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Publisher’s Note

April 2014


ince the first day of Spring until now, we’ve had so many questions for this new season. What are going to be the biggest trends for fashion? What colors are “in” for make-up and beauty? What do we wear for Coachella? And how, oh how, are we ever going to get that model body we’ve been craving since last summer? Well the Naluda team has been working hard, and we’ve got all of your answers in this “Guide To Spring” issue. We busted gorgeous Susan Holmes McKagan’s secret on how she balances a modeling career, designing her own line, and being a compassionate mother to her two children. We also caught up with the beautiful Marta Krupa and her keys to success on modeling and dating race car driver Marco Andretti. Next, we’ve hand-picked your outfits for Coachella whether you like to bare it all and look stylishly sexy, or you’re more of a dress-wearing saddle-bag kind of gal. Staying in Indio but not going to Coachella? You won’t be bored for a second with shopping boutiques galore. Even if you’re not in it for the shops, let your inner thrill-seeking self explore mini-golfing, brunch spots, and desert jeep safaris. Check in with Dara Sandrini for answers on how to maintain that summer body in only eight weeks (not that we haven’t been working out all year, right ladies?). Say hello to your favorite make-up products for spring that will make your face glow ravishingly. Catch up on your weekly dose of fashion designers with highlights from Style Fashion Week LA including Michael Costello, Andre Soriano, and more. We’ve got the best tips on spring cleaning for your wardrobe, eating a balanced diet for your health, and obtaining your best looks this month. So we’re officially saying goodbye to Winter——Hellooo, Spring! We’ve been waiting for you. With love, The Naluda team!!

She’s a mother of two, a gorgeous model & a high-end designer.

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Coachella fashion, travel &

8 weeks & 3 simple steps for Bikini Season



Fashion 101

Building your closet from ground up Staying Fashionable this Spring

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5 products to make your eyes, lips, face,nails...

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Style Fashion Week Round-up

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Make-Up trends for Spring 2014

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A women’s guide to feeling vibrant, light & ...

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o it’s spring time in California, and our wardrobes are in serious need of an update. In So Cal, you never quite know what to wear during the spring months of April and May. One day it could be cold and breezy outside, the next--it’s perfect beach weather. It’s confusing for all of us, and all we really want at the end of the day is to enjoy the the sun and look cute doing it. While it is spring time, of course we’re in for a lot of summer dresses, skirts, and overall anything that’s going to show off our luscious legs (hey, we’ve been working hard--spending hours and hours at the tanning salon for those legs). While florals are so overdone for spring, I encourage you to reach out of your comfort zone and try something new and exciting. We’re tired of neon colors: cyber yellow, persian green, and munsell blue. Bring on the hot pinks, the daring reds, the tangerine oranges (after all, orange is the new black-thanks, Netflix). From head to toe, recreate your best version of yourself this spring. Mix it up and wear pumps instead of flats. Trade in your high-waisted skirts for boyfriend jeans. Wear sparkles and glitters on your nails instead of that muted shade of nude that you’ve been sporting all year. Spring is unlike any other season because it symbolizes change. If you’ve been waiting for a time to update your wardrobe and you missed New Year’s, here’s your second chance. So embrace your fearless inner diva and shine on, girl. This is your season. Put on those stunner shades and high heels and strut down the street like you own the place. Say hi to a stranger, and maybe smell those roses you pass by every morning on your way to work. Spring is ready for you, girl.

Are you ready?

By Sara Ehlers


beauty By Sara Ehlers


o make your face pop and have that desirable glow, you need to start with the basics: primer and powder. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer is an oil-free formula that protects your skin’s surface. After moisturizing, squeeze a small portion of this primer on your hand and gently rub it into your skin. After this process, apply your foundation. Use MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder on top of your foundation for a smooth, matte finish. You’ll be glowing like a natural beauty in no time.


he key to making your eyes pop is no secret. Although the act of applying mascara is a treacherous and dangerous task (it gets everywhere!), we rough it out every day because it’s worth it. If you don’t have time to do your eye shadow, or if you just feel like adding a little extra “umph” to your everyday look, apply this Smoky Extravagant Mascara from MAKE UP FOR EVER. The brush is designed to give you luscious volume and create a dramatic black on your lashes. Go ahead girl, bat those pretty lashes.


here’s nothing that makes a woman feel quite as glamorous as having beautiful, show-stopping nails. Pick your favorite color, and then add some glimmer shine on it. If you’re feeling extra daring, wear Fomula X Superwatts Nail Polish available at Sephora. It comes in green, red, blue, orange, and black—so whichever mood you’re feeling, Sephora has a fit. With glam on your nails, you can let your inner diva shine.

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hat better way to make your lips stand out than with a little magenta red color? This sleek lipstick from Marc Jacobs will keep your lips shiny and hydrated. Red lipstick is “in” for spring, but why not mix it up a little with a softer mix of red and pink? Its smooth texture makes it perfect for all-day wear. No more reapplying every five minutes, say hello to your new favorite lipstick.


By Sara Ehlers


e’ve got highlights of the beautiful R. Michel’le collection, Michelle Costello’s stunning pieces, Andre Soriano’s elegant gowns, and Walter Mendez’s luxurious designs.

