Q&A With M.A.C Senior Makeup Artist Gina Bettelli

Q&A With M.A.C Senior Makeup Artist Gina Bettelli

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Last week I had a chance to attend a M.A.C Cosmetics Master Class , the Art of Contouring, taught by M.A.C Senior Makeup Artist Gina Bettelli, who was in town fresh off Paris Fashion Week.  Afterwards, I was able to catch up with Gina for a few questions on makeup tips and tricks:

Q: What are your tips for the Best Five Minute Face?

A:“A BB cream is really smart – it does so many jobs – it’s…

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October 2014 Book Club Pick of the Month: Wild Company

October 2014 Book Club Pick of the Month: Wild Company

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As a blogger and budding entrepreneur with DSR Apparel, I love reading about fashion start ups.  That’s why when I heard about Wild Company, I had to get it.  Wild Companyis the untold story of Banana Republic as told by the founders Mel and Patricia Ziegler.  It’s also this month’s book club pick of the month.  Neither had any business experience whatsoever , or a plan for that matter, when…

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Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event & Shows: October 3-4, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event & Shows: October 3-4, 2014

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Beauty Trend Events:

This weekend, Nordstrom beauty is hosting several seasonal Beauty Trend Events and Beauty Trend Shows nationwide.  Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with savvy beauty experts.  They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while papering guests with a free makeup or skincare consultation.  Afterwards, guests will have access to free deluxe samples and exclusive…

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On Our Radar: The Poncho Coat

On Our Radar: The Poncho Coat

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Summer is officially over.  Where did the time go?  One minute we’re wearing shorts and sandals and now it’s time to throw on a jacket.  Honestly, I love Fall weather – that slight, chill in the air is the best.  Since it’s not officially coat season, light jackets are in order.  Right now, I’m loving the poncho coat – a nice compromise between jacket and coat and high on style.  Here are a few…

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Four Great Exfoliator, Microdermabrasion and Facial Scrubs

Four Great Exfoliator, Microdermabrasion and Facial Scrubs

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Exfoliating your skin is very important and you should make it a regular part of your skin care routine.  Exfoliating rids your skin of dead skin cells, exposing a newer layer underneath.  Experts say you should exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week for best results.  There are so many products out there, where do you start?  Here are four products I’ve personally tried and recommend:

1. Olay…

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Fabulous Fall Shoes $200 Or Less

Fabulous Fall Shoes $200 Or Less

Fabulous_Fall_Shoes_200_Or_Less_CollageMy, how time flies when you’re having fun.  It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that I was posting about Spring fashion or Summer sandals.  Now, the temperatures are dropping and Fall is just around the corner.  Sad to say, but it’s time to pack away those lovely, open toe sandals and pull out those Fall shoes and boots.  It’s also a great time to update your Fall shoe wardrobe if you…

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September 2014 Bookclub Pick of the Month: Empress of Fashion - A Life of Diana Vreeland

September 2014 Bookclub Pick of the Month: Empress of Fashion – A Life of Diana Vreeland

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Before there was Anna Wintour or Glenda Bailey there was Diana Vreeland (and if you claim to know fashion, but aren’t familiar with Diana Vreeland, I don’t know what to say), the legendary fashion editor that served stints at both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.  She later served as a consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Diana Vreeland was integral in shaping many…

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5 Great Brands for Petites

5 Great Brands for Petites

By now I’m sure we all know that clothes almost never come ready to wear straight off the hanger.  This is especially true if you’re not a traditional size (i.e. tall, petite, plus size).  As a petite woman I’ve endured all the trials and tribulations of taking just about every pair of pants I own to the tailors to have them cut off because I’m short or not being able to buy a dress because it…

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Mustang Unleashed: Ford Partners with Global Designers for Limited Edition Fashion Collaboration

Mustang Unleashed: Ford Partners with Global Designers for Limited Edition Fashion Collaboration

L-R: CO|TE designers Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari; Paula Cademartori; Rogan Gregory of Rogan; Anna Sui; Pamela Love and Scott Mackinlay-Hahn of Rogan.

L-R: CO|TE designers Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari; Paula Cademartori; Rogan Gregory of Rogan; Anna Sui; Pamela Love and Scott Mackinlay-Hahn of Rogan.

To celebrate the legendary Mustang’s 50th Anniversary, Ford has tapped several A-list global designers to create a limited edition fashion collaboration called Mustang Unleashed.  The Mustang Unleashed collection includes  a total of 15…

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Sneak Peek: The SJP Collection Fall 2014

Sneak Peek: The SJP Collection Fall 2014

In February 2014, actress Sarah Jessica Parker launched the SJP Collection, a selection of shoes and handbags, sold exclusively through Nordstrom.  The SJP collection returns this Fall with a new selection of shoes and handbags along with some of customers’ favorite designs, like the Lady, in new fabrics and colors.  Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my favorites from the collection.  All of the…

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On Our Radar: The Full Skirt

On Our Radar: The Full Skirt

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One item that’s on trend for Fall – the Full Skirt.  Now, I’m not a trend follower, per se, but I’m all for trends that work for my personal style and taste.  The great thing about full skirts is that they work well for pretty much every body type, especially for women who happen to be a little thick in the thighs (myself, included).  The current season of full skirts has something for everyone…

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Boutique Focus: ClosetNV

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About a week ago I had a chance to visit ClosetNV, a luxury consignment boutique located in West Bloomfield, MI.  ClosetNV was opened in February 2010 by sisters-in-law Robin Bloom and Lisa Rosenberg.  Both had been consigning luxury designer pieces for themselves and friends and family on E-bay since 1999.  Lisa then had the idea to launch a store in Michigan to fill a void she felt…

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Seven Tips for Better Skin

Seven Tips for Better Skin

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Over the years I’ve picked up beauty routines that do and don’t work.  Without a doubt, these are the seven tips that I’ve found have stood the test of time for me and my skin:

1. Water:

If you haven’t heard it once, you’ve probably heard it a million times, but that’s because it’s true – drink more water if you want to have better skin.  Why?  Because water flushes all the toxins out of your…

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