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The only runways in Oklahoma are at the airport

Oklahoma is not known as a hub for fashion. In fact, anything we saw on tv or in magazines, we knew wouldn’t come close to being in our area for a good 9mo to a year from then. So, we got to live vicariously through the magazines, showing what was popular on the coasts. The magazines always made the Fashion Week runway shows so glamorous. I had always said, “Someday, missy, you’re going to go see a show.” Well, I haven’t made it to one yet, but Redken is giving me (and you) a chance to make that happen.

redken fashion insider The only runways in Oklahoma are at the airportRedken is holding their second Fashion Insider contest, where one lucky winner will have a chance to become Redken’s “Backstage Blogger” at New York’s Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Week! Redken is offering one lucky person the chance to go behind the scenes and share on BellaSugar.com their backstage experience at NY Fashion Week – just visit Fashion Insider 09 to enter between now and June 15th. Now, there is a small essay involved, but don’t worry – give it a shot and see if you can be more creative than me. icon smile The only runways in Oklahoma are at the airport

"Where should perfume be worn?…

…Everywhere you want to be kissed.” – Coco Chanel

One of my enduring travel dreams has been to ride the “Orient Express”. The closest I have ever come (or ever will, I fear) was when I was in the Venice, Italy train station and walked past the Golden Doors that led to the entrance lobby to take the Venice-Simplon journey. I touched the door handles, just wishing I could open them and go past the velvet curtained doors and get on the elegant ride, instead of sitting in a 2nd class car with my backpack. But, as dreams usually go, it hasn’t been realized yet.
audrey orient express "Where should perfume be worn?...That is a big reason I absolutely enjoy the new ad campaign for the legendary fragrance CHANEL N?5, that I have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at today. It is a short film called “Train de Nuit”, and it stars actress Audrey Tautou (famous to Americans for “Amélie” and “The DaVini Code” and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who directed Tautou in “Amélie”).

train du nuit "Where should perfume be worn?...The film is a tale of chance and fate – a brief encounter between a man and a woman traveling to Istanbul on the Orient Express night train with an intertwining of two destinies that will be brought together by a scent like no other. train du nuit closing "Where should perfume be worn?...It is just gorgeously filmed, and I cannot wait for you to see it. It will be available May 5th, 12:00AM at CHANEL N?5. That date isn’t accidental, of course, as it was on May 5th, 1921 that Coco Chanel introduced this fragrance. And, in honor of that anniversary, May 5, 2009 has been designated by the city of New York as CHANEL N?5 Day. In addition, CHANEL and Saks Fifth Avenue have partnered for this significant occasion during which a portion of Fifth Avenue will be renamed AVENUE N?5 for the week.

*If you can’t wait to see a hint of the short film, here is a “Behind the Scenes” short to whet your appetite for tonight’s premiere:

Gotta get out of this place…

After a day of being stuck in the house due to rain and hail yesterday, I am so ready to get out of the house today. I am thinking about heading over to the mall, because I still need to go back to Sephora and return my popped open ‘Lock Down’ tube.
origins friends family Gotta get out of this place...
I figure while I am there I think I will stop by Origins, as they are having their 25% off Friends & Family promotion, and see what catches my eye. *(Also, I’m going to take a couple of my empty bottles to them to recycle thru their recycling program.) The F&F sale is going on until May 5th, and if you don’t want to brave the mall, you can use code FF to shop online.

Go away, Flyaways…buh bye.

We all know that I am not the most able bodied person to manage their hair. Seriously, I get by, and some days, not very well. I am always so jeally of the lovelies that can just let their hair air dry and go about their business looking good. My hair has always decided that it wants to look like the driest, most flyaway hair raised in the desert. Of course, I live in the humid Midwest, so, that’s not it’s problem. It just wants to defy me and try to make me spend more time on it than I want to, like an ex just trying to get my attention because he’s lonely or something.


split end spa Go away, Flyaways...buh bye.

Ahem..anyway…well, after all this time – I can finally be the boss of it thanks to AG Split End Spa Repair Serum (which is being released to the public this month). This is a super lightweight serum that contains “AG’s exclusive CARE (Colour and Radiance Enhancing) complex which includes a blend of herbal extracts, meadowfoam seed oil, sunflower seed extract and incroquat UV, to eliminate colour-destroying free radicals and work to preserve the vivacity of hair’s colour.” This is super important to me since I do color my hair Auburn, which is kind of difficult to keep glowy and bright. I use this on my towel dried hair, and even tho it says to “dispense a small amount”, I tend to do more than that for my shoulder length hair. Then I just hang around and let the air do it’s thing. My hair dries silky and rests on my shoulders instead of reaching for the sky. It also helps keep it smooth when I dry with my round brush and hairdryer, and I put a touch of it on the ends to set it. That keeps it from flying away during the day, too.

I should also mention that I use this with the Colour Savour Shampoo and Colour Savour Conditioner, which also contains the CARE complex and is sulfate free. But, let me tell you, coming from this lather loving lovely, it may be sulfate free, but it gets enough lather that I can get a Ferris Bueller mohawk if I am feeling it. You’ll need to get this at a salon, so check out the salon locator to see where you can get it near you.

"O" what a beautiful morning!

So, lovelies……guess who just became Total Beauty’s only “blogs they love” that starts with the letter “O”? I’ll give you a few moments….. *(hums “girl from ipanema”). Okay, give up? It’s ME!!!

total beauty logo "O" what a beautiful morning!That’s right, I am now an official member of Total Beauty’s community of great beauty blogs. I am so excited that I get to be among so many of my favorite daily reads. I just wanted to take a sec and let you guys in on my excitement, too.


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