Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scandal Inspires a Fall Collection for The Limited

"We are feminine and fierce. We are sexy and strong. And if playing up our power suits is a scandal, then it's one we can gladly handle." Words to live by from the mailer we received from The Limited's new Scandal inspired collection.

Scandal star Kerry Washington./CBSNews

Designed by actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and Elliot Staples, the exclusive collection's dramatic white suiting, long leather gloves, oversized tote bag, taupe dolman wrap coat and standout plaid cape would make powerful and pouty political "fixer" Olivia Pope, proud.


"Women often feel they have to choose between smart or sexy," says Washington. "This collection says you can be both of those things. You can be fabulous and fearless."

So gladiators get your red wine glasses and your wardrobes ready. The new melodrama-packed season of Scandal premieres tonight on ABC, and the Scandal-inspired collection at The Limited is available in stores and online now. Prices range from $39.95 to $248.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Natural Hair Care Tips for African-American Women for Fall

We love fall and the crisper, cooler temps. But the change in the season also means a change in your hair care routine--particularly if you are a woman of color who wears her hair naturally (that means no relaxer). To help us navigate the do's and don'ts of natural hair maintenance, veteran stylist Cyd Charisse of Atti2des 2 Hair & Nail Salon in Temple Hills, Maryland offered Everything She Wants some sage advice.

The stylist is a professional artistic beauty consultant and she exclusively uses the Design Essentials professional product line. Here are Cyd's tips for fab fall tresses:

Stylist Cyd Charisse crafts signature hair looks using Design Essentials® hair care products at Ubiquitous Hair & Health Trade Show.   Photo Credit: Dwayne Roberts


  • A healthy lifestyle, nutritious diet, exercise and drinking water are excellent ways of producing healthy hair and a balanced lifestyle year-round.
  • Healthy gorgeous hair, whether it's relaxed or natural are a result of using healthy products and styling techniques. "My exclusive product line is Design Essentials," she says. "Design Essentials products provides moisturizing shampoos, deep conditioners, oils and treatments that guarantees your hair to shine, strengthen and give bounce and elasticity to your hair."
  • Use silk or satin pillowcases and scarves to keep your hair from drying and breaking off while you sleep.
  • Steaming increases blood flow into the scalp, which can lead to increased hair growth. "If your hair is dry and dull, one of the many custom blends I use from the Design Essentials Professional line is the Stimulations Super Moisturizing ConditionerHydrience Argan Moisturizing Creme and Hydrience Argan Moisture Replenishing Mist. This custom blend combination adds moisture, stimulates the scalp and adds shine to the hair.
  • The right cut makes transitioning from summer to fall hair painless. "Shaping, trims and dusting ends in my opinion are as needed. When cutting wet, I protect the hair with a light mist of the Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner. It protects the hair and avoid the ends of the hair from splitting. It is also an awesome thermal protective when air forming the hair."



Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Week Celebrity Sightings at HSN and Panasonic Lounges

As much as we enjoy the runway shows and presentations during Fashion Week, Everything She Wants equally enjoys the lounges (that is, when we are treated shade-free and not quizzed in the lobby about how many Instagram followers we have).  Apparently, celebs love lounges and the abundance of swag, too.

We saw the adorable Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame trying out the products at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK and E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic showcasing her new clothing line at HSN's Annual Fall Fashion Suite. Wish you were there?  Well, to keep you in the mix, here are some celeb snapshots from these two popular Fashion Week events.

Jenny McCarthy looked flawless in blue as she got a blowout at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC.

Fashion Queens' Bevy Smith (left)  and Miss Lawrence (right) pose with stylist and HSN designer June Ambrose (center) at HSN's Annual Fall Fashion Suite./Photo Credit GettyImages.com

Carmen Electra getting her luscious locks touched up at Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NY.

Michelle Williams looks fierce in red as she attends the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC before picking up a Panasonic Lumix Camera.


Catherine Giudici Lowe (she married The Bachelor's Sean Lowe) looked playful as she got her nails wrapped by Jamberry Nails at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC.

Panasonic photo credit:
 Alexandra Wyman from AP / Invision


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fashion Trend: Costume Jewelry Box from Cate & Chloe

Monthly subscription box services packed with everything from beauty products (Birchbox) to yummy natural snacks (NatureBox) are uber trendy right now and they make great gifts…to give or keep for yourself. And Everything She Wants recently discovered Cate & Chloe, a VIP subscription box that delivers stylish and affordable jewelry once a month.

Each box includes two quality costume jewelry items valued at more than $200 for only $39.99. But even if you don't commit to a membership, the website's jewelry can also be purchased separately with free shipping on orders over $49.99.

