Archive for February, 2012

The Body Shop Skin Care Test Drive

Posted by    |    February 10th, 2012 at 9:19 am

A sobering fact: a blackhead is a blackish or yellowish plug in the skin that is caused by overactive oil glands. As it hardens, it gets darker in color.  Ewwwwww. Now, I will be honest and confess that I usually wash my skin only once per day, use a light moisturizer, and sometimes use eye cream (if I remember,) before bed…..which doesn’t do much to keep this disgusting reality from happening.  Turns out, I may be doing too little to keep my skin healthy and looking younger for as long as possible.  Are you?

The Body Shop has kindly asked me to participate in their Skin Care Test Drive in conjunction with the Galleria Dallas Beauty Live Event that takes place March 17th and 18th.  What makes this event so exciting is that it gives everyone a chance to experience beauty on another level with the best experts and brands in the beauty business!

I went into The Body Shop yesterday to have my skin consultation with Lori and be given a handful of products to try until the Beauty Live Event.  She handed me a myriad of products that I started using last night, and I want to share what they are as I chronicle this journey. (more…)

Valentine Weekend Plans: Underground Dinner and Sweet Shopping

Posted by    |    February 9th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Valentine’s Day plans can be repetitive. Dinner. Movie. Flowers.

Not that there is anything wrong with the aforementioned plan, but how’s about a game changer this year?  Something to surprise your sweetie and make you feel like one creative cat?

It may sound risky, but why not try the underground dinner? A secret menu until you arrive is one sweet surprise, and will spark the excitement and romance that each Bachelor contestant feels on the fantasy dates. And, it isn’t some random chef at the helm of these CIA-like meals. No way.
Holly Muller of My Private Chef kitchen has added her name to the roster as lead chef for weekly underground dinners. Holly will offer the hottest trend in dining by kicking off the new underground dinner schedule as the featured chef on Friday, February 11th  for an exquisite Valentine’s dinner.
The general public can attend the underground dinners by adding their names and email to the underground dinner distribution list found on her website.

Early week, interested attendees will receive a notice of each week’s underground dinner to grant them time to make a required reservation. Guests will be notified of the featured chef within the emailed notice and to BYOB; the dinner menu is undisclosed until the guests arrive. Dinner costs will range from $50 and up depending on the selected menu which always favors small local purveyors. Wine pairings are offered upon request. (more…)

Chartreuse: Ugly or Unique?

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2012 at 7:00 am

It’s a goofy sounding word for a color (kind of like the Cerulean blue in the Crayon box,) but chartreuse isn’t goofy on the bodies of hot models for Spring 2012. I haven’t quite decided how I feel about the color yet, even though I bought a chartreuse shirt myself for spring and sported it at a wedding reception a few weeks ago.  Though it’s eye-catching and can be worn with a myriad of complementary bold colors, is it ugly or unique?  You decide.

If you DO decide it’s unique and worth trying out, here are a few tips:

1. This yellowy-green color looks fabulous with hot pink, royal blue, different shades of purple, black, gray, and even electric blue.  Old Navy has a hot pink maxi skirt ($28) that would be lovely with a chartreuse top. Just keep away from other yellows, greens, certain turquoise colors, and too much gold.

2. If you do an all over chartreuse look, keep accessories and makeup simple.

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Unlikely Fashion Obsession: Troop Beverly Hills

Posted by    |    February 7th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you were a child of the late 80′s, had a child in the late 80′s, or just watch a lot of old movies on late night cable, you may remember a little known Shelley Long film called “Troop Beverly Hills“.  The story is comical and predictable: Phyllis Nefler (Long) is a posh Beverly Hills housewife  and shopping addict. As she goes through a divorce from her husband, (played by Craig T. Nelson,) she volunteers to become the leader of daughter Hannah’s Wilderness Girls Troop.

Can she help them sell the required boxes of cookies and make it to the Wilderness Jamboree, or will her love of fashion stand in the way?  Rent it on Netflix and find out.  In the meantime, check out how what was old is new again.

Troop Beverly HIlls

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The adorable fascinator that Phyllis is wearing above in the film was popular again this winter in a replica from asos.com. (more…)

Fall in Love: Neiman Marcus Valentine Fashion with Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Finding the right thing to wear for Valentine’s Day can be tricky business, especially if you haven’t been dating Mr. Right Now very long.  (Or you’re with Mr. Forever and want to spice things up…even more tricky business.)

You don’t want to miss an opportunity to wow him, but you don’t want to overdo it, either.  Lucky for us, DFW Style Daily contributor Rhonda Sargent Chambers is going to be at Neiman Marcus Willowbend this Wed., February 8th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. giving out the advice we so desperately need.  Chambers knows her stuff; as a model, instructor, and speaker, she’s worked with top international modeling agencies, produced fashion events through her company, RSC Show Productions, and will now help you get “in the know” for the upcoming day of romance.

Besides a little modeling of swanky style at the event, Rhonda will give everyone some great gift tips and latest info on this season’s accessories to snap up while they’re in stock.  So, before you head out on a romantic date a week from tomorrow, get yourself prepped and ready by an expert.  Your sweetheart won’t be able to forget the way you look that night.

Neiman Marcus Willow Bend

Designer Sportswear, Level 2.

2201 Dallas Parkway Plano TX, 75093

RSVP: 972-244-2813

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Super Bowl Sweets: Make, Eat, Feel No Guilt

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:08 am

You like peanut butter? You like Rice Krispies? Yeah, me too.  Which is why this Super Bowl Sunday you need to make this snack to not only satisfy your own desire for a ‘lil sugar, but lift the spirits of those around you. (Because let’s face it, we are all a teensy bit disappointed America’s Team isn’t in the big game.)

Rice Krispies Treats Footballs will score…..trust me. (Thank you SnackPicks.com!)

Preparation Time: 15 Mins.
Total Time to Serve: 15 Mins.
Servings: 16

INGREDIENTS

16 Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Original bars
14 oz. caramels
1 tablespoon water
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (more…)

Ombre: How To Use the Trend

Posted by    |    February 2nd, 2012 at 11:30 am

Ombre has been trending for a while now, and it isn’t going anywhere.  Our Manager of Everything, Sarah, has had gorgeous ombre hair, and it inspired me to go in search of other ombre looks that are easy to do.

Here are a few I recommend giving a try:

Or, how about….. (more…)

Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip For The Big Game

Posted by    |    February 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’ll freely admit that I’m much more interested in the food being served on “Big Game Sunday” than the teams on the field.  It’s basically a day of appetizers and drinks-what could be better?  If you find yourself hosting a party, invited to one, or just wanting to fix something yummy while you eagerly anticipate commercial breaks, I recommend this Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip.  It’s not a low-cal option, so don’t blame me when you become addicted to the rich, cheesy goodness.

Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip (courtesy of Closet Cooking)

A hot cheesy baked dip with all of the flavours of a bacon double cheese burger that makes for some great game day snacking!

Servings: makes 4+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour Printable Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
Directions
  1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan.
  2. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
  3. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Mix the ground beef, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.

*I recommend bread rounds, baguettes, or good old fashioned chips for dipping!