Cardi Party

5 Reasons you Should Own a Cardigan
  • Class it up. Cardigans are fabulous they are not only fabulous accessories to keep you warm, but they are great to wear to work or dinner with the boyfriends parents!
  • Color. Buy a cardigan in a bright color to dress up a neutral outfit. For example a plain black tank top with jeans, a colorful cardigan and simple jewelry. Hello runaway ready!
  • Wardrobe Versatility. All those fabulous summer tank tops we all have to have, and buy every summer. They look fabulous in the fall with a cardigan over them
  • Be prepared for anything. If you live in state such as Michigan with bi-polar unpredictable weather…. in the morning it could be 70 degrees and the afternoon it\’s 40. Cardigans are a cute accessory to throw on or off as needed; not to mention they\’ll never ruin your outfit!

Spring Forward to 2011 trends

While I have talked about Fashion Week nail trends (here and here oh and a how-to here) I figured it was time to show some of my favorite makeup trends and how to achieve the look. So far Rachel Roy and Betsey Johnson have my favorite looks when it comes to makeup trends! Many of my favorite trends use MAC Cosmetics. However my two absolute favorites Betsey used Stila and Ms. Roy used Bobbi Brown.

Behnaz Sarafpour{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics}

To get the look:
Face: Begin with MAC Face and Body Foundation in a shade that matches your skin tone. Next apply Mineralize Bronzer Give Me Sun (only to high cheekbones and temples).
Eyes: Use eye kohl Get a Kick (its a pale gold) also add Mega Metal Shadow color Dalliance (due out spring 2011.)
Lips: Get a pale beige shade called Supremely Confident.

Betsey Johnson
{makeup by: Stila}

To get the look:
Face: You will want to even out your complexion with One Step Makeup and hot pink blush to the apples of the cheek.
Eyes: Use the Palm shade for Fiji Palette No. 5 (Kelly Green) all over lid and to the brow…you\’ll want to extend past the top and bottom eye lines. False lashes.
Lips: Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Caprice. (This was one of my absolute favorites)

Bibhu Mohapatra{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics}

How to get the look:
Face: Mix Face & Body Foundation with moisturizer (this allows for the sheerest cover.) The cheeks are covered with Blushcreme in Ladyblush and Brit Wit.
Eyes: A hint of taupe eye shadow.
Lips: lip conditioner and concealer.

Diane Von Furstenberg{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics }

How to get the look:
Face: Bare besides Pearl Cream Color Base used as a highlighter.
Eyes: Bare besides Pearl Cream Color Base used as a highlighter.
Lips: Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta followed by Neon Pigment in Magenta Madness.

Honor {makeup by: NARS}

How to get the look:
Face: Bare skin (you can even out your complexion with foundation.) Use blush in shade Zen
Eyes: violet brown eye shimmer (Ashes to Ashes)
Lips: Nude lip color

Lica Luca
{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics }

How to get the look:
Face: To highlight the cheekbones use Pearl and Bone Beige.
Eyes: You want to create a pastel eye look so use Layer Paint Sticks in Pink & White, Blue & White as well as Yellow & White on the lid. Edge the lash line in Smolder, and add mascara.
Lips: So Vein Lipstick

Monique Lhuillier{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics }

How to get the look:
Face: On the Cheeks: Mid Tone Sepia Cream Color Base
Eyes: On the lid: Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance. To the crease: Paint Pots in Dangerous Cuvee as well as Lilac Metal.
Lips: Kissable Lip in Vanity Fair.

Rachel Roy
{makeup by: Bobbi Brown }

How to get the look:
Face: Flawless and Natural Foundation. Use Pen in Pal Face Highlighter as blush and place on the cheeks and angle upward.
Eyes: On upper lid only use Black Ink Gel Liner heavily , and finish the eyes with a small amount of Beige Shimmer Brick. Add heavy amounts of mascara.
Lips: Beige lip color.

{makeup by: MAC Cosmetics }

How to get the look:
Face: Use Select Moisture Cover and place Lady Blush high on the cheeks and temples. along with Refined Deep Bronzer. LOTS of bronzer!
Eyes: Use a gold shadow with a deep army green brown color to contour the eyelid as well as brown mascara.
Lips: Use a peachy pink on the pout.

Are you loving any of these looks?
Would you wear any of them?


Spring Forward 2011 Nail Trends

Alexandre Herchcovitch

{Dashing Diva nail colors used: Limo Service, Tibi Couture, Jitney to the Hamptons, Bluetylicious (Spring 2011) and Pier 39}

Barbara Tfank
{Dashing Diva polishes used: Miranda\’s Law, So Much Melon Drama (Spring 2011) and a touch of Headliner}

Betsey Johnson
{Butter London created the racing stripes on the nails using: a pepto shade pink on the entire nail and then a stripe of royal navy underneath a stripe of yellow cheeky.}
Charlotte Ronson
{OPI polish used: Samoan Sand}

Erin Featherstone
{Dashing Diva polish used: Chelsea in the Buff. Which is a shiny neutral shade.}

Jose Duran
{Dashing Diva polish used: The Met, a white polish, for a base and Limo Service, a black polish to create a Chevron French nail.}
Jenny Packman

{Dashing Diva polish used: Debutante}

Lela Rose
{Deborah Lippmann Collection nail lacquer use: P.Y.T}

Rebecca Taylor
{OPI polished used: I\’m Suzi & I\’m a chocoholic (fingers)
and Barfoot in Barcelona (toes)}

{Dashing Diva polish used: No More Alimony a shimmering metallic}

Whitney Eve
{Butter London polish used: Lady Muck (fingers & out spring 2011) Hail McQueen (toes)}

Yoana Baraschi

{Dashing Diva polish used: New York Slice}

Z Spoke by Zac Posen
{OPI nail polish used: Alpine Snow, Chopsticking to my Story, No Room for the Blues and That\’s Hot Pink made for unique square-patter tips.}
{OPI nail polish used: Alpine Snow, The \”It\” Color, What\’s with the Cattitude, Who the Shrek are You? and Black Onyx were used to create a bold cheetah design. }

Zero + Maria Cornejo
{Dashing Diva polish used on nails: Fashion Week}

{Dashing Diva polish used on toes: Greenpoint Grunge}

Are you loving any of these trends?


Nail the half-moon mani AKA "the Ruffian"

The half-moon manicure or \”The Ruffian\” has been spotted in prior runway shows, and it\’s definitely here to stay. As it is popping up all over the runway for the spring 2011 collection. So I thought I would do a little DIY since a lot of you are absolutely loving the look!

So my half-moon manicure may not be perfect, but it was my first try.

First I polished on a base coat, next two coats of You don\’t know Jacques by O.P.I. I waited for the polish to dry completely.

You\’ll need hole reinforcements to complete the look.

Next, I stuck on the stickers (pictured above). The stickers blocked out a small arch at the bottom of my nail bed. NOTE: I folded the stickers in half and only had sticky parts touching my skin or cuticle area. The stickers will pull your polish off if you aren\’t careful.

I polished Black Onyx by O.P.I. on top.

After Black Onyx dried I pulled off the hole reinforcements and polished a top coat onto my nails.

I think it turned out pretty fabulous! What are you thinking of my half-moon mani?


Queen B Spotted

As you may or may not know I absolutely love headbands. I wear them six out of seven days of the week and coordinate them to my clothes. I have done this way before Gossip Girl even existed. I wish they would have Blair wear headbands in college… they\’re trendy for college. In honor of Gossip Girl season premier tonight here are some of my favorite handbands Blair has worn.