Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Slips That Show

Even though we'll always love our fave LBD--the form fitting cut, the effortless style--sometimes we wish it was a tad funkier. That's why we're gaga over the line of embellished slips from Your Slip Is Showing. The slips are trimmed with ruffles, lace and ribbons that are very much meant to be seen.

The Head Over Heels Slip has a rhinestone skull. It's the perfect way to display you edge when it's time to meet the parents.

The lacy Sand and Garden slip adds a flirty Victorian feel that's just right for tea with the girls or first dates.

Here's how the Tickle Me Pink looks under a skirt:
And one that is similar to Desert Nights:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lorien Hotel and Spa Alexandria, Va.

Last Wednesday, we attended the opening of the Kimpton's newest property, the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria, Va. For those of you less familiar with the area, Old Town is located just a few miles from D.C. in an historic area characterized by colonial buildings and cobble stone streets. The designer of the Lorien, Vicente Wolf did a great job of balancing the old and new, by using cool blues and clean lines and avoiding traditional old fashioned furnishings. The Lorien also boasts a fantastic new restaurant and tasting room, Brabo, by Robert Wiedmaier.

We were so impressed we're planning on a girls' trip here this summer. Old Town is full of boutiques, restaurants and bars. What else could we ask for?

Belvedere IX

Belveders IX
On our next night on the town, we're definitely ordering a Belvedere IX cocktail. Belvedere is our fave vodka and the new IX is a blend of all our favorite naturally good for you stuff: Guarana, Ginger, Ginseng, Jasmine, cinnamon leaf, sweet almond, eucalyptus, black cherry and acai. Yum!

The new flavor of vodka was mixed up with the help of Andre, owner of NYC's Beatrice Inn, who also helped design the bottle and appears in the ad. We love a man who multitasks!

Follow Belvedere IX on Twitter and you just may get on the list for an exclusive tasting.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lash Stiletto Mascara Review

For our latest review on Maybelline's Lash Stiletto Mascara we enlisted a couple of our girlfriends to help us out (in this case they sent us a generous three tubes to try). The package is designed to look like the heel of your favorite stilettos and it's a good diversion from Maybelline's regular sorbet colored tubes. It's light rosy scent was pleasant though didn't sell us on the product in itself. The wand is nice and narrow, which made it easier to reach the lashes on the outer corners of our eyes.

Rebecca found that she liked it more after a few days of wear, proving that you have to get used to the wand and the product. Plus after a few wears some air gets into the tube and thickens it up a bit; making it a better consistency to apply. Normally Rebecca buys a thickening mascara like L'Oreal's Voluminous but a couple coats gave her a look she liked.

Meg likes her lashes stuck together (proving that separation isn't important to every user). She had to use several coats before it was thick enough. She liked the wear of the Lash Stiletto and noted that it didn't smudge much after a long day. She recommended this for a night out instead of long daily wear.

For my part, like Rebecca, I lean to volume making mascaras (my favorite being Bad Gal's products); but the Lash Stiletto did just what it claims-- lengthening, separating and a shiny black finish. The only negative I would note is that when I wear it all day, I notice some flaking under my lower lashes.

Overall for the price ($7.49 at drugstore.com), Lash Stiletto a good deal on a great lengthening mascara.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Giveaway Ends Monday!

Our contest to win the fantastic Spanx Bra-lellujah valued at $62 ends this Monday, March 30th. All you have to do is sign up and comment on our brand new message boards. Thank you to everyone who has already checked them out!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cheap Airfare

Thanks to Jennifer for this tip! When we book our trip to Mexico in May, we're going to use Kayak. It's a travel search engine in the same vein as Travelocity or Orbitz in that it searches for the best deal on airfare, hotels, and rental cars; but it links you directly to the cheapest option (sometimes the airline itself, sometimes an agency), saving you the $5.00 or so that other search engines take as their share.

For instance a flight from D.C. to Cancun is $303 on Kayak and $310 on Orbitz. To get the cheaper fare Kayak links directly to United. That saving is worth a margarita on the beach, no?

For more information on Kayak, check out their site.

