Monday, September 27, 2010

LPB Fitness Guide

A major autumn perk: being able to take your fitness routine from the drudgery of the gym to the great outdoors without the sweltering heat. No time to hit the park or your gym? No worries we have you covered! Though fresh air can cleanse your soul and invigorate the senses, experts say simultaneously maintaining an indoor regimen is required for New Year's Eve Mini Dress Stunner-ready results. Here, with the help of some of the best at home fitness DVDs you will get the skinny (pun intended) on how to find the perfect balance between nature and your exercise mat—plus top indoor activities and which body areas they tone.... thank us later!


DVD: Denise Austin : Hot Body Yoga
LIONSGATE


Haute Body Target: Core, Upper Body, Glutes, Arms, Chest, Back & Shoulders

Synopchic: Fancy a movie-star body? Legendary fitness Goddess Denise Austin will lead you to the award winning physique you desire in a focused indoor exercise consisting of vinyasa yoga with or without weights. The workouts are a mere 30 minutes but Austin will sculpt your body to utter perfection with her soothing words.

LPB FACTOR: This DVD is imperative for anyone and everyone's fitness regime! We absolutely love love love this dvd. The workouts are fast, effective and therapeutic - not only will you achieve a red carpet ready body added bonus you will gain flexibility, renewed health and a sense of achievement each and every time you complete the workout... Bravo Denise !

Price: $11.98

ShopList: lionsgateshop.com

DVD: 10 Minute Solution Pilates For Beginners
Starring Lara Hudson

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Haute Body Target: Total Body

Synopchic: Pilates focuses on core strength, flexibility, and alignment as it lengthens and sculpts your muscles and with the latest from Anchor Bay you will go from novice to pro in no time thanks to Lara Hudson and this genius dvd. Get a sleek physique with this simple Pilates program! This beautiful workout is the perfect place to start if you’re new to Pilates. In five ten minute easy-to-follow segments, you’ll learn--and do--all the basic Pilates techniques designed to tighten and tone your entire body. With step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn the proper form, technique, and breathing methods that make Pilates so effective.

LPB FACTOR: It's low impact at it's best. For novices this DVD guides you in basic pilates anyone can do it, regardless of age or fitness level. The 10-minute solutions will effectively allow you to ease into Pilates and grow with it as you get stronger. You can also mix and match the five segments to customize your workout every time you do it. LOVE!

Price: $14.98

ShopList: amazon.com

DVD: Dance Off The Inches: Cardio Hip Hop
Starring Jennifer Galardi
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Haute Body Target: Total Body

Synopchic: Jennifer Galardi has appeared in fitness videos for everyone from Gunnar P., Kim Kardashian, to FitTV and now she turns her years of professional experience to crafting a completely unique dance/fitness instruction experience, unlike any DVD you've seen before. Incorporating hip-hop and cardio into her unique blend of haute body mojo, Jennifer takes expert techniques and makes them accessible to anyone with a passion for movement and fitness regardless of experience level. She will work your entire body with her Scuff, Stomp & Throw, Chest Pop and Dirt off the Shoulder moves that will have you burning the dance floor and calories like never before!

LPB FACTOR: Mon Petites, embrace your inner dance-floor-vixen and get fit at the same time .... genius!

Price: $14.98

ShopList: amazon.com , livwhole.com

DVD: Billy Blanks Jr. Dance with Me: Cardio Fit
LIONSGATE

Haute Body Target: Lower Body, Arms, Shoulders, Core

Synopchic: With Billy Blanks Jr. (yup you know who is his daddy!) no muscle goes untrained. A Get Down & Cut Revolution for the upper body, lower body and core. The 46 minute dvd with it's power surging moves, set to a dynamic pace, delivers an intensified burn that works to aggressively increase metabolism, attack fat, and exhaust calories so you lose weight and gain pure muscle while getting your groove on. Billy and Sharon will get the results you have been looking for and turn you into a lean, mean dancing machine!

LPB FACTOR: Entertaining, engaging and downright fun this DVD will have you actually wanting to get your sweat on. Billy Blanks Jr. and his love wife Sharon are an additional treat they will literally put a smile on your face and give you that firm behind in no time!

