Archive for October 2006

Halloween 06 Special: The Corpse Look

Happy Halloween people! I'm not one to dress up, but to join in the festives, I'm going to blog about the 'corpse look', which is interestingly also one of the FW06 beauty trend. What is the 'corpse look'? Basically, it's super pale skin, pale lips and light brown eye-shadow.

The 'corpse look' as seen on the FW06 runway:
Marni had the best corpse look. Tanya (first picture above) totally rocked this look.

Vera Wang had the more elegant (if that's possible) corpse look. The models have a bit of purple eye-shadow on instead of only brown. Oh, having that Eastern European/ Russian face really helps to achieve this look. But since we can't control that, you could just apply very pale powder onto your face, (but not too much or else you'll look caked!)

The corpse look is actually a variation of this season's popular brown eye-shadow look. This Bobbi Brown chocolate palette is perfect to achieve this look. Make sure whatever eye-shadow you use is matte (no shimmer.) Apply the eye-shadow on the eyelids, and a tiny bit along the lower lashes. To make your lips pale, apply a bit of foundation and nude or whitish-pink lip stick. Do not use lip gloss since well, the corpse look isn't meant to be glossy or cheerful.

This look is a very runway, couture-ish look, so what better time to play with it than Halloween? Besides, it's always nice to look elegant while endulging in childish fun.

So, what are you dressed up as today?

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Bedazzling Devil - Elizabeth Hurley

Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled
Brendan Fraser and
Elizabeth Hurley in

Playing a sexy temptress and the Devil and wearing three of our favorite sexy Halloween looks - the French maid, school girl and cheerleader in the 2000 remake of the movie Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser, what could be more appropriate than to salute beautiful model and actress Elizabeth Hurley as our Halloween vixen.

Fashion has always played a pivotal role in Liz Hurley career.

Elizabeth Hurley with a  whipped cream covered strawberry
Elizabeth Hurley with a whipped cream covered strawberry

Growing up in Basingstoke, England, she got caught up in the British punk movement. Liz fashion statement at age sixteen was very punk, including wearing pink hair and a nose ring.

In 1994, Liz needed a dress to attend the premiere of the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. She didn't have the money to purchase a dress for the premiere and was told by a friend that some designers would sometime lend a gown to an actress. She was give a number to contact Versace public relation person, but his people told her that they didn't have any evening wear, but there was one item left in their press office. So she tried it on and that was it."

Elizabeth Hurley in That Versace Dress with Hugh Grant
Elizabeth Hurley in "That Versace Dress" with Hugh Grant

After wearing the low-cut, risqué black Versace dress that was held together by nothing more than gold safety pins to the premier, Elizabeth Hurley and "that dress" were featured in newspapers throughout the world. This lead to Liz Hurley being chosen to be the model for Estee Lauder cosmetics and perfumes beginning in 1995.

Liz movie career really took off after she portrayed the sexy spy Vanessa Kensington in the blockbuster movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), she also played in the sequel Austin Powers 2: the Spy Who Shagged Me.

Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley
Brendan Fraser and
Elizabeth Hurley

In the movie - Bedazzled, Elliot Richardson, a suicidal techno geek played by Brendan Fraser, is given seven wishes to turn his life around when he meets up with a very seductive Satan, played by Elizabeth Hurley. A course in order for his fantasies to come through, he risks surrendering his soul to the Devil, Elizabeth Hurley. Just the right romantic comedy for a Halloween night.

In addition to her acting, producing and modeling career, Liz Hurley also has her own swimwear label.

In 2005 Hurley's beachwear line Elizabeth Hurley Beach debuted in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the United States, Harrod's in the UK, various other locations worldwide and through her website. In 2006, the line expanded its distribution among Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Additionally, Hurley hosted the first season of the British reality series Project Catwalk featuring novice fashion designers.

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So on this Halloween night, we salute this bedazzling Devil - Elizabeth Hurley.

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Dior Lip Gloss Locket

Every half a year, I expect and anticipate what new pretty that Dior manages to come up with -the new pretty, being the beauty accessories. Since our blog started, Dior has come up with the cosmetic rings from the Dior Summer Princess range and the Dior Gormette (cosmetic braclet). Anyways, so I thought I would do an update of Dior's cute but unpractical beauty accessories.

