The LANCER Method for Body

by christiem on January 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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In our quest for youthful glowing skin we are often so focused on our face that we don’t see the full picture.  Spending tons of money on facial products we tend to neglect other parts of our body like our neck, decolletage and arms and as we get older it shows.

I have been on an epic Ponce de Leon style mission seeking a body-care fountain of youth for the past couple of years, ever since I began to notice the increasing “old lady” tissue-esc appearance developing on my neck and decolletage. Nothing I found really made any headway in my problem and I was beginning to think I was going to have to wear a scarf around my neck for the rest of my life until I met Dr. Lancer.

Dr. Harold Lancer is celebrity dermatologist whose patients include Beyonce, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson and many more.  With more than 40 Lancer faces on the Red Carpet at any given awards show Lancer is the man the celebrities trust with one of their most valuable assets- their appearance!

I sat down with him at a recent event to discuss The Lancer Method and his Body Care Collection.

Q: You are known for your unique skincare system The Method.  What is the LANCER Method?

DL: The Method is two things:  A revolutionary method of skincare that breaks from the traditional method of cleanse, tone, moisturize combined with diet and lifestyle. What I learned  in my practice was that the entire concept of cleanse, tone, moisturize was wrong.  Skin reproduction involves cleaning the the top layer of skin and if you just cleanse first without polishing the cleansing is insignificant. The Lancer Method consists of Polish, Cleanse, Nourish.  The order is totally different. Lifestyle is key because no matter how good your skincare products are if you are sleep deprived, have bad nutrition or aren’t getting exercise the products won’t  shine their best.

Q: Why did you create a body collection?

DL: Most people only focus on the face but your facial skin always has to match your arms, decolletage, hands and neck. We have a saying in the office “From the dinner table up the skin has to match”. If you see someone who has put a 100,000 into their face and the neck & decolletage doesn’t match- the game is over.  You have been to parties and seen it.  The face is spot on and then you look down and see the disconnect between the face and neck the painting is ruined.  I am an artist at heart and I firmly believe that when you have a beautiful painting the frame needs to match.

Q: Tell me about the METHOD for Body.

DL: It follows the same METHOD as our products for the face. Polish, Cleanse, Nourish. Polish first, hand arm shoulder, foot leg thigh wherever the sun has been then rinse, follow with the cleanse, wash off then finish with the nourish.  Our body nourish is to die for.  It contains every antioxidant nourishing component you can find and is face quality.  The majority of body moisturizers out there are crap.  It doesn’t matter what brand it is they take whatever is left from other products and dump it into their body products, not ours!  We use the same high quality ingredients our body products as in our products for the face.  The system goes beyond basic cleansing and moisturizing to deliver a complete anti-aging solution for the body.

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I have been using Dr. LANCER’s facial products for a few months and LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM but after my sit down with Dr. Lancer I couldn’t wait to get home and slather my whole body in the METHOD for Body.

Following The METHOD of Polish, Cleanse, Nourish I began with the Method Body Polish.  The polish has a fresh lavender like scent and the granules were gentle enough to not irritate yet tough enough to exfoliate and washed off as easily as any other body scrub.  It has a slight warming/tingling sensation when you apply so I probably wouldn’t recommend using it right after you shave your legs. The Method Body Cleanse is the next step, it picks up where the body polish leaves off, sweeping away any residual exfoliation debris, softening skin, opening pores and preparing the skin for the Body Nourish. Ok now heavy hitter the the Body Nourish…wow oh wow.  Pure luxury for my poor old lady neck! This advanced anti-aging treatment blends pure, clinical-grade glycolic acid, rich natural moisturizers, and HylaplexTM, Dr. Lancer’s proprietary hyaluronic acid-based moisturization compound, in a formula that speeds skin cell turnover, repairs and improves barrier function and lessens visible signs of aging.  If you have any little cuts or have just shaved be gentle with this- it will sting a bit because of the glycolic acid but your skin will breathe a big sign of relief at the results. Whether you use this for the neck, decolletage, arms. legs I guarantee you will see and feel the difference.  It’s like putting a luxury brand face moisturizer all over your body!

