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Glitter Your Winter Wear

The fall weather is starting to creep in and cold weather wear is stocking the shelves.  I recently found myself at Express and Guess purchasing some cold weather attire where I was surrounded but glitter and sequenced tops and dresses.  They were being paired with large sweaters that hid most of the glam but gave it just the right touch.  The part that I found most appealing was when you paired a glitter tank with an over-sized sweater you had the opportunity to take off the sweater and have an evening ready outfit.  Needless to say I purchased some well-deserved outfits, that added the just right amount of bling to my winter wardrobe.

Winter Wear

Now that I had these great outfits I started thinking about the finishing touches…what to do with my make-up?  Of course MAC is one step ahead of me with the winter make-up line “Glitter and Ice: Holiday Colour Collection.”  This new collection gives just a touch a glitter without being overpowering.  I would recommend a more natural overall make-up application with the lite application of a glitter shadow and a touch of color on the lips.  My personal favorite is to keep my lips natural with a touch of gloss but when I’m transforming my everyday winter outfit to an evening wear, I recommend breaking out some color that will transform the richness of your face.

Natural with a touch of Glitter

What better way to complete a glittered up outfit then with the perfect feel good shoes.  Glitter Toms have been making a slash, giving you comfort while maintaining their charitable aspect.  I am a proud owner of a pair of black glitter Toms and I’m finding I can pair them with work outfits on casual days to keep a touch of glam.

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Needless to say I would jump on the glitter bandwagon because it’s here and is a great way to bring in the holiday season!

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Glitter Extensions?!

This year hair flair has seemed to be on the rise.  First we saw the return of the hippy head bands with the overly teased top hair…then we were introduced to the feature hair extension… and now we graced with the glitter extension.  Question; are glitter extensions a flattering new addition to an everyday women’s style? or does it breach the kindergarten barrier and we will soon be seeing adult light up sneakers?

Glitter Extensions

I personally think that it all depends on your individual look and style.  Which is the case in most extensions.  For blonds I think its flattering and adds shine to the hair but that’t not the case for red heads and brunettes.  I find with darker colors Glitter Extensions almost look gimmicky…like you should be going to a Vegas party or out for a wild night, not the ever day work attire.

These extensions can be found for a pretty reasonably price on-line and  they are clip in so that makes it much easier for the non hair guru.  The only way to know what your take would be is to try it and let me know!

 

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On-location in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

As an on-location stylist I have the opportunity to meet new people and work in new places all of the time.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of working in Laguna Beach.  I booked a wonderful bride from Canada that was here celebrating her big day with her family.  They rented an incredible house in Laguna Beach on the top a hill that over looked Laguna and parts of Dana Point.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding and the bride and bridesmaid looked amazing…photos to come!

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Home Remedies

With modern technology we find ourselves constantly relying on the newest and recommended best products to take care of our everyday needs.  Well I would like to take a minute and reflect back to some home remedies that I have heard and experienced over the years…

Baking Soda Bath – We have all experiences unexpected sunburns or an accidental burn form an iron.  Before burn cream, people used to put baking soda in warm bath water to sooth the sting from burns.  I have unfortunately had to use this remedy on myself and it really works.

Baking Soda

Onions can help kick your cold! – There was a point in my life I felt as though getting a cold was an every other week event.  Finally a friend approached me with a home remedy that at first I thought was odd but then warmed up to reality that it works.  When you feel as though you are coming down with a cold cut an onion and place one half by your bed and the other across the room.  Not only does the smell of the onion keep your sinuses clear, (making it easier to rest) there is something about the onion that as it dries it absorbs bacteria in the air.  Don’t believe me try it, you will find you get better quicker!

Toothpaste Removes Blemishes – One day I was visiting my grandma and happen to have a very uncomfortable and deep pimple on my face.  She drug me to the bathroom before going to bed and smothered toothpaste all over the blemish.  I woke up in the morning to have the pimple half the size it was from the night before. WHAT! One more night and it was completely gone without spending any money on expensive products or painfully trying to rip it off my face.

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Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic – With all the medical hype about not over using antibiotic because of your body building up a tolerance, why not start helping yourself on a daily basis?  Garlic can be used for more than just repulsing people with bad breath, including it into your daily vitamins can help build up your natural immunities.

Frozen Waffles for Teething Babies – I recently asked my Facebook follower for their own home remedies and Patricia was nice enough to include a mother’s perspective.  Apparently frozen waffles can give teething babies relief with a cold and soft texture.

 

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I know that there are plenty more home remedies and I would love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Summer No No’s

With the summer here and the weather encouraging everyone to go outside, I wanted to share some things to avoid during the summer months that seem to reoccur every year.  While they make people watching interesting and encourage pool side gossip, the following are my top five NO NO’s…

Avoid Sunburns – Everyone knows that sun burns are not the best for your skin.  Sun burns dry out your skin, hurt and pealing isn’t the best look with a crop top shirt.  Adding an everyday lotion with an SPF can dramatically help with the unwanted sun burns and funky tan lines. Nivea Natural Tone Lotion

 

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Avoid Sunglass Tans – Everyone loves their designer shades but let’s FACE it, sunglass tans are not attractive and are very hard to cover up.  When you plan on spending a little time in the sun make sure to re-enforce your makeup with a good SPF face lotion (the SPF in your make-up is not enough). I have tried many and unfortunately for myself I have very sensitive skin.  But Bobby Brown finally came through for me with his Protective Face Lotion.  If you anticipate a long day in the sun definitely wear a good facial sun screen and don’t forget your hat.

