Thursday, April 25, 2013

I'm High Maintenance, Not A Diva

I was first diagnosed with eczema when I was five. I am now a few decades older ... I refer to my eczema as the curse and blessing from my dad (I look much younger, but this mess has been a true pain.). I've had consistent, chronic flareups until a little over year ago.

That's when I decided to do my own research and found that I have a lot of triggers; sulfates, SD-type alcohols, most preservatives & emulsifiers, nut oils, cocoa & shea butters, most essential oils (Alcohol is used in the distillation of most essential oils.) and aloe (Go figure!).

Pyrithione zinc helps, but most of the products out there include ingredients that are my flareup triggers. After major web searches and product testing, I found my "holy grail routine":

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kate Middleton's Engagement Dress at THE OUTNET

Fashion News: The iconic dress, by Issa London, that sparked a legion of Kate Middleton style followers is coming to THE OUTNET.

The demand for the floaty elegance of Issa's "forever" dress was "off of the charts" after Kate wore it ... A good problem (in theory) for the label.

The silk-jersey wrap-effect dress will go on sale Monday, the 29th. The price is $287.50.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

H&M to Dress the Swedish Olympic and Paralympic Teams

H&M will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014, and the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. The four year contract with the Swedish Olympic Committee and Swedish Paralympic Committee will see H&M create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection. They will also be collaborating on H&M’s new expanded sports collection, as H&M strengthens its commitment to function and performance in sports clothing.

“It is such an honour for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in Sochi and Rio. The designs will bring together sport and fashion in a totally new way and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

“I am very pleased to announce this long-term partnership with H&M, starting with H&M equipping the Swedish Olympic team for the Winter Games in Sochi 2014. H&M’s approach is innovative and exciting, involving a group of our athletes in the design process. We are proud to be working with H&M, a Swedish brand which is known throughout the world,” says Stefan Lindeberg, chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee.

"To represent our country wearing clothes from a Swedish company will strengthen the team, our team spirit and image to the outside world, especially when it is an internationally renowned brand like H&M. I’m really happy that H&M has invited us to take an active part in creating the clothing that the Swedish team can wear with pride during the Olympic Games at Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016”, says Anja Pärson, former alpine skier and multiple Olympic medallist.

The Olympians will also give their input to H&M’s expanded Sport Concept, offering their knowledge and experience to create a new and extensive range of sportswear pieces for H&M’s customers worldwide. The sports collection will debut January 2014.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Insider Access: High Street Fashion Week Swag for VIPs

Fashion & celebrities ... Of course there will be swag! 

Here are just a few of the treats celebrity guests can expect to receive at the High Street Fashion Week VIP Suite:

Vanity Van

Vanity Van is the UK’s leading mobile beauty treatments supplier offering a wide range of hair and make up treatments, beauty treatments and holistic therapies. They have a large team of highly skilled hairdressers, make up artists, mobile beauty therapists and massage therapists across the UK.


A list of celebrities Vanity Van has treated include:

Adam Ant, Flo rida, Lilly Allen, Rhianna, Florence and the Machine, Rita Ora, Azealia Banks, Marina and the Diamonds, Rudimental, Sante Gold, Swedish House Mafia, Jamie Woon, Mumford and Sons, The Vaccines, Cuban Brothers, Jay-Z, Naz, The Wombats, David Guetta Kasabian, Lady Gaga, Emily Sande, Lana Del Rey,, etc.


Megabooth features vintage, uniquely stylish taxi and mini photo booth’s as well as  indoor pop-up photo booths. They have set up their fun & funky booths at over 1000 events in the UK and Europe.

The list of celebs they have worked with include Emily Sande, Prince Charles, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, David Haye, Dermot O'Leary, Cesc Fàbregas, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, and Tyson Beckford.