Archive for January, 2012

Nail Art: From GhettoFab to Golden Globes

Posted by    |    January 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am

I am going to confess that I have never, ever had any nail art done.  Not on my toenails, not when I was bored in class, not when it was the “cool” thing to do.  It never interested me, and I had no desire to stray from my pale, sheer OPI shades.  However, seeing Zooey Deschanel sporting her new tuxedo nail art on the red carpet at the Golden Globes made me rethink it.

Why?  Beauty shouldn’t always be so serious, that’s why.  Why shouldn’t we do something whimsical and fun once in a while that isn’t meant to epitomize class, but rather be class clown?

Here are some of my favorite looks:

How To Look Good in Photos

Posted by    |    January 16th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

61% of women feel like they don’t measure up compared to the images of ‘beauty’ portrayed in the media. To that I say, Duh!  Everything is airbrushed and photoshopped to death these days, and we never truly know what is real and what is a figment of Adobe’s imagination.  Case in point: these Jessica Alba and Kim K photos that are “before” and “after”.  Pretty interesting, eh?

Celebrities Before and After Photoshop

Celebrities Before and After Photoshop

Though most professional photos taken employ these (mostly helpful) tactics, it’s still wise to be prepared to look your best without digital help.  Here are a few no-brainer tips, as well as a few secrets of the stars.

Tip #1:  Get plenty of sleep the night before you have your photo taken. 

No one likes dark circles under their eyes, or big, puffy bags under them, either.  Besides getting to bed and sleeping for a full seven or eight hours, try to sleep on your back instead of your face.  Pillow case lines on your cheeks are not a good look.

Tip #2: Avoid alcohol, sugar, and salt.

These deliciously decadent items can derail your face faster than Lohan’s drug use.  They can puff you up in places that you don’t want them to, adding what will appear to be a few pounds to your face.  Want a fatter face? I thought so. Just say “No” the day or two before.

Tip #3: If you violated Tip #2, use Preparation H Creme under your eyes.  Seriously.

This old pageant trick works like magic.  Put a little Preparation H under your eyes to shrink the blood vessels that are causing that unsightly swelling.  Mind you, UNDER your eyes, not in them. (more…)

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by    |    January 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am

The biggest selling cookie in the United States is the chocolate chip cookie, which is no surprise. (Except to you die-hard Thin Mints people, who have hoards of those delicious morsels in your freezers. Thanks for supporting our Girl Scouts!)  But, did you know that chocolate chip cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies?

Like all great things in history, they were made by mistake. In 1930, an ingenious woman named Ruth Wakefield was in the midst of baking Butter Drop Do cookies and realized that she was out of bakers chocolate. Not one to give up in the kitchen, she then chopped up a Nestle’s Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar into small pieces and add the pieces into her cookie dough. Though she hoped the chocolate would melt into the dough, the pieces just softened a bit and created the modern day chocolate chip cookie.

Okay, enough trivia.  Here’s what you’ve been waiting for…the famous New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! (You can find a modified version here at The Other Side of Fifty blog. The photos below are courtesy of this fabulous blog.) (more…)

The Short Film Pursuit: Die Hard, But With Louboutins

Posted by    |    January 9th, 2012 at 7:00 am

When our rather hip and stylish CEO sent me the short film “Pursuit“, I was enraptured.  It took three views before I caught on to the entire angle, but that made it all the more interesting when I caught scintillating details with each new view.

Created by Moonwalk Films and two hopelessly creative geniuses, Suzie Q and Leo Siboni, this short film is high on style, drama, and suspense…and all within a three minute time frame.  Suzie Q & Leo met while studying at Ecole des Gobelins, Paris, in 2005. Not short on inspiration, these two created fashion fueled short films that garnered awards and attention that surpasses just the fashion community.

These fascinating filmmakers describe their short film simply: “PURSUIT is inspired by a sequence in DIE HARD with Bruce Willis. It’s a bit of a remake, but with models instead of actors, and a banquet room instead of the Nakatomi building set.  We thought the original scene was very fashion – the character is walking on the table as on catwalk. And then we played with cuts, changing the clothes in the midst of the scene. You can see the girls are changing outfits all the time.”

The wardrobe is truly as exciting as the plot, so feast your eyes on high fashion that is to die for.

(Don’t let your eyes miss those Louboutins. You’ll regret it.)

Friday Fashion Icon: Princess Diana

Posted by    |    January 6th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Once in a blue moon, someone comes along and changes history with such style, grace, and mystery, that culture is never the same.  Love her or pity her, Princess Diana changed people’s hearts and minds regarding the monarchy, and revolutionized fashion at the same time.

