Category: Beauty

Skinny Girl Bethenny Frankel Poses in 4-Year Old Daughter’s PJs

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by No Comments

Former Real Housewife of New York reality star, Bethenny Frankel, has reinvented herself with her own line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books, but her Skinny Girl lifestyle came under fire this week when she posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s Hello Kitty pajamas…which fit.

Frankel is 43 and is thin enough to squeeze into her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. She posted the pic with the caption, “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?”

If the idea was to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy, she achieved her goal! Some viewers had no problem with it such as user opinionsnotvalid who said, “Anybody who has a problem with this apparently doesn’t have kids or their kids are depressed because their parents have no sense of humor. Either that or you’re not happy with your self image. Pull the stick out you’re a**es and lighten up.”

Some think it was meant as a joke and others suggest that she has an unhealthy obsession with body image and dieting. Some of the back and forth on Instagram grew kind of heavy and sometimes a bit mean-spirited. While the picture itself isn’t offensive, it’s the various interpretations of what the picture means to individuals that is raising ire.

The concern for me is that Frankel confessed that she used to starve and binge back in 2011. I just don’t want to see her falling back into that pattern to fit into her daughter’s clothes. It could have been a joke, it could have been a PR stunt to promote her line of “Skinny Girl” beverages and books. Either way the controversy has gone viral and she is getting attention.

What do think of her posting this pic wearing her daughter’s PJs? Should we be laughing, concerned, or angry?

Photo credits: instagram

Link Round-up: Healthy Recipes, LUSH, Women’s Service Day, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has healthy recipes, favorites from LUSH, information about women’s service day, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for copycat Dove chocolate vanilla ice cream bars.

Songbirds and Buttons shared favorite hair products from LUSH.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make DIY quotable t-shirts.

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The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for an open-faced pulled chicken Parmesan sandwich.

Kenarry explained how to get involved in women’s service day.

Crystal & Co. taught us how to throw a kids’ birthday party on short notice.

Domestic Mommyhood shared easy craft projects using recycled up upcycled cans.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and The Suburban Soapbox

The GLO System Will Have Your Smile Brighter than Ever in Less Time

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

I have very sensitive teeth. Due to much too diligent brushing techniques acquired from my braces wearing days and very tight spacing, brushing teeth is a labor of pain avoidance.

My teeth are so sensitive, in fact, that when I have my cleanings done, my hygienist actually uses a numbing agent on each tooth as she cleans and flosses, otherwise I would be sitting in the dentist’s chair crying like a baby.

There are treatments for this affliction. In fact, I’ve already had cells scraped and packed to correct some of the recession. It was painful and they won’t do it again unless it is absolutely necessary. But still, I want a beautiful smile just as much as the rest of you so I am always on the look out for care and treatment to keep my sensitive looking their best.

Last time I was in to visit my dentist, I inquired about whitening techniques for people with sensitive teeth because, as you might know, the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand. But I enjoy my coffee and wine but also really appreciate a bright smile.

I was told about the Glo System and now, it is at the top of my list of things to try.

Glo uses patented Guilded Light Opti (GLO) technology; with heat resistors strategically placed and LED light bulb into a closed system mouthpiece.  The whitening gel is applied to the teeth and the mouthpiece activates the gel.

To use:

  1. To set up, start with a fully charged GLO control. Place the lanyard and control over your neck. Attach the mouthpiece in place in the side of the control until you hear a click. Then apply a thin layer of GLO lip care to the top and bottom lips. If you have extra sensitive teeth like myself, apply lip care to the gum area as well as the inside and outside of lips.
  2. Open the G-Vial by holding the base, gingerly twisting and pulling cap off to remove.
  3. Apply whitening gel. Squeeze gel onto your brush tip and apply a thin layer to your top and bottom teeth, front teeth only. One G-vial is enough for all four 8 minute back-to-back applications.
  4. Press the GLO button and the blu light will let you know it is working. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth with top facing up, relax your jaw and enjoy the whitening process.
  5. Eight minutes later, you will have whiter brighter teeth. Like a tanning bed, it shuts off automatically. Rinse out your mouthpiece and carry on.

