Archive for December, 2010

How To Avoid A Hangover on 1/1/11


New Year's Eve, Party | December 31, 2010

Let’s face it, most of us will follow this pattern tonight:

  • Happy New Year!
  • Sip champagne/wine/drink/shot
  • (Lather, rinse, repeat)

Start off 2011 on a headache-free note by following the hangover redux tips below. Happy New Year!

1. Champagne is obviously a must on Friday night—and mixers will also likely abound. Are there certain types of alcohol that are more prone to result in hangovers?

Alcoholic beverages that use sulfite as preserving agents, such as most wines and beers, may produce a worse hangover for most people. Sulfites are largely present in wine to protect from oxidation, which is also known to cause bad hangovers. Many drinks produce “congeners,” which are toxic metabolic byproducts that are distributed throughout your system as your liver breaks down the alcohol. Though congeners are not the sole cause of a hangover, they definitely play a part in production of a hangover. More expensive drinks tend to have less congeners because they go through a more intensive distillation process. Darker-colored drinks like wine, whiskey, and brandy have more congeners, so these drinks will probably produce a worse hangover, while lighter drinks such as vodka, gin, and white wine have less.

2. Vodka it is! Any advice on what you should eat before a night of hard partying to adequately prepare your body?

Eating regular meals throughout the day is more important than trying to consume a last-minute high-carb dinner right before you go out. Having a normal amount of food in your system will definitely help slow down the absorption of alcohol.

3. What if you’re planning a Veuve Clicquot-only type of evening? Can carbonation or bubbliness increase or decrease the prospect for a raging headache the next day?

It actually has no effect whatsoever. The reason that people tend to complain about hangovers (especially headaches) the day after drinking Champagne is because it is high in sulfites, again, to prevent oxidation.

4. So it sounds like sulfites are the big enemy here. What about dehydration and dreaded cotton mouth?

It is very important to drink a lot of fluids the day before, the day of, and in between drinks when drinking. Drinking small amounts of vodka with a high water content will also likely reduce a hangover—try a vodka and water with lime or a vodka and cranberry juice. If you don’t stay hydrated while drinking, you will almost definitely wake up with a pounding headache that could last the whole day. Not fun and pretty easy to avoid. When you get home from a night of drinking, you should also consider drinking a bottle of water before going to sleep. If you have only had a couple of drinks, take a Tylenol.

5. Do you have a fail-safe plan for the “morning after”? Any truth to the “hair of the dog” mentality?

I can’t recommend it enough—water, water, water. Even if you have to force yourself to drink it, dehydration is the biggest cause of the hangover and it is the best way to get your body back on track and to start feeling better. Also, an Alka-Seltzer is a great cure for the headaches and fatigue that tend to accompany the hangover, and supplements such as magnesium can help replace the magnesium depleted from your body while it processed the alcohol. Besides what you can consume to feel better, exercising is also a way to get the alcohol out of your system and feel more energized.

As far as “hair of the dog” goes, that’s just going to put off the hangover more than cure it. Some people may swear by it, but I wouldn’t advocate it. Instead, cure your hangover the old-fashioned way: water, a Tylenol, and a good, long run in the fresh air. Drinking the morning after a night out is just going to put more toxins in your body and wear you out.

Referenced article HERE.

10 Hot New Year's Eve Hairstyles

It’s the one night of the year (besides your birthday) where you can try out bold new looks without conforming to any norms. Ring in 2011 with a great hairstyle like the celebs below!

1. Sky-High Hair

This retro-chic style is sure to make you stand out at any party. Polish the look with a satin headband placed at the crown, like Glee’s Naya Rivera.

2. Faux Hawk

Edge meets elegance in this softer version of the faux hawk. To recreate Marion Cotillard’s sleek half-up ‘do, use pomade along the sides and pin it back underneath the top layers. Finally, tease tresses at the roots and comb back for a soft finish.

