Adelita Style at the Nordstorm Trend Show by Kamie Kahlo

Me and the Chanel rep after the Trend show. Ain't we cute?

Sean and I attended the Nordstrom Trend Show this past weekend. I staggered out of bed on Saturday at 7am and was out the door at 8. “This better be good!” I told Sean when I picked him up from his studio.

By 8:30 we were herding ourselves into an underground makeup lair, greeted by uber polite gay men handing us tote bags with treats, pastries and coffee, thank God!

The show began and the question was posed, “Does anyone here want flawless, beautiful skin?!” A dull roar came from the crowd, “I can’t hear you!” Then a resounding cheer. They caught on fast. I had never experienced hundreds of women drinking in the latest makeup trends. But, I had been to a male strip club once (ONCE) many years ago. I have to say, these trend show ladies had the same reaction to skincare as the bachlorettes at the strip club; Hoots and hollars for free stuff, screams and cheers for the Delectable and Delicious male models donning the latest tanning cream and awwws and ooohs for the newest mascara mania. After an hour or so, I started to feel peppy and positive too. The excitement was contagious.

When the show was over, all of us herded ourselves back up to civilization and the frenzy of makeup continued with rows of chairs lined all around the Nordstrom makeup floor. Ladies quickly took their appointments and whipped out their credit cards for the freshest and most exclusive skincare and makeup. I was simply searching for my favorite model. For some unknown reason I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture with a Barbie clone. When I finally found her and stood by her side I murmered, “Do I really want to take a picture with you?” She laughed uncomfortably, Sean took the shot and I zoomed over to the male models for a quick photo op.

I had a great time, no impulse buys but my favorite makeup rep from Chanel, of course, promised a package of goodies after the Oscars! Will it be those gorgeous temporary tattoos that Barbie and the Chanel models were wearing on the runway? I understand that Sandra Bullock wore a Chanel lipstick for her Oscar victory. Was it their gorgeous new lipstick Rouge Coco? Women should start wearing lipstick again. At least, that’s what they said at the trend show.

In this story all photos and video by Sean Watson.

Oh NO He Di'int! by Kamie Kahlo

Yes, he did! Christian Louboutin the French King of stilletos teamed up with Barbie to make a fabulous mini-sized collection. Many can't afford his famous red bottomed pumps retailing from $400 up but, who can stand not having a pair, even if they are miniature? For a mere $150 you can own not only 3 pairs of Louboutin heels and a wicked pair of leopard-print boots, you also get Barbie as cat burglar! Check out NET-A-PORTER (don't worry girls the rumor that Net-a-Porter sold out of this delicious toy in one day is true, but they have restocked) and sign up for their Barbie updates as there is more to come! Here is a sneak peek...

The REAL deal.

I Want This! by Kamie Kahlo

click on this photo for a closer look!

I want these chairs! If it's good enough for BARBIE, it's good enough for me. I can only dream of sitting in these fabulous corseted, tutu-ed, Barbie covered slipper chairs with my TARINA TARANTINO BARBIE jewelry on. I can only envision myself combing my original Malibu Barbie's straightened locks, carefully pulling down her purple tinted sunglasses over her dreamy blue eyes. Ahhh, what a delightful fantasy. Or is it? There aren't many things that would make me want to go to Las Vegas but knowing that the Malibu Barbie Dream house furniture from Jonathan Adler's tribute for Barbie's 50th Birthday is just sitting there in a suite at the PALMS CASINO RESORT in Las Vegas is enough to make me want to book a VIRGIN ticket this moment! Dana, pack your pink pumps and lets jet!

inspiration: MATERIAL GIRLS

Happy Birthday Barbie by Kamie Kahlo

Click on this photo for a better look at my collection of TARINA TARANTINO limited Edition Barbie jewelry.

Exactly 50 years ago today on March 9, 1959, Miss Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Willows, Wisconsin, made her way into stores and in our hearts. Today is the 50th birthday of our beloved BARBIE!

I have so many stories about my love affair with the blonde beauty. I still have many of the dolls that I played with in my childhood; Malibu Barbie, Skipper and Francie, Quick Curl Barbie and Midge, even Donny and Marie among many, many more! On the top shelf of my closet rest vintage 60’s and 70’s carrying cases. Inside each container countless evening gowns, swimsuits and casual outfits (some store-bought but, most made by my mother and grandmother) live among tiny little pumps in every color floating between the crevasses of the matching fabric.

Hate her or love her, she sure looks extraordinary after all these years!

Contributors: Lil Star as stylist and model, Kamie Kahlo as photographer