In Chic Holiday News: Paul Mitchell "Giving Is My Style" Campaign

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to host gatherings with family and friends, snag the latest beauty find, shop the malls till you drop and of course..... Give Back!

In keeping with the holiday tradition, Paul Mitchell has unveiled an initiative where we can all share in the spirit of giving.

Paul Mitchell Mission:
This holiday season, we’re celebrating our commitment to live beautifully by giving, because that’s our style. Whether that means taking steps toward sustainability, helping families in need or supporting underserved kids, Paul Mitchell® believes in doing good for people, animals and our planet. Join our global family and share why or how you give back on Instagram or Twitter with #GivingIsMyStyle, and we’ll donate $1 to one of our favorite charities on your behalf.

Paul Mitchell Causes:

Bright Pink: Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. We are proud to support their mission to educate, equip and empower women of all ages to be proactive with their health. @BeBrightPink

Waterkeeper Foundation: For more than 10 years, Paul Mitchell has supported Waterkeeper Alliance in their mission to protect rivers, streams, coastlines and other major waterways around the world.@Waterkeeper

Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. We're proud to support the organization's commitment to improving the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world.@Morris_Animal

Grow Appalachia: In 2010, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria teamed up with Berea College to establish Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps Appalachian families plant a healthy future. Over the last few years, the organization has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in five states. @GrowAppalachia

Boys & Girls Club: Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria grew up in an underserved Los Angeles community. During his youth, the local Boys & Girls Club provided a safe place for him to socialize, learn and grow. Today, our company is proud to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their efforts to create great futures for young people.@BGCA_Clubs

Reforest'Action: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree proudly supports Reforest'Action, an environmental organization that plants trees worldwide, in the areas where they're needed most. Join The Green Takeover and help us plant 500,000 trees by 2016.

Chic Tech Gadget Alert: Tablift by Nbrite Review

Laptops are nice...... but honestly, I LOVE my IPad!  I can spend hours watching Netflix, catch up with the cool kids on Facebook and even do a little blogging on the go. The huge problem I've always encountered with any tablet was getting it positioned at the perfect angle on my lap.

I recently discovered an ingenious idea that not only solved my dilemma, but increased my productivity tremendously. Designed by Nbryte, the Tablift is an entirely new kind of tablet stand. It's universally designed and works with virtually any tablet. The groundbreaking patented design allows hands-free use while sitting and even lying in bed. 

The Deets: Tablift can easily work on the couch or any uneven surface. The stand allows you adjust to 3 unique positions. There are three grooves to choose from. The Back position for sitting, The middle for reclining and Forward for lying flat. Tablift easily unfolds and has flexible legs for stability. 
Why We Adore It: 

  • Tablift is the greatest travel companion ever. It alleviates the stress of locating a laptop bar while you're in the airport. You can snag a seat at your gate, get some work done and be the envy of your fellow travelers. 
  • Fold and packs away easily in your bag.
  • Perfect on the kitchen counter while I'm cooking dinner.
  • The ability to work in comfort..... No more sitting at my desk to get work done! 
  • Tablift has a generous elastic band that allows your tablet to be viewed in portrait or landscape. 
  • Finally able to watch a Sex and The City marathon on HBO Go without propping my IPad up on pillows. 
Snag yours at Tablift, Amazon or Walmart
The best $59.95 you'll ever spend, this I promise you! 

When Chic Beauty & Travel Collides..... London SOHO New York Beauty Bags To The Rescue!

As we prepare for the busiest travel season of the year {Turkey Day} we often think about what we're going to pack. We tend to think about the clothes, our shoes and of course, our Beauty Bags! Let's be honest, our makeup is a travel essential and toting them in style is a must these days. 

London SOHO New York bags are sure to become your new travel BFF's with a bevy of sassy prints and patterns designed to fit your sassy side. The bags are versatile enough to carry daily and available in various sizes. 

Bags retail for $7.99 and up.
Available at Amazon or Target.

