Friday, September 30, 2011

Guest Post: RX for Dry Hair

   
   
   
   

Life & Beauty Weekly: Beautiful You


Rx for Dry Hair!






By Michele Meyer for Life & Beauty Weekly




Rx for Dry Hair!
Has summer’s searing heat cooked your coif to a dull dryness? Or do you struggle with the frizzies all year? Either way, don’t despair. Here are the six most common dry-hair culprits, plus reviving tips from top stylists.


Issue: You worship the sun.


Rx: This one’s an easy fix: Before heading outdoors, either don a hat (Coolibar.com sells stylish sun-blockers!) or spray your tresses with a UVA protectant.


Then, once a week, treat your hair to a deep conditioner or a half-cup of warmed olive oil. First, towel-blot hair until it’s damp. You don’t want to apply conditioning treatments to wet hair -- just as with an oversaturated lawn, “when hair follicles already are filled with water, they cannot absorb conditioners,” says Umberto Savone, Selma Blair’s stylist. Next, apply the conditioner or olive oil. Then wrap your head in a warm towel for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse. You may be tempted to wear a shower cap to bed and keep the conditioner on overnight, but don’t bother; Savone says the treatment loses effectiveness over time.




Issue: You wash your hair too often.


Rx: If your hair is dry, you should shampoo two to three times weekly -- tops. “Overshampooing strips hair of the natural sebum oil your scalp produces,” says Mark Anthony Talavera, owner of Houston’s Mark Anthony Salon. “So massage your scalp as you scrub to stimulate oil glands.”


Look for a pH-balanced shampoo, which will close your cuticles. Then follow up with a light conditioner. If needed, rinse your hair or use a dry shampoo between showers.


Issue: You stage chemical warfare on your hair.


Rx: Gels, mousses, hair sprays and styling creams may keep your mane nicely styled, but many of them contain alcohol as a primary ingredient, which slowly robs your hair of moisture.


Instead, “live with what nature gave you -- and read the ingredients list,” says Talavera. “The first three items constitute 70 to 80 percent of the contents. You want emollients and conditioners and only denatured alcohol, which are less damaging.”


Issue: You fight your hair’s natural impulses with blow-dryers and irons.


Rx: If you can’t air-dry your hair, make a point to cut -- or at least curb -- your drying time. Fine, straight hair needs only 30 seconds per section on high speed, medium heat, says Gregory Patterson, stylist to Anne Hathaway and Janet Jackson at New York City’s Blow. Curly, thick hair needs, at most, a minute per section, starting with medium heat for the first half and high heat for the second. Stop once your hair is warm -- not hot.


And before you switch on the heat, safeguard your hair with leave-in serum and a blow-dry accelerator. Look for soothing ingredients, like aloe vera and rice, soy, milk or almond proteins. “Think creamy,” says Patterson. “And always, always use a dryer nozzle. It closes cuticles, adds shine and stops the heat coil from hitting and frying hair.”


Issue: You’re a water baby.


Rx: Pool chlorine and ocean salt stress your hair, says Talavera. Before taking a dip, seal your hair cuticles with waterproof spray and (sorry!) wear a swim cap. Shampoo right after you get out of the water, and use a chlorine-countering clarifying shampoo once a week.


Issue: You have naturally curly hair.


Rx: Not only is curly hair dryer than straight hair, but the cuticles are rougher, adding to dullness. Restore the glow with polishers -- preferably pigmented ones, because they have less parching peroxide and ammonia, says Talavera. Or hit your kitchen: “Apple cider vinegar makes hair shiny by shutting cuticles,” he says. “Just rinse after shampooing, and your hair will look healthy.”


