Saturday, September 29, 2007

A little piece of heaven...NReagan Spa

Today I had the pleasure to step into NReagan Day Spa for a massage. First, the staff was so friendly and the lobby was inviting, dimly lit and filled with must-have top of the line products, including their own superb line of products.

After filling out a brief standard questionaire (with added questions as to my preference of talking level, pressure level, aromatherapy and music type), I was scurried upstairs to the locker room. I had my own locker, not with a lock but with my own secret code. Within this lair were showers, a steam room and areas with sinks, mirrors and complementary products: styling products, deodorant, lotions...

I put on my big fluffy robe and stepped out to yet another waiting area with oversized striped chairs and a view of the beautiful ocean walking distance away, just across the street. They even have food here, although I did not partake (next time.)

After a brief wait, I was taken into the massage room. To my delight, the bed was warmed. I started face down. She told me to take in a deep breath...peppermint, sinus-opening, tingling peppermint. It was just a few whiffs and then it was straight to the massage. She spent what seemed like forever rubbing my back in long flowing stress-reducing strokes. She moved onto my arms, my legs, flipped me over and began again, adding a much needed rub of stressed out neck, head and scalp. After she finished each area, she placed a warm towel over the area (back, feet, for example), wiping them clean. When she was done, she placed the robe across me and went off to get me some water.

But the experience was far from over. Next was the shower with my choice of three different types of shower heads and complementary shampoo, conditioner and soap. Amazing. I could have tried the steam room but did not. I relished the shower experience and got dressed and went downstairs, making sure to drink plenty of water, of course.

On the way down, I took a self-guided tour through some of their other areas where services for hair, face, nails, etc. were taking place. It was a much more busy atmosphere as opposed to the tranquility found above.

Back to the lobby, relieved, able to breathe deeply, relaxed and happy. I immediately bought the apple lotion, my favorite. They come out with a different flavor I belive monthly. It is great! I wrote a previous blog about it a while ago.

They have a whole spa menu with facials, paraffin, mani/ pedi, hair styles--red carpet treatment all the way. I am ready to go back again!

For more information on NReagan Day Spa, located at 10 N. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach, call 561.278.8111 or visit

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fashion Week

Want to see more about fashion week? Check out where you can find a whole article about the show, behind the scenes mayhem and more pics as well as a video!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami

Did you catch Miami's big event? The fashion week was spectacular filled with model mayhem and celebrity frenzy---what is in store for Summer 2008? Prints, metallics, Bohemian styles, eye-popping colors and cute coverups and cutouts.

Stylist, Lisa Cera, went all out to showcase New York vibe, adding a "wow" factor to Red Carter's suits. From fingerless striped gloves to poufy bobbed wigs, she added extra oomph to the collection. The show brought in 600 attendees!

Jessica Simpson turned on the charm with innocent-looking suits, sporting red, white and blue!

Tyson Beckford wasn't the only hunky male model to sport some colorful trunks for Parke & Ronen.

---This is just a preview! I will have a full rundown and pics very soon for all that missed the festivities.

Morgan Miller event!

Check it out! Charity shopping event taking place at Morgan Miller for Cool Junkie.

To kick off a month dedicated to the Soles4Souls charity, Morgan Miller is hosting a launch event on Wednesday, August 22 from 5 – 9 PM. Customers who generously donate one pair of “lightly worn” shoes receive 20% off all merchandise, and those donating two pairs enjoy a 30% discount. The boutique will be serving champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres as guests view new merchandise and create their own custom-designed shoes. The shoe drive and customer discount will continue through September 31.

Soles4Souls facilitates the donation of used shoes to people in need worldwide. The first region serviced by the Soles4Souls team was the area affected by the Asian tsunami. Since then, they’ve delivered millions of pairs of shoes across the globe including the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, The Dominican Republic and Sudan.

Morgan Miller puts the creative power in the hands of her customers, fashionistas choose from a selection of soles, spanning wooden heels to cork wedges, and more than 100 swatches in various patterns, leathers and exotic skins. Accessories such as jewels, chains and bamboo personalize the look even further. Celebrity fans include Brooke Hogan, Bad Boys II actress Gabrielle Union, The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s Stormy Daniels, and Victoria’s Secret beauty Marissa Miller. The boutique is located just off Lincoln Road at 1634 Euclid Avenue.

---reposted from Zakharin PR

Friday, June 22, 2007


On Friday, June 15, Miami-based Ruth Avra showcased pieces from her jewelry collections at the exclusive GenArt SHOP MIAMI event, where guests enjoyed an evening of designer shopping, cocktails, fashion presentations and music.

Hundreds of people braved the rainy weather to attend the fabulous event held at the Moore Building in the Design District. Guests were able to purchase designer fashions at discounted prices, including pieces from Ruth Avra's Metal, Signature and Men's Collections, and meet Ruth Avra Kleinman, the designer behind Ruth Avra Designs.

"With its amazing history of representing up-and-coming designers, GenArt's SHOP MIAMI event was the perfect venue for me to showcase my collections. I had an amazing time interacting with the people who love my work," said Ruth. "I am definitely going to be back next year."

Loved by celebrities Brooke Burke, Rachel Perry and Gabriel Mann and featured in several national magazines, TV shows and movies, Ruth Avra has grown to be a leader in the accessory design industry in South Florida. All of Ruth's designs, from conception through to production and finishing, are handmade in her South Florida studio. As well as her new Signature Collection, Ruth Avra offers the Metal Collection and the Men's Collection, which blur the line between art and fashion. All of Ruth Avra's collections are available online at and in high-end retailers nationwide.

Repost from Media contact (Jennifer Rodrigues)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kate Moss New Clothing Line!

Breaking News--
Bad girl Kate Moss steps off the catwalk and back to the drawing board, starting her own clothing line based on her Bohemian style. Look for the line starting May 1st to be launched in London.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The finer things in life: Chopard event

On Thursday, April 26th, luxury watch, jewelry and accessories company Chopard joined the restaurant The Forge to bring South Florida’s elite together for a gentlemen’s evening of exquisite watches, fine dining, exotic spirits and exceptional cigars.

The intimate event began with a sneak preview of Chopard’s “L.U.C Chrono One,” the concept watch issued for the 10th anniversary of its manufacturer in Fleurier, Switzerland, as well as other fine timepieces from the Chopard collection. Accompanied by Marc Hruschka, President and CEO of Chopard U.S.A, guests enjoyed a lavish steak dinner, Padrón Cigars, Dewar’s 12 Scotch while watching a model presentation by Jikki.

“We are incredibly honored this evening to be given the opportunity to showcase Chopard’s L.U.C timepiece together with the Forge, Padrón Cigars and Dewar’s to an incredible group of South Florida men,” said Marc Hruschka. “Great relationships are formed while enjoying life’s finest things!”

In attendance were Marc Hruschka, President and CEO of Chopard U.S.A; Scott Maroon, Boutique Manager for Bal Harbour and Palm Beach Chopard boutiques; Shareef Malnik, Owner of The Forge; Josh Woodward, Owner of Table 8; Michael Gongora, Miami Commissioner; Louis Canales, South Beach nightlife impresario; Jose Padrón, Owner of Padrón Cigars and Brian Long, Celebrity Publicist.

There are few jewelers in the world whose designs are immediately recognizable. At the forefront of that list is Chopard. For over 140 years, the “World of Chopard” has embraced elegance, originality and individuality. Meticulously crafted in Geneva, Switzerland since 1860, Chopard has distinguished itself worldwide for luxurious jewels and impeccably crafted, high-precision timepieces that embody imaginative design and sophistication.

Written from Press Release generated by Public Relations Company---Tara Ink!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Miami Fashion Week

9th Annual Miami Fashion Week(R) Hits Miami April 13-16, 2007
PR Newswire

MIAMI, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami Fashion Week(R), the official fashion event for the City of Miami Beach and the largest Latin American fashion event in the US, explodes onto the scene with over 70 of the world's most talented fashion designers in women's eveningwear and pret-a-porter, men's wear, jewelry and accessories from April 13-16, 2007. Being held at The Wynwood Pavilion in Miami's new Wynwood Arts District, this spectacular event brings together fashion, beauty, music and art with a crossover of international style and culture from designers, entertainers and celebrities from all over the world including Spain, India and Italy among others.

The four-day event will also include educational seminars on international trends forecasting by Global Purchasing Group sponsored by Lalique, a business panel discussion sponsored by Citibank, moderated by Charlotte Gallogly, President of the World Trade Center in Miami with a variety of international industry leaders including the world's largest apparel law firm; Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A. and international apparel distributor; IMEX Trading. Also included will be celebrity appearances and VIP after parties at Miami Beach's hottest venues. More than 600 international media representatives from over 36 countries will cover this incredible fashion and entertainment event.

