Sunday, November 16, 2008

2008 Clinique Holiday Collection

I just adore red (is that obvious by now?).
The holiday season is the best excuse for wearing red red lipstick and dramatic makeup. But who needs an excuse?
I have never used Clinique makeup before but it has a great reputation.

This is the list of products in the collection:

  • High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Red-y To Wear ($14.00)
  • Different Lipstick in Angel Red ($14.00)
  • Long Last Lipstick in Vintage Wine, Party Red (Limited Edition) ($14.00)
  • Butter Shine Lipstick in Cranberry Cream, Parisian Red (Limited Edition) ($14.00)
  • Kissable Dual Ended Full Potential Set in Luscious Lilac, Double Plum, Blackberry Bloom, Pink
  • Champagne, Strawberry Burst, Peppermint Patty (Limited Edition) ($35.00)
  • Defining Liner for Lips in Red-y or Not, Pomegranate ($14.00)
  • Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sparking Nude, Lucky Penny ($14.50)
  • Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black ($14.50)
  • High Definition Lashes in Black ($14.00)
  • Superfine Liner for Brows in Deep Brown ($12.50)
  • Eye Liner Brush ($16.50)
  • Happy Perfume Spray ($37.50/$49.50)

The collection is not available until December. The Clinique web site did not have a link for it yet. Check out the makeuptalk site for more information on this collection

Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bridal Gown

I saw this gown in the November issue of Vogue. I had to bookmark the page and blog about it.
Coco Brandolini worked for the designer who is a longtime friend of her parents.

In this "too true to believed story", Mr De la Renta asks her who is making her dress. The intelligent girl looks right back at him and exclaims "You, Please". The life lesson is to jump at opportunities when they present themselves. There aren't words to decribe this gown.
It's a feast for the eyes.

A few weeks ago I did a modeling job for Mary's Bridal at Stone Mountain Park here in Atlanta.
I have posted a link to a number of the photos on my web site. Look for some of them to appear in Modern Bride and Brides magazines come Spring 2009.

The gown is a Satin A-line gown with cathedral train set off by an embroidered sweetheart portrait neckline. Note the stunning crystal/bead work, metallic embroidery with beads, sequins,rhinestones and pearls.

Andrea Nicole Baker

The Heidi Klum Collection for very sexy makeup

I just discovered the Heidi Klum collection while shopping for new push-up bras at Victoria's Secret. This is actually her second makeup collection.

This one is called "The Heidi Klum Collection for very sexy makeup"

Its especially fun to have the supermodel look with department store pricing.

I wonder if those gorgeous rosy cheeks of hers (click on the link above) are from her "Heidi Klum Collection Blush". I might just have to purchase that! Isn't it gorgeous?

Andrea Nicole Baker

How to create a classic smoky eye

Now that we are in the Holiday season it is even more fun to create different and more dramatic looks.  The classic smoky eye is a favorite.

Here is a "HOW TO" from Beautiful Makeup Search. Another one from "About Beauty".
Also, check out these tips on the smoky eye look.

A little practice and your eyes will be the center of attention.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MAC collections

A week does not go by without receiving another beautifully designed ad in my email for another MAC makeup collection.

Don't you just adore this one?
I love red, especially during Holiday season.

The retro-starlet allure of Hollywood Glamour, with a modern twist
A season where lips connive then confess
In shades of provocative holiday reds
Party season and Passions flare!

"Red", she said and no one could resist her.

Check out the MAC 2008 Holiday collection Passions of Red.

andrea nicole baker

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Princess by Vera Wang

My new signature fragrance.

There is something about deciding to make a change to a different fragrance that makes a major statement about a woman.

Maybe this description helps explain why I like it so much. This came highly recommended by a girlfriend of mine. She was right! It is the perfect combination of vanilla and flowers i love it!

Vera Wang Princess perfume by Vera Wang was created for the playful, unpredictable, independent woman who treats every day like an event and adventure. This is a woman who likes to make her own magic, this sheer, flirty blend of water lily, lady apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin are melded with sheer floral notes, accented with dark chocolate, and finished with a pink frosting accord, amber, warm woods, musk, and vanilla - a whimsical treat. Notes include Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Golden Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Forbidden Woods, Royal Musk Captive, Chiffon Vanilla.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Top 10 girly movies

How many have you seen?

