September 01, 2014

Make Collaboration - Getting Organized Have Never Been Easier, or More Stylish



Happy September and Happy Labour Day!

This is one of my favourite days of the year, as it always marks the day before back-to-school.

While it has been many a decade since I last attended classes or took notes in a binder, I still use it as a day to get organized and start anew.

And there is no better, or more stylish, way than the awesome products from Make Collaboration.

If you work on a laptop, you know the kind of heat it can generate in a short amount of time. So perhaps you've given into one of those thick, black, clunky, loud laptop cooling pads that

Give your computer room to breathe with The Prop, an amazingly chic laptop stand. It takes up little room, but it's pretty bow profile can be seen from all angles. It also comes apart to lie flat, so you can pack it up to take to the office or while traveling further abroad.

Now you can work in comfort and style. Ahh, that's better.

Go ahead and rework your desk and workspace all you want, but we both know that what really needs attending to is how you capture and plan your time. I've got three fab solutions for you:

Original Vertical Calendar

Look, it's time you upgraded from those hot air balloon/cat/beach vista wall calendars that you've been relying on for years. You are a modern, sophisticated gal, so how you track your life should be too. Get a look at your time one streamlined month at a time (or display a group if you wish), with this enlightened, dapper wall calendar (pictured above).

It comes with rainbow-coloured icon event stickers (because you are never too old for stickers) and an ingenious hanging system that leaves your pages hole-free.

And no need to mark down the holidays - they are thoughtfully added, so you'll always know well ahead of time the days you'll have free from work - and there is a ton of room to mark down where you need to be and when.

It's a brand new way of looking at your schedule (top to bottom, instead of left to right). And isn't it about time?

Mini Vertical

How cute is this?! A smaller version for compact spaces and ideal for the office, but no less dashing than its big brother.

Week Plan

For years, I have always had a week-at-glance planner in addition to anything else I'm using. It helps me focus on what lies immediately ahead, without getting distracted or overwhelmed by what's to come. And should I have to recall what I'm doing from memory, I can almost always do it if I just have the one week to think about.

 Make Collab's Week Plan is one of the greatest of all time. First of all, being set in Helvetica, it's super clean and minimalist, so that what you write down becomes the focus, not the calendar.

It's got space for the date, and all your many, many to-dos and deadlines. Sized like the mini, it's small enough to squeeze in anywhere (it fits snugly underneath your keyboard) and handily includes a 31 day spread, so you always know where you stand. With 60 pages and 90 stickers (woo woo!), you can plan your work and work your plan like a pro.

With these sleek products and systems in place from Make Collaboration, you'll always be on top of your game.



p.s. Go for the packages - you'll get a whack of products, all at a reduced price.

August 23, 2014

NEW Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Fragrance - A Breath of Fresh Air



Marc Jacobs Fragrances are as much a part of my identity as my glasses, blonde hair and sleek shift dresses.

In the past I have rocked DOT, Daisy HOT PINK, Lola Velvet Edition, Daisy Pop Art Edition and Daisy. If someone were to inhale one of these gorgeous aromas, no doubt they'd say it reminds them of me.

What I love about these scents is they are full of optimism and joy and light. And the NEW Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs encompasses these same qualities. Only this time, add airy and dreamy and oozing freedom!

This joyous scent is extremely light - perhaps the lightest I've ever tried of the line - and so fresh, like you've just stepped out of the shower, except that feeling lasts all day long.

Notes of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, musks and coconut water keep it youthful, bright and playful, without ever losing it's sophisticated edge.

Which I think is the kind of woman it's geared towards - smart, but does't take things too seriously. She still knows how to have a good time and take a break from smashing glass ceilings.

This floral bouquet is like a breath of fresh air, captured in a pretty, feminine sky blue bottle, draped with a delicate lace-like daisy chain.

