What do you do when your heart is broken so badly that you can’t even breathe?

Are you the girl who grabs a pint of Haagen Dazs, curls up with kleenex, a playlist ofbreak up songs (to add intensity to the pain) and some weepy movies?

Not me! I have a low fat, low carb, tear free remedy for the most brutal, aching pain of them all.

I head to the Temple of All Things Right, a.k.a the Jimmy Choo store.

For me the greatest love affair of them all is with Jimmy…

He doesn’t lie, he doesn’t cheat, he respects and adores your ankles and caresses your body into perfect posture. Oh Jimmy!

He also wants to bless you with the perfect snakeskin slingbacks.

In the 1990s I worked a lot with Melanie Sykes (one of the most staggeringly beautiful women in the world, and who had no idea she was even pretty).

Melanie would fly into L.A from London, and we would shoot all kinds of fun celebrity interviews for a TV show over there called The Big Breakfast.

Then, one fateful evening, we had arrived on the set of a TV show called Ally McBeal to interview Calista Flockhart. Melanie stepped out of the car and into a pair of 4 1/2 inch high, soft pink slingbacks with white feathers along the sides.

The world stood still for a moment (or 10!), my eyes filled with tears, I could hear the blood pounding in my ears, I couldn’t breathe! Melanie looked at me with complete understanding and breathed two magical words that would become forever intwined with my life. Jimmy Choo.

I couldn’t find any pictures of the pink slingbacks, but I’m sure you can feel the magic in these.

Girls all over the globe were having the same visceral reaction to Jimmy’s as I did. Within months of that evening you couldn’t open a magazine without seeing celebrities, models, and the divinely well heeled pictured in Jimmy’s. In fact in celebrity-land Jimmy Choo went hand in hand with breathing. BTW, these are not my thighs…

The quest for Jimmys became a fabulous obsession. Glossy magazine ads for his shoes were observed with reverence. Tamara Mellon (the genius behind the brand) made her way to the top of my “most admired” list. As Google caught its stride and opened up instant online gratification to the world, sites featuring Jimmys were at the top of my favorites list, and I found this new delicious way to erase a bad day – google Jimmys!

Aaahhh!

Every girl needs a goal, and I made a new pair of Jimmys my goal. (I may have forgotten to mention here that a pair of Jimmys costs somewhere between the monthly payment on a high end car, and a mortgage payment. But lets not get caught up in trivia…)

When I did eventually get my first pair of Jimmys they sat in their beautiful lavender box on my nightstand for a week. They were the first thing I’d see in the morning and the last thing I’d see at night. And it just so happened that I was nursing a broken heart at the time.

I’d be in the depths of sheer heartache misery, then I would open that lavender box, and the room would be filled with a pure white light, and the angels would sing.

And sisters, I had found the cure. Well, if not the actual cure, at least a beautiful distraction.

Even if a new pair of Jimmys is not in the budget, the stresses of life do tend to melt away as you walk through the doors of the Jimmy Choo store. I get an extra dose of happy just looking at pictures of them!

So next time your heart is in pieces, put down the comfort food and try making the pilgramage. If there’s no Jimmy Choo store in your town, and you dont have a Nordstrom, theres always our dear friend Google.

Remember ladies, you can’t choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose your shoes!

Love affairs come and go, love itself can be fleeting, but a pair of Jimmy Choos is forever!

I am just loving all over my new Drag Strip Girl Tshirt!

The cut is really fabulous, form fitting without being too snug, and the fabric is just gorgeous. Its all about quality and cool design.

I love it so much that I wore it on camera yesterday for a behind the scenes interview in a rockumentary that was shooting during the music video & photoshoot I was working on. (I’ll be writing about that one soon!)

Anytime I can combine racing and make up (especially when there’s great music involved), I’m a happy girl!

You can check these cool T’s out at http://www.dragstripgirldesigns.com/

Love it! Love it! Love it!

Time to talk about more of the products I love!

Back in the mid 90’s Make Up Forever sent me an assortment of products to play with and use on the various celebs who’s make up I was doing for the Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, DGAs etc. From that moment forward I fell in love with the line.

Make Up Forever is a professional make up line that isn’t available in too many places. It was one of the first lines to be designed by an artist for artists to use. The products have vastly more pigment than regular department store products, which translates into make up with staying power.

It photographs beautifully, and wears amazingly. I not only use it in my kit, but also have many of the products in my personal make up collection too.

Today I want to introduce you to a couple of indispensables that my kit would not be complete without.

First up, the Sculpting Kit.

This comes in a variety of shades, but I mostly use shade 2. The paler color is used to highlight, I mostly use it on the upper cheekbone, and the darker shade is to contour. It doesn’t go on heavily and it has a beautiful texture, so you can really blend and work it and not see it sitting on the surface of the skin.

In the 80’s contouring was a big deal, and was hideously overdone to the point where we shied away from it for a long time.

Now with this product you can safely go back to contouring, really bring up the bone structure and fabulous features, without anyone knowing.

I use this product on virtually everyone who gets in my make up chair. I love it on photoshoots as it lights like a dream, but I also use it for events and appearances where the client will be interacting with other people – you cant see it, just the gorgeous results.

Next up, I swear by Sens Eyes.

Both at home and in my kit this one is a must. It will dissolve and remove any make up, including really stubborn waterproof eye make up, and it doesn’t leave a slimy film on the skin, so you can reapply make up straight over it.
I use it on a Q tip to lift off stained red lipstick, or do any mini repairs that are needed.
As the label suggests, its super gentle, so even the most sensitive eyes and skin do brilliantly with it.
If you’re doing waterproof mascara this summer while you’re having fun in the sun/surf/pool etc, this is what you want to be removing it with.

If you want to get all the technical jargon, ingredients etc on these products (and some of it is really quite fascinating) check them out at http://www.makeupforever.com/

You can buy Make Up Forever at Sephora.
In NYC its worth making the trip to their studio store, where you’ll find a far more extensive range of products, especially on the pro side.
In LA I make my pilgramage to the incredible Nigel Emporium in North Hollywood, where movies and TV shows stock up on the good stuff, and check out their selection of Make Up Forever pro products.
In the Phoenix area the Skin & Make Up Institute carries Make Up Forever too.

Keep following this blog, and I will introduce you to many more products from this very fabulous line!

Have a gorgeous day…