Archive for December, 2010

New Year, New Vuitton

Posted by    |    December 29th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Like many Dallas women, I have a not-so-secret love affair with all things Louis Vuitton.  There is something alluring about a brand that is constantly copied, revered, and never, ever goes on sale.  Though I try to keep up with the LV Look Book and add the LV coffee-table worthy hardback selections to my Amazon list each year, I have to admit I’m a little behind the times on the 2011 Spring/Summer collection.  In case you’re like me and are just now getting around to viewing the ’11 Look Book, I thought I’d make it easy and post a few of the glamrous images that ooze Hollywood elegance.  Don’t they look just like Barbie on a vacation getaway?  I love these images particularly because they show how easy and plausible the clothes are-they aren’t the overdone, industrial, high-fashion looks that many designers are pushing these days.  And the handbags? Let’s just say it’s time to bust out the piggy bank.

 

Mid Week Must-Haves: Missoni Scarves

Posted by    |    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 pm

If you happened to check out my Wish List for Good Little Girls a few days ago, then you noticed a Missoni scarf was one of my wishes.  These scarves are world famous and a favorite of celebs like Malin Akerman, but they can often run between $500-$900 dollars.  Imagine my surprise today when I spotted these coloful and distinctive scarves at DSW Shoe Warehouse off Northwest Highway and Douglas! Not only do they have several colors, but the price ($69.95!) will floor you.  If looking as chic as cutting edge “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester or internationally fashionable Margherita Missoni appeals to you, RUN to DSW to pick up your scarf before Santa snatches them all up!


Why Being “Oily” Is A Good Thing

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Oil-just the sound of the word conjures visions of pimples or car maintenance.  I’m here today to tell you that oil is no longer your complexion’s enemy or just something that keeps your car running properly-it’s so much more than that.  It was my search for a way to avoid getting the common cold that led to my love affair with oils.  After much googling, I discovered an oil that not only kept my bank account from draining from doctor’s visits, but also literally changed my life.  Since that time, I’ve come across even more gems that have made style and beauty more affordable and natural.  Before I spill my most personal of beauty secrets, let me put it out there that just because this worked for me doesn’t mean it will for everyone.  Always consult your own body, your physician, and your intuition before trying anything that may affect your health.  All that being said, here are some oils that I think are really slick (pun intended).

Argan Oil: This oil has many uses (helping with acne is one); I primarily use it to condition my hair and make it shiny. After several hot tools, cans of hairspray, and abusive teasing are administered to my hair on shoots, it comes away dry and feeling like straw.  I tried several deep-conditioning treatments, though nothing really did the trick and restored my mane to its original softness.  On a whim, I purchased a small bottle of Argan oil for $6.99 at Sally Beauty Supply and BAM!  My hair has been “like butta” ever since. Use a very small dollop and run through the ends of hair for light conditioning and beautiful shine. Try these:

Josie Maran Argan Oil

Proclaim Argan Oil at Sally’s

Castor Oil: This is another oil that is known for it’s digestive purposes more than beauty, but I know firsthand how well it works.  After an adrenal imbalance, my hair began coming out more frequently than normal.  Frustrated by this, I told a make-up artist about it while on a shoot, and she offered up castor oil as an answer.  She informed me that castor oil is used with oncology patients when their hair falls out after chemo and radiation.  Castor oil contains Omega-9 fatty acids, which moisturize and prevent the scalp and hair from drying out. Regularly applying castor oil to your scalp and roots helps promote regrowth of hair within months, as well as taking thin hair and making it feel much thicker.  I applied castor oil to my roots at night twice a week and slept with my hair pulled up in a bun.  Within two weeks, I saw new hair growth at my crown. It was amazing! Castor oil is a favorite among women with ethnic hair because it keeps it soft and strong.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is like a miracle in a jar to me. I recently began taking coconut oil internally for health reasons, and it has helped me control my appetite, aided in digestion, and reduced any water weight that may be lingering.  I also use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer at night (it doesn’t clog pores like you would imagine,) and also as an all-over moisturizer for my skin.  During the winter months, this is especially helpful!  You can take 1-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily to increase your energy as well. I’ve never felt better, and my skin feels wonderful. Slathering down with coconut oil is also great to do the night before you plan to self-tan; the tanner will absorb more deeply and evenly.