Ladies first: Lovely Rachel Broussard designed wearable girly clothing for R. Michel’le the label at L.A. Live on Monday night. The brand complements the modern chic woman, and has an overall flirty feel. Broussard took daring risks with her designs by paring different textures and bold colors. She mixed fuzzy sweaters with leather pencil skirts and bright yellow with deep purple. She paired white mesh tops with metallic silver pants. In this respect, Broussard made things go together that normally don’t make sense—but it worked. At the end of the show, Broussard came out wearing a cute one-piece white dress. The outfit was very sweet, simple, and to the point. It illuminated all the same effects of her clothing line: fun, flirty, and chic.

Next up, the Walter Collection:


Walter Mendez showed class and elegance in his designs at Style Fashion Week. Combining luxury with majestic, Mendez created flawless pieces with vibrant embellishments. His intricate bedazzles on the pieces added glamour to the gowns. These dresses were tight fitting around the chest and waist area, which created a flattering silhouette. Below the torso area, some of his dresses were made with sheer fabrics that flowed gracefully. In this collection, his use of nude colors was definitely his trademark. Because of these matte nudes, the blue, red, and gold parts of his gowns stood out even more vibrantly. This young designer came out in a suit and purple bowtie at the end of his show. With such fresh talent, it’s clear that Mendez is here to stay in the fashion world.

Presenting… the dramatic, fierce, the one and only, Andre Soriano: With a film to kick off Soriano’s show, the crowd was ready to see what fabulous designs awaited their eyes. The theme of Oscar winning ball gowns was apparent in every way. In the beginning film, a model wore a gold floor-length gown with a gorgeous lace low-V cut in the front. Her gown was seductive and intriguing, which was a great start to Soriano’s show. As models made their way down the runway, clips from past Oscar winning announcements played through the speakers. These elaborate designs were anything but boring. This dresses were refined and chic with just a slight edge. He used many luxurious fabrics, several different designs, and each dress was fiercer than the last. Soriano ended his collection with a bang with a showstealing piece: a black ball gown with a mix of various intricate fabrics. The crowd gave Soriano a standing ovation. Soriano always catches us by surprise, and after that impressive show at L.A. Live, we can’t wait to see what’s next.

Last, and certainly not least: Michael Costello and MT Costello Michael Costello graced Style Fashion Week with two gorgeous lines: his own personal line and his collaboration with Stephanie Costello (MT Costello). The gowns reflected in MT Costello were edgy with feminine touches. These exquisite couture gowns were absolutely lovely to see on the runway. After MT Costello, Michael showcased his own collection. He grabs inspiration for his designs from all over the world. As a designer who has had pieces worn by Beyoncé, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie, it’s clear that Michael has a huge future in designing. His runway collection was memorable due to his distinctive textures and stunning designs. At the end of his show, he received a standing ovation. He rocked Style Fashion Week with his talented designs and he’s sure to continue amazing us in the future.


Photography: Daniel Zahoul (NaludaMagazine) Stylist: Priscilla Colwell (Novecento Boutique) MUA: Missy Garland Location: Novecento Boutique




What first sparked your interest in modeling? I never thought I would pursue modeling because I was a bit of a tomboy growing up. Once I lost all the baby fat and braces and began developing into a woman, people kept asking if I was a model. I decided to give it a shot and my sister had been modeling since she was 13, so I figured she would be a good person to ask for modeling advice.  You are currently dating Marco Andretti, what’s it like dating a racer? Yes I’ve known him since 2008. We were friends before we started dating. I tend to stress out a lot during the season because racing is a dangerous sport. All that matters to me is that he’s happy and safe.    How does it feel being known as a power couple? Haha, I didn’t know we’re known as a power couple. That’s flattering!   How did you start in the modeling industry? I started in Los Angeles, California. My sister and I thought it was a good idea to start doing photo shoots together and once people knew she had a younger sister that’s when the opportunities were unfolding. I’ve been on a few magazine covers in Poland, Germany, Australia, South Africa and San Francisco’s Bay Fashion Magazine. Inside LA direct magazine and 944.    Was there any shoot that you’re particularly proud of, or any shoot that has been your favorite so far? I think my favorite shoot was for Viva Magazine in Poland. It was a 1940’s kind of look. I love that look, especially the hair and makeup. I’m such an old soul and wish I could experience being back in that time.   What’s your favorite part of modeling?

What advice would you give to other couples where both people have very busy schedules? Be patient, understanding and supportive.    Is it hard for you both to be supportive of each other, since you both have very busy lives of your own? Not at all, we have a great balance. I want to be there for him as much as possible during the race season, so I like to block my schedule to travel with him and support him. It’s only 6 months out of the year, but I still manage to get my things done within the season.   What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far? I was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in Poland. To dance live in front of millions of people was so overwhelming but it was the best experience ever. I think that was the most rewarding thing for me since I can share it with my kids one day.   How would you describe your fashion style? I like to keep it classy and conservative. If I’m wearing a sexy dress, I’ll still keep it classy. I don’t like too much hanging out --that’s not really me. Don’t dress less to impress.  Dress in what makes YOU feel confident.  I also like to bargain shop; I’m not a name brand type of girl either.  What is a must have in your wardrobe? Jeggings.   What is a beauty essential in your handbag? Mascara and bronzer.    Do you ever worry about your boyfriend, Marco Andretti, when he races?

Getting your hair and makeup done. It’s nice to wake up and not have to worry about doing it.    What is one of the more stressful parts about modeling?

Always. I try to stay calm and positive though. I pray a lot before and during the races.    What’s an average day-in-the-life for Marta Krupa?

Keeping in shape and not eating what you want but I do have plenty of cheat days! I just love food. Dieting is no fun.   Who was the most charming celebrity you ever met or worked with?

