Fabulous in the City

My “It List”
10 March 2008, 9:37 am
Filed under: Great Finds

I was checking out the Vanity Fair website this weekend, and I came across one of their new features – The It List, in the Vanity Fair Insider section.

It’s a nifty little section to play around with. I found some things that look rather interesting, and some things that I can definitely do without.

Here’s my It List so far.

  1. Jantzen Vamp Maillot. I’ve always loved the one-piece bathing suits from the old Hollywood era, and this one is insanely cute. I’ll be picking that one up at the Gallerie as soon as I’m back to swimsuit condition.
  2. Johnson’s Softlotion Melt Away Stress. I love Johnson’s body products. I won’t lie – I use baby lotion and oil on my own skin, so I’ll probably be running out of the stuff at an abnormally fast pace.
  3. Fiji Water Home Delivery. I didn’t know that Fiji had a home delivery service, but now that I do, I think I’ll be giving it a shot – as well as suggesting it to my clients. Not only does it give you an incentive to drink more water [which I hate], but it helps give clean water to deprived children in other countries. Warms my heart…
  4. The Lipari Gown by Diane von Furstenberg. I love this dress. Especially now that I’m really starting to show. It’s a great color, too – teal looks rather nice on me, if I do say so myself.
  5. The Berkeley Damier Azur from Louis Vuitton. I absolutely, positively have to have this bag. It may take me a while to get it, but I have to have it. It’s gorgeous. And so gorgeous. Wait, I said that already, didn’t I?

So, what’s on your It List? Check out the Vanity Fair Insider section, and tell me all about your favorite picks in the comments section.

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Great Beauty Products to Try
3 March 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Great Finds
A photo by LaraJade

 In my quest for a change in style, I’ve been looking into some of the latest trends in fashion. The other day I was flipping through Allure magazine, and I found a few new trends in makeup that look rather interesting.

While I’m not a big fan of overly done makeup, some of the suggestions sparked some interest. However, I’ve decided to exercise a little bit more moderation that the editors of the magazine went with.

After all, I can’t show up to an event or meeting with a client with neon orange lips or electric blue eyeliner, now can I? So, with that in mind, I’ve made a list of beauty products that I plan on picking up in between errands and meetings.

  1. Prescriptives Softlining Eye Pencil in Jet. I love Prescriptives, especially their Color Printing technique. So, I figure I’d give this a try.
  2. L’Oréal Paris HIP High Intensity Pigments Bright + Shadow Duo-in Showy. I’m not sure how it will look on me just yet, but I’m willing to try it out. After all, if I don’t like it, it’ll get buried in my makeup bag with all the rest of the unsatisfactory products. Maybe I’ll find a use for it someday.
  3. Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara. I love having thick, dark lashes – there’s just something about the vampiness of it that I like.
  4. Bobbi Brown Tinted Lip Balm. I’m not a big fan of lipcolor, though I do like a good tint every once in a while. Plus, I love having soft, moisturized lips, so hopefully this product involves just as much balm as it does color.
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip. Don’t ask me why, but I love black nails. It’s not so much the goth aspect of it [young kids these days give so many things a bad wrap] more than it is the sleek sophistication of it. Plus, I wear a lot of black and grey, so it suits my wardrobe.

What about you? What great beauty finds are you going to be checking out this month? Give me a shout in the comments section.

Checking out the Latest Trends
21 February 2008, 9:22 am
Filed under: Great Finds, Ideas

A photo by ajpscs 

I’ve decided that it’s time to change things up a bit. So, I’ve decided to tweak some aspects of my personal style. What better way to do that than to incorporate some a the new trends in fashion?

While I’m more than satisfied with the way things are now, I just like to try something different every once in a while. Mind you, I’m not very gung-ho when it comes to adopting every trend that comes my way. I prefer being myself, not a replica of every runway model and print advertisement. With that in mind, I went to check out some new things to try [in moderation, of course].

  1. The first trend that I wanted to try my hand at is new take on meswear for women. I love the sleek lines and sophisticated strength of a good jacket, some tailored pants, and a bold tie and pocket square. This one will probably have to wait until after the baby, though, for [very] obvious reasons.
  2. The next new thing that I’d like to try is the flowy dress craze. Not only would it give me more room to grow [and growing I am], but it would be great for dinner parties and events that I’m coordinating for clients. Good camoflauge material, and not the Army kind [though I’m used to that as well].
  3. Another new aspect that I’d like to incorporate into my wardrobe are saris. I love saris. The fact that it’s a traditional style of dress and yet is so sexy and feminine is amazing to me. I love the fact that you can wear one and be almost completely covered, yet feel like an earth goddess incarnated. I wore one for my prom, and I loved the feeling – and the extra attention.

I think I’ll look into those before I go any further – especially with the baby and all. Let me know what new style or trend you’d like to go for in the comments section.

Insanely Cool Gadgets and Gizmos
4 February 2008, 10:38 am
Filed under: Great Finds
A photo by pinkbelt

 I just bought a Samsung SGH-P520 Armani touch screen phone for a client of mine this past weekend, and I have to say – it is sooo sleek. It got me thinking about other great gadgets that are out on the market these days.