Chic Beauty Bite: Current Beauty Obsession Alert..... derma e Purifying Youth Serum

What: derma e Puryfying Youth Serum, $29.50

The Deets: The fab minds at derma e have has found a way to lead us to the fountain of youth. derma e Purifying Youth Serum is a mineral-rich treatment that helps shield against environmental and age damage to revitalize skin. The serum revitalizes dull skin and is infused with some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and the sea. 

As one of the leading natural skin care brands, derma e is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral-oil free, lanolin-free, gluten-free and GMO-free. 

Available at

In Chic Beauty: Secrets To A Fab Fall Complexion..... Courtesy of REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

Ever wish there was a beauty product that actually worked while you're sleeping? An actual product that allowed you to wake up flawless and perfect.... 

Your beauty dreams have become a reality with REN Wake Up Wonderful Night Time Facial. REN is an ingenious skincare company that has quickly became a beauty editor fave, so naturally I was eager to take a peek and give this beauty wonder a try for myself. 

The Dish
The light formula allowed me to squeeze this gem into my nightly beauty routine with ease. I applied 2-3 pumps after cleansing and followed with a moisturizer. After the first week I noticed my complexion appeared brighter. Wake Up Wonderful revives your complexion and delivers a unique glow while exfoliating and hydrating.

Why We Adore It: 
-Affordably priced at $60
- Delivers real results
-Works while you're sleeping
-Hydrates your skin
-Paraben & Sulfate Free

Snag yours, HERE and see for yourself. 

In Chic Beauty:Snag A Chic Fall Beauty Pout With Doll 10 Lip Velvet



The Deets: The special "liquid lip" mousse delivers a rich vibrant color with the weightlessness of a gloss. The creamy texture is perfect for those chilly days ahead and provides the perfect dash of moisture in a lightly whipped formula. 

Available in three colors: Fashionista, Material Girl & Coutureable
Each gloss delivers a subtle shine with brilliant long-lasting color. 


Why We Adore It: 
  • Paraben-Free
  • Long Lasting
  • Gorgeous Colors
  • No Fading
  • The Perfect Stocking Stuffer *Hint.... Hint.... The Holidays are Almost Here*
The luxe formula doesn't feel greasy or tacky and leaves your pout with a soft velvet-like sensation..... Hence the name "Lip Velvets" ! 

Snag Yours HERE

In Chic Beauty: Snag The Perfect Brows This Fall With Vincent Longo Brow Kit


The Deets: 
Each and everyday beautynistas are in search of the perfect brow. Brows not only frame the face, they also provide that lil' something special for a polished make up look. A well groomed brow is a must for Falll and Vincent Longo has unveiled a Brow Kit to the Fall  2015 Colletion to assist you with ease.

Enhance your brows in three easy steps:

  1. Begin by dipping your brow brush into the powder. The kit has a double ended brush included for travel and touch-ups. (I prefer an angled brush for precision). Use short and light strokes beginning at the highest point of your arch. Start inward and outward moving along to the outer tip of your brow.
  2. Apply the pomade to groom and secure your brows.
  3. Sweep the highlighter above your brow bone for a sculpted finish look. 
Why We Adore It:

  • The kit is simple and easy to use with three steps.  
  • The pomade is AMAZE! It's light enough to use with your fingers and helps keeps those unruly brows in place. 
  • The highlighter delivers just a hint of shimmer and doesn't overpower your existing eye make up. 

Available in two shades:
Blonde & Brunette

Snag yours at Macy's or Vincent Longo

In Chic Home: How To Style a Coffee Table


The focal point of any living room or sitting room is the sofa and the coffee table. These are the two pieces of furniture that are most visible when your guest enter the room. It can easily become a conversation piece and a unique extension of your individual personality. I've compiled a few simple tips to assist you with turning your coffee table into a work of art..... With Style! 

Glass Flower Vase-Marshalls
1. Get "Tray-Chic"....... Decorative trays are wildly popular these days. They add that special something and keep all your items organized on your coffee table.

