Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On Wednesday, I love Jamaica!

Can't wait to take my mini vacation to Jamaica! 
In some very important ways, this has been a pretty rough year
... I'm hoping some fun in the sun will do me good! 

Makeup and hair are Runway Ready!
Zhara Redwood, Miss Jamaica 2007
Gorgeous... three snaps in Z formation! 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pucker up Tom Ford.


Keep an eye out.  Designer Tom Ford has a brand new line of lipstick coming out called The Private Blend Lip Color.

"I took the most universally flattering colors that a woman can wear, and then I reimagined them in a modern and authoritative way." ~ Tom Ford 

Each gorgeous gold tube will be $45, ... well, it is Tom Ford. I still haven't seen his movie A Single Man... Must put that on my 'to do' list. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Profile Pic of the Week, The Body Beautiful by Allegra

Exercise Guru Allegra Feamster
Happily exercising.... now there's a concept! 
The Body Beautiful by Allegra said... Thanks for the recognition! Over the years we've made fitness into a chore, something laborious. You know the phrase "No Pain, No Gain"! We'll that was 20 years ago. But today, fitness is about the activity, it's about moving more, so why not choose something fun to do. The more fun you have, the more you'll adhere to your program.

Yours in health & fitness,
~ Allegra ;-)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Power of Madonna

 Is anyone surprised by the Power of Madonna? For God's sake this woman gave us universally recognized lines like 'Strike a pose! Vogue!...' 'Like a virgin, touched for the very first time...'  'And I am a material girl'.
My Mother kept a watchful eye on Madonna and what she was teaching me. I'm sure her 13 year old princess fervently singing Like a Virgin, rattled her maternal instincts a little.. a lot. 
 But in the end, my parents (who between them have seen every movie ever made) taught me a lot about being inspired by another artist, and reinterpreting a theme, a mood, a look... through the power of Madonna. 


There was the obvious comparison to Marilyn, with Material Girl, the androgynous look taken directly from Marlene Dietrich and the corseted Madonna not so subtly mimicking Horst's The Mainbocher.
 
Years later, Christina, Britney, and (doing a little curtsy) the Lady Gaga and Gleeks all over the world have all been inspired by Madge. I'm not a Gleek ... Bless their hearts. I watch Glee while doing the dishes or folding laundry... not really into the high school drama of it all, but the singing and dancing (yes I know, that's 50% of the show) is fantastically choreographed within an inch of its life. The Power of Madonna episode is brilliant! Sue Sylvester's performance is on another level. We ALL can relate to striking a pose. I can strike a pose with the best of them, well... maybe not the best, but you feel me. 

One of my favorite interpretation of the Material Girl's work is this one from the  Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge.



SPECIAL FOR STYLE SHEPHERD FOLLOWERS:
This weeks Style Shepherd Giveaway is inspired by this picture of Madonna To win this chunky gold link necklace from Wishing Well Cottage you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd,  and leave a comment about your favorite Madonna performance. You can comment as many times as you like, as long as each comment is about a different performance. Each winner will be chosen by random.org and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 11:59PM EST. 
The winners will be notified and announced on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Good Luck! 













She's a Samantha and looking Forward to....

 Damla is this week's Style Shepherd winner!
She's looking forward to being very very 
successful with her Gothic Metal Band! 
..... and ... thinks she's a Samantha. Fantastic! 
Congratulations Damla!



 
 
 
From Damla- 
............ And my band's link: www.myspace.com/anzeriaband
You can listen to our cover song there. We applied to some fests 
and if it is approved, our nearest performance will be within 
May in Turkey. Nowadays, we are working to get ready for them.

PS: Although I'm flirtatious (like Samantha) - but in theory I think- , I have dreams of a wonderful wedding with my prince charming like every girl :D So, I have the soul of Charlotte also; interesting :))

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Boss!

OK I promise, this is the last Diana Ross mention, until after the concert... but I had a conversation today about why I like... love her so much.  This is why, .... I sat on my bed and watched this concert on a little 13" portable TV.  It was the first time I had seen a woman that looked like me, be this .... fantastic! 




Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What to Buy?