OK so I oohed and awed about the Body Nourish which may tempt you to go out and only purchase that one product but remember Dr. LANCER designed the METHOD as a three step process- you will not get the same results using just one of the products!  They need to be used together and applied in the proper order to achieve maximum results.

LANCER’s THE METHOD Body Products are available at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com 

 

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Superbowl is for Girls!

by christiem on January 26, 2015 · 1 comment

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Whether you are already a Football fan, your guy is a Football Fanatic or you were invited to a Superbowl Party this weekend and have no clue what it’s all about, my pal  fab Sports Writer Vanessa-Franchesca “VF” Castro has everything you need from what to wear to conversation tips that will make you the MVP of any Superbowl Party!

I am so excited to have her guest post this week PLUS we will be giving away a copy of her book “The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron” which delivers all the info you need to level the playing field during Football Season!

I’m handing the ball to to VF now…..

Most Super Bowl shirts or sweaters cost anywhere from $25-$75.00, which is a lot to spend when chances are your team isn’t even playing. But despite all that, you can’t just show up to a party (or the one you’re hosting) with a random color on. Football is about camaraderie and feeling like you belong. And whether your team is in the big game or not, everyone picks a side, because that’s just how it is! So what do you do when you’re less-than-interested in stopping by your local sports store and picking up a shirt you’ll only wear once? You open those closets or head to your favorite department stores with team colors in mind, and make tasteful investments in your wardrobe that will last you for years to come.

With the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, taking on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, you have two color pallets to choose from: Bright (neon) Green/Navy/Silver, and Blue/Silver/White/Red.

Here are four looks I put together:

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Seattle Seahawks:

For the first look, I styled a pair of skinny jeans (which are a closet staple), and a neon green embellished blouse by 3:1 Phillip Lim, followed by a pair of navy blue espadrilles from Michael Kors. The second look is a little more fashion forward, but it’s still a classic style. I paired a gorgeous blue ribbed knit sweater by Yves Saint Laurent Vintage with a playful bright green skater skirt by Go Jane. And for accessories, I paired a sparkly bib necklace by BaubleBar, with grey booties from Steve Madden, and then a matching grey Debutante clutch by my favorite, Henri Bendel

New England Patriots:

For the first look, I paired basic skinny jeans with a white tank top, and a red sweater by KAOS, with leopard booties by Ella Moss (similar), and a necklace by BaubleBar. For the second look, I styled the same skinny jeans with this white dolman sleeve sweater by Helmut Lang, with white booties (similar), and accessorized with a red Ralph Lauren scarf, and this “timeless” nautical-style watch by Daniel Wellington — a perfect nod to New England style. 

If you go with the basic colors of each franchise, your rooting interests will be easily differentiated, but the goal is to have fun — both with your fashion choices, and during the game itself. 

Super Bowl XLIX: The Official Novice Primer

The Super Bowl is a fun time for friends, family, and new company to get together and enjoy one of America’s most storied pastimes: football.

Unfortunately a lot of viewers feel left out during the big game—either because they don’t understand what’s going on, or don’t know anything about the teams playing due to a simple lack of interest. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, Super Bowl parties can be pretty painful (socially, and emotionally) if you’re not prepared.

Enter the Super Bowl XLIX Official Novice Primer, with quick facts, anecdotes, and major news headlines leading up to the game, to prepare you with talking points for anything that might come your way.

Let’s jump right in:

SUPER BOWL HISTORY

  • Taking it back in the history books, the NFL came to be in 1970 following the merger of the NFL and the AFL. A lot of people are under the impression that 1970 is when the Super Bowl was born, but the first Super Bowl was actually played on January 15, 1967, following the ’66 season. Super Bowl I was played at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
  • The trophy given to Super Bowl winners was renamed “The Vince Lombardi Trophy” in 1970 to commemorate the Packers’ late legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, who led Green Bay to the league’s first two back-to-back World Championships.
  • That year in Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., the Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13 to win the inaugural trophy.

TEAMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The current reigning champions are the Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey following the 2013 season.
  • That was the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win in the team’s 40-year history.
  • Seattle’s win brought the grand total of wins per conference to 26 for the NFC (National Football Conference), and 22 for the AFC (American Football Conference).
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the charge having won six Super Bowls, with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys tied with five wins apiece, followed by the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, and the Packers’ win totals to four each, and then the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders’ wins with three apiece.

