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Sequins are not just for evenings and holidays anymore

Sparkle need not be relegated to evening! Stop saving the skintight bedazzled dress for New Year's Eve and this fall dare to wear comfy layers over sequined skirts and dresses or a pair of phenomenal sequined shoes. The low-key yet subtly glamourous look works all year and at any time of the day or night. Don't be afraid to try some of the dazzling sequined options this fall!

Phillip Lim's Fall 2009 Ready to Wear collection in New York is girly and relaxed at the same time, with quirks like sequins and crystals, adorning his latest confections. It just may not be possible to be anxious about the state of the world while wearing a Phillip Lim sequined minidress topped with marabou and black velvet.

Phillip Lim sequined minidress

Adam sequin bermuda shorts: The new way to wear tailoring is sequin-sprayed like Adam's shimmering monochrome shorts. They're the ultimate cool-girl alternative to your failsafe party dress, simply team them with a neutral tank, a blazer and heels. ($475 on sale for $266 at net-a-porter)

Adam sequin bermuda shorts

These Dolce & Gabbana sandals ($536 at Luisaviaroma) are over-the-top sequins!

Dolce Gabbana Sequined Sandals

Dolce Gabbana Sequined Sandals

This fabulous Gucci bare back mini dress with iridescent green crystal draped top, feathers and sequined bottom, and black patent sash comes from the Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Gucci sequin feathered mini dress
Marc Jacob's sequined top and striped pouf skirt is simply gorgeous!

Sequin top and pouf skirt by Marc Jacbos

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Posted by Amanda, in Clothing, Shoes.

Serendipity 3 is home to the most decadent and expensive chocolate ice cream sundae in the world

At the New York landmark restaurant Serendipity 3, ice cream is taken to a different level. Owner, Stephen Bruce, had made Serendipity 3 the home to some of the most decadently divine, richly flavored sundae concoctions in the world. They give a wild 21st century spin on this dessert classic.  One of the most famous items on the menu is the frozen hot chocolate. Yes, frozen hot chocolate!  This rich chocolate delight is made from 15 different types of chocolate blended together and frozen then topped with a big mound of whipped cream.  


If you have your credit card handy, try the sumptuously lavish Golden Opulence Sundae, which holds the Guinness World Record as the most expensive ice cream in the world. This dessert costs a whopping $1,000 per sundae and reservations are required 48 hours in advance.  The dessert originated as part of the 50th anniversary of the restaurant and about 10 a year are still sold today.


  Most expensive ice cream sundae.Golden Opulence SundaeThe sundae starts with 5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla which gives the ice cream an incredible vanilla experience. The ice cream is coated with more edible 23k gold leaf and the gilded confection is artfully arranged in the crystal goblet. The sundae is drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast.  The masterpiece is suffused with exotic, incredibly delicious candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets (almonds coated in 23k gold), truffles and Marzipan Cherries. The sundae is topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac.  Known for its sparkling golden color, the caviar is nestled right on top of the final scoop of ice cream. 


The sundae is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet lined with 23k edible gold and an 18k gold spoon as well as a petite mother of pearl spoon.  It is then topped with an exquisite gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel which takes 8 hours to construct. A last dusting of pure gold flakes for a glittering final touch and voila: the Golden Opulence Sundae! 


Sources:  The Most Expensive Journal; blisstree

Posted by Amanda, in General, Travel.

Perez Hilton - Celebrity Juice, Not from Concentrate

Since 2004, Hollywood's most hated website,, has been delivering the juiciest celebrity gossip. Mario Armando Lavandeira, better known as Perez Hilton, is an American blogger and television personality.  His blog is known for posts covering gossip items about musicians, actors and celebrities and for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or doodles.


Hilton's angle on celebrity gossip includes an unapologetic desire to mingle with and be a part of celebrity culture. He often describes celebrity awards shows, clubs, and private events he has attended, and posts photographs of himself with the celebrities he writes about under the "Personally Perez" category of his blog. Hilton often promotes his favorite up-and-coming musicians by posting streams of their songs under the "Listen To This" category of his blog.


The irreverent blog is the go-to source for daily happenings in Hollywood. 

Perez Hilton

 Sources:  Wikipedia

Posted by Amanda, in Celebrity Fashion.

Vintage style picnic tin by Optima

The Optima Co.'s Blyton picnic tin comes witih all the accoutrements for a two-person meal, including a handwoven-willow tray, insulated enamel flask, earthenware mugs and plates, stainless-steel flatware, salt and pepper shakers, and a cotton bag and napkins embroidered with the work PICNIC in red.  Inspired by picnics of old, the Blyton basket has loads of vintage styling and is perfect for a romantic date or a fun-filled family outing. Set costs $160

Optima Co.'s Blyton picnic tin (

Sources: picnicfun Elle D├ęcor

Posted by Amanda, in General.

Perked-up ponytails and wonder buns are fun fall beauty trends

No more excuses for simply pulling your hair back. Fall's crop of modified ponies gives us easy tweaks to take your tail from pony to stallion.  Stylist's favorite was spotted at J. Mendel, where Odile Gilbert created a crazy combination of ponytail and chignon. "From the front, the sides and the back it looks like different styles," Gilbert noted.  Gilbert worked Barex Italiana Gum Gum through the hair, then gave it a deep side part and rounded it back like she was making a high chignon, but secured it as a ponytail instead. Gilbert then looped a string in the hair near the nape of the neck and used it to secure the bottom of the ponytail. She finished the look with a spritz of Barex Italiana Gloss Hair Spray, to get the hair extra smooth and shiny.

Perked-up ponytails
The hair bun is the ultimate safe style but fall's crop of buns are anything but. Using intricate twists and adornments galore, the bumming-around bun has become the glamorous style du jour.  At Max Azria (wonder bun on the left), hair stylist Laurent Philippon created a tousled, twisted bun. "I wanted the hair to look tight but nothing too slick and finished," he said. "I wanted it to look very organic." At Carolina Herrera (wonder bun on the right), Orlando Pita created ornately pinned buns -- studded with copper roses - to juxtapose the high collars shown on the runway. Dry conditioner was worked through the hair, which was pulled -  not slicked - back. 

Wonder buns

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

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