Flashback Friday: Remembering Oscar de la Renta

by Melissa Meyers


Remembering One of Fashion's Greatest:

I met and interviewed Oscar de la Renta at the Fashion Group International's Night of the Stars event five years ago where he received the highest honor that evening. He was a class act and great talent, may he RIP.

The elusive designer talked of the thrill of designing for the modern woman: “I feel privileged to be working at this particular time...There has never been a woman as in control of her destiny as a woman today. And I think that... trying to fulfill that woman’s aspirations and dreams, that’s what the job of a designer should be.”

Below are some fun photos snapped at the event!

Moi with host for the night, Simon Doonan

Moi with Iman

Atmopshere

Atmopshere

Kenneth Cole and John Bon Jovi

Kenneth Cole and John Bon Jovi

Kendu and Mary J Blige

Kendu and Mary J Blige

Gwen Stefani

Tommy Hilfiger


Need to Know This: Piperlime Celebrates New Line with Chrissy Teigen + 30% off One Item

by Melissa Meyers


News Flash: Piperlime just revamped its site for fall and it's now geared toward more of a street style type of girl…yay! They also just launched their first-ever Piperlime Collection and hosted an event in Los Angeles to celebrate with one of my fave gals, Chrissy Teigen. I love the collection and thought it was well-priced if you want to freshen up your wardrobe with some new, stylish items this season! All the pieces retail for under $200. Sign up for the Piperlime newsletter for tips, trends and sales here and receive 30% off one item (first time subscribers only).

Chrissy Teigen (wearing Piperlime Collection) and her pooches at the event!

One of my favorite items is the long sleeve slouchy jumpsuit worn by Chrissy Teigen at the event. I am obsessed with jumpsuits lately and just ordered this one for myself!

BUY: Piperlime Collection Long Sleeve Ashley Romper in black, $139

Another must-have for Fall is a leather jacket and a faux fur piece! This combo jacket covers both trends and looks super chic.

BUY: Piperlime Collection faux fur vegan leather jacket in black, $189

Checking out Piperlime's new line at the launch event. I found the new collection to be diverse and on-trend!

Some of the styles featured from the fall Piperlime collection.

With beauty Chrissy Teigen!


Need to Know This: L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil

by Melissa Meyers


There's a NEW anti-aging face oil that just launched on September 10th by L'Occitane that actually changes the texture of your skin. I have been using this oil at night before my moisturizer for about three weeks now and can see (and feel) the difference. It's made with 100% natural plant oils and has a light, silky texture that absorbs nicely into the skin. 

BUY: L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96. The oil promotes microcirculation that stimulates the skin.

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96The oil promotes microcirculation that stimulates the skin.

Below are some of the other new products sampled at the L'Occitane press event that took place at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood last month. The event was very informative--we learned about the L'Occitane Laboratory located in Provence, France and the advances they've made in creating anti-aging skin care products. The bright yellow flowers shown below are called Immortelle and are harvested from the Corsican fields in France. They never fade or change, even after they are picked. The Divine Collection products are all derived from these everlasting Immortelle flowers. 

BUY; L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96

Some of L'Occitane's newest products!

At the L'Occitane new product launch event with lifestyle expert and beauty scout Romy Raves!

At the L'Occitane new product launch event with lifestyle expert and beauty scout Romy Raves!


Mani Monday: Emmy Awards Edition & New Fall Nail Colors by essie

by Melissa Meyers


Many of the best dressed celebs chose classic, elegant nail polish shades by essie at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards this year! My favorites included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taylor Schilling, Padma Lakshmi and Allison Williams as they all walked the red carpet with the natural nail shades shown below.

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Winner-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series). Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: mamba, $8.50 Inspiration: “essie’s mamba, a shimmering brown mauve, was the perfect shade for Julia’s beautiful red gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Emi Kudo.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Winner-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: mamba, $8.50
Inspiration: “essie’s mamba, a shimmering brown mauve, was the perfect shade for Julia’s beautiful red gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Emi Kudo.

Taylor Schilling (nominee).  Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: cocktails & coconuts, $8.50. Inspiration: “Sometimes a perfectly opaque nude polish is the only way to go. We chose essie’s cocktails & coconuts as it’s elegant and chic for a night like the Emmys,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Michelle Saunders.

