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Rocking Extreme Lashes: Eyelash Growth Treatments

Eyelash Growth Treatments   Have you ever stopped to count how many times you stroke the mascara wand over your eyelashes? A friend working at a major beauty product monolith told me that a study they commissioned revealed that women swipe the wand TWENTY times. Each eye. Every single day. That doesn’t surprise a mascara perfectionist like me. Piecing through the lashes with each go round to avoid clumps and fanning them out for maximum effect takes some time and attention. I love this little beauty ritual, but realize that that time might be better spent, and thankfully there’s another way to wake up batting beautiful lashes, to avoid that black …

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Fall Beauty Must-Haves

Fall is here! Let’s make sure your beauty regimen is as ready as you are. Here are our fall beauty must-haves.

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Keep Calm and Carry-On: Travel Tips

Travel tips from sports and travel writer {and travel expert} Jayme Lamm of The Blonde Side.

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Calvin Rucker: Hot New Designer

Hot new brand Calvin Rucker has fun and stylish looks for fall.

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What To Do: Go Back to the ‘80s with Cocktails Against Cancer!

Philly! Join Cocktails Against Cancer on 9/27 to support the Philadelphia community and beyond for their “1980s Prom”-themed fundraiser.

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Rocking Extreme Lashes: Eyelash Growth Treatments

October 1st, 2014

Eyelash Growth Treatments

Eyelash Growth Enhancement

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Have you ever stopped to count how many times you stroke the mascara wand over your eyelashes?

A friend working at a major beauty product monolith told me that a study they commissioned revealed that women swipe the wand TWENTY times. Each eye. Every single day.

That doesn’t surprise a mascara perfectionist like me. Piecing through the lashes with each go round to avoid clumps and fanning them out for maximum effect takes some time and attention.

I love this little beauty ritual, but realize that that time might be better spent, and thankfully there’s another way to wake up batting beautiful lashes, to avoid that black dust below the eyes, and to have one less product to remove at the end of a long day.

How? Eyelash growth treatments! They’re nonsurgical, easy ways to plump up our natural assets, no matter what state your lashes are in to begin with.

This pick-me-up costs about $100 for each container of solution and results usually appear within two months, lasting as long as the treatments continue.

A variety of products are available online, by prescription or in the office of your local plastic surgeon. While seeing a plastic surgeon for a nonsurgical treatment might seem extreme, remember that these are doctors who are in the business of cosmetic beauty. So, really the question is, who better to see??

Since there can be darkening around the site of the application, and in some cases a darkening of the eyes themselves, consulting with a board-certified expert makes sense.

Find a beauty expert nearby to discuss the newest and most highly recommended treatments for you.

 

This post is presented to the Girl Around Town audience in partnership with

Smart Beauty Guide and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Fall Beauty Must-Haves

September 23rd, 2014

Fall Beauty Must-Haves: Everything you’ll need to look great this fall

I’ve spent much of this summer trying out new beauty products. I’ve had a few sent to me as well as a slew of Macy’s beauty products gifted to me from Magen Pastor’s amazing beauty event at Macy’s. I was psyched that these products fell into my lap, but I wanted to test them out to see what some of my favorites were…and a few quickly rose to the top. Check out my beauty must-haves for the fall.

Macy’s Beauty Products: 

Macy's Makeup

I tried a ton of the beauty products from Macy’s and the brand that really stood out was Estée Lauder. Their lip gloss, lash primer and mascara are now essential in my morning makeup routine.

Shop the products:

 

Frank:

Frank Coffee Scrub

I am a fan of any product that treats cellulite, so I was really excited to try Frank Coffee Scrub. This exfoliator and skin treatment is absolutely amazing and while quite messy {your shower will look like you’ve rolled around in mud} the results are worth all the fuss.

Shop Frank: http://us.frankbody.com/

 

Chia Derm: 

ChiaDerm

As the cold months approach it’s important that we keep our skin moisturized. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and omega 3&6, Chia seeds are packed full of miracles that help keep your skin looking younger and brighter.

Shop Chia Derm: http://chia-derm.com/

Keep Calm and Carry-On: Travel Tips

September 18th, 2014

We love it when sports and travel writer Jayme Lamm fills us in on her expert secrets. Here are a few travel tips from the travel expert herself. 

