Tuesday, September 25, 2007


this was scary news, especially because I love my chanel rouge lip so so much...

For all you lipstick users
Something to consider next time you go shopping for lipstick......
This comes from someone who works in the breast cancer unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital , in Toronto . From: Dr. Nahid Neman

Recently a lipstick brand called "Red Earth" decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90. It contained lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.

The lipstick brands that contain lead are:
RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)

The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer.
After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that the Y.S.L. lipstick contained the most amount of lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.

Here is the test you can do yourself:
1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
3. If the lipstick color changes to black, you know the lipstick contains lead.

Please send this information to all your girlfriends, wives and female family members. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

happy bday nicoliolio!

it was nicole's bday on tuesday and she had a lovely evening planned for the NYC possee. we started out at a free flamenco class then headed over to the restaurant, peasant. on the way, we got to walk thru the san gennaro festival and partake in the chocolate covered bananas, italian princess t-shirts and "carnival games" that took all of our money (they're rigged! don't do it!). dinner was delish and the company even more so. happy birthday nicole! and many more...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

swinging from the chandelier earrings

me and the fam are watching the emmys right now. I was bummed not being in l.a. getting in on the emmy lounges that boast all of the latest and greatest red carpet accouterments. what I have noticed from my red carpet couch is that most ALL of the women are piecing hanging chandelier earrings with plunging necklines. its a great look for evening and one that can certainly work for any upcoming events or holiday parties for you.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

the italian family zaino

whew! fashion week was a whirl of editors and fashionistas and wonderfully delightful fresh looks of fitted silouhettes and flowy, metallics for sring 2008. I truly had a blast working the scene and hope to make it back for next season. since I was in new york, I thought I'd take advantage of chillin with my family. my sis caitlin surprised me by flying in from her home in geneva switzerland, so its quite a treat to have the whole fam at home on long island. my mom is busy in the kitchen cooking thanksgiving dinner (we've decided to celebrate tonite) while my dad oohs and aahs over a donovan dvd he purchased on PBS while I download iTunes (bjork, kanye, hindu chants for meditation) and my sister all the while, plays the ukelele to cap off our zaino family soundtrack.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

ditch the mood swings and the sweat pants!

I was up before sunrise to greet hair and make-up at the hotel before I started a national media tour for YAZ this morning. YAZ is birth-control that goes BEYOND birth control to eliminate bloating, moodiness and give you clearer skin even when its "that time of month". this applies to fashion because we are moving away from the casual look of last season and moving forward towards a more form-fitting look. think pencil skirts, fitted trousers and skinny jeans with a chunky oxford heel. I did phone interviews with maryland, seattle, detroit and more to talk fashion week and YAZ and it was too much fun yucking it up. especially with the male DJs who become incredibly uncomfortable when discussing women's main issue... fashion.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

hola custo

fashion week has been such a blast. to see it up close and personal is much better than reading about it and certainly gives me a much stronger understanding of what trends are emerging. metallix. check. oxford heels. check. bronzer make-up and nude lips. check. crest patches and scarves. check. check. and check. I was fortunate enough to get a coveted front row seat last night to the the custo barcelona show. his designs are made wth a sexy, international flair so it was no wonder that it was vibrant contrasting colors, sheer farics and high heels all around. they even gifted the cool scarf you see pictured above where I am posting this to you now. ole!

snap. crackle. pop.

meg d. says rice crispy treats are the new cupcakes. and if trendster meg d. says it, it must be true...

models are people too

part of our fashion week coverage with stylewiz included asking the models backstage what their beauty secrets were. they are after all, consistently putting on and taking off make-up including that special monthly week where their faces are prone to acne. most of the girls backstage were really sweet and open to share their tips from making sure to sleep enough to shu uemuras miracle make-up remover. lots of the girls (who don't look a day over 14) read, text or even (yikes!) EAT!? I saw more than one stuffing down a cupcake. the moral of this story is that even though they're models and inches taller and skinnier than most, they still are women with the same womanly issues we all face. even face issues.

trendster for men

my ultra-hottie boyfriend S. is one snappy dresser. really. he always puts a good outfit together with his unique mix of urban chic. fitted shirts, beautiful sport jackets and his favorite puma flip-flops or timz (you can take the boy outta brooklyn but you can't take the brooklyn outta the boy). we often discuss the lack of choices men have when it comes to fashion. well, I am here to report that I saw a male fashion trend emerging at this week's fashion week (and where better to spot the newest and coolest?). men with a crisp button down, tucked into a "skinny" jean or pant with a shortened length over a european oxford. of course it takes an open-minded man to test it out but I think it looks great and certainly gives men an alternative option to the baggy jeans and t-shirt look.

my oh! mya

so, I was up and at 'em early yesterday morning. meg and barbara came up to my hotel room for hair and make-up and by 2pm I was ready to hit the tents with the stylewiz production crew. the tents are of course, a scream with fashionista, editors and fashion wanna-bes galore. we got to sample the samples like haviana flip-flops and mac make-up (bronze and natural lip are so the new makeup trend!). we even stopped in on the moet room (flowing champagne is a necessary accessory at fashion week) where we ran into mya. we got a great interview and she told of us of her all around beauty secret - vaseline! she uses it for everything from her make-up remover to a foot salve. we also shot a ridiculous pic together (shown above) that has her looking like a wax doll and me looking like, who the heck knows what...

Monday, September 10, 2007


its late and I'm tired so I'm winding it down to head to beddy-bye before our big bryant park tent debut but before I do I just wanted to quickly comment on the vmas from last night -- brit. OMG! was she drunk? she called that one in but I dont think her phone had reception. chris brown was a performance wiz. love that rihanna but her pink dress was uncomfortably tight and she couldnt walk in it - her stylist should' ve known better. more later. time is up on hotel lobby computer. cest le vie. sweet dreams.

live from new york, it's jess zaino!

I'm finally at ny fashion week, babeeee! I came in last night from lax to cover the fashionable week for my lovely friends at YAZ. I'm staying a t a really cool hotel, toted to be a "fitness hotel". have you ever such a thing? ginko biloba tea in the morning followed by an intense workout with a fitness concierge. and all before 9am. that'll certainly keep the endorphins running. the huge suite with 360 views of the city don't hurt either. there is an excitement in the air at the tents as we explore a more feminine and powerful silouhette for spring. my advice is take your newest season trend ideas from st.john girl, angelina jolie and say buh-bye the to the barbie look of paris hilton. tomorrow I hit the custo barcelona show with my new YAZ friends. I'll keep you posted. love, jess

Friday, September 07, 2007

three french hens

and the fashion week rolls on... today held some heavy hitters, tracy reese and vera wang included. tracy reese is the champion of the every girly-girl with her lovely silhouetted pants. one pair had 10 buttons up the front panel!?! that's enough to button up the mouth of miz star jones who was sitting front row and center. vera wang did her usual silky, jersey, drapey, comfy fits and fabrics. and a personal cocktail party fave of mine, ports 1961 showed a giraffe-like alek wek in shimmery silver, golds and ivory.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


looks like day two brought in shades of grey/gray (what IS the correct spelling of that elusive color?) paired with bright, intense splashes of color for the woman coming out of her shell. keep an eye out for finnish model suvi kaponen who is the newest CK ad girl. tonite is the fashion rocks! show at radio city with huge guest celebs and jeremy piven hosting.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

spring 2008 ahead

today was the official kick-off day for new york's most fashionable and fabulous week, ny fashion week. if you don't already know, they show in the fall for the next year's next season. what?! yup. we're already at spring 2008, so take pre-trend note. today's shows included rachel roy, rag & bone, marchesa and hollywood starlet fave, BCBG. it was at the BCBG show, that we continued to see metallic colors of silver, white, greys, ice blues and plums. and it looks like the lady-like trend of a womanly silohuette continues, so leave the jeans for when your "aunt flo" comes to visit. I'm heading to nyc to report from the front lines this sunday. so until then , I'll keep you up to date on what goes on your nice or never in a million years fashion wish list.

Monday, September 03, 2007

auf Wiedersehen

this morning whilst shopping for nail polish remover, a fan (for my unair-conditioned hotbox of an apt.) and vogue's annual 800-page issue, I saw a tall drink of fabulous woman in the baby section. she was wearing tight gray skinny jeans with spiky high black heels. draped over the jeans, was a fabulous, kimono-style black studded floor skimming cover-up and her hair was in pulled up braided twists. I thought, my goodness, what a sight! I must know who this woman is! as I inched closer to tell this magnificent creature how lovely her ensemble was, wouldn't you know, it was heidi klum!! girl was working it. I myself was wearing pink sweatpants and my boyfriends old tee-shirt, so I decided to hold off on the sycophantic introductions for now. auf Widersehen.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

the next child star

I just finished up the week working as the on-air stylist/"brand" consultant for vh-1's newest celebreality show, the next child star with danny bonaduce. its a show danny created and its rife with drama and hope and catfighting and celebrity. my manager, the enchanting and enigmatic, miss marki costello is co-hosting (think the female simon cowell but hotter and better) the show and when it called for a style expert, the producer was a friend of mine and it all fell in to place. the first day at the valley manse, I had to meet with the parents and remaining contestants to discuss and create a "brand", like a young beyonce or a catholic sarah silverman. afterwards I headed to the glendale galleria to shop for the looks requested. five hours of shopping and I am here to report, if you are lil lady reading this or if you're a mama with lil' lady - the most versatile and fun store for the tween set is limited too. we hit up pumpkin patch, nordstrom kids and gap kids and everything I was looking for (fuzzy slippers with bling, knee high socks) and more was found at the limited too. so, if you're still doing some school shopping, now you know where to go. how the looks turned out, you'll just have to wait and see it on teeeeeeveeeeeeeee.

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