Forever Chic Style - Holiday Beauty Products

The festive holidays for 2013 are fast approaching.   Tis the season to dress up, sparkle and shine at parties, for cocktails, dinners, luncheons, work or during daily activities.   Why not look and feel your best during the rush scheduled for November through January?  After all, the holidays only come once a year, so enjoy, glow and revel in breathtaking apparel with a polished approach.  It is rather sad in today's world to see women running around in sweats, no make up and seemingly thinking this is a badge of honor, which is frankly quite the opposite.  By the way, it does not make one more intelligent by not taking care of yourself or looking like one just rolled out of bed.   Think of all the famous, intelligent, lively and influential women in the world today and in the past - they always dress for success, which means, hair, makeup and clothes.  Why even a pair of jeans can be spiced up with the right accessories etc.  As Helena Rubenstein once said, "There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."  This season step it up, play your part and have fun.

 Here are 5 Forever Chic Style must-have's to complete the beautiful holiday you.

I. Movie Making Mascara:  Lashes are the latest obsession ranging anywhere from false eyelashes to using a serum like Latisse or a variety of mascara formulas that enhance the long, lush and eye framing bling.   Two favorites:

1.  Dior 'Diorshow' Iconic Mascara:  Hands down the best high end mascara on the market today.  This little wand of color is used backstage at Dior fashion shows and on the red carpet.  The trademarked Oblique Brush creates high definition in curl and color for each and every lash.  The look is natural or if going out add an extra layer or two for a stand out eye effect of lush fringe.

2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher: The new secret weapon by CoverGirl.  As reported in The Wall Street Journal on March 21, 2013:  "Clumps are especially common with the"high volume seeker," heavy users try to achieve thick, bold lashes as part of an "impeccable look every day" Dr. Vickery says. The average woman applies about a dozen mascara strokes to each eye; a high volume seeker could easily surpass 100 strokes, she says."  

The Clump Crusher has extra bristles to discourage clumps from forming and to comb through any accumulation on the lashes.  The result is clump free and stunning lashes.   I have used the Clump Crusher and was impressed.  CoverGirl Clump Crusher rivals the Diorshow Iconic and I must admit the price is right.   I use both.

1. Dior 'Diorshow' Iconic Mascara - Nordstrom - $28.50

2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher - $6.99

II. No Chipping and Perfect Nails for Holiday Events or Everyday: Weeklong Lacquer - Vinylux:  In college, I painted my nails every Friday after class. It was my time to relax with my favorite fashion magazine and paint away.  However, most nail polishes chip quickly and require constant upkeep.  Today, I have acrylics with an overlay of shellac, which  keeps my nails looking perfect.  Last summer, I took my acrylics off and tried out Vinylux.   The result was amazing with the polish lasting for over a week.   The idea is to double layer the color with a clear top-coat.  The product dries within 9 minutes and is easily removed.   The formula contains particles that bind to the keratin proteins in the nails, while cross-linked polymers in the topcoat cause it to strengthen when exposed to natural light.  Try Vinylux and relish the vivid color and simplicity from a bottle of nail polish.

CND - Vinylux - $9.90

III. Fabulous Christy Brinkley Hair for the Holidays - Hair Treatment - MoroccanOil:  This little bottle of oil is a special treat for hair that is processed or just dry and needs a glittering lift during the holidays.  Beautiful, silky hair is a must have whether in a top bun, flowing soft curls or stick straight this season.   After shampooing and towel drying locks of hair add in MoroccanOil for instant shine and softness.  MoroccanOil treatment is a serum that is instantly absorbed creating gorgeous shine and long term conditioning.   Aragaon Oil has been used by women in Morocco to treat hair and nails for hundreds of years.  The Argan tree, found in the South West of Morocco called Argana: blossoms in the desert-like conditions produces fruit that grows a large nut with three almond-shape kernels which contain he source for this miraculous oil.    Kathy Lee & Hoda have featured this beauty serum and was InStyle Magazine's 2010 Top Best Beauty Buys.

