Three Minute Interview with Ramona McGowan


Actress, songwriter, Manager at was kind enough to give me a few minutes to talk about fashion.

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
Every woman should own high-waisted skinny jeans.

If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing?
If I were not an actress, I would be a Marine Biologist.

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Maroon 5, Usher, Trey Songs

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
Bright Colored pumps

Beauty Review: Diptyque “Tam Dao” eau de toilette

Diptyque was founded in Paris in 1961 by three artisans to sell their fabrics and decor items from their travels around the world. The trio offers colored candles to match their fabrics, adding perfumed wax. Customers fall in love with the inimitable fragrances. Word travels. Cachet grows. In 1963, they introduce the first Diptyque scented candle. In 1968, the first line of Diptyque fragrances is launched. Today, the three Parisian artists are world-renown purveyors of fragrance and scented candles. The bases of the eau de toilette
bottles and their glass droplets are reminiscent of the paper weights the store once sold.

I tried the Tam Dao fragrance. This eau de toilette base is Sandlewood from Goa. This fragrance was inspired by elephants walking through the jungle causing the roots from great old fragrant trees to rise from the ground.

This fragrance would be great layered with a more sweet scent. The base is warm and spicy. The Sandlewood is very strong and eventually softens on the skin. This is definitely a Fall and Winter fragrance. I love the heritage behind the line. The fragrance is for more mature women. I don’t see anyone under 40 wearing this fragrance.

Beauty Review: Borghese B Lip Gloss

I love lip gloss. I have a serious problem. I am always looking for a new gloss. I know many of you have the same issue. It’s so easy to get carried away and not realize how many you have. Once I emptied my purse and found that I had 12 glosses in there!

There are so many different formulas. Every line has a gloss. How do you know which one to buy? A lot of companies claim to be more moisturizing, have more vitamins, more pigment, less pigment, anti-aging ingredients, sunscreen. The claims never end. I am going to try a new gloss every week and narrow it down to the best gloss!

First up is Borghese B Lip Gloss in Fiore. The color is great. A beautiful shimmery nude. Too much sparkle so the more mature ladies doesn’t have to worry about the sparkles. This is a very sophisticated shimmer. The formula is a bit sticky and when I rub my lips together I can feel the thick formula because it is a long wear formula. There is no sunscreen in this formula. This is a deal breaker for me. Protect your lips!

So, beautiful color, sticky and thick formula, no sunscreen. However it does keep the lips hydrated with Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Avocado Oil. I give this lip gloss two stars.

3 Minute Interview with Sarah Baucco

Sarah Baucco sits down with me for three fabulous minutes! As a fashion merchandiser for  Forever 21 Sarah knows what trends to look for and shares some of her favs with us for fall.

Christine: What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?

Sarah: My favorite trend for fall is the peplums. Everything from peplum shirts to skirts and dresses are so popular for fall. The peplum can be very girly with a chiffon shirt tucked it or it can be paired with a leather embellished jacket and an edgy shirt for the rocker look that is still being seen this fall.

Peplum dresses, and skirt

Christine: Name one article of clothing every woman should own.

Sarah: Every woman should have a tailored black blazer. This is a MUST staple in every woman’s closet. It is an easy layering piece to make any outfit transform from casual to professional and crisp. I would highly recommend a woman get one made for her body type so it is customized to her curves.

Christine: If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?

Sarah: If I wasn’t a fashion merchandiser I would be very interested in cosmetology and maybe starting a small business. I would like to make custom jewelry,handbags, and accessories. I would like to sell them on or in small boutiques.
Christine: What’s playing on your iPod right now?

Sarah: I am all about Katy Perry, club mixes and the 80’s. My favorite band is Red Wanting Blue. I like to put a variety playlist together so when I run I am motivated.
Christine: Are there any trends you hope never go away?

Sarah: The simple cocktail dress with a statement shoe. I love when woman wear a simple black dress and then their shoes are amazing. Having things match all the time is boring but shoes say a lot about a person. My favorite is  a simple black fitted dress with understated jewelry and then a bright colored embellished shoe.

3 Minute Interview with Steven Ryan Helmkamp


Steven Ryan Helmkamp from “Clean Break” and  hot off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway was kind enough to spend a few minutes with me to give some fall fashion pointers.

Christine: What is your favorite trend for fall?

Steven: I believe the Layered-Look has been trending for a little while now, and as the weather will be cooling down in the fall it’s still my favorite trend..  Also, I dig the fitted look..
Christine: Name one article of clothing every man should own.

 Steven: Great shoes..  In my opinion, a lot of guys splurge on watches & belts and then slack on the shoes..  It’s the foundation..
Christine: if you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

Steven: Probably an Entertainment Lawyer..  or Minister..  Wherever God calls me..

Christine: What’s playing on your iPod right now?

Steven: Childish Gambino’s new mixtape “Royalty”..  and Luke Bryan’s “Tanlines & Tailgates” album..  I like to mix it up..

Christine: Are there any trends you hope never go away?

Steven:  Fitted Black & White tee’s..  They’re classics and look good with everything..