I'm great at buying for my friends and family...
I know what they like, I love to shop,
.... Christmas is done by November 1st,
... I'm that type.

What do you give to say, thanks? .... to say, "Hey, you're a Rock Star"?
Flowers? Nahhh it's been done.  How about a gift basket? 
No?  How about a really cool Gift Basket? 
My friend Sadi has an amazing web site with a gift basket for EVERY occasion. 
Check it out next time you need to send something special!   

We have done everything from SpongeBob baskets
to a "Stop the Nausea" Pregnancy basket!!!!! 
We do it all!!!  ~ Sadi

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On Wednesday I Love, Rachel Roy and Estelle

have teamed up to collaborate, on a beautiful and really reasonably priced jewelry line.  
I love it!!! 

Can't wait to wear this! 
I know... it's a little much (juvenile) 
... but it's sooo fantastic! 

My own purple heart!  Fab!
Buy $195




Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tomorrow is another day....

I'm living such a charmed life!!!!

.... I mean yes, there are things that I could complain about.  I'd give anything to pick up the phone and hear my Dad say, "Hey Kid", ... sigh.

It would be nice to live in a building where I didn't hear my neighbors argue about the trash, .... wouldn't mind having a larger fashion budget, most days I feel 10... okay 20 lbs larger than I'd like to be, .....annnnd I have more bad hair days than good hair days.

See?  I'm really fantastic at the moaning and groaning... but when I really think about it.....

.... I'm fearless, because I grew up with a Dad that REALLY believed in all my crazy ideas, and that will be with me forever.

You know what I've learned from being on a budget and not a size 0? Being creative enough, to dress curves and having style, is the same thing as a multimillion dollar purse... when it comes to fashion. Wink.

So in honor of something Dad said to me all the time... Tomorrow is another day,.... this post is about what I'm looking forward to.


First, The Boss is on tour, I have tickets, and I'm going to see her at Radio City with my 'born to wear stilettos' cousin Mikee!!
****Side note: check out my Mazzoni Center post to see how you can see Diana and also contribute to a great cause. *****
Second, The Costume Institute at the Met is opening a new show titled
"American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"... Can't wait to see the exhibit and dish about the red carpet gala hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour with my Fashion Family.  Also, a related exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection will highlight masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

... speaking of Anna Wintour, SJP is on the cover of the May Issue of Vogue!  The article didn't have many surprises, it was classic Sarah Jessica, 'down to earth in the most fabulous way', but the photos are dreamy.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what SJP dreams up for the 2011 Halston Heritage Line.  Wow! ... Now that's a gig!

 .... and while we're on the subject of SJP.  CARRIE BRADSHAW is back!!!! And in theaters Memorial Day Weekend! (aka as my birthday weekend!!!) Ahhh... the mysteries of the Universe, that all these fantabulous wonders land in my little backyard.

.... Ever forward, tomorrow is another day.

Special for Style Shepherd Followers:

This weeks Giveaway is a LOVE necklace from the Etsy shop Nine x Muse... in the spirit of the 'looking for love' key chain in the the first Sex and The City movie

To win you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd,  and  leave a comment about what you're looking forward to, ... and.... are you a Carrie, a Samantha, a Miranda,  a Charlotte or some mixture of the three. You can comment only once for this one, and each winner will be chosen by random.org and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Saturday, April 24th, 2010 11:59PM EST. The Winners will be notified and announced on Sunday, April 25th, 2010. Good Luck!

 

Look Ma Top of the World!

 Style Shepherd Winner,
Rinei is Tops!
Congratulations!
 Come back later today
for another Giveaway, 
inspired by Love, 
and Sex and The City.  
See you then!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FOR MAZZONI CENTER!!

Celebrate 30 years of Mazzoni Center with Diana Ross LIVE in concert in Atlantic City on May 21! Includes a champagne toast with the diva herself, plus a dazzling after party in the oceanfront Diamond Lounge. Tickets and details on our website. Be there!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fashion Friday Pic of the Week, 4/17/10


Spring 2010 Couture
Chanel

This collection was all about presentation, the clothes themselves were very simple, very .... 'well appointed'.  It was all about big bow hair, shiny booties, glittering white tights, and the Karl Lagerfeld signature fingerless glove.  Accessories! .... my raison d'etre!  PLEASE watch the slide show on Style.com, you won't be disappointed.  

