November 4, 20161 Comment

GUILT-FREE SHOPPING!!!

Nothing beats looking good while doing good.  That's why my favorite charity event of the year is Shop For Success benefiting Dress for Success, an organization that provides clothing and professional training to help women in need.   It's going to be an epic weekend of designer deals.  Who's with me?

October 25, 20161 Comment

Effortless chic with Ripley Rader…and a DISCOUNT!

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The best part about getting older is giving myself permission to invest in classic, quality pieces, that still look interesting, fresh and not like I shop exclusively off the J.Crew sale rack.  (not that there's anything wrong with that.  It can be a very comforting place.)  When I find pieces that give a lot of bang for my buck, I spend a little more, because damn it, I've earned it.

Enter Ripley Rader.  A local LA designer, whose take on style matches mine: streamlined with a little bit of sex appeal, and a whole lot of figure flattering.  Her high-waisted pants are leg-lengthening, middle-whittling wonders.  The proportions of her separates and dresses are flattering on many different body types and body-conscious without leaving you feeling like you're naked wearing sausage casing, they hug the right places and skim, ahem...others.

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Like this red batwing dress.  Fitted, but still covered thanks to the draped sleeves.  When I recently wore this on Access Hollywood, producers, stylists, executives- everyone stopped me and had to know whose dress I was wearing.

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She is known for her jumpsuits too, and these are wardrobe workhorses.

This black wide leg catsuit is a stylish alternative to the LBD, and super sleek when paired with a simple gold belt.

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A grey jumpsuit takes me from soccer snack mom with adidas to girls' night out when paired with open toe booties.  The jersey she uses is substantial, soft, and most of all, comfortable.  It's like getting dressed up, but feeling like you're still in your jammies.  Genius.

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Made in Los Angeles, word is just getting out about this young designer, and after the response we got from Access Hollywood, we teamed up to give my friends and followers a discount.  Use the code: ACCESS at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order!  Happy shopping!

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August 17, 20161 Comment

Green Beauty Overhaul!

I'm embarrassed to be finally throwing out makeup older than my child. (seriously, how gross is that, he's 9!) But VERY excited to be refreshing my makeup routine with pretty, high performing organic and non-toxic  basics from Citrine Beauty.

Jane Iredale Daytime Eyeshadow Kit
Silky, natural colors perfect for everyday, but easy to smoke up and go for more dramatic looks, this palette is a daily workhorse.

Antonym Baked Blush in Peach
Obsessed with this blush!  The perfect peach with warm undertones of gold and pink, I'll be wearing this blush year-round, plus the bamboo compact is so ec0-chic.

Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel
Don't think a green mascara can rival your Great Lash or Voluminous?  Think again.  This gel makes my skimpy lashes long and lush and is a snap to remove.

Ilia Lip gloss in The Butterfly and I

The perfect daytime gloss gives a dewy, sexy pout, is non-drying and non-toxic.  Happy dance!  Who wants all those gross chemicals on their lips?

Ilia Concealer in Dandelion C3

Great coverage in a light formulation, this works great on well-moisturized skin with or without foundation.  I'm loving it on bare skin for my "no makeup" days.

More green beauty finds coming soon...

June 8, 20161 Comment

Travel Capsule Wardrobe: Summer

Here's the breakdown of what made the cut, for reference only, I've linked to stuff still in stores.

For an upcoming 2 week trip to Japan, I challenged myself to pack the leanest wardrobe I could.   Here were my requirements:

  1.  Everything must feel as comfy as pajamas, but not LOOK like pajamas.
  2.  Footwear must not hurt.  Ever.
  3.  Machine-washable
  4.  Everything mixes and matches, with options for a dressed-up dinner, comfy plane/train ride and touring in hot, humid weather.

Here's the breakdown of what made the cut, for reference only, I've linked to stuff still in stores.

TOPS

  • Grey viscose t-shirt: Urban Outfitters
  • Checked button-up: Madewell
  • Yellow floral cold shoulder top:  Plenty by Tracy Reese
  • Tan silk tank: Zara
  • White boho tank: Free People
  • Khaki cotton jacket:  J.Crew

An assortment of tops that can dress up or down, I'll just have to be careful when slurping ramen in silk, which I have learned the hard way.


BOTTOMS

  • Green joggers:  Anthropologie
  • Green long shorts: (can't read the label, it's been washed off)
  • Green midi-skirt: Madewell

All three of these are favorites and I purposely chose bottoms all the same color so getting dressed will only be a question of shorts, pants or skirt?


