Update

There has been quite a stir this past week. We have been busy, busy, busy. A few new things coming your way is our eyebrow tutorial and a special visit with a very innovative salon. Stay tuned!

XX, Danielle

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Premieres, Celebrities & Dresses… Oh My!

This month just may cause Sex And The City/Sarah Jessica Parker overload here at Haute Danielle. We sincerely apologize for the nausea in advance and hope that the parade of gorgeous dresses will make up for it. Although we’re excited to see the film, the premiere completely slipped our minds. Thankfully, Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” was tweeting all about it in the midst of his attendance. Says Andy: “At the Sex and City Premiere! Blue Carpet! Chandeliers outside! Every star in NYC! Glitz n Glam…. Welcome back, ladies. about 5 hours ago via UberTwitter [To follow Andy Cohen, click here] We have to say most everyone looked stunning! The makeup was fresh, the fabric choices are vibrant and thank goodness, the hair was appropriate. (Nothing worse than a couture gown ruined by lack-luster hair don’t(s).) Here’s your sneak peak before it hits the rag mags:

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Sarah WOWs in this playful neon gown. (2010 Valentino Spring collection) Her skin is glowing and the soft waves framing her face are perfect. You know what else? We don’t at all mind the shoe selection. “The higher the stiletto, the closer to God.” – Haute Danielle

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Kim Cattrall in almost a more subdued shade of SJP’s dress is daring with a deep V both front & back, sleek and sophisticated. Dress designed by Naeem Khan.

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Cynthia Nixon is classic in Carolina Herrera. She (or a stylist) added a beautiful rhinestone leaf broach/applique to add a little glitz and we love it. That, along with the ruffles on the back of the dress, revamps the LBD. (Long Black Dress) The only critique is that the eyebrows could have been darker and the hair color needs to go back to red or some form of it. Even platinum blond with dirty roots would be better than the current dye job. Washes her out a bit.

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Could you just die? Kristin Davis looks like a delicious, walking cosmopolitan. Hot pink is not an easy color to pull off past the age of 22 but Kristin does so effortlessly. It’s flirty, fun and appropriate for this event. Dress designed by Jean Desses.

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Oh yeah, the leading men of SATC were there! Lookin’ dapper Chris Noth, John Corbett and Jason Lewis!

Now, no premiere is complete without a step & repeat fashion faux pas. This was a train-wreck beyond Lohan proportions. You want to look away and you just can’t because it’s so horrific. HIRE A STYLIST! It’s mind-boggling to me that tonight’s major offender was allowed to leave her house this way. It kills me because I have so much love and admiration for this actress/songbird/Broadway baby. E-mail me… Haute_Danielle@yahoo.com and I will style you for free. I truly could have done better at Nieman’s. *Choo choo* Make way for trainwreck of the night… Liza Minelli.

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I get it, she’s been through hell and back but that doesn’t excuse this get-up. What material is this? It looks like leftovers from an old Missy Elliot video. Garbage bag chic? We don’t see this look catching on any time soon. Dare we say, it’s a ‘haute mess’.

Tragic. So Tragic.
XX, Danielle

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One On One With Sarah Jessica Parker!!!

Okay, okay…. and thousands of other viewers. Back off a bit. Let us bask in our out-of-body, groupie experience. *Phew* Alright, back to business. For those of you who watch RHONYC (if you don’t understand the acronym then you don’t watch), you should have also seen “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” right after. Every time the Bravo hotline has been shamelessly dialed for previous shows/guests, the line is busy. Something made us call 5 minutes before the show even came on and we got through. Now that the cat is out of the bag, good luck trying it now. Sorry, major fail on our behalf. The original question was: “Which RHONYC and SATC character are you most like in your real/personal life and with all of the success surrounding the film franchise, is there any hope for the return of the series on HBO in the future?”. However, the producer that answered the phone decided to edit our question to hell but principals be damned! Censorship over missing an opportunity like this. Look, normally stars don’t phase or excite but it’s SJP. She changed the way we talked about sex and fashion. The writers are not to be under rug swept but SJP brought Carrie to life.