In spring/summer, there was Dior Mail, a palette consisting of a bronzer and lip gloss. Hm, ok, I suppose this is more of a packaging thing than an accessory. But I still don't think it's a useful beauty product for people to actually buy.
Moving on to now, Dior just launched a charm lip gloss locket. According to its description on, you can wear it as a braclet or attach it to your handbag. Considering lip gloss goes sort of yucky with heat, you probably shouldn't wear it as a braclet. The only thing I can say about makeup that is packaged in a cute way, is that they remind me of the disgusting makeup that kids play with, and the makeup inside just automatically feels cheap to me.

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This Week HG Is Loving...

Last Saturday, my friend and I watched Chicago (the musical). Yes, it's the one Ashlee Simpson was performing in. And no, we didn't watch it only because Ashlee was in it, although it did make us want to watch it this month instead of later. Anyways, back to what I want to say. I've noticed that some fashionable women in the audience were wearing wrap dresses with leggings. I've also noticed a lot of people wearing this trend on Oxford Street walking about and shopping.

Admittedly, this trend is not exactly new -people have been wearing this trend since summer. The image that really stayed with me is this lady wearing a black, white & purple Pucci wrap-dress with ankle-leggings. It was so 'in' without being fashion faux sort of 'in'. Also, it was girly without being flowery. And this is a seriously versatile outfit -from the theatres to attending parties, to shopping and dining in both cheap and expensive shops and restaurants.

The good news is, we can still wear this outfit in winter -all we have to do is, duh, subsititute the ankle-leggings with stockings (as seen in the Emilio Pucci runway picture above.) Personally, I can't contemplate wearing an outfit like that to go shopping, but I would definitely wear it for a nice dinner out or even a Christmas event (is it too soon to be thinking of Christmas activities already? Doesn't matter.)

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BG's Paris Diary Week 4

Its been a peaceful week in Paris. I spent most of the time mulling over a particularly painful paper. Anyway, some of the highlights:
We got dressed up and went to see L'Elisir d'amore the Opera Bastille. It was a very interesting experience, sort of like a musical except the actors/actresses sung in Italian and there were subtitles in french which I barely understood. But it sounded nice and with a little debriefing at the beginning managed to follow the story through. Opera fashion-wise, there were a wide array of it, from jeans and tee to dresses, depending on how you feel.

Although I was slightly disappointed at the modern austere decor of the Opera Bastille(left)- I'd always imagined the opera to be richly decorated and regale. Maybe I should've went to the Opera Royal. Afterwards, we walked around the streets of Bastille(right), and I must say, its quite a lively area at night with lots of bars and restuarants.
Also went to see a movie (The Queen- which surprisingly was quite a good movie) at the Odeon. Again, a very crowded and youthful area with lots of restuarants. I must go back some time in the day to wander around!

Then today, we went to Versaille. It was slightly disappointing though as they've already covered all the statues in the gardens for the winter, there were huge constructions in the middle of the castle and garden, some of the gardens were closed- October is not a good time to visit Versaille. We ended up rowing a boat (left) in the gardens of Versaille, which was quite cool. Did you know that the oarsman is supposed to row backwards? It took us a while to figure it out as this little kid completely ousted us as we struggled to get in the right direction. Then we had a tour inside, which was quite glamorous and it all just makes me want to go see Marie Antoinette all the more!

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They Stole the Shirt Off Her Back - Part II

Continued from Part I

Pamela Anderson in a hat designed by Ivy Supersonic

Pamela Anderson in a hat designed by Ivy Supersonic

Fast forward to three years later - March 2002, 20th Century Fox released the animated feature Ice Age, complete with the scene-stealing Scrat, an animal seemingly identical to Ivy's Sqrat save one letter in its name -"Scrat" (with a "c"). Supersonic is convinced they changed the letter to curtail her ownership. The film, which to date has grossed $378 million worldwide, infuriated her and she not only sued the company but started a media blitzkrieg attaching the film and its producers.

Hat and outfit designed by Ivy Supersonic

Hat and outfit designed by Ivy Supersonic

She methodically outlines her arduous war against Fox on her Web site,, and in another ironic twist – she also registered the domain – which 20th Century Fox never purchased for the their version of the squirrel – rat – Scrat used in the Ice Age movies.