Taylor Schilling (nominee).  Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: cocktails & coconuts, $8.50.
Inspiration: “Sometimes a perfectly opaque nude polish is the only way to go. We chose essie’s cocktails & coconuts as it’s elegant and chic for a night like the Emmys,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Michelle Saunders.

Padma Lakshmi (show nominee). Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: imported bubbly, $8.50 Inspiration: “We chose essie’s imported bubbly for its crisp color yet soft tone to complement diamond jewelry,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Julie Kandalec.

Padma Lakshmi (show nominee)Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: imported bubbly, $8.50
Inspiration: “We chose essie’s imported bubbly for its crisp color yet soft tone to complement diamond jewelry,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Julie Kandalec.

Allison Williams (presenter). Photo credit: Getty Images. essie shades: vanity fairest, $8.50 and hi maintenance, $8.50 Inspiration: “Allison wanted to keep her nail look ‘classic Hollywood’ for the Emmys. We chose essie’s vanity fairest layered over essie’s hi maintenance for a clean, sheer pink manicure to compliment the pink in her dress,” said Celebrity Manicurist, April Foreman. 

Allison Williams (presenter). Photo credit: Getty Images.
essie shades: vanity fairest, $8.50 and hi maintenance, $8.50
Inspiration: “Allison wanted to keep her nail look ‘classic Hollywood’ for the Emmys. We chose essie’s vanity fairest layered over essie’s hi maintenance for a clean, sheer pink manicure to compliment the pink in her dress,” said Celebrity Manicurist, April Foreman. 

Last week I attended a pre Emmy press event by essie at the Soho House LA where they launched their new Fall 2014 nail color collection! See below for my favorite shades.

All nail colors from the essie Fall 2014 collection. 
Fabulous fashion illustration of moi by the uber-talented Jamie Lee Reardin.

essie's "Take it Outside" is the most perfect taupey-grey nail color for this season. For a more edgy look, add a cobalt blue shade across the tip like "Style Cartel."

 

Nail color shown: Take It Outside, $8.50. Cobalt Blue Tips: Style Cartel, $8.50.
Both shades from the new Fall 2014 collection by essie.

I received so many compliments on this color combo and manicure. I'm obsessed with it!

Nail color shown: Take It Outside, $8.50. Blue Tips: Style Cartel, $8.50. 
Both shades from the new Fall 2014 collection by essie.

Perfect pedi for Fall: essie's new inky blue shade, Style Cartel, $8.50.


7 Fab Facial Cleansers: Pick Your Favorite!

by Melissa Meyers


It's important to clean your face during your morning shower and again at night to remove make-up and prepare your skin for bed time. Whether it's a creme, gel, oil, or foam, there are so many great products available to do the job. Here are my favorites that are really worth trying!

Cleanse your face twice daily! 

Shiseido IBUKI Cleanser is a purifying cleaner that contains micro-granules for gentle exfoliation. This formula lathers into a foam and removes impurities with out stripping away moisture. I have been a fan of this cleanser for many years and like to use it at night.

BUY: Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser, $30

Hada Labo Tokyo makes a creamy to foamy facial cleanser that's made with hyaluronic acid to restore your skin's natural hydrating levels. This product deeply cleanses and feels amazing on the skin. It truly compares to expensive department store cleansers and is sold at a fraction of the price!

BUY: Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $11.99

Sulwhasoo is a gentle cleansing oil  formulated with purifying Korean Medicinal Herbs. The oil turns into a silky cleansing lotion when mixed with water. It removes make-up, impurities and dead skin. I love the way my skin feels when using this product… so moist and hydrated. 

BUY: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, $36. Available at Bergdorf Goodman. 

Evidence Eraser by vbeaute is an oil-free, foam cleanser and toner in one that keeps your skin feeling hydrated AND tightens pores at the same time. Julie Macklowe's entire vbeaute skin care and beauty line is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, nut-free and oat-free. Perfect for those of us with allergies and skin sensitivities!

BUY: vbeaute Foaming Facial Cleanser, $18

Orgo is a gentle but deep cleansing foam for environmentally sensitive skin made with rose hip seed oil and loquat fruit. It's rich in vitamin A, C, E, and F which helps foster collagen growth.

BUY: ORGO California Essentials Rosehip & Loquat Cleanser, $32

Cetaphil is a gentle cleansing lotion that does not strip your skin of its natural protective oils. I keep a bottle in the shower at all times. It's a drug store favorite of mine and the price is right!

