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Get #ValentinesDay Ready with Sally Hansen!

This Valentine’s Day, big plans or no plans, #treatyourself to a pink hued mani. Why not pamper your girlfriends with a night in? At-home manis with pink hues from Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Collection and yummy treats are just what they need to feel the love and make sure their nails are on point for their dates. We pinky promise!

Sally Hansen joined Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole and her BFF, Sam Ushiro, on a Valentine’s day date at Magnolia Bakery to learn how to nail our #ValentinesNails.


Now it’s your turn! Get the V-day inspired nail look and how-to using delicious Miracle Gel pinks like Pinky Promise, Pink Tank, and Pink Up.

Share the love this #ValentinesDay using #Valentinesnails, #MiracleGel and @SallyHansenCA. Getting your nails social media ready has never been easier.


Step 1 Apply two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pinky Promise.

Step 2 Using a striping  brush, paint the arches of a heart on each nail using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pink Up.

Step  3 Fill in the shape at the tip of the nail with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pink Up.

Step  4 Repeat this process using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pink Tank a few millimeters below the first heart  shape.

Step  5 Apply one coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat to all nails.



Sally Hansen X Stella McCartney at PFW – A Fresh Take on Natural for Summer 2017

At this year’s Paris Fashion Week, Sally Hansen joined with Stella McCartney as the exclusive nail partner to create a custom look for the Summer 2017 show. Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole, created a flawless, always on-trend natural nail look that embodies sheer elegance. This nail look was inspired by one of the classic yet immaculate prints that debuted on the runway – an edgy feminine take on menswear in pure white and sky blue, as pictured below.

 “For this season at Stella McCartney we’re doing sophisticated, clean manicures and pedicures in Complete Salon Manicure “Shell We Dance?”. This colour is a soft sheer cream with just enough coverage to smooth imperfections. Complete Salon Manicure’s formula is ideal for the backstage frenzy with its built-in base and top coat and thanks to the shade’s sheer quality it blends in with the skin tone of every model differently, adapting to the variety of complexions just right,” described Madeline.


Madeline Poole also created an impressive nail look inspired by the playful patterns found in Stella McCartney’s latest designs.


HOW-TO: Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador’s step-by-step “inspired-by” Stella McCartney Summer 2017 nail look

 STEP 1 – Paint the nails with 2 to 3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy

STEP 2 – Using a striping brush, paint circular shapes on all nails with random placement in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Red My Lips

STEP 3 – Using a striping brush, paint letters and stripes in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat On The Black

 Please find the full press release attached for more details, as well as images, GIFs and the step-by-step tutorial from Madeline to achieve this fresh and elevated take on the natural nail look in the link below:


2016 Summer Music Festival Outfit Ideas

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Coachella is next weekend. What better time to start dreaming up what our 2016 Summer Music Festival Outfits should look like?

For summer 2016, I’m thinking of keeping our looks polished but also chill. The flower head bands have been done as well at cut-off jeans and flip flops.  Isn’t it time to change the game a bit ladies?

A cute summer dress with simple details always works. If you don’t want to show a bare leg, try capris for added protection from the sun’s rays.  In the evenings that leg coverage could end up being your best mate.

I also like a cute jacket and a large scarf that could also double as a blanket for the grass. Sure, you can always bring a denim jacket or hoodie from the merch stand – they are true road warriors.  But why not try something different with a quilted look, some embroidery and a nice fit?  Just because you are going to a music festival it doesn’t mean you have to dress like you are going gardening.

A cool purse is an essential. I don’t like backpacks in my regular life. If you can find a neat purse that you can stuff water, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, a lipstick and some snacks into you are good to go.

A good pair of sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat could save your life from heat exhaustion. Pack a pair of sunglasses with UV protection and a hat that is not only fashionable but could make you feel like you are sitting under a patio umbrella.

For shoes, I like a pair of Adidas or a fringed flat. I usually start off my day in a sandal.  It’s very freeing and at the same time your full leg gets the access to the sun’s rays.  But in the evening, especially if it’s rained and you don’t know what you are going to step into – pack a pair of some old school Adidas to enjoy the last of the day at your festival of choice.

Have fun wherever you end up be it Coachella, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bestival, Field Trip, TURF, Riot Fest or Outsidelands. Email me with your good times and your fashion hits and misses.

P.S. All items seen in this piece can be found at www.asos.com


Oscar Night Must Have’s:  Rimmel London’s ‘Match Perfect Foundation’ & ‘Match Perfection Concealer’

We will all be spending tomorrow night swooning over the lush dresses that Rachel McAdams, Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett are wearing.  Let’s not forget about their A make-up game.  It’s neat to see which shades of lipsticks they choose and how they wear their eye makeup.  But we need to look at the foundation too.  The foundation stabilizes our whole look and is the most important piece in pulling off a flawless look.

