My First Essence Beauty Box has arrived!



 It’s here! Essence has sent my first complimetary Essence Beauty Box for December 2015,


and its packed full of goodies perfect for hair and skin like mine.

I’m excited to try each piece, so lets take a look at what’s inside…




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My Italian Ideal with Dolce & Gabbana at Farfetch

Forget a white Christmas. My holiday wish is creating the ultimate Italian look

with the help of Dolce & Gabbana and

Super fem and ultra chic is the name of the game.

Feast your eyes on this Roman holiday-ready fashion set.


D&G Floral Print Flare Dress

D&G Loop Knit Coat

D&G Medium ‘Sicily’ Tote

D&G ‘Kate’ Pumps

D&G Logo Plaque Cuff

Get all these styles from Dolce & Gabbana and more sought-after designers at

3 PONO Pieces That Spiced Up My Look

There’s nothing like a new piece of jewelry to bring new life to your

wardrobe. Check out how these 3 pieces from PONO by Joan Goodman

 took the everyday, and made it into something eye-catching.


Tiny Caviar Rubber Necklace in Marine


What a fun color! This refreshing blue hue took a white tee

to the next level. Perfect for a sunny day in the city or your next

ocean-side getaway.

PONO Kate Resin Necklace in Matte Black & Tshell




This piece really packs a punch. Its ultra-cool matte black finish

adds edge, while the tortoise shell closure adds a touch of class.

I was able to pair this with a bright orange summer dress, a

bohemian romper, AND a funky vintage tank. Each time, it

added something special. Such a versatile piece.


Ana Spectrum Resin Choker in Pelican



This is the sweetie of the bunch. The delicate grey plum and pale pink ombre’ give a

soft aura around the face. It’s also another versatile piece that can transition

from day to night or dressy to causal. I chose to add flair to an L.A. tee

and a stone washed grey dress. I loved the ethereal look on this last shot.


Is this new haven for Beauty junkies?


It’s known that true beauty junkies have their go-to destinations for the ultimate beauty finds, but there is one spot that may have escaped your radars. Originally a resource for the beauty needs of scores of Chinese-American women, Dealmoon has offered some of the hottest deals on luxury beauty brands. Now, they’re looking to get the rest of America’s beauty lovers on board.

We’re talking exclusive deals and promotions from CPW faves like Caudalie, Kiehls, Nars, Marc Jacobs Beauty and more. Dealmoon isn’t just your average online shop. It is a true shopping Mecca, touting deals that span clothing, electronics and nutrition, just to name a few. You’ve been warned. These deals are definitely addictive.  There are more than 400 new offers posted every day! Go forth beauties, find your happy place at

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Some infographic help to find your perfect sneaker match

When it comes to shoe love, some of us have acquired the distinction of being a “Sneakerhead”. Others may feel more comfortable just identifying as a person who loves a hot pair of shoes. Whatever you call yourself, this handy little infographic created by helps you zero in on your personal sneaker style and even provides a few suggestions for your next score. Now OK, show of hands…who else went with THE GATEWAY SHOE?

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Agent Provocateur’s Fatale is Fiercely Feminine

Monica Cruz for Agent Provocateur

Just as the new Agent Provocateur boutique opens at Saks’ Fifth Avenue location, they’ve also unleashed a powerful new fragrance — Fatale. This scent is not for the wallflower types. Fatale is a potion for embracing your sexiest, fiercest, most powerful you.  On second thought, if you’re looking to add a little “bad girl” to your personality, it my be just the thing. Inspired by retro glamour, the Agent Provocateur Fatale woman is described as “liquid desire – a potent formula for seduction”, among other things. Seriously though, who doesn’t want to be that woman? Fatale’s powerful edge also extends to it’s striking, faceted bottle design and AP’s choice to have Spanish Actress and dancer, Monica Cruz, head up their tough, yet soft, campaign imagery.

Representations of Fatale's fragrance notes.

Representations of Fatale’s fragrance notes.

Fatale's bottle designer explains the concept behind the packaging.

Fatale’s bottle designer explains the concept behind the packaging.

It Smells Like…

Quite the departure from previous Agent Provocateur fragrances, Fatale’s fragrance profile takes you on quite the ride. Starting out a bit Dorris Day, then a little Marilyn Monroe, then landing in Bettie Paige territory. Don’t take Fatale at first sniff. A visit to the Saks counter is in order to truly experience this journey.


This is one of the more unique fragrance concoctions that I’ve tried recently. Topped with Madagascar pink pepper, Succulent Mango Nectar, and Exotic Blackcurrant, the fragrance’s heart opens up to Velvet Gardenia, Royal Orris Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli. This blend is then anchored by Sultry Skin Musk, Vanilla Orchid Aphrodisiac, Chocolate Gourmand Addiction, and Spanish Labdanum.

