Emmy Looks for Less From Azazie

Television’s elite rocked the red carpet to celebrate the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and a rainbow of fashion frocks took center stage.  If you want to sport a similar style, but not sure you can handle the price tag, don’t fear!  Azazie.com – an online bridal wear retailer that boasts made-to-measure dresses at a fraction of industry costs – has an array of stunning styles to make sure you look like a million dollars, without spending it. For some style inspiration, highlights of the night include:

 

Wonderful in White – With summer wedding season barely in the rearview mirror, many celebrities – such as Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) – opted to wear white for television’s big night.  Trying to extend her newlywed status a little longer, Sofia Vergara joined the club, donning a beautiful strapless white Marx Zunino mermaid gown that showed off her amazing figure. For a similarly stunning look, Azazie’s Misty ($249) gown is a flattering sweetheart tulle strapless gown with a full pleated bodice and corset back that is sure to fit you like a glove, without breaking the bank.

 

Red Carpet Ready  – Red is always a sizzling color that ensures you’ll stand out in a crowd. Helping her to do just that, Edie Falco wore a beautiful one-shouldered red gown that accentuated her curves in all the right places.  Similarly stunning, Azazie’s Carissa floor-length one-shoulder chiffon dress boasts a trumpet/mermaid silhouette, twisted flare in the back and one-sided ruching at the hip, all for the incredible cost of $129.

 

Orange is the New Black – Color dresses were abundant at the award show and Viola Davis is always one to embrace a bold hue. Tonight was no exception, as she wore a bright orange Zac Posen gown with thick straps and front detailing. Azazie carries several similar styles that offer a ton of bang for your buck.  The floor-length Melinda dress (shown in Tangerine; $129) features spaghetti straps leading up to a halter neckline, pleating throughout the top of the bodice and pockets to stash some money and your favorite shade of lip-gloss.  Kaitlynn (shown in papaya; $119) is a floor-length, empire style dress with a heavily pleated bodice that is sure to flatter any figure.

Back to the Basics – Celebrities were looking to make their mark at the Emmys and did so with interesting necklines (plunging galore!), embellishments and back detailing.  Shailene Woodley showed off her sexy side, wearing a green spaghetti strap dress with double back strap detailing for a little edge.  Azazie’s floor-length Kailyn ($119) dress boasts a similar strappy look, featuring an overlay of chiffon for an illusion halter neckline and back straps held together with a jewel button.

All Azazie.com dresses range in size from 0-30, as well as custom sizing and come in over 60 colors.

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IT Cosmetics CEO Calls Out Beauty Industry, Calls for Change

Last Friday, IT Cosmetics founder and CEO, Jamie Kern Lima, accepted the CEW Achiever Award and took her acceptance speech as an opportunity to call for change within the beauty industry. Since then, the speech has gone viral and the video has already reached 1 million views!!!

In her speech, Jamie challenged the industry with important questions about the images of beauty that are being put out into the world today. “How will these images impact your mothers, and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters?” In closing her speech she asks, “What will you do with the power that is you?”

Jamie Kern Lima, Co-Founder and CEO of IT Cosmetics, calls for change and rallies industry leaders to rethink the images of beauty they put out to the world, while being honored today by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) with the prestigious Achiever Award at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Watch now: http://bit.ly/2xGX19c

“We did something at IT Cosmetics that has never been done before in luxury beauty—we became a top-selling brand by using real women of all shapes, sizes, skin tones and skin issues,” says Kern Lima. “Our success is proof to the beauty industry that you don’t need to use unattainable images of aspiration for women to buy your products. I think women are tired of seeing images that don’t look like them. When it comes to the images of beauty that we see as women, I believe IT Cosmetics is proof that the power of the people is greater than the people in power! It’s time for change.”

Kern Lima started IT Cosmetics™, a luxe makeup and skincare company, in her living room and recently sold the company to L’Oréal. The purchase was L’Oréal’s largest acquisition to date and made Kern Lima the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history.

