Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Champagne, the traditional bubbly, is produced only in the Champagne region of France. Our pick? Perrier-Jouet with its Art Nouveau label will run you about $35 (though some vintages soar in the hundreds).
Its Italian cousin, Prosecco, is popular with our girlfriends and good bottles are less expensive than champagne. We always buy Il Prosecco in multiples because we finish them off so quickly ($13). Don't let the bottle cap throw you, this one is delicious!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Traveling for New Year’s? Now that you know what you're wearing, we checked in with Erin Anderson of Brooklyn’s Woodley and Bunny and TRESemmé spokesperson for tips on perfect hair—whether you’re ringing in the New Year in the big city or at the beach:
City Chic: Flatiron District
• Apply TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse throughout wet hair, and blow dry straight using a large round brush.
• Once dry, apply TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, and flatiron for super-sleek locks.
• Using a flat brush, sweep the hair back into a bun. Finish the hair with a dab of TRESemmé Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème for control and shine. Need some cover? Throw on a fedora – this season’s hottest hat, like the YSL one Ali Larter wore to Tao Las Vegas.
Beach Vibe: Natural Texture
• Scrunch TRESemmé Touchable Curls Shaping Milk into damp curly or wavy hair and diffuse. While drying, be sure to keep scrunching product into hair to encourage the hair’s natural texture.
• Using a small curling iron, curl random sections through the head. Then, take a large barrel curling iron, and create more random pieces.
• Apply TRESemmé Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème to hands and run through hair to define and separate curls.
• Short hair? Spray wet hair with TRESemmé Big Boost Root Lift Spray, and blow dry with fingers for larger-than-life texture.
For more of Erin's advice, check out TRESemmé StyleSeekers.
Monday, December 29, 2008
We haven't seen the brand new Thakoon collection for Target in person yet and it wasn't getting trashed by our pals on Twitter; but this dress looks fun and flirty to us -- and it's only $39.
Neiman's has a huge selection of dresses and this one from Nanette Lepore with its open back and swim suit styling is on sale for $165.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wearing a strapless or other dress or top with the possibility for a wardrobe malfunction? We’ve been experimenting with Hollywood Fashion Tape (double stick tape) for a few months now to keep our dresses up. We had been sticking the double sided tape on our well-padded strapless bra, but that just made our bra heavy and the top of our dress wrinkle all funny.
We saw our opportunity to glean some expert advice from uber-stylist Robert at his holiday brunch a few weeks back. (Robert is the go to stylist for Eve Longoria and other celebs.) Robert was not shy about sticking his hand down the front of our dress to tell us what we were doing wrong (think slightly less scandalous than Isaac Mizrahi and Scarlett Johansson at the Golden Globe’s a few years back.) Robert’s advice: Place the double stick tape where you want it to stick. With a strapless dress, that means placing it on the sides of your body, directly on your skin, not your bra for the best support. As we learned the hard way, a bra wasn’t meant to hold up your boobs and your dress. Next time you see us in that red dress (photo above), we’ll be dancing like an extra in the Wedding Crashers!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We're still kicking ourselves for not going on last year's Mayercraft Carrier -- we would seriously pay good money to see publicity whore John Mayer wearing that Borat inspired neon green onesie as he did on last year's. But even if we don't see his appeal, John obviously has it going on with the ladies: Jen Aniston took him back despite his loose lip antics with the press, his list of exs looks like a presenters list at the Golden Globes and apparently a whole cruise ship full of women want to see him perform. If you count yourself as one of them, get on over to Mayercraft Carrier 2 and sign up for the '09 sailing: March 27-31. The Carnival cruise ship sails from L.A. to Cabos for a port day then back to LA again. (We imagine this will be a far cry from the Celebrity Solstice preview cruise we took.)
More important than any destination, to his fans at least, is John and other musical guests O.A.R. and Guster will preform on the cruise. We asked if John is actually on the cruise or if he choppers in for performances and were told by reps of the cruise agency: John Mayer will perform several shows throughout the course of the cruise. We leave that up to your interpretation as to whether John will be at the midnight buffet or not.
The 4 night cruise costs $1,298-$1,498 per person and doesn't include concert tix or alcohol. If you are an American Express card member, you can attend a Q&A with John Mayer and a VIP cocktail party as well as get VIP check-in at the port All you need is code: SXMAE.