Keep Calm and Carry-On: Travel Tips
by Jayme Lamm

Feed Bag

As a sports and travel writer for The Blonde Side and other outlets, I am constantly traveling for games and other sporting events and throughout the years I’ve learned a few tricks (some the hard way, others just common sense). Here are a few of my favorite tips for which essentials to pack while traveling, particularly in your carry-on.

  1. lululemon Vinyasa Scarf Who doesn’t get cold on planes? This Vinyasa scarf is perfect because it doesn’t take up a ton of room in your carry-on and can be worn 10 different ways, depending your style or what level warmth you might need. (Pro Tip: If you’re traveling to a warm place and want to wear flip-flops or sandals so you’re ready to go once you land, just stuff a pair of ankle socks into your carry-on and wear those on the plane!) Any large scarves can become a makeshift pillow, a blanket, or something to throw over your head to block out light. $58 (Note – hard to find online, but almost always available in-store with many different color/pattern options)
  1. FULLY charged electronics (and bring the cords in your carry-on) – You never know what kind of delays you’ll experience once you get on the plane (or car), so it’s always a smart idea to be fully charged (why do you think the airport outlets are more coveted than a limited edition Louis Vuitton?) Plus, if you change your mind and decide you want to jump on your laptop and get some work done, you’ll need it fully charged, or if you want to listen to that new Beyonce track you downloaded on your iPhone. Pro Tip – invest in some noise cancelling headphones (like Bose) – they are a lifesaver. Another Pro Tip – bring some sort of non-electronic entertainment like a few magazines or a good book.
  1. Water and Snacks – Having suffered a few setbacks during quite a few travels, I pride myself (at least now) on always being prepared. I either carry a reusable and easy to fill water bottle (obviously needs to be empty when arriving at the airport) and then filling it at a water fountain post-security. Especially during the summer months, a delay on the tarmac can be crucial and the pressurized cabins cause skin to dry out/hangovers to last longer/etc. so having water readily available is key. For snacks, I’m a big fan of Think Thin Protein Bars (Creamy Peanut Butter is my favorite), KIND Snack Bars (these are less likely to melt as opposed to the Think Thin ones), dried edamame, nuts and trail mix and other easily packaged items. Not only is it good to be prepared, but it will help you stay on track and not splurge on airport food, which is also quite expensive and usually not very good. Plus, it keeps you from getting hangry!
  1. Toiletries and Essential Medicines – I always pack some kind of sanitizer – usually the wipes as liquids over 3oz aren’t allowed in your carry-on, as well as allergy medicine, aspirin, sleep aids and whatever else I may need. Just in case your luggage gets lost, these are vital to have on hand, including vitamins. I’m a big fan of taking Vitamin C while traveling (something like Emergen-C which pack 1,000 mg of Vitamin C) to help fight off all the yucky germs. Moisturizer is also a key on-board (again, under 3oz). And don’t forget the Chapstick/lip balm (Burt’s Bees is my favorite). Oh and if I didn’t mention hand-sanitzer already, BRING IT. Literally the last four flights I’ve been on (I’m looking at you United) either didn’t have a working toilet or running water, so come prepared.
  1. Business Cards – It may seem obvious since most of my travel revolves around business, but you never know who you’re going to meet on an airplane (or in the grocery store for that matter). My business cards have saved me in the past by: allowing a quick/easy and semi-professional way to give a cute guy my contact info, a potential contact for this particular trip or something in the future, or think of the six-degrees of separation. Imagine if the person sitting next to me on the plane was the cousin of Peyton Manning or another notable athlete and all the while I’m trying to act and sound professional and then I have to scribble my email address/blog onto the back of an airplane puke bag. Odds are that card would never make it to Peyton or his manager.

Oh…and my favorite carry-on brand? Probably these FEED bags.

Follow The Blonde Side on Twitter & Instagram @jaymelamm and on FB for more tips on traveling and other completely random goodness.

