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BREAKING NEWS: Taylor Swift Is a CoverGirl!

    Watch out Rihanna! There's a new CoverGirl on the block.
    Taylor Swift has been named the newest face of the bazilionaire beauty brand. Yes, I'll admit that Swift annoys me to high heavens, but I'm happy for her landing an awesome endorsement. What do you think about the behind-the-scenes picture above of her upcoming ads for the brand?

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WOULD YOU WEAR?: Underwear as Outerwear?

    It's the new rage.

    Corsets, slips and lace worn as everyday clothes.

    On the plus side, the trend saves YOU money. A lace top, for example, is a piece you can wear under your clothes one day and as the highlight of your outfit the next.

    The counterargument is, well, you're rocking your drawers out in public.

    My opinion? I'm all for the underwear as outerwear look. Like any good thing (i.e. Louboutins, chocolate, candy), the trend is better in moderation. If you wear head-to-toe lace, you look like a Burlesque dancer, a stripper or Lady Gaga.

    But by pairing a corset with a blazer or a lace top with a circle skirt. you achieve the perfect balance of sultry and sophisticated.

    When worn the right away, this trend gives your everyday look the most alluring hint of sexiness.

    Scroll below for celebrities that get the look RIGHT and some options to nail the trend in your everyday wardrobe:

    Rihanna pairs a corset with leggings and a baggy white shirt.

    A blazer and boyfriend jeans tone down Eve's racy black and sheer corset.

    Don't you just love Zoe Saldana? She's so chic! Here, she lets her bra peek out of her demure button-down shirt and pencil skirt.

    What's sexier and more romantic than lace? Leighton Meester pairs her see-through lace turtleneck with a pair of loose-fitting pants.

    Fitted pants and a blazer are the perfect accents to LaLa's baby blue corset top. Adorable!

    Check out some Glamazon-approved underwear as outerwear pieces from American Apparel, ASOS and more!

    Would you wear the look? Discuss.



GLAM OR SHAM?: Jennifer Lopez And Her Massive Updo

    I'm all for big hair. Being a native Texan, I'm always trying to figure out the easiest shortcut to achieving major volume and height. But this is just beyond me. I wonder if maybe Jennifer Lopez was having a bad hair day and couldn't think of anything else to do but to wrap her extensions up into this mess of a chignon? [Because you DO realize this is a weave, right?!] On a more positive note, that statement necklace she's wearing is beyond exquisite.

    What do you think, Glamazons? GLAM or SHAM?

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GLAM OR SHAM?: Kim Kardashian's New Swimwear Line

    You guys saw Kim Kardashian's line for Bebe. And many of you deemed it...underwhelming.

    So why Kim took that as a sign to create another line, I have no clue. But alas, she has lent her name to a new collection of swimwear in collaboration with Beach Bunny Swimwear via

    The sisters each designed two looks for the swimwear brand, opting for styles that flatter the curvy girl who spends her days tanning on South Beach in Miami. But that's where the similarities end. Kim went for skimpy bikinis, Khloe got fiesty with animal print and Kourtney chose suits with more support in the bust, given her new post-baby buxom body. I'm not mad at the styles, they're all flirty, chic and fun.

    And besides, the beach is the perfect time to get a little sexy swimwear and the Kardashians are a perfect match.

    What do you think of the pieces, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?



    Photos via Albert Michael/Startraks

GLAM OR SHAM?: Johnny Depp A Mess While Filming

    I'm totally one of his biggest fans, but why does he always look a mess in this new film he's making?
    He makes me swoon in makeup and costume [hello, Pirates of The Carribean] but when he's like this, I can't even look at him. Maybe others of you love his scruffy I-Just-Rolled-Out-Of-Bed look, but I just don't approve. But he could make me swoon later [minus Alice in Wonderland...ew.]

    What do you think, Glamazons? GLAM or SHAM?

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Halle Berry Allegedly Splits from Gabriel Aubry aka There's No Hope for Any of Us

    Just kidding!

    But in the latest actress turned beauty icon news, Halle Berry and her daughter's father, Gabriel Aubry, have called it quits. Sad. I mean, they have an adorable daughter, Nahla, and were just so cute together! (Exhibit A...below)

    I may be by myself on this one, but I was completely rooting for them to work it out since Halle's been through so much drama (from Wesley Snipes to David Justice, I don't even know where to begin!)----and she totally deserves a great man in her life.

    But I don't feel that bad. Why, you ask? Well, she's still arguably the most beautiful woman in the world. She has a perfect body, an Oscar-winning acting talent and a successful fragrance. Yeah...plenty of things to keep her happy during her breakup. I, on the other hand, have nothing...well except my Louboutin shoes. (I always loved them more than my ex-boyfriend anyway, haha).



A Day in the Life: Cavi Women's Runway Show with Adrienne Bailon and Teyana Taylor

    The worlds of entertainment, fashion and music collided for the Cavi Designs Women's Fashion Show last week at Macy's. The result? Fabulosity at its best.