It is that simple and someone who has used it told me that it is perfect and painless for those of us with sensitive teeth. After all, you don’t want to see a grown woman cry just so she can have a gorgeous smile, do you? It looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it.

Photo Source: GLO Systems

Link Round-up: Pizza, Ombre Fondant, Candy Cane Bath Bombs, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a pizza recipe, tips for ombre fondant, candy cane bath bombs, and more.

The Neighborhood Moms shared a recipe for a Kentucky hot brown pizza.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a great app for traveling.

I’m Topsy Turvy showed us how to create ombre fondant.

Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for power greens breakfast casserole.


Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make cute (easy!) table settings.

View Along the Way offered some tips for budgeting and answers to money questions.

A Mom’s Take showed us how to make candy cane bath bombs for Christmas in July.

Photo credit: The Neighborhood Moms and Suzy Sitcom

Link Round-up: Frugal Vacations, Wall Art, Popsicles, Ice Cream, and More

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has homemade ice cream recipes, frozen watermelon pops, ideas for an amazing weekend, and more.

The Thrifty Couple shared a frozen watermelon pop idea that’s simple, natural, and refreshing.

A Virtuous Woman gave us a collection of homemade ice cream recipes.

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Hobbies on a Budget gave us five tips for an amazing weekend.

Another Cent Saved showed us how to create wall art with beans.

Eighteen25 showed us how to make DIY glitter sunnies.

Design Dazzle shared summer bingo printables.

We Know Stuff taught us how to create a lavender sugar scrub.

Photo credit: The Thrifty Couple and Hobbies on a Budget

Kendall Jenner Goes Without Underwear on Red Carpet

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

Kendall Jenner is known for fashion that shows some skin, but the 18-year-old model pushed her nudity up a notch on the red carpet of the 2014 MuchMusic VideoAwards on Sunday, June 15 when she left her panties at home.

No, I’m not kidding and I’m not guessing. She and her 16-year-old sister Kylie both wore skin revealing dresses, but Kendall flaunted skin all the way up to her hip bones.

Kendall’s Fausto Puglisi gown was conservative and almost regal on top, but the front of the bejeweled gown was slit from her waist to the floor on both sides. Some talked about the very real possibility of a wardrobe malfunction but it seems that some strategically placed adhesive kept the fabric in place from every angle.

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Kendall’s sister Kylie stood beside her wearing a sheer orange mini-dress with some extra-sheer peek-a-boo cutouts on the sides and an open back. However, it was moderate when compared to her sister’s warrior princess approach to taking on the red carpet.

While these young women are gorgeous, I’m sad to see them following this road of racy revealing fashion at such a young age. When Kendall posted snapshots of her gown on Instagram on Sunday night she said, “Why do one slit when you can do TWO!?”

It was Kendall’s first job as an award-show host since her embarrassing blunder at May’s Billboard Music Awards when she started to introduce boy band 5 Seconds of Summer as One Direction, but the show went on without any snafus. Kendall even took a crack at herself with an on-screen joke directed at the cue-card holder when she accused him of trying to cause her goof up her lines.

When I saw the dresses worn by the Jenner sisters, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were tying to keep up with their older sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. One expert told Hollywood Life that’s exactly what they’re doing.

“Kylie and Kendall are acting out their sibling rivalry by ‘keeping up with the Kardashians’ who have made their fame and fortune by flaunting their sexuality.” – Dr. Carole Lieberman

I don’t have to ask what the parents think about all this. To them its success, but I could think of a few other terms I would use.

Photo credits: Clevver News

Rihanna Wears See-through Dress to Claim Fashion Icon Award

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by No Comments

Rihanna is no stranger to pushing the envelope, but when she arrived at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 2, her fashion sense got a whole lot of attention.

The 26-year-old singer arrived in a sparkling gown custom-made by designer Adam Selman. The slinky floor-length design was a backless number adorned with more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals and was accented with a light pink feather boa, gloves and a glittering turban.

