Beauty Stuff

Skin care tips you didn’t know

April 30, 2016

My girlfriend Tina crakes me up, she is a total skin care maniac. Literally she must spend an hour a day on cleansing her face. At lunch one day, I had mentioned she should write me a blog post, and she loved the idea .… here are Tina’s top 5 skin care tips.

In Tina’s dramatic words, “ Ever since the age of 25, I’ve feared aging. Instead of celebrating my birthday, I dreaded it because it meant I was getting old. I probably fear wrinkles and skin sagging more than I even fear death. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Up until then, I spent a good portion of my paychecks buying expensive make-up. I grew up with a mother who always emphasized the more you paid for cosmetics, the better the quality of it is. To this day, I still don’t know if the cosmetics sold at the fancy counters are better than what you find at a drugstore but the idea was already ingrained in me. One thing I learned through time though, is that it doesn’t matter how expensive your make up is or how much of it you wear if you don’t have great skin.”

I must confess that I used to be a basic three step skin care system sort of girl. Meaning I would use a cleanser, a toner, and then a moisturizer and then call it good. Not only that, for years I used the same products. Then the last 5 years, I learned to expand my horizons more; I read up on products and beauty regimens, and talked to more specialists that could educate me. Here are a few things I learned through time that I found helpful for taking care of my skin.

1. Your Clarisonic IS NOT an exfoliator. I used to think I didn’t need to exfoliate when I used my Clarisonic. After all, the Clarisonic feels like its an electric toothbrush for your face already and why would you want to put anything else abrasive on your face and overdo it? First of all, if the brush feels rough on your face, it’s probably not the right one for you. I recently discovered that the Radiance brush was the right fit for me because even the Sensitive brush was too abrasive feeling on the lowest vibration setting for me. Second of all, the Clarisonic brush is meant to remove dirt, make up, and oil off of your face. It doesn’t remove dead skin cells. That is what exfoliators are for and you should still exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
2. Pat your moisturizer on. When you rub your moisturizer on your face, it is causing friction. When you pat your moisturizer on, you are allowing the skin to absorb the moisturizer instead of just having it rubbed all over the surface.

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3. Take care of your neck like it is your face. Your neck shows the signs of aging just like your face does, so don’t neglect it. Either use the same moisturizing routine or buy a specific moisturizer for your neck. Several skin care lines make specialized anti-wrinkle firming creams for your neck. Every brand these days makes a neck cream, choose you favorite. Estee LauderClarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Strivectic, 3 Lab, Philosophy, etc.

4. Hydrate before Retinol. If you are using a retinol product that is not in your moisturizer already, you should hydrate your face beforehand. If your face is dry and you put your retinol product on, it won’t absorb into your skin as well. Something I use that I know won’t interact with my retinol product is Josie Maran argan oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, or a moisturizer that doesn’t have some sort of acid already in it. You can also use a serum that doesn’t have any products that might react with your retinol. If you are curious about interactions between your products, you could always ask your dermatologist or aesthetician. (Retinol is The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin)

5. Refrigerate Your Products. You know how people have special refrigerators for their wine bottles? I have always thought that when I design my bathroom for my house one day, I would make sure there was a space for a very sleek small refrigerator I could put some of my products in. A lot of your skin care products, especially if they are more on the “all natural” side, should be kept in a dark cool place anyway. However, there are products I use that I like chilled because they feel better and work better when I apply them cold. For example, I use Clarins Eye Contour Gel in the morning to reduce eye puffiness. I have found using it cold helps to reduce the puffiness more because the cold gel helps to constrict your blood vessels. I also put my face sheet masks in the refrigerator and it becomes an awesome method to cool your self down on a hot summer day. Just make sure you’re not putting any products that might separate in the fridge though.
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This leads me to my last tip …

6. Ice your face. I got married a couple of years ago and 2 weeks before my wedding I got a facial. Before I left, my esthetician told me to put ice in a bag or a towel and then apply it to different parts of my face for 5 minutes at a time. The cold constricts your blood vessels to reduce puffiness and redness. So the night before my wedding and the day of, I would rotate the ice on a different part of my face for 30 seconds-1 minute for about 5 minutes. For example, I would put it on one cheek for 30 seconds, then up to my forehead for a minute, etc and continue this for 5 minutes total. Then I would give my face a break for 5 minutes and then repeated the process a couple more times. It really did make my face less puffy and no redness at all. In addition, it helped me to stay pretty “cool” and collected before a stressful situation.

