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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch: What to Wear to this Fall's Luncheons

Published 10/18/17 Fairfield County Look

By Debra O'Shea
Fearless Angel Project Luncheon
Co-Sponsor’s Monica Lynn and Debra OShea with Founder and Chairperson Izabela O’Brien
‘Tis the season…throughout the year Co-Chairs and their committees are busy planning benefit luncheons for their favorite causes and children’s schools. More often then not, it takes a village! When it’s all said and done, auctions and raffles are ready, tables are decoratively set and it’s showtime, not the least of which is the fashion, whether it be on the runway or simply the arrival of the guests.
Women, IMO, love the ritual of dressing for luncheons. Here is the place women dress for themselves and for other women. Husbands, who would scratch their head over a short, long sleeved, shapeless dress, worn with over the knee boots, have no say here. Undoubtedly, said ensemble would be a crowd fave:
sweater dress over the knee boots

More relevantly, one of the beautiful things about a great luncheon dress, is that a good one, is versatile and depending on accessories, can go many places as well as day to eve.
When my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I are in market, buying for our store Mary Jane Denzer at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, we are always asking ourselves, “where is she going in this”? Beautiful dresses, that multi-task well are make sense to our clients. We get it! We are looking for the same versatility in our own wardrobes!
When I saw the David Koma dress that I wore above to the Fearless Angel Project Luncheon in Paris this past March, I knew it would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe. I could wear it to a luncheon with booties, to a cocktail party with pretty jewelry, a great shoe and a clutch, or to work, with a cotton shirt layered under it and a pair of boots.
Here are a few more looks that we have been busy selling, (since July!), for Fall luncheons:
giambattista valli
Giambattisa Valli
Just a touch of lace but oh, so pretty. We love a bit of lace for day!

roland mouret
Roland Mouret
We adore the clean lines and elegance of Roland Mouret’s dresses. Our clients adore them, because they do segueseamlessly, from day to evening.

Knit dresses continue to be a favorite. They are easy to dress up or down, and pack like a dream for travel.

leather dress
Maison Ullen
There is nothing hard edged about a chic, leather dress with clean lines. Love it best in rich neutrals, like grey above.
Always quiet and understated, Erdem’s floral prints come in a variety of fabrics from cotton and wool to silk jacquard. They are perennial best sellers at Mary Jane Denzer.

David Koma
Bravo!!! Designers have finally figured out, that n ot every dress has to have a sleeve! Oh! And we love white, 24/7 365.

So while you are doing good this Fall, you might as well look fabulous doing it! In addition to luncheons, Anastasia and I would love to help you with a ll your wardrobe needs; from daytime casual to black tie. We are always available, to give you ideas on how to maximize your selections. As well, when you shop at our beautifully curated store, you will be uniquely dressed and fitted to perfection, by a master seamstress. That and complimentary valet parking…what more could you ask for?! Visit us at or call us at 914-328-0330.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Total Beauty's 13 Best Moisturizing Lipsticks

Totally over matte lipsticks?  I hope so...Frankly, I've never understood the trend or liked the dry, mask like feeling they impart. Funny how matte, cycles its way back into fashion every couple of years, isn't it? I guess every 20 something should experience them at least once in their lifetime .

My favorite lipsticks feel almost balm like.  Finding one that is highly pigmented, however, can be challenging.

Total Beauty  did a nice little slide of their reader and editor's favorite moisturizing lipsticks...I will absolutely being saying NO, to Cle de Peau Beaute's Chinoiserie Chic Lipstick for, deep breath now, $65!!!
And I thought Tom Ford's were outrageously priced at $50!

Seriously Lovelies, didyaevah???

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner
16 colors $22

I recently had tried and posted about Estee Lauder's Double Wear Infinite Eyeliner. I thought I had chosen well...I didn't.  As I continued to use it, it seemed to dry out.  Large chunks were breaking off and falling into my sink- literally money down the drain.

Back to the drawing board.  I lucked out completely when I picked up Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Navy.  Does it seem silly to describe an eye pencil as magnificent???  Perhaps, but I can tell you that this is my new DivaDebbi Holy Grail liner.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Eyelash Extensions- What you need to know

Photo courtesy of the NY Times

Two must read beauty articles on one week from the venerable New York Times??? Change is definitely a foot, or in this case, a face.

Bravo and thank you for a comprehensive article on the fad that is sweeping the faces of busy women everywhere.  I see them daily, on friends and clients.  And you can always spot them...I think by the time that most women are invested in the time and cost of getting extensions, "natural" = "why bother?".

Monday, September 25, 2017

Encore: Benefit's Gimme Brow

Gimme Brow

Benefit has given Gimme brow a very pretty makeover.  When I first reviewed it in 2013, it was housed in a dull, baby _hit brown tube.

Still, what was inside more than made up for banal packaging. Cleverly, it is infused with tiny gel fibers, that adhere seamlessly for added fullness.  The tapered tip is created to shape, the brush to fluff, fill and define.

Here is a case of head scratching, "why did I ever stop using this?" reflection.  It is simple to use and creates fairly flawless brows.  My one tiny gripe is the itty, bitty and may I throw in one more itty bit of product that one gets, for a whopping $24.

It occurred to me, that in 4 years time, somebody must have come up with a, "dupe". 'Sho nuff, Essence a brand that is available at Target and Ulta, (and is not even on my radar,) makes one for, wait for it...$2.99!!!

make me brow
$2.99 (!!!)

Make me brow, is extremely well reviewed and some bloggers like it even better, than Gimme Brow.  So, any second now, when I finish up my new Gimme Brow, you know exactly what I'm going to be purchasing next.

Love you Lovelies, and you are very welcome...


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.


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