    Hosted by Adrienne Bailon and Teyana Taylor, the event showcased the hottest styles from Cavi's Junior's line at Macy's. The look is sophisticated, refined and chic with an urban edge.

    Highlights include a stylish zippered jumpsuit and a glamazing pink motorcycle jacket that I have to get my hands on. My favorite look, however, is a belted blazer and shorts ensemble that offer a sexy take on the military look of Cavi's menswear line.

    Check out the looks from the Spring line and pics from the event below:

    One of the Cavi designers and a friend of The Glamazons, Danny Victor, with Teyana Taylor and Adrienne Bailon

    I need this outfit in my life.

    Teyana Taylor and Adrienne Baillon before the show. I LIVE for that pink motorcycle jacket. 

    That military-inspired vest is so sexy - a must have!

    Macy's was packed with tastemakers, celebrities and fans of the Cavi line. Great times!

    Here's the fab display of the Cavi Womenswear line! Check it out at Macy's and go to for more information on the brand.



A Day in the Life: Vitalize Entertainment's One Year Anniversary

    Fashion has always had a close relationship with music so when I was invited to Vitalize Entertainment's One Year Anniversary Party by the amazing CEO, Rondel Holder (pictured left), I jumped at the chance to attend.

    The same way I love writing posts about the next big designers in our "Designer Crush" column, Vitalize Entertainment focuses on finding the best up-and-coming artists.

    Held at The Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn, the party was full of talent on the verge of huge success with rising stars like Nexus, 456 Movement, A.Don.Iz and Young Voice.


    Young Voice

    While enjoying performances by some of the artists above, we mingled, sipped Blue Coat Gin cocktail and danced to 90's songs spun by DJ Mistah Clean (this made my life! the 90's had the best dance tunes!). There were so many great artists in attendance who are positioned to take the industry by storm.

    Two of my favorite acts were the fab girl group, Nexus, and the ubertalented rap group, the 456 movement. Check out their videos below. Trust me, you'll be hearing about them again very soon.



    456 Movement

    Here's Video from the Event! Love it!!

    VITALIZE ENTERTAINMENT Launch Event "Fete Fatale" 4.24.10 from Emiliano Styles on Vimeo.

    And for all your emerging music needs, make sure to check out the Vitalize Entertainment Boom Blog. That way, when these artists make it big, you can say you knew them when... (Sidenote: that's SO how I feel about Trey Songz. I met him when he was just a random singer with braids hanging out at industry parties and look at him now! It's a great feeling to witness someone's journey to the top!).



    Photos by Kuntu Blankson Photography

    Video by Emiliano Styles 

Mary J. Blige Creates A "Life" Fragrance

    Mary J. Blige may be joining the "I'm A Celebrity And Launching My Own Fragrance" bandwagon, but she's completely bucking the trend when it comes to how she's launching it.
    Named My Life [after her groundbreaking 1994 album; still one of her best, I'd say!], the fragrance will launch exclusively on HSN July 31 and will then be sold at Carol's Daughter. [No surprise there considering that Blige is a shareholder in the company, Carol's Daughter].
    Turns out that Blige also had the inside scoop when it comes to fragrance creation with her family tie to Pamela Baxter, president and chief executive officer of LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics North America. Baxter is married to the uncle of Blige's husband, Kendu Isaacs.
    According to, the scent's top notes are gardenia petals, Bartlette pear and white freesia; the heart is tuberose, blooming jasmine, gold lily and apricot flower and the drydown is cashmere woods, praline, sesame and incense. Blige admitted that she had no problem taking her time in creating the fragrance and was very adamant about being involved in the total process. Here's what she had to say about her new juice:

    "It's a special tribute to us as women. My fans and I are smart now. We know we're smart now, but we didn't know it then. We know we're beautiful now, we didn't know it then. We're educated now, we didn't know it then. We're soft, we're edgy - we're all those things. And I wanted this perfume to represent every female's everyday life."

    Now, if that's not empowering, I don't know what is! Blige also shared with WWD that she's currently taking French and acting classes in preparation for her acting debut as Nina Simone in the biopic film slated for 2012 release. She also plans to launch her own eyewear line this fall, Melodies by Mary J. Blige.

    My Life, the fragrance, will retail for $46 and I personally can't wait to get my hands on this one!

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Fashion Week NYC Gets A Makeover

    Haven't you just been DYING to get more deets about the upcoming Spring 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?! Don't worry, Coutura and I have to. [As you know, we live for Fashion Week.]
    The Fall 2010 collections were the last to show at Bryant Park and now the show will move to Lincoln Center. Executives from IMG Fashion finally held a press conference yesterday morning to reveal plans on where the tents will be placed Sept. 9-16 for the Spring 2011 collections. According to these plans, there will be a new entrance located in the corner between the Metropolitan Opera House and David H. Koch Theater. Once inside, the Lincoln Center will have four main venues: The Theatre, The Stage, The Studio and The Box Presentation Space. An informal space, The Courtyard, will be a glass-encased outdoor space that may be used for informal presentations. Here's what Peter Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Fashion Worldwide had to say about the new plans:

    "This is a very exciting day for us. The move has allowed IMG to reinvent and improve so many aspects of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as well as develop a stronger link to the surrounding facilities and spaces available at Lincoln Center and the neighborhood. This is the first season in what we are confident will be a long 'run' at Lincoln Center."

