I had the opportunity to visit the Escada store in Lenox Mall this past week and had special treatment from the store’s assistant manager who also happens to be one of my favorite fashionistas, Jocelin Drake-Houston. Jocelin has a unique flair and killer eye for styling people of varying body types and within any budget. She picked out some numbers for me based on the spring trends and we also discussed Escada’s history and fall lines.
So, what are this season’s trends? Last week, I shared you the statement sleeve trend. Jocelin told me that 80’s and 90’s retro, pants suits, and palazzo pants are where it’s at this spring. She also mentioned florals are big, particularly hand-painted florals. Hand-painted leather, generally, is a big trend.
I must say, with my body type, I am not feeling the oversize pants and pants suits, but I am always for an over-sized clutch. And of course, my radar went off upon entering the store when my eye immediately ran across this over- sized hand-painted clutch. It is equal parts modern and chic- a basic black with delicate white bamboo strategically placed on the clutch unlike other.
Know your worth and don’t accept anything less!
You Divas know how much I love Greece! I have been there twice and can’t wait to get back again! Love it!
One of the most beautiful islands in Greece is Myknonos. It is a must destination and here are 9 fabulous things to do once you get to this beautiful location.
Imagine aqua blue waters lapping gently against white sandy beaches. Imagine a tropical drink in your hand, toes in the sand and live music tempting you to dance. Welcome to Mykonos, Greece.
Named after the grandson of Apollo, Mykonos is in the middle of the Cyclades. In Greek mythology, the island was formed from the bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Mykonos is a favourite vacation spot for everyone from the rich and famous to the family-oriented since there is something to do no matter what your interests.
Whether you’ve already bought your ticket or are just beginning to plan, here are 9 fun things to do in Mykonos, Greece.
1) Familiarise yourself with the history and culture of Greece by visiting the Archaeological, Folklore or Maritime Museums. If you prefer art instead of archaeology, then try the Rarity Art Gallery. Both residents and tourists give it rave reviews for its accessible art pieces.
2) Visit the town of Alefkantra, or “Little Venice,” to see the beautiful mansions that make up the neighbourhood. Many of the historic homes have been turned into restaurants and shops so you can enjoy the buildings from the inside out. As you walk along the streets looking at the houses you can also see the windmills on the hillside above the town. If you want a closer look you can hike up to them or take a bus.
3) Stroll down the elegant Matoyanni Street in the middle of Hora, the island’s main town. You can do some window-shopping, pick out a few gifts and then stop at a café, all while people watching to see if someone famous walks past you. This is the premier spot to shop.
4) In the town of Ano Mera is Panagia Tourliani, a historic monastery from the sixteenth century. It has beautiful woodcarvings and a marble bell tower. It is only open by appointment so you must plan your visit in advance. While others may tell you about Panayia Paraportiani, visiting Panagia Tourliani makes for a unique vacation memory.
5) Prefer an activity with more excitement that will get your blood pumping? Try a water sport. With constant winds, Mykonos is great for windsurfing. If you’re new to the sport, there are lessons offered at any number of beaches. There are also a variety of surf spots and diving opportunities on the island.
6) There is no shortage of quality restaurants and enjoying regional cuisine is easy. You will probably see kopanisti, a peppery soft cheese, on the menu. Ordering the cheese is a delicious way to enjoy the culture of Mykonos, since it is one of the island’s trademark foods.
7) After a large meal, you’ll probably want to take a nap on a quiet beach somewhere. If that’s your goal, then try the northern coast of the island. With Ayia Anna, Houlakia, Kapari, Agrari, and Ayios Stefanos beach to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one you like.
8) Take a short day trip to the ancient, sacred island of Delos. A quick boat trip will take you to the deserted island. It has fantastic archaeological features and according to mythology, it is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. And if you have the time there is a hike that will give you a breath-taking view of the island.
9) The sun may set but the day is not done because you are ready to experience the famous nightlife on the island. Dancing on the beach after having dinner and drinks is especially fun in Paraga on the southern tip of Mykonos. There are a number of restaurants with bars on the beach and live music at night.
If you’re heading to the island, make sure you tick off just a few of the above activities. You won’t regret it!
P.U.S.H- Pray Until Something Happens.
The new 2018 Range Rover Velar debuted at The Geneva Motor Show and it is super fab!
The Velar has a new sleek design but still retains some of the boxy design of the traditional Range Rover. The interior design is super fancy too. The new Velar has a Head-Up Display and two 10” high-definition touch screens. It also has individual sliding armrests and configurable mood lighting. Of course premium butta leather seats are included in addition to lots of room to easily fit 5 people.