On Our Radar: Gansevoort Turks & Caicos

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos
It's almost spring break time and here's a resort we're dying to check out: The brand new Turks & Caicos Gansevoort. It's from the same folks who brought us the chic hotels in the Meatpacking District and South Beach.

Like its sister properties, the pool is the main focus. The Turks & Caicos Gansevoort is the largest one yet: a 7,000 square foot, U-shaped infinity pool. Can’t you just see yourself lounging in a pool side cabana while the pool boys deliver you banana dacquiris? The hotel is near the Provo’s Grace Bay Beach, named “best beach” by Condé Nast Traveler. Maybe we should hit the beach instead, then head back to the pool in the evening when it’s transformed into a candlelit dining and lounging area?

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos pool

The restaurant, the Bagatelle Bistrot will be familiar to anyone who has stayed at the NYC Gansevoort. (It’s the restaurant across 9th Ave. that has those crazy parties that last all day on Saturdays.) It has an impressive 1,200 bottle wine cellar.
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos room

The rooms are decorated in all white with natural touches like wood and native stone and have floor to ceiling windows so you can appreciate the ocean views from your bed. The rooms have two of our all time favorite details, which will surely be in our dream house someday: remote control blinds so you can allow the sun in without ever having to get out of bed and overheard rain showers. The resort has complimentary wireless, should you be fool enough to want to check in on the rest of the world.

No property of this level would be complete without a spa, and Gansevoort Turks & Caicos has one of our faves: The Exhale spa. Treatment rooms overlook a private garden. There’s also an outside pavilion for yoga classes and Exhale’s signature, kill Core Fusion class. We may even make an exception to our no working out on vacation rule for that.

Rooms start at $295 a night with the hotel's Steal Away package. Care to join us?

For a review of the Gansevoort in Miami, check out The Daily Obsession.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blueprint Cleanse Review

Yes, I was hungry. Yes, I cheated. And yes, I felt fine—better than fine even. I felt pretty damn good the entire time I was on the cleanse and now for the three days I’ve been off of it. I lost three pounds.

Those are the answers to the four questions I was asked most frequently when I told people I was doing the three day Blueprint Cleanse. For those who haven’t read Friday’s post, BPC delivers 3 days worth of juices to your home. The 6 daily juices are numbered so you know what order to drink them in and packed in adorable, individual coolers. It couldn't get any simpler.

I signed up for the program to mix things up and have a fresh start for spring, which according to the calendar (if not the actual temperature here in NYC) started that same day.

I was most definitely hungry throughout all three days—I wasn’t starving to the point I wanted to chew my own arm off, but I definitely wanted more. And on day 2, I indulged in an apple and some almonds. Day 3, I graduated to an apple, almonds and some tortilla chips. Day 3 may have been my own fault. I took my favorite Sunday morning gym class, Phys Ed (a mix of body sculpting and cardio) at Equinox. The class was probably too intense for someone who hadn’t eaten (much) solid food in over 48 hours, hence the tortilla chips. To be fair, the BPC website recommends a vacation from hardcore workouts while juicing. They do also allow cheats like celery sticks, ¼ an avocado and vegetable broth. (Tortilla chips are surprisingly not on the approved list.)

I enjoyed drinking the juices. The morning “green salad in a bottle” blend of kale, spinach, cucumber, lemon and apple was a little hard to take first thing in the morning, so on day 2 and 3 I had a cup of chamomile tea first (allowed and recommended). The pineapple mint was delicious. The spicy lemonade (a la the Master Cleanse) was the one I most feared drinking and it turned out to be surprisingly tasty. The beet carrot juice was very earthy and always made me feel fantastic. The cashew vanilla smoothie was, um, not my fave. I experimented with heating it up, adding more cinnamon and pouring it in my favorite mug, but the chunkiness was a turn off.

My energy levels were sky high the first two days. I was ultra productive and managed to not only get myself organized, but also set some goals for the coming months. I was clear headed and on fire. Day 3—post my am workout and tortilla chip snack, not so much. I was actually really sleepy after I ate solid food. I'm guessing all my blood rushed to my stomach.

Now that I’m a few days off the cleanse, I’m feeling good—above average--and eating better. My appetite is lower than usual, I’m determined to stay away from candy and white bread. Most amazingly, I’m ok without my morning cup of coffee. Caffeine has not crossed my lips since Thursday. I haven’t had a single headache and I’m not even craving it.

