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Friday, October 29, 2010

Beauty: Pumpkin Lips

Pumpkin pie, caramel apples, and cider. All the lovely seasonal things that touch our lips. Now we can taste the pumpkin when we aren't sitting at the table. There are some great seasonal beauty products that utilize the great vitamins that pumpkins have. The smell of nutmeg, Cinnamon are just some of the great scents of the season. PrivyDoll found some great seasonal beauty finds for the Halloween week plus a recipe to make your own pumpkin lip balm.

What a great lip gloss for the Halloween season found at Sephora for $18.
Would you rather make a fun craft project out of the pumpkin beauty trend? You can turn to EHOW for directions on how to make your own Pumpkin Lip Balm.

If you rather soothe your tresses with pumpkin lather try the Big Sexy Hair collection with their Pumpkin line. Pumpkin puree mask, shampoo and conditioner all come in the fabulous pumpkin scent. Available at Ulta, Sephora and Amazon.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fashion Radar: Is it a Scarf or a Hood?

Snood. A word that was developed to describe the scarf meets hood, infinity scarf trend. I adore this trend because it is the must have fall essential to not only modernize your wardrobe but also is a great piece to hide under when the wind and rain hits. Simply take one of the rolls and place it over your head all the while keeping the scarf still in place. Genius. Many designers and stores are selling these snoods and PrivyDoll wanted to bring you some of the top picks on a budget.

Try this simple, cablenet snood from NastyGal for $28.

If you are looking for cozy go - to snood check out this one from Asos for $37

PrivyDoll found this PiperLime exclusive for $29! and comes in a few colors.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Entertainment: Fashion Blogger Breakfast with Gilt Groupe Founder

PrivyDoll had the pleasure of being invited to an intimate breakfast with the founder of Gilt Groupe, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson on Friday at the Penninsula in Chicago. Tyler Thoreson, Director of Gilt Man also accompined Alexandra and had a great informal presentation of where the brand is going and the exciting news of expansion including Gilt City. For those PrivyDolls that have been living under a fashion rock, Gilt Groupe is an invitation- only shopping site which has turned into a one stop shopping site for women's, kids, mens, gifts, housewares and even trips. Today alone you can find deep discounted items from American Apparel, Alexander Wang and jewelry by Jacob & Co. to name a few. If that is not a one stop site I don't know what is. Besides having fabulous pieces every day and each item comes flawless and neber been tried on, the customer service I experienced as a member has been outstanding. PrivyDoll has written about this site in the past and was excited to get a chance to talk with Wilson about the products she brings in. Wilson made it clear that Gilt Groupe understands the "power of the blogger" and wants the community to be involved with feedback and assisting their demographic. All I can say is, this is one reason they have taken over the online shopping world.  THEY GET IT. They now have over 3 million members and Alexandra says they still are doing a lot of testing and growing.They test to see if housewares would work, if candles etc for their members.
When I asked Wilson what separates Gilt from some of the other invitation- only shopping sites out there she said. "Creditability. We are selective on the brands we bring to our customers and we like to keep it special." I was curious about some of the products on the site are these 'old' left over pieces from a collection that didn't do well or where do the pieces come from that make it on the site? Her response was quite interesting. Some pieces may be a couple months old however they make it on the site at a very relating more realistic time for shoppers. For instance there are boots and jackets on there now for fall and technically that is what the average PrivyDoll is shopping for right now going into Fall. Some pieces from designers collections are negotiated ahead of time with commitments from the designers but wont make it live until the items already hit the stores as well. For your invite to shop on this fabulous designer discount site click HERE. PrivyDoll invites you to join her in being a fan for life!
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Entertainment: Fashion Focus Chicago Recap

On Tuesday, October 19th Macy presented Chicago's Fashion Focus Spring 2011 Preview show. Thirteen designers showcased mini previews of their upcoming lines for 400 VIPs in Millennium Park.The white tent set up right in the middle of the park was an extravagant set up for Chicago and was extremely impressed by production as we sipped on cocktails by Ciroc. All the fashion scenesters arrived in Chicago. Over 400 VIP and media had seats inside the tent. This was just the first of the week's shows to round up Fashion Focus Chicago 2010. Events also included fundraising shows for charities, shopping pop up stores and presentations of accessories and even a vintage shopping experience. PrivyDoll was apart of the media for the Fashion Incubator show on Tuesday.

