I Think Prom is Horrible, Tacky, and Gross.

And that pretty much sums up how I feel about the losing dress, too. But Christian said it so much better than me.

Have I mentioned how much I love Project Runway? No? Well, I adore it. And there is always one designer that I just seem to get emotionally involved with. Santino last season, and this season it's Christian. LOVE HIM.
But really, the dresses were kind of meh. I didn't see any that I would have wanted to wear, but then again, I'm not 17 and going to prom. I think Victorya's dress was lovely, but not a flattering cut for me. Love the color, though - it's my current favorite.
And Sweet P's dress had a fabulous cut, and the champagne color was beautiful, although I'm more of a fan of the brights.
And the losing dress was just such a disappointment, because I usually love all of Kevin's designs. He's done such a great job up until now, I just don't know what happened! This is just horrific!
Ugh. Just awful. I'm so sad that Kevin is gone. But an honorable mention for Chris - I love the design and cut of his gown, although the green is just...I'm not sure. Plus, he makes really bad jokes, which is just up my alley.
As always, Michael Kors was deliciously bitchy, and Nina was just bitchy. Love them. But would someone tell Michael that the spray tan needs to be turned down a bit?

The Best of 2007

2007 ended up being a fabulous year! I began a love affair with New York City, became a master shopper, did a fair amount of other travel, and became a dedicated beauty product junkie. I also developed a shoe obsession to match my handbag obsession and continued to teach myself about style as much as possible.

So without further ado, here are some very, very random bests of 2007.
Tom Ford Black Orchid: I've spoken about my love for this scent before, but it's worth mentioning again. Dark, mysterious, and it seems as if I'm always finding something new in the notes each time I wear this fragrance. Definitely the most interesting mainstream fragrance I found this year.
Chanel Eye Shadow Quad in Bleu Celestes: Another favorite that I have documented elsewhere but worth mentioning again. I adore this whole collection, at least the products that I have. I caved on this, the Blue Satin polish, and the eyeliner in Blue Jean. Expensive, but well worth it. These were my first Chanel cosmetic purchases, and I'm sure I'll be back for more.
Sephora's The Smokey Eye Kit: My disclaimer on this one is that I haven't tried the mascara. But no matter - the brushes have helped me perfect the smokey eye that I rock just about every day. Well worth the price I paid.
The Campbell Apartment, Grand Central Station: The story behind this place is fascinating, but more importantly, this is just pure class. It was here that I enjoyed a $17 glass of wine and a jazz quartet. I was just happy to be there.
Silver Factory by Bond No. 9: Another NYC find. While checking out the Saks beauty counter, I discovered this gem. It's impossible for me to describe the scent, so I will leave that to others with a better nose than me. I will just say that it is a complex and fascinating fragrance that I don't own yet. But that will change. I adore the fact that it is inspired by Andy Warhol and his "Factory" of fabulous people.
Georgetown, Washington DC: An absolutely wonderful place to shop, eat, drink coffee, and people watch. And so close to home!
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine: I'm not sure I've ever drank a wine that I enjoyed as much as this one. Much love to my friends at Pasta e Pani who introduced me to this on my 35th birthday this year.
Xanadu on Broadway: Seriously. This is the funniest, campiest show I have ever seen. Fabulous. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out. Don't go with anyone too straight, though. They might not get it.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: After seeing the author appear on Oprah, I knew I had to go buy the book. Easily the best book I have read all year, and that's saying quite a bit - I read a lot of books! I so admire her for taking the time (9 months total) to sort out her life and figure out what was important, especially after such a devastating time in her life. Think emotional trauma from a divorce and an inappropriate love affair. Of course, her desire to learn Italian because it is such a beautiful language certainly speaks to me. I did the same thing this year. Unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to live in Italy for three months, but you just never know!
It Won't Be Soon Before Long by Maroon 5: This is the CD that I couldn't stop listening to. Okay, it really wasn't a CD, it was all downloaded from iTunes. But whatever. Brilliant, just like Songs About Jane.

Really, I could go on and on. These are just a few things that I fell in love with this year. I'll skip the talk about my iPhone, and all the obvious bests of the year. We know all about those. Soon I'll post about what I hope to discover in 2008! Wish me luck!

Seriously? Uggs Make Normal Shoes?

I don't know, ya'll. These are kind of cute, but really? Uggs makes cute shoes? It just goes beyond what I'm willing to accept. Oh, sure, the heels are rubber, and there looks to be shearling there, and the price is a bit on the crazy side ($130), but are they really as cute as they look in the picture? Can it be possible that Uggs can be cute? I feel like my world is falling apart.

Review: That Gal by Benefit

Let me start by saying that I am a huge Benefit cosmetics fan. Even though some of their products are a bit gimmicky, I love them, and continue to buy them over and over. I've never gotten into the colors, but that's because I'm not much of a neutrals girl, and they obviously do neutrals super well. But I need color! Lots of color!

Anyway. That being said, I think I have finally found the one product by Benefit that I just plain don't like. I'm forever looking for a decent foundation primer, and as soon as I figured out that I needed one badly, I turned to Benefit first. I grabbed That Gal because 1) it was Benefit; 2) it has the cityscape of NYC on it, and we all know that I heart NYC and 3) it was supposed to "brighten" my face as well as prime it.

I really don't like the twist up style of the product. If you happen to lose the cap (and please don't - you'll forever regret it), the product will dry out and you will not be able to work the product up out of the packaging. Currently, after 2 months, I am able to get one string of primer out of the package. Bear in mind there are probably 50 holes in the thing. I'm guessing they are all clogged up. I'm not sure. I don't want to pull it open and investigate. But don't lose that cap. Seriously.

But more than that, it just didn't have the brightening effect that I was looking for. I didn't see much of a difference at all. Maybe my face doesn't need brightening, I don't know. But if it did, this wouldn't be the product I'd reach for. I didn't find that it helped extend the life of my foundation, nor did it help achieve that flawless finish that I'm used to.

For $27 an ounce, I need a bit more performance. But don't worry Benefit, I still love you. I love your Eye Bright, EyeCon, Ooh la la lift, and just about everything else that you've ever made.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.