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Monday, April 24, 2017

St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub




St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub
$6.99...ish



I've been pondering trying a cleansing oil for awhile...my biggest fear was that it would leave an oily residue that would make me feel like I needed to wash my face.  Ummm...Isn't that what I just tried to do???

It turns out that I absolutely LOVE  St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub.  A few things; there is something really wonderful about the beautiful glow that you can achieve from, essentially, massaging your face for several minutes. A dime size amount is all you need.  I will admit, that in the beginning, I did do a quick light lather with Cetaphil soap, because I am a little nutty about feeling like my skin is scrupulously clean at the end of the day. Now that I've adapted, I am happy enough with just using the oil scrub on its own, which emulsifies once water is added.

I also do like to use it best when I'm showering, since the coconut shell powder that acts as the exfoliant, is a bit gritty and needs a really good rinse.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mary Jane Denzer New Owner's Celebration

Co-Owners Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella
celebrating their new ownership of Mary Jane Denzer
White Plains, NY at the Ritz Carlton


Elaine Ubina of Fairfield County Look chronicled our New Owner's Celebration perfectly:

Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella are the new Co-Owners of Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains. Mary Jane Denzer has been a tri-state destination for the very best in good taste and haute couture for over 37 years.
OShea and Cucinella celebrated their new partnership with clients, designers family and friends at their Ritz Carlton location on Tuesday evening. The partners are celebrating their reputation for carrying exquisite evening wear.

ln their new venture, they will be buying fabulous clothes and accessories to suit a modern, woman’s  busy lifestyle, O’Shea said, “Mary Jane Denzer had an exquisite eye. She was known for supporting  and discovering up and coming designers globally and judiciously choosing only the best styles from each.” Cucinella added, “we will continue to do that on our trips to Europe and only buy the things that both excite and inspire us.  Our desire is to dazzle and always give you a reason to visit us and leave with something uniquely beautiful”.
Click here  to see photos of some of our wonderful clients, designers and friends, who came to wish us well. The support for our success as partners is greatly appreciated.  We are already off to a a wonderful start! We are confident, that the beautiful clothes and accessories we bought for Fall, including more casual offerings, will delight our clients and bring new ones to Mary Jane Denzer.

Come experience the extraordinary!

Monday, April 17, 2017

DivaDebbi's Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Closet Cleaning



I have to laugh!  I noticed that an article I had written back in 2012, which was updated from one of my earliest posts on "closet cleaning" is having a grand resurgence.

I scoured it to see what was so sage about my advice, and if it needed any updating.  Honestly???  None that I can see.  Everything stands!

Friday, April 14, 2017

TotalBeauty's Best of 2017 Awards

Rejoice Girls! Differin Gel is OTC Renova!





TotalBeauty  released their Best of Beauty winners for 2017.  I like the format; they include both their beauty editor's choices as well as readers favorites, stacked together by category, in an easy to flip through slideshow.

Categories include Makeup, Hair and Skincare, Body.  I tend to snap pictures on my phone and shop accordingly.  With my Ulta 20% coupon, I already picked up top rated IT CC Cream and Mally Beauty H3 Concealer. Fingers crossed, I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Top 9 Spring Trends of 2017



Is it here yet??? I don't know about you, but I, for one am ready!  The best thing about the Fall/Winter seasons, is undoubtedly the clothes....Other than that, I'll take glossy green lawns, and long, light filled days over, salt and snow, any day.

As a buyer, for Mary Jane Denzer, the store I Co-Own with my  partner, Anastastia Cucinella, it is always fascinating to see how trends take shape for the season.  It's not by coincidence that similar looks emerge on the runways.  It starts with Pantone's Color Forecasts, which then get woven into prints and solids by the fabric mills, and finally, interpreted by each designers imagination.

Sometimes, trends are tricky, so I say, "know thyself"... Your clothes should make you feel beautiful and help you radiate confidence.  If a trend is waaay out of your comfort zone, skip it.  Go for the styles you love and that flatter your figure. You can always embrace a trend with the pop of a perfect accessory, if the full on look, feels like too much of a commitment.

In Bloom:
Monique Lhullier

Blumarine

Naeem Khan

Ruffles and Flounces:

Sachin & Babi

David Koma

The Little White Dress:



Antonio Berardi

Pamella Roland




Bold Stripes:







Blushing:



Blumarine

  
Sachin & Babi



Zuhair Murad

Citrus Brights:


Naeem Khan
Jenny Packham

J. Mendel


Cold Shoulders:


Erdem

Prabal Garung

Black and White Forever:



Roland Mouret
Sachin & Babi

Cool Khaki:



J. Mendel

Above are some of the runway looks that inspired our Spring 2017 buy.  For help navigating the trends, or any of your other fashion needs, please put yourself in our expert hands at Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, NY .  914-382-0330.
  
We would rather find you a couple of pieces that your will wear with joy, than a closet full of orphan's, that will still have tags hanging come fall...Come experience the extraordinary.

Happy Spring Lovelies! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Everpro GrayAway Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder

Everpro GrayAway Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder
$9.99 to 12.99 at Drugstores Nationwide


Everpro's orginal Root Touch-Up Spray, was an ingenious and profitable, early entry into the temporary root cover up field. To this day, it is one of my most popular posts, with well over 100,000 views.  I have tried every spray on the market, including all the expensive ones, like Rita Hazan, and have loyally stuck with Gray Away's spray. Simply put, IMO it's the best.  Added bonus? It's cost effective.

I have been known to whip it out of my handbag and sweetly demand  ask, if I can demo it on family and friends whose skunk like parts, I cannot remove my eyes from.  (Done and said with love, of course...) Usually, that ends with said person, converted, hightailing it to CVS.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Organyc Lash and Brow Serum

Organyc Lash and Brow Serum
$34.99

UGGGHHH!!!  I just went to edit this post for a typo and hit something that made the whole thing go away in a poof!

I'm first returning to humanity, day 5 of the flu, and don't have the energy to rewrite the whole thing.  Here's what you need to know:

This stuff works!  It's formulated without all the kah kah resulting in zero irritation, where normally my eyes feel like fire ants are marching across my corneas.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

How To Fake a Facelift

Photo courtesy of TotalBeauty


In my spare time, (HA!), I still try to peruse my favorite websites, for must have/do beauty tips for my Lovelies.  Of course, TotalBeauty's, "How to Fake a Facelift" by Emily Woodruff, stopped me in my tracks mid-bite.

Emily interviewed makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian,  who rewarded us with 4, ( I was hoping for 10), solid tips, that are easy to follow and shouldn't take most women out of their acquired skill set or require purchasing new products.

Definitely worth a share!

xox,
DD

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...

xox,
DD

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.

J'Adore!

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.

xox,
DD

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 attribution...in 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
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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

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