Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Nail Polish Trend

While we're partial to khaki, our friends at Daily Makeover have unearthed a few other hot nail polish colors for fall. How can you go wrong with glitter, courtesy of Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance?

View the Hot Nail Polish Colors.

Ralph Lauren 100 Bloggers Unite Against Cancer Campaign

Breast cancer sucks. Even if it hasn't touched your own life, by now you know that women young and old are at risk--just look at Christina Applegate and Sheryl Crow. We've started to hear about friends of friends in their 30s getting diagnosed and Hope's grandmother and Annie's 40-something aunt both died of the disease.

So when asked to join the Ralph Lauren 100 Bloggers Unite Against Cancer Campaign it was a no-brainer. (It's certainly a lot easier than the Avon 39 mile walk Hope did last spring!)

Like us, Ralph Lauren is no stranger to the fight against breast cancer. He was spurred to support the cause after the death of his friend Nina Hyde, former editor of the Washington Post. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation.

For those who question why breast cancer is only talked about in October and why other women's cancers often seem to get lost, Ralph wants you to know that the Pink Pony Fund is a year round campaign and that while the Pink Pony campaign was initially established with a focus on Breast Cancer, it has now expanded to include other cancers.

Support the Pink Pony Fund
There are a few ways to support the Pink Pony fund, which supports programs for screening, early diagnosis, treatment and research and brings patient navigation to medically underserved communities:

  • Buy an item from the Pink Pony Fund, like the polos we're sporting above.
  • Take part in the Charity Buzz auction from October 1st to October 21st. 100% of proceeds from the aucution will benefit the Pink Pony Fund. You can bid on items including: 
  •  A Front Row Seat at the Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Fashion Show and Meet the Designer Backstage, 
    Have Your Child Star in a Ralph Lauren Ad, 
    Meet Jerry Seinfeld backstage at a show, 
    A Personal Tour of Ralph Lauren’s World-Famous Car Collection, 
    Two Tickets to Miami Heat Game and Meet Lebron James, 
  •  Donate $10 by texting PINKPONY to 501501 to automatically donate $10.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs Owl Ring


You should always collect something when you travel. It makes shopping fun--and kitschy items like snow globes, do not disturb signs or magnets always look better as part of a collection than on their own. We collect owls. It started when our friend Charlotte gave us one carved out of wood for our new apartment. Owls bring health and happiness into a home, so they make a perfect housewarming gift if you're ever in need.

While this Marc by Marc Jacobs owl ring can't sit on our bookshelf or remind us of a trip, it adds a touch of whimsy to any outfit in any city, day or night.

Available at

Interview: Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron

We were thrilled to interview Miss America Caressa Cameron. She is super smart, charming and beautiful! We hope you enjoy the tips she shared about travel, beauty, and her year as Miss America. Caressa is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network and chose Real Talk: AIDS in America as her platform.

Thanks to Artistry for sponsoring her appearance.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hair by Guido at Versace Milan Fashion Week

With all the rain we've had on the east coast the past couple of days, the slicked back look from Guido at the Versace show in Milan may be best way to battle frizzy hair in these crazy conditions.

"Donatella and I discussed this look quite a bit; as typically she loves big, voluminous sexy hair for her show. Through this departure from that, we wanted to show that hair kept close to the head that draws attention to the face can be just as high glamour as big hair. This is a look anyone can wear, as long as she has the confidence to allow her face the extra exposure exposed. Also, not using so much product could also tone down the look a bit too for everyday. And the accessories, like the pieces of PVC plastic, can add a bit of fun into such a glamorous, high fashion shape." - Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

Guido used these Redken products:  hardwear 16 super strong gel and glass 01 smoothing serum.

Here's how to create the look on your own:
Apply Redken hardwear 16 super strong gel in sections thoroughly through entire head of hair all the way to just past the nape of the neck, using a comb to create a smooth texture with no part.

Smooth hair all the way back on the top and sides and pull together in a low ponytail secured at the nape of the neck.

Coil hair around itself into a knot and pin into place.

Take a piece of PVC plastic (or any type of square shaped material you'd like to use) and secure around the bun with an elastic, allowing the ends of the square piece to essentially "stick out."