You can choose by collection, and fashionable choices include The CZ (cubic zirconia) Collection, The Rose Gold Collection, The Silver Collection and The Glam Chic Collection.

We love all of the chic CZ and silver studs.




Friday, September 5, 2014

Free Manicures for New York Fashion Week

If you're in New York City during Fashion Week, stop by one of the participating Triumph Hotels for a free manicure (a quick polish change) from personalized nail polish brand, Pretty Please, and on-demand manicure service, cityMANI

Pretty Please custom nail polish colors for Triumph Hotels./Photo from Facebook

The free mini-manis are available on a first come, first serve basis to the boutique hotel group's guests and the general public.  Here's where to get your free polish change during Fashion Week:

The Cosmopolitan Hotel Tribeca, Friday, September 5: 10am - 2pm
Washington Jefferson Hotel, Monday, September 8: 10am - 2pm
The Gershwin Hotel, Tuesday, September 9: 10am - 2pm
  
Nail Polish Colors
-Hotel Belleclaire: #3 "Raspberry”  The Belle-claire of the Ball
-Hotel Chandler: #18 “Burgundy”  Chandler Cabernet
-The Iroquois: #12 "Light Pink”  Don’t Be So Iro-quois
-The Cosmopolitan: #13 "Navy Blue” Blueberry Cosmopolitan
-The Gershwin: #2 "Grape Purple”  GershWine Night
-Washington Jefferson: #23 "Pastel Blue”  WJ Up Up and Away



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Katie Holmes is Glowing at Old Navy Fashion Week Party

One of the coolest things about New York Fashion Week is celebrity spotting. At a Fashion Week party for Old Navy, we saw stylist June Ambrose, former Top Model creative director Jay Manuel and the evening's co-host, fashion editor and Old Navy style ambassador, Joe Zee.


Katie Holnes getting a temporary jewelry tattoo at Old Navy and Joe Zee's Fashion Week party.

The A-list star power, however, came courtesy of Suri Cruise's mom, aka Katie Holmes, who held court at the temporary jewelry tattoo station. We loved "Dawson's Creek" back in the day and we are happy to report that "Joey" is just as beautiful (dewy tanned skin, luscious brunette locks, model thin and tall) in person as she looked on the small screen.  And we're sure Tom has gotten the memo by now, but Katie looks really happy.

"Fall in Love" with Old Navy./Photos by Everything She Wants

Instead of models, Old Navy set up kiosks with Joe Zee's fall fashion picks. But we were too busy mingling and waiting in line for swag (Old Navy tee-shirt, scarf and tote bag and a custom eye compact palette from e.l.f. Cosmetics) to take a gander at Mr.  Zee's picks. And not having models or a clear idea of what exactly was being celebrated was perhaps this cool event's one misstep.

Either way, it was a festive way to kick off Fashion Week.

4 Fashion Week Beauty and Health Essentials

Fashion Week is back and Everything She Wants plans to attend a few presentations, previews and runway shows.  To help us look and feel our best amidst the hustle and the bustle, here are a few of our must-have beauty and fashion essentials.


1. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Body Wash keeps us feeling refreshed even while rushing from show to show. The paraben-free wash lathers up nicely and contains anti-bacterial and moisturizing ingredients including 100 percent Shea butter, Vitamin E, oats, palm ash, plantain peel extract, tamarind extract and papaya enzymes. The soap also seems to effectively combat smelly stress sweats. And we only regret we didn't discover this cleansing wash sooner!



2. We never thought we'd find a powder we like as much as Bare Minerals' loose powder, but SheaMoisture's new illuminating powder is our new favorite. The powder comes in several shades including ours (Mandalay Dusk) and is available exclusively at Target, along with the full line of preservative and paraben free cosmetics that includes rich wet/dry eyeshadow, mineral blush, lip/cheek balm, sheer foundation, CC cream and eyeliner.



3. We plan to keep our Fashion Week stress in check with Bach's Rescue Pearls. So whenever we feel it's getting' kinda hectic, we will pop his alcohol-free version of Bach's popular Rescue Remedy  under our tongue. The natural ingredients help you cope with a range of volatile emotions like irritability, fear and panic.



4. When it comes to perfume, we prefer a subtle fragrance. So we were pleased as pie to discover rareEssence eau du parfums made with consciously-sourced, sustainable 100 percent essential oils. The organic perfumes come in a variety of earthy and floral scents and are available in roll-on and spray form. We especially like Amani (Swahili for peaceful, tranquil and harmonious), a sea-like fragrance with a hint of woody spice.