Photo courtesy of Huffington Post
When you head to the mall todayto take advantage of even further markdowns at all your fave stores, stop by your local Molton Brown. They're collecting unused toys to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America. For each toy donated, you'll get a free travel size product and be eligible to win an even bigger assortment on Molton Brown products. (Limit of 5 toys/sample sizes per customer.) The promotion runs all weekend long, December 26-28. To find a store near you, click here.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
For tips on looking good in your holiday photos, check out Carson Kressely's video on Nikon's How To Look Good In Photos. Watch out for JSG's Annie (left) and About.com's Felissa (right) Voguing it up around the minute mark putting Carson's advice to work!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
And if you want something that feels more substantial (but might not cost as much); pick up a DVD (or lottery ticket) at 7-11 or the grocery store or even the truck stop on the way. We asked for a copy of Sex and the City and are sure any of our lady friends would love it too; for him we're going to get The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger's swan song.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
After another killer hangover over the weekend, we figure it’s time for a refresher on how to avoid them:
- Obviously, moderation is key. Our years of drinking have taught us that there’s no hangover cure like not drinking too much the night before.
- Our acupuncturist recommends drinking vodka over wine (presumably Champagne, too.)
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach – even if that means having a little nibble before you head to the party or dinner.
- Mixing booze is a recipe for disaster.
- Stop drinking at least an hour before you go to bed. Your body doesn’t have a shot at processing the alcohol while you’re asleep.
- Don’t drink and drive (not related to hangovers, but bears mentioning all the same).
- Have a glass of water between each drink- dehydration exacerbates a hangover big time!
If all else fails, check out our best hangover cures.
Saks is offering free shipping until 1 pm EST with code: SFAGift. Use it on this Juicy wristlet for $57.
Neiman Marcus is offering free shipping today until 1 pm EST with code: QUICKNM. Use it on this sweet cashmere short sleeve sweater for only $48.
Prescriptives is offering free shipping today only til 1 pm EST with code: FNIGHT8. Our pick is this set of 10 mini lipglosses for $29.
And for the truly late, order by NOON on Christmas Eve (the 24th) and Bobbi Brown will email a gift certificate to a special friend or relative. Our girlfriend, Julia, would love this trunk to store her jewelry (hint, hint BF). Makeup sold separately.
Know of any free shipping promotions we missed? Please share!
Monday, December 22, 2008
A cuff bracelet for $24.99
An elephant ring for $14.99
Embellished hoops for $24.99
The men on our list are always the hardest to buy for—chances are you feel that way, too. Unlike our girlfriends, they aren’t excited by a killer makeup palette, flirty hat or darling sleep mask. Our dad in particular is a challenge—he’s reached an age where he already owns or can pretty much buy anything he wants for himself and we’ve come close to exhausting all our gift options in the past few years (DVD player, subscription to Netflix, iPod, iPod speakers, cookbooks, bestsellers) . Last year, we’re ashamed to admit, we procrastinated until the 24th to buy his present. When faced with the option of standing in line at a store at the mall for 5 hours and another lame-ish gift, inspiration hit us: a year-long lottery ticket. Dad had bought himself one the year before and all we had to do was pop in to the nearest Seven Eleven where we could buy ourselves a Slurpee to boot.
Ironically, dad seemed to like the lottery ticket better than any gift we had ever given him. We guess there’s something to giving someone a gift they actually like over what you think they should like. Unfortunately, the ticket wasn’t a big winner, but for a year, it was a gift that could have kept on giving!
This may be the most perfect Christmas gift yet: A leather jacket owned by Howard Stern and signed by the crazy radio genius himself is up for auction on eBay. The shock jock, along with Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo, Kimora Lee, Natalie Merchant, Brooke Sheilds and the women from the Real Housewives of New York City donated and signed coats for the auction, sponsored by Completely Bare and benefiting New York Cares. The auction ends December 28. Every year, New York Cares sponsors a coat drive for those in need. They typically receive about 80,000 coats--JSG has even donated a few.
We kinda like the Ugg coat signed by Whitney and Olivia (shown above). Picture yourself wearing it on a cold day in L.A. with your favorite skinnies and ankle booties. Aahh-you can almost smell the paparazzi!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here’s another gift for the guys on your list: A bottle of Peat Monster Reserve. It’s sure to impress your banker boyfriend (and help him drown his sorrows if he’s part of the pink slip club). Scotch is the hot new drink and this one is sold as a magnum only, which (as we're told). any connoisseur knows is nearly unheard of in the whiskey world. It retails for $150. To find a store near you, click here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tesoro Resorts in Los Cabos is offering a $60 per night crash pad. The no frills room gives you the chance to experience all the sun, sand and tequila Mexico has to offer, without breaking the bank. Use promo code “Crash” when searching for rates.