Prior to launching IT Cosmetics™, Kern Lima was an award-winning TV News anchor with beauty challenges including sparse brows and sensitive skin, and could never find products that truly worked. She felt there must be other women out there like her, who want clinically proven, skin-loving, problem-solving makeup and skincare products that truly work! And that’s when IT Cosmetics™ was born. Two years after launching the brand, Kern Lima went on air at QVC with Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer and in 10 minutes, it sold out completely. Today IT is QVC’s top-selling makeup line, and a top selling brand in ULTA Beauty and Sephora. IT Cosmetics™ has received more than 30 QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards, and was also honored with the WWD Beauty Inc. Prestige Brand of the Year.

Kern Lima graduated valedictorian from Washington State University, and received her MBA from Columbia University. She was recently named on the 2017 Forbes Magazine’s Most Successful Self-Made Women List, the Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, WWD’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty and is part of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Forum. She also received the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award. Kern Lima is energized by an unremitting passion to inspire and empower women and has been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, NIGHTLINE, Joel Osteen and in The New York Times, Marie Claire, SHAPE, WWD, GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

When Kern Lima’s not appearing live on QVC in many of IT Cosmetics 200+ shows annually, she works passionately with many philanthropic partners including Look Good Feel Better®, where IT Cosmetics has donated over $27 million in product to date to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence.

CEW is the premier organization for cosmetic industry professionals and the Achiever Awards ceremony is held annually to celebrate the accomplishments of women leaders in the cosmetics industry, and serve as inspiration for future leaders and companies to support women’s advancement. This year’s other CEW Achiever Award honorees include Barbara Calcagni, President, NARS Cosmetics; Maureen Kelly, CEO and Founder, Tarte Cosmetics; Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President, GMM, Accessories and Beauty, Nordstrom; Loretta Miraglia, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Brand Product Development and Innovation, La Mer; and Kelly Vanasse, Vice President, Communications, P&G Global Business Units.

About IT Cosmetics™ 
Developed with plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics™ creates clinically tested, innovative, problem-solving makeup and skincare products that harness cutting edge anti-aging technologies and high-performance skin-loving ingredients to provide you with serious beauty solutions that help you look and feel your most beautiful! IT Cosmetics™ is a top beauty brand sold at ULTA Beauty, QVC, Sephora, itcosmetics.com and Selfridges. Discover it. Love it. Believe it.™
For more information on IT Cosmetics™, visit itcosmetics.com.

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Adult Acne Wash FOR WOMEN?

I am dying for you to test out the most amazing adult acne wash for women
— Belli Beauty’s Anti-Blemish Facial Wash
 All of my friends are OBSESSED with this product,
which works wonders on pimples/acne due to hormones, stress or skin sensitivities:

  • Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash  $22

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure face wash that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying or irritation. Lactic acid (found naturally in the body) gently and effectively cleanses and exfoliates acne prone skin. Lemon peel oil is a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener. Green tea extract and cucumber are rich in antioxidants. FREE of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide-common acne fighting ingredients that can result in over-drying and irritation and should be avoided during pregnancy. Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a favorite of those struggling with blemishes, sensitive skin, or breakouts from any cause including hormonal changes – puberty, pregnancy, birth control, menopause, menstration.

MULTI-TASKING TRICK – You can also use Anti-Blemish Facial Wash as an intensive facial mask by applying a thin layer all over your face and leaving it on for 5 minutes.

See how Anti-Blemish Facial Wash fights aging!

OB/GYN & Dermatologist Recommended * Allergy Tested * Paraben-Free * Gluten-Free * Cruelty-Free * No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances * Medically researched to avoid ingredients that may be harmful during pregnancy or nursing.

Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a favorite of those struggling with blemishes, sensitive skin, or breakouts from any cause including hormonal changes. It’s paraben-free too!

Here has some other related products I highly recommend to you girls!

  • Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen  $24

Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen is a broadspectrum, physical barrier, mineral SPF 25 with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that protects against UVA/UVB sunrays. Oil-free and lightly tinted to blend with most skin types. May be worn alone for sheer coverage or under makeup. Sunscreen is important for everyone at any age or stage but is especially important for expecting moms who can develop melasma, also known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. Sun protection is essential to protect against the appearance of aging, discoloration, and uneven skin tone.

See how Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen fights aging and free radicals!

OB/GYN & Dermatologist Recommended * Allergy Tested * Paraben-Free * Gluten-Free * Cruelty-Free * No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances * Medically researched to avoid ingredients that may be harmful during pregnancy or nursing.

  • Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub  $24

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is an invigorating scrub for face or body that sweeps away old skin cells to reveal new, smooth, healthy skin that is prepared for the application of treatment products. Green tea and ginseng are rich in antioxidants and essential oil of peppermint provides energizing aromatherapy.

MULTI-TASKING TIP – Fresh Start Pre-Treatment can be used on face or body.

See how Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub helps to fight aging!

OB/GYN & Dermatologist Recommended * Allergy Tested * Paraben-Free * Gluten-Free * Cruelty-Free * No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances * Medically researched to avoid ingredients that may be harmful during pregnancy or nursing.

  • Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator  $32

Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator provides a powerful, antioxidant boost of Vitamin C and grape seed oil for radiant, healthy looking skin. Lightweight for all skin types and perfect for morning and night. Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator gives your face that famous glow at any age or life stage.

FUN FACT – Vitamin C brightens and helps to even out skin tone.

OB/GYN & Dermatologist Recommended * Allergy Tested * Paraben-Free * Gluten-Free * Cruelty-Free * No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances * Medically researched to avoid ingredients that may be harmful during pregnancy or nursing.

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Dress Up Your Space with Prissy Plates Gifts & More!

Fun, functional & festive tableware and decorative items for any season

Whether you set the table just for special occasions and holidays or dress it up all the time, give your space the perfect finishing touch with Prissy Plates Gifts & More! Decorate simple and stylish, or a little fun and festive while making a statement and serving whatever your heart desires. Carrying trendy tableware and decorative items, Prissy Plates are woven with coordinating ribbon which can easily be removed for cleaning – and match any season or occasion!

Created in 2011 by a mother and daughter team, Alexis and Nancy had a desire to share their passion for gifts and home decor. Living in separate states, they found this new business to be a great way to remain connected both personally and professionally. On a mission to help everyone find that unique touch to their table, this dynamic duo provides personalized gifts and customized home accessories to all at affordable prices.

Not sure where to start? Create a rich, beautiful and personalized tablescape with the different designs from Prissy Plates:

  • Cake Plate: Available in both round and square shape, and in two different sizes, this is no ordinary cake stand. A piece with two functions, the plate is a cake stand on one side, and when flipped over – it’s a chip and dip platter! With a hollow pedestal, it can hold things like a cheese ball, chips and dip, cheese and crackers, the possibilities are endless! A multi-functional design, you can use it for both sweet and savory treats.
  • Plates and Platters: A fun way to coordinate your serving pieces for any special event or holiday! Ribbon can easily be added or removed to match the occasion. With over 100+ ribbon choices including festive options for all of the major holidays, your table will look trendy as ever.

Find the perfect gift for a child, teacher, wedding, bridesmaid, housewarming, friend or yourself and add a personal touch with Prissy Plates Gifts & More! Designs available online atwww.prissyplates.comand over 500 boutique retailers nationwide. Retail pricing varies by each items ($14.95-$78.95).

For more information, contact aleah@chicexecs.com.

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Finish Summer with Style

Now that summer is in full swing and Fourth of July has passed, stores are already starting to replace their swimsuits with sweaters. However, there is still weeks to go until the warm weather starts to subside, which means there’s still plenty of beach trips, barbecues, and getaways to be had. To help you ward off the unwanted notion that summer is coming to an end, we are giving you 5 items that will have you finishing off the summer in style.