SHOES

  • Tan suede walking sandal: Ecco
  • brown slip-on sandal:  Born
  • White sneakers: Adidas

With all the sightseeing, my body would be so grumpy with anything that isn't a functional walking shoe, so I bit the bullet and went in search of the "comfort sandal".  When I read the reviews, finding most are by women in their 60's on summer sandals, I knew I found the right section.  (Are we there already?)  Once I sifted through a whole lot of ugly, surprisingly, I found 2 not horrible, very comfortable options.  This trip: comfort trumps vanity.


ACCESSORIES

  • long gold pendant: H&M
  • short chevron necklace: Coachellove
  • gold stud earrings: Madewell
  • rose gold watch: Invicta
  • 2 thin gold bangles: Banana Republic
  • White-rimmed sunglasses:  Rayban Clubmaster via Luxottica
  • Aviators:  Mosley Tribes
  • Panama Hat:  Cuyana

Necklaces, alone or layered always add a polished component to any outfit, plus all the jewelry here is super inexpensive and not a loss if it gets misplaced.  Stylish sunglasses are a MUST, as is a chunky watch to elevate the tourist uniform of shorts and a tee.


Of course, throw in essentials and toiletries, 1 workout outfit and I'm good to go.  With Air BnB stays, laundry will be easily accessible, and this lightens my load to make room for the camera gear I'm bringing for some next level family vacation videos.   Priorities.  😉

May 17, 201611 Comments

Summer Must-Haves

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Although it feels like summer most of the year here in LA, warmer weather brings out a special giddiness even for us Angelenos.

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Lazy beach days and faraway travels beckon as our mind, body, spirit and style get in tune with the season.  Here are my top beauty picks to keep you looking your best all summer long.

Leave a comment below and you could win one for yourself, valued at almost $400!

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Simple, chic and functional enough to hold your summer adventure essentials, this Cuyana Crossbody Pouch gives a refreshing pop of color to any ensemble, plus the strap also detaches for use as a clutch or makeup bag.  I wear mine with cutoffs and a white flowy top or my favorite striped sundress.  Can't wait to take it to Japan this summer...

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This irreverent, fun, new sunscreen not only protects with minerals while loaded with antioxidants, but instantly ups your cool factor with its retro rock concert vibe.  (SunDMC and Goth Block are their other offerings)  Let it Block is paraben-free, and friendlier to the environment, plus the packaging is recyclable and uses less plastic.  Block on!

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Looking for summer refreshment, without drinking liquid sugar?  Aloe Gloe is organic, GMO-free, locally-produced, full of the benefits of aloe vera and only 35 calories!   Plus, aloe is good for both your skin and your digestion.  I like the coconut and crisp aloe flavors, alone or added to smoothies.

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No matter the season, I am obsessed with Uma Oils. Their Ultimate Brightening Face Oil is the one product I never, ever swap out of my routine.  In summer, when sun exposure and risk of brown spots are at an all-time high, this organic, hand-crafted,  oil keeps my complexion looking radiant and clear, plus it smells like heaven.  A luxurious necessity

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IPL hair removal at home?  No way.  YES WAY.  I love that Luma RX is not painful, messy, time-consuming or laden with chemicals, but simply put, a VERY effective way to permanently remove unwanted hair.  I was doubtful at first, but after they gifted me the Mini and showed me how to use it,  I'm heading into my 1st summer free of waxing, shaving or razor burn.  The technology works best on darker hair colors, and is FDA cleared for areas south of your eyebrows.

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Want to kick start your summer style?  I'm giving one lucky reader their own Luma RX Mini, valued at $379!  Just leave a comment below sharing what you love most about summer and a winner will be picked at random.   Good luck!

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March 2, 20161 Comment

Obsessed…the LBD

Loving a little black dress!  Dressed up or down, this silhouette is flirty, fresh and totally work appropriate, (with pockets!) yet pretty enough for date night.

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Dress: BCBG

Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent

Earrings: Deepa Gurnani

Sunglasses: Covry

Fitness tracker: Garmin

Throw on some stand out accessories and the look is instantly elevated.  Like this sleek fitness tracker that doesn't LOOK like a fitness tracker, keeping you on your fitness goals while looking chic.  Genius, and a great deal on this week's Access Hollywood's #MyStyleFinds.

