Gold Medal Fashion Collections
Whether you make it to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics or celebrate the event in your hometown, you can still get into the spirit with these fashion collections that pay tribute to international competition.
Here are the best of the sports inspired collections including clothing and accessories from Roots, Tabi, Lululemon, and Ralph Lauren.
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Smoothing Treatment that Improves the Health of Hair
Straight hair has taken a back seat lately to soft curls. If the catwalks are any indication, long straight hair inspired by the 1970s is one of the trends in the spring 2010 forecast.
For those who would rather make love not war with their hair, the Brazilian Blowout is a professional smoothing treatment that gives you wash and wear hair for up to three months without harsh chemicals. The treatment, which actually improves the condition of your hair, takes one to one and a half hours depending on how much hair you have. The result is smooth, frizz free hair that requires minimal styling (let your hair air dry for soft waves or blow it straight in 10 minutes or less).
Essential Oils Blend Helps Promote Relaxation and Sleep
Sometimes you need extra help to get a good night’s sleep. If counting sheep isn’t working, you may get relief from aromatherapy with essential oils.
Aromatherapy Personals™ Sweet Dreams multi-nutritive oil is a blend of enriched oils that not only encourage relaxation but also moisturize and protect your skin. Soothing essential oils like lavender, patchouli, chamomile, and geranium create the perfect mood for a restful asleep. Skin nourishing seed oils like pomegranate, passionfruit, and sea buckthorn smooth and nourish your skin and hair.
This major multi-tasker can step in as a body moisturizer, hair and scalp treatment, or bath oil to hydrate and protect your skin. Continue reading
New way to Experience Web, Email, and Photos
Your favorite spring accessory for 2010 may be a patterned Marc Jacobs scarf or a matte silver cuff. Or, it just may be your Apple iPad tablet introduced yesterday by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.
According to Jobs, the iPad is a better device for reading books, watching videos, and playing games than a laptop or a smart phone. The iPad has a 9.7-inch touch screen and weighs about 1.5 pounds (just the right fit for your oversized leather saddle bag).
Time Again to Feel the Burn
No one is more responsible for launching the fitness revolution than Jane Fonda. Dressed in her signature leotard, tights, and leg warmers, Fonda created an aerobics video in 1982 that sold more than sold 17 million copies.
Almost 30 years later, Fonda has filmed two DVDs that target her age group: baby boomers. Even though she has to cope with her own health issues (osteoarthritis and back problems), Fonda wanted to create exercise DVDs for boomers who have stopped working out or never did.
The new workout DVDs (available at Amazon.com) for baby boomers and seniors emphasize balance and strengthening exercises using hand weights as well as walking workouts.
Unique Texture Lighter than Air
Just when you thought you’ve seen all variations of mineral makeup along comes organic mineral foundation in a stick. Atmosphere Luminous Foundation from Vapour Organic Beauty is made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and natural mineral pigments and vitamins, like Vitamin E.
The Vapour foundation stick glides on easily with buildable coverage from light to medium. Unlike a powder format, the moisturizing base allows the minerals to move with your skin and reflect a youthful glow. If you’re worried about breakouts, all of Vapour’s product’s have been designed with non-comedogenic ingredients that won’t clog pores.
The Fourth Cut is the Deepest
Last episode, Bachelor Jake promised not to lead on any of the women when he released Michelle during their awkward kiss ‘n tell. Will Jake keep his promise?
Days of Wine and Roses: The nine remaining ladies head up the picturesque California coast for a week long adventure in two state-of-the-art RVs (look out there could be fireworks).
The first stop is a vineyard in Santa Ynez where Jake delivers a date card to city slicker, Gia. She jumps on Jake’s motorcycle with her kimono shirt dress, stilettos, her blingy bracelet with crystal stones, Louis Vuitton bag raring to go. They start off the date with a game of Hide ‘n Seek then progress to a Bachelor version of Spin the Bottle. Gia earns her camping creds and scores a rose.
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Brush Up a Vertical ‘Do
Big-haired girls can finally give their flat irons a well-deserved rest. Poufy hair has been spotted everywhere from red carpets at this month’s Hollywood award shows to reality TV sets at Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
When it comes to hair trends, it’s all about what works for your hair type and personality. If you’re fond of the motto “go big or go home,” try the pouf worn by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of the Jersey Shore (she shares her secrets here). Wendy Williams also went for a bigger is better look on her show by wearing two wigs together to create a mega pouf.
Full of Moisture Without Feeling Greasy
You can’t go a day without seeing at least one yogurt commercial on TV. With all the media exposure, it’s hard to miss the fact that yogurt is a great source of nutrients like calcium and protein. What’s not as well known is that these same nutrients in a moisturizer add a new dimension to skin care.
