Monday, October 31, 2011

Peep These Haute Tricks & Treats!

Once a year men, women and the children all over the world take to the streets in costumes that fright, delight and wow on Halloween. Everyone let's their inhibitions cease to exist and fantasies become reality - with that being said here are a few of my fave looks worn by the Who's Who in la mode

Stephen Gan and Joan Smalls, at Vmagazine's Halloween party. 

Michelle Harper and Sarah Sophie Flicker. 

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs.

Bambi Northwood-Blyth. 

Ellen von Unwerth. 

Nicole Trunfio.

Lisa Marie Fernandez, Phoebe James, and Keegan Singh. 

Gilles Mendel, right.

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld. 

Prabal Gurung, left, at his "Sisters" Halloween Party. 

All photos courtesy of

Friday, October 28, 2011


The trend for colored hair has been gathering so much momentum season after season, each time the latest fad has upped the ante. From the hauter then haute ombre, candy streaked - somewhere over the rainbow hues  or that Golden Girls esque gray craze -  the masses have tousled over a plethora of choices to reinvent one's look. Well mon petites,  the purveyor of all things mane - REDKEN has a coloring system that not only enhances your look but will leave your tresses stronger then ever. What is this magical system you ask? It's Shades EQ Cream and Cover Plus,  a no-ammonia formula that will leave you with long-lasting, shiny, smooth and conditioned colored hair. Once I discovered this must have treatment I hightailed it to the immaculate Angelo David Salon where I was given the 5 star treatment by the colorist of all colorist David Stanko & co 

Angelo David Salon  
In light of our Shades EQ discovery we spoke to Monsieur Stanko, who has been at the forefront of the color trends . Who better, then, to explain how to color your hair for next season, the color mistakes you should never make and how to adapt the runway trends for real life. Mon petites trust us here at LPB - once you read about this treatment, the stellar salon and tips from the maestro himself you will surely see how  colored hair will be bigger than ever for the seasons ahead.

Landing a spot in top hair colorist David Stanko's chair (he's renowned in his field and collaborates with REDKEN) requires booking your appointment in advance (he's a traveling man!) , traveling to New York City (if you are an out of towner - the trip is worth it), and shelling out wallet friendly prices for A-list treatments. The decadent experience is well worth it! David and his absolutely marvelous assistant Mariano Cuevas are experts in their field and their service truly exemplifies that. Going to a salon can  sometimes be intimidating especially if you are going to a man who works with a leading hair brand such as REDKEN. David and Mariano (along with the entire staff at Angelo David Salon) creates an experience where people can indulge and get beautiful - stress free. More importantly it's a place where you can ask all the questions that you're sometimes too afraid to ask once you're sitting in the chair. With such a relaxing atmosphere I got down to business with David and here are his color trend tips. 

  •  Do research your salon and colorist, make sure they're experienced at what you want. Need help finding a salon?  To locate a Redken salon please log on to
  • Do use leave-in treatments to blow dry your hair, it will protect and moisturize your mane. 
  • As we head into the Autumn/Winter season it's time to enrich your hues with shades in reds, auburns and rich shades that flatter your complexion. 
  • Eyeing a runway look? Do bring in visual references it will help with your consultation. 
  • We know you loved your summer lovin' sunny streaks or bright color that turned heads in July but that same shade can drain color from your skin when you're naturally a bit paler - you are not married to your  hair color switch it up for the seasons! 
  • Don't be cheap, a DIY color job is expensive and uber hard to fix.
  • Don't follow the trends without fully thinking about it - do you really want the ombre look or pink hair? Be sure before you commit - your hair will thank you. 
  • Don't be afraid to explore your options when it comes to hair color be vocal and listen to the professional! 


Once David schooled me on the do's and don'ts of color we had our consultation. He suggested I go red for the autumn/winter season which I agreed.  The color's rich, warm and perfect for the upcoming holidays. For the process David used the following products:

From Left to Right: Shades EQ Cream and Cover Plus (not shown), Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner, Redken Blown Away 09, Redken Wax Blast 10 
From Left to Right: Redken Chemistry Shot Phase, Redken Chemistry Shot Phix 
My red tinted mane courtesy of David Stanko, Redken & the Angelo David Salon

David was determined to rekindle the flame (with my hair color), explaining that natural-looking hair color doesn't have to mean boring. He along with Mariano began with the Shades EQ Cream Clear + 10 vol Pro-oxide Cream Developer  a rich red base to heat things up per se and then painted wisp-thin ribbons of the shade around the crown using the Balayage Shades EQ Cream 07RR + 1 - vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer. The Shades EQ Cream system is a demi-permanent conditioning cream hair color formula with pomegranate oil, rice protein and conditioning polymer offers excellent moisturizing benefits. 

 That was followed by an amazing wash using Pureology's Hydrate Shampoo with the Redken Chemistry Color Protect Shot + Real Control Shot + 3.4 pHix pHase the treatment caters to my hair needs with the sulfate free shampoo hydrating my color-treated hair and the Redken Chemistry Shots + pHix pHase repairing  environmental or mechanical abuse - every time I have this in-salon treatment I instantly see a difference! Mariano used Pureology's Hydrate Conditioner and we were off to get my blow out done. 

