Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rockin' the Runway for Bloomingdales!

It's hard to believe that I get to do what I LOVE for a living, and all of my years (over a decade now!) of experience leading up to this have flown by in a blink of an eye.

Right now, I wear many hats as an editor, blogger, style expert and host, but my favorite gigs are the ones where I get to connect with the audience and share my passion for fashion with real women looking for inspiration.
I've spent years behind a computer writing articles upon articles for various web sites and magazines, but there's no greater feeling than hosting on stage and connecting with people face-to-face.

I've been hosting events for Bloomingdale's all over Los Angeles for the last few years, and I have to say, it's the best feeling in the world when I take stage and talk trends with their shoppers. This spring, I was booked for back-to-back fashion shows at the Glendale and Century City locations, and had an absolute blast discussing the hot runway looks for our loyal customers.

Pinch Me Moment: Walking into Bloomingdale's and seeing MY picture all over the store! 

Take a peek at some of the fun shots from both events and be sure to come out to the next one I'm hosting!

To book me for hosting events or on-air segments, please contact me at jenniferc110@gmail.com.

All About the Apple Watch! I Discuss Wearable Technology on CNBC "Fast Money"

This post is a bit overdue, but it just goes to show you how crazy BUSY I've been! One of the absolute greatest highlights of the last few weeks for me was appearing on CNBC "Fast Money" talking about the brand new not-yet-launched Apple Watch.
Everyone has been buzzing about this piece, and I was honored to be asked on national television to share my thoughts as a style expert on the merits of this accessory.

Now, I had just hosted two back-to-back fashion shows for Bloomingdale's that weekend and styled a photo shoot the day before, so saying I was exhausted would be an understatement. Nevertheless, I love what I do, and jumped at this amazing opportunity! 

I had practically zero prep time (under two hours to be showered, camera-ready and ready to go on set right after I got the call that I was booked!) and quickly brushed up on everything I could learn about the many (awesome!) features of the Apple Watch in the car en route to the studio.

Before I knew it, I was live and chatting off the cuff with host Melissa Lee and other esteemed experts about this piece.

Watch the clip of the segment here.
(The actual segment was about six minutes long, this only shows a small portion of it!)

The segment was live and, of course, I had to feed in from LA, given that the show was taped on the east coast.

All in all, it was such an exhilarating experience, and I certainly made a point to tell the world why the Apple Watch is definitely worth purchasing this spring! Not only is it completely customizable (depending on your style preference or budget), but it's going to be the hot, happening, most-talked-about accessory of the year.

After all, for those that buy luxury watches, the price point of the Apple Watch is actually quite feasible, given all of the incredible functions and features it offers. Not to mention that this piece will go down in history as the first debut of wearable technology from Apple, which is noteworthy in and of itself!

The device has two different sized faces, 16 different strap options, six casing offerings and more. Moral of the story? Apple did a more-than-fair job at creating an innovative item that's both attractive and interesting for any consumer.

And bottom line--if Apples makes it, people will buy it.

So tell me, are you planning on purchasing the Apple Watch this spring?

For on-air bookings and hosting opportunities, please contact me at jenniferc110@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LA Beauty Discovery: Yuka Style Salon in Beverly Hills

When it comes to innovative hair styling, precise makeup application, terrific skin care treatments, glamorous nail services and more, Yuka Style Salon in Beverly Hills is the perfect example of east-meets-west technique and expertise--all under one roof! 

I recently discovered this marvelous hair and makeup haven, and am now absolutely convinced that it's truly every glamour girl's dream come true!  

Like I mentioned, it truly offers everything (cuts, color, extensions, styling and blowouts, makeup, Japanese nail art, facials, eyelash extensions, photography sessions, you name it!)--all in a gorgeous, airy, open space on Santa Monica Boulevard. 

Oh don't mind me--halfway done with makeup and my hair is pulled back and off my face with these super chic Asian velcro tabs.

As you might have guessed, the owners as well as most of their talented lead stylists are Japanese, and they come eager and armed to transform you into a gorgeous goddess. 

