Sexy mother pucker! Have you seen the latest lip craze? I'm still trying to work my way into stilleto nails and two tonal hair (dark roots with lighter tips), meanwhile the fashion world is not taking any breaks. The dominating trend on the catwalks has been and continues to be, beyond a shadow of a doubt (according to MisGuided of the UK), ombre.
What do you think of this look?
If you want to learn how to apply your favorite ombre lips, this online tutorial shows all the DIY styles with complete step by step instructions.
No one seems to carry cash anymore... Just yesterday, I found myself running into the Dollar Tree to grab a few essentials. I didn't want to drag my big purse into the store so, I grabbed my phone case. Yep, that's all I need when I tote the Bodacious Case. It securely holds my ID, credit cards and more.
I've recently changed the case and bumper from blue and white for the BBN to purple and gold in support of Julius Randle and his road to recovery while a new Laker.
Best of all, this case is completely durable. My dog constantly surprises me with a quick jerk of her leash and I'm always spilling my morning coffee on our walk and also dropping my cell phone. Needless to say, the Bodacious Case has withstood each test.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Instead of an expensive wallet to hold your phone, ID, credit cards and more - how about opting for a Made in America phone case? I recently discovered Boadcious Cases - these beauties have more features than any other case on the market.
The best part is that you can change up the colors of the case and band to support your favorite sports team! How about some blue and white for the mighty BBN? Or, find the perfect case for the camo-loving hunter on your list...
Best of all - Star 103.7 FM Listeners are entitled to a special coupon code of $5 OFF. Simply use the promo code: BOKEL at check-out to receive this offer.
Still not convinced? Check out this fun-loving video from the Bo maker and CEO herself...
I have to admit - when things feel a little awry, I usually turn to Pinterest and search for "motivational quotes." I find myself looking for some glimmer of hope in humanity. A message that points upward. A sign that other people hit rough patches too and I'm not alone. Something that says, the feelings I have today are shared, they're normal and I shouldn't dispair as this too shall pass.
A couple of months ago, I decided to take it one step further. While scrolling through Twitter, I found a gal who continued to quote Hart Ramsey. After some brief internet research, I determined this gentlemen provides a service where you can receive free inspirational text messages throughout the day. You never know when they'll pop up...
I found his words were a little too religious for my liking. I couldn't make heads or tails out of the meaning sometimes and once the texts started routinely coming at the predicted time of 3:34pm every day, I went back to the internet to find another service. Hence, Cup of Wisdom came into my life.
Its a free service that randomly sends you motivational quotes throughout the day. You never know when they'll pop up. I've been pleasantly surprised how well these little golden nuggets of wisdom fit into my life and come at opportune moments for self reflection.
Ready to give it a try? After all, its FREE.
Get your daily quotes by simply: 1. Texting the word "CUP" to 839-863 on your mobile phone. 2. You're done, and its completely FREE!
Regardless of how many times my mother dumbs-down family recipe cards, I still manage to barely master boiling an egg. After a recent visit to NYC, one of my best girlfriends from college introduced me to Blue Apron - a home-delivery service providing:
Fresh ingredients delivered right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions.
Three meals per week for two, four or six people (at $9.99 per person with free shipping)
AND (my favorite part)... each meal is just 500-700 calories (PLUS this can be lessened by cooking without oil)
In the past, I've been an avid shopper of Whole Foods Market who differentiates themselves by sourcing the freshest, highest quality items from local suppliers and artisans. Blue Apron will definitely give WFM a run for their money... when I factor in the time saved from a trip to the grocery store plus the time to compile recipes, Blue Apron is hands down the winner in the categories of not only time, but price too. Now, on to taste...
Blue Apron works with any dietary concerns of your family from vegetarians to non-pork eaters and so forth. The company is also cconscientious that individual taste may extend beyond this and will send you an email with the three featured recipes you are expected to receive for the upcoming week while providing you time to opt out should you choose. You may also cancel entirely at any time.
My favorite recipe, hands down, was the Pan-Seared Salmon. Every recipe includes just 6 steps and as someone who lives alone, I had plenty of leftovers for lunch the following afternoon.
In the end, this is the perfect service for busy people with an interest in learning to cook who have never had any formal training.
Another recipe from this week's Blue Apron box: Greek Style Braised Chicken Thighs with Fingerling Potatoes.
If you would like to try Blue Apron for your household, the first 37 people to redeem this offer will receive two free meals with their first Blue Apron Box. Click here to redeem or visit: http://bit.ly/InsideOUTblueapron
Oh gurl. Everyone gets bullied in my opinion. I'll never forget "Peter" chasing me across the playground - it happened every afternoon. He would yell and taunt me for none other than... having big lips. Yeh, so I've got big lips and I can not lie.
But, Seriously Peter? You couldn't pick my flat chest or my big booty to make fun of? See, at the time, big lips just weren't cool. Fortunately, some things change.
I like to think the 90s version of Pamela Anderson is responsible for the trend toward fuller lips. Of course, the impossible to miss infamous pout of Kylie Jenner has been getting a lot of play lately too... hence, the need to share how to enhance those lips for my luscious lady friends.
See below for the great eight tips on how to increase the size of that pout.
Maybe it does pay to get a bit lippy after all...
