My beauty must haves


My deep supply of everyday essentials.
My deep supply of everyday essentials.

I love beauty products almost as much as I love clothes, and much as I do with fashion, I don’t mind trying new trends in beauty.

If face oil is the new way to beautiful and young looking skin then I’ll try it.  If the next week it’s beauty balm, I’ll try that too. Someone tells me that one brand makes the best black liner for a cat eye, I will move heaven and earth to try it.

But just as I know I can always reach for skinny jeans, combat boots and moto jacket when I don’t feel like experimenting  — there are certain beauty products that I use time and again …

For a clean-prepped face pre makeup:

Pre-makeup products

1) Jan Marini Bioglycolic cleansing gel, $30: My aesthetician Natalie Goode at Euphoria Health and Beauty Bar started me on this years ago. It doesn’t dry out my skin and it keeps me zit-free.

2) Too-Faced Primed & Poreless primer, $30 and Skindinavia, The Makeup Primer Spray, $35-$49: I use both of these awesome primers on a regular basis; each gives me a great base for whichever foundation I use (I alternate those too) but the Too-Faced primer works best if you are only going to wear a mineral powder.

3) Strivectin-SD Eye cream, $15 at Nordstrom Rack and Being TRUE Protective Shadow Primer (with idebenone-epf 95), $25:  This is the best combo I have found for giving me a nourishing and protective base for my eye makeup.


Foundation essentials

1) Being TRUE Protective Mineral Foundation, $43.50: The always trustworthy (and aforementioned) Natalie also turned me on to this powder years ago and once I started using it I never stopped. Hands down the best mineral powder I have ever used – it goes on light, gives great even coverage and nourishes and protects my skin. What else can you ask for in a powder foundation?

2) Naked Skin by Urban Decay Weightless Definition liquid makeup, $39Part of Urban Decay’s wildly popular “Naked” line this silky, light foundation delivers on all fronts. I use UD’s Good Karma Optical Blurring brush, $25 (not pictured) or a Beauty Blender Sponge, $19.95 at Sephora, to apply.

3) Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening (liquid) Foundation with broad spectrum SPF, $29: Bare Escentual’s newest and very popular foundation was introduced earlier this year to lots of praise. Delivers light, even coverage that protects and nourishes skin and is best used with the line’s Perfecting Face Brush, $28.

4) Too-Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-benefit Skincare Makeup, $34: I first tried this with a free sample and bought it outright because I loved the featherweight feeling of the balm and even coverage it gave. I’m not sure what it is but it has some illuminating quality that gives your face a glow. I largely use this on days when I am not doing a full-face but want to cover up red or age spots. In fact, because it is also treats and protects your skin, it was the only foundation I brought on a recent trip to Hawaii. I find it lasts longest when I use it with a primer and apply it with a brush or sponge.

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Style reads, planning my fall gets and more …

Leopard sneaks


Today I got a chance to put my feet up and catch up on my fashion reading — you know, blogs, trolling Tumbler and Instagram and this lovely pile of fall mags …

My pile of fashion magazines for Fall 2014
My pile of fashion magazines for Fall 2014


I usually go through the magazines and tag articles and shoots for there trends I want and then make a list of the items in my closet that are still on trend. For instance, the year-round bootie; I think I got that covered …

My Booties fall 2014


I’m pretty set on most of this season’s necessaries now that I nabbed a cute easy to walk in pair animal print, bare sandal …


Jeffrey Campbell pony ankle straps, $30 on sale at Anthropologie, Irvine Spectrum
Jeffrey Campbell pony ankle straps, $30 on sale at Anthropologie, Irvine Spectrum

and a bright California weather appropriate 60’s-vibin’ statement coat with 3/4 length sleeves …

Zara funnel coat with three-quarter length sleeves, $30 on sale.
Zara funnel coat with three-quarter length sleeves, $30 on sale.

Now I just need some knits, pieces in gray and green and a backpack!

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Altuzarra for Target: All the fall trends in one collection!

Yay! I love Target collaborations even when they aren’t particular to my tastes (hello Missoni!) but on Sept. 14 Target stores and online will get what looks like one of the best designer/Target hookups EVER: Altuzarra for Target.
2014 CFDA designer of the year Joseph Altuzarra (he of the luscious double-faced wrapped coats and dresses) has created a feminine and classic collection that hits all the high notes of Fall 2014 trends:

Animal print (in this case python not leopard)? Check.

BOW BLOUSE and PENCIL SKIRT IN PYTHON PRINT, $34.99 each/Courtesy of Target

Green? Check.

EMBROIDERED PEASANT PYTHON PRINT BLOUSE, $44.99 and FLOUNCE SKIRT IN PYTHON PRINT, $34.99 both on exclusively/Courtesy of Target

Pencil skirts? Check.