Also--I should proudly add that if you're Asian, I can assure you that you will feel right at home here, as their team certainly knows and understands Asian features and have mastered the art of enhancing each client's individual assets.

In the makeup chair at Yuka Style! No place else I'd rather be. 

I came in completely bare-faced with flat, lifeless hair on a Saturday morning and emerged feeling absolutely gorgeous and ready to conquer the world after my hair and makeup session. 

My talented artist gave me a stunning smoky eye look complete with my signature lashes and liner, and pumped up the volume on my hair. I went from blah to bombshell under her skillful supervision!

Take a look at the pics:

Best of all, the entire team at Yuka Style is friendly and approachable, and certainly give their 110% in ensuring that you're happy and satisfied with every step of your salon experience! To me, there's nowhere else in L.A. quite like this. I've never felt so welcomed and taken care of in Beverly Hills--they've truly thought of everything. There's even an amazing photo studio upstairs for those of us in need of a fresh headshot (and who isn't in this town?!)

Moral of the story, ladies: Instead of racing all over town booking various appointments for hair, makeup, nails and more--make a one straight beeline to Yuka Style and get pampered from head to toe without the hassle. 

Yuka Style Salon
9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills CA, 90212

Friday, February 13, 2015

Spotlight On: The Couture Gift Collection

Hi loves! I have to admit, the last few weeks have been BUSIER THAN EVER! The good news? March is well on its way, and we can all slow things down soon.
Between the holiday season, Valentine's Day, New York Fashion Week and, of course, awards season, there was no shortage of fabulous parties and glamorous events to attend. And it goes without saying that finding tasteful and stylish gifts for friends, family and colleagues was a big priority, albeit a daunting task. If you're anything like me, the process of shopping, wrapping and sending gorgeous gifts to loved ones is seriously stressful, not to mention time consuming.

So what's a fashionista to do? Enlist the help of The Couture Gift Collection, of course! If you aren't familiar with this amazing company with fantastic, fashionable (#jennchanapproved) taste, you will be soon! It's a fairly new family-owned company that creates and curates gorgeous gift boxes that will surely thrill and delight any lucky recipient.

When I first caught wind of this company, I was intrigued, but decided to check them out firsthand just a few weeks ago. I headed out to Sherman Oaks and had the pleasure of meeting the warm, personable (and super hard-working!) girl bosses of The Couture Gift Collection at their adorable pop-up shop and am pleased to report they're absolutely killing the game when it comes to luxe gifts people actually want!

Pinch me! A fabulous custom gift box filled to the brim with beautiful goodies I actually LOVE?  Best surprise ever. 
Check out my personalized Valentine's Day Couture Gift Box! Diptyque candles, Lauren B. nail polish, Lipstick Queen, Wildfox accessories, Collete Malouf hair pins and more! Oh, I'm a happy girl, indeed. 

 The company brilliantly selects and packages gift items for your loved ones (guys, girls, they do it all!) based on your preferences and budget and puts careful thought and care into each order.

Not surprisingly, they've been making major headway in a short amount of time, too. They were the curators of this year's 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards presenter gift boxes and are also quickly becoming the go-to gifting curators for movie production companies (Sony Pictures, for starters!) for talent, agents and VIP clients all over town, too.

The official Golden Globes Gift Box

Want to gift your girlfriends with fab clothes? Pick from Wildfox, Splendid, DL1961 denim and more. They've got it all!

Fabulous, no?

Check out The Couture Gift Collection and let me know what you think!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blogger Life: Spa Day at KO'AN Skin Care in Santa Monica

Big thanks to KO'AN Skin Care and the Vanity Fair Social Club for having me in for a fabulous day of pampering!

In the spirit of awards season, I happily indulged in a body contouring treatment, teeth whitening service by Dr. Sherri Worth and a mini Regenlite laser facial, and feel absolutely glamorous from head to toe!

KO'AN features a tempting menu of anti-aging facials and beautifying body treatments that are constantly evolving to keep up with the latest trends in skincare and medispa services. As a beauty editor, blogger and expert, I'm thrilled to report that it certainly lived up to my expectations and I can't wait to go back!