Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving: How to Dress Your Best to Meet the Parents

The holidays - like Thanksgiving -  are a stressful time for ladies who will be meeting their man's parents for the first time.  You must find the perfect look to impress his mom and sisters -- one that's fashionable, chic and classy.  What are the exact steps you need to take to really wow his family?
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Ameena Syeda from  Postelio [www.postelio.com], a cute app that lets you quickly ask friends and family for their fashion opinions while you're out shopping - all from your cell, shares these great tips:

STEP 1: DO YOUR RESEARCH

No one will be a better judge of the in-law's judgment than your significant other. Ask him what his moms and sister's fashion sense is. Check out Facebook photos from past holidays. If they look like East Coast Blue Bloods, dress conservative. If they're total ex-Berkeley activists, try hippie chic and go vintage.
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STEP 2: PACK FOR EVERY OCCASION 

Bring one flowery dinner outfit, one semi-sexy outfit for a night on the town with your guy, and one laid back combo for that Sunday morning stroll with his mom. Tiny skirts are best left at home - because you don't want them to think you're Miley's doppelganger - and don't channel Lady Gaga with uncomfortable fashion ensembles that will just make Granny give you side eye.
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STEP 3: BRING THE WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE

Pack tons of great accessories, especially a statement necklace to glam up any normal outfit. Stella & Dot pieces, for example, can enrich any holiday outfit.

STEP 4: CHECK IN WITH YOUR FRIENDS

We know you can't bring your fashionable friends that weekend to help you find your perfect outfit. But you can send them your fashion selfies and ask them for advice. Postelio is the perfect app to quickly and discreetly ask your friends for fashion advice

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hair How-To: Romeo & Juliet Waves



The most recent adaptation of Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet” is in theaters now and movie goers everywhere are sure to take notice of the cascading, romantic curls seen on Hailee Steinfeld’s character, Juliet. Whether worn long and loose, or elegantly twisted to create a half up, half down look, Juliet’s waves are almost as swoon worthy as her co-star Romeo. This covetable style can be achieved with ease thanks to wave enhancing products from the Curl Experts at Ouidad. 



Get the Look in Three Easy Steps:
1)      Prep hair with the Ouidad Curl Recovery WhippedCurls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer for curls that are soft, smooth and easy to style
2)      Once dried, work Ouidad’s Wave Create TextureTaffy through warm hands and apply to hair with cupped palms in a quick, upward motion to encourage wave formation
http://www.ouidad.com/Curl-Recovery-Whipped-Curls3)      Finish with Ouidad’s Play Curl VolumizingStyling Spray to give strands an extra boost and ensure that those romantic waves never fall flat

Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer:
  • Daily conditioner that restores, softens and conditions curls
  • Formula provides for soft and supple hair and primes hair for styling
  • Ideal for those experiencing dryness, frizz and breakage
  • Formulated with a unique triple Olive Oil blend and Green Tea Extract
  • Sulfate free and suitable for all hair types
  • $26 for 8.5 fl oz

Texture Taffy
    http://www.ouidad.com/Wave-Create-Texture-Taffy
  • Ideal for wavy or straight hair, that desires a sexy, tousled look
  • Marine Complex, high in vitamins and minerals, condition and add softness and shine
  • Giant kelp seaweed extract includes a high content of vitamins and minerals to nourish curls and add shine
  • Algae Extract acts as a moisturizer that leaves hair supple and shiny
  • Milk Thistle extract acts as a botanical extract rich in antioxidants to moisturize
  • $22 for 4 fl oz

Play Curl Volumizing Styling Spray:
    http://www.ouidad.com/PlayCurl-Volumizing-Styling-Spray
  • Unique polymer blend technologically defines, accentuates and holds natural curl patterns so waves and curls are instantly defined
  • A blend of Wheat Proteins, Wheat Amino Acids and Glycerin delivers additional moisture and conditions curls for increased manageability and softness
  • Easy spray on application to clean, damp hair provides even coverage and a soft hold without the crunch
  • Use as a mid day refresher to rejuvenate previously styled curls without drying or stiffness
  • $22 for 8.5 fl oz

Friday, November 22, 2013

Disaster? What Disaster? 5 Thanksgiving Day Fixes!