3. Retro Waves

You can nod to old Hollywood glamour like Emma Stone with large glossy waves this New Year’s Eve. To get the look, create a side-part with a comb and place one-inch sections of hair in medium- to large-size hot rollers. Remove rollers after 30 minutes and lightly brush through for a soft finish

4. Short Cut

Looking to make a big change for the New Year? Follow Ashlee Simpson’s lead by letting go of your long locks and sport a chic pixie cut!

5. Soft Chignon

Few hairstyles are as timeless as the chignon. Put a spin on the classic ‘do by moving the bun slightly off center like Camilla Belle.

6. Ultra-Textured Tresses

What better night to sport wild “bed hair” than New Year’s Eve? To get Jessica Biel’s sexy tussled tresses, take a large-barrel curling iron (approximately 1-3/4 inches) to your hair and then generously massage thickening cream a few inches from the roots down to the tips.

7. Sleek Ponytail

Ponytails aren’t just meant for the gym! Pull off the sleek look like Kim Kardashian this New Year’s by bringing hair high at the top of your head (making sure to brush out any bumps) and securing it with an elastic band. Finally, flat-iron the tail and finish with a light hairspray.

8. Side Braid

Braids are back in a big way this season! Complete your dazzling New Year’s Eve look with the trendy, youthful side braid like Selena Gomez.

9. Flapper-Chic Hair

The new hit show Boardwalk Empire has made prohibition-era style all the rage. So ring in the New Year with roaring ‘20s flair by framing your face with finger waves.

10. Long and Polished

Sometimes the best complement to a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party dress is a ‘do left down. Get silky smooth locks like Beyonce by running a flat iron down your hair and finishing with a light hairspray.

Referenced article HERE.

The 10 Best Transformations of the Decade


Fashion, Lifestyle | December 31, 2010

The noughties were an interesting decade in the celeb world as rehab and sex tapes became synonymous with Hollywood. Some celebs actually used the decade to revamp their image and came out on tip. Check out the list below!

1. Angelina Jolie

Back in 2000 (left), Angelina Jolie walked on the wild side with Morticia Addams extensions, vampire-pale foundation and edgy winged eyeliner. 10 years (and six kids) later, she’s all about a enhancing her natural assets with dewy makeup.

2. Katie Holmes

With her girly ringlets and shimmery shadow, Holmes (left) was an adorable up-and-comer. 10 years later and Mrs. Tom Cruise is the picture of sophistication.

3. Nicole Richie

Remember when Nicole Richie was best known for being pals with Paris Hilton? Back in those days (left), the mouthy TV star favored bleached-out tips and glittery makeup. Now the Winter Kate designer channels her boho taste with sweeping bangs and shimmery makeup.

4. Michelle Williams

As the resident bad girl on Dawson’s Creek, Williams rocked sweet curls and sheer red lipstick. Fast-forward to 2010 and she’s the ultimate trendsetter with a platinum pixie and understated makeup.

5. Tina Fey

SNL writer Tina Fey made her debut behind the Weekend Update desk sporting a neat shag and brick-red lipstick. Now in the 30 Rock spotlight, the funnylady favors retro hairstyles and lush lashes.

6. Rihanna

Rihanna came on the scene as a Barbadian songbird with standard-issue waves. She’s since dropped one adventurous look after the next, landing (for the moment) on a cherry red crop and matching lips.

7. Lady Gaga

High schooler Stefani Germanotta (left) topped off her long, light brown hair with hardly a hint of Bonne Belle. Lady Gaga, on the other hand, has a veritable arsenal of wigs, makeups, hats, veils, and er, meat, to finish her look.

8. Katy Perry

Katy Perry was a blonde? Believe it! As a Santa Barbara teen, she had a light, layered bob. Now a platinum-selling songstress, Perry’s the consummate pinup girl with liquid liner, matte lips and structured curls.

9. Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin went from precocious young Oscar winner to True Blood’s reigning bombshell. She contrasts her buttery blond with tawny skin to play the sexy, psychic Sookie Stackhouse.

10. Ashlee Simpson-Wentz

Pre-Pete Wentz, the young singer dyed her hair in her bathroom sink and sported edgy razor cuts. Now Simpson-Wentz has gone sophisticated (rock and roll style!) with an angled crop.

