Straight Up

L’Oreal Paris has launched  Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight, a four step product line.  I have straight hair that has magically started to form weird kinky parts and curls that have never ever appeared before.  I wondered if this new line of hair care would unkink the kinks…

reversecommuter was asked to review the line, and that is where the fun started!

Step one – go to SoulCycle and workout like a fiend to get your hair really really really dirty!

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ew…stinks and kinks…

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Step 2 -Lather Up!  This is my cheeseball “and I’m worth it” pic

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Shampooing, an early morning art form!

The shampoo smells great (as does the entire line) and is not too heavy which is a good trait if you are not into the greasies.

Step 3 – No need to lather-rinse-repeat as there are 4 products to use…just move on to Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Boosting pre-conditioner

This step is new to me but seemed to enhance the conditioner when applied.  Not sure if it is necessary for me as my hair isn’t super curly just annoyingly kinky.

Step 4 – Conditioner

reversecommuter is a conditioner junkie – meaning there are usually two or three different bottles on the go at one time in a Goldilocks kind of approach : not too oily, not too heavy, not too light #pickypickypicky

L’Oreal Paris’ Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straightening Conditioner smells like a bouquet of lilies, doesn’t feel oily or greasy and is not too heavy on the hair.

Step 5 – Styling Balm

I like the idea of the balm as a protector from the heat, and if it can help to unkink the weird kinks in my hair then this is one step I will be sure not to skip.

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All in all I was impressed with the unkinking result Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight delivered, and even more impressed that it kept the kinks away for over 48 hours.
* please note that I did not receive payment just the product *

Things Are Looking Up!

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That was the view from the W Hotel Boston‘s rooftop.

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reversecommuter had the pleasure of doing Tara Stiles‘ yoga class, on the ROOFTOP of the W Hotel Boston (cool right?!).

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You don’t even know cool until you take The Yoga Rebel’s yoga class, on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Boston, listening to funky tunes, bending your body into contortions and being a rooftop warrior while watching planes fly by, all the while drooling over Tara’s UBER fab striped pants & cow face pose tank which she designed for REEBOK.

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reversecommuter was barely able to contain herself and not start online shopping on her iphone while on her yoga mat I was SO in love with this outfit -the pants sadly are not available, but the tank is mine!  OMMMMMMMM!

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Click here to look at the current collection at REEBOK!

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#POSEWHENEVER is a new launch by W Hotels to get people to stretch, pose, workout wherever, whenever!

Thank you W Hotel Boston!

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Beach + Friday = PURE HAPPINESS!

That’ll learn him!  Chip Wilson – ousted founder and former CEO of lululemon just sold 20.1 shares to Advent International – the investment banker brought in by lulu’s board once they decided to throw Chippy out.

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Remember when Chip told the bigger girls that lulu’s yoga pants were not meant for curvy body types on national tv?  BEST AWESOME CORPORATE F-UP EVER!!!!  (Click here for a reminder of the awesomeness!)

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The board wanted Chip gone immediately after that, and so Chip agreed to sell 20.1 million shares yesterday and made $845 MILLION.  reversecommuter is quite sure Chippy learnt a valuable lesson here…

Luxury design houses are starting to report lower sales and earnings, based primarily on China not buying as much as was projected.

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Tod’s just released a profit decline, citing China as well as two major US boutiques closing for renovations as the reason behind the lag.  CEO Diego Della Valle is optimistic that 2014 Fall Collection is strong enough to rally Tod’s clientele back into power shopping mode.

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Note to Diego, the awesome car shoe and delicious Italian leather handbags are what makes Tod’s clients deliriously happy, and apparently Simon Doonan a little bit hungry!   Attempting to draw us in for a clothing line hasn’t accomplished the same pull.  Stick to what you know, let the profits grow (catchy huh?!).

Champs in a flute and the sun shining is reason enough to slap on the fancy shoes and wow the world with that outfit you secretly want/need to wear…Do It!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Greetings & Salutations to the Weekend!!!!!

Timing is everything!  Yes, reversecommuter got to take camel selfies and shop at Chanel in Dubai in April, but I completely botched the opportunity to attend the 2014 Chanel Cruise Collection held in Dubai on May 13th.  

 

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The CHA CHA appreciative Dubai audience was appropriately quilted, double C jewelry and bel adorn, and there were also a few black abayas, scarved heads (Chanel scarves obvi!), and some Keffiyehs scattered amongst the audience sitting upon pillows on the ground of the most glamorous tent ever created complete with indoor palm trees and shishas!

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The fashion seemed perfectly tailored for the U.A.E. crowd, with veils, Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips, gold lamè pants, the obligatory fabulous tweed, pearl dotted quilted bags and sunglasses and oodles of Kurta pajama inspired skinny pants.