MorrocanOil - $66.00 - Amazon - $35.59

IV. Night Time Lip Treatment - Rodan & Fields - REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum:  The fall and winter months can be harsh on lips.  Rodan & Fields has the answer!  The Lip Renewing Serum helps soften and define lips on a nightly basis.  I started using the Lip Renewing Serum this summer and enjoy the results.   Each capsule contains peptide that is antioxidant-rich to retain natural moisturizing factors while smoothing lip texture and reducing the appearance of lip wrinkles.  60 capsules - two month supply.   The ultimate solution to obtain flawless lips ready for your favorite holiday lipstick.   Contact: Rosanne Debragga - https:/

Rodan & Fields Redefine Lip Renewing Serum - $53 - 2 Month Supply

Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields are the doctors who created ProActiv and they are doing for aging skin what they did for acne. Their products have been featured multiple times on The Today Show and in O Magazine, Allure, New Beauty, Good Housekeeping, Lucky etc., as award winning products.  Their anti aging line was #1 in Nordstrom when they pulled it to start a direct sales business and the company has grown more than 3 times since then.


V.  The Finale - The Ravishing Red & Wine Lipstick Numbers for the Holidays:  Selecting the perfect red can be tricky.  The basic rules are to know whether you have a warm or a cool skin tone.  A warm tone means your skin is more yellow or golden whereas a cool tone is either pink or red.  Another way to figure out your skin tone is to examine the veins on your wrists in the sunlight.  If your veins are more green on you are warm; more blue - you are cool.    Warm tone skin gravitates to orange reds, while cool tone skin revels in blue reds.   When in doubt, ask a salesperson for extra help in selecting a vibrant red for the holidays.

1.    Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour: A friend of mine told me about Chanel's lip gloss that stays on all day.  And, it does!! During the holiday season at a party or out to dinner this gloss remains securely on the lips.  No more lipstick lines on glasses.  This is the essential gloss for the holidays.  The Base coat hue is a fluid texture which provides long-lasting color, adheres to the lips without transferring or feathering.   Top Gloss Coat provides clear gloss, non-tacky with high shine throughout the day.   Colors of choice:  Soft Rose; Silky Rose


2.    Tom Ford Lipstick Rich & Creamy:  Ford lipstick contains rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.  They hydrate and are long lasting. I am a huge fan of the Ford lipsticks and have several.  My favorite are Cherry Lush a gorgeous blue-based red and Violet Fatale which is a red plum. Both are divine!

Tom Ford - Cherry Lush - Nordstrom - $49

Tom Ford - Violet Fatale - Nordstrom - S49

3.  Mac Lipstick - Divine Night Lipstick - Limited Edition:  This color is gorgeous for a night out on the town amongst the sparkle of lights and snow.   Mac lipsticks are superb.  Other favorites include Red, Russian RedFrom Nordstrom site: Has a lightweight texture, creamy finish and comfortable, long wear combine in this has-it-all pro-class lip color. Slick in use, applies without need of a top coat—and still lasts up to 12 hours. Won't feather or transfer, and the color stays true. Helps lips stay soft and hydrated.

Mac - Divine Night Limited Edition - Nordstrom - $16.50

4.  Clinique - Almost Lipstick -Black Honey:  A favorite wine tone for the holidays.  Mix with a grey sparkle dress or top and be the bell of the ball.  Or use during the day when out and about or at work.  Wonderful for the fall and winter months.


Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey - $15.00
5.  Saving the Best for Last:  Christian Dior Zinna Red Lipstick:  I actually have two Zinna Red (743) Dior lipsticks on hand.  It is a rich blue-red and utterly glamorous. From Nordstrom's website:  Rouge Dior Lipstick features a luminous formula that delivers rich, creamy color to your lips. It's available in 32 shades so you can pick the one that's perfect for you.

Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipstick -Zinna Red - #743 - Nordstrom - $34

"I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features."
— Vivienne Westwood

Sparkle, shine and make an entrance this Holiday Season!  Happy Shopping.  Enjoy!  
Forever Chic Style

Sumptuous and Colorful Coats - Fall 2013

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge in Royal Hues

The luxurious and colorful wool coat is imperative during the cold months of autumn and winter.  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, adorned in beautiful cloaks in soft fabrics dripping in color makes a royal statement when in the public eye. After all, grey days, rain, wind and snow keeps one wanting something exceptionally elegant and warm against the elements.   These luxurious coats can be worn to the theatre, holiday parties, to work or for daily errands.  Either way, a Forever Chic Style maven will be delightfully vibrant, display upscale respect and will be striking amongst the throngs of humanity.

kate spade new York 'eryn' wool coat - Nordstrom - $698

Caruana Loro Piana Wool Coat with Genuine Fox Fur - Nordstrom - $1,750

Trina Turk Belted Wrap Coat - Nordstrom - $545

Fleurette Long Wood Golden-Button Coat - Neiman Marcus - $995 Sale $746.25

There are many styles, hues and fabrics used in designing and constructing glamorous coats for the dark months ahead.  All the major department stores have a rich inventory to chose from at a variety of price points. Always choose quality fabrics and stay within budget.  Look for sales.