What I love at the Angelo David Salon  -  is while you are there to indulge you are given tips on top of tips that you can use when styling your hair at home. Mariano used Redken's Blow Away 09  to blowdry my tresses and followed up with a quick flat iron to straighten my locks, a even quicker curling session and ta da: my hair had swing, it had verve, and the curls were stellar. Last but not least he lightly misted my mane with Redken's Wax Blast 10 - a product I love as it works wonders on my natural hair. 

 The Bombshell Pink BCA 1" Clipless Curling Iron Rod by SULTRA 

When  I left the salon my curls were entact (pictured above) Mariano suggested I let it fall naturally - a suggestion that was truly appreciated. Once I got home I touch it up with  The Bombshell Pink BCA 1" Clipless Curling Iron Rod by SULTRA  brushed it out and transformed to a Veronica Lake - esque haute tamale!

My coiffure once I touched up the curls, brushed them out and spritz a bit of Wax Blast 10 - Can you notice the red sheen... the color is sleek and so pretty for Fall. 

The Shades EQ Cream Color Treatment won't fade fast like other demi-permenent dyes. My color lasted well over 20 washes. David told me I was going to paint the town red this fall and I certainly did - actually it only just begun!  I would like to thank David, Mariano and the entire staff at Angelo David Salon it was a pleasure~

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Model, The Mane & Kérastase

Fashion Week Hair Transformation Diary from Kerastase USA on Vimeo.

Who knows hair damage better than a high profile runway model? During New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 season, Kérastase followed model Hanne Gaby Odiele backstage to document her hair experience. Over the course of seven days and twenty shows, her hair experienced a year’s worth of damage—constant blow drying, pulling, twisting, glued in extension and then pulled out! Watch to see how Kérastase experts took her extremely damaged hair and restored it to beautiful healthy hair. Hanne’s experience truly exemplifies The Kerastase promise of hair transformation, guaranteed. To go behind the scenes and to learn how to get your own hair transformation visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Pearl Effect.

spring/summer 2012

From the sublime to the almost-ridiculous, the beauty looks in Paris are always among the most inspiring of the season. This time was no exception, with the pearl infused ponytails at the CHANEL spring/summer 2012 were spectacular. Of all the ponytails that popped up on the Paris runways, these had something extra special: they were adorned with various sized pearls in an effortless way that could be worn off the runway... 

Monday, October 10, 2011


Vivienne Westwood's Spring inspirations ran from saving the planet to historical corsets. In other words, just about exactly where Dame Viv's head is these days: a little in the past, a little in the future, a little in the clouds and with the models donning the now mandatory MINX Nails all seemed perfect in the World of Westwood. Take a look at the nails from the collection.. 

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

Nail Stylist Applying Minx  Onto The Models Preshow. 

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

 Vivienne Westwood
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

Minx Co-Founder Dawn Lynch Goodwin with Designer Vivienne Westwood 

To Learn More About MINX Nails Check Out 

Mambo Italiano.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana cooked up a decadent collection this season with  oversize prints that decorated fit-and-flare dresses and midriff-baring bra tops and full skirts. Let's not forget the uber haute signature corsets encrusted to the hilt in colorful crystals (post to come later) - what really got us craving the collection was the good enough to eat accessories! 
Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear
From the Farfalle pasta shapes and garlic cloves earrings and purses the dynamic duo fed the masses with some haute & tasty treats sure to be seen this coming spring... 

Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear
The eggplants, zucchinis, tomatoes, and hot peppers you'd find at an outdoor market inspired the accessories. 

Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

While some might find it to be  little too kitsch we find it absolutely scrumptious! 

Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear
The designers flanked by a plethora of pretty dames - a recipe for success! 

Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have long made the most of their roots, at this season's show, they really went all-out and showcased just how delicious it is! 

Dolce & Gabbana
spring 2012 ready-to-wear

Molto, molto Italiano.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


So Fashion Week just finished up and we've already found a look we're dying to wear. At the Versace Spring 2011 runway show, we watched models with shiny, voluminous, full on Bombshell hair walk the runway in va-va voom looks that will definately turn heads. 

The Mane Event
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
The effect is a smidge sixties, a tad edgy, and reminds us of our love of big beautiful
hair. We love the look so much we've decided to recreate it using the ultra haute clipless  curling iron THE BOMBSHELL by Sultra - it's the ultimate hairstyling tool that curls, add volumes and maintain flyaways! Most importantly it will transform you from an everyday dame to a runway worthy Vixen! 

The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron, $130
THE BOMBSHELL by Sultra —$130 available at—is a shiny (and…. ahem…. slightly phallic)  clipless curling rod that comes in 1-inch size,  heats up evenly for consistent curls or waves. It features an auto shut off control in case you forget, glove (so you don't burn off your manicure) and a little heat protectant cloth so that it won't burn your countertop. The versitale curling iron is uber easy to use and the secret weapon to achieing the Versace look! 

