Monday, November 30, 2009

John Hardy Jewelry: An Affair With Sustainable Luxury

The holiday season is here and most of you probably shopped your heart out this past weekend!

Today is Cyber Monday and I spent some time shopping online, of course. Jewelry has been on my radar lately (ok, when is it not?), and so I wanted to feature jewelry from John Hardy because of his concept of "sustainable luxury". It's a phrase you don't hear very often in the fashion world. Well, we do hear of companies who have become more conscious of the environment, but it's a rare thing to get it from luxury brands, especially in the jewelry department.

I love jewelry that is unique and eye-catching. I remember coming across a quote that said something like, People may not remember what you clothes you had on, but they'll remember the jewelry. 

I don't know about you, but a nice piece of jewelry always makes me feel beautiful.  A beautiful piece of jewelry can dazzle up any outfit - even if you just have on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. 

John Hardy has created a beautiful collection of  bracelets, earrings, necklaces, enhancer pendants, and rings as well as an extensive men's collection.  All of the pieces are hand-made in Bali.

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is the gold and silver band ring pictured above.  It was inspired from ancient architecture in China.

"I think you can feel the hand of the artisan in our pieces," John Hardy says. "There's a warmth of spirit that remains in the silver, in the gold."

Tackle Winter Germs with Style

Brrr...the winter season is here and for the past week I've been stuck in bed or on the coach nursing myself back to health. I thought my immune system was pretty good because I have been working out regularly and taking vitamins, but...

I think I should have been a little more careful with all the germs and viruses floating around. I have always carried around a little bottle of Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial gel, but it doesn't help much when you don't use it!!!

And speaking of Bath and Body Works...the company recently teamed up with Lesportsac for a promo. From now until December 24th, stop by LeSportsac stores or log on to to snag a bag plus a PocketBac waterless hand gel and a bounceback card good toward your next Bath & Body Works purchase.

My only LeSportsac bag is this laptop bag I got a couple years ago. I take it whenever I travel and I love all the different pockets it has. I carry my little netbook in it now, but I used to carry my regular-sized laptop and it has held up really well. I've spilled coffee on it and have walked in the rain with it and it still looks fabulous ;)

On a healthy note, I came across this article that shares tips on how to strengthen your immune system and stop getting sick.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giving Back Is Beautiful

The holiday season is just around the corner, and I know how much fun and exciting it is to receive gifts. Have you got your holiday wish list down?

Well, although it is nice to receive, I think it's just as exciting to give back. Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know how much I appreciate those companies that use their business to not just make money, but to help others as well.

Recently I found out about a company called Break the Chain Apparel that works toward ending domestic violence, abuse and other social issues by producing Clothing with a Voice®. The clothing displays messages as "Make a Stand Against an Angry Hand" and "End Hunger Now".

Recently Break the Chain® Apparel (BTC) teamed up with Hannah’s Socks to bring new socks to shelters in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.

BTC will now donate $3 (the approx. value of a pair of socks) for every t-shirt ordered from these three states until Dec. 31, 2009. If you are interested in participating in this program but live outside Ohio, Kentucky or Michigan send an email order to and $3 will be donated to Hannah’s Socks.

To find out more about BTC's projects and/or to order a t-shirt, visit:

Follow BTC on Twitter: @btcapparel

What I've learned is that when you give back, you spread good vibes out into the world. When you come from a place of giving, you can't help but to feel good and look more beautiful ;)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Milani Nail Lacquer: Nails For the Fall and Holiday Seasons

If it's not in your budget to change your wardrobe this fall and holiday seasons, at least go out and get some new nail polish colors! For me nail polish is not just something to cover up dirty fingernails (lol!), it is an accessory that tops off a look.

This fall and holiday season I'll be playing around with some of Milani's nail polish collection. I put on a few of the colors, but Wild Violet really caught my attention - of course. Some of you know how much I love purple...

Milani Nail Lacquer

Then for those fun nights on the town, there's Garnet Gems (left) and Ruby Jewels (right)...

Actually I think all these colors are timeless and can be worn no matter what season or year it is! And Milani's nail polish are budget-friendly (around $3-$4), so yes, you can be glamorous for less...

What are your favorite fall nail polish colors?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Beauty Quote: People Are Like Stained Glass Windows...

Chartres Cathedral — rose window Flickr photo by Dimitry B."People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within." --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Every now and then we need a reminder of what true beauty really is... It is true that when times are tough that you get to see someone's beauty shine - that is, if they do have that light within them.

Do you have light down deep inside you? Are you alive? What can you do today to spark that light?

Photo Credit: Dimitry B.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Don't Get Caught Wearing the Wrong Bra

It was a Friday night and I was on my way home from spending the day downtown. A woman in her 20's boarded the trolley and all eyes turned to her. Hair was fabulous, nails were fabulous, and the heels were oh, so cute. Her yellow halter top and white short-shorts matched her yellow and white heels. It was a bangin' outfit, except....

