top model Ataui Deng may be missing! (update:she’s been found 8/19/2014)

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I was on tumblr and saw a post on I Dream A World of Couture that referred to to possible disappearance of top model Ataui Demng. According to her friend, renowned celebrity chef Ali Roble, she’s been gone for 10 days. If you hear anything, please email the address provided in his post:

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Here are some more photos of Ataui Deng:

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UPDATE: She’s been found! ;-D #allswellthatendswell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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Here’s my silhouette: This was taken on the bus to Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. Normally, a person does not have to queue up for blocks to get into Manhattan from Downtown Brooklyn. NORMALLY it’s a hop on any given subway, you you’re thinking about how late the train is going to be. But on this 11/2/2012, i felt like I was in one of those movies where America is taken over or goes broke and instead of our regular first world privileges we have to line up for bread or toilet paper. This was just a random shot of another passenger as we rolled through Chinatown. 

In which I get new glasses from the exclusive Kensington Road collection from Glasses.com

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Opening email is an adventure when you blog or regularly publish content online. Sometimes there’s nothing but twitter updates and tumblr announcements, and sometimes? There’s Christmas.  

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I got an email from someone who had seen my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column. They asked me if I was interested in finding out more about the Kensington Road collection, Glasses.com’s first ever exclusive collection. My answer? Sure! Then they sent me a package with a big box of tea from Harrod’s, some chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVitie’s and a coupon for a complete pair of glasses. The Kensington Road collection is designed to evoke the British influence of the 60s- a retro look that’s solid, dependable, and has a stiff upper lip.

 I’ve been wearing contacts for a few years, and I had recently started thinking about going back to glasses, so this came at exactly the right time.  

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 I looked through the Kensington Road frames and picked the Leighton style in black. I opted for the 15 day free trial just in case, since it was first experience with buying glasses online. The deal is that if you don’t like them, you can exchange them, no fuss. 

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 The actually looked really great, sort of Prada-ish. They reminded me of of my favorite Tom Ford frames. I loved the leather case, which looks like an old fashioned camera case with it’s caramel brown leather and flat top. A large, luxurious lens wiping cloth comes along with the glasses. Overall? Top marks for the presentation and packaging.  

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Unfortunately? I just wasn’t crazy about them, so back they went.  

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I ended up getting the Grafton frame in tortoiseshell in my new updated prescription. The minute they came out of the package I loved them. I love a restrained, British look with a little punk thrown in. Properly eccentric, properly crazed. These glasses suited the shape of my face, focus attention on my eyes,, and make me look serious. Geek chic? Yes, please! I was a nerd before it was cool, so you know…  

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Pip, pip, cheerio, and all that! 

Beauty Alert: Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau revs up the Runway with 60s style hair for Versace RTW aw2014

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 So, uh- they made the models look like Donatella at Versace Winter 2014 using Redken products exclusively. celebrity stylist blew the models’ hair stick straight then Redken Creative Consultant Guido’s team swept flat irons back and forth until the hair was stick straight.

In order to protect the integrity of the hair, Guido used pillow proof blowdry express primer and iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray.

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Create the Look
1. Apply pillow proof blowdry express primer on damp hair
2. Spray guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam on crown
3. Blowdry hair with natural bristle brush
4. Spray iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray on dry hair
5. Use a flat iron from root to ends to get stick straight hair
6. Backcomb the hair to create root volume

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The sexy retro makeup look was created by maquillage wizard Pat McGrath by using double lashes and a tawny lip color with a smidge of gloss. Of the look, McGrath says that this is Donatella V’s version of  ‘natural makeup’. 

Nice. 

Weekly Photo Contest: Texture

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Once I discovered the macro setting on my old Sony point and shoot, I could zoom in and appreciate the way that ordinary objects became superhumanly beautiful. The velvet texture of a flower petal or an unmade bed… my favorite skirt’s tweedy weave with metallic threads mixed in.