My advice for those considering the Blueprint Cleanse who haven't juiced before: If you haven’t juiced before, start with the one-day program. The first day was the most manageable for me. I already saw the benefits of a flatter stomach and increased energy after one day. If you opt for a 3 day or longer program, don’t beat yourself up. Even after I cheated, I still felt really good and healthy when I drank the next juice.

Any other questions? Feel free to ask!
A big thanks to all those who supported me via Twitter especially CasaNaranja, SETinNYC and ButterflyDiary!

Freida Pinto Shares Her Secrets for Looking Good in Photos

Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto shares her tips on how to look good in photos. She leaves out that part about being born naturally gorgeous!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Favorite Hotel in Miami?

Tides Miami
Got a favorite hotel in Miami? The Shore Club? The Delano? The Ritz? The Tides (shown)? JSG wants to know. When you sign up for our new girls' getaways message boards, you'll be entered to win the best bra ever-the Spanx Bra-lellujah. Hurry, the contest ends March 30!

Note: To encourage conversation on our message boards, we're not accepting comments on this post. Please share your thoughts on the boards.

The Best Blush for Redheads

Ever since my genius colorist, Joseph at NYC's Cutler suggested I trade my blonde locks for red, I've never looked back. Only problem is, once I changed my hair color, I had to start wearing all new makeup, too. My biggest challenge has consistently been my blush. When I use a rosy pink, it can make me look too pink and doesn't blend with my hair. When I opt for a browner toned blush, it doesn't work with my skin. Then when I don't wear blush, I look like I'm on my death bed. I've experimented with it all to no avail.

Finally, MAC's limited edition Blonde Brunette Redhead collection has THE perfect solution, the Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead. It has gradations in tone from gold to salmon pink that blended together give my cheeks the perfect hue. I also use it on my forehead close to my hairline, since I have a large forehead. I love this stuff! Of course, like many MAC cosmetics we've fallen for before, it's only available for a short time. In fact, it's actually on their "Goodbye" list already, so act fast, my fellow redheads!

Sandals With Interchangeable Straps

Don't you hate trying to figure out what shoes to take on a trip? Shoes, especially strappy stillettos take up a lot of room in a suitcase, but how are you supposed to know when packing on a Thursday night what shoes you want to wear on Saturday. Well, file this one under "Wish We Thought of It First": Jour et Nuit shoes have interchangeable straps that take the shoes from day to night. You simply swap out the upper and it's as if you have a brand new pair of shoes.

We can picture ourselves in the daytime version in a convertible with our hair streaming in the wind on our way to lunch with Paolo, the cute Italian boy we met out dancing.

Then when we're bored of Paolo and headed out to the hotel bar with the girls, we'll magically change our shoes into this blinged out sassy version:

The Autumn shoe (shown) is marked down 50% to $287.50 on the Jour et Nuit website. It's a bargain when you consider you're getting two shoes in one!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Guest Spot on Felicia Sullivan

You can find our picks of our top three carry on bags today on Felicia Sullivan. Felicia is the author of The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, Scenes from a Life, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, USA Today, Elle and the Washington Post- to name a few. Many thanks to her for sharing space today. Happy travels, Felicia, and let us know when you choose that new carry on!

Clinique Mineral Treatment Powder - Review

We're not huge fans of the mineral trend in general--there's just something about the cakey feel of many mineral-based cosmetics that rub us the wrong way. But the new Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder may convert us. The caffeine-based powder does truly--and miraculously--reduce redness on contact and is suitable for most skin tones. We use it over our tinted moisturizer to cover redness around our nose, particularly helpful during this wretched allergy season. We'll also use it on top of our blush if we put a little too much on. It feels natural, our skin breathes and never gets flaky. We can only imagine what it does for sunburns--a must on our next beach trip!

Clinique Mineral Treatment Powder is $32.50 and available online and in most major department stores.

Bermuda - Guest Review

In the spirit of our new girls' getaway message boards, where you are the expert, JSG has a guest blogger today, Jamie Stone, who shares the dish on her New Year’s Eve trip to Bermuda. And speaking of those message boards, sign up before March 30 an you’ll be entered to win a the most comfy bra ever, the Spanx Bra-llelujah.