Referenced article HERE.

2010: The Year in Hair


Fashion, Hair, Lifestyle | December 30, 2010

One of the easiest ways to transform yourself is by donning a new hairstyle. As you ring in the new year by whipping your hair (this will be me), check out the looks below from celebs that had fun with their hair and stood out from the crowd. Happy New Year!

1. Platinum Pixies!

Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz all ditched their long strands and reached for the peroxide

2. Center-Parted Bangs

Overgrown bangs have a sexy appeal—but they can also get in your eyes. Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Alexa Chung all had an innovative solution: Simply push them to the side for a laid-back, lived-in vibe.

3. Ombre Overload

Highlights grew out, roots peeking through? No worries—rock the fade-out, ombre tone like (deep breath) Jessica Biel, Raven-Symoné, Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore…should we go on?

4. Redheads Rule

This year, the hottest stars in Hollywood were, well, red hot. From Julia Roberts inEat, Pray, Love to Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, Loud girl Rihanna and Easy A‘s Emma Stone.

5. Taylor Swift Plays It Straight

The Grammy winner made her name with blond, corkscrew curls, but in the year of her 21st birthday, experimented with a sleeker, straighter look.

6. The Bob Gets Wispy

The mid ’00s bob was graphic and razor-sharp. Today’s version? Piecey, uneven and incredibly sexy. See: Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley.

7. Bieber Fever

Which was more popular? Justin Bieber’sMy World 2.0? Or his widely imitated, omnipresent haircut? Our money is on the second.

8. Bye-Bye Bob

Two early adopters of the precise bob, Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Holmes, kissed the cut goodbye in favor of long, below-the-shoulder-layer

9. Willow Smith

Need we say more? Her “Whip My Hair” video has more than 26 million views…and counting.

10. Rainbow Bright Hair

Forget blond and brunet, this year celebrities turned to every color of the rainbow—literally. From top left: Rihanna: red, Hayley Williams: orange, Lady Gaga: yellow, Nicki Minaj: green, Katy Perry: blue, and Kelly Osbourne: purple.

Referenced article HERE.

"Monster" Video – Kanye West ft Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross)


Men, Music | December 30, 2010


YouTube – (Official Video) (FULL VIDEO!!) Kanye West ft Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Jay-Z – Monster.

Kanye West finally released the video for his single “Monster” and it is visually enchanting and simultaneously ghoulish (3:25 is especially freaky). Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj hold their own and are impeccably styled (what happened with Rick Ross??) Scary!

Update: It looks like this is a leaked version and is not yet final I can’t wait to see what the final video will look like!

The Best DOs and DON’Ts of the Year


Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping | December 30, 2010

Trends are great, when done appropariately. Unfortunately, some people missed this memo in 2010. Fortunately for you, you’re getting a heads-up about how to wear a trend to fit your daily style!

1. Animal Print: DO

DO just a touch. These two get leopard print right: a pop of print can brighten up an everyday outfit. Too much, though, and you look like a sexy cat on Halloween.

2. The Kardashian Effect: DO

  • Kardashians by bebe Drama Sleeve Dress, ~$129 (BUY HERE)
  • Kardashians by Bebe Ribbed Mesh Dress, ~$98 (BUY HERE)

The sisters’ sleek black tresses and bandage dresses have inspired legions of look-alikes. But when does imitation become complete unoriginality? DO try polka dots to avoid resembling a Kardashian wax statue, like this faux-dashian.

3. Jeggings: DON’T

Are jeggings—those skintight denim leggings—a DO or DON’T? Close call! 53% of readers say they’re a DON’T.

4. Parachute Pants: DO

  • Bebe Slouchy Jersey Pant , ~$39.99 (BUY HERE)

Paired with a sleek top and heels, these pants are a DO.

5. Hot Pink in the Evening: DO

  • BCBGMAXAZRIA One Shoulder Dress, ~$248 (BUY HERE)

Although it takes a bold girl to go so bright, bubblegum chic is a DO.