What's not to love?

he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

Captivating top notes of blackberry, fresh grapefruit and succulent pear provide a juicy fruitiness that is playful and fun. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance
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Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

August 18, 2014

Knix Wear - Don't Sweat It Undies


When I was growing up, the thicker and heavier the coat, the warmer you were. Nowadays, fabric technology has come so far that material as light as a t-shirt can keep you warm in freezing temperatures.

I have upgraded a lot of things in my life - my phone, my home, my job, everything practically - so why not my underwear?

Knix Wear are the first panties to keep up with my/our busy lifestyle. Because the hustle doesn't stop from the moment you propel yourself outta bed to get to work to the moment you finally fall into bed some 16 hours later. During that time, you've probably run to get something, sweat it out over a decision - or ten - to make, sweat it out at the gym,  and later on, you might either sit for a spell and watch something on Netflix, or canoodle with someone. Or if you're lucky, both. No matter what your day is like, you need underwear that breathes and moves with you.

But if you're like me, you won't settle for anything that isn't damn pretty too.

My problem with most pretty underwear is this - while sexy,  it digs and jabs into your skin. The lace start to unravel almost immediately, while the silk and satin runs and pill. After just a few wears and washes, they start to look months or even years old. This is what you spent your hard-earned money on?
 
That's why Knix Wear are so freakin' fabulous - you get the pretty with the technology and quality. See, every pair comes with their Fresh Fix Technology, a thin yet super absorbent gusset, that wicks away moisture and naturally eliminates odor. And you can pick from the pretty simple to the pretty sexy. Whatever your mood, whatever the occasion, there's a perfect Knix pair for you. From the every day to the now-let's-play.

p.s. Normally I would choose the very practical, everyday seamless. All-purpose and ready for anything. But I am all about the upgrade these days, so I went for the all out lace. So glad I did. Super stretchy, it's like a second skin (75% nylon, 25% spandex). But oh-so-pretty. Yet sturdy. You don't have to walk on eggshells with these beauties. For the gym? FixKnix all the way! And because life is busy, stock up with the uber-convenient 3 packs .

Life is good. But now it's better, thanks to Knix Wear.

Shop Knix wear now.

August 05, 2014

Logitech Limited Edition Colour Collection Wireless Mice - Pretty Up Your Workspace




Most people I know, work next to (and practically under) towering piles of paper, computer screens and cables competing for desk space, and in mostly undecorated rooms that are the colour of masking tape.

I am not most people. Having an attractive workspace makes all the difference in how I work. My workspace and tools have to be clean, streamlined and look good (read: stylish and modern). So for as long as I can remember, I have always upgraded the mouse that came with my computer (back in the days when that happened) to match my surroundings and live up to my design standards.

And that's why I always select one from Logitech.

Back in 2012, I tried a fantastic matching keyboard and mouse set that still is one of the first things that people comment on when they enter my office: "Great mouse and keyboard! Where did you get it? Uh, do you mind if we have the same ones?"

Since then, I've moved and now my office is a gorgeous, magical, light teal, so many of my old office accessories were in need of a serious colour update.
 
I was over the moon to discover Logitech just unveiled its sixth-annual design collection, which offers fantastic, modern patterns and colours on three of their most popular wireless mice.

And how lucky am I? They just happen to do the M317 in Limited Edition teal stripes on a white body. It's so perfect, you'd think I'd had an interior designer in to match everything! And the contoured body and sturdy scroll wheel makes it comfortable to use for hours at a time. That, mixed with it's stylin' look, makes it everything you could ever want.

Just some of the many reasons I am a lifelong fan of Logitech.

The 2014 Logitech Color Collection are available on the M325 and the M317 in the US, and the  M187 in Asia.

Shop Logitech now.

August 02, 2014

Annabelle Cosmetics - Stunning Lips & Eyes for Summer



I have loved Annabelle Cosmetics and Skincare ever since I first tried their products. 

Whether it's their foundation, eye shadows, or bronzing powder, you always get innovative products that deliver a professional look, all without having to pay a fortune.

