Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Little Girls and Self Image

Am I Beautiful?

Here's an interesting post about Girls posted over at Queen of Spain. Any mother with a little girl can probably relate with these thoughts.

I myself don't have any girls of my own - although I do spend a great deal of time with my three God-daughters. I try to teach them that everyone has beauty within them - even the girls that appear to be "mean". I also teach them that they are beautiful in their own way.

There's nothing wrong with maintaining your good looks. A healthy self-image is needed to be confident. I think that's what I would say if my daughter had asked me why I was plucking my eyebrows.

Little girls will eventually grow up and be bombarded with fashion magazines and the media telling her how she should dress and what she should look like. It's up to mothers to educate their girls about these influences and to instill in them that yes, they are beautiful.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cheryl Burke Is Not Fat!

As a big fan of the show, Dancing With the Stars, I am very much inspired by all the dancers. My favorite professional dancers are Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke. They're passion and love for their work is so apparent when they're dancing!

Today Cheryl Burke was on the Ellen Degeneres Show to talk about all the gossip going around regarding her gaining weight. I was appalled that people were actually saying that she was "fat"! Watch the clip from the show below (email readers click here to watch the video)...

What I have learned from the wise people in my life is that you should look at yourself first before you even start to make remarks about people. Remember that old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all?"

I can understand how hard it would be to avoid all that blabber. It's all over the internet, in magazines at the grocery checkout, and then your friends want to tell you what they've heard. And if people are talking about you, of course you're curious and want to know what they're saying. That's why I don't think I would ever want to be an entertainer!

What I Really Thought About Fashion Week San Diego

I know I've been lagging a little on my fashion designer reviews and interviews from Fashion Week San Diego!

In the meantime, check out this guest post I wrote for PR Couture: PR Lessons Learned: Fashion Week San Diego. I analyzed my experience of FWSD and took a look at it from a business perspective. If you ever have to organize a big event like this, you'll definitely want to read this article!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Contests and Giveaways!

Ok, so who doesn't love to win cool stuff? Check out these contests and giveaways that I've come across this past week...
  • Enter the Misikko Customer Photo Contest! Three random winners will be chosen. One person will be awarded $100 Misikko Gift Certificate and two people will get $50 Misikko Gift Certificates.

  • The premier online fashion boutique Net-A-Porter and The Purse Blog have teamed up this month for your chance to win a $2,000 Jimmy Choo Ramona handbag. This contest runs until October 31st. Click here to enter!
  • Enter the ReNuCares Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Limited Edition Crystallized Swarovski elements contact lens case valued at $350.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Man Steals $90,000 Diamond Earrings from Macy’s

Diamond Flower Ring in White GoldHere's a guest post from Erik over at My Jewelry Box...

When you think of jewellery heists, you think of two possible scenarios:

1. Ocean’s Eleven-style high-tech sneaky master plan to make off with millions
2. Smash and grab-style potentially gun-toting fear-dominated robbery

The case below from September 25th of this year is a bit like the second scenario, but without all the violence. How is this possible, you ask?

In where-else-but-Florida, a 37-year-old stole a pair of 4.7 carat diamond stud earrings worth $90,000. He’s still at large, following the successful execution of his master plan. He got two pairs of earrings shown to him at once, then dropped one down the clerk’s shirt before making a break for it with the other set. Quite the risk, for a plan like that. Then again, he got away with it (so far).

Having not followed proper procedure, the clerk, Teri Arazie, was fired. Strange that the woman would have been fired at all, considering she might have very well been shaken up by the whole thing. Even if all he did was run out, it’s not easy to face a thief. It could have been worse, though. Like I said, jewelry robberies have the potential to be a lot more dangerous. According to National Jeweler, Florida and Texas seem to be the most common states for jewelry robbery, with roughly 10% resulting in gunfire. Robbers often use gun, but sometimes knives, and even hammers. It’s not even rare for jewelers to be killed during a robbery, either.

Unfortunately, the article isn’t clear about what proper procedure is/was, but I imagine it’s something along the lines of "only show clients one piece (or pair) of jewelry at a time." If the person seems nice, though, it’s not exactly easy to pre-emptively treat a potentially high-paying customer like a criminal-to-be.

Sandra Boonenburg of the police department commented: "You have to be vigilant and don't ever assume you know the person, unless you actually do know the person. But don't assume that just because they look like a nice guy and they talk to you nice that they aren't going to take advantage of the situation." I’m not sure what else, exactly, she was supposed to do, or if there was a lesson learned. I guess "store policy", that expression that’s never fun to say but is a socially acceptable phrase, is the only option.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Using Light Therapy To Look Younger

Ray of light on Flickr by Dan TaylorThose of you who've been reading this blog for awhile may know that I'm all for natural ways to "fight aging". I actually don't like phrases like "anti-aging" because we should actually be embracing our growth and maturity. When you say "fight" or "anti", it brings up feelings of resistance and negativity. Let's stop with the *fight*ing and get to *loving* ourselves!

