Stop the Humidity-Hair Horror Show!

June 12, 2009

This NYC weather has been absolutely wretched for tresses lately- one morning it’s raining and humid and the next is sunny and dry! I have gathered a team of stylists a hem… products… that help me battle the humid/unpredictable conditions!

Redken Outshine 01

Redken Outshine 01

FIGHT FRIZZ
I used to not even bother straightening my hair on days I knew it was going to be humid outside- because my baby curls (yes, at the age of 23 i still call them baby curls)  tend to wind up and stick out with the slightest hint of dew in the air. Luckily, I discovered Outshine 01 from Redken. It is infused with shea butter to keep frizz under control, and it leaves hair feeling light- not locked down.


Scruples Rock Hard

Scruples Rock Hard

HOLD TIGHT

Scruples’ rock hard finishing spray will keep your hair in place without leaving it sticky or tacky. I have found that it can hold curls all day long, and I also use it to keep volume by spraying it under my roots! All of Scruples’ hair products help to improve hair’s inner strength and they contain no animal ingredients or by-products. They can all be found on ScruplesHairCare.com.


Aussie Sprunch Spray

Aussie Sprunch Spray

SCRUNCH UP

I do not believe that all hair products have to cost a lot of money to work- and Aussie‘s Sprunch Spray does just what it sounds like- it waves your hair up when you scrunch it while drying. This is a great solution when you are running late and your hair is still a little damp- or when you wake up late to crazy bends in your hair- spray in wet or dry hair and scrunch it up for beach-casual waves! I have been using this product since high school, and I am so glad it is now available in aerosal, too!


Redken Sun Sparkle

Redken Sun Sparkle

PROTECT
Redken’s Color Extend Sun Sparkling Shield is a must for summer hair protection! The spray in solution provides water-resistant protection against UVA/UVB rays, chlorine and other minerals. Apply all day while swimming or at the beach to protect AND create a polished finish.


Scruples Hypershine Spray

Scruples Hypershine Spray

REPAIR

I’m sure your stylist has told you that all of those heating tools can do a ton of damage to your hair. Now you can protect and repair with a product that enhances your style while saving your hair- Scruples Hypershine Repair Spray. It can protects hair when applied before styling and then as a finishing gloss when you are done! Enhanced with argan oil, Hypershine  leaves hair both healthy and shiny (and it smells great too)!


WEN Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner

WEN Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner

CONDITION
As I wrote about in a previous post, I received WEN’s Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner in a gift bag from a fashion event last month. I have since been able to try it out, and I love love love the results of using this as a deep conditioning treatment! It smells refreshing and it leaves my hair baby soft!

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Lingerie Done Right- Not Done Repetitively

June 12, 2009

While I do love Victoria’s Secret and other mass marketed lingerie brands, sometimes I want something more unique. There is just something about wearing a cute/sexy/flirty bra that makes the day brighter- even if you are the only one who knows you are wearing it! These are some of my favorite brands (sans-VS):

Honeydew Intimates

Honeydew Intimates Anchor Set

Honeydew Intimates Anchor Set

I recently discovered Honeydew Intimates– a line of pretty intimate apparel with a flirty and sexy twist. The newest collection for spring and summer includes bright colors, girly prints, and great selection of cuts and styles! From polka dot thongs with cute bra-strap adjustable sides to ruffly boy shorts, there is a fit for every girl. My favorite set this season is the anchor boy short and bralet set, shown to the right. After realizing the great prices, the next thing I realized when I first tried Honeydew Intimates was the comfortable and luxuriously soft fabrics! Even wearing the g-string, I felt like I had nothing on. Honeydew Intimates has a bunch of cami sets as well- which I may be investing in soon considering my new obsession. Check them out on honeydewintimates.com!

Follow Honeydew Intimates on Twitter: @HoneydewIntimates


Natori BUkhara Robe

Natori Bukhara Robe

Natori

My Natori robe is my favorite thing to get ready in- it’s super soft and light weight and the cut is flattering, unlike a big fat bath robe. Natori is a bit more expensive, but they are definitely quality products with a great sex appeal. Natori has all sorts of intimate apparel and even different collections (including the great robe pictured), and they can all be found here.

Follow Natori on Twitter: @NatoriCompany

Figleaves

Figleaves Trellis Bra

Figleaves Trellis Bra

Figleaves.com is a great place to buy a variety of intimate brands. But did you know Figleaves has its own brand, as well? And they recently expanded their offerings into a clothing line! I still haven’t ordered any of their great new dresses, but they are worth taking a look. The bra pictured to the right is the Trellis Embroidered Bra by Figleaves.