I've discovered some great new products that will really transform your look. And routine.

Check them out:

Big Show Lipshine

I tend to shy away from lipgloss because it can so thick and goopy. But these are anything but - sleek and smooth, the creamy formula glides on and imparts enough shine and sparkle that your lips get the spotlight, but with a sophisticated finish.

It's rare to find lip products that are as moisturizing as balms (despite their many, many claims), but Big Show Lipshine really delivers constant hydration (thanks to grapeseed oil, Omega-6, vitamin E and antioxidants). And I should know - I've got the driest lips on the planet. 

There are three shades to choose from:  Attract (coral),  Rock (hot pink) and Glow (neutral with a sparkly, shine kick). I say get all three - that way you're completely covered for the season, no matter what your outfit.

Don't forget to select matching lipliners  to complete your look.

I am not a good makeup applier. I just can't seem to layer, blend and get it all to come together. So I usually skip eyeshadow all together.

But thanks to TwistUps, I can swipe it on quickly and have it look good. Really good. It's all due to the thickness (a couple of swaths across my eyelids is all it takes) and the creamy soft application. It stays put throughout the day and the shades allow you to to add just a touch of colour (pink, pearl and gold) or go a bit bolder - my fave! - with indigo, plum and taupe.
  
TwistUps - the quickest, coolest way to apply error-proof colour.

I'm hooked!

I love makeup but I don't like the time it takes. I want to be able to apply products and go. This multi-tasker is great and also doesn't take up valuable real estate in your bag.

This two-in-one beauty offers a wide black liquid eyeliner, at one end, that's easy to apply with the oversize barrel, so you get a steady line for once. It's so easy, you'll be rocking a cat eye all the time now!
At the other end, a tiny mascara brush lets you get right in there, delivering electric abyss or black star colour. You can build a look that's work appropriate and then add on a few extra layers for after work cocktails.

Who said mascara had to be boring? You'll be amazed at how the extra colour on your lashes adds vibrancy to your whole look.

July 29, 2014

Derma Yantra - Dry Skin & Hair is a Thing of the Past



If you've ever suffered from psoriasis, eczema or dandruff, you know that the uncomfortable itch isn't what's most difficult to live with. It's the embarrassing red and white flaky patches that loom for months on end.

Instead of relying on expensive prescriptions from doctors and dermatologists, why not treat it naturally with Derma Yantra?

Made from all natural ingredients, the products go to work immediately. Because the formulas absorb deeply into the skin upon application (leaving your clothes and sheets grease free!), you'll feel immediate relief. It's one of the few products that completely stops the itching as promised.

And in just a few days, you see the healing process begin.

What is amazing to me is how easy it is to use - start with the Calming Cleanser (mine has saponified organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, rosemary extract) and finish with a few small drops of Healing Serum. Whether you're working the scalp or skin, you do both steps.

The other amazing fact? The psoriasis healing serum contains garlic and onion oils as well as sulfur! But don't worry, it doesn't smell a bit!

Each health issue comes sets of serum and cleanser in three sizes - flare-up, maintenance and travel - so you only pay for what you need at the time. Fantastic!

This small company out of Florida is about to change your life and your health.

What are you waiting for? Shop Derma Yantra now.

July 28, 2014

Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free: Lists to Live By


Sometimes, the easiest way to make a change is to simply have a checklist and check things off as you do them.

It also happens to be one of the most rewarding.

But coming up with the checklist? That can be as difficult as the tackling the task at hand.

One of the best listers I've discovered in recent years is author Jennifer Ford Berry.  Her easy-to-use book Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career, made making life changes easy, and her latest title, Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free, keeps that tradition going strong.

I can attest to the life difference between a home filled to the brim with stuff to one that is simple and streamlined. I got rid of most of my stuff a couple of decades ago, but many of my friends and colleagues remain deep clutterers - I think this book can help.