There are sooooo many products on the market nowadays that want to help us look younger. I'm all about looking younger, but risking your life or health just to look young doesn't sound very appealing now, does it? What's the point of looking young if you're dead?

As an ongoing student of science, I'm very fascinated with the healing powers of water and light. I believe these elements do play a role in our health and vitality - helping us to look and feel younger.

Recently I've been doing research on LED light therapy and all the different ways it can be used to help people with skin ailments and cancer. Read about the cosmetic and healing benefits of LED light therapy.

I found out about a company called Tända who has created the Tända Regenerate™ Light Therapy kit that helps to improve skin texture, color, and tone. The company recently partnered up with Sephora to offer this light therapy kit in Sephora USA stores.

Tanda Device for Light TherapyThe Tända Regenerate kit includes:
  • Tända light therapy cordless hand piece
  • Tända Regenerate treatment head
  • Recharging stand
  • Tända Light-Optimized™ Cleanser
  • Tända Light-Optimized™ Anti-Aging Serum

  • $275 for the Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment starter kit
  • $38 for the Tända Light-Optimized Cleanser
  • $75 for the Tända Light-Optimized Anti-Aging Serum
What are your thoughts about using light to heal or improve your skin? If you've ever used light therapy for your skin, I'd love to hear your stories!

Photo Credit: Dan Taylor

Monday, October 13, 2008

Special Handcrafted Jewelry Sale!

In celebration of the fall season, I am having a handcrafted jewelry sale!

For all of you special Beauty Is Within readers, I am offering 60% off all of the beaded jewelry at my Etsy shop. Treat yourself to something nice or shop early for Christmas!

Sale ends this Thursday, October 16, 2008...

To get this special deal: Send me an email with the item(s) you'd like to purchase to maria[at]salondemaria[dot]info. I will then send you a PayPal invoice which will reflect the 60% discount.

Remember that these are one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, so first come, first served.

Shop for jewelry here!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fashion Week San Diego 2008 Review

After much waiting and anticipation, Fashion Week San Diego made its debut at the Hyatt San Diego. The "Fashion Week" actually got consolidated into four days in which Friday night was the one and only night we got to watch any runway shows.

As with any first-time event, you can expect issues and problems to come up. I remember receiving an email saying that the event was going to be postponed until 2009, but then a week later received another email saying that the event was back on. However, regardless of all the drama, it turned out to be a decent event.

Being a Bi-National event - meaning that there were designers from both Mexico City and Southern California - there was a wide variety of distinct styles. One of my favorite pieces was this purple (of course!) evening dress by Jorge Corella. Ah, I can just picture me walking down the red carpet wearing that dress ;)

Jorge Corella Dress at Fashion Week San Diego 2008

Of course everyone came fashionable dressed, but there was one person I gravitated to for some reason. Her name is Katie and she's a hairdresser at Salon Moselle in Temecula, California. She's pictured here on the left with another hairdresser named Christine. I really, really like her hairstyle and her outfit was very cute - especially her handbag and shoes. Those of you who've read this blog for sometime know how much I emphasize good accessories! And yes, stylish hair counts as an accessory...

Fashion Week San Diego Attendees

I created this video montage with clips from some of the presentations...(Email subscribers can click here to watch the video at YouTube.)

On Saturday I went back to the Hyatt for a meet-and-greet with all the designers who presented on Friday night. I was able to interview a few of them and will share those interviews with you soon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

From the Inbox: Beauty News and Resources

Beauty Is Within News and Resources

The inbox is overflowing with beauty and fashion news or resources to share! Here's the latest...
  • In honor breast cancer awareness this month, Zara Wigs will be donating $50-$100 dollars from each wig purchase. Visit for more information or to make a purchase
  • Are you a shoe addict? Check out, a social shopping platform for shoe lovers
  • Spa Week is back! The West Coast events are over, but it isn't too late to sign up on the East Coast. Visit
  • Jolt is launching a new website that focuses on junior clothing and trends. As an introduction to the launch, will be promoting a sweepstakes for a SPA DAY GIVEAWAY worth $2,000. 5 grand prize winners will be chosen receive a spa day package at the location of their choice. The contest will run through the end of October.
  • It's all about shimmery for the Chanel Holiday 2008 collection! The collection will be available this month at department stores, specialty stores, and

Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet