Monthly Archives: February 2012

Oscars 2012 Fashion Roundup

If you’re anything like us, you spent last Sunday riveted to your TV screen or glued to your computer, anticipating what all the celebs would be wearing to the Academy Awards, and the parties afterward. This year, we were not disappointed.

At the main event, elegance (as well as Angelina Jolie’s leg) prevailed, with many relying on the impact of color, fit, cut, construction, and details rather than sex appeal. There weren’t any looks that were too outrageous (Bjork’s swan dress, anyone?), either. However, several starlets opted for a wardrobe change, slipping into a second, racier ensemble for the party circuit.

The carpet was red, but that wasn’t the only color to make its mark. Here are the others that stood out:

White Hot: Choosing a white dress places the wearer at center stage, with the focus on their accessories, hair, and makeup. We’re fans of the cool chic of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford dress and cape, which had been shown on the runway just weeks before.

Seeing Red: There’s no mistaking it: red ruled Oscar Night. Many chose to make this bold style statement. With her red strapless peplum dress by Louis Vuitton, Michelle Williams looked both on-trend and ‘smokin hot.

True Blue:  This serene shade had a strong presence on the red carpet. Everyone who sported it kept their silhouettes simple, letting the sophisticated, elegant color speak for itself. Just take a look at Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin’s wife, Alexandra Lamy.

Green With Envy: A green gown is a great way to stand apart from the pack, while not being too ‘look at me’. We’re envious over Glenn Close’s fresh-off-the-runway Zac Posen creation.

Blackout: Black is always a red carpet favorite for its dramatic effect. We’re loving the hand-sewn detailing on Jessica Chastain’s Alexander McQueen gown, and her soft hair and makeup as well.

Heavy Metal: With so many stars in attendance, it’s no wonder some want to shine. From gold and silver to copper, ladies in sparkly stunners were prevalent. Stacey Keibler looked ravishing Fall/Winter 2012 Marchesa, and we’re charmed by The Office’s Ellie Kemper’s unique Armani Privé look.

Who do you think stole the show?



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Ann Lopez picks her top fashions for full-figured and fabulous ladies

You asked. We listened. You wanted more plus size events that showcase clothing for your fabulous physiques. Today is your lucky day.

We have entertainer Ann Lopez picking from a host of events that cater to your specific fashion needs. Ann has worked as a television producer and actor, and has dabbled in all aspects of the entertainment industry, although it is her compassion and big heart that has garnered her the most attention. In 2005, she donated a kidney to her then husband, George Lopez. She has since partnered with the organization Donate Life, which facilitates organ donations for those in need.

And now, she’s here to get you to enjoy fashion like never before. It’s time to fill your wardrobe with flattering, trend-right garments with a little savvy guidance from a woman who understands the challenges of finding the right pieces of clothing. Now’s your time to shine.

Read the Q&A to learn more about dressing for your curvaceous shape.

Q: What are the top three tips you would give to plus size women who want fashions that flatter their shape?

A. Know your body type and what looks good on you. Look at your body without judgement or emotion and analyze it. Experiment and find out what accentuates the positive and minimizes the negative. Also be realistic…the only people who look like supermodels are supermodels.

Wear your size! Nothing is worse than seeing any woman in a dress or jeans that are too tight for them. And the reverse is true, an outfit shouldn’t be swimming on you. Tight or too loose clothing will make you look bigger than you are.

Spanx and a good seamstress. I love my Spanx or any type of garment that smooths the bumps! Men wear them too! When I used a stylist for the first time, she taught me that everything needs to be altered to fit properly for your body type. Taking excess material off the sleeves of your jackets will give a better fit. I don’t do this to all my clothes but definitely for work and cocktail/black tie clothing. When you know you look good you feel confident and sexy!

Q: Are there any patterns or colors that you think plus-size women should avoid?

A: Hey if it looks good on you..wear it! I love color and I’m starting to branch out from my Los Angeles all black “uniform”! I think bigger can be bolder! Have fun with accessories. My friend and jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino has great bright bold pieces that I love to wear. Personally I try to stay away from a dark top with a light colored skirt or pants. It just doesn’t work for me. That goes back to knowing your body!

Q: What is your most prizes wardrobe essential?

A: For me it is a great black jacket in a great fabric. I’m busty and I don’t like the girls on display! A wonderful jacket or blazer that flatters my bust line and gives me a smooth line is essential. I wear jackets everyday! I love a jacket with a miniskirt to show off my legs. I’ve got great gams!