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery...
The Count, The Lady
and the Chanel 2010 Spring Couture models.
 


This is the collection that gave us 
another fantastic 


Thursday, April 15, 2010

So Lovely, Elie Saab


I like to start the morning checking out a designer on Style.com.  This morning, I started with Elie Saab's Spring Couture 2009 collection.  I know... last years Spring Collection.  If you're a regular reader of Style.com you know that there is always one or two collections that you completely miss and when you finally see it, you think, ... Wow!  Where WAS I?  He's created a lovely version of romanticism, using very traditional silhouettes and fabrics, ...  with modern surprises in a voluminous shoulder on a skinny dress and luxe fabrics wrapped into a very casual silhouette.  This year's Elie Saab Spring Couture 2010 collection  followed along those lines, .... but was much more 'wearable'. 

Speaking of Lovely....  The Style Shepherd received a
One Lovely Blog Award from long time Follower and Blogger, Friends and Family.  Thank you! I want to pass this award on to 15 fab bloggers whom I've recently stumbled upon



Occasionally Jane is a wonderful blog full of gorgeous little finds and giveaways.  


Anthropologie Addict.... If you love Anthropologie, you'll love this fantastic blog, she is the Anthro addict.  


Valerie Barbie is a fresh young look at fashion and fun. 


Fashion in Aktion So serious about fashion!



Sans Frontier Giveaways, dedicated to highlighting special artsy, fashion giveaways.


Jewelry Insider latest scoop on new trends in jewelry and styling tips straight from the red carpet. 

Fashion Bedtime Stories Love, love, love the writing and pics. It's a blog for all the reasons we dream and wake up with a hunger for fashion 

Skulldugg and Dopplegang Ecclectic fashion girl fabulousness!

Some Women are Born With It! Wonderfully personal, fashion diary of a law student from Minneapolis.  


Fashionable Mona Fashion diary of a Canadian Stylist.  She has the best polls.  I LOVE Oxford Shoes this year Mona! 


Alicex in Wonderland Seriously fantastic young photographer


Alice in Wonderland LOVE!  Fashion for all of us living in Wonderland. 


The Girl Under the Stairs Fashion view of a young UK fashion guru. 


Fashion Filosophy Ireland's First Street Style and Fashion Blog!






Tuesday, April 13, 2010

One Tweet After Another!



I had a great time at
The Accessories Council Breakfast today!  I LOVE getting up early and heading up to New York, ....... especially for a fashion related event.  Today's event was all about one of my favorite topics... TWITTER!  Follow me? No?!  Well, my user name is IBelieveInStyle... tweet me! 

The guest lecturer was Shorty Award nominee Anne Goren from Izzi Bags, who had more information than I could have imagined about twitter.  Thank you Anne!


Who I'm following ........


Rhonda Ryan PR Maximal Art IBelieveInStyle@gmail.com

Monday, April 12, 2010

Profile Pic of the Week, I Beat You Dot Com!

While looking for a great profile pic to post this week, 
I came across this competition on 'I Beat You'.  
Enjoy! 



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hello Doll Face!


The New York Dolls --->
 I've been looking in my closet lately and thinking.... I have nothing to wear.  The truth is, I have plenty to wear, but since the passing of Irving Penn, Mcqueen, and Malcolm McLaren, I've been craving strong silhouettes, with rocker edge.  Truth be told, I could wear some variation of jeans, and cute top everyday.... It really depends on my mood. Thank God for accessories! If I'm feeling cute and demure .... pearls, ballet flats, pink blush.  Everyday elegant .... mixed metal, high heeled mary janes, nude lip.  Rocker chic (where my head is now) onyx and silver accessories, white tee, and smoky eyes.... not exactly spring, but fashion folk are always two seasons ahead.  I'll just wear lots of white and pearl gray, then mix in lots of edgy gorgeous little things.
 So first, ... nail color,  Sally Hansen allows you to test drive all their colors against your skin tone.... Navy Baby 560 is my choice. And the smoky eye is always a dark chocolate, navy, or slate for me, I envy the girls who can pull off a jet black kohl eye.
  Accessories.... Earrings, from COGnitive Creations

I like these a lot, the material and finish make these otherwise very pretty, softly shaped earrings kinda tough... and modern. 