Now for a Forever Chic Style Reminder:  Fashion and manners of dress have only one goal, which is to make the wearer feel special, feel unique, serve a functional purpose and ultimately to feel beloved by self.  In these times, it is important or rather imperative for women to support one another versus competing with them.  The competition between women is at an all time high ranging from comparisons about children, college, schooling, houses, men, status, work, positions, house keeping, clothes, looks and weight.  Think of the fascination with the reality series - The Housewives of OC, Beverly Hills etc. on Bravo.  Women watch these shows with bated breath as the thin, wealthy and conventionally striking are sent to the gallows and called everything in the book.  We, as women, think how terrible, yet sometimes are in agreement with the ax that befell the woman opponent. Why? Because we have all experienced the unmitigated hate, jealousy and envy spilled between one another which sometimes is deserved yet more often than not is just competition that stems from ones own insecurities and angst about their own life and or situation.  Wouldn't it be grand if instead of tearing another women down or competing with them - we as women begin to embrace them, wish them well, accept their lifestyles, encourage success and bless each other?  After all, we as women are all different, with a variety of life paths and no one - and I repeat - no one has a gold stamp on how to live ones life.  What works for some does not for others.  

The beauty of the life is the journey and how everyone approaches the journey.  Let's begin by painting our own world in bright colors and warmth.  Take this glow and spread it to other women so that they too can feel the heat of love, feel accepted and feel understood.  We all have wonderful strengths and wonderful differences. Embrace them.  And, the next time a cheap or mean spirited thought comes to mind about another fellow woman, hold the tongue, think positive and spread the words - love and compassion.   Make amends with the past.  If the road remains blocked or the bridge is broken, bless them and move on.   It is an exquisite world - enjoy - dance and wrap a cloak of color around your self and soul.

Christian Dior - Fall 2013 Coats

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”  
Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Stay Tuned:  Fall 2013 - Mother's Angora Sweaters

Black and White Eternally Chic - Fall 2013

The combination of black and white is timeless and sophisticated for any occasion and remains eternally front and center Fall 2013.   When getting ready for work, daily activities or a night out it is easy to slip on black pants or black jeans with a white sweater or a black suit with a crisp white blouse and complete the look with pearls, pumps or boots.  The result is a standout ravishing ensemble that commands attention and focuses all eyes on the person rather than the outfit. A lasting pairing.   Here are the top five essential black and white pieces necessary for a Forever Chic Style wardrobe.  The clothing that will be highlighted is what I like to wear.  However, there are many other brands that might fit your needs.

I.  The Snow White Queen Shirt:  A white button down shirt is imperative in a closet.  Always select a high quality and well made white blouse.  This blouse can be worn under sweaters with jewelry or alone with jeans, dress pants or with a suit.  Add a scarf, necklace, pearls, earrings creating a tailored and refined moment.  Theory has a wonderful button down shirt that is crisp white, elegant and tasteful.  You will reach for this piece often.   Of course, once you have one white shirt, you will seek out other styles for work and play.

Theory 'Larissa 2' Shirt - Nordstrom - $215

Remember Sharon Stone at the Oscars 2011?  She wore a white shirt and lilac Vera Wang shirt - unforgettable.

II.  Black Pants & Black Jeans with White:   Slip on a pair of black jeans either boot cut or skinny or ponte knit riding pants with boots and white sweater for instant winter magic.   Or add a ruffled blouse with a pair of pants and become a Ralph Lauren model for Fall 2013.  Can never go wrong with black on the bottom and white on the top.  Always highlights ones beauty.  Vince - I usually buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

Vince 'Ski' Slim Leg Pants - Nordstrom - $235

Paige Denim 'Skyline' Straight Leg Stretch Jeans (Black Ink) - Nordstrom $158

Sold Denim - Soho Super-Skinny Pull On Jeans - Neiman Marcus - $128

NOTE:  Sold Denim jeans are my new favorite. They are stretchy and comfortable.   Found in boot cut and skinny styles.  The Pro Sports Club, Bellevue, Washington currently has a few in stock.   Apparently, Sold Denim, is the sister company of Rich and Skinny.  Perfect for a gal with curves. 