So here’s my take Texture:

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1st weeks of July: the phone emergency, return to ordinary life, deliveries and prizes

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The first week of July roared in and my lifted downshifted from the frenzy of the month before. However? there was a massive problem… 

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My phone drowned in ice cream. Yes. I was bringing home stuff from the Caravan Stylist Studio event, and I had thrown two small tubs of ice cream that melted in my bag- planning to dispose of them on the way to the subway. Why? because the garbage cans at the studio were too small!

Anyway, I put everything in that LL Bean Everyday tote and forgot because I was talking to someone. I rode all the way home not thinking about it, thinking my phone and my camera were safely in my ParMana Designs bag. Got home, unpacked my tote, and then…found the drowned tech corpses. I’m still saddened and shocked by the whole thing. From living it up to completely DONE in one train ride. 

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I actually did a blog post using pics from my Asus netbook! The camera is super janky and the res is so low, that’s almost worthless- but I had a job to do so whatever. Do or die, right? I actually like this selfie. I was trying to show off my Sinful Colors nailpolish in Sage Rose (which I got free from influenster.com in my SurfsUpVoxBox).  

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 This is the stuff that I had on deck to mess with the first week of July. There was my haul from Caravan, featuring MD Complete non-irritating pro peel and anti-aging eye wrinkle remover, plus two kinds of Fake Bake self-tanner. Then I got samples of youthglow and thirsty mud from Glam Glow Mud, Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and moisturizer from Pinch Me Box.

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Then out of the blue, with no effort on my part- I got an email offering me something. I THOUGHT I was just getting some free frames or something. Turns out that Glasses.com had just come up with their first exclusive collection called Kensington Road and they picked me to write about it! I thought that was cute, so I said yes. Next thing I new I got this huge package containing a box of tea from Harrods! I was like……huh? and  packet of chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVities. um…what the what?

As I drank some Assam tea and munched the wickedly good biscuits, I read the press packet looking for clues. Well, the Kensington Road collection (which debuted on June 30th) was inspired by classic English frame styles. They actually sent a coupon for a free pair of glasses! Since I’m blind as a bat this was like manna dropping from heaven. We’ll talk more on this later. 

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I was still moping about my phone and camera- but then I remembered that I had an old LG Romour phone hidden away somewhere, so that solved my imaging needs for awhile. I used it to photograph these cute Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelets that a nice pr lady sent me. So cute! they sent a green jade bracelet with silver beads and a red jade bracelet with gold tone beads and 14k gold plated scent charm.

The charm holds the scent beads. The red came with Tunisian Neroli (a sort of spicy scent) and the green bracelet had French Clary Sage beads to put in it’s filigree sterling silver charm. I love them. They retail for $65, and I love the face that people with sensitive skin can wear scent safely because of the way that the fragrance is delivered. Really great gift.

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I started on my (still upcoming) skincare/beauty roundup and got some more products delivered. I got a follow up package from Glo Science containing GLO antioxidant whitening toothpaste, GLO solo teeth whitening vials, and the Everday GLO teeth whitening maintenance pen. After you use the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device (you can read my review here) you still need to maintain your whitening results. 

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After all that rushing around, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to wear and I desperately needed to do the laundry. I had to overdress a little, but this pleated a-line spaghetti strapped sundress was $10 and it’s two years old. I wore my Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelet in French Clary Sage, which is a fresh herbal fragrance. You can actually smell it as the bead filled charm warms up. 

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I got to use my Life is good Dockside Anchor Beach  tote for the first time. I mean it was just hauling laundry, but I did it stylishly and with optimism. As soon as I could I changed into a LOFT sweatehirt and my Cory Vines yoga pants and Catfootwear weavement sandals. Why? because I had to go grocery shopping…

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This is all I had in the fridge. Some oranges, perfume, and my makeup case. Also nail polish. 

