It’s Okay If you’ve neglected to post anything (on your own blog) for a while. Writing Vacation Posts for Kristi Gustafson’s Times Union blog, On The Edge is much more important at the moment, and for that I apologize, fashion forward. Look for new posts next week.
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It’s Okay If you’ve always thought that chic was pronounced chick. Yes, you’re a self-proclaimed fashionista, but you’re also a spelling/grammar freak who has taken only 1 semester of French…
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These gold Gladiator Sandals from American Eagle are a hot item this season. They’re both chic and simple, adding a classy twist of modern and girly. American Eagle has some fabulous sandals out this season, (I recently bought a pair of Studded Gladiator Sandals that a friendly AE associate encouraged me to try on). AE‘s gold Gladiator Sandals are so versatile (there I go using that word again), they can be paired with a plethora of outfits; I especially love gold Gladiators with a long dress.
For those of you not vertically challenged, I envy you and your long-dress-wearing-abilities. However, I’ve (finally) found a long strapless dress from Forever 21 that actually fits petites like myself- it’s not in stores or online anymore, unfortunately. If I had slightly linger limbs, I’d pair this dress from Forever 21 with AE‘s gold Gladiators. Add some gold jewelry and you’re set.
Seriously, these sandals are such a steal. For $29.50 these beauties with genuine leather soles are perfect (and durable) for daily wear. I think I may have just convinced myself to buy a pair…
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Ever wonder what those random food expressions (like “cool as a cucumber“, or “the greatest thing since sliced bread“) even mean? Neatorama, a blog full of mix match topics, offers their version of the origins and explanations of these mysterious food phrases that are so often used, but often not understood in 12 Food Phrases Explained.
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As a former blonde, I’ve noticed that this hair color in particular is an attention grabber. I was a blonde all throughout high school and on through college often dropping $125+ on my hair every few months. Of course, I went dark every so often, but it would only last a month or two before I missed my blonde locks. Highlights were the cool thing to have as a teenager- especially if you were naturally brunette, so year after year I added more and more damage to my tired-dried out-should’ve-just-stayed-brunette-and-been-healthy hair. Only recently (since January) did I decide to go back to my natural medium brunette shade- it’s healthier, less costly, and will hopefully grow a little faster without the constant fusion of chemicals that have made it brittle and dry in the first place.
When it comes down to it, blonde hair is high maintenance. If you are naturally dark, the upkeep is constant, and the damage is long-lasting (take it from me, I’ve been in that boat). For those of you blessed with natural blonde locks (my boyfriend included), you’re lucky. Keep your envied color.
So I can’t help but wonder about the phrase “blondes have more fun”- why?
Do blondes really get more attention than brunettes?
Is it all a mind game where blondes seem to be more confident (for whatever reason) and attract attention of strangers more easily?
Could it be the subconscious idea that blonde hair is usually not natural these days, so the conclusion that blondes are higher maintenance comes into play (which may be an attention getter)?
Am I reading too far into this?
At any rate, I’ve decided that I will not be going to “the light side” any time soon. Being brunette seems to suit me (as it is my natural color), and in the end- it’s much healthier. To ensure that your hair is getting the ultimate care (especially for treated/recovering locks), I recommend any Redken product. Color Extend (which is the line that I now use) works great for dyed hair- my hair is still healthy and holding color from January. Blonde Glam works wonders for highlighted/bleached hair. Redken products can be found at many beauty salons (as well as that new beauty supply store in the Wilton Mall).
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As many of you already know, I am a tea drinker. I drink tea religiously and have even named my dog after a tea brand for crying out loud. I’m a huge fan of the standard English Breakfast Tea, but recently I have a new obsession- Green Tea. I read in a magazine the other day that Green Tea helps boost metabolism and burns belly fat. Those two benefits had me sold. That isn’t the only reason why Green Tea is so good for you though- according to eMedExpert, an online health blog, there are 18 other reasons why Green Tea is so darn fabulous (I’ve mentioned a whopping 2 of them already).