6. Hiked-Up Hemlines: DON’T

Skirts shrunk and all but disappeared. Crotch shots are forever a DON’T.

7. The Pouf: DO

Is it a cute volume booster or a head-eating monstrosity? 65% of readers say it’s a DO. Try a flower clip like Sarah Jessica Parker, or this runway-worthy look Mischa Barton sported.

8. Supersize Cleavage: DON’T

Whoa, ladies! This trend may be big, but what if you need to reach something on the top shelf?

9. High Heels and Socks: DO

Sure, it goes against our fashion instincts, but accessorizing heels with chunky socks can be a DO. Just keep the socks opaque and textured enough to stay in place—fiddling with them is a DON’T!

10. Retro Party Dresses: DO

  • Betsey Johnson Women’s Azure Strapless Dress, ~$224 (BUY HERE)

Simple shapes, pretty prints—85% of you say this look is a DO!

11. Going Sans Pants: DON’T

DON’T wear a short skirt with no underwear. Pleas

Referenced article HERE.

The 10 Best Dresses of the Decade


Fashion, Lifestyle | December 30, 2010

It’s virtually impossible to pick a small list of 10 out of all the amazing dresses that were worn this decade….but it must be done. Do you agree with the looks below?

1. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, 2010

Where: 82nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “This dress was Sandra’s shining moment. The floral beading across the bodice was immaculate and the way it showcased her shape all the way down to the elegant train was pure gold.”

2. Eva Mendes in Dior, 2009

Where: 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “This look has one moment of extravagance and shows that proportion is everything. If that wonderful fold at her hip was two inches wider or longer it might have failed—but it was so right. The Van Cleef & Arpels necklace is a spectacular complement.”

3. Kate Winslet in Atelier Yves Saint Laurent, 2009

Where: 81st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It “This dress shows the sexiness of a real woman who makes no apologies for her curves.”

4. Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive, 2009

Where: 81st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “The huge, iridescent paillettes came down at a diagonal and created a great mermaid effect. This dress almost matched her skin tone and was like a burst of light underneath her.”

5. Cameron Diaz in Dior Couture, 2007

Where: Costume Institute Gala in New York City

Why We Love It: “Pairing a huge turquoise necklace with an even bigger fuchsia dress was a risk. But Cameron jumped in feet first and instead of getting wet, she made a big splash.”

6. Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci, 2007

Where: 79th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “The subtle ombre tiers fade from deep amethyst into lilac in the most poetic way. The Van Cleef & Arpels jewels add just the right touch of sparkle. This was her ‘I’ve arrived’ moment.”

7. Penelope Cruz in Atelier Versace, 2007

Where: 81st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “Three things: A refined moment with her hair and makeup, a va-va-va-voom moment where the dress fits so close to her body and a big glamour moment with the intricate train that goes on forever.”

8. Cate Blanchett in Valentino, 2005

Where: 77th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “Can you say color?! That soft yellow hue contrasted against the burgundy belt made a huge statement, and the one-shoulder structure looked impossibly sophisticated. ”

9. Kate Hudson in Valentino, 2003

Where: 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “This is one of my favorite Valentino dresses ever. It’s not what you’d expect on a red carpet because it’s so riveting and untamed. The vibrant colors evoked Kate’s free spirit.”

10. Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture, 2003

Where: 55th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

Why We Love It: “There’s something so happy about this dress. Those fabulous, weightless layers of organza—it’s like cotton candy or a pink meringue souffle. They didn’t bother with hair and makeup because the dress was such an eye-popper.”

Referenced article HERE.

Women: What to Buy a Fashionista


Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping | December 29, 2010

Nothing breaks a fashionista’s heart like receiving an ugly gift. Said gift is doubly worse when it’s coupled with the following phrase, “This is *exactly* your style!”. Before you start shopping for the style-savvy gal in your life, check out these uber-chic options below!

1. Round-Framed Sunglasses, BUY HERE, ~$96

Nothing says cool like vintage-inspired shades in a fun, gilded hue.

