Entries from February 28th, 2012

February 28, 2012

natural beauty buff | cecilia wong, cecilia wong skincare

One of the best parts of my freelance beauty editing gig is testing new, niche products that hit the market. One of my favorite new lines is Cecilia Wong Skincare, a holistic collection with a small but mighty lineup of good-for-you products.

Created by Hong Kong-born, New York/New Jersey-raised skincare expert Cecilia Wong, this line reflects Cecilia’s belief in a clean beauty regimen that harnesses the power of organic ingredients. You won’t find parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals or artificial colors in her pared-down line of superb products. What you will find are organic herbs, oils, seeds and botanical blends that smooth, brighten and firm the skin, leaving you glowing.

cecilia wong skincare natural beauty buff

{Cecilia Wong offers signature facials at her skincare salon across from Madison Square Park in New York City. Photo Courtesy Cecilia Wong}

Cecilia and I connected so I could find out a little more about what she uses to achieve a radiant appearance. Here’s a peek at what she keeps in the travel kit inside her Gucci Sukey purse as well as in her bathroom vanity area. (The items I’ve starred indicate items I also use and love as well.)

cecilia wong skincare travel kit

{Cecilia keeps the essentials in her travel bag inside her purse: Jurlique hand cream; L'Occitane lip gloss; her own black currant serum; and her own toner mist. Photo Courtesy Cecilia Wong}

Inside Cecilia’s Purse

*Cecilia Wong Skincare Rejuvenating Toner Mist

“My Rejuvenating Toner Mist hydrates and cleanses my skin throughout the day. I have acne-prone skin and since the toner was designed with probiotics, it kills all bacteria on the skin. I carry it in my handbag and also have one in my bathroom.”

*Cecilia Wong Skincare Reviving Black Currant Serum

“My Black Currant Serum is supremely hydrating, has anti-aging properties and is chock-full of antioxidants. I carry a travel size in my handbag that I use for my cuticles. I have one in the shower, which I use for my body and hair, and of course, one in my bathroom which I use on my face.”

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Lip Shine Brun Lip Gloss

“I love the subtle scent of this lip gloss. It’s hydrating and creamy, and doesn’t taste like chemicals. Also, the color is just beautiful!”

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream

“I wash and sanitize my hands a lot, so they get very dry. I make sure to moisturize after washing my hands — every single time. And this hand cream is perfect. It’s super hydrating, not sticky and has an amazing subtle scent. I carry this is in my handbag and keep one next to the sinks in my kitchen and bathroom.”

Inside Cecilia’s Bathroom

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell

“The subtle, clean floral scent is amazing. I carry a sample in my handbag and keep one in my bathroom.”

Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder

“Light and natural, this face powder never looks cakey! I love that it has anti-aging properties!”

Tarte multiplEYE lash enhancing liquid eyeliner

“It doesn’t smudge! The color is vibrant and I know it’s full of good-for-me properties.”

February 27, 2012

beauty scoop | jing ai organic & natural cosmetics masquerade concealer

I started using Jing Ai’s Masquerade Concealer in November 2011 and have not once reached for my toxic tube of former concealer for better coverage or easier application.

jing ai masquerade concealer

{I received a sample of Jing Ai Masquerade Concealer in Vanilla Cream and Indian Princess. I've been wearing Vanilla Cream and will probably transition to Indian Princess this summer. Photo Courtesy Jing Ai}

Jing Ai natural concealer has certified organic coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, wild rose flower oil and Champagne grape oil as well as beeswax and shea butter.

This means that in addition to providing amazing coverage (I think it’s better than Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage), it is treating my skin with beneficial oils and butters to soften the delicate undereye area and blemish spots.

I like to apply it with my ring finger by lightly dabbing it on to the dark circles under my eyes and directly onto problem areas. I start small, working up the layers of coverage depending on how little sleep I got the night before, until my skin appears flawless, never cakey. I dust a bit of loose powder to set the concealer and look well-rested and ready to go!