Q: What plus-size celebrities do you think dress best for their figures?

A: I adore the way Queen Latifah dresses. She always looks amazing. Oprah too. They are the gold standard for plus-size dressing. Amber Riley from GLEE always looks so great on the show. Her outfits are cute, hip and sexy. Amber has confidence and sass and I love that. She really is a role model for young plus-size women. Singer and Actress Jill Scott always looks great. On the red carpet Melissa Mc Carthy and Octavia Spencer have been fabulous! Both ladies have really been very glamourous. I want Octavia’s lilac dress from the Golden Globes! Adele at the Grammy’s was flawless in Giorgio Armani. She looked so timeless and classic. I want those dresses too!

Q: Tell us a bit about Donate Life. Why is it so important to you?

A: Six years ago I gave a kidney to my then husband George Lopez. He was born with a congenital defect that overtime had caused his kidneys to fail. Giving George the Gift of Life, as we in the transplant community call it, had such a profound affect on our family. George was truly healthy for the first time in his life. I vowed to become an advocate for living organ donors and to educate the public on living donation.

I’ve partnered with Donate Life because we have the same goals. Donate Life facilitates high performance donor registries; multi-media donor and live donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors. This year we are our goal is to register 20 million Americans as organ donors!

Shop these events today:

Dashing in dresses, Beyond black swimwear, One World, Lingerie and Shapewear, Coats for curvacious femmes,

Star Magazine’s Senior Editor Liz Crokin picks her top looks for spring February 20-23

Crave the latest celebrity gossip? Pick up an issue of Star Magazine. How about your quest for celebrity style? That’s where we come in.

Senior Editor of Star, Liz Crokin is picking her top looks for spring from February 20-23. Liz has met some of Hollywood’s hottest stars – so you can be sure she’s in-the-know when it comes to the styles you just can’t get enough of.

Read the Q&A to get the scoop on spring trends, fashionable celeb couples, and more!

Q: Spring is in the air! What’s the trend you anticipate will be huge?

A: I think bright colors will be huge! We are seeing a lot of celebrities recently wearing a lot of bright and bold colors. Bright colorful jeans are still very popular too.

Q: We love looking at stylish celebrity couples. Which pair do you think has the best style?

A: Jennifer Aniston and her boyfriend Justin Theroux are very rocker chic. They love to color coordinate their outfits, and they’re often both spotted wearing scarves and black leather. David and Victoria Beckham also have impeccable taste, and you will never see a photo of them looking unkempt. They’re always dressed to kill even when they dress down.

Q: What fashion faux-pas would cause a celeb to make it to Star’s worst dressed list?

A: I think Nicki Minaj’s Pope inspired red cloak outfit she wore to the Grammys will definitely make the worst dressed list. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will never be flattering or in style to dress like the Pope!

Q: Many women can’t wait to get rid of big bulky boots and move on to spring footwear. What’s a hot trend for shoes?

A: The hot trend for spring are bright colored heels! I just bought a pair of blue and and hot pink open toed heels that I wore to the HDNet Super Bowl party in Indianapolis where Katy Perry performed at and they were a hit!

Q: Can you give our shoppers a tip for copying their fave celeb’s style while sticking to a budget?

A: You can always find pieces that are similar to the designer duds celebrities wear at discount stores. Bring a Star Magazine with you when you shop to match up celebrity styles with lower priced items.

Shop Liz Crokin picks today: Gracia, Spring Preview, Calvin Klein, Penny Loves Kenny and more, Hot to handle, Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton, and KAS Australia and more.

Turn back the clock with Prolift MD

The market is flooded with anti-aging products – choosing one can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Today, we’re helping you out by featuring one that truly has to be seen to be believed.

Prolift MD is a hypoallergenic serum containing FDA and Health Canada-approved ingredients. It targets areas of the skin that have lost elasticity. Once applied, you can watch it virtually erase wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, age sports, and dark circles – right before your eyes, in minutes.

Think it sounds too good be true? Well, we’ve got proof for those that might be skeptic. Watch the video below, and prepare to be amazed.

Short of a time machine, we think that Prolift MD is the best way to capture a bit of lost youth.

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Shop Kari Whitman’s eco-friendly dog beds: Greener Pup

Greener Pup was created by Kari Whitman, designer to the stars, dog rescuer and environmental advocate. Greener Pup eco-friendly dog beds not only keep your dog cozy, comfortable and stylish, they are also part of a bigger quest to save the earth and dogs in need.