Spending time with our dogs, hot yoga, juicing, cooking and watching Apple TV with our friends. I also love to garden when it’s nice out and play basketball with the boys. 

I absolutely adore Kelly Osborne. I think she’s so real and down to earth. She’s such a sweetheart. So far all the celebrities I have met or hung out with have been really cool. I could never hang out with people that are stuck up or think they are better than others. 


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aked in the hot su n of Indio, millions of people gather to en joy the Coachella fe stival in all its glory. If you’re going to spen d three days out in the blazing heat, yo might as well look cu u te doing it. There ar e so many fun looks you can tr y at Coachella. Ther e’s the hippie-look where you can wear flowers in your hair and a nice dress wi th sandals. There’s also the more tom-boyish loo k where you can we ar a pair of chucks, shorts, an d a plain t-shirt. At Co achella, there is a freedom of style and fashion th at comes alive. Someone wise once said, “Style is knowing who you are, what yo u want, and not carin g about what anyone thinks about you.” The beauty of Coac hella fashion is that everyone has their own style and unique look. Al though there are popular tr ends such as flowe r cr owns and lace-up boots, th ere are new looks em erging every year. Ultimat ely, the goal at Coac hella is to have fun and enjoy yo urself. Whatever you decid e to wear, make su re you’re comfortable, and yo u’ll have a blast no matter what.


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f nothing else, the absolute essential item you’ll need for your 3-day vacation in Indio is The Coachella Bag by Sandast. This bag encompasses everything that IS Coachella. Let’s first acknowledge how cute this bag is. It’s vintage. Let that sink in for a minute. A chic vintage bag at Coachella? If the point of dressing well at Coachella isn’t to look like an upper class hippie, then we don’t know what is. This bag’s got a bohemian twist with luxury leather that will bring you all the way back to the Woodstock era of our parents’ generation. Created with the intent to be functional, this little bag can carry everything you’ll need at Coachella. Stick your favorite lipstick and makeup powder in that bag, along with Chapstick that you’ll desperately need in the desert sun, and you’ll still have plenty of room for your phone and wallet. Also, this bag is meant for over the shoulder wear, so it’s comfy and won’t be overbearing on you. Since this bag is on the smaller size, it’s conveniently light-weight for your adventures. And hey, if you like to pack a little heavier, it’s available in a bigger size (we know, your sunscreen, hairspray, and travel diary are Coachella essentials, too). Made in downtown Los Angeles, this leather beauty is handcrafted to perfection. It’s petite, it’s boho, it’s chic. It’s everything you want packed into one adorable handbag. Make it yours, and thank yourself later.



alling all festivalgoers! There are plenty of cool things for you to do other than dancing your socks off at Coachella Valley Music Festival, says CHARLOTTE SULLIVAN. We’ve hand-selected attractions around Indio and Palm Springs that you’ll love.

Desert Jeep Safaris Take a three-hour Wild and Living Desert Safari with Desert Adventures Eco-Tours ( The 4x4 adventure which sets off from Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant in Palm Desert takes you into the beating heart of the San Andreas Fault. Other worldly landscapes will greet you as you enjoy a guided walk of this natural oasis with an expert naturalist guide. Tour the Cahuilla Indian Village exhibit and marvel at the rainbow colours that envelope the Indio Hills as the sun sets. $135pp

Wet And Wild Palm Springs Water Slide Park Enjoy water slides and more at this watery playground. Choose from more than 15 water rides and attractions set within this 21acre park ( There are water slides, a wave pool, and fun-packed water playhouse. Feeling adventurous? Then how about a ride on the Pacific Spin? It’s multi-person raft ride including a 75ft drop! Visiting with a group? Then book a private cabana where you sit back and relax and enjoy a private food service. General admission: $36.99 per adult $26.99 per child.


Golf If you like to unleash your clubs on the fairway, then Indio ( is one of THE best places to play golf. There are 15 golf courses to choose from, such as The Plantation Club, which is regarded as one of the best. Scenic Greens and Fairways make the most of the mountain and desert-scape. Even a non-golfer would enjoy being caddy for the day just to soak up the scenery. You can also tackle one of the longest Par3 courses in the country, ranging from 120 to 240 yards at Indio’s Municipal Golf Course. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Climb aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar ( and experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Depart on a 10-minute ride at the 2,643 ft. Valley Station and rise to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft. Discover over 54 miles of hiking trails through a pristine wilderness when you reach the top.

Shopping in Palm Desert Less is more at Coachella, but you can shop till you drop in galleries and dazzling jewelry gallerias nearby in Palm Desert ( Palm Desert shopping offers something for every style and every budget. You have to visit El Paseo, which is the “Rodeo Drive” of the Desert. Head to Westfield and experience the largest enclosed shopping mall around with more than 150 stores for every budget and taste. The Grotto Day Spa at Two Bunch Palms This desert oasis will both relax and rejuvenate you ( Enjoy various spa therapies such as massages, facials and two thermal mineral water pools renowned for their therapeutic properties that will guarantee you a transformative experience.   Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert Soak up the culture of this fascinating area of the U.S. at The Art Museum ( It currently has 28 galleries and an extensive collection of 20th-century California art. The collection includes modernist and contemporary painting and sculpture, Western American art, Native American and Mesoamerican art and artifacts, contemporary studio glass art, photography, modern architecture and design. Boutique Modern Stores in the Up-