2. Create some height with a flower, vase or even candles. 

3. Incorporate things you absolutely love. Books, candles and decorative items are my faves. 

Owl-TJ Maxx
Gold Tray-Target

4. Style your table with a few coffee table books or magazines. They will entertain your guests and provide a splash of color. These items should reflect your interests. I am obsessed with all things, Fashion, Oprah and Fashion.... So naturally, Miss O's Guide To Life and Mikki Taylor's homage to First Lady Michelle Obama, "Commander In Chic" are currently making the rounds on my table.

5. Let your decor speak! I chose an owl, because I LOVE anything gold and sparkly along with a tiny Buddha.  These items should reflect who you are. {Sidenote, I am not a Buddhist}

6. Bargains are your BFF.....  Homegoods, Marshalls and TJ Maxx are often my go-to home decor stores, while thrift shops, garage sales and Etsy remain a close second. Did you know Amazon has the BEST deals on coffe table books? I snagged most of my books for less than $5. 

Lastly, just have fun..... There are no rules and remember it's something you can always revamp, switch around and always start over again. 

In Chic DIY Beauty: Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask You Can Make at Home

As a beauty blogger I'm often afforded the opportunity to review some of the best products on the market. In between slathering on my high-end serums and creams, there is nothing I adore more than a fab beauty fix I can make at home. They're perfect in between your daily beauty regimens or a spa day at home. Most products can be made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen and deliver some amazing results. 

1/2 Avocado
2 Tsp Honey

  • Combine avocado and honey while making until you have a paste-like consistency. 
  • Spread a coat over your entire face. 
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
Apply weekly for a gorgeous glow. 

In Chic Fashion News: Balmain X H&M Images are EVERYTHING We Love For Fall

Sequins are not just for evening and those fab folks over at H&M are delivering couture hauteness with the much anticipated collaboration with Balmain. Creative Director of Balmain fashion Olivier Rousteing chose the subway as the backdrop for the campaign.

Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Dudley O'Shaugnessy and Hao Yun Xiang are clad in the collection and riding the subway. 

The collection will be available November 5th. 

In Chic Fashion News: First Lady Michelle Obama Stuns In Vera Wang For The White House State Dinner

The First Lady of The United States has once agiain set social media ablaze with her stunning choice of frock for this evening's White House State Dinner. To welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping for the State Dinner Mrs. Obama was dressed in a gorgeous custom off-the-shoulder black Vera Wang gown. 

Social media was given a "first glance" into Flotus' look via her Instagram account. The dimly lit photo was reminiscent of a scene straight out of ABC's hit television show Scandal. The look is absolutely amazing and definitely delivers a dose of Hollywood glamour. 

In Chic News: E! "House of DVF" Season 2 Premieres Sunday September 13

Clockwise from the top: Cat Wennekamp, Chantal Trujillo, Leigh Fidler, Alli Davis, Diane von Furstenberg, Cree Nixon,  Hanna Beth Merjos, Maytee Martinez

In the season premiere, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg launches her second nationwide search for her next Brand Ambassador. In New York City, top candidates are put to the test at DVF's Fall fashion show, while L.A. finalists choose an Oscar party look for Rachel Zoe. 

With the help of current Brand Ambassador Brittany Hampton, DVF Style Editor Jessica Joffe and DVF Creative Brand Director Stefani Greenfield these seven hopefuls will be tested to see if they really have what it takes to represent the iconic brand. 

As a media insider and blogger extodinaire {Yeah, I said It}, I had the opportunity to screen the first two episodes courtesy of those savvy folks at NBC Universal. And while I won't deliver any spoilers, I'm not ridiculously excited about the seven women chosen. I cannot see any of them representing the brand... At All!

Needless to say this season I am all here for Diane.... the vibrant prints, glamour, messy cat fights, silly melt-downs and yeah, Diane! 

“House of DVF” premieres on E! on September 13 at 9pm ET/PT, and moves to its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on September 20.  The series will also premiere internationally on E! in over 160 countries this fall.