Each bed comes with a removable washable cover in an upscale upholstery fabric and also features soft, durable fibers that are breathable, non-allergenic and won’t attract insects. The fillers are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Beds keep their shape very well but can be easily “re-fluffled and re-nested.”

Born out of Kari’s desire to create beautiful interior designs while also raising money to support her non-profit dog rescue, Greener Pup proudly donates all proceeds to Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue. Pick up an eco-friendly dog bed today – you’ll help Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue continue saving lives, and you’ll have a beautiful dog bed to boot!

Shop the Greener Pup event today and make a difference!

Give your wardrobe an instant makeover with easy and elegant styles

Spring is soon approaching. Let’s lighten up.

Maybe you’re excited to store away your winter boots. Or you can’t wait to walk your dog without your hands freezing. Whatever your reasons for anticipating spring, we can certainly relate.

And when it comes to fashion, it’s all about breezy, flowing silhouettes and fresh hues.

Need some inspiration? Stop by the EASY ELEGANCE events and allow yourself to be enchanted by romantic pieces. Pair these items with cardigans and blazers until the weather really starts to sizzle.

Don’t be fooled. These garments are far from being saccharine and sickeningly sweet. They’re enticing, relaxed, and simply beautiful.

Shop these events today:

Paris Hilton, Pastel Palette, Modern Romance, Fabulous Fashions, M60 by Miss Sixty and Head over Heels

Take a break from high-voltage trends and pick up clothing that showcases a gorgeous, feminine appeal.

Shop fitness and health expert Jennifer Cohen’s activewear and shapewear picks today

If your New Year’s Resolution to get fit in 2012 is slowing down, we’ve got just the person to get you out of that rut. Fitness and health expert Jennifer Cohen was the motivating celebrity trainer on the hit CW show Shedding for the Wedding and is also a fitness spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

Her athletic line NGR (No Gym Required) reflects her attitude about fitness: you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the results you want. Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Continue your journey to a better you by stopping by Jennifer’s picks for activewear and shapewear all day long! We hope you get inspired to make this your best year yet. Also make sure to pick up her bestselling book No Gym Required. With the right tools – nothing can get in your way!

Read her Q&A to learn more:

Q: Tell us a bit about NGR. Who or what did you have in mind when developing the brand?

A: When developing NGR I was thinking about busy people – Moms who have no time for themselves, business executives who are always in hotel rooms, and people who just don’t have the time or money to spend on the gym. I love the gym, but not having access to one doesn’t have to limit anyone – you can get and stay fit on your own, with things you already have, with just a few minutes a day. No Gym Required is about making conscious choices on a daily basis to be the best and healthiest you, no matter where you are.

Q: What are your five fitness wardrobe essentials?

A: Polar Heart Rate Monitors. They strap right on your wrist, they’re easy to use, and you can track your heart rate & calorie progress no matter what you’re doing for exercise.

NGR Shoes (of course!) The shoes have removable weights (up to 2 pounds) so you can burn up to 50% more calories on the go.

A really supportive sports bra. Polar makes a great one with the heart rate monitor inside it. I use it all the time.

Metal-free hair ties. I’m always using them for my long hair, and keep a few around just in case.

Cropped yoga pants. They make your butt look amazing and you can do almost anything in them!

Q: What’s a secret-weapon piece of shapewear you’d recommend for women looking to hide trouble spots?

A: My wardrobe “secret weapon” is to pick clothes that are flattering to your body. I think that a healthy diet, a good fitness routine, and choosing clothes based on what looks good on you – not what’s trendy – is the best way to go.

Shop these events today to find her picks:

NGR by Jennifer Cohen, Fit and fabulous, Co’Coon, Oliver, and Yummie Tummie!

Denby’s best-selling stoneware pattern comes to BTR

Any company that’s still going strong over 200 years after their inception must be doing something right.

Denby’s high-quality, everyday stoneware can be found gracing tabletops across the world. Every piece that hits store shelves has been designed with real life in mind; nothing is meant to be displayed in a china cabinet, never seeing use.  Everything is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, making it built to last.

We’re proud to announce the premiere Denby’s most popular pattern, Truffle, to BTR. The classic silhouettes and versatile neutral colors give it a timeless quality.

In today’s Denby event, we’re offering each item in the collection individually, or in sets of six. We love the idea of mixing and matching the pieces in the  Truffle, Truffle Wide Rim, and Truffle Layers lines for a look that’s modern and eclectic, but still manages to be cohesive.

Shop Denby, and find out why they’ve been a dining room mainstay since 1809.