Pretty Woman

Like a pumpkin that transforms into a carriage, some very shrewd casting (and the charisma of Julia Roberts, in particular) morphed this story of a Hollywood whore into a Disneyfied Cinderella story--and a mainstream megahit. This is the movie that made Roberts a star; the charm of her personality helping tremendously to carry viewers over the rough spots in the script (which was originally a cynical tale about prostitution called 3000--after the amount of money Richard Gere's character pays the prostitute to stay with him for the week). Gere is the silver-haired Wall Street knight who sweeps streetwalker Roberts into a fantasy world of room service at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel and fashion boutique shopping on Rodeo Drive. The supporting cast is also appealing, including Laura San Giacomo as Roberts's hooker pal, Hector Elizondo as the hotel manager, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy, and Hank Azaria. Now, is this something you want your sons and daughters to see? That's entirely up to you. --Jim Emerson

Jerry Maguire

One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, this box-office hit cemented writer-director Cameron Crowe's reputation as "the voice of a generation." Crowe could probably do without that label, but he's definitely in sync with the times with this savvy story about a sports agent (Tom Cruise) whose fall from grace motivates his quest for professional recovery, and the slow-dawning realization that he needs the love and respect of the single mom (Renée Zellweger in her breakthrough role) who has supported him through the worst of times. This is one of Cruise's best, most underrated performances, and in an Oscar-winning role, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football star who remains Jerry Maguire's only loyal client on a hard road to redemption and personal growth. If that sounds touchy-feely, it is only because Crowe has combined sharp entertainment with a depth of character that is rarely found in mainstream comedy. --Jeff Shannon

Erin Brockovich

A real woman. A real story. A real triumph. Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Now, Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn't want anything to do with the case, Erin won't take "no" for an answer. So the two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.


Alicia Silverstone won everyone over with her portrayal of a Beverly Hills teen, Cher, whose penchant for helping others with their relationships and self-esteem is a cover for her own loneliness. Director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) made a smart, funny variation on Jane Austen's novel Emma, sweetly romantic and gently satirical of 90210 social manners. The cast is unbeatable: Dan Hedaya as Cher's rock-solid dad, Wallace Shawn as a geeky teacher, Paul Rudd as the boy who has always been Cher's surrogate brother--and the true holder of her most secret wishes. --Tom Keogh

American Pie

Anyone who's watched just about any teenage film knows that the greatest evil in this world isn't chemical warfare, ethnic cleansing, or even the nuclear bomb. The worst crime known to man? Why, virginity, of course. As we've learned from countless films--from Summer of '42 to Risky Business--virginity is a criminal burden that one must shed oneself of as quickly as possible. And while many of these films have given the topic a bad name, American Pie quietly sweeps in and gives sex some of its dignity back. Dignity, you may say? How can a film that highlights intercourse with fruit pies, premature ejaculation broadcasted across the Internet, and the gratuitous "gross-out" shots restore the dignity of a genre that's been encumbered with such heavyweights as Porky's and Losin' It? The plot may be typical, with four high school friends swearing to "score" by prom, yet the film rises above the muck with its superior cast, successful and sweet humor, and some actually rather retro values about the meaning and importance of sex. Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, and Eddie Kaye Thomas make up the odd quartet of pals determined to woo, lie, and beg their way to manhood. The young women they pursue are wary girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid), choir girl Heather (Mena Suvari), band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and just about any other female who is willing and able. Natasha Lyonne as Jessica, playing a similar role as in Slums of Beverly Hills, is the general adviser to the crowd (when Vicky tells her "I want it to be the right time, the right place," Jessica responds, "It's not a space shuttle launch, it's sex"). The comedic timing hits the mark--especially in the deliberately awkward scenes between Jim (Biggs) and his father (Eugene Levy). And, of course, lessons are learned in this genuinely funny film, which will probably please the adult crowd even more than it will the teenage one. --Jenny Brown