And you just can't go wrong with
Giles and Brother  
for beautiful modern girl jewelry.
Side note *They have a set of African Bead Necklaces that are stunning*


How is this leather and chain breastplate $18?!  
Only on Etsy!  Super Duper Things!
... and for my giveaway frenzied followers, 
check out Super Duper Things' Blog for fantastic Giveaways! 

Serena Williams (yes, that Serena) 
has a collection on HSN! 
.... And this necklace, definitely fits into 
my half Rock Star,
half Edwardian lady look.



  How bad ass would I be in this skull and bee bauble?
 


“Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible 
but don’t let them take you ALIVE.”
~ Sid Vicious 



Special for Style Shepherd Followers:
This weeks Giveaway is a Large Collar Bib Black and Bronze Cluster Necklace, from First Fan.

To win you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd,  and  leave a comment with a link to the designer who inspires  your look. You can comment as many times as you like, as long as each comment is about a different designer (remember to leave the link). Each winner will be chosen by random.org and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Saturda, April 17th, 2010 11:59PM EST. The Winners will be notified and announced on Sunday, April 18th, 2010. Good Luck!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

You Won!!!

It's that time again!
Time to announce this weeks 
Style Shepherd Winner! 
Congratulations  Jennifer57!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On Wednesday, I love Jak & Jil

Love my fashionista family, always on the look out for something juicy.  I had heard of Jak&Jil before, but never REALLY checked it out until Nicole aka Peaches hit me up on facebook with the link.  I LOVE it!  I have no idea how I'm going to be able to keep up with all these great sites... but you know I'm going to give it a try. Jak & Jil Check it out.

A few pics from Jak & Jil.....

Truly Fab! 
 Platform Prada ..... Heaven.
Can a Mother and Daughter be more chic?


Enjoyed these pictures?  There's soooo much more to see at Jak & Jill...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Style Icon?

A certain fashion reality show, introduced a celebrity judge as a style icon last week, and when she appeared on the side of the 'runway', I was surprised.  Really?!  Her?!  Of course I recognized her name, and she's a
regular in Lucky Mag and Us Weekly, but.... style icon?  I don't think so.  I'm sure Jessica Alba is a great girl... oops!  I mean the judge that shall remain nameless is a great girl, but when did she become a style icon?  Maybe its a sign of the times, .... I mean, even I have more than one BFF.  and every other thing is 'truly fabulous' from coffee cake to floral headbands.  We all throw around a few phrases carelessly, but .... when you call someone a Style Icon, ......  please, lets be clear, I like Jessica Alba. I saw Honey, and the Fantastic Four...  she was really entertaining in Dark Angel, but is she a style icon?  This whole thing, has me thinking. What makes a style icon?
Who could have walked out on that runway, and inspired a texting frenzy? Actually, I did send a tweet, "When did Jessica Alba become a style icon?" *Crickets* Dead silence.  I waited for one of my young fashionistas to school me... and ... nothing.  Here... 'And tonight's guest judge is red carpet regular, the beautiful Jessica Alba!'  See... that works. .... And the challenge was a Red Carpet Dress!

To be an icon, you almost have to have a recognizable silhouette, ... ala film icon Alfred Hitchcock, Pop icon Michael Jackson, .... Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, Karl Lagerfeld, The James Bond character, Charlie's Angels!!!.....

So.... when I think of real style ... for me, who do I look to.  Everyone!  LOL I'm going to keep it to ten... twelve people. And in no particular order, I'll be here all night.

1) Diahann Carroll
2. Diana Ross (on stage)  
 3) Miles Davis

4) Rupaul

5) Sarah Jessica Parker

6) Lauryn Hill

7) Carolina Herrera

8) Iman

9)Tilda Swinton

10) Anna Wintour

11) Rihanna

12) Tom Ford