Bob Mackie Art Preview

The warm mood at the event.

I was so excited to attend an exclusive Fashion Art Preview for bloggers yesterday, showcasing the artwork of the legendary Bob Mackie, who has adorned the most glamorous women in the world with his glitzy designs. Some of his most famous theatrical costumes have been worn by Katy Perry, Beyonce, Madonna, Pink, Diana Ross, Cher, Tina Turner, and Barbra Streisand.

The costume illustrations, which were on display at the Bob Mackie Design Group’s corporate office, consist of 46 illustrated reproductions of the designer’s most whimsical and imaginative designs over the past four decades. I was left awestruck as I walked around the room looking at all the amazing sketches, while munching on yummy Popchips and drinking refreshing Izze beverages provided at the event.

All of the illustrations come matted and framed, and are available in two sizes, 14″x17″ and 21″x25.” Don’t miss your opportunity to own a timeless piece from the art collection available to the public now. Click here to view all of the illustrations and purchase your favorites!

At the event, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to select my favorite piece as a special gift from Mr. Mackie. I chose the beautiful Floradora Girls “Poppy” (shown below), which is part of a series of sketches done for the 1975 Las Vegas production spectacle “Hallelujah Hollywood.” You can purchase it here.

In addition to the illustratons, Mr. Mackie also has a popular Barbie collection; designs gowns and suits for private clients; has a line of home furnishings; and, a “WearableArt” fashion line sold on QVC.

Exclusive 25% off jewelry sale – Maya Brenner Designs

It’s very hard to find a female celebrity who hasn’t worn jewelry by Maya Brenner Designs. Started by native Californian, Maya Brenner, the high-end jewelry collection has attracted some of Hollywood’s most elite stars including Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore, Eva Longoria, Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few.

This 14k Pave Diamond State necklace was worn by Katy Perry in her "Teenage Dream" video.

Although, the jewelry has been worn by famous stars, you are just as able to get your hands on items from the designer’s collection by visiting the company’s website. And, if you’re going to shop the e-commerce site, make sure you catch the 25% off sale, which will be running July 1-8th, in celebration of the re-launched website this Friday. The newly designed web site will feature a streamlined shopping experience and social media integration. It will also feature a Flickr photo pool showcasing fans and celebrities wearing the jewelry.

The sale will be exclusive to subscribers of the Maya Brenner Designs’ e-mail mailing list, who will receive an email on Friday, July 1st with the special discount code that needs to be used at checkout in order to get the 25% off. Fans of the official Maya Brenner Designs Facebook and Twitter pages will have to look out for a post update that same Friday with the discount code.

The promotion will apply to all of the items on the site including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, so be sure to become a subscriber so that you don’t miss this opportunity!

Maya Brenner Designs may also be found at finer boutiques such as Henri Bendel, Fred Segal, Calypso, and Anthropologie nationwide and internationally.

Why do you wear makeup? Plus, stars without makeup!

As far as I could remember, I’ve always been obsessed with makeup. I like watching women apply makeup, applying it on myself, and browsing the newest products on the market. I don’t wear tons of makeup, but if I were going out for a night on the town, I would not feel prepared if I did not at least have a little lip gloss and mascara on. I think a lot of women can agree. It’s very rare to go out to a big event, and find a single woman in the room not wearing at least one cosmetic product, whether it’s a tinted lip balm or mascara. So what is it about beauty products that keep women going back for more? Is it because it helps you feel or look more beautiful? Or, maybe it’s a combination of both. I, personally, have always been amazed to see just how much makeup can transform someone’s face. See below for what some of your favorite celebrities look like without their “face” on.

Kim Kardashian is really stunning with or without makeup. She is, however, the perfect example of how concealer is a great secret weapon if you have dark circles. She also uses false lashes to accentuate her exotic eyes.
Jessica Simpson still looks absolutely gorgeous without pounds makeup on. But, it is amazing how a little bit of eye makeup and lip gloss goes a long way…
There is no doubt that Rusell Brand had to sleep on the couch the day he posted this picture of his wife Katy Perry without makeup (left) on Twitter. The unflattering picture was quickly removed after he posted it.
Even Beyonce doesn’t wake up looking flawless. She relies on a team of hair stylists and makeup artists to make sure she looks her best when out in public.

Victoria’s Secret fashion show airs tonight!

Adriana Lima (Wenig/AP) and Alessandra Ambrosio (Wargo/Getty)

The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show will air tonight Tuesday, November 30th. The show, pre-taped on November 10th, will showcase some of the world’s most glamorous lingerie. This year, Victoria Secret Angel Adriana Lima was bestowed the honor of opening the show and wearing a dazzling 142-carat $2 million fantasy bra designed by celebrity jeweler Damiani, featuring diamonds, sapphires and topaz. Models donned their wings and strutted down the catwalk, while special performances were made by Akon and Katy Perry. Perry herself attracted her own attention on the catwalk with two eye-catching designs by Todd Thomas. Catch all the action tonight on CBS at 10/9C.

Katy Perry performs at the Victoria's Secret fashion show (Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris/

VH1 Divas goes Patriotic

This year’s VH1 Divas’ concert, The USO Presents: VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, will be hosted by Kathy Griffin from the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, CA. Set to air on Sunday, December 5th at 9/8 central, this will be the ninth installment for the franchise, which will feature Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Nicki Minaj, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ Grace Potter, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. All of the divas posed for sexy pin-up photos to promote this year’s patriotic theme. Individual shots of each sassy performer can be downloaded separately on VH1’s website free of charge.

VH1 is also teaming up with Glamour Shots, so that you can create your very own pin-up photo shoot, which will include a makeover and hairstyling, a free photo session, and free 10×13 portrait. Participants may even walk away with a special VH1 Divas gift with purchase.***

***Editor’s Note: After investigating this a little bit more, Glamour Shots does charge you $20 for hair and makeup, and then pressures you into purchasing an expensive package of the photos. They do not even give you the digital photos on a CD for free, and you have to wait for them to send the 10×13 photo in the mail. When you visit the link it says you are supposed to get these things for free, but it is very misleading, since they end up charging you. A quick Google search revels this company’s bad practices and scams. I have no idea why VH1 would attach their name to this company.

When I posted a complaint on VH1’s message board, they immediately deleted it.


Support our Troops: Log on VH1’s website through Facebook Connect and share a photo of yourself here. For every photo shared, VH1 will donate $1 to the USO’s Operation Enduring Care.