Who did you go to Bermuda with?
I went to Bermuda with my friend Jen. We both were in desperate need of a vacation and had some time off from work right after Christmas until the New Year.

Why did you choose Bermuda?
We wanted to go somewhere that was warm and not too far from New York. We got a direct flight on Jet Blue and it only took about an hour and half to get there, so it was the perfect choice. We knew it wasn’t going to be super hot (70F at the warmest) but we figured it would be a LOT warmer than New York City and it’s also a place that we’ve both always wanted to visit.

What were your expectations of Bermuda before going?
We knew that it wasn’t going to be like a Cancun or South Beach vacation spot, meaning we knew it wasn’t going to be a bunch of college kids running around drunk. I’d heard from a few colleagues and friends of friends that they had a really amazing time there and that the beaches are beautiful and the people are very friendly.

What surprised you the most?
It sounds silly but everyone associates Bermuda with islands like Aruba and the other Caribbean islands and it’s actually not anywhere near that area. I also didn’t know that Bermuda has four seasons just like New York! Lastly, I think another thing that really surprised me was how friendly the locals really were.

Where did you stay?
We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, which we had heard was one of the nicest resorts on the island. The hotel has an amazing golf course, a private beach, an indoor and outdoor pool and plenty of restaurants that kept us busy. What I really liked most is that the hotel was very close to one of the nicest public beaches on the island, Horseshoe Beach.

What did you do on your trip?
We actually did a lot considering we were only there for 5 days. There happened to be a ton of things we wanted to do and see but we also made time for swimming in the pool, walking on the beach, etc. We played golf on the resort’s golf course, which is supposedly one of the nicest courses on the island. We also did some of the touristy things like the Crystal Caves and visited the Naval Dockyard.

How was the nightlife? The boys?
The nightlife wasn’t that great. To be fair, we were there in the off-season (winter) so obviously we knew the nightlife wouldn’t be as lively. We met some nice Canadian people and some guys that grew up in Bermuda but had since moved away and were just visiting their families for the holidays.

Where were most of the people you met from?
I’d have to say the majority of people we met were Canadian, which after thinking about it, makes total sense. It’s MUCH warmer than their winter and it’s not a far flight if they’re East Coast Canadians.

We've heard Bermuda is expensive? Did you find that to be true?
Absolutely true. The Bermudian dollar is equivalent to the American dollar and the American dollar is accepted everywhere but simple things like taxis, sodas, etc. were outrageously priced.

Would you recommend it for a girls' trip?
I think it really depends what you’re looking for. I went to Bermuda AS a girls’ trip and it was exactly what wanted. Like I mentioned before, it’s not a Spring Break/Cancun type place to vacation so if that’s what you’re looking for, then definitely don’t go to Bermuda; it’s a very upscale, classy island. If you do decide this is a place for your girls’ trip, then you can be assured you’ll be safe at all times. There wasn’t one point on my trip where I felt unsafe being alone or with my one friend.

Anything you wish you knew before you went?
I wish that I had known it was only going to get to about 70F. I would’ve liked it to be just a bit warmer so I could spend more time in the sand! I also wish I had known that it’s somewhat difficult to get around on the island. They have a bus and ferry system but we just couldn’t seem to make them work with our schedule and they don’t rent cars to tourists so the only other option would’ve been to rent a scooter. Scooters scare me and all I ever hear is how people die on them all of the time so we opted to stick with taxis and the bus.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Favorite Hotel in Vegas?

Got a favorite place to stay in Las Vegas? The Palms? Bellagio (shown)? The Wynn? Venetian, Caesar's? JSG wants to know. When you sign up for our new girls' getaways message boards, you'll be entered to win the best bra ever-the Spanx Bra-lellujah. Hurry, the contest ends March 30!

Note: To encourage conversation on our message boards, we're not accepting comments on this post. Please share your thoughts on the boards.

Diane von Furstenberg Redecorates Claridges

claridges hotel
Our favorite designer is redecorating her favorite hotel, Claridges in London. DVF gave us a sneak peak last week on her blog about her vision for the venerable hotel. The 10 rooms she is redesigning are scheduled to be unveiled in May. Looks like a trip across the pond is in order!