Big, Beautiful Bombsell Hair!
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Luckily, you don't need a professional stylist on hand to copy this hair with a few tools, maybe some music to get you in the mood and these tips you can have this look too! 
The Bombshell Pink, $130  & 

How To Get Bombshell Hair 

Tools Needed :   

Get Your Glam On With Sultra
1.) If you're a newbie, or if you're in a rush, throw a heat-proof glove on. Sultra's iron comes with one so that you can touch the iron and not burn yourself. 

2.) Point the tip of THE BOMBSHELL downward and wrap a one-inch section of hair around the barrel, winding it away from your face. 

3.)  Let it sit for 10 seconds, then release.

4.) Use the sectioning clips and pin the curls (pictured above)

5.) Repeat on all of your hair. 

Utter Perfection! Look At That Hair - With Sultra It's Possible!
Spring/Summer 2012

6.) Lightly mist your hair with the Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray

7.) Remove all the clips from your hair. 

8.) Flip your head over and break up the curls with your paddle brush out.

 9.) If you have flyaways (like the model pictured below) use THE BOMBSHELL to control it (my sister over at Deesse Magazine discovered this addtional use of THE BOMBSHELL) take the iron and gently stroke the flyways (as if it was a brush and your flyaways will disappear). 

10.) Last but not least take the Shine Flash 02  Glistening Mist and give your ultra haute mane a blast of high shine!  

Got The Look? Now It's Time To Take On The World!
Spring/Summer 2012

It's all in the finishing touches with just a few twirls of THE BOMBSHELL you can take look haute too! 

The Bombshell Pink benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, $130

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - during the month of October, Sultra has released THE BOMBSHELL Pink in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen For The Cure with each purchase of the  beauty-centric item Sultra will donate a portion of the proceeds - so now you can spulrge on yourself and possibly save a life? Now that's a BOMBSHELL

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Get Heidi Klum's Haute Halloween Look!

Heidi Klum a.k.a. The Body, haute mom, uber sexy wife to Seal, host of the ever fabulous (and drama filled) Project Runway and for nearly a decade one of the Hautest Halloween 'It' Girl! Each year she surprises and sometimes shock the masses with her elaborate get ups from the supernova Hindu Goddess to the va-va voom Betty Boop - she never disappoints. It has been said that she does her (and her husband's) make up for the holiday and if this supermodel can get all tricked out for treats you can too! Here we take one of our favorite looks - the classic cat and offer you some must have products to achieve this look.
Heidi's cat get up is more Sir Andrew Llyod Webber then Batman but it's still uber cute! It's all about the eyes and we say do it up with our fave products from LORAC & BOOM BOOM - products that will not only give you an extra meow for the holiday but can be used all year round!

For the look, we say start off with the brow - use the ever fabulous BOOM BOOM Brow Boostiers Brow Powder in Aretha, $19, and the BOOM BOOM Brow Brush, $11 and fill in your brows creating a ultra bold, full brow - set the brows with the brand's Brow-ssiere Brow Gel, $15 and it's off to the lids! From the brows we suggest using LORAC's VISUAL EFFECTION COLLECTION, $20, the limited edition collection (available only at ULTA) features 2 full size VISUAL EFFECTS MASCARAS, one in Jet Black and other in Midnight Blue, along with a travel size BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER - start off by curling your lashes, adding the Jet Black on the top lashes and the Midnight on the lower lashes for a cool effect (for extra drama add a few false lashes). Prime your lids with the BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMIER blend the deep silvery-gray shadows from the brand's Eye Shadow collection - Drama & Insider, $22, over the liner and along the lower lash lines. To line the eye use LORAC's Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner in Black, $20, to paint a thick line along the upper lashes, extending it out 1/4 inch into a cat's eye shape. The effect is a kind of smoky/metallic cat's eye. To bring it up a notch the look sprinkle on MAKE UP FOR EVER's glitter in Black 10, Multicolored Silver 13, $13 around the entire eye to give it an extra haute cat look!

** Here's a trick of the trade for flawless brows, liner and lashes: One you've applied it, step a full foot back from your mirror. You'll be able to see any uneven lines or gaps**

Since we don't don costumes on everyday, we suggests toning the look down a bit for every day—use a lighter hand (and lighter shades) when applying the liner and shadow (and skip the glitter). Black is best for night, but try brown or gray for work. And remember dolls, the focal point is the eyes, so go for nude lips or sheer pink gloss, and a tiny bit of blush to warm up the face and you can take this Halloween look and make it perfect for everyday!

Not one for cats? Don't fret - we've put together some of HK's looks from Halloween past to choose from - whatever you do have fun!
Dressed as Lady Godiva, 2001
Dressed as Betty Boop, 2002
Dressed as a golden alien, 2003
Dressed as a red witch, 2004
Dressed as a vampire, 2005
Dressed as an apple from the Garden of Eden, 2006
Dressed as a cat, 2007
Dressed as Hindu goddess Kali, 2008
Dressed as a crow, 2009

This post was actually posted last year so good I wanted to post it again.