Friday, December 3, 2010

Beauty: The Peppermint Pedicure

Ooooh it is that time of year! Holiday music, Christmas shopping, Christmas songs and holiday cheer! Well, my sister does a segment on ABC Columbia called Wrinkle Free Wednesdays, and last week when I was in town to visit for Thanksgiving, I saw this segment on making your own peppermint scrub at home. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit--and what a wonderful activity for your girlfriends/sisters/mom on a Saturday in December! I can feel my pores opening up just thinking about it!

Here is the segment:

and the recipe:

Peppermint pedicure scrub:

1 cup granulated sugar

6 candy canes finely chopped into a powdered form

mix the 2 together and add...

½ cup olive oil

6 drops essential peppermint oil

gently massage into legs and feet

wrap with a hot towel

Leave on for 5 minutes

wipe it off, add your favorite nail color and voila!

If you live in the Columbia, South Carolina area, you can catch my sis Alicia Barnes weekdays at 6 & 11 on ABC.

Keep those toes happy!



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fashion Fridays: Mad Men Style

Guess what? I had a birthday! When asked what I wanted to do, I really didn't want to do anything special. BUT, as fate would have it, I went to visit a new luxury lanes/lounge in the area known as High Rollers and was blown away by the decor and ambiance alone! I was instantly smitten as it is one of the most gorgeous venues I have ever seen! 35,000 square feet of luxurious, old Hollywood glamour dripping form every corner!

I was so inspired, that I did want to celebrate and THIS was the place! I instantly thought of one of my favorite shows Mad Men (a show about advertising execs in the 60s), and how a Mad Men themed party would be perfect! So my friends and I dressed up for the theme, ate, drank, bowled and we had a blast!

To pull of my 60s inspired look, I used a bold print on a very conservatively cut shift dress, added vintage earrings, bright lipstick to match my nails, BIG HAIR (with an updo), and a sassy attitude!

Here is a sample look I created on Polyvore:

Since the 60s are coming back as a strong trend, I thought this would be the perfect Fashion Friday.

Here are some pictures of the venue and the party!

Joan - a character on Mad Men

Hope you enjoyed!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Culture: Do YOU know how to use a Rabbit?

A Rabbit corkscrew that is (wine bottle opener)...

The Rabbit is perhaps the simplest way to open a bottle of wine. It looks fancy and will have you looking like a pro in front of your company--when in fact it only requires some basic instruction. I'll tell you a personal story. My parents had a Rabbit corkscrew when I went home to visit a couple years ago and I decided to take a stab even though they weren't around to help me. Well....I ended up pushing the cork all the way INTO the bottle of wine. Oops!

Luckily a close friend of mine got us one as a gift and after learning how to do it right--it is so easy that I actually want to be the one to open the wine now (before I didn't feel like manually screwing the opener into the cork... yadda yadda yadda). I found a video to show you how to on You Tube (by TheWineEnthusiast)...

Rabbit corkscrews retail for as little as about $19 bucks, but you get what you pay for, so you may want to invest in a good quality, so it will last you a long time. If you want to learn more about wine check out the blog I did about it here. Be sure to SHARE with friends...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Fashion Fridays (but on Monday!): Things I Love

Harry Potter.

I actually went to Harry Potter world in Orlando--it was amazing!
Now how does fashion tie into that? Since the new movie is out this Friday--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, I thought you'd enjoy the newest spread in British Vogue & Marie Claire on Emma Watson (plays Hermione Granger in the movie).
She graces the cover of both December 2010 issues. What do you think of her new haircut?! Whoa!!

First a few from Marie Claire (love it!):

and a few from British Vogue:

I loved both of these spreads and I hope you did too! Very Twiggy-esque...



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fashion Fridays: Things I Love- Pairing Soft with Hard

Pairing soft with hard...(feminine with edge)

This holiday season is all about the LUXE look. Sequins, lace, velvet and femininity with edge! Think old Hollywood glamour with a modern are some of my favorite pairings of the season...

1. Blush Tones with Black - I've been loving blush tones since the spring--they look great on every skin tone. Soft yet sexy. I'm sure you could tell with my last blog that I LOVE the new Bloomingdale's Holiday Style Guide that includes a perfect visual. Check it out:

2. Lace with Leather-but think girly non-traditional lace hues--like rose, or mauve with black leather. On top with a cropped leather jacket, or on the bottom with leather patch leggings like these available at for 105.16 (I don't like the shoes though!)-->

Dagmar Molly Black With Imitation Leather Patch Legging 105.16

3. Sequins with Smoky Eyes-old school sequins with new school styling. You can rock a vintage seqin mini dress from the thrift store, or splurge and get the one from my last blog -->here. For styling go with simple--a chic chignon, a clutch and a bangle...(see top photo, not this one for styling)

Speechless Dress, Sleeveless Jewel Neck Sequin Mini 59.99

Enjoy a little treat this weekend (if not buying a new piece, at least go window shop!)



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fashion Fridays: My Favorite Holiday Pieces

TWO Fashion Fridays in one day! I really have three--but I'll keep you in suspense...

I love to do online shopping, so I'll share what I have been crushing on lately for this holiday season...if you like--then I will do this more often...(let me know)

Aiko Tie-Dye Velour Sweatshirt Dress 185.00

Dreama Little Gleam Dress 69.99

Just My Luxe Jacket 97.99

Milly Minidress 395.00

Time of My Life Dress 149.99

Smoky Eyes Dress 64.99

twelvebytwelve Fur Coat 39.00

Aidan Mattox Silk Long-Sleeved Sequined Dress 300.00

Dusk Flurries Coat 124.99

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