Finish entire look with slicking on heavy amounts of glass 01 smoothing serum for that glassy, patent leather texture.

Jack Black Lip Balm

Champagne and lip balm are two things we can never get enough of. While Perrier Jouet is still tops on our bubbles list, we now have a new favorite lip balm and --surprise-- it comes from our S.O.'s medicine cabinet. Jack Black Lip Balm offers heavy duty moisturization, thanks to shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E, but it's not sticky or tacky since it's made for men who shy away from shine. We suspect with it's slightly sweet flavor the lemon and chamomile version was actually created with women in mind. Definitely add this to your carry on bag!

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Bowling Alley at Foxwoods

high rollers foxwoods

After our recent experience at the new SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, we, along with our friends in the bachelorette party we were with, decided that casinos only belong in Las Vegas, and possible Atlantic City. The 10 of us agreed that every casino we've been to outside of those two cities (in America, at least), has a somewhat sketchy element. At SugarHouse, that was older smokers playing slots and grandmas with bad wigs.

So, more power to Foxwoods and the new High Rollers bowling alley opening in October in a party hosted by Kim Kardashian, but we will not be rushing up there to check it out. We're just not convinced that, even with a catchy name, a marble bar, bowling alleys, chandeliers and pool tables can make a Connecticut casino cool, especially with a last call of 2 a.m.

Loeffler Randall Rain Boots

Loeffler Randall Rain Boots
After a few false starts with Hunter Wellies (What color to get? Are they too tall? Too clunky?), I finally settled on the Loeffler Randall Rain Boots. The boot has the same cut as the LR Matilde boots, and are far sleeker and chicer than a Hunter could ever hope to be, even a Jimmy Choo version.

Hope asked why I want rain boots so desperately and if they're warm enough. Anyone who has been in NYC during a sudden downpour or after a thaw knows how treacherous the puddles that collect on the street corners can be. Their depth is deceiving--you could think you're stepping in a centimeter deep pool, only to find yourself ankle-deep in icy sludge. As for warmth, just wear a thick sock and you'll be fine. With these babies, I can splash through puddles and still look cute--make that stylish.

True confession: while I do adore the zippered version of the Loeffler Randall Rain Boots that are new for 2010, I did order last year's off eBay and saved $100+.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kiehl's Photo-Age Corrector

Kiehl's Photo-Age Corrector
The Photo-Age Corrector is Kiehl's latest product designed to reverse the signs of damage caused by UV rays. Let's face it, even if you use your SPF diligently, dark spots creep up and hyperpigmentation gets exacerbated, especially if your using certain antibiotics and hormones. The Photo-Age Corrector can be used on small areas or across your whole face, leading to a brighter overall complexion. Now that the days are getting shorter and we're spending less time outside, it's a great time to focus on reversing sun damage from the summer.

I've tried it myself for a couple of weeks and am pleased with the immediate results.  First the lotion goes on smoothly and has a pleasant (if barely noticeable) scent. In the morning, there's a noticeable freshness to my complexion and I'm hoping it continues to get better as I use the product.

The Phote-Age Corrector is available at department stores and

This review was based on a sample.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Web Snob September 24th, 2010

Stiletto Jungle shopped Tucker for Target and picked 5 must-buy pieces.

Ali Lohan is modeling for Lindsay's 6126 line and Allie is Wired has the pictures.

Bag Snob has the Burberry Prorsum collection - bags that you can order, right now, until September 28th.

Beauty Snob says this is the best eye cream La Mer's ever come out with!

Coquette recommends a stylish cape coat to transform your look this fall.

Fashion Pulse Daily divulges it's survival tactics for making it through New York Fashion Week's Spring 2011's Collections

The Jet Set Girls find a pair of designer tweezers that they couldn't live without.

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting a pair of Whooga Ugg Boots .

Shopping and Info loves the over the knee black leather boots by Stuart Weitzman seen on Olivia Palermo.

The Beauty Stop explains how to wear vibrant eyeshadow.

The Shoe Goddess prevents a shoe disaster with these chic Lanvin Satin Bow Pumps!

On Our Radar: The Aria Hotel Las Vegas

Thank you Ritu, for sharing your guest post on The Jet Set Girls!