Miami Fashion Week(R) kicks off its festivities with a press conference on April 13th leading into the Lingerie/Swimwear Showcase followed by the Miami Style Showcase featuring the best designers in Miami including Julian Chang, Nicolas Felizola, Frivole, Ana Maria Guiulfo, Leo Koel and Susan Elias.

Attracting an array of the most talented emerging and established designers in the world, Miami Fashion Week(R) will present the latest collections by designers Cecilia Perez, Jeronima Palacio, Monica Bursztyn and John Estrada from Colombia, MLO and Trizia from Argentina, Brazil's Tereza Santos and Aline Alcantara, Panama's Federico Visuetti, Jaime Luna and Edda Gonzalez, India's Suhani Pittie, Paridhi Sahai, Chandni Munjal and Peacock Couture, Mexico's Julia y Renata, Jose Maria Torre, Marvin & Quetzal, Maringo and Samuel Burstein, Italy's Fernando Bustamante, plus many more designers from Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, USA and the Caribbean islands of Barbados and The Bahamas.

Among other young and talented rising stars, students from A.i. Miami International University of Art and Design and the Universidad Autonoma del Caribe from Barranquilla, Colombia will each showcase their student's designs in separate runway shows.

The Miami Fashion Week(R) Special Guest and 2007 Designer of the Year is Lecoanet Hemant (LH) famed designer duo of Frenchman Didier Lecoanet and Indo- German Hemant Sagar. With a career that began in Paris and spanning over two decades, they have been the recipients of many international awards including "The Golden Thimble Award" for the most creative and Elegant Collection of the Haute Couture season in Paris in 1994 and the "Swarovski Creation Prize of the City of Paris" in 2005, among many others. LH recently relocated to India to set up an exclusive manufacturing and production of the Lecoanet Hemant collections inspired by their years of Haute Couture in Paris, and also manufacture and partially design collections for other prestigious brands including: Kenzo, Ines de La Fressange and Pierre Balmain. Hemant, the menswear designer of the duo will launch his much anticipated men's collection along with the latest women's line at Miami Fashion Week(R).

Closing the week-long fashion celebration will be the star-studded Miami Moda & Music Awards(R) hosted by Candela Ferro and Alfonso (Poncho) de Anda. A variety of fashion and music awards will be presented this evening along with performances by some of the hottest new entertainers in the market.

Official media partners are Terra Networks, USA the world's largest Spanish language Internet portal featuring a Miami Fashion Week(R) mini site with the Mujer Channel, Body Channel, the official Spanish language Fashion & Entertainment cable television partner and producers of a live Satellite Transmission of the MFW top runways and especial programs that will be broadcast throughout South and Central America, Florida International Magazine, Two Mundos Magazine and the event is also supported by various additional media partners worldwide.

Miami Fashion Week(R) would like to extend a special thank you to the City of Miami Beach, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tourist Development Council for their continued support of the event over the past nine years.

Miami Fashion Week(R) is open to the public. For advanced ticket sales, schedules, press and buyer's registration, discounted hotel reservations and further information please visit

Beth Sobol of Sobol Fashion Productions, Inc., founded Miami Fashion Week(R) in 1999 to provide a forum offering international exposure for designers from Latin America. During the past eight years, it has developed into one of the world's premier fashion events spotlighting designers from Europe, USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as the largest showcase of Latin American design talent in the United States.


Web site:

Source: PR Newswire

Vidal Sassoon & other hairdressers give homeless a home

Today a giant in the hairdressing world, Vidal Sassoon was once without a home as a young boy during the Great Depression, given by his mother to an orphanage only to be reunited later and given a home of their own by the English government. He started his career as a shampoo boy at the age of 14. Today, this hairdressing guru has a chance to give back to others and he did so following Hurricane Katrina and encourages other hairdressers to do the same. In conjunction with Mary Rector-Gable, he started Hairdressers Unlocking Home, comprised of a group of hairdressers whose goal is to make a difference in New Orleans by rebuilding one home at a time. You can join the cause by donating or by buying a special Vidal Sassoon T-Shirt! To find out more, visit

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Miami Fashion Week hubbub

There is a lot going on in Miami with fashion week here including Victoria's Secret Models, fashion show galore and a whole lotta people! Have you gone to any of the events? If so, please let me know!!

Also, see the new pics of the Miami Hair Show I posted as well as a video reel of some of fashion week. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Spring Has Sprung: Feminine & Flirty

Colored Lips
Spring has sprung and color is back! The days of nude colors are going by the wayside, being pushed over by colors like coral and red. Even purple thanks to Marc Jacobs, who renewed the Donna Karan phenomeon of previous season.

Pretty and Playful
Springtime is all about romance and being pretty, especially this year. Think volume, whether its puffy sleeves or a tulip skirt.

Belts are still in. I think a scarf is a little softer for spring and a perfect accessory. You can also wrap it around your head to mimic Prada's new turban.
Shorts and pants move upward-- meaning high-waist.

Metallic Passions
Metallic are still everywhere. Pull out your studs, slip on some silver shoes and even light up the night with silver shadows and gold liner. If they do it on the runway, you can do it again. Dramatic, yes! But you only live once! Remember fashion is all about fun!

Walking Tall
Shoes are still platformed, although more elegant and less chunky.

Natural Glow
Keep your makeup fresh and simple, nothing overly done for daytime. Nighttime is the right time for extra glam. I use Napoleon Perdis' Barely Blushing for both my cheeks and lips for a natural glow. It is a bit playful and very youthful as well. And who couldn't use that!

Bright Eyes
Smoky eyes are not necessarily out for Spring, just mix it with some lighter shades--a blue, pink or green mixed with a bronze is an interesting Summery mix!

For mascara, I usually only line the top to avoid a Tyra Banks mishap of creating a doll face look/ Twiggy look. But it depends on what you are wearing. If the retro '60s look is what you want, perfect--especially if using white shadows with black liner. But for most days, I just line the top and use either Giorgio Armani, which pulls the lashes gently outward, lengthening, and Maybelline XXL Volume, which does as it says.

False lashes are also very in. I learned a trick at the Miami Hair Show last weekend-- instead of a full set, use only a few individual lashes on the outside and put them on from underneath rather than on top in order to make them look more natural!

Rose McGowen is red and black and white all over?
Did you see Rose McGowen in interviews for "Grindhouse"??? She was an old- school lash wearer. Haha. I think that is a bit much for everyday wear. I've caught Eva Longoria among others doing the same. It is certainly good for glamour days I suppose. I also have to say that Rose looked a bit older probably because of the stark red lipstick and eyelashes against her ultra-pale skin. Now, I've been known to sport this look once in awhile...We all need a bit of Betty Paige now and again.

But I feel that warmer, more golden tones look more youthful, or even pink--but avoid too much pastel. For a great pink-toned look, check out the Giorgio Armani site. They give step by step instructions on how to acheive the look!

Video posts and radio show

Hi all! Sorry I haven't posted recently. I have been concentrating on my radio show. I encourage you all to take a listen. Just go to and type in fashion and scroll down to Let's Talk Fashion.

Also, I have some videos I would like to put up here and am not sure how. If anyone has an idea, let me know. I also have been unable to post on You Tube.

Thanks for the help!

If you want to be a guest blogger on here, let me know!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Miami International Hair Show

I attended the hair show last weekend. Did you? It was held at the convention center and they had everything from hair extensions to hair brushes for sale as well as the latest products and hair cutting and coloring demonstrations. They had private classes in separate rooms as well as full-blown extravaganzas on the main stage.

I met a lot of interesting individuals and got half of a spray on tan. Ha! I a going to try to figure out how to put my video on the blog and will attempt to put more info. on individual companies who attended the show as well soon.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Let's Talk Fashion Radio Show Tomorrow!

Tune into the second show on Let's Talk Fashion by tuning into and searching for fashion and finding me or try The show starts at 4:00 p.m. EST.

The topic: trends for Fall 2007.

Am I wrong? Have another trend I have left out? Would you prefer another topic? Please call into the show and let me know or email me at

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Have you seen Mandarina's cool bag? Take a look at them! This is a softer approach to the big bag trend and it is worn to wrap over the neck and shoulder--which is the way that I always wear my purse. I find it much more conveneient.

What do you think? Do you like the big bag trend anyway? I know chic totes in lollypop colors with metallic sparkle are also in. What do you prefer?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fall's colors look a lot like money

Notice that many of Fall's colors look a little like money? When I look at the Mercedes-Benz fashion show in LA, I see many long classy looks colored in tones of copper and other metals, money green and also a leaf brown-- very seasonal. But Kevan Hall turned my head with his bright pastels--very different, very much standing out--way to go Kevan. Some of the fashions not shown here include a real mish mash of colors and styles that I just did not find appealing. I appreciated the long lines and graceful curves of many of the collections I have chosen to show here, as well as the sophisticated and sexy billowing material.

