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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Cuba. 110.860 km2. Always more than you had previously expected.

Music, fun, patience, sun, poverty, beauty, colorful, wait, Hemingway, people on the streets all day, massive tourism, rice, daiquiris, decadence, sunset, hot weather, green fields, some washing on the line, literature... the description could be endless. It was son intense that I think I have seen the essence of Cuba. And I love it.

Cuba. 110.860 kil�metros cuadrados. Siempre m�s de lo que previamente podr�as esperarte.

M�sica, diversi�n, paciencia, sol, pobreza, belleza, colorido, espera, Hemingway, gente en las calles todo el d�a, turismo masivo, arroz, daiquiris, decadencia, puestas de sol, calor, campos verdes, ropa tendida, literatura... y la descripci�n podr�a ser infinita. Ha sido tan intenso que creo que he visto la esencia de Cuba. Y me ha encantado.

From top: a street in Havana, a daiquiri in El Floridita, the Che Guevara monument in the city of Santa Clara and the Caribbean in the Anc�n peninsula

Desde arriba: dos mujeres en una calle de La Habana, un daiquiri en El Floridita (a donde iba Hemingway), el monumento al Che Guevara en Santa Clara y una playa del Caribe en la pen�nsula de Anc�n
what I wore for work yesterday

I realize that heels would've made me look less short but sometimes comfort wins =P

Zara blouse, H&M skirt and flats

I got the blouse on kinda reminded me of Dries van Noten <3

NYC Prep

Oh no they didn�t! Oh but they have. Bravo TV are airing a reality version of Gossip Girl � no not Schooled that I blogged about here or Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed, which I featured here. NYC Prep is a docu drama that depicts the lives of six teenagers who live a privilege existence in an affluent part of New York. The teenagers range from 15 to 18 and attend the most elite schools in Manhattan and live in a world where credit cards, Blackberrys and cellphones are the norm.

Jessie is a feisty social mover who dreams of a life in fashion, she hangs out with Peter Peterson aka PC an obnoxious 17 year old who is rather jaded and quite clearly being pushed as the Chuck Bass of the group. Jessie and PC used to date and now they are just best friends. Kelli is kind of a latchkey kid who shares an apartment with her 18 year old brother while her parents pop in once a week from the Hamptons. Kelli wants to be a singer hence the fact that she moved back to the city so when she is not working making demos in the recording studio she is spending time with Camille, an over achiever who has her heart set on Harvard. Camille has quite the acid tongue and does not suffer fools gladly. The eye candy of the group is French speaking Sebastian whose main goal is hook up with as many girls as possible. Last but not least is Taylor, the Jenny Humphries of the set. Taylor is the only one that attends public school and spends most of her time trying to fit in with her much richer peers.

The kids in NYC Prep have a fabulous lifestyle; they have great clothes, great apartments, unlimited access to money and great hair. Their activities involve eating out in swanky restaurants, shopping in designer boutiques, attending fashion shows and launches at art galleries. The similarities between GG are obvious with the same playing field in common and to a certain extent absentee parents but I would go out on a limb and say that NYC Prep is more like the East Coast version of Laguna Beach. It is not a work of art and Bravo TV's new show makes very entertaining and envious watching.

Check out a clip from the show below.

NYC Prep airs on Tuesdays on Bravo TV.

BPR - Now on Facebook - Join Us!

Let's face it - we're excited about Project Runway Season 6 coming on August 20th. We're gearing up BPR to meet the needs of our devoted followers but we're also aware that we will gain a new readership. Lifetime has a large audience and many have never had the chance to see our favorite show. Those people will want to know about Project Runway and, when they Google that phrase, they will find us. With that in mind, it was time to start a Blogging Project Runway group on Facebook. Please join our us there - we will make announcements about the new designers, videos, contests and more. And if you haven't dipped your toes into the Facebook pool yet, come on in the water is fine! Let's start Season 6 together as part of the Runway community.

You can also join Lifetime's Facebook community here.

Mineraux Skin Perfecting Minerals

I love using mineral makeup because..
  1. Unlike traditional chemical-based makeup, majority of its ingredients are natural.
  2. Does not clog my pores, thus allowing my skin to "breathe".
  3. It feels lighter, like I'm wearing no makeup at all!
  4. Does not build up or cake!
  5. Without the harmful synthetic ingredients, it's gentler on my skin - suitable for women with sensitive skin.

And, as promised, here is my honest review of the freebies given to me by Mineraux. I've been using (and loving!) these mineral cosmetics for a month now.

