Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mad Men Inspired Polish

Great news for Mad Men fans! Janie Bryant, costumer designer for one of the most stylish shows on TV is coming out with a limited edition nail polish line this fall thanks to the polish company, Nailtini.

Women's Wear Daily shares the news:

Bryant says she was inspired by fabrics used in cocktail dresses during the “Mad Men” era — velvets, satins and lam├ęs — when creating the colors, which are a brown, gold, platinum and iridescent shade called Bourbon Satin, French 75, Deauville and Stinger, respectively.

What a perfect way to channel Betty or Joan! Each of the polishes will be found at CVS Beauty 360 or Duane Reade's Look stores for $14 each. 


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

January Jones: Do or Don't?

Just in case you hadn't noticed, I'm obsessed with Mad Men. I love the actors, fashion, time period and plot and would be lying if I said I wasn't depressed after watching each episode because I wasn't living it for real. Now that Season 4 has just started, there has been major hype and style updates about two of the show's hottest actresses, January Jones and Christina Hendricks. I love each of their style, and must admit that after seeing Joan sashay around the office with her amazing figure, my diet goals no longer involve looking like a twig. 

At Sunday night's premiere, January Jones showed up with a rather unusual hairstyle. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I like the texture of it (mostly the front) but there is just something I don't like. Here is a picture: 

What do you think? January Jones is often seen with more classic styles, so maybe that's why I am so unsure about this look on her. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

5 Must-Have Beauty Products on Any Budget

Month after month, beauty products galore fill up store shelves and pop out at us from magazine advertisements, leading us to make purchases of anything and everything. Thankfully, beauty editors at fashion magazines do most of the work for us, testing and trying products before recommending them to their faithful readers. No matter what your budget is, here are 5 must-have beauty products any time of the year:

L'Oreal Paris HIP Bright Shadow Duo: Under $10, L'Oreal's HIP eyeshadows come in vibrant colors like pink, purple and blue. Even though the colors are bright, you can apply them lightly for a sheer day look or opaque for an evening style. 

Essie Nail Polish: For only $8, get a professional quality nail polish in a variety of colors. For a classic look year-round, look for a light or neutral pink polish.

Olay Definity Restorative Night Cream: For those who spend large amounts of money on expensive night creams, beauty editors suggest using the Olay night cream for $21. The product, used each night, adds collagen to the skin and brightens up the face with glucosamine.

L'Oreal True Match: If you want a foundation that matches your exact skin tone, L'Oreal offers 24 different shades to ensure you never have that masked appearance again. The $9 foundation stays on all day and is easy to blend in. The collection also contains True Match concealer and powder. 

CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Color: I'm more of a lip gloss kind of girl, but when I want dramatic lips I wear CoverGirl's Outlast Lip Color. There are dozens of colors to choose from for only $10, and the product features a clear top coat to leave lips shiny and moisturized all day long without fading.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Celebrity Style File: Jessica Alba

Summer is the perfect time to wear frilly dresses and heels--but not at the expense of celebrity fashion. While Jessica Alba can afford a Christian Dior dress, the rest of us may not be so lucky! Steal this girly look at a fraction of the cost: 

Target- $20

Nordstrom $65

Zappos $89

Mad Men Fashion

A few weeks ago, I posted some promotional pictures of the upcoming season of Mad Men. If you've watched the show from the beginning, you see the fashion changing from season to season--the first one taking place in 1960 and the upcoming season 4 taking place in 1964. 

Aside from the historical events and significance that occurs in the show due to it being in the 60s, there is also the impact of fashion--especially for the women. InStyle Magazine posted some fun pictures to give fans an idea of what to expect in the coming few months: 

Get a sneak peek of Season 4:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Hills Series Finale

Ok, I'll admit I am one of those people that got hooked on The Hills from the very beginning. Even if you have never seen an episode, I'm sure you know who Heidi and Spencer are, Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge. Tonight is the series finale for the show, which has been on MTV since 2006, and I'm not going to lie--I think I might actually miss it! Of course, there is always The City to watch, which I love because it is all fashion, NYC and magazine drama :)

This past weekend, MTV ran the entire series in a huge marathon and it was fun to see the show from the beginning and watch it progress to what we see now. Here is the whole show in a nutshell: 