Hikari Bronzer:

Boost your summer beauty routine with the four harmonious shades of this Hirari Shimmer Bronzer! Working together to create a glow that’s a perfect balance for all skin tones, the light reflective shimmer particles give a warm, radiant look to the cheeks and soften the appearance of fine lines. Whether you sweep all the colors across your cheeks or use them individually as an elegant eye shadow, add some pigment to your makeup routine with this sophisticated shimmer. Available in four colors including Radiate, Flush, Splendor and Luster.

Mirenesse:

Make magic happen! Instantly create super long full lashes and transform your fresh faced summer makeup look like never before. All you’ve ever wanted from a mascara is here with the new leader of the next generation of mascaras; with Mirenesse’s Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara! You won’t need to reapply this mascara throughout the day. One coat in the morning and you’re good to go!

Funktional Wearables:

Funktional Wearables are for fashionistas who want to make sure their fitness tracker doesn’t interfere with their sense of style. Add a splash of color whether you’re running errands, off to brunch with your BFFs, shaking things up at Zumba or sculpting your body at Barre. Being healthy and fit isn’t just a trend – it’s a lifestyle, so achieve your goals and feel great about how you look with Funktional Wearables.

Carmen Sol:

Carmen Sol is the must have bag this summer to complete every look! Whether you have a wild trip planned for this break or just need a new bag (because you want one), this water resistant jelly bag is durable enough to handle it all! Carmen Sol’s Italian made totes are sturdy, waterproof, and gorgeous to boot, Carmen Sol’s Totes can be personalized with inspirational charms and is available in two sizes and multiple colors! *Please select color from website!

Initial Decor:

The ultimate way to keep the memory of your home state, alma mater, or favorite summer vacation spot close to you at all times. This unique piece from Initial Decor features a bead engraved with the state of your choice, wire wrapped by hand on a Hook Back Bangle. Available in silver and gold, teen or adult size and in all 50 states.

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Let’s Talk About “Bodega”

Earlier this week, Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan, two former Google employees, launched their start-up “Bodega”. The goal is to make corner stores, also known to many on the east coast as “Bodegas”, a thing of the past. Safe to say Twitter lost their minds! Almost immediately, “Bodega” started trending on Twitter. Their idea was to “combine the convenience of online ordering with the instant gratification of real world retail.”

There’s only one problem: you can’t replicate the Bodega experience.

A Bodega is defined as a small grocery store, commonly found in a low-income, urban areas, and Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. They sell everything from cold-cut sandwiches to nail files and toys.

To many New Yorker’s, their local Bodega employees are like family. These are the people who will make your bacon egg & cheese at any time of the day/night. This is the place where you find things you didn’t even know you needed. They understand the concept of “I O U (I-owe-you). When you don’t have any money to eat, they always have your back. Now it is time that we come together to help them out.

A big shout out to The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development in New York for addressing the matter in a statement. “The awful irony of naming the company ‘Bodega’ after the very brick and mortar institutions they aim to displace, to say nothing about the cat their logo is based on that will similarly be displaced, is offensive, utterly misguided, and frankly disrespectful to New Yorker’s,” it said.

All in all, I am all for building a future, but let’s try not to eradicate and gentrify such an important part of many urban communities. More importantly, the vending machine could potentially put many mom and pop stores out of business. Minorities/immigrants own majorities of these small businesses, and depend on this as their source of income. Speaking from a personal experience, I grew up seeing my family work their butts off every day at our own Bodega where we serviced many poor communities and made sure everyone could afford to eat and buy whatever they needed. Using the term “Bodega” is offensive to the Hispanic immigrants who established their businesses in the 1960’s and 1970’s and built their legacy off serving their locals. Bodegas are all about the human interaction. Some fancy vending machine carrying cups of noodle soups and stale candy bars won’t give you that warm experience provided to you at your local corner store.

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