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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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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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*NEW PRODUCT ALERT: Calvin Klein Reveal for Her

11 Jul

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

CK REVEAL 2WHO: Calvin Klein

WHAT: Reveal Fragrance for Her – the bottle features two triangular-shaped pieces — a silver-tone for the cap, the other heavy glass containing the juice — that form a pillow square when put together.  Top notes include raw salt signature, pink pepper, white pepper and black pepper; a heart of orris, ambergris and solar accord, with a drydown of sandalwood, cashmeran and vetiver.

EDP sprays in 3 sizes
1 oz. for $50; 1.7 oz. for $70; 3.4 oz. for $90
6.7-oz. body lotion, $38; 6.7-oz. shower gel, $30; 0.3-oz. rollerball, $24

WHEN & WHERE: Sorry USA, Reveal Calvin Klein will launch in September here (so you either need patience or need to head overseas), in 4,291 department and specialty store doors. It will begin rolling into global doors — 130 markets in total — at the end of July.

WHY: We love Calvin Klein’s nose for sensual fragrances…but the ad alone had us sold. The print campaign was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and features Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes and British actor Charlie Hunnam in a heated embrace beside the window of a modern, glass high-rise apartment. As the sun sets behind a dusky skyline, the city is reflected in the window, suggesting a voyeuristic glimpse at a sexy game of seduction.

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*Source: WWD
*Photography: Thomas Iannaccone

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And the Emmy Goes To…2014 Nominations

10 Jul

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


Source: The Washington Post…

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Congrats to all of our faves!

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Veep” (HBO)

“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

READ MORE AT The Washington Post…

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BEST OF NYC: SD26 San Domenico Italian Cuisine

10 Jul

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

WHAT: SD26 Contemporary Italian Cuisine

WHERE: 19 East 26th Street
Madison Square Park
New York NY, 10010
T. 212-265-5959

SD26 - 19 East 26th Street NYC

SD26 – 19 East 26th Street NYC

WHY WE HEART ITSD26 combines the necessities of a classic Italian fine-dining experience with a warm welcoming, part-of-the-famiglia feel. Owned by legendary father-daughter restauranteurs Tony May & Marisa May, SD26 promises and delivers  an authentic Italian dining experience…one that transports you right to that boot to the east.  From the Northern Italian-born and bred Executive Chef Matteo Bergamini, to the pristine service, mouth-watering menu and the always delightful visit from Marisa May herself, you start to wonder if the SD really means San Delizioso!  With a beautiful culture-inspired decor spun with a modern, sexy NYC vibe, incredible Italian food and a 750-label wine list, Italy is miles closer than you think. No passport needed.

WHAT TO ORDER: If you can only order one thing from SD26, make it the “Uovo”- a Soft Egg Yolk filled Raviolo with Truffled Butter ($23). BRACE YOURSELF  for the deliciousness of this dish may be too much for you to handle. In fact, do yourself a favor and order one to eat there and one to go. You will find yourself having psychotic cravings for it’s buttery goodness in the middle of the night.

WHEN: Brunch (weekends only), Lunch and Dinner

Monday through Friday Lunch from 11:30-2:30pm; Monday through Thursday Dinner 5:30-11pm; Friday and Saturday Dinner: 5:30-11:30pm

Delivery, Private Dining and Reservations are available

Tony May, Owner SD26 ; Marisa May, Co-Owner SD26 Matteo Bergamini, Executive Chef SD26

Tell Marisa May that Christabelle sent you (and then ask her to send me an UOVO to my new office!)

Mangia! Mangia!

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