Yogurt Cream from Korres is an ultra-soothing moisturizer for oily and dehydrated skin featuring full fat, Greek yogurt as the key ingredient. Originally a homeopathic pharmacy, Korres now offers natural skincare formulations like their yogurt cream with lactose, protein, and other vitamins to increase moisture levels in your skin.
NYT Stereotypes Christina Hendricks as a Big Girl
The New York Times’ On the Runway fashion blog is under fire for featuring a distorted photo of Christina Hendricks wearing a peach-colored Christian Siriano gown at the Golden Globes.
The photo included the following fashion commentary from style bogger Cathy Horyn regarding the Mad Men actress: “As one stylist said, ‘You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.’”
Following a similar theme, The Moment blog showed pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Courtney Cox with the following observation by Andy Port:
“Maybe it’s just me, but I could have sworn that some of the ladies who showed up at the Golden Globes on Sunday had put on a little weight.”
Jennifer Lopez’s Makeup Artist Releases New Book
Whether she’s showing off dance steps in a video or starring in a feature on screen, Jennifer Lopez has always had a winning makeup style. Now you can get her luminous look with the help of a new book by celebrity makeup artist, Scott Barnes.
Featuring Jennifer Lopez on the front cover, About Face highlights the techniques used to glam up A-list clients like Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, and Julianne Moore. The book focuses on various methods for creating dramatic makeovers on women of different ages and skin tones including Jennifer Lopez, Mariska Hargitay, and Kim Kardashian.
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Beards are the Latest Accessory
First, it was Brad Pitt flashing a goatee with dreadlocks and beads as he arrived at Tokyo airport. Then, a hairy-faced George Clooney (with his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis) showed up at various Hollywood functions, resembling a classic opera singer more than a screen siren.
Final confirmation came at the 2010 Golden Globes when the camera zoomed in on Mad Men stars, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser, who looked like they had just resigned from Sterling Cooper to join a hippie commune. Seasoned actors William Hurt and Jeff Bridges also sported scruffy beards that would have made Grizzly Adams proud.
Could all of this facial hair be the result “of getting into character”? Or, is it more likely that beards are cool right now? According to a recent story in the Daily Mail, more bearded men than clean shaven ones showed up at last fall’s GQ Men of the Year Awards.
Sheer Moisturizing “Draw on” Gloss
With so many choices in lip products, it’s hard to find lip color that rules above the rest.
Part gloss and part lipstick, Chinatown Glossy Pencils from Lipstick Queen stand out from the crowd. Inspired by the New York neighborhood of Lipstick Queen headquarters and the movie Chinatown, this lip pencil will brighten your spirits and your looks in the dead of winter.
Can’t We All Just Get Along
Jake, the Bachelor, is ready to step out of his comfort zone if it means he leaves the show with a fiance. In the process, he also has to deal with a frightful group of women who will do just about anything to win a rose.
Bridge to My Heart: Vienna is ecstatic when she discovers that she’s won the Bachelor lotto: a solo date. Her excitement fades into the thin, high-altitude air when the Bachelor Chopper lands on a bridge in the San Gabriel Mountains for a bungee jumping session.
Winning Makeup Styles
Avatar may have won top honors at this year’s Golden Globes awards, but a few makeup trends are sure to make the beauty headlines.
Soft Pale Lips
Red lips are always a classic and added glamor to both Meryl Streep and January Jones of Mad Men. For this year’s award show, a softer pale shade was the clear favorite.
Both Fergie and Heidi Klum wore subtle nude lip shades to accent their bolder eyes. Kate Hudson also showed off frosted pink lips to complement her shimmery eye shadow.
Trend Turn-offs for Men
When it comes to beauty and fashion, the gender divide still exists. You may be crazy about deep purple smoky eyes, but your boyfriend likely hates it.
A recent study of men (18 to 30) by an affiliate fashion website, MyCelebrityFashion.co.uk, discovered the beauty and fashion trends that men love to hate.
Here are some of the study’s findings, courtesy of PRLog.
Singing Sensation Gets Makeover
It was bound to happen. After winning fans across the world for her natural charm and raw talent, Susan Boyle has fallen for Hollywood’s best friend: Botox.
Discovered by Simon Cowell on the reality TV show Britain’s Got Talent almost a year ago, Boyle is now following a beauty regime that would be the envy of Heidi Montag. She recently told Italian magazine, Grazia, that she has a new hairdresser and has discovered Botox, as well as had her teeth whitened. She has also lost weight as a way to build her self esteem.
100% natural Skin Care with Olive Tree Extracts
If you’re a fan of home skin care but want to make sure you’re working with certified organic (ECOCERT) products, L’Occitane has the perfect DIY solution for you. Ma Crème Nature is a nourishing face and body cream that you can whip up at home and store in your refrigerator for up to four weeks.