Heidi had her original face

Lauren was dating bad boy Jason Wahler

Heidi met Spencer 

There was a little rumor that ruined Heidi and Lauren's friendship

Heidi and Spencer get married

Kristen Cavallari joins The Hills

Check out the rest of The Hills' most memorable moments HERE


Thursday, July 8, 2010

2010 Emmy Nominations

YES!!! I am so excited that award season is just around the corner once again!!! Since the Oscar Awards, I have been trying to see every movie that was nominated. The last two I have seen were 'Nine' and 'Crazy Heart'...Jeff Bridges deserved that Oscar, I must say. 

On to the Emmy's!!! Of course, I am a self-proclaimed TV junkie so the Emmy Awards are always fun to watch outside of the Golden Globes. I have my favorites:

The Emmy's were announced this morning, here are the nominations..some of which have my picks: 

Outstanding Comedy Series 

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO) 
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC) 
"Nurse Jackie" (Showtime) 
"The Office" (NBC)
"30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Drama Series 

"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Dexter" (Showtime) 
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"True Blood" (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series 

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" 
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series 

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" 
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Steve Carell, "The Office" 
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series 

Lea Michele, "Glee"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures Of Old Christine"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" 
Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation" 
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Toni Collette, "United States Of Tara" 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series 

Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" 
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" 
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" 
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
January Jones, "Mad Men"

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series 

Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother" 
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" 
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" 
Jon Cryer, "Two And A Half Men"

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series 

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" 
Martin Short, "Damages" 
Terry O'Quinn, "Lost" 
Michael Emerson, "Lost" 
John Slattery, "Mad Men" 
Andre Braugher, "Men Of A Certain Age"

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series 

Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" 
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" 
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Holland Taylor, "Two And A Half Men"

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series 

Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice"  
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program 

Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" 
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars" 
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway" 
Jeff Probst, "Survivor" 

Outstanding Reality Program 

"Antiques Roadshow" (PBS) 
"Dirty Jobs" (Discovery Channel) 
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (ABC) 
"Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List" (Bravo) 
"MythBusters"  (Discovery Channel) 
"Undercover Boss" (CBS) 

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program 

"The Amazing Race"  (CBS) 
"American Idol" (Fox)
"Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) 
"Project Runway"  (Lifetime) 
"Top Chef"  (Bravo) 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie 

Jeff Bridges, "A Dog Year" (HBO)
Ian McKellen, "The Prisoner" (AMC)
Michael Sheen, "The Special Relationship" (HBO) 
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship" (HBO)
Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie 

Maggie Smith, "Capturing Mary" (HBO) 
Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe" (Lifetime) 
Dame Judi Dench, "Return To Cranford" (Masterpiece) (PBS) 
Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship" (HBO)
Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"  (HBO) 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie 

Michael Gambon, "Emma" (Masterpiece) (PBS) 
Patrick Stewart , "Hamlet" (Great Performances) (PBS)
Jonathan Pryce , "Return To Cranford" (Masterpiece) (PBS)
David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin" (HBO)
John Goodman, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie 

Kathy Bates, "Alice" (Syfy) 
Julia Ormond, "Temple Grandin" (HBO) 
Catherine O'Hara, "Temple Grandin" (HBO) 
Brenda Vaccaro, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO)
Susan Sarandon, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO)

Outstanding Miniseries 

"The Pacific" (HBO)
"Return To Cranford" (Masterpiece) (PBS) 

Outstanding Made For Television Movie 

"Endgame" (Masterpiece) (PBS)
"Georgia O'Keeffe" (Lifetime) 
"Moonshot" (History)
"The Special Relationship" (HBO)
"Temple Grandin" (HBO)
"You Don't Know Jack" (HBO)

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series 

"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central) 
"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" (NBC)

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special 

Bill Maher "...But I'm Not Wrong" (HBO )
Hope For Haiti Now (Tenth Planet Productions and MTV)
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) 
Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction (HBO) 
The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert  (HBO) 
Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (HBO)

Outstanding Nonfiction Series 

"American Experience" (PBS) 
"American Masters" (PBS) 
"Deadliest Catch" (Discovery Channe)l 
"Life" (Discovery Channel)
"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (PBS)

