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Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Tuesday evening I went to a pre-screening of the movie “Confessions Of A Shopaholic” with Isla Fisher.  It was sort of a last minuteconfessions-of-a-shopaholic-01-thumb thing.  I entered my name a couple of weeks ago for tickets and found out the morning of the screening that I won a pair.

While waiting in line at the theater, I couldn’t help but notice certain women who were wearing boas with silly hats and a woman who had shopping bags tied to her clothes.

I discovered later that printed on the bottom of the preview passes (which I didn’t receive until just before entering the show), viewers who dressed like shopaholics had the opportunity to win 1 of 50 Confessions of A Shopaholic gift bags.   In front of the theater, we were presented with a red carpet to walk down while judges decided if you looked shopaholic enough for a gift bag. 

There was also a photographer taking pictures of movie viewers in front of a screen-celebrity style- for a new local fashion magazine called StyleLine.

It certainly created a bit of a buzz before going into the movie and I couldn’t help but think about the unmistakeable timing of a movie about fashion set to open the same day as New York Fashion Week.

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The movie is about a recent college graduate played by Borat’s baby mama, Isla (pronounced I-la) Fisher whose dream it is to work at a Vogue-like magazine in NYC. 

After missing her opportunity to interview at the magazine, she settles for a job writing a financial column using the pen name “The Girl With A Green Scarf” at a financial magazine in an improbable twist of circumstances. 

Isla’s character-Rebecca Bloomwood, becomes a star reporter who has a knack for explaining financial concepts in terms that the masses can understand.  The blatant irony is that Rebecca is dolling out financial advice to others while she herself, is over her head in credit card bills.  While working at the magazine, she predictably falls in love with her boss, played by the handsome Hugh Dancy.

Ultimately, her little white lies begin to unravel, and she is forced to come to terms with the consequences.

While I thought that the movie was cute and enjoyable to watch, I had to consider it’s PG rating and think of the movie as not one that was geared to win the hearts of Sex And The City fans, but one that a mother could enjoy with her teen daughter. 

If you are viewing this with your kids, I would give this movie a B.  However, if you were thinking about going to see the movie with your girlfriends, I would wait until this one comes out on cable before I spent the $10 at the movie theater.

Shopping & Facebook Confessions

If you are interested in the clothes that Rebecca wears in the movie, I discovered that Blue Fly has partnered with the film as the official shopping site to get Confessions Of A Shopaholic inspired clothes.  Click on this link to hear Pat Field talk about her costume designs for Rebecca, see the trailer and even get a Confessions Facebook application.

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Fashion Sensei Scoop! Interview With Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger


She’s back!  Tonight is the premiere of The Millionaire Matchmaker’s second season.  I had the chance to chat with the show’s star, Patti Stanger on Tuesday and ask her about the new season, her take on style and her fascinating background-and boy did she dish!

For those of you who missed last season, let me give you a quick synopsis of what The Millionaire Matchmaker is about.  The show follows Patti Stanger who owns The Millionaire’s Club, a matchmaking service for wealthy men who are looking for a serious relationship with a beautiful and intelligent women.  Women are first pre-screened by the discerning Ms. Stanger and her staff.  Once vetted, she may then may join the club for free and have a shot at meeting the man of her dreams.

Last season, I was a little skeptical of the idea and assumed it was a group of gold digging, bubble headed bleach blonds and strippers who were looking for their sugar daddy.

It’s really the opposite, Patti and her staff do some serious evaluations before a woman is welcomed into the Millionaire’s Club.  While screening, Patti is looking for the sort of women that is looking for a traditional lifestyle-where the prospective wife or girlfriend would stay home and raise a family while her husband pursues his career.

Another example of Patti’s traditional values in dating is the implementation of her 10 Commandments for her bachelors; which includes a no sex until they are in a committed relationship commandment.

