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My Filler With Miller…BEST OF NYC

21 Sep

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

BEST OF NYC: Dr. Philip Miller, Gotham Plastic Surgery

Y’all know I have a HUGE fear of needles, doctors and things that might hurt (see My Trip to Dr. DiCicco if you have forgotten).  So, filling, plumping, primping or anything involving potential pain are usually put to the side for desperate times.But when I had the chance to meet THE Dr. Philip Miller (and when I say THE, I mean New York Magazine’s top doctor five years running Dr. Philip Miller), I had to abandon my trypanophobia (or at least temporarily leave it outside the door of Gotham Plastic Surgery). This was an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I was not ready to let slip through my manicured fingertips.

With a nervous twitch in my eye (which I feared would make jabbing me with needles a serious issue), I sat for a brief moment in a patient room with my trusted Kara in tow to digitally document the experience. Upon entry through the door in his blue scrubs that matched the walls (which I’m certain in a Rain Man sort of way are painted in Pantone SP14 Dazzling Blue shade #18-3949), my twitch ceased, my heart stopped racing and I actually started to enjoy myself.


Dr. Miller, who on paper is one of NYC’s most coveted plastic surgeons, with a CV chock full of schooling, training and expertise that I won’t even attempt to pronounce. In reality, he is also a really cool, down to Earth guy. With a sense of humor that could secure him a spot on SNL (should the plastic surgery thing fall through, though doubtful), he immediately put me and my nonsensical phobias to rest. Explaining each and every move before he made it, Dr. Miller made my filler with Miller appointment not only easy, but enjoyable. In fact – we laughed.  We laughed A LOT (see photos); something I have never done before with someone holding a needle to my skin. Let’s just say, he has impeccable “distraction” tactics – and that comes from a girl who needed to be sedated for her last dental appointment. #2Points4Miller

Dr. Miller might indeed be part wizard or warlock, as the whole process (from start to finish) was PAINLESS. A picture is worth 1000 words and I posted 23 – you do the math.  He subscribes to the guidelines of ‘NatraLook’, which means you will NEVER walk out of GPS looking like an overfilled R.H.O (…fill in your own city).  Even if you ask for it, Dr. Miller has boundless integrity, morals and ethics. If you are looking for someone to turn you into a platypus – go elsewhere. Dr. Miller’s flawless techniques create subtle, indescribable, “OMG, you look great” reactions from passersby. He offers his patients a ‘WOW’ factor sprinkled in a little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ allure.  Kara phrased it beautifully, as a small amount of JUVÉDERM® was massaged into my upper cheekbone, “CC! You look like you went on vacation and actually slept”. Sleep – what is that?! Thank goodness I have Dr. Miller to help me smoke and mirror my insomniac-nocturnal nature.

Me, but better. I like that.

The end result was natural, beautiful and precisely the boost I needed (and more importantly exactly what I asked for). Dr. Philip Miller will be the only person I turn to for not only my non-surgical needs and desires, but when the time comes, he will be my trusted under-the-knife surgeon…indefinitely. When it comes to my face and body, I only want the best putting their latex gloved hands on me – and as long as Dr. Miller and Gotham Plastic Surgery will have me, I will be a patient for life. Simply put – they are the best.

And on a final note, Gotham Plastic Surgery is luxuriously comfortable;  the staff is kind, compassionate, witty and super friendly.  I tried to convince them to hire me as their internal blogger when my appointment was over; I didn’t want to leave. GPS offers the highest quality work (Dr. Douglas Steinbrech is the equally talented, other half of GPS) and marries it with the most glorious staff (thank you Kelly, Bernie and Joe!), leaving this style blogger one very happy camper. No doubt, you will leave a happy camper, too…

How you can get a ‘filler with Miller’ (and more!):
Gotham Plastic Surgery
60 East 56th St, #3B
New York, New York 10022
Tel: 212.750.7100

What to know before you go:

  1. Everyone’s body reacts differently to injections and procedures; be honest with your doctor about your medical history, allergies, sensitivities etc.
  2. I personally did swell and bruise (see photos) – this does NOT mean you will or won’t; be smart in your planning and schedule any procedures well in advance of any big event you might need to attend or business trip you need to take.
  3. Ask about things you can do to prep to avoid swelling/bruising etc.  There are homeopathic drugs you can take that help some people in this arena (such as Arnica Montana); ALWAYS follow post op or appointment guidelines presented by your physician; call if you have questions or concerns.

About Dr. Philip Miller: Dr. Philip J. Miller has over 20 years of experience in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.  He is an established expert in facial rejuvenation procedures as well as rhinoplasty.  As a result, he is regularly invited to lecture on specific techniques with his peers at national facial plastic surgery meetings.  Recently, Dr. Miller lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques at the 10th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery.  Consistently since 2007, he has been voted among the Best Doctors in America and Top Doctor of New York.

