Friday, December 30, 2005

Tips for Shiny Hair

Dull, lifeless hair is what I struggle with on a consistent basis. I came across some great tips for shiny hair from a fellow blogger:

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Natural Beauty Day

I'm visiting my family for the holidays where Mervyn's and JCPenny's are the main department stores and everybody wears sweats or jeans. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with sweats or jeans - it's just a little boring (as I sit here in my jeans - but at least their fashionable). You'd think that we were in Hicksville instead of California.

Today I decided to just wash-and-go my hair and put on minimal makeup in order to blend in with the crowd. I called it my "natual beauty" day. I think we need these kinds of days where you just say, "To heck with it" and just show your true self. Well, actually I lied.... I did put on a teeny amount of blush to give myself some color. BUT, I didn't even wear mascara - and that's the one thing I usually don't go without....

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

H&M Hits San Francisco!

Yesterday I took to the streets of San Francisco where there was a hustle and bustle of people looking to spend their Christmas money and gift cards. Union Square in San Francicso is my absolute favorite place to shop in California.... I've never been to New York, so San Francisco is as close as I can get to New York shopping.

I was stunned to see that H&M has opened shop on the West Coast! I had heard so many H&M shopping stories from my friends who had visited New York. Not only does H&M have great clothing at bargain prices, but Karl Lagerfield of Chanel and Stella McCartney are now designing clothing for this Swedish-based clothing company.

My shopping time was limited, so I was not able to make it into H&M that had a line about a mile long just to go inside! Bummer :(

On the bright side, I did end up going into The Body Shop to get my favorite Vanilla perfume oil and some peach face exfoliant.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Other Fashion Blogs of Interest

Today I was in search of other fashion blogs and came across a couple that are quite interesting:

I Am Fashion: - Two fashion divas commenting on the fashion world and the latest fashions

My Fashion Life: - News, articles, and more

Friday, December 16, 2005

Celebrity Hair Styles: Tricks Of The Trade

by John Williams

When you think of your favorite hairstyle, does a certain celebrity come to mind? If you said “yes”, you’re one of millions of women and even men that find celebrity hair-styles the way to go. After all, they are the trendsetters. So, what’s their tips and secrets or is their locks just airbrushed perfect in those magazines? After much research, we’ve narrowed the list to 10 of the best tips and secrets available, both from celebrities and their stylists:

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #1- For that over the top curl look, use a curling iron on parts of the hair and a waving iron on other parts. For the best straight look simply use a flattening iron, but apply a conditioning mist to the dry hair prior to using any heat; this eliminates frizz and static.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #2- To create highlights for curly hair; try putting in the color vertically; this helps define the curls. For straighter hair, paint the highlights on in a starburst fashion, across the entire surface of the hair. Keep highlights within two shades of your natural color.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #3- Use products specifically made for color treated hair when you have any type of highlights, lowlights or coloring on your hair. Always use a leave-in conditioner in the hair and use those that contain sunscreen.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #4- For frizz free curls and to combat those split ends, try sleeping on a satin pillow.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #5- If you suffer from dandruff, try using two ground-up aspirins in your shampoo once every week. Most dandruff shampoos can strip away color from color-treated hair; this great tip doesn’t do that at all.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #6- Avoid brushing your hair, instead use a wide-tooth-comb or your fingers.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #7- Use one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with two tablespoons of shampoo to clarify your hair; but only once a week. Otherwise, you may strip the hair completely of natural oils.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #8- Avoid blow dryers if possible, towel dry your hair until all the moisture is out. Then allow it to air dry the rest of the way.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #9- Apply a leave-in conditioner prior to going to sleep; then wash out in the morning.

· Celebrity hair styles Tip #10- After washing, apply conditioner, then rinse well with warm water; then apply a cold water rinse from roots to ends. This will add shine to your hair.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Update Your Look With the Latest in Fashion Accessories

Here's an article I just finished writing! Enjoy! - Maria

Update Your Look With the Latest in Fashion Accessories

Sometimes it’s just not in your budget to buy a new wardrobe for the season. However, updating your wardrobe can be as simple as buying a few new accessories. You can find great bargains on good, quality accessories if you have the will and patience. Quality accessories can make your outfit look polished and updated.

Accessories to an outfit is like icing is to a cake. You just can’t do without them! The top three accessories that should be chosen with care are jewelry, shoes, and purses. Buy the right accessories and you could look chic and trendy. Buy the wrong accessories and you could end up looking cheap and outdated.