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Hopefully some of these tips are helpful and new. If they are not new to you, congratulations, you know more about skin care than a great amount of people out there. More tips to come in the future. Remember, your skin is the biggest organ on your body. Make sure you take care of it. (Tina your awesome! Thanks for all your skin guru knowledge)

Beauty Stuff

Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream

April 11, 2016

Thanks Clarins for sending me some of the latest and greatest products to try!  I am going to be giving you the gossip on Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream that I used then photographed in my home.  I would say this new line of products was created for a younger demographic. If you’re the type that goes out on school nights, is willing to have that 2nd cocktail, regularly works on 6 hours of sleep, and is under the age of 35, then Clarins Muti-active day cream ($53) & Clarins multi-active night cream ($56) is totally up your ally. My face the next morning after trying the  Clarins multi-active night cream was noticeably soft. Truth be told, I was surprised I could tell a difference after just the first day.
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I only wish Clarins would have introduced a product like this 10 years ago – it’s impressive how it targets early wrinkles. This cream has Myrothamnus extract, which visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses. Having lotion that helps your face look less stressed is a great thing. Overall, I am enjoying Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream and would recommend trying it – great for you or as gift.  Below is how the lotions are stored in my bathroom drawer  (I am loving my new metal drawer organizers).

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Style

Kentucky Derby Style Guide

April 4, 2016

One of my tasks this week is styling a client for the Kentucky Derby.  Dressing someone for the Kentucky Derby is a first for me. After doing some research here is my Kentucky Derby Style Guide:

Women:
* When selecting your dress for the Kentucky Derby the recommended practice is to keep it simple, so it doesn’t take away from your hat. Dress isn’t a must you can also wear a skirt or pants.

*For the most part a heel or wedge is worn, but even if the Kentucky Derby website it suggests bringing a pair of backup flats

* the hat/ headpiece is the focus for Derby fashion

*The Kentucky Derby recommends a large bag (but be sure to stay within the size limit) to carry a pair of shoes, a bottle of water, your program, sunglasses, sunscreen, a poncho, and anything else you might need during the day. In that bag, pack a smaller clutch or over-the-shoulder bag for your cash, wagers, phone, and essentials that you can grab to go make a wager or snap a quick picture of the celebrities on the Red Carpet.

*Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck!

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Men
*The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, bright or pastel colors in bold stripes or busy plaids fit that bill. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or seersucker blazer is still a great option.
*Bow tie is the official style for the Kentucky Derby male
*Loafers should be own sock-less
*Top off the “Derby look” with a fedora or bowler hat. Men’s Derby hats are generally solid in color and inspired by the style from the 1920s.

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Vegas

Vegas Bumble and Bumble Casting

March 29, 2016

Las Vegas Bumble and Bumble is casting hair models for a Sephora styling event.
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Bumble and bumble is hosting a large scale event with Sephora in Las Vegas on May 3rd, and are casting female models to showcase the latest trends in dry-styling.

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Girls that have shoulder length or longer hair, to showcase Bumble-specific styles and the latest in fashion hair trends.

This would be a trade service, and compensate each model with Bumble and bumble products (along with a complimentary style) in exchange for their time. Submit: regionalmodels@bumbleandbumble.com

Female with at least shoulder length, thick/medium/fine textured hair to receive editorial style (solely a style- no cut or color). Models must have straight or wavy hair. No tight, kinky curls please.
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In full disclosure, I have done these types of shows in my early 20’s. You will likely spend the day hanging out with a group of cool ladies, make new friends, take away product that you wouldn’t like buy (bumble and bumble is pricey & awesome), and have really talented artists style your hair. It’s a win if you want to get out of the box, and be around beauty for the day.

Accessories

Sneakerheads

January 30, 2016

Sneakerheads, sneaker addicts, sneaker. Who knew sneakers could be a good investment. Josh Luber creator of Campless has me stunned. Need you to watch the Ted Talk below to fully understand how easily Josh has broken this down.

So what exactly is a sneakerhead? By formal definition a sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a hobby. Along with being able to distinguish between real and fake replica sneakers.

The first example that comes to mind of a sneakerhead is the character Turtle of the HBO show Entourage. Last year in 2015 a sneaker convention: Sneaker Con was created where sneaker heads could buy and sell the most sought after footwear on the market. I love that this subculture exists and potentially profiting off there collectors item. What I have learned in my years of fashion is a wearable item is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. I guess we should be thanking ebay for helping create this platform.

