Recreating Red Carpet hair

Who watched the Oscars? I don’t LOVE award shows. There is too much talking and and ooh-ing and trailer-ing and not enough Melissa McCarthy.

But, I love watching the red carpet coverage to see what everyone is wearing.

Anyway, Michael Dueñas from Hair Room Service gave me some tips on how to recreate that red carpet hair.
(He’s pretty legit – he’s worked with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Yoko Ono, the cast of GLEE, InStyle, WWD, US Weekly, Glamour, Elle, Allure and People)
You can bet your butt I’m going to give these a try the next time I go to… um… something fancy.

Trend #1 – hot hot hot Buns
Michael says: All the buns have one thing in common, they all began their lives as ponytails. To achieve Emma Stones twisted bun: Simply gather the hair into a tight ponytail with a deep side parting. Separate the ponytail into five different sections. Taking one section at a time, wrap loosely around the base of the ponytail and pin. Taking your next section, weave in and out and around your first section. Proceed in this manner until all sections are weaved throughout each other and pinned securely to the head.

Trend #2 – sweep it to the sideMichael says: The deep side parting with hair on one shoulder is a look anyone can achieve. blow out your hair with as much curl and or body as you choose. Once done set the style with hair spray. Decide what side of your head you would like your hair to cascade down. Bring all the hair over to the side and place either in front or behind your shoulder. Gather the hair at your nape and twist it under (if you do not want to see the hair that is secured to your head) or over (if you want to see the twist) and pin with hairpins. Finish with elastic.


Beauty Fix for Breakouts

I’m adding a beauty category to the blog because I spend a good chunk of my time trying to reverse the aging process and make sure I look halfway decent on camera.

I discovered the most amazing product last week.

Mario Badescu is known to have the “best facial in Manhattan.”
I havent had every facial ever in NYC but i will say the facial i had was amazing. My esthetician, Maria, wasn’t shy about squeezing everythign out of my pores.

But because I have to wear so much makeup day to day, (and because I love to eat rich, fatty foods) I get the occassional breakout.

Well, while I was there, I picked up the MB drying lotion and buffering lotion. Not kidding you, the combo of the two will take care of any breakout you can have.

You know those really deep zits that kind of hurt and when you squeeze em it gets you nowhere? This fixes it. and trust me, I’ve tried everything.

Anyway, enjoy 🙂

I’ve Been a Fashion Week Delinquent

Fashion week and fashion reports are finally over so I have some time to breathe

One of the major highlights of the week was getting to reconnect with fashion friends who i only get to see twice a year.
I also spent my time not just covering the shows but working on a 2 year retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s death in time for the first ever runway show of McQ – his diffusion line.

Fashion community still really misses McQueen, but I agree with everyone: Sarah Burton is doing an amazing job.

Please watch my piece that aired on NY1 and around the US on our time warner affiliate channels 🙂–new-york-fashionistas-praise-alexander-mcqueen-s-legacy

Fashion Week Day 5.5

Here’s Designer Yeohlee Teng petting my necklace – she says its a sign of approval. I’ll take it!!

Im not ready to post yet about Pamella Roland’s show which was AWESOME.

I will, however, say Carolina Herrera’s collection was to DIE for. I would wear every single piece of that collection.
Oh and one note. Red is going to be in come fall. Monique Lhuillier, Zang Toi, Pamella Roland all showed bright bright red pieces.

I think that’s all for now.

Till tomorrow!

Fashion Week Day 5

With my boys, designer Marc Bouwer and In Touch Weekly big man Noah Levy

I am having quite a ball, despite the fact that there is just so much to do.

Mixed prints are everywhere, much like they were during the Sept fashion week. I appreciate all those fashionistas who can do it well, because I know its tough!

But I would like to implore some of the burgeoning fashionistas ive been seeing at Fash Wk: If you do NOT know how to do it, please dont. It takes a very specific aesthetic skill and if you dont have it you are hurting all our eyes!!!

Lace is so hot right now. I cant wait to get some lace leggings. I want them in electric blue. If you know of anyone who makes them, please let me know!

Other than that, the collections this season are fun.

Zang Toi’s show closed to a standing ovation. First one i saw of the season. Congrats Zang! Not only is he a great designer but just a wonderful and warm person. Cant wait to see some of the designs on the red carpet.


It’s STILL Fashion Week!

Asian girl sandwich

Not much time to post, but I’ll give you some highlights.
Went to Max Azria’s private dinner last night. Happens every season and never disappoints. Solange Knowles came by and BOY is she gorgeous.

lots of lace. Rebecca Taylor . Monique Lhuillier . Tadashi Shoji all showing tons of lace. lace leggings by RT i just LOVED.
lots of leather.
lots of sheer over solid.
lemon yellow.

I also cant wait to get me some of those equestrian-inspired boots that they were showing at the Herve show.
Monique’s leather belts with the dip in the front were super flattering for the female figure, so will be buying one of those as well.

4 more days to go!

It’s Fashion Week!!

one of my faves from Honor

Phew fashion week is quite the whirlwind-

this is my 5th? 6th? season doing this, so I have amassed some wisdom I would like to bestow upon the tens of you who care to know

my first 4 truths of Fashion Week
1 – all sodas at fashion week are diet
2 – publicists wear headsets so they can look busy so they dont have to make eye contact with you
3 – sometimes you cant tell the male models apart from the female models
4 – the crazier you dress, the more likely photographers are to run after you outside the tents

The Honor and Tadashi collections were both beautiful – awash with color (brighter during Honor, more subdued for Tadashi)
Next season we will also be seeing lots of
– sheer fabric over solid bright
– long sleeved dresses
– flowy fabrics
– neons

You heard it here first!


Fashion Week is Almost Here – Spending Time with Fern Mallis

I spent some time with Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis at the Dream Hotel Downtown.

Fern is not just a fashion legend but she is also just a fun and well-rounded chick.

Anyway, she is launching her new jewelry collection for QVC, inspired by her travels to India and Asia –
affordable and fun.
I had a blast playing dress up with her

I’m looking forward to the madness that is about to begin…

Followed Noah’s Beauty Tip! Awesome

Please ignore the absurd face im making and focus on the makeup…

I was at dinner with my friend Noah Levy, a senior news editor at In Touch Weekly, and we were talking all things beauty.

He suggested that I use a shimmer bronzer on my cheeks instead of blush and adding more contouring to my face.
It made a huge difference!

Thank you Noah!

I’m Buying a Cambridge Satchel for Fashion Week

I was trying to resist the trend but I cant. I’m deciding between a few colors.
Please help me pick!!

For some context – the majority of my outfits will be muted colors for the week. lots of grays, blacks, browns, and beiges.
There will be a little purple here and there. I’ve stocked up on many neon accessories.

Hmm, what else..
I’m obsessed with electric blue but I think the green is more of a statement piece.
Then again, the pink is gorgeous.

Now you see why I need help…