Thursday, May 26, 2011

VIM Pick(s): Five Memorial Day Beauty Essentials

Below we've provided our picks of must-haves for your beach bag this coming weekend!
1. Sunscreen: Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF 15, $8.99,

Lather up with this sheer sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. Plus, it contains extra antioxidants that help keep skin healthy and nourished!

2. Eyeshadow: NARS Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadow, $45,

Inspired by the beautiful beaches of the French Rivera, this trio of aquatic shadows can be blended together or worn alone.

3. Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want To Have Fun, $18, Nordstrom stores

What screams summer more than poppy, coral nails?

4. Bronzer: M.A.C. Skinscreen Bronzing Stick, $29.50, Bloomingdales stores

Fake your California glow with this bronzer that has packaging reminiscent of the 1970s California surf scene!

5. Body Lotion: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, $20,

Keep your skin hydrated with this incredibly rich formula that smells decadent and keeps your skin velvety smooth.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hot Jam: 3-Way (The Golden Rule)

We just had to jump on the bandwagon with this one and highlight the latest Lonely Island jam that has everybody talking (even radio hosts debating its quality compared to say Ke$ha ... but that's just a couple people's opinion). Check out Justin Timberlake (a Saturday Night Live favorite), Andy Samberg and Lady Gaga belt "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," it's okay -- you can laugh.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Inexpensive Summer Updates

Looking for tips on how to update a tired space for the summer season? There are many options that are cheap and easy to install in your space that will give it life for the upcoming warm season. Here are some tips on how to lively up your space:

1. Add color: Adding color is always the best way to add life to a space, no matter how it is incorporated. Painting can be tough to do in a leased space, so get creative and make some artwork to decorate your walls. No time for painting? Buy a decorative frame and fill it with greenery or a vintage scarf you find at a local shop or flea market.
2. Bring the outdoors in: Incorporating outdoor elements can bring a breath of fresh air to the indoors. Fresh flowers are always an obvious choice, but they can be pricey for the little amount of time they last. Fake flowers are a great alternative for they give the same amount of liveliness to the space. Love flowers more for fragrance than beauty? Diffusers are a great way to give great fragrance and elegance to a space.
3. Change out your decorative elements: Adding new decorative elements in your space can emphasis the changing of seasons. Summer brings out a lot of bright colors, so reflect them in your decorations. Bright blue or green vases will add interest and mimic the colors outdoors. Changing out your kitchenware is a great way to bring out the feel of summer as well. Fill your cabinets with cheap, bright cups and plates that will make you feel like hosting an outdoor summer party.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quote of the Day: May 16

“If you have the ability to convince somebody of something that you don’t necessarily think is the case, it’s a valuable asset. Not that I’m, like, a pathological liar, but we spend most of the day not fully being honest, you know?”

Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmentalist, on his charisma to Rolling Stone.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Movie Review: Something Borrowed

The first thing that caught my eye when sitting through this movie's opening credits? The film was produced by Hilary Swank, Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. Anyway: I'm not going to lie, I read this movie's literary counterpart (by Emily Giffin) last summer and enjoyed it a little bit — it was nice, light reading. Much like the novel, I can't say that I'm proud of liking this movie for what it is ... but that's how I feel. Surprisingly, Kate Hudson did a lovely job as honest, loud-mouthed, alcoholic, stuck-up Darcy and, unsurprisingly, Ginnifer Goodwin was perfect as pushover Rachel. The true stand-out in this flick, however, was best friend and confidant Ethan, played by John Krasinski (TV's The Office). Something Borrowed deals with some serious relationship issues and doesn't quite develop all of its characters enough to warrant forgiveness for their actions (especially compared to the book), but it is a romantic comedy and it does satisfy its genre to a tee.
Best on-screen moment: Pretty much anytime Ethan attempts to get away from Clare (Ashley Williams) — or tell her a new lie.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

VIMwatch: 2011 MET Costume Institute Gala Benefit

Sorry to all the fellas out there but there was just so much good lady-fashion at this last event that we've decided to pick four female "looks of the night" and put our male stars on the back burner this time around (though if you feel like looking into it, we have to say Joshua Jackson and Glee's Matthew Morrison pretty much killed it).

Top Four Looks

Actress Michelle Monaghan absolutely stunned in a hot pink Derek Lam dress. She accessorized with an amazing H. Stern "lizard" cuff and Roger Vivier tube clutch. Our favorite part? Her hair — absolutely fabulous.

Next up, the most surprising of the night, Ms. Liv Tyler left a trail of feathers everywhere she went and turned heads in the process. Tyler's gown hails from Givenchy and is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the evening.

In beautiful, summery fashion Zoe Saldana looked amazing wearing a mellow -yellow Calvin Klein Collection dress. To add to her style, Saldana wore Brian Atwood heels and vintage jewelry from Platt boutique.

Mirroring the recent royal wedding, Sarah Jessica Parker (and Monaghan above) chose a sleeved number with a gorgeous neckline from Alexander McQueen, which she paired with jewelry from Fred Leighton.

Show stopper of the night: Christina Ricci in Zac Posen's webbed creation.

Stay Comfy While It's Hot

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Established in 1947 to "make yourself comfortable," Dearfoams pioneered the foam-cushioned slipper and has continued its tradition for over 60 years. The new spring line incorporates tons of fun styles (and in flip-flop form!).

Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter this week for an upcoming Dearfoams giveaway! All you need to do is answer some questions . . . ;)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

'Monumental' Jewelry

Studying abroad this summer? Love to travel the globe?

Well, now you can wear some of the world's most famous landmarks — as jewlery!

Plastique* is based out of Los Angeles and brands itself as plastic jewelry with a graphic designer's touch. You can purchase all products online through SupermarketHQ, everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Egyptian Pyramids (pictured right).

Shop for your landmark HERE (all jewelry ranges from $6-$26).