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worth following on instagram:

Robert Stewart- @glasgowrob lover of New Balance’s and owns Sneaker ER

Runnerwally.com– blogger and photographer

The Shoe Surgeon is a modern day shoe god
@selmaksebbagh for a girl’s guide to sweet sneakers

Dylan Rather- his Instagram feed @dylan_ratner is filled with vintage kicks, which he also restores

@sneakerb0bGermany’s best known sneaker head

Here are some really cool sneaker stores worth checking out: SneakerSpy, Likelihood,and Extra Butter.

Fashion

Fashion technology

January 23, 2016

Fashion technology is a real thing. The idea of “fashion meets function” is being catapulted into a everyday markets that all most anybody can afford. From new advances in heating a cooling fabrics, to yarn that can literally function as the screen on your smart phone, printing shirts and jackets are transcending mere cotton and blasting off into the future of technology.

Google is in the early stages of developing a fabric with “digital sensing capabilities,” a techy way of saying that the fabric will be able to interact with smartphones. Google is calling this project “Jacquard,” and so far the electric fabric has been used to make a jacket that—get this—was able to command a cell phone to make a call. Such mindboggling technology is possible because the structure of the textile is the exact same as that of a smartphones touchscreen.

While Google’s smart fabric is still in the working phase, another new fabric is actually out in stores this fall, and it’s quite cool—literally. Based in Atlanta, the groundbreaking brand Brrr! debuted a new fabric technology aimed at keeping the body a cool, refreshing temperature. Spearheaded by fashionista’s MC and Tosha, Brrr! uses a dye free, all-natural mineral compound that is “Powered by Air,” meaning that to cool down you only need to take off the garment and shake it in the air for a moment. The yarn fabric never loses its cooling ability, no matter how many washes it undergoes. Brrr! saves the day by being a cooling element among the warmer clothing elements. Even with the excitement of the launch of their new line, MC and Tosha still have their sights set on the future, with Spring 2016 bringing even more surprises such as a men’s line, underwear and bedding. The brand’s baby line, Brrr!Baby, is also set to launch this coming Spring.

The Colorado-based company Voormi has developed a material that is geared at doing the exact opposite: keeping the body warm when hitting the snowy slopes. Warm, waterproof wear isn’t a new invention, so what’s all the fuss about? Check it out: Voormi’s new material in the first waterproof, breathable fabric that is only ONE layer. Bulky ski jackets and windbreakers are old news, and the sportswear industry is very excited to welcome Voormi’s lightweight line. Voormi can only be found at a handful of shops in the states, but their online selection is plentiful.

Outfits

Cute SweatPants

January 16, 2016

It’s cold outside, and all I want to do is wear cute sweatpants. Sounds awful doesn’t it? Especially coming from a fashion stylist. The ice cold breeze and fall weather is getting to me and I am cold all the time. I am the type of person that would take being hot and overheated, verses have my feet feel frozen. This a realtime and wearing sweatpants out and about is my reality.
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So if you are going to own sweatpants they should at least be cute sweatpants where function also meets fashion. Sweatpants are sweatpants and what you wear with your cute sweatpants is usually what makes your outfit cute. Try pairing your joggers with a denim jacket, heels, causal fun tennis shoes verses your workout tennis shoes. My weapon of choice when dressing up my sweat pants is makeup…. especially rocking a bold lip. Here are some other great place to shop for joggers H&M, Lululemon, and Target.

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Test Shoots

January 10, 2016

So what is a test shoot? Why as a stylist would you do a test shoot? These are questions that I had myself when I started working and thought they were worth answering. I will always reiterate that being a fashion stylist is a lot of work. I’m saying it again, but this time about the necessity of doing a test shoot.

Essentially, a test shoot is a collaboration of several artists (hair and makeup artists, photographers, etc.) working together for the sole purpose of developing a piece for your portfolio. Which is a really lovely way of saying that you aren’t getting paid. You may, in fact, have to fork out a little bit of cash to do the shoot at all, depending on the location and your wardrobe situation. I have damaged clothing on a test shoot and have to eat the cost. Which is never fun.

Despite the fact that your not getting paid to work a full day, test shoots are a really great way to network and build up a portfolio that reflects your own style. Since you aren’t being hired by anybody, you can take full control of the look and feel of the shoot. Have you had an idea floating around your brain for months? Find some like minded artists to work with and bring it to life—make your portfolio represent YOU.