               

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer Lovin

WOW Summer is OVER!! Can't believe fall will soon be here and summer 2011 will only be a memory.  Glad I have lots of great memories of my summer.  I had many ideas and plans to make videos of all of the fun things I did this summer.  Between working, being busy and just enjoying my summer, I didn't get around to doing it.  Instead decided to just put together a short video of some of the highlights of summer 2011.  Hope your summer was fabulous and full of memories! Enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

MY FASHION NIGHT OUT

No rain, sleet, snow or strep throat is keep me away from Fashion's Night Out!  I didn't know it at the time, but apparently I had strep throat during FNO at South Bay Galleria. Oopsie!  I wasn't feel all too well, had a sore throat and cough, but being the true fashion fanatic I couldn't miss out.  The lovely people at South Bay Galleria invited me to help out with the FNO festivities and I could not disappoint.  My mission was to spot fashionable/stylish shoppers and reward them with SB Galleria gift cards.  Me and Alexzondra from IzbyA took our job very seriously, hunting down the South Bay's fashionable shoppers.   Let me tell you, it was harder than we thought giving out those gift cards.  In the end we gave them all away and had fun in the process.  The night consisted of a VIP lounge for Shoptopia members, food samples, fashion and make-up demonstrations.  Along with a DJ spinning great jams and fabulous shoppers, we had a great Fashion's Night Out!  Now on to what you all want to see those fashionable shoppers!!!

1) These girls were my favorite, they were so cute and from my hood...Long Beach! Totally stylish from head to toe.

2) This dude had the total Cali vibe going on with his hat and shades showing off his swagger around the mall.

3) This shopper looked totally effortless and chic in her dress. She was shocked when I awarded her a gift card for her stylish outfit.

4) Another one of my faves, this girl had the LA Glam vibe with he Loubs, Chanel belt and fur vest! Tres Chic!

5) This gal was Tres Chic's friend and she was walking around with a big smile the whole time. A smile is always your best accessory!

6) This little one was so cute, when I asked for her picture she immediately posed...I loved her panda bear necklace too!

7) Can we say boho chic!  I loved this shoppers cool belt and she had the most fabulous warp thingy going on...Loved it!

8) One of the last photos of the night, she caught my attention with all her sparkle from head to toe. Gotta represent those curves!

Which one of my shoppers from FNO South Bay Galleria is your favorite?


Swag bags Shoptopia members received in the VIP lounge

Make-up demos provided by Nordstroms

VIP lounge, swag, wine and other treats were given to shoppers

The lovely ladies from Nordstroms cosmetics giving out tips to the shoppers


Some stores had models wearing Fall 2011 fashions, this outfit is from Bebe

Did you participate in any Fashion's Night Out events in your city?  

This year was my first and can't wait for next years FNO, with out strep throat of course...LOL
  

My outfit for FNO at South Bay Galleria
~ Ruffle Top and Jeans: c/o of City Chic ~ Leopard print flats: Van Eli via Nordstroms


Can you tell I was feeling crappy....LOL But did get lots of compliments on my blouse :)

Thank you to South Bay Galleria for inviting me to participate.



*I was gifted a $100 SB Galleria gift card for my participation in FNO.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fashion's Night Out: South Bay Galleria

Are you ready to celebrate fashion, style and all things fabulous.  Come join me on September 8, 2011 from 6:00 - 9:00pm at the South Bay Galleria for Fashion's Night Out.  I will there covering all the wonderful events happening and giving out gift card to the Fashionista I spot.  Come dressed in  your most stylish outfits, as I will also be taking pictures.  Here are the datials...come say Hi if you there!

Seminars and Demos – Center Court
Live DJ from 5-9p

6:00pm - Healthy Choices are Easy Choices at Nordstrom Café – Chef Anthony shows us how to cook the Nordstrom Café signature dish, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad.

6:30pm - Celebrate Denim – Style up your Jeans: Seminar from Levi’s/Dockers focusing on dressing up denim for different occasions.

7:00pm - What the Colors You Wear are Saying about Who You Are -- Carla Mathis, published author, world-renowned lecturer, and president/co-founder of Body Beautiful involves audience members as she teaches about color choices and how they affect style. She will show palettes and illustrate various colors on individuals, how they relate, and how to utilize color for signature styles.