What do you think?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week LA

Did you attend the fashion show? If so, let me know. I am looking for guest bloggers on the event!

Take a look at the pictures of some of the fashions that caught my eye (included here).

I will be doing a broader post probably tomorrow so stay tuned!

George Sharp of Ellen Tracy goes to Boca's Bloomingdale's

(Reprint from Bloomigdale's in-house PR dept.)

BOCA RATON, FL – Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton recently welcomed George Sharp, Vice President of Design for Ellen Tracy, during an exclusive personal appearance and fashion preview. Guests enjoyed a private cocktail reception, makeovers by Chanel, spa treatments by Eden Day Spa, live music and informal modeling. Ellen Tracy clients were intrigued by his passion for the Spring Collection. “For me, the appeal of Ellen Tracy is the ability to give women a refined, luxe product. I love what Ellen Tracy offers; elegant, sophisticated looks for a modern woman who is increasingly fashion savvy, but who always like to be appropriately dressed for her lifestyle,” explains Sharp.

Appointed Vice President of Design for Ellen Tracy in April of 2005, Sharp was formerly was head of the Escada collection and based in Munich, Germany. “George’s sense of color and luxury marries beautifully with the Ellen Tracy sensibility” says Ellen Tracy president, Howard Rosenberger. Sharp has been in the fashion business since 1983 when he started his own collection. He took over the position of head designer for Escada in 2001.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

First Show

Check out a recap of my first Lets Talk Fashion Show by clicking play below. Please give me feedback. What do you think of the content? format? Do you think I need more of one thing or another? Do you prefer news flashes or trend tracking? What topic would you like covered?

I am looking for people in the fashion field to feature and to interview. Know anyone? Maybe it's you? Email me Have a product you would like me to talk about on the air? Send it to me at PO BOX 970847, Coconut Creek, FL 33097. Let me know via email first. Also send pics!

Ok, click below because here is the show!


Don't miss my first talk show on LetsTalkFashion at 4:00 PM EST today! I will be doing a re-cap of many of the latest happenings profiled here and also some new ones so stay tuned!!!

Tune into

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ebony Fashion Fair

On an 8 month stint, 11 girls and three men tour the country showcasing not only the latest fashions but also encouraging others to find the beauty within themselves. This diverse show in its 49th year beings the world of fashion to the African American community and has raised over 55 million dollars since its inception for various charities including for scholarship programs.

Models here may be tall as usual (5'10" for women for example) but they also include plus size models too. The talent here does not necessarily do the regular cat walk strut. They dance, spin and interact with the audience making for an entertainment extravaganza filled with wild colors and trends ranging from demure to outlandishly glam. They focus on everything from the "look at me" swimsuit to the "wouldn't you die to have this" ballroom gown to the "I'm hip and I know it" causal wear.

The show comes to watchers in acts, like in theater, and comes with names or themes like "hot chocolate," "paisley pepper" and "night life fever." But overall, the show is "stylishly hot!"

This creation is the brain child of Eunice W. Johnson, who has traveled the world selecting only the best for her show for nearly five decades. Her pieces celebrate the beauty of the human body with everything from plunging necklines to tightly cut bodices.

In the picture, shown here, "flickering flames engulf a trumpet train gown and ombre down a dyed fox cape creating this haute couture creation that inspired the theme of the 49th annual production of Ebony Fashion Fair," according the the company Web site, describing this dress by Angelo Marani Couture as seen in the Milan show. The list of involved designer runs the gamut and span the world, including Anna Sui, Bill Blass, Marc Bouwer, Oscar De La Renta, Christian Lacroix, Pierre Cardin,Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli (featured in another blog posting here) and more.

Below is a schedule of some of the upcoming shows in March and April (some have already passed.) Look for a show in your town! For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

M by Madonna!

Natural-born fashionista Madonna is creating her own line with Margareta van den Bosch of H&M. The line launches March 22nd and features timeless neutral colors and the finest materials. They are sharply tailored and sure to garner attention yet classic and sure to make the wearer feel as confident as she looks. Madge wouldn't have it any other way!

She employs everything from puff sleeves to stiff collars, for those who want a bit of whimsy in their fashion or a bit of a right buttoned-up mum look. Her fashions look easy to wear, simple, not flashy and frilly--no nonsense. Perfect for the gal on the go who doesn't have time for the pain but always must look fabulous! Knowing Madonna, this collection will be THE "it" so be the first to buy and be IN fashion today! (It is true but I also LOVE Madonna so anything the dancing queen wants and does is fine in my book. But don't get me started.)

Look at the H&M Web site. It is equally cutting edge! on the Madonna collection and explore the closet, where a young woman stands next to a mannequin wearing the first of many must-haves in the collection. You can see the outfit all the way around 360 degrees, then hit "next" and the woman spins the mannequin to reveal a new look! Accessories fly right off the shelves, literally, revealing their prices.

Make sure to look at their H&M Magazine. It is amazing!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


People have asked me what I am using right now in my cleansing routine. I use Goddessy products because I notice the difference instantly and it is nice that it is made with all natural products, not irritating fillers.

Goddessy is pharmaceutical grade products that can be customized to fit you. I use the Awaken Deep Cleanse and follow with Cellular Surge and Timeless Anti-aging Cream. My skin looks fresh and clean and renewed. Basically, I don't always have time to use it every day but try to day when I wake up and at night before bed or at least at night and sometimes in the morning I will just use my Seashells lotion from NReagan Day Spa-- also a great hand cream.

Goddessy is created right here in Florida also by Jennifer Bradley. For more information, visit More on Goddessy later! Stay tuned!

Also, more about my makeup routine and reccomendations soon as well!

Monday, March 12, 2007

CFDA will award"fashion legend" Ralph Lauren

NEWSFLASH: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)will bestow its first-ever title of "Fashion Legend" to Ralph Lauren at its 25th annual awards ceremony in June. This will mark Lauren's 40th year in the fashion industry.

Born in the Bronx as a son of jewish immigrants, a young Lauren dreamed of a world he had never seen--filled with fashion, class and country club style, a dream he would help to create in later years. He lived in the same neighborhood as a younger contemporary, Calvin Klein.

Lauren's telltale polo logo is now customizable. Go on the Lauren Web site ( and pick your favorite color shirt, the polo emblem or other monogram of your choosing in a different color, plug in your size and customize your own Polo creation! It's fun and easy and a great way to be a part of the world of this fashion legend!

Founded in 1962, CFDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of fashion design as a branch of American art and culture. Yearly, they present awards for menswear, womenswear, accessories and more. For more information, visit

(By Rachel Galvin)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

shu uemura launches in Saks

shu uemura launched their makeup into the Saks stores! Artistic director Gina Brooke, longtime personal makeup artist to Madonna, went to Saks in Bal Harbour(Florida) yesterday to commemorate the ocassion.

Brooke was responsible for the diamond shu uemura $10,000 lashes Madonna has been seen wearing, fitting right in with the glitz and glamour of Madge's Confession's tour.

she uemura's new Paradox Mode Makeup Collection features a mixture of strong straight lines combined with soft round shapes to create a collision of contradiction mixing matte with gloss. To see how shu uemura creates the look, visit

More on Gina Brooke and shu uemura is sure to come soon. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Napoleon Perdis opens Makeup Academy in Hollywood!

Australia's makeup mogul, Napoleon Perdis, will open his own makeup academy in Hollywood, CA--a place not only for celebrity makeup tricks but also for those that want to take it from the "red carpet to reality." It will be a place for the stars to unwind and indulge in VIP treatments and the eyery day woman to rediscover her own inner beauty while playing with color in a whole new way.

The flagship store will find the full range of Napoleon Perdis products available and amenities such as drive-by pick-ups-- perfect for the girl on the go, a la carte menus for those who can't commit to a whole package and programs like the “corporate makeover for a takeover."

Guests can relax with a neck and shoulder massage and aromatherapy, get prepped for a night out on the town with a mani and pedi and much more.

Perdis boasts a clean color palette and chic designs, Napoleon Perdis boutiques will feature the ultimate in luxurious living, including a lush look filled with white baroque ceilings, exotic rugs and furniture.

Perdis will take a break from his stint judging "Australia's Next Top Model" to join VIP guests this April as he unveils this newest creation. Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy is located at 6621 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA. For more info., visit

Palm Beach Fashion Show

Palm Beach Fashion Show

Among the winding oceanside roads of "Million Dollar Row," The Palm Beach Fashion Show opener was held at the fabulous Mar-a-lago, Trump's playground. This private club sits atop a marvelous golf course, features luxurious details in every nook and cranny and is absolutely enormous.

And who was there? None other than the Trump himself and his wife. Palm Beach's elite came out in droves to enjoy fine dining, fine fashion and high society.

The evening began with black leotard clad dancers covered head to toe prancing about the stage in Hamilton Jewelry. It followed with Donald Trump's Signature Collection, which was conservative yet classy. And the men modeling the fashions were certainly top notch.

