Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some Cool and Delicious Ideas

It's been a week and a half since my Birthday (it's amazing how fast time is going by) and that means the Christmas holiday is 5 days away so business is on holiday.  And for the first time in years, it's been raining in LA for 3 days straight with more rain slated for the rest of the week.  So it's been the best time to surf the web and check out some cool things and ideas....  Here are just a few...

I love pie, especially cherry and peace.  Check out this fabulous idea from Our Best Bites showing single serving pies that are easy to make and bake when the urge for pie hits.  Yum......

I'm a burgeoning minimalist and I saw this kitchen on Remodelista and was instantly in love......  I love the use of stainless (even though I don't like stainless appliances) and concrete (which I love) floors.  Fabulous!!

I also love simple clocks, also from Remodelista.  Easy to read, they are perfect for the bathroom, kitchen, den.....  check out the variety......

One of my favorite make-up lines is E.L.F.com  (Eyes, Lips, Face).  They have great lip colors, eye shadows, foundations, powders and accessories for a really great price. My fave pallette (below) is only $10.  Give them a try......

My favorite thing to do on the weekends is to watch HGTV or Food Network.  My favorite Food Network star, Big Daddy's House (Aaron McCargo, Jr.) is coming out with his first book.  Now I can get all of his tasty recipes in one place.  I watched him win the Next Food Network Star to get his own show and now in his 4th season, he'll have a book. Hurray!!   I'll have to wait until April, but we can pre-order now on Amazon.  Go Aaron!!

Aaron McCargo, Jr. from Food Network's Big Daddy's House

I am so impressed with little Willow Smith and her Whip my Hair song and video....she's truly an inspiration cause you really have to be single minded and strong to be so young and so good.  So I am really loving fashion PaperFashion blogger, illustrator, Miss Kathryn Elyse Rodgers' rendition of Miss Willow.  Check out her online store for her great designs including the one of Willow......

Illustrated by Kathryn Else Rodgers 


Monday, December 20, 2010

December 2010 Issue 5 of Regard Magazine is here...... featuring Camila Alves

Our December, Issue 5, of Regard Magazine is here with the beautiful Camila Alves on the cover.  She is not only featured in a gorgeous editorial but she gives us the low down on her exclusive custom-made Brazilian leather handbag line, Muxo.  This issue is also packed with bios and interviews from:

Cindy Busby: from CW's "Heartland."
Tamala Jones: from ABC's "Castle"
Rochelle Gores Fredstone: The Fashionista Behind Arcade Boutique
Purple Melon: A cool up and coming British rock band
India Eisley:  from ABC Family's "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Gloria Govan: from  VH-1's "NBA Basketball Wives"
Rachel Smith: from ABC's "On The Red Carpet" with Simin Haute Couture
Adetokumboh M'Cormack: from the upcoming movie "Battle: Los Angeles"
Necar Zadegan: from "The Event"

Check out the behind the scenes video of the photoshoot with Camila.  Photos: DimitryL.com, Hair and Make-up: Me (ValerieNoble.com), Designs: KellyNishimoto.com, MyMuxo.com

Monday, November 8, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Cindy Busby

I love to do photoshoots, especially because I can do both hair and make-up. I've been busy lately doing shoots for the up-coming issue of Regard Magazine.  Here are some shots of me in action working with actress Cindy Busby with some amazing gowns by Chagoury Couture and of course, Dimitry taking the photos.....

Valerie and Cindy Busby 

Valerie and Cindy Busby
Cindy Busby in Chagoury Couture with DimitryL.com taking photos
Cindy Busby in Chagoury Couture with DimitryL.com taking photos
Cindy Busby and Valerie

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Check out my Favorite Designer's Interview on Entertainment Tonight Canada

One of my favorite LA designers, Dalia MacPhee, did a fabulous interview for Entertainment Tonight, Canada.  This Canadian native has taken Los Angeles by storm....and when it comes to the Hollywood A-list finding the perfect Red Carpet look, Dalia MacPhee is the answer.  Here are a few images that showcase her gowns from our editorials from RegardMag.com   (issue #2 and issue #4).....   Check out her interview below.......