Anyway, the 20 minute phone hold felt like hours. Mouth gone dry, heart beating furiously within my chest… and then, it was my turn. See for yourself below:

Bloggers and fans alike have a hard time gaining real access to celebrities, which, is not to say we’re entitled to meet these people but rather pointing out that without the right credentials, asking a simple question or merely getting to express your gratitude personally is very rare. Unless you whore yourself out and become a self-proclaimed celeb and for some reason everyone plays along are Perez Hilton. Even more so with A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker. She was SO sweet and charming. Love, love, LOVE her! To say we’re “Giddy like a school girl” would be apropos. Enough gushing… did you happen to notice that the video above is hosted by our very own youtube account? That means tutorials are coming. : )

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XX, Danielle

When Celebrities Tweet

Curious as to what your favorite celebrity has in their makeup case? Look no further than the ultra-voyeuristic site, Twitter. Khloe Kardashian-Odom dishes on how she gets that glow (and here we thought it was genetic or all that Miami sun). Says the youngest of the Kardashian trio:

“I just read a comment left on my blog asking what kind of bronzer I use — Smashbox matte bronzer and Dior bronzer. I mix them 🙂 1:51 PM Mar 31st via web”

Thanks Khlo!

XX, Danielle

YOU Tell Us…

Spring (Fashion) FWD

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It’s that time of the year again. Sandals are available in abundance and the color palettes are bright and vibrant. Feel free to pack away your apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur. (Yeah, I said it.)  Spring 2010 is all about candy-coated colors, neutrals and metallics. Try a bold lip like in the Prada ad above paired with a bronze/smokey eye or if you’re unsure how to use color in your new Spring wardrobe, go neutral with khaki, gray or white and add a pop of color with an accessory. Interested in snagging some of our picks? See below.

1. Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte lipstick in “Sweet Honey” (#4 ) – $34 This lipstick is a universally perfect neutral shade. It’s moisturizing but not thin or too runny. It also has a subtle shimmer to it which I love. It’s a splurge but any makeup that is long-lasting and has professional yet wear n’ go appeal is worth it.

2. Sephora by OPI in “Cover Me in Petals” – $9 This shade is not for the timid. In the recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, a survey answered by men said that they all preferred their girl’s mani/pedi in classic red. We say, shake things up. This color is an update of your staple red polish. It’s more of a blood orange. Try it out and let us know if you’ve turned some extra heads!

3. Fossil (watch) Women’s white resin bracelet –$95 On sale at Macy’s: $70 Even if you’re like me and you check your Blackberry for the time, after a point, it’s just the grown up thing to do. Make responsibility chic and opt for this cute and inexpensive watch from Fossil.

4. Kate Spade Tinsbury clutch – $70 – $200 This adorable clutch is a great example of “less is more”. This wicker/straw clutch comes in a few different colors; green, silver, gold, white and red. It’s not a new item but a favorite. Great for both Spring and Summer. Try eBay or a plethora of online stores.

5. Forever 21 Solid Floral Dress – $34.80 The perfect Spring dress – it’s a fresh shade of green with little peek-a-boo embroidered detail on the sleeves, pockets (all dresses should have pockets but that’s another story for another entry) and a removable sash. You could play the waiting game and try to buy it in a few weeks when it’s marked down to $10 but good luck finding it in your size or…. at all. Our advice? Go grab one now and dress it up or down. You’ll get your money’s worth.

Tip: Dress it up with a cute cardigan and heels or a jeweled flat. For a sexier night look, soft waves in the hair and a wide studded belt in place of the sash, heals and bangles will take it to another level. / Dress it down by pulling the hair back, some cute sandals, simple accessories and brown tinted aviators.

6. Vans “Era” sneaker in herringbone – $52 Seemingly a nod to old school Keds, these sneaks have a retro look and the metallic factor.

7. Blowfish (Malibu) “Life Gladiators” sandal – $39 @ DSW These sandals are identical to the ones I purchased last year (same manufacturer/company) and let me be square with you – the MOST comfortable gladiator ever. I also got a lot of compliments on them because they were unlike a lot of the mass-produced gladiators that were popping up all over the place. In this almost neutral tone, they’ll pair beautifully with most anything.

8. Betsey Johnson “Petal Pusher” demi bra swimsuit – $126 Keep the girls shelved high while working on getting your tan back in this adorable two piece.

9. & 10. Tory Burch metallic “Reva” clutch – $12 a week & Chanel patent flap handbag – $85 a week online at BagBorrowOrSteal. Not everyone can afford to mix high and low into their wardrobe, right? Wrong, my little Stylistas. You can use this site and feel like a celebrity even without celebrity money.

