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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Something Truly Helpful from NYT's Beauty File

I will admit that I usually don't give more than a cursory glance, to the New York Times beauty articles ...

They are often step-by-step tutorials, or celebrity "what's in my bag of very expensive tricks" lists. Somehow, they just don't resonate. Luv ya, but what's that got to do with me?

I was surprisingly pleased, to see this comprehensive tip list, from various make up artists, on how to apply mere mortal make up on a daily basis. 

Hence, I'm happy to share with you Lovelies! 

Worth a look IMO. Happy Sunday!


Monday, September 18, 2017

DivaDebbi's 2017 Emmy's Report Card

In my new role as Co-Owner of Mary Jane Denzer, my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I continuously searching for gorgeous evening wear for our clients Red Carpet moments.  In fact, that is what we were busy doing all day, on Emmy Sunday.

I missed all the Red Carpet arrivals, but did see most of the show and of course could research back with photos to choose my LOVES, LIKES and LOATHES.

A few trends emerged last night; many of the stars arrived in red, white, fuscia, forest green, silver and of course ubiquitous black.   The only thing that really concerns me is if it's beautiful and if it's tasteful.  I am not swayed by who designed it, or what their pedigree is either. Inevitably, a designer will have created something that makes both my LOVE and LOATHE list, (this time the amazingly talented Christian Siriano has that distinction.)

Let's get started, shall we???


Ravishing in red, Nicole is nearly always flawless
 on the RC.  Tonight was no exception
Lovely Felicity Huffman never, ever disappoints on the RC
Here in Tony Ward, a Lebanese designer by way of Paris
who we carry at Mary Jane Denzer

Forgive me, but cause ribbons are not my favorite accessory.

I'm starting a petition to ban Jessica Biel from wearing bangs.
The heavy fringe of bangs she has been wearing for the 

last few years completely obscures her stunning beauty. 
She looks spectacular, head 2 toe.


A whisper more support for the Girls would have been lovely!

Yay for Edie! She truly, has never looked better!

I forgot to include a picture of Zoe Kravitz in a multi-color Dior confection! I'm still on the fence, but when I saw it from all camera angles, it is growing on me.
What did you think???

I loved everything but the wig, hence the demotion


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Musings on N.Y. Fashion Week-Spring 2018

Front row selfie with Jeffrey Ciullo
V.P. of Sales at Pamella Roland

I read something spectacular in the Business of Fashion this week! IMG, the former powerhouse behind the tents at Bryant Park and the runway installments at Lincoln Center, is planning on bringing back an organized venue for Fashion Week at Spring Studios.

Pray God, it is so, because it is complete madness to dash all over town like a ping pong ball to see shows at a half a dozen or more spaces, sprinkled all over the City. 

Literally, the thrill is gone.  Fingers crossed, this will be up and running for the Fall shows in February.

My BFF is my Vogue runway app.  If you haven't downloaded it yet, stop reading please, do so and come back.

You are welcome...

Oh how I love to swipe through the collections in nanoseconds.  As Co-Owner's of Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I are always on the hunt for new talent. 

Runway of course, is always exaggerated for effect and for the press.  The truly salable, wearable clothes, live back at the showroom, where the real work gets done.

Still, I don't mind seeing something that is beautiful, wearable and salable on the runway. Here are some of the trends that threaded through many of the collections:

Pretty in Pink-

Pink at Pamella Roland

Ombre Pink at Pamella Roland

 Shades of Blue-
Gorgeous blue ombre tulle at Pamella Roland

 Long blazers, Strong Shoulders, Denim-

White Days and Nights-

Gorgeous LBD'S-

And with a nod to Spring, a touch and a flourish of flowers-

In the meanwhile,  we are very excited  about all our gorgeous goodies from New York and Paris that are currently in store, at Mary Jane Denzer for Fall.

In addition to the most beautiful clothes to wear for your important events, we have added more collections to suit your every day lifestyle needs. Please do, come visit.

As we like to say, "Come Experience the Extraordinary"!

Debra O'Shea

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Instanatural Vitamin C Serum; Simply the best

Instanatural Vitamin C Serum
&17.97 Amazon Prime

Why do I stray???

Well, every now and then I wonder if I can do better.  Sometimes I'm too lazy to swipe right on my Amazon app.(Yup. Doesn't get lazier than that!)   Trials of other serums from La Roche Posay, L'Oreal and Olay were just OK.  

Finally I caved...back to my tried and true, beloved Instanatural Vitamin C Serum.  It arrived in two days with Amazon Prime a service I'm sure I overpay for somehow, but nonetheless,  can no longer live without.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Serum

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Serum

I strongly suspected one of my male friends was taking a dip in the self tanning pond..."Give it up, Darling. I know you are tanner than you were yesterday and the color is sublime...what are you using???", I pried.

