Beauty Must-Haves – Pantone’s Color Of The Year: Radiant Orchid

It’s official. Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year and it’s radiant orchid, a whimsical purple hue that according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” What this means is in 2014, expect to see an abundance of the purple shade in everything from beauty products to fashion accessories. Want to get a jumpstart on the trend before the 2014? Here are some purple orchid inspired beauty products available now.


1. Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid Fragrance Mist, $25.00
2. Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow – Poison Orchid, $18.00
3. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, $7.99
4. Fresh Orchid Nail Polish $2.80
5. Vivid Shine Lipstick – NEW Chrome Metal Effect, Mirrored Orchid, $26.00
6. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid – lavender shimmer, $26.00

Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid

This week I tested one of Victoria’s Secret’s newest fragrance, Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid ($49-$65), which launched in stores and online in October 2012. The wearer of the fragrance is described as a glamorous provocateur, with a fetish for high fashion. Whether you choose to wear it as an everyday spritz, or to induce the senses on a night filled with satin blindfolds and gilded handcuffs, it’s definitely worth a try.

Sultry notes of Midnight Orchid, Crushed Plum and Oud Wood combine to create an enticing fragrance that can easily be worn day or night. It has a very girly, sweet, fresh scent, that isn’t too strong. It’s the kind of subtle aroma that sneaks up on people as they talk to you and wonder where that amazing fragrance is radiating from, as opposed to the kind of perfume that invades the air and lets everyone know you’ve arrived. The scent lingers for most of the day, but a quick touch up is needed if you want it to last way past sundown.

In addition to an eau de parfum, the Secret Seduction Dark Orchid scent is available as a candle, fragrance wash and as a luxurious lotion.

It’s Wedding Bells for Fashion Houses

Wedding Season officially kicks off after Memorial Day, and as thousands of couples get ready to walk down the aisle,  fashion houses are emerging with their first-ever bridal collections. Here are the ones to watch:

Sexy Little Bride™ collection by Victoria’s Secret

(April 19, 2011 - Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images North America)
Lily Aldridge attends the Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Bride launch in New York City.

It’s hard to believe that the world’s most glamorous lingerie line, Victoria Secret, has never had a special collection dedicated to bridal underclothing. Now, thirty-four years later since its 1977 launch, they finally have introduced a sultry line featuring lingerie, veils, beauty products and accessories for a bride-to-be’s bachelorette night, wedding day, and honeymoon.

Top left- Bridal Babydoll ($68); Top right- Bridal Hoodie(78); Bottom left- All-over Lace Kimio ($68); Bottom right- Bridal Hiphugger ($12.50).

Kate Spade New York – Wedding Bells

Kate Spade recently launched their first-ever bridal themed collection, Wedding Bells (and Whistles). The line includes 8 little white and off-white dresses, as well as accessories, shoes, bridesmaid attire.  The dresses in the line are defiantly not for the traditional bride, and are very playful and look more like cocktail dresses than something a bride would wear on her wedding day. The accessories and shoes, on the other hand, are absolutely stunning.

Top left- Clarice ($298); Top right- Pearl Bauble Necklace (295); Bottom left- Gold Lagoon Framed Lella ($375); Bottom right- Charm ($325).

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/