Jennifer Hudson….Weight Watching

WOW. 80lbs lighter, Ms. Jennifer Hudson looks unbelievable. After revelaing her weight loss on an Oprah appearance, I was inspired. I gained 60lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter and so far I have only lost 20lbs of that.  My daughter is now 10 months old so I will think of Jennifer’s journey while I continue working on myself.  Personally I thought Jennifer was gorgeous before she lost the weight, but the clothes she has been rocking are PERFECT for her new body and she looks ecstatic to model them.  I love this story so much because it reminds me of my own weight loss struggles & accomplishments.  Jennifer Hudson puts such a “Smile” on the face of weight loss. She was able to shine beautifully when she was heavier and she still has the same warm, can-do attitude as a size 6.   Continue reading

Red Hot at The Oscars

It made my Sunday night to see RED on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. My top three picks at the 2011 Oscars all donned this hue and looked stunning.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence: Nominated for best actress in a leading role for Winter’s Bone.  I have to admit I had no idea who Jennifer Lawrence was until I watched the Oscars. Simply put; she is gorgeous.  This dress was my favorite. I am such a fan of the simple elegance this dress exudes. Continue reading

Noelle Vazzano: A Designer You Should Know

I was flipping through my mom’s address book when I was planning my wedding and I came across a name that rang a bell: “Vazzano.” The Vazzano family lived down the street from me when I was a little girl (5,6, & 7 years old I think). Brittany and Noelle were my first friends in the neighborhood. They moved away when we were still very young, but when I saw their name in my mom’s book-I decided to look them up on good ole’ Facebook. Both of the girls were on there, doing well and it was so cool to see what they were up to.

A couple months after I requested them as friends, I received an update that Noelle had a fan page. I couldn’t leave the Lush360 readers out on what I found when I visited Noelle’s page. She is an amazing, grounded, & talented designer & entrepreneur and she’s only 26. Her story is one that will motivate everyone and she was nice enough to let me share with you readers some pics on what she is doing now!

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Eco-Chic…. Is it just a marketing scheme?

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Everyone is going ga-ga over eco-chic designers. In honor of Earth Day I want to pose this question: What does eco-chic mean? Is it just a marketing scheme or are these designers really making a difference and are their intentions in the right place?

On www.greenlivingtips.com I found an article that states “Eco chic is a term becoming increasingly prevelant – it simply means a combination of trendiness and environment. Eco chic is not just the perceived environmental impact of what you wear/have, but how it was made and the hip factor of the company producing it – with the latter being down to effective marketing. While it seems the latest essential fashion accessory is a social conscience, eco chic can be as much, if not more, about social status as it is about environment.” I can’t help but agree with this statement.Why does it have to be a social status thing? These pricey brands are making me feel like I can’t afford to be “eco-chic”. Continue reading

Jumpsuit Mania – Get the Look for Less

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Now here’s a trend that I hope sticks around! My next purchase is definitely going to be a wide-leg jumpsuit! They are comfortable and flattering, and you don’t have to be a runway model to pull this look off! In fact I think the more Continue reading

Shoe Trend Alert

For the past week or so I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect pair of shoes. I wanted an open toe bootie to welcome in the warmer weather that has been approaching. I was looking for something specific, nothing too high, comfortable, something I can dress up for a night out on the town, or dress down with a pair of jeans. As I was window shopping online I fell in love with Madden Girl Platform Booties on the DSW website. I love the slouchy front, the thicker heal and the platform front.maddenbootie

After going to all the DSWs (the store didn’t carry this shoe), Marshalls and TJ Max in my area looking for something similar, I didn’t really find anything that suited me. DSW has some great shoes on sale though, I found a pair of Michael Kors heels that were marked down 70%! Although they were so fierce, it was still not what I was looking for.

In the end I decided to just order directly from the DSW website the Madden pair that initially caught my eye.

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SUPER-SIZE SHOULDERS

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Call it a comeback, shoulder pads are back! If you like it or not the shoulder pad attack is coming in full force this year. They are being stuck everywhere from evening dresses to power suits. The shoulder pads made famous in the 80s have been spotted everywhere in Fashion week. The look isn’t as scary as one might think and can be a good style solution for the pear-shaped figure if paired with a dark, slim lower half.

Look For Less – Casual Meets Sexy

I love this look. This is how I want to dress on Sundays… and get rid of my yoga pants.

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Tip of the Day – Greasy Hair is a No No

Washing your hair everyday is not good for your locks. Hair professionals have been advising us to skip shampooing probably since shampoo was invented! It dries them out and not to mention that your natural oils are good for your hair.

More and more people are just going to the salon once-a-week for a shampoo and make it last all week long! (and it’s not just the old ladies).

Check out this article in the NY Times:
“Today, as textured locks and full hair begin to eclipse the ironed and Japanese-straightened styles that were previously in vogue, weekly visits to salons are more common among women who were born since the Eisenhower administration. Women say it cuts down on bathroom time by eliminating daily blow-drying and is an excuse for more pampering when everything else has been polished and waxed.

“There’s this whole new breed of young fashionable girls who are getting that once-a-week shampoo and blow dry and just milking it,” said Johnny Lavoy, the owner of Moda-Rey Salon and Spa in West Hartford, Conn. They grew up, he said, “thinking you have to wash your hair every time you shower, but they’re realizing that natural oils are good for the hair.””

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One is Better Then Two for Spring 2009

If you are in the market for a dress for a wedding or a special occasion, consider getting your self a one-shoulder dress and show off those sexy shoulders and back! The one-shoulder dress trend has been on the rise. The asymmetric neckline is striking and bold and is coming back. Yes I said coming back as in it’s been here before… the trend is not a new one to fashion, it has been around for thousands of years, back when Greek goddesses were draped in togas. Now a days we have a lot more to choose from then just the toga look.

Here are some of my favorite celebrity one-shoulder looks for inspiration:

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Get the look for less!

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