Interesting fact: Spanish Labdanum has been used for centuries to treat severe depression in women and to help them regain their power.


30ml Eau de Parfum – $52
50ml Eau de Parfum – $72
100ml Eau de Parfum – $95

Sold in-store and online at Saks Fifth Avenue and Agent Provocateur Boutiques.

This Warby Parker + Karlie Kloss Collab has your new favorite shades

Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker CollectionEvery Summer I like to get a new pair of sunglasses to really seal the deal. Something that says “Screw you cold weather, it’s time to party!” This season, I’ve got my eye on sunnies from Karlie Kloss’ new collection with Warby Parker. A blend of classic styling and modern shapes, this collection is has a great chance of having your next pair of go-to shades.


Karlie wearing Marple in Heirloom Silver with Faded Slate lenses – $145

Every purchase from this collection will benefit Karlie’s chosen charity, Edible Schoolyard, that brings kitchens and gardens to low-income schools to help them learn healthy eating habits. And of course, as always, for every pair sold, a pair of glasses goes to someone who is in need. Don’t you love being a philanthropist while you shop?

If the fabulous Marple’s aren’t quite your speed, don’t worry. There are two other styles to fit your needs. Each style comes in two version, and all have the ability to define your Summertime looks. I know, deciding which pair is right for you may be hard, so I’ve put together a little guide to help you figure out which pair I think is the perfect fit for your personality.

 Marple – For the Adventurous Vixen

You’re the type that likes to make statement, without trying too hard.
You like your look to speak for you, since you’re too busy being fabulous to try to impress others.
But boy, do you impress! Your subtle glamour can’t be denied. You enjoy light day-drinking
excursions, stimulating conversation, and spontaneous fun.

marple-frames-2 marple-framesClara – For the Cool Visionary

Equal parts trendsetter, bohemian, and philosopher, you’re cool, but approachable.
Your friends look to you for your effortless style that’s always just ahead of the curve.
You enjoy: Brunching at soon-to-be hot spots, casually thrifting, and writing in your Moleskine.

clara-frames clara-frames-2Julia – For the Polished Go-Getter

People are pretty convinced you did indeed wake up like that. You always look pulled together.
Even if you’re just wearing a T-shirt and jeans. It may even be your uniform of sorts. You invest in
quality basics and add simple accessories, like these shades in a timeless aviator shape.julia-frames-2 julia-frames
It’s clear I’m all Marple, but which style do you think is all you?
Get your favorite for $145 at WarbyParker. And let me know what you chose.
I’m curious to find out which pair is standing out the most.

The Coolest Gadgets From CEWEEK 2014

Ceweek2014As one of Klout’s higher ranking infulencers (horn tooted), I had the opportunity to enjoy 2 whirlwind days of the most innovative consumer electronics on, or coming to, the market.  From iPhone tripods to home surveilance systems, there was some really, really, REALLY, cool stuff. I can’t wait to dig into some individual reviews, but here for now, take a look at the amazing gadgets that you’ll soon be drooling over.



1. Olloclip Lenses

if you find yourself taking more photos with your iPhone or IPad rather than your big fancy camera, you’ll want to upgrade your photography with Olloclip lenses. These pro quality lenses clip on to your iPhone or iPad to enhance your photos. Combo options include Wide-Angle, Fisheye, Macro, Telephoto, and Polarizing lenses. Available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, iPad air and iPad mini.


FiftyThree Pencil Sketch

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2. Pencil by Fiftythree

This product turned me into a tech groupie at CEWEEK. If that’s even possible. When you see what this slickly designed stylus pen on steroids can do, you may join me in that club. Along with their free companion app Paper, you can be the creator you’ve always wanted to be. Designers, Artists, and Creative types of all sorts can take their ideas to the next level with this tool. Plus, you can get all your big ideas printed in a custom Moleskine notebook when you’re done. I know. Try to breathe. Best used with iPad 3+.

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3. Charger Leash

Charger Leash just might the answer to easy-to-lose smartphone charging cords. This well-built cord alarms within seconds when the phone disconnects, so you remember to unplug it from the power source. Great for forgetful minds and other people’s sticky fingers.


4. JBL S400BT Wireless Headphones

Yes, these headphones are easy on the eyes, and comfortable to wear, but where these JBL S400BT headphones excel is crystal clear clarity, full bass, and the ability to control functions like answering calls, controlling volume, and switching songs, all with touch activated sensors located right on the headphones. Pretty slick indeed.