BUY: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser purifies skin as it cleans. It's made with amazonian white clay particles that gently remove dirt and toxins that clog pores. Perfect for to use if you have normal to oily skin or around the t-zone area of your face for combination skin.

BUY: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, $22.50


Hair Products for Dry, Damaged Hair that Work

by Melissa Meyers in


The summer weather can wreak havoc on your hair! Mine was so damaged between excessive washing, highlights, heat styling and the sun so I decided to try an array of hair care products to see if it could be revived. The products that made the cut are listed below and will help restore, mend split ends and add shine to your locks. Some are pricey but they make a dramatic difference!

Selfie: My summer hair is dry and looks damaged at the ends. Necklace by Essie Collection. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com for more details.

In New York with hair color genius Steve Amendola of the John Frieda Salon. In addition to adding some low lights and a gloss, Steve used  the Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment on my hair to deep condition it.

This treatment by Kerastase is prepared in individual use bottles. It is used in top salons to treat dry, brittle and sensitised hair. You can buy this incredible 5-minute treatment in bulk and use at home every two weeks.

BUY: Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment , $143 (includes 15 treatments)

I have a thing for the drybar products because not only do they work well, but they smell AMAZING! The shampoo suds up nicely and moisturizes your hair while getting it squeaky clean at the same time. It's also loaded with anti oxidants and is sulfate and paraben free. 

BUY: drybar Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo, $23

I have been a huge fan of all MoroccanOil hair products for years now and the leave-in hydrating cream is my go-to styling product. When applied to damp, freshly washed hair (concentrating on the ends), this cream will protect it from heat-styling tools and control frizz. And, it's packaged in a convenient pump bottle so it's easy to control the amount needed. All products are made with argan oil and have an incredible fragrance.

BUY: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, $31

Living Proof's products strengthen hair and break the cycle of damage by using silicone and oil-free solutions. I'm loving this award-winning, weightless conditioner and notice how each time I use it, the condition of my hair improves. Jennifer Aniston is the spokesperson and an investor in the Cambridge-based hair company so you know it's really top notch. All products are perfect to use on colored and chemically treated hair.

BUY: Living Proof Restore Conditioner, $28

Another favorite product is an ultra-light, multi-functional styling and treatment oil from ECRU that provides deep conditioning and moisture for the hair. It protects against heat damage, reduces drying time, eliminates frizz, and helps to mend split ends. I also like to use a tiny bit on my hair AFTER styling to tame fly-aways and smooth out frayed ends.

BUY: ECRU New York Acacia Protein Oil, $30

 

This eco-friendly, 100% vegan leave-in spray is made with argan and olive oil. It repairs dry and damaged hair with rice amino acids and vegetable based moisturizers.  After using this treatment, my hair feels silky and and looks shinier. It really helps to prevent breakage and split ends. 

 BUY: Mastey Color Protecting Therapy Leave-In Spray, $25 

The caviar of hair treatments, Shu Uemura, developed an extreme restoration treatment for ultra-damaged hair. This decadent, flowery-scented mask recovers the strength of the hair fiber from within and is so nourishing that it leaves hair with a soft flexible feel. Remember the feeling of virgin hair? This single product changed my hair from feeling like straw to feeling like silk after a few treatments.

BUY: Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Treatment, $68

 

This budget-friendly hair restoration mask by L'Oreal is made with a 6 flower oil blend and is a great treatment for conditioning extremely, dry damaged hair. I like to coat my hair with it before and after I go for a swim to prevent further hair damage from chlorine and salt water. It truly works wonders and the price is right!

BUY: L'OREAL OleoTherapy Deep Recover Mask, $11 


Mani Monday: Natural Gel Manicure Perfect for Summer Travel

by Melissa Meyers


Who wants to worry about finding a nail salon to get a manicure while away on vacation! I like to get gel mani's before I go away (they last two weeks!) and my color of choice is OPI's Bubble Bath. This natural color looks very clean and offers a high gloss finish. It works well with anything you have in your travel wardrobe!

image.jpg

I am wearing OPI's Bubble Bath on my nails now and all set for a week spent on vacation in the Hamptons!


Natural Pink Lip Glosses

by Melissa Meyers


One thing I can never leave home without is my lipgloss! Wearing a natural pink lip color is perfect everyday wear and looks good on all skin tones. Here are my fave picks for subtle, pretty pink lips. Whether you are looking for something super glossy, matte or shimmery, I have you covered!

Lip cplor pictured: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25.
Necklace: Essie Collection, triangle mother of pearl, $90. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase.

