2012 February 28

Wishing Well Weigh In

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Actors! Models! Designers! They've got talent up the wazoo but what skill do they really want...?

Coco Rocha:
Ashley Greene: "I would love to play the violin. I heard it’s really hard."
Taylor Jacobson: "I wish I could spell."
Tara Subkoff: "I wish I could make tailored suits as well as Doyle + Mueser."
Susanne Bartsch: "What are you asking me here? I have everything."
Kate Mara: "Tailor! I can’t buy a pair of jeans without having them shortened."
Dita Von Teese: "I wish I could pick up any language in ten minutes. If someone offered me a suitcase with $1 million in cash, I’d still choose French." 
Zac Posen: "Language! I’d like to learn, in order: French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. I have Rosetta Stone, but I really learn from watching Canal Plus every night with my boyfriend Christopher, who’s also my stylist."
Rafael Cennamo: " I need to learn how to do laundry. I’ve never done a load." 
Scott Sternberg: "I wish I was a better typer. That sounds lame, but I want to be one of those people. They look like they’re having fun." 
Marylou Luther: "I wish I was better at quickly handing the computer. There are skills I should learn, but I don’t know where to go." 

2012 February 28

A Moment With...Julie Haus and Jason Alkire

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Couples that work together, stay together! At least in the case of design duo Julie Haus and Jason Alkire.

How did you two meet?

Jason: In college at The University of Houston. I was a painting major before I switched to marketing.
Julie: I was studying journalism. Then business. Then I got my real estate license.
Jason: See how we met?

Was it love at first sight?
 I asked her, like, 25 times. She kept saying no, but finally she gave in. I took her to the movies.
Julie: I heard he was a playboy. He drove a motorcycle and had rings. 

How romantic is Julie?

Jason: One time I lived in a crack house in a bad neighborhood. Julie came in and redecorated it when I wasn’t home. That was pretty romantic.

2012 February 28

Retailer to Watch: ChicChild.com

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Just last month, the cult classic online childrenswear blog ChicChild.com launched its first short-term sale, and the second incarnation officially kicked off yesterday. At ShopChicChild.com, a curated Spring selection of merch from Baby Bespoke, Katherine Beach's collection designed for babies up to 12 months old, will retail for $70 - $200.  “These are the kind of precious garments that your baby can wear throughout the first year," say Chic Child founders Christin Rueger and Natalie Schwartz. "Beautiful gifts and appropriate for any occasion, the bespoke quality of this collection sets it apart from rest." Check out the Gallery for some of our favorites. 

2012 February 27

Oscar Hair Obsession: Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment

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Short or long, Couture Colour's Pequi Oil Treatment kept several starlets' red carpet looks sleek and chic. Hair stylist Chris McMillan applied the treatment to Michelle Williams' pixie cut, for example. “I am often afraid of oils on blondes bu [this treatment] keeps her blonde vibrant without changing the color," he said. Stacy Keibler's ode to old Hollywood glam came courtesy of Peter Savic. “I wanted to create a look that was soft and glamorous to match her gorgeous dress," he explained. The secret behind the smoothness? The oil is harvested from sustainable pequi fruit in the Amazon that's full of moisture-restorers, nutrients, and antioxidants (natch) to keep locks looking lush. A small 0.5-oz bottle will run you only $12 (keep that one in your bag to tame fly-aways).

2012 February 27

Oscar Beauty Obsession: St. Tropez Skin Illuminator

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On Oscar night, both Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow went for the glow, literally. Beauty guru Rachel Goodwin chose the St.Tropez Skin Illuminator in rose for Stone by applying it to her arms, shoulders and collarbone. And it wasn't just her fair skin that came into play but the fuschia Giambattista Valli gown the starlet donned on the red carpet. "I used it to add a pink undertone and a beautiful glow to pop against the color of the dress," she said. Skin expert Leslie Lopez opted for the gold shade on Gwyneth's cheekbones, brow bone and collarbone saying it gave the starlet, "a natural glow which complimented [her] fair skin tone by delivering a shimmery golden touch."Pink, gold, both? They're only $22.50 each, so stock up now and you're set for spring! Did we mention it comes in violet, too? 

2012 February 27

Lots More Body Language!

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More profound body language insights from expert Patti Wood!

“There are a couple things that are significant here. The artifacts you carry and the way you interact with them tell a non-verbal story. Her choice to have the purse, the stick, the fan, and that big old invitation sticking out of the purse on her lap shows a need for comfort items. At the same time, she’s chosen clothing and jewelry, and the hat and the makeup. Every one of those items is attention-seeking. It’s an interesting push-pull. She’s saying, Look at me, but I might need to protect myself from what you think when you do. It’s a fascinating picture. There is an elegance to her that is covered up by a lot of the stuff—a poise in her shoulder width and the way she’s holding her head like a model. She’s got that part down.” 

“This is the opposite of the images I think of when I think of her. She’s usually pushing forward with her upper body or her face. Here, she actually has a more upward, protective posture. The hand is highly protective, the leg clasp is tight, and her mouth is closed. She’s closing her body windows. Even her choice of palette is subdued. She’s not comfortable with the shortness of the dress here, which again is counter to how I usually see her in photographs. You can tell the photographer was really close, which is a little more invasive. She’s not happy about being photographed.”  

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