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Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection (available in October fyi!), went far beyond beautiful – it was like watching a magical performance of Alladin meets Lawrence of Arabia, complete with the best transe filled soundtrack. King Karl said that Dubai is “…interesting and exciting…the modern thought of the world… mix of the old world and the new world…it is the 21st Century Chanel.  Dubai is the home of the tallest buildings in the world, it was time for an Oriental revival.”  BRAVO KING KARL!!

 

Rumor on the money street is that there may be a takeover in the works for Lululemon.  The yoga pant machine has been suffering with low stock price, bumbling ex-CEO quotes insulting the curvaceous qualities of Lulu’s army of size 12+ devotees, and a couple of falsely labelled bamboo/not-bamboo pants headlines.  

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Some potential interested parties include NIKE, V.F. (as in Splendid, Ella Moss, Wrangler…) and even Columbia Sportswear.    Goes without saying this fashion blogger is doing a happy dance over the potential demise of the company responsible for the SINGLE WORST fashion trend to fall upon our society!  Toodles everyday lazy uniform of yoga pants, hello sportswear for sports!

Bellinis for everyone at least once this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hello Gorgeous Sunny Friday!!!!

Calypso St. Bart’s has hired Mindy Meads as the new CEO, amongst rumbles that the company is looking at growing from its current 20 boutique size. Mindy was co-CEO at Aeropostale but left 3 years ago to consult.

reversecommuter always hits Calypso just before a beach vacation – they have cute coverups! It’ll be interesting to see what changes are coming….

Buh-Bye!!! Lulu Lemon has an new CEO and now it’s time to issue an Adios to the founder & outgoing, gaff blabbing CEO, Chip Wilson. Remember a couple of weeks ago Chipper announced on National television that “some women’s bodies don’t actually work” in Lulu’s yoga pants.

reversecommuter is still giggling over that one! So Awesome!!!!

Apologies that today’s posting is short but sweet – reversecommuter is en route to NYC with her daughter for a little fashion bonding!!

Raise a glass of champs and toast all the fabulous people in your world at some point this weekend!
xo reversecommuter

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Boston Marathon 2013 – what to wear?!?

The Boston Marathon is 6 days away!  Running 26.2 miles, all the while raising money for cancer research.  Here is the freshly painted finish line (thanks EPG!).

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This is another compilation of potential running outfits.  reversecommuter decided to borrow from the style of a great blog out of Italy,  Fiammisday (click the blue to be enchanted!).  Fiammisday styles & stages children’s outfits on a daily basis.   Grazie Bella for the inspiration!

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reversecommuter is watching the weather forecasts closely…guess I won’t know what to wear until April 15th (but it is ALWAYS good to have outfit choices, even when running a marathon!).

 

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Greetings & Salutations FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fall trends that have been sashaying down runways from NYC to Milan include leather –  and LOTS of it – as exhibited by Veronica Beard’s Fall Collection (click the blue to see more), capes (how super hero-ish!) and florals (yup, even into fall).  So that means that clever fashion savvy shoppers now know what makes a smart buy!

Peek-a-Boo LuLu!

Lulu Lemon had an unfortunate yoga pant transparency issue earlier this week – and it has cost the company a bundle in stock value!  Lulu’s CEO, Christine Day told Bloomberg News that the only way to confirm the see-thru quality was for customers to bend over – the transparency issue was only when customers’ stretched in them.  Click the blue to go to lululemon.com.

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Which makes reversecommuter point out the obvious – THEY ARE YOGA PANTS, THERE IS GOING TO BE ALOT OF STRETCHING!!!!!!  Unless of course the customer is wearing them all day long and not doing yoga -which is another travesty all together!

Q4 Earnings have started rolling in (reversecommuter LOVES this time of year!!) and the news is pretty good so far – NIKE, Tiffany’s, Hermes, Sak’s, The Gap have all reported an increase in earnings despite a difficult holiday period and wacky winter weather.

 

Enjoy the weekend – mix your patterns just for giggles and drink some champs too!

xo reversecommuter

Financial & Fashion Focused Friday

Happy Friday!
Here are some Fast Financial Fashion facts (gotta love a little Friday alliteration!!):
* Lululemon has hit the $1 Billion revenue mark – yup, ONE BILLION!
* Hermes reported a corporate record 41% increase in sales this year – hope they didn’t sell all of their bags, I still dream of owning a navy blue with silver hardware.
National Unplugging Day starts today at sundown, so it is appropriate that I have an appointment at the Apple store today to attempt to get my 4 Apple products to talk to each other.  I have 4 calendars, 4 storage back ups, 4 photo libraries, etc and it is driving me bananas!  Something tells me at the end of the appointment I will happily embrace National Unplugging Day!
Outfit:  James Perse dress http://www.jamesperse.com/women/dresses/dresses/boatneck-cap-sleeved-dress/viewProduct.do?productId=prod1080023&categoryId=cat40014
Burberry Leather Jacket (no longer available but here is “similar-ish”)
Chanel Flats
* not available online but always available at Chanel boutiques, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.