7:30pm – Fall Beauty Trends from Nordstrom Cosmetics – Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance specialist Nourist Vandat focuses on this season’s hottest trends, ranging from makeup colors, skincare products and even eyebrow shape.

8:00pm – Carla Mathis, published author, world-renowned lecturer, and president/co-founder of Body Beautiful gives presentation on style and fashion favorites.

8:30pm - What’s your Curve ID? Seminar by Levi’s focusing on identifying the best fit for your curves and shapes, followed by individual fittings.

Fashion Vignettes (mall wide) -- Retailers highlight fall fashion trends outside their stores, each with models rotating outfits every fifteen minutes. Shoppers text-to-vote for their favorite looks of the season.

The Limited—Mode Plus – Windsor – Cache – Gap

VIP Room for Shoptopia Members –Shoppers who sign up for free to become a Shoptopia member at http://southbay.shoptopia.com/deals can RSVP for the VIP Lounge which includes wine tastings, extra discounts and a really cool SWAG bag to the first 150 RSVP’s!

Contests

Text-to-win a $500 Galleria Gift Card between 6-9pm.

Be spotted by one of our Fashion Bloggers (thats me) and win a gift card, on the spot!

Free mini massages, color consultations, jewelry cleaning, food and product sampling, makeovers, text-to-win contests and much more.

Store Discounts


Bakers - $10 off select styles

Banana Republic – Flash Sale: Up to 40% off

Bebe - $25 off purchase of $150 or $50 off $250, PLUS free gift with purchase

Cache – 20% off entire store

Design by You – 10% off

PLUS additional 10% to Shoptopia members

Forever21 - virtual scavenger hunt, courtesy of SCVNGR. Customers will be encouraged to log in to the SCVNGR app using their smartphones, and will complete a short list of fun challenges to earn rewards.

Godiva – Spend $25 and receive a FREE Banana Nut Bar

Guess – Double rewards points for members

Mode Plus – 10% off

Nestle Café – 10% off PLUS 25% off 9” Cookie Cake

Shiekh Shoes – Buy one pair of women’s sandals and receive the second pair FREE

Valmatti – 10% off

PLUS additional 10% to Shoptopia members

More Discounts being added every day!

Hope to see you there, I will also be live tweeting so please follow me on Twitter @CidStyleFile





Monday, September 5, 2011

Fashion Bargain: Cynthia Rowley Handbag

Did I ever mention to you, I love to BARGAIN shop!  Probably did but just wanted to make sure you all knew...LOL  My family thinks I shop too much, which is probably true.  What they don't often realize is I am a major bargain shopper and never (NEVER) pay full retail price.  Sometimes I come across unbelievable deals that I can't pass up and need to share.  I have been scaling back my shopping a lot the past few months, so not too many bargains to report about.  Last weekend I finally decide to cruise by my usual spots and see what new goodies I could find.  I vistied my favorite Marshalls and hit the jackpot!  Marshalls had these beautiful Cynthia Rowley handbags for the past few months which were selling for about 50% off retail.  Which in it self is a great deal, when they average around $300.  But they were still prices over $100, way more than I would like to pay for a hand bag, desinger or not.   On my last trip to Marshalls I discovered many of the handbags were now in the clearance section.  I searched through all the handbags and found a Cynthia Rowley Charlotte handbag for only $49.00.  The Charlotte bag in gray originally retailed for $325, Marshalls had them for $129 and the final clearance price was $49.00 WOW!  Sometimes I even amaze my self at the bargains I find.  Don't let the word bargain or clearance scare you or think its old, ugly and left over junk.  I have bought many great designer items for ridiculously low prices.  If your willing to wait a bit and do some searching while you shop you can score some awesome deals!!

Stock photo of Cynthia Rowley Charlotte bag in black
Tag says the color is gray, but its more like a taupe color and the leather is super soft

Are you a bargain shopper? Whats the latest fashion bargain you found?  Please share, I need to know!