Follow Figleaves on Twitter: @FigleavesHome

Father’s Day for the Tie-Tired Shopper

June 12, 2009

You have a little over a week to find something great for your dad! The following is a list of deals & ideas for you, in case you don’t want to get him another tie this year:

  • Luxury Watches on Amazon.com are up to 30% off including Omega, Cartier & TAG Heuer
  • Uncommon Goods – unique gifts- sort by the type of dad you have, whether he is sporty, stylish, outdoorsy, gadget, office, etc.
  • Is dad a swimmer with a music obsession? Just in case- check out these H2O proof ipod cases and headphones!
  • Shutterfly.com Coffee Mugs, calendars, photo books, coasters, puzzles- something every dad would love- and you can add your own photos to make it personal!
  • Cole Haan men’s accessories are on sale on Gilt through midnight 6/12. (And if you feel like paying full price, Cole Haan put together a Father’s Day gift page on their website)
  • Does your dad love football? Enter him in this NFL sweepstakes and even if he doesn’t win, you can get 10% off your NFL store purchase!
  • Ralph Lauren father’s day gifts under $100
  • Netflix gift subscriptions starting as low as $4.99/month
  • Restaurant.com $25 gift certificates to a large selection of restaurants for only $10
  • Still need ideas? Check out NY Mag’s Father’s Day Shop-A-Matic for over 100 other ideas in a range of prices!

Prepare to Launch…

May 22, 2009

Wednesday night was an exciting night for fashion- I attended collection previews for 3 up and coming designers, and all were an occasion to celebrate!

Farrah Delaunay Launch Party
Model-turned-designer, Farrah Delaunay, showcased her newest collection at the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery. With bright colors, fine leathers and unique West African fabrics, the bags in her Bambou collection have an exotic appeal. In an array of shapes and sizes, the smaller bags are perfect for days out on the town and the larger bags are travel-ready. Champagne and sushi were served as the crowd mingled about the gallery, taking guesses as to which NYC buyers and boutiques would be the first to snatch up Farrah’s bags. I loved the zipper detailing and interesting shape of the Dakar bags, and the convenient size of the head-turning Lagos bags. One of my other favorite bags was the gift bag! The cotton, beach-style Farrah bag included a customized scented lotion “Bambou Blend” from Bath Junkie; Vita Coco Cocunut Water; Wake Up Women A book for women by women about being happy, healthy and wealthy; Tea Tree cleansing conditioner by Wen, certificates for At Home Pampering Services, Ancient Miracle in a Bottle, and a Tru Nutrition Chocolate sample.

Here are some pics from the event:

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige Gamble & Kara Ackerman Exclusive Sale 

Handbag designer Paige Gamble and jewelry designer Kara Ackerman teamed up for an exclusive sale and preview of their spring/summer collections at the Pucci Building. A high style crowd was gathered to view the young designer’s newest creations.

Paige Gamble’s handbags are made of the finest leathers with luxurious accents such as peacock feathers, crystals, gemstones, and hand-carved jade. I had the opportunity to meet the designer, and she explained to me how her extensive design team comes together from all over the world to create her one of a kind bags- some accent pieces are hand picked in Asia, a tattoo artist in the West who custom-details the leathers, someone hand enamels certain accents, and overall she complimented her great design team and attributed them to her success. Paige Gamble bags are truly statement pieces- if I had the money, I would buy any one of them in a heart beat! Until then, I can stare at these pics from Wednesday night’s event:

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble Patent Leather Flower Accents

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble "Lunchbox" and Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Ackerman also creates standout pieces with a unique touch. She has three lines- GemGirls, KSA designs for Men, and Kara Ackerman. Each line is distinct- GemGirls seemingly for a younger target audience, KSA- self explanatorily for men, and Kara Ackerman having a more refined look. I enjoyed seeing all of the lines, but was most intrigued be the KSA line with various cuff links and accessories for men, and the pearls and gemstones in the Kara Ackerman line. These are my favorite pieces from the event, but you can see more of her designs onkaracreations.com:

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Pearl Necklaces

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

 

Not Another Manicure for Mother’s Day

April 29, 2009

You could get your mom another lotion set or manicure gift certificate, but why would you when you can get her something that makes her say “wow!”(and really mean it)?

Guilt-less Gifts on Gilt.com
The Gilt Groupe set up a sample sale of great accessories specifically for Mother’s day shopping- “Fabulous Gifts for Mom”! Enjoy up to 70% off retail prices by joining Gilt via this invitation link and shop today!

Photo Gifts
Mom always loves pics of her little darlings- whether its you or the dog! Check out Shutterfly.com for photo gifts of everything from calendars to puzzles and the timeless coffee mug. Get free shipping on orders over $50 by entering the code SHIP50 at checkout (expires 4/29).

Bags
Remember all those great bagged lunches mom used to make for you? Give her a bag she’ll love.

