May 30, 2009
May 29, 2009
"This is a health and beauty tip.
But fear not! This section of my website is not going to spiral downward into step-by-step tutorials showing how to apply a thin line of liquid liner on your upper lid, or how to create a smoky eye look, or how to feather your hair like Farrah, or how to make your neck look ten years younger. Cross my heart and hope to die.
But I feel compelled to share this tip with you. If it can help just ONE PERSON (she says, beating her chest in martyrdom)…
My hair is not the same as it used to be. Now, I’ve never been tan, I’ve never had a perfectly flat stomach (not even a remotely flat stomach), I have freckles, and I have child-bearing hips. But the one thing I never had to worry about my entire life was my hair. It was always pretty thick and healthy, shiny and plentiful. It did what I wanted, and was probably the only aspect of my person that was a non-issue.
In the past five years, I’ve noticed a marked difference in my hair. It’s more coarse. It’s more thin. It’s a little on the dull side. And its volume has decreased considerably—while my ponytails used to comprise a good handful, they’re pretty small. In a nutshell, my hair has changed.
I started examining this last summer. I felt healthy, but maybe my hair was trying to signal an underlying problem—like a dog’s fur usually reveals poor health. After five minutes on the internet, my self diagnosis was hypothyroidism. OF COURSE! THAT’S IT! I thought. I have all the symptoms: hair changes, fatigue, a few pounds more than I’d like to be, etc. I congratulated myself on such an astute diagnosis and called my local doctor to schedule a bloodtest so it could confirm my brilliance. Then I’d be prescribed medication for the condition and my hair would be back to normal again.
The bloodtest only revealed that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me; my thyroid was just fine. I STILL SAY THE LAB WAS WRONG! Don’t they know I’m the greatest amateur physician in the land?
Throughout the next several months, I continued to examine the causes of the changes in my hair. Stress? Surely not. Cancer? No—hair loss is usually related to treatment, not the cancer itself.
And then it hit me one day as I was emptying the dishwasher and noticing the terrible hard water deposits on my glasses (I was out of Lemi-Shine at the time):
Of course: IT’S THE WATER!
To understand my theory, you need to understand that our rural water is terribly, terribly hard—packed with minerals. If I don’t clean our ice maker once a month, it will become clogged with hard water deposits and quit working. I’ve replaced the motor three times. Faucets, without intervention, collect a white/green residue of calcium and copper. And without Lemi-Shine (my best friend), the dishwasher will become a clouded, murky mess.
We installed a salt water softener six years ago. It was kaput within six months.I’m dealing with some very hard water here.
So the question I asked myself was, if the mineral deposits from my water are killing my icemaker, clogging up my dishwasher, and clouding up my glasses…what must it be doing to my hair follicles? My hair shaft? My Farrah feathers? It was a major lightbulb moment.
Of course, it’s no secret that distilled white vinegar is pretty much a wonder product in itself when it comes to household chores, and through the years I’ve heard that vinegar can prove to be a great hair rinse. I always thought it was more from a vanity standpoint, though, and had other things to do than add an extra step to my showering routine just to make my hair a little shinier.
But then I started thinking about what vinegar does to my coffeemaker when it becomes caked with mineral deposits…and how well it cleans my shower floor…and how sparkly clean it gets windows.
That day, just before I showered, I grabbed a plastic bottle from my kitchen cabinet and filled it with a solution of half vinegar, half warm water. Then I grabbed some essential oil (a mix of lavender and rosemary) and added a tiny drop, just to kill the vinegar smell. In the shower, after I washed my hair (this is getting personal; sorry), I leaned back my head and poured it all over my scalp, letting it run down the length of my hair. Then I left it on for a couple of minutes while I fished all my other shower shenanigans, and rinsed it a final time.
In the week I’ve been regularly rinsing my hair with vinegar, here’s what’s happened:
* My girls have both separately said, “Mommy, your hair is so shiny.”
* My hair feels cleaner than it has ever felt.
* My hair feels thicker than it has felt in a long time. I think the vinegar is stripping away so much gunk that it’s finally feeling alive again.
* I smell faintly like pickles.
* But I’m okay with that for now."
May 28, 2009
Swimsuits are scary enough, then there are bikinis, then there are Brazilian bikinis! Oh the terror, but many sun lovers swear by them, I have yet to try, but let me know what you think. You can find tons or brands and styles at Rio Body.
Enjoy and have a happy summer!
May 22, 2009
2 parts water
1 part white vinegar
dip brushes in the mixture
brush on paper towels
repeat steps until clean
How to make Sangria, its a must have in the summer months. There are a lot of different recipes, this is a basic one, but have fun tossing stuff in!
How to clean your windows, with the sun shining in the streaks will show, make sure to also clean the aluminum casing (if you still have it) with the mixture, other wise, grab some pledge and nourish your wood molding.
-Combine 2 cups of water
-1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar
-up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent
-use in a spray bottle
How to get bikini ready, lets see how from msn.com
Step 1: Drink lots of cold water Ever wonder how Jessica Alba keeps her ultra-toned abs in shape? Not only does the Sin City starlet, 24, stick to a low-fat diet, she drinks plenty of water to stay hydrated and feel full. “I drink about three liters a day,” Jessica reveals. To boost your liquid intake, keep a bottle of chilled water at your side whenever possible and aim to drink at least two liters every day.