Aria Hotel Las Vegas

I visited Las Vegas for the first time with two girl friends over Labor day and had the pleasure of staying at
Aria, the strip's newest hotel. The first thing you will notice as soon as you walk in is the delicious fragrance that the lobby is filled with. Aria had special scent engineers who came up with a unique blend of notes to create the hotel's signature scent. Built with the collaboration of eight different architects and complete with a waterfall and a beautiful fountain at the entrance, the hotel is a sight to be seen in itself. The most differentiating thing about Aria however, is the fact it holds sustainability and eco-consciousness at its heart. Plenty of natural light in the lobby and reusable bathroom product containers are a few noticeable efforts.

Keep your eye out for unique art pieces all around the hotel like a huge gold sculpture right behind the check-in counters called Silver River by Maya Lin. Take the time to walk through the hotel and check out the celebrity chef restaurants like Jean Philippe Patisserie on the main floor (my favorite), Jean Georges Steakhouse, Bar Masa and Shaboo ($300 prix fixe) by Master Sushi Chef Masa Takayama and award winning chef Julian Serrano's namesake restaurant spread out between the first and second floors.

Your stay at the Aria is incomplete without a visit to the "daylife" pool party at Liquid. All you need to do to gain free access is to put on a bikini, throw a cute cover-up on, touch up your makeup and slip into some cute shoes (heels optional) and the hosts in the general pool area will be handing you passes and begging you to hang out at Liquid. What you'll find inside is a smaller, more intimate party compared to the large and crowded parties like Wet Republic and Rehab, with classy party-goers drinking high end tequila and Perrier-Jouet. The top class DJs with uncanny abilities to read the crowd will keep the energy up with the best new house music, mixed flawlessly.

Take advantage of having one of the newest hot spots for nightlife right in your hotel by partying at Haze nightclub. There are some optical illusions built into club to create a "haze" like a moving ceiling of lights and larger than life sculptures. Celebrities make constant appearances and I saw Busta Rhymes perform on my visit.

Staying at Aria will not only give you bragging rights for staying at the newest hotel in the newly revitalized city center of Las Vegas, access to one of the hottest pool parties and clubs but also an excuse to sample some of the newest hotel technology and amenities.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chanel Lifting Firming Travel Essentials

Chanel Lifting Firming Travel Essentials
The Chanel Lifting Firming Travel Essentials may be the most luxurious and decadent anti-aging travel-size skincare set we've tried. The three piece set comes with gorgeous black Chanel logo jars, each within TSA carry-on limits, and a black keepsake pouch. Of course we know packaging isn't that important; so we'll stress the quality of the silky soft creams (one day lifting cream with SPF15 and one night cream) and of the smooth serum which you apply before either cream. We're not usually one for perfumes; but these creams come with the signature Chanel scent that gets a pass for reminding us of all things chic and French.

You can find the Chanel Lifting Firming Travel Essentials at and fine department stores.

This review was based on a preview sample.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Italian Greyhound

X-rated liquor cocktail

Move over mimosa, we have a new favorite brunch cocktail, the Italian Greyhound. Here's the recipe:

1.5 parts X-RATED®Fusion Liqueur®
1/2 Aperol® or splash of Campari®
3 parts Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Bitters (optional)
Build cocktail in a low-ball glass
Top with ice.

Find more X-Rated Liqueur cocktails.

DuWop's Flight Stick

duwop's flight stick
O.K. so we haven't tried it yet, but the DuWop Flight Stick sounds like a dream come true. According to the website, it's:
"a skin-enhancing, hydrating stick created for the weary traveler or anyone who wants an instant pick me up. The product contains anti-oxidants to protect and hydrate. A touch of caffeine, a natural stimulant wakes up the skin and enhances the appearance of dryness and damage. Flight Stick also contains a hint of tint to even out and perfect the complexion."
We mean really, what else do you need when on the plane, save for a personal masseuse to help with bloating and boredom?