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5. Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant (And everything else they make)

It’s pretty certain you’ve never seen a TV like this. Every sexy inch of the Bang & Olufsen Beo Vision Avant 55″ Smart TV is crafted to perfection. Double beveled edges, 4 stand options, motorized pivoting, and a disappearing speaker, makes this beauty a next-level device. Even the remote (BeoRemote) is worthy of display. B&O creates some of the most striking speakers and headphones that you’ll ever see, so every item is worth a look.

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6. PNY Power Packs

There are a ton of mobile charging options out there, but these PowerPacks from PNY have a certain flair. These sleek devices come in a variety of charge sizes, but they all make mobile charging look good. Especially the L8000, with its elegant looks and soft leather feel. Your gadgets are beautiful, so you might as well charge them in style. Available for purchase via soon.Check site for local retailers.

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7. HEOS by Denon

This is a true wireless speaker option for your entire home. Place your HEOS speakers where needed, download their free app, and you can start streaming your favorite music with high-quality sound. Connect up to 32 rooms.

Withings Activity Tracker

 8. Withings Activite fitness tracker

Tracking your fitness activities is the cool thing to do these days, but Withings has made it way more cool and a lot more sophisticated. Activite is the first fashion-forward activity tracker that marries connected technology with a Swiss-made timepiece. Tracking fitness isn’t just for the gym rats anymore. Available Fall 2014.

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9. Voyce wearable technology for dogs

Speaking of fitness tracking, all of us humans are eager to track our health with a wearable device, but what about our furry friends who can’t speak up in ways we can understand? Well Voyce is a new “wellness experience” for your dog that can be tuned to their needs. A mix of gathered info, accessible on the cloud, gives you key indicators to your dog’s health. By late Summer 2014, Voyce will be available in three sizes, with the smallest able to fit a Westie or Beagle. I hear options for smaller dogs (And maybe cats?!) may be available in the future.

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10. iStick USB FLash Drive with Apple Lighting Connector (For iPhone or iPad)

This is one of those devices that everyone wishes existed years ago. iStick is the World’s first USB flash drive with an integrated Apple Lightning connector for iPhone and iPad. This means you can FINALLY move data between your computers, iPhones, iPads, and iPods without having to connect to the internet, networks, or clouds. This is long overdue. Visit their Kickstarter page to get more info.

Piper Camera

11. Piper video monitoring system

Piper is a tidy little way to keep an eye on things at home while you’re busy doing you. Place piper anywhere you want in your home, and you’ll have access to HD video and two-way sound, smart alerts and recordings when things happen at your home, analytics on your home environment, and even the ability to turn off lights and appliances. And you don’t even have to install a darn thing.

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12. Thinkeco’s SmartAC Kit

For those of us who have to settle for window A/C units to cool their living spaces, this is just genius. The smartAC kit lets you control any of your plug-in air conditioners from your smartphone. You can even set up on/off schedules. Crazy simple. Also, check out their products to control just about anything you can plug in from anywhere.

Happy plugs

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13. Happy Plugs Stockholm

Happy plugs has managed to turn smartphone and tablet accessories into something quite chic. This simple, poppy colored earbuds, cases, and power cords do simply look great doing their job and, as it turns out, sometimes that’s all you need.

JBL Syncros

14. Audio-technica SonicFuel CKX7 Headphones

Audo-Technica’s CKX7’s bring sport headphones to the audiophile audience. 3 earpiece options for a superb fit, crazy bass, and some pretty impressive noise reduction combine in this sleek profile. Now you don’t have to choose between great sound and a great workout.

Pioneer Nex

15. Pioneer Nex car system

If you ever decide you never want to leave your car, you need this device. The Pioneer Nex system gives you access to music, restaurant reviews and all kinds of other info. How I now pine for my days in a driving city.

Foreo Issa

15. Foreo Issa Toothbrush

This is definitely something you’ve never seen before. The Issa is the world’s first electric toothbrush with silicone bristles. A more hygenic option than anything else out on the market, Issa’s nonpoorus bristles prevent bacteria buildup for a cleaner dental routine. The devices pulsations remove biofilm more effectively and stimulates blood blow for healthier gums. And the kicker? Unlike other electric toothbrushes, Issa’s brush heads won’t need replacement for a year.

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16. Libratone Speakers

These are speakers  you’ll want everyone to see when they walk into your home. Available to pair with a variety of colorful soft coverings, Libratone speakers bring you whole-room sound in impeccable style. Even on the go! Libratone definitely increases the aesthetic appeal to your surroundings.


17. Korus speakers

In case you’re not keen on Bluetooth or Wifi, but still want wireless sound, there’s Korus. Korus uses the same technology as wireless microphones so you can stream crystal clear sound to up to four speakers. Perfect for traveling DJ’s, or just the wannabees.