“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”
― Elizabeth Taylor
The drink part is of course optional, but Liz got it right in saying that lipstick is an important step in pulling yourself, or your look, together! It takes a confident woman to rock a bright lip color, but these super flattering and wearable shades make it easy. Try a colorful lip this spring, it’s an easy way to complete your outfit and you can keep the rest of your face clean and simple.
Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Dahlia or Scarlett color, BUY NOW, $30
Scarlett Johannson is the face of Dolce & Gabbana makeup and a notorious fan of red lipstick, calling it “glamour in a tube.” If you want to capture the sexy star’s red lip look, try this D & G’s Scarlett or Dahlia shades.
I love to accessorize my outfits with cuffs, bangles and rings. Here are my favorite picks that will surely add some serious style and edge to your look:
Eddie Borgo Bear Trap Bangles, BUY NOW, $490
The set of three silver-plated brass bracelets are a perfect balance of rebellion and luxury. I love their versatility and they can be worn interlocked as one piece or reversed for added edge. The Eddie Borgo collection began with a request from designer Phillip Lim to create jewelry for his runway show and has since boomed. The collection retails in over 90 stores worldwide and has a huge cult following including celebs such as Blake Lively and Katy Perry.
Alexander McQueen Snakeskin and Brass Wrap Bracelet, BUY NOW, $315
I am a fan all things McQueen including the fab jewelry line with his signature skull detail. This midnight blue and black snakeskin wrap bracelet make it perfect for pairing with other gold accessories and really stands out against neutral palettes. The Swarovski crystal skull charm adds a pop of rock and roll.
Alexis Bittar Sugar Dust Bangle, BUY NOW, $295
These hand sculpted and hand painted Sugar Dust Bangles are gorgeous and have just the right amount of sparkle to dress up any look, day or night. Bittar got his start by selling antique jewelry and vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan and is now collaborating with Burberry, Michael Kors and stylist Patricia Field. He also recently custom designed a lucite mask for Lady Gaga. No wonder he won the prestigious CFDA’s Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2010!
Kara Ross Pyramid Ring, BUY NOW, $290
From the Pyramid collection, this Sterling Silver ring boasts a geometric style with sleek lines and smooth detail that reflects light with every move. They are also made with a variety of gemstones (I personally love the Mother of Pearl version). Kara Ross is an expert jewelry designer, certified gemologist and has recently added wood crafter to her impressive resume; having been asked to create exclusive gifts for President Obama and First Lady made out of Magnolia wood that originated from the White House lawn! A pyramid ring by Kara Ross was recently worn by Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange, and other celeb fans include Hilary Swank, Anne Hathaway and Oprah.
The holiday season is in full swing and when it’s cold outside the only thing I want to do is get warm and watch movies. So when we were invited to attend an advance screening of Jake Gyllenhaal’s and Anne Hathaway’s new movie, Love & Other Drugs, I was beyond thrilled. I mean any movie starring the handsome Jake Gyllenhaal is sure to get every woman excited but my excitement was immediately brought to a whole new level when, gasp, I found out Anne Hathaway would actually be at the screening to introduce the film. The reason she was there was simple—she was showing her support for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.
Now I have to explain, ever since I saw Anne decked out in Chanel in The Devil Wears Prada, she has been my ultimate style icon! I was ecstatic to catch a glimpse of what she would be wearing.. As she stepped out to discuss the film, she was dressed in a Ferragamo pleated leather skirt and Stella McCartney white blouse. Following the full skirt trend this season, she was the perfect example of how today’s fashion is taking modern minimalist approach! To complete the look, she wore Lanvin nude heels with a chain strap, a Catherine Angiel black diamond ring, and bright red lipstick. (Ironically, we were only able to catch a glimpse of her high fashion for several minutes, as her character was barely clothed for most of the film!)
Now having only seen Anne on the big screen, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in person. Well . . . that’s partially untrue. All I could really think about was her final speech in The Princess Diaries so I had high expectations for her public speaking skills. She did not disappoint. She spoke effortlessly, barely looking at her notes. She recalled her experiences playing Maggie, her character in Love & Other Drugs, who is diagnosed with stage-one Parkinson’s disease. She told stories of her time spent doing character research at a support group, and managed to bring humor and lightheartedness to a topic that affected the lives of so many of the people attending the screening.
In the final moments, before the movie began, she looked around the room and explained that she had met a man in one of the Parkinson’s support groups who said one of the things he missed most about himself was the ability to crinkle a piece of paper. She took a piece of paper in her hand, crinkled it, and said there will be a cure someday. Anne also mentioned how important this cause was to her. Her final message not only brought hope but awareness of this life-altering disease. —Lindsay Hahn
If you would like more information or to support this cause, visit the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.