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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

essie thinks FUN! for summer 2010

I was inspired by the vivid pastels at Versace and the splashy florals at DKNY.  I created this collection to reflect the youthful, fun-to-wear flirty frocks. ~ Essie Weingarten


essie’s summer 2010 collection release is right around the corner, and the colors are all based on the concept of fun!  Indeed, Essie Weingarten, President and Founder of Essie LTD, based these beautiful colors on the feminine looks revealed during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Pick yours up once June rolls around at your favorite beauty haunts, now including Target.

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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Sex and the City 2 – New York Premiere

NYC’s SATC 2 premiere was a raging success. Here’s to the rest of us poor slobs that have to wait three (or more) days to watch the ultimate chick flick of all time.

I’m disturbed by a couple of things in this photo, namely SJP’s boobs masquerading as Miranda’s hair bow.  Knock that off.

I do think SJP’s hair is looking great. Very Molly Sims.



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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Master Cleanse: Day 1

That’s the cleanse baby – you the master now! ~ My callous response many years ago to a Craiglister asking about diarrhea with Master Cleanse.


Ah, funny how life turns things around. What I once scoffed I now embrace – I have embarked on the Master Cleanse diet because, well, because, it actually seems “easy”. Wait, let me lay it out:

  • It’s hot outside, which means food doesn’t seem too appealing
  • I prefer drinking beverages over chewing
  • I often take a huge hit of lemon or limes or both in water
  • I  live off of watermelon with cayenne pepper and lime juice over it

But let’s back up a little to what the Master Cleanse is.  Developed in the 1940’s, MC was touted as a way to flush toxins from the body while also jump starting weight loss.  It has been used in Hollywood for a long time, most famously in recent years by Beyonce.  I’ve toyed with doing this for a while, but it seemed sort of a silly way to lose weight.  Until I realized it might actually be doable.

I gave myself a lot of mind prep, and last night I started with the salt mix.  This acts as a diuretic and you are warned to be near a bathroom for 1.5 hours after you take it.  Let’s just say, it worked well!  This morning I started full swing with the salt mix, and I’ve already gone through two mixtures of the lemonade.  I have swapped out molasses for the syrup as recommended for the time being.

I feel very full.  My mouth is a bit tingly from all of the cayenne.  The sweet and the sour have balanced out nicely.  I have hardly used the bathroom.

I had a standing lunch date, but the other party didn’t want to eat alone so asked to move it 🙁  and I managed to make it through french toast and eggs with my son.

I did think I should be making something solid a few times.  And I only have one more lemonade before hitting my max today, so that has me a little concerned.  Of course you can have additional water and tea, but those never seem to curb cravings.

Will be going into this 10 days at a time to see what happens.  Hope it is relatively as smooth as today (crossing fingers).

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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Chicago Events, Neiman Marcus: Celebrity Couture Milliner Philip Treacy

I’m still compiling info and video from the event, but check out the Interview section and, the file was too large for the site. Also, click to see the full Philip Treacy runway show at Neiman Marcus here.

Hat by Philip Treacy, Makeup by Billy B

I’ve been invited to interview Philip Treacy, renown couture hat designer, during his visit to Chicago from the UK.  Breathless!

Mr. Treacy has created his sculptural works of art for Lady Gaga (whom just applied for an internship with him) as well as Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, Cher, Goldie Hawn  and British Royalty.  His handmade pieces are visually astonishing, and collaborations have been sought after by top design houses, including Donna Karan, Chanel, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Helmut Lang.

Save the Dates – Must Attend!

Why is Philip Treacy in Chicago?  He’s participating in the kickoff launch party for the Parkways Foundation annual Garden Party hat luncheon taking place on September 16 in Grant Park.  More on that later.

Neiman Marcus is also bringing Philip in for a two-hour window where he will be signing his creations for anyone that has purchased from his collection.  He has also brought with him a limited number of one-of-a-kind designs will also be available.  This is tomorrow, May 20:



  • Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue
  • Thursday, May 20 from noon to 2 pm
    Fashion Accessories – First Floor

I hope you’ll be able to make it out for this event.

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