PENCIL SKIRT IN PYTHON PRINT, $34.99/Courtesy of Target.
PENCIL SKIRT IN BLACK JACQUARD, $34.99/Courtesy of Target.

Suits? Check.

EMBROIDERED BLOUSE, $44.99; VELVET ANKLE TUXEDO PANT, $39.99//Courtesy of Target.

Statement coat? Check.

$89.99/Courtesy of Target.

Faux fur? Check.

$69.99//Courtesy of Target.

Global Chic/Folk? Check.

$54.99/Courtesy of Target.

Vest/Coat dressing? Check.


Fierce wear-with-everything booties? Check

ANKLE BOOT, $59.99
ANKLE BOOT, $59.99/Courtesy of Target.

Tall Boots? Check.

OVER-THE-KNEE BOOT IN BLACK, $79.99//Courtesy of Target.

Painterly details? Check

MAXI DRESS IN BLACK ORCHID PRINT, $69.99/Courtesy of Target.

Wide belts? Check

$29.99/Courtesy of Target.

and also these perfect-for-the-holidays/cocktail parties/date night dresses …

WRAP DRESS, $39.99
WRAP DRESS, $39.99/Courtesy of Target.

and …

LACE DRESS IN BLACK PONTE, $39.99/Courtesy of Target

The collection is filled with stuff I would totally wear so long as the quality is worth it.  Don’t get me wrong, I know these are rock bottom prices for cool clothes by one of the hottest designers out there (and I know you get what you pay for)  but there’s no point in my spending only $40 on a dress if it doesn’t even come close to fitting me.  That’s why I like to see the clothes in person instead of buy them online. As far as I can tell (and I am checking) the collection will be coming to most if not all Target stores. The best way to find out where to get it is to go the the Target website and check on your ZIP code.

Speaking of “fit” Altuzarra and Target have come under some fire one  blogger because the 50-piece collection does not come in plus-sizes. Read here for more.

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OUT Incorporated: Stylish, fierce fitness wear for the gym and street

OUT Fitness tanks
OUT Incorporated One-Night Stand racerback tank, $90.

My friends have heard me whine about seeing other women looking cool and stylish in their gym clothes while they are running their post Body Combat or boot camp errands – (why doesn’t their hair look like a manic cat attacked it the way mine does after a hard workout? And why aren’t their clothes soaked and gamey like mine are after a good sweat? Why?!?!). It’s a conundrum I think I might have solved with //OUT Incorporated — one of the coolest and most sophisticated lines of workout gear I’ve ever seen.

OUT is an O.C./Australian line launched by three women with long resumes in the fashion, fitness and beauty industry (they worked for such companies as Sephora and Lorna Jane) who were basically looking for clothing that would do it all i.e.; take them from the gym to the street to the office and out to drinks if need be. When they couldn’t find it they created it (“Sisters are doing it for themselves!”).

I recently had a chance to meet two of the founders/creators — Leah Hundsness and Libby Amelia (the third founder Lauren Gill was in Australia) — and, here I am gonna go all fangirl, they’re awesome. Their mission and enthusiasm for helping busy women look great while working out and going through their day is contagious. Each piece is consciously designed to look fashion forward but still holds everything in place during a workout or while dropping off the dry-cleaning.   I mean, who doesn’t wish they could look fit, fabulous and fashionable without a ton of effort? No one, that’s who.

I wore the Fiancee sports tights on a lunch date with my hubby (I added a sheer backed  Trouve tee, gold Birkenstocks, a sheer cropped blush windbreaker with gold accents and fringed black clutch to complete the outfit) and also to pilates and they were the most comfortable – yet super stylish – pants I have ever worn. Bonus: I didn’t look fat in them.

The line (which is being snapped up by celebs and is selling out online) of mostly black, gray, gold and white tights, drapey moisture wicking tees, super sexy laser cut swimsuits  you can wear to cocktails as a body suit with a skirt, asymmetric bras designed to keep the bounce factor to a minimum and beautifully constructed jackets is reminiscent of Helmut Lang and Rick Owens (in fact these Rick Owens Adidas would look awesome with their sports tights) but it’s all machine washable and workout friendly.

//OUT Incorporated Starlet coverup, $180 and Femme Fatal body/swimsuit, $250
//OUT Incorporated Starlet coverup, $180 and Femme Fatal body/swimsuit, $250


//OUT Incorporated "Choreographer Defiance" jacket, $240
//OUT Incorporated “Choreographer Defiance” jacket, $240

//OUT Incorporated’s fall line is available now online, at their boutique at 423 31st St. in Newport Beach, at Fred Segal on Melrose and through the end of this month at their summer store at Fashion Island where they recently held a reception in conjunction with Irvine-based cosmetic company Too-Faced (featuring the yummy Chocolate Soleil bronzer) and jewelry from 503 Found in Newport Beach.

