The Transparent Trend

The Transparent Trend

The Transparent Trend

The Transparent Trend

The Transparent Trend

When I got the assignment this week to do a story on VH1′s new “Naked Dating” show for Deco Drive, I was beyond intrigued and not because I needed a date, either. Although I have to admit, cutting thru all the dressings of life in one fell swoop, in my birthday suit, on national television did sound like a soul baring experience. It was really more about my obsession with all things fashionably nude.

While interviewing Chuck Handy (yes, that’s his real name,) a Miami bachelor who’s featured on the reality show, I realized that loving yourself in the buff wasn’t just a new fad on TV. Over the last few years, “The Transparent Trend” has become a major player in fashion, too.

Matter-of-fact, for the rest of Summer and into the first part of Fall, anything bare, buff, beige, naked, nude or see-through is a must have for the full-time fashionista. Whether it’s a pretty purse, sexy shoes, a pair of pale colored pants or reflective accessories, going crystal clear is completely cool. Here’s what you need to tackle the trend…

For the full article click: www.wsvn.com or to get the look featured in the blog click: www.kokopalenki.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014 No tags

Top 3: Hair Sprays

So Sexy by Victoria's Secret

So Sexy by Victoria’s Secret/ $14

The other day someone asked me: “If you could have an endless supply of anything, what would it be?” My answer: “So Sexy hairspray by Victoria Secret.” First of all, it’s a man-magnet. Anytime I spritz it on my hair, guys demand to know what perfume I’m wearing. I’ve even had a few follow me around. While it has a flexible hold, it also manages to fight off the South Florida frizzies. It’s been my number one beauty weapon for almost a year. I don’t go ANYWHERE without it. www.victoriassecret.com/Beauty

Shaper Plus by Sebastian

Shaper Plus by Sebastian/ $16.95

This hair spray is an oldie but goodie. I’ve used it for years for television and modeling gigs. A little goes a long way and while it delivers luscious locks because it’ll hold just about any style, it doesn’t have that typical stiff and sticky build-up either. Don’t leave a can of this stuff out in the Deco Drive make-up room. It’ll disappear as quick as the magical mist itself when it makes contact with your hair. www.sebastianprofessional.com/

Tres Two Spray by TRESemmé

Tres Two Spray by TRESemmé/$3.98

When the impossible needs to be done, I call in the big gun: TRESemm√©. This spray can withstand anything and I do mean ANYTHING (think hurricane force winds.) I use it to secure up-do’s, set intricate braids and make ‘big hair, don’t care’ styles even bigger. I love the way it smells. It has a fruity fragrant, but I love the price even more. It’s less than five dollars! For pretty hair and a full pocketbook, it’s the perfect product. A quick word of warning, though: when you use it, you better mean it, because it’ll hold your hair in place until your next shampoo. www.tresemme.com/

Have a good hair day!

Monday, July 28, 2014 , , ,

The Return of the Crop Top

The Return of the Crop Top

The Return of the Crop Top

The Return of the Crop Top

The Return of the Crop Top

When I first heard that the Crop Top was back in style, I walked straight into my bedroom, stood in front of the mirror, lifted my shirt, turned to the side and stuck my gut out as far as it would go. It wasn’t anything to be ashamed of, per se, but it definitely wasn’t anything to write home about, either.

I felt guilty, even a bit ashamed, that I was actually sizing my stomach up and even remotely considering if it was “okay or not” to wear a half top. After all, the last three years had been a major buzz kill on my body beauty-wise.

Read the rest of this fashion meets inspiration story at www.wsvn.com or to buy “The Return of the Crop Top” look featured in the blog click: www.kokopalenki.com

Remember, if it makes you happy…wear it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014 ,

Top 3: Body Scrubs

Beach Body Scrub by Bobby Brown

Beach Body Scrub by Bobby Brown/ $37

There’s nothing better than an exfoliating body scrub before you spend a long day at the beach. My favorite is “Bobby Brown’s Beach Body Scrub,” a magical concoction of jasmine, sea spray and mandarin. It not only gives you a gorgeous glow, it’ll leave you smelling like the surf and sand itself. I don’t know how they do it, but they’ve definitely developed the secret to bottling up the beach. www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

The Keys Salt Scrub

The Keys Salt Scrub/ $20.95

If you’ve got “the rough elbows, knees and heels” kind of blues, this scrub is definitely for you. I discovered the magical and all-natural blend of salts, coconut and essential oils on one of my many mini getaways to The Florida Keys. Once you hit Key Largo, almost every restaurant on the way down to Key West offers a sample size in their bathroom (genius marketing.) I fell in love with their “Classic Coconut” at “Porky’s Bayside BBQ,” right before the seven mile bridge. It’s my favorite place to soften my hands, drink a “Key West Ale” and stuff my face with crunchy Conch Fritters. www.thekeyssaltscrub.com

Ginger Body Scrub by Origins

Ginger Body Scrub by Origins/ $35

When it comes to pampering my body on a daily basis, I’m a ginger fanatic. When I’m not eating it, I’m using “Origins Ginger Body Scrub” to keep my skin soft, lightly exfoliated and smelling deliciously yummy. The combination of Dead Sea Salts and warming Ginger Zest, along with three different oils: Macadamia, Soybean and Kukui, would even make a newborn jealous of your soft, supple skin. www.origins.com

Happy Scrub-a-dub-dub!

Cool as a Cupcake

Cool as a Cupcake

Cool as a Cupcake

Cool as a Cupcake

Cool as a Cupcake

Mattie McDonald was one of the prettiest women I’d ever seen. She had light green eyes, dark brown hair and milky white skin. When she wafted by me, she smelled of lavender, honeysuckle and some other hypnotizing perfume I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I spent a lot of my spare time daydreaming about her and not just because I wanted to know her. Ultimately, I wanted to be her.

I know it sounds a little “Single White Female” of me, but really, it was a little more innocent than that. Mattie, or Mrs. McDonald, as I knew her, was my 5th grade homeroom teacher and I was completely in love with her. I mean, everyone in my class was. I guess you could say I adored her. Here’s why…

Read about the rest of my article on cupcake fashions at www.wsvn.com or create your own ladylike “Cool as a Cupcake” look from my blog wardrobe:

T-Shirt: www.bloomingdales.com
Skirt: www.tedbaker.com
Necklace: www.forever21.com
Bracelets: www.kokopalenki.com
Ring: www.josetteredwolf.com
Purse: http://uk.monsoon.co.uk
Shoes: http://www.giuseppezanottidesign.com

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