Golden globes Top 10 Fashion Moments

The best moments of any award show are the Fashion Moments. They are the ones that are dictating trends, whether they are just beginning, ending, or a classic favorite that will never get old. These are the moments that inspire our imaginations and give us that fuel we need to never be boring! 

Emily Brickel Edelson, the talented artist behind Chic Sketch, a fashion Forward mobile app that sketches photos into instagrammable fashion illustrations has created a round up of her favorite looks from the evening.  We love her sketches and couldn’t agree more!

 

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Refresh Your Look 2016

The season of spending time with your family and loved ones, as well as people you don’t see very often, forces you to take some trips down memory lane, looking at old photos albums.  The one desire of each woman out there is to look better today then you did a year or even a decade ago.  The key to this is refreshing your look constantly, try something new, go out of your comfort zone, experiment.  You don’t have to get too crazy and dye your hair pink, but you should explore new trends.  Our go-to expert, Zena Shteysel spilled some of her tips for the New Year to help you refresh your look.
1.  Switch Foundations – one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your beauty routine is to switch to a new foundation.  Your base is such a major part of your look, something as simple as switching your foundation’s finish, or trying a new formulation, can make you feel like you’ve got a completely updated look – in the most subtle way!  Right now I’m really loving Marc Jacobs Genius Gel foundationss1511104-main-hero-300-1
2.  Contour with Self Tanner – It might sound a bit odd, but hear me out.  We all know the magical powers of contouring, well imagine a contour that lasts an entire week.  Wake up with a subtly sculpted face and you’d be surprised how much time and product you’ll shave off your beauty routine.  The trick is, of course, less is more.  Apply self-tanner, 1 shade darker than your face, with a beauty sponge (buff it in as you would your cream contour) along your hair line, the hollows of your cheeks, and jaw line for the perfect contour that will last all week.  A really great one is Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face s1497163-main-hero-300
3.  The one thing we can all do right now to get out of a beauty rut is to clean out your makeup bag!  Take stock of what you have, think about what you really need, and get rid of last year’s products that you weren’t in love with.  Organizing your kit will leave you feeling like you’ve really got it together, and we all love the ‘new year, new you’ feeling!  I like to de-pot all of my eye shadows, blushes and powders into a Z Palette, a universal, empty magnetic makeup palette, to keep all my essentials in one easy place.Zena_Large_Palette2
4.  Start the year off with a new skin care routine and you’ll set the stage for great makeup.  You can use all the best makeup in the world, but if you’re not taking good care of your skin, you’ll be stuck in a beauty rut that you can’t get out of.  With so many amazing new products out there, the new year is the perfect time to say good bye to last year’s regime and start up with something fresh and new.  Not using an exfoliating brush?  Get one. (There’s a ton of affordable options on the market now, try the Olay cleansing brush)  Haven’t used a charcoal mask yet? Start today, in 2016.  Boscia Charcoal Mask is amazing.
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Stript Wax Bar and The Vajacial

“Mompreneur,” Celebrity Waxologist & Esthetician Katherine Goldman founded Stript Wax Bar in 2009, fulfilling her vision of a boutique dedicated to the art of waxing.  Now a chain of ten boutique waxing bars across California, Stript Wax Bar locations are all about the newest and close to painless waxing techniques in the industry.

We recently got to visit Stript Wax Bar’s West Hollywood location and try their top services: the Brazilian Wax and the “Vajacial.”  In case you aren’t familiar (because we weren’t) a “Vajacial” is a facial for the pubic area which is performed post Brazilian wax. The Vajacial is exclusive to the Stript Wax Bar salons and created by Katherine Goldman, Founder and Celebrity Waxologist.  Most effective after a Brazilian or Bikini was, The Vajacial is a 4 Step Process that involves cleansing, toning, exfoliating and ending with a mask to prevent in-grown hairs.

All of the services that we tried were terrific. The Brazilian was as close to pain-free as possible and the esthetician did her best to make me feel comfortable with everything.  I was interested to try the Vajacial since like make other woman (and men) I have huge issues with post waxing redness and especially ingrown hairs. For years, Victoria Secret Models have kept me wondering how they achieve such a flawless bikini line. The veil is finally lifted and I am sure that the long keep secret of the elite is the Vajacial

“People are always intrigued by these services when they hear about them, then they try them and fall in love,” Says Stript Wax Bar Founder, Katherine Goldman. “The more you can do to help make yourself feel and look as sexy as you want to be is always a good trend.”