                                   Candace Accola in Dalia MacPhee style # 3128 V

                                      Candace Accola in Dalia MacPhee Style # 3542 V

                                DWTS Chelsie Hightower in Dalia MacPhee Style # 3128 V

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Danielle Bisutti for Olando Style Magazine

Check out this video of Danielle Bisutti (True Jackson VP) during our photoshoot for Orlando Style Magazine.  Photographer, Dimitry Loiseau worked his magic and Danielle provided the beauty and energy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fighting for the Title: Delores Burgess' One-Woman Show

In honor of October's Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to give a shout-out to my very talented friend and 2-time cancer survivor, Delores Burgess.  She has written, produced and performed an inspiring one-woman play that musically chronicles her own journey through one of the greatest challenges of her life. Here is a sneak peak of the performance that she did at the KJLH Los Angeles Women's Health Forum earlier this year.  You will agree that Delores' gift of energy, voice, and hope will leave you mesmerized.  Check out her website for more information about Breast Cancer Awareness and about her future performance dates as this is a not to be missed show....

                                                       Delores Burgess

Fighting For The Title from DreamPost Productions on Vimeo.http://www.fightingforthetitle.com/

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Behind the Scenes for Regard Magazine

I've been really busy lately, working on the editorial spreads for the October 2010 issue of Regard Magazine.  I love, love, love doing editorial photoshoots and with this issue we had a chance to work with some great celebs from Dancing with the Stars, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and new Victoria Secret model, Kylie Bisutti.  Here is a sneak peak of me doing my thing behind the scenes......

            Valerie, Sylist, Ayana and Kyle Richards (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

                                       (Victoria Secret model) Kylie Bisutti and Valerie

                                     (Victoria Secret model) Kylie Bisutti and Valerie

DWTS Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas and Valerie

Monday, September 6, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Victoria Secret's 2009 Model Search winner Kylie Bisutti

Here are a few behind the scenes pics from the Regard Magazine shoot we did for the up coming October issue with Victoria Secret 2009 model search winner, Kylie Bisutti in an exotic location featuring Carmen Steffens handcrafted handbags and shoes and clothes by Industr+y......  Thanks to Stylist Ayana Van Putten and Photographer DimitryL.com for a fabulous shoot!!  Stay tuned for the behind the scenes video and editorial in the October issue......

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Behind the Scenes with E! News' Ashlan Gorse

Here is a look at the behind the scenes shoot with the cover model for Regard Magazine's August issue, Ashlan Gorse from E! News.  Usually, I'm hiding out behind the scenes, but you will see a peak of me in action.  Special shout out to Ashlan and Designer Adolfo Sanchez Stylist Ayana Van Putten and of course, Photographer Dimitry Loiseau for a fantastic shoot.   Check out the August issue 3 of Regard Magazine for the full editorial spread.....

"You Get What You Pay For"

Here is a cool video from my friend, Jason C. Miller from his new video for his song "You Get What You Pay for."  which has been featured on HBO's True Blood.  I did a little make-up for him and I love how the video came out....he and his crew did an amazing job.

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Issue of Regard Magazine featuring E! News' Ashlan Gorse on the cover

The new issue of Regard Magazine is here......This issue has Ashlan Gorse from E! News, Danielle Bisutti Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP, Katrina Law Starz network: Spartacus and Tess Kartel from the movie The Other Guys with Will Ferell and Mark Wahlberg.

We also worked with designers Adolfo Sanchez, Blessed & Cursed, (Thanks to Jennifer Mitzkus) Kao Pao Shu and Velvet Angels.  This issue is really beautiful ..Take a look at the full issue online.....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Behind the Scenes with True Jackson VP's Danielle Bisutti

Here is a sneak peek of the behind the scenes photo shoot with Danielle Bisutti (Amanda from True Jackson VP) for the upcoming issue 3 of Regard Magazine.  As you will see, we had a fun and fantastic time during the shoot and the resulting images are simply beautiful.  Big shout out to Miss Danielle for her amazing energy and to designer Christiane King for the lovely gowns.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sneak Peak from Regard Magazine

Here is an image from our new photo shoot with actress Tess Kartel (she's in Will Ferrell's new movie (The Other Guys) in designs from Kao Pao Shu.  I love this image even though it is out of focus.....  Ayana Van Putten did the styling and of course, DimitryL.com did the photography.....Stay tuned for more behind the scenes from the next issue.....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Minimalist’s Guide to Summer Beauty….

                              Photo: DimitryL.com, Model: Krista, Hair/Make-up:ValerieNoble.com

Now that summer is here and the weather has gotten warm, it’s a perfect time to streamline our beauty regimes. Looking fabulous with a minimal amount of skincare and make-up is easy so let’s take a look at how we can streamline our summer beauty routines down to 3 or 4 steps.

