#NationalLipstickDay

29 Jul

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I’ll make this one short. With everything going on in our world right now, it seems silly to even acknowledge a “holiday” like National Lipstick Day. Especially the day after the first woman in American history has accepted the nomination for #POTUS. Cue glass ceiling: shattering!

That said, I’m the first to throw on some lipstick or gloss when I need a quick pick-me-up. I’m not proud of this. And I’m not not proud of it. It just is. And it really helps.

Pick a shade. There are millions. Even blues and greens lately, thanks to brands like Make Up For Ever and Kat Von D. Of all the many makeover tricks, throwing on some lipstick is by far the easiest – and least expensive. When you just need something to make you feel a little more you, or a little less you – a new lipstick is much cheaper than a new dress or shoes.

Lately I’ve been loving everything Bite Beauty launches – their Amuse Bouche collection being the most recent. If you prefer natural products, this brand is a must-try! They’re devoted to creating lip color that’s “good enough to eat.”

But my drawer runneth over with beautiful shades and formulations from personal favorites such as Buxom, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, LORAC, Smashbox, NARS, Tarte, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Hourglass, Jouer, and more, that I celebrate today.

Happy #NationalLipstickDay, all… and TGIF!

 

xo

Props to Scary Mommy

26 Jul

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It’s not always easy to be a girl. Especially one growing up in Los Angeles. 90210 episodes and films like Clueless (though a personal favorite of mine!) didn’t always paint the most universal picture.

When I was young, I always noticed my friends who maintained strong relationships with their mothers were the ones with the most confidence and strongest senses of self. To this day, I think this is true. It’s so important for girls to have a mentor or touchstone or just a consistent voice spewing positivity into her days.

Once I took a stab at writing what I wanted my nieces to know when they came into the world. It was basically a book of rhythmic babble, but it got my thoughts across at the time.

That said, I’ve recently come across what I consider one of the most modern, bad-assiest (it’s a word.) advice-style articles written. It’s from someone who refers to herself as Scary Mommy, funnily enough.

If you have any young girls in your life, I urge you to give it a read. Props, Scary Mommy!

CLICK HERE

 

xo

 

 

 

Macadamia Pro 50% OFF – Today Only!

7 Jul

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If you wash your hair, you’ll like this one…

Macadamia Professional has collaborated with GMA Deals & Steals today! You know those products they feature on-air and then send you to their website for big savings? Well this is that. 

They’re featuring a NEW Limited Edition Endless Summer Collection and curated selection of summer stuff –  all products at 50% off for the entire day.

PLUS…

  • A FREE Macadamia Pro candle will be included with all purchases.
  • $5 flat shipping rate
  • FREE shipping on all purchases of $35+

 

Love their shampoos! Jump on it now – the sale ends tonight,  July 7th at 11:59pm PT!

SHOP HERE : gma-macadamiahair.com

 

Under-the-radar salons: Great without Glitz

31 May

Not all hair salons in Los Angeles are stops on the TMZ tour. Our salons run the gamut of champagne-offered blowouts to we-cut-you-blow-&-go shops. Typically I prefer shops that fall somewhere in between. Not too much frill, but enough individual attention where it doesn’t feel like I’m part of an assembly line.

And if I’m being honest, I guess I do like to be offered a cappuccino. Who doesn’t?

So these suggestions that I’ve recently discovered aren’t exactly Fantastic Sam’s, but there’s also no pressure to get dressed up for your appointment either.

 

SALON KAZUMI

I remember Kazumi’s name when I used to get my brows done at Gavert Atelier. People have been raving about her color technique forever. She’s known for making magic with brunettes. Kazumi’s energy and Japanese roots (pun a little intended) spill over into her new namesake salon in Beverly Hills.

Salon Kazumi is clean, bright, unassuming, and on the outskirts of BH’s triangle – so all the noise is easily kazumiavoidable and parking is simple. Plus I found myself zenly (it’s a word now.) fixated on her gorgeous light fixtures during most of my appointment. Sorry about that, Michael.

Speaking of, Michael managed the perfect blend of Ask and Suggest. He readily admitted cutting wasn’t his specialty and that color was, so we focused on what would work best for my fine, flat strands.

BTW, I know I’ve said this before, but it’s true: Go to a colorist and a stylist, not one-in-the-same. Kinda like the Chinese delivery place that also serves pizza. They might offer both, but neither will be great.

Michael made me the perfect natural I was looking for. He left my natural base alone and brightened up my highlights – allowing the perfect amount of grow out maintenance for someone who rarely gets to the salon.

9725 S. Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.751.0909

 

REBECCA FITZGERALD MD INC.

If you don’t want to deal with the whole Beverly Hills crowds, check out this quaint practice on Larchmont. It’s north of the shopping block and parking is a breeze.

My aesthetician was Bekah Parga. She gave me a SilkPeel Diamond Dermalinfusion. It’s supposed to be poFitzgeraldpular with celebs who want to get glowing skin, pre-red carpet. Bekah was great at explaining what she was doing as she went along. She knew her stuff and didn’t try to push anything on me. First some microdermabrasion, then some hydrating via Lumixyl peptides, etc. Bekah showed me afterward what was taken off my skin. It ends up in this little cylinder. Really it just looked like diluted salt water to me, but she said sometimes you see little black heads floating around! Gross…and yet cool! I imagine I’d feel something in between embarrassed and triumphant.

321 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 906 | 323.464.8046

 

 SATIN SOLES

Whether you want a standard pedicure or a gel manicure, this salon will take care of you. They’ll even do a massage or wax. Satin Soles isn’t frilly, but it’s spacious and airy. And you’ll probably have a celeb sighting when you’re there.

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They’ve got a big assortment of new polishes (mostly OPI and Essie) and are more than happy to mix up colors if you can’t find a perfect shade. The only downsides are parking on 3rd Street and that they’re cash only. I rarely have cash on me, but at least they’ve got an ATM onsite. Plus Carmela is next door for an ice cream stop once you’re dry.

7924 W. 3rd St. | 310.601.7534

 

xo

BIG SUNDAY! Lemonade on Larchmont

13 May

ALSF-logo-square1It’s Big Sunday again, which means I’ll be supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand with my peeps, as per the past few years. This year we’ll be parking our table on Larchmont Blvd. – in front of the former Pickett Fences and Crumbs locations.

  • Sunday, May 15th
  • 1:30 to 3:30ish
  • 214 N. Larchmont Blvd., LA 90004   

Click HERE to learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.🙂

Come by if you’re in the ‘hood for some lemonade and a licorice straw. We are fancy like that. It’s also Farmer’s Market day on Larchmont, so you can make the rounds across the street for produce and flowers, too.

Not gonna be over that way? Buy a cup anywhere you see lemonade posts on Sunday – or any Sunday this month.  Big Sunday giveback efforts should be peeking around every corner, every Sunday, all month long.

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