June 24, 2015

Strip Me Off with New York Color

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New York Color says, “STRIP me OFF.” Change your nail polish day and night without the hassles of nail polish remover. I love NYC New York Color Strip me Off Base Coat. This incredible treatment really does what it says it does, it Strips off your polish. Strip me OFF  is simply a base coat that you apply to your natural nails or acrylic nails, let dry and apply for favorite nail color. When you are ready for a change, just peel the polish right off your nail.

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Strip me OFF” leaves no mess or residue. It goes on white, (see photo on top) and when it dries clear, it’s ready for your favorite COLOR!!! You might think using a product like this is no big deal but if you like special effect polishes like glitter, you already know what a hassle it is to take it off with polish remover. Special effect polishes work beautifully over “Strip me OFF”. Change your polishes daily as Strip me OFF will not hurt your nails! The polish peels right off quickly and easily. It’s an amazing product at an amazing price, $1.99 !!!! newyorkcolor.com/us  and Strip me OFF is also found in drugstores nationwide

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June 15, 2015

Effortless “Flower” hair from Butterfly Studio

The best summer hair accessory? Flowers! Take your hair to the next level by adding beautiful flowers. Try this effortless braided look from the owner of Butterfly Studio Salon, Kattia Solano. This style is ideal for any hair length and perfect for summer outtings. See below for a step-by-step hair tutorial.

Flower Hair

Flower Hair

How To: Flower Hair
1. First step: set the crown area with a small curing iron.
2. For the rest of hair, take random sections and simply wrap the hair vertically around the rod. This will give it a bit of wave and texture.
3. Spray with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray before you brush out for hold, grip, and a better style.
4. Softly brush out to amplify waves and enhance texture. (Don’t worry, we are not looking for perfection – think more along the lines of rolling around the garden instead!)
5. Braid hair over to one side and secure.
6. Open the braid and create a soft frame (wave/swoop) in the front.
7. Take your flowers and cut to desired length, keeping the stems long and choosing wider and fuller flowers.
8. Place the flowers by sticking into the braid and secure with a bobby pin.
9. Design your own way, follow your inspiration, and break the rules. An added idea to create a look with more drama is to apply flowers through the length of the braid.

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May 17, 2015

Half up/down hairstyles are here to stay

Half-up styles are back in a big way, but it’s already time to take this look to the next level. If you’re sick of the tired top knot or just ready to evolve the look, try this new twist on the effortless hairstyle, straight from the experts at Butterfly Studio Salon. Ideal for natural texture or 2nd (even 3rd!) day hair, it works with any length and texture. A lifesaver for frizzy hair days and so simple to create – not even a brush is needed!

hair 1/2 up 1/2 down

hair 1/2 up 1/2 down

How-To: Half-Up Double Knot

1. First step: texturizing product/dry shampoo, which is essential for grip and hold when styling. (Kattia Solano, owner of Butterfly Studio loves Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the crown area) Lift hair, taking it by sections, spray at the root as if you were teasing and then massage through with your hands to work the product in.

2. Using your hands, section out a “horse shoe” shape of hair at the crown area. Thicker hair can opt for larger section while thinner hair can work with a smaller amount of hair. Rake through with your hands to brush and pull back hair to create a clean section.

3. With a small hair tie in one hand, take a section of hair and pull halfway through the tie, so that you are left with a little “pom-pom.” Wrap elastic around 2-3 times until secure without pulling all of the hair through. (Use small clear elastics so you won’t see the tie, and in case you don’t wrap any hair around the knot the ties will be discreet.)

4. Open up the pom-pom with your fingertips for fullness to create a textured knot, then wrap the hair ends around your knot once and tuck hair under the elastic band with ends sticking out. Keep the remaining length right under the pom-pom, as you will use the extra hair length to help with fullness and perfectly messy texture for your next knot.