Designs by Kristin Hassan included retro polka dot inspired dresses and ruffles which was one of my favorite collections of the night with exaggerated headbands which I saw as a Spring 2011 trend.

The one lingerie designer of the evening, Dottie's Delight showed vintage styled yet modern pieces. The pinks and champagne colors were adorable and the 'special occasion' stylings included girdles, garters and mad men top hats. This piece was the Champagne silk bra with brown antique lace and matching 9-panel girdle.
A men's line that stood out in the night was Nonnie Threads. A meanswear line that seemed 'uniform' ish with muted colors and a military feel. The remix of "Acapalla" by Kelis played and the men strutted the runway with jackets, slim pants.

Anna Hovet brought back the fun in athletic wear. the jersey cuts in the entire collection were so wearable and very mixable. I call this 'spandex for the street'. My favorite piece was a pair of black leggings that had a braid swirling down the leg. MUST HAVE. Big hipster eyeglasses were on each model and the line looked so fresh and unique.

More pics from the show!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fashion Radar: Fashion's Night IN

A fashionable shopping experience that I can stay at home with a glass of wine and furry slippers and glasses? Sign me up. PrivyDolls glamed up across the US for Vogue's Fashion's Night Out last month where boutiques across the country hosted fashionable shopping experiences and exclusive discounts one night only. Vogue UK is on to something with their next Fashion Night IN. On November 1st you can scan some of your favorite fashionable sites and have a first look at new collections and earn discounts and gifts with purchases. Websites participating are being added by the day but here is the low down so your mouse can plan the E-shopping night.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fashion Radar: Where is Your Prada Made?

Prada's distinctive label is being transformed. A limited edition collection that will include items made in different countries that will include a label ' PRADA Made In ___" will make Prada a leader in global innovation.  In an age of globalization this initiative is not only trendsetting within the Prada family but also sets an example to other brands out there. Prada has always had an eye on excellence and  inpeckable taste. This project is no different. They have sought after other perfectionists in regions where they can produce a unique, product. The traditional craftsmanship that comes through each of these products is specific to the materials and manufacturing to that region. Look for these specific collections:

Prada: Made in Scotland: A collection of traditional tartan wool knits from the original UK workshope that utilize centuries-old manufacturing weaving technique

Prada: Made in India: A collection of entirely handmade garments from the workshops that specialize in Chikan- the most ancient and refined type of Indian embroidery.

Prada: Made in Japan: A collection of jeans produced by Dova, the world's most sophisticated denim manufacturer.

Prada: Made in Peru: A collection of alpaca wool knitwear using artisanal techniques from the most traditional workshops in Peru.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fashion Radar: Guilty Bridal Pleasure

One our favorite 'invitation-only' shopping sites has added a revolutionary section this week. Bridal. Each day this week will offer guilty bridal wear from bridesmaids to groom and of course the bride on GILT GROUPE prices. Check out the schedule below to not miss a date for the big day. Who pays full price designer anymore? If you aren't a member of Gilt you can join for free HERE by using PrivyDoll's link and shop for the big day and every day in between!

Starts October 20th
Day One: For the Bride and Groom

Featuring designers like Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang Collection, Tara Pearls, Hickey, and Hanky Panky, this sale will be broken down into the following categories:
1. Runway Bride –white dresses and gowns
2. Diamonds and Pearls –fine jewelry
3. Fashion Jewelry –Costume jewelry for the bride
4. Bridal Accessories –shoes, clutches, shawls, gloves
5. Bridal Trousseau –lingerie
6. Groom and Groomsmen –suits, ties, shoes, etc