Skin Care- Skincare is really important in the summer when our sun exposure is increased but we can keep it simple by using:
  • Cleanser- It is so important to remove your make-up and if you don’t wear make-up to clean your face nightly. Use a cleanser that works for your skin type.
  • Nighttime moisturizer- After cleaning your face, it is imperative to moisturize. (Keep in mind that dry skin and sun damage shows up as wrinkles and fine lines.) With the new technology in today’s creams like retinol, glycolic acid, botanicals and oil-free moisturizers, nightly use can give you amazing results for younger looking skin.
  • Weekly Facial Scrub- Use a scrub once a week to keep your skin looking fresh and revitalized. (Remember to moisturize after the scrub and don’t forget your neck)
    (Try: St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Polish)
Make-up –Light daytime make-up is perfect for summer. Keep it simple by using:
  • Moisturizer- With an SPF (after cleansing your face first, of course.) Mix with a little foundation to make it a tinted moisturizer.
  • Blush or bronzer- Create a warm and sculpted face with blush or give your entire face and neck a warm-up with a bronzer.
  • Mascara- Apply a coat or 2 of mascara to open up your eyes
    (Try: Maybelline’s XXL Pro Volume Washable)
  • Lip gloss- Use your favorite gloss or lip tint to complete your daytime look.
    Add- A dab of concealer under the eye and on any discoloration can be used if necessary.
Hair Care- Summer is also the perfect time to keep hair simple…. Here are 2 essential items for great hair….
  • Shampoo- Use a formulation designed for your hair type.
  • Leave-in Conditioner- Skip the conditioner step by just using a leave-in conditioner. And many leave-ins work as a styling agent, too. (For example, the leave-in for curly hair can eliminate frizz and define the curl….just add a little more.)
    (Try: Sebastian Potion 9 wearable styling treatment)
Body Care- Keeping your skin moisturized and sun-protected is important for the summer.
  •  Shower Gel Scrub- Keep your skin radiant and dry skin at bay by using a shower gel scrub.
    (Try: Orgins Gloomaway Grapefruit body-buffing cleanser)
  • Moisturize- Use a moisturizer with an SPF for daytime protection. If you are spending time in the direct sun, you can add more as needed.
Now, with these easy tips we can get out and enjoy our summer activities and look fabulous in the process……


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why Networking is Important.....

A few months ago, I attended a unique networking event called Project Connect created by my friend Stephanie Michele from Social Bling.  As I am always trying to find ways to meet people, Stephanie is an expert in applying the new technology of the internet with the old-fashioned face-to-face connections we all need for a successful business.  Check out the video and be sure to sign up for more info on the Social Bling website....  Great job, Stephanie......

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Issue of Regard Magazine featuring Candice Accola on the cover

Regard Magazine, Issue 2, is now available to view online. In this issue we have Candice Accola (Vampire Diaries), Carrie Preston (HBO True Blood), Jeannie Mai (How Do I Look), Nicole Johnson (Miss CA USA 2010) and much more! Designers include Dalia MacPhee, Velvet Angels, Tony Bowls, Kao Pao Shu, Bejeweled by Gina and Christiane King.  Feel free to share with your friends......  Oh, and if you would like a hard copy for your library, you can order it from here.....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Cover and Editorial for Umm Magazine

Check out the Cover and Editorial Shoot we did for Umm Magazine (summer 2010) with Hero's and True Blood's Dawn Olivieri.  Dimitry Loiseau did an amazing job and Dawn was fun and easy to work with.  She has the best hair and I'm sure she was tired of me raving about it by the end of the shoot.  You can pick up a copy or check the spread here.....

                             Photo: Dimitry Loiseau/DimitryL.com, Hair and Make-up: ValerieNoble.com;
                                                             Model: Actress Dawn Olivieri

Monday, May 31, 2010

New Issue of Regard Magazine coming soon!

Here is a sneak peak of one of the editorials from the upcoming issue of Regard Magazine.  Actress Candice Accola from Vampire Diaries did an amazing job and is featured on the cover.  Stylist, The Mr. Bradshaw gave an exciting look to the dresses provided by celebrity designer Dalia MacPhee.  Photos by DimitryL.com.

                                 Model: Actress Candice Accola, Photo: DimitryL.com
                                  Hair/Make-up: ValerieNoble.com, Styling: TheMrBradshaw.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Ad for Maggie Barry in Flaunt Magazine

Pick up the new copy of Flaunt Magazine. It has a very creatively designed cover with the MCM logo styled briefcase as the cover. Inside you will find an Ad that Dimitry Loiseau photographed and I did the Hair and Make-up for Los Angeles Designer Maggie Barry. It is so nice to see our work in a national magazine and we love working with Maggie and model Krista.

