Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gorgeous Hair for the Holidays

As we all know, happy girls are the prettiest girls, and I have found the most fabulous hair straightener that is making me incredibly happy, and therefore, incredibly pretty! From the Conair Nano Silver Collection, the Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener is by far and above the best hair straightener I have ever used. The ionic technology and infrared energy help to protect your hair's natural luster, leaving you with clean, shiny, healty-looking hair with less damage.

I have tried and tossed at least ten different hair straighteners over the past few years. Either they fry my hair and leave it looking like dried out straw, or it takes forever to straighten my hair one tiny section at a time but it never seems to look as sleek and shiny as the ads on tv and in the glossy magazines. Until now. The Infiniti Nano Silver by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener is a dream come true.

Just look at how gorgeously sleek and shiny our model's hair is! Alex's hair is naturally curly, especially around the hairline. She used the Conair Nano Silver Tourmaline straightener, set on a medium heat setting, and was able to straighten her hair in under five minutes! The sleek, shiny style lasted all day, all night, and even looked fabulous first thing the next morning!
I have been able to cut 30 minutes out of my morning routine by using the Conair Infiniti Nano Styler to dry my hair quickly while minimizing heat damage, and then using the Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Straightener to get my hair looking sleek, shiny and incredibly healthy. I adore these products!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Holiday Gifts for the Boss

Hi She She, You've helped me out tremendously before, so I'd like to request your help in finding a gift for two fun, fearless, and FABULOUS females in their fifties - my bosses! These two educated, cultured, and business-savvy women have owned their own successful interior design firm for 25 years while maintaining strong families AND still managing to outdo their contemporaries when it comes to anything style-related! However, they are SO hard to shop for because they seem to have it all, and a "spa gift certificate" just doesn't seem like something that would cause their faces to light up...these women need something "WOW!"...I know that's a tall order, but I have every faith in you, She She! Please help! Thank you so much! G

Wow, that really is a tall order! A good rule to remember for executive holiday gifts is that the personal touch is nice - just not too personal. Gifts considered too personal by most business etiquette sources are clothing, toiletries and anything with a religious connotation.

It is always difficult to find the perfect gift for the woman who already has everything, and one can easily fall into the trap of trying to out-do gifts from previous years. My advice is to keep it chic and simple, yet personal enough for them to know that a lot of loving thought went into the gift.

Take her personal interests into consideration. For the pet lover, these adorable dog collars and leashes from Pup-Pup Designs are fabulous! I received one as a gift for my little Westie, Zac, and we loved it so much that I gave one to my uber-chic mentor/boss for her Yorkie and she was over the moon for it! She was thrilled and touched that I had thought of her darling baby.

What are her personal interests? Tickets to an upcoming concert, play or event are always a great idea, because this is not necessarily something she would buy for herself, but it is something that she would love to attend. Does she love to read? A signed copy or beautifully bound edition of one of her favorite author's books would be a thoughtful choice.

Last year, knowing that her boss was a major Anglophile, Shop Girl gave her the entire A&E Pride and Prejudice DVD set and scored serious brownie points.

So what am I giving my boss this year? A sterling silver key ring from Tiffany. It is simple, chic and sophisticated, without being over-the-top flashy (ahh, that signature Tiffany style!) Also, every time she pulls out her keys she will think of me!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Dear She She Me, I have a dilemma that only the she-she-est of women can solve. I will be attending my sister-in-law's black tie evening wedding in early February in Maine (BRRRRRRRR.........). I HATE to be cold (I'm a CA girl after all), and so I've been trying to find a long sleeve, floor length dress (first priority) or a long sleeve knee/calf length dress (second priority). But I'm having a TERRIBLE time. It seems most of the dresses are sleeveless or strapless, and I know I will be cold despite the most lovely of wraps. Further, I'm not sure how I feel about a jacket - I don't think it's the most flattering of looks for me, as I'm an hourglass shape, and my best feature is definitely my very small waist. So I'd like to show it off (need to look fab in those family pictures!) Any suggestions??? I'm open to ideas for other attire as well - as long as I'll be warm!! Stylishly stumped, Leigh

Dear Leigh,

A black tie wedding is definitely an occasion to pull out all the stops for, but I agree with you that there is no reason to freeze one's assets off just to look stylish. While most evening gowns do seem to be sleeveless, there are quite a few stylish options out there, especially now with the holidays coming up. This is the perfect time for you to snap up a little something for your black tie affair.

Since your small waist is your best feature, that is where the emphasis should be. This gorgeous liquid gold dress by Tadashi is ideal. The basket-weave wrap detail at the waist is very figure flattering and the sleeves provide enough coverage to keep you warm without being overheated.
Another great figure flattering option for a girl with a tiny waist is a wrap-style top and skirt in a stunning fabric like shot silk, organza or taffeta. The side-tie enhances the waist without the illusion of cutting you in half.
This matte jersey gown with empire seaming is also a great choice. It drapes from the empire waist, just skimming the body without hugging too closely.

One thing you might also want to consider is a gown with a bolero style jacket. The bolero is not as bulky as a regular jacket and is very flattering especially if you have an hourglass figure. You can also wear a bolero over just about any sleeveless, strapless or spaghetti strap dress in the same shade or tone.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Luscious Lip Plumpers

Hi . My problem is thin lips. I have tried some lip plumpers and they don't seem to last. Is there one that will last the day? I am an older woman in my 60's, but I don't want to look or feel old. Please help. Thank you, Jackielynn

Dear Jackielynn,

This is a dilemma that faces women of all ages and degrees of lip lusciousness. I, too, have need of a bit of lip plumping and wish that I could find a permanent solution, but am fearful that I would end up looking like a duck! Thank heaven for lovely lip plumper glosses and lipsticks.

Personally, I have tried many different types of lip plumper, and my favorite by far is LipFusion. Not only does it come in a variety of gorgeous shades, but it doesn't dry out my lips the way other plumpers do. Many other plumpers have to be reapplied almost continuously to maintain the look and feel of plumper lips, but LipFusion lasts a LONG time. I only have to reapply it a few times a day - more like normal lipstick. Also, it isn't sticky or tacky, but makes my lips feel moist and smooth. Kissable in fact!

LipFusion also makes a great line of lip plumping pencils, and the absolutely divine LipFusion XL Advanced Lip Plumping Therapy, which is fabulous as a nighttime treatment for your lips.