August 13, 2013

Arizona Midday

Today on Arizona Midday, we chatted on the do's and dont's of summer trends. While this season the top trends seem more wearable than ever, there is still a right and a wrong way. Here is how to make the most out of your summer looks. (All clothing featured on the segment was courtesy of Dillard's and Target.)

Do: Wear flat peplums like Olivia Palermo 
Don't: Avoid peplums that jet out like a tutu - it isn't flattering on anyone. 

Leather Details
Do: Go with styles with faux leather trim or detailing 
Don't: Avoid leather skirts and dresses. Still too hot outside and sweaty is never a good look. Save the leather for fall. 

High Low Dresses
Do: High low biased cut dresses can be elegant and perfect for a summer soiree. Try to channel Rachel Bilson here in Chanel. 
Don't: Avoid styles where the high is an ultra mini skirt length or is sheer without a slip. Let's keep it classy ladies. 

Do: Stripes are always a summer staple but this year, go for wide black and white stripes. This trend will carry you all the way to winter. 
Don't: Stripes can be flattering or your worst style enemy. Avoid tight horizontal stripes if you are trying to minimize curves. 

Printed Pants 
Do: Pick up a pair of wide legged printed pants like Alessandra Ambrossio's
chic airport look. 
Don't: While it might be tempting, avoid harem style pants. While the look is fabulous in magazines, the style in real life is never as thrilling (or flattering) 

July 30, 2013

Model Beauty

Being a booker at a modeling agency, I spend a lot of time with runway beauties and I have to say, they always look lovely. They have seemed to master the effortlessly chic, looks-like-I'm-not-wearing-makeup-even-though-I-am.  So, today on Arizona Midday, I decided to share a few of their beauty secrets since, apparently, they are doing something right.


To hydrate skin, she applies Alba Botanica Oil-Free Green Tea Moisturizer before bed.

To treat blemishes, she dabs on Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment.

During the day, sun protection is her number one priority and her go-to is Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer.


Brynn swears by Vaseline Cocoa Butter Radiant Moisturizer. It leaves her skin feeling soft and has a nice, sweet and subtle scent. She make sure to apply everyday, especially before a shoot.

When she has a long flight and is meeting a client at the destination, she needs  to look polished and pulled together. She brings along a mascara and Clinqiue Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin. It's a natural color but adds life to you lips and can even be applied to the cheeks as well.


She tends to get dark circles under her eyes no matter how much sleep she gets. A touch of Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer immediately makes a difference without drying her skin.


Her must-have everyday product is either a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream. She is currently loving Olays Fresh Affects BB Cream. It offers the perfect amount of coverage to withstand the summer heat but also evens out skin tone and gives her a a fresh, dewy glow.


A makeup artist at a shoot once applied Tom Ford lip gloss in Sahara Pink and she has been a fan ever since. It is the perfect shade of nude/pink and works for both dressed up or down looks.

Her go-to perfume is Viktor & Rolf  Flowerbomb. It is both light and airy and doesn't take over a room.

June 20, 2013

The Art of Perfume

Nest Candles have long been on my love list. Their interesting and potent scent combinations (Moss & Mint, Pumpkin Chai and Wasabi Pear to list a few favorites) make for stylish gifts and are always burning in my home.  Just recently, I have discovered Nest has launched three fragrances and the beautiful bottles based on the artworks of 18th century artist Mrs. Delany have me swooning. 

 Amazon Lily - notes of Tangerine, lime and driftwood 

Passiflora - notes of Passion Flower, Lily of the Valley and Water Hyacinth 

Midnight Fleur- notes of Exotic Woods, Black Amber and Night-blooming Jasmine 

Rollerball versions are also available in each scent (perfect for the purse and easier on the wallet, $30)

February 11, 2013

The Parker

Last weekend, I was surprised with a weekend getaway stay at the Parker in Palm Springs. I have always wanted to stay at the Jonathan Adler designed boutique hotel and needless to say, was on cloud nine the entire weekend.  Here are a few highlights:

Much lounging was done on these hammocks 

while people watching and sun bathing was done here at the Gene Autry pool

lemon-themed cocktails were sipped here, at the Lemonade Stand

and the Muddled Lemon (mashed lemons, citrus vodka and lemon soda) will forever be one of my favorite spring time drinks

There was drooling over these complimentary high-end beauty products (and praying that they stocked the room with more)

Even the lighting made me swoon - tropical trees when you looked up 

and the classic Jonathan Adler horse lamps when you looked down. 

Relaxing was done here at the PSYC Spa (Palm Springs Yatch Club) which was decked out in a nautical theme complete with port hole windows and anchor motifs. 

And just when I thought the weekend had come to a close, there was still time to shamelessly snap a picture of Mitchell (and his dog Leaf) from Modern Family who we had been secretly stalking all weekend.

February 4, 2013

Open Style

Rachel Pally romper, Sparrow sweater, Botkier handbag, Sam Edelman sandals and Ray-Ban aviators

For Phoenicians, especially the ladies, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is always the cause of style stress. Golf tournament turned the scene of all scenes makes dressing complicated. The goal - to look effortlessly stylish (and still sporting event appropriate) without seeming as though you are trying too hard.  A fashion feat that can be the hardest of goals. When in doubt, I always reach for Rachel Pally. The jersey keeps its casual but her attention to detail and tailoring gives her pieces polish.