Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam's Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Lately I've been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I'm having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.) Being in my 40's comes with a plethora of issues Read more

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Interview with Tiffani Thiessen About Crest and Dental Health

I had the fantastic opportunity to meet up with Tiffani Thiessen during New York fashion week to discuss the importance of good oral hygiene. (Oh Shannon–I got Tiffani to say “A Girl’s Gotta Spa!” You’re welcome!)

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Behind the Scenes with Gary Graham SS11 and Makeup Artist Mike Potter

On behalf of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I went backstage at MILK Studios and to speak to fashion designer Gary Graham about his 2011 collection and makeup artist Mike Potter behind the inspiration on this year’s look.

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Behind the Scenes at Juan Carlos Obando SS11

In this New York Fashion Week video for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I go backstage at MILK Studios with VIP MAC access to the Juan Carlos Obando fashion show to get the concept behind his collection and also speak to head makeup artist Fulvia Fanolfi for the inspiration behind this year’s look.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Interviews Rachel Antonoff Before Her SS11 Fashion Week Show

I had the opportunity to have a pre-show chat with designer Rachel Antonoff who discusses her runway/ready-to-wear SPRING 2011 collection. It was 6 in the morning and Rachel was a complete sweetheart! Hear what she had to say was the inspiration behind this playful collection.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! at Gottex Swimwear Collection 2011

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! attended the Gottex Swimwear 2011 runway show this past New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. The emerging theme? Lots of shine. Would you wear any of the swimsuits from this collection?

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Interviews Adam Lippes at WWD’s 100 Years of Fashion

This past New York Fashion Week A Girl’s Gotta Spa! was invited to attend WWD’s celebration of the last 100 years in fashion. WWD teamed up with Gilt Groupe to bring together 11 hot fashion designers to create an exclusive collection. In this video I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lippes as he discusses the dress he created for the collection.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Hair Makeover for Fall at Salon A.K.S.

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Before at Salon A.K.S.After getting my summer hair coloring at Salon L’etoile, those pesky UV rays had their way with me over the weeks that followed bringing out more of my highlights and lightening my hair considerably. When I went to NYC to attend Cocktails & Couture during fashion week 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time for the hair color switch to fall. I was looking to get back to my dark brown hair color and visited Salon A.K.S. on 5th Avenue to help me with my transformation. With the capable hands of hair colorist, Selma Aktas, and co-owner Alain Pinon working the scissors, I walked away a very happy customer.

I explained to Selma that I wanted my hair darker and she flipped my hair over looking right at the roots. She explained that she didn’t want to go darker than my original hair color and I agreed. I have to mention the sink for washing and conditioning because typically this is the most uncomfortable part of getting my hair done. You know when you lay uncomfortably into the sink? Well the lip of the sink somehow conforms to your neck, so there is no awkward arching or pressure on the back of your neck. I could simply do the one thing I like to do most—relax.  Read more

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Haute Social at Underbar at the W Hotel

Haute Social

Aside from all of the fabulous fashion shows going on during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, there are equally fabulous parties. On Monday night I attended Haute Social at Underbar located in the W Hotel coordinated by Paul Baranda. The atmosphere was great and it was a perfect night for networking. Check out my video for the details!  Read more

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Halle Berry and Gucci Westman at Revlon Fashion’s Night Out

Halle BerryDid you get the chance to attend Fashion’s Night Out in New York City last Friday night? I sure did and it was fantastic! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week always brings out the strictest fashionistas and during a star-studded event, even the most dedicated shoppers couldn’t be detoured from their mission–to purchase hot fashion despite all the celebrity hoopla. As every breathing person inside Rag & Bone in Soho was fixated on Revlon spokesperson Halle Berry making her grand entrance during Fashion’s Night Out to support the Jenesse Center, one woman was frustrated with the roping off of the left back part of the store because it blocked entrance to a sexy black leather jacket she wanted to try on. And in the midst of the event, she finally flagged down a store employee who cut through the media barricade to retrieve it for her to try on.

In the end, Halle Berry accomplished her mission to raise funds for her charity focused on helping end domestic violence as well as being one dedicated shopper–which was to stimulate and nourish her true inner fashionista and after all, isn’t that what Fashion Week is all about? (Doesn’t she look amazing in this photo?) Watch the video below to see all of the behind the scenes action!  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie on the Beauty Blogger’s Panel at the HBA Expo!

I’m excited to announce that if you will be at the HBA Expo on September 28th, so will I! I’ll be on a panel alongside my fellow beauty bloggers Lianne from The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie of Nadine Jolie. We’ll be answering questions about the beauty blogosphere and providing tips on how to approach today’s beauty influencers. Sounds like fun, right? You can register at www.HBAExpo.com (use code GPSZ at check out for 30% off!) If you are a brand, PR firm or marketer, please leave a comment to let us know you are coming. It’ll be great to put faces to names!
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