This Liz Claiborne tote is perfect for the beach or shopping in the city. Comes in 4 great summer color combinations! $59.98 at 6pm.com 

These London Fog bags are classic but “springy” because of the bright color options! Check out these ($236 $149) and other designer bags for less on Overstock.com

Bejeweled
Brooksone Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerNo more smelly chemicals ruining your mom’s manicure: This Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner from Brookstone will help mom clean up all that expensive jewelry you’ve been getting her the last few Mother’s Days.
$39.99, Brookstone

This Coral and Cultured Pearl Necklace is a timeless and unique piece of jewelry. Get it at Ross-Simons at 60% off retail price.  $50, Ross-Simons

 

 

 Take a Chance
Enter your mom for a chance to win a $5,000 Valentino Shoe & Handbag Shopping Spree on Neiman Marcus.com! (I guess you could enter yourself too, while you’re at it!) Click here to enter 

Business Casual Turns Business Fashionable

April 17, 2009

I’ve worked in offices with professional attire, business attire, and business casual dress codes. By far the most atrocious attire is business casual. 

For some reason, crossing the line from “business” to “business casual,” generally means going from business appropriate to “i just woke up and picked up whatever was on the floor.” I don’t care what the actual dress code is for a business casual environment, if it says “casual,” people tend to forget the “business” part and dress however they like until management sees too many t-shirts or witnesses one too many muffin tops

Of course these assumptions don’t apply to everyone. But regardless, Business Casual Must Turn Business Fashionable. Keep reading to find some Spring 2009 work wardrobe items:
Victoria's Secret Ruffle Front Silk Chiffon Blouse

Victoria's Secret Ruffle Front Silk Chiffon Blouse

TOPS

Ruffles, Patterns & Day-to-Night

Ruffles, layers, patterns, all sorts of colors (and neutrals) are in style this Spring.  All of the tops I have shown here can be worn from day-to-night as well. If you pair any one of these with a cute pair of linen shorts and high wedge heels, you have an outfit for Friday night!

Victoria’s Secret Ruffle Front Blouse– This neutral, feminine top can be paired with any color pant! 
$68 Victoria’s Secret 

 

Express Short Sleeved Shirt - Dot Print

Express Short Sleeved Shirt - Dot Print

     

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top

Express Short Sleeved Shirt  This classic short sleeved button down comes in every color- stock up!$49.50 Express

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top
Can’t go sleeveless in the office? Wear this under your suit jacket! $49.50 Express

Victoria's Secret Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton

Victoria's Secret Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton

Pants
Wear what fits you well
Different styles of pants are “in” this spring. Wide-leg, skinny leg, ankle cut, etc. So if you find a pair that fits you well (length, hip and waist) buy it in a few colors! Victoria’s Secret has some of my favorite pants:
Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton
Available in a dozen colors!
Skirts & Dresses
Black & White, Prints & Versatility
Dresses are so versatile that they are an absolute necessity in a work wardrobe. Adding a simple cardigan to a night-on the town dress can modify a dress so it is work appropriate. The following are some highly versatile dresses I found for just that kind of occasion.
 
    

Milly Sheath Dress

Milly Sheath Dress

Anne Taylor Loft Split Neck Ruffle Dress

Anne Taylor Loft Split Neck Ruffle Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Milly Sheath Dress (above white)
Sheath dresses are classically fit and season-less. This dress is actually backless and gorgeous- so wear a cardigan to work and take it off for that date at an outdoor cafe!
Milly, $375.00  Nordstrom

Hype Strapless Floral Dress

Hype Strapless Floral Dress

Ann Taylor Loft Splitneck Ruffle Dress (above black)
Black and white are hot “colors” this season- so don’t be afraid to wear black (or ruffles). $69 Ann Taylor Loft
Hype Strapless Border Dress (left)
Everyone loves floral prints this season and they aren’t hard to find! This dress comes in the color shown and a turquoise color.
$139.00 at Zappos
     

Belted Skirt

Belted Skirt

 

 

 

 

New York & Company Belted Skirt

This cotton skirt is so simple it can be paired with anything plain or patterned. 
Shoes
Nudes, Prints, and Flats
Nudes extend the leg. Prints dress up a plain/solid outfit, and flats make shorter dresses and skirts more appropriate for work
     

Nine West Fender Peep Toe Pump

Nine West Fender Peep Toe Pump $49.99 @Ninewest.com

Anne Klein Gabay

Anne Klein- $45 @ 6pm.com

Cynthia Vincent Pump

Cynthia Vincent Pump

Cole Haan Air Ballet Flat

Cole Haan Air Ballet Flat

BCBGirls Silver Flats

BCBGirls Silver Flats

 

Follow Me on Twitter- Because I Said So

April 2, 2009

 

TWITTER

  Click here to start following Because I Said So on Twitter!

My Twitter name is BCISS (BeCause I Said So)… I will be making updates daily on various events, sales, and products that I find! Just one more way for you to get your fill of Because I Said So.


If You Can’t Beat ’em, Join ’em… Sample Sales that is

April 1, 2009

The economy has been affecting everyone from shoppers, to luxury buyers and major department stores. While almost everyone has had to cut back their shopping budgets, there are more ways than ever to find steals on on designer duds. Get more for your money by signing up (or joining the waiting list) for my favorite online sample sales and shopping newsletters:

Hautelook

 HAUTELOOK A private, member’s only club that organizes 24-48 hours sales of premium brands for 50-75% off of retail prices.

 

Gilt Groupe

 Gilt Groupe
Click on the Logo to the left for an invite to the only online sample store I know who has sold Christian Louboutin’s for ridiculously low prices! Gilt is up and coming and is definitely worth taking the few minutes to join!

 


The Top Secret

Top Button & The Top Secret
Top Button is a fashion network with blogs, a member forum, fashion and beauty event listings, and a list of online sales and deals. Top Button’s online sample sales, The Top Secret, offers access to exclusive sales from premier brands with discounts up to 75% off retail. Click the envelope for an invite!

 


ideeliIDEELI Invite-only access (click the icon to the left to join via my “invite”) to sought-after fashion, home and beauty products. Ideeli was the first invite-only shopping community in the U.S.

 

New York Mag's Best Bets Daily New York Magazine’s Best Bets Daily  Best Bets Daily covers special shopping events, sample sales, and online deals- daily!

Makeup in a New York Minute

March 9, 2009

Every day on my morning commute I see a handful of girls applying their makeup on the train and subways. Most of the time, these girls have a little cosmetics bag full of her different necessities: mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, bronzer, foundation, etc. I would love to be able to wait to do my makeup during my commute, but the thought of throwing my $40 bronzer or powder into a flimsy little bag and risking it breaking into pieces makes me nervous. I was figured somebody already come up with a solution to this problem, so I checked out Sephora looking for a single compact with everything you need in one. This is what I came up with:

 

 

Tarte Spring Greening Palette
Tarte Spring Greening Palette

 

Tarte’s Spring Greening Reusable Straw Palette

For those of you who only need to use eye shadows and lip gloss. Lucky you! Tarte has combined some beautiful colors, both natural and bright, into one little case.

$38.50 Sephora.com

 

 

 

 

Lorac Croc Case
Lorac Croc Case

 

 

 

 

LORAC Croc Case Full Case Collection
This fashionable little “croc” case has eyeshadows, bronzer, blush, lipgloss and highlighter!

$44- Sephora.com

 

 

Primpcess Glamorous Eye Primping Kit

Primpcess Glamorous Eye Primping Kit

 

Benefit’s Primpcess Eye Primping Kit
Conceal, contour, accent, line, shadow, and brighten your eyes with this little kit. I like this little kit because it has my must have- mascara!

$34- Sephora.com

 

 

 

 


And finally, my favorite:

 

 

Givenchy Couture Makeup Palette

Givenchy Couture Makeup Palette

 

 

Givenchy Couture Makeup Palette
This is a great collection of everything a girl needs- lip gloss, compact powder, mascara, eyeshadow and brushes!

$35 Sephora.com

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger… never would have thought

March 6, 2009

The scene was electric last night at Tommy Hilfiger’s Denim store in Soho where Paper Magazine was throwing a launch party for the Marky Ramone Rock Scene Collection. Yes- Marky Ramone of the Ramones- the punk rock group from the 80s.

Apparently Tommy and Marky go way back to when Tommy’s brother, Andy, played in a band with Marky. The seemingly odd duo teamed up to create a new “fresh” line of jeans and leather jackets. The timing couldn’t be better, seeing as we have been seeing a lot of 80s throwback trends on the runway during all of the fashion weeks this season- shoulder details, bright blue eye shadows,  etc.

Dressed in punk, prep, classic, and every style in between, guests lined up around the makeshift, but fully functional, “bar” which is usually the cash wrap. Tommy himself was hanging out in the back corner as Marky and his band performed live for the crowd. Somewhere in the midst of it all, I am sure the collection was hanging around some rack, but it just didn’t seem to be the focal point of the evening! At the end of the night, Tommy exited promptly at 10pm with his entourage and guests started receiving their goody bags. The Tommy Denim gift bags were filled with Tommy’s “Dreaming” perfume, drum sticks, a Paper Magazine issue, a condom/STD safety kit from Marky Ramone (what?), and a $25 off coupon for when you spend $100 @ TH Denim.

Here are some pictures from the event:

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger Launch Party

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger Launch Party

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

 

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger

Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger