January 11, 2016

quick and easy tricks from Kattia Salano, owner of Butterfly Studio Salon, to freshen up your hairstyle


Pretty Ponytail

1. Upgrade a worn ponytail from day to night by taking out that pony and shaking it as hard as you can just to create some body.

2. Grab your purse-size dry texturizing spray (key for reworking fullness into limp hair) and apply through entire head, roots to tips.

3. Shake hair out, using your hands as well to break up, lift, and activate your spray.

4. Pull hair back, taking one section at a time to create a super textured look (versus slicked back and smooth).

5. Secure above or at the curve of the head with a hair tie (the positioning makes it more playful.)

6. Gently pull on the hair to create height and adjust the look.

7. Wrap a small section of hair around the base of the pony and tuck for a messy, sexy ponytail or add a metallic pony cuff for a chic way to accessorize the look.



1. To create the effortless top knot, you need a little grit or dirt in your hair which requires applying as much dry shampoo as you can.

2. In the AM, hold your breath and spray through hair before you create your topknot.

3. Then in the PM, release your work knot and shake it out by flipping your head over and mussing for volume and texture. The product will have prepped the hair and controlled the day’s oils.

4. Next take a fine size amount of molding paste, like Oribe Rough Luxury between your palms and rub through your hair.

5. Follow with hairspray for grip and a shine finish and flip back over.

6. Recreate your morning knot, but placing it more forward, towards the front of the head. (On the crown is more for a day look whereas more forward is nighttime-ready!)


Glam Waves

1. Go for the two pigtail twist trick.

2. Part dry hair into two pigtails and spray each one with a dry texturizing spray.

3. Take each pigtail and section into two braids, securing at the ends with a hair tie.

4. Another option is to take each pigtail and twist tightly into two buns right above each ear, securing with a hair tie.

5. Sleep overnight and upon rising in the morning shake out and apply more dry texture spray for volume. Voila! Easy, beachy waves.

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January 8, 2016

Club Monaco’s Party Look Book is On “Pointe”


The theme of Club Monaco’s “The Party Shop” look book couldn’t have been successfully emphasized without the help from The American Ballet Theater. The mixture of exciting party clothes and the elegance of the art of ballet really encapsulates the story of Club Monaco’s Fall/Winter 2015/2016 “Party” look.

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Since the skirts’ embellishments include plenty of fringe, action shots are crucial to depict the beauty of these garments. The ballerinas in the look book move in a way that shows how beautiful the movement of the skirts are and make the photos have a unique flair.

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Although the menswear garments do not have the motion that the women’s do, the ballet positions these male dancers are striking bring attention to both the structure of the outwear they are wearing and the simplistic silhouette they have.

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The unique dancing shots captured for this look book fit the “party” scene perfectly. One of the most fun things to do at a party is dance and Club Monaco did an amazing job at setting the scene of a elegant dance party.

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Looking at all of these photos form this look book makes me miss my ballet dancing days! I appreciate the beautiful positions the dancers were put into and how it accented what they were wearing. I hope to see more action oriented look books in the future.

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January 7, 2016

January 2016 Beauty’s Best – ROCKSTAR White




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January 7, 2016

Are You a Food Addict?

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When you hear that a person is an addict, you think of that toothless, scratching, shivering, hunched over person that makes you cross the street when you see them. Well let me introduce you to an addict,IMG_20150916_215652

I am a food addict and no one would picture my face when we talk about food addiction. I have lost over 115 pounds and maintained my weight for over 7 years. It has been a very hard road that will never end. If I was an alcoholic, I could just stay away from bars but I have to eat in order to live, I can’t completely avoid my drug (food). Let’s face it, we really don’t give food addiction that much thought. You know, people say “just don’t eat it” or “just don’t eat that much”, how do you think that would work with any other addiction? “Hey alcoholic, just don’t drink that” or “Hey alcoholic, just don’t drink all of it”. That doesn’t even make sense right? Well, it really is the same thing for a food addict. We will go out our way to make sure we won’t bring an alcoholic to a bar, however, we think nothing of taking a food addict to a buffet. The struggle is real people, over 70% of Americans are obese, I am not saying that all of them are food addicts but here are a few signs of an addict.

Loss of Control: Eating more than you want for longer than you intended to, even though you told yourself that you would not eat that whole slab of ribs.

