Natural Nail Polish Review – Scotch Naturals

Kiltlifter by Scotch Naturals

This week I’ve been trying out some new nail polishes which provide a solvent free alternative to regular ones.

I am a fan of natural cosmetic brands such as Lush, and was curious to see how this most chemical of cosmetics would perform with a formula that contained no nasties such as  toluene, formaldehyde or acetone.  [Read more…]

Harry Potter Mixology: Butterbeer, Firewhiskey, Pureblood and Mudblood Concoctions

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

A recent family trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has inspired some creative concoctions.

A spiked Butterbeer, a strong Firewhiskey, and Pureblood and Mudblood shots are drinks dreamed up by a visit to that magical park.

So enjoy these creations based on the wonderful world of Harry Potter. [Read more…]

Re-Rediscover: Sheraton Launches $20m “Meet You There” Campaign

From iPads to iPhones, the hospitality industry is going mobile creating innovative ways to cater to their guests both online and off.

On the heels of a gigantic $6 billion dollar campaign to re-brand its Sheraton hotel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts released the details and adverts for it’s new $20 million campaign, “Meet You There,” a big change from its previous, “Rediscovering Sheraton.”

With high hopes to bring in a lot more revenue, the 74-year old business is nurturing and leveraging the sense of community it believes its guests feel, and should feel, when they book [Read more…]

Pure Amazon Magic: Swimming With The Little Pink Boto

Swimming with the Boto
The legend tells us of a handsome young man, dressed smartly all in white.

During the period of the Festas Juninas (Saints days in the month of June that in Brazil are celebrated with dancing, traditional foods and lots of fireworks), the man seduces unescorted young women, convincing them to swim in the river with him.

The next day, this mysterious man transforms back into his real shape, a pink dolphin, and is gone.

The story was even made into a film in the 1980s. [Read more…]

A Look Inside ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’

As The Met officially stated,

“The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion.

From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.

His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion.

The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career.

Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view.

McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.”

Read more about the exhibit and Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Click all photos to enlarge.

A blurry preview is below, courtesy of my point-and-shoot camera, and if that isn’t enough, check out the other blurry preview from the Huffington Post:- [Read more…]

What Is Pottermore? It’s Awesome, That’s What [UPDATED]

**UPDATE – August 6, 2011 – with images of Pottermore challenges etc. below**

Following the owls has lead us to this:-

Pottermore, is an “unique online reading experience built around the Harry Potter books,” revealed by J.K. Rowling Thursday morning via a YouTube video and press conference.

Along with the interactive experience [Read more…]

Chanel Channels Claudia Schiffer and Classics for FW2011 Eyewear ADs

Simple. Chic. Black and White.

It’s classic Chanel advertising by Karl Lagerfeld.

Utilizing the chain, the most iconic fixture in the brand (probably besides the Little Black Dress), Lagerfeld has incorporated it [Read more…]

Bartle Bogle Hegarty Creates Wellness for Starwood’s Westin Hotels

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At $30 million in spare change Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’ Westin brand hired advertising heavyweights Bartle Bogle Hegarty (B.B.H.) to redefine traditional hotel advertising with the innovative, “For a Better You” campaign.

This marks the Westin brand’s first new ad campaign to debut in more than five years.
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20 Must Haves for Summer 2011

With June 21, 2011 brings in the first day of summer and what I hope will be a wonderful bit of sunrise for each of us at the end of a very long winter!

It’s been an … interesting winter that’s for sure. So to bring in the sol, I’ve complied a list of some of my summer essentials and why I like them!

In no particular order, here we go:- [Read more…]

Harry Potter Mixology: The Death Eaters Cocktail Concoctions Edition

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty.”

- Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

The Death Eaters are the followers of Lord Voldemort.

They are known for their black hoods, masks, and the Dark Mark burned on to their left forearms.

Cruel and ruthless, Death Eaters fought for pure-blood ideals and to take control over muggles and the wizarding world alike.

Devoted to the leader, they both feared and revered, they fought valiantly in his honor knowing deflection and disloyalty meant torture and ultimately death.

In celebration of this evil group, prepare for cocktails that prove being bad never tasted so good. [Read more…]

Harry Potter Mixology: The Goblet of Fire Cocktail Concoctions Edition

By: Ashley Bryce and Liana Cole

“Eternal glory! That’s what awaits the student who wins The Triwizard Tournament, but to do this that student must survive three tasks. Three extremely dangerous tasks.”

– Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film)

The Triwizard Tournament was comprised of four Champions from three of the largest wizarding schools in Europe: Fleur Delacour from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang Institute, and Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Chosen from the Goblet of Fire, each of the Champions risked their lives to bring honor to their schools, and glory to themselves.

It is only fitting that they be honored with cocktails that represent each of their unique talents (Harry Potter will be featured at a later date).

The Goblet of Fire

The Goblet of Fire is an impartial judge used to decide which Champion from each school will compete for fame, fortune, and eternal glory.

Impartial but dangerous, once a name is chosen from the Goblet the participant must compete, entering into a binding magical contract.

Pyromaniacs get excited, lets set this Goblet on fire. [Read more…]

OMG It’s EPIC! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Trailer

I. have. no. words.

I, like many of you my age, grew up reading Harry Potter.

I read my first book when I was 13-years old. If math isn’t your forte, that was, in fact, 13-years ago this summer.

It. Is. Going. To. Be. EPIC.

Watch below [Read more…]

B in BRICs: The Brazilian Fashion Boom is Here to Stay

Picture from ifashion

In a recent article for The Business of Fashion,  Suleman Anaya talks about the role that fashion is playing in boosting not only the Brazilian economy, but the country’s profile and national self-esteem.

“Significantly, the tremendous energy in Brazil’s fashion market is flowing from both inside and outside the country. For global fashion brands, Brazil is a land of opportunity.”

It’s not just about the money though.

Sure, a booming economy, specially in the context of recession in Europe and the US is helping people to spend confidently in quality and luxury goods, but of all the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) Brazil stands alone in having a robust fashion industry that exports its goods globally.

The success of labels such as Issa (who designed Kate Middleton’s famous engagement dress) and Victor Dzenk prove that there is a healthy appetite abroad for Brazilian design. [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Perspective

“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

- Madonna Louise Ciccone

Image via Dolce and Gabanna.

Madonna did it better than anyone else I’ve ever seen, heard of or known.

From Whose That Girl to Blonde Ambition right along to her Confessions, ‘Her Madgesty’ is the queen of self-reinvention.

I try to live by this saying I made up for myself not too long ago, that when life throws you limes and some salt, turn it into a sparkling margarita.

Or, rather I’m a firm believer in muddling those limes and making a caipirinha.

Understandable, that that phrase is easier said than done, but it’s the key to self-reinvention.

Call it, “perspective,” so to speak.

A hard pill to swallow, but good for you, once it’s slinking down your throat, as perspective can heal the mental wrinkles of the brain, soothing away the crazy, but not necessarily numbing the pain.

It’s better than that, it will help you leap over the hurdles in your life. [Read more…]

Does Kim Kardashian Deserve to be Glamour’s Entrepreneur of the Year?

Image via Playboy

Does Kim Kardashian deserve to be Glamour‘s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year?

The short answer is, [Read more…]

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