Archive for May, 2011

2011 San Francisco Summer Festival Guide!

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Food, Lifestyle, Music, Party | May 31, 2011

As a follow-up to 2010′s summer festival guide, I put together the list of the best summer festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark your favorite events on your calendar and enjoy the sun!

Tips:

1. Bring at least $40 in cash.

2. Bring a sweater/jacket (refer to weather quote above). It will get surprisingly cold when the sun goes down.

3. Go with 2-3 people, larger crews tend to get split up in the crowd.

4. Enjoy!

* = personal favorites

1. *Union Street Festival | June 3-4

2. Healdsburg Jazz Festival | June 3-11

3. Israel in the Gardens | June 6

4. Haight Ashbury Street Fair | June 12

5. Pinot Days | June 18

6. *North Beach Festival | June 18-19

7. Stern Grove Festival | June 19 – August 21

8. San Francisco Pride | June 25-26

9. *Fillmore Jazz Festival | July 2-3

10. SF Chefs | August 1-7

11. SF Outside Lands | August 12-14

12. Japantown Street Fair | August 13-14

13. Street Food Festival | August 20

14. Oakland Art & Soul Festival | August 20-21

15. Free Shakespeare in the Park | September 3-25

16. Ghiradelli Square Chocolate Festival | September 10-11

17. Eat Real Festival | September 23-25

18. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival | October 1-2

20. *Fleet Week Air Show | October 8-9

21. Treasure Island Music Festival | October 15-16

Top 2011 Swim Trends

Now that the summer season has unofficially started after the memorial day weekend, stay on trend during swim season with these sexy and sophisticated suits!

1. Purple

FISICO-Cristina Ferrari one-piece suit, BUY HERE, ~$144

A suit in this royal color will stands out from the crowd. Gold accents help add some flair to a simple suit.

Courtesy of Yoox

2. Nautical

Milly Sailboat bikini, BUY HERE, ~$195

 Nautical looks are always classy for summer. Take a cheeky spin on this trend with this sailboat bikini.

Courtesy of Milly

3. Soft & Sweet

French Connection Metal Feathers Bandeau Bikini Set, BUY HERE, ~$45

This great color and delicate gilded feathers add a spft yet sexy edge to this bikini.

Courtesy of French Connection

4. Black & White

Badgley Mischka ‘BM11′ One Piece Bandeau, BUY HERE, ~$120

A black and white suit is incredibly slimming to hide any problem areas yet still stay stylish.

Courtesy of Bagdley Mischka

5. Safari

UjENA Beverly Hills Safari Bikini, BUY HERE, ~$41-82

The trick to wearing an animal print and still look skinny is to make sure the bikini fits well, like this one!

Courtesy of Amazon.com

6. Sporty

Basta Surf Reversible Bikini, BUY HERE, ~$164

If you’re the kind of girl who likes to move, a sexy sporty bikini is for you.

Courtesy of Barneys

7. Print

Jean Paul Gaultier Abstract-Print Halter Swimsuit, BUY HERE, $380

This regal print adds a sophisticated flair to a printed suit.

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Summer Jam! Pitbull – "Give Me Everything" ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer

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Music, Spring/Summer | May 27, 2011

As you head out on a plane/car/boat this Memorial Day holiday weekend, here’s hit by Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer to add some bounce to your weekend. I can hear this being played at BBQs and clubs everywhere this summer. What do you think of the song?

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10 Ways to Volumize Your Hair

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Hair, Shopping | May 27, 2011

Even though the summer moisture may be doing some volumizing for you, you may want to step up your do. Here’s how to add volume and depth to your hair for a sexy va-va-voom look.

1. Lose the Part

Keeping hair styled in the same way over time encourages it to lay flat. For instant lift, switch your part to the other side or lose it altogether by sweeping your hair straight back, like ’60s icon Raquel Welch. A mist of hairspray will help keep it aloft.

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2. Condition First, Then Shampoo

Biolage Volumathérapie Full-Lift Volumizing conditioner, BUY HERE, ~$19

Biolage Volumathérapie Full-Lift Volumizing shampoo, BUY HERE, ~$19

It sounds crazy, but reversing your shower routine will keep your hair from looking limp and flat, according to Philip B., celebrity hair and scalp expert. “Conditioner does nourish the hair but can also weigh it down,” he says. “If you shampoo after, it will whisk away any residue. Clean hair is bouncy hair!”