A Peek Inside Jolie Nadine's Carry On

This week, we're taking a peek inside Nadine Haobsh's carry on. Nadine is the editor of one of the original beauty blogs Jolie Nadine and has been on the road a lot these days promoting Confessions of a Beauty Addict, a fun read about a beauty editor's fall from grace--and her ensuing comeback. It's like a Confessions of a Shopaholic for the beauty obsessed, complete with a list of Nadine's personal beauty faves in the back. Nadine and Annie have actually know each other for years--going back to the days when they were both on staff beauty editors. Here's what Nadine travels with:

When I was 21 years old and received my very first paycheck, I sprinted to Bloomingdale's on 59th and Lex and bought my Louis Vuitton Speedy. It's been with me to Egypt, Argentina, Scotland, Panama, Germany and, bien sur, France, and I am constantly amazed by how much can be crammed in there: sneakers, magazines, makeup bags, books, you name it! I've even used it as a (way too glamorous) gym bag a time or three. Normally, it's stuffed with the basics: iPod, Blackberry, wallet, sunglasses, keys and whatever I'm currently reading.

Speaking of, the two books I'm reading are about as far from each other as you can get: an advanced copy of a fiction book by Britney Spears' former makeup artist, called Pop Tart, and a biography of Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford by Mark Anderson, 'Shakespeare' by Another Name

My iPod is crammed with mostly rock and pop - nothing too revolutionary. Pearl Jam is far and away my favorite band--I've seen them 11 times in concert all over the world!--and not only do I have all their studio albums, but I also have concert CDs, B-sides and covers. The reissue of their first CD Ten comes out tomorrow and you'd better bet that's getting uploaded! I have a penchant for British bands after having lived in the UK, so Coldplay, Bloc Party, Lily Allen, Dido, McFly, Calvin Harris, Kaiser Chiefs and U2 are all on constant rotation. Other favorites include The Shins, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows, Sufjan Stevens, Kelly Clarkson, and the comedy routines of Eddie Izzard (the best are Dress to Kill, Glorious and Circle; you'll often find me giggling away like a madwoman while listening to him!). I'm digging some songs I've recently downloaded by Carolina Liar, and also have a fondness for cheesy crap like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

I have a nasty habit of losing my most expensive accessories (see: diamond earring graduation present from mom; Cartier Tank Francaise "Congratulations, you published a book!" watch from dad; rose-colored Chanel glasses I purchased for myself), so I now stick to fake pearls and CVS acquired plastic frames. My Tom Ford Nicolettes were gifted to me...here's hoping I can hold onto them for a few more years!

In general, magazines bore me, but the one I purchase religiously every month is Tatler. I spent a year in the English countryside working with a polo player, so it always gives me a semi-pathetic thrill upon turning to the party pages and spotting fancy-pants people I've downed Pimms with at the Cartier Polo.

When I fly, I'm outfitted as comfy as possible, which means loose-fitting tops (I usually go for a plain J-Crew tank top), snug cashmere cardigan (ditto, from J. Crew), my favorite Citizens of Humanity Kelly jeans, Bally flats, and a gray pashmina I bought in Paris.

I've found that if you're dressed nicely, you increase your chances of getting upgraded. Of course, miles in a frequent flier program (I'm with Delta, Virgin Atlantic and BA) help a LOT.

Traveling business is one of life's greatest pleasures! One of my favorite memories (seriously, I'm excited just remembering it) is the time I politely requested to be upgraded from economy to business on a British Airways flight from London to New York...and they agreed! I've been lucky enough to fly internationally first or business class on a few different airlines, including BA, Virgin, Delta, Continental and Air France, but I think the best for younger people is Virgin Atlantic; the Upper Class Clubhouse at Heathrow features an awesome Cowshed Spa chock-full of organic, delicious Cowshed products, like the Dirty Cow Hand Wash and Cow Pat Hand Cream.

Finally, I live for the day Concorde flies again. Sigh.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wedding Offer from the Ritz-Carlton

As you might assume, we're big fans of the destination wedding. You can scale back your guest list and invite those you're closest to. Planning is less intense since the hotel often takes on a lot of the details. You get to spend more time with your guests since you're staying together: over meals, at the beach, or getting your hair done. Plus it gives everyone an excuse to get away. We've been to a few destination weddings and enjoyed them all, in fact our sister-in-law is in the planning stages now.