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I turned to that Everyday Tote again (I prefer to bring a bag and save a little tiny piece of the planet when shopping) and managed to get about $60 worth of stuff in it- including this lovely asparagus. Yes, that is King Arthur bread flour behind the asparagus. I bake a mean loaf and some pretty nice biscuits and crackers with that stuff! 

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I resolved to try and exercise with this Denise Austin book on Pilates. In case you can’t see the quote it says: ‘Never understimate your power to change and improve. You are a good person with wonderful qualities and you can reach your goals.’ How cool is that? 

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I made myself some food- this is the Meat, Egg, and Cheese Pancake that I created out of greed and ravenous hunger. It was good as hell. I also made my first cinnamon buns! They were absolutely delicious. I sold them at my Chubby Chubs table the next day to get them out of the house. I LOVE that I know how to make cinnamon buns. I feel like I really accomplished something. Here’s the recipe I use, from Domino Sugar

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I also managed to mail out some prize packages that had been sitting around the house. The prize packages from the Sniffapalooza/The Makeup Show blog giveaways and the twitter Life is good aw2014 NYC debut/First Anniversary giveaways. yes- I was that backed up. 

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Three year twitter follower Sean Salo (aka @Ebbhead) got the Life is good package which also featured some Chubby Chubs homemade 3 sugar caramel popcorn. yay, Sean! 

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Lorie DelMundo got the First Anniversary/Life is Good/Influenster prize (female version) featuring Fake Bake, Zoya Carmen nail polish, and Sexy Hair Powder Play and Nikki Polous sexy retro 70s style silky strapless jumpsuit from Caravan Stylist Studio plus Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion and Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner from Influenster (came in that SurfsUpVoxBox free). She can carry all of it in her peachy Flower Dockside tote from Life is good.Yay for Lorie!

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While all of this happiness was going on, I was trying to get AT&T to send me a new phone. After contacting them on twitter, I found an address on the website for their Device Support center. I was going to get a replacement phone if it killed me. 

Until next time!

Faith/SEB (xox and all that)

Red Door in the house!!

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I have been lucky enough to build a couple of great relationships from blogging, and one of the best is with a company (that shall remain nameless) that regularly updates my supply of beauty products. 

I’ve been working on a skincare roundup featuring a slew of brands, but I had to take a second to talk specifically about Red Door Spa Professional Skincare from Elizabeth Arden

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The first shipment contained items from the Body Renewal Collection. The Signature Luxurious Body Wash is magnificent. It has a clean fresh scent, and washes thoroughly without stripping skin of moisture. And? It’s a GREAT bubble bath. The Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub is heavenly. I almost hate to use it because I’m afraid of running out! However, it scrubs away dead skin and dirt and leaves skin smelling prettily sweet and creamy to the touch. It is magic on the soles of your feet. Follow with the Milk & Honey Nourishing Body Cream, for more sensuous pampering. (Ok, I sound a little like Gina on Brooklyn 99 with that line, but I can’t help it. I’m in love!)

 

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Unboxing a shipment of Red Door Spa Professional Skincare items for a skincare roundup project.

 

This morning I got another shipment. They said ‘What would you like?’ and I was all- ‘Everything!’. So that’s what I got. I haven’t opened the products or tried them yet, but I’m very excited. What’s in the box? Only Targeted Skincare Treatments  like Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub, and Customized Daily Solutions like Cooling & Calming Gel Cleanser and the Calming Mask from the Sensitive Skin range, which includes the Calming Refreshing Toner and Calming Restorative Moisturizer. They even threw in a tub of the Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub

In this life, a girl can NEVER have too much luxury skincare. These products come from Red Door Spa’s 100 year history of hands-on spa expertise. All of these products are available exclusively through Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa locations nationwide, which you can find on www.reddoorspas.com. You can also hook up with them on twitter at @RedDoorSpas with questions or selfies, they’re pretty friendly! And if you’re a facebook junkie hit them up at facebook.com/ElizabethArdenRedDoorSpas

Gotta go, that box is calling my name!