My only gripe about Jing Ai’s Masquerade Concealer is that currently, it’s only available in two shades, Vanilla Cream and Indian Princess. However, because Jing Ai founder Donna Cristino is showcasing her line at an exclusive Henri Bendel trunk show this week before jetting off to the CEW Beauty Awards, I imagine she will need to expand her line and color options very soon — I predict Jing Ai is going to be the buzz in natural cosmetics this year!

A pot of Jing Ai Masquerade Concealer costs $25 — comparable to popular luxury brands’ prices without the parabens, petrochemicals and nasty preservatives. If you’re going to splurge on a good concealer, why not spend your money on ingredients that actually do something great for your skin? I’ll take roses and grapes over chemicals and coal derivatives any day.

What concealer do you use? Do you like trying new products when it comes to important staples such as concealer, foundation and mascara? Tell me what you know in the comments section.

February 26, 2012

outfit post | fashion frontline

Yesterday Jess and I experienced Kansas City Fashion Week from the frontlines — both at the event and outside of the event.

Watching from row two (behind these two adorable fashionistas), we oohed and ahhed at some daring designs (check out my Kansas City Fashion Week post), but before we took our seats, we had our own shoot with Fox 4 News and, of course, Jess’s photog-husband, P.

Check out my Facebook page for fun outfit outtakes and girlie pics — we got a little silly this round.

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week outfit{Jacket//The Limited (similar); Floral Tube Top//Forever 21 (similar); Teal Jeans//New York and Company (similar); Leather Peep-Toe Booties//Vince Camuto via Dillard’s. Photo By P}

 

Though it’s a bit colder, the lack of strong winds and appearance of clear skies and sun was enough to make me justify getting into a bright spring ensemble for the spring/summer 2012 Kansas City Fashion Week show.

I loved pulling together my two favorite colors, red and teal, without looking like a tropical holiday tree. The white floral top brought it all together and the camel-colored, soft leather booties grounded the look with warmth.

kimberlyloc fashion frontline

{Raw Stone Ring//Masons Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas}

kimberlyloc fashion frontline

{Crystal Waters Nail Polish//SpaRitual}

What warm-weather pieces are you teasing Old Man Winter with these last few weeks before the official onset of spring? What trends are you incorporating into your wardrobe? Tell me what you like in the comments section.

February 25, 2012

kansas city fashion week spring 2012 favorites | kansas city, missouri

Bursts of color, texture, pattern and pizzazz filled the ballroom at Harrah’s in North Kansas City during Kansas City Fashion Week.

My favorite designs to come down the catwalk displayed edge, risk and unique points of view.

Some were tamer than others, but with clean lines, flattering shapes and timeless appeal. I can’t wait to see more to come from the creative minds behind the pieces below — and I can’t wait to introduce a few of these items to my wardrobe.

BMDesigns Kansas City Fashion Week

{I loved this look from BMDesigns. This is something any woman can easily incorporate into her closet. Photo By Jess Afshar}

Influenced by her time studying fashion abroad, designer Brittany Davidson of BMDesigns creates sophisticated women’s wear that is appropriate for ladies in their 20s to late 30s. This outfit caught my eye because of the volume on top and the sleek, sexy silhouette on bottom.

haus designs by sierra moses kansas city fashion week

{I’ve been incorporating more purple and fuscia into my wardrobe, so when this sexy, classy dress from Haus Designs came down the runway, I immediately perked up.}

haus designs by sierra moses kansas city fashion week

{We’re going to keep seeing colors inspired by the sea going into spring and summer 2012. I loved the high waist and sunny yellow in this outfit from Haus Designs. Photo By Jess Afshar}

Pieces from Haus Designs by Sierra Moses command attention from the moment the model hits the runway. Created by Sierra Moses, Haus Designs’ aesthetic is rooted in power, strength, femininity and fit. I appreciated the bold colors, flashes of skin where appropriate and delicate tailoring to the curves of a woman’s body.

