UJENA is the only reason to cover-up in August…

12 Aug

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample)

Swimwear Company UJENA has a wonderful collection of all things swim, from various styles of beautiful swimsuits (such as Bikinis, Tankinis and 1-pieces) to gorgeous cover-ups that fabulize and sassify your hot swim look. A cover-up offers protection from the sun to and from your tanning destination while adding sex appeal and a sense of luxury to your attire; chic for not only at the water’s edge, but in a  hotel lobby, nearby restaurant or bar, or perhaps the apres beach BBQ or pool party. UJENA offers a bevy of styles, cuts, lengths and colors, all made from a very lightweight onionskin fabric that feels good on skin and looks good to all eyes that meet it.

OUR TOP PICKS FROM UJENA:
White Cabo San Lucas – Honeymoon Collection
Since it is Wedding and Honeymoon season, this beautiful handmade Cover Up would be a wonderful pressie for a bride who plans of catching some rays during her tropical honeymoon. White tends to be a color associated with both brides and luxury, so she will be feeling like a million bucks travelling with her new hubby and this lux hot style to adorn her outdoors causing heads to turn. Heading to Diddy’s “white” party in the Hampton’s? The Cabo San Lucas cover-up is the perfect accoutrement to your tan body and sizzling bikini; SRP $72.00

Sexy in Soho Cover Up in Black Silky
If you happen to find yourself invited to a rooftop party this summer in Soho (or hosting one) then this Cover Up and you were destined for each other. Flattering on all body types, it’s made with a poly-spandex fabric that feel sleek and won’t wrinkle (aka perfect for your overnight LV!). It has a strapless top with optional padding for an extra boobie boost if needed, an open front and a sexy long flow in the back.  Throw on a pair of strappy heels and this cover up carries you at sunset and beyond; SRP $96.00

La Salina Resort Robe
Inspired by the Luxury Resort Collection, this Cover Up shouts louder than your fashion forward personality. Your girlfriends will immediately be asking where you got it, and you are sure to stand out in the best way while wearing it due to the combination of bright colors , wild pattern and oh-so unique design.  It’s sheer, lightweight and ties around the neck and in the front. You will want to book a lovely tropical vacation ( Hello Hawaii?) just to be able to bust this beauty out and show it off! And we love any piece of clothing that makes us want to do that; SRP $92.49

 

WHY WE LOVE UJENA: Aside from having a vast assortment of chic and fabulous cover ups, We love Ujena because they make their clothing domestically in the U.S.A, making them a part of the American Brand Project. The project supports and promotes businesses, brands and companies in the U.S that manufacture and create their products here domestically, and want to spread the word that by doing this, these brands are helping to create jobs in America. When people shop at local businesses, they are helping to increase small businesses revenue, which can increase the need for jobs within these regional areas, thus supporting people right here in the USA.

American Brand Project is helping to make  consumers aware of the power they hold where they make purchases, and how they can truly make a difference. We think that is pretty awesome. Learn more at AmericanBrandProject.com and support the brands that are proudly made in the USA.

 

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Cocktail of the Week: Courvoisier Cognac

1 Aug

By Rissabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample)
Courv Cocktail

It’s summertime and the weather is sweet! Kick off your shoes, throw your sundress on and enjoy the activities that are so much better this time of year: Outdoor BBQ’s, picnics in parks, drive-in movies, long hours at the beach and rooftop soirees. For any summertime scenario, the perfect cocktails to enjoy with friends can only make the festivities better. The warm weather welcomes classic refreshers such as punches, sangrias and sparkling champagnes, which we discovered can be made even more delicious by adding Courvoisier® Cognac! So without further ado, here are our yummy cocktails of the week, all made with Cognac by Courvoisier®.

COURVOISIER SPARKLING SANGRIA

4 parts Courvoisier® VS Cognac

4 parts DeKuyper® Peach liqueur

2 bottles Prosecco

½ cup white grape juice

2 peaches

Green grapes

Directions
Thinly slice peaches. Cut the grapes in half. Put sliced fruit in a pitcher with Courvoisier, peach liqueur and grape juice. Let sit in the fridge for 1-3 hours. Immediately before serving, pour 2 bottles of Prosecco and stir. Serve over ice.