Jewelry can add dazzle to any outfit. Jewelry made of gemstones and precious metals can be worn for years and will outlive any outfit. There are many bargains across the internet on unique, handcrafted jewelry. You can even have a unique jewelry piece custom made just for you.

Believe it or not, the one accessory that can make or break your outfit is your shoes. Shoes need to complement your outfit and not steal all the attention away from you (unless they’re really, really cute of course!) Please, please choose shoes that you can be comfortable walking in. Invest in leather shoes if possible. Don’t spend that much on trendy shoes unless you think that they’ll make comeback in the future.

Your purse will tell people more about you than you think. Are you fun? Conservative? Ready for anything? Organized? For an everyday purse, I recommend buying a leather purse that can withstand all the abuse of everyday life.

Contrary to popular belief, your purse should actually match your outfit. However, a purse doesn’t necessarily have to match your shoes. A purse is an accessory that you can use to express your personality if you have to wear a suit to work everyday.

It is possible to update your wardrobe without having to go out and spend thousands of dollars. Just look for the right accessories and you’ll be looking chic and trendy in no time!

About the Author:
Maria Palma is an artist and jewelry maker. You can find her unique, handcrafted jewelry at:

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Fashion Tricks for Affordable Holiday Style

by Yolanda Keil

I love the holiday season. It’s a great time filled with enticing smells, store displays, good food, sales and, of course, holiday events.

Shopping and dressing for events are often contributors to holiday stress and debt. It’s not necessary to purchase a complete outfit. Here are some affordable options.

-Wear a glittery illusion, multi-strand or y-shaped necklace. There are many options; rhinestones, beads, cubic zirconia, swarovski crystals.

-Pull out those dressy shoes you bought but never wore yet. You can always change into practical flats later if they’re a little high.

-Brighten a conservative, dark suit with a brightly-colored, dressy top or camisole to stand out. Just make sure it complements your coloring.

-Not ready for bright colors? Try a lacey top with long bell-shaped sleeves instead.

-Carry a beautiful, embroidered and/or beaded clutch.

-Buy a faux (or real if you prefer) fur collar to dress up your coat. Have your local cleaners or tailor add the buttons and loops to make it detachable if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

-Pile on the bangles or charms. This is a nice party look - where the noise would not be an issue.

-If you’re not comfortable with the noise, wrap a long strand of beads around your wrist instead. It still is a dramatic look without the noise.

-Heap on beaded necklaces or sport a multi-strand belt for an exotic look.

-Pair tuxedo pants with a silky tie belt and a tucked-in camisole, worn alone or under a nice top.

-Top off your outfit with a dressy shawl in velvet, silk or lace.

-Have a nice, defined waistline? Try punching up a simple, full-skirted dress with a corset-style belt or tuxedo sash.

-Dress up a tweed bag with a cluster of brooches.

Make Sure Those Great Buys Are Something You'll Really Wear ... A bargain isn't a bargain if it's in the back of your closet.

Yolanda Keil is a certified image consultant and a confessed shopaholic. She produces two free style newsletters; Style Shopper and Voluptuous Femme. Sign up for email updates at:

Friday, December 9, 2005

Checking Out the Latest

I decided to do my weekly "window shopping" to check out the latest and the greatest. HELLO! I did not get the memo that cowboy boots are the rage. I walk into Cathy Jean and cowboy boots occuppied one corner of the store. I kept my composure , but felt the urge to make an ugly face. No offense to cowboys/cowgirls, but all I can say is that those boots are not meant for me.

Of course, black is back again. The color engulfs me when I walk into Express. I felt like I had just entered a goth convention :) Reminds me of my mod days back in high school.

I fought the temptation to walk into the Coach store.... (Big pat on the back)

Last stop was Nordstrom where in Brass Plum (known as "BP"), all that glitter's is gold. From gold purses, belts, to necklaces and earrings. Nordstrom is where I go to get ideas for my own jewelry designs. Why buy department store when I can make my own for a fraction of the cost?

With any visit to the Nordstrom's perfume or makeup counters, you're guaranteed to walk out with some free samples. I don't normally wear perfume, but I stood patiently and listened to the Angel perfume lady tell me the price of every product that they sell. To my delight, I walked away with a sample of Angel perfume. My boyfriend told me it smells like an old person's house (no offense to older people)...

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Bid on Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry!

I'm happy to announce that I am finally offering my handmade beaded jewelry for sale on Yahoo! auctions.
Some auctions start at only $.97!

I have a few necklaces on my website already and will add bracelets and earrings soon. All jewelry are custom made and unique works of art that you can adorn yourself with :) I use semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, and have even made a few pieces using 14K gold!


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