The DuWop Flight Stick is available on Let us know if you try it first!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boscia Blotting Linens

Boscia Blotting Linens
Our friend, Becky, who's got a pulse on all things glam, was passing these out one steamy afternoon this summer. The Boscia Blotting Linens did a great job of ridding us of shiny T-zones and the green tea version was gentle enough for sensitive skin. They'd be handy to have on a plane too, because there's something about the dry air up there that sends our skin into greasy overdrive.

You can find Boscia at Sephora.

Oscar de la Renta's Emeralds

oscar de la renta emerald earrings

Thanks to Rachel Zoe for letting us know how badly we want these Oscar de la Renta green earrings made of tonal sea glass and emerald cabochon with gold plating. And at $250, they're actually within reach. (Here's hoping the S.O. is reading today!) These babies remind us of the earrings Angelina Jolie wore at the 2009 Oscars. The only thing that's stopping us from ordering these right now is that they're clip ons.

Monday, September 20, 2010

5 Skin Care Questions on Mario Badescu

It was such an honor to be asked 5 Skin Care Questions by our fave facial guru, Mario Badescu. See what we had to say and what our fave Mairo Badescu products are!

Vanessa Minnillo Throws a Bachelorette Party

Vanessa Minnillo bachelorette party

We knew Vanessa Minnillo has good taste! She threw her friend a bachelorette party this past weekend at the Venetian Las Vegas, the same place we had Annie's almost a year ago. Vanessa and friends stayed in a 2 bedroom Penthouse suite that Vanessa decorated with pink and black balloons for a lingerie party.

The ladies had Kobe Meatballs, Margherita Pizza and Chicken Parmagiano washed down with  with Hpnotiq’s Bubbles and Blue cocktails at Lavo, before heading to the club upstairs to dance the night away to DJ Cobra.
Vanessa Minnillo bachelorette party las vegas

Saturday found the ladies in a cabana by the Azure pool, doing mojito shots and eating cupcakes. For dinner, they went to Dos Caminos for fish tacos and blueberry pomegranate martinis. Then it was off to see David Spade perform at the Venetian Showroom. The last stop of the night was Tao for dancing. We know from experience that Vanessa Minnillo and her friends had a blast at the Venetian!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ivanka Trump's Travel Diaries

Ivanka Trump in Toronto
We admit it-we have a full on girl crush on Ivanka Trump. She's smart, stylish, an intelligent business woman, a savvy designer and has some of the best highlights we've seen this side of a 5-year old. We'll be following her new "Must Go" travel diary on her Facebook Fan page a lot more closely than we do Gwyneth's Goop. Ivanka shares snap shots of her travels, including the above from the hard hat tour of the Toronto Trump International Hotel. Like Ivanka's Facebook page today!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

La Mer: The Eye Balm Intense

La Mer The Eye Balm Intense
To say we're fans of La Mer's eye cream is an understatement. We've used it for years, and only strayed from it when either we're testing other products or our economic guilt got too strong. You see it works beautifully to smooth and moisturize your tender eye area; but it comes with a hefty price tag- as is true with so many of our favorite things.

The newest release from La Mer is the Eye Balm Intense. It uses the same "Miracle Broth" as their original Creme de la Mer but includes two additional versions: a concentrated form and an encapsulated form. They also added a Marine DePuff Ferment and Lifting Ferment which encourage improvement in the appearance of aging around the eyes. These ingredients work together by first refreshing the eye area (you feel a cool sensation as soon as you apply it), then the eye cream penetrates your skin for lasting effects which include depuffing, lifting and smoothing of fine lines. A silver-tipped applicator comes with the eye cream and is designed to pick up the right amount of product. It doesn't pull your skin the way a finger does.

We've used the Eye Balm Intense for three weeks and appreciate the texture of our skin after using it. We're hoping the lasting effects will improve those pesky lines which are creeping up these days!

You can find the La Mer Eye Balm Intense on or at Neimans, Bergdorf's and Saks in October.

This review was based on a sample.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Web Snob September 17th, 2010

Stiletto Jungle contemplates the newest designer collaboration: UGG & Jimmy Choo.

Did Elle magazine photoshop Gabourey Sidibe lighter? Allie is Wired covers the controversy.

Bag Snob previews the must-see bag to feel how soft it is and how slouchy it hangs on the shoulder!

Check out Dermalogica's new Ultracalming line at Beauty Snob.

The Jet Set Girls share their favorite behind-the-scenes-moments from New York's Fashion Week.

Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions in Los Angeles, by Sun Lee.

Second City Style reviews a favorite show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring '11: The Narciso Rodriguez Silent Roar

Shopping and Info wants the Kors by Michael Kors black suede wedge platform pumps for Fall.

StyleBakery's 15 days of fall fashion trends wraps up this week with menswear trousers, pant suits, chunky knits and more.

The Beauty Stop takes a look at yellow eyeshadow for fall.

The Shoe Goddess is impressed with Jean-Michel Cazabat's new line Luxury Rebel!

Betsey Johnson for Tweezerman

Betsey Johnson for Tweezerman

There simply are no better tweezers than those made by Tweezerman. They are sharp, have great grip, and make shaping your brows much easier than with any other brand.

The only way to improve them was with this collaboration with Betsey Johnson. We found them at a Betsey boutique where we were scoping out the gorgeous fall weight coats. They had alreay sold out of the white and rose bud design; but you can find them at Sephora for $25. They're not cheap; but like a quality eyelash curler, they are definitely worth it!

On Our Radar: Sheila Kelley's S Factor Retreat

Paradise Point

Combining three of our favorite things: Pole dancing, San Diego and a girls' getaway, the Sheila Kelley's S Factor Retreat is on our travel wish list this fall. The weekend is Oct 21-24 at the aptly-named Paradise Point. The weekend's itinerary includes:

October 21 ~ Awaken My S Journey ~ Sheila Kelley chat entitled The Story of S, Elements of the S Factor Movement Path, Elements of the S Factor Erotic Creature Path and How to Use Your Feminine Eye
October 22 ~ Ignite My Feminine Fire ~ Meanderings and Good Mornin' Breakfast ~  Pole Dance Clinic ~ The Beauty Workshop ~ Erotic Creature Intensive ~ Sheila Kelley Chat entitled Igniting Your Feminine Fire and The Male vs. Female Campfire ~ Iemanja Ocean Cleansing Ceremony and Bonfire Celebration
October 23 ~ Understanding My Erotic Creature Journey ~ Sunrise on the Beach ~ Erotic Creature Intensive w/ Sheila Kelley ~ Lap Dance Intensive ~ Sheila Kelley Chat entitled Understanding Your Erotic Creature Journey ~ History and Politics of Female Sexuality ~ S Factor Flight Night
October 24 ~ S-ing My Way Through Life ~ Good Morning Breakfast: experiencing your food through your sensuality ~ S Factor Erotic Creature Discovery ~ Farewell Meditation w/ Sheila Kelley ~ body cleansing self-acceptance ritual

We can only imagine how fit and sexy attendees will feel by checkout time on Sunday! Register at

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

Annie, Catherine Malandrino and

Fashion Week is about so much more than the shows. While the clothes are--and always will be--the main focus, we enjoy the behind the scenes nearly as much as sitting front row. A few of our top finds:
  • It's OK to tell a designer "Good Luck" before a show. We told Catherine Malandrino exactly that two days before her show when we met her at Fashion's Night Out. 
  • Stylish tips courtesy of Lori Goldstein, stylist extraordinaire and designer of LOGO Instant Chic.
  • A must download playlist, courtesy of Tory Burch.
  • Cigar smoking is back in a big way.
  • Khaki nails ruled the runway.
  • Got a boo-boo? Check out the Cynthia Rowley line of Band-Aids.
  • Diane Von Furstenberg is as talented at designing a hotel room as she is a dress. 
  • Lela Rose's collection for Payless is on our must-have list for spring!

Lori Goldstein's LOGO Instant Chic "re-chic" Event

lori goldstein instant chic
Who could turn down the chance to get "re-chiced" by Madonna's first stylist, Lori Goldstein? On Wednesday, Lori, fresh from styling the Vera Wang show, turned her talents to a group of fashion bloggers and updated our outfits with pieces from her Logo Instant Chic line, available on QVC. To spice up my army green shirt dress, Lori added a faux snakeskin belt and a fun rhinestone bracelet. Lori's tip: Wear a bracelet on each arm this season. One is not enough!

Lori's pieces are available on

This review was based on a free sample.

Cigar Smoking at NYFW

90s fashions weren't the only thing to make a reappearance from the grunge decade, cigar smoking is back in a big way, too. Camacho Cigars--a fave of Leonardo DiCaprio--were handed out at the after parties at the MAC/Milk Studios. Ah-women smoking cigars. It makes us nostalgic for all the happy hours we spent trying to look cool at the Upper Eastside's Club Macanudo.

Tory Burch's Playlist

Many shows inspire us to update our playlists, but none more than Tory Burch presentation yesterday. The clothes had a 70s' feel along with bright pops of tangerine and tomato red. The vintage tunes from Kool and the Gang, New Order, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Cure along with newer ones from the Scissor Sisters and The Kills delighted as much as the clothes.

Check out the complete Tory Burch playlist.

His and Hers Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

bachelorette parties

When we first heard about celeb couples like Fergie and Josh DoMe--oh, we mean, Duhamel--we weren't sure we were on board with the trend. Shouldn't somethings, like a bachelorette party where you can dance all night with your girlfriends, be sacred? But then we chatted with Veronica Smiley, director of marketing for Harrah's Entertainment Total Experiences, and she sold us on the idea.

Read Veronica's ideas for His and Hers Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties on AOL's AisleDash.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids

Cynthia Rowley Band Aids
One of our top discoveries over fashion week is the Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids. The grown up version of Hello Kitty Band-Aids for kids, these almost make getting a boo-boo fun. Our fave is the sequins, natch! One dollar from each sale is donated to Design Ignites Change, an organization that engages high school and college students in design and architecture projects that address social issues in their own communities.

These would have come in uber-handy when we had an unfortunate incident with a stiletto (someone else's, not ours) in Montauk a few weeks back.

Khaki Nails at Nicholas K Fashion Week

We wondered how wearable khaki nail polishes were after trying Khakis de Chanel; but they're definitely in New York this week. Dashing Diva did the nails for Nicholas K. where Pattie Yankee mixed a khaki brown and mint green color for some of the models. Nicholas also chose Concrete Playground, a heather gray polish, Astor Place, a grey/brown mix and Tibi Couture, a light creamy beige. What do you think? We think they're gorg!

Photo Credits Eric Yu

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review: GoClear Acne Skincare Line

This time of year it's common for my skin to breakout from all the sunscreen and high temperatures, so it was a good time to test out the GoClear acne skincare line. It's designed for all skin types, all ages and all skin tones, because it is gentle, oil-free, and allergy tested. The cornerstone of the system is the GoClear Intensive Acne Treatment which contains 2% salicylic acid and treats the root cause of acne: clogged pores. The remaining two steps are the Clarifying Cleanser and the Moisturizing Sunscreen.

First, the line was easy to use. If you ask me to do more than two or three steps each night, I'm likely to fall off the schedule; but washing and applying the treatment was simple even after a long day. Next, the products didn't have any odors. The cleanser didn't have a big lather; but left my skin feeling clean, not dried out or "tight." I'm glad they included a sunscreen; because I do attribute clogged pores to even those sunscreens that claim to be non-comedogenic. Lastly, it was effective. By the end of a week's worth of use, my skin was clear. Here's hoping it stays that way!

GoClear is available at Sephora stores and They offer a trial size set for $40 which conforms to the TSA carry-on requirements.

This review was based on a sample.

Jimmy Choo & Uggs

jimmy Choo Uggs

The Jimmy Choo Uggs are now available for pre-order on Jimmy Personally, we could easily find another way to spend $500+ at the Jimmy Choo store than on these babies. Looks like these are for the women who has everything.
jimmy Choo knitt Uggs

Monday, September 13, 2010

Diane Von Furstenberg at Claridge's

Diane Von Furstenberg piano suite claridges

Next time we go to London, we'll definitely be staying in one of the Diane Von Furstenberg-designed rooms or suites at Claridges. Diane said of the design: “I wanted to respect the architecture and the formality of the grand hotel room, but at the same time make it relevant to today’s lifestyle... I don’t want the hotel to change, I just want it to be more of a fantasy.”

We're going to bet the there's great lighting in the bathroom and a full length mirror, too!