COURVOISIER SUMMER PUNCH

250ml Courvoisier® VS Cognac

750ml Lemonade

20 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters

3 orange wheels

6 lemon wheels

Directions
Add the freshly cut fruit into a bowl or pitcher, pour in remaining ingredients. Infuse for a few minutes. Serve on ice.

COURVOISIER SPARKLER

1 part Courvoisier® VSOP cognac

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 sugar cube

Top up with Champagne

Directions
Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a Champagne flute. Cover with Courvoisier® VSOP Cognac and slowly top with Champagne.

21+ – please drink responsibly

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HOT PRODUCT ALERT: Trust Fund Nail Lacquers

29 Jul

By Rissabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample)

TRUST FUND2WHAT:
If I had to describe Trust Fund Beauty, I could easily do so in one word…FIERCE!

We LOVE Trust Fund Beauty because they keep it real! Attitude all the way, Trust Fund Beauty isn’t afraid of a little vulgar language and humor. We find it empowering that they don’t use cookie cutter terminology when it comes to describing their brand. Self proclaimed “… an “indie” brand with an edge and a purpose… to bring out the inner rich bitch in everyone no matter what your financial situation is.” We LOVE these gals!

Edgy, hilarious with a sprinkle of socialite snark, Trust Fund Beauty makes me wish I had more than 2o nails to paint.

Polish with staying power, no chip technology and intense color distribution – to top if off they are also non-toxic and cruelty free – “Unlike some of your relationships…” . And the wit isn’t just on the home page – the hilarity continues with the myriad of no-filter-say-what-you-please polish names. Guilty – I want them all. Ah-mazing! Check out our top 15 that we love – enjoy BIATCHES!

 WHY: Top 15 favorite Polishes and their kick-ass names

  • But…Daddy (for channeling your inner Veruca Salt)
  • Kiss, Kiss Darling
  • Epic Tantrum
  • Elegantly Wasted
  • Just talk to My Lawyer
  • Bouquet Brawl (the PERFECT bridesmaid goodie bag filler)
  • Penthouse Party
  • Got Yacht
  • Blame The Help
  • Champagne Problems
  • Nip Slip
  • Do You Know Who My Father Is?
  • Career Socialite
  • I’m Kind of a Big Deal
  • And our Number 1 fave= ‘Bitch, Please!’  SOLD OUT FOR NOW (obvi not just our fave).

Buy one, or better yet buy them all (so you don’t get your Benz keyed and Louboutins kicked while waiting on line at 1 Oak Southampton).

WHERE:
TrustFundBeauty.com
SRP $15.00 each; Sample Trio Packs SRP $10-12
You can also subscribe to one of three different ‘Get Spoiled Monthly’ Packages starting at  $90 for 3 months and up

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HOT PRODUCT ALERT: Wet N Wild Center Stage Collection by Fergie

28 Jul

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample)

Fergie CenterStage
WHO & WHAT:
We all know and love Fergie as a pop singing icon with a sultry attitude whose make-up is always ON POINT, so we were doubly excited when she launched her Center Stage Collection in collaboration with a beauty brand we equally love, Wet N Wild! The collection includes a 21 piece product line, inclusive of nail lacquers, lipsticks, eyeliners, bronzers, shadow palettes and more, with the unique shade names created by Fergie herself. With Wet and Wild already known for having super hot color shades, prepare yourself for an even steamier Summer with this new collection of fierce color palettes by The Duchess Fergie herself.

WHY: OUR FAVES!
Wet N Wild To Reflect Shimmer Palette Bronzer
This bronzer offers a fierce sun kissed shade that is perfect for contouring a sharp cheek bone and jaw structure. With it’s ‘baked’ technology, it can be worn wet or dry, and delivers a glimmering high-pigment result that is sure to shine through even in a dark setting so it’s perfect for summer night dancing. In true Fergie form, we love that it boasts “Big girls don’t shy away from a little sparkle!” on the back,  SRP $4.49

Wet N Wild Fergie Creme Lipstick in shade Bebot Love
Pair your bronzer with this Fergie lipstick in shade Bebot Love to compliment your sultry summer glow look! This shade goes great with the bronzer offering a darker pigment with a mysterious look about it. It moistens your lips and the color lasts, giving you a pout that will have the boys lining down the block, SRP $2.39

WHERE:
Available at participating Walgreens Stores or Walgreens.com

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Truth and Consequences: Macbeth at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

25 Jul

By Meggybelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*sample) Macbeth Traveling to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, it is easy to get swept up in the beauty of rolling hills and pastoral charm as far as the eye can see. Once you arrive however, the festival’s latest offering, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, will have you swept up in a whole new fashion. As Banquo warns Macbeth early in the action, “The instruments of darkness tell us truths…” PSF’s shadowy and sinister interpretation of this Scottish tale haunts and delights in equal measure.

