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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Michelle Obama's Fashion Legacy

Michelle Obama
(Her official White House portrait)

Vanessa Friedman, did a terrific analysis of Michelle Obama's tremendous fashion influence over the last 8 years in the New York Times this past Sunday.

I for one, think Mrs. Obama represented us on the world stage with grace and eloquence over the last 8 years, and for that I am proud and grateful.  She loves fashion, and wears color beautifully. She's quite fond of bold prints, which can be fabulous, as long as the wearer is still more evident then the dress.

Her statuesque figure is tricky and in reviewing many photographs, I ultimately preferred the silhouettes that highlighted her assets best; great arms, decollete and a small waist, usually best emphasized in A-line silhouettes, strapless, V-neck, one shouldered, criss cross and cut in necklines. Some of my favorites are below.

I believe her real star turn, was in the photo below. She broke with her original stylist and under new guidance, was dressed for the first official state dinner for India's Prime Minister and his wife in Naeem Khan.  I think she looks breath taking!

In Vera Wang

In Azzedine Alaia

In Maria Pinto

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Erdem!  No one does prettier florals! Come see our new collection at Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains

 by divadebbi 

NO ONE does prettier florals than Erdem!!!  Come see the new collection at Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, NY or call us at 914-328-0330.


One to Skip; Physician's Formula Argan Wear Bronzer

Physician's Formula  Argan Wear Bronzer

I am officially, DEVASTATED.  My long term DivaDebbi Holy Grail Bronzer,
Stila's One Step Bronze has been relegated to the beauty graveyard.  

My antennae was raised when I was unable to purchase it at retail, with Stila's other One-Step products.Covertly, they do have a similar looking product called One -Step Illuminate. It appears bronze in hue and I nearly purchased it.  My friend Jane ordered it twice, before realizing this was no mistake... One-Step Bronze is officially MIA.   I did find one on Amazon, that hails from Australia and could be mine for a 30% up tick. No thanks. Beauty Graveyard websites and Ebay have also proved futile.

OK, so what is it about Stila One- Step Bronze that made it so irresistible?  I adored the light mousse like formula, that, once applied with a fluffy brush, added a lit from within, bronze glow, that never stuck in fine lines and pores, unlike powder bronzers.

Monday, January 9, 2017

DivaDebbi's 2017 Golden Globe's Report Card

Ok Lovelies, let's get started, shall we???

Well, I'm one for two...Jimmy Fallon was not as I predicted, a natural. He is so likable and I don't think I was the only one really rooting for his success, but his performance as host, save for the opening La La Land tribute, fell short.

Ms. Streep,  who was both nominated for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins and the recipient of the Cecile B. DeMille  Lifetime Achievement Award, was however, horribly attired and coiffed.  Bam.  No matter what your politics, I found her acceptance speech, deriding President Elect Trump, to be completely out of place and found it uncomfortable to watch.

Moving on to fashion.  I loved that the stars really pulled out the stops for the GG's, traditionally a bit lower key than the  Oscar's.  I'm drooling in anticipation of what's in store for us on February 26th.

Trends included:
Canary yellow, which in my estimation is the  single hardest shade for a woman to pull off successfully, but was managed well by Viola Davis and Natalie Portman,

Pink- divine on Lily Collins, and Zoe Saldana, cloying and overly sweet on Felicity Jones and Carrie Underwood.

Metallics- lovely on Emma Stone, Naomi Harris, Priyanka Chopra and Ruth Negga, (though I have no clue who she is.)

Deep plunging necklines, impeccably worn on Kristen Bell, Emma Stone (always trend savvy and nailing two of the big ones),  and Mandy Moore, who stunned in a navy Naeem Khaan.

Black and White- horrible on Naomi Campbell, Sophie Turner, Jessica Biel and Heidi Klum. 

White- Drew Barrymore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Thandie Newton and Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang. (Just. Say. No.)

Interestingly, some of my A List designers, also ended up on the F List;
Zuhair Murad, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.   Go figure!!!

The A+ Team
Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham

Emma Stone in Valentino
Perfect on every level, hair makeup accessories dress.
Oh! And congrats!  Isn't she adorable???

Naomi Harris in Armani Prive

Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan
(well done, again. She made my last A List too)

Viola Davis in Michael Kors
(I thought she was introducing Mother Theresa
when she was presenting the Cecille B. DeMille award)

Elsa Pataky Zuhair Murad

Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad

Zoe Saldana in Gucci
Fresh and pretty!

Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
(This chick understands the Red Carpet)

Brie Larsen in Rodarte

Natalie Portman pregnant and resplendent in Prada

Who fell flat for me?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Gearing Up For The 2017 Golden Globes...

Jimmy Fallon
Host of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards
8 pm on NBC

I am so looking forward to tonight's 2017 Golden Globes and of course the Red Carpet spectacle.  Longtime DivaDebbi readers know I always follow up the GG's, Oscar's and Emmy's with a, "report card of my loves and loathes" on the Red Carpet, (and nicely, my Lovelies look forward to reading them :)

I think the GG's are the most fun to watch of the three; firstly, it combines film and television, so it's one big lovefest among the stars and it's nice to see them relaxed, drinking and eating with friends and cast mates.  How terrific is it, that the sour Ricky Gervais got the boot and is being replaced by the hilarious, Jimmy Fallon??? I predict he'll be a huge success and will encore next year.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask
$7.99 at drugstores nationwide

I'll admit it...when it comes to masks, I'm a lazy slug.  Once I've gone through all the toil of removing every drop of makeup, pretty much, I'm done.  I'm just not motivated to then apply a mask, wait 20 minutes and then start the rinse cycle again, no matter what the promised benefits are.