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Or my latest obsession, these statement earrings from Deepa Gurnani, which add interest to the dress, or to a cute, clean top.  A worthy accessory investment!  Deepa is an NYC-based Indian American designer, whom I met when I was sourcing Oscar accessories, and her stuff is gorgeous!

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Top: Elizabeth & James

Earrings: Deepa Gurnani

February 29, 20166 Comments

Oscars Backstage: It’s a wrap!

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Dress by Thai Nguyen Atelier

Jewelry by Ash + Ames

Alexander McQueen clutch from MyHabit

The biggest red carpet in the world.  Dozens of interviews.  Six and a half hours on air.  Four inch heels.  One STUNNING dress.  Hosting the Academy's #OscarsBackstage this year was a blast!

It was a mad race to prepare for this event, late-night cramming on nominees and presenters, watching everything I possibly could and of course, dressing for the most high profile red carpet of the year, but it all came together seamlessly and I am very proud of the work that we did.

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Interviewing 9-time Academy Award nominee, Diane Warren.
Hitting the red carpet with my co-host, Orlando Jones

My co-host Orlando Jones was an absolute delight to work with, and put me at ease with his quick wit, intelligence, and enthusiasm. We felt so much in sync, we even ended up wearing matching looks in mixed metallics without even planning it.

Speaking of outfits, I feel so lucky to have worn Thai Nguyen Atelier's gorgeous hand-beaded gown!  He is about to break through big time and on a night where diversity was the hot button topic, it was important to me to represent an Asian American designer, especially one who feels like family.  Let me explain.  When I was 19, my first job as a back up dancer was for a Vietnamese variety show, kind of like the MTV of the Vietnamese community.  Thai designed costumes for the show, and has since translated his mad skills into opening his own atelier and dressing stars for the red carpet.   Aside from his being the most stunning dresses I tried on, it just felt good and right, to support a fellow journeyman who's now hitting his stride, to use this huge platform to turn the spotlight on someone's work that is exceptional, original and impeccably crafted.  If Jennifer Lopez wears him on American Idol and Kelly Osbourne, Jeannie Mai and Tracee Ellis Ross all chose him for Oscar night, clearly, I'm not alone.

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From being a 19 year old back up dancer, to walking one of the biggest red carpets of the year, it's more than just a pinch-me moment.  To see myself on an Oscar best-dressed list?   Completely surreal.  It's icing on the cake to be mentioned on Jezebel's list of least boring Oscar looks.

But the best part of all, was seeing my sister, who coincidentally works for the Academy, bring my 10-year-old niece down the red carpet and smile and wave to Auntie Di.   That was truly priceless.

February 16, 201612 Comments

OSCARS 2016!

Thrilled doesn't even begin to describe how excited I am to be hosting The Oscars Backstage!  Walking the red carpet,  interviewing the stars, exclusive backstage access during the broadcast, I'll be sharing it all with you... and millions of viewers on Oscar.com, as the Academy's Official second screen experience.   And lest we forget the controversy of the night, it will be more than a little interesting to see how the show addresses this year's lack of diversity in nominees.  The backstage team is certainly diverse though, as I am co-hosting with actor & comedian Orlando Jones.  #OscarsBackstageNotSoWhite   🙂  Stay tuned...

Of course, after saying, "How cool!" everyone's next question is "What are you going to wear?"  Understandably, it is not unlike attending the fashion Olympics, so I'm enlisting a little help here.  My dear friend, stylist Sam Saboura, is navigating me through the world of Oscar fashion, but in the meantime, I'm exploring what kind of dress, er, GOWN I even like.  I asked him if I could wear Free People.  He laughed.   Can't help it, I'm a boho girl at heart.  Here we go, let the gown games begin!

First dress I tried, this bright pink Roland Mouret.  Loving  the seams and color. Amazing construction.  Still feels like me.

Am I an Herve Leger girl?  Never thought so, but this gorgeous peacock color and detail around the neck are sure to look great on camera.  

I love the deep plunge and the beading is so pretty on this Alice and Olivia.  It feels fresh and modern and not trying too hard, which is exactly how I want to look, but Sam thinks you see the dress first, and me second.  🙁  Never good to be upstaged by your dress.

Not sure about how this will read on camera, but I'm LOVING this boho-esque Alice and Olivia dress.  Unconventional, comfortable (!) and totally me.  But, it does need a strong accessory game and a killer shoe to make it red carpet ready.  Maybe a coral lip and beachy waves...will have to marinate on this one.