Supersonic has used her own body to advertise her outrage. She had 17 tattoos pierced into her skin in 30 days period as a visual protect and as part of her continued campaign against 20th Century Fox and the producers of Ice Age.

Supersonic, who at the time had no tattoos, was impulsively marked by Lucky a 32 year old Venezuelan artist out of Miami Beach, who tattooed on her the words Justice, Truth, Free and six others.

Mike Bellamy of Red Rocket Tattoo (formerly Triple X Tattoo) in New York City tattooed her six times. He is responsible for the word "Warrior" on one shoulder and another Supersonic "It's all good" on the other. In all, she had 17 tattoos by 3 artists in 30 days.

Or, maybe someone should produce a movie Sqrat vs. Scrat, we really enjoyed and long for those old Gozilla vs. ---- movies.

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They Stole the Shirt Off Her Back - Part I

Ivy Supersonic Tattoo Protest

Ivy Supersonic Tattoo Protest
Photo by Steve Azzara
Hair by Ted Gibson
Panties by Betsey Johnson
Make up by Miyako Johnson

From designing outrageous hats for such celebrities as Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg and Hillary Clinton to getting 17 tattoos in 30 days, the woman behind this story could easily be the center of an exciting, intriguing, suspense movie.

But there is irony to this story, since the central character of this story created a creature that allegedly formed the basic for the beloved character Scrat in the movies Ice Age and Ice Age 2, yet she received no recognition or compensation for her work.

Ivy Silberstein, a.k.a. Ivy Supersonic was walking in the New York City park in 1999 when she though up the character Sqrat, a cross between a squirrel and a rat.

Ivy  claims 20th Century Fox Stole the Shirt Off Her Back

Ivy claims
20th Century Fox
Stole the Shirt Off Her Back

Supersonic sought to secure the rights to the Sqrat character. She commissioned a graffiti artist to mock up the buck-toothed rodent on a napkin. The crude illustration was taken to Quick Sings in Brooklyn where Peter Levine, an employee there digitally crafted a banner, which was unveiled onstage at the KROK- sponsored Dysfunctional Family Picnic concert tour that summer.

Supersonic trademarked the character in June and pitched it to everyone from Warner Bros. executives to her friend Tommy Lee, who she attempted to line up as the vermin's voice should the sqrat ever be animated.

The Sqrat character was featured in License magazine and Jeanne Moos of CNN even aired a segment imaging the Sqrat character running rampant in New York.

Tune in tomorrow for part II - They Stole the Shirt Off Her Back

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Glam it out in Red!

Glam up your FW06 wardrobe and go all out RED! Here are some inspirations from the catwalk!

I LOVE these two jackets even though they are so different. One is ladylike and put together (left: Christian Lacroix) and one if a red hot rocker chic leather jacket (right: D Squared).

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For the office and cocktail hour, glam it up with ladylike red button down dresses and simple red dresses. I especially adore this silk one from Matthew Williamson (left), (right: D Squared).

To go all out, take inspiration from these two very GLAM red carpet ready looks from Gucci(left) and Givenchy(right). That Givenchy dress is just d-i-v-i-n-e!

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Now for some more attainable pieces, here are jackets from Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie for you to just throw on and spice up your FW06 palette.

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For something more fun and casual, we have this pinafore dress and this button down dress both from Urban Outfitters.

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Moving onto more formal occasions, we have these two dresses that are ready for both work and party. The wide sleeves dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs looks soo cute and you can never go wrong with the classic Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress!

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Then there are these two hot dresses from Paul & Joe and Anthropologie. I love how there are subtle designs on both to make it look more interesting.
So dare to be red everyone and have fun!

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What IS Cashmere?

Ever since my mom brought me to this crazy cashmere sale last year, I've had an obsession for cashmere everything. They're just soooo soft to the touch and so warm. As a result I've acquired cashmere sweaters (esp the RL ones-they are just divine), scarves, hats, cardigans-all for the freezing cold winter of Chicago of course. Then the other day, my friend asked me, "What IS cashmere?" and that put me on the spot. How can I be truly cashmere crazy without knowing what makes cashmere different from say. . wool?

So I googled it up and this is what you need to know:

The name cashmere was derived from Kashmir, the state of India, where the cashmere (kashmir) goat was initially found. Cashmere is the fine, downy wool that grows beneath the coarse outer layer of hair, called the guard hair, of the cashmere goat. These wool are naturally white, grey or brown.

