Feast on This!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey. Pumpkin pie.  Cornbread stuffing. Sweet Potato Casserole.  Mmm mmm.  Whether I'm overindulging on comfort food, watching football with the guys, or tuning in to the Macy's parade, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.

At the beginning of the week,  I started to get that holiday itch.  You know what I'm talking about... that "why should I do any work when I'm really just waiting on Thursday" feeling.  Then I started thinking about all the food I couldn't wait to eat.  And then there's the grocery shopping.  Ugh.  I'd rather throw elbows to grab a cute pair of boots than the last can of cranberry sauce.

Speaking of holiday shopping,  I'm still debating on whether I should join in with the Black Friday festivities or just play it safe online for Cyber Monday.  Either way, check out the shopping guide on KisforKinky.  You'll see a great rundown of everything from sales on hair products to great fashion finds. 

However you're celebrating the holiday, I hope you have a good one.  Don't forget to eat your greens.  And wear something cute, but comfortable.  You know your tummy will be expanding from all that food. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 


Inspiration Board

Monday, November 21, 2011

 Fall and winter may be cold, but your makeup can still pop! Be bold with color. Try blue, orange, red, and even yellow.  Experiment with different shapes to make your face stand out. 


The British Are Coming!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Get ready for UK style to invade the States! Online retailer Very.com is making its chic clothes available for the US, and I can't wait.

I first became familiar with Very.com a few weeks ago with their stylish blogger contest. I had no idea what Very.com was, but I was voting away for some of LA's fav bloggers.  Then, I started digging.  Not only can you shop, but you can keep up with the latest trends from the runway to killer British street style.  I got hooked!  Now you can too.

Very.com makes shopping fun and painless.  Want to dress like Whitney Port or Rihanna? On Very.com you can buy outfits inspired by celebrity looks with just a few clicks. And then in five days, a special package all the way from across the Atlantic will arrive just for you.  Shipping is free for orders over $98 and, in case your goodies aren't the right fit, you get free returns on those orders too.

Take a sneak peek at Very.com.  The online retailer is still under renovation, but you can still window shop.  Sign up for Very.com and receive a special 20% VIP discount for your holiday shopping.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Compensation was provided by Very.com via Shop Direct Group. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Shop Direct Group.


Fall Into Beauty

Monday, November 14, 2011

I am a makeup junky.  Every time I do a fashion show, I bombard the makeup artists with tons of questions like "Hey, what's that color?" or "How did you do that smoky eye?"

I'm sure my fellow beauty mavens understand.  We are always trying to re-create our fav runway makeup looks, sometimes without much success. So, I thought pick a makeup artist's brain.  I reached out to NYX artist Cheryl Nacario who helped with the looks for the Future Heretics Fall/Winter '11 show. Actually, she beat my face for the catwalk. Fabulous!

Here's how Cheryl constructed the look using all NYX products:
  • HD GRINDING POWDER- a great setting powder to complete the flawless complexion and give your face a finished look.
  • HD GRINDING BLUSH- in soft rose colors.
  • POWDER BLUSH- use the color Cocoa to create a contour.
  • HD SHADOW BASE - balanced out eyelids and grayed color for maximum intensity.
  • SINGLE EYESHADOW- in bronze, golds,and brown tones.
  • EYEBROW CAKE POWDER- to define brows.
  • CONCEALER WAND- to balance out tired eyes.
  • SLIM LIP PENCIL- to define and give longer wear.
  • ROUND LIP STICK- in traditional nudes colors, mixed with a little bit of a soft pink nude gloss to make the lips pout.



I am in love with this bronze eye shadow palette and the pink blush. Neutral colors are perfect for both day and night looks for autumn. You can't go wrong.
What makeup ideas are you dying to try from the runway?


Nuttin' But Love

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Yesterday the entertainment world lost a good one: Heavy D. I loved his rhymes and really appreciated his acting.  
Heavy also did something for hip hop that had never been done before. While every rapper was putting really hood, big bootie chicks in their videos, he and director Brett Ratner did something else.  They used models. These weren't just regular women.  They were recognizable faces like Beverly Peele, Cynthia Bailey, Lana Ogilvie, and Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayheart.
Besides, George Michael's Freedom, this was one of the videos that made me want to be a model.  I was a teen when this came out, and I thought "If this is what models do, then I want to do it." These ladies weren't being objectified or scandalous, instead they were just having fun. They came in all shades and hair textures, and all of them were gorgeous.

"So fly when you caught my eye, you made me stutter."

Thanks, Heavy D for sharing your vision of beauty and music with us.  You will be missed.

Are there any other familiar models and actors you see in this video? Call them out.


Dear Fairy-Model Mother: Should I Take It All Off and Go Nude?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Let's get naked!  Or not.  
Fairy-Model Mother is back with some advice on nude modeling. 
I know I've hit on this subject before, but let's really talk about it.   
Join the conversation on KisforKinky.com


Fly & Deliver

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It was 4 am when the adventure began.  I got out of bed with crust still in my eyes.  Jumped in the shower.  Hopped on the train. Caught a bus, and then boarded a plane to San Francisco. 
I was there to shoot an editorial with a great photographer.  Other than that, I had no idea what was going on or who I'd be working with. I arrived to the studio glossy-eyed and bewildered. Can you blame me?  I'd been traveling for nearly 5 hours for goodness sake.  I said my hellos and immediately grabbed coffee and a bagel. With every sip of caffeine I started becoming more aware of my surroundings. 

Shortly after I arrived, the cast of characters was revealed. There was Ukushu from Russia, Jordan the hairstylist-turned model, Sierra the teenager, and Ivon my fraternal twin from another mother. The first words Ukushu's says to me are "Oh my gosh, it's you! I've seen your face everywhere."  And just like that, I'm blushing. It didn't take long for all of us to click.  We were exchanging Facebook info and snapping candid pics in a second.  Now coordinating our group shot in for the photographer was another story.  

We tried our serious model poses.  When you're shooting an editorial for a non-fashion magazine, things get a little tricky.  We're models, so we've each got our signature faces.  Mine is a bit of a blank stare, squinty deer in headlights thing.  After some hits and comical misses, we finally got it together.  The laughing, smiling look was more our thing. We nailed it!
I can't wait to see the magazine.  I promise to share as soon as I get the final images. 
Thank you, SF, for being so awesome!