Disney’s Tomorrowland

by christiem on May 22, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I attended a special preview screening of Disney’s Tomorrowland.

There has been so much hype about this film- mostly because George Clooney is in it, but for me -a die hard Disney fan- the film is more about the message it embodies.

Tomorrowland hearkens back to the roots of Walt Disney’s philosophy, the celebration of optimism, dreamers and thinkers.

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“From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. “

It tells an epic story that touches upon the possible end of mankind and Planet Earth — and then seeks out a solution for our ills that is rooted in creative people doing exceptional things for the greater good.

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What set’s this film apart for me is that it has not one but two strong female teen leads, Britt Robertson as Casey and Raffey Cassidy as Athena!  Showing not pretty princesses but creative, intelligent forward thinking gals who like to get their science on, {SPOILER} well one of them actually is a piece of science.  An empowering film for every young lady to see showing her it’s possible to dream of any future you want and that you have the power to make the world a better place.  Please if you have a young gal in your life- a niece, daughter, granddaughter or friend, take her to see this film.

Shifting throughout several time periods throughout the film, from 1960’s to 1980’s and “the future”,  Costume Designer Jeffrey Kurland (Inception), wasn’t trying to spark a fashion trend but to create something with a timeless appeal.

Bird told VARIETY when speaking about the films costumes, “Although outsiders gain entry to Tomorrowland by acquiring a special pin, the city itself changes over the decades. For example, the pin Britt Robertson’s character finds is from 1984, so that’s the version of Tomorrowland she sees when she touches it: People are wearing ’80s colors, and it’s the future as seen from the ’80s. As in the real world, however, characters each have different fashion tastes, and their wardrobe reflects a variety of forward-thinking styles, rather than matching uniforms.  Ultimately, the trick wasn’t to anticipate the future, but to make creative choices that would still look good tomorrow — and for decades to come.”

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As for merchandise….See this pin?

It’s what EVERY Disney fan both kid and adult alike is going to want to own after watching Tomorrowland.  Trust me, just get it now.

Disney’s Tomorrowland opens nationwide Friday May 22, 2015.

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Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus

by christiem on May 21, 2015 · 0 comments

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If there is one thing you can expect from Napoleon Perdis it’s to expect the unexpected.  Remember the Donkey Milk Cleanser I wrote about a few months ago?

We’ll they have done it again with some out-of-the-box skincare thinking, or at least out-of-the-western-world-box skincare thinking. Their latest release is a cleansing oil for the skin Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewing Cleansing Oil.

Yes, it’s an oil you wash your face with.  You may think this sounds strange but the Japanese have been using oil cleansers for decades in a method they call “Double Cleansing”.

Double Cleansing removes BOTH oil-soluble and water-soluble impurities from the face.

The idea behind the concept is that most facial cleansers are water-based and remove water-soluble impurities with ease, however they do not remove oily impurities nearly as well. Because like dissolves like and oil and water repel one another, an oil-type cleanser works to remove oily impurities in-depth, rather than just on the skin’s surface. If you wear make-up which contains oil, use sunscreens which have water-resistance or have oily skin you can achieve clearer and calmer skin by double-cleansing.  It has shown AMAZING results for those with Rosacea and Acne-prone skin.

To Double Cleanse, first apply an oil cleanser to dry skin with dry hands and massage to remove the day’s makeup then rinse with warm water. Next they use a cream or foaming face wash, depending on your skin type, to remove any impurities on the skin. Follow with moisturizer.

I have been employing the Double Cleanse Method using Napoleon Perdis’ new Rebirth of Venus Cleansing Oil for a couple weeks now and I have seen a huge results.  The red splotchy spots I normally have on my skin have decreased significantly and my skin feels ridiculously hydrated- not to mention I have no need for makeup-remover because the oil sweeps the makeup away (even my long-wear mascara).  I was afraid the oil would get in my eyes and irritate but I haven’t had any problems with that at all.

