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Oscars 2015 Best Dressed

Sunday night’s Oscars marked the end of another glittering award season! I have to admit, this year’s red carpets had more misses than hits, hence the reason why I didn’t feature looks from many of the other shows this season. However, the following lovely ladies (and their teams of stylists) definitely deserve praise for their show stopping looks at the 87th Academy Awards! Here are my Best Dressed for the 2015 Oscars:

Jennifer Aniston in Versace

Jennifer Aniston in Versace

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Lupita Nyong’o in custom Calvin Klein Collection and Chopard jewelry

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection

Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

Zoe Saldana in Versace

Zoe Saldana in Versace

Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Photos Courtesy of InStyle.com

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Summer is in full swing and many of us have big plans to hit the beach!  Whether you’re in Malibu or Miami, there’s nothing worse than taking a trip to the beach and not being fully prepared.  Well, not to worry because with this list, every sun diva will be fully equipped with the hottest Beach Bag Essentials!

1.      SkinMedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+

It’s more important than ever to protect your skin from the sun!  If you’re going to hit the beach and work on your killer tan, take a tip from Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shields with SkinMedica’s Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($45).  Aside from being blessed with great genes, these Hollywood gals take sun protection seriously.  Provide your skin with the ultimate barrier from the sun with this ultra light weight, fragrance/oil free, and water resistant formula that boasts UV ProPlex technology, which improves performance by effecting a more uniform distribution of UV filters on the skin.  The remarkable potion also provides skin with antioxidant protection against free radical damage.  For more information on where to purchase SkinMedica products, click here

2.      Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Sun Hat

Now that you have the sunscreen covered, you’ll need something to help beat the intense rays of the summer sun!  Take a cue from Old Hollywood Glam cutie Katie Perry and rock a wide brimmed hat!  Coolibar’s Sun Hat is not only fashionable and chic, but the 4 inch wide brim will provide much needed shade as well as protect your skin from harsh UV rays.  Created for travel, this cool hat can be rolled, crushed, or folded in your suitcase or beach bag—and it still holds its shape.  The Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Sun Hat ($29.95) is the perfect combination of style and function!

3.      Sunglasses from Angel Eyewear

Next up, a killer pair of sunglasses!  Angel Eyewear features some of the hottest styles of the season at amazingly affordable prices!  From the glamorous Mod, to the retro Katt, these sunglasses are the epitome of summer style.  Supermodel Tyra Banks is a fan of the line, and with these sassy shades, you’ll feel like you’re struttin’ on your personal runway.  Available in a ton of frames, colors and lens options, and with prices starting as low as $45, you can stock up for summer without breaking the bank. 

4.      Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist

After a few hours in the sweltering summer sun, you’re going to need a refreshing pick me up.  Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist ($22 each) are a collection of revitalizing and nourishing face mists that will keep you cool as the day burns on.  Refresh is a delicious blend of tangerine and grapefruit infused with minerals and vitamins which help to protect skin cells and rejuvenate skin tissue, while also acting as cell energizers.  This beach bag essential is popular with stars like The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and actress Mena Suvari, who like to quench their skin with every spritz!

5.      Versatile Summer Scarf

Aside from a fab bikini, your cover up is the next most important fashion item for the beach.  Luckily, there’s a versatile and affordable summer scarf that will not only act as a quick cover up, but also a dress, wrap, and even a last minute beach mat!  Affordablescarves.com is a fantastic resource for all the latest scarves in every color, print, and fabric imaginable.  The Aloha Cotton Scarf ($14.49) in a tropical purple motif is a lightweight, compact, and colorful accessory that will take you from the beach to dinner in one easy step! 

6.      Beach Read

No day at the beach would be complete without some great reading material!  Ever since the friendly folks at Amazon.com sent me a review copy of Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries, I have been hooked!  Not just for fans of the Sex and the City franchise, this book takes you right back to the dramatic days of high school, full of first loves, great friends, and crazy fashion!  Fans of the show will find themselves routing for Carrie all over again as she experiences her senior year, falls head over heels for a very “Mr. Big” like character, and follows her heart to the city of her dreams, New York!  This book is perfect for anyone who wants a lighthearted beach read!

 7.      The IcyBag

There’s nothing worse than reaching for your lip balm at the beach, to realize that it’s been melted by the scorching sun!  With the IcyBag, beachgoers like Christina Aguilera and Ashlee Simpson can tote all their beauty products and must have items in a stylish, insulated accessory bag.  No need to worry that your products will get hot, sticky or melted – the IcyBag is fully insulated and includes a custom gel pack that stays cool at least three times longer than frozen water.  You can even slip in snacks, electronics, and other items you may not want to get weathered by the sun!  The IcyBag is clever, convenient, and affordable at just $15!