From the fabulous folks at foodnetwork,.com -  check out these great tips!
Be a Thanksgiving hero this year. If disaster strikes on Thanksgiving Day, face it head-on with these simple fixes for common mishaps. 

1. Unexpected guests show up.
Aunt Sally brought along her new boyfriend and his three brothers? No problem. You've already prepared for this by buying a boneless turkey breast. A 2 1/2-pound boneless breast only takes around 1 1/2 hours to cook. After it's sliced up and added to the serving platter, no one will be the wiser. And if you don't end up using it, freeze it for the next time you get a turkey craving.

2. My potatoes are lumpy.
Lumpy mashed potatoes generally mean undercooked potatoes. If you get to this point and you realize you've undercooked your potatoes, just add a little bit of milk or cream and cook the potatoes over a low heat until the lumps begin to soften. Next time, make sure you cook the potatoes fully by inserting a fork into them before taking them off the heat. If the fork slips in easily, they're done.

3. My gravy isn't smooth.
If flour is added too quickly, the gravy will wind up with clumps of flour. Avoid this problem by gradually adding the flour into the gravy base. You can do this by sprinkling it into the gravy or with a fine sieve if you prefer. For extra insurance, try pouring the gravy through a sieve just before serving.

4. My pie crust is soggy.
To prevent a soggy pie crust, blind-bake the crust either partially or fully before pouring in the filling. This will set the crust to prevent the wet filling from sinking in. Alternatively, keep a good-quality store-bought pie crust in the freezer. Pop it in the oven to crisp up, and then pour in your filling for a shortcut to Thanksgiving dessert.

5. My pumpkin pie or cheesecake has cracked on top.
There's nothing a little confectioners' sugar or whipped cream can't hide. Top your cracked pie or cake with one or the other and your guests will admire you for remembering the finishing touches. There are a lot of reasons custards may crack, and two of the most common involve cooking and cooling time. Avoid the crack next year by cooking the custard for less time. Custards need to cook only until just set. And cool custard gradually by turning off the oven, propping the oven door slightly ajar and letting it come to room temperature before refrigerating.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/disaster-what-disaster-5-thanksgiving-day-fixes/index.html?oc=linkback

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Get Elizabeth Banks Textured Updo!



Celebrity stylist Matthew Monzon shares his inspiration and how-to behind Elizabeth Banks Red Carpet sexy textured updo that she sported at Wednesday's (Nov 20th) premiere in New York City. This sexy siren plays the off-beat Effie in the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire.


INSPIRATION:

http://www.davines.com/en/products/view/this-is-an-invisible-no-gas-spray"We chose to pull all the hair back and get it up and out of the way and to bring more attention to the strong lip color (Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick in Rendez-Vous) and to try to not take away from the killer Jenny Packham pantsuit." - Monzon

http://www.davines.com/en/products/view/this-is-a-sea-salt-sprayHOW MATTHEW CREATED ELIZABETH'S DO:

  • Starting with damp hair I sprayed Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray ($27; davines.com) throughout the hair.  
  • Then while blowdrying the hair, I took 1 inch sections and twisted the hair with my fingers as I dried it to give it a textured feeling.
  • Once dry, I took a 1/2 inch iron and randomly wrapped sections around, alternating the direction.  This should be done using random sections, in order for the look to be a bit more undone.
  • I than pulled the sides of the hair back and secured with bobby pins.  I took the top section of the hair and pulled it back and secured with pins. 
  • I finished the look by spraying all over with Davines This is An Invisible No Gas Spray ($28.00; davines.com) to hold the hair into place. 
  • Lastly, I chose random bits, twisting and pulling the hair out loosely to create a more undone texture.




    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Moroccanoil Goes Mobile!



    As we head into the busiest shopping time of the year, you'll be thrilled to know that you’re now able to visit Moroccanoil.com and shop your favorite Moroccanoil® products on your mobile device!



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