2. Sequined Boyfriend Sweater, BUY HERE, $25

A slouchy go-to style with a bit of sparkly flair.

3. Rhinestone Cluster Bracelet, BUY HERE, ~$75

Every good outfit deserves a chunky, statement-making accessory.

4. Printed Cosmetic Case, BUY HERE, ~$20

The perfectly sized makeup bag in a dynamic animal print.

5. Red Lipstick, BUY HERE, ~$30

A timeless way to make a bold statement.

6. Chunky Scarf, BUY HERE, ~$19

This marled knit option is both warm and utterly stylish.

7. Unique Personal Planner, BUY HERE, ~$20

A completely fashionable way to stay organized.

8. Mini Quilted Shoulder Bag, BUY HERE, ~$105

The quintessential wardrobe staple with a covetable chain-link strap.

9. Faux-Fur-Trimmed Gloves BUY HERE, ~$18

Adorable, elegant, and oh-so cozy.

10. Chain and Crystal Layered Necklace BUY HERE, ~$35

A Perfect Mix of Classic and Cool—probably just like the wearer herself.

Referenced article HERE.

2010 Makeover Awards


Fashion, Lifestyle | December 29, 2010

The makeovers by these celebs prove that even the rich and famous need some help once in a while. Read through the list below to see who had the most dramatic (and beneficial change). They can serve as inspiration to any resolutions you make in the New Year!

1. Best New Body

A Grammy, an Oscar, a baby—oh my! After knocking down a few huge life achievements, Jennifer Hudson debuted a sleeker, smaller figure…and earned a spot on the cover of our 2010 Makeover Issue!

2. Best Range of Change

The Heroes star may not have actual superpowers, but she sure has mastered the art of the quick change: One month a curly updo, the next honey blond bangs. She dabbled briefly with deep russet strands before settling on a graphic pixie. Talk about keeping the change!

3. Best Edgy Evolution

Jessica Alba is some kind of fearless. She chopped her flowy locks into a shaggy bob and dropped the Chloe tiers (left) in favor of a snug leather minidress (right). She’s gone from downright pretty to, well, pretty edgy.

4. Best Discovery of a Flatiron

Taylor Swift will kiss childhood behind this December, when she turns 21. How is she preparing? Test-driving sleeker, sexier strands instead of her signature princess-y curls.

5. Best Diva Redux

Jennifer Lopez never stopped being glam—the mother of two just covered up for a while. But La Lopez could only skip the glitz for so long—she was in full Versace bling for the Grammys (center) and kicked off summer in skintight Gianfranco Ferre sequins. Welcome back, J.Lo!

6. Best Less is More

Don’t get us wrong, we loved the edgy Xtina. But when Christina Aguilera turned her graphic, raw look into something sculpted and well-groomed, her softer style turned plenty of heads.

7. Best Ingenue Upgrade

Glee lead Lea Michele started out 2010 as the prettiest girl at the prom. Now the most popular girl in primetime, the Emmy nominee sports slinky gowns, dramatic fringe and makeup as bold as her voice.

8. Best Clean Cuts

Robert Pattinson lopped off his signature mane without sacrificing one iota of sex appeal; Adrian Grenier bid farewell to his signature curls—and introduced us all to his baby blues.

9. Best Scene-Stealing Vintage

For this spring’s Sex and The City 2premieres Kristin Davis teamed up with Cameron Silver of L.A.’s Decades to score the most stunning dresses from eras past. From her hot pink Jean Desses goddess gown (left), to a beaded Balmain (center) and a lemony Lacroix (right), Davis proved nearly everything gets better with age.

10. Best Short and Sweet Styles

Is there something about playing crazy that makes you want a crazy cute haircut? Cate Blanchett got raves for her stage portrayal of the unhinged Southern belle Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire—but there was nothing untethered about the polished, sleek pixie she debuted this summer. After Michelle Williams haunted Leonardo DeCaprio inShutter Island, she opted for a ghostly white, impossibly adorable pixie.

11. Best Head-to-Toe

Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan knows how to embrace her characters—and her makeovers. With the help of peroxide, a tidy pixie and unique designer finds, the Indie actress’s style choices are as finely tuned as her acting chops.