Mineraux Pre
mium Foundation in Neutral Fair

This mineral foundation creates a super matte finish. The powder is very fine; not caky when applied. Most of the time I want a dewy effect so I apply first a bit of moisturizer or make-up base as a primer. My Mum loves this too.

Mineraux Premium Veil in Neutral Veil

This one acts as a finishing powder that seals the foundation in place. It's almost like a translucent powder with super micro shimmers and it easily melts in your skin you won't feel that it's there. Yet sometimes it needs a second application for the effect to be visible.

Mineraux Premium Highlighter in Natural Glow

An excellent highlighter for my cheekbones! I use it after I apply blush on my cheeks. I also use it to contour and highlight areas I want to accentuate.

It also works as a subtle bronzer so if you want a sun-kissed glow, this is the highlighter for you!

Other tips:
  • You will need excellent kabuki brushes for better coverage.
  • Choose the right shades for your skin tone.
  • When trying out cosmetics, allow a considerable time to let the make-up "sit" on your skin to see its real effect.
  • Clean and disinfect your make-up brushes regularly. You don't want bacteria to transfer on your skin.

Rating: 4 stars (Promising make-up line)

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STOCKHOLM - fashion week by berns ss 10, day 1, 06/29/09

Almost Rose vs. Green & Yellow

Absolutely Fabulous needs help! Which Header you like the most?
"Almost Rose" or "Green & Yellow"?
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berlin: spiting the summer breeze

Chlo� Fall 2009 Campaign

I am loving the earthy colors and the natural feel to this campaign picture. I wasn't too sure of whether I liked the Chlo� Fall 09 collection when I first saw it but I must admit that everything looks beaauuuutiful here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Promo Video - Project Runway on Lifetime

"It's a good thing!"

Rimmel London

There was a time when you wouldn't be caught dead wearing Rimmel make up but my how things have changed. Thanks to some major rebranding and a great marketing campaign, Rimmel is now mentioned in the same breath as Maybelline, MAC, L'Oreal and Revlon. It all started back in 2001 when the company approached Kate Moss to spearhead their new directional campaign, Rimmel London. The concept was to celebrate the heritage of London and transform Rimmel from a naff brand into one that was cool, edgy and street wise. A TV and print campaign was created which focused on Moss being the quintessential London girl. Moss herself admitted that she had been a Rimmel girl when she was teenager and soon a beautiful partnership was born and one that would stay firm during Moss's drug scandal a few years later. Since then Rimmel London have gone strength to strength and last year they introduced model, Lily Cole and pop star, Sophie Ellis-Bexter to the stable.

Rimmel London's roots go back as far as 1820 and was family run until 1996 when it was acquired by Coty Inc, owners of numerous perfume and make up brands. Today Rimmel London is all about fashion and experimentation and about creating trends as opposed to following them. Aligning themselves with glamorous events such as London Fashion Week and Clothes Show London shows how far they have come. With a mixture of old and new Rimmel London produces a wide range of shades in eye shadows, nail polishes, lipsticks and foundations. These colours are constantly updated to make sure that they are on trend.

I have always liked the TV adverts which I found to be quirky and kind of hippy chic and I really admired Rimmel London for standing by Kate Moss during her troubled period even though everyone else dropped her like a hot potato. However, to be honest I never really took notice of the Rimmel London products till a work colleague and I popped into Superdrug and stopped by the stand. To say I was impressed would be putting it lightly, the range on the stand was fresh, hip and almost retro. I fell in love their nail varnishes especially the New I Heart Lasting Finish range which comes in a wide range of mouth watering colours. If you are in a hurry then there is the new 60 Second polish and if you want easy application then check out the Lycra Pro range.

Check out the Rimmel London website and have a peep at Sophie's little black book, read all about Lilly's beauty regime and admire all the images of Kate while she has been a Rimmel London lady.

I have also included below the Rimmel London advert of Sophie Ellis-Bexter displaying the traits of the quintessential London girl.

Images taken by Rimmel


Saturday I celebrated my birthday with my friends...just a small garden party but it was lots of fun!

wearing a Topshop skirt, Zara shoes, H&M overknee socks and a Uniqlo sweater

^ my sister and I got all excited over a new cake cookbook and went on a crazy baking marathon =p...5 recipe in two days...haha.

Monday Morning Mailbox

Project Runway Season Two designer Nick Verreos was the featured speaker at FIDM's "Three Days of Fashion" event in San Diego Click here for the full story.

Click here for a Q&A and preview Kevin Christiana's latest collections from LalaNYC.

Kevin also attended the grand opening of "Second Time Around," New York's newest upscale resale boutique. Click here for the story.

Team BPR has been on the road. Please check out the latest on Blogging Bravo.

The Unofficial Wedding Dress