Friday, October 30, 2009
You know what I say? There are at least four Fridays a month; get one of each. Start your search here:
In my opinion, Old Navy has nailed the boyfriend jean - theirs look authentic, truly worn in and kind of like you pulled them off your boyfriend's bedroom floor. A close second is Avenue's Distressed Sparkle Boyfriend Jean, available up to size 32. To keep this casual look chic instead of sloppy, roll up the pant legs and pair them with a fitted top. Heels or tailored flats complete the outfit.
This ultra dark wash pair of skinny jeans is so hot. It can be hard to find dark jeans without any whiskering or other "fade" spots, but that faux treatment can draw attention to the exact spots you'd rather streamline. (I cannot be the only one who'd rather not have light patches directly on my thighs, right?). Torrid's Dark Wash Graduate Skinny Jean is true dark blue all the way around. Plus, this pair is available in 5 different in-seams so you're guaranteed the perfect length. I also love Lane Bryant's zipper-detail slim leg jeans - they're super cute, up to size 28.
Svoboda's Cate Wide Leg Trouser Jean is extra stylish because the wash is lighter than most trouser jeans. This pair is dubbed "steel blue" - it's a fun twist on the most business-like of all jeans. Kiyonna also offers a killer pair of trouser jeans, available up to size 32.
Jag Jeans' Sawyer cut is perfectly curvy, with well-placed pockets that make the most of your booty. Avenue also features a really crisp pair of bootcut jeans that wear well.
Photo credits: OldNavy.com; Torrid.com: Svoboda.com; Nordstrom.com
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sure, sure the clothes are cute. But those berets...the fanciful, playful aesthetic is fantastic. It takes a little moxie to top an outfit with a hat - even one as unthreatening as a girly beret. But the pay-off is so worth it. New winter must have: the perfect beret. Let the hunt begin...
Photo credit: LittleWoods.com
Kathy H - L'Oreal Plumping 6 Hour Lipgloss set
Amber G- L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner Trio
Hal Fran - L'Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos
Thank you to everyone who entered! Winners, please send your full name and mailing address to me at BombshellBeautyBlog@gmail.com
Because booties typically hit right at the ankle, they can cut off a long visual line and make a girl look stumpy. Combat that undesired effect by choosing booties that cut lower down the front of the foot, or by going monochromatic (wearing black booties with black tights).
Torrid is carrying a bunch of really great bootie options, most of which cost less than $65.
This Black Faith Peeptoe Bootie is an example of one that's cut lower on the foot.
Not for the faint of heart, the Dollhouse Blue Burke Dome Stud Bootie will steal the spotlight. Pair with boyfriend jeans, rolled up to the ankle to show off those stud details.
I love the elegant ruching on this Dollhouse Taupe Basanti Peeptoe Bootie. And in case you still aren't sure - yes, you can wear tights with peeptoes. Just make sure the seam along the toe is tucked under.
Photo credit: Torrid.com
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Check out a quick video, which details the palette and lipsticks that
make up the Chrome Collection, here.
The icy, exotic vibe of the collection inspired me to look for a few pieces that would wear well with Bobbi's Chrome theme.
Igigi's Jessica dress gives the illusion of separates, but is one attached piece of adorable. Appropriate for work, then dinner and drinks afterward, the dress's gray and black georgette blouse provides just a hint of Bobbi's chrome theme.
J. Jill's velvet Boyfriend Jacket (available up to size 4X) looks incredibly luxe, especially when paired with a steely gray or purple tank underneath. Roll the sleeves up and pair it with dark jeans for a stylish play on casual chic.
You'll look like a gift in this Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique dress. The draped neckline and asymmetrical ruffle transform a basic shift dress into something really special - and the metallic gold fabric suits the upcoming holiday season.
Photo credit: BobbiBrownCosmetics.com; Igigi.com; JJill.com; Nordstrom.com
Monday, October 26, 2009
* One set of five HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos
* One set of three HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners
* One set of two Infallible Plumping 6 Hour Lipglosses
The contest runs until 6:00 p.m. on October 29th. Enter as often as you like; open to U.S. Bombshells only.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I've long been a fan of Dior's J'Adore, come late fall. It was the first "grown-up" perfume that I wore - and was actually grown up enough to pull off. It's a sensual, yet crisp, combination of bergamot, rose and jasmine. It's an absolute classic.
Another classic that I love is Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum Spray*. It's a heady mix of bergamot, moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley, sandalwood, musk and amber. The perfume is the olfactory equivalent of a cashmere blanket - warm, soft and snuggly. I typically shy away from anything musky - but for some reason, this formula works for me. Based on the fact that Cashmere Mist, in any one of its many formulations, is one of the best selling fragrance lines in the US I'm guessing that many of you are already familiar with it. If that's the case, be sure to check out its latest incarnation: Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition EDP.