8.       Best Beach Bag

With all these summer essentials, you’re going to need something glam, affordable, and luxurious to carry it all in!  Whether you’re looking for a nautical inspired tote, woven satchel, or multi functional carry-all, Amazon.com has an amazing selection for all your beach bag needs.  I love this Roxy tote ($32) with its classic and modern styling, and fun pop of color!  It’s large lined compartment and zipper pockets make it ideal for the beach, perfect to carry all the above beach bag must haves!

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Do you ever wonder how your favorite Hollywood stars manage to look so flawless, from their glamorous hair and makeup down to their perfect skin?  While we’re all not fortunate enough to have a team of makeup artists and stylists on speed dial, there are some amazing products available that can help give us the Hollywood look for less.  I reached out to some of my friends in the biz and they shared the following Celebrity Beauty Secrets – with these insider favorites, we can all look like we’re walking the red carpet!

1.       Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Blotting/Bronzing Papiers

           $33.00

           www.maicouture.com

For flawless, airbrushed looking skin like Jennifer Lopez and The Kardashians, try Mai Couture’s 2-1 Oil Blotting/Bronzing Papiers.  This handy, compact beauty fix is a must have for all red carpet vets.  Carry these babies in your purse and get camera ready in a flash – gently press the papers on your face and instantly eliminate oil and shine while applying just the right amount of shimmer to give you that sun-kissed glow!  These booklet style papers are perfect for on the go touch ups anywhere, anytime.  The 100 sheet booklet comes with a chic Papier Wallet, so you can go glam in style!  The papers come in two shades, light to medium and medium to dark, and refills are just $25. 

2.       ROHTO Eye Drops

           $6.99

           www.cool4eyes.com

Want to party all night like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, but still look well rested in the morning?  Makeup artists to the stars and supermodels alike swear by ROHTO Eye Drops.  These unique drops contain a cooling kick that perks up eyes while removing redness.  A drop or two will do you – a few minutes later, your eyes will look like bright, refreshed, and ready for a new day!  There are four products in the ROHTO line – new Hydra, Cool, Ice and Arctic. For newcomers to the line, start with Cool (the mildest) and then work your way up to the other varieties.  ROHTO eye drops are the quickest and easiest way to get rid of tired, red eyes, so your whites can be their brightest!  ROHTO drops are sold at drugstore.com and retailers nationwide.  (Note to contact lens wearers – wait 15 minutes before putting your contacts on after using ROHTO drops)

3.      Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

           $17.00

           www.mariobadescu.com

Have an unexpected breakout?  Clear it up overnight with Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion!  Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Judd have known about this amazing potion for years and it is hands down, the best acne spot treatment on the market.  Just dab a bit of the pink sediment lotion directly on the blemish before bed, let dry and rinse in the morning.  The blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid clears and soothes breakouts overnight.  This product is great for preventing breakouts too – as soon as you feel a blemish coming, dab this on to zap it away!  Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is AMAZING!

4.      Smith’s Rosebud Salve

          $6.00

          www.sephora.com

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a must have staple for celebrity makeup bags, from Eva Longoria to Katherine Heigl.  This super-versatile salve moisturizes lips, and is the perfect primer for the hottest lipsticks and glosses.  Before any photo shoot or walk down the red carpet, stars prep their lips with this 100-year-old remedy, which is also a quick fix for burns, dry elbows, and even diaper rash!  The best part is, Rosebud Salve is only $6 and comes in a variety of flavors including Rosebud, Menthol, Minted Rose, Brambleberry, and Strawberry.

5.      New York Fashionista Emergency Kit by K.I.S. Kits

          $24.99

          www.kiskits.com

Be prepared for any and all fashion emergencies with K.I.S. Kit’s New York Fashionista Emergency Kit!  Stylists to the stars are always prepared – you never know when you will need to correct a wardrobe malfunction!  With this eco-friendly kit, you’ll have everything you’ll need to fix and tame hems, cuffs, bra straps, sling-back shoes, peekaboo clothes, gaping necklines, missing buttons, shorten pants, lapels, bulging pockets, split seams, keep strapless tops in place, and even de-wrinkle and freshen fabrics!  The New York Fashionista Emergency Kit includes the No-Iron Crease Removing Mist, Seam Saver, Presto Buttons, Double Sided Fashion Tape, and a Mini Shoe Shine Sponge, all in a stylish clear travel case so you will always arrive runway ready!

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