Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding Hats

I was fascinated by the vast array of colorful millinery at the royal wedding. Flowers, feathers, bows, netting and tulle! Fascinators, picture hats, boaters and pill boxes! Here are a few of the beautiful hats, the interesting hats and the strange hats. Enjoy!







Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kate's Diet


Kate Middleton is looking slim and sleek for her up coming wedding. How did she do it? By using a French diet called the Dukan Diet.  This diet is a high protein, low carb, low fat diet. It's creator is Dr. Pierre Dukan. Oak bran plays an important role in this diet to provide fiber, lower cholesterol, give a feeling of fullness and slow down sugar absorption. There are four phases to this diet. 

Phase 1 is the attack phase. It consists of high protein foods and 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran each day.
Phase 2 is the cruise phase. It consists of protein days, protein and veggie days and 2 tablespoons of oat bran each day.
Phase 3 is the consolidation phase. It allows two "celebration" meals each week. You can eat any foods you like! Don't forget your 2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.
Phase 4 is the permanent stabilization stage.  It is assumed that you have learned to eat healthy and will continue to do so. Also, eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day, take the stairs instead of the elevator and have a pure protein day once a week. 

Want more info? dukandiet.com.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Friendly Paul Mitchell


Paul Mitchell is a long time favorite hair care company of mine! Their Awapuhi Farm in Hawaii is sustainable and solar powered. The Awapuhi Wild Ginger is harvested there for their Awapuhi product line. Paul Mitchell also has a partnership with American Forests' Global Releaf program.

Trees are planted to off set the emissions created by the manufacture and distribution of their Tea Tree product line. Over 150,000 trees have been planted through the sales of Paul Mitchell Tea Tree products. Paul Mitchell products are not tested on animals.

Go to paulmitchell.com to find out more and to find a salon that carries Paul Mitchell products.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

People: World's Most Beautiful Woman 2011


Jennifer Lopez is the world's most beautiful woman! According to People Magazine. Others included in this beautiful issue are Christie Brinkly (age 57), Lucy Liu (age 42), Jessica Simpson (age 30) and Sofia Vergara (age 38). I love this issue of People! All these beautiful women are ages 30 and up! By the way, JLo is 41.There is also a section of women not wearing any makeup including Julianne Hough (age22), Mandy Moore (age 27), Cheryl Burke (age 26) and Anne Heche (age 41).  Notice it's a lot of the younger ones who dare to be photographed without makeup! It's a fun issue, worth picking up.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects


Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are a really fun way to polish your nails. These are strips of real nail polish that are dry and sticky on one side. They come in solid colors and designs. 

First, choose the strips that best fit your nails.


Remove the protective plastic cover and peel the polish strip from it's backing. 

Now press the strip onto your nail gently stretching it to fit.  

Application requires a bit of patience. Take your time smoothing it onto your nail. We found it can wrinkle during application. The excess polish files off of the free edge of the nail. Done and dry! It lasts up to 10 days. 

You can customize your design by adding some glitter polish and rhinestones. The polish strips remove easily with nail polish remover.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Flat Iron Case

I recently went to a handbag, travel bag, and accessory demonstration for Thirty-One. They have some really cool stuff.

They have this great flat iron case that is awesome for travel. You just finish curling your hair and you are in a rush to pack up and go but your iron is still hot. This case has a silver thermal lining to keep a flat iron or curling iron that is still warm away from the other things in your travel bag.  It is also great to keep in your handbag for a quick hairstyle touch up at lunch time or before a happy hour date after work.

Check it out at www.mythirtyone.com/beckyc to view the catalog and place an order with Becky Cucchi.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Recipe: Asian Style Brussels Sprouts


Asian Style Brussels Sprouts
My younger daughter loves them. People were astonished in the produce store when they heard my little 4 year old asking if we could get Brussels sprouts for dinner! Brussels Sprouts contain the most Vitamin C of all the vegetables.  Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production in our bodies. Collagen keeps our skin firm and wrinkle free.

    1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved (or use whole baby Brussels sprouts)
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1/3 cup vegetable broth
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 tablespoon soy sauce (or gluten free soy sauce)

Heat sesame and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add onion, ginger and garlic to pan and saute for 3 minutes. Add broth and Brussels sprouts. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer about 10 minutes.  Add soy sauce then serve.

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