How to Spend $11 on a $350 Evening Gown

Yellow gown from SaksMoney is a taboo topic and something I normally don’t talk about. But I’m a BARGAIN shopping lover. And as someone who had very little growing up I love finding ways to stretch a dollar.

For example I bought this gorgeous $350 dress from Saks 5th Avenue for $11. Yep, ELEVEN DOLLARS! How? Easy. [Read more…]

Are you a shoe lover? Are you a bargain shopper?

Shoes glorious shoesAre you a shoe lover? Are you a bargain shopper?

I ask because I am both. One of my favorite ways to save money is to shop at a store that gives you points for every $ you spend. My favorite SHOE store that does this is the discount shoe outlet, DSW. When they ask you if you’d like to become a member, say “YES!”   [Read more…]

Hidden Crown Hair Extensions

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LOVE my new Halo Crown hair extensions!

If you have super-fine hair (like I do), that means extensions with clips will not stay in.  You NEED a clip-less extension. This one is fantastic – and I haven’t even trimmed it yet. (A trim will do wonders to seamlessly blend your hair with your extensions – for the most natural look).

Thank you Shelley Goodstein for telling me about this fabulous company!  www.halocrown.com

 

Disclaimer: I am good friends with the owner of Halo Crown and I love her product.  However, I do not receive payment for telling you the truth about how fabulous I think her product is.  If a product is great, I’ll share it with you.  If it’s not, I REFUSE to promote a product I don’t like (even if the company is owned by a friend).  Because if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!  :)

Adrenal Reset Diet

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Adrenal Reset Diet

Your adrenals affect your weight, your mental focus, how well you sleep, and your overall health.   You may know that my hubby is the BRILLIANT (and totally sexy) doctor who wrote the NYT Bestselling book, the Adrenal Reset Diet, right?

Here’s what Random House Publishers says about it:

“GO FROM WIRED AND TIRED TO LEAN AND THRIVING…
 
   Why are people gaining weight faster than ever before?  The idea that people simply eat too much is no longer supported by science.  The emerging idea is that weight gain is a survival response.  Our bodies are under attack from all directions—an overabundance of processed food, a polluted world, and the pressures of daily life all take their toll.  These attacks hit a little known but very important set of glands, the adrenals, particularly hard. 
   One of their many jobs is to maintain a normal cortisol rhythm (cortisol is a hormone associated with both stress and fat storage).  When this rhythm is off, we can become overwhelmed more quickly, fatigued, gain weight, and eventually, develop even more severe health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. Unsuspecting dieters cause more harm than good by reducing the number of calories or carbohydrates they consume, which can disrupt cortisol production and cause weight gain.  
   In The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson provides a pioneering plan for optimal function of these small but powerful organs. His patient-tested weight-loss program is the culmination of decades of clinical experience and over 75,000 patient-care visits. In a study at his clinic, participants on the Adrenal Reset Diet reset their cortisol levels by over 50% while losing an average of over 2 inches off their waists and 9 pounds of weight in 30 days.  What can you expect?  dr alan christianson adrenal reset diet   • Learn whether your adrenals are Stressed, Wired and Tired, or Crashed and which adrenal tonics, exercises, and foods are best for you 

   • The clinically proven shakes, juices, and other delicious recipes, to use for your Reset
   • New ways to turn off the triggers of weight gain with carbohydrate cycling, circadian repair, and simple breathing exercises
   • An easy 7-day ARD eating plan to move your and your adrenals from Surviving to Thriving”

And he has given tons of interviews and advice about this topic.  One of my favorites is the one he did with our friend Joe Polish.  You can listen to it HERE.

adrenal reset diet alan christiansonIf you think your adrenals are out of whack and you’d like step-by-step help so you can lose weight, go from stressed to thriving, then click HERE for a FREE gift to help you.

Best Beauty Bloggers to Follow – by Kelly Wisniewski

Best Beauty Bloggers to Follow

I am just as much of a fan of makeup as the next gal.  I love the celebrity trends and new techniques that come along. But I am not a self contained unit.  I need to keep up on my education too.  However as much as I appreciate the talents of others I take it all in to inspire my personal technique, not change it.  I have my own view of makeup and style of application.  That said here are a few artists I am in AWE of.
Jaclynn Hill is a pro artist that has been a YouTube sensation for some time.  Her makeup is amazing with unique color blending , her instruction is easy to follow and she has a great face for makeup.  She is young , 25ish and talks way too much for my taste so I fast forward to the lesson.  I follow her on Instagram as well as her Youtube channel. She gives great advice on products to try and has recently influenced popular makeup lines to carry signature products in her name. (Well done Miss Hill)
Header Marucci is another artist I follow on both Instagram and Youtube. Without a doubt I think he does the prettiest makeup application out there.  And he is a perfectionist!  His techniques are not my cup of tea but his results are AMAZING.  He is Spanish  so I don’t understand him but I do love his end result!
Sona Gasparian is my favorite to watch and the most comparable of what I like to do with makeup.  I appreciate her approach to an application. It is fresh , not too trendy and her lessons are easy to follow. We use many of the same products so I guess I feel like I’m on the right track as an artist when I watch her.
Linda Hallberg is another foreign artist. I believe she is Swedish so again I don’t understand her and the lesson is a bit difficult to understand if you are not familiar with makeup techniques. She provides drop boxes to let you know what products she is using, which helps.  However her applications are inventive and if you ever see an amazing makeup look on Pinterest, its probably hers.
I follow and watch many others but this trend of overly made up faces with drawn on brows and contouring unnecessarily have influenced a trend in makeup that does not have me as a passenger on that train! I respect the talent and technique but it has given every girl permission to over do an everyday look as if Kim K’s camera crew was following them down the street! (The only justified reason I could give for ALL that makeup)  Most of the artists I follow use beautiful young models or their own fabulous faces to demonstrate their lessons.  I usually have an “I wish!” kind of thought about the end result.  I think maybe a fortyish artist with tons of flaws should demonstrate how makeup up really looks on the masses!  And maybe it will be ME!!!

Vintage Bob Mackie Couture

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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…]