Shes All That

This charming update of Pygmalion (by way of the John Hughes oeuvre, most notably Pretty in Pink) rode the crest of the late-'90s wave of immensely popular teen films (Varsity Blues, etc.), thanks primarily to the immense charisma of its two leads, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. When school star Zach (Prinze)--who's a jock, smart, and popular--gets dumped by vacuous Taylor (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) after spring break, he's left dateless for the all-important prom. With a little goading from his less-than-sensitive best friend (hunky Paul Walker), he bets that he can make any girl into prom queen a mere eight weeks before the dance. The object of their wager: misfit Laney (Cook), a gawky art student too busy with her paintings and taking care of her brother and dad to worry about school politics. However, after a couple looks from Zach, and a few dates that reveal him to be a hunk of substance, Laney's armor begins to melt--and her stock at school soars. Soon enough, she's the lone candidate for prom queen against the bitchy and relentless Taylor.

Coyote Ugly:

As a producer, Jerry Bruckheimer makes movies for guys, mostly action films like Top Gun and Gone in 60 Seconds. The ones he makes that feature women, such as Flashdance and now Coyote Ugly, broaden their appeal with a fondness for "strong women." For Bruckheimer, that means self-determined, attractive women who don't need men to get what they want. Is there anything sexier than that? In Coyote Ugly, the charming young waif Piper Perabo stars as Violet, a New Jersey waitress who moves to New York to make it big as a songwriter. She has absolutely no idea how the music business works, relying instead on her faith in her own abilities. In order to make ends meet, she gets a job in a bar called Coyote Ugly, where the bartenders are scantily clad women who dance on the bar and order around their mostly male clientele. Really, they are strippers who don't have to take off their clothes. In fact, the owner (Maria Bello) orders them to enact the first rule of strip clubs: "Appear available but never be available." Bruckheimer is smart enough to focus on the naive girl instead of the seamier side of the story, following her as she realizes her dream and picks up a disposable but nice man along the way. Further "empowering" the female figures in the film, Zoe (Tyra Banks), the bartender whom Violet is replacing, leaves in order to go to law school. See? They're as smart as they are sexy! Then there's John Goodman, who turns in an absolutely charming performance as Violet's concerned father. This is a sweet and inoffensive film as long as you don't think too much about it. --Andy Spletzer

Miss Congeniality:

It's a good thing Sandra Bullock knows her strengths and weaknesses, because without Bullock as star and producer, Miss Congeniality would be an insufferable mess as opposed to being a mildly enjoyable trifle that is custom-made for Bullock's established screen persona. Only Bullock's fans could really appreciate this fluff (even then they'll wish its ripe premise had been more intelligently handled), but it's not without some highlights to accompany Bullock's reliable charms. Here she plays clumsy, nerdy FBI agent Gracie Hart, who is given the horrific pseudonym Gracie Lou Freebush (one example of the movie's juvenile tendencies) when assigned to infiltrate a beauty pageant to investigate threats of a terrorist attack.

Legally Blonde

If you've ever doubted how much a star can carry a movie, look no further than Legally Blonde, Robert Luketic's pop fluff about a sorority girl who becomes the reigning brain at Harvard Law School. The film tries way too hard to be pop fluff, but thankfully it also understands the comic glories of Reese Witherspoon. As Elle Woods, the supposedly dimwitted heroine, Witherspoon gives a high-wattage performance that somehow comes across as both lusciously cartoonish and warmly human. It's a radiant comic turn worthy of Marilyn Monroe, and Luketic throws the whole movie at her, even though its intentional kitsch and sledgehammer contrivances don't trust you enough to figure out on your own what might be guilty fun about it. It's a lame movie, essentially, that redeems itself by knowing just enough to keep things sunny and moving right along. The film is content to follow several steps behind the regal Witherspoon, carrying her train. You probably will be, too. --Steve Wiecking

Charlies Angels

For every TV-into-movie success like The Fugitive, there are dozens of uninspired films like The Mod Squad. Happily--and surprisingly--this breezy update of the seminal '70s jiggle show falls into the first category, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced), and Lucy Liu starring as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung fu-fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick, Charlie's Angels is played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films like Mission: Impossible. McG, a music video director making his feature film debut (usually a death warrant for a movie's integrity), infuses the film with plenty of Matrix-style combat pyrotechnics, and the result is the first successful all-American Hong Kong-style action flick. Plenty of movies boast a New Age feminism that has their stars touting their sexuality while being their own women, but unlike something as obnoxious as Coyote Ugly, Angels succeeds with a positive spin on Girl Power for the new millennium (Diaz especially sizzles in her role of crack super agent/airhead blonde). From the send-up of the TV show's credit sequence to the outtakes over the end credits, Charlie's Angels is a delight. --Doug Thomas

Andrea Nicole Baker

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is comprised of several national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working in partnership to build breast cancer awareness, share information and provide access to screening services. NBCAM, and, are a year-round resource for patients, survivors, caregivers and the general public.

Since its beginning more than 20 years ago, NBCAM has been dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, especially the importance of early detection. NBCAM has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. Many strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, but even more still needs to be accomplished. We are focused on encouraging women to take charge of their own breast health, by practicing regular self-breast exams, making sure to schedule an annual mammogram, adhering to prescribed treatment and knowing the facts about recurrence.

Free resources and information

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Style: iphone Application

The iphone apps store is transforming an amazing phone into an all purpose internet computer. The application is free for us fashionistas.

The application allows you to see the latest runway shows, right in the palm of your hand. See the latest couture shows from paris and read the Style File blog.

From September 5th you have the ability to get updates from every major runway automatically to your iphone.

In addition to perusing every look from New York, Milan, London and Paris you can also stream and watch the library of runway videos.

The application also includes:
  • Couture shows from the Paris runways for fall including Chanel, Dior, Lacroix, Gautier, Valention and more
  • Style File Blog: All content images and text instantly updated.
  • Runway Videos: The video library of runway shows and feedback from front-row faces. hosted by Tim Blanks
  • Spring 2009 ready-to-wear shows instantly delivered

It's all there at your fingertips.
Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy First Blog Anniversary

I just realized that it has been a year since I first started my blog. I have posted 61 times in 52 weeks which is something like 1.2 postings per week. My goal for the next 12 months is to increases that to 1.5 posts per week which translates to 78 posts between October and September 2009. There are certainly no lack of topics to blog about. This coming week (Wed-Sun) I will be at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta. It is the largest Transgender conference in the world. I'll be blogging about that when I return.

In the meantime thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog this past year. The photo is an ad for the fragrance "Beautiful" from Estee Lauder. One of my favorites.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fashion: Miniskirts

The miniskirt (often hyphenated as mini-skirt) is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees (generally 20 cm—about 8 inches—or more above knee level). The mini was the defining fashion symbol of "Swinging London" in the 1960s.

The earliest known culture to have females wear miniskirts were the Duan Qun Miao, which literally meant "short skirt Miao" in Chinese. This was in reference to the short miniskirts "that barely cover the buttocks" worn by women of the tribe, and which were "probably shocking" to Han Chinese observers in medieval and early modern times.

After World War I, hemlines had risen rapidly in the Western world. By the mid-1920s, dresses worn by young "flappers" were often above the knee which was only allowed by the abandonment of the constraining corsetry of Victorian and Edwardian times.

The appearance of miniskirts in the West in the 1960s was generally credited to the fashion designer Mary Quant, who was inspired by the Mini Car, although the French designer André Courrèges is also often cited as a pioneer (the French referred to it as la mini-jupe). Some also give credit to Helen Rose, who made some miniskirts for actress Anne Francis in the 1956 science fiction movie, Forbidden Planet.

Recently, Marit Allen, a Vogue "Young Ideas" editor at the time, has stated that "John Bates, in particular, has always been completely unappreciated for his contribution to the innovation and creativity he brought to the London design scene." He bared the midriff, used transparent vinyl and, Marit Allen asserts, was responsible for "the raising of the hemline.

It was John Bates, rather than Mary Quant or Courrèges, who was responsible for the miniskirt." Bates' costumes and accessories for Diana Rigg, as Emma Peel in the ABC-TV series, The Avengers, from 1965–7, helped to define "Mod style". As The Avengers' filmed episodes were made several months before screening, Avengers producer Brian Clemens confirmed in interviews that the miniskirt designed by Bates was a "gamble", since they did not know if it would catch on in public or be seen as a fashion failure by the time the episodes aired. However, Emma Peel's fashions were accepted by the public and even spawned a line of replicas of her clothes for public sale. Another more "immediate" proponent of the miniskirt on television was Cathy McGowan, who introduced the weekly British rock music show, Ready Steady Go! (1964-6).

Mary Quant ran a popular clothes shop in the Kings Road, Chelsea, London called Bazaar, from which she sold her own designs. In the late 1950s she began experimenting with shorter skirts, which resulted in the miniskirt in 1965—one of the defining fashions of the decade.

Owing to Quant's position in the heart of fashionable "Swinging London", the miniskirt was able to spread beyond a simple street fashion into a major international trend. Its acceptance was greatly boosted by Jean Shrimpton's wearing a short white shift dress, made by Colin Rolfe, on 30 October 1965 at Derby Day, first day of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia, where it caused a sensation.

According to Shrimpton, who claimed that the brevity of the skirt was due mainly to Rolfe's having insufficient material, the ensuing controversy was as much as anything to do with her having dispensed with a hat and gloves, seen as the essential accessories in such conservative society.

The miniskirt was further popularized by André Courrèges, who developed it separately and incorporated it into his Mod look, for spring/summer 1965. His miniskirts were less body-hugging, and worn with the white "Courrèges boots" that became a trademark.

By introducing the miniskirt into the haute couture of the fashion industry, Courrèges gave it a greater degree of respectability than might otherwise have been expected of a street fashion.

The miniskirt was followed up in the late 1960s by the even shorter microskirt, which has been referred to derogatorily as a belt or pelmet. Upper garments, such as rugby shirts, were sometimes adapted as mini-dresses. Tights or panty-hose became highly fashionable, in place of stockings, specifically because the rise in hemlines meant that stocking tops would be visible.

Mary Quant cited this development in defence of the miniskirt: "In European countries where they ban mini-skirts in the streets and say they're an invitation to rape, they don't understand about stocking tights underneath".

Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall Fashion 2008

I love this time of year. The fall fashion magazines start arriving. The ones that weigh 20 pounds or more and are full of gorgeous ads. Of course it does not feel like fall when it is still 80+ degrees outside. Here is what I am reading with notes about what I like from each magazine.

"Beauty by the Numbers" - Mikiskirts (a few numbers): 1969 - The year high school girls suspended for wearing miniskirts took their cause to the Tennessee courts 28:Age at which women should stop wearing miniskirts according to a recent poll in the UK (ANB: Completely disagree)

Beauty 101 - Eyeliner: A great foldout on how to prep eyes, define lids, trace below and blend. The section always has "tricks of the trade", a cheat sheet of helping hints, and product advice (pencil liners vs liquids, creams and gels)

The "Fall Hot List" consists of shiny handbags, rich fragrances, scenic destinations and how seven stylish women usher in the season. (A selection of fab designers and models)

Fall Fashion Hot List - Falls best fashion trends on sexy cover star Jessica Simpson. While I don't consider Wild West outfits high fashion they look very sexy and cute on her.See page 542 for a cute ruffle top chiffon dress, western belt and suede boots.

Age of Repose - Falls clean architectural silhouettes recall the monumental design of Egypt's Pyramids. The fashion layout is stunning with the models using the pyramids as the background. Amazing views and silhouettes.

A perfect Stranger - dancing the night away in Venice can turn mysterious if you are exquisitely yet decadently dressedin Giorgio Armani. (see page 580+) Gorgeous setting of the city of Venice against a collection of silk organza dresses.

Fall fashion Fever: The best trends and how to wear them - Autumn Hues (Designers have delivered fall wardrobes in universally flattering hues); Art Prints (Bold, striking wearable canvases), Feminine Dressing (lace, ribbons, ruffles, pleating and bows); Floral (bombarded with bouquets. Gorgeous in-your-face flowers); Country (tweeds, plaids, checks and curduroys); Metallic (gold, sliver, bronze, hematite, copper and mercury); Slouchy (comfy, yet elegant draping) and Rocker (flas above the waist, Links, crisscrossing chiffon and velvet).

Fall Shoes A-Z: Ankle Boots, Bows, Chunky, Deal,Elongate your legs, Faux, Green, Hardware, Irresistible, Juicy Colors, Kilty, Leopard, Maximalist, Newcomers, Oxfords, Peep-Toes, Quick Fix, Rustic, Suede, T-Strap, Ultra-Violet, Versatile, Waterproof, Xtra Sexy, Your Obsession, Zipper.

Style on the Street Fall 08 Chicago - Always a fun feature where seven local women go to a hip neighborhood to find choose a collection of outfits and accessories. The girls always seem to do a great job of accessorizing. Does Lucky foot the bill? How do I volunteer for this shopping extravaganza?

The Best new designers of 2008 - ten new designers show off elaborately detailed accessories to the slickest of basics. I found myself enamored with "Gorgette" (by Caycee Black of NYC). She uses the elegance of the 50s and then adds modern flourishes and the result are pretty and flattering fashions.

The "Green guide to makeup" - The best items that are earth conscious and well as flattering. Tarte has an eco-friendly
natural mascara that is lush and long-lasting.

Lastly the editors of Lucky show their fashion selections for the fall. I love the ultra-feminine selections!

"Noir Redux" - very timely article about How the LIttle Black Dress (LBD) is back. Timely because of my September post about LBDs.

I also loved the spread called "The United Colors of Vogue". It asks the question about how the sensibilities of different editions (American, British, French and Italian) influence what comes down the runway. The article is basically a topology of the four different editions. Cute and insightful!

Lastly a wonderful spread about "Trend Spotting": Darling buds (forget the requisite earth tones. This fall the blush is on the rose); Jet Set (Dark shadow tones down the romance factor); Twisted Sisters (the seasons biggest hair trend is the UpDo)

Kiera Knightley - explores Berlin's vibrant art scene in looks that reflect the capital city itself. Cosmopolitan, forward-thinking, and modern. Amazing fashion and photography. Too hard to describe. Check it out.

Self-Reflection - The season's glossy, incandescent evening dresses. Lots of glitz and glamour!

Multi-colored prints topped with fun fur and bold jewelry (710). These outfits make a gorgeous fashion statement!

Andrea Nicole Baker

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gisele Bundchen new face of Max Factor

Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian bombshell who is one of the last to earn the supermodel title, has the luxury of picking and choosing her assignments now. Starting in October, get ready to see Gisele Bündchen make a splash in a new print ad campaign by Max Factor. The newest face of one of Hollywood’s oldest makeup brands (Max Factor Cosmetics celebrates its 100th birthday in 2009), Gisele will appear in the ads for Max Factor’s Lipfinity Lip Collection and its ColorGenius Face Collection.

Gisele Bundchen - Max Factor, 2008 Behind-The-Scenes

A superstar in her own right, makeup artist Pat McGrath created the iconic looks that will be featured in the ads. Aren’t those wicked-sexy smokey eyes to die for? In addition to launching Gisele, MAX Factor is celebrating their 100th anniversary in early 2009. Mr. Max Factor, the father of modern makeup, revolutionized the concept of beauty 100 years ago on the Hollywood movie lots with the creation of his iconic makeup line. Designing looks for Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth and Katherine Hepburn, he transformed the leading ladies of his era.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fashion: Little Black Dress

There is something timeless about the Little Black Dress (LBD). It feels so elegant to dress to the nines in a LBD not to mention all the compliments on your outfit and the fashion statement it makes.

Some Links related to the LBD
Little black dress wines
Little Black Dress Shop
edressme - little black dresses
How to buy a perfect Little Black Dress
Blogs about the Little Black Dress

Definition of the "Little Black Dress" (wikipedia)

A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often with a short skirt, originally made popular in the 1920s by the fashion designer Coco Chanel. Intended by Chanel to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral color. Its continued ubiquity is such that many refer to it by its abbreviation, LBD.