There you have it. Our take on Spring 2010!

XX, Danielle

It’s A Sad, Sad Day For The Fashion World.

When I started this blog, I’d hoped to never have this kind of news come about but Alexander McQueen – Born Lee McQueen has passed away. Only 40 years young, he was found in his London home and pronounced D.O.A. Working for Givenchy and eventually his own label both Alexander McQueen and McQ, he brought to fashion a kind of controlled chaos. Many designers push the limits of fashion but few do it well and an even smaller group do it flawlessly. At the top of the latter list was McQueen. It’s completely heartbreaking. It’s too early to know what caused his untimely death but as soon as that information is available, we will update.

May you rest in peace amongst angels… Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen ( March 16, 1969 – February 11, 2010)

With a heavy heart,

XX – Danielle

Secret Confessions

Get close…. I’ll only ever admit this once. I… love BUMPITS™! Look, most of what you see on infomercials is complete garbage. I don’t have enough counter space for that magic bullet nonsense and cutting brownies never caused me any hardships in life. I was as skeptical as some of you are. Maybe, no, definitely more skeptical. First of all, some of the hair do’s look ri-god-damn-diculous in that commercial. Who wears their hair like that? Looks like bad pageant hair; please excuse the redundancy in that statement. To make a long story filled with whimsical, comedic flare, short – I decided to try it. By “I decided”, I mean that I was standing in line at the epicenter of evil known as Walmart and was swindled into an impulse purchase. To my dismay, it looked great and was almost fool proof. My ‘do holds up to all the usual abuse throughout the day. I move around quite a bit in my line of work and I have smacked my bump on various things and it never moved. I fully endorse this product.

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It will set you back a cool $9.99 at Walmart or other stores that carry hair supplies or accessories. (i.e. Sally’s, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) Before you buy, a word to the wise: There are different sizes of Bumpit™ packages. The one I got only had 1 mini, 1 medium and 1 large. Not that I wanted or needed it but where is my “Hollywood” size Bumpit? On the official website for the product, you get two sets, both of which include the Hollywood for the same price of the smaller packages currently in circulation. If you want all the pieces and need instant gratification, Claire’s has it for $12.00.

Here’s to voluminous hair!

XX, Danielle

[Retraction] MAC Won’t Like this One Bit…

BUT WE LOVE IT!!! Brought to our attention is a little internet treasure. If you aspire to work behind that MAC counter and haven’t made it yet, your head is about to explode. Building your kit whether personal or professional can be is costly. Take a gander at this. Your eyes don’t deceive you, everything on that site is crazily discounted! The brands they carry are: MAC, Benefit, Chanel, Nars, O.P.I., Dior, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Tous Touch, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Gucci, Armani, Guerlain, Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Clinique. Sure, a lot of the products are past season but who cares?!?! Even better for those of you who are dedicated to certain brands and can’t find certain discontinued products. Shipping is a little steep but think of it this way, the same $20 would only buy you one product. We’re awaiting our order. ; ) Of course, you’ll be the first to know about our review. You’re welcome my little Stylistas!

XX, Danielle

So it’s been brought to my attention that this site could be a total sham. Not in a rob your account blind kind of way, but in a “We sell fake MAC” kind of way. Walk of shame for this blogger but you live and you learn. In our defense there wasn’t one complaint available and the web was scoured for it. Our bad. Please do NOT purchase anything until we have investigated further.

XX, Danielle

UPDATE: After some fine-tooth combing, the site is definitely fake. Fake products are usually really decent quality but you don’t want to risk using makeup that could be potentially harmful due to material content/lack of regulation/etc. How could I tell? While a few eyeshadow pots on the site were completely deceptive with perfect labeling and appropriate shade names and placement of decals, others I neglected to look at were off. For example, MAC single shadows not now or ever have come equipped with a sponge applicator. We’re heartbroken. We feel swindled, bamboozled, hood-winked and tricked! It was almost certain that the previously discontinued potted MAC cake liner was within our grasp as well as the opportunity to try several other brands/lines at a discount. Be careful when shopping online. That is today’s lesson. Too many counterfeit cosmetics out there and its a shame. What next? People buying makeup out of some guy’s trunk? *tisk tisk* – Oh, also feel free to add brushes111.com and sybestbuy.com to your list of fake name brand cosmetic peddlers.