Calvin Rucker: Hot New Designer

September 16th, 2014

Calvin Rucker

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, Sam and lilli is one of my favorite boutiques in Houston. One of the reasons they remain at the top is they are always full of great clothes from great new designers. One of the brands that I recently got to know at the store is Calvin Rucker. The founder of Joie paired up with her BFF and former SVP of Design at Levi’s to create this “casual couture” line. The line is packed with essentials that can be worn during the day and the evening – and are always sure to make you look chic.

Calvin Rucker

What To Do: Go Back to the ‘80s with Cocktails Against Cancer!

September 11th, 2014

 Cocktails Against Cancer

80s Prom Cocktail Fundraiser

What’s better than a fun night out? A fun night out that benefits a great cause! On September 27th, join Cocktails Against Cancer, an independent non-profit organization bringing awareness, support and contributions to the Philadelphia community and beyond, at the Old Pine Community Center for their “1980s Prom”-themed fundraiser.

“We’re so excited about this year’s event,” says Sharon Sulecki, the organization’s founder. “We’re bringing back the ‘80s! And better yet, the ‘80s prom! We encourage people to bust out their taffeta dresses, legwarmers and Aqua Net for a great night of food, music, raffles, entertainment and, of course, cocktails. DJ Sara Sherr will be spinning the best ‘80s tunes, and Hip Hop Fundamentals will take us back in time with some amazing break dancing fun.”

cocktails against cancer fundraiser philadelphia 2014 circus

An entertainer at Cocktails Against Cancer’s circus-themed fundraiser last year.

Sulecki started the organization in 2008 after her mother was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Since then, the organization has raised funds to benefit organizations that provide research, treatment and quality of life to those fighting cancer. “Cocktails Against Cancer has grown each year, not only in dollars raised at our annual event, but also in the support of friends, colleagues and the Philadelphia community,” she explains. “Each year our fundraiser facilitates more awareness and understanding.”

The fundraiser is now in its seventh year, and Sulecki anticipates this year’s event will be its most successful yet. “With the support of an event planning committee [of which this writer is a member], the first in the organization’s history, as well as increased support from the community, we anticipate this to be our most successful – and fun – fundraiser yet,” she says.

Get your tickets at CocktailsAgainstCancer.org.

September Gallery Beat

September 9th, 2014

September Gallery Beat

Summer is winding down and the days are getting shorter. Take advantage of the last few weeks of warmth by going out and exploring the city you love. Start with these not-to-miss art shows:

Image via Gagosian

Image via Gagosian

Our Friend Fluid Metal

Some of Nancy Rubin’s sculptures appear to defy gravity. These twisting, contorting masses of carnival toys stretch out from the wall and float as if they are weightless. Rubin used aluminum recycled from military planes, and reconstituted the material to form these colorful and unique carnivalesque figures.

It is both frightening and fascinating at the same time to walk around and under these sculptures. You feel like they could fall over any minute and crush you. Yet the colors and the textures and the details really pull you in and make you want to examine them closely- despite the potential fear.

This is Rubin’s first exhibition of major sculptures in New York in eight years. I am eager to see what she comes up with next, and hopefully I hope have to wait another eight years to see it.

Gagosian Gallery
522 W. 21st St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741-1717
Exhibit until Sept. 13

 

Image via Frick Collection

Image via Frick Collection

 Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face

This exhibit is small but well worth checking out. The famous Greek artist El Greco is the feature of this beautiful display. Here you can see El Greco’s masterpiece Vincenzo Anastagi, a full-length portrait that is one of only three similar pieces to survive from this time period and genre in El Greco’s career.  Painted between 1570-1576, the portrait is on display next to Scipione Pulzone’s own masterpiece Portrait of Jacopo Boncompagni.

The two paintings side by side are wonderful representations of 16th century high society portraiture. The title of the exhibit, Men in Armor, reflects how these two men are portrayed to reflect “masculinity, military valor, wealth, and social status.”

Men in Armor is also meant to honor the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death. To see more of his works, the Met will be hosting a larger exhibit, El Greco in New York, beginning in November.

The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St.
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-0700
Exhibit until Oct. 26

 

Image via the Metropolitan

Image via the Metropolitan

Garry Winograd

I’ve always had a certain affinity for documentary photography. It’s like looking through the window at another era and experiencing it firsthand. This retrospective by American photographer Gary Winograd will give you just that opportunity. Winograd (1928-1984) captured some of America’s most formative years, from the 1950s to the 1980s. The exhibit at the Metropolitan will display more than 175 of these prints.

