Skin Is In: Fall Beauty 2009

It’s no secret that fashion and beauty go hand-in-hand. Recently, S&P teamed up with some top notch beauty bloggers for a tour of Washington, D.C.-area hot spots for all things glam. From skincare to make-up to hair, we’ve got the scoop on how to complement this season’s top trends.

A Fresh Start

Tiare Jasmine Perfume Oil, $28

Tiare Jasmine Perfume Oil, $28

Before applying make-up, a girl’s got to start with clean skin. We visited the Celadon Spa and met with JUARA Skincare’s co-founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo. The line is inspired by Indonesian botanicals and has been featured in ELLE and Lucky magazines.

When transitioning from summer to fall, Yoshiko suggests boosting skin hydration. “As the seasons change, your skin changes from being more oily to more dry,” she adds, “use a hydrating toner that has skin-quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and no oil. Your skin gets plenty to drink without any unnecessary heaviness.”   

S&P Pick: Yoshiko sent us off with a bag full of goodies and here’s what stood out: JUARA’s Tiare Perfume Jasmine Oil – a light blend of jasmine, magnolia, vanilla and amber scents. 


All Dolled Up

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Lipstick in Stop Traffic

Color Intrigue Lipstick in Stop Traffic, $18.50

At the Red Door Spa at the Willard Hotel, we talked with Elizabeth Arden’s National Makeup Director Lindsay Ebbin. 

Some of the top runway trends came from John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Armani, he said. “The makeup was about flawless, pale skin with rich red lips reminiscent of a Robert Palmer video from the ’80s.”

If choosing one or two must-have products, Lindsay says go for “an eyeliner in smokey black and a signature rich red lipstick in bordeaux tones.”

S&P Pick: Channel your inner vixen with Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrigue Lipstick in Stop Traffic. 


Hair-Raising Glamour

Hairstyling Sheets, $14.99

Hairstyling Sheets, $14.99

Every woman knows that hair is just as important as the clothes when putting together a fab look.

Celebrity hairstylist to the stars Ted Gibson recently opened up shop in Washington at the Hela Spa — bringing his NYC flair to the Nation’s Capitol.

We talked with Adrin Washington, a senior stylist at the salon, about hair do’s this season. “The hot hair trends for autumn are low-loop ponytails and red hair that’s bold and beautiful,” he said. If you’re more of a classic girl, however, hair that is straight and sleek is also a must. 

For haircare, a balanced diet with plenty of water is key. Don’t forget to regularly deep condition your hair, and at night using a satin pillowcase is a plus, he adds.

S&P Pick: Before heading out, the friendly staff gave us hair treats to test out at home. For an instant style boost, try the Ted Gibson Hair Sheet Treatments. Made with a wild orchid complex of silk amino acids and vitamins A, B5 and E, one swipe will leave a dull ‘do looking refreshed.

Thanks to the staff of US Sedan Service for chauffering us around the city!

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To the Extreme: Fall Fashion 2009

This fall’s crop of fashion must-haves are all about extremes; from one end of the spectrum to the other — no in-between. Wardrobe staples like basic white blouses get updated with over-the-top bows or pencil skirts with structured details. A stylista can go from conservative chic to voluminous vixen with a click of her heels.

Check out some a few of the season’s top trends.

Frill Front Belted Coat, $160,

Frill Front Belted Coat, $160,

Love Hue

Fall’s color palette offers range: from soft and muted to bright and bold, color is being used like never before. If going neutral, pile on textures to add depth; go for cashmeres, satins and leathers. This helps to prevent looking washed out when going monochromatic.

Neons aren’t just for warmer months. Put on lime green and electric blue shades year round. The key to rocking it is moderation. Avoid looking like a box of crayons by choosing a single clothing item. Opt for color in pieces you wouldn’t normally go there in, like outerwear.


Wool Sheath Dress, $142,

Wool Sheath Dress, $142,

Perfect Fit

If you’re the type of girl that likes to feel comfortable, whether in sweats or a dress, you are in luck. This season’s standout silhouettes offer the best of both worlds.

You can choose a sophisticated slouchy fit (think: luxe sweater dress with a dolman sleeve) or go with more structured pieces that beckon the ’80s. A strong shoulder can add an instant touch of glam to an everyday jeans and tee look. Beyonce nailed this trend in Balmain’s military style jacket earlier this year.



Chunky Feather Trim Necklace, $10.80,

Chunky Feather Trim Necklace, $10.80,

Go Hard

Statement jewelry has been around for few seasons now and it’s definitely still in vogue.

What’s the big deal this time around? Many designers went dark with their jewelry pieces for fall; bridging ultra feminine with hard edge.

Tip: Instead of wearing a strand of pearls, layer it with chain link necklaces for a rocker meets Jackie-O vibe. Grey, gun metal and pewter tones are being substituted for traditional sterling silvers and golds.


Dyme Boots, $229.95,

Dyme Boots, $229.95,

Foot Work

Flat and high-heeled boots are reaching new heights.

All over the runways, from ankle to over-the-knee lengths, a well-made boot that shows off your legs is a must-have.

However, to protect your feet from pain and unsightly disfiguration caused by constant heel wearing, try alternating between kitten heel pumps and bedazzled ballerina flats.

Everyday Stylin’

With the economy still in a rut, a budget stylista has to put her critical shopping skills into overtime. Whether scouring the top fashion mags or watching entertainment news programs for some celebrity inspiration, reinterpreting those looks while making them all your own takes skill.

So, how does an everday girl keep it stylin’? Some of S&P’s readers share their personal tips.

This month, meet Joi-Marie: She’s a 23-year-old blogger for from the Washington, D.C.-area.

Fashion is thinking outside the box and being comfortable in your own skin!

Fashion is thinking outside the box and being comfortable in your own skin!

Describe your style in five words or less.

Classic. Colorful. Cocktail rings. Manicures.

What influences your  personal style?

The classic style icons throughout history: the Audrey Hepburns, the Jackie Kennedys, the Josephine Bakers, the Michelle Obamas. I like trends, too, but definitely keep staples in my closet and try to spice them up to keep them modern-looking.

What does being a “recessionista fashionista” mean to you?

Staying fabulous on a budget. Everyone should cut back during this tight financial time, even if you have it. It’s just the smart thing to do. I definitely limit my shopping to a few times per month and have cut out splurging.

Which stores do you shop at most often?

My favorite store is J. Crew. I’ve been influenced by First Lady Michelle Obama, but have been shopping there for years. Plus, it’s great for recessionistas because if you’re a teacher or a student,  you get 10% off on your purchase. I love Nordstroms when looking for shoes and Forever 21 for accessories.

Which celebrity do you think has the most influence on the fashion world right now?

Rihanna and the first lady. Both have very distinctive styles. Rihanna influences the younger, fabulous girls who like an edge, while Mrs. Obama reaches the young professionals and the 40-and-over set with her elegance.

Choose one: Ballerina Flats, Platform Pumps, Stilettos or Wedges?

Ballerina flats. I’m 5’10,” so I’m already tall and work in front of a computer for most of the day. There’s no need to squeeze my feet into heels every day. Still, when I’m going out to party, I have to wear three-inches or higher.

If you could splurge on one luxury clothing item or accessory, what would it be?

Surprisingly, I’m not a shoe addict but I am obsessed with a good cocktail ring. It’s an essential accessory for any socialite or fabulous working woman. Cocktail rings can be really expensive like some of Kenneth Jay Lane’s designs or extremely cheap like the ones you can find at Aldo.

Finish this statement: “Fashion is…”

Thinking outside of the box and being comfortable in your own skin.

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