This Season, Equal Opportunity Matchmaking

In season two, not only will there be men looking for the perfect woman, but Patti will be setting up three high powered female millionaires and some gay men too.  Here’s a sneak peak at two of her lady millionaires.83487 

Heidi Cornell the creator of Young, Fabulous & Broke and a single mother, has solicited Patti’s help in helping her find the perfect guy.  Patti encourages us to keep an eye on Heidi’s story in particular, because there is a big twist leaving viewers wondering which man she will choose.

Shauna Raisch of Split Ends and the owner of Twiggs salonspa in Minnesota, is leaving her shop and moving to LA to find her own little Ashten Kucher.  Shauna has a reputation of being a diva and I got the impression from Patti that her expectations were a little unrealistic.  We’ll see what happens…

Patti On Style

When I wrote about The Millionaire Matchmaker last season, I can’t tell you how many people landed on my site by Googling  “what does Patti Stanger wear” or words to those effect.  I also had folks e-mail me asking if I knew where she shopped.patti red

So I asked Patti about her style and what her influences were.  Patti told me that her mother was a true fashionista when she was growing up and she learned early during her days working at Saks Fifth Avenue at Christmas, to save her money and buy the best that she could afford when it came to staples and shoes.  She is a big fan of Gucci and Chanel shoes, Black Halo dresses-which she says “sucks you in” all the right places, and Nanette Lepore (one of my favorites too).

But lest you think she spends her days shopping like a diva on Rodeo Drive, Patti confessed that she loves online shopping, especially edressme.com.  She’s also a devotee of Loemans and Forever 21, “I love their jewelry!” she says .

“A Player Will Give You The Best Advice- He Know What Makes The Flagpole Raise.”

Last Season during one vetting session with potential mates for the millionaires, Patti told one of the ladies that she looked like she was ready to wrap herself around a pole.  So I asked the 47 year old matchmaker for her best advice for women over 35 who wanted to look sexy without appearing desperate.  Here’s her advice:

  • The key to looking sexy, is to show off your assets.  If you have great legs show them off.  If you have fat ankles, cover them up.  The best way to do that is with boots that have a 3 inch heel.
  • Go for a sexy secretary look with a fitted blouse and a pencil skirt along with high black heels.  To take it from day to night, wear a brooch at your décolleté. 
  • When wearing skirts, keep them at 1 inch above the knee.
  • Shapewear, Shapewear, Shapewear!  I hate Spanx, they ride up.  My favorite brands are Body Wrap and Sassybax, especially the one piece.  I also love shape fx at Spiegel, it has shapewear in the dresses.

In her new book, “Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate”, Patti who is known not to mince words, advises women over 40 not to go shopping with their girlfriends.  “They won’t tell you the truth!  Neither will your gay boyfriend.” she says.  Instead, she advises, “Take a player.  A player will give you the best advice- he knows what makes the flagpole raise!”

Advice For Gay Men

Patti also has fashion advice for gay men, “People always think just because you are gay, that you have taste.  It’s not true. Queens attract queens.  If you are a queen and you want a butch guy, you need to dress like a lumberjack.”

5 Random Facts About Patti Stanger

If you have a Facebook page, then by now you have be tagged to respond to 25 Random Things about yourself.  I asked Patti if she would give me 5.

1.) She was a practicing astrologer.

2.) She worked as a psychic and director for Kenny Kingston Psychic Hotline.  She says she gets premonitions all the time, even about celebrities.

3.) If she weren’t a matchmaker, she would be a professional chef.

4.) She is currently writing a screenplay based on her new book.

5.) While she was going to the University of Miami, she sold jewelry that she made and designed, along with hand painted T-shirts.  But her best sellers where her erotic candies that she sold from door-to-door.

2 Words To Describe Patti

In preparation for my interview with Patti, I watched several videos from last season where Patti talks about each of her clients and at the end she describes the man with two words.  I thought it would be interesting to hear which two words she would use in reference to herself.   

Energetic was the first and based on the pace of our interview, and how fast she talked, in addition to how warm and upbeat she is, I would totally agree.

The other word she used to describe herself was insane.  Not because she is crazy, she is a very sharp woman.  But with a book, a business and a hit television show on her hands who wouldn’t be?

Don’t forget to check out The Millionaire Matchmaker tonight on Bravo at 9pm/10c.

Photos of Patti courtesy of NBC/Universal.  Photo of Heidi from Askmen.com.

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Fashion Sensei- *BONUS HOUR* jbandme.com


The winner for the lovely Michael Stars sweater is…


Congratulations!  I will be contacting you soon.

Thank you to all you who entered.  Be sure to come back each hour for more amazing prizes!

During this *BONUS HOUR* you will have the opportunity to get an amazing deal and win a fantastic prize!



First up, the ONE HOUR Web Buster, and this one is a doozy.

Fashion Sensei readers may use the discount code: jbtrue to receive a 50% discount on all in- stock TRUE RELIGION JEANS at jbandme.com.  Act fast, because when this hour is up, poof! The deal is gone. Click here to shop.





Oh baby, one lucky winner will receive a Michael Stars – Cashmere Blend V-Neck Pullover valued at $140!


Transition into the cooler months with this incredibly soft, cashmere blend pullover. The v-neck gives this sweater a classic look that you will continue to love for years to come.

Color: Snow

Materials: 25% wool, 15% cashmere

Care Instructions: Dry Clean

Measurements: 24”

How To Enter:

You only have ONE HOUR to enter.

To win this beautiful sweater, click HERE to leave us a comment at the end of this post.  Tell me where you will wear your new prize or to whom you may give it to this Christmas.  Hurry!  You only have ONE HOUR before I choose one comment at random.  The winner will be announced in the next hour. (U.S. residents only)

Good Luck!

Check out jbandme.com for a wide array of hip designer apparel, accessories, shoes, home goods and more!

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*Fashion Sensei is not responsible for this prize, value, shipment or condition of the prize upon delivery.


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Fashion Sensei ONE HOUR Web Buster!


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Keren Jewelry has an incredible ONE HOUR deal for you! 

For this hour only, you may purchase these beautiful “Pele” rectangle earrings with Pearl crocheted in Vermeil (gold plated Sterling silver and are approximately 2 inches long.) 

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of true passion, motivation and excitement. 

For ONE HOUR only, you may purchase these earring for 50% off the original price! Original Price: $98.00

Click here and use the discount code: WebBuster for your exclusive Fashion Sensei discount. (U.S. residence only)


Keren Peled, started with a vision to create elegant and wearable art, with signature styles that blend European, Mediterranean and Latin American cultural design. 

Inspired by the beautiful works of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Hindus, Keren has also integrated crochet and macrame techniques in the styling of her jewelry.

The incredibly talented designer behind Keren Jewelry, has a “whose who” list of credentials.  She has been featured in many magazines, including InStyle, Wedding Style, Harpers’ Bazaar and many more.

Celebrities that have worn her pieces include Alicia Keys, models Nazri from “Project Runway”, CariDee English from “America’s next top model”, Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA

The collections have participated regularly on the runways of major fashion weeks, in 2006 Keren accessorized the Abaete line at Bryant park at NY fashion week.  Then in 2007, she accessorized the Renee Larc line also in NY fashion week and in 2008, she accessorized the Kelly Nishimoto collection on the LA fashion week runway.

The Line includes a collection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and hair accessories.

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Black Friday Giveaway!


And the winner of today’s drawing for a $50 giftcard to THE CUBE, courtesy of Marshalls is…

Jill Kathan!

Congratulations!  I will be contacting you soon. 🙂

Be sure to come back on Monday for Fashion Sensei “Cyber Monday Madness!”  Where you will have several more chances to win some amazing prizes!

Hi Everyone!

As promised, I will be giving away a $50 giftcard to THE CUBE.CUBELogo

The young, hip new boutique at Marshalls that carries all the latest trends you find at the mall, but for much lower prices.

On a recent visit to THE CUBE, I found loads of cute sunglasses, jeans, handbags and more.

They also carry a wide selection of brand names.  I saw quite a few really cute Betsey Johnson bags and a fab Andy Worhol tote to carry around all my stuff! 😉

Take a peek as some of the great things you may find.

