Vintage Bob Mackie Couture

Vintage Bob Mackie CoutureVintage Bob Mackie Couture

Vintage Bob Mackie – worn once to the Paris Opera. This amazing gown is at Fashion by Robert Black  #amazeballs #couture#vintage #bobmackie

Fashion Secret to a Tiny Waist

Fashion Secret for a Tiny WaistFashion Secret: the fuller your skirt is, the tinier your waist looks! To really accentuate it, make sure your neckline is wide too.

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit faster than a to-die-for vintage green satin dress with built in crinoline. #vintage

How to Get Big Hair That Lasts

How to Get Big Hair That Lasts

Want big hair with soft waves that last hours and hours?

The secret is….How to Get Big Hair That Lasts [Read more...]

Hairspray to Stop the Jiggles?

Hairspray to stop the jigglesHairspray to Stop the Jiggles?

YES! Some beauty secrets that models use backstage that you’ll want to know about for your next holiday event.

My gorgeous friend, and 50 year old Cover Girl model, Shelley Goodstein shares these supermodel secrets with you

Watch her video HERE

The Biggest Secret to Glowing Skin, Flat Tummy & Healthy Attitude

The Biggest Secret to Glowing Skin, Flat Tummy & Healthy AttitudeThe biggest secret to have glowing skin, a flat tummy, and a healthy attitude?

It’s easy.  Surprisingly easy.  Here are the steps:  [Read more...]

It Takes a (Beauty) Village

stages of getting ready for a fashion showIt Takes a (Beauty) Village

Ever wonder the beauty stages (and teams of people) it takes to get ready for a big show?  [Read more...]

Why You Should Ignore Trends

Vintage 1960's dress

Why You Should Ignore Trends

I’m not concerned about trends, which is why I don’t worry about what the latest and the greatest look is. In that respect, I’m not your traditional beauty blogger.

I believe you should dress in things that [Read more...]

Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

The finished product!  So proud of how well these turned out and how delicious they taste!

The finished product! So proud of how well these turned out and how delicious they taste!

Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

(with optional coconut and walnuts sprinkled on top)

There’s something about the word “pumpkin” that makes women everywhere giddy.  I think it has to do with the changing of the seasons, cozying up next to a fireplace (preferably with your sweetheart), and relaxing and enjoying your life. Well I LOVE pumpkin desserts, but I don’t do eggs, dairy, or sugar.  So

I wanted to create healthy pumpkin recipe because so many recipes have eggs, and dairy, and gluten, and sugar.  I stay away from all of those things, but especially sugar.  Sugar makes me depressed and crabby,  and my kids wonder why I’m suddenly so grumpy after eating it.  (To find out more check out JJ Virgin’s new book, Sugar Impact.  It’s scary how many “healthy” foods HIDE sugar!)  So I created a recipe last night and they came out amazing. They’re gluten free and vegan pumpkin protein bars….or you can call them little healthy slices of heaven.  I wanted to add a little bit of coconut and walnuts on top.  You don’t have to.  Hubby did NOT want any coconut because it would make it too sweet.  That’s why only half of the bars have it.

 

Here’s the recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12-18

Ingredients:

1 cup of RESET protein powder – vanilla flavored (or use a pea based protein of your choice)
2 cups ground oats (blend until powdery in your blender)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 tbs freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons of oil (I used what was in my kitchen since I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping – so I used extra virgin olive oil)

Optional ingredients:

  • Coconut sprinkled on top
  • Walnuts sprinkled on top

Uncooked gluten-free, vegan pumpkin bars just before going in the oven

Uncooked gluten-free, vegan pumpkin bars just before going in the oven

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°
Lightly spray pan with oil. Use a glass rectangular casserole pan for best results
Mix dry ingredients together
Mix wet ingredients together
Combine the dry and wet ingredients.  Blend or stir until creamy.  (You can even just use a fork!  Super simple!)
Spread evenly in your pan

OPTIONAL: Sprinkle your walnuts on top (be sure to gently press them into the batter so they don’t fall off as you’re eating them once your bars are done)
Sprinkle coconut shreds across the top

 

What did you think?  How did you like it?  Did you make any modifications?  Tell me about your experience below.