For a winter scent with a bit of bite, I like Lancome's Magnifique Eau de Parfum*. Spicy saffron, warm rose, and something incredibly exotic-sounding called nagarmota wood come together in a modern girl-about-town kind of fragrance. I wear it whenever I need a little boost of sauciness.
Do you wear perfume seasonally? Or do you have a signature scent that you wear year-round?
Photo credit: DonnaKaranBeauty.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Photo credit: Babyphat.com
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I have no problem these FCC regulations, because I've never tried to hide the fact that some of the products I review are given to me for free. I'm lucky enough to receive a lot of product samples from companies who would like me to fall in love with their stuff and let all of you know about it. Very few products that I sample actually make me swoon and jump on the computer to write about them. But those that do - you can trust my affection is genuine.
I don't currently carry ads on my site, but if I do decide to go that route it'll be nothing more than a little bit of capitalism. I can't imagine carrying ads for products that I personally hate (like weight loss drugs or Crocs), but I wouldn't allow those ads to influence my reviews.
Now...back to being more fun, Bomshelly things!
This creamy lotion smoothes over the skin and sinks in quickly without feeling greasy or gooey. It provides a great base for the rest of my makeup, and keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day. Overall, it's a great all-purpose day moisturizer. And for $22, I feel like I'm getting a good deal: top notch skincare at a price that let me pile a few other items in my basket at Ulta.
Mario Badescu products are available online, at Ulta, Nordstrom and other fine retailers.
Photo credit: MarioBadescu.com
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm a fan of Kristen Stewart, even more so after watching this footage. She says something in this clip about liking photographers to just shoot what's in front of them and not try to manipulate their subject to be what they want her to be. I think that's a very Bombshell philosophy.
Something that we can count on, and support and appreciate in the now are all the fantastic designers and retailers of plus size clothing who are working hard to recognize the beauty of plus size women. To that end, I'm so excited about a short film commissioned by Igigi - it's called 16 and (to quote the company) "the film is about beauty – real beauty. Not the artificial, airbrushed, enhanced, starved beauty we are bombardedwith everyday. It is about a powerful, sexy woman who loves herself and her body."
I love seeing a woman whose body I can relate to, in action, being everything that women of every size are: sexy and sensual.
Igigi is "committed to breaking down the barriers that inhibit people from realizing their own beauty. That is why we asked filmmaker Mark de Paola to create a short film that portrays a curvaceous size-16 woman as beautiful, sexy and powerful."
And did he ever...click here to watch part one of this project (although be aware of your surroundings as some of the footage may not be work appropriate).
Monday, October 19, 2009
Jessica London A-line skirt in Dijon Ivory, available up to size 28. This buttery yellow is ladylike and chic; add an edgy twist by pairing it with a white crew neck tee shirt and a tough motorcycle jacket.
Anna Scholz's silk jersey panel top tunic is retro sweet in a 1970's house-wife kind of way. You could style it in that same vein, with wide-legged pants and platform heels. Or give it a modern interpretation by way of skinny jeans and flats.
If you've read this far thinking, "There is no way in hell I'm covering myself in that much color. N.O," then this one's for you. Igigi's Evita Cowl Tunic drapes gorgeously. Slip it under a suit for work, or wear it with a saucy denim skirt and boots for date night.
Photo credit: JessicaLondon.com; AnnaScholz.com; Igigi.com
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
* Pull together a crush-worthy collection of products
* Discount them at unbelievably low prices
* Offer free shipping
Seriously? I started to make an entire wish list based on the gift guide, then realized there's no way I was going to wait long enough for someone to gift me with what I want. I'm buying gifts for myself. Now. Starting with these:
Gift of Appreciation ($192 value for $38). Includes Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Gold Glow, Kajal Eye Liner in Topaz, Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold, Lash Visor in Brown, Plumping Lip Glaze in Minty Mint, Longwear Lip in Flushed, Pressed Powder in Medium, Lip Rouge in Pucker, and an eye pencil sharpener. (SERIOUSLY? All that for $38? Yes.)
It Gloss (an $18 value, for just $8). I'm choosing Smashing, a bright hot pink that will look amazing with black liner and lots of mascara.
Can Cam Palette ($72 value, for just $18), features 3 eye shadows and one cheek color. Also? It features one of the super cute , iconic Stila girls on the signature cardboard-style palette.
Free shipping on any order over $40. Enter coupon code FREESHIP upon checkout.
Photo credit: Stilacosmetics.com
Monday, October 12, 2009
And now I'm thinking about the holidays. I want saucy dresses and sparkly hair accessories, shoes and pink lip gloss, egg nog...please, someone stop me. Or at least buy me that dress. Or at the VERY least, let me know that I'll for sure have a party to wear it to this December.
