Tuesday, August 22, 2017

12 Times Meghan Markle Dressed Like Princess Diana

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry couldn't be more opposites. Raised in different worlds, both of Markle's parents have filed for bankruptcy while Prince Harry comes from royalty and one of the richest families in England. Markle, born and raised in Los Angeles and struggled as an actress (even appearing on game show Deal or No Deal), model and part-time calligrapher and blogger, while Harry went to the finest schools and served in the British Army. Markle is said to have had a huge admiration and interest in the royal family from an early age--reportedly watching hours of Princess Diana on repeat.

Not considered a bona fide fashionista yet, Markle likely has subconsciously or consciously imitated and been influenced by her boyfriend's late mother, who was a true trendsetter and style icon. Meghan often replicates the steady standbys of Diana's street style--opting for casual men's button-up shirts, long dusters or puffer coats (Diana prefferred blazers) and the beloved boots and denim combo (Diana and Meghan). For elegant affairs, Meghan often imitates Princess Di's love of all thing classic, modest and sophisticated. Meghan often wears slim pencil skirts (especially as her character Rachel Zane on Suits), bright, fun colors and edgy details like lace, ruffles or funky gathered or pleated details. Diana also frequently wore lace, loved printed and pretty, feminine colors and stepped out in pointed pumps like Markle today.

Many rumors persist that it won't be long before Prince Harry proposes to his Toronto-based lady love. Both recently took a private vacation to Africa around Markle's August 4th birthday. If Meghan is wed to the Prince she will take on a new moniker--the HRH Princess Henry of Wales. When married and Harry is made a Duke, Meghan will then become a Duchess. Not too bad for a woman who once couldn't afford to fix her car to make it to acting auditions.

Here are 12 Times Meghan Markle Dressed Like Princess Diana:

1. Lovely in Lace

2. Ravishing in Red

3. Perfection in Purple

4. Beautiful in Black

5. Stunning in Sequin

Monday, August 21, 2017

7 Biggest Celebrity Train Wrecks of 2017

Many celebrities rise from mediocrity to superstardom due to being genetically gifted, having rich parents or with a lot of ambition and talent. No matter how they reached the pinnacle of notoriety, there are those stars that even after reaching the zenith of a Hollywood fame have managed to spoil their riches and end up straight in the gutter. Whether they're messy, sloppy, dysfunctional or have crapped out their careers, these seven Hollywood stars know all about hitting rock bottom.

Here are 7 of the Biggest Celebrity Train Wrecks of 2017:

1. Jessica Simpson
Time has not been kind to Jessica Simpson. Back in the days of daisy dukes and Nick Lachey, the fashion mogul was one of the most admired blondes in tinseltown; she had a killer figure, toned legs, delicate features and mesmerizing curves. Jess was a megastar by any definition and showcased her singing chops right alongside platinum crooners like Britney, Mandy and Christina. Many would have predicted a long and hearty career for the buxom blonde but instead, Jessica, who is the namesake on a gazillion dollar fashion empire has chosen to waste her good looks and pop star status and become a disheveled Betsey Johnson caricature. With a bleach blonde weave, heavy tummy, thick legs and filler face not to mention terrible taste, Ms. Johnson no longer could compete in the elite circle of super famous sexpot singers.

2. Brad Pitt
Poor Brad. He's the ultimate soft spoken good boy turned sexy loner who probably would ditch his lifestyle, money and heartthrob status in an instance for a normal existence. Life and love seems to have made Brad a broken man and fame seems to have crushed his spirit. Despite lots of wealth, Brad seems rather discontent and much like Johnny Depp, a self-soother with booze and blunts. Nowadays, Brad is making a comeback by working on his art, trading vodka for coffee and living life sans Circus du Jolie. Still, he has aged less gracefully with all the stress and strain of life in the public eye. Perhaps he should make a move to Team Aniston? 

3. Rob Kardashian
Under the dark spell of Blac Chyna, Rob has managed to ditch efforts to combat diabetes and battle the bulge and instead has had ended up back to his old love Taco Bell. With constant fighting, a new baby and a broken relationship, Rob has managed to dive into the deep end of rock bottom once again. Part of the Kardashian dynasty and with a pretty boy face, Rob had a lot going for him. Personal trainers, chefs, nutritionists and fashion designers are at his beckon call--why then is he such a hot mess? The Great Wall of Chyna seems to have blocked all his efforts to turn his life around.

4. Matthew Perry
I've written about Matthew before. The former TV star looks disheveled and in dire need of a shower. Perry seems to have not subscribed to the Tao of Brad and refuses to stage a comeback. Once the beloved slim and sassy Chandler Bing, Perry now regularly looks homeless and in need of man bra. Perhaps he quit smoking and has gained some weight or maybe he just doesn't get Botox and haircuts? Or maybe never having a family and losing his career has put him in a somber purgatory? Whatever the reason for Perry's downward spiral--it sure makes you wonder what he wastes all that Friends money on? Hamburgers and hookers??

Thursday, August 17, 2017

10 Cool and Unexpected Beauty Must-Haves from Costco

Costco is renowned for its deep discounts on bulk paper products, laundry detergent and pet food. Yet, no one seems to think of this warehouse giant as a purveyor of trendy and splurge-worthy beauty products. While the vitamin section of Costco might look a little less glam than say Sephora, there are still plenty of beauty buys to pick-up from this family-friendly more-is-more superstore. Plus, many of its trendiest beauty items are drastically discounted from other retailers.

Here are 10 Cool and Unexpected Beauty Must-Haves from Costco:

1. Impressions Vanity Makeup Organizer, $49.99
Store multiple powder and blush compacts, brushes and tons of lipgloss or lipstick in this tiered tower organizer that will take you from disastrous beauty wannabe to full fledged pro.

Give the phrase beauty sleep new meaning when you settle down at night and lay your head on this wrinkle-reducing copper pillow. Bye bye botox! Hello sweet sleep.

Smooth skin, eradicate dimples and give the face and body more firmness with this facial and body beautifying elixir. Perfect for pre-vacay, this cult favorite is filled with natural ingredients and helps to highlight and tone the face and bod sans foundation. 

For those bereft of the joys of super silky and frizz free hair, this brush will be a game changer. Straightening hair ten times faster than with a flatiron, this brush will officially end the horror and heartache of crazy hair days.

Monday, August 14, 2017

12 Reasons Why You Should Quit Instagram

I was recently at a baseball game on the Fourth of July and was seated behind a family who instead of socializing, enjoying the atmosphere, watching the players and taking in the sun---spent the entire duration of the game on their phones. Snapping pictures, taking video of the wave (you need video of the wave?), checking social profiles and texting. Needless to say, it was obnoxious.

I've been at concerts, comedy shows and even Cirque du Soleil performances wherein people are more concerned with getting a picture than being in the moment and savoring the experience. Maybe a tech-centric existence should be questioned. 

Here are 12 Reasons Why You Should Quit Instagram:

1. Supercharged Envy
Just like with Facebook, no one posts Instagram shots of their cat throwing up on their rug, their acne outbreak or their bloated belly. Insta is all about filters, cute captions and happy hashtags. If you dwell on Instagram you'll find yourself feeling fat, old and ugly. Also, for whatever reason it seems that everyone on Instagram is on some exotic vacation like on a boat trip around the Seychelles or a diving vacation in the Maldives; for those of us residing in Montana or Michigan--we feel left out, ashamed of our 'boring' lives and unsettled by our everyday experiences.

2. Tech Bondage
If you're always hogtied to your phone, how you can you ever truly be in the moment or enjoying yourself. The smell of the air, the color of the sky, the funny thing your friend says--it's all lost in your obsessive need to check your phone or post a picture. No one can truly notice or engage in their surroundings if their mind is caught up in thinking about snapping a picture or editing a shot. 

3. Ad-d Me 
Most people who have the glossy and glamorous pictures on Instagram are making money. Self-promotion is the name of the game on Insta. It's like watching a stream of photographic commercials and that seems rather boring and like a waste of time, right? It sounds nasty but I don't really want to help a bunch of people make money off their abs or their ability to filter photos. A talent is singing, drawing, painting or writing--not taking a thousand selfies or going on epic vacations.

4. Judgement Day
Friends, family and strangers are watching your every move. They know where you live. What you eat. How you like your eggs. All those prying eyes are not only disrupting your privacy but making others questions things about you. How did she have the money to go on that safari? How could she be on that bar crawl the day she called in sick for work? How come he didn't tag me in that photo? All these insane questions and judgements are passed on your portfolio of photographs. Isn't it better to avoid all the drama---and stay off IG.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

10 Velvet Fashion Pieces You Need For Fall Under $100

Velvet is one of fall's trendiest fabrics. Soft, luxe and touchable, this fashion flashback to the 1980s is all over the runway and ready to hit the streets. If you're looking for some crushed velvet in your life, look no further than these tactile-tantalizing style selections.

1. The Swimsuit
Asos, $40

2.  The Handbag
Nordstrom, $59

3. The Dress