The women strutted their stuff in the Rene Caovilla collection--sexy, see-through and sensual. Ooh la la. This designer is wonderful choosing both '60s reminiscent mini fashions and '70s reminiscent maxi to add retro style to her flowing dresses.

Also featured: Amanda Adams, Hamilton Jewelers, John Medeiros and Neil Bieff

They had a wide assortment of mostly petit fours for dessert following the show.

Before the show, they held a slient auction (all proceeds benefitted Alzheimer's Community Care), which included mostly fine jewels and Palm Beach perfect hats.

"New York's Emerging Artist" Laurance Rassin had a display up of his fine abstract art and had models from P-Models strutting throughout the crowd in fashions that held the same designs as his paintings. To get a peek of some of his looks, visit

Amrit Resort was also there. They are doing pre-construction on a property in Singer Island that will combine Aveda therapies and products and the mentality of the Himalayan Institute. The result is an escape less ordinary. It opens in about two years.

For more information on the entire week of festivities, visit
I will be featuring a more in depth profile on some of the designers present soon. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

NReagan Day Spa

Have you tried the Lucky 7..."skin so smooth it feels like heaven"? NReagan Day Spa in Delray has its own line of lotions and comes out with a different scent every month. I use SeaShells. Visit for more info. The cost is $18 I believe. Also try their exfoliating scrub. It's great! I use it in the shower. I haven't tried their services yet but hope to soon! I'll keep you informed!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Palm Beach Fashion Show

I attended the Palm Beach Fashion Show opener with none other than Donald J. Trump showcasing his Signature Collection. This was the place to be! The Who's Who of Palm Beach society mingled among the private Mar-a Lago-club sitting atop a golf course and nestled away from the road near a winding A1A.

I will have more feedback and pictures soon! If you were there, give a shout!


Thursday, March 1, 2007


I said that Penelope Cruz was a Grammy award-winner. I meant Golden Globe!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar Fashion How-To Tips!

Want to get those red carpet styles? Below find a Tip Sheet straight from the experts: Jon Reyman, artistic director for Aveda Academy in New York and Rudy Miles, global educator for face color. Jon provides how-to hair while Rudy gives insider insight into brilliant camera-ready makeup.

Penelope Cruz
This Grammy Award Winning "Volver" star knows how to sizzle and simmer. When she hits the red carpet, hearts melt and girls are jealous with envy. There is just something to that spicy smirk.

Do you want to acheive this award-winning style? Now you can with Aveda products:

Hair Style: Sleek, pulled back with shine and control
How-to: Wash and condition with Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner. Brush Aveda Phomollient in when wet to make it smooth andslick. Blow dry and braid as necessary. Pin into up-do and set with Aveda Air Control.

Makeup: Nude and glowing with defined eyes and natural lips.
How-to: Brush Glow Face Accent onto cheeks, above the brow and onto the temples to create a natural bronzed radiance. Blend Cacao Eye Definer along the upper and lower has lines and set with earthen Eye Color Single using a Medium Eye Color Brush. Natural lips are enhanced with Sheer Ochre Lip Pigment Sheer.

--Come back to to find out more glamourous looks that you can acheive at home!--

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Finale of Oscars

Will Smith presented a film talking about American films.

Kate Winslet wore an off-the-shoulder simple soft green dress with no necklace and small earrings. She announced the award for Best Film Editing. Winner: a grandmotherly looking Thelma Schoonmaker from “The Departed.”

Jodi Foster looked marvelous in a simple blue dress and a choppy short do. She said that she lost her best friend, Randy Stone, and then presented a film on those who have left the world behind this year, including: Bruno Kirby, Red Buttons, Jane Wyatt, Darren McGavin, Joe Barbera, June Allyson, Maureen Stapleton, James Doohan, Peter Boyle, Jack Palance and Robert Altman.

The award for leading lady went to Helen Mirren. She called it “the biggest and best gold star she has ever received in her life.”

Ellen started vacuuming…joking about the length of the broadcast.

Reese Witherspoon went all black this time. She looks better in sunny yellow. The grey smudged eyeliner under her eyes didn’t quite work. Wow—surprise---Best Actor goes to Forest Whitaker! He gave a very moving and heartfelt speech.

Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, coined “The Three Amigos” by the “narrator” awarded the Best Director to the dark-eyebrowed Martin Scorcese for “The Departed.” He won cat calls and whistles. Scorcese, who finally won after all these years, skeptically asked if they could double check the envelope in jest.

The fabulously ever-young and funkily fashionable Diane Keaton and the bald-headed ever-joking Jack Nicholson announced the Best Picture. “The Departed”—which Scorcese said is the first movie he has ever done with a plot! Graham King accepted the award.

Ellen gave a quick goodbye and that was the 79th Annual Oscars!

More Oscars...

Naomi Watts looked bright and sunny but a bit tied in with a soft yellow dress bound by a black belt while Robert Downey Jr. looked a little worse for the wear as the announced award for Best Visual Effects. Winner—team from “Pirates of the Carribean.”

Catherine Deneuve and the star of “Letters from Iwo Jima” emerged to talk about foreign films and subtitles. A film of short clips followed. Deneuve wore an interesting pin with a rose stabbed by a sword. Hmmm….Otherwise, she was in basic black.

Clive Owen and Cate Blanchett emerged. He was in handsomely tailored black and she made the most of the metallic trend wearing an off-the-shoulder dress. Winner—“The Lives of Others.”

About that time, Ellen snuck out from the back, showing herself as a shadow behind the curtain, doing doggie pics, Snake on a Plane and more. Then Pilobolus came out of nowhere to make “Snake on a Plane” (officially).

George Clooney looked like a classic movie star of olde with side swept hair and bow tie. He said he was drinking with Al Gore and Jack Nicholson, adding “I don’t think he is running for President,” drawing a laugh from Gore. He announced the Best Supporting Actress. Winner—Jennifer Hudson!

The tearful and beautiful diva came up the stairs, hair unkempt but wearing a beautiful dark brown spaghetti strapped gown. She went off in disbelief, mouth agap.

Eva Green from “Casino Royale” looked gorgeous in a interesting wrapped dress in off-grey, announcing Best Documentary short?—winner—Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon for the Blood of…”

Jerry Seinfeld looked polished and energetic as he did his own stand up comedy routine announcing what he termed “five depressing films”—winner: Davis Guggenheim for “An Inconvenient Truth” ---Al Gore! Not a surprise.

A white-haired as usual Clint Eastwood looked young, renewed perhaps with fewer wrinkles than usual but when he spoke, his age kicked in. He announced something to do with scoring. But his words got so mixed up it was easy to miss what he was talking about. But this man who he enamored was none other than Ennio Morricone, whose scores have included “Fistfull of Dollars,” the first film in which Eastwood played a protagonist, according to him. A film of his work followed.

Celine Dion then performed the world premier of “I Knew I Loved You.” A darker haired Dion looked brilliant in simple peach—a theme of the evening. The sleeveless number had a form-fitting bodice with a soft flowing skirt billowing gently and sleekly at the waistline. A V of diamonds caressed her neckline. Her hair was simple, slightly curled and long.

Ennio Morricone then came out to receive his award and spoke in Italian, translated by Eastwood.

Penelope Cruz is wearing…guess…peach!
Another form-fitting simple bodice but this time with a flowing train, no necklace, pulled back hair and simple earrings. She and Hugh Jackman announce Best Musical Score. Winner—Gustavo Santolalla for “Babel.”

President of Academy, Sid Gannis, quickly talked about the academy, fast-paced on a film made for the fast-paced watcher.

Kirsten Dunst wore a see-through shoulder-covering prim and proper number in pale grey with dark ruby lips. She and Toby Macguire announce Best Original Screenplay. Winner: Michael Arndt of “Little Miss Sunshine,” who quit his job as a personal assistant for Matthew Broderick to write this film.

Jennifer Lopez wore a short curled looking mane and an overly-beaded undescribable number. It goes a bit overboard. Enough said. She announced a number by the Dreamgirls. Hudson changed her outfit to a form-fitting sparkling red number. Beyonce wore a deep red strappy cleveage enhancing dress (by the wide bow beneath her bosom) lookin like a perfect valentine, with a soft flowing multi-leveled fabric in the skirt.
Anika Noni Rose also wore red with a beaded neckline.

John Travolta and Queen Latifah were next. Travolta looks hot. Whoo hoo. They announced bets song. Winner: Melissa Etheridge! She announced that caring about the earth is not a republican or democrat issue, not blue or red but everyone can be green.

To be continued…

Missed the Oscars? Oscars' Play By Play

Missed the Oscars? Here is a play-by-play of the Oscar experience:

The Oscars tonight was a little different, giving credence more to the nominees than the winners it seemed, at least at the beginning-- a factor made fun of by host Ellen Degeneres, who dreamed even as a girl not of winning an Academy Award but of hosting the award show. She celebrated the nominees with tamborine and choir. She also acknowledged the diversity in the crowd.

