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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Revlon One-Step Volumizing Hair Dryer

Revlon One-Step Volumizing Hair Dryer
$56.99 at Ulta

Oh Lovelies, this is an amazing find...I must admit, I find myself relying more and more on the talented Viviana at Hott BlowDry to care for my tresses. To create even a semblance of her blow out, I need a blow dryer, 3 brushes, my hot rollers, a curling brush and a flat iron.  I wish it weren't so.  All that work, with middling results at best.

I was doing an Ulta run the other day, and as I have before, found myself drawn to the hot tools section for hair.  I spotted Revlon's new One-Step Volumizing Hair Dryer and did what I often do when considering a beauty purchase...I Googled and than read reviews.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What's New at Mary Jane Denzer!

What's New at Mary Jane Denzer!

What's New at Mary Jane Denzer! by divadebbi 

Looking forward to receiving our gorgeous Vicedomini knit dresses and new Jill Haber handbag collection this week!

Basta with the snow already!  Spring is on it's way...


Friday, March 17, 2017

Neil Bieff; An America Original

Designer Neil Bieff  (Photo courtesy of WAG Magazine)

I have loved Neil Bieff's exquisite, ethereal, hand beaded dresses for many years. Now, I have had the pleasure of spending time with him at our store Mary Jane Denzer, as he spends time working with our clients one on one, to create their dream dress.

It's not a surprise, that Neil initially studied painting. He is a master colorist, who artfully layers chiffon in away that surprises the eye. His clothes are deceptively simple, and show at their best, when slipped on.  He loves fluidity and is willing to wait for the, "ahhhh moment"  women have when they look in the mirror.

Neil says, "I know my clothes don't have a lot of hanger appeal, but I'm not dressing a hanger, I'm dressing a woman. It's my job to highlight their best assets, and if I have figured out how to camouflage flaws, so much the better."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Fall 2017 Fashion Trends from NY and Paris

Mary Jane Denzer Partners Anastasia Cucinella and Debra O'Shea
at the Elie Saab Atelier in Paris for the Fall 2017 Collections
It was an absolute joy to attend Paris Fashion Week with my partner Anastasia Cucinella to buy for our store Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, N.Y. Our vendors are excited for us and  have been fantastic partners, who are looking forward to growing with us. We truly appreciate their support and friendship.

We look forward to continuing to honor the DNA of Mary Jane Denzer; a luxury destination for special occasions, but we will also be spreading our wings! We have added several collections that will allow us to completely service all aspects of our clients lifestyle; so in addition to your Red Carpet moments, you will be able to find the perfect, "guest" dress, luncheon outfit, or casual but chic outfit to wear to a committee meeting.  We also found fresh and exciting accessories at the tents in Paris and look forward to receiving the fabulous scarves, jewelry and bags we purchased.

I promise to keep you posted on our trunk show schedule,  starting with Neil Bieff, our in-house designer, who will be at Mary Jane Denzer with his new collection through Saturday...stay tuned tomorrow for my interview with Neil, an enormous lasting talent, who has beautifully, dressed dozens of Hollywood and Music's biggest stars!!!

Now lets talk trends!

The term "Fashion Week" is truly a misnomer...Fashion Month is more accurate. What begins in New York, continues to London, Milan and finally Paris.
My fashion legs are pretty sturdy, but I can attest that New York and Paris were plenty to take in.  The other reality is when you arrive at the showrooms.  Of course the marvels that walked the runways are their too, but the reality is often in the trove of wearable, 'commercial' clothes, that most buyers actually buy, lined and with necklines built up beyond the navel.

Trends do emerge, and whether you are looking at high end evening wear or sportswear, they do resonate from show to show and continent to country. While it's still fresh in my mind, here's a bit of what we saw:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Water-Cream Foundation

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Water-Cream Foundation
4 shades $25.00

My partner Anastasia Cucinella and I just returned from a buying trip to Paris during Fashion Week for our store Mary Jane Denzer.  It was a whirlwind, for sure, where we saw more than 30 designers and the Accessories Show.

Ooh La La!!!

I am always enamored with Pharmacies abroad. LOVE LOVE LOVE the green crosses that dot the streets, clearly identifying, where to stop in for aidez-moi, as I needed to on two occasions.  The Pharmacists are soooo helpful and their cures, so much more efficacious, (nee druggier), than our carefully FDA vetted ones in the states.

Tres bon!

I still have no clue where all the mass market brands of cosmetics are sold in depth in Paris...where do you buy L'Oreal or Maybelline??? They certainly are not lining the shelves of these carefully curated pharmacies.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pretty in Paris!