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3. Get the Right Cut

“A one-length cut makes hair look its thickest,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Garren, who has worked with Cameron Diaz. “Too many layers can look stringy.” Ask your stylist to angle pieces around your face for movement.

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4. Blow Up, Not Out

Brazilian Heat After Dark dryer, BUY HERE, ~$75

If you want sexy volume, embrace fluff. Remove your hair dryer’s air concentrator to roughen up hair as it dries and help cuticles maintain their lift. Finish by blasting the roots with lower heat to make your hair appear even thicker.

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5. Add Oil

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme oil treatment, BUY HERE, ~$38

Greasing your hair to increase volume sounds about as logical as a cheeseburger diet. But guess what, it works. “Light plant and flower oils”—such as palm or coconut—”help dissolve the heavier oils on your scalp,” Philip B. explains. “When you shampoo, you’ll get a much deeper clean.”

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6. Try Dry Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, BUY HERE, ~$7

Ever notice how clean hair can feel slippery and limp? Flip your head upside down, spritz on dry shampoo, and then gently shake your strands with your fingertips. This will add major lift—without any powdery white residue.

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7. Match Texture to Product

Sally Hershberger Plump Up Thickening Mist, BUY HERE, ~$11

If you have fine hair, a lightweight misting volumizer will coat strands to pump them up. For thicker textures, look for cream formulas; they’ll tame frizz without zapping fullness. Somewhere in the middle? Go with a mousse, which adds just the right amount of bulk without weighing hair down.

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8. Feed Your Scalp

Phyto Phytopolleine Universal Elixer Scalp Treatment, BUY HERE, ~$29

If your strands seem straggly, your scalp may need TLC. “Studies have shown that a healthy scalp is critical for hair growth,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, who recommends stimulating follicles weekly with a vitamin-rich treatment.

Courtesy Phytopolleine

9. Tease It

Speert comb, BUY HERE, ~$12

 Stylists swear by it, real women fear it. To master the difficult art of teasing, “be sure to fully remove the teeth of the rattail comb from your hair after each precise, downward stroke,” says Dove hairstylist Mark Townsend. “That way, you’re actually building up the mass of hair, not just pushing it around.”

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10. Add Some Curl

Rollers aren’t just for ringlets. “Many hairstylists set their clients’ hair in curlers no matter what style they’re going for, from updos to long waves,” says Garren. “They give the hair a lush fullness you can’t get otherwise.” Rough-dry hair and roll 2-inch sections from ends to roots, allowing hair to dry fully before taking the curlers out. Loosen any too-perfect curls with fingertips, then style any way you want.

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Referenced article HERE.

Michelle Obama vs. Jackie O – Buckingham Palace Looks

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Fashion | May 26, 2011

Uh oh, it looks like Michelle Obama‘s winning Tom Ford look at the Buckingham Palace may have been inspired by the first fashionable First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. She wore a strikingly similar gown to visit Buckingham palace in 1961: cream colores, long white gloves, shoulder-baring style, and bow at the waist. They say imitation is the best form of flattery…who wore it best??

Men: Weekly Style tip – Scarves

WHAT: Men’s scarf
WHY: Scarves for spring/summer are a do! Throw them on over any shirt/jeans conbo to take your look from farm hand to city slicker.
BUY ($37): http://bit.ly/lDHqiKCourtesy of American Apparel

Lady Gaga "Born This Way" – 99 cent Amazon sale!

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Music, Shopping | May 26, 2011

Good news, little monsters! Amazon.com is selling Lady Gaga’ s “Born this Way” album again for only 99cents TODAY only. Get all 15 songs and the digital booklet for less than a dollar (no tax). I already bought mine and am loving the album! Hurry up before the 99 cent sale is over, buy here: http://amzn.to/ifbP2h

10 Ways to Glossy Hair

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Hair, Shopping | May 26, 2011

Shiny hair is a sign of health (and maybe wealth?). Use this guide below to get smooth, sleep hair to reflect the sunshine.

1. Flat-Iron It

Ever notice how straight hair looks almost incandescent when it catches the light? That extra-glossy effect isn’t an illusion, says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. “Flat-ironing helps ruffled hair cuticles lie flat, which creates more surface area to reflect light,” she explains. Just be sure not to fry your strands: Only iron bone-dry hair, use a gliding motion, and choose ceramic plates to protect against excessive heat.

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2. Add Contrast

Clairol Perfect 10 by Nice ‘N Easy , BUY HERE, ~$7

Hair that’s both light and dark reads shinier to the eye than a flat field of one shade, says colorist and salon owner James Corbett. If your base is dark, ask your colorist for thin ribbons of a lighter hue; if you’re a blonde, consider low-lights. At home, try Clairol Perfect 10 by Nice ‘N Easy, a single-process treatment that delivers three subtle tones of a single shade.

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3. Eat a Caesar Salad

And don’t pluck out the anchovies! According to dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, L-cysteine, found in egg yolks, optimizes the production of keratin, a protein critical for growth (healthy hair = lustrous hair). The omegas in olive oil and anchovies also boost the hydration of hair from the inside out.

Courtesy Getty Images

4. Step Away from the Glitter

Josie Maran’s argan oil hair serum, BUY HERE, ~$12

We all love a little bling, but dousing hair with shine products that contain mica can rough up the hair shaft and work against your natural gleam. Instead, look for gloss-boosting ingredients like argan oil, found in Josie Maran’s argan oil hair serum, that also condition hair.

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5. Wash Wisely

Not all hair colors are created equal, which means you should wash, rinse, and repeat accordingly. Lighter hair is porous and more susceptible to buildup, so it’s shiniest when it’s cleanest, says Clairol Global Creative Director Marcy Cona. Those with brunet or deep auburn strands are at their glossiest with well-conditioned second-day hair.

Courtesy Getty Images

6. Master Silicone

John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine mist , BUY HERE, ~$5

Few ingredients add more shine than this glossy polymer, but it can weigh hair down if it’s not used correctly, says cosmetics chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. For thin hair, pick a spray formula, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine mist, and gently mist onto damp hair from mid-shaft down. For thick hair, work a pea-size drop between palms and distribute evenly through damp hair. If your hair is coarse or kinky, add a bit more product to ends once hair is dry, or try a heavier natural oil.

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7. Go Brazilian

Brazilian Blowout Açai Anti-Frizz shampoo, BUY HERE, ~$32

Imagine getting a blowout and having it last 12 weeks. Sound too good to be true? Well, maybe, but the Brazilian Blowout, also known as a keratin treatment, comes close. This 90-minutes-and-up salon process, which involves ironing a smoothing complex onto the hair’s surface, can enhance shine and combat frizz for as long as three months (cost: $250–$500). To preserve results, use a sulfate-free shampoo, like Brazilian Blowout Açai Anti-Frizz shampoo.

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8. Feed Your Scalp

Nature Made 100% Natural Vitamin E, BUY HERE, ~$11

Shiny hair is nourished hair, and hardy strands start at the roots. “I have my clients break open vitamin E capsules and rub the gel directly on the hairline,” says Softsheen-Carson stylist Johnny Wright, who works withFirst Lady Michelle Obama. The antioxidant increases circulation, which stimulates growth. An even easier option: using a vitamin E serum (available at drugstores).

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9. Use the Right Shampoo

Sunsilk Thermashine shampoo and conditioner, BUY HERE, ~$35

Clarifying shampoos and conditioners have their appeal (who doesn’t want to rid hair of gunky buildup?). But if high gloss is your goal, avoid them: They strip away too many natural oils and leave the hair lackluster. Instead choose creamy, moisturizing formulas, like Sunsilk Thermashine shampoo and conditioner, made with strand-fortifying proteins and nourishing oils.

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10. Brush Naturally

Denman medium boar-bristle grooming brush, BUY HERE, ~$15

Marcia Brady had the right idea about brushing every night; she was just using the wrong brush. Aggressive tugs with nylon bristles can actually increase breakage. Instead, use natural bristles—they distribute the oils in hair, making it glossier. Try the Denman medium boar-bristle grooming brush.

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Referenced article HERE.

Oprah's Fashion Moments – Through The Years

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Fashion | May 25, 2011

As The Oprah Winfrey show comes to an end today, here is a 
retrospective of her best (and not so best) looks over the 
years and sizes. One thing that's always consistent, the 
woman knows what shapes she likes: off-shoulder, deep v-neck 
and full skirted looks for the win!

All images: Getty

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Michelle Obama dons Tom Ford to see the Queen

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Fashion | May 25, 2011

In one of her best looks to date, Michelle Obama looked absolutely stunning in a Tom Ford gown when she attending dinner with the Queen at Buckingham Palace last night. The color, fit and style of the dress are impeccable and almost justify Ford’s top secret collection showings in New York and London. What do you think of this gown?