In Chic Fashion News: Oprah Winfrey Debuts THREE Different Covers of the October Issue of O Magazine

Leave it media magnate, fashion icon and timeless beauty Oprah Winfrey to dazzle us with not one, but three AMAZING covers for the October issue of O Magazine. To entice our fashion side, The O Magazine team create each cover with a different decade highlighting iconic looks from the 50's, 60's and 70's. 

For the 70's Oprah delivers all kinds of glam with a floppy hat, luxe tresses, complete with bell bottoms and some sassy floral platform shoes.  The of-the moment look is vibrant, gorgeous and definitely a look I'd go for when I'm 61! {WERK IT OPRAH}

The 60's look is giving us Mary Tyler Moore chic and we love it. This look comes as no surprise as Ms. Winfrey often credits The Mary Tyler Moore Show as her "companion" during times when she was single. Oprah even had a signature "O" on her refrigerator just like Mary did on the hit television show. And the tech diva even slipped in the Apple watch for good measure. We see you Oprah! 

The 50's look exudes "Breakfast At Tiffany's" confidence with a tailored little black dress, a sleek upswept bun that would make Audrey Hepburn swoon with pride. 

Snag your copy of O Magazine available at news stands everywhere or on my all-time favorite magazine app, Next Issue.  Enjoy! 

In Chic News: The Carol's Daughter. "Born And Made" Campaign Empowers Beauty & Your Spirit

The F. Gary Gray Summer Blockbuster "Straight Outta Compton" implored individuals to share their "Straight Outta" chronicles with the world via social media. The memes are virtually everywhere and serves as a reminder of our individual pride and spirit as to where we hail from *In my Biggie voice, "Where Brooklyn At"*

Carol's Daughter has long been a champion for encouraging women to own and declare their beauty. The iconic beauty powerhouse founded by Lisa Price has been delivering a bevy of must-have products that ironically come "Straight Out Of Brooklyn". The latest project "Born And Made" is empowering women to celebrate their heritage.

The Born And Made Campaign "Isn't just another campaign, it's a commitment in the form of a partnership with the on-profit organization I Am That Girl", states Lisa Price. Their collaborative mission for is designed for girls and women to understand and recognize their own power while celebrating themselves and others. 

To create your personalized meme, visit carols or
Share via social media utilizing #BornAndMade and celebrate your beauty!

In Chic Fashion News: 70's Style Trends Are Back In Time For Fall

The 70's have returned in a fashionable way. With flare jeans, suede and tie-neck blouses dominating the Fall/Winter runways, we can expect a bevy of gorgeous looks to sashay our way. The 70's fashion decade began with a continuation of the "Hippie" style of the 60's. 

The era delivered a bohemian vibe with a dynamic mix of ethnic inspired clothing. From dashikis to Mexican peasant blouses, this was an exciting time in fashion. Disco also played an integral part in fashion in the 70's. The sassy looks were tailored, bold and all kinds of glamorous. 

"Soul Train" Epitomized 70's Fashion 
Willona Woods (Janet Du'bois) & Thelma Evans (Bern Nadette Stanis)
Epitomized the Glamour of 70's Fashion in "Good Times"

70's Fashion Looks Re-Created.......

Statement Coats
Disco Nights

Fox's Meg Hit Empire & Saks Fifth Avenue Partner to Bring Iconic Style to Life

The Cookie Monster's will now get a chance to snag their favorite EMPIRE inspired fashions just in time for the series second season premiere in September. EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue have unveiled plans to deliver multi-platform collections that will be available in-store, online and on-screen. The collection will celebrate the hit drama's dynamic, buzz worthy fashion that has captivated audiences each week. 

The Lyon's family, Miss Cookie in particular has garnered quite the reputation for draw-dropping frocks. EMPIRE devotees tuned in and shared their favorite fashion moments via social media. We've seen the hashtag #Cookie Closet gain momentum along with the question of the night.... "What's Cookie Wearing".  

