Halle Berry is how old?

They say black don't crack and Halle Berry is proving that she's the pyrex of pretty! Miss Halle turned 49 this week and she looks better than ever! 

halleberry

She's married to a hot French man, just had a son and is on one of my favorite tv shows, Extant on CBS also known as Halle Berry Space Baby Show to DeeTalers. 

Extant


Say what you want about her personal life, she seems healthy and happy and I'm trying to know all her secrets. It can't be Revlon alone. How Halle? HOW?

Be sure to check out our Halle Berry segment on the How Sway episode of DeeTales Podcast and join us as we live tweet Extant on Wednesday night! Follow me @mydeetales



Dressing Room Project: Carrie On :)

For the last few weeks I've been obsessed with turning my junk room into a chic and stylish dressing room like Carrie Bradshaw's in Sex & the City.










Pretty kick ass right? Well, here is my closet....






A hot mess!





So now I'm dedicating the next month to transforming the junk room into a dressing room! A place where I can try on my clothes, apply make up, display my accessories and listen to music without disturbing up my resting place.

One of the benefits of being single and a homeowner, (yep, contrary to what society wants you to believe, they do exist!) I have extra room and total say-so on what those rooms will be used for. I have a den, a guest room, home office and now I'll have my very own dressing room. Oh you fancy huh? :)

It won't be easy but I'm already making progress. Here are some before shots.

Old IKEA couch

 Entertainment center with TV/DVR..I really want to keep the DVR and TV but the unit isn't doing much for the room....
 More junk...pilates machine and clothes baskets. I need to utilize that wire storage unit. Right now it just has socks and mittens in it.
 Sweaters, and junk all over the place (and yes I'm watching the Hangover)


So there it is, my inspiration and my current situation. I'm going to chronicle the process here on Dee-tales. I know it won't be easy but I'm determined to make this room work and for under $200.  I'll be back tomorrow with more updates. Wish me luck!

















You Oughta Know: Armoire Boutique New Orleans

Hello my lovies!


I'm just getting home from an amazing visit with my lovely line sisters in New Orleans. It was my first time there and it was more than I ever thought it would be! The food, the people, the fashion, I'm in love with NOLA.

I was overwhelmed by all of the interesting shops and boutiques, and especially shocked when I saw the price tags on some of the items (handbags or $698, shoes for $500.)When balling on a budget, some find it challenging to look good and avoid looking like you just raided the clearance rack at that god-awful mall store Rave.

Luckily I found a shop that is not only affordable, it is fashionable, they have clothes sized from 0-20, AND the staff is amazing. The shop is called Armoire on Magazine Street. Now before you get all twisted and upset because you don't live in New Orleans, don't sweat it, you can shop online!



Dresses, tops, jewelry, handbags, they have it all! I didn't see anything in there over $100 and trust me, they have a lot.





How cute is this shop? Again, great prices and great customer service. We've all had those "Pretty Woman" shopping experiences, when you walk in and the staff looks at you like you don't belong, but not at Armoire. The ladies, (and gent) couldn't have been friendlier.



If you're ever in New Orleans, you must go by Armoire located on 4222A Magazine St.
Visit their site armoireboutique.com and be sure to friend them on Facebook.
























I Never Thought I Would Say This....

I am obsessed with a piece of jewelry. Yes, me the girl who buys earrings for $1.50 at Forever 21. The girl who would choose a 55 inch HDTV over an engagement ring. The girl who would rather wear a  Keroppi watch from a Happy Meal instead of shiny timepiece. Yes my friends I want some bling in my life and it can be found at Tiffany and Company.







When I tell you I don't know anything about jewelry, please believe me. I couldn't tell you what a carat looks like or what it is worth, but I know where to get the best carrot cake in North Carolina (I'll save that for another post.) I do know I love the look of this necklace. This is totally my style, and even though I don't buy jewelry over $20, I'm tempted to treat myself this Valentine's Day.




Now before you think I've lost my mind adding something like this to my wish list, let me tell you this is pendant is under $250 a steal if you ask me. And because the price is right, you can afford to get some additional Tiffany inspired goodies! Check them out below:


 

Do you splurge on jewelry? What are some items on your wish list?
Until next time,
Deidre







Hu's In The House


I won’t even attempt to be “fair and balanced” with this post. I love, love, love all things related to First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s brilliant, accomplished, has a beautiful family, is in phenomenal shape, and has impeccable taste. Not since Jackie Kennedy have we seen a First Lady with unique and contemporary fashion sense like Michelle Obama.



At the State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, Mrs. Obama was stunning in a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The dress was a rich red which represents courage, loyalty, honor, success, and fortune in Chinese culture.










Guests included politicians, Hollywood A-listers, and prominent Chinese-Americans.





Usually a guest chef is brought in to cook for State dinners, but Chinese delegation requested a “quintessentially American” menu and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford delivered. 



The Menu:

D'Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, black walnuts and white balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster, Orange glaze carrots and black trumpet mushrooms
wine--Dumul Chardonnay "Russian River" 2008
Lemon sorbet
Dry aged rib eye with buttermilk crisp onions
Double stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach
wine--Quilceda Creek Cabernet "Columbia Valley" 2005
Old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream
wine-- Poet's Leap Riesling "botrytis" 2008


What do you think of the First Lady's dress?  Who is your pick for the most stylish First Lady?

2011 Golden Globes Recap

I apologize for being late with my Golden Globes recap. The broadcast was pretty uneventful, no major moments, no performances, and no remarkable speeches or upsets. So let's get to the important stuff, the fashion! The good, the men, and the "what the what?' Let's do this!