Stript Wax Bar offers endless beauty services, at locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the-line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality hard wax from Europe. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and makeup application. For more information, visit the website at: www.striptwaxbar.com.

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Get Ready For the Holidays

IMG_5807 IMG_5812 IMG_5814 IMG_5815If you are anything like us, you are holiday party hoping until you ring in the New Year.   From Work Parties, Christmas Concerts, Holiday Parties, Opening Presents on Christmas Eve, Church services, you are fully booked.  Instead of scrambling last minute putting yourself together when you have a last minute soiree, simplify your beauty routine so that you are always ready.   Lets get real, you have enough on your plate already!

Simplify your beauty routine with eyelash extensions. We recently stopped in to the BlinkBar which just opened their second location in West Hollywood off Melrose Ave earlier this year.  Tirzah Shirai, the Found of Blinker says “I put so much thought and effort into creating this space with he help of the Consort Design team, in order to offer clients the most luxurious eyelash experience. We have built up an amazing team, selection of services, product extensions inlacing Lash Shampoo, and a membership program all which allow our customers the opportunity to consistently and affordably look gorgeous.”

Blinkbar is one of the only US Salons offering 100% Siberian mink lashes and the only brand with a satisfaction guarantee. Shirai’s specialized European/ Hollywood hybrid approach has made Blinker the go-to brand for A-Listers, fashionistas, and beauty junkies seeking to obtain the pinnacle of lush, yet natural-looking lashes.

I had an incredible experience with Blinkbar.  I usually go for a natural look, and the specialist was intuitive enough to achieve my look.  Its been 5 days and I have not had to use mascara or eyeliner at all.  Eyelash extensions have simplified my look for the holidays.  Whether I am running out to the store for last minute shopping or getting primped for another Christmas gathering, I know that I will look amazing.  The best part is that the lashes will last for up to 3 weeks, so no worries until after you are done celebrating into the New Year.

 

Gift Guide For The Hostess with the Most

What do you get the Hostess with the Most? You can’t go to that Holiday Dinner empty handed! A great way to show your appreciation to the Hostess for all of her effort is to bring her a special gift.

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Bonne O, the first carbonating system without a CO2 tank that sparkles literally everything from fruit to spirits to soda. This is perfect for gal who likes to add some flare to anyone of her affairs.  Just stop by Bloomingdales or Bed Bath and Beyond to pick one up.
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Every hostess needs a nice set of Coasters. At under $20, this is the perfect gift to wow the Lady of The House without breaking the bank.
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This candle is a perfect gift to complete a home.  It  is also a neutral gift if you don’t know the hostess too well. This candle or any of the Diptyque products can be purchased from Barneys.
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After the Festivities are all said and done, the lady will want to kick up her feet and have some R&R. She can scrub away her night with the Etta + Billie Citrus Poppy Seed Body artisan soap  Hand made with Organic ingredients.
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Let her close out the night with Slipsilk Pure Silk Sleep Mask, like a queen.

Last minute Holiday Shopping?

Still looking for a few more gifts? VIE Active will be hosting a holiday Sample Sale just in time for that last minute Holiday shopping you know you have been putting off.  VIE is a luxe activewear brand born in the famous Bondi Beach in Australia.  They recently planted a headquarters here in Venice, where they will be hosting their first sample sale.

VIE Active Holiday Sample Sale

Friday, December 18th 10am-5pm

Saturday, December 19th 10am-3pm

Address: 310 Venice Way   Venice, CA 90291

Cash+Credit Accepted

Check their social out: @VieActivewear

Winter Essentials

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  1. Color Block Moto Jacket

Sandra Quilted Moto Jacket $230

(Soft quilting accents on the sleeves and shoulder, mesh insert and lining and exposed zippers)

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  1. Printed Leggings w/ Secret Waist Pocket

Goddess Yoga Tight (Winter Floral) $98

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3. Cut Out Top

Warrior Touch Cut T-Back $78

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  1. A NY Chic Moto Jacket

Selma Moto Jacket $184

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  1. Essential Pull Over w/ Detailing

Annette Half Zip Pull Over $140

( leather inserts, side ruching, vented mesh sleeves and thumb holes and a mesh lined shirred neck.)