Outstanding Animated Program 

"Alien Earths" (NGC) 
"Disney Prep & Landing (ABC)
"The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO)
"The Simpsons" (Fox) 
"South Park"  (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series 

"Glee" - Pilot - Director's Cut (Fox) 
Ryan Murphy, Writer
Brad Falchuk, Writer
Ian Brennan, Writer

"Modern Family" - Pilot (ABC) 
Steven Levitan, Writer
Christopher Lloyd, Writer

"The Office" - Niagara (NBC) 
Greg Daniels, Writer
Mindy Kaling, Writer

"30 Rock" - Anna Howard Shaw Day (NBC)
Matt Hubbard, Writer

"30 Rock" - Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter  (NBC)
Tina Fey, Writer
Kay Cannon, Writer

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series 

"Friday Night Lights" - The Son (DirecTV)
Rolin Jones, Writer

"The Good Wife" - Pilot (CBS) 
Michelle King, Writer
Robert King, Writer

"Lost"  - The End (ABC)
Damon Lindelof, Writer
Carlton Cuse, Writer

"Mad Men" - Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency (AMC)
Robin Veith, Writer
Matthew Weiner, Writer

"Mad Men" - Shut The Door. Have A Seat.  (AMC) 
Matthew Weiner, Writer
Erin Levy, Writer

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special 

"The Pacific" - Part Eight (HBO) 
Michelle Ashford, Writer
Robert Schenkkan, Writer

"The Pacific" - Part Ten (HBO) 
Bruce C. McKenna, Writer
Robert Schenkkan, Writer

"The Special Relationship" (HBO) 
Peter Morgan, Writer

"Temple Grandin" (HBO)
Christopher Monger, Writer
William Merritt Johnson, Writer

"You Don't Know Jack"  (HBO)
Adam Mazer, Writer

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series 

"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC) 
"The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" (NBC)

I'm sure that the everyone is excited for their nomination, including one of my favorite actors Michael C. Hall (Dexter). Here is what he had to say about his nomination:

"It really makes it so much richer an experience for the show to receive the nomination too. It would be kind of isolating if I were the only one nominated. ...Now with Dexter, we don't want to keep him killing people incidentally. And there has been a real evolution in how he executes the code, and he is a little adrift. But I look forward to seeing where he goes from here." 

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) will wow us on the red carpet-- I'm pretty confident of that. Here was her reaction to being nominated: 

"My cheeks hurt from smiling. People really support Joan. There's a 'you go girl' attitude with her. Joan has had a lot of obstacles but keeps coming back with confidence. People appreciate it. We're all incredible perfectionists on the set and never get comfortable. We're constantly trying to better ourselves." 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Fruit Facials

I am all for relaxing and getting spa treatments, but sometimes I don't have the time or money to splurge on facials and massages. Instead of going without, I do it myself using natural ingredients I can easily buy at the store. Since it is pretty warm out there now that it's almost 4th of July, I was looking for some easy facials ingredients that not only were good for the skin, but simple to make. Here are a few I came across: 

Watermelon Facial

2 tablespoons fresh watermelon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon honey

Mix together and apply to the entire face. Needless to say, be careful you don't get the mask in your eyes--lime juice is not the ideal ingredient for eyeballs. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Watermelon is a perfect ingredient for a summer mask because most of the fruit contains water, which helps nourish and moisturize dry skin. The other ingredients tone and offer antioxidants to skin as well. 

Cucumber Facial 

1 cucumber
1 teaspoon rose water (found in the beauty aisle)
3 mint leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend everything together in a blender, and refrigerate the mixture for 20 minutes. Smooth over the face and allow it to soak in for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The mask is refreshing thanks to the mint, and the lemon and cucumber shrink pores and deep clean the skin. 

Mango Facial 

2 tablespoons chopped mango
1 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lime juice

Mix in a blender, and apply to the entire face. Leave on for 30 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Mango is a super nourishing ingredient, making it perfect for those with dry skin. The aloe vera gel is a must-have whenever suffering from a sunburn, and mixing it with mango offers burned skin a cooling and moisturizing sensation.