If you're not familiar with City Chic, check them out. They're an Australian company that specialize in clothes size 14-24 (don't be fooled at first glance by their XS-XL sizing...XS = size 14) that are trendy and fun.
Photo credit: CityChiconline.com
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I'll give it a try and let you know what I think - in the meantime, you can read other women's reviews on the bra (and other stuff!) at Lane Bryant's Inside Curve. It's a fun social networking site devoted to plus size women and the fashion topics closest to their hearts. Yet another highly addictive way to kill time online!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Here, three of my favorite Bombshell costumes plus a directory of resources for you to put together your own costume.
Bat Girl costume includes black dress, cape, glovelets, mask, belt and boot tops.
Greek Goddess costume includes gown and headpiece.
I've never really understood why Halloween is the ultimate excuse for dressing sexily. But I understand that's something a lot of women look forward to. If you're going to choose a "sexy" costume, at least pick one that's kind of funny like this Red Riding Hood getup.
Find a costume, or at least a little inspiration, at these retailers - all of whom offer plus size costumes:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tucked into an extremely ladylike pink case with mirror are three products that will create a variety of looks when worn individually or together.
* Pure Color Lipstick in Bois de Rose
* High Gloss in Blush
* Artist's Lip Pencil in Spice Writer
Pick up this limited edition set from your local Estee Lauder counter, or order online.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I have to thank my husband for introducing me to these two discount chains. I was vaguely aware of them throughout my college years, but just couldn't get into scouring racks in the hopes that something I wanted would jump out at me. Fast forward a few (ok, quite a few) years. I've matured a bit and have learned that a bottle of water in my purse and wearing light layers make the whole scouring process better. And once I came across THE find of the century (at least as far as my closet was concerned - a designer tote bag for just $35 that I carry every single day and love!)
A couple weeks ago, I was sent a Marshall's gift card from their PR agency. My mission: find a collection of Bombshell separates that look amazing together and will mix into my wardrobe. And I was determined to do it for under $100. Here's what I found:
(Clearly, I am not a gifted photographer!)
The plaid top, gray cut through with a subtle fuschia, is from Suzie Couture Woman. Regular price is not bad, just $34. But the Marshall's price of $19.99 is even better.
I paired the top with a pair of Dalia black dress pants. The pants have really great details, including a very delicate tone on tone pinstripe. Worn with the plaid top or one of many graphic tees already in my closet, these trousers are incredibly versatile. And also only $19.99!
I don't know anyone who doesn't look a little more vibrant and awake with a pink scarf draped around the neck. It's a great way to add a dash of flavor to an outfit. This ultra-long hot pink Cejon scarf is a steal at just $9.99.
At just $50 so far, I had enough money left over to tie the entire outfit together with a really great silver Kathy Van Zeeland purse. Called the Classy Lassie, it retails for $66 - but at Marshall's it's just $39.00. Mission accomplished - with enough cash left out of my $100 to grab a Misty Freeze on my way out of the mall.
If you need a little retail pick me up, but don't have a ton of cash to impulsively lay out, check out your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx - and let me know what fabulous finds come home with you!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Although I'm also a big fan of look number 1:
Check out all 11 looks here.
Photo credit: Evans.co.uk
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Log on now to bid on amazing auction items, part of the 2nd Annual Dior Diva Auction. All proceeds benefit Look Good...Feel Better, an organization that helps women deal with the physical aspects of battling cancer and realize their inner and out beauty during and after cancer treatment.
Five sensational prizes at launch and an additional 5 revealed
throughout the auction.
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Live a day in the life of Miss Dior Chérie just like the commercial!
Prize includes business class airfare, two nights at a luxurious
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a chauffeured tour of the sites and much more!
Give your beauty career a boost with a one-month marketing
internship at Dior Beauty!
Escape to the picturesque countryside with a tour of the award-
winning Unionville Winery, an 8-course dinner prepared by a local chef,
and a night at the quaint Inn at Lambertville Station.
Receive previews of our fabulous makeup, skincare and fragrance
launches each season for an entire year!
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look your best with a makeover by a professional Dior Artist!
Each of these auction items sounds absolutely amazing! Now through Oct 10th, log on to www.diorauction.com to learn more or place a bid.
as they did back in the 60's:
Creating the perfect cat eye (even on each eye, not too heavy) takes some practice and know-how. Click here for a fantastic step-by-step tutorial by SpinDaily.com. Then grab one of Pop Beauty's Cat Eyes liners and get to work! The pliable liner features a slanted tip that makes the cat eye a cinch. I like Black Dahlia, an inky black/purple shade.
You can buy Pop Beauty products at Ulta.
Photo credit: PopBeauty.co.uk