1) Scrub the dead skin off of your lips with a lip scrub, increasing the blood flow and aiding in the plumpness.
2) Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. I repeatedly say to keep lip balm in every nook and cranny of your everyday life. Peeling shriveled lips are never sexy.
3) Use a cream highlighter or pencil to emphasize the shape of your cupid's bow. See above photo. Just make sure to blend the highlighter edges out fully before leaving the house.
4) Apply foundation or concealer all over your lips before you apply lipstick. This will help you achieve cleaner lines when you line your lips. It will also brighten up the color you're using.
5) Don't be scared to use lip liner. I'll draw a line slightly outside of my natural line for the top lip to create more balance (my bottom lip is extremely full). Do make sure to thoroughly clean this area at night however as it is susceptible to blackhead build-up.
6) Use light lip colors, as in the picture above. For whatever reason, darker colors will make the lips look smaller. For added volume, use some additional highlighter in the center of your lips to make your lips appear fuller.
7) Accentuate this by adding shiny lip gloss only in the center of your lips. It helps create more dimension.
8) Put a tiny dab of darker matte powder or bronzer under the center of the lower lip. The idea here is to create a slight shadow which will make the pout look more dramatic.
I'm not known to be a great cook. Just ask any of my ex-boyfriends. On the other hand, I still believe you're never too old to learn. And, if I'm going to live up to this new hastag I've been using: #WifeyInTheMaking... I best get to movin'.
On my last visit to NYC this summer, I stayed with a girlfriend from college. ..and her endearing husband and her perfect French Bulldog in their amazing pad in Chelsea. Each night, she whipped up a home-cooked meal with gourmet style fresh ingredients and quality meats. It was all I could do to run to the corner store and return with an expensive bottle of wine to feel as though I was earning my keep.
I finally made the move to ask her secret... how did she find the creativity to come up with these recipes? And prepare the meal so effortlessly? After all, each dinner was vastly different - ranging from Furikake-Topped Salmon with Fresh Edamame & Miso-Sesame Black Noodles to Blackened Chile-Dusted Chicken with Zucchini Rice Pilaf & Corn-Tomato Salsa. In two words she replied, "Blue Apron."
She went on to tell me about this fabulous service. See, Blue Apron makes a few promises to help us non-cooks look like extraordinary Super Women capable of a night in Hell's Kitchen.
- Original recipes
- Complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving
- 35 minutes to prepare on average
- Pre-portioned ingredients to save time and reduce waste
- Easy to follow beautifully printed recipe cards
I couldn't wait to try it! So, I returned home and last week, my first Blue Apron shipment arrived. It came straight to my doorstep and was delivered promptly at 830a on Friday. Stay tuned... I'm eager to share whether this girl who can barely boil an egg will have the ability to impress.
Isn't life simpler when things run like a well-oiled machine? I recently came across a free app for your phone or tablet focused on family organization.
l've always wondered how you ladies manage multiple schedules and keep a home running smoothly. Kudos to the gals who keep it all in check! I can only imagine this app would be beneficial to you and your family when it comes to grocery shopping lists, ride shares and the overall calendar.
Its been named the #1 iPhone app for moms by Circle of Moms editors! The tag line reads, "Effortlessly manage your family calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, and family journal while you're on the go."
There is no better time than now to start investing a little more into your pre-bedtime routine. Follow these simple tips and you'll be on your way to becoming the next Sleeping Beauty...
Apply Vaseline or Skin Authority's Hand Foot Body Restoration to the soles of your feet and wear socks while you sleep. The socks will help bind the moisture to your feet and thus, you'll wake up to soft, smooth soles.
Nail beds looking dry? Apply cuticle cream or oil before bedtime.
If you constantly wake up with puffy, swollen eyes, try this simple switch: Add an extra pillow and sleep on your back. This will allow the fluids around your eyes to drain easier and keep the puffiness to a minimum. And of course, don't forget your eye cream.
If you have a constant problem with puffy eyes (like I do), try the Eye & Neck Lift Duo from Skin Authority.
Dry skin? A humidifier might just change your skin forever. It instills the air with moisture, which in turn helps plump your skin and keep it hydrated.
4.) Prevent wrinkles
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause creases on your skin and create wrinkles. Instead, pamper yourself by investing in a silk or satin one. It will lessen the pressure on your skin while also helping to prevent hair breakage.
5.) Brightenâ¨ Super important...
It's best to apply any face products that have brightening ingredients like retinol and vitamin C in them at night. Sunlight can actually deactivate them and prevent them from working to their fullest potential.
6.) Lengthen lashes
Use castor oil for an all natural DIY treatment to strengthen and lengthen. This natural oil is rich in super-hydrating omega-6 fatty acids, which help moisturize your lashes and prevent breakage. Using a clean mascara wand, gently brush the castor oil through your lashes each night.
You should notice a difference in just a couple of weeks - if not, schedule an appointment to talk with a local medispa about the benefits of Latisse.
Smooth a leave-in conditioner into your locks before you snooze to wake up to shiny, soft strands. Applying it in the evening gives treatment more time to penetrate into your hair cuticles for optimum moisture. (For a great natural alternative, try Moroccan Argan Oil or coconut oil.)