Day Two: For the Bridal Party
Featuring designers like Badgley Mischka Collection, Vera Wang Bridesmaids and Two Birds, this sale will be broken down into the following categories (bridesmaids selections will be by color for easy browsing):
* Bridesmaids dresses, clutches and jewelry in the following color tones:
1. Reds, Corals and Pinks
2. Blues and Greens
3.Lilacs and Purples
4. Gray, Black and Ivory
* Mother of the Bride
*Flower Girls
* Beauty

Day Three: Honeymoons and Experiences
Featuring services from the likes of Clean Program, Freshology, Completely Bare Salons and amazing deals on honeymoon destinations, this sale will be broken down into the following categories. The Gilt City sales will offer deals on local vendors in several major US cities!
1. Jetsetter: Classic Honeymoon
2. Jetsetter: Dream Honeymoon
3. Jetsetter: Orient Express Train Trips
4. Gilt City: Restaurant Packages
5. Gilt City: Wedding Planners
6. Gilt City: Makeup Artists
7. Gilt City: Wedding Cakes
8. Beauty: Freshology and Clean Program
9. Beauty: Completely Bare Salons

Day Four: Home and Registry
Featuring designers like Steuben, Lagioule en Aubrac, Frette, L’object, and Michael Aram, this sale will be broken down into the following categories:
1. China, Crystal and Stemware
2. Candles
3. Bedding by Frette
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fashion Radar: Funkshion Fashion Week Line Up

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami sets up shop this week at the legendary Setai Hotel with after parties at all the hot spots around town. Catch designers including Krel Wear (we have wrote about them a lot) and Richie Rich to name a few. Below is the schedule for those PrivyDolls in Miami or those that want to beat the fall and pack their linen pants and head down south this week.

Celebrating 15th Season, Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach brings you designers such as Luca Luca, Perry Ellis, Richie Rich and others. Free selected cocktails at The Setai 8PM-9PM.

RSVP fashionmiami@funkshion.com

WED // October 20
Setai (free cocktail from 8PM - 9PM)

9PM Krel: Flora & Fauna Opening Night Fashion Show

10PM Afterparty

THU // October 21
Bass Museum

6:00 PM FGI Emerging Designers Competition

6:30 PM Alfonso Couture

8:00 PM Red Dress by American Heart Association featuring Perry Ellis (for tickets please click here) (https://ahamiami.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20102011MiamiGoRedLuncheon/tabid/221733/Default.aspx)

Setai (free cocktail from 8PM - 9PM)

9:00 PM Ibellav by Izabella Sienkiewicz

10:00 PM Afterparty

FRI // October 22
Bass Museum

8:00 PM Vanidades Magia De La Moda featuring Luca Luca, Ina Soltani, Sergio Rossi (tickets not available)

Setai (free cocktail from 8PM - 9PM)

9:00 PM Paul Sinclaire

10:00 PM Afterparty

SAT // October 23
Bass Museum


6:00 PM Walk for Cure Fashion Show hosted by Miami Heat's Juwan Howard

8:00 PM Islands Of The World Fashion Show

Setai (free cocktail from 8PM - 9PM)

9:00 PM Richie Rich

10:00 PM Closing party hosted by Richie Rich

SUN // October 24
Bass Museum

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fashion Radar: Snuggle Fest

It is about that time of year when all we want to do is throw on a comfy cozy sweater when we leave the house. PrivyDolls still do that but have mastered a way to do it in a way that is stylish. Boxy sweaters are out. Make sure you have a skinny belt or tie to show your waist and pair it with a skinny jean or pant always. Take note from Dolce and Gabbana's Fall 2010 collection of Aspen- inspired chunky sweaters made stylish. We are still loving the wrap sweater for fall and and also the rounded hemline sweaters . I found some of the best out there to keep cozy this fall and winter.

cozy sweater from Asos for $70

Wrap sweater from Asos $101

Snuggly cardigan from ShopNastyGal for $40

DG inspired sweater from Forever 21 for $29

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Beauty: Suck my Blood Halloween Make Up Tips

Privy Dolls know that make up is an important element in every day routine. Makeup also is a very important element in accenting your fabulous Halloween costume. We previously brought you some easy Halloween ideas but we wanted to take it a step further and show you how to apply make up for the best True Blood inspired, sexy vampire. It will be a night of sucking blood and breaking hearts in your future so look the part. We have gone to Real Beauty to find the tips and products to complete the look. Check out the 7 Easy steps for makeup application for your Vampire look HERE.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fashion Radar: Cut it Out Spring 2011

Cutouts have re appeared on the runways for Spring 2011. I saw the trend in dresses, blouses and one pieces. I love how this trend translates to street style with pieces found at top shop, HM and forever 21 but yet the couture lines just make it so impecable and glamourous. Check out these below shots from a few more of my favorite Spring 2011 shows. I feel a look fore less piece coming on! 
*all photos curtusy of The Cut.

Zac Posen RTW 2011

Chloe RTW Spring 2011

Gucci RTW Spring 2011

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fashion Radar: StyleBRITY for A/X

PrivyDoll is excited to announce a change for A/X. Armani Exchange has enlisted the gorgeous 90210 star, AnnaLynne McCord as their first StyleBRITY. As one of Hollywood's most stylish celebrities, AnnaLynne has brought a fresh new eye to the styling of Armani Exchange including a young, scenester approach to the looks. She was put right to work putting together ten styles for A/X Holiday 2010 collection.  Below are a few pictures form the recent show.  You can check out the entire Holiday look book on the SITE. 

Sequin Dress $98

Leather Jacket $450
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Entertainment: Spin Crowd's Lauren Talks Privy

Spin Crowd's finale premiered last night on E! and we loved every second of this season. Spin crowd follows celeb agency, Command PR in their LA office as they help their celebrity clients promote themselves and the products they endorce. Events, and drama fills the episodes along with the bigger than life personality of the owners and the four bombshell colleagues. Privydoll caught up with E!'s Spin Crowd's PR girl, Lauren to get the dish on the show and of course some privy stories that didn't make it into this season. Enjoy this exclusive interview just for PrivyDoll Blog.

PrivyDoll: The Spin Crowd has been a success on E! after the Kardasians. In every reality show they often have characters. I feel like they have portrayed you as the bitchy one. Is it that you just didn't like the girls you work with ?

Lauren: "I like the girls I work with. They all bring something different to the table, although I have to admit they all get on my nerves from time to time. I like to work effecently and I like to be scarcastic but I hate gossip and drama  so there's a lot of conflict."

PrivyDoll: You got to work with a lot of celebrities and grow their brands. What was your favorite one and was there a crazy moment that didn't make it on the show?
Lauren: "I loved Kelly Rowland. She is amazing. One thing that got cut was her telling me with her cute southern accent , "girl, you got a Biscut!" This means good bootie that pops!"

PrivyDoll: One of my favorite episodes is with Mario Lopez and the scene of you chasing him down to show some abs for your tanning client. What were you thinking while chasing him around, and did you really get a feel of Lopez's abs?

Lauren: " I was thinking of a raise when I chasing Mario! And trying not to die of embarassment! Jonathan is ridiculous to request that! I gave it a shot tho!"

PrivyDoll: Although they played the scene of you driving over speed bumps fast and caused coffee to spill all over your colleague that lead her to freak out and have a melt down, was that a bit intentional? She does seem like she would be fun to tease.

Lauren: "About the coffee... I asked her if she needed help, she was bitchy and said, no she could handel it. Anyone that's riding in a car with me knows I'm crazy driver. I  guess she couldn't handel It huh?" (in sarcastic tone.)

PrivyDoll: We hope there is a season 2. Is there any talk? And with or without season 2 what is next for you now that you got a taste of reality Tv?