Pick up Rimmel London’s ‘Match Perfect Foundation’ & ‘Match Perfection Concealer’ to get you started!

For Invisible Coverage & Visibly Perfected Skin, Rimmel London’s ‘Match Perfect Foundation’ will start you off.  It is:

  • Invisible, mistake-proof foundation for visibly perfected & healthier looking skin.
  • Weightless, smooth texture blends with skins real tone instead of masking it.
  • 24HR moisture complex leaves skin feeling hydrated.
  • Soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles.


Step 1. Start by applying a pea-sized amount of Fix & Protect Primer. Its ultra-lightweight formula helps to minimises the appearance of pores and evens skin tone whilst providing endless comfort

Step 2. To banish the signs imperfections and pores, apply Match Perfection foundation to your face.

Step 3. Lastly, finish with Match Perfection Concealer under your eyes to cover your dark circles.  Skin Tone adapting concealer Conceal signs of fatigue Highlight & Illuminate eye area.

2 in 1 skin Tone adapting concealer and highlighter.

  • Soft precision brush for the delicate under-eye area.
  • Banish signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area.
  • Contains an oxygen complex.

Let skin breathe.  We don’t need a red carpet to look good!  Let’s change our makeup regimen’s starting tomorrow.


Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Lips from Rimmel London: The Only 1 Lipstick ‘Oh-So Wicked’ and Lasting Finish Nude Collection By Kate ‘45’

Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ is my favourite tune of late for a variety of different reasons.  One of those reasons is her make-up aesthetic in ‘Formation’.  I really loved her melding of nude versus a Goth lips.  It was certainly provided for some powerful imagery .

If you are looking to emulate some similar lip shades, grab Rimmel London’s The Only 1 Lipstick ‘Oh-So Wicked’ and Lasting Finish Nude Collection By Kate ‘45’.

Rimmel London: The Only 1 Lipstick ‘Oh-So Wicked’

A no compromise, ALL-IN-ONE LIPSTICK.

  • Pigments allow for fabulous full coverage in one easy stroke. The colours are gloriously vibrant and luminous on application… and hours later.
  • The formula containing a blend of lightweight oils provides a gorgeous glide and a feather-light feel with an amazing cushioning sensation.
  • Throughout wear, the formula with Rosa fruit oil and Vitamin E leaves lips feeling moisturised.
  • A fine blend of advanced polymers sets the formula and enhances skin-adhesion for outstanding staying power.

The ‘Oh-So Wicked’ is a deep wine and depending on your skin tone can be quite dramatic. I encourage you to bust this shade out with a great black dress or better yet a crisp white oxford shirt and denim jeans.

Steps for bolder, fuller looking lips:

Step 1. Conceal your lips completely using Match Perfection concealer.

Step 2. Using Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lip liner in a shade a tad darker than your lip colour, overdraw the lip line slightly over the cupids bow and below the center of your bottom lips to create the illusion of fuller lips.

Step 3. Apply The Only 1 lipstick to your lips, as well as over your lips liner.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection By Kate ‘45’

Looking for the perfect nude lips?

Dare to go bare! Rimmel London introduces the Lasting Finish Nude Collection By Kate

Embrace the nude trend: chic, stylish & sophisticated… like Kate Moss!

  • Up to 8 hours of long lasting nude colour.
  • A super-chic, on-trend palette of neutral shades for lips.
  • The soft, creamy lip colours are universally flattering; 4 luscious, barely-there hues to suit every skin tone. There is a nude for every girl!

Steps for the perfect nude pout:

Step 1. Line your lips with the Moisture Renew Clear Lip Liner.

Step 2. Sweep across the lips, for a more intense colour add two coats.

The ‘45’ shade would look fab with a comfy wool dress or just kicking around town with yoga pants, a tee and Adidas sneakers.

Get ready to slay!


Bloor Hot Doc’s Cinema: ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ (JAN 15-28)

Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet. Of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland, from the small California city of San Pedro, has pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater (ABT) from the studio company to the corps de ballet to soloist. The only rung in the ladder left to climb is principal dancer aka prima ballerina.

In 2013, after more than a decade at American Ballet Theatre Misty was offered the lead role in Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird to be performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, a major coup for a soloist.

The night of her performance Misty danced beautifully. But at the celebration afterwards she revealed she had been performing in great pain. Later Misty found out that she had six fractures in her left shin. Without corrective surgery the shin might one day break. Many doubted she would dance again.

A Ballerina’s Tale is then an intimate look at this artist during a crucial period of her life. The bulk of the film is a cinema verité influenced look at Misty’s journey, from the triumph of Firebird, the painful road back to dancing and to an unexpected third act where Misty not only returns to the American Ballet Theatre stage but emerges as a pop star in the process.