Price: $11.98

ShopList: lionsgateshop.com, exercisetv.tv

DVD: Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Haute Body Target: Total Body

Synopchic: No time to work out? Get ready for a fresh, dynamic way to work out! Jackie Warner adds her no nonsense approach to a uber hard-core circuit training techniques for a total-body workout designed to burn maximum fat in just 30 minutes. Using your body and hand weight, the dvd helps you build lean muscle and burn mega calories. Stick with Jackie’s program for 30 days and you could see a lean, shredded body.

LPB FACTOR: This workout is Xtreme! You will sweat, burn and hurt but the outcome is well worth it....

Price: $14.98

ShopList: amazon.com

DVD: 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Fat Burner
Starring Catherine Chiarelli
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Haute Body Target: Total Body

Synopchic: Become a MVP with Cat Chiarelli and the ingenious 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Fat Burner! Cat presents five workouts using her sports inspired workout designed for maximum weight loss and overall fitness. This 50-minute workout which can be customized to your liking blasts your heart rate with challenging intervals to turn up the burn and peel off the pounds. Whether you're just getting started or ready for a hardcore workout, this program will ignite your metabolism and incinerate fat to reveal a ripped, lean body all at a low impact rate... how amazing is that!

LPB FACTOR: With Chiarelli's guidance you will fire up your metabolism , lose big with her fierce formula that adds strength and ab moves to dynamic cardio for increased fat loss. What we truly love about all the 10 Minute Solution DVDs is that fact you can set the tone and duration of the DVDS. We absolutely love the this DVD!! A must especially for the impending holiday season....

Price: $14.98

ShopList: amazon.com


DVD: Stephanie Vitorino
Body Target 60
V Body

Haute Body Target: Total Body

Synopchic: Get into the zone the V Body zone with kick-butt trainer, Stephanie Vitorino, and tackle stubborn problem areas with her surefire circuit training formula that combines upper- and lower-body sculpting moves to obliterate fat even faster. Say goodbye to saddlebags, muffin tops and wobbly arms with this heart-pounding, 60-minute hard body workout that targets trouble zones like never before. By keeping you constantly challenged, Stephanie will transform your body from flab to firm in no time! Warm up and cool down before and after this grueling workout.

LPB FACTOR: We adore Stephanie and want her body when we grow up! She gives perfect direction and explains the purpose to each grueling move. Just looking at her when we workout is motivation enough - we are V body acolytes!

Price: $14.95

ShopList: stephanievitorino.com

La Petite Blog's Hautest....

Introducing our ultimate faves from the catwalk, trends & beyond!

Bootie Camp
clockwise from top left: Altuzarra, Diesel Black Gold, Brian Reyes, and Preen

Though some designers like Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen and Marc Jacobs (in both his shows) opted for significantly shorter heels this season, others kept with the tough, black bootie trend carried over from seasons past. Booties are so transitional - they literally go with everything from skinny jeans a petite frock with effortlessly! If there is one thing we say to get it would be these!

Haute Shops WorldWide!



Spot On

Wolford has done it again! The masters of all things legs has stolen our hearts with the must have Leo Tights! Perfect for the haute gal who wants to make a scene and be seen -- these amazing tights (which comes in sahara, fern, black and pink -- shown above) are well worth the investment...

www.wolfordshop.com

Perfection In A Bottle
Andy Warhol once described his favorite medium - silk screen painting as "simple, quick, and chancy' when compared to classical painting. Whilst his comment could spark up a no holds bar debate on art & it's various forms of beauty one thing can be said that no matter the medium it's all about the color - and Perfect Formula founder Shari Gottesman knows this and for A/W 10 she took a ultra fab cue from the masters, replacing traditional nail lacquers with vibrant, eye catching camera ready hues. The six nail lacquer collection is a burst of colors that is so hypnotic, it upstages some works of art -- it is a work of art! Added bonus, these quirky, modern, classic and innovated hues are conversation pieces you can wear rather then hang on a wall!

The Perfect Formula The Perfect Color is available at QVC.com & PerfectFormulas.com for $15 each.


Body by bodycology®


This wallet friendly find bodycology® Rich & Creamy Body Wash - moisturizes, revitalizes & smooths the skin. This innovative and luxurious body wash treats and prevents unsightly dry and dull looking skin by giving your epidermis the much needed hydration and skin softening with it's infusion of silk extracts, avocado oils, soy milk and shea butter - after a week of shows, shooting and blogging this body wash (which retails for under $5!!!) has my name all over it!

