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2014 Oscars Recap

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I did. After a fun gifting party and tweet-up with friends I was able to watch the entire show at home before the weather became to crazy. I was so happy with Ellen. Her jokes were hilarious and those celebrities seemed very happy to get pizza. My recap is not a best or worst. It’s my favorites. Lupita has me wanting a diamond headband and a pale blue frock to rock this spring. Also, can we discuss her skin? I’m on operation skin like Lupita. Once I receive her makeup look I will add it here. I have upped my weekly scrub routine to twice a week. I don’t know how I’m going to make time for it, but I will.

It’s March and snowing here. Really? Really?


Lupita Nyong’o
Prada Dress
Fred Leighton Jewelry


Portia de Rossi
Naeem Khan Dress


Naomi Watts
Calvin Klein Collection Dress
Bulgari Jewelry

Naomi Watts

Lara Spencer
Kaufmanfranco Dress

Lara Spencer

Kate Hudson
Atelier Versace Dress

Kate Hudson

Karen O
Camilla Stærk Dress
Forevermark Jewelry

Karen O

Glenn Close
Zac Posen Dress

Glenn Close

Charlize Theron
Dior Haute Couture Dress
Harry Winston Jewelry

Charlize Theron

Bette Midler
Reem Acra Dress

Bette Midler

Anne Hathaway
Gucci Dress
Neil Lane Jewels

Anne Hathaway

Cate Blanchett
Armani Privé Dress
Chopard Earrings

Cate Blanchett


Camila Alves McConaughey
Makeup Votre Vu

Camille Alves

“Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila is very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones.  She’s wearing a beautiful soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress with an opening in the back and it is just stunning.

  1. Camila’s skin was prepped using products by vbeaute including their eye cream and protective cream.
  2. I started by applying Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Camila’s lips for hydration.  Then, I began to moisturize her face first with VBeaute’s Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum and then applied Votre Vu’s Attentive Crème du Jour with a brush.  For her eyes, I dabbed VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around.
  3. To even out her complexion and give a golden glow, I mixed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Tinted Moisturizer in Paris and St. Tropez and stippled it onto her skin using a sponge.  This allowed me to concentrate and build the coverage where needed.  For the more delicate areas, such as under the eyes, I used my fingers to apply to tinted moisturizer.  Applying the product this way allowed me to achieve the most flawless results.  Camila has perfect skin so the Love Me Deux provided just enough coverage. I really love this product because it comes with a matching concealer that makes it foolproof!  I spot concealed around her nose and under the eyes for a flawless finish, then used a touch ofLingerie Pour Les Yeux in Medium over her eyelids to even out the skin there as well.
  4. Next, I went over her T-zone and eyelids lightly with Belle Poudre in Golden Medium and Medium to fix the makeup in place.  This also helps the eye shadow to stay put and make the colors stay true.
  5. Using Votre Vu’s Palette Play in Copper, I applied the light beige color for the base all over the eyes and then used the light gold color on the lids. I applied the deepest bronze along the crease and along the upper and lower lash line, and then pulled it out on the outer corners to elongate the eyes.  To blend the eye shadows seamlessly, I used a soft angled brush.
  6. Next, using Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, I lined the upper lash line and inside the upper and lower lids to add depth to the eyes.  To give more drama to the lashes, I used an eyelash curler and made sure to apply the Eiffel Power mascara from the very root to the top, applying from underneath.  This helps to keep the curl and prevent the mascara from weighing the lashes down.
  7. To accentuate the look, I filled Camila’s brows in with Arch de Triumphe in Fair. This product went on so smoothly and didn’t move, but still was easy to blend.
  8. On the cheeks, I applied Vu-On Rouge in Amourette (available Spring/Summer 2014) and dusted the pink blush in the Beauté en Bronze duo on top over the apples of her cheeks. Then I took the bronzer from Beauté en Bronze and applied is all over, carefully shading and sculpting her face in the process.
  9. Lastly, I lined and filled in her lips with Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked, applied French Kiss in Lisette on top, and finished off the lips with Lip Lustre in Tender(available in Spring/Summer 2014). The French Kiss lipstick is the one product she’ll be carrying with her onto the red carpet!”

Chrissy Teigen
Makeup: Avon

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For tonight’s red carpet, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen gave Chrissy a bold lip while keeping the rest of her face soft and natural to complement her gorgeous floral gown. Here’s how to get the look.

  1. Lauren groomed Chrissy’s brows with Votre Vu Brow Wax. 
  2. Next, Lauren applied the soft pink shade (#2) from Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Emerald Cut to Chrissy’s lids and then coated her lashes withAvon Mega Effects Mascara
  3. To create Chrissy’s natural, sunkissed glow, Lauren used a YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation and then brushed on a Lorac Bronzer.
  4. To complete the look, Lauren gave Chrissy a bold lip—she applied the NEW Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pure Orchid on the models lips.

Naomi Watts
Makeup: Lancôme and Armani

  1. Inspiration: For a modern take on classic, makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen created a pearlescent, lilac eye and a sultry, plum lip to complement Naomi’s light pearl Calvin Klein Collection gown.
  2. Eye. Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Plum Splendor – Matthew applied the base shade all over, then layered the palest lilac on top, blending the beige and lilac shades to create a pale lid. He then dotted the dark plum liner in between each lash to add depth.  Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee. Lancôme Cils Booster XL. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara
  3. Face: Matthew prepped Naomi’s skin with Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Extrema Serum. NEW Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro in 300 Bisque. Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact Foundation #4. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10
  4. Lip:  Giorgio Armani #7 Smooth Silk Lip Pencil and Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in #502 Scarlatto

All dress photos

It’s All Well-ie and Good

Joules Boots 3

It has finally cooled off, but that hasn’t stopped the summer rain. I find myself looking at the weather channel more than I used to. When I lived in Houston I was used to the rain because it rains there a lot. I always knew it was raining somewhere in Houston even if not where I lived. It seems the skies are opening out and rain is spilling out often. Almost every day. Since I walk more than drive I needed a pair of rain boots. These Joules Rain Boots are not only functional, but beyond cute. The bow on the boots are the main attraction. I get so many compliments and questions about them because they are different than traditional wellies. I wish I had an outdoor music festival to wear them too. Diana Ross is coming next month and maybe she will bring more rain. I remember watching her concert in Central Park and she still performed in the rain and her makeup stayed put. Flawless! I will be happy when I don’t have to pull these out 4-5 times a week, but until then I will be singing in the rain – cute boots and oversized umbrella – ella, ella, aye, aye, aye.