The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent EMPIRE'S glamorous aesthetic including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women's ready to wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men's and women's footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from MCM

Items from each designer will be curated to create an EMPIRE collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and

Exclusive curated windows will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York & Beverly Hills flagships from September 10-October 7.

Chic Mani of The Moment.... Essie Baby's Breath Makes The List

Just because Summer may be winding down, that doesn't  mean we can't continue to enjoy the brightest hues with our manis. I'm a proud Essie devotee and currently smitten with Baby's Breath. The powdery creamy look is perfect for a french manicure and has a faint whisper of pink.

Apply 2-3 coats for a flawless finish. Seal and shine with an Essie top coat for extended wear.

Fall Trend Alert..... What We're Loving & Wanting

Seasons are better when you're dressed well.... Well they are, seriously! 

Nothing kicks your style up a game a notch like the perfect stilettos for summer or a to-die-for statement coat as you sashay through chilling temps in the winter. Effortlessly chic is the name of the game and I'm sharing a few of my absolute favorites for an absolutely fashionable and fabulous Fall. 

Do Take Notes......

1. Statement Coats- Nothing commands attention in a room,Ike a stunning coat. Step out of the "simple coat" rut and opt for a splashy hue or add a dash of fur at your collar. You can always make it your own by adorning with a stylish brooch, and over-sized scarf or a fierce belt to cinch your waist and define your total look. 

2. A Chic Chapeaux- Wide-Brim hats are my style BFF's. Not only do they transform your look, they single-handledly deliver a dose of grandeur. The larger, the better.... Tilt that baby to the side, slip on some over-sized sunnies and WERK! 

3. Boots.... Boots and More Boots- Riding boots, Stilettos, Chunky-Heel, Laced.... Darlings, take your pick and wear them well! 

4. Chunky Sweaters- Pair with leggings, your fave jeans or an ultra chic mini for a polished look. 

5. Scarves- Nothing screams "Dominique Devereaux" {Google It} like a scarf thrust over your coat. Double or triple it for a "Boucle Effect" or simply wrap around your neck and tie. 

Chic Beauty Bite: Fall Beauty Must-Have..... derma e Purifying Oil-FreeMoisturizer

What: derma e Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer

The Dish: Infused with Marine Algae and Activated Charcoal. The silky smooth formula hydrates and shields your gorgeous skin from micropollutants. 

Why We Adore It: Summer has taken quite a toll on my skin. From daily romps in the pool to those harmful Vegas UV Rays wreaking havoc, my skin is definitely in need of some "TLC". The derma e brand has been making the rounds in my beauty bag and once again the results are "Ah-mazing"
I place emphasis on "Ah", because it's ridiculously exciting when a brand actually lives up to their claims. 

The grey charcoal based formula glides onto my skin and delivers a fresh, squeaky clean finish. It's super light-weight and doesn't slip, slide or smudge underneath my foundation. 

Snag Yours:, $29.50

In Chic Beauty: Spring Forth With Style Courtesy of Motions Hair Style & Create Collection

Versatile Foam Styling Lotion, Light Hold Working Spritz,
Light Styling Foam

Styling Options For Gorgeous Spring Hair.....

The "Effortless" Bob" 

Products: Motions Versatile Foam & Styling Lotion
What It Does: Wraps, Sets, Molds and Shapes
Snag The Look: After shampooing & conditioning, prepare to wrap the hair with the styling lotion. Use a wide-tooth comb and evenly distribute product through the hair. 

"Soft Ringlets"

Products: Motions Light Hold Working Spritz
What It Does: Provides flexible hold sans the sticky residue or flaking.
Snag The Look: Lightly mist hair before curling.

"Finger Waves"

Products: Motions Light Styling Foam
What It Does: Provides styling control for wet sets or dry styles.
Snag The Look: Massage the product into towel dried hair, prior to styling.

Motions Hair Products are available at beauty and barber supply shops, food, drug, and mass-market retailers nationwide, as well as


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