She completed the look with jewels by designer Paul Morelli which included limited edition cat’s eye moonstone and diamond earrings and an imperial topaz and diamond ring.

The dress was glamorous and reminiscent of 1920s fashion. To say it turned heads is an understatement. It wasn’t just the low cut back and sparkling crystals that had heads turning. It was the fact that you could see through the dress. Not just a little bit, but clearly.

It was fishnet and crystals.

She did wear a flesh colored thong to prevent presenting the full monty when she accepted the CFDA’s 2014 Fashion Icon Award. Everything else was on display.

Her stylist, Mel Ottenberg told, “It’s so naked. I don’t know if it’s shocking – I’m with her all the time, so my shock gauge is off – but I told her that I thought she was ready for this dress a while ago, and that I wasn’t. I’m a prude, and I’m just catching up.”

I’m with her, except I don’t want to catch up.

But it seems that the fashion icon’s dress was readily embraced by others in the industry. Vogue Magazine tweeted “Rihanna has become the rare celebrity who does not follow fashion — she affects it.” It was Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, who presented the award to Rihanna at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA).

When asked if she was comfortable walking around wearing such a revealing dress she said, “Yes I am! Why? My t*ts bother you?”

What if they had answered, “What bothers me is that you feel the need to dress like this to be fulfilled, accepted, loved…. You are so much more than physical beauty. Embrace that!”

Photo credit: Just Show

I Don’t Really Tan But I Can Make a Great Margarita

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 by 1 Comment

Summer is here. You know how I can tell?

I live in Texas and it is at least 100 degrees by ten in the morning, for one. My new deck is finished — just in time for me to look longingly at it from the window.

If you sit in one of the chairs and your skin actually touches the wrought iron instead of the fabric you’ll hear a sound that is the combination of a hoarse scream and sizzling bacon. Don’t look around, both sounds originated from you.

I am not really a summer person and it isn’t because I don’t love summer. It’s because summer does not love me. I have extremely fair skin and that means if I go outside, I have to be swathed in shade creating attire or risk blisters and peeling skin.

While my children slather on tanning lotion I am layering SPF 75 lotion “made for baby’s delicate skin”. My children tease me relentlessly about my skin’s unique similarity to the complexion of  Barnabas Collins as they flaunt their Coppertone commercial ready bodies.

They laugh at me.

I have learned a few tricks to make myself look at least a little healthy during the summer. I usually switch to a peach toned blush, use a little darker foundation, and add the blush on my temples and the bridge of my nose. More golden and neutral color eye shadows warm up my skin and I finish off with a luminizer on my cheekbones. A quick touch of my favorite neutral lip gloss and I am good to go.

Everyone can tease me if they want — we all know who they are going to go to when they need more Margaritas.

photo credit: Mat Honan via photopin cc

How to Make Sure Your Bangs Survive the Summer

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

Bangs are back in style in a big, chunky way but is this a good look for summer? There is no denying that they are super cute and sexy, edgy even if you cut them right, but between sweating, out of control oils and humidity, bangs can be a beauty liability this summer.

Here are a few tips to keep your bangs in control and looking cool, even when you are hot as a whore in church.

Use styling products that are weightless and control frizz. You do not want something too heavy on your summer beach waves or it will look like you washed your hair. Blowdry your hair at least 60 percent dry before you try to blow it out smooth.

Use conditioner all over your head to help reduce frizziness and big hair from the humidity. Make sure to rinse it all out or you will look like your hair is greasy and that is not a good look for anyone.

Use a flat boar bristle brush if your hair is straight and use a round one if your hair is curly. Finish with using a frizz-fighting product to smooth it all out.

Another tip: wash your face every morning and evening to avoid having a throwback forehead breakout like those we all had the misfortune of experiencing in our teens.

Wash your hair every other day.

If you can follow all of these simple rules, your bangs and your skin will look glorious all summer long.

What’s your best beauty secret for summer?

Photo Source: Cameron Nordholm