Haiku for You

Posted in Fashion with tags , , on May 5, 2009 by shapach

Valentine's Day 2009: my favorite dupioni silk LBD.

All black is the best

ensemble for a date night

or other event.

– Satyn Hapach 


Tan in a Can?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Beauty, Tanning with tags , , , on May 4, 2009 by shapach


Well, not in a can exactly, although they do exist as well. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze is actually a tinted self-tanning lotion (also available in gelee form) that comes in a squeezable tube, and comes in three shades to match skin tones: Light, Medium, and Deep.

I prefer the Deep shade since I have an olive skin tone and a base tan. If you are an avid tanner, like me, and want the darkest and most immediate bronze shade as possible, this the best shade for you. Although I have not tried the lighter shades, I’m sure they work just as well to give a natural looking shade enhancement.

The active ingredient that is responsible for the instant bronze tint is AHA, or sublime-eva1alpha hydroxy acid. This is the similar tanning agent found in most spray tans and bronzing lotions. Once applied, you will see a noticeable bronze tint, complete with golden flecks of sparkle that add to the illuminosity of the skin (very pretty!) Within an hour, your golden tan will have developed. With repeated use, you may never need to step into the sun again. (Although I like to layer this product over a UV-based tan or spray tan to really enhance the effect!! I’m talking “Dancing-with-the-Stars-dark” Oh yeah!) 

Although it is marketed as a quick-dry formula, both the gelee and the lotion take about 10-15 minutes to dry if applied generously. And the newest version claims to be transfer-proof and water-resistant, but will rub off slightly if not dry ALL THE WAY before putting clothes on. Use sparingly around knees, elbows and ankles and wash hands after application. Also containing Viatmin E, the product is super hydrating much like a daily moisturizer, so no need to use both.

So besides having to stand nude in front of the fan for quite some time, I have found this product to be the best on the market to help achieve the darkest, streak-free, golden brown tan. Hey, for these results, that a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

One Question…WHY?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Designers, Fashion, Singers/Performers with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by shapach

Please DO NOT commit these fashion faux-pas:

1. Solid colored suspenders are okay, but unless you are trying to look like Mork the Dork…NO MULTI-COLORED SUSPENDERS!


2. Wide-framed nerd glasses are a no-no. If Scarlett Johansson can’t even make these look good, forget about it!


3. I understand innovation and creativity in shoe design, but Marc Jacobs SS08 reverse-heel shoes were just plain ugly and weird. Not very comfortable either, I presume.


4. They were supposed to be a very fleeting phase, but to my dismay brands like Ed Hardy and Abercrombie are still proliferating the atrocity that is the Trucker Hat. FYI: If Paris wears it, you know it’s bad!


5.  The 90’s called and they want their cut-off shorts back! Don’t you celebs have enough money to get over this budget-friendly trend?


Famous Fashion Findings

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

“A good model can advance fashion by ten years.” – Yves St. Laurent

The late, great Saint with model Laeticia Casta, and muse Loulou de la Falaise.

The late, great Saint with model Laetitia Casta, and muse Loulou de la Falaise.

Famous Fashion Findings

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

Miss Fabulosity herself!

Miss Fabulosity herself!

Famous Fashion Findings

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

“Jeans represent democracy in fashion.” – Giorgio Armani

Armani doing his best to be Democratic.

Armani doing his best to be Democratic.

Lacoste much?

Posted in Fashion with tags on April 29, 2009 by shapach

Walk the plank in the "Cabestan CC"

Lacoste is known for their preppy attire, and their shoes prove to be no different. Even the sportier versions border on nerdy. The epitome of Lacoste’s clean cut image lies in the Cabestan CC, seen on yacht decks and Hamptonites everywhere. This nautical-inspired boat shoe acts as a barrier between the normal and the yuppies of the world. Every young man who aspires to live in Capri with their trophy wife named Candy needs a pair.

Beside the wanker factor involved, these shoes are said to be the ultimate in comfort. Made of supple, super-soft leather – even the laces are a smooth raw hide – with a rubber sole, and EVA footbed for extra comfort, this footwear style is a timeless classic at the rip-off price of just $125.00

So if you don’t mind looking like Carlton from Fresh Prince, go ‘head wit your bad self, but don’t be surprised if someone invites you to join their country club.