THE BLING

Now let’s talk about the hardware: the trophy itself.

  • The Lombardi Trophy is designed by Tiffany & Co. and began with a simple sketch in 1967 by T&Co’s vice president, Oscar Riedner. The trophy’s design—cast in a stunning sterling silver—is as beautiful as it is functional.
  • With three concave sterling silver panels supporting a sterling silver football in the kicking position, the trophy adorns the NFL shield, with the score and numerical game details. Tiffany’s is the exclusive manufacturer of the $50,000, 22-inch, seven-pound trophy.
  • For the wearable jewelry, the NFL allocates $5,000 per ring to the Super Bowl-winning team for the franchise to contract a jeweler to make up to 150 rings for the players, coaches and other personnel in the organization. Any cost incurred beyond $5,000 (per ring) is paid for by the team. The bid for designing the Super Bowl rings usually goes to Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany’s, with last year’s Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII champs ring being designed by Tiffany’s.

THE BUZZ

There have been many storylines headed into Super Bowl XLIX, and I guarantee they will come up at some point, so I’m going to lay it out in the most simplified way possible.

Deflate Gate

  • The major headline in circulation as of now involves the New England Patriots. In the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, stories went viral following the conclusion that the Patriots had played the first half with under-inflated footballs.
  • The National Football League confirmed the “Deflate Gate” allegations following its interviews of 40 Patriots personnel, where it concluded that the footballs supplied did not comply with the league’s Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which states footballs have to be 12.5 – 13.5 pounds per square inch. League balls, supplied by Wilson, are 11 – 11½ inches long (nose to nose), and 21 – 21¼ inches in circumference.
  • For every game, 24 footballs are provided—12 for each team—and an additional 12 are kept in the officials’ locker room. Each football is inspected before the start of every football game and has to pass strict compliance measures before it’s allowed to be used.
  • Officials suspect that at some point during the first half of the championship game, the footballs were deflated. This practice is intended to improve grip, which creates a cleaner pass, but it also carries a $25,000 fine that the league can increase at its discretion, depending on the findings. Officials determined the footballs to be 2 PSI under the legal limits, and the league confirmed.
  • Although the Patriots are maintaining their innocence, the case is being looked at by Jeff Pash and Ted Wells, who oversaw the Dolphins’ bullying scandal two years ago, so it could take some time before a ruling is determined.

Expensive Gestures

The final major headline involves Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

  • Lynch has been rumored to have a social anxiety disorder, which is why he has spent much of his NFL career under the radar. However, as an introvert, this season has all but launched an all-out war between Lynch and the league, as the league imposed a total of $100,000 in fines for instances where Lynch refused to speak to media or give proper interviews, per the league’s media policy.
  • On top of that, Lynch was fined $11,050 for grabbing his crotch on a touchdown catch against the Arizona Cardinals in December. And it was announced over the weekend that Lynch was issued another $20,000 for a repeat crotch-grabbing violation against the Packers in the NFC Championship game.
  • Lynch has been warned by the League that if he makes any obscene gestures during the Super Bowl, the Seahawks would face a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, with additional fines possible. An interesting detail of this news is that a collage was being sold on NFLShop.com for $149.95, featuring an image of Lynch’s now infamous crotch grab. The NFL said the collage was made by a licensed retailer, and has since removed the item from its website.
  • While rumors have been circulating that Lynch could sue the League over its media policy as it relates to his alleged anxiety disorder, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been firm in the franchise’s decision to continue letting Lynch to act in the ways he is comfortable with, as long as he’s being productive, and a team player.

The Super Bowl is a great time to bond and discover the camaraderie that sports can bring if you let it. So if you’re a football novice, or a well-versed fan looking for some talking points, I hope these help spark conversation and improve the overall experience!

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Get the Perfect Pout for Valentine’s Day

by christiem on January 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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There are three times throughout the year that a kiss is a must: Under the Mistletoe, Midnight on New Year’s Eve and the most kissable day of the year Valentine’s Day.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s time to start prepping your lips to get the perfect smoochable pout.  Luckily luxury skincare brand Kaplan MD has just what the love doctor ordered: Perfect Pout Lip Mask + Lip Balm Duo.

