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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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DermaBlend Quick Fix Concealer

DermaBlend Quick Fix Concealer
10 Shades $26

Let's face it Lovelies, sometimes we need to call in the beauty cavalry.  Particularly when pesky, tell tale bruises rear their ugly head, and NO, no one is going to believe it occurred because you bumped your head or had a too long visit in the dentist's chair.

I decided to research a beauty classic, Dermablend, a company well known for makeup that covers a host of skin care woes; scars, Vitiligo, bruises, birthmarks, freckles, acne scars, dark circles and melasma. When used with their "setting powder", (which I've not yet purchased, )coverage can last up to 16 hours!

Of the 94 reviews on their website for Quick Fix Concealer, all 95 were 5 star . That, is unprecedented, so yes, I had to try it for myself.  Available in 10 shades, the medium matched my skin tone perfectly.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Alex Teih Trunk Show at Mary Jane Denzer

Mary Jane Denzer
7 Renaissance Square
White Plains, NY
(complimentary valet parking)
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we are excited to be having at trunk show with designer Alex Teih.  

Trunk shows present a unique opportunity ; rather than seeing just selections the stores buyers have purchased, clients have the chance to see everything a designer has created for the season.  As well, there is often the opportunity to tweak silhouettes, like adding a sleeve or changing a neckline. Color options are always available, which is so important when a palette for a special occasion may be orchestrated by the bride or to complement a theme.

Designer Alex Teih

Friday, February 10, 2017

Roland Mouret at Mary Jane Denzer

Roland Mouret Rocks

We LOVE Roland Mouret at Mary Jane Denzer.  His timeless, feminine silhouettes are a joy to wear! Mouret has always been a favorite of mine, and some of his fabulous spring dresses have just arrived!  Also a fave???  His gorgeous evening blouses are perfect over slim cut blouses and pencil skirts.

I've styled this ensemble with a Tyler Ellis handbag and Lizzie Fortunato earrings, two fashion accessory brands we adore.

Just lovely!!!  Come visit us. Mary Jane Denzer 7 Renaissance Square, White Plains, NY. 914-328-0330.  Get your gorgeous on!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: Lancome ARTLINER

Lancome's ARTLINER

I am now 6 weeks into my partnership in Mary Jane Denzer, a women's luxury specialty store in White Plains, N.Y.  What is my burning beauty question for my partner???

How, oh, how, despite rainy days in NY in the market buying and long busy days selling to our lovely clients, is her eyeliner always in place, without runs or skips???


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