kalyn valliere kansas city fashion week

{Inspired by the silhouettes of the 50s, this one-piece swimsuit by Kalyn Valliere brings a bit of glamour to the surf and sand. Photo By Jess Afshar}

kalyn valliere kansas city fashion week

{I couldn’t take my eyes off this goddess as she floated down the runway in a cotton-mix cover-up and high-waisted swim bottoms. Photo By Jess Afshar}

Drawn to the spa and resort lifestyle, young designer Kalyn Valliere plays up women’s best assets with her flattering and sexy swimsuits. Valliere, who just arrived back in Kansas City from New York Fashion Week, featured looks that show off the buffest of bodies as well as more conservative but just as sexy suits that any woman could wear.

sushe by j. tracey kansas city fashion week

{Printed pants and tangerine, the color of the year, turned heads thanks to this combination from Nebraska designer SuShe by J. Tracey. Photo By Jess Afshar}

If you want to integrate color and patterns into your wardrobe, SuShe by J. Tracey can show you how. The Nebraska designer took risks with jaw-dropping hues, outrageous prints, vintage-inspired sequins and sizzling stripes. She knew how to have fun with fashion, and if you want to step out of the neutral zone, try taking something that SuShe showed and updating your wardrobe.

bridedoll by caroline williard

{For someone who loves symmetry and balance, this dress from Bridedoll by Caroline Williard caught me off guard — in a good way. Photo By Jess Afshar}

A pop of precious metals never hurt anyone. Bridedoll by Kansas City native Caroline Williard showed a low-cut white dress with a surprising gold sleeve that you couldn’t help fawning over. I’d take this motif into makeup and accessories — how fun would it be to complete this look with two different-colored shoes and a bit of eyeshadow artwork on just one eye?

kms couture presents american trash kansas city fashion week

{Made of recycled and repurposed materials, this bright dress from American Trash was the star of the show. Photo By Jess Afshar}

Appealing to the greenie in me, KMS Couture Presents American Trash was easily my favorite clothing collection from Kansas City Fashion Week. While most of the pieces weren’t necessarily items I’d be able to pull off in my typical workweek, I appreciated the thought leadership in design around what eco-friendly fashion can really accomplish. Designer Katherine Swanson dismisses the idea that green fashion means wearing beige, green and more beige — with the superstar dress above serving as the conversation starter about what it means to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.

house of cochon jewelry kansas city fashion week

{Accessories hold a dear spot in my heart. Jewels from House of Cochon was the highlight of my Saturday.}

kimberlyloc and house of cochon jewelry kansas city fashion week

{This was one of my favorite pieces from the House of Cochon collection. Love the feathers and jewels. Photo By Jess Afshar}

My accessories table overfloweth with jewels and sparkly things. When I saw the House of Cochon collection, I was blown away by the Jackson Pollock-inspired line by self-taught designer Courtney Perry. She blended feathers with stones and springs to create a free-moving, free-thinking collection that takes center stage when combined with a basic outfit. I can’t wait to add a piece from this collection to my own personal bling box.

What were your favorite looks from Kansas City Fashion Week? (Be sure to check out some additional photos on my Facebook page, the Kansas City Fashion Week Facebook page and on Mimi & Chichi’s blog.) Are you more inspired to discover what local talent is brewing in your own area? Tell me what you’re craving for spring in the comments section.

February 24, 2012

kansas city fashion week | kansas city, missouri

Though most fashionistas are coming off of the highs of New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, here in the Midwest, a tight-knit fashion community is coming together this weekend to celebrate Kansas City Fashion Week.

kansas city fashion week

{Can’t wait to see all the gorgeous designs and models come down the runway. Photo Courtesy Kansas City Star}

Tonight, Jess of Mimi & Chichi and I will view collections from 22 local designers as they send more than 200 models down the runway at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino ballroom. We’re excited to see what Kansas City has to offer and share our experience with you via our blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s who we’ll be style-stalking tonight:

Featured Sponsor Boutique

Watercolors High Fashion

Emerging Designer

BMDesigns

Featured Designers

Haus Designs by Sierra Moses

Oblivion Clothing

OlaSTYLE

christianMICHEAL

Evil Pawn Jewelry



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