Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2008 Oscars - My favorite gowns and looks

Who cares what movies, actors, actress, and directors won the Oscars?  Let's go check out the best dressed stars on the red carpet.

Three gowns stood out in my mind from Oscar night. The red gowns worn by Katherine Heigl and Heidi Klum. The picture on the left is of Katherine Heigl doing what she does best -- classic Hollywood glamour -- with her Marilyn Monroe hairdo looked great in her one-shoulder red, custom made Escada dress.The Grey’s Anatomy star accessorized glamorously, in Ryan Ryan jewelry, a studded Jimmy Choo clutch, pin curls and bold matching lips.

Heidi Klum (right) is ravishing in red. The beauty wears a phenomenal Galliano gown complete with sweeping train and dramatic collar to show her support for heart-disease awareness. The Project Runway host accessorized her dress, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Red Dress Campaign for Heart Truth, with earrings, rings and a cuff that featured rubies, kunzites and pink diamonds set in 18k rose gold all from the Heidi Klum Collection for Mouawad.

Marion Cotillard, who won the Oscar for best actress for her role in La Vie en Rose, is exquisite in a vintage gown.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Love Sonnet 18 - by William Shakespeare

Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Girls Guide to a Fabulous Kiss

With Valentine's Day approaching next week I am sure all you girls are receiving the same emails for flowers, candy, lingerie and other delightful feminine treats. I received a delightful email from Lancome (for Le Rouge Absolu and Color Fever lipsticks) that started me thinking all about kissing.

Who knew that there was an art to kissing? I did a quick web search and found everything you ever wanted to know about the art of kissing including books and DVDs. This site even has an FAQ about kissing and a how-to about French Kissing.

This is an excerpt from Sheila's Kissing Booth which is a very cute site with lots of great advice.

"Kissing is probably the most physically romantic two people can get. There really is no wrong way to kiss. The thing to remember is that everybody kisses differently and different people prefer different ways of kissing. Some people, believe it or not, are appalled at the idea of French Kissing or using your tongue while you kiss. While others can't imagine kissing without using your tongue. The thing is to try kissing that person a few times before deciding how you and your partner prefer kissing and to get used to the way that person kisses.

A first kiss should always be done while the two of you are alone. This will help to avoid any unnecessary nervousness and embarrassing situations. The best type of kiss is one that uses different variations, such as starting with a small kiss, working into a French Kiss, maybe sucking on your partner's upper or lower lip, then trying the other two types. And don't just leave kisses to the lips. Kiss their cheeks, their chin or their eyelids. This can be very seductive and romantic.

The perfect kiss is one that is done with someone you really care about. There is more caring and sincerity in a kiss with someone special than with someone you hardly know, although a really good kiss can certainly bring two people closer together"

"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss".  
Yes that is from one of the most romantic movies of all times Casablanca. Bogart & Bergman.
Click here to see Sam sing "As Time Goes by".

Gorgeous painted lips and kissing make a wonderful visual image. But the truth is that the reality of kissing does a job on those pretty painted lips.  You will find so many ads for kiss proof lipsticks. But I doubt if any of them really work.  This is a 1929 retro lipstick ad. Isn't it wonderful?

andrea nicole baker

Monday, February 4, 2008

Lipstick Jungle

There is a new series, Lipstick Jungle, beginning on NBC this Thursday evening, Feb 7th at 10PM EST.
It stars Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Linsday Price as modern New York career women supporting each other through triumphs and tears that are all part of making it in the Big Apple.  Now doesn't this sound familiar?

Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell ("Sex and the City"), this sexy new drama follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game.

Movie exec Wendy (Brooke Shields, "Suddenly Susan") does everything she can to balance career and family. Nico (Kim Raver, "24"), editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, has her eye on becoming CEO. And free-spirited designer Victory (Lindsay Price, "Beverly Hills, 90210") longs to make her dreams come true, and maybe find "Mr. Right" along the way. Armed with humor and strength, these three modern New York women support one another through the triumphs and tears that are all part of making it big in the Big Apple. Also starring are Andrew McCarthy ("Joy Luck Club"), Julian Sands ("24"), David Alan Basche ("United 93"), David Norona ("Frasier"), Paul Blackthorne ("Big Shots"), and Robert Buckley ("Fashion House")

"Fashion in the Jungle" 
 What especially interests me is that the show revolves around the editor of a fashion magazine and a fashion designer. There should lots of great fashions and accessories to admire and lust after! I love the shows bottom line.
  "It's a Jungle out there. Dress Accordingly!"

Check out the NYC shopping guide on the Lipstick Jungle Web site. This is where I go shopping when I am in the Big Apple.

andrea nicole baker

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Valentine's Day - Feb 14

Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is all saints day commemorating Saint Valentine on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, donating to charity or gifting candy.

It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

So what does this girl desire on Valentine's Day? A romantic dinner at a classy restaurant and the following presents:


Sexy lingerie is such a lovely and romantic gift. Victoria's Secret always has a great selection starting a few weeks before the Holiday. 
This pink chemise is a perfect gift!


Red Roses are my favorite. Especially a dozen of them. Check out 1-800-flowers.com or your local florist. You may eat the chocolates, but the Valentine’s Day flowers are hers alone. Send Valentine’s Day flowers and express your love in a lasting, one-of-a-kind way.


Only the highest quality chocolate will do. Godiva.   A small heart shaped box is sufficient. Yummy truffles are the best.

andrea nicole baker

Friday, February 1, 2008

Fashion: Oscar de la Renta evening gowns

Every gal should own an evening gown to feel truly special. There's just something about a long impeccably draped dress in ballerina, tea or evening lengths that turns any pumpkin into Cinderella. Speaking of impeccable draping or impeccable anything for that matter, when it comes to evening wear, there's no one who does it better than Mr. Oscar De La Renta.
Take for example this Fall 2006 super sparkley gold paillete covered black tulle evening gown. Does it get more elegant than this? We think not. Accented with beading at the neck, this piece is a once-in-lifetime dream. Retailed for $8800, New With Tags, and in Pristine condition. Priced at $4250.

Oscar De La Renta Resort 2007 Strapless Ball Gown
Nous ne peuvons pas imaginer un fille qui est plus gamine, plus mignonne, plus attrayante que Audrey Hepburn. Nous pensons que l'idea est impossible. En l'honneur de l'icone de la mode, nous presentez cette robe du soir a fiat par Oscar De La Renta. De la collection Resort 2007, cette jupe est excatement la type de la robe de bal ce que nous rapele de Audrey elle-meme.

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2006 Cocktail Dress

In the 1940's, couturiers introduced dancing costumes or dresses, with a full skirt of a shorter length than an evening gown, made for semi-formal or formal occasions. Revisit the fashion forwardness of the WWII era with the fashion forwardness of today's OscarDe La Renta. From the Spring 2006 collection, we have the cream colored version of the black/white gown shown on the runway (see below). In a size 6, this dazzling dress features nylon gathering over cream colored tulle, with a starched petticoated skirt and lingerie inspired boned bodice (keeps the girls where they should be). In next-to-new condition and priced at $3000.

Designer Collections - Bergdorf-Goodman
Wedding Gowns
Nordstrom - Lingerie

De la Renta (born Oscar Aristides Renta Fiallo) was born in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father.[1] At the age of 18, he moved to Spain, where he studied painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He quickly changed his focus to fashion. While living in Spain, he became interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain's most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at the Lanvin in Paris.

In 1963, torn between designing custom clothing for Elizabeth Arden, shoes and accessories for Brittany Rosano and designing ready-to-wear for Christian Dior-New York, de la Renta turned for advice to Diana Vreeland, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, saying that what he really wanted was to "get into ready to wear, because that's where the money is". Vreeland replied, "Then go to Arden because you will make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you. At the other place, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior."[2] De la Renta proceeded to work for Arden for two years before launching his own label. He was one of the three major protégés of Baron de Gunzburg, the others were Bill Blass and Calvin Klein.[3]

In 2001, Oscar de la Renta debuted his accessory collection, which includes ballroom gowns to cocktail dresses, bags, belts and shoes. Other products of the company include cosmetic cases, eyewear, fragrances, furs, jewelry, scarves and sleepwear. For men, his licensed products including hosiery, sport coats, suits, and trousers. He has also released and marketed a line of sportswear throughout Latin America for men and boys. In 2002, Oscar de la Renta Home debuted a furniture collection and home fragrance collection. Since then tabletop, decorative fabrics, wallpaper, bedding, rugs and decorative accents have been added to the collection.

Oscar De la Renta has boutiques in New York, Bal Harbour, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Manhassat all designed by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Boutiques will open in Natick Collection and South Coast Plaza.

andrea nicole baker