About Gotham Plastic Surgery: Gotham Plastic Surgery is a unique collaboration between Dr. Philip Miller and Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, each specializing in their own area of the face and body. One practice. Two Experts. Dr. Miller is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and recognized for his expertise in rhinoplasty and facial surgery. Dr. Steinbrech is a board certified plastic surgeon with special expertise in tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, breast implants. and in minimally invasive aesthetics treatments.

About JUVÉDERM®: Juvéderm, an injectable filler (injectable facial filler), is used by cosmetic, dermatological, and plastic surgeons to soften deep folds and reduce wrinkles in the faces of patients. The substance is largelyhyaluronic acid, a substance normally found in the skin, muscles, and tendons of mammals. Approved in June 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Juvéderm’s prime use is removing nasolabial folds, or “smile lines,” creases of skin which run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. It is also used as a lip augmentation agent, and to fill in hollow places and scars on the face.

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HOT IN THE HAMPTONS: The Driftwood Resort on the Ocean, Montauk

19 Aug

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

When I link the term ‘pristine’ to an actual place, only one comes to mind- Montauk, Long Island. A place that is rustic yet lavish; air so fresh it totally engulfs you in all its warm summer glory- a 50 on a scale from 1-10. Ad if you are a long time reader of my blog, you know my love affair with this quaint village began back in the 1980’s when my parent’s bought a place on Fort Pond Bay.

Driftwood Montauk

With heavy heart, our property sold last year, but my yearning for my days on the east end did not cease. With great delight, I have found my NEXT heaven on earth at The Driftwood Resort. Tucked off of 27 East, across from famed Cyrils Fish House, I have passed this oasis innumerable times en route to MTK, but only until now realized its beauty, style and breathtaking grounds. This property, a hidden gem on the border of Napeague and Montauk,  has cemented my lifelong tradition of sojourning east every summer and I will no doubt be residing at this divine resort when I do.

The Driftwood has been offering impeccable service and accommodations to guests for years, building its superb reputation for making you feel like you and your enjoyment are the #1 priority, as it should be; yet at Driftwood they go above and beyond to ensure you really are enjoying your stay. From the heated pool, the tennis courts, fully equipped gym, bbq’s, movie nights and pilates on the beach, I was kept busy with all the amazing activities offered (I was even happy on rainy Driftwood days). My favorite amenity of course, being the private white sand beach (which allows for bonfires at night!) only footsteps away from my front door.

Curling my toes in the soft sand, resting my eyes upon the tranquil sea and disappearing sun behind bursts of reds and pinks, hearing the calming chatter of sea gulls nearby as my hair blows in the warm sea breeze; a euphorically amazing state of relaxation, thinking about how I was fortunate enough to find another “happy place” to rest my sometimes stressed out soul.  The term ‘escape’ took on a whole new meaning while I found I could no longer remember my worries; an unadvertised perk of the Driftwood.

Beach services are outstanding. The Cabana Staff are extremely nice, organized and attentive (Dean in one word ROCKS), making your trek to the beach more about your relaxation and enjoyment of all the beach has to offer and less about the work it takes to get there. Don’t worry about the lifting and carrying of items like chairs, umbrellas and towels…the dreaded setting up and and sunset break-downn – they do that for you.  Your priority becomes YOU…R&R, enjoyment of breathing in the fresh salty air and feasting your eyes upon panoramic views of pure beauty. Another wonderful beach amenity was a 90 minute,  amazing massage right near the water’s edge.  Talk about the ultimate get away!

When you book, be sure to keep abreast of the various events that are happening during your stay, such as concerts, fireworks, farmer’s markets, etc., that are hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Rooms are comfortable, cozy and fully stocked with all the essentials (including Frette luxe towels), and I would know, I stayed in four different ones*! All of which delighted me and made me feel more than at home- in fact they made me feel better than home-a luxurious beach cottage “home”. Every request, whim, need and desire was granted by the front desk staff – Deniz and Tom go the extra mile to be  helpful – to the point, you want to ask them to join you for a BBC at Cyrils Fish House across the road after work (and noted, that I am actually guilty of wanting to hang out with them off duty).

Total bonus for the summer months? Fresh Direct DOES INDEED deliver to the Driftwood – making the kitchen/kitchenette even more useful if you come via the Hampton Jitney bus (which drops you off less then a 1/2 mile down the road in front of the (now closed) Sharehouse Restaurant).

To book with the Driftwood Resort located at 2178 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954, call  631-668-5744 or visit  http://www.driftwoodmontauk.com – and tell them Christabelle sent you!

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*Décor and furniture differ depending on unit.


signature xo CC



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.

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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HOT PRODUCT ALERT: Trust Fund Nail Lacquers

29 Jul

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

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).

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
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.

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

Available at participating Walgreens Stores or Walgreens.com

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