Recently, my friends at Tractenberg PR shared with me, that Charcoal Masks are one of Pinterest 100 emerging beauty trends for 2017.  Hmmm... yes, I'm sure they are... but wait!!! The they wanted to tell me about only requires ONE MINUTE to work.

One minute!!! Now, that, I can spare!

Here are the details:

In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. So clean your pores from the dirt, oil and makeup of the past and clear the problem. 

So yes please! Do send! I need this. I can commit to this. And for $7.99, we can all afford better skin in 60 seconds, all year long...


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Happy, Healthy New Year Lovelies!!!

This was a challenging year for me. I literally have been counting down the moments to the fresh start of a new year. I am deeply and forever grateful to our son's surgeon Dr. Michael Borger and Cardiologist Dr. Gregg Rossner, as well as my own Doctors;  Roy and Andrew Ashikari and Dr. Andrew Salzberg, as I celebrated my 20 year breast cancer milestone.  I lost my beloved Mother Joan, but I'm ever grateful that she did not suffer and passed peacefully, knowing her children, loved her till the end of her days.

I am incredibly excited about the challenge of Co-Owning my business Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, with my wonderful partner Anastasia Cucinella.  I love new beginnings and I'm very happy about this next chapter.

So may I suggest you too, dream big, let go of things you can't control, take good care of yourself and the ones you love, follow your instincts, be kind, and have a wonderful year ahead.

Thank you so much for being my loyal friends and readers through all these years.
The best is yet to come...


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Chase Your Dreams in High Heels!

Chase Your Dreams in High Heels!

I think this going to be my new Mantra!!! At 5'7, I always feel short and dumpy in flats!  So welcome again to my new home! Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains NY.  Oscar de la Renta is just one of the fabulous designers we carry. xoxo

Sunday, December 25, 2016

My Next Chapter Begins...

Anastasia Cucinella and Debra O'Shea
Co-Owners of Mary Jane Denzer

Mary Jane Denzer
7 Renaissance Square
White Plains, N.Y. 10601

I am delighted, to announce, that I am the new Co-Owner of Mary Jane Denzer, in White Plains, with my esteemed partner, Anastasia Cucinella. 

Mary Jane Denzer has been a tri-state destination, for exquisite  special occasion clothing for nearly 40 years.  2 years ago Mary Jane built her dream space, a magnificent 5,000 square foot store, adjacent to the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, just 15 minutes from Greenwich. (Valet parking is always complimentary.)

Sadly, Mary Jane passed away last December, (I remembered her fondly in this memorial blog.) Anastasia and I are honored to carry on her legacy, of offering the most beautiful clothes anywhere, for women to wear to the important occasions in their lives. 

Additionally, we will be scouring NY and Europe, to add fabulous ready-to-wear lines to our collection.  Our goal is to cover all your needs for day and night, so you will always have a reason to visit us at Mary Jane Denzer, (and of course, I will be doing house visits!) 

We look forward to partnering with the community on events that matter to you and increasing our social media presence via, Facebook and Instagram

I have thoroughly enjoyed 23 years of servicing my lovely and loyal clients at Razooks, Saks and happily, for the last 16, at Richards, for the Mitchell family. The opportunity to co-own and buy for, my own establishment however, was an irresistible opportunity, and the true pinnacle to my retail career. 

I so look forward to sharing this next chapter with you! Please visit our website at to see our beautiful store. I will be in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and full time, beginning January 9th.

I would love to think that my beautiful Mom, Joan Lieberman, who passed in June, and w was President of her own fashion jewelry business, is smiling proudly.  She would have loved this...


Monday, December 19, 2016

Remembering Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa Gabor (at the height of her beauty)

Long before Cher, Madonna, Adele, and other first name only stars, there was Zsa Zsa. The Hungarian beauty, approximately 99, died yesterday in Los Angeles.  The N.Y. Times remembered her this way:

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian actress whose self-parodying glamour and revolving-door marriages to millionaires put a luster of American celebrity on a long but only modestly successful career in movies and television. The cause was heart failure, her longtime publicist Edward Lozzi said.

Married at least eight times, calling everyone “Dahlink,” flaunting a diamonds-and-furs lifestyle and abetted by gossip columnists and tabloid headline writers, Ms. Gabor played the coifed platinum femme fatale in plunging necklines in dozens of film and television roles, many of them cameos as herself. Her career, which began with the title Miss Hungary in 1936, was still going strong in the 1990s, outlasting those of her sisters, Eva and Magda, celebrities in their own right. She was the last surviving Gabor sister.

I remember her best from my childhood as Lisa Douglas, gorgeous wife of Oliver Douglas, played by Eddie Albert, on the show Green Acres.  Douglas, kidnapped moved Lisa from her Park Avenue Penthouse, so he could pursue his dreams of country life on a farm.  Even then, my heart was heavy for her and I pitied her for having to give up her glamorous life to cavort among hay stacks and farm animals. (Don't even get me started on The Beverly Hillbillies!!! What a waste!!! LOL!)

***Mea Culpa! Several Lovely readers pointed out, that I mixed up my Gabor beauties! It was Eva, not Zsa Zsa, who was kidnapped to that farm on Green Acres!!!

So I bid a fond adieu, to a fabulous Diva, born and bred to enjoy the good life, and enjoy she did...



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