, rock ‘n’ roll zipper images and animal prints. There was also a hand towel edition I snapped up for my bathroom to keep washing my hands throughout this ordeal.


While many of the tissues have sold out of Target stores, you can still purchase them on feather

Smells like teen spirit…Bath & Body Works takes it back to the ’90s with six classic scents for a limited time only

IMG_8862I really wish I would’ve enjoyed the ’90s more while I was living in that time. I do remember enjoying these then brand new scents from Bath & Body Works back then. I remember spending babysitting money on Country Apple body lotion and Cucumber Melon body spray. On June 8, marketing geniuses at Bath & Body Works reissued six of the store’s most classic scents for a limited time.  And just like that White Tea & Ginger, Plumeria, Pearberry, Juniper Breeze, Cucumber Melon, and Country Apple made its way back into our olfactory senses. The scents were discontinued in the 2000s but one whiff and I was instantly transported back to a simpler time when my biggest worry was losing my Lisa Frank notebook or not hearing my landline ring when friends were trying to hook up weekend plans.

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Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim Week canceled but it’s cool…

IMG_8697For the past 10 years, pasty, pale New Yorkers and other journalists both local and from around the globe would flock to The Raleigh in Miami Beach every July to gawk at models, gulp free booze and snag swag bags stuffed with everything from Make Up For Ever waterproof eyeliners to Havaianas flip-flops to free cans of Arizona Iced Tea. In the earlier years, the gift bags Mercedes-Benz gave out were stellar packed with Cuban coffee, leather journals, perfume, makeup and other cool accessories. Eventually, Mercedes stopped giving bags at all. Models would dissect M&Ms for lunch in the lobby of The Raleigh between shows while stylists, buyers, Miami socialites, designer wannabes and trolls who insisted they were “on the list” but weren’t flushed through the hotel in a never ending hustle.

I have been attending this sweaty, style-soaked event since it started in Miami Beach around 2004. Over the years, I watched the A-listers in the audience shift further down the alphabet and the shows became less about the fashion and more about being seen in the front row and stealing gift bags from the seats you weren’t actually assigned to. Everyone from the Kardashians and Scott Disick to Maria Menounos and Chrissy Teigen attended the event over the years. And designers such as Red Carter, Mara Hoffman and Luli Fama showed their swimwear collections alongside brands such as True Religion, Poko Pano and even Ed Hardy. Yes, Ed Hardy.

The New Yorkers would complain how “nothing runs efficiently in Miami” while roasting in the sun wearing way to much black and trying incessantly not to fall too much in love with the sea or sand. The shows seemed less organized as the years went on. Either the lists got longer or my patience got shorter. There was never a shortage of security goons who had no problem making everyone feel like they were disposable. Checking in for the shows became a hellish process where when one show ended and you were already inside, you’d have to go back outside again and get checked back in. I understand this was because not everyone had access to every show but if only they could’ve had a separate line for the poor people who actually paid to get in. I always felt the most sorry for them.

Once you actually got inside the tent, you had to get aggressive and pray no one stole your seat or your gift bag. Here is a notorious Miami party crasher and gift bag fiend who goes by the name Shaggy. I captured him in action one year. He always took more than one bag and I’m sure in most cases, he technically wasn’t even entitled to take one bag.



I didn’t attend Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim last year because I was seven months pregnant and I was absolutely positive I would break the flimsy white folding chairs inside the runway show tents. So, I figured, ok, no worries, I’ll just catch the shows next year. Now next year is here and the show has been canceled according to a report on Racked Miami’s website.

MG, which owns and produces SwimWeek and New York Fashion Week, released an email to media stating:

“As part of IMG’s ongoing evolution of its fashion events business, the company is redesigning SWIMWEEKTM to create a modern offering that better reflects the unique needs of its designers and partners. To best execute a change of this scale, IMG today announced it will postpone its July 2015 SWIMWEEK event in Miami, FL until 2016.”

Alright, Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim, you take off this year. But next year, you better come back as something fierce, relevant and insanely organized. I predict the buzz to get back into these shows will be stronger than ever next year. After all, everyone wants to get into the club or show that well…you can’t get into. See ya next summer. And in the mean time, RuPaul and I say “You better work!”

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New bridal trends are coming up short


I’m a firm believer in looking like a bride on your wedding day. Chances are it’s the only day you’ll get to don a veil and big, white gown. Ok, many women walk down the aisle more than once these days, but still…every time she does it, wouldn’t she want to look like a bride?

For destination weddings and more comfortable reception-wear options, a recent ABC news report is saying that dressy shorts are working their way into bridal wear. Although Kleinfeld’s fashion director Terry Hall says he doesn’t expect to see may brides walking down the aisle in shorts, he indicated you may start seeing them at the reception, wedding after party or honeymoon photos.

“They’ll wear it maybe if they’re having a civil ceremony. Maybe it’s going to be their outfit that they’re going to don when they’re going off for their honeymoon,” Hall added in an article on Yahoo news. “And I think they have just different interpretations. You could do a very dressy short outfit or you could do something a bit more casual.”

Would you wear shorts on your wedding day? I’d love to know what others think of this hem-raising trend.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Scent of a woman: the Scent Event is coming up at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton

NMC1TZR_mkWith Mother’s Day coming up Sunday May 10, getting mom a new perfume or body lotion could be just what she was hoping for this spring.
From Saturday May 2nd to Sunday May 10th, Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton is offering a complimentary bag of beauty samples with each fragrance purchase of $100 or more.
The store will also be offering a full size Almond Coconut Scrub or Souffle with a $100 purchase at Laura Mercier.

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Something’s fishy this spring…

Living in the sun soaked fantasy land of South Florida for most of my life, there are things I’ll invest in such as good sandals, amazing tote bags that can go from the office to the beach and whimsical accessories that have an aquatic element to them. Here are some seaside style pieces that make me want to say these trends are a shore thing.

1. Splash Out Melly purse; $278 at



2. Charm bracelet Lily Pulitzer for Target; $20. It will be available at Target stores and beginning April 19.


3. Minnow Flat Slide by Tory Burch; $195 at

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