The reason it is so effective is that Rebirth of Venus Cleansing Oil contains nourishing Olive Oil and Fermented seeds from the Lotus flower that leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and the Amino Acids and Polysaccharides calm stressed skin leaving it hydrated and looking flawless. Plus it smells fantastic!  I want to dip my entire body in it!

Pro Tip:  Apply the oil to a dry face and massage THEN wipe away with a wet cloth.  DO NOT apply the oil to a wet face.

What do you think about Double Cleansing?  Want to give it a try?

Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Cleansing Oil is available at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Sisley Essential Skin Care Lotion

by christiem on May 20, 2015 · 0 comments

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Sisley, the French skincare brand known for their phytocosmotology approach to skincare, recently launched an exciting addition to their highly successful Sisleya anti-aging range, Sisley Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion.

This product marks a new way of looking at skin care.  Sisley believes that in a world where things move so rapidly and change so quickly you need to take the time to shield your skin from it.

It’s not a toner, not a primer and not a moisturizer.

What it is, is a specific treatment designed to be your first step in an anti-aging skincare ritual.

Packed full of essential ingredients  (Marshmallow extract, Padina pavonica, and Gingko biloba Phytosqualane) to hydrate and nourish the skin, making it more receptive to the following treatments and anti-aging assets (White Willow, Chalice Alkekengi, Padina pavonica, Gingko biloba) for radiant youthful skin. It leaves skin plumped, radiant, hydrated, smooth and glowing while creating a invisible shield to protect your skin from free-radicals that cause the signs of aging.

I LOVE the results I got from this.  Skin was instantly plumped, super smooth and felt uber hydrated without and greasy residue.

How to Use: Apply morning and evening to a cleansed face and neck. Apply the product with the fingertips, massaging gently until it has been completely absorbed.  Follow with moisturizer and continue with your usual beauty routine.

Sisley Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion is Available at Nieman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com

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On the Fringe

by christiem on May 19, 2015 · 0 comments

There is one single must-have that will carry over from summer 2015 to fall/winter 2015 and that is fringe.

Fringe found it’s way into just about every Spring/Summer AND Fall/Winter runway!

Whether its an easy boho summer look or  lux fall 70s inspired ensemble, fringe is everything for the now and next.

Here are some of my favorite fringe pieces that will keep you swinging from season to season.

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Summer Scents: Fleur 09

May 18, 2015

Summer scents should be as easy going and carefree as the season.  Light, relaxed and uncomplicated. Able to go from day to night without skipping a beat. This is why I am head-over-heels for Maria Cristofilis’ Fleur 09.  It captures the true and purest essence of the white flower radiating with heavenly tuberose, magnetic jasmine and joyful […]

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Summer Reads: Fat Girl Walking

May 16, 2015

For all the girls (and guys) who, like me tend to eat our feelings and sometimes even drink them or for anyone who is having a down day and just needs a good laugh I have the perfect summer read for you “Fat Girl Walking”. Fat Girl Walking, the debut book by blogger and body […]

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M is for May and Melanoma

May 14, 2015

May is Melanoma awareness month. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States?  It is caused by Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, tanning booths or sunlamps and the most dangerous kind of skin cancer is melanoma.  According to Melanoma Reasearch Alliance , the people at highest […]

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5 Style Tips I learned from My Mom

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! To most of us our moms were our first fashion icons. The first glimpses we had into personal style and most often tried to emulate from an early age.  I remember thinking my mom’s jewelry box was a magical land filled with rainbows and unicorns and […]

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Promposal

May 4, 2015

Every once in awhile something happens that makes you stop, think and feel. In my crazy life where I have to make magic happen at the drop of a dime and things are so on-the-go and urgent it’s easy to forget to stop an appreciate the everyday magic that surrounds us. Last week I styled two […]

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What to Wear for Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2015

Vibrant Color,peasant dresses, chips, guac and of course lots and lots of Margaritas, that’s Cinco de Mayo or as I like to call it Tequila Day.   Every May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) we don our best festival gear, put on our drinking shoes and head to a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Growing up on […]

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