Posts Tagged ‘Jeanine Guzman’

If I ever came home with a tattoo, I’m sure my parents would disown me. My folks have always strongly disliked the interesting art form that is tattoo design. And although I’ve pondered getting one (not sure what I would even get), I think for now I’ll just stick with a good old airbrush. They’re fun and fulfill the longing that some of us have for a real one. When I’m at the Jersey Shore boardwalk during the sunny summer months, I usually become tempted to get a little seahorse on my ankle or a random Chinese word on my back shoulder. Airbrush is definitely the way to go if you’re iffy about getting a permanent one (like me).

Temporary tattoos actually go back way further than many people think. People in Africa, the Middle East, and India have been using henna tattoos to decorate their hands, feet, and faces in celebration or in mourning for centuries. They were believed to increase beauty while making a personal statement. But, before you get henna, definitely find out what it means first! Each temporary henna tattoo design means something different to the people who traditionally used them. Since I can’t think of a tattoo design that would express who I am, I don’t think I’ll ever “get it just to get it”. Tattoos can definitely be meaningful if they’re representative of who you are or what you believe. My parents won’t be disowning me anytime soon for getting some ink, but I think the “tattoo taboo” mentality they have has got to change.

–Jeanine Guzman

Blake Mycoskie makes me want to become a better person. While on a trip to Argentina, this admirable entrepreneur visited impoverished children in villages where few had shoes. Mycoskie then had an epiphany: why not create a lightweight slip-on shoe with a breathable canvas top and leather insole for these children? Gee, sounds like an awesome idea. Although most people dream of changing the world in some significant way, Mycoskie actually put this thoughts to actions. He created a shoe company that would donate a pair of shoes to a child in need each time a pair was purchased.

And just like that, TOMS: Shoes for Tomorrow was born. Mycoskie never worked in fashion, but I gotta admit, TOMS are pretty freakin’ stylish. It’s no wonder why stores like Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, and Bloomingdale’s ordered about 41,000 pairs from TOMS spring and summer collections. The great thing about TOMS is not only do they provide a pair to a child in need, they’re a snug fit for your foot and perfect no matter where you are– beach, city, hiking, etc. These incredible shoes have the ability to prevent soil-transmitted diseases, which penetrate through bare skin, prevent the infection of cuts/sores, and in some cases, allow children to attend school. Please, I encourage you all to purchase a pair of TOMS if you haven’t already; they’re worth every penny.

— Jeanine Guzman

What girl doesn’t want a Tiffany ring or a Yurman cable bracelet? Jewelry is hard to resist, don’t even try to deny it. I’m all for splurging a little when it comes to finding a nice pair of pearl earrings or a leather wrap bracelet (American Eagle has so many nice ones!). Now you can give in to your love of jewelry, but also give back to a great cause. There’s no better feeling then rewarding yourself and others simultaneously. Since April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time for jewelry lovers to splurge on the new limited-edition line of vintage-inspired dog tags created by Michael J. Fox in collaboration with Polo Ralph Lauren. (more…)

It’s something to talk about when a curvy woman feels comfortable with her body on and off screen. In the words of Bonnie Raitt, let’s give em’ something to talk about. The beautiful and curvaceous Mad Men star, Christina Hendricks, has been giving people plenty to talk about for quite some time. Throughout her career, Hendricks’ weight has been an issue, but I’m unsure as to why. GOLLY GEE, there’s an actress in Hollywood who weighs more than 130lbs.– let’s call the police. People should be praising her for setting a good example for woman everywhere, not speculating her weight or questioning how she could possibly be happy weighing as much as she does. (more…)

Who said brides have to wear white?

Posted: April 10, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I’ve been a fan ever since her character Elle Woods taught the infamous bend and snap. Not only is Reese Witherspoon a delight to watch on the big screen, she’s a fashion icon for women around the world. As some of you may know, Ms. Witherspoon (or should I say Mrs. Toth) recently got married to her agent and beau Jim Toth at her California estate. The new bride shocked friends and family when she embraced her man in not a white, but PINK dress. The dress was a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown with a corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt. Reese wore Jimmy Choo’s “Macy” satin platform sandal to give her some extra height next to her rather tall husband-to-be.

The fact that Reese wore a pink wedding dress really got me thinking: why exactly do brides wear white? Apparently, the first woman to wear white on her wedding day was Queen Victoria when she married Albert of Saxe in 1840. Shortly after, it became a fashionable choice for women to wear white on their wedding day. Although the colors of wedding gowns vary today, white is still considered the most popular. A symbol of purity, happiness, joy, and virtue, white will always be the number one choice for a bride to be. Witherspoon shows us that opting out of the typical bride-in-white tradition, though, can be both flattering and refreshing. Kudos to her.