- Improved memory and learning ability
- Weight control
- Skin protection from Ultraviolet
- Cholesterol-lowering effect
- Protection against diabetes and regulation of blood glucose levels
- Heart protective effects: Asian paradox
- Anti-hypertensive effect
- Stroke prevention
- Prevention of cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases
- Atherosclerosis prevention
- Anticlotting effect
- Increased exercise endurance
- Protection from negative effects of smoking
- Bone mineral density increase
- Tooth decay prevention
- Antimicrobal activity
- Liver protection
- Gastrointestinal tract effects
Enough reasons to make you a Green Tea drinker?
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9 Things you can do on your Birthday that you (usually) can’t do any other day: Can you come up with the 10th?
Since it’s my Birthday today (May 14th), I thought I’d share a little Birthday-related post. So here it is:
9 Things you can do on your birthday that you (usually) can’t do any other day.
- It’s your party- you can cry if you want to (I couldn’t resist)
- Take a personal day from work
- Eat all the cake you want (and not feel guilty)
- Check Facebook religiously for the endless array of Birthday wishes
- Expect to be spoiled (from friends, family, your boyfriend- Hey, it’s your day)
- Mention in your daily conversations with strangers that it is in fact your birthday (i.e. store clerks, waitresses- you never know when an unexpected birthday discount opportunity may arise)
- Try not to be too embarrassed when the whole restaurant comes to sing Happy Birthday to you at Olive Garden (Gee, thanks Mom)
- Take a day off from your daily workout regiment (The treadmill can wait)
- Count on your boyfriend to treat you like a princess (Even if he already does- Homecooked Spaghetti Carbonara sounds quite nice…)
Can you come up with a 10th?
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Finally, Friday has arrived- time for the premiere of Fashion Forward’s Friday OPI Giveaway. This week’s OPI Nail Lacquer color is a hot-pink/mango shade called My Chihuahua Bites!
To make sure that you’re eligible to win, please read over the Giveaway Guidelines:
- Contestants must be in the Capital Region (518)
- Only one answer per person is allowed
- The question must be fully answered
- Make sure your e-mail is correct in the contact box: Winners will be notified via e-mail
- This contest is open for 24 hours
In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate for this Friday’s OPI Giveaway question to be Mother-related.
Question: If your Mother was asked to describe you in 3 words, what would they be and why?
Hint: The contestant with the most innovative, creative, yet honest answer will win this week’s Friday OPI Giveaway.
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When it comes to excercise, many of us want to parktake in something we actually enjoy. Whether it’s intense 6 mile runs (if that’s your kind of thing), brisk power-walks (does anybody really power-walk?), spending half the day in the gym on various machines (that we aren’t quite sure how to work), or workout videos (they make it look so easy), yes, we all try to find a form of excercise that is semi-enjoyable. Fortunately, there are two forms of popular excercise/toning that are both relaxing and challenging (phew, we’ve found a happy medium)- Pilates and Yoga.
But what’s the difference between the two?
One of Fashion Forward‘s readers, Dawn (dmg) asked me this question today, and quite frankly- I didn’t know.
It is important to understand the differences between Pilates and Yoga to find out which form of workout will benefit your body the greatest- which form will help you reach your excercise-based goals the fastest.
Oprah.com‘s Is Yoga or Pilates Better for You? describes the differences between the two in detail; heart health, weight loss, body strength and flexibility, and even bonus benefits are included when comparing them. Oprah.com‘s Naomi Barr gives a lot of positive insight into the benefits of both forms of excercise in this article, and provides answers for anyone wondering “Is Yoga or Pilates better for me?”.
To my understanding, Yoga consists of movements to help achieve relaxation and inner peace while Pilates offers a more rigorous body-toning workout to sculpt and firm the body. Slight aerobic excercise can be incorporated into both forms of workout routines, however, weight loss is not the main goal in either Yoga or Pilates.
Check your local YMCA for Yoga and Pilates classes available this summer.
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