Friday, May 21, 2010

Inspired by SATC 2

 photo from

We've all seen the ad.  There is Carrie walking in a white Halston Heritage dress with gold aviator sunnies and her high, high heels.   Very Carrie.

Since SATC is opening, I thought I would try to find a less expensive option of said outfit. 

The dress:
Ann Taylor V-Neck Empire Waist Dress  retails for $88, and right now they have a bogo promo where you buy full price item, you get the next item for 50%  off. 

The shoes:   We would all love to have some Loubouton's, but the price is right for these.  They are $37.79 at

The Necklace:  Instead of finding something exactly like in the picture, I thought she might want wear something like this...  $48 at Nordstrom.

The bag:  A vintage gold clutch for $25 from Etsy.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Strawberry Sorbet... Yum!

Since Summer is almost here, I've been craving anything fruit related lately.  I bought my first watermelon about a month ago and I've been doing so every week since.  This past week I found a great deal on strawberries at my local market, and even though I'm allergic to them (headaches and sometimes hives), I bought some anyway.  I love them and will just take a super regimen of antihistamines until the urge for strawberries passes and I move on to the next fruit.

It is almost 90 degrees today so I decided it was time to break out my ice cream maker and put it to work!

This was the result:

 Strawberry Sorbet

 What you will need:
  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt


Slice the strawberries and toss them in a medium bowl with the sugar.

Stir until the sugar starts to dissolve.  Cover and let stand in the fridge for about an hour, taking it out and stirring every so often.

Puree the strawberries and the liquid along with the lemon juice and salt in a food processor or blender until it is smooth.  You can press the mixture through a strainer or sieve to remove the seeds, but I didn't bother.  It would make it much smoother, but I kind of like the natural texture.

Put the mix in the fridge again to make sure it is good and chilled.  Once chilled, mix it in your freezer per the manufacturers instructions.  I have a cuisinart ice cream maker and it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the point I like to put it in a freezer safe bowl or enjoy immediately!


Friday, May 14, 2010

It's Time to Cannes, Cannes!

Everyone knows I love a great reason to look a ball gowns and evening dresses. This week the 2010 Cannes Film Festival kicked off with the Robin Hood premiere and there was plenty of great eye candy for us to partake. 

Kate Beckinsale looks stunning!  Va-va-voom!

Check out her makeup and jewelry...

photo from Associated Press

Salma Hayek in Gucci Premiere and carrying a Gucci clutch.  It is so nice to see her in a different color and silhouette than we usually do. And just how tiny yet curvy is she after having her baby?  

photo from Fameblab

Eva Longoria Parker looks fresh in white.  

Don't you just love those earrings and her makeup?

And her hair?  So pretty!

Aishwarya Rai in what I believe to be an Ellie Saab dress.  She kind of reminds me of Sophia Loren in a very good way. 

Last, but not least, Cate.

I adore Cate Blanchett.  She is one of my favorite actresses.  I don't always love what she chooses to wear on the red carpet, but I can at least appreciate her fearlessness and willingness to express the art of fashion that many can't or won't.  This Alexander McQueen fits her perfectly and is romantic and edgy at the same time.  The pattern in the fabric kind of evokes the feel of Robin Hood, so it was a perfect choice for Cate and the event.     

photo by celbrifi.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How clean is your makeup?

I don't usually watch my local news broadcasts. I just don't have the stomach for some of it and I find that it can be down right depressing. But last night I did watch a bit of our ABC affiliate, and I saw this segment on the cleanliness of makeup that was an eye opener. Yeah, I think we all know that we are supposed to replace our makeup every few months to a year depending on what kind it is, but THIS has me thinking of doing it more often or at least, doing a total makeup bag purge of what I know I've had for a while and may not have been taken care of properly.

They took makeup from people all over Houston and had it swabbed and tested at a local dermatologists office. The results, in some cases, were staggering and and down right scary.

They found 6 items that were contaminated. What did they find in those? Some had strep, which can cause strep throat, but also impetigo or cellulitis which if it hits the blood stream, can cause death. And some had staph, one even had a type of staph that is drug resistant and could be fatal, especially for people who have weakened immune systems.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Don't reuse sponges to reapply your makeup. If you do want to reuse, wash it and then put it in the microwave for a minute to kill the germs that are lurking there. It wasn't mentioned, but for those of us who use makeup brushes, we should also wash our foundation brush after each use.

This video is a must see. The information is so worth while, that the Baylor College of Medicine is writing the findings in a medical journal to share with other medical professionals.

Watch the video here: How clean is your makeup?

If you can't watch the video, the full article can be viewed here: