Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

by christiem on October 1, 2014 · 0 comments

This Outfit of the Day Look began with a fabulous pair of Seychelles 1950’s inspired stacked heel shoes from Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse.

Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, offering more than 30,00 pairs of designer and name brand shoes at affordable prices,  will open their doors to Las Vegas shoe-lovers on Thursday October 9th at Downtown Summerlin!  EEEK!  I’m so excited!!!!  This will be their first retail location in Las Vegas and trust me, once you have walked inside you won’t want to shop for shoes anywhere else!

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Stacked heels are one of Fall’s top trends and these gorgeous gals’ are uber comfortable.  They have a pillow-like insole that is like a heavenly cloud under your feet PLUS the price point leaves you with room to buy the rest of your look!  Just $59.99!  Seriously!  Just $59.99!

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The second I slipped into these classic beauties I felt inspired to build an on-trend look that would pay homage to 1950’s era Mouseketeers.

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I love layering tees with Peter Pan Collar tops.  It ups the chic factor of a tee and creates a polished yet fun personality packed look.

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Another key trend for Fall that can add oomph to any look is bracelet stacking.

Use different shapes to create interest and stack them high ladies!

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Make sure to keep your legs flawless for Fall to show off your heels!

Some of us, and by some of us I mean me,  don’t have the most even-tone to their legs PLUS I need a little shaping power in the rear end!

If you follow my blog at all you know I am head over heels crazy for SPANX.  I have been counting the days until Fall arrived so that I could start wearing all of the fabulous leg-wear SPANX offers.

Here I am wearing SPANX In-Power Line Super Shaping Sheers. They reduce cling with a super-sleek finish, tame your tummy with a comfortable yet powerful panel plus give your legs a flawless even toned appearance!

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Build your own look with these fantastic heels and show me what you styled!  

Meet me at Downtown Summerlin opening weekend (October 9-12) and let’s shop together!  

Tag me on instagram to show me your #DowntownSummerlin and #OBShoes Shopping Hauls!

 

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We are just 10 days away from the much anticipated opening of Las Vegas’ newest retail shopping destination: Downtown Summerlin!

Open, Open Open!!!!

Downtown Summerlin will kick things off on October 9th with a four day street festival of shopping, music, food, fashion and live entertainment, beginning with a spectacular light show opening ceremony at 8pm on October 9th.  The evening will showcase an incredible spectacle of light and sound never before seen in the Las Vegas Valley.  Get there early to pick up your free DTS Xylobands- LED wristbands- from Brand Ambassadors throughout the Downtown to be part of the Light Show opening ceremony!

The street party will continue on Friday and throughout the weekend with DJs, street entertainers, artists, kids activities, surprise guests and GIVEAWAYS!

Saturday Oct. 11, will feature fabulous fashion shows and fashion makeovers throughout the day.

Still need more action? The four day festival will also have a pop-up food festival with the city’s best food trucks lining the streets!

Located just South of the Red Rock Hotel-Casino Downtown Summerlin will host more than 125 retail stores and restaurants including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse (a first to this market), LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen, Rice Republic, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant as well as a state-of-the-art luxury movie theater from Regal Cinemas.

I am ridiculously, head over heels, warming up my credit cards excited about the opening of first to market Danish import fashion brands B.Young featuring womens clothing with “high fashion quality at attractive prices” and mens brand Lindbergh which offers contemporary masculine clothes created for men who are interested in acquiring a wardrobe based on problem solving, finding something cool that fits into their lives.  I have been pouring over their lookbooks earmarking all of my must-haves!

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(Above from B.Young’s Autumn Collection)

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(Above from Lindbergh’s Autumn Collection)

This fashion lover is counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the center opens!  Make sure to follow me on my social channels as I introduce you to Downtown Summerlin’s shopping experience or better yet meet me there opening weekend and lets shop together!

Use the hashtag #DowntownSummerlin to show me your shopping hauls!

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Be sure to follow Downtown Summerlin on all of their social media channels to enter to win $25 gift cards EVERYDAY leading up to the Grand Opening! 

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The BoxTrolls: A Peek Beneath the Boxes

by christiem on September 26, 2014 · 1 comment

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I LOVE stop-motion animation.  I have been obsessed with it since I was a child- remember The Year Without a Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

My stop-motion devotion then carried through to adulthood with The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Corpse Bride.

I am absolutely mesmerized by the realistic detail and gritty surrealistic effect it delivers.

This weekend the latest soon to be classic in stop-motion animation hits theaters: The BoxTrolls.

The BoxTrolls is the third feature film from Portland based Laika Studios (ParaNorman and Coraline).

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“Adapted from the young adult novel Here Be Monsters by author Alan Snow – as part of the first volume in the Ratbridge Chronicles – The Boxtrolls film focuses the 529 page novel down to tell the story of a toddler orphan named Eggs, and his adventures living with a group of mischievous, garbage picking creatures called the Boxtrolls. Set within the wealth-obsessed fictional city of Cheesebridge – a place inspired by the swank Victorian and Edwardian eras of the United Kingdom – The Boxtrolls is set to become Laika’s first “period piece” motion picture. Additionally, the film features an array of new characters. While spending time in Cheesebridge you’ll be introduced not just to the self-important upper crust of the cheese-driven metropolis, but also it’s odd, yet lovable, cardboard box wearing underground dwellers as well.”

The film was shot using 3D stop-motion animation and CG.  Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and starring Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher – a villainous wannabe aristocrat with a rather disfiguring allergy to cheese, and an abiding hatred of the Boxtrolls, Elle Fanning (as the voice of Winnie), Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Jared Harris, Tracy Morgan, and Isaac Hempstead Wright (otherwise known as Bram from HBO’s Game of Thrones) voicing Eggs.

Laika is in the running for an Science and Technical Achievement Academy Award for its innovations in using 3D printings to paint details on its characters. They use 3D printing to create most of the characters faces.

I bet about now you are wondering “How does this fit in with a Fashion Blog”? Well, Laika is the ONLY animation studio IN THE WORLD to employ its own costume designer, Deborah Cook whose task is to create realistic clothing on characters shrunk to a one-to-five scale.

So, lets talk costumes!

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During the design process Cook worked much the same way she would in live-action — except that the characters she worked with were barely a foot tall. Designing for costumes at a one-to-five scale poses several hurdles.  Cook had to employ the use of laser cutting tools because traditional cutting and stitching thickens edges and can throw off the costumes’ scale. Also, the outfits must be able to stay completely motionless for each frame during stop-motion photography while moving fluidly and believably between shots.

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“We put a lot of engineering under the costumes so that they can move through the frames, 24 frames a second,” Cook told Variety. “We have to be methodical … in how things are processed to make sure that everything has extremely fine detail. The slightest stitch out of place looks huge on screen.”

Cook also used an embroidery machine to sew the miniature knitwear and lace, looking to Paris’s Ballets Russes, which worked with artists like Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, for inspiration.

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s patterns gave Cook ideas for how to dress the unusually shaped human puppets. Military uniforms and heraldry informed the costumes of the aristocratic White Hats, while the markings on English punk rock clothes influenced the dress of the more villainous Red Hats.

The movie’s smallest costumes were for Eggs as a baby: the sweater, measuring just 3.5” from cuff to cuff across the length of both arms and chest, and the baby socks measuring 5/8” long!

Laika is has their fingers crossed that with her work on The BoxTrolls  Deborah Cook will be the first Costume Designer to secure an Academy Award nomination for Costume Design with an animated movie.

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BoxTrolls open Friday September 26th nationwide.  

SPOILER: Make sure to stay all the way through the credits for an amazing behind the scenes peek at this technological masterpiece.

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12 Hours With Sisely Paris Phyto-Teint Expert

by christiem on September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

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I work long days.  Really….long….days.

A typical work day for me is anywhere from 10-14 hours with not much time for touching up so my foundation needs to be a heavy hitter.

Lately I have been noticing that BB Creams, CC Creams and tinted moisturizers just aren’t getting the job done anymore.

I need something richer and creamier to even out my skin and give it a velvety smooth full coverage finish.

Sisely Paris recently unveiled its latest product, Sisely Paris Phyto-Teint Expert- a long-wear (12 hours) foundation which promises to be a true second skin foundation- correcting imperfections, evening out complexion, delivering a flawless natural finish while ensuring moisturized radiant skin with anti-ageing technology.

Yeah, I HAD to try it.

The product applies like a dream.  Evenly, smoothly, airy and light on the skin while giving AMAZING coverage without looking cakey.  My skin had a smooth gorgeous glow- almost a PhotoShop-esc diffusion- after I applied.

There is a crazy ton of technology that goes into this miracle product- and you can click over to their website to read all about it- but I think the best selling point is to see it at work.

I styled one of my favorite clients on a music video last week.

My day lasted 12 hours so it was the perfect time to test out the “long-lasting” qualities of Phyto-Teint Expert.

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I am OBSESSED with this Foundation!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  It lasted all night, my skin stayed hydrated, smooth, even and gorgeous!  I used a blotting paper at hour 11 because we were shooting in a hot, humid, sweaty bar but that’s it!  No powder or foundation touch up for TWELVE Hours!!!!

Sisely Paris Phyto-Teint Expert is available at NeimanMarcus, NeimanMarcus.com and Sisley Paris Boutique at the Shoppes at Crystals.

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Sisley Paris Phyto-Pate Moussante

September 21, 2014

I have ONE beauty tool that I am completely and totally obsessed with, my Clarisonic Mia.  Trust me, your cleansing routine will never be the same again after you try it. This miracle gadget employs a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove makeup six times better than cleansing with […]

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Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel

September 14, 2014

I just wrapped up a week long photoshoot.  Long hours, sweltering studio conditions and waaaay too much coffee had left my skin in need of a pick-me-up so it was the perfect time to test out a brand new product from one of my favorite skincare lines Omorovicza, Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel. The Blue Diamond […]

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SPANX Sara Blakely on her Jiggle Free Mission

September 4, 2014

As if you weren’t excited enough about the opening of SPANX first West Coast Location on September 5th here in Fabulous Las Vegas (I have been counting the hours to get my hands on Bra-llelujah Bras in EVERY COLOR!)  I decided to stir the proverbial excitement pot a little more and get you uber-excited by […]

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SPANX I’m Hosting a Jiggle Free Jubilee

September 3, 2014

Ladies of Las Vegas prepare to be jiggle free! This Friday- September 5th I am hosting the opening of SPANX first West Coast Boutique at the Fashion Show Mall from 6-8pm! A super exciting feature of this event- aside from the ridiculously good giveaways- is that there will be a presentation to show you HOW […]

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Stories by KO

August 30, 2014

I haven’t been this excited about a clothing launch in quite awhile. Kelly Osborne has finally announced the release date of her highly anticipated fashion line Stories by KO, September 25th on HSN. This first collection is called Chapter One.  Not only does it look absolutely adorbs (I would wear EVERY Piece), it will also range in size from 0-24. […]

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Twist and Pout with ReVive Intensite Volumizing Lip Serum

August 29, 2014

Sometimes our lips need a little extra help. Something more than a balm or a scrub.  A voluminous boost! Fine lines and wrinkles cause lip colors to bleed…you know that look- you probably had a third grade teacher whose lip-color slowly became huge red clown lips by the end of the day….yuck! As we age, […]

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