Test shoots are also a good way to work out any kinks you might have in your technique. Anyone that has worked on a set knows the array of troubles that can arise at any given moment, and dealing with those trials is much less stressful when it’s not in front of the client. We all have our own way of doing things, and test shoots provide a space where you can learn and find the way you work best.

This test shoot wasn't my favorite. I should of mapped out how I wanted the hair & makeup to look. If I could go back I would of had the models hair messy and textured and more natural makeup. Her makeup looks beautiful but is too much for this causal beach view

This is from a test shoot that I did many many moons ago and I never used in my book. I should of mapped out how I wanted the hair & makeup to look. If I could go back I would of had the models hair messy and textured and more natural makeup. The brows are too penciled in perfect for me. Her makeup looks beautiful but is too much for this causal beach view. At the time I was focused on making sure the photographer liked the wardrobe verses the story as a hole. From this I also like testing when an art director is involved. That way I only have to focus on the wardrobe verses everything including the layout

Test shoots may feel like a lot to take on and personally I think they are. Producing has it’s challenges.. at least for me. Everyone on your team has to be on point. The model needs to know how to move, photographer needs to know how to shoot it (lighting), hair and makeup needs to be there the whole time. The wardrobe can be great but if someone on your team is lacking hopefully it won’t come through in your photo’s. The goal should be to have a beautiful picture… period. If the wardrobe looks amazing but the rest of the picture doesn’t work together don’t put it in your book. The producer, creative director, art director, who ever will be hiring will be looking at it and they will look at the total picture, not how you styled the look. So make sure you and your team are all on the same page.

I have learned a lot from testing. It can be a lot of fun to see your vision come to life. I would just make sure you have a solid team. I have had to nag a photographer before for pictures which was not fun. Have any more questions about testing? Comment or email me

Food & Health

Silja From Scratch

January 4, 2016

Meet Silja Danielsen from Silja from scratch. I worked with Silja for a couple days with Tommy Bahama.

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Besides being beautiful (obviously) Silja is passionate about cooking, photography, and having a healthy life style. Case and point her blog Silja From Scratch. Which is created, written, photographed all by Silja her self. Her goal is creating wholesome recipes and clean foods without refined sugars and processed ingredients.

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I personally love the colorful photography on this blog. What I love even more is the detailed description of how to make the recipes combined with the with an easy ingredient list. A lot of time in recipes I get over whelmed with needing 15 different ingredients. Especially in creating sauces or marinades. The recipes on Silja from Scratch are easy enough for me to try, and are super tasty.
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Family

Holidays in Ohio

December 29, 2015

Being Jewish, Christmas didn’t mean much growing up. Given that Las Vegas is a 24/7 city, growing up I always ended up working on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas day {I worked retail in Caesars Forum Shops, and after I turned 21 dealt blackjack at Hard Rock hotel & casino}.

Marrying into a family that celebrates Christmas has added to an already full holiday season. My family celebrates Hanukkah, and then we celebrate Christmas as an extended family (my family, my in-laws, and any relative willing to travel). This year both my family and the hub’s family are all together at my sister-in-laws house in Ohio.

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If I have learned anything from my sister-in-law, it is all about planned activities. This plan I believe was the success to ensuring that everyone had a fun time… the whole time.

Her house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large family kitchen, a craft room, an office, huge basement, living room, a dining room and rooms yet explored. This translates to housing all seventeen of us and hosting dinner parties of up to 25 each night, making the holidays in Ohio very festive. Besides living in a large home, Beth, my sister-in-law has every room in the house decorated in Christmas. My father went from room to room in amazement – so many trees with countless decorations. One tree in particular is black (pictured below) is up from Halloween until St. Patricks’ Day, with a decoration change for each season between. My room even had stuffed animal white poodle with a Santa hat. In their Christmas themed house (below) are my brother & sister-in-laws” in Christmas attire.
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Next up in our family festive weekend is Christmas day in our pajamas, themed out by family. Pretty funny I thought.

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also known as Grandpa Jesse

also known as Grandpa Jesse

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Me, my hubs, and daughter

I purchased our pjs from ASOS.com

Next up the Ugly Sweater Party

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ok... so my sweater wasn't so ugly

ok… so my sweater wasn’t so ugly

The weekend was filled with lots of giggles, hugs, food, and cleaning up. So lucky to be married the coolest dude ever with a family to match, and most importantly to have both our families merge and become one.