Friday, November 19, 2010

Body By Tracy!

If, like me, you were simultaneously romanced by the out of this world-themed beyond body con dresses at Alexander Wang, beguiled by the thigh-skimming boots by Christian Louboutin and seduced by the leather, Rock Goddess–worthy jean at Isabel Marant, and the tighter then tight Pucci mini you are (a) possibly a bit of a fashion whore, and (b) already keenly aware of the current prominence of nearly all the designers showing off one's bodily features. Perhaps, even as you read this, you’re shrugging. Maybe you’re muttering something along the lines of Yeah, so? No biggie. If this is the case, God bless you and your 'I don't need to work out- I was born to walk the catwalk' physique, too. The rest of us, on the other hand, have cause for concern. Or causes; mine start with a little extra padding in areas I prefer to keep to myself... With the holidays just a few weeks away I was weighing various body-perfecting options—and one person rather entity came to mind: Tracy Anderson - the fitness goddess known the world over for her body sculpting fitness regime (The Tracy Anderson Method) was just what the I need this impending holiday season to get in shape! Known for her revolutionary fitness experience that engages body, mind and spirit Tracy Anderson help legions of devout Anderson acolytes look and feel great by building muscle strength, promoting cardiovascular health, improving body tone, bolstering endurance and enhancing confidence - in and out of the lastest fashions! Since the season of giving is upon us holiday Tracy has been so kind to give us her Haute Body Method to take your flab to fab in no time!


TRACY'S HAUTE BODY METHOD
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DIRECTIONS:

Monday & Saturday: Use the sweat inducing, heart racing Tracy Anderson Perfect Design Series: Sequence I - the 55 minute work out will increase metabolism and burn more calories than any other workout on the scene! Combining strength training and floor/mat techniques, Tracy Anderson Perfect Design Series: Sequence I incorporates challenging muscle isolation exercises, explosive reflex training and high-speed movements that will surely increase muscle definition, boost strength and burn optimum fat.

Tuesday & Thursday: Pop the Tracy Anderson Perfect Design Series: Sequence II and have Tracy lead you in blazing body sculpting combinations in rapid-fire sequences combined with intervals for your arms, core, legs and everywhere else in between. Every muscle in the body battles against gravity in this workout designed to enhance endurance, speed, stamina, power, coordination, tone and muscle strength.

Wednesday & Friday: Alternate between the Tracy Anderson Perfect Design Series: Sequence III and the Sequence I - whatever your personal goals, Tracy's DVD will help you reach your potential - we've noticed a huge difference after doing these programs for a month.. and trust - you will too.

Sunday: Rest - a week of the Tracy Anderson Method calls for some R&R!


Now if for some reason you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the Tracy Anderson Method i.e. no time or space to get started don't fret! Tracy has you covered with this clever webisode -- check it out:


Mon Petits, This set is a must have investment towards, your health, overall wellness and haute waistline! For more information on
Tracy Anderson, her DVDs, book and the Tracy Anderson check out tracyandersonmethod.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BEAUTY DEMYSTIFIED


From Jennifer Lopez to Gwen Stefani and Patrick Demarchelier to Annie Leibovitz, there's not a name in the beauty business that leading make-up artist - and BODY BLING Creative Director- Scott Barnes hasn't worked with and in his soon to be iconic tome ABOUT FACE: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist (Fair Wind Press) the renowned makeup artist, to whom superstars and supermodels turn when they want to look their best, shares his makeup secrets , explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use the fundamentals to create a wide range of different looks. In this glamorous, contemporary yet timeless book Barnes demystifies the art of make-up and shows women how to enhance their best features and feel confident in their appearance, whatever your age or lifestyle. Beautifully photographed, styled and designed (by some of the leading photographers, hair and fashion stylists), it offers expert advice in an accessible format: informative text is broken down into bite-size chunks, with tips, insider secrets, and practical step-by- step instructions for fail-safe techniques to maximize natural beauty.