This spring, the Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels is offering a free wedding ceremony and a free three night stay for your one year anniversary if you book a wedding with them in the Caribbean or Mexico for a ceremony held May 1st through December 20th, 2009. There are five resorts included in this offer: Cancun, San Juan, St. Thomas, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman.
Request the Reconnect package when booking.

Friday, March 20, 2009

New Travel Security Measures

Just when we thought it was safe to start carrying liquids in our carry on again, the Transportation Security Administration added new rules. Sounds like more people will be checked just before boarding and airlines want to know your birthdate (yes, your real one), before selling you a ticket. We're all for safety, but airplane travel is unpleasant enough these days. In this tech-heavy, information age, there has to be a better way to do it.

Read more on Peter Greenberg's post Additional TSA Security Measures.

On Our Radar: Blueprint Cleanse

Blueprint cleanse
Granted, it's not exactly a destination, but since we can't be in Vegas living it up at the nearest sportsbooks with all the crazed NCAA fans or in Miami for its quasi fashion week, we're mixing it up in a whole new way this weekend, with a Blueprint Juice Cleanse. After all, it is officially spring today and high time to get back into bikini shape.

The Blueprint Cleanse promises to: Boost immune systems; alleviates allergies, gives your digestive organs a rest, help with weight, reverse signs of aging and elevate mood and sex drive, among other benefits. What's not to love?

Annie starts the her 3-day "Renovation" cleanse today:

For breakfast, I'm looking forward to a salad in a glass: a blend of romaine, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, spinach, lemon and green apple. That's followed by a pineapple mint, more green juice, spicy lemonade (a la master cleanse), carrot, apple, ginger and beet juice then finally a bedtime cashew milk smoothie for fat and protein.

The juices were handily delivered to my home Wednesday night in a portable, thermal lunch bag. Each bottle is numbered, so there's no confusing what order they go in, just in case I get delirious with the lack of solid food. (Kidding! I hope.)

I did a 48-hour juice cleanse at the New Age Health Spa a few years back. I felt pretty bad the first night, especially after a colon cleanse. I missed protein the most--as I am an avowed red meat eater. It was worth it, though: My stomach was never flatter and I did eat healthier for a few weeks afterwards.

This time around, I'm hoping the juice will help me kick my sugar and salt cravings, help with bloat, give me more energy and generally rock my world. I'm ready to shake off the winter doldrums and get ready for warm weather.

I'll post updates on Twitter throughout the weekend and a complete follow up next week. I'm already starting to regret the fries I had yesterday for lunch!

Blueprint ships their juices nationwide. It's $255 for the three day program outside of NYC and $195 in NYC.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Win the Best Bra Ever!

We're 100% serious when we say this: The Spanx Bra-lellujah is THE most comfortable bra we have ever worn. It's made of a super-soft, hosiery like material that lays completely flat so there's zero bra fat bulging on your back. The wide straps won't dig into your shoulders, either. And when was the last time you had a bra that closed in the front? We're guessing since high school--us too. Funny thing is, a front closure is genius when it comes to reducing VBL (visible bra lines). The back of the bra is totally smooth so there are no lumps visible through even your most form-fitting of tops.

We'll admit, that this isn't the sexiest bra in our lingerie drawer. Our SO approved it, but it's never going to take the place of our hottest lace push up bra. That said, what it lacks in kitten appeal, it makes up for in the confidence it gives us when we're wearing it.

JSG is excited to be partnering with Spanx to giveaway five Bra-llelujah bras. All you have to do is register and comment on any post on our brand new message boards before March 30 and you'll be automatically entered. (We'll contact the winners to get your bra size, which will be kept completely confidential.)