-Jeanine Guzman

Ever heard of I hadn’t until a week ago when a friend showed me the website. If you love designer fashion, but don’t exactly have a heavy income, run–do not walk– to the nearest computer and check it out. It’s the stuff girls dream about, literally. And there is a cute little story behind the creation of this phenomenon. It goes a little like this:

Once upon a time, two college students by the names of Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss met at Harvard Business School where they became best friends. One day Jennifer Hyman’s sister, Becky, became frustrated over having nothing to wear for an upcoming wedding. As Jennifer watched her sister fret, the idea for RenttheRunway was born. Jennifer wanted to give every girl with a modest budget access to a designer dress. Jennifer1 informed Jennifer2 of the idea and the two began to create the company and meet with top designers and retailers. One brilliant idea turned into a reality and now RenttheRunway has girls all over the country swooning over designer dresses. The site even has accessories, gives you a free backup size free with rental, and allows you to return your dress for free with a pre-paid envelope. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that.

-Jeanine Guzman

Since when did Botox become the new Advil? It’s one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures today and is even more popular than breast enhancement. Especially in cities like LA and NYC, Botox is the equivalent to getting a pedicure for the American elite. In the search for a youthful and wrinkle free face, middle-aged women are spending big bucks for treatment. While a surgeon may pay up to $450 for a vial of Botox, you will likely be charged up to $200-300 for each injected area. Keep in mind — you have to dish out the dough every 6 months to maintain results. Geez, talk about the price of beauty.

Sadly, women are starting to get these injections at a younger age, although it seems completely unnecessary. Here’s what I don’t get: if aging is a natural and normal part of life, why try to go against Mother Nature? There are simple ways to reduce wrinkles/aging that don’t include injecting yourself with chemicals. Here are three of my tips:

1.  Always apply sunblock.

2.  Don’t go to tanning salons.

3.  Use anti-wrinkle creams.

My mother has beautiful skin and looks way younger than she actually is. And I’ll tell you a secret: she’s never had needles stuck in her face. Take care of your skin and the thought of ever getting Botox will fade away, you know, like the money Botox users spend.

— Jeanine Guzman

Ring Finger/Thumb Shimmer

Posted: March 28, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Lately I’ve been noticing that many celebs and gals around campus are painting their ring finger or thumb nail a different color from the rest. I read an article in Cosmo about this interesting nail trend, so I embarked on a mission to find the meaning behind this (That’s…if there is one). Apparently, these added nail embellishments are gaining popularity pretty quickly in cities like New York, Miami, and London. The purpose of painting your thumb a different color from the rest is referred to as “Blackberry Bling” because avid texters want to show off their super cool thumbs. Kinda ridiculous, I know. “Blackberry Bling” truly speaks about our culture right now. Whether you’re a generation x or millennial, your thumbs are probably always on the go.

Of course, I had to test the waters myself, so my nails are currently polished in Essie’s Luxedo (deep plum) and my one ring finger in Essie’s Shift Power (gold). I can’t say that having my ring finger painted a different color really perks up my manicure. Hmm…..maybe if I bedazzled it?

—Jeanine Guzman

Ever wonder which sunglasses shape is perfect for your face? Never fear; you’re not alone. Our hunt for the perfect pair is always trifold; we look for style, fit and protection from the sun. But with so many different styles and shades, it may be hard to find sunglasses that fit your face–and style–the best. Here it is: What Fits Yo’ Face 101

1.Oval and round frames or butterfly glasses fit angular faces with strong jaw lines, broad foreheads, and square chins.

2.If you have an oval face, you’re in luck because many shapes will fit your face frame.

3. An oblong face, which is a narrow shape that is longer than it is wide, works best with tall frames or broad glasses with a temple that creates width.

4. Round faces require angular and geometric frames while heart shaped faces match well with narrow, round frames that soften your forehead.

Whatever face shape you have, there is a style that is just right for you. The next step in finding your perfect pair is choosing from a brand that strikes your fancy. Ray Bans are stylish, classy, and always in style. From original wayfarers to aviators, Ray Bans are the best selling eyewear brand in the world. However, they can be a bit pricey. If you’re running low on dough, I suggest getting a pair from a clothing store you already frequent. I bought my aviators at Urban Outfitters for about $15 bucks. They may not be name brand, but they definitely give me the style + protection combo I look for in a kickasss pair of shades.

—Jeanine Guzman

And by David I mean David Yurman of course. David Yurman designs are undoubtedly some of the best around. Yurman jewelry even lets men join in on the fun by allowing them to choose from accessories such as cuff links, rings, money clips and key chains. The jewelry is crafted with the utmost taste and can be made from sterling silver or 18-karat gold. For women, the possibilities are endless, with choices ranging from necklaces and earrings to rings and pendants. These pieces are available in sterling silver, stainless steel, silver and gold, or 18-karat gold. Sounds like (jewelry-laden) heaven to me.

I’m sure you’ve seen the famous cable bracelet that comes in a variety of styles including blue topaz, pearl & diamond, or silver ice. These bracelets are absolutely gorgeous and a huge trend right now. I know what you’re probably thinking…this girl must be crazy to think I’d spend $1,000 or more for a bracelet. Listen, just because you love designer labels, doesn’t mean you have to pay designer prices. Over spring break I got a Yurman knockoff on Canal St. in NYC. And guess what, it looks pretty damn real. Moral of the story: When you don’t have the money, go for a knockoff. It definitely satisfies the Yurman yearning.

-Jeanine Guzman