From the moment she donned that over-the-top wedding dress to her many luxurious appearances, the “people’s princess” was never without papparazzi capturing her every move and splashing it across tabloids all over the world.  Even today, people mimic her preppy and polished wardrobe style and aspire to a fine jewelry collection like the Princess once wore. Though she was taken too soon, we have scores of beautiful photographs that represent the style legacy she left behind during a generation of opulence and a “more is more” mentality.

Money Saving Home Tips

Posted by    |    January 5th, 2012 at 7:00 am

With costs up and finances down, it’s a great time to find new ways to take care of things creatively (read: cheaply). With the internet brimming with fun facts and tried and true tips that can save you a few bucks here and there, I’ve put together a short list of money savers you may not know about.

STAIN REMOVAL:

According to Bib and Tucker, you can get rid of stains in fabrics like silk, wool, and nylon.   Stains will stick to these fabrics, so in addition to diluting the stain, you need to bleach it so you can’t see it or use an acid to release it.

Try a mixture of:

  • 2 C warm water
  • 1 T white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 T dish soap (something neutral like Dawn- do not use the soap for your dishwasher or ammonia- they will form a salt that is really difficult to remove)

Reapply this treatment until the stain is removed then wash as usual.  Do not put the item in the dryer unless the spot has been completely removed. (more…)

Your New Muddy Buddy: GLAMGLOW

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Described as” as a ‘facial in a jar’ for backstage use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion Award industries”, this product claims to produce ‘immediate’ camera-ready glowing skin. GLAMGLOW’s mud base ($69) is from Southern France, where we all know bikini-clad amazons roam. According to the website, in 10 minutes or less GLAMGLOW’s moisturizing collagen synthesis delivers a noticeable three-day glow. Reviews from users boast the product leaves skin noticeably tighter, smoother and softer. Besides a pore-cleanser, it’s also a mild version of Multi Level Resurfacing Exfoliation to encourage tighter skin and minimize pores. Sounds like a miracle to me!

GLAMGLOW Mud Mask

Oh, and just who are the Hollywood stars that use GLAMGLOW?  Publicly, Nina Dobrev and Tommy Lee both sing the praises of this product.  Though I don’t know how much it helps repair the damage of a rockstar lifestyle (ahem, Mr. Lee), there is no denying that Nina Dobrev is a straight-up stunner.  One look at her glowing skin, and I’m ready to get muddy. (more…)

Cost Vs. Benefit: Secrets to Save in 2012

Posted by    |    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dallas is a city known for having expensive taste and high style, but not everyone has a Black American Express card to play along.  (Or the Centurion card, for those in the know.)  How do so many people have such fine things?  Are they all just $30,000 millionaires?  Though the affluent abound in our abode, the real secret is cost vs. benefit.  When you know this rule, you too can acquire the upscale brands you love, without racking up credit card debt to do so.

What is cost vs. benefit?  It’s merely taking the price of an item and determining what the cost averages out to “per use” or “per wear”.  If you love these Yves St. Laurent leopard-print calf hair pumps, then take their price ($577.50 on sale,) and divide that cost by how often you project you will wear them.  If you wear these shoes once a month this year, then your “true” cost of these shoes is around $48.  Sure, it’s a large up-front investment, but you won’t need to buy several cheaper pairs of shoes or keep replacing shoes that aren’t made as well.

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Kick off your 2012 In Style: A Dinner Party Perfectly Posh for a Purpose!

Posted by    |    January 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 am

III Forks Restaurant is the epitome of deliciousness, so when I heard they were partnering with the  North Texas Food Bank for a good cause, my ears perked up. Girl About Town TV will host its first quarter dinner party there on January 28th starting at 6pm, encouraging socially successful women of Dallas to dine in style and kick off their new year with a healthy dose of Fashion Philanthropy.

In case you don’t know, the NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In 2011, the NTFB provided access to nearly 33 million nutritious meals. Each month agency pantries distribute food to more than 53,000 families and on-site meal programs serve 435,000 meals/snacks. That’s certainly something to feel good about, so who wouldn’t want to be a part of something this special?

In October, Raygon Fields hosted her first Girls Bite Out event for the Houston Food Bank at Ruggles Grill. The effort raised close to
$1000 for the food bank and enlisted the help of 50 new volunteers for the adopted charity. Eager to take this endeavor to the next level,Girls Bite Out is coming to Dallas! Learn more http://girlabouttowntv.com/girls-bite-out-2012-dfw

GIRLS BITE OUT: January 28, 2012
Time: Starts at 6PM, Guests to be seated by 6:30 PM
Location: III Forks 17776 Dallas Pkwy Dallas, Texas 75287
RSVP: GATTVONLINE@GMAIL.COM