Julia Roberts on Allure and Letterman

There was a time years ago when Julia Roberts was everywhere and no matter how much we loved her in Mystic Pizza or even Pretty Woman, we were just tired of her. The other night on Letterman, we fell in love again. She and Dave were gushing over each other, her laugh was contagious, and her down-to-earth nature was endearing. She may have sold us before she said a word with the fitted white suit, sheer grey blouse, and red (or were they fuchsia) nails and lips. Wow! She surprised Dave and us with the pink streaks in the back of her hair. Apparently, her daughter Hazel wanted her to dye her hair pink, so she indulged her a few strands.
Below is a picture of her before the show (thanks to People) and Julia's carrying a light toned Tod's bag similar to the one we want.
You can catch up with her more in Allure this month and also find out how Genevieve Herr created Julia's makeup and Serge Normant continues to style her hair after 15 years.
We wish her the best: happiness with her family and success in her career. She's over 40, truly fab and an inspiration to JSG's everywhere!

Introducing the New & Improved Jet Set Girls

JSG homepage
Since we can’t be everywhere all the time, we recognize that you may know a specific destination better than we do. On that note, we invite you to share your expertise about your own travels, along with tips you have to make every girls’ getaway a success, on our message boards.

For questions about favorite destinations, dream trips or travel advice, check out the General Travel Questions forum.

For questions about specific destinations, including hotel and restaurant recommendations, check out the Destination Specific forum.

Have a forum you would like to see? E-mail us at jetsetgirls@gmail.com and we may add it.

In our effort to be the go-to resource for everything you need for a girls' getaway, we've added new pages for info on all our favorite destinations, to show our link love and shameless self promotion of our recent links and press and a homepage (shown above).

We hope you enjoy our new look. We welcome any feedback, good or bad!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson--We'll Miss you!

Last night brought the sad news that Natasha Richardson died after a fall during a ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec. She was on a beginner slope at the time when she had a seemed to be a minor fall that turned out to be serious in a freak turn of events . Our condolences to Liam Neeson and family for their loss.

Annie was lucky enough to see Natasha on Broadway in both Cabaret and Closer. While she won a Tony Award for Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Annie remembers her more as Anna in Closer (the same role Julia Roberts had in the later film version). "She was amazingly sexy on stage in a very earthly, womanly way. Something about the way she carried herself and her curves just screamed lusciousness. It didn't hurt that her character had the most amazing shoes!"

We're avid skiers and chose a few years ago to start wearing a helmet. As Natahsha's tragic accident teaches us, even a seemingly minor head injury can have terrible consequences. If you wear one on a bike, it makes sense to wear one on the slopes. We don't know whether Natasha was wearing a helmet or not; but it is a grim reminder that we should.

Find a Good Salon--Anywhere in the U.S.

We have the gorgeous Jenny over at Sephora's Beauty and the Blog to thank for tipping us off to this website, which has quickly become our latest obsession: MopShots. The site features photos of real women (like the cute redhead above who is all dressed for St. Patty's), and lets you in on where they got their haircut and who styled it. Love that you can search by city, hair type, length and even color! We'll definitely be using this site next time we head to a strange city and need a blowout!

Wedges for Spring

After wearing boots all winter we're ready to strap on a pair of wedge sandals. There is a huge selection of great looking shoes this season that make your legs look super long; but are immensely easier to walk in than their skinny stiletto cousins. Here are a few to drool over:

Celine's sandal would complement a maxi dress or a pair of skinny jeans.

We've seen some great orange shoes this season but the "Alice" canvas wedge by Tory Burch was our favorite. Its modest heel makes it easy to walk in.

This gold studded natural colored wedge would add a little edge to the floral bohemian top you just bought. (by Jean-Michel Cazabat at ShopBop)

This Kate Spade wedge from Blue Fly screams springtime. This turquoise and red stripe is a favorite color combination and the wicker wedge will look great through the summer.

These black patent Louboutins are simple and elegant.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Buy Martha Stewart's Tote Bag for Charity

Martha Stewart JPG
The domestic doyenne is one of eight celebs who designed a tote bag as part of the Purex Saves Green Program. Each celeb-designed tote bag is currently being auctioned off with proceeds going towards Earth Day Network, founder of the original Earth Day back in 1970. The auction ends April 29. While we adore Martha's tote (above) with its appliquéd animals, if we were to bid on one, it would definitely be Law and Order SVU star Tamara Tumie's:
Tamara Tunie
Chevy Chase's is just wrong...
Chevy Chase
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