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Posted by on Sep 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Stuart Weitzman Silly Bands

Those Silly Bandz outlining Justin Beiber, Hello Kitty and Dinosaurs?  All the rage for the kidlets, but not so good for you, right?

Check out the Stuart Weitzman option – oh la la!  Put a little perk in that ponytail with a rubber stiletto.  You and the teen will finally have something to relate to that is fashionable to, erhm, boot.

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Events, Whitefish Bay Wisconsin: Bridal Walk 9/25

Whitefish Bay is kicking off bridal season with the first Bridal Walk on Saturday, September 25

The events begin at Zita’s with a bridal fashion show and will feature multiple businesses on Silver Spring that play a part in every bride’s wedding from dress to bakery to jewelry.  There will be wine tastings, prizes and demonstrations.  Look for me early at the Farmer’s Market (8am – hey, a girl has to work) to discuss picture perfect nails for that special day using the 2 week, no chip manicure by CND Shellac.


8am Farmer’s Market will have special wedding theme

10am to 4pm Bridal Walk vendors

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

NYC & Online Events: Talika Street Artist & Beauty Addicts Search

French cosmetics line Talika is gifting product and samples on the streets of New York while searching  for their next package designer to whisk to Paris.  Is it you?

Have you been dying to try, or you already a fan of French line Talika?  Join in on the artist kickoff search and you could win an amazing selection!  Here’s how:

What: Talika Artist Search Kickoff

Where: Select locations around New York City including:

  • Rockefeller Center
  • Milk Studios
  • Lincoln Center
  • Columbus Circle
  • Times Square
  • Meatpacking District
  • The Bowery

When: 9/23

  • For exact times and locations, you’ll need to check twitter and follow @talikacosmetics and/or Facebook ( for those details.  The first five people to respond to the scavenger hunt type clues on the scene will win!

Not the first on the scene? Not to worry!  The Talika cigarette girls will be giving samples out all day long.  Look for the girls in Talika blue.


Have you ever dreamed of designing for a luxury cosmetic label like Talika?

The selected winner will get a chance to design a Talika gifet set as well a win a two-night trip to Paris for two including airfare, hotel, treatment at the Talika Spa in the Pershing Hall Hotel and a meeting with the Talika team to discuss the gift set packaging design.

What:  The “I Care for Talika” contest is open to anyone interested in crafting a piece of visual art that best represents, in their interpretation, the brand Talika.

When: From 9/16 – 10/30

Where: Online.  Post your art onto Talika’s Facebook page ( anytime during the above period

How: Art is subjective, but here’s the judging criteria:

  • Creativity – 30%
  • Talika brand values & spirit – 20%
  • Respect of Talika color codes – 20%
  • Marketing Efficiency to Consumer – 20%

The work will be judged by the following:

Alexis de Brosses – Owner, Talika

Antoine Bouillot – visual artist, director of video clips and artistic director for the fashion and luxury world.

Laurent Hainaut – CEO and Creative Director of Raison Pure International Inc.

Matin – One of the most sought after fashion and celebrity makeu-up artists working tonday.

Bonnie Blake – Director of the Graphic Communications Management and Technology program at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Judy Ross – Embroidery artis

Nicki Sebastian – Operations Director for RxArt.

These people are serious.  If you need anymore information on the “I Care for Talika” contest, go to and view under the contest tab.

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

Deborah Lippmann : Across the Universe & Discover the Journey Campaign

Deborah Lippmann’s biotin & green tea infused luxe lacquer contributes to a beautiful world

in more ways than one

Have you hopped aboard the glitter train this season?  Because I tell you, it is going to be one long and shiny ride.  Glitter is all things to nails from now through at least s/s 2011 and Deborah Lippmann is a queen of the craft.  A New York manicurist turned brand creator and jazz singer (she was kind enough to autograph her cds for me and a client) she arguably has one of the prettiest packaging in the industry with the highest glitter content around.

There are soooo many fun colors (Happy Birthday, Bad Romance, et al) it is hard to focus on one. And I won’t! But for this post I’ll want to tell you about this knockout color:

Across the Universe is a dark blue based jelly polish with multi-sized glitter in blue and green, with hex glitters.  It is dark and sultry and mesmerizing.  Flashy and demure.  The inkiness of this lends to a more versatile polish while giving it a bit of mystery.  Lippmann said her goal was to create a color that captured time and space and it has been done.   Not only that, but the goal is to raise money for the Discovery the Journey campaign.  Deborah was whisked off as we were chatting to give a manicure to the very tired fashion blogger Tavi.  Fashion TV actually came looking for her and were told she had already gone to bed (sorry, Tavs).  Listen in as Deborah’s hubba-hubba husband dishes on the fundraiser:

How simple is that?  Indulge yourself in this beautiful polish, take a pic of your hands or feet and upload it to the Deborah Lippmann website, and DL donates $1 for every photo submitted through the end of the year.  This polish only takes two thin coats to get to opaque.  Deborah Lippmann polishes run $18 and can be purchased online or at several locations, including Barneys New York.  Let me know if you upload your photo for this fundraiser!

Check out the gallery for more photos related to Deborah Lippmann

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2010 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Roger Smith Hotel : New York City

You’ve refreshed the bedbug site a thousand and one times and are reaching a mild panic because you cannot find a pest-free hotel.  You want someplace with a convenient location, affordable for New York rates, and being customer service oriented would be a big plus.  Sounds like you need to check-in to the Roger Smith Hotel.

I stayed here during my brief trip to New York, connected by @bsimi @rshotel (follow them on twitter).  They were very helpful in getting me set up.

This boutique hotel surprised with toile.  The bed was extremely comfortable.  The closet held a robe.

The signs in the bathroom reminded guests to conserve water.  I’m originally from drought-cursed California, was only staying two days, and have a long travel & home habit of trying to conserve water.  Nevertheless, declining maid service for the two nights really panicked hotel staff.  “Don’t you need towels?” they worriedly asked when they called the second day.  No, I still had a full set left!  A set for each day.  Hm. How many towels do you go through during a stay? Or at home?

Unfortch, NYC decided to conserve water by shutting it all off on Saturday, an important day.  I was thankful that the cold was running, but did you ever see the lo-flow Seinfeld episode?  Yeah, I ended up with the same flat hair for a big event.

I hadn’t booked a suite, but was pleasantly upgraded upon arrival.  It was so nice to have the extra room.

I don’t have shots of the dinette (blurred) or hall closet, but there was a small kitchen:

I loved that from one of my sets of windows I could gaze at the Sunday market setup, then walk outside to enjoy it.

Roger Smith Hotel is also heavily connected with social media activities and fashion events.

They had their own runway shows set up during Fashion Week.

The hotel’s location was very convenient for my activities, the rates were great, it felt safe and there were interesting events happening.

If you are used to W or maybe a Marriott, it is a little different experience here.  However, if you are looking for any of the above you’ll be thrilled!

…and Roger Smith is still one of the few hotels that remains clean from bedbug infestation.

501 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-2098
(212) 755-1400

Registry report as of September 16, 2010

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