Jaguar Land Rover does technology like no other and the new Velar does not disappoint. First there is the Touch Pro Duo, Velar’s new standard dual touchscreen system. This system allows the user to simultaneously view and interact with multiple features at once. For instance, you can use the navigation system in the upper screen while playing media on the lower screen.
Another cool tech feature is the Incontrol Remote system. This system is a multi-function app that allows you to monitor, through vehicle status, as well as interact with the New Range Rover Velar from your smartphone or smart watch. Through the app, remotely start the engine to precondition the climate; lock and unlock the vehicle; locate your Range Rover Velar on a map or by using the beep and flash function; and track your journeys.
Lastly, the Velar’s Performance is everything and beyond what you would expect from Land Rover. With Adaptive Dynamics, the Velar delivers a flat ride and optimum control by monitoring body and steering movements up to 500 times a second. It reacts to driver and road inputs by offering continuously variable damper settings between soft and firm extremes. In addition, the vehicle has 247 horsepower, 269 torque and can go from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds.
The new Range Rover Velar retails at $49,000 and is available now.
Love always wins!
It is that time of year when my fav luxe department store, Nordstrom, has its annual Spring Beauty Trends Event!
Now through May 27th, you can visit Nordstrom and receive one-on-one time with renowned beauty experts who will teach you how to achieve the freshest New York Fashion Week runway-inspired looks with products specific to you. Plus, you’ll get free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchases (while supplies last)! So fab!
I attend this event every year and stock up on my favorite parfum, make-up and the best part is that I get tons of samples! Love it!
You can RSVP by visiting a store or calling to make an appointment for your personal make-up session.
I know we all get bogged down with everyday life, but one of my new goals is to never put off tomorrow what can be achieved today. Let’s be doers, make things happen and live out our dreams!
We are shaking things up a bit on www.luxetipsmag.com and we are going to feature a luxe beauty product I am currently loving every week. Yeah!
The beauty product I am obsessed with this week is E.L.F Cosmetics Blemish Control Face Primer. This primer is infused with Salicylic Acid, Vitamin E, and Tea Tree extract to help control breakouts and blemishes while preparing your skin so makeup will go on evenly with a long-lasting satin finish.
I have been using this product for a few months and I simply adore it! Not only does it create the perfect canvas for make-up application, it is also…
- An amazing moisturizer
- It doesn’t break out my sensitive skin
- And it is only $6 for a half an ounce bottle!
Plus a little goes a long way. I put it on in the morning and it gives me a flawless finish all day. So fab!
You can find E.L.F. Cosmetics at any Target or CVS.
Love always wins!
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to get your V-day gifts ordered and purchased!
Divas always have a hard time trying to figure out what to get their love for Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day is a holiday gears towards women, so the options for men tend to be a bit scarce.
Well I have found some great pampering products for him that I am sure your boo will love! It’s A 10 Haircare.
It’s A 10 Haircare has fabulous grooming and styling products for him that will have your honey looking his best on Valentine’s Day.
Check them out!
His triple threat: Miracle 3-IN-1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash ($17, ulta.com)
- A classic multi-purpose product that cleanses & moisturizes both hair and body with a subtle, clean scent
His Versatile Styling Agent: Miracle Pliable Paste ($17, ulta.com)
- Glides easily through hair with zero sticky residue
- Microcrystalline wax delivers pliable texture with clean, flexible hold
His Get-It-Together Gel: Miracle Defining Gel ($17, ulta.com)
- All day customizable hold without the flakes
- Provides extra staying power for sleek, structured styles
All Its A 10 Haircare products are under $20 and can be purchased at Ulta.com.
Putting yourself first is not selfish but self care. Always take care of yourself!
I am so excited to share with you Divas a new hair care line for ALL hair types!
Keune, a global hair care company with headquarters in Atlanta, created the BLEND line for all hair types and to spark creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. The 14 premium products in the modern and colorful BLEND collection feature packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, and look just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The line encourages personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places. Love it!
To introduce BLEND to the beauty industry, Kuene held an exclusive, invite-only event on January 22, 2017 at the King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside. The event hosted over 250 hair stylists and tastemakers, and played off of a “blended” theme throughout, including a variety of unexpected artistic experiences, entertaining performances and creative food and drink.
Of course the party included creative stylists, entertainment, great food, libations and beautiful people.
Check it out!
Atlanta DJ Ree De La Vega spun tunes while famed local graffiti artist Dr. Dax created a large-scale painting that was given away at the end of the evening. An aerialist flew over an all-white photography area where guests were given the opportunity to take part in a live photo shoot. Performance artist Diego entertained onlookers through a glass-walled bathroom space, where he played with BLEND products and various hairstyles, while hair models with makeup by Crush Studio and styling by nationally renowned Keune artists George Alderete, Edward Woody and Switzerland’s Mike Karg showcased trendy BLEND looks throughout the crowd.