Pay with Stock
Elite Island Resorts with locations in Antigua, Nevis (shown above), Tortolla and more is allowing guests to pay up to $5,000 with stock. The cool part is, they’ll credit you the stock’s value from July 1, 2008, before the stock market tanked. The program is aptly named, “Roll Back Your Stock’s Value.” You must book travel by January 31 and your trip must be between now and December 20, 2009—no black out dates!
The new Inn at St. Botolph in Boston’s back bay has a $401K deal which includes 3 nights stay on a Sunday through Thursday, a $50 gift card for retail therapy and the business section removed out of your morning paper. That oughta do the trick!
And no we're not talking the value menu at McDonald's! Our perennial fave, the Kimpton Group, is offering breakfast for $1 through March 31, 2009. Enter the code EAT when booking. We'd like to check out the new Epic Hotel opening this month in Miami.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We love the retro look of the Vers Wood iPod Speaker Dock and the gushing reviews from customers are convincing enough to think he won't be disappointed with the sound output. For $149.99, it's more substantial than the other gifts we found; but this one will score you big points.
While we’re mixed about Gwyneth’s acting career (loved her in Emma and Shakespeare in Love, were completely annoyed by her in Shallow Hal and View from the Top, and lukewarm on her Pepper Potts in Iron Man), we covet her effortless style. It doubtlessly helps that she is 6-feet tall and a total rail, so even in jeans and a white button down she looks flawless.
We love that Gwyneth is blogging and not in an let’s-air-all-my-dirty-laundry-Lindsay Lohan kinda way. On Goop, Gwyneth shares her recipes, gift picks and travel advice in a weekly newsletter. Last week she shared her favorite hotels and restaurants in LA—the city where she was born and partially raised. Here are a few of her picks that are on our must try list:
Shutters in Santa Monica—Gwyn likes the ocean views and oversized tubs
Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel Air—Both are oldies but goodies
The London West Hollywood—She plans to stay at this newly spot (shown above) on her next trip out west.
Read on for Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA restaurant picks.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We had a request to share a recipe for a Bud Light Limetail from the Robert Verdi brunch on Sunday. Here's their version of a Bloody Mary, the Proud Mary:
6 oz. Bud Light Lime
2 oz. Tequila (or to taste)
4 oz Tomato juice
Chipolte flavored Tabasco
Try it during those upcoming playoff games!
A few years back, we went to Paris every year. Then the dollar tanked and that plan was put on hiatus. But now that the exchange rate is more reasonable (or at least it was until yesterday's latest rate cut), we see a trip in our near future. And when we start to plan it, Heather's naughty website will be our first stop.
Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City is available at Amazon.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
*While the package says 24K, we figure it's gold-plated. At $24, we're pretty sure it's not solid gold. Whatevs--we still want it.
For a limited time, Sephora is offering FREE SHIPPING on select items. Just enter code GIFTY at checkout!
On Sunday, we went to Robert Verdi's Holiday Brunch at his to-die-for Luxe Labs in New York. Every time we go there, we get a little green over his decorating skills (no one, and we mean no one, can mix prints and colors like Robert can). This time around, we got a little green food and cocktail envy, too. The party was sponsored by Bud Light Lime and all the food and cocktails were made with Bud Light Lime. Are you sitting there scratching your head? We were a little skeptical at first ourselves, too, but converted pretty quickly. (Considering Hope's new love of Bud Light and our obvious affection for Robert Verdi's party, you might mistake us for Bud Light Girls. But no worries-we're still bubbleholics at heart!)
We're still salivating over the Chilled Lobster, Shrimp and Scallops dish. The lobster was boiled in BLL and the shrimp was poached in it. This one is a no brainer--we've been cooking our crabs in beer since before we were the legal drinking age. The more advanced beer dish was Lime Spiked Tropical Fruits--a medley of papaya, mango, pineapples, lychees and more with a "vinaigrette" of BLL, candied ginger, mint and cilantro. We're planning on serving a version of this crowd-pleaser on Christmas morning.
Culinary creative brilliance was in the spotlight with the Limetails, cocktails made with Bud Light Lime. Our fave was the Light White Cosmo--a cosmo made from BLL, vodka, white cranberry juice and framboise liqueur (this is the drink the hunky bartender is pouring in our video montage). Also served up was the Lime Shandy, BLL with sparkling ginger lemonade (that's the drink Anna Ortiz and Robert are drinking) and a Bellini (BLL replaced the Prosecco).
Besides being a novelty and a great excuse to throw a party, the benefit of using Bud Light Lime in your cocktails is a way to save money--it's a heck of a lot cheaper than Cointreau or bubbly. It could cut the calorie count--and who can't use a few less of those these days? It's also potentially lower in alcohol, which makes it better for morning events, like your next holiday brunch.