                                               Ad for Flaunt Magazine for MaggieBarry.com

Here is another version of the Ad that we did for Maggie..... I like this one, too!! 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Miss California 2010, Nicole Johnson

Last week Dimitry and I got a chance to work with Nicole Johnson, Miss California, 2010 Not only is she gorgeous, but she truly is a very interesting and nice person.  We had a great time shooting gowns from designer, Tony Bowls as well as an amazing gown from Christiane King which we will feature in the upcoming issue of Regard Magazine.  You can also catch Miss Nicole as she goes up against  50 other contestants for the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas on May 16th.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Clairdee's Photoshoot

My Dear friend and favorite singer, Clairdee, came to Los Angeles last week for a photo shoot with Photographer Leroy Hamilton.  Of course, I was on hand to do her hair and make-up while jewelry designer, Regina Davis, of Bejeweled by Gina, provided an amazing variety of one of a kind jewelry for the shoot.  We also had some stunning gowns provided by celebrity Hollywood designer Dalia MacPhee.  We had a blast and I will definitely post some of the final picks when they arrive.

                            Photographer: Leroy Hamilton and Singer: Clairdee

                                                        Val and and Singer: Clairdee

                                      Clairdee's headshot, Photo: Leroy Hamilton

                                               Jewelry Designer: Regina Davis and Me

Friday, March 5, 2010

10 Surprising Beauty Boosters

Here are 10 easy beauty boosters that can help you show off your personal beauty confidence without the time and expense of more extensive procedures.

  • A Nice smile- White teeth and healthy gums are immediately noticeable and can raise your beauty quotient. Be sure to brush and floss daily and get your teeth brightened as necessary.
  • Well groomed eyebrows- Nicely arched eyebrows can give you an instant lift because they open up the eye to create a polished look. With maintained eyebrows, you can literally walk out the door with mascara, a little bronzer and lip gloss and look pulled together.
  • Short natural nails- Long nail extensions are not only an expense but they ruin the nail bed underneath with long-term use. With such an array of fabulous nail colors available, now is the time to switch to a short natural nail. You will be surprised how nice your nails can look.
  • Say no to extensions- Hair extensions are a great temporary enhancement. I recommend the temporary ones that can be clipped on. Long-term wearing of the more permanently attached extensions, however, can lead to hair loss due to breakage and tension. And once you get hooked, it’s an expensive habit. Get a fabulous cut or trim instead.
  • Wear a facial sunscreen everyday- Wear a tinted moisturizer with a sunscreen or a sun block every day….even in cloudy weather. It gives you protection from the damaging effects of the sun is a great way to keep your face from needing more expensive skin treatments. Plus be sure to cleanse your face and moisturize at night.
  • Shiny hair— Glossy hair always looks healthy and beautiful. There are so many hair serums available that deliver a beautiful glossy shine and provide additional conditioning. Just a few drops can make your hair look amazing.
  • Wearing the correct size- It’s amazing how clothes that are too large or too small can make you look bigger. Don’t worry about the number on the tag….go for a perfect fit.
  • Great accessories- Great accessories are an easy and economical way to spruce up any look. Don’t be afraid to show your creativity by experimenting with scarves, jewelry, bracelets, hats and belts.
  • No smoking- Smoking is not only a huge turn off to real beauty, but the disadvantages are real….stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, smelly clothes and hair, and of course it’s a big detriment to your health and skin.
  • Good posture- I am always amazed at how many beautiful women (even celebrities) do not stand up straight. Poor posture instantly comes across as a lack of confidence and doesn’t allow for true beauty to shine through. Be aware of and practice good posture and you can instantly improve your beauty. Plus you will look much better in your clothes.
These simple changes can make the most of your individual beauty. Be brave enough to show your beauty confidence. Be a style innovator and bring out the best of your beauty confidence.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Magazine Collaboration

My Favorite Photographer, Dimitry Loiseau, have collaborated to create a new fashion look-book style magazine. The premiere issue Regard Magazine is now available to view. It is primarily an online magazine (we're thinking green) and can be ordered if you'd like a copy. We're excited to have 4 amazing designers to showcase for our first issue. Many Thanks to everyone who helped us with this project. We are thrilled with the outcome. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Here is a sneak peak of the behind the scenes of the cover shot with our model, actress Molly Shea. Thanks to Christopher Mannor who styled the shoot and Delise' Ana for the designs.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Here is a behind the scenes look at yours truly putting the finishing touches on Actress Maya Gilbert's make-up at our recent photo shoot for her. As you can see she was a blast and beautiful as well......

Here is a look at the finished photo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beautiful Homes

I love architecture and design but I rarely get the chance to check out beautiful homes. I finally got the chance to tour this dream home by designer and builder Jami Baldwin when I did her hair and make-up for this LX-TV segment. This home in the Palisades easily makes you feel like you are in Italy...... Check it out and you'll see what I mean.