Lela Rose for Payless

For those who think they can't afford anything that comes off the runway during fashion week, the Lela Rose for Payless collection will prove you wrong. The spring 2011 styles use Peruvian textiles for inspiration  and are named after streets of Lima -- include: Loreto with its striated wedge heel inspired by the city's hillside landscape;  

Magdalena accented with a rich brown raffia-wrapped textile wedge sole; Olaya, a T-strap with a wedge sole wrapped in an iconic Peruvian navy-clay colored woven textile; Canevaro a T-strap dress heel; and Olivos, an all-satin cocktail shoe.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Web Snob September 10th, 2010

Stiletto Jungle found a treasure trove of Botkier boots, all on sale 60-70% off.

Allie is Wired counts down the top 10 celebrity appearances at Fashion's Night Out.

It's never too early to start your holiday planning and this is a great fun clutch that does not require too much thought at Bag Snob.

Beauty Snob says to go try this at a Bobbi counter immediately!

Coquette picks the best menswear-inspired gold boyfriend watches.

The Jet Set Girls are coveting the new Chanel for Fashion Night Out nailpolishes: Les Khakis de Chanel.

KRISTOPHER DUKES is using Scent Genie travel atomizer for fragrance.

Shopping and Info wants the Vince shearling drape front leather jacket for Fall.

StyleBakery's 15 days of fall fashion trends continues this week with minimalism, lace, jewel tones, long skirts, capes and more

The Beauty Stop takes a look at the new fall beauty line from Payless Shoe Source.

The Shoe Goddess chats with designer Paola Hernandez!

On Our Radar: The Toronto Film Festival and the Fairmont Royal York

Fairmont Royal York
The 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival which begins today through  September 19th presents the best new movies for film lovers and industry professionals alike. The Fairmont Royal York is the perfect place to enjoy the festival and is offering a special package for festival go-ers.

The Toronto International Film Festival Package includes:

Four pairs of tickets and accommodations on the luxurious Fairmont Gold Floor
Availability Monday September 13, 2010 – September 19, 2010
Continental breakfast
TIFF festival gift bag
Official Film schedule
Program book
Starting from Rates: $459 for the first night, and $359 for additional nights
For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

To celebrate the film festival, the Fairmont is serving up a couple of yummy looking cocktails: the TIFF Tini and the Festival  Buzz (pictured below). Try them yourselves!


chilled Fairmont Organic Jasmine tea
1 oz of pear vodka
5 oz of Galliano
freshly squeezed lemon juice
dash of simple syrup.
Garnish with fresh lemon zest.
Gently stirred and served on the rocks in fine china

Festival Buzz

1 oz White Peach Puree
¼ oz Royal York hotel honey
4 oz Moet Champagne
Stir puree and honey in a shaker glass. Pour into a flute glass. Top with champagne.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Les Khakis de Chanel

Les Khakis de Chanel
Chanel did it again with this cool trio of colors available Friday (September 10th) for Vogue's Fashion Night Out . Each of these will give you a chic fall mani; but if you really want to impress, try combining all three for a camouflage look. You can find Khaki Rose, Khaki Brun, and Khaki Vert at Chanel Boutiques,, and select department stores.

Want more Chanel polish? Check our review of another fall go-to color, Paradoxal.

This review was based on a press sample.

Fashion's Night Out

Do you know what you're doing on Friday night to celebrate Fashion's Night Out yet? We're not sure, but in NYC, Annie's leaning towards hitting the Meatpacking District, where among other things, she can get a touch up, courtesy of Blow at Catherine Malandrino, grab a Shake Shack burger at Tory Burch and catch the Olsen twins at the pop up Elizabeth and James store.