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town Design District

Explore the “hippest half-mile” of Palm Springs, running along North Palm Canyon Drive between Alejo Road and Vista Chino Drive. This burgeoning retail corridor is the epicenter of Palm Springs’ mid-century modern mystique, boasting more than two dozen antique, nouveau retro galleries and boutiques. These hip shops are housed in pedigree mid-century buildings. Visit Modern Way, SHAG, House 849, Trina Turk, a la Mod, Design Within Reach etc. Backstreet Art District

Discover the Backstreet Art District: one of the coolest, hippest art destinations in the desert located between Cherokee Way and S. Palm Canyon Drive (
Stroll through a dozen artist-owned galleries and working studios featuring exciting collections of original, eclectic art by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The contemporary art includes paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and ceramics. Rich & Famous Tour with Best of the Best Tours

Travel through the beautiful city of Palm Springs and learn history and facts about the playground of the stars ( An entertaining guide will drive through the famous neighborhood of Las Palmas, regale you with stories, and play a fun and often hilarious game of “Guess The Stars’ Homes”. This area is comprised of all custom homes and boasts an amazing collection of fascinating architecture including the popular mid-century modern homes. The Walk of Stars

Over 300 stars can be found along the sidewalks of Palm Canyon Drive (similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame) including legendary icons such as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. There are also some nice cafés and boutique shops lining Palm Canyon Drive. Moonlight Hike

Launched in 2012, Trail Discovery, a desert safari outdoor guide service, offers an unforgettable evening tour under a moonlight sky: the Full Moon Hike ( This memorable walk journeys to a spectacular area in the foothills of Palm Springs, where visitors can enjoy the moonrise and panoramic views of the valley and city lights. Villagefest

Spend an hour touring this colourful free outdoor street festival ( in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive, which runs every Thursday evening. Browse more than 200 stalls offering beautiful art, handcrafted items and unique food.


Ace Hotel & Swim Club

The Ace Hotel & Swim club is a quirky 180-room property, housed in a former 1960’s Howard Johnson mid-century modern motel. The hotel’s 180 rooms are decked out with eclectic 1950’s vintage furniture while the grounds have been transformed into a garden of mature palms and olive trees with outdoor fireplaces. (

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

A new Hard Rock hotel opened in Palm Springs in October 2013, bringing the legendary Hard Rock vibe to this Californian city famed for its celebrity appeal. The glitzy property houses 163 stylish rooms and offers a VIP Rock Star Suite, a full-service Rock Spa, Body Rock workout facility, Rock Shop featuring the brand’s iconic merchandise, as well as an open-kitchen restaurant, stylish lobby bar and outdoor pool with hot tub, poolside cabanas and blazing fire pit. (

Riviera Resort & Spa

Located on 24 prime acres at the base of the spectacular San Jacinto Mountains, the Riviera Palm Springs captures the essence of its ‘60s legacy – emanating the glitz and über-cool attitude of mid-century Palm Springs. (



Photography: Daniel Zahoul (NaludaMagazine) Stylist: Priscilla Colwell (Novecento Boutique) MUA: Allison Burns Hair Stylist: Johnny Stuntz Location: Studio X


What first sparked your interest in design for your swimwear collection? I always had a passion for fashion; I was even the President of my sewing club in high school. I always kept swimwear design in the back of my head (growing up on the beaches of San Diego probably didn’t hurt either). While modeling and doing fittings for such stellar designers like Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, it would be a sin to not be inspired to continue to pursue my dream of designing swim and resort wear. You have a huge number of fans due to your modeling career, how would you describe your fans? I’m very blessed. I honestly have some of the nicest fans! They are very diverse too; they come from all different ethnicities, cultures, genders and age groups. They are so sweet. My fans will often send me drawings or portraits of me with a request for an autograph or an important question they have for me regarding modeling or fashion. They are very kind and make me feel so smart and important. You are also very busy, what’s it like to juggle being a mom and maintaining your own business? I’m not going to sugar coat this, it requires a lot of discipline and organization with your time. Whether I’m writing my next Huffington Post column, cooking dinner for my family, or gathering swimsuit orders from around the globe from my online shop, I thrive on structure and a definitive schedule to carry me proficiently through the day. You are married to Duff McKagan; what’s it like being married to a music legend? It’s quite fantastic! I find I am constantly proud of him. He recently released his own book “It’s So Easy and Other Lies” on Simon & Schuster and it was an instant NY Times Bestseller! He’s a ridiculously talented musician, playing almost every instrument and he sings. He formed not one, but TWO insanely ferocious bands (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver). Most importantly, Duff is a loving and committed father, best friend, and husband. Is it hard for you both to be supportive of each other, since you both have very busy lives of your own? We make the time–you absolutely have to. My motto is always “family first.” How does it feel being known as a power couple of the celebrity world? Spectacular! We have both worked arduously to get to where we are at this point in our lives. I say embrace it, and be thankful to see the fruition of love and care pay off. Also, it’s a fantastic platform to give back and to help various charities we admire. We support PETA’s “Ink Not Mink” campaign, The Surfrider Foundation and The Red Cross, etc.



Swimwear: Susan Holmes Swimwear Necklace: Kitson Accessories: Novecento Boutique

San Diego, CA Favorite food: Lobster and pretty much all seafood Favorite song: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses All time favorite movies: “The Notebook” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” Favorite phrase: “Work hard and be nice to people.”


