Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Style Twin: Project Runway's Kenley

When my dear friend George told me at the beginning of this season's Project Runway that one of the designers reminded him of me (style-wise) I knew immediately who he meant.

Say what you will about Kenley's "bag of '50's style dresses" or snarky 'tude - she totally works that retro rockabilly look - and makes it her own. The dark hair, red lips, and flowers in her hair? I totally get it.

When I found this really cute hair clip on Breakdown Bettie I placed an order immediately.

I think my style doppelganger would approve. What do you think?

Banana Republic: Today's Daily Double

New markdowns have been taken at Banana Republic today but you, my stylish readers, are far too savvy to jump on that bandwagon just yet.

Why slow your roll?

A while back I told you about this swell shopping site Ebates which allows you to earn rebates on your purchases through their site. I've been a member for over a year and it has paid off in more ways than one. (read: great deals and money deposited directly into my checking account)

Well, the good folks over at Ebates know a thing or two about the art of the deal. Once a week they feature a different retailer as a "Daily Double" meaning, you shop on that day and receive a rebate for twice the usual amount. Today is Banana Republic's turn. Earn an additional 6% off their already marked down prices of 15% off.

Here's what you need to know: in order to get the rebate you must go to Ebates first and register. Once you do click on the link to Banana Republic and you're on your way to your 6% rebate.

To score BR's promotion you should enter code: FALLSALE upon checkout. But hurry, that sale's over on 10/1 and remember the daily double is today only.

I may have to splurge on this flirty little number myself:


Pretty sweet huh?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dial M. For Style




My Netflix addiction strikes again. Last night I watched Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder for the first time, and beside being a thumping great movie, it was a crash course on style quality over quantity.

What do I mean?

Unlike today's starlets who go through hundreds of wardrobe changes in a single movie, concert, appearance, etc. (thank you product placement folks) Grace Kelly's handful of ladylike outfits and bright red lips was eons beyond every wanna-be-celeb-du-jour.

I was especially taken with her fab lacy red dress while the mink stole just sealed the deal for me. I want to look like that right now.

The Trends Report: Making Waves

Just because Summer is officially over it doesn’t mean we’re ready to throw in the beach towel…at least not when it comes to our hair. We’re not sure why a day spent ocean side delivers deliciously devil-may-care hair, but we’re sure it’s something we want year round. Getting tousled, windblown beach hair from a bottle can be a no-brainer: irresistibly sexy hair without all those travel headaches, not to mention pesky sun damage? Sign us up.

We consulted stylist Edward Tricomi who said getting the look is easy as 1-2-3. “The salt in beach water roughens hair up, giving it texture and a certain look women love. Getting the look at home without taking a trip to the sandy beach is simple. By using a combination of the right styling products you can create the same effect easily, no matter your hair texture.”

Step 1: Start by spraying a volumizer on damp hair at the roots and hairline. The spray boosts lift at the roots, creates the right amount of bounce and volume without the stickiness of the salt water, imparts shine and de-frizzes strands.

Step 2: Next, work a little bit of gel through damp hair and pin in loose spirals around the head. Edward recommends Blue Gel from his own line because it provides firm yet flexible hold.

Step 3: Ideally you’ll want hair to air dry, but you can speed up the process by blow-drying then removing the pins and using your fingers to shake out and style hair.

The Best Places To Shop Beauty Online.

I received this info courtesy of the good folks at Consumer Reports - if you haven't already subscribed to their Shop Smart magazine you probably should. There's nothing more valuable than honest advise to make shopping smarter -- they don't accept advertising which means you get unbiased info -- brilliant!

Following is a reprint from their November issue. To learn more about them click here.

You’re willing to scrimp on some things to save money, but not your makeup. So how can you save without giving up your favorite brands? Go online.

ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, checked out more than two dozen beauty sites to find the best ones, screening out sites with bad Better Business Bureau records, no contact information, poor return policies, or high shipping fees and ones where items were bundled (Amazon’s best cosmetic deals were in multipacks). Here are the results:

Best Overall Selection: Beauty.com

Shipping Free if you spend $49 or more.

Return policy 30 days on unopened products or, for certain items, if you don’t like the color. Returns cost $4.99 unless a product is damaged or incorrect or the color is wrong.

Great for Hard-to-Find Products: BeautyHabit.com

Shipping Free on orders of $100 or more; otherwise $5.95.

Return policy 14 days on most items. No returns on opened or used products.

Great for Trendy Brands: BeautyofaSite.com

Shipping Free on orders over $75; otherwise $5.95 to $8.95.

Return policy 30 days. You pay for return shipping unless the product was damaged. All returns are for exchange or store credit only. There are no refunds or returns on color cosmetics.

Best Prices: BuyMeBeauty.com

Shipping Free on orders of $35 or more; $4.95 on orders of less than $35.

Return policy 30 days. Products must be unused and unopened, unless they are defective. You have to call or e-mail before returning products; you will also have to pay the costs of return shipping.

Great Return Policy: Cosmeticmall.com

Shipping $5.95 plus 93 cents per pound.

Return policy 30 days. You can return most products for any reason, even after they’re opened.

Great Drugstore Makeup Section: Drugstore.com

Shipping Free on your first nonprescription order of $25 or more; free on orders of $49 or more after that.

Return policy 30 days. Returns are free if a product is damaged, defective, or incorrect. Returns are free on certain products if you don’t like the color. Otherwise, products must be unopened and unused.

Great for Freebies: Sephora.com

Shipping Free on orders over $50; otherwise $5.95.

Return policy 60 days. Free return shipping. Store credit after 60 days.

Great for Organic Products: SkinBotanica.com

Shipping Free on orders over $49; otherwise $5.95.

Return policy 60 days.

Best Shipping Deal: Skin-One.com

Shipping Free.

Return policy 30 days. Product must be at least 75 percent full. You have to pay return shipping fees, and no returns are allowed of an opened product if you received a sample of it with your order.

Best Online Version of a Walk-In Store: Walgreens.com

Shipping Many items qualify for free shipping of purchases of $50 or more; otherwise $5.49 for 10 pounds or less.

Return policy 30 days.

Sad Site: BeautyDepot.com

This site didn’t have a wide selection of products. You have to buy $99 worth of stuff to get free shipping; otherwise you could end up paying $7.95 or more for UPS ground. Cosmetics (and many other products) were not returnable, and there’s no toll-free customer-service number.