For further information on bodycology® please visit www.bodycology.com


L
ash Attack

Have the eye-lash of the Tiger with d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX Masacara! The ultra luxe mascara is pawing it's way to becoming a beauty classic! The d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX high definition mascara forms a long separated fan of lashes that usually takes the skill of a seasoned make up artist. Not only does it extends your lavish lashes to new heights it also conditions your lashes as well... It's perfection in a bottle. Bravo, Fiberwig!

Available in Pure Black, d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX will be sold exclusively in Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora Canada.
Visit www.djv-beautenizer.com


M
imobot Madness
Are you the techie type? Nevermind how much time you actually spend on your macbook pro, iPad, notebook, laptop etc. - this season it's all about Mimobots! All you have to do is choose between the ultra cute and sleek usb flash drive characters (or not - get them all!)! This season will you be an ultra cool & edgy Adios Mimobot by Tokidoki or an ultra cute Ciao Ciao Mimobot by Tokidoki (our personal fave)? This ultra cool line of USB Drives are a must here at LPB -- we won't leave home without it!



Haute Candy
We have the sweetest tooth and with Maybelline's Limited Edition Sweet Thing Collection of Candy inspired palette of lip glosses, nail colors, and eye shadows! Our decadent obsession for all things scrumptious is being satisfied (without comprising our waistline). With lip glosses like Triple Yum, Sweet & Sassy - amazing fast drying nail colors: Candy Coated, Goody Plum Drop and our ultimate fave Excite-mint Eye Shadow all under $10 is a must have! Girls Rush and get your hands on the Sweet Thing Collection because like all good things it won't be around for long!

REAL MEN WEAR THIGH-HIGH BOOTS!

Last week fashion revelers, bloggers, The CUT and possibly a few taxi drivers were up in arms or should we say gams over Lenny Kravitz' ensemble which included a pair of uber cute Thigh-high boots. I for one mon petites, think his look is absolutely scrumptious and works! The legendary rocker always walked to his own beat (no pun intended) and honestly could you see him in a Sean John number... don't think so.

Mens Fashion is somewhat a bit lacking with the exception of Jean Paul Gaultier, Rick Owens, Damir Dora... actually come to think of it mens fashion isn't lacking- it's men who are a bit afraid to experiment with their looks which is the tragedy and we here at LPB applaud the American Woman crooner for stepping out of the box and into Thigh-High boots! You go boy!

Real Supreme




T
he secret behind head turning hair through all the seasons : Redken Real Control Slim Supreme, this moisture packed serum gives hair the ultimate protection against environmental damage and provides your mane with unbelievably long lasting hair control. Before blow-drying your hair apply your mane with this beauty serum - making your locks invincible!


Visit Redken.com for Salons
Blogettes & Gents, the world over is going gaga (not Lady) over crystal-adorned driving gloves to fur clutches, velvet sunglasses and to die for tights! Our LPB fave of the season would have to be embellished tights which have been popular for several seasons, but the multi-colored, stitch-paneled pairs at Ohne Titel, Rodarte or the must have leopard print pieces of perfection by Wolford are particularly inventive—and definitely seem worth the price of a proper pair of pants!

Playful, bold and statement making leg-wear has made it's mark on the runway and, even better, we here at LPB have the go to online mecca sure to quench your leg wear thrust with it's outstanding assortment of hosiery: MYTIGHTS.com! Spotted at Lincoln Center (frankly all over the city...literally the world) on fellow fashion revelers, editors and 'it' fashion bloggers were opaque tights, graphic prints and the always the faithful fishnets or brightly hued numbers. On the runway, designers made a statement with intricate, futuristic -out of this world tights and mixed some worth the splurge looks(we can not get enough of the WOLFORD 'Success' ultra haute print tights - see left). This crisp new hosiery choices look modern and chic on the models' long, lean legs; we can't wait to see it translated onto the sidewalk - mon petites these are not your grandmother's stockings! With MYTIGHTS.com it's all possible from Haute Hosiery Collections like Emilio Cavallini to tummy busting and bum lifting Spanx Tights you can find it all on this amazing site! Mon petites (and some of you gents... we don't judge), take note - for the season gorgeous gams will be the focal point. Added bonus: leg-wear is the easiest and cheapest alternative to splurging on the latest Louboutin shoes, - and with mytights.com it's just a click away!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pure At It's Best...