    The picture above is a rendering of the proposed venue. Hmmm...I'm still thinking the MAC at Milk Studios may be a better look, but I'm excited to see how Fashion Week NYC at the new venue will turn out. Here's hoping that it will be even more fabulous than before!

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GLAM OR SHAM?: Hayden Panettiere's Super Short Hair

    Cutie pie actress Hayden Panettiere let her let down her lovely blonde locks - and then chopped them off. Last week she debuted her closely cropped 'do at an Earth Day celebration and let me just say that I personally love it! In fact, I was just watching her in a Neutrogena advertisement on television the other evening and thinking that she needed to get rid of all that hair. She has the perfect face for this new hairstyle.

    What do you think Glamazons? Glam or Sham?

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Friday Fashion Spotlight: The Earring

    Earrings are big bold and beautiful this year as we saw on most of the major runway’s for spring/summer 2010 and it’s another great accessory to make a statement with. In recorded history, earrings have been traced back to the ancient city of Perspolis, Persia, where the illustrations on the walls depict soldiers wearing earrings. During the Roman Empire, jewellery was crafted and worn with gusto as a sign of status and luxury and the earrings were made of shiny materials and gem stones so that they could illuminate the face. The popularity of earrings also largely depended on the fashions that prevailed at the time, today whether the earrings are for pierced ears or clip on’s earrings are always fashionable and they are a hot item. Their made of any number of materials, including plastic, glass, precious stones, beads, and other materials and have become lighter in weight, so if you are one of those people who love to spark up your style and love big earrings this is the year for you.

Genie In A Bottle: New Nail Polishes from Sally Hansen

    When I said before that I was going to try really hard not to spend any more money than I had to, this would include cutting out my weekly mani/pedi sessions. So hard because I'm the WORST when it comes to painting my own nails and having them look somewhat decent. With that said, I was beyond estastic to get a polish that actually works for me and my somewhat decrepit methods of applying the polish. An added bonus? It's super cheap [$6.99!] and can be found right around the corner at your local drugstore. I'm talking about none other than the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure that features all five steps of a professional manicure in one. [Yes, you read that correctly. All five steps: base coat, growth treatment, strengthener, color and top coat.] It also contains a special wide, tapered brush that gives you the perfect application every time. I even used it in the back of a moving vehicle to paint my nails and it worked just fine. In fact, when I got to the event, everyone kept asking who did my nails...if only they knew. The polishes are also chip resistant and lasted me for about two weeks. In 42 magical shades, you'll be sure to find the right hue for you. [That's my favorite shade pictured above: Commander in Chic. I'm a lover of all things black and, since it's spring, I wanted to lighten up. So, essentially grey is the new black for spring.]

    Another fab new fave from Sally Hansen that I must mention to you as well would be the Color Quick Chrome Nail Color Pens. Side note: I probably should have been using this instead of the actual nail polish while riding in a car, but I didn't. However, I do have it in a bag and have used it on the train for an occasional touch up. It's a cute pen that's easy to hold and the brush makes it easy to dispense just the right amount of color. I was so happy to see that it doesn't come out all gloppy and messy and the 8 molten metal shades that it comes in aren't streaky. The formula also contains Panthenol, Vitamin A, C and E as well as a UV protector to keep your color fresh. Genius! That's my fave shade above: Silver Chrome. These cute pens are $7.95 and can also be found at your local drugstore.
    Test them out and be sure to let me know what you think!

Kate Hudson WINS With This Red Lip

    Reason number 2,342 as to why a ravishing red lip will never go out of style: this picture of Kate Hudson taken yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her film The Killer Inside Me. Hudson is definitely giving us a new definition of killer beauty with this glamazing bombshell look. I love everything about it: from the capetastic outerwear to the blonde, voluminous coiffed tresses. But, it's the red lip that reels me in. Maybe it's the rumored boob job that she's recently had that's given her the confidence to rock this vampy beauty look? Whatever it is, I approve and hope that she'll start to rock many more.

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Photographer Spotlight # 4

    Victor De Mello

    Photographer Victor De Mello's images you will find an absolute devotion to the power of beauty and shapes. The photographic techniques result in lush, translucent images that are loaded with sensuality emotional presence with focus on line, shape and expression and sometimes with dark messages. His inspiration is deeply rooted in the passionate expressions of Latin culture - classic chastity is mixed with raw sexual power. The results are timeless images but with a touch of the presence that evoke thought. Born in Portugal and moved to Brazil at age 17 were he started his career and now lives and works in London but makes the world his playground. He has become one of the industries most sought after photographers with a reputation for telling story’s through his images.

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