The luxuriously soft wool provides light weight insulation- enough to originally keep the goat warm in the cold mountain temperatures-without bulk, which is another reason why we love it so much-it keeps us stylish and warm. It is also appropriate for all climates, because the high moisture content of it allows the insulation properties to change with the humidity in the air.

But what makes it so precious is limited supply. Out of the annual clipping of 15000-20000 tons of cashmere, only 6500 tons turn into pure cashmere after the natural animal grease (ew), dirt and coarse hair are removed from it. Due to the conflict at Kashmir, very little actually comes from there. Nowadays, cashmere comes from the other high plateaus of Asia, such as northwestern China, Mongolia, Iran and Afghanistan.

There. Don't you feel much better equipped to truly appreciate the beauty of cashmere, now that you know all there is to know about it?

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FW06 Fashion Trend: Grey Cardigans

We all know grey is THE colour of the season, and grey cardigans of all styles are simply everywhere in department stores. There are so many cuts to choose from that I want more than one! And like many other trends this season, the kind-of-long cardigans look best with skinny jeans. Personally, I think one should not wear these grey cardigans with other types of pants because you will end up looking very formal and old-fashioned, (that is unless you're going to work or a formal event.)

A long-shawl-looking cardigan on the left by DKNY and the cropped cardigan on the right by James Perse.

I LOVE this Rick Owen Angora Blend Wrap Cardigan. It's SO stylish and relaxed-looking. I hope it's still there when it goes on sale because I'm sure I'll still love this one next fall!

The Daryl K (left) is another cardigan that I almost bought. It's so funky and effortless looking, (although I remember the one I tried on looked longer.) The baby-doll style cardigan on the right is by Paul and Joe.

These two Juicy Couture cadigans are the same but in different colours. Like typical juicy outerwear, they look very comforatable and casual.

The original cardigans: sophisticated yet retro-feeling -the left one is by Vince and the right one is by Marc by Marc Jacob. I bought the Marc one in the San Francisco Macy's with the tourists' tax free discount. It's so adroable.

These two (different) cardigans are both by Vince. It's sort of got a boho vibe going on, with the loose belts and the cuttings of the cardigans.

This Alexander McQueen cardigan is so cool -you can fold it up so it's a short cardigan, or let it down and it turns into a long, comfy cardigan!

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Kirsten Dunst Hits Every Magazine Cover

This post was supposed to come out on the 19th, the day before the world release of Marie Antoinette, but obviously BG's birthday post comes first. Speaking of Marie Antoinette, I haven't seen the movie yet, but I LOVE the movie poster and the movie promo pictures -so grand and pretty!

So, usually when celebrities suddenly appear on multi-magazine covers to promote their new CDs/movies, I get really bored and temporarily hate that celebrity, but for some odd reason, I haven't gotten sick of Kirsten Dunst's covers. Actually I've gotten addicted to seeing Kirsten editorials. All her editorials are just so well done -some are artistic; some are down-to-earth; some are edgy. Basically, no matter which style, she pulls it off, and none of them are boring.

US Vogue Sept 06 -Titled Teen Queen. As we all know, the Sept issue is THE most important issue each year for Vogue. I like this cover more than Sarah Jessica Parker's cover last year, but nothing beats the 9-model cover from a few years ago. Kirsten mainly wears loads of huge, gorgeous evening gowns in this shoot.

Nylon Oct 06 -Young, stylish, mischief, hip.

Times weekly magazine Oct 06 -A typical movie-promoting feature.

Another Magazine AW06 -V dark and edgy. Great for looking at, but not very style-inspiring.

UK InStyle Nov 06 -Typical InStyle cover and editorial, ie. nothing special.

Tatler Nov 06 -There is only one huge photo from Marie Antoinette and an interview inside the magazine. The cover picture is the only new picture of Kirsten -talk about annoying! I hate when magazines put someone famous on the cover and don't bother doing a proper photo editorial.

Teen Vogue Nov 06 -Typical Teen Vogue style -youthful, happy and very inspiring style-wise. I love Kirsten and the clothes in this shoot. But then again, I like most Teen Vogue editorials because the clothes are so my-age and loveable.

Anyhow, I MUST watch Marie Antoinette soon!