 

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  1. Figure Flattering Jumpsuit

Janet Fitted Unitard Leggings $99

 

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  1. Mesh Leggings

Gwen Color block Legging $138

 

Rise Nation

Angelenos love crazy diets and new workout regime’s.  Each new trend has to outdo the next.   So naturally, Rise Nation has taken the torch to create a true full body 30 minute workout on a machine called the Versaclimber. Up for the challenge?  You will burn up to 800 calories per 30 minute session and you can see the difference yourself after 3 classes.

The Founder, Jason Walsh created rise Nation to bring his signature cardio workout he uses with his celeb clients like Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone to the masses.   Walsh says the Versaclimber mimics our bodies instinctual ability to climb (from our toddler days) which reinforces good alignment.

I experienced the class for myself, and it was by no means easy, but the payoff is that you don’t have to dedicate a full hour to a class while still achieving optimal results, burning the maximum energy (aka more calories).  Where else are you going to kill 800 calories in 30 mins?

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Christmas Card Photo Session

Tis the season.. to be sending out your Christmas Cards. While there are a plethora of Pintrest Ideas and other Instagram inspirations, you may be left wondering what is the direction you want, the color scheme, location. There are so many details to go over with only days left to send them out in time for your family and friends intercontinentally. This was our first year doing Christmas cards.  It was a little bit stressful looking for the right layout and making sure that these photos were going to be a good representation of our family.  Here are a few tips that we found helpful to avoid the last minute rush:

  1. Location- We picked our home to be the backdrop of our photos.  It was most important for our friends and family to see us in our natural environment. Your decor will also assist in setting a personal theme.  It is also much easier to control a toddler in a familiar environment.
  2. Theme- We wanted to be caught in action doing the things that we love to do best. Whether you love Playing, baking, building, show the people you care about what matters most to you.  For us, we love being together and creating things as a family. This last year has been a year of building and rebuilding for us.  We were happy that the photos captured our love.
  3. Color Scheme-You don’t have to make this into a Vogue shoot and fork out tons of cash to make this look good. I am confident that everyone has something in their closet that is flattering both on them and together with the rest of your family.  We went with something easy, Red with Jonah being our main contrast.

We were so happy to get these cards done and out.  We hope that everyone finds this little project as fun as we did.  Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and get creative!

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Training For That Little Sparkly Dress

Although the joy of this seasons indulgences were overwhelmingly satisfying, New Years Eve is right around the corner.  Our waist line will be screaming in that Little Sparkly dress come time for the ball to drop. Good thing  a month is plenty time to get back to our old self of Christmas’ Past.  Naturally, we went to an expert, Franci Cohen a NYC certified fitness trainer, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Here are her top tips for getting back to tip top shape in less then a month:

Strength with Cardio

For most, weight-training and cardio exercise are two separate events. However, mixing strength exercises with a cardio interval, like a 30 second sprint, will boost the metabolism and growth hormones.

 Go Compound

Try multi-joint or compound exercises that engage multiple muscle groups at the same time. Replace isolated exercises, which only focus on one muscle group at a time, with movements like the squat or deadlift to burn more calories and increase your metabolic rate.

 Train Like an Athlete

Huge biceps look great, but are unlikely to contribute to overall health. Instead of training like a bodybuilder try exercising like an athlete. Include plyometrics, kettlebell swings and sprints in your training plan to add intensity and variety to workouts while improving overall fitness.

 Go Heavy

Lifting heavier weights for less repetitions helps to build strength and shed fat. Start with a weight that is manageable for 15 reps. Then add weight over time to find a weight that is doable for eight to ten repetitions. Remember, always practice perfect form, and try to work for an extra rep before calling it quits.
 Bring a Friend

Working out with a partner improves results and makes the going-to-the-gym experience a more enjoyable one. Having a partner to provide encouragement during workouts can help you get the most out of a workout. And when you have someone relying on you to do the same, it makes you accountable and more likely to show up for workouts.

 Don’t Train, Compete

Turn workouts into a competition with yourself of a workout partner. Join a sports league, play pick-up basketball or sign-up for a 5K. Or create your own challenges in the gym by completing a circuit workout as fast as possible, pushing the pace and intensity.

Write it Down

Record the exercises, sets and repetitions performed during workouts. Keeping track of goals and progress will reveal what you have accomplished and where you can improve. With that knowledge on hand, it’s then possible to structure workouts that play to your strengths and improve weaknesses.

 Hydrate

Be sure to drink plenty of water during workouts and throughout the day. Heading into a workout dehydrated takes its toll on muscles, motivation and energy levels. Drink up and train hard, then don’t forget to refuel with food and water after workouts to promote recovery.

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