Lauren: "Finale had A LOT of excitment!!! Wow!! It was an emotional ending and wrapping filming! Both bitter and sweet! Season 2 will hopefully happen! And if it does, no more holding back. Now I've had a taste of reality tv I'm a little less afrid. I was terrified before but wanted my job! Now I'm ready to have fun with it. People responded so well it makes me feel better about putting it out there! If we come bnack u can expect more outta my mouth that for sure! I was good at biting my tounge! "
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Entertainment: Lets Hear it for the Girls

October is Breast Cancer awareness month if you have been living under a rock and at PrivyDoll we wanted to share with you some great finds that support the cause. We love the adorable bras from American Eagle Outfitters. They offer a great bra guide as well to find the perfect fit. For this month only when you purchase a bra AERIE will donate a portion of sales to Bright Pink from October 18th-October 31st. Stock up this month to support your girls and others! 

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Fashion Radar: Mr.and Mrs.Combat boot

What a Privy Find for both women and men! A fashion-forward shoe line that combines urban chic and function! I adore the men's combat boots and the women's wedge fold over boots that appear to have a worn denim look.  UES (Upper Echelon Shoes) has made headlines since 2005 when Steve Madden and Seth Campbell launched this new line, UES. The line is quite different then what you would see in a Steve Madden store. The intricate details, studding and raw materials , not to mention chain shoe laces make this line stand out. You can find this line on Zappos and in boutiques across the country. Check out their SITE for more information. Here are some of my favorites of the Winter 2010 collection. 
Mens Combat boot $275

Mens Camo Sneaker $235

Women's Fold over boot $275

Women's Studded wedge

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fashion Radar: Stone Blue Jeans Designer News

Stone Blue Jeans is excited to announce their new Director of Designer, Angela Furlong.  She comes from William Rast (we have wrote about this line owned by Justin Timberlake in the past) and is planning on taking the brand to a new level.  Stone Blue Jeans is a fabulous line, Furlong quote:" I love the way the brand is able to produce the line entirely in-house, ultimately offering the unparalleled capability to provide the highest quality for the consumer at much less than premium denim counterparts." You can find Stone Blue Jeans on Piperlime and many boutiques across the country for $125-165.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fashion Radar: Very Fashionable, Vfish +Privy Discount

Privy Dolls, you can thank me later. This is a fabulous find in the city of Chicago but luckily their website opens doors for PrivyDolls everywhere to enjoy. The entire line of VFish is extremely wearable, versatile and COMFY! They have adorable, functional fall/winter dresses that appear edgy but when you slip them on you feel like you are wearing your favorite sweatshirt! Genius!  I am raving about their line of leggings. These leggings (choose a great color purple, grey or black) and appear to have 'normal leggings' on but the insides are extra thick and fuzzy. Love them for the winters ahead to wear under dresses and tunics and look stylish but be extra comfortable.

The line has great silhouettes that will flatter any body type with great necklines and empire waists. The simple embellishments of studs, and even a hooded dress makes this my  new favorite line! I adore this ruffle back detailed dress. You can really see the thick jersey material used in these dresses! V Fish is offering PrivyDolls readers 20% off their order on their WEBSITE  with Coupon Code "PRIVYDOLL. "

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Entertainment: Fashionable Halloween

Not everyone likes to go to the party store and buy a costume in a bag. It also isn't cute to wear lingerie to the club on Halloween. Been there done that. Be more fashionable than a store bought kit costume. We know all PrivyDolls will be a sexy (blank) on Halloween.  Privydolls are much more creative than that. I practically did all the hard work for you and gathered up some fashionable accessories to go with something you may already have in your closet to spruce up and make a costume. I came across these lace cat ears from ASOS to turn your sexy , little black dress into a sexy cat costume. What an easy costume for $13.

Have a fringe dress from this year's fringe trend? Pair it with a headband like this and you are a fashionable flapper!

A Halloween trend this year will be mocking the jersey mini , Snookie. Acheiving this look will be as easy as pulling out your old 'Bump It' and 2 cans of hair spray. Rock an old club dress you thought you threw away years ago and triple layer the eye make up and you are set!

 Another 'in the news' costume idea is dressing up as Elin, Tiger Woods's ex wife. Simply wear classic fitting clothes and possibly sunglasses with blonde hair. Put some fake divorce papers in your back pocket and complete the costume by carrying a golf club with you.

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