This fabulous gloss by Laura Mercier smells like cotton candy and is super moisturizing and creamy!

BUY: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25

Nars Cosmetics has given its "cult classic" lip gloss a new formulation with a silkier texture and new applicator.  This pink shade made famous by Kim Kardashian looks great on sun-kissed skin.

BUY: NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, $26

 

 

Josie Maran’s eco-friendly line of glosses contain antioxidants and argan oil.  I love how soft my lips feel when wearing this light pink gloss.

BUY: Josie Maran Argan Volume Lip Gloss in Brilliance, $20

This amazing lip gloss by Chantecaille is super shiny, a bit shimmery and long-lasting! 

BUY: Chantecaille 'Luminous' Gloss in Pink Melon, $34 

Geri G lipgloss was formulated by uber facialist and make-up artist Geri Giagnorio of West Hollywood. This pink gloss is a bit more matte than the others and offers good coverage and shine. It also smells like bubble gum. I'm addicted!

BUY: Geri G LipGloss Creme in Sweetness, $18


Mani Monday: Perfect Lavender Color to Wear Year Round

by Melissa Meyers


One of my favorite go-to nail polish colors is Bangle Jangle by essie. It's the perfect shade of lavender with grey undertones so looks edgy and feminine at the same time. You can wear this shade any time of year!

Wearing nail color Bangle Jangle by essie and some arm candy! The color has been around for a few years now, but still looks fresh!

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie, Bangle Jangle, $2.99


8 Chic Hostess Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is a great time for entertaining…you are bound to be invited to someone's home for a dinner, BBQ or fun soiree. It's always nice to be a gracious guest and bring a gift, but finding something both chic and unique can be a challenge. Here are some of my favorite hostess gift ideas to help with your search in finding the perfect something!

I am obsessed with these delicious and GORGEOUS chocolates by Maggie Louise Confections. You can customize them with a theme to fit the personality of your guest! The ones below were sent to me (and did WOW me).

BUY: Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes.  Please order 7-10 days in advance of date needed.

Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes 

GLOW Chocolate Charm Box, $45 

Trays are always useful and these personalized ones by Mark and Graham are fun and make a nice statement!

BUY: Mark and Graham Rectangular Acrylic Tray, $49-$59

Cool and colorful cocktail muddler straws are perfect to bring to a cocktail party! This 3-in-1 bar tool is great for grinding, stirring and sipping!

BUY: Mastrad Muddler Straws, $9.99

Mastrad Muddler Straws: Set of 6 Assorted Colors, $9.99

I found out about these chic "plastic" crystal glasses at "The Brentwood" in Los Angeles when they opened their new cafe and they used these to serve their drinks. Fun fact: Govino glasses were originally created as a trade tool to help professional salespeople showcase their wines whenever and wherever proper stemware was not available. A nice gift for the person who likes to entertain outside or poolside! 

BUY: Govino Faux Crystal Glasses, $49.95

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

I recently bought this new cook book by Laurie David at her book party and was impressed by the breadth of healthy and delicious the recipes included. The Family Cooks has over 100 simple recipes all made with fresh ingredients and unprocessed foods. A perfect gift for the health-minded hostess with a family!

BUY: The Family Cooks, by Laurie David, $21.25

Laurie published the book to inspire parents and children to take control of what they eat and to bring families together by cooking together. 

With Laurie David at her home in Los Angeles.

You can never have too many candles, especially when they smell so nice and look this beautiful. Each candle is sculpted under water with a high temperature wax. The color is hand mixed and the fragrances are custom blended into a soy candle filling.

BUY: Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Available in 10 different colors/scents.  

Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Dimension: 3.5" x 4". Approximate burning time is 80 hours.

I love these organic-shaped mirror vases from the new home Essie Collection (website launching soon). They are only about 5 inches high so you can set two or three of them with flowers along the dining table and still see the guest across from you…perfect for dinner parties!

Buy Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25. Contact Esther@essiecollection to purchase.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25

These decorative vases also look great alone in a bathroom or bedside table with some fresh flowers.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase $25

How amazing are these bang serving plates? So fresh and modern! They are hand-made and designed by Kelly Lamb, an LA artist with some pedigree. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in museums, galleries and prestigious art fairs. 

BUY: Kelly Lamb Bang Plate, starting at $80.

Kelly Lamb Bang Plate (many sizes available), starting at $80