Misty Copeland’s career shines a light on several challenges within the world of classical ballet: the absence of women of color at major companies despite so many gifted black women ready to make the leap; the emphasis on skinny bodies for ballerinas impacts the health of professional dancers and sends a negative message to young fans around the world. Misty, because of her race and her curves, is central to both issues in the classical dance world.

The film climaxes with a landmark performance by Misty in Swan Lake, which is an acknowledgement by American Ballet Theatre that she is back, dancing at the highest level, and the fulfillment of the dream of many to see a true black swan at a mainstream international company. A Ballerina’s Tale is the story of how a great talent and a powerful will combined can open doors within a very cloistered world.


I watched Natalie Portman’s ‘The Black Swan’ years ago and I remember having to walk off that film due to its psychological intensity. Ballet is a beautiful art but full of deep sacrifice.  It was emotional, upsetting and demonstrated a different side of the art that perhaps the general public are not used to observing.  Even though it was a drama – ‘The Black Swan’ did a tremendous job in opening the door to ballet’s shrouded world.

Nelson George’s ‘‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ takes us a step further. It demonstrates a different kind of snapshot into the ballet life of Misty Copeland.  It immediately takes us by the hand and shows us Misty’s back story, her career dedication, sacrifice, determination, emotional and physical pain in a career and art that has a deep history  of restriction in all its various shapes and forms.

With unprecedented access to a ballerina’s dance psyche – A Ballerina’s Tale’ shows us Copeland’s move to New York, her bouts with loneliness, being tasked to lose weight in areas that perhaps Caucasian ballerinas don’t struggle in and date nights with Krispy Kreme donuts.  It is a vulnerable documentary but also riddled with endearing moments of humour.

George’s portrait of Copeland doesn’t harp on being stifled of her career goals because of her race. Copeland is optimistic, driven but also realistic in her goal setting.  She continues to work on her emotional and physical health when last minute hurdles spring up in moments of success. We also see Copeland reaping the benefits of her work through the age of product sponsorship and social media campaigns.  Copeland selectively uses her cultural background to an advantage when her career starts to boom.

‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ is inspiring and does a wonderful job in seeing Copeland in her early years to present.  Copeland in her gentle, calm and relaxed voice is the ambassador leading to usher in the next generation of ballet dancers of colour.


Book Report: ‘Love Style Life’ By Garance Dore

“The guardian of all style” (The New York Times Magazine) shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own.

Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.


My little blog is a little blog that could in comparison to Garance Dore’s (http://www.garancedore.fr/en/).  I’ve always been fascinated with Dore’s view on fashion, travel and beauty.  In her book ‘Love Style Life’ she takes us deeper into her web of ‘beautiful things’.

I had my doubts about ‘Love Style Life’. I really didn’t need another coffee table on how I should be living my life.  I’m doing just fine on my own.  I like how I dress, I always need to improve my make-up game and there are always life goals that are in different stages of development.

Let’s just say ‘Love Style Life’ is not a dust collector. It is cheeky, robust in knowledge and will whisper you secrets of what you should have figured out by now.  But sometimes if you are not a well-travelled North American – well, yeah.  It’s hard.

I used to live in England and my ex-boyfriend taught me one thing. Well one that stands out that is worth relishing.  He taught me that it’s okay to wear and have nice things – the ‘Elegance’ chapter in ‘Love Style Life’ is all about this.  Before I was just a sales rack girl who didn’t care.  In my late 20’s to now in my 40’s I have learned to yes still buy on sale but to buy really nice, quality, road worthy and time less pieces.  It’s taking me time – but I have no problems taking back returns that were just delivered to my house the night before.

I loved Dore’s nod to Zara in ‘Love Style Life’. “Avoid getting overly excited about the piece that looks a little too “inspired by.”  I know, it’s tempting, but if it looks too much like Marant, Celine, or Valentino, step away.  If nothing more, out of respect for the designers.  But also because wearing a copy doesn’t send the best message.  Not to ourselves or to others.  As with everything – staying chic is knowing when to resist temptation.’

The Real Love Chapter of this book is the best words of love encouragement I have read in ages. Simple, to the point and easy to digest.   Sometimes we don’t need all fluff and clouds but the cold hard facts, which we already knew didn’t we?  “In seduction, sometimes absence is better.  Give space, give distance, don’t call.  Trust the process:  if it’s meant to be, it’ll come to you.”

Chapters on healthy family and personal relationships were also very informative and gave me some awesome food for thought. Be it love, ending a relationship that isn’t working, carefully confronting toxic situations and the like.

Lastly, I also giggled when I thumbed through the ‘The Thank You Note’ chapter. I’ve always been a fan of the thank you note.  I have a huge Rubbermaid box at home full of thank you notes, cards and stationery that I enjoy writing friends and family as necessary.  It’s nice to know after reading ‘Love Style Life’ By Garance Dore, being classy is not a dying art.