Step 2: Cut back on booze They may be strolling the red carpet, but health-conscious Hollywood A-listers are rarely seen knocking back alcoholic drinks at glitzy award ceremonies and premieres. Not only are wine, beer and spirits packed with kilojoules, but drinking grog can entice you into eating salty snacks that can undo all your good work. Unwilling to give up her favourite foods to stay fit, supermodel Elle Macpherson, 42, decided to quit alcohol. The clean-living Aussie says, “I don’t take drugs or smoke and I’ve stopped drinking.” If you consider that a large glass of wine can pack up to 620 kilojoules, by cutting out one glass a day you can reduce your weekly kilojoule intake by more than 4300kJ.
Step 3: Get moving Trendsetting Gwen Stefani has a killer body – but it doesn’t come easy. A “chubby” kid at school, the sexy songstress sweats it out at the gym or goes for long runs outdoors. “I have to work out hard to be as hot as I am,” says the 36-year-old. “It’s difficult for me, and I want girls to know that. I’m in the gym four days a week, and the other days I run.” For anyone not keen on pounding the pavement, speed walking and hiking are great alternatives when it comes to burning energy.
Step 4: Eat all your vegies Low in kilojoules and high in vitamins and fibre, fresh vegetables are the ultimate slimming food. Sexy Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria credits her love of the green leafy stuff for her ultra-slim figure. “I eat a lot, but I love vegetables. I love spinach. I love brussels sprouts. I eat vegetables with every meal – and I’m dedicated to exercise, working with a personal trainer three times a week and practising yoga,” says the 30-year-old actress.
Step 5: Avoid sweet treats In the battle of the bulge, foods like chocolate, boiled lollies and sugary drinks can be your worst enemy. When Drew Barrymore, 30, wants to shed a few kilos, she banishes sweet treats from her kitchen and replaces them with diet fizzy drinks and low-joule jelly. Step 6: Consume green tea A great weight-loss drink, many A-listers enjoy this metabolism-boosting beverage. Model Sophie Dahl is a fan of the tea, which helped her drop from a size 14 to a size 8. “The more I drink, the less hungry I feel,” says the 28-year-old.
Step 7: Lay off the salt Too much salt can cause bloating and water retention, the ultimate evil when it comes to squeezing into that cute bikini. Nobody knows this better than Dirrty singer Christina Aguilera, who loves to nibble on snack foods while she’s touring. But when the 24-year-old pop star is concentrating on toning up for a music video, she opts for a sin-free diet, eating fresh, organic foods and cutting out salt. “If she’s shooting a video, she tries not to eat any junk food that day,” says Christina’s personal trainer Ashley Borden. “If you have fat and salt in your system, you look bloated.”
Step 8: Don't eat after 7pm Late-night munching can lead to piling on the kilos at a surprising rate, so stay away from the biscuit tin when you sit down in front of the telly. To prevent the munchies, Renée Zellweger, 36, sets a strict eating curfew – no nibbles after 7pm. To shed her Bridget Jones’s Diary curves, the now-svelte actress ate healthily, cutting back on fat and dairy products and eating at regular intervals throughout the day, but never late at night.
Step 9: Cut down on bad fats When Uma Thurman, 35, shed 12 kilos for her role in Kill Bill, she cut out dairy foods (especially cheese), red meat and bread. “I found out pretty quickly that lowering your carb and [saturated] fat intake not only helps you lose weight, but it also tones your body,” she says.
Step 10: Drink fresh juices Juices are the quickest way to provide your body with all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes required for good health. Fresh vegie and fruit juices are practically fat-free, deliver a powerhouse of nutrients when you combine varieties, and are a great pick-me-up. Many celebs use them to keep their weight down.
How to make an easy summer salad, just a chop and toss for a fresh bite. Great for those parties too! (foodnetwork.com)
Corn, tomato, and avocado salad
For the dressing:
- 1 1/2 cups packed fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
For the salad:
- 4 ears corn, kernels removed (about 3 cups)
- 1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes, halved (about 3 cups)
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella, diced
- 2 medium avocados, diced
Combine the dressing ingredients in a blender, using 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste; process until smooth. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
How to fix a sunless tanner oops
sprinkle baking soda on a washcloth and gently rub the oops away (also a good way to exfoliate before the tanner)
May 21, 2009
Easy breezy pieces, I'll admit, they're a little hippy dippy, and you must be lean and on the taller side to wear them, but if you can, go for it, they're lovely.
YOON JUNG YUN
I love this idea, how precious, its like crack to a romantic. The rings come in sterling silver and 14 carrot gold, they say "marry me" or "always".
This is going my looooong list of I-want-its. Beveled glass and sterling silver in case your precious memory in this locket, be it a picture, a flower, or any other tiny thing.
Simple and special stoneware, this one is apart of their "flawed" collection. I always wish I needed more dishes!
So many choices, all different, there is one for everyone. Glamorous charms, bracelets, cuff links, and more. See which one speaks to you!
May 19, 2009
Tom Hanks at Cluny for a delicious brunch.
Justin Timberlake, Uma, and George love MR CHOWS Japanese food.
Owned by Robert DeNiro his buddies stop Tribecca Grill by often.
Don't you want to go where Karl Lagerfeld shops? Hes the lead behind Chanel and Fendi you know... try Atrium.
Jerry Seinfeld loves a good French Bistro like Balthazer.
Owen Wilson, my favorite has been seen at Cain clubin' it up.
David Duchovny, Julianne More, among others loving the food at The Spotted Pig.
Want to look like Kate Hudson? Shop at Intermix.
Bungalow 8 its great if you can get in like Colin Farrell.