How did you start in the modeling industry? I was seventeen and eating in a restaurant in NYC with my mom. Famous fashion photographer Marco Glaviano was eating with Jodie Foster at the table right next to us. He asked if I was a model, if I had an agent, and to go see Eileen Ford first thing if not. That definitely gave me a boost of confidence to further pursue modeling after I completed high school. How do you think modeling has shaped your view on fashion and design? It was probably the greatest behind the scenes education I could have asked for. I had an insider’s look at how a collection was made from a drawing to the finished product on the runway. When did modeling fame really start happening for you? Was there any particular shoot that gained a lot of popularity? I would say it was my consistent editorial features and covers around the world. It’s hard for me to pinpoint one particular shoot, but once you’ve been on the cover of Vogue multiple times, people definitely start to take notice.



Dress: Novecento Boutique Earings: Bebe


What’s your favorite part of modeling? Besides being immersed in lots of fabulous fashion, I truly love to meet new friends! Modeling introduces you to so many vivacious and fascinating people. I am so lucky to have friends from the industry in all parts of the world. What is one of the more stressful parts about designing? It’s demanding because you are dealing with many strict deadlines. Stores make floor space for their order on your line and if you are late once, they often think twice about reordering from you. However, when you get to do a very special design for an exciting feature or cover (ie., Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition) it’s very rewarding. You have two daughters; do either of them show interest in the fashion world? My oldest daughter Grace (16) is a trained vocalist and singer for her band “The Pink Slips” and they’ve been playing gigs nationwide now. She was flown to NYC via helicopter for her first show and then made a red carpet appearance for the CBGB film festival and played a show after. She absolutely incorporates an edgy style with her stage persona. At the moment, she is extremely inspired by Skye Ferreira, Gwen Stefani and style icon Alexa Chung. Mae (13) is influenced by Ariana Grande and Rihanna. I think she will gravitate to the fashion world too, but particularly in make up. I feel like part of the Sephora store is now open in her room.

Swimwear: Susan Holmes Swimwear Accessories: Novecento Boutique Shoes: Gucci


Was it hard to pick up fashion designing? No, I used to make and sew my own bathing suits for fun growing up in San Diego. I always had it in the back of my head that designing would be a dream of mine. It’s a creative outlet that keeps me fulfilled and happy. Who inspires you in your work? My teenage daughters keep me in the loop with what’s on trendy and cool. I’m also influenced by my travels, whether it’s stemming from the beautiful colors from a sunset I saw in Costa Rica or stunning countryside flowers in France. Lastly, I am hugely inspired by music. I love to gaze through album covers for strong visual concepts from Prince to Bridget Bardot. Who was the most charming celebrity you have ever met in all of your work? Elton John. He’s just cool as all hell. What advice would you give to other moms who struggle to balance their work and parenting? Don’t beat yourself up. Wasn’t it Oprah who said being a Mom is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world? You’re on call 24/7 and responsible for raising a strong and smart human being. That being said, get up everyday and be thankful for another new blessed day with your children and work. Try and keep to a schedule. I find that routine helps keep a sense of balance and kids thrive on that. Also always keep a large wall calendar to write everyone’s appointments, games and meetings on. What’s the most rewarding thing about modeling? I have met amazing people from around the world. I learned from working with the best in the field how to apply makeup, dress to best flatter others and myself, and how to pose and look thin at all times. I learned how to walk elegantly and make any dress look like a million bucks. I even learned how to order food in Italian, French and Japanese! Most importantly, I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mother? I wake up everyday thanking my lucky stars for being blessed as a mother of two healthy, happy daughters. I always wanted a family and I appreciate that I have been blessed with this. There are so many rewarding things, where do I begin? Who can ever forget the first time their child says: “I love you” to them? It’s simply awesome when they smile or look at you the way only a child can to their parent. It fulfills you as a parent knowing you have given back to that tiny person and you are trying your best to prepare them for this insane world. What’s an average day-in-the-life for Susan Holmes McKagan? Because I travel so frequently, there’s really no such thing as average/normal day. On a day home, I would say it starts off with a cup of strong coffee my hubby makes for me, then I work out for an hour, take a shower, and depending on what my work


entails that I oversee the patterns, trim and production on my line. If I’m doing a TV/news show, Demand Media Studios video, or photo shoot, then I rally my glam squad and swimsuits to be as productive as possible there with the promotion of my line. Then I stop at the market, pick up some fresh organic produce, and try and whirl up a tasty but somewhat healthy dinner for the fam. After dinner I like to catch up on phone calls, e-mails, Twitter and Instagram. I usually always crave some sort of chocolate (lately I’ve been obsessed with dark), then I catch up on my favorite shows (Girls, True Detective, Bill Maher “Politically Incorrect”, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) or a movie with Duff. I always read before I go to bed. I am currently reading “The Alchemist.” You look amazing! How do you stay in such great shape? Well thank ya!! That is very kind of you. We had an old barn and stables on our property and we turned it into a gym. I love to get up and work out on the elliptical machine for forty minutes while watching the morning news. I also do small weights, an ab floor work out, and lunges across my yard. I am a big fan of hiking, spinning and zumba as well. The key is to mix it up so you’re never bored. It also shocks the muscles a bit that way as well.


Swimwear: Susan Holmes Swimwear Accessories: Novecento Boutique Bag: Novecento Boutique



Dress: Novecento Boutique Necklace: Kate Spade Ring: Novecento Boutique


Dress & Accessories: Novecento Boutique


Accessories: Novecento Boutique



irstly, I washed and conditioned her hair with L’Oréal Professionnels. Then, I used a dime-sized amount of L’Oréal Professionnel Mystic Oil and worked it through her hair from her ends to her roots. After combing it out, I used a Phytovolume spray on her hair from root to end. I combed it throughout her hair using a Mason Pearson brush. Next, I took a blowdryer throughout her hair until it was about 90 percent dry. I smoothed out her hair with a brush and then continued blow drying it. After, I took a one-inch curling iron and curled her hair counter-clockwise in two-inch sections throughout her whole head. Then, I took L’Oréal Elnett hair spray to set the hair in place and give it hold. I took my fingers and broke up the curls for a beautiful, soft look. I finished this hairstyle with L’Oréal Tecture Expert Perfect Shimmer spray to create a look that was undone but still chic to go with her amazing bathing suit.



Kimberlee Tokarz Wardrobe Stylist

uilding the perfect wardrobe can seem daunting, but with a little help and continual work, it can be attained. The first step to creating the ideal wardrobe is editing. This process starts by eliminating those items that don’t fit, are old and tired looking, or outdated etc. After clearing those items out, you will have a better idea of what items still work for you and it will give you a perfect starting point.   Organizing your closet is just as big of a step as editing. This step will allow you to “shop your closet.” When organizing your closet, you want to sort by category and if you can, by color. For example, start with tank tops and go through long sleeves, jackets, coats and everything in between. Always work lightest colors to darkest, white to black. While using unified hangers may seem like a minute detail, it can make a drastic change in the look of your closet. When you have all sorts of colors and styles of hangers, it can tend to make the whole picture look messy. Something as simple as using hangars that are all the same will provide you with a cleaner and easier way of seeing your clothing.    Once you’ve mastered your current wardrobe/closet and have rid it of all the junk, it’s time to assess what you need to add in order to create that perfect wardrobe. Here is my list of must have items and what to look for when building up your wardrobe:


1. Neutrals and Basics – It doesn’t matter if you wear colors, prints, or just stick to basics, neutrals are essential to any wardrobe. Basics can include jeans, easy versatile tops, jackets, and sweaters - all in somewhat neutral colors. They’re easy to mix and match, and work with just about anything.   2. Avoid Being Too Trendy - Many people have a problem identifying the right clothing for their lifestyle, body shape and skin color. As a result, they often choose items that look great on the runway or items that are just too trendy. These items always come and go, and you don’t want to constantly be updating your wardrobe. Once you’ve created your wardrobe foundation, adding trendier pieces here and there isn’t such a bad idea, but avoid revolving your choices around whether something is trendy or not. If it works for you, your lifestyle, your body, and it’s in good condition, it could stay in your wardrobe for years.   3. Cost - One thing I see/hear all too often from friends and clients alike is, “The clothing I like is too expensive,” “but I don’t like the cheaper places.” I also have friends and family that purchase items that are only on sale, but they don’t necessarily work for them. You have to find a medium. There’s no reason you have to only buy expensive pieces, but learning which ones to buy is a must. Depending on your lifestyle, this could change. For example, if you’re a high-ranking executive, you may need to spend a little more money on a nice suit. Or maybe you work retail and can wear whatever you want; spending money on a great fitting pair of jeans would be a better option. Spend more money on your basics because the items you will be wearing the most need to have a good fit for a long lasting life.    4. Fit - This is such a big deal when choosing what items are right for you. Most of the cheaper brands spend less time perfecting their fits, so you will recognize the difference between high and low-end brands quickly. However, don’t let a slightly bad fit push you away! Finding a great tailor or seamstress to help fit your garments will save you a world of headache.    When spending your hard earned money on building your wardrobe, you have to make it worth it! Take these steps and follow my simple rules and you will be on your way to the perfect wardrobe in no time!



ivid colors and endless possibilities to experiment with makeup, anyone? If keeping up with the trends is your forte, you will absolutely adore the flat-out fabulous makeup trends dictated by the world’s greatest makeup artists this spring! On the catwalks (almost) every trend looked wearable on the faces of models, and I am dying to see how well they suit me (a mere mortal without a model’s aptitude to look good with anything on her face) once I start channelling them. If you are eager to find out more about the most coveted makeup colors and trends of the moment, follow me! You are in for some pleasant surprises. Tangerine Lips If you have a soft spot for popping pouts, you will love this! Bright orange lipstick is causing quite a beauty sensation this spring, and it looks like we have a bold alternative to the eternal femme fatale red. Makeup artists swear by tangerine lips as a universally flattering shade for every skin tone, from olive to very pale, and that’s a huge bonus. So if flaunting a loud mouth (even when shut) is fine with you, add this pigment-packed color to your beauty bag.


Graphic Eyes

By Georgiana Candescu

Somebody must have sensed we were tired of playing safe with our eyeliners… This explains the surprising variations we can choose from, this season. Anything from cubist shapes and Oriental inspiration to reversed cat-eyes and unexpected triangles looks fashionable. You just need to think out of the box and get creative, keeping a firm hand on that eyeliner at all times. What can I say, I never imagined the cat flick would have such fierce competition. Invisible Makeup The sans makeup look returns this spring, not that it had left anywhere. Easy as it may seem to create a nude effect, the trend apparently requires some effort since the face needs to appear flawless, without any visible trace of foundation or concealer. The two secrets to creating the perfect visage are well-hydrated skin and a foundation that matches 100% the skin tone. If you feel confident enough to sport a bare face, you couldn’t have picked a better season! Minimalist White Lines

sophisticated touch, as a canvas for black eyeliner. For a more dramatic effect, sprinkle loose glitter over a shadow of your choice, a great idea for nights out when a magnetic look can be your best ally. Tiempo de Fiesta If festivals and outdoor parties happen to be on your agenda this season, your makeup is covered. It’s now time to have fun with color because the whole purpose is to be seen! From displaced pops of pastel color (they surround the eye area, going up to the brow) and tribal patterns to crystals and shimmer applied generously over eyebrows, the season encourages you to express yourself. Fair enough? Boyish Brows It looks like the fashion world still can’t get enough of bushy brows, and this spring the rule of thumb is (again) to sport bold and über-groomed brows. To add a theatrical touch to your brows this spring, use a brow-enhancing mascara for a perfectly structured look. Pair it with the aforementioned geometric lines and you can expect one very intriguing eye area.

White basics are true wardrobe staples in spring, but I am not so sure how many beauty mavens have white shadow or eyeliner in their makeup box... If you feel I’m talking about you then you should add a pop of white to your color palette pronto. The theory that white eyeliner on the lower inner rim makes the eyes look bolder and brighter is now more en vogue than ever, while a thin, white line drawn along the top lid screams fashion connoisseur.

Cobalt Eyes

Gilded Lids

Case in point, my dear beauty freaks, this season you are free to play as much as you like with your makeup kit! Since we were given the freedom to choose from so many enticing options, why not indulge in this little luxury?

Contrasting to the old saying “Not all that glitters is gold”, makeup artists made sure that gold is everywhere, glittering stronger than ever in the spring sun. The ultimate metallic shade for irresistible eyes can be used alone on lids or, for a more

Another great color this season is blue (the bolder, the better!) which can be used in any formula, from creamy shadow to eyeliner or highlighter. Lids are to be completely covered in solid blue, and even the waterline will get its fair share of the royal color. Beauty universe seems like the only place where “looking blue” will never have a sad connotation.

Happy colorful spring, everyone!


By Dara Sandrini


pring is here and that means bikini season is just around the corner.  For my clients, April 1st is “Reset Day.”  This is a designated day when my clients take a good hard look at the health and fitness accomplishments they’ve achieved since they made their New Years resolutions.  April 1st is also the day we establish new, attainable goals for bikini season.   Goal-setting with clear timelines is the key to achieving anything you want in life.  In fitness, it is the key to achieving the healthy body you desire.  Our timeline to attain our goal (bikini hot body) is April 1st - June 1st.  Just 8 weeks & 3 simple steps.


Why 8 weeks? An 8-week fitness program allows one to easily visualize a beginning and an end to achieving one’s goals.  It’s a reasonable length of time, but it doesn’t seem so far off in the future that it overwhelms us before we even begin. Having your sights set on an end goal offers something to strive toward, with clarity throughout the process.  It is empowering to use timelines and goal setting to measure and achieve results.  Without a timeline and clear goal in place, we tend to be lazy in our workouts, less committed to exercise; and working-out becomes just an endless process of repetitious motions.   Now that you have established your timeline (April 1st - June 1st), to achieve your bikini hot body, be very specific (and reasonable) about what you want.  For example: 1.  I want A flatter, more toned belly 2.  I want to reduce my waist size by 2 inches and lose 10 pounds 3.  I want to feel more energetic throughout the day 4.  I want a more lean and toned body Once you have clearly determined what you want, You then need establish what must be done in order to achieve your bikini ready goals.   Follow these 3 Simple Steps to get there: Step 1.  Weigh yourself and measure your hips and waistline.   Step on that scale and write down the number that appears.  Now look at your weight loss goal number and check if it is fair and reasonable.  I suggest no more than two pounds of weight loss per week.  (10 pounds over your eight-week program is very reasonable).  Next, grab a measuring tape and write down your waist and hip measurements.  Now decide what you can reasonably achieve in 8 weeks.  I suggest one to two sizes.  If you are a size 28 waist, then your goal can be a size 26 or 27. Step 2.  Write down The Rules:     • Consume eight, 16-ounce waters daily     • Perform a minimum of five 40-minute interval training workouts per week     • Primarily consume vegetables and lean proteins     • Eliminate sugars and alcohol     • Safely reduce caloric intake based on current bodyweight and weight loss goals.   About caloric intake:  Your daily calorie intake may vary depending on the amount of activity you do.  As a rule of thumb, you never want to eat less than 1000 calories lower than the amount of calories you burn. The absolute minimum calorie

intake should be 1200 for women and 1500 for men.  In order to lose weight, you need your calorie intake to be less than your total daily calories burned, however, restricting too much can be harmful to your health. The goal is to reach a weight loss of about 0.5-2 pounds per week so that your body has time to adjust and you’re more likely to maintain the weight loss.  To determine your caloric intake needs based on your weight loss goals during your 8-week program, go to: An optional rule to consider on your program is Juicing. I highly recommend juicing daily.  I am a huge advocate of juicing.  I found a company that offers organic, cold-pressed, non GMO juices and I am hooked.  My favorite daily juice consists of cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, romaine, lemon and ginger.  I consume 16 ounces once per day.  It’s is truly delicious and jam packed with nutrients! Step 3.   Write it down!    Grab a giant poster board and a marker.  Draw an eightweek calendar.  For each date, every day, write down what you ate, drank and check off that you completed your daily exercise workout.  At the end of each week, weigh-in and measure your progress. Write that down.  When you write down your weight, size, activities, food and caloric consumption, you are forcing yourself to take a good, hard look at your reality.  You will not want to write the words: “dessert,” “cake,” “a cookie”... Therefore, you will not be tempted to eat those items.  Your calendar acts as a tool for accountability.  You must write down whether or not you followed your own rules.  Place your poster board calendar in a place where you must confront it often throughout the day.  Perhaps on your refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror... Trust me, this works! Follow these 3 simple steps over an 8-week program, and before you know it, you will be  celebrating a more confident and healthy YOU!  Anyone can do this.  Don’t let another a Summer come and go, hiding behind your sarong and wishing you had felt your bikini~best!   If necessary, hire a personal trainer to assist you with maximizing your workout potential while training.   You have what it takes.  What are you waiting for?  Just 8 weeks and 3 Simple Steps.

