Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Words of Wisdom Wednesday



Old age is no place for sissies. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Beauty Buzz Monday, June 27, 2011

Beauty Buzz

I'm so amazed that the feather extension craze is continuing to take off.  Keep your eyes peeled for feathers popping up in people's hair all around you!  They look pretty cool, is you ask me!  If you want your own, you can order them (or have your stylist order them) at www.hairroyalty.com.  If you need more info on hair extensions, check out this article.

What else has us buzzing?

Now is a good time to clean your makeup brushes!  Wash them in warm water and shampoo or a skin safe cleanser.  Rinse well, blot dry, and then lay them flat to airdry.  If you stand them up to dry, moisture can find its way into the handle and cause mold or mildew.  EW! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo Friday: The Wilderness

At the Trexler Game Preserve in Schnecksville, Pa



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

I love this quote.  It is so true. 

Joy is the best makeup.
-Anne Lamott

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Tip

Did you ever see a blond whose hair is turning green?  It often happens in the summer from spending a lot of time in the pool.  Yup - chlorine is great for killing germs and other nasties, but terrible for our hair. It builds up on all hair types and hair colors, but seems to be most noticeable on blonds.  It can make your hair dry, stiff, sticky, and brittle.  So how can we combat it?  Try this!

Before going in the pool, saturate your hair with either plain tap water or a mix of tap water and conditioner.  Once your hair has absorbed all the moisture it can hold, feel free to take that dip.  Hair has a little bit of a sponge-like quality - once its full of water, it won't really take on any more.  So if you fill it up with safe stuff, it will be less likely so soak in the bad stuff.

Rinse your hair as soon as you get out of the pool.  Just to be safe.

One or twice a week, wash your hair with a good quality clarifying shampoo.  This will help remove buildup, but avoid using it too often or it will fade your hair color and make your hair dry.

Happy swimming! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Beauty Buzz for Monday, June 20, 2011

Don't you just love to people-watch?  I totally do.  I could sit for hours with a cup of coffee and watch folks walk by.  At the local zoo over the weekend, I saw a lot of people who were trying to beat the heat.  I saw too-short shorts, barely-there tank tops, muffin tops, and all kinds of things that I didn't want to see.  Trust me; I'm no prude but still, some things should be left up to the imagination.  

Here's a few summer don'ts: 
1.  Bra straps showing.  Seriously, this trend is over.  Very, very over.  Invest in a strapless bra.  Or at least wear thicker tank top straps.  
2.  Handkerchief shirts - that were tight.  I love these shirts because they're cool, comfy, and have a style.... but they're are not supposed to be tight.  Loose and flowy is the name of the game. 
3.  Bulges.  If it bulges out the top, bulges out the bottom, or anywhere in between, its just too small.  Go up a size and relax!  You'll look slimmer and feel better. 
4.  Vintage stone washed denim.  Vintage=good.  Stonewashed=bad.  Need I say more?
5.  Boots and shorts.  Kinda looks wierd when its 85 degrees. 
6.  Matching your mother.  Even if she is stylish.
We are all ears!
7.  Long sleeve track suit.  

 A few of my fav looks:
1.  Handkerchief dresses.  Very cute, very lightweight, and flattering, too. 
2. Maxi dresses.  These dresses are alluring, flattering, and yet, don't show too much skin.  Bonus, my son thinks I look like a princess in mine.  :)  Pair them with a pair of espadrilles and your are totally on trend. 
3.  Dark wash jean skirt with a fitted -but not tight- black sleeveless top.  Very simple, yet very chic.  
4.  Capris and a shapely 'T'.  Comfy yet chic!
5.  Gladiator sandals.  They go with almost anything:  shorts, capris, skirts.....
6.  Straw hats for sun protection.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Financial Freedom is a Beautiful Thing....

I have to admit it; I probably wouldn’t have picked up Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker, if I had seen it in a bookstore.  But as the book so often states, “The best things in life are free.”  My free copy of the book, provided generously by Thomas Nelson for review, is no different.  It’s nuggets of wisdom, passed down from generations of Amish folks, are full of financial tips.  

You might think that the Amish people are too far removed from society to have any bearing on our financial life today.  But the truth is, their wisdom and philosophy are a timely resource for our struggling, debt-laden civilization.  Money Secrets of the Amish reveals how this society lives peacefully and debt-free by focusing on the virtues of simplicity, delayed gratification, contentment, and sharing.  

I found Money Secrets of the Amish to be refreshing; their virtues a much needed respite from the complexities of our society and a balm for our financial distress.  I very much enjoyed reading the author’s interactions with the Amish folks:  their personableness, their humility, their kindness, and surprisingly, their humor.  I found that the author had excellent suggestions for incorporating the financial strategies of the Amish without having to leave our society altogether.  It certainly would help me to live more simply, more frugally, and more contentedly.

This is a great book for anyone looking to improve their financial situation.  You don’t have to be an accountant to understand these concepts and apply them to your life.  An open mind, a willing heart, and Money Secrets of the Amish will help you get started on the path to financial freedom.

LockStarz Alternative Rooster Feather Extensions by Hair Royalty

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Birds of a feather may flock together, but Feather Hair Extensions are for the trend-loving folks who like to stand out.  And apparently, they are so ‘hot’ right now that women are flocking to bait and tackle shops to pick up fly-tying rooster feathers for their hair.  The fisherman are not so happy about this, and naturally, neither are the roosters who are giving their lives so we can look fabulous.  The great people of Hair Royalty have come up with a solution that makes everyone happy, including the roosters.