 

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Avoid Frizzy Hair – With hot weather and the constant in and out of the pool or ocean, your hair can take a beating.  Carry a leave in conditioner with you on beach and pool days; I have had the best result with AG conditioning mist.  Using a reconstructive conditioner a few times a month can make a huge difference in the health of your hair.   I highly recommend K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, it makes my hair feel like silk!  Lastly its summer, stay away from your blow dryer when you have the chance.  With constant wear and tear form the weather your hair will need a break from the heat!

 

Frizzy Hair

Avoid Orange Fake Tans – I know that spray tanning is a great way to keep a summer glow and decrease the UV exposure to your skin, but we all know that there is a difference between summer glow and orange alien glow.  For the everyday I would recommend Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer.  This gives you subtle color and makes your skin feel great.  I am still an old fashion tanning bed girl and frequently visit Unique Tan in Mission Viejo.  I know they offer spray tanning and I have had friend come out looking great, but the fear of Orange glow keeps me away.

 

Fake Tan

Avoid Make-up Mistakes – In the summer the natural look prevails!  Keep away from caking on the make-up and at all time wear waterproof mascara, you never know when someone will be throwing you in the water unexpectedly.  A little bronzer on the cheeks, a shimmery lip gloss and you will be ready to rock your summer sun dresses. While I am not a fan of the MAC foundations, I have to give it to them on their bronzers and colors they have launched for the summer!

 

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Take Care of Your Pool Hair

 

Hair Care

With the weather getting better and Memorial Day weekend around the corner the pool and beach are looking more and more appealing.  What’s not appealing is the damaged hair that comes with playing in the water to much. So here are a few tips that I recommend trying through your summer fun;

1)      Conditioner is your friend! – If you’re going to be spending the day in an out of the water put conditioner in your hair and put it up.   Whether you rock a braid or a bun, a thick coating of conditioner will help protect your hair from chlorine and salt, which dry out your hair.  If you like more of the wet hair down look bring a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner with you.  Use every time before getting in the water to keep your hair moisturized.

2)      Ready… Set… Shampoo! – I know after a long day in the sun and playing in the water taking a shower may be the last think on your mind, but do it!  Hair is very porous so not only are you drying it out all day, if you don’t wash out the hair cuticle and refresh your hair with moisture it’s going to feel dry and brittle.  Washing also helps keeps blonds form looking green and colored hair form looking dull. (I recommend Joico’s KPak Sun Therapy –  http://joico.com/products/haircare/kpak-sun-therapy)

3)      Protective Cap?! – While I would never ware one just because I’m not a professional swimmer they do help reduce the amount of exposure your hair receives.  But let’s be real, you’re more likely not to go in the water then use one!

4)      Don’t be afraid of the scissors! – After a long summer of heat, wind, sand and water don’t be afraid to get a trim and start fresh for the winter.  Taking the ends off will make your hair grow and keep it looking healthy.  Not to mention getting your hair cut keeps you up to date with the current styles!

 

While caring for your hair this summer is very important, I haven’t ignored my feminine side that wants to look good at the pool too.

 

“Pool Side Styles” blog coming soon!”

 


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Finding the Right Bathing Suit

With the clouds starting to finally part in Orange County I feel as though all I have been seeing lately are bathing suites.  While I am not enthusiastic about getting into a bathing suit and hitting the beach, I am exciting about the act of finding a new bathing suit for the summer session.  As I read all the Do’s and Don’ts of purchasing the right bathing suit for my shape I realized I look nothing like any of the women (that they say are average sizes) that are giving me buying advice.  Not to mention none of the bathing suit that were being featured were really catching my eye in terms of style.

So I set out to find my perfect 2011 bathing suit.  What better place to start then the Irvine Spectrum… being that there are plenty of stores to choose from.  Swim Spot, Tilly’s, Old Navy, Target, Oakley and even a little Forever 21 action just in case, Nothing!   And yes I stayed away from Nordstrom’s and Bebe because let’s face it dropping $200 on one bathing suit is only SLIGHTLY out of my price range.  Disappointed I packed my 2010 Guess bathing suit for my first trip of the year, Vegas, promising myself that when I got home I would continue the search.

Low and behold the light bulb came on.   I remembered a custom bathing suit shop in Laguna Niguel called Island Girl Beachwear.  So I sent out excited that I would find just what I was looking for, even though I really had no idea want I wanted.  Yes there was a lot to choose from, yes I tried on a few suits that I thought were flattering but no I wasn’t in love with any of them.

Defeated and on my way home I passes the Laguna Hills Mall and though “Why not!”  Oh… was that the best decision ever.  I discovered “Macy’s Swim.”  They are an affiliate of Macy’s but during the summer session they have their own stand alone store in the mall.  Not only is this a whole store dedicated to swim suits, brand name and not so brand name, it’s just for women J  After trying on a dozen bathing suits, instead of being disappointed I had to decide between three different Hurley suits that I loved and fit great…

Excited to have found my 2011 suit, which do you think I chose?

 

Decisions?