Dara Sandrini Vitamin “D” Fitness “Make it a great day!”



adya Andreeva is a certified wellness coach specializing in digestive health, author & mindful living specialist. Professionally trained in mindful eating, yoga, and positive psychology, Nadya helps women globally create a healthy relationship with food that honors their body’s unique chemistry and eliminates bloating and irregularity. Nadya’s new book, Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced is a go-to resource for all women to prevent and eliminate bloating and constipation.

Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and the process will take longer.

Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!

Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.

If you’re like 91% of women, dealing with bloat and other digestive issues is something that you struggle with on a daily basis. Nadya Andreeva struggled with feeling bloated for years.

Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.

What most women don’t know is that the real cause of bloating is too much fermentation in the digestive tract. Some common triggers include: stress, a food sensitivity, a lack of enzymes, uncoordinated peristalsis, or eating too much fiber. By just adding a few small shifts to your meal habits, you can keep your belly happy! Here are some tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:

Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.

Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.

Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.

3 Eating Habits That Could Be Making You Gain Weight & Bloat

Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.

In my wellness coaching practice, I work mostly with women who already know a lot about healthy eating. They try to eat lots of vegetables, non-processed whole grains, organic best quality proteins, nuts, seeds, and fruit. They should be happy and feel very healthy in their body, but many of them come to me feeling bloated, irregular, and complaining of fatigue.


A bloated stomach makes them feel uncomfortable in their own skin and fatigue gets in a way of truly enjoying life. They get frustrated with not feeling their best even on a supposedly healthy diet. This supposedly contradictory scenario always reminds me that it’s not only about the food we eat but how we eat it. Our emotional state, stress level, speed of eating, order in which we eat—all these factors affect our digestion, energy levels, and weight. Many healthy eaters still have many habits around food and eating in general that can trigger unpleasant symptoms. Let’s look at some of the habits that might be leading to bloating, constipation, unhealthy weight, and fatigue even on a healthy diet: 1. You multi-task while eating. We’re all tempted to do it. What if there’s an important email [or a must-see Instagram photo or a life-changing Facebook update] while I chew? It can’t wait 20 minutes! This is often our internal dialogue. Our ego tries to create a feeling of self-importance, imagining the world collapsing if we’re not holding our phone or hugging the laptop.

You combine foods poorly. If each ingredient is wonderful on its own and you take 15 of them, chances are the combo won’t be very digestion friendly. Many food combinations that we consume on a daily basis, multiple times a day, would be impossible in nature. Here’s a simple rule of thumb for you: THE SIMPLER THE DISH, THE LESS ENERGY IT REQUIRES TO DIGEST. Which means, there is more energy left to do other things like write, think, do yoga, and just enjoy life. Simplicity is key to many effective concepts, and digestion is no different. If you think about it, our ancestors were not very likely to combine multiple food groups in one meal. If they found berries, they ate berries. If they were lucky to hunt something, they had a feast of meat or game. I can’t imagine ancient people cooking side dishes, dressings, and desserts in a cave kitchen. Our ancestors probably ate mostly simple, mono-meals consisting of one to three ingredients at a time. Each food that gets into our body requires different enzymes to digest. They also require a different amount of time to be digested.

If you can relate, it might be time to re-evaluate your eating habits. You’re probably not as efficient as you’d like. Your digestion while you’re distracted is inefficient, and you’re probably not getting that much work done, either. You’re much more likely to overeat when multitasking because it’s hard to FEEL your body while focusing on external distractions. You graze all day long. The concept of snacks and frequent meals is often recommended for weight loss, maintaining blood-sugar levels, and for bodybuilding. It works for some, especially those with hypoglycemia and those who actually can keep their meals small. However, most people take this advice to be permission to snack in-between their decent-sized breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As a result, they often eat way more than the body needs and overload their digestion. They also put their body in a regimen where it doesn’t burn stored fat efficiently for energy. A frequent supply of food makes the body reliant upon the incoming sugar for energy. Whatever is stored in the fat cells stays there. As one of my favorite Ayurvedic teachers, Dr. Vasant Lad, says: “eating before the previous meal is digested is similar to constantly adding beans to boiling chili.” The soup never gets fully cooked. Some beans will be overcooked and mushy, and some will stay raw and hard. If you’re used to eating all day, start paying attention to the reasoning behind it and its effects. Do an experiment for a week when you eat three good-sized, balanced meals, and one snack. Pay attention to how you feel toward the end of the week. The first few days might be challenging, since your body will need to adapt to a new way of eating, but once it does, you should feel a surge of energy, a lighter stomach, and less brain fog.


Summer Joy Smoothie Ingredients: • 3/4 cup light coconut milk • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cubed • 1 ripe medium banana • 1 cup spinach • 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut • 1 1/4 cups water • cardamom to taste Directions: Put everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.