Winograd is considered one of the best photographers of the twentieth century, and this is the first major retrospective of his work in 25 years. The images are beautifully displayed and are a great sampling of Winograd’s photographic career. Each image offers a beautiful yet unique glimpse at a moment when the U.S. was profoundly changing both culturally and socially. With Winograd’s eye to capture it all, you won’t miss anything important here.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710
Exhibit until Sept. 21

Questions to Ask Before You Get Botox

September 5th, 2014

Know what questions to ask before you get Botox

Flipping through celeb-filled magazine pages, we’ve seen Botox become almost commonplace in recent years. Though for every crease-free forehead, you might have also noticed overly arched, almost ‘twitchy’ looking expressions on devotees to the procedure. At Girl Around Town we have different opinions, and comfort levels, about botulinum toxin. With that in mind, I relished my opportunity to chat with Miami-based board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Adam Rubinstein, to learn more about what one should consider and do before going under the needle.

Botox

Dr. Rubinstein’s Top Tips

1. Ask questions! Know who is administering it!

Be confident that they are properly credentialed and know what they’re doing.

Ask how long they’ve been doing this and determine if Botox a side business (read: just a money maker) for their medical practice, or are cosmetic procedures the core of their business.  A board-certified plastic surgeon will have a completely different understanding of how the face moves, compared to other medical professionals who are licensed to administer, yet not in the daily business of the movement of the face.

Most of us have seen ads at doctors’ offices alerting us that, “Botox, now offered here.” Proceed with caution!

 

2. They should spend some time getting to know you. Not only do you want to be with a doctor who has intimate knowledge of how the face moves, you also want to work with someone who has intimate knowledge of how your face moves. If they don’t ask you to move your face for them – smiling, frowning, laughing – then you probably aren’t in the right place. You should be with someone who knows and cares enough to provide you with the best treatment. As Dr. Rubinstein pointed out – you wouldn’t spend hundreds of dollars on shoes without trying them on and knowing how they fit your feet. A Botox injection doesn’t have the ease of a Zappos return policy, so make sure the doctor is really invested in how a treatment will work for YOUR face.

 

3. Consult, and consult with the best. As a seasoned plastic surgeon, Dr. Rubinstein mentioned that he knew “females who spend much more time and concern on deciding who will cut their hair rather than who will perform their plastic surgery.” For those of us who gets sucked into a Botched marathon, you know what he’s talking about. So spending time and energy to research precisely who will be performing the administration of the Botox is key. Just because it feels like “everyone is doing it” doesn’t mean that this is a casual treatment.  It’s your face.

 

As you research, Dr. Rubinstein suggests consulting with offices that have a broad array of services for enhancement. “The best person to see is someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in using just one type of tool.” He recommends speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon because they are the only types of doctors trained in both surgical and non-surgical options. They are trained to look specifically at the natural assets of each patient, and know how they can work with those assets in the most effective way. “If you’re only doing surgery, you’re missing out on the nuances from other non-surgical procedures. And if you’re only using non-surgical remedies, then you’re really trying to force everyone into that size 6 shoe, and might be missing out on the potentially better long-term solutions.”

 

Take the opportunity to talk to an expert. “My vested interest is in making sure my patients have all the options available to them, and I do what they are comfortable with. With the wealth of perspective that a plastic surgeon has, they won’t try to put a square peg in a round hole.”

Hear more from Dr. Rubinstein on his New Reflections radio show.

 

Girl Around Town is still split on Botox, but in speaking with Dr. Rubinstein, we agree that putting yourself in the care of the most qualified professional is a paramount priority, second only to approaching the consideration of any enhancement from a place of peace, self-love and self-care first and foremost.

 

This post is presented to the Girl Around Town audience in partnership with

Smart Beauty Guide and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

3 Steps to Creating Great Office Outfits

September 3rd, 2014

Leave Your Hoodie at Home…and other notes on office outfits.