Which one is your favorite so far?

More updates to come as the hunt for the dress continues...

February 12, 2016No Comments

Freebie Friday

Thanks everyone for last week's #FreebieFriday turnout!  It's such a blast giving goodies away and watching women pay it forward, thank you for joining me in practicing generosity.  You guys rock!

This week- who likes CASHMERE?  While it feels far from winter in LA, this #FreebieFriday will take the chill out of the season for you AND a friend.

Speaking of friends, you know you've got a good one when you ask, "Hey after lunch would you mind being a beanie model with me in the parking lot?" and she doesn't even blink an eye.  Thanks Steph!!   I am blessed to have an amazing tribe of women in LA that I met when we were professional dancers, and we support one another unconditionally in all our endeavors, beanie modeling and beyond.   Steph is an amazing actor, producer, dancer, mother and former Miss Georgia, thank you very much!

She's helping me give away 2 Portolano 100% cashmere beanies which retail for $125 and $130.  One textured honeycomb in ivory and one classic ribbed in red.  They are soft, luxurious and warm and my favorite go-to on a not-so-great hair day.

Share this Valentine's weekend with someone special and I'm not talking about your man!   Send a little love to your tribe, your BFF, your rock, let her know you're thinking of her even in all the busyness of our daily lives.   Head over to my Instagram, like the pic and tag a friend you want to share the #FreebieFriday with!  Tag as many friends as you like and make sure you are following me.  Winner will be picked at random on Monday and it could be you and your bestie!

I hope you guys laugh as much as we do!

Special thanks to MyHabit for providing this week's #FreebieFriday goodies, to Stephanie Michels for being America's Next Top Beanie Model, and to Laurie for snapping the pics.  It takes a village, or in our case, a tribe.  Love you.

February 10, 2016No Comments

Spring has sprung?

It's February in LA and 90 degrees!  I was just getting used to my Uggs and puffy jacket, and now it feels like the middle of summer.   Let's just go with it.  Nothing wrong with busting out the springtime palette, right?

A tweedy pink shift dress with crisp white accents, rose gold watch, and peony lips, make me feel like spring is definitely in the air- taking me from work to dinner all without a sweater!  (But for the record, let's just hope that El Nino makes its much-anticipated return soon.)

1/4 carat diamond hoop earrings: MyHabit

Rose gold watch: Invicta

Dress: J.Crew

Sandals: Stuart Weitzman Nudist

Clutch: vintage

Lips: Terre Mere all natural lipstick in Curious

Aviators: Mosley Tribes

February 5, 2016No Comments

Freebie Friday

The right sunglasses can make your entire look, upping the cool factor exponentially. 

TGIFF!  It's #FreebieFriday peeps!  This week, I'm giving away TWO pairs of Covry Sunglasses.  One for you and one for a friend- c'mon the whole reason I started #FreebieFriday here was to pass good fortune along, so why not share the wealth?   Covry sunglasses feature an "elevated fit" which means they are perfect for faces with lower nose bridges and higher cheekbones (hello, my Asian sisters and brothers) but anyone can wear them comfortably.  They just sit a touch higher from your face, which is a good thing.

One winner will receive the White Lynx frames with pink lenses, shown above, AND the Vega with mirrored lenses in blue.  You can see how the Vega looks in black below or in my last post.  Each retails for $95.

To enter, follow me on Instagram, like the #FreebieFriday picture and leave a comment tagging a friend you'd like to share your new sunnies with.  Leave as many comments as you like, and this week's winner will be notified by Monday.   Thanks!

Dress: Red Valentino

Lipstick: Treat Collection

*Covry Sunglasses were given gratis, but opinions expressed are all my own.

February 3, 20163 Comments

Ladylike Chic

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I was born in the wrong era.  I love 60's silhouettes, and this swingy little sheath from Red Valentino reminds me of everything I love about mod fashion.  Clean, crisp and ladylike, this combo is made modern with a bright yellow satchel, (consider yellow a neutral- just trust me), mirrored sunglasses and a bright orange lip.

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Add in pearl accessories, a rose gold watch, and I am ready for lunchtime cocktails.  You know, just to be period appropriate...;-)

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Can you guess what item in this post I'll be giving away this #FreebieFriday?   If you're new to #FreebieFriday,  I'm giving away goodies from my style closet to my loyal fans, followers and friends.  Stay tuned for more details and you could have something from this post land right at your doorstep.

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