Startled but honestly, he confessed, "L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Serum." Gracias, for the full disclosure...

I had the feeling it already existed in my arsenal...if so, it was time to revisit it...
Sure enough, I had it.  Ok!!!  Not sure why it was tried and abandoned, but I was ready for round two.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Magnetic Eyelashes; Buyer Beware!!!

THESE are magnetic lashes!

Well, they finally arrived.  Just days before I was going to contact my bank about fraud, suspecting I, like others reported on FaceBook, would never actually receive them, my magnetic eyelashes appeared.

Have you noticed this new FaceBook phenom???   Ads with tantalizing products, like the above, some how have made there way tucked between your friend Maggie's new litter of puppies and your pal Rob's family vacation to Santorini.

How could I possibly resist clicking to learn more and then not clicking further to purchase them? Magnetic Lashes??? "How clever!", I thought!  "What a time saver this will be!".

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Buxom Big Tease Mascara

Buxom the Big Tease

Meh +.

Super black (why do they bother making any other shade, I ask you?)
Easy to manage brush
Volumizing, def. only one coat required with primer
Removes easily

A bit gloppy, particularly on my lower lashes
Hard to reach corners
Smeared, unbeknownst to me, rendering me walking around looking like a madwoman.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Estee Lauder Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner
$24 at Ulta ($25 elsewhere...go figure.)

I've never been much of an Estee Girl...I can't exactly put my finger on why not.

Growing up, my favorite Auntie, had an affinity for Youth Dew, one of Estee's original, signature scents.  I adored how it smelled on her and loved how it lingered.  Years later, when Tom Ford rebooted it, I asked my sister to buy it for my Birthday.  Some how, the allure eluded.

Part of the reason I don't gravitate to it is because I am rarely in department stores, where EL has always been traditionally sold.  I was surprised to see it at Ulta the other day and decided to pay the display some mind.  I was in the market for a truly  long wearing eye pencil, that would glide on but stay on and have some initial color depth, that was also buildable.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Laura Geller's Real Deal Concealer IS!

Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer
Light, Medium and Dark

A few weeks back, I rhetorically asked if  I would ever stop buying and trying new concealers.  There is always that nagging hope, with any product I try, that this will be the one.  My search will be over and I can just consider it the Holy Grail of its category and be done.

As you can imagine, Sephora, Ulta and CVS are some of my happy places... I roll from aisle to aisle in a zen like stupor, sifting, sorting and sometimes checking reviews as I go.

On an Ulta run the other night, where lighting is as flattering as a bus depot, I gasped as I spied my reflection.  Who was that tired looking woman with the dark circles???

The first thing within arm's reach, was Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer for, "serious coverage".  Goodie!  Loved that there were only 3 shades. 10 shades of concealer offerings is 7 more than I can wrap my head around.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dressed to Thrill; The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their beautiful children
Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess is wearing New Zealand Designer Emilia Wickstead

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been touring Europe this summer, and this time, they are travelling with their exquisitely dressed children in tow.  Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times dubbed their color matched ensembles, "Pantone Politics".  Whatever you wish to call it, I think they look absolutely splendid!

Wearing Jenny Packham, one of her favorite British Designers

Wearing Erdem, another of her favored British Designer,
and ours...

It is custom, is to dress in a notable designer of the country being visited, or the countries flag colors.  It s both thoughtful and respectful to the hosts.  The Duchess never disappoints! Her penchant for dressing in dresses creates an aura of impeccable calm.

Mary Jane Denzer, the store I co-own with Anastasia Cucinella has been a destination for magnificent dresses for nearly 40 years.  I don't think its a coincidence that both of us wear them practically every day.  We both favor the brainless simplicity of putting on one wonderful  thing in the morning and letting that be our statement. What could be easier?

When we were buying for Fall, we both wanted to expand our offerings to include dresses for all occasions , not just black tie occasions.  We scoured Paris for beautiful lifestyle dresses, suitable for work, luncheons, Birthdays, meetings, cocktail and dinner parties from designers we love; Giambattista Valli, Georges Hobeka, Jenny Packham, Tony Ward, Monique Lhullier, J. Mendel, Rachel Gilbert, Alex Perry and others.

Every day, when the UPS man arrives, it feels like we are opening beautiful presents...It's hard to remember everything we bought, so each one is a joyous surprise.  We love them all and seeing them tried on and purchased by our clients is incredibly gratifying.

We invite you to come visit us at Mary Jane Denzer next to the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. (914-328-0338), to see our new goodies. It would be our joy to assist you for all of your occasions.

Oh, and Duchesses are welcome too...

Debra O'Shea
Mary Jane Denzer


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