Now in their 23rd season, and celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival continues its tradition of visually stunning work with the heart and soul to gratify a summer night spent at the theatre. Couched in Center Valley, of all places, the Festival’s home campus of DeSales University boasts foliage so green it makes your eyes ache and sunsets so extraordinary you’ll never want to venture inside. But what’s inside is not to be missed, and you can trust that the worlds created in there are even more stunning.

Director and Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy boils down a centuries-old tale of ambition into a sleek and sumptuous treat. A portrait in charcoal and pitch (with the occasional dash of blood, of course), Mulcahy’s Macbeth tricks the senses into expecting the unexpected at every turn. Bob Phillips’ set gives a stark, industrial feel to the proceedings complete with chain link panels and an eerie floor grate full of surprises. Lighting designer Thom Weaver finds every inch of the psychological drama with his striking visuals as Matt Given’s sound design combines thumping drums, buzzing guitars, and a touch of the supernatural that leaves you looking over your shoulder all night. Completing the picture are Lisa Zinni’s costumes, blending a touch of classical beauty with a healthy dose of runway attitude, giving Scotland a look that is anything but ordinary.

Susan Riley Stevens, as Lady Macbeth, wears Zinni’s designs with so much style, she may as well have been painted that way. Fortunately, the work of art resonates far below the surface. Every moment with Stevens is electric as she nudges, prods, and coerces her partner in crime with all the grace of a woman you would gladly follow through the gates of hell. Every sweeping gesture and fragile cry echoes all the more poignantly as we watch her faculties crumble under the weight of her guilt. Don’t be surprised if you hear the audience exhale as she exits, they’ve been holding their breath the whole time she was onstage. And for every moment where Stevens steals your breath away, Ian Bedford as Macbeth himself fills the stage with a booming command that rattles every last rafter. Bedford’s imposing frame and thunderous presence, however, never detract from the deeper moments in his performance. His careful calculations intimidate, his quiet insecurities haunt, and his gory regrets send a welcomed chill down the spine; all while wearing the hell out of a leather vest. As a royal couple, Bedford and Stevens bring all the heat, muscle, and dignity one could hope for.

The key ingredient to the bloody recipe, however, is the wicked coterie played collectively by Deanna Gibson, Suzanne O’Donnell, and Eleanor Handley. Mulcahy’s version of Macbeth’s witches is a sexy, shape-shifting trio whose unnatural presence is as haunting as their unpredictability. Each playing multiple roles throughout, their sinister advice is clouded only by their drop-dead appeal. From leather boots to irresistibly slinky dresses to a pair of dark shades for each, these weird sisters change in the blink of an eye, growing more attractive and unavoidable as Macbeth’s fates come to fruition.


Act Two belongs to Perry Ojeda, a chiseled Macduff who brings charm, grief and a vengeful power to the equation. Joining the ranks of booted, zipper-clad, battling men in black, Ojeda’s soft strength stands out among the ranks. But if handsome men in gorgeous clothes wielding deadly weapons is at all your “thing”, the Macbeth cast will not disappoint. From victorious embraces to passionate battle cries, the Macbeth men wheel and deal with murderous consequences. Completing a superb cast with the sincerity, urgency, and the command of language this story demands are Anthony Lawton (Banquo), Trent Fucci (Rosse), and Jacob Dresch (Malcolm) along with a large and capable ensemble of players.

Whether it’s plotting, hunting or haunting, PSF’s Macbeth is a dark and satisfying morsel that will leave you carefully checking around each corner. And if you’re game for one more pleasant surprise, stick around to see Lend Me a Tenor, running in repertory with Macbeth. The stage, costumes, and cast skillfully switch over from the powers of darkness to a bright and bubbly romp that will leave your sides aching from laughter. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Macbeth runs through August 3rd in repertory with Lend Me a Tenor at the Labuda Center for Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. Tickets are available at http://www.pashakespeare.org and by contacting the Box Office at 610.282.WILL [9455]

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