5. Create your next section right below the first by taking 1 1/2 to 2 inches of hair from the sides (horse shoe of “V” part all the way around the head). Use your hands again to gather and comb the hair back, then combine the hair ends from your first knot with your new section and repeat steps 3 and 4 – tying right under the first pom-pom, tucking through and leaving ends free. If your hair is long enough you can even wrap the extra hair around in a “figure eight” motion around both knots for detail.

6. To finish, spritz a little hairspray and then make it your own. Don’t be afraid to muss it up – the more texture the better! To complete the look, Kattia recommends adding some height/volume at the front top of the head by slightly pulling/gently tugging hair up at the root with your fingers.

*With this hairstyle, volume is always at your side to rid limp hair and that unwanted greasy summer look once and for all. Play with positioning and create more knots for a change up or more customization for how you can wear it. You can even use bobby pins to change the knot shapes.

For more information on Butterfly Studio Salon, in NYC, check out: http://butterflystudiosalon.com/
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February 25, 2015

All about Glamour with Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

EVA MENDES ALL ABOUT THE GLAMOUR SPRING 2015 COLLECTION

SPRING 2015—Eva Mendes Spring 2015 collection is “all about the glamour.” The designer’s second Spring collection for retailer combines the energy of modern New York with the allure of old New York.

Eva designs for the everyday women to build their confidence with her classic silhouette and cutout vintage inspired pieces. This collection will allow women to tastefully stand out when they walk into the room. When making an entrance, Eva emphasizes the importance of confidence, and how her collection helps women feel comfortable. Eva’s statement pieces will help women confidently own the boardroom, the party, the dinner. Eva describes the spirit of her Spring 2015 collection as a perfect sync to one of her favorite songs— Classic Girl by Diedre & The Dark—talking about being all dolled up and ready to stun. She loved the design process of picking out fabrics, colors, and embellishments—watching her ideas take shape in physical form.

The Eva Mendes for New York and Company has blouses averaging $50, skirts $60, dresses $80, and accessories $45, Eva’s collections are becoming more about lifestyle and her ability to share her life with her fans and customers, wanting to dress her ladies from head to toe for all of their life occasions!

Eva Mendes dresses

Eva Mendes dresses

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February 18, 2015

Get the look: Rodarte fall/winter with John Freida

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John Freida logo

RODARTE – FALL/ WINTER 2015

John Freida

John Freida

THE STYLIST: Odile Gilbert

THE LOOK: Incredible shine and movement. Inspired by the idea of beautiful and natural textures.

HOW TO:
· Depending on the hair’s natural texture, either apply Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz Immunity Primer or Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam to wet hair.
· Next, blow-dry the hair while combing through with your fingers.
· Spray Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray and work in with hands while diffusing.
· Once all the hair is dry, take random pieces and curl them using a 1 ½ inch curling iron. Do not touch the roots or ends with the curling iron. For the waves to look natural, run your fingers through them at the end.
· To finish, spray Frizz Ease KeraFLEX Hairspray to hold the style and brush through with a natural bristle brush.

For more on John Freida visit www.johnfreida.com

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February 12, 2015

Get the look: Mercedes-Benz fashion week

The real head turner of this season’s presentation, the hair! Styled to have drama and edge, the look was created with a lot of grit and texture applied by Rene Furterer’s Volumea Spray and Mousse throughout the scalp. They then hand dried the hair leaving a natural texture that was able to be easily manipulated into a ponytail which was then swept forward for a Faux -Bang with soft natuarla pieces falling out around the perimeter.

The Stylist: Adam Margarin
The Team: Rene Furterer and Soda Salon stylists

Mercedes-Benz fashion week

Mercedes-Benz fashion week

How-To:

•Prep hair with Rene Furterer Volumea Spray and Mousse
•Hand dry to leave natural texture
•Use an elastic and create a ponytail that can be pulled up into a faux bang
•Pin hair across the top of head to keep in place
•Give the faux fringe a soft sweep to the side
•Pull down soft pieces around the perimeter of head
•Finish with Rene Furterer Gloss spray

Mercedes-Benz fashion week

Mercedes-Benz fashion week

For more info on the products used visit: http://www.renefurtererusa.com/products