Monday, December 15, 2008
What sets this collection apart is its unique packaging that clicks together, like legos for women, and allows you to customize your own palette. For daily use, we would snap the full set together (face perfector, blush, eyeshadows, lip gloss, and even mascara); but at night, we would scale down to blush and gloss. The products that stand out are the powder eye shadow in pink champagne which has a silky texture that can be used wet or dry; the gloss, which we tried in sunset, is moisturizing and not sticky at all (a major peeve of ours); and the face perfector adds nice light coverage and is great if you're on the go and need to touch up.
Jouer was launched a few years ago, but redesigned this summer, and is now available at Henri Bendel stores and Jouer on-line.
The Louis Vuitton tribute website to Stephen Sprouse goes live today at welovesprouse.com. The website features interviews with people who knew the designer, including Sex and the City costumer Patricia Field and Debbie Harry, and a section on Stephen Sprouses favorite spots around NYC.
This is all in preparation for the Stephen Sprouse Rock on Mars retrospective at the Deitch Projects Gallery on January 8, and, most importantly for your Louis fans out there, the launch of the Sprouse-inspired graffiti collection for Louis Vuitton. That's designer Marc Jacobs (above) with a bag from the line from the January issue of Bazaar.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Jet Set Girls are giving away a White + Warren Cashmere Ombre Scarf worth $195!
Indian Girl tells us how to embrace the dark lip trend and is giving away Julie Hewett Lipstick in Sin Noir to help you do just that ! Enter Today !
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews Bioelements Quick Refiner. Find out what she thinks of this liquid-gel exfoliator!
Beauty411 shares the details of the lovely Dior Black and White Ball Collection. One of the prettiest holiday collections of the season!
Top Blushes by Marta-Talking Makeup!
Alison of The Advice Sisters wrote about a soap that not only cleans YOU, but also help to clean up land mines a cause close to the heart of a special princess, and lots of glittery "eye candy," too
Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog weighs in on the best of the best mascaras.
Beauty Anonymous shares Chanel Spring 2009 Makeup Collection.
Beauty Secrets Revealed shares an Essential Oil Recipe For Healthy And Strong Nails.
Makeup Files has you covered this holiday season. Save money with the 5 Beauty Gifts under $15 or, go for broke with the 5 Extravagant Beauty Gifts over $50. That'll help cross some names off your gift list!
Frappelattes smells and gives her two "scents" on Armani Code for Women. (It smells delicious!)
Beauty Junkies Unite checks out beauty newcomer, on10 Cosmetics and finds something yummy in the process!
A little behind on your holiday shopping? eye4style has you covered with this giveway of two $50 gift cards to AZJeans.com!
This week Fabulous Over Forty has a beauty gift to fit any Beauty on a Budget.
The Makeup Divas are having another fabulous giveaway. So head on over and enter to win the first edition of Beautyfix!
Win a pair of KEEN shoes on A Mom in Red High Heels. You'll love the comfort, quality and styles.
The Beauty Couch turned up some handy hints for using cream blush inspired by the tarte Mini Cheek Stain Set.
Want to smell good without smelling like perfume? Visit The Beauty Blog for a review of philosophy fragrances, which smell clean and wonderful without smelling perfume-y (and don't bother those sensitive to perfumes!).
Missed out on the Mineral Makeup Trend? Learn everything you need to know about Mineral Makeup at Mineral Makeup Reviews.
Should you add Glycolic Acid to your skin care regimen? Read The Benefits of Glycolic Acid at RN Guide to Skin Care to help you decide.
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway with Bioelements. Click here to enter.
Glossypink chats about the eyeshadow duo that's perfect for anyone!
It has been done! MissWhoever You Are has found the one lipgloss that has disappointed her.
Face Candy reviews some great NARS Nail Polishes.
The Beauty Alchemist helps her nails to Eve Lom Cuticle Cream.
ThisThatBeauty is all about skin renewal and Cargo's blu_ray Polishing Cloths are getting the job done.
Find out what makeup loves me is getting herself this Christmas!
TotalBeauty.com has a great offer to share! On Monday, December 15th (ONLY!), you can get FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING on any purchase you make on products listed in this Holiday Beauty "It" List. See site for details.
We're always on the lookout for products that meet the liquid restrictions for our carry on bag (currently 3 oz. max). The Origins Checks and Balances Travel Companion is a 3 pack of one of our all time favorite cleansers and we can take it on board with us. Why do we like this one so much? It lathers up, has wheat protein to soothe our dry skin (a must after plane travel) and has tourmaline to help prevent breakouts and (another must after plane travel. No, life isn't fair). Order before December 16 for free shipping. The 3- pack is $18.50.