Book of the Week: Your Beauty Mark- The Ultimate Guide To Eccentric Glamour


 Dita Von Teese….Whether she’s dazzling audiences while swirling in a towering martini glass or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this “Burlesque Queen” and self-styled star, beauty is an art.

“I’ve always felt that creating glamour is an art form and it’s different from God-given beauty,” Dita said in an interview with “It’s a little bit like someone putting on their drag. We all have this opportunity to style ourselves the way we want to be seen, and sometimes it’s vastly different from what we’re born with.”

  Well lucky for us beauty addicts, Dita’s new book is finally out and it has all her beauty wisdom. In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita, and collaborator Rose Apodaca take us through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her confidantes—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise, as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. Packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skin care and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks and much much more… she shares the skills, history, and lessons we need to enhance our individual gifts and realize our own beauty mark…. love it!

The Art of Gifting


When it comes to gifting, at least one rule is universal, it is the thought that counts!. That being said there are a few general rules and guidelines for gifting in good taste that I thought I’d share here since the holiday season is just around the corner.…

• Give a good quality gift, or none at all!

• Presentation is just as important!

• Be thoughtful and write a hand written note to accompany your present.

• Don’t be too concerned with price. It is the quality and thought that count, not the cost.

• If you don’t know someone well, play it safe with some fine chocolates, champagne.

• Always bring something for a host or hostess of events. Never go empty handed! I always get something like dessert or flowers at least.

• Speaking of flowers, be sure to gift them in odd numbers, except for 7, 11, and 13 which some consider bad luck. I sometimes avoid white flowers as they are for weddings, chrysanthemums, and lilies which are reserved for funerals, and red carnations… unless I know the host or hostess loves them!

• Be personal. If you know someone well, don’t be afraid to gift them books or music you think they will enjoy.