It may be human nature to resist change, but Mother Nature doesn't really have time for such nonsense! I don't know about you but here in the City (hey Whitney) the weather shifts from mild to Arctic and as the temperature cools (and warms up - global warning people!) , our skin, hair, and make up regimens must change too. Since we want a one-way ticket to Heaven we're offering you all our foul-proof strategies to ensure you don't get left out in the cold. Thanks to Bioelements NPA Sealed All Things Pure Skincare Line and a few beauty regime adjustments you will be able to keep your skin healthy in the colder, drier climate - so take note mon petites!

Snakeskin is stylish on bags & shoes, but on your face? Not so much dolls! Here's how to keep your skin soft and scale-free all season long, no matter how dry the air gets. Bioelements ALLTHINGS PURE line is a luxurious system of natural and organic skin care that treats your skin so pure that only mother nature could (hence the NPA seal!) . Our complexion can reveal a multitude of sins (too much sunbathing, not enough sleep)—but these cleansers, scrubs and moisturizers allow you to repent. Hallelujah!
All Things Pure
Cleanser
Clay-Based Deep Pore Face Wash

$32.00

The Cleanser with it's clay base feels so rich on the skin, it's like a spa treatment; it also happens to be a workhorse that eliminates even the worst case of city schlepping grit. Win-win.

LPB Seasonal Tip: When using the cleanser use luke warm water - hot water will dry you out!

All Things Pure
Scrub
Facial Exfoliator with Melting Herbal Grains
$43.00

This outstanding Scrub has microscopic buffers and melting herbal enzymes that refine without friction. Meaning: no raw skin - cool factor: you feel the grains melt away as you wash your face... very very cool.

LPB Seasonal Tip: Exfoliate twice a week.

Allergies, dehydration, and late-night Facebook sessions are powerless against ALL THINGS PURE Eye Oil—it's more effective than eye cream we've used and petites we used a lot!

LPB Seasonal Tip: Use daily!!!!

All Things Pure
Moisturizer
Hydrating Creme with Emollient Shea Butter

$43.00

The ultra rich Moisturizer delivers on its name—the all natural soufflé wears well under makeup and diminishes shine throughout the day.

LPB Seasonal Tip: Buy this in bulk as it's amazing dolls! Amazing!!!! Seriously use this daily and for added measure mix it with your SPF and you are set lovelies.


To purchase and learn more about ALL THINGS PURE and Bioelements other products check out bioelements.com

Time To Say "Good Buy!'

The philosopher John Locke believed that "a sound mind in a sound body" was a short but complete description of happiness. Here a but a few items that will make me one very happy & exuberant gal!

MOR
From Left: Little Luxuries Marshmallow Soapette , $9 - Little Luxuries Marshmallow Body Butter, $15 - Little Luxuries Marshmallow Hand Cream, $12 - Little Luxuries Marshmallow Lip Nectar, $18
morcosmetics.com

Skin-care companies make some pretty big promises, so when a product actually makes good on one, well, people tend to shout the news from the rooftops— and mon petits I want to sing from the mountain tops my love for MOR! More then just a skincare line - it's a lifestyle (Tori Spelling is a fan) MOR cosmetics are the ultimate in luxe from the Little Luxuries line of the now cult classic Marshmallow line which is collectively orchestrated with Vanilla Musk and Jasmine Flower that gloriously rapture in this pretty, feminine fragrance. Sugar dipped Rose petals with White Carnation and Cotton Candy play beautifully to create a deliciously sweet perfume that is absolutely amazing and well worth the splurge! We here love indulging in this decadent treats that while satisfies our sweet tooth it doesn't ruin our diet... Yum!

MOR Cosmetics produces over 100 product lines including sumptuous body butters, hand & body washes and lotions, candles, soaps and lip balms all available at morcosmetics.com


Some of us are looking for a hint of natural color; others demand siren shades with vinyl shine. Whatever your lip-color style, Hourglass Cosmetics' Prodigy, $26 is all that and then some! The water-resistant, silky, non-sticky lip gloss enhanced with Vitamin E hydrates and protects the lips from dryness and environmental issues we face (no pun intended) daily. The 6 shades of Hourglass Cosmetics Prodigy are so packed with pigment, they can actually convert lipstick devotees. (We've seen it happen.) Our favorite: the bold, Legend.