To find out other hot spots, check out the New York Post's recap of Fashion's Night Out.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Empire Hotel's Fashion Week Cocktails

fashion week cocktails

Now that Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has made the move to Lincoln Center, the Empire Hotel is poised to become the new Bryant Park Hotel, meaning it will be the place for a quick sip in between shows. The hotel is ready for its closeup, with a full lineup of Fashion Week themed cocktails available throughout the month. A few to try:

Don't Feed The Models - Made with organic cucumber vodka & sweet mint-to save calories, of course

Red Carpet Ready – A refreshing blend of gin, fresh Ruby Red grapefruit & fresh lemon

Craving Some Couture – A sweet and sassy blend of vodka, orange liqueur, white grape juice, frozen grapes and Pear Eau de Vie

Sparkling Stiletto – A classic mix of St. Germain and champagne

A Peek Inside Andrea Lavinthal's Carry On Bag

andrea lavinthal carry on

Andrea Lavinthal is the author of the new, must-read guide for everyone in her 20s, Your So-Called Life: A Guide to Boys, Body Issues, and Other Big-Girl Drama You Thought You Would Have Figured Out by Now. The book is available starting September 14, so how do we already know it's going to be a bestseller? Because we got a sneak peek at a review copy and Andrea and her co-author Jessica Rozler share advice in a relatable and humorous way on everything from dating, to work to decorating to modern manners -- plus JSG gets a shout out!!! We wish we had this kind of cool, big sisterly advice when we were in our 20s, it would have made growing up so much easier!
andrea lavinthal carry on bag

Since she's so wise about everything else, we wanted to know what Andrea will be packing when she hits the road for her book tour:

My carry on is the Beirn Jenna Tote (mine is grey and white snakeskin) and has been my go-to carry on since I received it as a gift last year. The featherweight bag is spacious enough to fit all my travel necessities and it has lots of pockets for easy access to my driver’s license, boarding pass, and candy. Plus, it’s chic enough to use as my day bag at my destination (which is exactly what I did on a recent work trips to Miami).

andrea lavinthal carry on handbag

I keep my must-have liquid beauty products in a quart-sized Ziploc bag at all times so I can just toss it in my carry-on. Inside you’ll find Smith Rosebud Salve (for dry lips and cuticles), a travel-sized Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (to keep my skin hydrated and the area around my seat smelling fresh), Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (the perfect amount of coverage, plus SPF 30), Philosophy The Supernatural Lit From Within (my favorite cream blush), and Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Roller-Ball (beach in a bottle).

In addition, I always bring one of my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (I’m a total freak about curling my eyelashes, even if my flight is at 6 a.m.) and my Trish McEvoy Blueberry Vanilla Travel Candle (you never know when you’re going to get stuck in a malodorous hotel room off a highway in Rhode Island).

andrea lavinthal carry on candle

I usually wear a gray J. Crew cashmere hoodie on the plane, but I also stuff a cashmere blanket in my bag for taking naps at the hotel. Most places don't have nice throw blankets in the rooms, and even if they did, I would feel weird about using one.

When I travel, I use the iPod on my iPhone, which I've stored with all of my favorite rock bands including The Black Keys (shown), Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, The Black Crowes, Grateful Dead, Kings of Leon. Oh, and Taylor Swift.

Before I get on a plane, I spend at least $30 on magazines at Hudson News so I have tons of reading material. And since I'm a total magazine hoarder, I schlep them home with me even if I've read them front to back. I also bring my latest book club read (just finished the young adult novel, Before I Fall, by Lauren Olivier).

I make believe that I'm a healthy traveler by bringing a bunch of Kind bars (the best flavor is Apricot & Almond) and a huge bottle of water. But once I get on the plane, I order a Diet Coke and rip into some Strawberry Mentos and Rolos. And if someone in my vicinity has a bag of Planters Nut & Chocolate Trail Mix, I will fantasize about ripping it out of their hands while they sleep. I know, totally sane.

I have about 20 pictures of my dog Hudson on my phone and I like to look at them while I'm on the plane. I sometimes force the person sitting next to me to do the same.

Even though I'm 30 years old, I travel with two things that you're more likely to find in the bag of someone less than half my age. The first is my beloved Ugly Doll Babbo. He was a gift from someone special and he’s been to Paris, Monaco, Berlin, and Venice. (That's a pic of him at the amazing Hotel de Rome in Berlin.)

My other must have is a full season of Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls on DVD. I watch them on my laptop while tuning out the other passengers on the plane and also like to enjoy these two gone-but-not-forgotten shows in my hotel room while chowing down room service and snuggling under my cashmere blanket. It's a glamorous life I lead.

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