Office Outfits
You are not Mark Zuckerberg. If you are on the brink of creating the next Facebook, you can stop reading this now, but for most of you out there, it’s time to listen up. Since you are a part of the working world, you must officially pack up your hoodie. (Take a deep breath if needed.) Let’s face it, it is not easy to get up in the morning, make breakfast, gulp down coffee, get the dogs fed, catch the day’s news headlines, put on a slammin’ outfit and close the door behind you by 7:45am. You may sit and look at longingly at the hoodie everyday thinking how you could just throw it on and walk out the door in an instant. The time has come, however, to start dressing to impress.

Ugh! No! Awful!

It’s really not that hard (promise) and here are a few steps to make the process a bit easier.

Step 1: Think about how you want people to perceive you and work from there. Are you meeting with an up and coming artist who’s into the hipster scene and planning to start a coffee shop? If so, then a suit probably isn’t going to be your choice of attire for the day. Think about going upscale, while keeping a casual vibe, like skinny jeans and a blazer for girls, and perhaps a button down without a tie for the guys. Meeting with a client that loves fashion and high-end lunches? Dress up a bit and go the extra mile when you see them.  How amazing would it be to start off the conversation with a compliment on what you have on? Talk about an icebreaker. Look at your schedule ahead of time and plan for your day.

Step 2: Give yourself a once over in a full-length mirror before you walk out the door.  Dressing to impress usually excludes things like short skirts, low cut tops and a few too many buttons unbuttoned (well unless you’re working the street corner, but we’ll say for now, that’s not really where your ideal clients are). Remember when your mom would look at you in high school, raise an eyebrow and say, “That’s what you are wearing?” If there is even an inkling of your mother’s voice in your head when you look in the mirror in the morning, change immediately. This also goes for clothes that are too casual, too loud, and too “I wore this last night and just woke up”.

Step 3: Still remain true to yourself. Just because you have to think about looking sharp at the office doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself to ugly suits and boring blazers for the rest of your working days. Accessories are a great way to show off who you are without going overboard – wear a great animal print scarf to spice up a black suit or put on that bright blood orange/Kelly green/cobalt blue tie with your grey pants to stand out and make an impression. Personal style sends signals to the world about who you are and how you approach life (and what was that hoodie saying, exactly?).  It’s time to get excited about dressing with purpose.

While you may think fashion in the workplace sounds like a superficial topic, research has shown that what you wear not only affects others’ opinions of you, but it also affects your own opinion of you. Turns out, dressing for the job you want could actually help motivate you to get the job you want. Don’t worry, your hoodie will understand.

Labor Day Sales – What We Want Now

September 1st, 2014

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales

Get the most bang for your buck this Labor Day (and not just on summer clothing). There are sales galore this day of leisure, and even fall clothes are at discounted prices. We’ve gone through it all and picked out the best of the best to take all the guessing out of the shopping. Catch our favorite items that are on sale at some of our favorite stores like J. Crew, Piperlime and Shopbop. What are you waiting for? Let’s get shopping!

J. Crew: 

Piperlime:

Shopbop:

Want more? There’s nothing like decking your halls for the fall. Check out these stores for some sales on home decor.
Furbish Studio
West Elm 
One Kings Lane

Coast 2 Coast hits Miami

August 25th, 2014

Coast 2 Coast Convention: hear up and coming hip-hop artists battle it out

There are few people in my life that see me at 7:00 in the morning…and by few, I mean my dogs. I’m not an early bird, I don’t like to rise with the sun, and I am usually fairly cranky until around 8:30am. There is one person however that I wake up at 6am for and that is my trainer, Waleed Bailey. He is the one man that can text me at ridiculous hours and remind me to wake up, and the one man that can legitimately tell me I need to do more cardio without me slapping him in the face. He is a great trainer, but there is another thing he is good at as well… and that is hip -hop.

Known in the hip-hop world as Blizz Blakk, he has infiltrated the Houston music scene with his award winning song, Mr. Moneybags and he’s now hitting up Miami for this weekend’s Coast 2 Coast convention. If you are a hip hop fan, and in Miami catching some rays, then make sure and head out to the Coast 2 Coast show and show your support for Blizz Blakk – I’d be there if I wasn’t busy doing all that cardio he recommended.

Coast 2 Coast