 

3 Healthy Habits To Help You Look Younger Without Botox

3 Healthy Habits To Help You Look Younger Without Botox

Do you have those days when you start to feel (or heck, LOOK) your age?

Back spasms (where the heck did THAT come from?!), you can’t sleep, you always feel fatigued, and you are losing your mind….no really, you can’t remember anything anymore – so you are truly losing your mind!  Right?!?!

However, you see women get older and look pretty good. How do they do it? By staying fit and taking care of themselves in creative ways that you don’t always see in the magazines. Learn to “embrace your age.” Here are a few suggestions.

Go to the Barre (You Won’t Find Margaritas at This ‘Bar’)

barre workout

Anything BARRE is an awesome way to stay fit and with it’s popularity increasing you can find barre classes in almost every city.  (Bonus – the classes are almost always 100% women…..Nothing against the guys, but I am not a fan of all their grunting and groaning and meat-market vibes they give off when they are working out with/near you at traditional gyms).  But if you have to travel too far to use this killer workout that keeps celebs like Taylor Swift lean, then there are several fabulous videos you can buy online.  My all-time favorite (and the one that helped me get ready for my first national competition – wearing a bikini on stage – AFTER having children is Exhale Core Fusion Body Sculpt.   There are tons of fabulous ones out there, but this one is still my favorite.

Take a Bath – aka “Meditation”

bubblebath

You’re stressed.  You have 20 MILLION things to do, places to be, kids’ schedules to organize (and lunches to pack), and you’re starting from a point of fatigue, burnout and “holy crap I forgot about …..”  So the LAST thing you actually do have is time.  Especially time to do nothing….which is how I always viewed meditation.  Now I see meditation as a long, steamy bubble bath with L’Occitane Shea Foaming Cream.  OMGosh it’s freaking heaven!

Here’s the deal.  You KNOW physical appearance isn’t the whole ball of wax.  You can workout and get a rock-hard 20 year old’s body -it may be hard, but if that’s how you want to spend your time, it’s totally doable.  But if you don’t keep yourself fit on the inside, the whole fitness thing is moot….and you’ll frown more….which causes wrinkles.

Meditation is all about learning how to give 100 percent of your attention to focus on one thing.  All you need to do is learn a meditation technique that will help you breathe in a way that provides tranquility and allows you to benefit by the serene feeling and overall well-being that meditating provides. T he benefits from meditation are crazy good for how you feel.  It reduces panic attacks, relieves stress, and increases your general feeling of happiness.

Which all translates to you feeling calmer – so your ‘stressed-out-face’ wrinkles don’t come out to play as often.

Pop a Pill…..Better Known as  - Vitamins

Supplements - pills and leaves

Let’s look at a few things that will reduce and prevent those wrinkles without it being “so much work.”

Meditation is part of being fit on the inside, and vitamins are an essential part of that too. While you are taking the very minimal amount of Vitamin A and C that you need for your insides, slather some on the outside of your body, too.

Applying Vitamin A and C topically is like getting a mini face-lift.  When you get a face cream, look for retinoids listed in the ingredients, such as Retinol or Renova. Those are the pharmaceutical names for Topical Vitamin A. Look for Topical Vitamin C in a serum.

Which healthy habit are you going to try first?

New Shoes CAN Change Your Life!

Jimmy Choo Heels

New Shoes CAN Change Your Life!

So I did something a little unusual today. I got shoes for my daughter’s homecoming dance (…and prom and graduation and wedding….).

Now these aren’t just any shoes. These are AMAZING shoes! Even I don’t have anything quite this fabulous! But they were “free” (I ‘won’ the auction for a pair of fab shoes at last year’s Dress For Success gala).

We went to Saks Fifth Avenue (I never go there because I love bargains too much!) But this time I did, and took her with me.  She LOVED it.  She almost felt guilty for even being in there.  But I made her look at everything and try on several pairs.  She even tried on some gorgeous beaded cocktail dresses (thankfully for my wallet, they didn’t fit) and makeup colors.

But here’s the best part: [Read more...]