Dr. Kaplan created Perfect Pout as a natural alternative to instantly plump lips and smooth fine lines while hydrating and protecting against sun damage.  The result is smoother, fuller and more beautiful lips.

Kaplan MD sent me a preview set of this puckerable love potion to test and I have to tell you…I’m in love.

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What is It: An anti-aging lip treatment duo that naturally redefines the appearance of the lip contour while reducing the look of fine lines, infusing hydration, and protecting with SPF 20.

 What Does it Do: naturally plumps and redefines the look of the lip contour while quenching skin’s thirst by deeply hydrating. Both the lip mask and balm reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area and protect against sun damage with SPF 20.

How Do I Use It: In The Morning: spread a generous layer of the mask directly to clean lips. Make sure to cover all fine lines and wrinkles around the outside of the lips about a 1/2 inch beyond the natural lip line. A Mild tingling will occur due to the papaya enzymes. Let sit for three to five minutes, then wipe off any excess product with a soft cloth or tissue. Follow with Lip 20 Balm to seal in hydration and protect lips with SPF 20.

What I Love About It: After use my lips feel plump and super smoochable.  My lip color applies more smoothly without those noticeable tell tell lines that a bright red lipstick can reveal!  All of my red lipsticks are seeing hearts when I apply Perfect Pout!

Where Can I Buy It: Sephora and Sephora.com

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IFB: Links a la Mode

by christiem on January 22, 2015 · 0 comments

Starting the New Year off with a Bang!  My post Suit Button Rules: Sometimes, Always, Never was honored in this week’s Links a la Mode from Independent Fashion Bloggers.

Check out some of the other great posts on How To’s and What To’s that were honored along with me!

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What do you do when your eyeshadow breaks? How do you NOT take an outfit photo? How do you take care of your nails? How to you add a little edge to your style? The serious questions when it comes to fashion. Well, ok, still very IMPORTANT. This week we have a great roundup of interesting links informing us all those little things you didn’t even know you really needed to know.

Links à la Mode: January 22nd

SPONSOR: shopbop 20 Frye Booties, MBMJ, Men’s AG, Perfext, Women’s Sorels, Goose Jackets, TB Sandals, Nixon, MZ, Jansport & Tumi

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OOTD: Elevated Sporty Chic

January 18, 2015

Over the past few seasons designers have been racing toward sporty, relaxed and “I woke up like this” designs. Joggers have completely taken over mens apparel and sweatshirts sprinted off the runways to become the MVP of the season. The key to wearing sporty styles is to not go head to toe with it. Joggers + […]

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POP into Spring with Neiman Marcus

January 16, 2015

Even though you may be sitting next to the fireplace huddled under 5 layers of clothing for warmth, now is the perfect time to make Spring POP! Jan 14-25 Neiman Marcus is hosting the Estee Lauder Up Close Spring Event. Stock up on all of your Estee Lauder Spring essentials- including products from Aerin- and […]

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Aerin Iris Meadow

January 16, 2015

If your last name is Lauder and you launch a beauty/fragrance collection it better be really, really good. Aerin Lauder is basically beauty royalty, as the grand daughter of the grand dame of cosmetics Estee Lauder she worked her way up through the ranks of the billion-dollar family company for 25 years to the position of style and […]

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Suit Button Rules: Sometimes, Always, Never

January 10, 2015

Something that tends to pop up again and again on photoshoots is a banter between myself and the male model (sometimes even between myself and the client) about how to properly button a mens suit jacket. You may be thinking “What could you possibly argue about?  They are buttons.  Either button or don’t button them”. Ah, […]

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Cheeky Chic Cheeks

January 8, 2015

I am head-over heels in love with sweet cheek shades. Cheek color is so important, it is the one thing that can brighten any face.  A little swipe across the cheeks in the afternoon and you look fresh, renewed and glowing! My latest cheeky obsession is from Le Metier de Beaute: Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope. Le […]

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OOTD: The Pussy Bow

January 6, 2015

Pussy Bow Blouses- yes that is what they are called- have made a big comeback in the past few years. These gloriously stylish blouse’s known as “pussy bow” , “pussy cat bow”  and “secretary blouse” soared to popularity in the 1940s as part of the Gibson Girl inspired trend.  They were a staple in designs by Coco […]

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