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So I know you’re dying to know how to get this super gift card.  To Enter, just leave a comment below telling me what new trend you will be shopping for yourself or someone else this holiday season.  The winner will be chosen at 7:00 pm EST 11/28/08 at random, from those comments submitted.

In anticipation of your big win, you can look for the closest CUBE by clicking here.


Click here to enter The ROCK & STOCK Giveaway at Marshalls, where you will win a two night stay in LA for you and a friend; Dinner at a hot, trendy restaurant; Shop the CUBE with you own personal stylist and $2,500 worth of hot new clothes for you and $500 for your friend to spend too!

Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Interview With psychicgirl On Fashion


Are you ready for the answers to your questions?

In a post Tuesday , psychicgirl Justine Kenzer answered readers burning fashion related questions for important upcoming events.

But before we get to that, here are some answers to questions Fashion Sensei had for Justine.

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m a professional psychic/healer in Hollywood, CA but I read people all over the world. I love helping people find answers, but more importantly,  I’m super passionate about helping people heal. I’m obsessed with alternative healing and natural products, I’m like the holistic Martha Stewart.

That’s a funny analogy!

What was the best news that you ever had for someone whom you were reading for? 

That’s a really difficult question, I’ve been reading for about 20 years now. There have been a million happy things, I live to help people get what they want. In fact I care more about you getting what you want than me being right.

How did the fashion readings come about? Do you have any funny stories?

My family owned clothing and shoe stores, I started making and selling clothes and jewelry at sixteen. I was making trends a season or two before they hit the stores.. This was years before I had a clue I would end up being a professional psychic. I’ve been doing this PsychicStyle thing for years without even realizing I was doing it, making people over internally and externally but what brought it all together was watching myself on Margaret Cho’s show on VH1, she was debating about accepting this award because the very people giving her the award, had in the past had not been so nice to her. The information that came through in the reading, I told her what colors to wear and what to do and they actually ended up doing it in the show. I had filmed a bunch of other tv spots of doing other psychic stuff, reading dogs, ghost busting.. All this stuff that was so not me. Luckily none of them ended up making it to air. It was like the universe was saying hello this is who you are. Now I have a show that’s my dream project in development.

Thank you for taking a few questions from Fashion Sensei readers. First, Veggie Mamma wants to know:
“I have my (gulp) 20th high school reunion coming up. It is very casual and being held at a sports bar. I want to look great but not too dressy.”

I see you wearing black, head to toe, I see a short sleeved thin sweater top and pants with a wide leg and a thin gold belt, super chic and classic, you will feel really confident and have a great time.

Reader Spoiled Angel 1002 would like to know:
“So I am going on a date this Tuesday to a really nice Italian restaurant. Our relationship is still new and I want to look great.”

At first I see you in jeans -this guy is (unconsciously) more attracted to what you smell like then – what you look like – not that what you look like isn’t important.. Your physical beauty makes much more of an impact on him and others then the clothes you are wear. In the end it looks like you decide on a slimming knit black dress that’s sleeveless with a simple ruffle trim on the arms, belted in the same material… and that you knock his socks off.

And Stacy wrote in to ask:
“Okay, so next Fri night I’m going with my friend to a show for her band. It will probably be a late night (they always are!) and I want to be comfy, but still look good, because I am a single girl! I’m not the skinniest girl in the world, but I do want to look good with what I do have. So where should I go with this?”

I see you in a dress, looks like it has a vintage feel, and it has flowers and color, but pretty and tasteful not loud.

Thanks Justine!

If you missed your chance to ask Justine a question, don’t worry!

You may visit, psychicgirl.com for a one-on-one reading, or follow her on http://twitter.com/psychicgirl and ask a question for free!

Be sure to check out PsychicStyle with Justine, every Sat at noon PST, on www.latalkradio.com where you can call in for a free reading 323-203-0815.

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Ask Fashion Sensei


I will be adding a tab soon called “Ask Fashion Sensei” where readers may write in and ask me fashion related questions. 

If you have a fashion question that you would like answered,  leave me a comment and I will get back to you!



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