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This Week BG is Loving...

The Chanel flap bag my parents got me for my 20th birthday! Isn’t it fabulous?

Although this one shown here is not mine. Mine is made of black calfskin leather and is a smaller size, but you get the picture. It cannot get any more classic than my bag - well, except maybe if it was a bit bigger like the average size, but at this moment, my smaller one is infinitely better as it makes it look more youthful and appropriate for my age. It matches absolutely anything and this will definitely last me for a life time.

Although, I still haven’t used it yet because I am so in love with it that I am actually scared to. I mean, what if I *gasp* scratch it? Soft calfskin leather is oh-so-scratchable! I will definitely have to sleep on it and find an appropriate time for my bag to make its debut.

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Sexy Soda Girl - Hot Waitress - Too!

Remember, the hot, sexy soda pop girl outfit worn by Britney Spears in Drive Me Crazy.

Well, you know if Britney Spears wore the outfit - it's hot and sexy.

And, this retro glamour soda pop girl costume is very similar.

I just love the sexy pink outfit.

The short mini skirt dress really draws attention to your legs.

The black spandex fishnet stockings add allure.

And, the pink, high heel pumps - wow.

This is one really sexy, retro glamour looking costume.

It is sure to bring out the big tippers.

Now, what about double straws and a nice, big juicy ice cream float. Yummy!

This stretch satin waitress costume with very low cut scooping decolletage really focuses attention on your cleavage.

Add a push up bra or bustier and you will really kock them dead.

I just love the short mini skirt dress, it really shows off your legs.

This waitress outfit is a real showstopper.

And, the guys will have no trouble deciding when they read your satin apron - Coffee, Tea or Me.

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BG's Paris Diary Week 3

This last week in Paris has been slightly less eventful than the last two as I settle down into Parisian life. I’m getting used to the language barrier now and even started saying “pardon” to people when I was in London. It was just so frustrating at first, because I’ve never lived anywhere where I can’t express myself properly.

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Anyway, last weekend I went to both London and Cambridge. Since I’ve already written about London before, let me regal you a bit about Cambridge. The “city” (it is considered a city because they have a cathedral), was bigger than I expected. I was imagining a small town very much like Oxford, but it is really quite big and one can get lost if you don’t know your way around. The architect was beautiful, the churches and bridges were amazing (though not a big fan of their red brick buildings)! They even have this mathematical bridge where no nail was used to build it (although I’m not sure if I’ve actually passed it or not). I attended a formal dinner in one of the colleges, where they all dressed up in their robes (a la Harry Potter style), listened to the scholar say grace in Latin (I love traditions even though I have no idea what she was saying) and ate fabulous 4 course meals at a very affordable price. It was awesome, definitely a great experience.

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For my actual birthday, my friend and I celebrated with afternoon tea at the Ritz Paris (my favorite past time). The décor was not exactly the Classical style I was expecting. It really felt more like a lounge/bar (well I guess it IS called the Vendome Bar. . .), but the scones were exquisite- fresh and hot. The overall experience was very “ritzy.”
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Oh, and guess who I was in the same building as? Lindsey Lohan! I came out and there was this huge crowd outside the Ritz with their long professional cameras. So I wondered over to find out why. Turns out, Lindsey was staying at the Ritz and they were expecting her to come out anytime within the next 2 hours. So yeah, I thought that was kind of cool even though I didn’t even see her shadow and wasn’t about to wait around for it.

I also made my first visit to THE Chanel store yesterday on Camden Drive. It is a good thing that I’m such a fan that the name Cambon is forever etched into my head, because one can easily miss that tiny little street. The store through wasn’t any different from any other Chanel stores, but have you ever seen a Chanel store with valet out front?
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I also sneaked into the top floor of the modern art museum near Hotel de Ville yesterday (the name of it escapes me) to get a good view of Paris. The museum reminded me of the children’s play area in US McDonalds, I definitely need to go back sometime and take a look at the things inside.

That is about all I did this week in Paris. I also went to Lafayette, Printemps and Zara with my friend where I found this perfect round buckle belt that ran out of my size, but that was not very exciting. And now, I am going to mold in my room for the rest of the weekend to hopefully start and finish my 10 page paper and recover asap from my cold and not lose my voice altogether. A bientot!

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