January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
I absolutely adore having my fingernails painted. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since my early teens and must say I have gotten quite good at it. Because of my affinity for painted finger tips, I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to getting a manicure and therefore prefer to paint them myself (but I’m still human and totally enjoy pampering myself every once in awhile with a mani/pedi). When I don’t have big plans coming up or a special outfit to wear I like to choose a color that works for almost everything in my closet and that color is “You don’t know Jacques” by OPI (pictured on the left). This color takes me through any season and is a welcome accessory to any outfit. While out purchasing a new bottle of my favorite must-have, I recently found an awesome substitute that is long lasting and easy on my wallet, score! “Steel Grey” by Rimmel London (pictured on the right), this color does the trick and I was able to find it a my local drugstore. What’s your go-to color?
January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
When you find something good, don’t keep it a secret. These are words I live by; and to be true to my word I must let everyone know about the AH-MA-ZING workout I had this morning. When the weekend finally rolls around the last thing I want to do is get up early on Saturday and go to the gym. Since I have a day job and teach group exercise classes at night, I am pretty tired by the end of the week. I like to get in one good workout on either Saturday or Sunday and I usually do this at home or outside.
Last night I stopped by the store to pick up a few things and as I was walking past the fitness section I saw workout DVDs by Jillian Michaels. Now I know Jillian is not everyones cup of tea but I decided for $9 I would get one of her workouts and give it a try (get it here). This DVD consists of 7 circuits that require no gym equipment, just your body weight. I burned just over 800 calories following this workout (here is the heart rate monitor I wear)*.
Jillian Michaels has an array of workout DVDs and exercise equipment available. It’s always nice to have options and variety when it comes to working out so if you are looking to change things up a bit, give this a try.
* Calorie burn will vary for everyone. I followed the DVD as instructed by pushing myself to do as many repetitions as possible for each exercise; performing them faster than Jillian. Only increase your intensity if you can do so without sacrificing good form. Proper form will create good results no matter how fast you go.
January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today was one of the first days in quite some time, the sun came out and gave us Northwesterners a glimpse of Spring. As I was sitting at my desk, it got me thinking that I need to get some sunshine on my lily-white skin. There is nothing better than having a soft sun-kissed glow after spending an afternoon outside. Fresh air and sunshine are great for the skin and during this time of year we sometimes have to stop by the cosmetic counter and make a purchase in order to get that little pick me up. Who better to consult on getting that beautiful sun-kissed glow than Bobbi Brown. Thank goodness for her creative genius, because Bobbi has recently come out with two new face palettes. They provide all the makeup you need to create a beautiful, everyday look in a convenient, trendy little compact (click here to check them out).
These palettes include: four eye shadows (base color, lid/contour color and liner shade), two lip colors, a gloss and blush. These palettes will take you from meek and lifeless to a blushing beauty in five minutes flat. Best of all, you can toss it in your handbag and touch up throughout the day.
January 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
Even though every magazine currently on the news stand is advertising spring looks I am standing my ground and not jumping ahead of the season. I’ve embraced looks that fit in with the rainy Northwest weather we’ve been having. I’m wearing a lot of cardigans and long sleeve tops with statement necklaces to give them a more glamorous and elegant feel. One of my favorite ways to add embellishment to any top is a Feather Collar (here and here are the looks that started my obsession). Since a full Feather Collar is a little much for an everyday look, I decided to put my craft skills to the test and make my own Feather Necklace. The best part is it cost me less than $15!
To make this feather necklace I used: a piece of black felt, 3 inch black ribbon, one package of black feathers, one Hackle pad of ombre feathers, medium jewel beads (amount will vary depending on design and shape), glue gun and jewel bond glue.
I started by using a bib necklace and traced its form to create the base design for my necklace (here are directions to create a bib necklace and get a similar pattern). I then created a layout with the beads and used jewel bond glue to adhere them onto the strip of felt. This is the trim for my necklace.
After gluing the beads, I cut another piece of felt similar to the first one. I took the ombre Hackle pad and separated the feathers. Since these feathers were longer I glued them onto the felt first and then used the black feathers to fill in spaces that were bare.
Once all the glue had dried, I bonded 12 inches of ribbon on each end of the felt with the beads (this is how the necklace is secured when wearing it). This piece was then glued on top of the feathers covering the edges of the feathers and any glue.
Here is my finished product. I think it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.