The "little black dress" is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening. Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend would not qualify because it would soon appear dated.

History of the "Little Black Dress" (wikipedia)
Prior to the 1920s, black was reserved for periods of mourning and considered indecent when worn outside such circumstances, such as depicted in John Singer Sargent's painting the Madame X. A widow's mourning dress was closely observed at a time when details in fashion conveyed a sophisticated symbolic language. During the Victorian and Edwardian ages, a widow was expected to wear several stages of mourning dress for at least two years. “Deep” or “full” mourning required the woman to wear plain black clothing with absolutely no decoration for the first year and a day of mourning. The second stage lasted nine months and permitted the wearing of black silk. In “ordinary mourning” for three months, the widow could accessorize only with black ribbon, lace, embroidery, or jet jewelry. The final six months of “half-mourning” allowed the bereaved to wear muted or neutral colors: shades and tints of purple were most common. Because of the number of deaths in WWI, plus the many fatalities during the Spanish flu epidemic, it became more common for women to appear in public wearing black.

In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in Vogue. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”
The little black dress continued to be popular through the Depression era predominantly through its economy and elegance, albeit with the line lengthened somewhat. Hollywood's influence on fashion in North America helped the little black dress' popularity, but for more practical reasons: as Technicolor movies became more common, filmmakers relied on little black dresses because other colors looked distorted on screen and botched the coloring process. During World War II, the style continued in part due to widespread rationing of textiles and in part as a common uniform (accessorized for businesswear) for civilian women entering the workforce.

The rise of Dior's "New Look" in the post-war era and the sexual conservatism of the 1950s returned the little black dress to its roots as a uniform and a symbol of the dangerous woman. Hollywood femmes fatales and fallen women characters were portrayed often in black halter-style dresses in contrast to the more conservative dresses of housewives or more wholesome Hollywood stars. Synthetic fibers made popular in the 1940s and 1950s broadened the availability and affordability of many designs.

The generation gap of the 1960s created a dichotomy in the design of the little black dress. The younger "mod" generation preferred, in general, a miniskirt on their versions of the dress and designers catering to the youth culture continued to push the envelope - shortening the skirt even more, creating cutouts or slits in the skirt or bodice of the dress, using sheer fabrics such as netting or tulle. Many other women in the 1960s aspired to simple black sheath dresses similar to that designed by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by actress Audrey Hepburn in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

The 1970s did see some little black dresses. Some were lacy and feminine, some, like Bill Blass' were simple and normal. Others, like the one Qiana’s one-shoulder form-fitting little black dress, were skimpier. However, colors rather than black were preferred for women's fashion, especially for the disco or jet set.

The popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress back into vogue. Coupled with the fitness craze, the new designs incorporated details already popular at the time such as broad shoulders or peplums: later in the decade and into the 1990s simpler designs in a variety of lengths and fullnesses were popular. The grunge culture of the 1990s saw the combination of the little black dress with both sandals and combat boots, though the dress itself remained simple in cut and fabric. The new glamour of the late 1990s and into the 21st century have led to new variations of the dress but, like the 1970s, color has re-emerged as a factor in fashion and formalwear again shows an aversion against black.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What's new in PINK??

Those of us girly girls always seem to notice anything in Pink.

Pink Beauty

The packaging, of course, immediately caught my eye. I have not tried the cosmetics yet but I have read that they are top notch. The line-up includes products for lips, cheeks and eyes. 

To learn more about Pink Beauty, check out their website at Right now, you can only order them through if you are in the United States.

About "Pink Beauty:"
Taking its inspiration from the colour pink’s soft, delicate hue, Pink Beauty was created by accomplished makeup artist, April Jacob, to allow every glamour girl to emanate her very own irresistibly feminine “inner pink glow”–that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes her exude confidence in a fabulously chic way.

Mariah Carey's Lucious Pink Fragrance

I love the pink packaging and ad especially the perfume bottle with the pink butterfly top. I have not tried the fragrance but the bottle would look so wonderful on my dresser next to all the other lovely glass fragrance bottles.

The email ad I received states:
Visit the Fragrance page to experience the ethereal fragrance, and wrap yourself in a halo of sparkling Bellini, velvety Pink Peony and warm Sun-Kissed Woods. This radiant new scent is a luscious blend of notes as enveloping as Mariah's voice.

Available in fine department stores and at

Andrea Nicole Baker

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Last week I walking thru Bloomingdales when I saw a new fragrance display from Lancome. The sales lady explained that Bloomingdales is the exclusive US distributor. Plus this is a first for Lancome by doing an initial product release  in the US instead of France.

The tag line is "You are unique; you are Magnifique". The celebrity spokesperson is Anne Hathaway.

I definitely agree that Magnifique is very daring for a mainstream department store perfume brand. Very sexy and feminine. I was asked, more than a few times, what fragrance I was wearing.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Day at The Races

My girlfriends and I spend a day at Arlington Race Track in Chicago in June. This was something I had never done before.
There was a card of 9 races. Most of the time we spent in the enclosed and air-conditioned box (with a large window facing the track) where we had a tasty lunch and a drinks. The last 30 seconds of each race were entertaining. But basically this was a wonderful social outing.

As you all can see I'm the blonde in the blue silk top in the middle of the picture. We presented the trophy to the winning jockey after the last race.

I always thought it would be fun to go to Royal Ascot in the UK for the horse races, dress to the nines and wear a big floppy hat (like in the picture). Arlington Park was a lot less formal!

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mascara: Long and Gorgeous Lashes

Are you confused by all the different types and brands of mascara?  I love long and sexy lashes. I try something new every few months to see if there is something better.

The other day I was browsing at Sephora and found a truly creative idea.  it is called the "Lash Stash". The Last Stash allows you to test-drive a new mascara every day until you find your true lash love. It contains seven travel-size black mascaras from your favorite brands, for the longest, lushest, most-volumized lashes ever.

The kit includes a 0.14 oz Benefit A Little Bit BADgal Lash in Black, a 0.02 oz Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black, a 0.15 oz LORAC Publicity Stunt Lashes in Black, a 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Black, a 0.24 oz Stila Multi-Effect Mascara in Black, a 1.0 oz Sephora Brand Lash Plumper in Black, and a 0.17 oz Too Faced Lash Injection in Black.

One other interesting new item i received an email about this week. It's the first vibrating power mascara and its from Lancome. It will be available in stores this fall. I can't wait to try it and see if it really makes difference.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, June 8, 2008

What type of bras should you own?

One bra style will not work for all fashions or functions. Though your sports bra may be your secret favorite it does not work for every outfit. Your bra wardrobe should include a minimum of four or more bras:

1. A seamless bra: often called a T-shirt bra. These bras may be lightly padded to prevent show and tell under the tightest tops or anything sheer

2. A strapless or convertible bra: Which can be adjusted to suit halter, low cut and backless tops and dresses. It is not something you need all the time, but it is important to have for summer fashions and formal wear.

3. A seamed bra: The more seams a bra has the more shape and support you have. If you have jackets, blouses and dresses with darts you need a bra with seams.

4. An active or sports bra for exercising at the gym or working in the yard.

In your basic bra wardrobe include colors of basic black (because we always have so much dark and black outfits) and nude or beige which look much better under white tops and t-shirts than white. Of course there is a rainbow of colors to choose from to match nearly any outfit.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Beautiful Makeup Search & Fragrance Fanatic

I subscribe to two wonderful blogs. Every day I get interesting and informative emails about beautiful makeup products and sweet fragrances.

The Fragrance Fanatic

The fragrance fanatic is obsessed with all things fragrant: perfume, scented bath and body products, home fragrance and so many more. So many great products and spectacular scents.

Beautiful Makeup Search

It is a treat to get the latest makeup ideas in my inbox every morning. I am amazed at all the new products. Sometimes it is a must have product other times just a great suggestion for a more glamorous look! Enjoy!

Andrea Nicole Baker