Now if only I could do something about my post workout hair …

Ciao for now…



Yay! Time for Fall trends …

Got to spend a lovely time with a great bunch of ladies at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island drooling over the fall trends. The event was staged by Public Relations Manager Michaele Hall who picked out the most luscious and lust-worthy pieces for  fall. Without further ado here are the fall trends according NM’s List:

Global Chic: As an overall trend this nails it because it encompasses subtrends such as the romantic folk-and-fairy-tale inspired looks from 2014 fall collections to the American Southwest theme that runs through everything.


NM Global Chic


Key elements: Layers, mixed prints, subtle but smashing embellishment (i.e.; a statement clutch in tribal print, textured lizard booties and fringe) …

How to wear it in real life: The graphic elements of the trend also works as a accent to an otherwise classic, minimalist or typical SoCal casual uniform of jeans and Tees. For instance this cute print clutch ($25 at Charming Charlie’s). But don’t avoid getting one of the season’s uber gorgeous print dresses for special occasions (you’ll thank me later).

Knit Dressing: This may seem counter-intuitive for our climate but there are a load of lightweight knits out there perfect for a cool evening dining near the beach. Look for special, oversized and super-soft knit sweaters, pants, jackets and coats — or maybe even a poncho — to work this look.

NM Knit Dressing

Key elements: Artisinal, handmade qualities with texture that is perfect for layering or wearing alone.

How to wear it in real life: Top a pair of boyfriend jeans with a textured cropped sweater over your fave striped button down (let the shirt tail hang out) with edgy booties  and a lively clutch or wear an oversized cable knit (try shopping in the men’s department for one) over this summer’s pleated chiffon skirt with menswear loafers for a comfy, chic, borrowed-from-the-boys look.

Gray Matters: From dove to silver to charcoal gray is this year’s neutral (of course, last year’s neutrals — red, leopard print — are still good this year as are traditional neutrals such as black and tan in case you were wondering) but it’s also this year’s all over palette. The freshest way to wear it? As evening wear.



Key elements: Super versatile and luxe; mixes with brights, pastels or other shades in the same family, for instance, do not be afraid to wear charcoal with metallic silver.

How to wear it in real life: Probably the easiest trend to work. Choose a few pieces as an accent with your LBD or LWD (little white dress) or LRD (little red dress) or  go for the allover look in head to toe gray, just be sure to work the proportions  in a modern way (think wide-legged cropped trousers – or culottes — with a soft knit tunic and booties) to avoid looking like a corporate bore.

Outgoing Outerwear: This one is a little tricky if you live in a climate that is warm all year round like I do, but it can be accomplished pretty easily because it only really requires that you get one stunning, dazzling, print coat and wear it with everything. Any coat with an arty pattern or exotic print will do as well one with embellishment, fur or feathers.

NM Coat


Key elements: Bright, graphic patterns, rounded oversized shoulders, wrap silhouette, embellishment, fur, feathers.

How to wear it in real life: Once the temperature drops wear it to work over a clean cut sheath with sharp pumps, on the weekend with boyfriend jeans, a v-neck sweater and mannish brogues  for a total French gamine vibe or for a girl’s night out over a shimmery mini with boots.

Greens: Fall’s other new black is green – in all shades. Forest. Moss. Apple. Emerald. Mix it and match it and use it as an accent.


Key elements: Organic, deep hues that pair well with neutrals or other greens.

How to wear it in real life: A head to toe green look is picky to pull off. Think of it as a base color and add appropriate neutrals (maybe gray?) and complimentary accent colors to add depth. For instance, a mossy green dress would work well a pair camel pumps and bordeaux clutch.

Trousers: Pants were all over the fall runways and they’re a great alternative to dresses and skirts when you want to look cool and sophisticated. Look for cropped, full and very full cuts to be on trend, but you can still wear your skinnies. It’s all about proportion here.


Key elements:  Voluminous legs,  slim and razor straight, soft and slouchy, high-waisted.

How to wear it in real life: Try a 70’s wide legged  with silky blouse (think Amy Adams in “American Hustle); sharply tailored slim cuts with cropped sweaters and flats or super soft and slouchy with with an equally slouchy sweater and Birkinstocks.

And now for the accessories …

The Clutch: If you’re still carrying a giant tote be sure to stash a cunning clutch – envelope folded, framed, soft or hard sided — in it as your “real” purse or just stash the tote in the back of your closet until it comes back in style. The best ones this fall have texture, pattern, pop art design, fringe, feathers and fur.


Year-round booties: I don’t know about you but I have always worn my booties year round. This year there is a better selection than ever, but if you want one pair to update your wardrobe I’d go with one that has a bit of western flair like this Saint Laurent beauty or this slightly more affordable one from Forever 21.

Statement necklaces: Yes, they are still in and they are still a great way to dress up a simple outfit or add another layer of fabulous to an already amazing outfit.




Ciao for now …