Pretty in Paris!

My partner at Mary Jane Denzer  Anastasia Cucinella  and I just returned from Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017"OOH LA LA" sums it up well!

We loved this pretty Monique Lhullier dress and will definitely be ordering for Pre-Fall (late May delivery).  We ordered the collection, which hit all the right feminine fashion notes that are meaningful to our clients, while keeping a sharp eye on price.


Stay tuned for more!  Our friends and followers enjoyed a front row seat of our journey via Facebook and Instagram, (Mary Jane Denzer and DivaDebbi 1).

Good things are in store for MJD...literally.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

DivaDebbi's 2017 Oscar Red Carpet Report Card

Well. Oh my and wholly -rap! How, exactly, the wrong envelope for Best Picture was given to poor Faye and Warren, who I thought were having a dual senior moment, we don't yet know. Price Waterhouse....You're FIRED.
Kudos to the producers of La La Land, who could not have been more gracious and congrats to the Moonlighting cast and crew on your win. Jimmy Kimmel was a mostly winning host, who navigated the evening well (true confessions I skipped out for a good 2 hours and heard there were some flops)  and ended it humbly.  I think he will get a second shot. For those of you just waking up, here's a nice recap of the final moments, courtesy of Vulture.

But, I can say unequivocally, this was the least exciting Red Carpet, in 89 years.  Seriously. Where was the fashion??? Where were the stars???  And why has it become a faux pas for an interviewer to ask the age old, Joan Rivers standard, "Who are you wearing"??? Since I don't know, nor is the information readily press available, many of my loves and loathes will not have designer most cases, this will be a blessing...

The R.C. was trend light as well, beautifully cut simple black dresses, white, red and two beauties in gold and nude, worn by fashion A Listers Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman and a smattering of fringe.

Let's get started...shall we???  Because this blog, that sometimes takes two days to write and edit, should be up and complete by 10pm, just in time for Billions.

The A+ Team

Brie Larsen. Magnificent in Oscar de la Renta

Emma Stone in Givenchy Couture. Magnificent.
Love the hair, love the jewels. Fingers crossed...

Nicole Kidman.
Perfection in Armani Prive
 The A Team
Kirsten Dunst in Dior

Taraji P. Hensen in a stunningly simple, but 
fabulous, navy velvet Alberta Ferretti

Olivia Culpo, exquisite in Marchesa

Alicia Vikander

Moving on...

Disappointing? Viola Davis.  I'm fairly certain she is going home with another Oscar tonight and was a bit let down, particularly after her A List turn at the Golden Globes, in lemon, sequin, one shouldered Michael Kors. Comparatively,
this is too tame for the Oscars.

I haven't yet seen Fences, but every time I see the commercial, where she is giving Denzel what for, dripping in tears and mucous, I burst into tears.  If that isn't Oscar worthy, I don't know what is.  Viola, I'm rooting for you. (And YAY! they just announced her win!).

Viola Davis in a too tame Armani Prive 

Underwhelmed as usual by the always overrated Michelle Williams.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuiton

The Love/Hates:

Gobsmacked by Haley Berry. Love it from the clavicle down.  Completely disconcerted by the Foxy Brown wig, but admittedly, love the Versace gown. I'm wide open for theories and explanations...

Hailee Steinfeld in a handpainted Ralph and Russo
Love: The hair and makeup, neckline and gown.
Hate:  The train and the sheerness. She's nearly naked.

The (very long) F List

Imagining Emma in Tony Ward!

Created by Divadebbi on Polyvore gown by Tony Ward

Are you excited for Hollywood's big night???  I am, of course.  The most fun part being the Red Carpet naturally...

As always, I have zero interest in what the men are wearing.  If I ever had the opportunity to interview on the RC, I would skip them entirely...either they get it right, ala George Clooney and keep it sleek and classic, or muck it up clownishly. Nothing. Worth. Noting....It's all about the Girls.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo from Amazon
$12.90 2.4 oz.

I confess, I'm an Amazon Beauty troll...I love searching through their products and randomly look for well priced 4 and 5 star products from niche brands, thus my discovery of Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo, (available in two shades).

I'm not a dry shampoo fan...I don't find them particularly effective and dislike the dull residue it imparts.  Rather than using it for the purpose of extending my time between shampoos, I sometimes use it as a texturizer for volume.

What pushed me to activate my "one click buy" finger, was reading the review from the exercise instructor who was able to go days in between her former daily washing and all the reviewers who raved about the massive volume Drop Dead Dry Shampoo creates.


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