Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I'm Checking Out...

 Sometimes, I find myself with those precious few moments in the morning when everyone is still sleeping and the house is quiet (the calm before the storm so to speak).  Usually I have my cup of coffee (or 3, depending on how long I have) and quickly click around some of my favorite blogs and websites.  Here's a roundup of what caught my eye recently:

-This dinner location looks amazing to me.  I would do this in a heartbeat! How about you? Scary or exciting?

- How much are you planning on spending on your Spring/Summer wardrobe?  I'm definitely going minimalist this season, maybe just some new accessories for me, and....this dress from Forever21.  $12.90!

- On a side note, do you Groupon?  I recently signed up and although I haven't made any purchases yet, there have been some mighty tempting offers.  I have a feeling that once I start buying offers it will be hard to stop.

- I am in desperate need of some family photos.  I literally have zero professional shots of us as a family. Pathetic, no?  I keep checking out different photographers and poking around looking at other peoples family portraits looking for ideas.  I like the idea of doing something a little more fun and organic, but I also think that maybe that's not timeless enough (and lets be honest, I see myself getting around to family portraits maybe every 4-5 years, if I'm lucky).  I thought this was fun, but who am I kidding, I am not that cool (plus I would need to hire like 4 more kids as extras to make it work).

What about you? Do you take family photos yearly? every few years? ever? How much are you spending? I have to say that while many people dis large outfits such as Picture People, I have gotten some amazing shots done there, like the one above.  I am considering them for a family photo since: (a) its cheap (no sitting fee so if the photos aren't amazing I wont feel bad; (b) its fairly local so minimal traveling; and (c) the prints are extremely affordable so I can choose a few different shots.

Then, I just have to pick a wardrobe for the family, and make sure Oliver doesn't have a black eye or scratches on his face, Ruth doesn't have boogers dripping down her face....somehow other people make this look like a piece of cake.  My kids will probably cry, my husbands eyes will probably be closed and I will probably get a zit the morning of...at least it will be authentically us!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Eyebrow Whisperer

Not me, Kim Kardashain's who uses the same stencil system.

Last week I got to talking to one of my vendors at work, and somehow (and I am totally not sure how or why) we got to talking about eyebrows.  Odd no?  For some people maybe, but anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a slight obsession with not only my own brows, but brows in general.  Seems a little vapid and unimportant, but to me eyebrows are like the little black dress of your face.  A flattering shape, much like flattering dress can change how you look. 

I have only had two bad eyebrow experiences but that was enough to literally scar me for life.  The first was my during my senior year in high school.  I blame only my youth and myself for that one.  (Ever the perfectionist I kept evening them out until they were waaay too thin.  Lesson learned.  Then about two months ago I was in a major rush and I decided to let the very persistent nail tech wax my eyebrows.  Even though she got the full ten minute "not too thin, not too thin" shpiel, I walked out practically in tears, which I held back because truthfully I didn't want to make her feel bad.

After hearing my tale of woe, my colleague immediately told me that I HAD to go see Heba at Pravana Hair Salon in Hewlett.  I called and begged and she was able to fit me in that same day.  I thought that this was going to be a five minute ordeal where I tell her I've been maimed and beg her to fix me.  No no no.  I immediately knew that this appointment was going to be anything but rushed.

Before she even laid a finger on me, Heba explained to me that shaping eyebrows is basically equivalent to plastic surgery...I knew I had met my mentor.  She explained that most women have either over plucked or improperly shaped their eyebrows at least once in their life.  It became apparent to me after watching her point and draw on my brows with a black liner that most people are actually giving their brows an entirely wrong shape -- following the rules that we've all read in the magazines.

She utilizes a system using an eyebrow pencil to show you how to shape your own brows (you can keep it up in between sessions so no more over-plucking people!).  Then using stencils she finds the exact brow shape based on your specific bone structure and measurements.  She literally gave me an entire education (probably more useful and practical than what I got in law school and quite a bit cheaper too).  Besides being an eyebrow guru, she is someone that you just want to hang out with.  I cant tell you how many people asked me if I changed my make-up or my hair...nope, just my brows.  For $25 she will change your face!  For my local readers you can call Heba at 516-766-1961 516-444-6469.

P.S. She also mixes custom Giella custom blend cosmetics on site which is super cool to watch.  I was actually planing on doing a Giella post way before I met Heba because their make-up is amazing.  Check me out soon for that post.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm Winning...Really!



Yesterday when I got home, this was waiting for me.  Doesn't everyone want to get a beautiful package wrapped up like this?  It was sent by Casey of Casey's Elegant Musings.  Last week I won a giveaway on her blog and I have to say that I was kind of shocked to have won anything, let alone this adorable book, entitled Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman.

As soon as I got it I tore into it and started flipping through.  Ironically, this book is so fresh and fun, even though its based on essays and articles written in the 1920's and 30's.  I was particularly drawn to the recipes like Cream of Tomato Soup and Birthday Layer Cake (yum) as well as the sections entitled Department of Millinery, about appropriate hats for different seasons and occasions.  I love hats.  I almost got suspended in elementary school for wearing a black velvet cap with a huge flower a la super cool MTV VJ Duffy.  I refused to take it off even though it violated the school dress code.  Oooh, I was so rebellious.

This book certainly does take you back to a bygone time.  Curling up with it on the couch was like a mini vacation in a time machine.  Absolutely fabulous.  Oliver also had a good time with the wrapping paper...

First came this...
then this..

and eventually this...

Thanks again Casey!  We all enjoyed our gift ;)

You can get your copy on Amazon:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A "Berry" Happy Purim!



Hey all, long time no post.  Have a happy and safe Purim.  See you back here next week for a post entitled: The Eyebrow Whisperer.  Do not miss...your face will thank me!