She was wearing the WRONG bra!

Ladies, please do NOT wear a regular bra with a halter top!

I really wish I could have taken a picture of this "what not to do", but it would have seemed very obvious what I was doing. She was sitting right across from me.

Her halter top cut very low in the back, so you can see all of her bra in the back. And it wasn't cute. It was just plain wrong. I'm all for making fashion statements, but it just didn't look right.

What this woman needed was Bring It Up Breast Shapers. I love this product because I can wear tube tops or halter tops without messing around with a bra. I always see women fussing with their strapless bra when wearing a tube top. I've had the same issues myself.

I tried out the Bring It Up Breast Shapers while wearing a tube dress and I absolutely love it. I thought I was going to have issues with it sliding down from the sweat (it was a pretty warm day), but they actually stayed put. It's an adhesive nipple cover and breast lift all in one. You put it on, lift, and you're done. I would show a picture demonstrating how easy it is, but for obvious reasons, I won't. The picture to the left is from the Bring It Up website.

However, don't do what I did while in the car at a stoplight. I wanted to make sure the Breast Shapers were still in place, so I started touching my breasts. Well, I look over and there was a man staring at me!

Shop for Bring It Up products by visiting:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

My Plan to Lose the Belly Fat

Tape Measure, Woman, Waistline, Healthy Living

I recently signed up with 24-Hour Fitness because I've been feeling unmotivated to exercise. Besides that, I've grown a few inches around the waist and my jeans were started to feel a little snug. I finally decided that the belly fat must go. I set a goal to have a healthier, more fit body.

I started to gain wait on my belly just recently and thought maybe I was pregnant...but no, I'm not pregnant. So I did some research and discovered that belly fat is brought about by various factors.

What Causes Belly Fat?

One factor that causes belly fat is cholesterol intake. Excess cholesterol is converted to fat and stored in the belly. Another reason you can gain weight around the belly is obviously excessive eating and not watching what you eat. Another way people gain belly fat is genetically related. There are people with a thyroid glad that malfunctions and causes the body metabolism to be below optimum.

How to Lose the Belly Fat

The best way that I know to lose belly fat is to exercise. I'm not big on diets and have no desire to go on one.

Since fat can be accumulated by the failure of the body metabolism to burn excess fat, exercising only makes sense for me.

I know that many people say they do not have time to exercise, but I've noticed that 20 sit-ups every morning can go a long way in getting fat belly down. When I'm at the gym I use all the different machines to work my abs, and sometimes when I'm watching TV I'll do crunches.

Besides exercise, I've been more conscious about what I eat. I eat just enough to be satisfied and not to be "full".

Another technique I'm going to use to lose the belly fat is saying positive affirmations. I believe that you can create a new reality and mindset for yourself through the Law of Attraction. I've used affirmations for my business with success, so why not use positive affirmations to lose weight?

Do you currently have a goal to lose belly fat? What tips or advice would you like to share?

Read more of my thoughts on exercise and health...

Photo Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Winner of the Sea Babe Jewelry Giveaway Is...

sterling silver ring by Sea Babe Jewelry
...Eve! Congrats for winning the Sea Babe Fine Silver Ring Giveaway!

Apparently Eve loves clothes, makeup, and contests ;)

Eve left a comment sharing this jewelry tip:

"Don't wear a bold necklace and a bold earrings. That is too much. Also, you can put a ring on a chain and wear it as a necklace."

Stay tuned for more giveaways! I'll be having one next week for fun L'Oreal makeup ;) You can subscribe by RSS or via email in the right-hand column of this blog or follow @youarebeauty on Twitter.

Monday, November 2, 2009

YSL Parisienne Review: Part Sweet, Part Chic

YSL Parisienne

When it comes to perfumes and fragrances, I believe I've mentioned before that I prefer those that smell sweet and fruity. However, I must say that I've become more open to trying new scents as I realize that there are floral perfumes that are subtle and not overpowering - especially if those floral scents are combined with sweet scents.

Take, for instance, YSL's new scent, Parisienne. Be transported to the city of love and haute couture with this eau de parfume that oozes of romance and chic sophistication. Very feminine....Ultra sensual....

Check out the commercial for Parisienne featuring Kate Moss...

I was drawn to Parisienne because of the top notes of blackberry and cranberry. Add in the damask rose, violet, peony, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk and you have an interesting mix.

By no means am I a perfume expert, but I haven't smelled anything like this in quite awhile. It definitely adds new meaning to sweet and floral. I love that after it dries on the skin, you're left with just a hint of the scent and you don't smell like you slept in a bed of roses. It's a tad bit musky which reminds me of Opium, my mom's favorite classic.

Have you tried out YSL's Parisienne? What do you think?