September 30, 2009

Does your hair really matter? I believe it does.

Within the past year a big focus has come upon African-American women’s hair. Michelle Obama’s hair has especially garnered a lot of attention! This article, “Why Michelle Obama’s Hair Matters” on Yahoo! News caught my attention, opened my eyes and made me think. When Tyra Bank’s talk show premiered in September, she decided to reveal her “real hair” and declared September 8th National Real Hair Day. Even Chris Rock is in on this. His daughter asked him, “Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?” which led him on a journey (which will be his new movie-Good Hair) to find the answer.

Now why would I really find this fascinating?

Because, as it said in the Yahoo! Article, “hair has classification power.” Think about it? I think this discussion has more to do than just with African-American women’s hair, though those thoughts, truths, and history are extremely intriguing to me. It has to do with every woman.

Hair is an important part of every girl’s life. It matters! Every woman’s hair, no matter the color of skin or hair, has a true significance in her life at some point or another. She could love it or hate but at that point it made a difference on how it looked and affected her.

Colors and textures are stereotyped. If you are blonde, you are dumb. Brunettes can be boring. Red heads have a temper. Curly hair means you are wild. And “braids, twists, afros, etc”[Yahoo] all come with their own stereotypes. “From long and straight to short and kinky - and, of course, good and bad - these terms become shorthand for desirability, worthiness and even worldview.” [Yahoo] Hair defines some women. Tyra was known for her different weaves as much as her modeling. Jennifer Aniston could not snip a strand without it being the next big thing. Would Megan Fox be as sexy without her long dark tresses? Macy Gray wouldn’t seem herself without her afro? Hair plays a bigger part of your life than you think?

Do you truly know your “real hair”? Without dyes, weaves, perms, any kind of heated tool, fake hair, or any kind of product in it, do you know what it looks and feels like?

The past year, I have been in a fight with my hair to figure out what exactly type it is, and what works best. And though I still haven’t quite figured it out, the main discovery is that my hair is wavy in parts and straight in others and likes to do what it wants. Just like a snowflake, no type of hair is the same. During my teen years, I damaged and dried my hair out with the help of a hair dryer and flat iron every day. This past summer I cut off all the damaged hair deciding that my hair and I would start anew. I have a feeling its going to be a long journey. I can’t quite bring myself to give up dying it, which I know has a big effect on the texture.

But all of this focus on “real” hair sure has made me think. I write this post to start a healthy discussion about hair and how it can affect you. Nothing more.

Do you know your “real hair”? Are you stereotyped for your hair? Do you care? Let me know!



Sources:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090902/us_time/09171191914700

http://tyrashow.warnerbros.com/2009/09/season_five_premiere.php?adid=season_five_premiere_sphere_tyra

http://www.goodhairmovie.net/site/about.aspx


Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcast/2626766012/

September 29, 2009

One-Long Sleeve Dresses, hit or miss or awful?

Last night I was watching Dancing with the Stars, not a normal activity since Gossip Girl is my #1 monday show, and noticed an odd outfit.
And it wasn't on a dancer!!
It was on Samantha Harris, she's the host who interviews the dancers backstage. She had on a one-shoulder long dress, ok, but the other sleeve was down to her wrist. I stared every time she came on just because it looked odd. Then, I remembered Kim Kardashian sported this look in dazzling white at the Emmys a few weeks ago.
The one shoulder dress is kinda cool, but I'm not feeling this long-sleeve one-shoulder trend. Seems odd to me...like they forgot to sew the other one on....
hmm...
What do you think? Would you wear a dress with one long sleeve?
Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

September 25, 2009

first fall edition: what are you wearing today?

Today actually feels "fall-ish". Yay! So we must celebrate! What are you wearing today?

I'm wearing a Delia's short-sleeve green/blue striped boyfriend cardigan with a white tank, black leggings, cheetah print flats, vintage double looped black glass beads, and rhinestone studs. My hair is straightened with a black patent leather headband.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING???

Enjoy your weekend loves!

September 23, 2009

Shine Beauty Guru Review: Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller

As a Shine Beauty Guru, I get sent products to review. For September, we were sent Olay Regenerist products. I chose the Anti-Aging Eye Roller. Here is my review:

When I think about skincare, wrinkles and fine lines are usually the last thing I consider. I mean I'm 23 and shouldn't have too many wrinkles yet right? So when I picked up the Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller to test as a Shine Beauty Guru, I was really skeptical. But what could it hurt? I mean it does promise that it helps "reduce eye puffiness, but also regenerate skin's appearance to diminish fine lines and wrinkles." [Olay]

So diligently for the past 2 weeks, after washing my face before bed, I used it. The "tool" itself is just a little bigger than my mascara tube. With one click, the cream is gently massaged into the skin. After the recommended 30 seconds on each eye, I was left with cool (the rollers were a little cold!) refreshed, dewy skin.

I didn't notice an instant effects. But my eyes sure did feel good after the initial application! I kept applying and enjoying. One no-makeup day, I glanced in the mirror as I passed by and had to do a double take. I looked close up and was shocked. My eyes didn't look puffy or dark or wrinkly! They really did seem to look rejuvenated. I would have gladly gone out with no makeup on because my face, mainly eyes looked amazing! My only thoughts were, "WOW!"

