Beauty Buzz: It’s Just Temporary

By |October 17th, 2013|Beauty Buzz|

I’d wondered before about your feelings on getting tatted up, and it’s still one of my most searched posts.  The other day, I was sitting and chatting with one of my best gals, Cat, and we noticed that all of the young starlets and songstresses were using ink as their best accessories.  And I can’t lie, I think a lot of them look really cool, but having one tattoo of my own that’s not visible to the general public (sorry, Dad- cat’s outta the bag), I can imagine regretting a more substantial stain of the skin.  Call me a commitmentphobe.

The thought of having to explain to little Tommy why his mom has an explicit phrase emblazoned on her forearm, makes me cringe.  And let’s not even get into that thing called gravity.  A cute little fish on your bum may some day become a whale on the back of your knee caps.  But that hasn’t seemed to slow down the beautiful people from Beverly Hills to the Big Apple.  Hollywood’s biggest stars from the queen of twerk to leading lady of the runway are expressing themselves in a dermal way- one of which is having hers removed due to a type-o.  Whoops.

So, we decided we were going to go ahead and get ourselves some henna fakies.  And then I saw a status update regarding a little something called jagua.  Inquiring minds had to know.  I went ahead and fired up, good ol’ Google.  Wouldn’t you know, I could order an at home kit and create my very own temporary tattoos.  And order I did.  Thanks to Amazon.com, I received my DIY kit within a couple of days and I couldn’t wait to test it out.  One fine fall evening, we headed up to the roof and started to draw all over each other.  We began by testing the pre-made designs, but our creative geniuses (and that liter of wine) got the best of us and we went free hand.  From hashtags to this little reminder I painted on my forearm, we went wild.  Take that, Miley.

While we had taken the time to read the directions (a novel idea for me), we didn’t really take them as seriously as we should have.  Trust me, there’s a reason they include a pair of latex gloves.  Not only did we awake with hangovers, we also had stained fingers and smudged designs.  When the directions said to let it dry, they meant it.  Anything we’d wiped or tried to correct appeared the next day.  A bit of scrubbing and some patience erased our mistakes, but true to promise, the art will stay on for a solid two weeks.  Verdict?  A great way to test out a tat, but be sure to not drink and ink.



Why Did You Wear That: Golden Girls

By |January 14th, 2013|Celebrity Style, Red Carpet Recap, Why Did You Wear That?|

golden globes red carpetI stayed up putting this together until 4am last night… which led me to sleep in this morning, throwing off my entire schedule… and that’s why you’ve had to wait so long to hear what I’m sure you’ve been fidgeting in your seat hoping all day long to hear: my opinion.

And so below you’ll find my picks for the best, the worst, and the biggest trends that were seen on the red carpet from last night’s Golden Globes.  It’s funny how different some of these dresses look in photographs as opposed to watching them live on TV.  The colors look different, there’s no movement, and a little bit of the magic is sucked out of them.  While gathering these snaps, I started to question my original picks, but then decided to go with the dresses that made me grin from the get go.

Last night’s show was all about the women of Hollywood and they certainly dressed the part.  This is the first time in a long time where I actually had a hard time whittling down my choices and debating on how much to include in my recap.  But enough about me, let’s get down to business.

The Best:

golden globes best dressedEmily Blunt in Michael Kors, Naomi Watts in Zac Posen, Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

The Worst:

worst dressed golden globesSienna Miller in Erderm, Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera, Halle Berry in Atelier Versace

And with every award show, there tends to be a trend or two that rules the red carpet.  This year, without a doubt, it was the presence of black.  At one point, I was left scratching my head wondering if this show was being held in Los Angeles or New York.  Contrary to the belief that black is boring, the ladies found ways to wear this staple that were the least bit dull.

Sprinkled in with basic black were pops of tangerine, bits of blush, and lots of sparkle.  Here are some trends that stood out and can probably expect to see more of during upcoming award shows.

Total Black Out:

golden globes 2013 dressesNicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen, Eva Longoria in Emilio Pucci, Rachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton

golden globes red carpetZosia Mamet in Tony Ward, Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney, Allison Williams in J. Mendel

Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani, Sarah Paulson in Reem Acra, Katharine McPhee in Theyskens’ Theory

Kristen Wiig in Michael Kors, Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Saint Laurent, Kate Hudson

On the Flip Side:

golden globes 2013 white dressesAnne Hathaway in Chanel, Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier, Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Orange You Glad You Didn’t Wear Black?:

tangerine dresses golden globes 2013Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta, Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture, Marion Cotillard Christian Dior Couture

Blushing Beauties:

golden globes 2013 blush dressesHayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli, Amy Adams in Marchesa, Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars:

metallic dresses golden globes 2013Kerry Washington in Miu Miu, Isla Fisher in Reem Acra, Connie Britton Kaufman Franco

I Might Have Embellished a Bit:

jennifer lopez golden globesJennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, Michelle Dockery, Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham


lena dunham taylor swift golden globes dressLena Dunham in Zac Posen, Taylor Swift in Donna Karan

Nice work, ladies.  Now hit the showers.



Why Did You Wear That: Let’s Make Beautiful Music Together

By |November 19th, 2012|Celebrity Style, Red Carpet Recap, Why Did You Wear That?|

american music awards red carpetAnother year, another round of award shows doling out little metal trophies to folks who may or may not deserve them. But the fun is not in who wins what as much as it is in who wears what.  So, let the self tanner application, lapses in style judgement, and wardrobe malfunctions begin and let’s kick things off with last night’s American Music Awards.

While it’s been a while since I’ve tuned in, some things remain exactly as they did a year ago… and beyond.  These include but are not limited to:

  • They’re still letting Chris Brown perform.  Why they even let him out of his cage, I’ll never know, but this white girl won’t be dancing like it’s her birthday when his songs come on.  Ever.
  • Jenny McCarthy is still hot.
  • You still can’t touch MC Hammer.
  • Christina Aguilera still wears leotards when she probably shouldn’t (but she can still sing like nobody’s business, so we’ll give her a pass).
  • Pitbull is still making songs that don’t make any logical sense in English or Spanish.
  • Crowding the stage with babes in bedazzled bustiers will still cover up any bad performance.
  • Taylor Swift is still singing about some boy who did her wrong in something that resembles a bad prom dress.
  • Nicki Minaj is still in need of a time out.
  • Pink could still kick your ass.
  • No Doubt is still as rad as ever.

And while it’s nice to have a bit of stability in your life, I’m a little concerned about America’s choices in music.  Perhaps that’s a better indicator of the state of our nation?  One thing that does seem to be changing is Justin Bieber’s voice (anyone else catch that?) which was quite clear after hearing him dedicate his win to the “haters” (he realizes he’s an eighteen year old 98lb white kid, right?).  So, I decided I was going to come up with my own award categories that seem much, much more important:

Best Legs:

heidi klum stacy kiebler taylor swift ama

Color of the Evening:

carly rae jepsen kesha ginnifer goodwin ama

 Most in Need of a New Hairstyle:

nicki minaj carrie underwood karmin hair amaSo, let’s step it up, folks.  We’ll consider this a “warm up.”  A “rehearsal” if you will.  Last time I checked, which was just now, my socks are still on, so no one particularly blew me away.  Bring on the crazy… I’ve gotta have something to write about.




Red Carpet Recap: Childhood Favorites

By |July 23rd, 2012|Red Carpet Recap|

teen choice awards red carpet

If you weren’t watching The Bachelorette finale last night, it was obviously only because you were watching this year’s Teen Choice Awards.  Known to be the more squeaky clean of award shows, Hollywood’s youngest stars came out in droves in hopes of collecting that shiny surfboard.  Well, I don’t really care too much who wins what, I’m really just focused on who wore what.  What came to my attention as I gathered images for this recap was that while some of Hollywood’s hottest looked downright adorable, perhaps others were taking that whole wholesome look to extremes.  It would appear some of the ladies were channeling their favorite childhood characters.  (To be fair, I had to Google 89% of these people.  I guess that’s what happens when you are middle aged).

hayden panettiere teen choice awards

demi lovato teen choice awards

zooey deschanel teen choice awards

gwen stefani teen choice awards

If you didn’t know who these were, you’re too young to be reading this…





Would You Wednesday: Fresh Ink

By |November 24th, 2010|Why Did or Why Don't?|

Lots of beautiful young startlets and young ladies I know have covered their pretty and perfect skin with tattoos. Whether it be the good ol fashion tramp stamp or something discreet on their back, wrist, or rib cage, they’ve all branded themselves with something. Some are gentle reminders to themselves, others have a deeper meaning, and some are just “cute.”

This is not me knocking the tattoo trend because I have my very own little bit of ink.  I got it a couple of years ago and it’s teeny tiny. So tiny that, in fact, I startle myself sometimes when I see it because I’ve forgotten that it’s there. It’s not something that I totally regret, but now I’m kind of over it and have definitely considered getting it removed.

So, I’m kind of just wondering if others out there are debating the same thing. Or maybe some of you out there are debating your first tattoo.  Maybe you can’t decide what you want to go or maybe you aren’t sure if you really want one.

Do you think this is just a trend that we will all regret or is it something that is worth having for a lifetime? My only advice? Don’t get any boy’s name emblazoned on your body! Tattoos last and unfortunately, sometimes boyfriends don’t.

So, what do you think about ink?