So, Sunday night, after handling my own back office affairs, I took a gander at some of the online men’s magazines [one of the best places to find out about gadgets and do-hickeys] to see what’s new.

The LG Voyager. It’s another touch screen phone, but I like it all the same.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 Digital Camera. It’s such a gorgeous-looking camera. And it’s so small for the amount of memory it has.

The Vizio VX52LF LCD HDTV. It’s a 52-inch flat panel television that doubles as a computer monitor or an electronic art gallery. How cool is that?

What are some of the cool gadgets that you’ve found out about. Let me know in the comments section.

Beauty Finds for Men
21 January 2008, 8:24 am
Filed under: Great Finds
A photo by Evelyn Athur Richman

 The subject of men’s beauty is horrible ignored these days. More than likely it’s because most men would dare admit to having a bueaty regiment. Yet, two-thirds of my clients are men, and most of them have asked me at least twice what they could use for soft, clear skin, great hair, and even healthy nails.

A lot of men these days, I think, are taking notice to the little things that make up their overall appearance. Of course, most are too rugged and “manly,” and look at taking care of details as something that women or feminine men do. But, a growing number of them are starting to come around, for a number of reasons. Whether it’s to impress the ladies, or get an edge up on the competition – especially when working with foreign business associates – proper grooming is starting to take on a new meaning.

So, in light of such a [great, in my opinion] development, I’ve taken some time out of the past few days to make a list of great beauty products for men. Though I’m pretty sure they’ll wish I picked a different name for this post.

1. Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather. With such a long name, I’m sure it’s bound to do something. But seriously, this stuff is pretty great [from what I’ve heard]. I may even give it a try for my legs. [Yes, I’ve been know to use products geared towards men. I’m not as girly as one may come to believe.]

2. Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm. Great name, you have to admit. Plus, this is good for all those guys that don’t have to worry about shampoo and conditioner. It’s even SPF15, for an “even-toned dome.”

3. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. Of course, men seem to age far better than women, but there are still some guys that are willing to take that extra precaution. Personally, I love the color…

4. Curve for Men. I know, it’s not really a beatuy product per se, but I had to throw it out there. I love this stuff [I have a nearly empty bottle in my purse right now].

5. Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo with Conditioner. Great company, even better products. I personally like the branding approach that Every Man Jack took when it comes to marketing to the male market. Not every guy can use the same Pantene that his wife or girlfriend buys.

What about you guys? What are your favorite beauty finds of the male persuasion? Tell me all about them in the comments section.

DIY-ing to My Heart’s Content
17 January 2008, 10:33 am
Filed under: Great Finds

As you may have figured out, I love to create things. From stationery to events to random drawings that will never see the light of day. I love to express myself through arts and crafts and other things that involve using my hands. So, you can probably see that I love ReadyMade Magazine.

ReadyMade is a DIY-er’s heaven on paper. And the website is just as great. Full of great projects to try and articles to read. I love the handy little reference cards they include with each project, too. Makes shopping for matreials a breeze. [I used to do construction work with my dad when I was a little tomboy, so making things has a special place in my heart.]

While I don’t really have much time to devote to doing it myself these days, I have decided to take on [yet again] a side project. Just something to mess around with on the weekends. I’m going to be flipping through the pages of the bi-monthly magazine, as well as clicking through their archives online to find something that’s worthwhile. I’ll let you know how that progresses.

P.S. I’m finally getting some headway with the book. I’ve gotten in touch with a friend of mine – a photographer named Grant Lewis – and he’s agreed to help me out with capturing images for the book. While stills aren’t really his cup of tea, he’s a good friend, and I’m really glad we met at that horrible company [I’m not saying any names].

37 Signals to the Rescue
3 January 2008, 10:37 am
Filed under: Great Finds

As you probably know by now, I am a nut when it comes to organization. If you look through any of my dozens of notebooks, or even on my browser’s home page, you’re bound to find at least fifteen different lists – along with various versions of each one. (I know – I’m a weirdo.)I make so many lists because it helps me to get things done, in an orderly and timely fashion. That’s one of the principles that I built The Company on, and it’s still a core value for me personally.

So, in my efforts to perpetuate my organizational frenzy, I turned to searching the internet for ways to stay organized. I found various wishlist and grocery list sites, but one site turned out to be a godsend.

That site was Backpackit.com.I found out, through further reading and clicking, that this site not only allowed me to make lists, but it also allows me to make notes about lists, and whole "writeboards," and allows me to organize my lists and information on separate pages! It was a dream come true.As I sent my mouse into fifth gear, I found the source of this website of the organization gods – 37 Signals.

I immediately fell in love with all of their products. Whether it’s to organize company information in Basecamp, work on new ideas and leads in Backpack, or manage my contacts and clients in Highrise, I’m always using at least one of the 37 Signals products at any given moment. I even subscribed to their company and product blogs to keep me informed on what’s going on in these young people’s minds.

The Chicago-based company has been in business since 1999, and the founder, Jason Fried, is probably rolling in the green right now. I even read an article featuring this web applications guru on one of my favorite websites, Entrepreneur.com. He’s one of the Faces of Web 2.0, something that I plan to become intimate with.

Soooo, with all of this said, I urge you to take a look at what Jason and his team at 37 Signals are doing. I’m sure you’ll find something useful to use their products for something.