LockStarz Alternative Rooster Feather Extensions, from Hair Royalty, have come up with a better product to put in our hair.  These extensions are humane, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.  No roosters have to be harmed in order to get this brand of hair extension, and you certainly won’t find them at a bait and tackle shop.  The Alternative Rooster Feathers are a Hybrid Human and Synthetic Material.  They are, happily, manufactured under strict health regulations.  The extensions are created with the grizzly rooster pattern that everyone is searching for, and they come in a wide variety of colors including blue, white, pink, and more.  They are fifteen inches long, and have the “I tip” at one end so that they can be easily attached to the hair using the link system.  Better yet, these extensions can be washed, curled, flat ironed, and crimped up to a maximum temperature of 330 degrees.  They can even be trimmed to any length you desire.

The fine folks at Hair Royalty graciously sent me a pack of Alternative Rooster Feathers to try out, and I immediately had a stylist friend put them in for me.  She razored the ends to help them blend with my haircut.  Here’s what I like:  the installation is easy.  They install just like any other link-style hair extension, with pliers, a link tool, and a bead.  You could probably use the bonded extension technique to install them if you really desired, but I naturally just prefer the link system because they are easy to remove and change.  I really like the colors.  They are bright and fun, and even after several washes the color seems to be holding just fine. Applying hair color to your hair in these rich, fantasy colors wouldn’t last nearly as well.  So far, I’ve washed them, applied gel, blow dried, hair sprayed, combed, and brushed my hair and my Alternative Rooster Feathers are doing great, with no signs of wear and tear.  They are comfortable and easy to style.

The Alternative Rooster Feather Extensions are a little bit different from typical extensions. The fibers are just a bit stiffer than typical human hair extensions, which is what gives it that piece-y, peekabo flare.  The extensions don’t conform to your head as much as plain, human hair extensions do.  This is what helps them stand out!  Also, you’ll want to make sure that you select colors that match your wardrobe, because you really don’t want your hair to clash with your clothes. I really like them peeking out from underneath of long, textured hairstyles.

.I must say that my experience with these hair extensions has been great.  I get plenty of compliments on the Feather Extensions, which is a great way to find business when I’m out and about or working in the salon.  And since this type of hair extension is meant to be used as an accent piece, rather than for a whole head of extensions, they are more affordable for the average person.   The cost of the these extensions is extremely reasonable, and the application is fairly quick, which means we stylists can use them to increase our income without breaking the client’s piggy bank.  That’s a win-win, in my opinion.  Not only are they fun to wear, they would be great for fundraisers, school spirit, proms, or other celebrations.  And since they are so easily removable they require very little commitment from the client.   

I have interacted with Hair Royalty even before they brought out their Alternative Rooster Feather Extensions.  I am not exaggerating when I say their customer service has been stellar.  Their products are on trend, stylish, and affordable.  They are an environmentally responsible and humanitarian company, donating a portion of the proceeds from these extensions to Locks for Love.  Shipping is fast and their website is easy to use.  

Don’t forget to visit their website, www.hairroyalty.com, and see the Alternative Rooster Feather Extensions, Hair Tinsels and other embellishments, t-shirts, jewelry, tools, and more.  You, the roosters, and all those fisherman will be glad you did!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom


"Pink is the one color that makes everyone look pretty instantly, and it will work with everyone's skin tone. It's very girlie and very ballerina, a very youthful, almost childlike look."
Bobbi Brown




Tuesday Tip

I see a lot of damaged hair in the salon, and the biggest culprit is..... the flat iron.  Flat iron abuse causes serious dryness, breakage, and frizz.  Not a pretty sight!   The more you use it, the more your hair looks like it needs flat ironed (because of the frizz and split ends).  But you can break the cycle of flat iron abuse!

One quick tip- if you know you're going to flat iron your hair in the morning, wash it the night before.  Let it air dry over night so you don't have to blow it dry before you flat iron. It cuts down on the heat styling and saves you time.  Never ever flat iron your hair when it's wet.  And always use a flat iron spray or heat protecting spray!

For more info....
How to prevent frizz in curly hair.
Help for damaged hair.
Ten tips to hide hair damage.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Beauty Buzz for Monday, June 13, 2011

The better the weekend, the harder it is to get back to reality on Monday.  And I always need a pick me up on Monday mornings.  Don't you?  Here's my fav ways to get the day off to a great start.


  • Drinking a steaming hot cup of joe while I listen to the birds sing.
  • Wearing eye shadow from Sephora's eye makeup palette, Pin Up Girl.  It's irresistible! 
  • Cranking up the Newsboys on iTunes. 
  • A few quick sit ups an push ups to get me moving.  
  • Hugs and kisses from my little guy (and my big guy, too).
What's your favorite way to get moving? 
Beauty Tips for the Week

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thrifty Thursday! I love a good deal!

I love a good deal, especially when its something that makes me feel beautiful!


 At www.eyeslipsface.com. you can get good makeup at a great prices - many items are only a buck!  You can't beat it, especially when the budget is tighter than your spanx.  And now for a limited time, you can get $1.98 shipping on orders of $15 or more.  Just enter code SUM198 at checkout.

Do you have any good deals to share?  I'd love to hear about them!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom




CoCo Chanel and Vera Bate Lombardi -Scotland 1925






"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." 
 Coco Chanel

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beauty Buzz....where do you find beauty?

This week's beauty buzz....

Look for beauty in unexpected places! 




  • What is the best makeup to wear on a summer date? Read on to find out! 
  • Broke?  Need some free (or nearly free) DIY beauty treatments?  Try these!
  • Did you know Jennifer Aniston went from blond to dark for a new role?  We think she looks amazing!  What do you think?
  • Sephora Beauty Insider's can get a FREE mini-lipstick with any online order.  Just use code ROUGE at checkout.  Beauty Insider?  Sign up today at www.sephora.com .
  • Product of the week:  The Maxi Dress!  Cool, gorgeous, and so easy to wear!

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