Go RED! Heart Truth Red Dress Runway Show

Yesterday was the official kick-off for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center! (#NYFW Survival Guide HERE) The first show I attended was not your usual long leg high fashion brigade–but rather a mix of glamorous celebs with household names dancing and shimmying down the runway in The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Runway Show.

This huge event is put on to raise awareness for heart disease. Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States? Also, heart disease can lead to other serious conditions including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease. It’s amazing to see the heads of the fashion industry in New York c0ming together to make a real impact and bring awareness to the forefront. In the same mindset, we’re also donating 25 cents to the American Heart Association for everyone new Facebook like this month!

Dita Von Teese‘s fierce curves, Giuliana Rancic‘s full on dance down the runway, Patti LaBelle bursting out with wide, proud, open arms, and Natasha Bedingfield‘s performance at the end, sponsored by Diet Coke, the presenting sponsor of Red Dress Collection 2011. Each dress was made to fit each star’s individual style. Take a look:

And here’s a peek at Audrina Patridge, Gayle King, Giuliana Rancic and Camila Alves  backstage before the show—all the stars had their nails done by Dashing Diva.

Dita and crew clamored for glasses of Kim Crawford wine pre-show, the official wine sponsor of New York Fashion Week. According to the Kim Crawford team: Ann Curry, who, when asked about how she felt when walking the runway for the first time today, said “I was petrified. Totally petrified. But I just kept telling myself ’I am here to love you all, I am here to love you all.” We love you too, Ann Curry.

Here’s the video of the final walk:

And afterwards I got to meet everyone’s favorite darling on ice, Johnny Weir! Why he wasn’t in the show—bright red glittery ensemble, gliding down the runway gracefully on one skate—is beyond me.

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Sex and The Pedi – Enter the Dashing Diva Nail Polish Sweeps!

Since the glamorous red carpet premiere (and then the swarm of mini-premieres to follow), the Sex and the City 2 craze has been in full swing. Women everywhere are planning their girls’ night out. The allure of lounging poolside at a chic locale has us all over the Sex and the City 2 lifestyle, ready with cocktail dresses, friends and cosmos… but what about your nails?

We went crazy over the Concrete Playground gray color in our Little Luxury Report last week, and today Dashing Diva has introduced the “Who Made You A Diva” sweeps, where you can snag up to $500 worth of goodies for your nails, much of which is from their brand new Manhattan Collection inspired by the Sex and The City women and lifestyle.

In line with the fabulous Sex and the City theme, each nail color is inspired by these globe trotting divas. There’s Samantha’s Satin Sheets, as pink and sheer as Samantha’s nighties, Miranda’s Law, a spunky coral that could work in a boardroom or on the beach, Charlotte’s Weddings, an innocent frost white with a hint of pink, and Carrie-d Away, a sheer must have neutral.

Starting today until July 4th, you can enter the sweeps up to three times by nominating the country’s most “diva-rific” nail salon or spa. A simple thank-you to your favorite salon or spa for making your nails shine.

Fifty winners will receive $50 worth of Dashing Diva products, two first place winners will receive $250 worth of Dashing Diva products, and the grand prize winner will walk away with $500 dollars worth of products. You’ll never have to buy another bottle of polish again.

Click HERE to enter.

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Little Luxury Report: Dashing Diva’s Concrete Playground Polish


The Little Luxury: Dashing Diva’s Concrete Playground

Relationship status: The first date was fabulous… now I’ve got it wrapped around my fingers. I’m hooked, except now my roommates are too and I have never really been into sharing like that.

A little dash of history: In 2003, Dashing Diva launched the world’s first branded chain of nail spas with an inventive menu of products and services, exclusive to the worldwide Dashing Diva salons. Just last year, the Dashing Diva’s polish collection expanded outside of their chain into (and onto) hands everywhere.

DIY: I love this polish because it goes on exceptionally smooth and coats well for an easy DIY mani or pedi.

Quoted: Dashing Diva is always coming out with emerging color trends for the season, and for Spring 2010 the color on everyone’s fingers is gray—Concrete Playground to be exact. “Gray just feels so chic,” says nail polish enthusiast Michelle Mismas. “It’s a great neutral that isn’t at all boring. Depending on the shade you wear, it can be fresh and clean or sexy and vampy. Plus, if you find the right tone, it can be flattering on anyone!”

As seen on… everyone from Megan Fox and Alessandra Ambrosio to Agyness Deyn and Seal! I guess he wanted a little extra pizzazz at the Emmys…

Best when paired… with a good top coat, neon brights, mixed metal bangles, and Heidi Klum.

How much: A manicure at Dashing Diva is $15 and the polish is $8 a bottle. Buy it online HERE, and visit dashingdiva.com for location listings.

Hot Stone Scale: 6 out of 6

This Little Luxury Report was brought to you by: Kaitlin Stafford