(Play by play fashion & entertainment playback) Although I missed the pre-show and the red carpeted entrance, I was able to view the fashions of both the presenters and the winners. Nicole Kidman looked stunning in her red dress complete with shoulder bow. She presented Best Art Direction: Pan's Labyrinth

Did you see Will Ferrell's afro? I don't have much to say about that (ha-ha)With his performance with Jack Black, the night seemed to turn into a Broadway show...will this continue? They presented Best Makeup--again a much-deserved nod to Pan's Labyrinth.

Abigail Breslin and Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith (Smith's co-star in "Pursuit of Happyness" were the presenters for Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short. Winner The Danish Poet, West Bank Story, respectively. Breslin looked so much like a young Kirsten Dunst.

The sound effects choir was very interesting. Steven Spielburg looked impressed.

The winner of Best Sound Editing—Letters From Iwo Jima.

Jessica Beal looked wonderful in a very simple dress devoid of any jewelry save dangling earrings and black belt, introducing in part the Sound Mixing category. Winner: Dreamgirls.

Rachel Gardner looked gorgeous in a silver dress—filling the metallic quota—her lipstick dark red, her hair unkempt as she listed the nominees for Best Supporting Actor.
The surprising winner is Alan Arkin of “Little Miss Sunshine,” who laid down his Oscar to read his list of thank yous, starting to break down toward the end.

Ellen looked much like Donahue wandering the aisles and asking questions and she presented her “screenplay” to Martin Scorcese before introducing the phenomenol dance troup Pilobolus, who came to Florida recently. They turned themselves into an Oscar, penguins and more.

James Taylor came out of the woodwork to sing, beautifully as always, a number from the animated “Cars.” Melissa Etheridge followed with her number from “Inconvenient Truth,” looking fab with dark eyeliner and black outfit. Meanwhile, a slide show of suggestions on how to save the environment sped by behind her. (
She rocked it! Boy, is she powerful.

Then Al Gore came out with Leo Dicaprio, who has also been a formidable force in the environmental movement. He announced that this year, the Oscars went green, following environmental-conscious practices. Al Gore, who, unfortunately, has gained a lot of weight in his busy tour schedule, joked about announcing his candidacy, almost doing so and even pulling out a speech only to be cut off by the orchestra.

Cameron Diaz sported an off-the-shoulder white multi-layered angular dress with choppy short dark hair and peek-a-boo bangs. She announced the Best Animated Feature—winner Happy Feet.

Ben Affleck looked sharp, introducing a clever film about a writer’s process, utilizing old film clips.

An equally handsome, Helen Mirren and Tom Hanks announce Best Adapted Screenplay—winner: William Monahan, writer of The Departed, who joked “Valium does work” before reading is speech. By the way, an elegant Mirren looked decades younger, great choice as always for this classy star.

Ellen came out wearing a front-loading baby carrier complete with Oscar as a joke. Hillarious.

Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway looked perfectly precious and like a perfect temptress, respectively. Where Hathaway, wore a big bow, Blunt showcased her bosom in a metallic blue number. They giggled while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design—winner Milena Canoero of “Marie Antoinette,” who wore a masculine looking outfit with ruffled shirt, form-fitting suit and bow tied at the neck under upright collar.

Tom Cruise slunk out looking delicious as always as he presented an award to Sherri Lansing, film mogul and humanitarian. She came out in a surprising number—a heart-line dress, blending black with red—a unique creation.

Ellen asked Steven Spielburg to take a picture of her with Clint Eastwood for My Space.

Gwynth Paltrow put away the refinery and instead came out in a simple peach form-fitting frock, dangly earrings and long straight blonde hair with apple red lipstick as she announced nominees for Best Cinematography. Winner: Guillermo Navarro of Pan’s Labyrinth.

To be continued…

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Designer Michael Knight

You may rememmber him as a finalist in TV's "Project Runway" but these days, he is more often being seen in your local coffee shop--Starbucks that is. Not only is he visiting some Starbucks but he is also custom-creating T-shirts. In addition to his new line and new fragrance, Michael Knight is being buy at getting more and more famous every day. To find out more, go to They will be givinbg out customized complementary T-shirts from noew until February 28th so act fast! Supply is limited!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Gothic Got You Down? Napoleon Perdis has the answer

Yes, gothic dark nails are in and, to that, I have no objection. However, when Spring's pastel tones get you in a happier mode, black may not quite fit your current sentiment. The solution--white.

Napoleon Perdis's Chandelier Shine in Socialite White is only $12 and available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Check it out!

I will have more about this Aussie superstar (in the world of make-up) soon!

Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Breaking News--Britney Goes Bald

Have you heard about Britney Spears. Oops, she's done it again. The pop star has caused a media frenzy. This time, she's going commando in a whole new way. She has decided to bare it all once again but this time by going bald. It is reported she went into the salon and demanded they shave her head and when they refused, she did it herself. Way to go, blondie. She added to her new look by getting two tattoos--a cross on her hip and some lips on her wrist. I applaud this new look. I would LOVE to see Britney go hard core and she looks good as bald. If this is her comeback preparation, I am ecstatic. Of course, the "media" (look who is talking) claims that she "lost it." I don't think she has lost anything. In fact, dumping K-Fed was her first step toward redemption as far as I am concerned. She was claimed to have told the salon workers that she is sick of people touching her. I love it. Pull those spears out and use 'em, Brit. I liked her before and I like her much more now that she is giving credence to the alternative world of tats and other new looks. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Grammy Fashion

The Grammy's sparkled not only with the much-awaited return of The Police and the stylings of the big J.T. (That's Timberlake) with his duet partner, but also with metallic fashion. The metallic dresses, suit coats and add-ons were everywhere.

Also so many little time. Stars were representin' their favs for the evenin' (I suddenly turned ghetto...sorry...ha-ha)

Mary J. Blige wore Michael Kors to complement her arm tattoo. Beyonce wore Giorgio Armani Prive. Scarlett Johannson (with her blonde waves) and a tongue-tied Leann Rimes chose Monique Lhullier. Fergie wore a custom-made Badgley Mischka Couture. All fab but toned down. The real winner was imogean heap in her "look at me" dress. Too bad it didn't look so great. But it was a statement, much like Bjork in her swan dress and Lara Flynn Boyle's tutu. Ms. Heap brought her lilly pads and her friend froggy and added to her naturalistic decor with frizzed out hair. Way to go! Ten points for hutspa, zero for fashionista sense but ya gotta love the gusto! I certainly have my creative moments so I cannot say anything.

What was your fav Grammy moment/ outfit?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tia Walker goes on Ashe!

Our own guest blogger Tia Walker of famed The Quest for "it" will be a guest on "Ashe! in New York," a New York radio show on WHCR (90.3)on February 13th at 6:00 p.m. filling in the audience on her insight into the Mercedez Benz Fashion Show, which has taken place all week. Tune in or be tuned out!

Ashe! is a one-hour weekly talk radio program hosted by Moniifa Maht and Shawn Seymour that covers current events, examines thought-provoking issues and explores cutting edge trends. Ashe! is broadcast live on Tuesdays 6pm-7pm.

Quest for "it"

Check out the newest post from The Quest for "it" as Tia Walker is on the scene of Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Days 6-8.

Click the following link:

Designer Rene Ruiz

Designer Rene Ruiz Previewed His Spring Collection at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gala,
Debuting His First-Ever Men’s Line

Rene Ruiz, Miami’s hottest fashion designer recently used his passion for fashion for a great cause for the third year in a row. The renowned couture designer unveiled his 2007 spring collection to benefit the South Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at their 24th Annual Gala Luncheon & Fashion Show held at the Broward County Convention Center.

Socialites including Carrie Schulman, Robin Levinson, Maria Martin, Jennifer Shelley, Susie Edelsburg, event chair Monica Goldstein, and event honoree Denise Zimmerman enjoyed a runway extravaganza that left nothing behind. Models strutted down a double runway draped in Ruiz’s ready-to-wear designs, including cocktail, evening wear, bridal and custom couture. To the pleasant surprise of the 1,000 ladies in the audience, the show also debuted Ruiz’s first-ever men’s collection. Ruiz’s show gave onlookers a glimpse of what his ever-expanding clientele, including celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Kimora Lee Simmons, already enjoy.

For more information, visit
POSTING by Zakarin Public Relations (for media inquiries, contact Destiny Spang at 305.444.2165)

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Grammy's fashion

What did you think of Grammy's fashion? Chime in!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Palm beach fashion don'ts...