I am thrilled with the results. Happily, I'll be fighting off wrinkles for years to come with this!

For about $23 a pop, seems like it wouldn't be worth it. But that little tube holds tons more than you would expect! Mine should last me about 2 months. Lasting so long it makes it worth the price. I'll be buying it again!

P.S. I found it at CVS Online for $21.99. Have you used it? What did you think?

P.S.S. I LOVE OLAY!

Photo Source [Olay Regenerist]

September 21, 2009

Fall Begins, Let's Review!

So tomorrow is the first day of fall. And I'm starting to pull out those cool weather pieces even if its still 80 degrees.

I'm just itching to try this season's hottest trends. But as fast as the fashion industry moves, I sometimes forget what's hot right now. So let's take a quick review of Fall's hottest trends and pull it all out just in time!



Here we go:




Leggings

A girl shouldn't go anywhere without her leggings. Pair them with a tunic, a long tee, a dress. Make them bright, with a pattern or a basic color. Strap on boots, stilettos, booties, or flats. Almost any way you wanna wear them, you're good to go. Just don't put them with a bodysuit-cause then you'll be channeling an 80's aerobics instructor instead of your inner fashionista. btw: are you down with jeggings?



Animal Print
Just a little goes a long way! A dress, shoes, a clutch, a headband. Add a little spice to your wardrobe with just a touch of cheetah or zebra! Remember KISS- Keep It Simple Sweetie! Don't over do it, keep it on one piece and pair it with basic colors. SO little will go, SO far!


Boyfriend Something
Make it a blazer or a cardigan. Pair either over a dress, skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, tunics. It will edge and class up any outfit for work or for going out. Can't wait to wear mine!


Statement Necklace
The LBD just gotta wow on a whole new level, as did a classic white button down, a basic tee and any other piece you wanna take somewhere else. Make it big, long, short, or skinny, just make it bold!


Over the knee Boots
Victoria Beckham rocked them on Fashion Night Out, and they are in every magazine I get. These are the must have boots of the season. I don't have the guts to wear them but pull'em on and rock that look!



So here's your review to look your best as those autumn leaves fall! Do you like these trends? What is your favorite this fall?

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Zoe drama-rama!

RZ sick, Taylor ready to quit...what's next. Catch this episode in full tonight Monday, September 21st @ 10/9c only on BRAVO: http://www.bravotv.com/the-rachel-zoe-project

Here's a sneak peek!

Rachel's Sick

September 19, 2009

The shoe I think every woman should own!

Pumps, heels, stilettos..these are words that some women fear because they aren't "that type of girl" Well, I don't agree with this statement. I think that there is one type of pump that every woman should own. The black patent leather high heel will never go out of style. They instantly add chic to any outfit. They are just flashy enough to wear out, classy enough to wear to an interview,and serious enough for any family event. You can wear them with jeans, leggings, slacks, a jersey dress, a cocktail dress, or a formal gown. They have so many possibilities that they are worth every penny. You can buy expensive ones, medium priced once, and "cheap" ones.
I own the Payless Fioni Pumps. I bought them on a whim one day and turns out it was one of the best investments I could have ever bought for my wardrobe. At $20, they are affordable and a quick grab that won't break your budget. I truly believe that even if you are scared of high heels, that you (everyone) needs these shoes, by whatever brand or price you want. Trust me, they'll be an investment you'll never ever ever regret!
Photo Sources: [Bergdorf Goodman] [Nordstroms] [Payless]

its over...sooner than I wanted.

Well yesterday was the last day of fashion week, but I was wrong, there were no shows. *Sad and teary* It ended before I was quite ready. If you haven't gotten your fill either, visit wwd.com, style.com or nymag.com, for a great review. They all have great backstage photos, reviews of every shows and celebrity sightings. Enjoy the reviews! Have a great weekend! I plan too.

September 18, 2009

Thursdays shows..dwindling down..

Well, today is the last day of fashion week. Cry if you must, but it'll be back of course! At least we've gotta good look ahead of what will be hot next spring. These pictures are from Thursdays shows, so you've at least got a few more pictures coming tomorrow! Enjoy. And remember, all pictures are from WWD.com. For more information and looks at the whole collections, go here.





Friday's looks coming soon...stay tuned...

September 17, 2009

Wednesday Shows. As usual-amazing.

Wednesdays shows were as the rest of the week has been AMAZING! And some of the creme de la creme showed: Micheal Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui and so on. Remember, all pictures are from WWD.com. For more information and looks at the whole collections, go here.






Only 1 more day of shows, and 2 more days of pictures, then NYC Fashion Week is over *tear*..
Stay tuned!

September 16, 2009

Tuesday's Best Look, a whole new way.

We are in the middle of it! Tuesday was another fabulous showing. There have been so many great looks that I can't wait to imitate! Here are my favorites! Remember, all pictures are from WWD.com. For more information and looks at the whole collections, go here.

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Like the video better than the photos? Lemme know!

Stay tuned....

Monday is a Funday for next spring!

We are in the middle of it! Monday was once again amazing. There have been so many great looks that I can't wait to imitate! Here are my favorites! Remember, all pictures are from WWD.com. For more information and looks at the whole collections, go here.











Stay tuned for Tuesdays shows late today!

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