12. Best Twilight Highlights

These two Twilight Saga stars got bitten by the highlights bug—Kristen Stewart sported a sweet strawberry blond for summer; Ashley Greene lightened up her chestnut mane with a wash of champagne highlights.

13. Best Couture Overhaul

Red-carpet boundaries are meant to be pushed by R&B divas. But when Ciara started favoring Riccardo Tisci’s artful Givenchy (right) designs, the star went from breaking rules to just plain ruling.

Referenced article HERE.

Best Tech Gifts for your Favourite Gadget Freak


Men, Shopping | December 29, 2010

As a tech geek, I love the gift of gadgets especially if it involves anything Apple related For the techie in your life (male or female) let them appreciate the downtime before the next iPhone launch with these gifts below.

1. Apple TV BUY HERE, ~$100

Is anyone really going to sit in front of their Macbook to watch all that streaming online video? The new-and-improved Apple TV’s the size of a hockey puck—now renting and buying movies and TV shows is a cinch thanks to one-click Netflix and iTunes access.

2. Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet

While the iPad can do a lot of things, it’s still no replacement for a computer with a keyboard. Dell’s 10-incher pulls double-duty, offering up a true-blue netbook with a swiveling screen that transforms into a tablet.

3. Halo: Reach Legendary Edition BUY HERE, $80

Sometimes it’s not just about the game, but the package it comes in. Halo: Reach Legendary Edition pairs hyper-realistic graphics and tight shooting with a keepsake sculpture and box that looks like a plutonium crate. A fan boy’s dream-come-true.

4. Samsung LED 9000 55″ 3D TV BUY HERE, ~$3880

Make sure to buy enough 3D glasses for all of your new friends.

5. DODOcase for iPad BUY HERE, ~$18

It’s a handmade iPad case that looks like a Moleskine and is even better than Moleskine’s own. A bamboo frame holds the iPad in place and keeps the whole package light, yet plush.

6. MacBook Air BUY HERE, ~$1125

We’ve wanted one for years, but until now it’s never had the goods to keep up with most laptops until now. The newest MacBook Air isn’t just impossibly lighter, it’s also got enough raw horsepower to become your one-and-only.

7. Marshall Major Headphones

The look of old-school cans with all the sound quality of modern headphones, the Marshall Major’s just the thing for a skinny-jeaned twentysomething.

8. Microsoft Kinect BUY HERE, ~$500

Get into the game and ditch the controller. With Kinect, game-play’s all about your body: bust a dance move, rotate an imaginary steering wheel, or knock your opponent out with a fierce uppercut. You’ll be sore for a week—without the fear of throwing your Wii remote into the TV.

9. NOOKcolor BUY HERE, ~$310

It’s not an iPad, but for readers, it’s actually better. The NOOKcolor offers what Apple’s popular tablet doesn’t: a lightweight paperback-sized reader you won’t mind gripping with one hand and absently tossing in your bag with the other—with a crisp, clear full color screen that blows the Kindle away.

10. Samsung Focus BUY HERE

Don’t call it an iPhone-killer because well, nothing is. But the Samsung Focus gets everything right: a featherweight case, the sharpest, brightest 4-inch screen around (that includes the Droid), and a Facebook-friendly tile menu that’s as slick to look at as it is to use.

11. Sanyo VPC-PD2BK Pocket Dual Camera BUY HERE, ~$130

It’s as if the folks at Sanyo overheard us pacing around our hotel room, debating whether to bring a video camera or a point-and-shoot for a night out on vacation. The PD2BK combines a 10 MP camera with 1080 HD video recording at just slightly bigger than a deck of cards. Case closed.

12. Nintendo DSi XL: Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Edition BUY HERE, $180

Preloaded with the latest incarnation of your childhood favorite (Super Mario Brothers, of course), this special-edition console comes with a Mario Kart DS video game included, as well, so your kids can taste the Mushroom Kingdom’s retro cool—only with way better graphics.

Referenced article HERE.