Palm Beach fashion. Was in the Palm Beaches tonight and discovered a whole world of fashion--everything from greens and pinks, ornate jewelry and stilleto heels to big hair and tons of makeup. Yikes. Then there was the Tommy Bahama crew with Hawaiian wear. But the majority of younger women wore strappy tops over tight jeans all along Atlantic Avenue. The hairstyles here seem to tend now more toward straight with wispy bangs for the younger set--a shift from the curlier/ wavier look of past seasons. Just an observation.

Talk more soon. In the back! Post a comment!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Day 4--etc.

I realized in my last blog about fashion week that I may have been a bit critical. A bit of Joan Rivers seeped in. That was the first impression. Then I watched the video from and saw the impressive video coverage which was much more telling than the photo footage and I have changed my mind on some of the collection, finding some pieces I felt were too much to be pleasantly playful and original so take my last blog, please, with a grain of salt. No fashion is bad fashion anyway. I secretly love it all! The point is that someone got inspired enough to create it, to be self-expressed! Hooray!

That being said, look at for extended footage of the last few days of fashion. Many of the collections blew me away--so much that I need extra time to digest them. It seems that patterns are big in the fall.

Enough for now. Talk soon!

Anna Nicole Smith

Well, all the news is on Anna Nicole's tragic passing today. Was it the diet pills, drugs, murder, suicide? I don't know if we'll ever know but certainly we will be talking about it for a long time. What's your opinion? Do you even care? Let "us" at Lets Talk Fashion know!

R.I.P. Anna Nicole. Your antics will be missed.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

More fashion week

Back to Day 3

Erin Fetherston combines metallic skull caps with flowing grey, baby doll dresses and more. She likes patterns, not quite flowers, not quite planets. Not sure what it is. The look has a baby doll visits the planet Mars sensibility. See what you think.

Diane Von Furstenberg proudly utilizes the wrap dress with great success. In fact, all her styles are classy, comfortable and wearable. Whether a strappy number, a wrapped red dress or a shift dress, she nails it. Although one piece is so in your face it is a bit much--an abstract number that looks like Romero Britto on steroids.

Z Zenga for the big Z, tight clothing on hot men is the way to go. Ooh la la. I am starting to like grey. His grey jacket over a long sleeved shirt is as alternatively rugged as something that would grace a boy toy gone bad on the Hollywood red carpet. His sweater over an un-tucked similar shirt and beret screams New York Village bohemian-- a guy that likes poetry and a nice lager. Now the egg shaped mini cone head hat with one of his pieces doesn't quite work. He takes a woman's trend of the tied belt around the waist and pairs it with a soft long jacket-- a bit effeminate but on a model like that, I don't care much. ;)

Naeem Khan certainly tries for luxury with many of his pieces but sometimes it is overshadowed by the added bling. He loves metallics and sometimes like in his duo-colored mini, it works. Some of his textured numbers are beautifully ornate.

Tuleh has a wide variety from white dress with furry sleeves to a gothic looking sweater and dress number to a whimsical black vamp dress covered in red lips to a perfect for work grey two piece.

Matthew Williamson goes sharply into the sci-fi world with blousy futuristic dresses- it looks like he wrapped a red piece of material around and over the red turtleneck wearing model. Unique. Not flattering. Then there is the clown red ski cap worn by a model wearing a tan vest, brown shorts and a big pathchwork coat paired with an oblong gold and red necklace. Huh? Another dress looks like a butterfly and stings like a bee. Can we say psychadelic? But it could be trend-worthy. He pairs his look bets with a soft sheen sparkling beige turtleneck dress paired with a multi-patterned coat and an over-large round necklace, reminiscent of a gong-- worn with tights. There is something to what he is trying to acheive. It is unique, it pulls in the futuristic theme but somehow it isn't quite there...

Terexov has a sweet side in everything from a form fitting blue dress perfect for the likes of Renee Zellweger to a wide-sleeved cinched waist simple black dress with a splash of color on the bottom in the form of what could be an abstract flower. He plays with an English sentimentality pairing a double buttoned coat with an overly large, puffy scarf. He has a few oversize pieces that seem to overshadow the model, too shapeless. One pale model looks albino with her pale hair and an oversized white dress. I am sure that was the intention. Was it? You be the judge.

More later...
The Quest for "it" Video Coverage of Meredes Benz Fashion Week F 07.

Video of Day 1 Mercedes Benz--Quest for "it's" Tia Walker on location

Day 2

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Fashion Week

Are you at Fashion Week in NY? Let me know and I will post! Unfortunately, I have had difficulties with time management the last two days. I haven't had much time to blog. I have a delicious post from Quest for coming your way straight from Tia Walker, girl on the scene, so stay tuned.

Also look for some makeup reviews soon--hopefully by the weekend!

Morgan Miller

Queen of Sole Takes the Super Bowl Style Villas by Storm
This year’s most sought-after swag at the Super Bowl Style Villas were by far, custom-designed shoes from Miami’s own Morgan Miller. Celebrities including Bad Boys II actress Gabrielle Union, Stacey Keibler of Dancing with the Stars, Victoria’s Secret beauty Marissa Miller, actress/author Holly Robinson Peete and American’s Next Top Model winner CariDee English, were clamoring at the heels to put their signature touch on stilettos, wedges and flats. The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s Stormy Daniels selected black lacquer high heels, adding pink ostrich straps and metallic buckles, while pop artist Brooke Hogan went for a more neutral look, choosing brown platform high heels and bronze leather straps. The L Word’s Marleen Matlin, who signed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, decided on cork wedges with green lizard straps and bronze chains. Even the guys got into the action with N’Sync-er Joey Fatone picking out red python straps for his wife and celeb-blogger Perez Hilton, steering his mother towards pinks to match his recently dyed hair. Combining unlimited materials and appeal for this generation’s custom craze, Morgan Miller enables the chic and stylish to design their own shoes. At the South Beach boutique, choices include a selection of soles, spanning wooden heels to cork wedges, and more than 100 swatches in various patterns, leathers and exotic skins. Accessories such as jewels, chains and bamboo personalize the look even further. Created by in-house cobblers within 30 minutes, final designs are priced from $150 to $550.Morgan Miller is located just off Lincoln Road at 1634 Euclid Avenue in Miami Beach, 305.672.6658.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Update on fashion show

Hey all, I know I promised more from Mercedes Benz fashion show day 3. But instead chose to post something about Day one from guest blogger, Tia Walker, from Quest for Stay tuned because I WILL have more about the fashion show hopefully tomorrow. Keep in touch and please make comments. Let's start a dialogue about fashion!

Day 1 Fashion Week by Guest Blogger!

Repost from
Guest Blogger--Tia Walker

Friday, February 02, 2007
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week FA 07: The Quest For "it" Text Coverage: Day 1- Marc Bouwer
Imitation is Life was the title of Marc Bouwer's Fall 2007 showing which was inspired by the sunrise and sunset on the arctic sea. Marc Bouwer indeed reigns as the undisputed icon of glitz and glamor. Presenting not simply dresses, but floor length gowns of rich silk velvets and taffeta, this season is a stunning display of simplicity and elegance shown in a subtle sophisticated way. There were several standout pieces, many of which were in rich flaming red as well as contrasting arctic blues and silver. Favorites that captured the metallic heavens, a source of Mr. Bouwer's inspiration, were the pailette pieces which dazzled the eye at every turn.
Marc Bouwer, a longtime PETA supporter as in season's past, makes excellent use of today's technology by creating faux fur that is both luxurious and cruelty free. Selections range from a striped chinchilla coat to a minuscule mink shrug allowing for the a wide variety of choices.
Important Piece: Silk velvet trapeze halter with miniscule shrug.
Wrap Up: Pieces from this collection are a must have for women seeking complete luxury. The velvet gowns were particularly noteworthy.
Notes: Noteworthy attendees included model Petra Nemcova, actor/comedian Richard Belzer, actress Vivica Fox etc.

Would you like to be a guest blogger? Comment here or email

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Day 3

Lela Rose added bubble skirts to the mix, falling just below the knee. She touched on the yellow color trend in the form of belts. She incorporated both the perfect waistline and the lowered waistline (a la '20s) in her dresses. The feel was light and airy.

DKNY--God bless them. I love it. Goth inspired with a touch of French romaticism a la beret (which seems to be prominent this year) with dashes of shocking pink, violet and electric blue with a solid foundation of deep, glistening black. Love it. Then they paired it with my fav fashion from Fall 2006--tights, this time also in black.

Twinkle by Wenlan got creative and texturized, adding buttons and zippers for effect. They had separates and long romantic dresses. They paralleled many others in the grunge effect, long locks on models, knit caps, long layers, tights, big boots or dresses paired with open coats and bulky scarves.

Some of Tracy Reese's collection reminded me of winter wonderland--lots of white sprinkled with white. But then she threw in some metallic silvers as well as grey, dark brown, muted blues, maroons and my fav shocking pink. A pink vest was textured with an overlay of black design paired with a black skirt and black striped tights. A long deep salmon tunic was highlighted with beading paired with polkadot tights and topped off with vinyl black boots. A can I call it salmon, hmmm...(have to get back to you) colored number was monochromatic head to toe. The top and pants only differentiated by large black buttons on top. She plays with waist length, skirt length, bubble versus not, textured vs. not. There is so much in her collection -- too much to mention in this blog. It really was an inspiration.

United Bamboo loves wide sleeves. They also love playing with cutout patterns, not totally cut-out. Just looking as if it were cut out--a pattern on top of a pattern in a sense, adding dimension and depth to an ordinary outfit. This criss-cross diamond shaping appeared everywhere. They loved coats. There is a geometric drab simplicity about it all. When they played with color-- electric blue and muted yellow--it wasn't exciting. Their greys and tans suited the look better.

More about fashion day 3 tomorrow and fashion day 4!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Mercedes Fashion Week Continued

BCBG chose blousy dresses, billowing over the body without shape or form combined with knit looking caps

Yeohlee, in contrast, similarly chose drab colors but her models were buttoned-up head to toe, looking prim and proper in geometric shaped lapels on warm-looking coats and sweeping capes.

Marc Bouwer's styles varied from deep necked dresses that open upward and outward almost like parting butterfly wings to puffy skirted spaghetti strapped numbers reminiscent of my prom dress.

Akiko Ogawa presented a mixture of fashion, mixing metallics and studded belts with a fur lined caped hood or a tartan wrapped about the body to some '20s inspired numbers with low waists to pleated mini skirts mixed with a heart shaped neckline covered with a jacket.

Nicole Miller played with a latin flair combining hats with vibrant prints in browns, tans, maroons and whites under a belted grey jacket to a simple white shirt with tiered sleeves under a belted up knee-length bell-shaped shirt in a muted green and black.

Lacoste got funky with stripes, stripes everywhere and thin matching belts over denim jeans. They mixed a patterned shirt with a differently patterned vest, topped it off with a beret and a black belt.

Alice Roi went crazy with big checkerboard patterns, browns and blacks in abstract fashion, a bit of frill, dull browns and greens...don't want to say anymore about that...

These are just a few of the many designers that flocked to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York yesterday and today. And the show continues...

Friday, February 2, 2007

Mercedez Benz Fashion Week

Let's take a look at Fashion Week!

Day one:
John Bartlett--his men's collection consisted of v-neck sweaters, wide-collared jackets, abstract patterned sweater turtlenecks. The look seems buttoned up, cozy, preppy to me.

The Heart Truth-Red Dress Collection--February 2nd is wear red day. Although I wore green today I certainly support the cause. This wearing of red is a wakeup call to women to monitor their heart health and to participate in this endeavor celebrities from Jane Grabowski to Rachael Ray to even an akward Billy Jean King strutted their stuff mocking it up on the catwalk wearing red head to toe. Participating designers included:

Betsey Johnson
Calvin Klein
Carmen Marc Valvo
Carolina Herrera
Daniel Swarovski
Diane von Furstenberg
Douglas Hannant
Donna Karan
Ellen TracyJovovich-Hawk
Kenneth Cole
Max Azria Atelier
Michael Kors
Narciso Rodriguez
Nicole Miller
Oscar de la Renta
Ralph Lauren
Tracy Reese
Vera Wang
Zac Posen

Perry Ellis--he has a thing for warm scarves. Again with the muted colors--greys, whites, browns and even checkerboard grey and darker grey. I feel depressed just looking at it. Where's the color, the pizzaz, the sexyness? I don't see it.

More about day one day two!

Red Carter Swimwear

Red Carter Swimwear
Shaping styles one button at a time

Red Carter calls his company “the garage band of the fashion business.” After only five years in business this former competitive swimmer turned actor turned designer from Cali has transformed his SOBE apartment-based business into a national success.

Red Carter showcases his swimwear today in department stores nationwide and his business is very hands-on. He tackles everything from the minutest details of the overall look of the line to even simply tagging the clothes to prepare them for shipment. This is not his first try at the fashion world. He spent years under the tutelage of other designers in the fast-paced flow of Los Angeles, working with Guess Jeans, the Marciano Brotehrs, Rampage, Mossimo, Victoria’s Secret, Linda Wachner and even Oscar de la Renta. He worked with swimwear for eight years prior to finding his home in South Beach.

“I had heard that there was a strong fashion presence here but when I came here, I noticed that big names would come and put their name on a building and then leave. I decided to stay,” said Carter, who chose to make a formidable presence on SOBE shores to create a product that would embody the attitude here. “South Beach is all about Art Deco colors, non-stop energy and wearing a bikini from day to night. You can see someone pumping gas here with a bikini and a cover-up. It’s great,” he laughed, adding that it is important that swimwear can be worn both at the beach and in the nightclub.

Carter’s style is a melting pot of cultures but each of his signature items has his distinct imprint—a red button on the back. When asked why, he commented, “In school, I thought Patrick Kelly [1954-1990] was a genius. He was an American who moved to France and developed products with buttons. I identified with that idea because I like the idea of handicraft. Our pieces have a lot of sequins, beading, appliqués…I like to rediscover trends from the past and bring it forward and I hope that the button will help people to identify with that idea. It also became a brand signature.”

His Spring collection brought that idea of everything old is new again to the forefront. Titled “Rockabilly Debutante,” his collection includes handkerchief patterns, Gingham checks and items reminiscent of the fifties. His style lately has shown an interesting duality—a good girl versus bad girl imagery. His bad girl includes chain link and studs on one-piece numbers.

His summer collection will be an extension of this two-fold approach but will bring a bit of Palm Beach into the mix. “I take the nail head solids and soften them into a cream color to lighten it up but I also have a white with electric blue piece, which is very Mykonos/ Greek and in the last group, a black and paisley. It is very sexy,” explained Carter.

As far as overall swimwear trends, he sees a slant toward the one-piece cut out. “A solid suit with cut outs and studs has been our most popular seller,” he added, “Also popular is our halter hipster [a halter top with shorts bottoms], triangle tie-sides [a regular halter with bikini that ties on the sides] and we have seen a call for more of a banded bottom on a halter top to give more control for women. We are working on that.”

The biggest color trend he sees is electric blue. “The color is showing up everywhere. I think on an award’s show recently two stars showed up in the same electric blue gown. You also see it a lot in sportswear. I think we will see it a lot more,” said Carter.

What’s next for this self-starter? Expansion. He plans to stretch his ideas into sportswear. “We will be putting our prints on silk jerseys and branch into sportswear. We also plan to go into handbags and beach bags,” he added. He is getting a hi-tech edge by further updating his already cool looking Web site and by adding a blog [an online journal] to show Red Carter fans his whereabouts.

To find out more about this designer and where you can find his trendy pieces, visit

Reprinted from CitySmart Magazine Feb/ Mar issue--- not even on the stands yet! Just for Lets Talk Fashion Fans! Plus, you have just seen bonus photographs. To see the article with more pics, visit www.citysmartmagazine on Wednesday, February 7th. Questions? Ask me.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Michael Kors Hawaii

Michael Kors is going tropical, Hawaiian tropical. His newest fragrance Island Hawaii features orange flower, jasmine sambac and Hawaiian ginger lily, a touch of white amber, creamy sandalwood and notes of clementine, orange, hydroponic pineapple and neroli.

Want more info. on this and other upcoming scents of the season, visit, flip to the CityStyle section. The new issue will be online next Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Welcome to my site

Thank you for visiting Lets Talk Fashion. I just started this blog so it doesn't have much...yet. Please fell free to provide ideas, content, pics and more for consideration! Also accepting product for review. Send to: PO BOX 970847, Coconut Creek, FL 33097 (ATTN: Raven Productions)

Also, check out my magazine: for complete immersion into the world of fashion, beauty, business, fine dining and more.

The leopard dress

Did you see Vogue's newest issue--the one with the DKNY Habotai leopard dress...worn six different ways? I have a similar dress I have been wearing for years. I actually got mine in a bin labeled "Free" in 1997 at the hostel in Hollywood, CA when I stayed there for three weeks when I first stepped on the LA scene. I still love it and it is nice to hear it is back in style!

I wear mine with a black belt.

How do you wear yours?

Let me know!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Futuristic Fashions

Have you seen Dolce & Gabbana lately? Maybe you have seen their futuristic ads. I applaud their out of the box mentality. Finally, we are starting to see some designers break out of the retro mode and into something new. With neon mettalics, warrior chic, tight fitting fashions and more, they have captured this latest trend.

Other designers jumping on the band wagon are Balenciaga, whose golden metallic leggings are reminscent of C-3PO from Star Wars, Hussein Chalayan, whose skirt looks like mini solar panels but puffs out to wide and slims back down again--maybe something raw today but that could sport a more practical trend for the coming years.