Bold American Catering provided creative bites such as bacon and peanut butter shots and cantaloupe and pineapple with smoked chili powder. At the open bar, Bai cocktails matched BLEND’s hot-hued packaging in flavors like blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit and Atlanta’s Wild Heaven provided yellow cans of Emergency Drinking Beer. Plus, mobile sips and treats included Cult Carts’ “adult” cotton candy in unexpected blended flavors, such as Strawberry Fig Balsamic, Lavender Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Popcorn, as well as a model who brought bubbly to partygoers with her “Champagne dress.” Tito’s Vodka served up Moscow Mule slushies from the dry ice bar in VIP.
What a fab nigh! So luxe and fun!
To learn more about Blend products and how to use their line to create funky looks, click on the Keune Blend video. Keune has included eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion to help you achieve their signature styles!
All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit us.keune.com/salonfinder.
You only have one life to live. Live the life that you want!
If you are traveling to the beautiful city of San Francisco anytime soon, then you should check out these fabulous 2017 “Bread and Breakfast” packages courtesy of San Francisco Hilton and Park 55 San Francisco.
Featured for a series of dates and holiday weekends in 2017, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $209 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations and breakfast buffet for up to two people per night in the hotel’s Urban Tavern restaurant. Wowza!
The Parc 55 San Francisco’s Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $209 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for up to two people per night and includes accommodations and breakfast for two in the hotel’s Cable 55 restaurant. Love it!
In addition to exploring the vibrant Union Square neighborhood, guests can enjoy shopping at the city’s largest selection of retail stores, outlets, boutiques and department stores; enjoying a production at one of the many neighborhood theaters; taking a ride on San Francisco’s legendary Cable Car; or just drifting the streets of Union Square.
These packages are so luxe and super affordable! These packages are great for a quick 3-day weekend trip to one of my absolute favorite cities in the world. It is stunningly beautiful and there are tons of great restaurants, museums, theatre and of course fab shopping. It is a must visit!
To take advantage of these deals, visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com and www.parc55hotel.com.
Life is too short to deal with people who hurt you and betray you. Love yourself by setting boundaries and letting go of negativity!
If you are looking for unique and eclectic ways to bring style to your home, then you have to visit Huger Memories in Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA.
Huger Memories creates beautiful pieces that preserves special moments in life. Huger Memories’s founder, Sarah Gibson Wiley, is a native of Richmond, VA was an interior designer for 28 years before launching her line. Her pieces are truly unique and make for a thoughtful gift.
Her line features beautiful pillows, framed art and gorgeous upholstered chairs.
Huger Memories is now open at Ponce City Market and it is a must visit. It is such a beautiful store!
Happy New Year!
I hope your New Year has started fabulously!
This year I am committed to improving my skin and having better skin tone and fewer blemishes. I think I have found just the product to help me achieve my goals. Over the holidays, I was introduced to a new skin care line, Wright Skincare. This skin care line consists of 100% percent natural and organic ingredients.
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Annette Wright, the founder of The Wright Skincare line and to test the products. Annette started Wright Skincare after a trip to Europe. The first thing Ms. Wright learned was that women in Europe rarely wash their faces with water. She noticed that a lot of the skincare products in Europe were not made with water but with moisturizing ingredients such as micellar water or rose water. These solutions are more moisturizing to the skin as they will not dry the skin out like water.
As a result of her research and experience in Europe, Ms. Wright begin formulating her skincare line for women of all ages and ethnicities. The Wright Skincare line is all natural and contains no chemicals so it is perfect for people like me with sensitive skin.
I tested the products for a period of 6 weeks and I love them! Specifically, I tried the 3-in-1 Micellar Water and the Facial Wash. I can honestly say after 6 weeks, my skin tone has improved and my skin feels and looks smoother and brighter.
The facial wash is a face-peeling gel that cleans and purifies skin with fine micro granules, helping to remove dead cells. Suitable for all skin types, the wash leaves skin soft and smooth. The Facial Wash contains natural alpha hydroxyl-acids (fruit extracts) plus hyaluronic acid that improves the texture of the skin by increasing hydration. I must admit it took me some time to get use to this product because it is not to be used with water. But it works and definitely removes all dirt and makeup from your skin with a breeze.
The Wright Skincare 3-in-1 Micellar Water is my absolute favorite product! I use it as a toner, a skin refresher and as a base for my make-up. This product is soooo refreshing and soothing to the skin! Love, love, love. This product is a soap-free make-up remover and is sulfate-free, PEG free and a neutral pH for the skin to maintain its physiological balance.
Divas I highly recommend these products. The facial wash retails for $25 and the 3-in-1 Micellar Water retails for $50. You can purchase the products online at http://thewrightskincare.com/products-checkout/