Efa Gold Coconut Oil

Oil of Oregano-This oil is not for the faint of heart.  I’m not gonna lie-it smells atrocious and the taste is somewhere between pizza and eating a hot pepper.  However, the benefits far outweigh the costs.  If you suffer from canker sores, cold sores, chronic colds and other viruses, this oil will provide tremendous relief.  It aids in sinus congestion, building up the immune system, and can help clear up skin infections.  For those of us who have suffered from any of the above conditions, it can get quite expensive getting prescriptions and truckloads of OTC aides.  Place just a few drops of Oil or Oregano under the tongue for 15 seconds or add a few drops to your water, juice, or smoothie and good things begin to happen.  This oil keeps the aforementioned conditions at bay, and with only a few seconds of suffering through the taste.  This oil has saved me the most time, trouble, and money, and I keep a vial of it on hand at all times.

Oreganol on Amazon

I hope these oils help you in your quest for health, beauty, and feeling the best that you can.  Feel free to email me with any questions at hilary@youplusmedia.com. 

Holiday Wish List for Good Little Girls

Posted by    |    December 13th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

It’s not often that I find so many things on one website that I love (unless I’m browsing the DeBeers website,) but Net-a-Porter is one of those sites that mimics the childhood wonder of an FAO Schwartz store.  I decided to showcase a few of my most-revered shoes and accessories that would be killer at any holiday party…….or a romantic dinner by the fire. 

In no particular order, they are:

Jimmy Choo patent leather sandals-$950

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute leather sandals-$750

Missioni crochet zig-zag scarf-$800

Bottega Veneta Knot satin intrecciato clutch-$1220

Oscar de la Renta 24-karat gold-plated sapphire drop earrings-$390

GUCCI 18-karat gold bamboo ring-$1590

Santa….I’ve been awfully good this year, and my stocking is primed and ready by the fireplace!

Links to Great Gift-Giving Ideas for Christmas

Posted by    |    December 10th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life, here are some fabulous links to blogs that will spark your imagination. Enjoy!

Gifts for Mom

Gifts for Him

Gifts for Kids and Pets

Gifts for the Preppy Princess

Sexy Gifts (yes, these can be holiday appropriate!)

 

Anthropologie Influenced Christmas Decorating

Posted by    |    December 6th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not an interior decorator.  In fact, I hired one this year to help me with the most basic of all the decorating decisions when we bought our home.  But when it comes to Christmas decorations, I decided to give it a go alone and see if I can make it look festive without professional help.  My inspiration?  This year, it is Anthropologie and their kitschy, vintage-y, warm and cozy fashions that inspired my few attempts at decking the halls.  I placed a vintage light-up Santa and handmade red tree on one side of the mantle, and vintage books, a pine tree candle, and sweet snowman plate on the other.  I also hung our crocheted stockings int front of the fireplace.  I gathered (okay, stole,) a few pinecones from a neighbor’s sidewalk that had fallen from their tree for a simple dining table arrangement, and placed my collection of snowmen around a Waterford crystal bowl of red ball ornaments. We added a rustic reindeer to our marble table and simple wreath to the modern front door. I love mixing the old, vintage holiday decorations with the glossier, newer finds…it gives me warm fuzzies seeing some of my grandmother’s pieces with my own.  I also included three photos of my favorite Christmas ornaments on our tree: Mary and Joseph, a bridal ornament, and a pirate ornmanent we bought from a street vendor on our honeymoon in Aruba! What was the inspiration for your decorations?