Relationship Issues: When you are addicted to something (food, drugs or drinking) we tend to take it out on the people closest to us. When family members or even our close friends bring up your eating habits, or try to talk to you about how much you are eating, we tend to lash out at them. For example, in my case, I would turn to my hubby and say, “Hey don’t let me order a full slab of ribs, and fries. I am going to get just 1/2 a slab of ribs and corn on the cob.” Of course by the time they come to take the order, I order a full slab of ribs and fries. My husband would look at me and tell the waiter that she only wants a 1/2 a slab of ribs and corn on the cob, no fries. I would lose it and we would have a huge fight in the restaurant, how dare you change my order!!!! Of course I would get what I ordered and totally pissed at my husband, (even though he was just trying to help). Anytime anyone said anything about my eating I would just eat more!

Secrecy: When you are finding yourself going out of your way to hide. It could be hiding the amount you eat to just plain hiding out in the bathroom to eat. I know for me there have been many times I waited until everyone was asleep then I would creep into the kitchen and go to work on that food!!

Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: When you continue to eat even though your health is in danger. I was on high blood pressure medication and my feet would blister so bad at the bottom that I could hardly walk. I would literally eat so much fried chicken I would get sick, but that didn’t stop me.

When I am around foods that are my “triggers” I have to really fight the temptation of giving in and eating all of it. I would shiver, shake and break out in sweats to fight the urge not to eat those chips (or any of my many triggers). I have to keep a temptation free environment. No one sees the internal turmoil, or all that I have to go through to stay healthy. I have been fighting this battle for a long time and I would like to say I am WINNING,
Screenshot_2015-06-08-20-49-19- but I tell you that I have to take it one meal at a time, not just one day at time. Because I am a food addict, I have to be careful. If you want to determine if you or someone you love is a food addict, click on the following link and answer the questions Am I A Food Addict?. There are many FA (Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous) meetings that will give you the support you need. Find a location near you Find a Meeting You are not alone and I am here for you!!

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January 6, 2016

“O” is for Orogold


I have a close friend who is very set in her ways (that could be age related). She rarely uses any skincare that doesn’t start with an “L” or a “C”. She has been using these products for years and isn’t open minded to trying anything new. That is, of course until I gave her Orogold  with an “O”. The fact the gift box was so elegantly presented definitely helped. The skin care products are encased in containers with beautiful gold covers and are quite pretty.

She was excited to try her new Orogold Box Package II and was very glad she did. She is enjoying all of the products and wants to know where she can get other products in   Orogold’s Cosmetics line. OROGOLD Box Package II was one of the exquisite box sets offered for the 2015 Holiday season and is still available. The three Orogold products included in the line include:

Orogold’s 24K Milk Cleanser which is designed for delicate and sensitive skin. It is  formulated with vitamin C & E along with  jojoba and musk oils to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. 24K Milk Cleanser is a thin fluid that is dispensed through a pump container which my friend loves. It is very light and washes off easily leaving your skin feeling refreshed.

Orogold’s 24K Body Cream is a moisturizer that is formulated  with essential vitamins and oils. This lightly scented moisturizer will have your skin feeling silky an soft immediately upon application.

Orogold’s 24K Deep Peeling Mask is amazing. I had the opportunity to try this upon my friends recommendation. This golden colored facial peel has the consistency of a gel. The trick with this mask is to apply it to your face dry, and then, using circular motions, feel the dead skin roll away waiting to be rinsed off with cool water. What an amazing feeling, I really loved this product. Orogold’s 24K Deep Peeling Mask is specially formulated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and will leave skin feeling refreshed and  vibrant. Use twice a week and you will notice the difference after your first peel. View this luxurious line of cosmetics at Orogold.


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January 2, 2016

Kiko Milano Cosmetics were a hit this holiday season

Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner


My 19 year old daughter was thrilled to find some Kiko Milano Cosmetics in her Christmas Stocking. She especially liked the Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner and Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara, and loved the results.



The Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner was easy to apply because the tip is flexible and soft. The anti-slip grip is a also a plus. She told me she was able to achieve the thickness she wanted very easily. She also said the “eyeliner went on easily without being messy and lasted the day”. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner,  as described by Kiko Milano, has a “capillary system” technology allowing it to release the ideal amount of formula, for maximum control during application and a flawless result, without smudging. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner is Ophthalmologically tested and available in Black.

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volumizing Mascara is one of her favorites. She loved the results and achieved what she described as a ” full feathered look”. The mascara was easy to apply and very creamy leaving no clumps. You can also reapply until you achieve the desired look.

Kiko Milano states, “The new hourglass-shaped brush evenly distributes the texture. The brush’s square ends reach the shortest lashes and those in the corners of the eyes”. Extra Sculpt Volumizing mascara is also Ophthalmologically tested, Paraben and fragrance free, available in Black.