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August 20, 2014

How To Acheive The Perfect Top Knot

The Top Knot is the ideal style for any occasion as it can easily be paired with a dressed up or down ensemble for the perfect look. Jenny Balding, NYC Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares how to achieve this look:

Top Knot

Top Knot

•For best results, start with day two hair onwards as your hair will be easier to manage with an already ‘lived -in’ texture.
•Mist hair with dry shampoo, focusing primarily on the roots mainly – this will give your hair more texture, grip and volume.
•Then mist a light hairspray throughout for some hold and grip.
•Sweep your hair into high ponytail. Keep checking what it looks like from your profile so you position ponytail in the most flattering point of your head for your face shape.
•Take the ponytail and back-brush from the underneath lightly – this creates a slight disheveled texture.
•Sweep around the base of the ponytail and pin using U shaped hairpins. These really anchor the hair best which means you will only need 2 or 3 to secure.
•This creates perfectly disheveled topknot that looks ultra stylish and works for any event.

Top Knot

Top Knot

Who is Jenny Balding:

Jenny Balding

Jenny Balding

Jenny Balding New York City Salon, Fashion Week & Editorial Stylist
As one of New York City’s most sought after hairstylists, Scottish born Jenny Balding brings nearly two decades of experience in both the UK and NYC. Her salon, Fashion Week & editorial experience have shaped her into the expert stylist she is today.

Jenny is a Senior Stylist at New York City’s Cutler Salon and specializes in cutting and styling women and men of all hair lengths, textures, colors, and special occasions. Her personal mission is to help each client find the cut and style that works best for them and their lifestyle, not just the hottest trend, and she achieves this by working with the hair’s natural texture to create maximum versatility and fluidity. Jenny also lives the salon’s motto “bringing runway to reality” as she consistently leads shows each season during New York Fashion Week including Paola Hernández & 5:31 Jérôme. Her work backstage has also been seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Betsey Johnson, Proenza Schouler, Badgley Mischka and Carmen Marc Valvo. With inspiration from Fashion Week around the world, Jenny translates the season’s hottest trends into wearable, achievable, must-have styles for her clients.

In addition to her salon and Fashion Week work, Jenny’s hands have also styled the locks of Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Chanel Iman, Alyssa Milano, Jillian Michaels, Rachael Ray, Gabby Douglas, Dannica Keller, the Foo Fighters, and Kendall & Kylie Jenner, to name a few. Jenny also serves as Redken’s Grooming & Styling Expert and consults with the brand on new launches and styling techniques.

Prior to moving to New York, Jenny was based in the UK where she pursued her love of hairstyling at the early age of 18 and became Art Director & Director of Education at the legendary Rita Rusk International in Glasgow, and then Creative Director of the Alternative Hair Show, the most prestigious hair show in the world. Jenny has been featured in top publications such as Allure and Harper’s Bazaar, and on television programs including The Rachael Ray Show, Extra!, Good Day New York, and the CW 11 Morning News. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys rollerblading in New York and watching films and theater with her husband, Patrick.

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May 21, 2014

Experience Arbonne With Me

Non-toxic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Botanical Based Sunscreen for all your family this summer!

Arbonne International is a health and wellness company which has formulated many skin care lines. It was originally developed by Petter Morck who intended to provide skin care products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness. Petter, together with a group of leading bio-chemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne in 1975 in Switzerland and then launched in the United Stated in 1982.  The company continues to foster relationships with top MD’s and recently the Integrative medicine division of the Mayo Clinic. Arbonne formulas are based on botanical skin care principles and are formulated without animal products/by-products, parabens, gluten, formaldehyde donating preservatives, PABA or petrolatum based ingredients such as phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, benzene, toluene.