These are just a few capturing this latest trend. How do you jump on the band wagon? First, hold onto those belts from last fall as the trend continues. But you may have noticed belts getting considerably wider and corsets making a comeback to create a sleek, tucked in wasteline, pushing the bosom to the forefront but not in the way of the gypsy peasant dresses we saw a few seasons ago. This look says independent woman, the kind of woman that excuse me for wording it this way but--"kicks ass and takes names." That is the kind of woman I want to be. How about you?

I love what I call warrior chic. Basic black worn tight, metallic finshes reflecting in the moonlight, high black boots wrapped around the leg, the kind of boot that makes you want to keep walking and that says "I can handle anything. Try me."

So how to incorporate this trend into your fashion wardrobe? Get a pair of booties, high boots, platforms, anything that makes you feel tall and all powerful. Buy something bright. Yellow is in but we are also seeing metallic eye-popping shades of green, purple and orange. Basic black always good. Take out those belts and pile on those layers---it's all good. Wear a high ponytail to add to the sleek modern spring look, keep makeup neutral. Use a nice lotion to keep your face having a healthy sheen. Accessories are big and chunky, gold and silver big circular or square links chained together---hardcore excellence. Also spikes on shoes and purses are in as are smaller, more angular purses (as opposed to the huge monstrous carry alls that I know will continue to stay in practical fashion for quite awhile. I still need to get one. But-- bonus-- my handheld black pattened leather purse with studs can now be pulled out of my closet now)

I am so in love with futuristic fashions right now so I am sure you will hear more from me on the subject. I will attempt to put together some more in-depth profiles on the topic soon so stay tuned!

Pure Indulgence

Indulge your senses

Celebrating the holiday season often means hustling and bustling, organizing holiday activities and planning festivities. This season, include some personal time in your schedule—relax and indulge. Transform your bathroom into your own personal retreat from the world; light a few candles, listen to soft music and .simply retreat into ultimate pampering while realigning with your inner self.

For those who love something sweet, they’ll adore this caramel and crème combination. Let the aroma of French vanilla bean and white musk overtake your senses. Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Trio: (includes Honey Bath and Dipper, Souffle Body Crème and 6 oz candle) $65.00/ Crème Brulee Body Wash: (8 oz.). $36.00.

Be seduced with the soothing scents of coconut, sweet almond, fruity green apple, crushed coriander and other earthy mix-ins while healing the body with soybean protein and botanical plant extracts. La Prairie Silver Rain Body Veil: $100.00/ Silver Rain Bath and Shower Gelee $95.00.

Red Hot Lipsticks!

Hollywood glamour
Get trendy with red-hot lips

Bright red lipstick once a standby in the golden age of Hollywood and worn by legends like Eva Gardner, Marlena Dietrich and later Marilyn Monroe has made a come-back. Today celebrities Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera as well as “it girl” Scarlett Johansson pull the look off with ease. Using the latest technology, companies like Dior, NARS and Estee Lauder make today’s hottest color really pop!.

For Dior, wearing red is the ultimate in glamour and femininity. Their Rouge Dior brand includes a light amplifier making the color look shimmering and radiant. Their Dior Addict ultra shiny lip gloss adds extra brilliance and SPF 8.

NARS’s bold reds let women go from daytime dramatic to ultra glamorous. “A red lipstick not only separates the girls from the ladies, but also fashion runways have realized the timeless beauty of its simplicity.” NARS Southeast Lead Trainer, Alex Lucas.

Estee Lauder’s Pure Color will illuminate your lips through its latest lip-lighting technology—pearl pigments give off prismatic effects. Their Electric Intense Lip Crème traps pigments in a flexible film for high-color impact and their all-day lipstick will stay with you from morning to night!


Monday, January 29, 2007

The Cavalli Empire

The Cavalli Empire
By Rachel Galvin

Fashion designers today aren’t content with just designing dresses; they want to be bigger. Their name itself becomes a brand and they slowly begin saturating the market with sleek new products that exemplify everything that their brand represents. One such marketing and design genius is Roberto Cavalli, who, at the age of 66, has conquered not only the runway, but also delved into the world of fine spirits, dining, chocolates and interior design; has created beauty and fragrance lines as well as taking on making his own shoes, watches, eyeglasses and even undergarment collection.

Now he is turning his designing eye to the real estate world with the Nicky O. Hotel on South Beach. He already has his textures available on everything from bedspreads to plates so why not a boutique condo hotel? After all, opulence and Cavalli have become synonymous. Cavalli’s fingerprints will be all over the 5000 square foot penthouse suite.

It is appropriate that Cavalli is working in tandem with such a project right in the center of SoBe—a party hotspot. Cavalli is well-known for his star-studded extravagant parties. He is very popular among the uber-trendy, including celebrities and fashion plates like Victoria & David Beckham, Beyonce Knowles, Mischa Barton, Paris & Nicky Hilton, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford.

Cavalli lives a lush lifestyle, traveling the world and cruising in his beloved 132 foot yacht. On his downtime, he relaxes in his palazzo, with his wife, former Miss Universe, Eva, and his many exotic animals, taking his private helicopter to his office in Milan. But he also jet sets around the world checking in on his conquests and planning for more.

Despite his artistic kingdom today, this “Sultan of Bling” began as a humble artisan in a very fitting hometown, Florence; he would roam the streets where masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo once ruled the art world, strolling through artistic masterpieces that stand as proud monuments yet today. But his connection was even more personal—his grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, was a famous painter in his own right. Rossi used the Macchiaioli technique—which focuses on color, the texture of a painting more so than the message and meaning behind the paint. The paint itself became an art form.

Cavalli took this notion with him as he specialized in textile applications, including knitwear with floral motif, Italian hosiery and later, through his own invention, printing on leather. By the age of 30, Cavalli was projecting his own artistic collection, letting silky textures, exotic patterns and sophisticated design re-define the word woman.

His style is forbidden, foreign, glamour and glitz all rolled into one. He has been known to infuse taboo materials like denim into a couture ensemble. His jeans (and shoes) were coveted by the girls of “Sex in the City,” helping his re-immersion after an early ‘90s downturn during the shapeless grunge era. Cavalli is flamboyant; it shouts, not whimpers—and that is a statement that makes today’s divas shiver with anticipation.

So without further adieu, CitySmart looks at Cavalli’s fall line. It is luxurious and form fitting as usual. Some pieces are transparent, others cover in plush velvet; many top, as usual, with fur. Some play with paisley and other complex patterns. His signature animal print crops up everywhere and it is just as trendy as ever. Dresses and coats are long, wrapping the body with a regal quality. Some sport dragon designs or add on feathers for flair. All ooze extravagant and ferocious sexuality. Grrrrowl.

His less expensive Just Cavalli line this fall is similarly ornate, lush and exotic. But the feel is darker and mysterious, Asian-inspired, adding flowing sleeves, rope belts and neck adornments and pairing with a few dainty umbrellas and red lighting on the runway. The patterns are intricate, either floral with a gothic air or dragon-like with inter-looping serpentine motion; the colors are bold, although he adds some basic black pieces. He dots the fabric with unlikely combinations—some are vibrant and flashy, pairing bright blues, greens and salmon pinks—others more muted. Some pieces give a nod to Spanish design with tight fit coats over a scarf with thin jeans overlaid with gold design—powerful like a matador ready to take on the world.

With a designer as flamboyant as Cavalli, there is only one word that describes his future machinations—more—and that is something that appeals to the inner-vamp in all of us.

Reprinted from my original article in CitySmart Magazine October/ November 2006 (

Sunday, January 28, 2007


FTL MODA is the launch of a fashion week in Ft. Lauderdale! It began on Thursday with a toast to the host country, Italy--the country they would honor over the four days by presenting its culture, food, music and fashion. The first night held an impressive crowd at the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. There was music--the Mandolin Brothers-- art, education and fashion all in one. The lecturer talked about 16th century Italian art by women painters but, unfortunately, was drowned out by an excited crowd waiting for one thing--fashion. A few designers gave a sneak peek at their collections and one model after another marched out-- both men and women.

The treat was that the talent was new. These were new faces, some shorter than the average. Their attempt at introducing not only new designers but new talent as well.

Friday night, China White in Ft. Lauderdale was the place to be, where the ultra-cute band Studio 3, the "boy band" of Italy had their United States debut. With personality and panache, these three hotties gave it their all to an intimate and receptive crowd.

On Saturday, the party moved to Nikki's Marina at the Westin Diplomat. This is when the fashion show really began. Some stood on their yachts, others sat or mingled nearby as the designers' models strutted their stuff all day long in the hot sun. They also had a presentation of art by Massimo Sansavini (sculptural paintings).

Sunday, was also a fashion show and a concert performance by I Solisti Veneti. The after-party on Saturday and Sunday was again at China White.

Overall, FTL MODA was a huge success.