February 14th – to some this is just another day but for others this day is all about LOVE & spoiling your significant other. Since Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, I wanted to give you some great gift ideas for the special lady in your life.


Let’s start off with the basics…. Roses & Chocolate. This is your traditional go-to gift when it comes to woo’ing your lady. Roses will never be out of style and who can say no to chocolate? Go with a bouquet of roses in her favorite color or change it up with a mixed bouquet that includes Lilys (my fav), Tulips or Orchids. As for chocolate, anything goes – boxed chocolate, truffles or any dipped fruit is sure to get her smiling.

Beauty Gifts: This is a personal favorite of mine. I have always had the mind frame that a floral arrangement will eventually dry up but a floral scented perfume is the gift that keeps giving. Here are a few beauty items you cannot go wrong with this Valentine’s Day.

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance – With notes of pink peony, black vanilla and raspberry; this scent is deep & rich while being very sophisticated. The floral tone makes it ultra romantic and its lasting ability is an absolute plus.

Clinique Hello Cheekbones Collection – Us women LOVE to contour. Clinique has some amazing products that makes this beauty technique super easy. My two favorites are the Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight. Creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede while the luminous cream highlighting stick with light-reflecting optics brings your best features forward. They also have some amazing Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes that have natural-looking shades that blend and build beautifully. Use each separately to colour, contour, highlight. Or swirl them together for a quick easy glow. Use mid-toned shade as a blush, deep-toned shade to contour, lightest shade to highlight. For a quick, easy glow swirl brush over entire palette and dust over apples of cheeks.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor – As a beauty junkie, these types of gifts basically make me have butterflies. I can never have too many lipsticks. I really love this one because of its pigmentation and because it is long-lasting. It also moisturizes. Pick up the shade: Red Infallible and she will be leaving you rose colored kisses!

For the gentleman in you that really wants to step out of the box this Valentine’s Day, how about the gift of a LBD? Women can never have too many ‘Little Black Dresses‘ and I think this type of gift really stands out and is not only unique but thoughtful. If you have dinner plans, hand her the box in the morning and let her know you want her to wear it out that night. DO make sure that you purchase a dress for her body type and one that is her style. I promise, this is a gift she will not forget!

I hope these gift ideas helped out & I hope you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day filled with love!

“They say in life we all swim with sharks. But that’s not enough for Rihanna. On the 40th anniversary of Jaws, she faces off with three eight-foot predators for Bazaar’s March 2015 Issue.”



Can you imagine being asked to swim with sharks for a photoshoot? I can’t… but that’s just another day in the life of the fabulous & fearless Rihanna. The shoot took place this past December at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. In this tank, 3 sand tiger shark live. They are all over 3 feet. The end result was nothing less than spectacular.



LAURA BROWN: Swimming with sharks is not only scary, it’s a big metaphor. How did you learn to swim with the sharks of life?

RIHANNA: I try my best to avoid the sharks of life, but I have had my share of experiences with them, and in those cases I just have to handle them accordingly. But I do not swim with sharks … sharks swim with sharks.


LB: Being famous for a decade now, you would have had to develop a thick skin. In what ways are you tough, and in what ways are you sensitive?

R: This skin has been developing since my first day at school. It didn’t happen after fame; I couldn’t survive fame if I didn’t already have it. So sometimes the toughest thing in life is to be vulnerable. I’m not generally a sensitive person, but I tend to be more sensitive toward others and what they’re going through. I don’t know if that’s the healthiest thing, but it’s the truth.

LB: What is a perfect day for you?

R: The day I wake up without cellulite? Now that would be the perfect day.

To read the whole interview, click HERE.

PC: Norman Jean Roy

The Screen Actors Guild Award  is an accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and primetime television.


While this isn’t my favorite Award Show, I always make sure to catch the red carpet!

Here are my picks for BEST DRESSED:


Lupita Nyong’0 in Ellie Saab


Camila Alves in Donna Karen Atelier

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum in Giorgio Armani

Emma Stone

Emma Stone in Dior Haute Couture


Sarah Hylan in Vera Wang


Maisie Williams