Arbonne 30+ sunscreen is unique because it contains plant botanicals that create a nurturing, jam-packed with antioxidants sunscreen. Not only do these antioxidants and anti aging ingredients help your skin remain youthful, these botanicals help offset the sun’s oxidating properties. Unlike many of its competitors, this sunscreen just melts into your skin and does not give even a glimmer of a grayish white film to the skin.   Arbonne uses a combination of Natural and chemical sunscreens.  Zinc is primarily the natural sunscreen ingredient because it works as a physical barrier on the skin. Chemical sunscreens, Oxybenzone and Avobenzone have also been added to enhance sun protection and are needed to give a sunscreen both UVA/UVB protection. All companies must follow this FDA Mandate. After many tests and research Oxybenzone and Avobenzone have been found to be the only true UVA blocker against Melanoma.

Arbonne Sunscreen

Arbonne Sunscreen

Arbonne also offers a 30+ sunscreen in their ABC baby line.  This is not only great for kids, but also for adults who tend to burn more easily.  Babies, men and women with even the most sensitive skin have been able apply this product without any reaction to the skin.  The sunscreen glides on effortless and does not create a white paste on the skin.

Arbonne Baby Sunscreen

Arbonne Baby Sunscreen

Lip Saver offers high 30+ sunscreen protection for your lips. It also includes anti aging ingredients to help moisturize your lips. Unlike many protective lip care chap sticks on the market, Arbonne does not use petroleum or mineral oil.  These oils only dry out your lips and are highly toxic.  It is like eating gasoline!

Arbonne Lip Saver

Arbonne Lip Saver

For more information about these fabulous products please visit: http://melindalombardi.myarbonne.com

For ordering assistance please email and information about 20% preferred client discount please email: melinda@myarbonne.com

 

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May 19, 2014

Garage Party Hosted by Harley Davidson

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Garage Party Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson have created the Garage Party™ events are designed with women in mind and offer a fun, no-pressure introduction for non-riders who have little or no prior knowledge of motorcycles. Attendees will learn the basics, including motorcycle controls, bike fitment and what gear and apparel they need to get started and feel comfortable and confident on two wheels. Participating dealers also offer the JUMPSTART™ demo, a stationary test ride experience where women can swing a leg over a real Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, start its engine and learn how to shift through the gears. No riding experience necessary.

Garage Party By Harley Davidson

Garage Party By Harley Davidson

On Wednesday I was invited to participate in a Garage Party event and all I can say is that I spent the whole day gleaming!  It was an exhilarating experience. Personally, I have never considered buying a Harley Davidson.  I can say however, that after this experience I could easily envision a future with my own Harley Davidson parked in the garage. The Garage Party will take place in dealerships throughout the USA and each one will reflect the individual dealerships personality and style. Get ready ladies, this experience it is must!

Garage Party Harley Davidson

Garage Party Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson is the top-selling motorcycle brand among women in the U.S. Perhaps because more women are realizing the benefits of riding can extend to their daily lives, off the road.  According to a study conducted by Kelton and commissioned by Harley-Davidson, women who ride a Harley Davidson tend to be happier, confident, less stressed and sexier.  As explained by Claudia Garber; director of market outreach for Harley-Davidson,” What Harley Davidson thinks is really sexy is the strong, confident and happy woman. That is when sexy just starts to shine through!”

More Ways Life is Better on Two Wheels

According to the Harley-Davidson Women Riders Survey, the benefits of riding continue:

  • In work: More riders than non-riders (40% vs. 18%) feel extremely satisfied with their careers.

  • In the mirror: More than twice as many riders as non-riders (32% vs. 15%) agree that they feel beautiful daily.

  • In relationships: Women who ride are more content with communication with their significant other (60 percent of riders vs. 38 percent of non-riders) and physical intimacy (51 percent of riders vs. 35 percent of non-riders).

  • In spirit: More riders than non-riders (75% vs. 64%) usually feel content instead of worried, and almost a quarter (23%) of riders report that they rarely or never feel anxious.

For more information please visit www.h-d.com/women to find a Riding Academy class or Garage Party™ event in your area.

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May 15, 2014

Harley-Davidson Fun in NYC

Me having fun at a Harley-Davidson event in New York City on Wed. night

Harley Davidson in NYC

Harley Davidson in NYC

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