Dr. Teal’s®
Epsom Salt Soaking Solutions

$4.99
drteals.com

Unveil a soft, radiant relaxed body and mind with this heavenly relaxing epsom salt. Salt crystals drenched in Eucalyptus Spearmint oils gently work to soothe and ease your muscles, and the fragrance alone will take your stresses away. After our constant jet setting, schlepping and the everyday hustle we've come to rely on this petite treat and at less then $5 it's a steal!


For further information on the benefits of Epsom Salt or other Dr. Teal’s® fragrances and products or visit www.drteals.com

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Say farewell to Bush! Dolls and Gents it's all about the brazilian bikini wax and thanks to the mecca of beauty Dublin's own Urbana looking sleek (and hairless) is just an appointment away! Here are some foolproof tips from the Urbana to get you looking like you just left Rio!

· Book it right. Schedule all the services you want when you make the appointment. Women often book a bikini wax and then ask for a leg and eyebrow wax later, which can double the allotted time, and different areas may require different technicians. Have your game plan dolls!

· Let it grow. The hair on the legs and bikini area should be a quarter-inch long if it's fine and a half-inch long if it's coarse. That means you'll need to wax every two to four weeks.

· Prepare yourself. If you're waxing anywhere on your face, don't use retinol products, Accutane, or some antibiotics for the week beforehand. The morning before your appointment, exfoliate but skip the lotion.

· Check the wax. There are two basic waxes: Strip wax is removed with a piece of fabric; hard wax goes on thicker and can be peeled off. Both are effective, though many people find hard wax, which is usually used for the bikini area, less painful and request it. Lucky for you all Urbana offers an amazing Pain Free Waxing by Lycon which is a must for gals and guys who can't tolerate a bit of pain!

· Manage the pain. Take two Advil an hour before your appointment. If it still hurts, ask the technician to apply strips to smaller areas at a time. After a wax, apply an aloe lotion or use a hydrocortisone cream if you get any red bumps.

So Dolls (and Gents) when it's time to book your appointment check out Urbana - trust us you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

So summer is sadly coming to an end....chin up ladies—the beauty trends this fall are a happy return to vivid color, gorgeous and hairless skin, and just a sprinkle of shimmer. There was really so much good beauty to choose from for the season—check out our LPB beauty must haves —and the places you need to go to achieve them!

1. Flawless Skin: Sound impossible? With proper diet, exercise and positive thinking clear radiant skin is possible! Before you even crack open a foundation bottle, exfoliate and moisturize really well. Then warm up the foundation in your hand and rub it over any red splotches and dark spots—including the ones on your neck and chest. Try matte concealer under the eyes and around the nose, and paint it onto any dark spots with a pointed brush. Next, go to town with a creamy highlighter that's about the same shade as your skin—dab it on your cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the brow bones, the eyes' inner corners, the Cupid's bow, and the chin. A dusting of powder is optional, and should only happen in the T-zone. Leave the cheekbones dewy; this makes the skin appear more luminous.

2. Banish Unwanted Hair: Although bikini season is over (thank the heavens!)one needs to maintain the sleek smooth hairless body you've worked on all year long and our solution is the amazing waxing salons Dublin has to offer: Urbana! Dublin's leading Beauty and Medical Spas Urbana has become known for it's ability to tackle stubborn unwanted hair and countless beauty problems. So just because you will have to take out your new uber haute sherling you scored at Burberry doesn't mean you have to look like one!

3. Smudgy Eyes: When it comes to applying all that color on your eyes, perfection is, well, not so perfect for the season. Instead, use the super-smoked-out look at the fall shows as your inspiration. Douse your lids with color, lines your lashes—top and bottom—with another shade and smudge with a cotton swab, then blend them with a domed brush. Pure sex kitten.

4. Sparkling Pink Cheeks: Bright pink cheeks are youthful—especially when that pink is flecked with some gold shimmer. Dust it onto the apples of your cheeks with a soft brush. And don't be shy about it!

5. Bold Lips: Shades like bright fuchsia, tangerine orange, and deep burgundy are definitely daring, but they can be supremely sexy, too. Opt for a creamy lipstick, and keep the rest of the makeup on your face subtle—just a hint of warmth added to your skin with bronzer and blush, plus some mascara—and you'll see how addicting a loud lip color can be.

Visit www.urbana.ie for locations and service menus