Start at the 9:30 mark. Trust me! Perfection!

GiGi New York Embossed Python Phone Wallet

I’m still obsessed with Graphic Image. It started with their delicious e-book cover, but now I’m in love with their newest brand GiGi New York. To be specific, it’s their Embossed Python Phone Wallet in Fuchsia that has mine name all over it. I am addicted to my iPhone. I have been in love since I first got one a few years ago and I can’t get enough. It goes with me everywhere. The wallet also has enough room for my passport. I don’t do passport covers because they make you take them out anyway. I’m eagerly awaiting the next generation like most die-hard iPhone, but I’m hoping they keep the same size. I do not want to buy a new wallet.

Partner Spotlight: Belle of the Ball

Prom is right around the corner. If you or a special girl in your life is still searching for a dress look no further! Though they are known for their wedding dresses, you can also find an extensive collection of pretty prom dresses at David’s Bridal. Keeping with the ultimate southern belle style, take a look at some of our favorite ball gowns in the latest trends.


The definition of “pretty,” this gorgeous organza dress in fuschia would look great on any skin tone. Prints are very in this prom season and this subtle floral print is both feminine and unique. The empire waist also makes this dress extremely flattering.


This awards season we saw a lot of celebrities wearing white on the red carpet. This glamorous white dress features an intricately patterned sequin skirt that provides the perfect amount of sparkle. The bodice features a bandaged look in the front and a distinctive back.


Another trend you can expect to see a lot of this prom season is the ombre dress. “Ombre” is a French term meaning “shaded.” A beautiful shade of royal blue flows seamlessly into a turquoise and back into royal blue in this strapless ball gown. Also featured is a lace up back that will guarantee this dress fits like a glove.


Last, but not least, is the classic pretty in pink dress. For the girl that wants to feel like a princess, this is the perfect dress. It features a sequined bodice and a full tulle skirt. Love the dress but pink isn’t your thing? You’re in luck, it also comes in champagne.

No matter which of these dresses you pick you will surely feel like the belle of the ball on your big night. How do you feel about this year’s trends? Which of these dresses is your favorite?

This post was brought to you by David’s Bridal

All Twisted By Design Event in Houston, Texas

To my Houston dolls here is an event happening tomorrow that will be fun and prepare you for Spring. Well, with Houston weather it’s always two seasons – Spring and Summer. All Twisted By Design is your place for an afternoon of inspiration, shopping and pampering! Beauty services will be available from manicures to make-overs. Attend FREE seminars & shows. PLUS, shop a wide selection of sought after Houston designers & vendors. Enjoy live entertainment provided by D.J. Party Man. Tickets available here.

Special Guests: Yolanda Green from KIAH Channel 39, Shunte Gamble-Davis Local Author & Designer, and Dr. Phyllis Donatto Local Author & Minister.

Date: Jan 21, 2012
Time: 12-6pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
8686 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77054

Anthropologie Striped Stripes Dress

The minute I saw this Anthropologie Striped Stripes Dress I knew I needed to have it in my life. It is a perfect dress to keep me (1) motivated to work out and (2) bring to a wedding in Jamaica come June. The best thing about this dress is the colors remind me of Jamaica. I’m all about the strapless dress in the summer and this one has my name written all over it. That is until my cousin Cassaundra tries to steal it from me in Cancun while we are on our annual girls trip. Now all I need is some Bob Marley to get me in the groove. I’m seeing Ziggy Marley here this summer and will definitely pull this dress back out.

Bonmarché Fall Dressing Essentials

Bonmarché has given a few warm-weather dressing tips just in time for the temperature drop. Dressing for autumn and winter can be a stressful experience, but these tips will help women make the most of fashion in the cooler weather.  Warm doesn’t have to mean bulky, look for thin knits that will keep you cozy without obscuring your shape. You can also layer a fitted blouse or thin top over a thermal under vest. Layering is also great if you will spend your day switching between the cold outdoors and heated buildings.

Avoid overly flowing garments as they can make you look shapeless. Belt a warm cardigan at the waist to show off your curves.

Your coat is one of the most important items in your winter wardrobe. After all, no matter how nice your outfit, your coat will be covering it up for much of the day. Look for specially designed plus-size ladies coats rather than sized up versions of slim cuts. They are more likely to be flattering to your figure.

You can convert your summer dresses to autumn use by pairing them with warm leggings and a cozy cardigan.

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Burberry Spring 2012 Live Stream

Burberry is always one of my favorite London fashion shows. As much as I enjoy long maxi dresses and flip flops for summer, it’s always great to see their Spring line of trench coats because I can still dream of Spring like weather. There’s a crispness in the air every morning which I love. This silk trench may be part of Burberry’s fall collection, but can definitely work for Spring. Maybe it’s time I jet across the pond for pub fare, high tea, and crumpets. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to London. Hmm, maybe while I’m there I can hit up the Burberry outlet.

Here’s a link to the live stream of the show.

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