My pick for best dressed goes to Eva Longoria. I love this dress because I think it is flattering on almost any shape. I adore the cap sleeves, the deep v-neckline, and the classic black dress on the red carpet. Extra credit for the neat up do and minimal jewelry.


Ahh Claire Danes, always classy and so pretty in pink! Again I am a fan of the simple classic look at an awards show. Less is more. In 30 years we will look back on this dress and it will still be considered a stunning look.


Claire picked up a Golden Globe for her role as Temple Grandin produced by HBO.



Glee's Leah Michele in a lovely pink gown. I like everything about this look except the hair. A neater do would have made the dress the focal point. Either do a bold dress with a simple do, or a bold do with a simple dress. Doing both takes away from the overall look.




                              Mila Kunis...nuff said. Perfect, hair, perfect dress. Perfect 10




Glee's Diana Agron




  Halle Berry








Modern Family's Sofia Vergara




Vanessa Williams (how hot is she?)


Glee's Amber Riley





Kelly Osbourne & Julia Stiles


Catherine Zeta-Jones


And now the bad.....
Helena Bonham Carter



Sandra Bullock, bad hair, bad dress. It pains me to put her on this list

Anne Hathaway looks like she took a ride on a disco stick



Seal and Heidi Klum, why?
 Tina Fey
To quote the old man from Coming to America "What is that? Velvet?"



From Mad Men: January Jones and Christina Hendricks. Jones looks too severe, and Hendricks looks cartoon-ish.

And the worst dressed woman at the Golden Globes....



Gabourey Sidibe


Now ladies (and some gents, I don't judge) get ready for some eye candy!






The hotness that is Brad Pitt




Zac Efron aka My Heart



Robert Downey Jr.




Joseph Gordon-Levitt






Matthew Morrison




Jimmy Fallon
L.L. Cool J

I had to save the best for last.....

Blair Underwood aka Sir Chocolate


You know why I like Blair? He's handsome, talented, and seems to be a loyal hubby and father. Nothing hotter than a responsible man in my book!

If you actually care about the awards, check out the list winners and nominees here.































American Music Awards Fashion Recap

The times are a changing because I totally forgot about the American Music Awards last night. I think I was too busy recovering from the Harry Potter awesomeness. I tuned in just in time to hear Katy Perry struggle through that Firework song. Has anyone noticed her little on stage trick? No not the one where she distracts her audience from her "singing" voice with something exploding from her bra (in the past she's used confetti and whipped cream.) I'm referring to her use of "uh oh uh" as an excuse not to hold a note and crack on live TV.






Word on the street, I mean the BACKstreets (hee hee) is the best part of the show was the New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys medley at the end of the night. Thankfully someone posted their performance on Youtube so I was able to get my groove on during the commercial breaks at work.


I don't know why I decided to skip the awards all together (I didn't even DVR it.) Maybe because these shows have become so predictable. Bad clothes, bad singing, movie/album plugs and the night ends with Taylor Swift singing a song about a dude who done did her wrong.


No matter what I think of the awards show, I can't let a chance to review the red carpet frocks pass me by so here we go!


The Good


I loved this dress on Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. I thought it was fun and flirty and I'm loving the blue and black from head to toe. It doesn't hurt that her body is amazing and she looks fit and healthy but still has some lovely lady lumps.



Jada Pinkett Smith looks like a goddess in her custom made Pucci dress. Her skin is flawless and the color of the dress compliments her  beautiful skin tone.



I prefer Tay-Tay's straight hair and short dress over the big curly hair and poofy dresses she usually wears.




For the first time in a long time Katy Perry looks like a lady! To quote Swizz Beatz, "Nails done, hair done, everything did."




It pains me to admit it but even Miley Cyrus couldn't mess up this look. She managed to mix the sexy with classy and the old school train works with the modern look of the dress.


The Bad


Christina Milian is one of the most beautiful women in the industry but she continues to wear fugly clothes! She needs a new stylist and agent because she deserves better.





This reminds me of those old curtains your Grandma would have in the living room straight from the JC Penny catalog. Mandy Moore, I know you're married to Ryan Adams, a serious indie artist and I love him and his moody melodies, but please remember your outfits don't have to match his music


Gavin did you even shower?

 As crazy as this is, trust me it is an upgrade for Ke$ha



?????

And the Bieber












Isn't he dreamy?



Well there you have it. My AMA fashion review. Who are your picks for best and worst dressed?

Beautiful B.B.





Let's face it, I have some pretty awesome friends. Seriously, my friends rock my face off. One of my newest friends is Brie Reeder. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, she's also as sweet as can be. Brie is an accomplished esthetician, make up artist, model, and has even done some film work.


I met Brie and her husband Michael a few months ago at an event for a non-profit and we hit it off instantly. After a few exchanges via texts, and Facebook, we finally got together at their home where Brie did my make up for my True Blood event last month.





Brie used an air brush technique on my skin that made my foundation last all day, and it looked so even and smooth! It didn't even feel like I had make up on my face. 
















Here is the completed look (excuse the hair)








I am a little conservative when it comes to my make up. I wanted a natural look, and I got exactly what I wanted. Smooth, polished, and classy.








Here are some other examples of her work










Here is a make up tutorial she's posted for Iman Cosmetic's Leather and contest, yep she uses all kinds of make up, for all skin tones :)





For more info on my friend Brie, please check out her site Makeup By B.B., and follow her on TwitterFacebook! She's always willing to give tips and reviews of the best products out there.