Scott Barnes astonishes with his incredible transformations of famous, ordinary & extra-ordinary women alike. In this must have book, he demonstrates how anyone can have a variety of different faces. Working with a whole new cast of faces, he turns models, mothers, young ingenues and many others into their most beautiful, glamorous, and intriguing selves.
For each and every face, he provides step-by-step instructions that will make them easy to reproduce at home. With this gorgeous and practical book, anyone can face forward to the new year ahead with confidence and style.
Even the most sophisticated and artistic makeup is easy to achieve with Mr. Barnes tricks, techniques, and trade secrets. This reference explores all the essential tools needed, how to find the right products—worth investing in to produce the best you possible.
In this tome Scott Barnes looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup--from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (Brows, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, and Eye Lashes) no matter your eye color and shape (he even gives tips on correcting one's hairline -- amazing). Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick, etc and with this book the knowledge is all yours! ABOUT FACE will be the only book any woman will need to look absolutely fabulous.
ABOUT FACE is an inspirational and how-to guide to make-up from one of the most sought after and successful make-up artists working today and a perfect gift this season for yourself and your loved ones too!

THE BITCH IS BACK!

Ladies and Gentlemen - the wait is over! Mr. Ford’s comeback to womenswear after six long years— is finally here! We all remember the uber exclusive show in NYC on September 12th and we all remember not being able to the haute wear until now!
photographed by Steven Meisel

The newly elusive (he hates the notion of fast fashion... something I can agree with albeit being a 'blogger') former idol and inciter of the sexed-­up Gucci-­YSL nineties is resurrecting his haute bitch aesthetic and I for one am exhaling! Finally looks that scream Haute Woman who takes no prisoners with style and grace!
photographed by Steven Meisel

The seventies are a big influence of the collection and we can see why - he's bring it back to a time when it was all about 'la individual' and particularly he's re-introducing himself to his clients who have waited a very very long to for his triumphant return!
photographed by Steven Meisel

The couture-like flared pantsuits, soft trenches, unbuttoned silk blouses, animal prints— thigh high lace boots are truly what dreams are made of and I for one can not wait to see this confections up close and personal!

photographed by Steven Meisel

We for one can not wait for the launch of his new site in December nor the arrival of the frocks in his boutiques - it's a new ear darlings ... are you ready?

Haute Damn!

The world is going mad over Tom Ford's triumphant return to womenswear (myself included) but darling I must admit I'm still daydreaming about Jean Paul Gaultier's FW2010 CTR filled with turbans, deconstructed trench coats, dresses worth salivating over and quite frankly everything I want to be when I grow up!
Jean Paul Gaultier (along with YSL & Alexander McQueen) were the sole reason I pursued fashion all those years ago and when I have moments of not being inspired it's his designs I always gravitate towards to reaffirm why I've dedicated my life's purpose to la mode.
Being the most Parisian of French fashion designers JPG gives me that chicness that only the true masters can bring to fruition.
Gaultier's mastery of the masculine/feminine hybrid is genius and in my books no one compares.
From the rich colors to the exquisite details and accessories these looks summons an era of yesteryear while evoking the modern trends of today.
This batwing jumpsuit is what dreams are made of....
This visual seriously took my breath away... the sweetheart neckline to the masked turban....genius!
The construction of this dress and the ingenious use contrast of materials
The jacket with black mink cone breasts (and a butt to match) also revived an iconic moment while this look is purely editorial I can appreciate and admire his craftsmanship to detail.
For reasons unknown JPG isn't known for his mastery of using leathers and furs - mon petites he is a force to be reckoned with and this dress is a testament to that.
The designer's wide-ranging playlist: jackets with squared-off shoulders, showgirl lingerie, va va voom jumpsuits and day glow dresses are so absolutely amazing...

Sharp shoulders, body hugging silhouettes and pure on drama was on his menu for the collection and mon petites he delivered!
The lines and drapery of this dress along with the rich hue is a feast for the eyes.
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Dita Von Teese closed the show revealing Gaultier for La Perla... fantastic!
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
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Catch the two-tone shoes...
Fall 2010 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier
Runway

Thanks Jean Paul...