My daughter was also excited to find out that there is a Kiko Milano Store At Providence Place Mall which is 10 minutes away from us. There, you will find a vast array of cosmetics and you will find the prices to be very affordable. Find a stor near you at Kiko Milano or order online for your convenience.

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December 30, 2015

Beauty Launchpad gives beauty professionals a chance to “Win it”!

Launchpad magazine

Launchpad magazine


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December 29, 2015

The Winner of The Zink Handbag is…..

Congratulations Geri C. of Norcross, Georgia, you are the  lucky winner of October’s Giveaway of the beautiful Red Zink Handbag. Enjoy!


The JAUNT HANDBAG – LAVA from the Zink Collection is “Inspired by the past with an eye toward the future, the Jaunt is a modern heirloom piece. A contemporary design featuring optimal practicality, this luxurious carryall is a must-have for any chic globetrotter.”

Handbag details include:

  • Full grain vegetable dyed leather
  • Solid brass hardware 
  • Fully lined natural canvas with leather detailing
  • Leather base with nut and bolt feet
  • Four interior pockets, three open, one zippered
  • Length 16.5” Width 5” Height 11.5”
  • Strap Drop 8”
  • zinkcollection.com
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December 28, 2015

Fashion Role Model: Rachel Green

She lives in New York City, is a buyer for Ralph Lauren, has five best friends, and has the most amazing style of the 90’s. She even has a haircut named after her. Rachel Green is practically living every fashionista’s dream.

Now that “Friends” is streaming on Netflix, I obviously had to re-watch the whole series again for the fifth time (not an exaggeration). During my binge watch, I couldn’t help but notice just how amazing her outfits are, especially now that the 90’s style is coming back. Her style is also so diverse that she could be dressed in overalls in one scene and a mini skirt in another.

Throughout the show, I have picked out my top 5 favorite outfits that Rachel Green proudly wore during the run of “Friends,” along with some affordable versions so you can recreate her trendy looks.

1. The Business Woman

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I love this look because I never see business styled outfits with color. I only ever see black. The green really grabs your attention but is still professional enough to wear to work. You can find a similar window pane skirt at Nordstrom.

2. Bring On the Overalls

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I am not ashamed to admit but I have purchased three pairs of overalls this season. Rachel wears overalls a lot throughout the show. This is just one of the many adorable ways she styles them. You can find the perfect pair of overalls at Forever 21.

3. American Pride

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I was never really a fan of shorts and tights until I saw this look. I love the way that the high waisted shorts are paired with a casual top. It makes it more of an everyday outfit rather than a “going out” outfit. I had a hard time trying to find a simple shirt that says “USA” but you can get the same look by piecing an American Eagle baseball cut shirt with some high waisted black shorts, from Nasty Gal, and sheer black tights.

4. Knee Socks and Plaid Skirts

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This look is definitely my favorite Rachel Green outfit. It defines the meaning of cute and casual. I can’t go anywhere without socks so I love that the knee socks are used as a statement accessory. You can find these awesome socks at Kohl’s and the plaid skirt at Macy’s.

5. The Series Finale

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The last outfit that Rachel Green was seen wearing before the show came to a final close was this stunning assemble. This outfit was so popular amongst fans that it was displayed in the Pop Up Central Perk in New York City last fall. Snatch these black heeled boots at Guess and this gray skirt at Gap.

I will never get tired of Rachel’s fabulous, unique style. The only thing I am missing is that amazing two bedroom Greenwich Village apartment that I can’t afford. At least I can just live vicariously through the lives of Rachel and her five best pals.

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December 26, 2015

A Beverly Hills Christmas with Ravin and chyanne spangler


Ravin ( Beverly Hills Christmas )and chyanne spangler


Holiday time is perfect for the celebration of togetherness and nothing brings a family closer than decorating the living space.
There are so many ways to decorate with many options. Get the kids together and give them craft supplies to make decorations. Assign a space that they can decorate any way they see fit. Take out all the old decorations and lay them out. My favorites place to get inexpensive decorations is the 99 cent store or the dollar store. Tinsel can make a great supplement for that holiday feel. You can also make large candy wrappers with old tubes of toilet paper or paper towels after they are done and cover them with any colored paper or material and tie them off at each end.


Also food like stringed popcorn and hanging candy canes can be used for holiday
also baking cookies and decorating them then displaying them on plates gives the family a sense of warmth.
So get together with your family and decorate this holiday season.


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