The pre-packaged moisturizing system includes a graduated bottle with a concentrated preparation, a sachet with organic olive tree extracts, a 150 ml glass jar, and a product label. The olive based formula holds in moisture, providing the skin with a cooling sensation and long-lasting hydration. Olive tree extracts also allow your skin to recuperate from regular over-stimulation, leaving it more receptive to your daily routine.
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Olympic Gold for Ice Fashion
For high end wedding dresses, the first name that comes to mind is Vera Wang. Since there’s about as much drama on the ice as there is at a celebrity wedding, Wang is the perfect designer to deliver glittery high fashion to the skating rink.
With her past experience as a competitive figure skater, Vera Wang also brings some history to her skating costumes. Although she didn’t make the US national team in the 1960s, she never left the sport behind by designing Olympic outfits for winning figure skaters like Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, and Sasha Cohen. Continue reading
Did an Inappropriate Relationship Really Happen?
Although the cat’s already out of the bag, the alleged scandal involving Bachelor contestant Rozlyn Papa is still the focus of the latest Bachelor episode. We all know she left; we’re just eager to see how the train wreck unfolds.
Say Cheese: For their first date with their potential future husband, six women (Gia, Rozlyn, Valishia, Christina, Corrie, and Ashleigh H.) join Jake for a group photo shoot with InStyle Magazine (see the photos in the February issue of the magazine).
Some of the ladies who work as models are posing even before they get in front of the lens. Then there’s Christina, who feels out of her element among all the “professional” models (maybe that’s why she gets tipsy back at the pool). But Jake steps in and warms her up her poses.
Skin-enhancing Protein in Every Sip
In Hollywood, collagen is well known for creating larger than life lips on many celebrities. For Asian women, collagen-boosted food products like yogurt drinks, dried fruits, and vitamin water are all the rage.
As part of the skin enhancement food trend, Nescafe has jumped on the nutri-cosmetics craze with its coffee formula with collagen. The coffee has been a hit in Asian markets, where the company has also introduced versions of coffee with high calcium milk and ginseng for increased libido.
Searching out the Sarah Frame
Originally making their debut on the U.S. presidential campaign trail, Sarah Palin’s rimless eyeglasses are still influencing eyewear trends. For the world’s largest online optical retailer, Vancouver company Coastal Contacts, the style popularized by the former Alaska governor has remained a top seller for over a year.
Previously not much of a fashion statement, rimless eyeglasses used to be considered out of date. But demand for the style ramped up when Governor Sarah Palin showed off eyeglasses created by Japanese industrial designer, Kazuo Kawasaki. Continue reading
Jewelry that Celebrates the Pride and Spirit of Competition
If you’re an Olympics fan looking to invest in a blingy souvenir, you’ll want to check out the Olympics theme collection offered by Birks, Canada’s premier luxury brand. The exclusive line includes sterling silver and 18kt gold necklaces, earrings, pendants, and more—all bearing the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games marks.
Unique jewelry pieces for the collection range from sports design charms highlighting the events of the Winter Games to an 18-inch charm necklace featuring eight charms inspired by nature. Aboriginal art is also celebrated on many of the pieces including Aboriginal Design Salmon cufflinks that illustrate the story of the Squamish people and their deep connection to the outdoors. Continue reading
Freshen up Your Look in 5 Minutes
If you’re not ready to go under the knife but need a pick me up, Bobbi Brown has a pain-free solution.
The Makeup Facelift Collection can help you look well rested with products ranging from an eye brightener pen to instantly brighten under-eye circles and a creamy brow pencil to give your eyes a lift. Best of all, no surgery or injections are required.
Scandal Precedes the Most Non-shocking Season Premiere Ever
Sometimes, the Bachelor scandals that occur off screen are more intriguing than what we ever see on screen. Before the Bachelor 14 season premiere even aired, word got out that one of the contestants had “hooked up” with one of the reality show’s producers.
This week, Chris Harrison (the host of the Bachelor) confirmed the affair, which he says ABC took very seriously by consulting lawyers, psychologists, producers, and executives before breaking the news to Bachelor Jake Pavelka and the other contestants. (Bachelorette contestant Rozlyn Papa, who was implicated in the scandal, spills the beans here).
Fans Welcome Shania Twain on Torch Run
Thousands of fans turned out to see Shania Twain in her hometown of Timmins, Ontario on New Year’s Day as she carried the Olympic torch on its cross country journey.
Despite the frigid weather, Shania kept warm in an official white torchbearer uniform and the red Vancouver 2010 mittens that so many Olympic fans are chasing after.
Man Spanx at “Marks and Sparks”
Men have been getting away with beer bellies for years, but not anymore. Marks & Spencer is launching a line of fat-busting garments for men, including vests (undershirts) and t-shirts made of stretch cotton.
Just in time for New Year’s, the Bodymax collection features hidden panels that make the waistline appear at least 1.5 inches smaller.