What Type Of Sexy Are You?

Being a stylist my usual conversation with clients revolve around the look they currently have, the look the truly want and how we can bring that vision to fruition. One of the questions I usually ask is "So, what type of Sexy are you?" which for the most part is followed by blank stares, utter silence and sometimes even tears. So my dear, sweet mon petites we have put together a list of 'sexy' for you to decipher and identify with because lovelies no matter the size, complexion or bank account we are all sexy creatures of perfection (cue the violins)...

The Ethereal Goddess

Lisa Bonet

Fresh face, otherworldly creatures whom appear before mere mortals as if they sprouted from the ocean pretty much sums up the haute Ethereal Goddesses that roam the earth. These woman are no fuss get up & go savants who throw on 'looks' so amazing it's second nature to them to look impeccably beautiful.


To be an Ethereal Goddess one does not have to limit their wardrobe to birkenstocks nor earth tone hues. EG's are more organic when it comes to dressing and their looks are usually effortless. Trends aren't for this crowd and it's ok they have their timeless look down and you can too - stock up on some amazing scarfs, easy breezy tunics and kaftans and killer accessories to bring your other-worldly chicness to the streets!


The Girl Next Door
Lucy Liu

With their clean, shiny hair, clear skin, and soft lips, these women have a friendly, familiar appeal. And the same thing goes with the wardrobe - the 'girl next door' is a mixture of sweetness with a dash of sex- she looks amazing schlepping as she does on a haute night out.


We all know a 'girl next door' she always looks amazing at the gym, grocery store, taking the trash out , catching the 6 train...yes we just love her! Jokes aside these dames can work their paramour's button down shirt or a uber haute Alexander Wang mini and still look camera ready - it's a gift for these dames and we say if it ain't broke don't try to fix it! Embrace your 'girl next door' essence and work your denim pants, vintage tees or haute gingham dress ...you'll turn heads!


The FEMME FATALE

Madonna

Everything about her look—the bold lips, the sharp brows, the androgynous hairstyle—is potent and threatening. These women do not play games - they dress to kill! (Women after my own heart...)
With Femme Fatals it's more then just being sexy - it's knowing, accepting, and having the confidence to ooze all of one's womanliness with no apologies. These women challenge the notion of 'sexy' - and if you fall into this category honey be the bold vixen you were put here on earth to be knock em dead!
P.S. if you are a shy FF (yes it's a rare breed) start slowly and acclimate yourself with yourself - get to know your body - what works for your frame and mon petite in no time you will have the streets on fire with your haute-ness!


The ROCKER CHICK

Deborah Harry

This woman's sensuality is a mix of heavy eye makeup, mussed-up hair, and a defiant attitude..... all things little girls are made of!


Darling Lovelies, I think all females have a bit of Rocker Chick in them! Sometimes we just want to throw on our tightest pant, sparkly top, tease the locks, smear on some haute lipstick and take on the world. These rock & roll gals know how to make a scene and you can too if that's your thing! From razor sharp accessories to legendary frocks these gals know how to give us a one woman show with each look day after day! Think more is more and you are destined for fame!


The Sex Kitten
Brigitte Bardot

The phrase was coined in 1958 to describe a sultry new French actress named Brigitte Bardot. These lush beauties share her tousled hair, plump lips, and long lashes...perrrrfection!

Sex kittens aren't walking around naked (although most of the population probably wishes they were) these woman strut their stuff much like a femme fatale but there's something a bit more sensual to this breed - a softer FF one might suggest. She's the type to wear a form fitting dress with the perfect pair of nude 6' inch pumps, loose hair and soft pouty pink lips and steal everyone's hearts with her intoxicating laughter. If you are a sex kitten - #1 we applaud you and know that you don't have to bare it all to be sexy!

So... What Type Of Sexy Are You?