Sectioned into a week-by-week action plan, it allows you to do just a little bit at a time, and because you're able to see progress because you're not biting off more than you can chew, it's easy to forage ahead. That, and all you have to do is follow the checklist for the week and then check it off when it's complete. Some exercises are easier than others, but it's much easier than trying to tackle these issues on your own, or by having to buy a stack of self-help books (and then read them all, and then follow the advice....).

Weeks 1-17 focuses on organizing your mind, where you write down your goals and to dos, and reinforces the importance of making lists. It also covers setting a budget (something not enough of us truly do) and setting boundaries. 

Over the course of weeks 18-27, you'll work on organizing your time. It's probably one of the most rewarding sections, as you get to schedule "me" time and organize your workday (just imagine how great work will be when you create a to-do list that you can actually do!).

The organizing your stuff weeks (28-36) will probably be quite difficult at first, but the more you get rid off, the easier it gets to toss away stuff you don't need.

If you didn't think you could organize your health, safety and spirituality, think again. This makes up the rest of the year's exercises.

This book can really change your life. If you want to change it, if you want to step out from the "stuff" that's been dragging you down and keeping you from what you want. And all you have to do is follow the lists and check them off.

July 22, 2014

Estée Lauder & Aerin Make You Beautiful This Summer



All you need to feel beautiful this summer are Estée Lauder & Aerin.

A little spritz here, and a little swath of that there, and you're ready to conquer the world! Check out my favourite finds from both lines:

- Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Body Splash

This limited-edition scent is the embodiment of all things summer - the heat of the sun, soft sand and bronzed skin. It is like wearing the beach, but without any of the sandy grains!

Radiant amber is intoxicating with its creamy coconut milk, sandalwood and vanilla warmth. Juicy mandarin, Sicilian bergamot, lemon and pulpy orange add zing, while tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia petals, orange flower buds and lavender add a feminine floral finish.

Be sure to get a couple of bottles. That way, you'll be able to be at the beach, even when it's -20 out.

- Estée Lauder  Pure Colour Envy Scuplting Lipstick

Lipstick doesn't get much sexier than this. 

Saturated colour - available in 20 awe-inspiring shades - gives your lips added volume and depth. The high-wattage look stays put for up to 6 hours, so give your speech, have your lunch and get on with your day without having to reapply once. And thanks to multi-faceted colour pigments, your lips get shaped and defined too, so you'll never look thin-lipped again.

And get ready for super hydration, delivered by a time release encapsulated moisture complex with hyaluronic acid. Finally a lipstick that moisturizes like a balm!

The dashing navy and gold case is luxe enough, but the magnetic closure is so captivating, you'll wish all of your lipstick cases were as debonair.

Available in shades nudes to browns, pinks to berries, corals to reds and mauves to plums, get ready for one of the best lipsticks of your life.

- NEW CyberWhite HD Advanced Spot Correcting Moisture Lotion

Buh-bye dark spots. Minimizing your current ones and preventing new ones from cropping up, they might as well have called this I Can See Clearly Now, The Spots Are Gone.

The silky lotion wickedly hydrates your skin, so you get a fantastic moisturizer that magically makes your skin look decades younger.
 

p.s. The CyberWhite HD Collection was specifically created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.

- Aerin Beach Cream

Back for 2014, this amazing classic is a must-have for that beachy-feel, no matter what time of year! And it's a perfect multi-tasker: add a bronzy glow and subtle shimmer to skin or run through your hair for a quick, deep conditioning.

You'll be captivated by the light floral scent and how sun-kissed you'll feel by this wonderful summer essential!

- NEW Aerin Kaleidolight Palette

You know that look that people get when they've just got back from vacation or have fallen in love or got their dream job? There's a glow from within that you can't replicate.

That is, you couldn't until the NEW Aerin Kaleidolight Palette came along. Think of this little beauty as a traveling light show, highlighting your skin in bronze, beige, pink and lavender tones. Once you try it, you won't be able to go without it!