Calvin Klein Horizontal Stitch Sweater - Nordstrom - $89

Sweater - Doncaster - $295
NOTE:  Best kept secret is the Doncaster brand sold in home and online. The clothing is well made using the same fabrics of high end brands.  Doncaster:
Contact Eden Waggoner, Seattle/Bellevue, WA - Email:; Cell: 425-451-1811

Ralph Lauren - Fall 2013
III.  The Little Black Suit:  When preparing for a job  interview, a public event or a meeting of substance it is imperative to don a black skirt suit or black pant suit with white for a powerful presentation.   Add a white blouse, black pumps, black nylons if winter and nude if summer for a finishing touch.   This simple outfit is adult sophistication finest moment.  Recommend visiting a department store for a sales persons expertise in finding the perfect suit combination.

The LB Suiting
Theory Gabe 2 One-Button Black Suit - Neiman Marcus

Angelina Jolie at an Important Conference ready for Business

IV.  Chanel Precious Pearls either Real or Faux:   Add pearls either real of faux for drama and simplicity in style.  Pearls appear fresh, creamy white against skin and are regal with any outfit.

 Chanel Everyday Pearls

Givenchy Glass Pearl Necklace - Nordstrom - $45

Coco Chanel French Fashion Designer (1883-1971) - Loved Faux Pearls

V.  Scarfs for an Extra Punch:  Add a black and white scarf for an instant splash of fairy - light play.

Nordstrom Zebra Print Infinity - $42.00 - Nordstrom

Nicole Kidman - Professional in a Black Suit -  Forever Chic Style

"Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony."
— Coco Chanel
Stay Tuned:  Fall 2013 Sumptuous and Colorful Coats

All is Lost (2013) Robert Redford

Robert Redford is the reason the film, All is Lost, is a watery, hair raising and gut wrenching film about survival and man's existence against all odds.   How would one survive in a crisis? Would one cry, fall down to the ground, give up or would one fight to survive?  Does one chose to fight with knowledge and sheer physical man power or sit waiting for help?  Redford at 77 years old is fit, active and portrays Our Man as a fighter not willing to give up against the mighty sea.

All is Lost, opens with Redford (Our Man), a veteran sailor on a small sail boat that collides with a floating shipping container at sea, creating a hole in the starboard side of the boat.  Water gushes in and here begins the tale of how to fix a gaping hole and basically survive against the ocean and the unpredictable weather.  The saga takes place over eight days focusing on survival techniques, slipping and flipping in the sail boat during storms, fixing the hole,  fishing, emergency flairs, lifeboat, creating water, navigating with the use of the sun and maps and basically using everything known to sailors.   Avid boaters and sailor fanatics will enjoy the constant battle though will find some inconsistencies.  

Redford, is the only actor today able to recreate this incredible film that is wordless, contains no flashbacks, lead-in's, dreams or even a basic story as to why Our Man is out at sea alone.  There is nothing other than a man with a boat struggling to survive.  Redford's charismatic presence in All is Lost is a feast for the eyes and ears.   There is no Wilson that Tom Hanks had in Cast Away (2000) and instead it is just Redford, alone, as a lion against the sea.  Life of Pi (2012) came to mind when viewing this film only without the imaginary animals.
Both the physical and psychological endurance in this role is profound with Redford's facial expressions and actions bring the film to life. Additionally, images of Butch Cassidy jumping off the cliff come to mind - in other words doing whatever it takes to survive.  As for words, the script contains a voice over in the beginning and only one curse word.  


Since the film is wordless, it is suggested to view at a high end theatre where people do not talk.  It was and is irritating when people babble on throughout the film.   This Charlie Brown teacher drone-on is perhaps why initially my thoughts on the film were less than favorable.   The lack of the well told story bothered this movie goer and perhaps the silence with a talker gabbing was initially disturbing. Even the subtle glances back did not stop the self absorbed.  However, sitting here a day later, thinking back, the movie is an extraordinarily powerful expose on the will to survive, the will to beat all odds and the will to fight.

The final scenes are beautifully filmed and opened to interpretation.  Like, Gravity (2013),  All is Lost, (2013) reminds one of how infinite is the universe and how vast the sea is when alone against the elements.  Sheer determination at the end of the day is all one has in life.  It is the journey that matters and not the destination.

All is Lost - Trailer